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lifeoffood07SurreySince December 30, 200832 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
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  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Curry Sensation Indian Restaurant2828 152 street, #105, Surrey
Lunch buffet left us a little unsatisfied
Submitted Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Came here with the wife for the lunch buffet. We ended up being the only customers for the hour that we were there. The food was decent but the choices are quite limited. I would give the food a 2.5 but will round up to a 3 for the ratings system. The butter chicken was good though and fresh naan was replenished by the server. The restaurant is clean and since we were the only ones there, we could eat in peace without being rushed. I have been to other Indian places where I got more value for roughly the same price.

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Taka's Take-Out Sushi15214 Pacific Avenue, White Rock
Under new management and overrated
Submitted Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:13am [Dine in]

After hearing a lot about this place, finally decided to try it out. The place is really small as mentioned. This restaurant does not have tempura or the standart cooked dishes. We found out later that there was an ownership change and I was left wondering what the food was like before, based on all the raving reviews. The sushi is quite expensive as 6 pieces of the chef's aburi nigiri ran to nearly $40 with tax. As for the sushi, the fish is fresh, which is good. The aburi sushi is topped which a lot of sauce and some with mayo. The first piece tasted great. I liked it. Then came the second piece which tasted like the first. Because of the volume of sauce on the sushi, all the different pieces tasted basically the same.

Maybe I made the wrong choice in choosing only aburi and should have tried something else. As mentioned above, it is quite expensive so I am hesitant to give it a second try.

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Ramen Danbo1833 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Looks good but that's about it.
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2016 - 3:40am [Dine in]

A friend came here and posted it on FB so we decided to drop by this new place. As my wife and I both love ramen, we have gone to most of the popular ramen places in Vancouver and Richmond. Danbo is a small ramen shop on W 4th. A neat and cozy place with the ramen looking good and priced about average at about $9.50. You can customize the soup, noodles, toppings. This is Fukuoka style so the noodles are really thin. Unfortunately, the soup lacked the richness in flavour. The basic taste was there but it seemed really watered down and didn't have much umami to it. The amount of noodles also seemed small so you end up ordering the kaidama or an extra serving of noodles for an extra $2. That brings the price of the ramen to $11.50. I ordered the B set which comes with 3pc Gyoza and a bowl of rice for another $3.50. The gyoza was again cooked really well with a nice crisp bottom and juicy top but didn't taste very good. My wife had the Shio Tonkotsu $9.95. The soup was a little better but not much so. In the end, it looks good in appearance but for $15 for a ramen lunch, there are many better places in the city.

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Munch Family Restaurant1233 Lynn Valley Road, #143, North Vancouver
Definitely a place for families with young kids
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

We were invited to lunch with 2 couples with kids. It was our first experience at this type of restaurant. There is a big open area in the middle for the kids to run, play, dress up. The kitchen is open and looks like a fancy kitchen in an Italian restaurant. They seem to take great care in their ingredients as most of the stuff is local & organic. My wife had a chicken, avocado sandwich & I had the French toast. The presentation was really nice but the taste was okay, not great but not bad. Pricewise, the plates are about $13 each so I guess it includes the cost to maintain the kids play area. It was quite a noisy affair but that was expected at a restaurant especially designed with families in mind. We will rate the ambience based on our friends' opinion with the kids. They definitely enjoyed their meals & liked the ambiance as their kids spent most of the time away from the table with the wooden toys.

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Ten Hachi1125 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Traditional Japanese Breakfast inside a hotel cafe
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

We were recently in Vancouver on business and remembered that a friend had recommended that we try this place for a traditional Japanese breakfast. My wife wanted to try it so we went in search of this place. We circled 12th Ave for a while and finally found a small sign outside an old hotel near Oak.
It was the hotel cafe/restaurant run by Japanese people. It is a weird juxtaposition because the morning menu includes toast, eggs & soup alongside the salted salmon with steamed rice & miso soup. We tried and salmon breakfast and my wife said it is very authentic with miso soup, a small piece of grilled salmon, rice, a dish of sweet black beans, a dish of cooked vegetables and a pack of nori. Price was $11 a person. Portionwise and flavour was fine but the place is old and not very inviting. The place could use some heavy renos. If you want to try a simple traditional Japanese breakfast, as my friend said, then try this place. It's a healthy meal but don't go with high expectations.

