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marspballCoquitlamSince December 3, 200738 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Yes...It is going downhill
Submitted Monday, August 8, 2011 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

I went to this place on Sunday night for the AYCE deluxe dinner. We arrived at about 8 pm and the restaurant was busy but not packed. i used to love this place because they never cut the orders. This time, it is bad. We ordered 8 pieces of soft shell crab roll and only 2 pieces came out. Same thing with the sashimi and pretty much everything else. I have to agree with the previous review, this place is no longer worth it as the service is horrible. Food is better that other AYCE places but what good is it if they are not served?

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Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Excellent Chinese Food
Submitted Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

I used to be a fan of S*n S*i Wah until I found out about this restaurant. The price and food quality are way better although still on the expensive side.

The restaurant is very clean and medium-sized. It gets very busy on the weekend evenings so I would not recommend showing up without a reservation unless you have plenty of time to kill.

My favourites here are the crabmeat & fish maw soup, the 2-course peking duck, and live prawns pan fried in soy sauce which can be found at most cantonese restaurants. My favourite dishes that can only be found at Pelican are:

Golden Yolk Live Crab: This is the live crab deep fried and then cooked with a sauce made from the yolk of salted duck eggs. If you like salted duck eggs, then this dish is a must try.

Beef Ribs with Barbecue Sauce: This is sliced beef ribs stewed in a special brown sauce. The meat is very tender but it is the sauce that is amazing and very tasty.

For dessert, their baked tapioca is also very good.

I rate the service as incredible since they have lots of servers who change your plate and the tea pot is refilled within seconds after you tilt the lid. Food are always served in a timely manner as well.

If you have never been to this place, you might want to give it a try for your next family gathering/dinner.

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New Szechuan Restaurant511 Cottonwood Avenue, #1, Coquitlam
Best Szechuan in Lower Mainland
Submitted Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

This place is a bit hard to find as it is tucked in the back of a tiny strip mall. The restaurant itself is very small and nothing fancy. I love spicy food and I've tried a number of different szechuan restaurants in the lower mainland. This restaurant is by far the best of them all.

There are no ambience in this place. People dine here for the food and the food is excellent. You must like spicy food though as most of the food in the menu are hot.

Notable mentions are:
- Spicy Dry Chicken (a must have)
- Beef Salad (appy)
- Spicy Fish with Tofu
- Sliced Garlic Pork (appy)
- Honey Garlic Spareribs
- Pork Shoulder or Pork Hock (very big portion)
- Deep Fried Pork Intestine (for those who like organs)
- Fish Hot Pot with Potato Noodles

Service can be a bit tough on the weekend evenings as they get very busy but the food always come out fast. If you have a large group, reservation is recommended. They also offer 10% discount for take-outs. If you like szechuan restaurant, I would strongly recommend that you try this place and order the spicy dry chicken. It is chicken cut into small pieces, deep fried and then cooked szechuan style.

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Copa Cafe1175 Johnson St, #300, Coquitlam
Opens late, pretty good food, decent price
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

I've only tried the lunch and late night menu. Selection is pretty good. This is a typical HK cafe which offers a selection of western and chinese menu. I normally use a simple dish that's available at most HK style cafe to gauge their food: baked pork chop on rice. It's available for lunch or late night for $7.99 and you can order the dinner portion which is bigger for $9.99. It was pretty good and the portion was good too. The food is quite good overall which is why this place is always packed. I still have a lot of dishes to try but if you're looking for a good and cheap food, do give this place a try.

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Il Uk Jo15188 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Little Japanese & Korean AYCE Gem in Surrey
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

We drove by this place yesterday and saw the banner. Japanese & Korean AYCE for $21. We thought we would give this place a try. Our expectations were very low...after all, most japanese/korean AYCE places are not good.

We walked in and noticed that the ambience and decor were okay. We then sat down and looked at the menu...it was the AYCE. $19.99 for weekday dinner and $20.99 for weekend dinner. Yes, selection was limited. We ordered a couple of the special rolls, the cones, motoyakis, and the korean bbq. The selection for the korean BBQ was only beef, chicken, pork, and beef ribs.

