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mmmsteakRichmondSince June 23, 200874 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Nice little spot for bbt
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

We usually head to No. 1 Beef Noodle House because it's closer to work than Metrotown. Their bubble tea is pretty good (some of the fruit flavors come with real fruit at the bottom). Their regular dishes are all decent, but I haven't found anything outstanding. The beef noodle (I guess their signature dish) was a bit oily, and the noodle too thick to my liking. Other than that, the broth had a good taste to it.

I would recommend what I think is their sister restaurant on Kingsway - New Age if you're going for the food. No. 1 Beef Noodle is a good stop for the BBT.

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Big Olive, The13845 104 Ave, Surrey
Mediocre Greek Food
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

My dad and I visited this place a while ago since we craved greek food. It turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.

Like any Greek restaurant, the portions were pretty big. However their prices are on the expensive side of Greek restaurants, and the taste of the food is extremely mediocre. In fact, I would say I've had better from the likes of food court Greek stands. Nothing tasted bad, but it wasn't exactly delicious.

The restaurant itself has a bit of tacky decor but is relatively quiet. The usual crowd seems to be generally older people. It took a long time to get our food even though the restaurant was near empty.

Overall, not recommended unless you're desperate for Greek in Surrey. You'd do better going to just about any other Greek restaurant in the lower mainland.

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
Decent shanghainese food
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

We went to check out Chen's for lunch to see if their xiaolongbao is really as good as people say.

The restaurant is fairly small and cramped, and sometimes you have to share tables. We ordered two xiaolongbao baskets, some potstickers, and some mini wontons. For some strange reason I couldn't find the long deep fried chinese salty doughnuts on their lunch menu. I thought it was a must for any shanghainese restaurant.

The xiaolongbao was indeed very good. It had a ton of soup. However in terms of taste of the soup I probably still prefer Top Shanghai better. The potstickers were decent and the mini wontons were good, but had too much nori in the soup and lacked thin egg slices that are present in traditional shanghai mini wonton soup that I used to eat when I was a kid. Our waitress was nice, and double checked with me to make sure I wanted mini wontons since most people seem to prefer the big wontons.

All in all a pretty good Shanghainese place. Definitely marked down as plan B if Top Shanghai was too crowded.

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Thai Son Vietnamese6280 No. 3 Road, #100, Richmond
Too salty
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

We stepped into Thai Son about 15 min before their closing time. We asked the waiter if we can still come in, and he said yes, but we have to order right away. That wasn't a problem since pho places tend to have relatively simple menus.

We got our dishes fairly quickly. I'm not sure if it was just because it was late and their kitchen was in a rush to close, but my pho was very salty and I couldn't eat a lot of it. Other than the saltiness, the soup seemed to have a decent taste, and their spring rolls are pretty good. My friends all finished their pho, so it could just be me.

For a pho restaurant, the place was very bright and clean. The price of the pho is pretty standard. Maybe one day I will go back and try it again when it's not so late, in hopes that the pho will taste better.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
Best new find in Richmond
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure if the restaurant is inconsistent due to the previous bad reviews, but for our part, we had an amazing time when we tried out Chop.

The decor and ambiance of the place was very modern and classy. Low lighting (which is not a bad thing to me), high back chairs, beautiful sculptures, and some pretty fancy washrooms. Our waiter was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. He gave a little introduction about the restaurant since it was our first time, and a few recommendations on the menu. He was also very accommodating when it came to splitting dishes and the bill. We loved his service.