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Kami Japanese Restaurant2215 160 Street, #40, White Rock
Nice atmosphere but needs lessons in freshness
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

We were shopping at Future Shop and noticed that a new Japanese restaurant had opened up close by. We decided to drop in for lunch (big mistake). I ordered a couple of rolls & my wife ordered the seafood salad. The place is new & very modern in design. You get the feel of dining in a fancy restaurant. The menu is pretty big and appearance wise really nice. Then there's the food. Having dined out enough in Japanese restaurants extensively in Canada & Japan, my wife knows very fresh, fresh & bad. The seafood salad was bits of assorted seafood over a bed of veggies but one whiff and you could tell the fish was not fresh and on the verge of going bad. My rolls were okay - relatively priced and decent in flavor. It's hard to make a really bad California Roll. My wife and I shared my rolls & left the salad untouched. Not going for a second time for sure.

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Luna Loca15153 56 Avenue, #106, Surrey
Good Mexican lunch
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

We were in the neighbourhood and decided to have Mexican. The place is going through renovations right now and seem to be building an fireplace/bar kinda thing. The place was pretty empty at about 12:30pm with only two other groups of two. I had the Chicken Fajitas & my wife had the Taco Lunch. The server brought out a warm plate of chips & salsa to start and we happily munched away as we waited for our meal. The chicken fajitas came out sizzling with fried onions, chicken breast, red rice & refried beans. Condiments on the side were plenty and I was full after the meal. My wife said the tacos were decent and just enough for her. Total bill was $24 including tip. We were able to enjoy a quiet, unrushed lunch.

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Cactus Club Cafe15079 32nd Ave, Surrey
A little overpriced but good
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 12:57am [Dine in]

Craving a cool place to have lunch on a hot day, we dropped by the Cactus Club Cafe in South Surrey. Lunch hour was bustling with a lot of business. We were seated by the outdoor patio. View was nice, servers were constantly coming by to fill water, get new drinks, etc. My wife had the Rob Feenie select Seafood Pasta & I had the Prime Rib burger. We split a dessert. The food was good but pricey at around $20 for each dish. With the tip the bill came out to about $65 for lunch. I guess you pay for the ambiance.

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G-Men3778 Sexsmith Road, #1101, Richmond
Decide on soup you want before you go
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

My wife & I have been here twice in the last month and both times have been okay. It's nice to know that you don't have to go all the way to downtown Vancouver to have a good bowl of ramen. The place was packed both times we've gone. Service is okay although the food takes a little longer to come than the downtown places. The portions are good and prices good considering the quality. My only criticism is the type of soup base that is available depending on when you go. You have to go at lunch time to get the Chicken Stock Soup and Dinner Time for the Tonkotsu Soup base. My wife and I prefer the thicker noodles and Tonkotsu soup which is only available in the evening. We made the mistake of going for lunch and had to choose between the Chicken Base Shio or the Chicken Base Shoyu (both with thinner noodles). Okay but not as good as the Tonkotsu with thicker noodles.
If they had both soup stocks available all day, we'd definitely come more often. As for the side dishes, the gyo-za isn't very good and a little pricey for 5 tiny pieces. The Mini Chashu Don is a good deal at $4.50. Goes well with the ramen.

