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momotaroNew WestminsterSince September 23, 200628 Reviews
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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
Suckered in by the Entertainment Coupon
Submitted Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

We had an Entertainment coupon that indicated one diner could get a free entrée (up to $22 in value) when the second diner bought an equally or higher priced entrée. Having never eaten at Horizons before (but having wanted to for a long time) we finally decided to go last Friday night.

First off, even though they knew when I made the reservations that we were coming with a coupon, they gave us excellent seats with a beautiful view of lights of Vancouver. That was wonderful.

We then opened our menus to find that there was only one entrée priced at or below $22 (the gnocchettini); all the other entrées started at $28 and worked their way up from there. The real shame was that they had a tasting menu for $30, but the coupon couldn't be applied to it.

I ordered the duck, and my partner ordered the short ribs.

The meat of the duck was tender, but the fat had not been scored, so there was a slightly unpleasant chewiness to it, instead of a crispy texture that I had been expecting. The duck was served with sweet potatoes (inexplicably called yams) which were described on the menu as caramelized, but I could find no evidence of caramelization in their presentation or their taste. They were well-cooked. There was also a mixture of vegetables, including carrots, green beans, red pepper and zucchini. The carrots, red pepper and green beans were well-cooked, but the zucchini was on the hard side, and was also tasteless. Lastly, there was half of an apple, peeled and stuffed with a spiced apple stuffing. This was the most under-cooked of the side-dishes and it was too heavily spiced, especially when contrasting it to the perfectly spiced richness of the sauce the duck was served with.

The short ribs were incredibly tender and served in a delicious sauce. My partner let me taste them and they were perfect. But he complained about the sides. He got the same vegetable medley as I did, and had the same comment about the zucchini. He also had a mound of Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, but he said they were bland, and needed something more to stand up to the richness of the sauce on the short ribs.

Throughout the meal, our service was excellent, even though it was clear that we were doing our best to stay on a budget. The waiter was attentive and kind, and I appreciated that. So much so that I calculated the tip based on the bill total prior to the coupon's discount.

The funny thing is that once you eat here, they give you another coupon for that exact same deal (to be used within sixty days), so we might be back, even though I promised my partner that I would treat him to a tasting menu in December when we had more money in the bank. Because yes, in spite of the minor food issues, I think we want to come back when we can more fully experience what this restaurant has to offer.

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Wonder Barbeque6669 Kingsway, Burnaby
lunch special barely special
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

I took DaveO's advice and went back to Wonder for lunch. (I'd been there for dinner before and it was an okay experience, but, for the price, not as good as other Korean restaurants further along Kingsway).

My partner had the beef and vegetables special. I had the kimchee fried rice. Both come with side dishes, salad and soup.

For a lunch special, the salad and side dishes were okay, but I would have thought we would get a better variety. One side dish per customer? And both spicy? The salad was lacklustre, but I do love cheap thousand island dressing (honestly), so no complaints. The fried rice was very spicy, but still good. The beef in the special looked sparse, but if my partner didn't complain about it, then I guess it was enough.

Oddly enough, the tea (a mix of barley and green tea, usually very good) was weak.

And the restaurant was cold. My feet were freezing the entire time. It's a cavernous place, so it's probably costly to heat it, but still...

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La Masia19209 Fraser Highway, Surrey
worth a visit
Submitted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 12:24am [Dine in]

I had to laugh when I read such conflicting reviews. Intrigued by the combination of 'the best Spanish food in the GVRD' and 'you'd better off at the Country Buffet' attitudes, I decided I had gone without tapas for too long and dragged my partner there to celebrate my birthday tonight.

Service was fine, and yes the ambiance was a little dated, but it was homey. Very Spanish feel to the whole place, even the drafty windows.

But what we came for was the food.

The soups were delicious. The soup of the day was billed as 'green pea' but it was split pea. Still very rich and tasty, and the seafood soup was very creamy.

We had wanted raw oysters but the chef wouldn't serve them because they were too big to be eaten raw. So we had them baked. Yum. That and the artichokes were stellar. Also, the house-made pate was fantastic. The snails were delicious but a little on the overcooked side.

All of our dishes came out freshly cooked. Hot.

The house-made sangria was also very delicious. I was surprised that the wine list, as good as it is, did not have a selection of aperitifs, some of which go so well with tapas, but when I asked for sherry, like any good Spanish place would, they pulled out a wonderful fino for me. Cold and crisp, it was a perfect start.

Desserts were wonderful. Spanish flan is just the thing to make a Japanese man go homesick (because most puddings in Japan are based on the flan model), so my guy was cooing at meal's end.

Gracias, la Masia, for making it a memorable birthday.

