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MinnaNew WestminsterSince May 24, 20073 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
underwhelming Asian alternative
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

I've wanted to try Red Door ever since a coworker gave it a glowing review a few years back, so when my company decided to go there for an after-work function last night, I was glad to finally have my chance. To summarize the experience - it was a clear victory for style over substance.

To begin with what's important - the food - it was, at best, only mediocre. Perhaps it was the fact that we only had appetizers, but none of the dishes made much of an impression. Of the dishes I do remember: the calamari in chili sauce was crisp and tasty, but not a standout; the sweet chili chicken was alright, but honestly, I've had better sweet chili chicken at Earl's; the stir fried long beans were no better than what’s available at any Chinese restaurant; the spring rolls were also average, with a nice crunch but otherwise almost bland; and the stir-fried beef was downright unappetizing. Of all the food, the only dish that truly impressed was the orange peel shrimp – succulent and perfectly cooked. Everything else we ate we could have had, at the same or better quality, at any number of Asian restaurants around the city.

On the bright side, the restaurant space itself is very nice. The Asian inspired decor is cool and funky, and with a good sized crowd, makes for a fun environment. Our service was excellent, in contrast to some previous reviews, although that may owe more to the fact that we were a large group rather than an individual party and thus merited extra attention.

In the end, I would up leaving a little disappointed. Red Door is okay – neither worth avoiding if you're in the area, nor worth seeking out if you’re not.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
A welcome addition to the restaurant scene
Submitted Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I’ve had the chance to visit this restaurant a couple of times now. I have to say that it’s great to have a classy alternative to the cafeteria style eateries usually associated with Filipino food. Previous reviews have mentioned the restaurant’s lack of authenticity, but it’s perfectly understandable that the owners want to appeal to a broader range of tastes and customers. Personally, the fusion-style cuisine is not a big problem for me. With that said, I couldn’t help but be a little nervous when I brought my friend and his girlfriend (both white) to try Filipino food for the first time.

I’m glad to say that I needn’t have worried. We started the evening off with the Manila street BBQ. It was a big hit – slightly sweet, tender and juicy – the perfect appetizer. We paired this with the lumpia shanghai, a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Not as good as home-made, but delicious nonetheless. For main courses we ordered the Bicol express (because my friend wanted something spicy), the fried whole tilapia, and the adobo special. Of these, the only one that disappointed was the Bicol express. I’m not a fan of the dish to begin with, and my friends were a little overwhelmed by the strong bagoong flavour, perfectly understandable if you’ve never tried bagoong before. The other two dishes, however, received raves. To complete the meal we each had the mini-turon/coffee cake combo, which once again was a big hit.

As for service, it was more than adequate. Our servers (it seemed we had several rotate through as the restaurant filled with customers) were all pleasant and helpful. The room itself was warm and inviting, and as I said at the start, classy. The only suggestion I’d give, if I had to give one, would be to replace the paper napkins with actual linens, just to add that little extra touch.

Overall, it was another very good experience for me, and a surprisingly pleasing eye-opener for my friends. We’ll definitely come back again.

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Kiss Yo Mama4926 Imperial Street, Burnaby
a Carib gem in Burnaby
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

This place just opened and I've already gone twice, with plans to go again next week (to try the escovitch fish) -- it's that good. It's a little hard to find - the fact that the sign on the window still needs to be changed doesn't help - but convenient as it's only a block from Metrotown.

On the first trip, the jerk chicken wasn't ready yet and so I ordered the curry chicken and rice with beans. My co-worker ordered curry goat. Both were very homestyle in preparation, actually reminding me of what I'd normally eat at home, but tasty nonetheless. On the second trip, I tried their jerk chicken rice special - much fancier in presentation and absolutely incredible (I ended up ordering a second to go). The chicken was nice and spicy, but not overly so, and was servied with the most fantastic fruity drizzle on the plate. Spicy and sweet, it doesn't get much better! To complement the food, various Caribbean soft drinks are available (my favourite being the champagne cola) and a small slice of cake was served at the end of both meals. Price-wise, lunch specials ran ~ $9 and entrees ~ $12.

The decor/ambiance is low-key but welcoming, with posters and flags on the wall, including a wall of fame featuring photos of chef Lisa Brown with various celebrities, and cheerful Carib music playing in the background.

Service is friendly and very casual. The waiter (there only seems to be one) is very accommodating, and what he lacks in professionalism he more than makes up for with his great attitude.

Overall impression, if I had to compare the experience, I'd say it's like eating at a friend's house - excellent food in an unpretentious atmosphere.

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