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Coney Island Seafood15487 Marine Dr, White Rock
(So far), Best fish & chips in White Rock
Submitted Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 1:12am [Dine in]

With the nice weather we've been having lately, my wife have been heading to White Rock Beach and enjoying fish & chips on the beach. Having tried a couple of the fish&chips joints a couple doors down as well as a couple uptown, we firmly feel that this place gives you the best fish&chips in White Rock. The fish is cut up nice & big and the batter is light and crispy. You can actually watch them batter up the fish and put it in the fryer while you are waiting. Definitely not as greasy & heavy as the place a couple of doors down the street.

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Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver
What is everyone eating?
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 11:45am [Dine in]

Having read in the paper a while ago that this place was chosen top 3 Japanese restaurant in Vancouver, we decided to give this place a try since we were spending the day at Stanley Park. Not a fan of AYCE and this place really reenforced my reasons. The place was pretty busy when we went. We ordered a bit of everything. The food came out at a pretty good pace and the waiter we had was pretty attentive. Overall the service was okay but the food...

The sashimi (tuna, salmon) wasn't bad but they are definitely cutting costs by using cheap ingredients. They've simplified sashimi to fish on a plate. No garnish just fish. If the fish were really fresh then that would be okay. In our case it wasn't. The gyoza wasn't bad but the tempura cannot be even be considered tempura. It was just big blobs of batter on prawns. I've had lots of tempura at a lot of places (some good, some not so good) but this was the worst hands-down. We finished the meal with ice cream but you could tell it was pre-scooped stuff left in the freezer because of the ice flakes covering the ice cream.

I guess people who come here want to eat fill their tummies without caring too much about quality or flavour. Don't know who voted for this place, but there are tons of places much better.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
Good dim sum, just know when to go
Submitted Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

When we are in the mood for filling up on dim sum, then we come here. With pretty long line ups a lot of the time, knowing when to come will definitely make the dining better. Weekdays between 10:30am - 11am is probably best. It is right before the rush and not so early so there is enough food going around. You can try going after the rush (1:30ish) but often the dish choices are limited and a lot of it's stuff that has gone around but not taken.
We recommend the steamed dishes. At least those aren't as greasy and loaded with MSG as the deep fried stuff. The sticky rice, sui mai and steamed rice rolls are good. My wife always orders the salted chicken on rice. For about $2.50 a dish, you need to put up with cramped quarters and rushed service but we consider it part of the pushcart, dimsum experience. The food is decent compared to other dim sum places for sure.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
A little more money for a little better quality
Submitted Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

As ramen lovers, we are constantly in search of good ramen. Having tried most of the ramen places in town (just haven't bothered to write reviews til now), we went to Motomachi for about our 3rd time. It serves up a decent ramen. The chashu is nice and tender, the tonkotsu soup is good and the noodles are firm but not hard. A bit pricier than some of the other places but we think it's one of the better ones. The tonkotsu is probably the best. There will be a split between those who like the charcoal and those who don't (really a matter of taste on this one). The miso ramen could be done better though. We recommend adding the gyoza to the meal as they are pretty good here.

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Kim Ga Nae4260 No. 3 Rd, #180, Richmond
Okay place to fill up on meat
Submitted Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

Although we are not fans of AYCE (as most places skimp on quality ingredients), some friends recommended this place for Korean BBQ so we decided to drop in. We went at lunch time and it was quiet. Only 2 other tables of two. We were served quickly, and the food came out quickly. The meat was decent and since we cook it ourselves, we didn't have to worry about it being over/undercooked.
We were pretty full when we left and for $12.95 a person, we felt it was a good lunch. The seafood pancake was good. The chap chae had a funny taste to it. The side dishes were okay. The short ribs were decent, the pork belly a little tough and the other meats were okay as well. Would come back if we were starving and in the neighbourhood.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
Not as good as expected
Submitted Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 11:45am [Dine in]

With this place having won accolades in the past, we thought we'd drop by for a nice lunch. Service was good, Ambiance really nice and food came out at a nice pace. Would have enjoyed the meal a lot better had the food been better. We ordered a couple of appetizers and two sandwiches. Presentation of the food was nice and no complaints there. Just wish it was better tasting. The steak sandwich was good - cooked to order but my sandwich...let's say I've had better as QuizzXX's. Good meat needs better treatment.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Nice dine out dinner
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 1:15am [Dine in]

We came here for the Dineout Dinner and enjoyed it. Since it was an early dinner time, the restaurant wasn't overly busy and our food came out pretty quickly and our server was doing the rounds quite often. The firecracker prawns were nice, the seafood chowder a little bland & the steaks were well done. The portions were just right for a light dinner. We weren't rushed to eat our meals and left satisfied.

