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mmmsteakRichmondSince June 23, 200874 Reviews
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3.5 (3.3)
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Bowl of Stars3608 Kingsway, Vancouver
New favorite place for noodle soup
Submitted Monday, December 13, 2010 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

We've driven by this little place on Kingsway many times since it opened. I was always curious about it but only got around to trying it last week. From the decor and table set up I figured it would be a bubble tea joint, but they actually specialize in rice noodle soup.

The noodle soups are a fantastic value at around $7 for a gigantic bowl. The broths taste amazing. We tried the laksa, green curry, and spicy (xinjiang style) lamb soup flavors. All 3 were delicious, my favorite being the laksa. You have the option of selecting your own combination of soup, noodles, and toppings, or order from the recommended list. For Chinese noodle soup joints, this place already beat out Cattle Cafe as my new favorite.

Since it's winter, they also offer mini hotpot. I tried their spicy beef hotpot and it's also yummy. The pot is full of beef, tofu, tofu puffs, vermicelli, beancurd, and egg. Could use a bit more veggies in it, but that won't stop me from ordering it again.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great food and atmosphere
Submitted Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

Five of us went to Sanafir for DOV last night, and it was one of the best dineout experiences I've had.

First, don't think of this restaurant as your traditional fine dining place. It's located on the Granville strip where all the clubs are, so the diners and vibe reflect that. The decor is beautiful - arabian influenced, with very high ceilings. When we first entered, it was packed and very loud downstairs, and we got a little worried. Luckily for us we got one of the beds upstairs. What a great concept! These are large leather beds with cushions strewn about. Diners sit or lie on them while eating off of a large platter in the center. Each bed is surrounded by see-through chiffon curtains. The whole thing was just gorgeous, and we were overwhelmed before even ordering our food!

We came knowing that Sanafir was a tapas place, so we didn't expect much in the way of portions. The food far exceeded our expectations. We ordered the mushroom salad and the tuna mango spring rolls (a third appetizer option not on their published DOV menu). The spring rolls were fantastic (and I don't even like tuna that much), and the salad was reported to be very good as well. For main we had the sea trio and land trio. The lamb kibbeh, oxtail ravioli, and the calamari were the highlights, but to be honest, every dish had a amazing harmony of flavors and was received well. The miso bourbon sablefish was served cold, which threw me off a bit, but it was still flavorful and delicious.

For dessert we had the baclava and the bread pudding. I wasn't crazy about the baclava.. it had too much nuts and that's all I could really taste. The bread pudding was yummy if you don't mind the taste of ginger or chai. I loved the firm (but not too chewy) texture.

Our server was very attentative and pleasant, and we had a great time. It's hard to believe all of this comes down to $18 pp.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
A let down
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

We went to West for DOV 2010, and I think my expectations were too high for this restaurant, so I felt a bit let down by the whole experience.

For appetizer we ordered salmon tempura and sweet onion soup. The tempura was good, but something I could have eaten in any sushi restaurant. The onion soup was not particularly memorable. One of us opted to add scallop to the soup for $6. When it came, it really was just one single small scallop, sitting in the middle of the soup bowl. They weren't kidding about the lack of plurals..

For entrees we had lamb shank and ling cod. The ling cod tasted quite good (though I'm not too crazy about fish skin), but the "pemberton sunchoke and asparagus" mixture underneath it was a bit disgusting. The lamb was unfortunately dry, but the polenta that came with it saved the day! It was very creamy.. definitely the highlight of the whole meal. For dessert we tried chocolate orange marmalade pot and the rice custard with raspberry marshmallow ice cream. Both were nothing I'd rave about.

The interior of the restaurant is quite beautiful and the atmosphere was lovely. Our server was always there when we needed him, and not at all overbearing. No complaints there.

For the price we paid, I didn't think we got the meal experience I expected. However, restaurants have a tendency to drop in quality during DOV, so maybe I will be back one day to try their regular prix fixe menu.

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Ajisai Sushi Bar2081 West 42nd Ave, Vancouver
The best sushi in the Lower Mainland
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

Ajisai serves hands down the best sushi I have eaten outside of Japan. The ingredients are fresh and presentation is outstanding. They even manage to make the California rolls taste better than other sushi restaurants. The uni and hamachi are good, but what's really memorable - the otoro is out of this world. It's a must try, even at $7 per nigiri piece. I think it's listed as Blue Fin Tuna on the chef special menu and is only available occasionally. I do feel guilty for eating blue fin, but it's so good I just can't help myself...

The servers are very friendly. The place itself is very small and gives a cozy feel. If I had one complaint, I guess it would be that when they served cooked fish (such as grilled black cod), the fishy smell can instantly be smelled throughout the entire restaurant. But really, that doesn't stop this from being the best sushi restaurant in Vancouver.