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Dragon Palace45 8th Street, New Westminster
decent dim sum
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

I had seen the adverts for dim sum at Dragon Palace, but today was the first day we went... As we always do, we ordered a mix of old favorites and utterly new items.
The old favorites, shrimp dumplings, pork and preserved egg congee, barbecue pork buns, etc., were well done. The congee was a little on the bland side, but I suppose we've been spoiled by places that put in more ginger than you normally should.
We also tried the Chiu Chow dumplings (very good), the fried bun (wonderful with the condensed milk) and the green tea sesame balls (which seemed to only have taken on the color of green tea, not the taste, but were still good).
And all for $25... not bad!

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
value and flavor
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

A disclaimer: I lived in Japan for ten years and know homestyle Japanese food inside and out. My partner says I cook miso soup better than his mom. But we were both really happy to find this place.
Yes, it's a bizarre location. I'm sorry some reviewers couldn't get past that. But once the food is in your mouth--it's a religious experience. I had oden, a sort of hot pot dish, and the broth was so delicate, and flavored with real pieces of yuzu (a citrus fruit found in Japan) peel. And the rice that came with, flavored with shiitake mushrooms, carrots and pieces of fried tofu, was awesome. And then there was the pork cutlet in brown (hayashi) sauce my partner had. So good.
My only regret is that they're not licensed. A true Japanese meal like that would have been great with a bottle of beer.

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Social Restaurant & Lounge332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
good and bad
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

My friends and I were starved at 9 at night on Canada Day, and were planning to see the fireworks at Canada Place at 10:30. Every other restaurant in Gastown we went to basically refused to seat us. We were a bit put off by the prices at first, but I hadn't had French food in a while, and the maitresse d' was very kind, so we acceded and sat down.
None of us drank, so I can't comment on the wine list, but the food offerings looked very good. And one of the chefs was definitely a (cute) gourmand as well, so that is always a good sign. I ordered the mushroom cream soup. Wonderful. Smooth, earthy with little hints of thyme and sage. To keep my costs down, I ordered the soup and an appetizer, which together were as much as an entree, but offered me more of a variety. The appetizer was a selection of charcuterie, although not as bountiful or as varied as it might be in a real French bistro. It was nonetheless good. Two classic French dishes, a terrine of pork and pistachios and some duck confit, and one new wave item, smoked bison. Served with onion relish and cornichons, and some odd crackers. Not very French.
My partner had the duck entree, which he enjoyed, except, as with most modern restaurants, the portion was too scant for his appetite. A friend ordered the pork, but it was overdone... I know pork can be hard to get right, but that was the only thing we ordered that was disappointing.
Next time we'll try the oyster bar, as both my partner and I are big oyster fans.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
I don't know where skipster ate...
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

But we went to Shabusen on Granville today, even after reading his (her?) review, and although I was prepared for the worst, the restaurant was wonderful. $13.50 for an AYCE lunch is a great deal, and although the selection is limited when compared to the dinner menu, all six of us in my party were sated. The sashimi was wonderful. Large, fresh pieces of delicious salmon and tuna. The sushi was also good. And the barbecue was delicious. The only off note was the goma-ae, which seemed to be using a non-sesame dressing (instead of the traditional seame oil and sesame seeds). It was well worth a visit.

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Top Gun Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #2228, Burnaby
a different hot pot experience
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

All of the other reviews focus on the dim sum offerings at brunch. We went to the restaurant for dinner and chose the hot pot option.
Normally, hot pot was (for us) an all-you-can-eat affair, which allowed my partner to devour as much meat as he wanted. This was the first time we had to order everything, from the soup base up, separately. As such, it is much more expensive than we would have wanted to pay, but the food was of excellent quality.
We tried the ostrich meat. Delicious! The only item that was slightly disappointing was the dumplings, which they said were house-made... Not the best I've ever had, but still acceptable.
The service was remarkable. Our water glasses, tea pot, soup pot, were all constantly kept filled. The major domo was solicitous. Took us through the menu, adjusted the heat under the soup pot. Offered a ten percent discount (although I'm not exactly sure why).
We will look for an all-you-can-eat place too, but this was an elegant choice that might merit another visit.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
finally!
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 11:19am [Dine in]

Friends have taken us to various Thai places around the city, but I suppose we were spoiled either by the wealth of decent Thai food in our former Seattle or by our memories from our past times in Thailand, as we were never that impressed.
And then we chanced on Sala Thai, having planned to attend a movie at the Paramount (now ScotiaBank) Theatre next door.
It's nice to finally be in a restaurant with enough room to breathe in, and a menu that offers more than 10 items. On our first visit, we tried our favorites, phad thai and swimming Rama, and were very happy with those. Uniquely done with flavors we hadn't had in a long time. Delicious.
On our second visit, I tried the bean sprouts and tofu dish. Yum! I regretted having the appetizer, though, because I couldn't finish my main dish.
We also really like the fruit drinks they serve there. Very refreshing.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Two Different Restaurants?
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 11:05am [Dine in]