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Sushi Hachi Restaurant8888 Odlin Crescent, #1278, Richmond
Very fresh fish could use a little more staff
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 1:49am [Dine in]

Walking into this small restaurant was like walking into many a Japanese sushi restaurants that I visited while working in Japan. The decor is simple, there is the distinct smell of the vinegared sushi rice (this is good because it means the fish doesn't smell & that means fresh). The specials for the day were Aji, Kanpachi, Uni, Hirame. We tried the Chef's Selection and an assortment of the specials and some of the cooked dishes. (I really wanted to give this place 5 stars for the fish & 3.5stars for the cooked dishes)
This place focusses on raw fish & they don't have a gas grill so don't go there if you want to eat udon noodles, teriyaki etc. The sushi was very fresh and good. The Aji was fresh, the Uni was sweet and the Kanpachi had a nice fresh sheen to it. The cooked appetizers were good but nothing spectacular.
There are only 2 people working there - the sushi chef & the waitress so expect to wait for your food & service. The prices would be considered a touch higher than your average but you what you don't get in volume & fancy dressings, you get in just nice, fresh fish.
I would not recommend this place to people who are used to AYCE places nor people who just want to eat Tuna & Salmon. This place is for enjoying the other fish that other places don't carry. You'll need patience, a little more money to get full & a reservation helps but it's a lot cheaper than flying to Japan to eat sushi in an authentic sushi bar.

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Jang Mo Jib395 Kingsway, Vancouver
Same quality food here
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 4:34am [Dine in]

Since we were in the neighbourhood, we decided to try out the Kingsway restaurant of this franchise for lunch. They just opened here recently but really didn't do anything with the interior from the previous restaurant that was here.
The food was good - Galbi short ribs ($18) & Pah jun seafood pancake ($20) - is kinda expensive for lunch but the portions are good and tasty. Service wasn't very good (like the Richmond branch). We were left waiting a while for our tea. We didn't get any tea/water until after our meals were finally served.
The good thing is that you can see their kitchen and it's not as bad as the condition of their bathrooms. I just wish the service and interior was as good as their food.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill4075 Main Street, Vancouver
A great new find on Main St.
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 1:44am [Dine in]

We were driving down Main St. looking for a place for dinner when we spotted a funny looking place beside the RBC by 25th Ave. There were flowers outside and we saw some people going in but there was no restaurant sign. Curious, we stopped by and checked it out. It was the third of the Zakkushi franchise. No sign was up yet but they were open. The place is new and nice. Really nice atmosphere and really funky bathrooms. They speciallize in kushi dishes, so we ordered a bunch of different meats on skewers. The portions aren't very big, typical of tapas so you can try a lot of different dishes. Our meal came out to about $80 for the two of us with just 1 beer. There is a lot of variety to keep us wanting to come back and try some more. The Bukkake Udon is good to finish your meal after trying a bunch of the skewers.

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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
Nice lunch on a cold day
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 1:28am [Dine in]

I was invited to lunch by a friend and we decided to come here. It was a pretty cold day in December and unfortunately their heaters didn't seem to be working too well because we kept our jackets on. The servers were attentive and the restaurant was clean. We each tried something different from the lunch menu. The portions were good and the food was tasty (not outstanding) but good. I thought it was pretty good considering most of the menu items were about $9. Definitely a nice place for a relaxing lunch without having to worry about other customers waiting for your table.

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