The food at Chop is really way above the likes of the Keg. The head chef seems to be japanese, so there was a lot of fusion. We had coconut lime mussels to start. The waiter told us to save the complimentary bread to dip in the broth of the mussel dish. He was so right! The taste of the broth was YUMMY. For entrees we ordered various steaks. The sirloin and sirloin oscar were reported to be good. I tried some of the lobster fritter that topped the sirloin oscar, and everyone agreed it was outstanding. The prime rib was decent, and the ribeye was just sublime. Their mashed potatoes are wasabi infused and delicious. The other thing to note is that you can substitute your seasonal vegetables with a salad. I recommend their Caesar salad. It's very rich and they even loaded it with a ton of real bacon (not the bits stuff). Not recommended for the calorie-watchers. After all this, the best part was still to come?! We ordered a white chocolate creme brulee with rasberries to share. That is one heavenly dessert. We agreed - best creme brulee ever.

The menu is a bit expensive so it's more suited to special occasions. I don't mean to go on and on raving about the food, but this place is a MUST TRY. I hope they don't raise their prices once the restaurant becomes more popular, which I'm sure it will.

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Best dine out experience
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

Trafalgar's was definitely our best dineout Vancouver experience this year. I haven't heard of the restaurant before, so my expectations weren't too high. Boy, was I surprised.

The restaurant is pretty small and has a very cozy atmosphere. Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait for about 15 min before the group before us left and they could clear the table. For appetizers we ordered scallops and mussels. The scallops were really frickin' delicious and cooked just right. It also came with mashed potatoes that were out of this world! I tried my friend's mussels and they were also abundant in flavor. Yum.

We ordered lamb shank and duck for our entrees. They were good but not as memorable as the appies. Dessert was chocolate obsession, but we discovered we could order creme brulee off of the menu (it was originally advertised on their online menu but wasn't in the actual menu). The creme brulee was reported to be very good, and the chocolate obsession above average as well.

The service was very friendly and courteous, but our waitress kept forgetting some things. It was a busy night so we shrugged it off.

Overall, totally recommended!! An amazing place to eat.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
Great BBT
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

Having heard that this is possibly the best BBT place in the lower mainland, we made a few trips from Richmond to Vancouver just to try it out.

Their regular milk tea is very good. Unlike bubble tea at other places, you can taste the strong flavor of the black tea and it's apparent they use good tea. Reminds me a bit of Pearl Drops. I've also tried their lychee slush, and that wasn't too different from other bubble tea places. One thing to definitely note is their pearls. Dragon Ball has yummy YUMMY pearls of just the right consistency.

The place gets busy so sometimes it can be a long wait to pick up your drink. We've always ordered take out since the place is so tiny, but some people seem to enjoy sitting down and eating some of their food menu items as well. Can't say too much about ambience since it's a hole-in-the-wall type of place.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Not as good as expected
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

We went to Parkside for DOV this year and given all the raving reviews, expected it to be amazing. Well, this cozy restaurant was good, but fell below our high expectations.

I had the gulf prawns appetizer and it was quite delicious, a mixture of unexpected flavours. However, all of our entrees were very average. I tasted my friend's rabbit dish and it was a little bland and dry. My beef short ribs were good, but relied a lot on the thick gravy sauce it came with. The side dishes tasted a little funny and quite a few people at our table didn't like them. Everyone ordered the lemon tart for dessert and it was nice and tangy, just the way I like them!

Our server was very friendly, polite, and attentive. Overall it was a good experience to try new things, but the food isn't amazing enough (especially given their regular menu price) for us to return. I hear they're closing and re-opening as a new restaurant, so maybe we will go back to give the new version a try.

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Steveston Pizza Co.3400 Moncton Street, #100, Richmond
Possibly the best
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

Not counting the back kitchen, this place is probably not even the size of your bathroom. It's meant entirely for takeout. But it makes an amazing pizza.

We were in Steveston the other day and grabbed a Caveman (= meatlovers) pizza from Steveston Pizza Co. Just the smell was enough to make us salivate. The pizza itself had, if this is at all possible, too much meat. The crust was perfect. Thin but not too crunchy. Best pizza I've had in the lower mainland. I will most definitely be back many MANY times.