Then the food came...we were shocked. It was actually good. Unlike other AYCE places, the sushi rolls were of good quality. Not the best but definitely better than other AYCE places such as shabu sen or richmond sushi. The rice was very thin on the outside and the roll actually contained meat. I recommend the red dragon roll, very delicious. It's dynamite roll with small pieces of tuna on top and then dressed with mayonaisse and unagi sauce.

Then the Korean BBQ arrive. Just like the previous reviewer said, it's different. It's sort of soup based but the soup will actually reduce into a sauce and it's incredible. i recommend ordering the beef. The beef ribs arrived already cooked and they're good too but they limit the order to two per person.

The motoyaki is also quite good. You can choose between oyster, mussel, or fish. They only give small portions...half a mussel per order but it's AYCE so you can order as many as you want. It's very well done...I kind of like it...not the typical oyster motoyaki but it's different in a good way.

They also have tempura which is pretty good. The down side is, the prawn tempura is only available with the vegetable combo. So you get one prawn tempura combined with yam, onion and carrot tempura. If they can change this and let you order the prawn tempura only, then this place will be super.

So, not a crazy selection of food but pretty good quality for AYCE. Service is pretty good. They have a bell switch on every booth and if you need to call the waiter, they are only a push of a button away.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with this place and I'm kinda glad I gave it a try. Will definitely come with friends...Keep it up IL UK JO...funny name but good food.

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Top Gun Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #2228, Burnaby
NEW AYCE - I like it
Submitted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I used to avoid this place because of their overpriced food. But after they switch to AYCE, this place has been great. Price is $19 per person but you still have to pay the $9 soup base on top of that. Best to go there in a group of 4 or more. That way, you're not paying too much per person for the soup base.

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Red Palms Malaysian Pondok8291 Westminister Highway, #130, Richmond
Weird Malaysian food
Submitted Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

I've always wanted to give this place a try and finally got the courage to do so last weekend. We ordered two lunch combos, nasi lemak with chicken curry and malaysian fried dry thin noodles. we also ordered the roti canai as the appetizer and ice milk tea for drinks. The roti was okay although it is quite small for the $3 they charge. The curry that comes with the roti was quite good though. Then the main courses arrived. I was very disappointed with my nasi lemak. as a malay/singaporean food fan, i expect that this nasi lemak would resemble the real one. Plus, the picture on the background of the menu looked pretty good. i was surprised to find a hunk of rice with chicken curry on the side. to their credit, at least they have used coconut milk scented rice to serve along with the chicken curry. but no sambal, no anchovies, no eggs, nothing on the side. and if that's not bad enough, the chicken curry wasn't even good. it tasted very bitter and has got a weird after taste. I think they used roasted garlic on the curry but they've gone overboard with it. The nasi lemak is definitely very very disappointing. the dry fried noodles on the other hand is quite good. they should have called it fried vermicelli because that's what it is. it's quite tasty and the portion is quite large. however, the taste is nothing like any malaysian dishes that i know. i really don't recognize what malaysian dish that thing is supposed to be. the drinks were also disappointing. the ice milk tea tasted like chinese tea mixed with ovaltine. really weird. the whole thing set us back $25. not too impressed. ambience is nothing special. maybe we should have tried coming here for dinner...i don't know. but for that price, i'd rather go to other malaysian restaurants in the area.

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Rainbow Butterfly2850 Oxford Street, #1, Port Coquitlam
Excellent Dim Sum in Port Coquitlam
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 10:05am [Dine in]

I've driven by this place many times and always thought that it is a paint store. Last Saturday, I decided to give this place a try.

First impression was quite good. The place was packed and looked alive. We ordered the usual...chicken feet, siu mai, har kow, sticky rice. We were surprised that everything was well prepared and tasty. The selection was quite good too. They don't have the dim sum carts so you have to mark your selection on a piece of paper and the waiter will bring your order. Aside from the deep fried spring rolls which took over 1/2 hour to come out, everything else was served in a timely manner. If you like dim sum, I would definitely suggest that you give this place a try.