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S & W Pepper House4500 Kingsway, #1812, Burnaby
Gotta love the peppercorn
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

What many people think of as "Chinese food" is really Cantonese food. And as much as I love Cantonese cuisine, I am even more fond of Sichuan / Hunan / Yunnan food, which are regions of China that eat some hella spicy dishes that you will not find in your average Cantonese restaurant. S&W Pepper House presents a pretty good choice of these, even if the heat is a bit toned down from the original (can't scare off any diners now).

This restaurant and Alvin's Garden on Imperial are probably the two best choices in Burnaby when it comes to sampling authentic spicy Chinese dishes. S&W does a pretty good fried chicken with chili peppers. As a previous reviewer said, they do come with a LOT of peppers, but the dish itself is also fairly large. I guess they could give it to you on a smaller plate without as many peppers for filler, but then the presentation would not be as nice.

Other favorites of mine at S&W include boiled beef (aka beef in chili oil) or fish. Some of the veggie dishes are pretty yummy too. I haven't tried a bad dish here yet! Prices are reasonable, but not overly cheap. They do have some really cheap lunch specials which I've yet to take advantage of.

One last thing - the black peppers that leave a "funny" taste as a previous reviewer said is peppercorn. Its use is authentic and that's how the dish is supposed to be made. Can't imagine what a Sichuan dish would be without the "numbing spiciness" of these lovely little black things!

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Wang's Shanghai Cuisine4500 Kingsway, #2110, Burnaby
A must try
Submitted Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

Totally agree with the reviewer below.

This place has the best xiaolongbao in the lower mainland, hands down. It would even make my list for top 10 XLB places in Shanghai. On top of that it's cheaper than shanghainese restaurants here. It is located in a food court, so not much ambiance to speak of. Normally business is so good that it's hard to even find a seat during lunch hour.

A must try if you're a XLB lover. Recommendation is to go during lunch as the place sometimes closes early.

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Su Su Cafe2222 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good Bun Bo Hue
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

We meant to go to Cafe Xu Hue for lunch but they were closed on a Wednesday. We saw Su Su beside it with a sign that also said Bun Bo Hue, so we decided to pop in and try it.

When we first entered the restaurant, it was a little intimidating. It was dark. There were a few other tables occupied, all by what seemed like regulars who were Vietnamese watching a soccer game. Feeling a bit like outsiders, we looked around for a bit before the owner spotted us and tols us to sit down, then brought menus.

We both ordered Bun Bo Hue. The owner took the order and came back a few minutes later to tell us there's pork blood in the dish and asked if we wanted to include it. I thought that was very considerate of him, as we both passed on the pork blood. A few minutes later the Bun Bo Hue arrived. The food itself was very good. Soup was delicious with a bit of spiciness, and the beef was very good quality. However towards the end of the meal I began to smell a funny smell which ruined my appetite (later I found out it was a dog who had relieved himself just outside the restaurant, ick). So unfortunately not so pleasant of a dining atmosphere.

Overall we were pleased with the food at this seemingly unremarkable little place.

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Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House4887 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Best beef noodle soup in town
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

Ahhhhh I love this place so much I've dragged everybody I know to eat here.

First. about the food - this place makes the best beef noodle soup I've tried in the lower mainland (and I've tried a lot of them). The soup is delicious. I really recommend the spicy one unless you can't handle any spice at all. For the really spicy eaters, you can request extra spicy broth to the server even though it's not available on the menu. The noodles are thick and chewy, just the way I like 'em. Heaps of meat (and tendon if you order it) on the noodles. Can't complain about portion size, as I can barely finish off a small bowl. The large bowl have been known to take down grown men.

Service is the typical chinese fashion - quick, efficient, not particularly chatty or friendly, but I don't care. I'm here for the noodle soup, not to talk to the server. Ambiance is pretty nice for a almost-fast-food chinese place, modern and clean with some bright colors on the walls.

Overall - highly recommended!!

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Asian 545212 Kingsway, Burnaby
Very decent Vietnamese
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

We decided to give this place a try upon seeing the positive reviews on DH. Pretty much like most Vietnamese restaurants, the food here is cheap. As a bonus it's delicious too.

We tried their pho, prawn brochette combo, salad roll, and vietnamese sub. The pho soup was a bit darker than what I'm used to, but tasted very good. My Vietnamese friend said it was about as authentic as she's ever tasted in a Vietnamese restaurant here. The salad roll and sub were good, but not too memorable. The spring roll that came with the prawn brochette was excellent. Very meaty. The reason I only give the food rating a 3 is because an hour after the meal, I became extremely thirsty. I guess there was MSG in the food after all. Still, I think we will return one of these days when we're around Kingsway.