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
Amazing seafood
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Just went back to the Cannery a few days ago. Despite some recent negative reviews on here, we still found it to be an amazing experience. (I've never been to this restaurant during DOV, so I'm not sure if the restaurant just declines in quality at that rush)

We were there for a birthday party and the service was exceptional. The server was always attentive but never overbearing, and he was very knowledgeable and gave excellent recommendations. The food was delicious. For appetizer we ordered some mussels to share and I had lobster bisque. My only complaint was the lobster bisque was a bit lukewarm and could've been hotter. The mussels were yummy!

Most of us ordered various fish from the fresh sheet and got it cajun blackened. It was served with both a lemon butter sauce and pineapple salsa, and I found the combination of both was perfect for my ling cod. The fish wasn't too dry and the texture was perfect. The veggies and mashed potatoes it came with didn't stand out in comparison.

Dessert was had by some and were reported to be good. Of course the lobster oil + bread is always a hit.

The view at night and the low lighting ambiance were great as well. I will miss this place when they move locations. :(

Overall, highly recommended during non-rush dates/times!

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Not a bad find
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

We decided to try out Griffins since it was in the entertainment book. This place is a pretty good find when you're hungry downtown.

The restaurant is located in the Fairmont hotel. The decor was something different and kind of nice. Kind of a retro / classic feel. The menu looked a teensy bit on the expensive side (around $30 for an entree). Luckily that comes with the dessert buffet so it was still a decent deal, especially if you have a coupon!

We ordered a mixed grill platter and the steak. The mix grill came with chicken, lamb chops, and steak. My steak entree was huge and delicious! I also love their fries and mashed potatoes, but alas, only so much room...

By the time we started on the dessert buffet I was already unbelievably full. Also I'm not huge on desserts (like 'em but not obsessed with them). That being said the buffet had a very impressive selection. There was plum pudding, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, pie, cake, creme caramel, cream puffs... After sampling four or five of these items, my stomach was about ready to explode. The conclusion was that the desserts were good, but nothing to write home about except the variety available.

I would recommend at least giving this place a try.

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Kim Ga Nae4260 No. 3 Rd, #180, Richmond
Great value for AYCE
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

This place has great value for AYCE. Lunch and late night (starting at 9pm) are just 12.99. There's not many korean BBQ places that offer this kind of deal.

The decor is simple and clean, and the staff is very friendly. We had some spilling accidents and demanding people at our table, and they accommodated every request with speed. The food is very decent (especially for AYCE) with a good selection of traditional korean dishes. However some of the fried dishes came cold. Ventilation was also on high, which is a plus for no smokiness and a minus for additional cold breeze during winter.

No matter, we will definitely be back on late hungry nights!

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Pho Tam Restaurant10302 135 Street, #10, Surrey
That is some damn good pho
Submitted Friday, November 7, 2008 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

Ever since first visiting this restaurant nearly 5 years ago, I have been back frequently. The pho and spring rolls are just too good. I love their soup base and I never add anything extra in (hot sauce or hoisin sauce) because it already tastes wonderful. The noodles have a great texture and they give you too much meat (is there such a thing?). Their spring rolls are the best I've had in any Vietnamese restaurant, period. Their grilled pork patties are delicious as well.

Definitely get the combo (large bowl of pho and a spring roll for $8 or $9). Just to warn you, the bowls are pretty darn big. You can't get better value while stuffing yourself silly.

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Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant3432 Lougheed Highway, Vancouver
Gigantic dim sum
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 11:06am [Dine in]

We go to Happy Valley roughly once a week for dim sum. It's always packed for lunch regardless of what day of the week it is. As we found out, this is because the dim sum items are HUGE.

Each hargow is the size of a small fist. Seriously. Their siu mai and spring rolls are very yummy as well. But be warned, order less dishes here than you would elsewhere, because everything that comes is gigantic.

Price is between $3-$4 per dish, more expensive than most dim sum restaurants. However considering the portion sizes, we don't have any complaints.