Service is solid, nothing to complain about. and the same for ambience. Value is good too. It cost us $35 before tip for the 4 of us and we ordered quite a bit. This place is definitely a good find.

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Pearl Castle2850 Shaughnessy St, #6102, Port Coquitlam
Finally, pearl castle in PoCo
Submitted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

Yes, it is about time a decent bubble tea place that serves food opens in the tri-cities area. I've gone to the Pearl Castle in Richmond and knew that they offer good food for decent price. That is why I was overjoyed and couldn't believed my eyes when I saw the sign that says "Pearl Castle" on Lougheed/Shaugnessy. Turns out, they had just opened a few days prior. The place is huge compared to their Richmond location. I don't think seating is going to be an issue here. The service was a bit erratic but understandable for a newly opened restaurant. Everything is good here...it's taiwanese style cuisine. So they have your usual deep fried porkchop/chicken on rice/fried rice and others that are more unusual. I particularly love their black cod with deep fried soy beans, as well as their deep fried chicken thigh on fried rice. One downfall is that the bubble tea and all the drinks are over-priced. But I already know this from their Richmond location. Nonetheless, this place opens late into the night, serve good food, have ample parking, and has an ambiance of a good hangout place. Finally an alternate location for late night snack other than Denny's.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
Decent steaks, horrible parking
Submitted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Keg before in Coquitlam before they close. To me, the Keg is nothing special. The steaks are overpriced and rather blant. They used to have the rib steak with white peppercorn back then and it was excellent. They no longer offer that now. My new york steak was cooked to perfection though. The yam fries that they offer are also excellent. The ambiance is also above average. The place is well decorated and feel very cozy. If you're a steak lover and don't mind paying the price, i guess this is a good place to go. As for me, I don't think i will be returning any time soon.

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Vancouver Community College Cafeteria250 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Cheap Lunch
Submitted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

This place offers cheap lunches with hefty portions. They have two sections, western or asian. Both offers decent quality food. On the asian kitchen, for $6.25, you get an entree, steamed vegetables, and your choice of either fried rice or noodles. If you've never been here for lunch, give it a try.

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Pondok Indonesia2781 Commercial, Vancouver
Okay Indonesian, nothing special
Submitted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 9:20am [Dine in]

I have an Indonesian background so I will be very harsh with this review. I've passing this restaurant many times but have heard bad reviews amond the Indonesian community. i decided to give it a try for myself anyways. My first impression as I walked into the restaurant is mediocre. The ambiance and decorations are nothing special. The servers are quite courteous and welcoming. I then opened the menu and noticed the prices of the meals. It is quite high. Places that charge these kind of prices better serve good food to back them up. Among the things we ordered were the nasi goreng (fried rice), spicy chicken, and tempe bacem (soya bean cake). The fried rice, I have to say, is just mediocre. The spicy chicken is tasty buy they used too much bell pepper to create the spicy sauce. Surprisingly, the soy bean cake and the chilli paste that comes with it were very good. We really enjoyed that and the price for it is quite decent for the portion they give us. But the rest were too expensive for that kind of prices. I think in the future, I would come back here if I have cravings for Indonesian food. I still have not found a decent Indonesian restaurant in Vancouver. There are a few is Seattle area that have got it right but none here.

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Mei Shang Seafood Restaurant9948 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
New owner, declining food quality
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

This place used to be my favourite for dim sum. But once a new owner took over the restaurant, it hasn't been the same. The variety of dim sum dishes has gone down. I've stopped coming to this place now. They try to make the place cleaner. The waiters are wearing shirt and tie now. But I come to this place for the food...that's it.

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Too expensive
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

Went there once for a lunch for two. We ordered the chicken rice and char kwe tiaw. The kwe tiaw (think noodles) was very tasty...no doubt about that. The chicken rice wasn't that great though. The portions are way too small. And for $10 per dish, i don't think it's worth it. If they charge $6 per dish, i would definitely go there more often. I think what they're trying to do is to make a fine dining singaporean cuisine. Doesn;t really work i think. Singaporean food is all about simple, tasty food. i think they have overdone it so that the focus is no longer about the food but the presentation and ambiance.