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Po King Seafood Restaurant5665 Kingsway, #150, Burnaby
Okay for neighborhood dim sum
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2009 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

Po King is close to my work place, so we decided to try it out for lunch.

The restaurant is fairly large and always crowded during lunch. The decoration is not bad, but be prepared for the noise level. Service is basically non-existent as previous reviewers have said. Don't expect the server to even slow down or look at you when you make a request to them. That's how it is at most dim sum restaurants, so I don't mind too much as long as I get the things I ask for.

The food is slightly above average for dim sum. Their har gow is very good and the portions tend to be a bit on the large side. Stay away from the deep fried squid (it's soggy and stringy). Because it's the cart system, you may sometimes find you're unable to get popular items like har gow if you happen to have bad seating. Price is decent. We go really only because it's in the neighborhood, but it's passable as far as dim sum places go.

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Nooch Pho9020 Capstan Way, #110, Richmond
For something a little different
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2009 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

We tried Nooch Pho the other day based on all of the reviews here, and it was excellent!

We started off with the salad roll, and can I just say YUM?! I have never seen salad rolls presented so nicely, and they tasted out of this world. I got the beef and brisket pho, and it was very good. Spend the extra $1 to get the spicy soup base. I tried it and it was amazing.

The restaurant is like a bit like a pho bar. You can watch the people make your food as you're sitting on these tall stools. The people who work there are very friendly and polite. I love everything about this place and will definitely be back!

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Schanks Sports Grill350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
Only go for the entertainment
Submitted Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

The first time we went to Schanks, it was during a UFC fight evening and we had to stand in line. If you paid the bouncers $10 you could get in right away. That was a bit of an unpleasant experience, but I guess it was our own fault for going during a super busy night.

The second time we went for a friend's birthday. This time there were no games or fights that evening, so the place was pretty empty. Our server was attentive and efficient, no real complaints there.

The food at Schanks can be considered slightly upscale pub food, with a more extensive selection of steaks. As for the taste: well it's alright, but nothing to rave about. Their wings are decent, rib appetizer was good, steak is mediocre for the price they charge for it, and mashed potatoes were a bit too salty. The burgers were said to be good.

What is actually attractive about Schanks is its entertainment. It's great for parties because it has a mini golf course running through it and is connected to the Starlight casino. It also has pool tables and various video games. If you're not sure about plans after dinner, this at least gives you something to do.

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Posh6462 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Yummy Sukiyaki!
Submitted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

We've been going to the various locations of POSH for a few years now, and we won't be stopping any time soon.

For those that don't know what sukiyaki is, it's a similar concept to hotpot. Sukiyaki uses a shallower pan and much less broth. Posh is AYCE sukiyaki, with a menu that focuses heavily on vegetables and various tofu products. However, don't be put off if you're a meat eater. The menu does have beef and pork as well, which come in cute little stackable trays.

It takes a little bit to learn how to eat sukiyaki properly, but the food is absolutely delicious at Posh. In response to one of the reviewers below, the restaurant provides two small teapots, one which contains water and one contains sauce. If you add them in 1/1 ratio throughout the meal, your soup would not become bland. They also have great drinks. Strawberry / Peach / Mango / Pineapple / Passionfruit flavored 7-Up, refillable and only around $3. YUM!!

The ambiance at Posh is always great as well. The decor is very contemporary. It's especially a joy to walk into the place on a cold day and smell the warm food cooking.

If you have never been to Posh, this place is a MUST TRY!

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Le Petit Saigon2783 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
Decent pho
Submitted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

We were looking for a Vietnamese restaurant to have lunch and decided to stop by Le Petit Saigon.

The ambiance is pretty similar to your average Pho restaurant. We ordered some pho and beef in 3 flavors. The pho was quite good, although soup was slightly on the salty side. Not the best I've had but definitely far from the worst. They do give a generous portion of noodles and meat. The beef in 3 flavors tasted similar to regular sausage, but we enjoyed it. We also enjoyed their salad roll and spring rolls. The dipping sauce for the salad roll was delicious.

Service was efficient and friendly. I was glad the waitress offered the option of having my bean sprouts cooked ahead of time.

Recommended for lunch if you're nearby, but if you're willing to drive, there are better pho places out there (try Pho Tam in Surrey).

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not quite up to par
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

We were in the area of Denman and saw Ciao Bella. I recalled it was in our entertainment book, so we decided to check it out.

The atmosphere was nice and cozy as we walked in. Our waiter was very polite and friendly. He always filled our water just on time and had a smile on his face. After we ordered, the piano player sat down and began playing. What a talented guy! He was definitely the highlight of the evening.