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Tropika4151 Hazelbridge Way, #1830, Richmond
Not too shabby
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

We went to Tropika with an entertainment book coupon and ordered chili crab and a platter of beef / chicken / prawns. This was the first time I tried Singaporean chili crab and I really enjoyed it. We essentially got the platter for free because of the coupon, so it ended up being good value (around $35 for the two of us, not including tax/tip). From the platter, the chicken was delicious! The curry beef and prawns were a bit lukewarm though.

Service was friendly, polite, and always there when we needed anything. I like this restaurant's ambiance too. It's very spacious and there are huge windows, great for people watching. Menu may be a bit expensive if you're paying full price for everything though.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Great lunch value
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

We go to the Balkan House often for lunch. This place really is a hidden gem in Burnaby.

I always order their chicken schnitzel lunch special. It's delicious and quite a large portion. Their calamari and sausages are also yummy. More importantly, most of these huge dishes that come with home made soup and bread are between $5-$8! Can't find better value anywhere else!

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Heaven & Earth India Curry House1754 4 Avenue West, Vancouver
Definitely overpriced
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

We decided to check this place out because they were in the entertainment book. We went at about 5:30 on a weekend and were the first one there. The restaurant is small, has a very low ceiling and is dimly lit. Adding onto that no one else was there, our conversations fell to a whisper as soon as we entered. The atmosphere was less spooky once other customerse came in.

The restaurant is family owned and operated. The mother was the only server in the place. She was polite but had a completely hoarse voice so we could barely hear her. The food was good, but in my opinion very overpriced for the quality and amount you get. Places like Saffron serve larger portions (especially of rice, which we ran out of fast) that taste better at a cheaper price. Most dishes here are about $16-17.

The cooking isn't bad here, but we probably won't go back given that there are better indian places around in terms of value.

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Northern Dynasty8391 Alexandria Road, #1170, Richmond
Pretty good
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

We went there late one night because we felt like steamed juicy Shanghainese buns and Top Shanghai was too crowded. Ordered the buns as well as many other dishes. The restaurant was mostly empty because it was late.

The buns are really good. I wouldn't say they're the best in Vancouver because I still like Top Shanghai's buns better. But the steamed buns at this place is nothing to sneeze at either! On top of that, one order gives you two baskets, so we accidentally ordered 4 baskets (oops!). Definitely good value for the buns.

The other dishes were okay. We got the sweet and sour rock cod with pine nuts. It was decent tasting but nothing special. The fried rice and beef dish were also just average, but large portion size. Servers were friendly and we traded some jokes regarding the accidental over order of the buns.

Definitely would recommend this restaurant for the buns.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The8331 River Road, Richmond
Good seafood but a bit expensive
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

We went to the Boathouse for lobster fest and it was fairly busy. We had a coupon to save $10 on each lobster entree, so it wasn't a bad deal. I ordered the lobster bisque to start, and we had the lobster tail and a full atlantic lobster as entrees. The bisque was heavenly and the portion size was so large that I was half full by the time I managed to finish it.

The lobsters were good. I could feel the drawn butter clogging my arteries. The full lobster was a bit difficult to eat, given the shell and everything, so I was glad that I was able to substitute for a lobster tail.

During dine-out vancouver season, the Boathouse also has delicious miso-crusted halibut and the best key lime pie. For non dine-out, the price can be a bit hefty, but well worth it if you got any kind of coupon. Ambiance is always beautiful and service is exceptional.

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Nando's Chicken4334 Kingsway, Burnaby
A lunch favorite
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

When you feel like something a little lighter and less greasy for lunch, Nando's is a good bet. The chicken they serve is always delicious. The double leg meal is almost a weekly thing for me. I wouldn't recommend the kabob too much as the meat tastes unmarinated (just with sauce brushed on top). Their spanish rice, caesar salad, or peri fries are good sides. This particular location also has friendly staff, good service, and comfortable booths.

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