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Ho Yuen Kee6236 Fraser, Vancouver
Good Chinese Food
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

This is your typical HK family restaurant but the food is quite good. comparable to those of Sun sui wah and Kirin. If you are here, definitely try the cold chicken/jellyfish appetizer salad and the crab/lobster on sticky rice. The other dishes are average. I have never tried the tofu dessert but will definitely give that a shot since it was mentioned a few times here. Expect typical service and ambiance of a HK restaurant. RESERVATION is a MUST.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Amazing food
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 11:28am [Dine in]

i am very surprised by the mixed reviews on this restaurant. i've been eating at phnom penh for quite a while now and their performance has always been consistent. The food is amazing but you have to what to order. The notable mentions are:
-Hot & Sour soup
-Deep fried chicken wings
-Deep fried crabs (you have to call ahead and order)
-Butter beef
-House special fried rice
-Egg noodles
-Oyster omellette
If you venture away from these recommendations, then you are on your own.

Reservation is a MUST, especially on weekends. Again, not a fine dining restaurant so expect a suitable service and ambiance. Their location is not prime but food is definitely excellent.

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Prata-Man9060 Capstan Way, #180, Richmond
Cheap and good singaporean
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 10:58am [Dine in]

This place does not look too convincing from the outside. but, the food is excellent. My first time there, I ordered the hainanese chicken. Doesn't look too convincing for the price that they charge. But once I took a bite, I was sold. The hainanese chicken is definitely their specialty. A whole hainanese chicken and rice only costs $17 and can feed a family of four. Takeout is definitely the majority of their business. Their name is a bit misleading though..."Prata man". I'm sorry to say that their roti prata sucks. I've had better ones so they shouldn't have called themselves prata man. Service is decent...nothing special. So is the ambiance. Go there for the food only. The mee goreng is also good. They have specials on mon-thu that is really cheap. If you're in the richmond area and you like singaporean cuisine, this place is definitely worth it.

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New Age5411 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good food, clean restaurant, but a bit on the expensive side
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 11:07am [Dine in]

i tried this place on a friend's recommendation. I have to say that the inside is very clean and bright. Not what i expected for a chinese/taiwanese restaurant. The menu selection is very diverse and it was a bit confusing on what to order. The pork hock that we ordered was very good, so is the deep fried chicken. However, the clams dish was a bit disappointing because for the price, they only give us a few clams. Same goes with the mixed seafood dish. For $14, they only give us seafood that came from frozen seafood medley and the portion was very small.

Whether I would come back to this place, i'm not too sure. The food was tasty but I am discouraged by the portion and price.

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North Garden Restaurant3355 North Road, #286, Burnaby
Modern look and good food
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 10:59am [Dine in]

I've been coming to this place ever since they opened. For those who have tried the Lougheed Wonton restaurant, this is the same restaurant with a few extra items on the menu. You have a wide variety of selection to choose from. You have the chinese dishes that are offered at Lougheed Wonton, HK cafe style dishes, and the late night mini chinese dishes. They also offer bubble tea although i've never tried them to this day. My significant other loves their baked spaghetti with meat sauce. I personally like the mini dishes at night, especially the deep fried silver fish. The grill is also good.

Service has been hit or miss like the previous reviewers have mentioned. They are a bit understaffed on most days and you have to make an effort to flag the servers. But at least the staff are friendly and never rude.

The ambience is very good. The inside of place is spacious and bright. It's also a nice place to hang around and talk.

And the price for the food is also reasonable. Give it a try.

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Lougheed Wonton Restaurant2408 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Tasty Chinese Food with Good Price and Portion
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 10:48am [Dine in]

I've been coming to this place when they were still on North Road. The food has been consistent and they are tasty. For the price, which is around $10 per dish, you'll have plenty to eat. The shanghai chicken and the hot pot dishes are very good. Excellent place to go for a family dinner.

Service drops when the place is really busy and there's not much for ambience.

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