However it went a bit downhill from there. We got our food promptly enough. I ordered steak and two of my friends had veal. The steak was really underwhelming. Even the likes of Cactus Club and Sammy J. Peppers make a much better steak. The white wine sauce it came with tasted funny, so I left that alone. One of the veals (the Osso Bucco) tasted quite good. The other (Vitello Del Cielo) was a bit of a let down. It's supposed to be their house specialty too! The pasta sides that came with their dishes tasted like something you could make at home yourself with canned tomato sauce. I expected more for dishes that are around $20.

I don't think I would recommend this place to friends. Although the ambiance and service are great, the food just isn't up to par for the price.

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
Reliable choice for Thai
Submitted Friday, April 24, 2009 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

We often order takeout from Green Basil for lunch, and will also occasionally eat there. The food they serve is decent quality. I find that it's fairly similar to Thai House across the street, but a bit greasier for certain dishes (green curry chicken, for example). Their lunch special is a great deal, $6.95 for spring roll, soup, main dish and rice. However, I find that the taste is still a bit lacking when compared to Thai House. It's not that far off though, and it's $1 cheaper.

The decor of the place is great. Starting from the incense smell at the entrance, the entire place feels very "Thai". Service is hit and miss. Sometimes the waiter can come off a bit abrupt, but I think they're just pretty busy.

Recommended for occasional lunch visits.

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Soho Bar and Grill7090 Lougheed hwy, Burnaby
Perfect for catching the game
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

Not sure about the previous reviews, but personally Soho is one of my favorite pubs.

It's in a decent location (close to my work). Soho serves your standard pub fare. It used to be great value but they've recently raised the menu prices slightly. The prices are still pretty good but now pretty standard with other pubs. I've personally found the quality of food to be very good, but that doesn't seem to be the popular opinion. I'll just say that they make very good wings! Their Honey Garlic wings are my favorite. They also have some good nightly specials, like prime rib dinner for $13.99. Yum.

It's a really great place to go and catch the game. It's usually not that crowded, even on game nights. Certainly far less than other pubs. They have two large projector screens and a few smaller screens. The waitresses are friendly, but may disappear on you every now and then. Ambiance is typical pub deal, but at least fairly clean.

Recommended for catching the game or just grabbing a quick bite to eat.

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Tenku Bakudanyaki8740 Charles St, Richmond
Great place for the occasional takoyaki craving!
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

I'm very very happy this place opened up, and I hope it manages to stay open.

Tenku Bakudanyaki is a little truck selling bakudanyaki (softball sized versions of takoyaki with some extra ingredients) in a parking lot by Alderbridge and Elmbridge. I love little food kiosks operating out of trucks, so it's a thumbs up for ambiance from me!

We went on opening day when they were giving out bakudanyaki for free (normally $5). I was skeptical on whether giant takoyaki would really be an improvement over traditional takoyaki. The verdict is... not quite an improvement, but just as good! Although the center is a bit less liquidy than regular takoyaki, it's filled with a lot more stuff. Quail eggs, sausages, shrimp, etc. I absolutely loved it! YUMMY! We will definitely be back for a snack here many times.

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Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna6558 Kingsway, Burnaby
Go there for the food but don't expect much else
Submitted Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

Vassilis definitely makes one of the best roast lambs in any Greek restaurant I've been to in the lower mainland. Even their lamb souvlaki is delicious (and huge!).

We recently went in for takeout during lunch. When we tried to order the roast lamb, we were told that their roast lamb is not available until after 4:30pm. Huh? Just a month or two back we were successful in ordering it for lunch takeout. I hope this isn't a policy change.

The waitress was polite but not super friendly. The decor of the place looks essentially like any Greek taverna with a few extra touches (like real jasmin flowers).

Vassilis' menu is definitely on the expensive end of Greek restaurants. It costs around $3 more than your average price for any dish. For the occasional indulgence in REALLY good Greek food, it's worth it though. But take note to go there just for the food and don't expect much else.

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Xiang Cuisine, The4850 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Nice and spicy!
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

First of all, don't go to this place if you don't like spicy food. And I mean, really spicy food!

Xiang Yuan (I think it's also called alvin garden or something like that) specializes in Hunan cuisine, which means a ton of spicy dishes. This place is very authentic and doesn't try to dumb anything down for western taste buds. I highly recommend their lamb dishes and their spicy chicken (not sure of exact dish name). Their menu also has some very unusual dishes for the adventurous diner. You can pick the level of spice, just tell the waitress when ordering. Do note that even the lowest level of spice has quite a burn to it, so make sure to start off low!

The service is always efficient and friendly. Each dish is priced a bit higher ($12-13) than your average chinese restaurant. But for an occasional change to cantonese cuisine, it's totally worth it!

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