Reading through the other reviews, I was struck by how very different they are. People either love this place or not, but I'm glad I hadn't read through that before we went last night.
I've not had Filipino food before, and neither had my partner, and a Filipino friend took us. Unlike some other reviewers, I was aware, however, of the diverse influences present in Filipino cuisine. Spanish, Chinese, Malay... so I knew that the food would be eclectic.
First off, my partner and I were both surprised by the restaurant itself. I think we were expecting it to be a bit more chaotic, more of the Philippines, but it was very modern and cool.
So too were the dishes. We sampled way too many dishes and ended up bringing home a lot, but we were never disappointed. Even the beer was a surprise. I was expecting San Miguel to be like TsingTao. Nope. San Miguel is a more complex brew. Very nice.
Other reviewers complained about the service. We had no problems whatsoever. In fact, at different points in the evening, all five of the wait staff visited our table.
I ordered from the specials menu, and I highly recommend the grilled oysters. They were so large and flavorful! And the pomelo salad was also wonderful.
My partner had the beef and spinach salad, the adobo and the garlic rice. We also shared the calamari appetizer, which was the best calamari we had had in a long time.
Our friend introduced us to the Crispy Pata. Yum. I kept thinking how bad pork fat is for me, but I couldn't stop eating it!
We will definitely be back.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
worth the money?
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 11:19am [Dine in]

I have to say, I wasn't as impressed as several other reviewers. I would recommend a lunch visit to take advantage of the better prices.

The meats, though tasty, were overcooked half the time, and very tough as a result. Since the salad bar is so good, however, I am thinking I'll just have that next time. Not that there's much difference in price...

The entertainment is good on weekend nights. The girls in carnival outfits dance very well, though only one can apparently dance and smile at the same time (which I know is hard). The guy who did the capoeira demonstration was very good too, but it seemed very silly to do that where he did, because the sight lines are atrocious. I think only the maitre d' saw his entire performance.

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Dai Sushi7090 Kingsway, Burnaby
nice sushi, nice prices
Submitted Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

I have to admit, it's risky opening a sushi place right by Sushi House, but Dai Sushi is in much larger premises, and they have clearly learned a few tricks from their neighbour in terms of pricing and quality.

The sushi was very good. Big pieces of fish, good rice quality. There were a few odd touches that seem fairly common here (like decorative tobiko on top of the hotate sushi). Toro was incredibly cheap at $1 per piece.

The miso soup is strangely thick... too much miso. But that was the only major problem for the non-sushi food. The agedashi tofu is similar to many other places around here... not really Japanese, but still tasty. The tempura was well done. I just wish more restaurants, including this one, would include some grated radish (daikon oroshi) in the tempura dipping sauce.

The service is pretty decent. Not stellar, but there wasn't anything extraordinary about this place. Probably worth it for take-out too.

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Garden City Hot Pot Restaurant8788 McKim Way, #1205, Richmond
dim sum nirvana
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

We went here on a friend's recommendation, for old-fashioned Hong Kong dim sum.

Wonderful selection of tea. And you can mix varieties when you order the tea. Try a blend of chrysamentemum and jasmine.

Great congee. And yes, a smaller dim sum menu, but man, what flavors! My partner really ikes the sea cucumber, but I loved the pork buns that the earlier reviewer waxed rhapsodic for. Even the spring rolls were great. My only regret was that they hadn't any dessert tofu.

We'll go back!

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
so much for trusting good reviews...
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

We went last night, having read the reviews, good and bad, for this place.

As mentioned by many others, the service here is, politely, funky. Hit or miss.

And yes, uncomfortable seating, especially in the horikotatsu (the tables along the walls where you take off your shoes, sit on the floor and your legs drop down into a hole beneath the table). Normally, Japanese restaurants would have cushions for this kind of seating. I ended up folding my vest and sitting on that.

The food was decent, but nothing was spectacular. The sushi sometimes had warm rice. That is not how sushi is made... The rice is cooled by hand before being used. It was very odd to place a piece of sushi in your mouth and almost burn your tongue.

The sashimi was good quality. We were impressed with the octopus and squid. But when menu items weren't available, the only way we knew was when the wait staff didn't deliver it.

And be warned: not that you'd normally order jello at a sushi place, but don't order it here... it had a skin layer and was made with too little water, so it was overly sweet.

I think we'll try some other AYCE places before we go back...

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
decent food, decent prices, wonderful atmosphere
Submitted Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

The food was good. Not orgasmically great, but not terrible, either. Appetizer portions were small.

Service was fine once our order was taken, but it took a while for that to happen. Not sure why. The waitress seemed to be pretty on the ball otherwise.

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Tsukiji4751 Garden City Road, #130, Richmond
surprised at how well they get Japanese food here
Submitted Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

First off, my partner is Japanese, and he is very particular about Japanese food. I myself lived in Japan for 10 years, so I know a thing or two as well. And we were worried when walked in and saw what appeared to be a completely Chinese crew.

But then the food came.

Good sushi (although the rice wasn't as firmly pressed as it could have been), very good tempura, very good agedashi tofu, amazingly good pickles (we have never seen any restaurant here or in Seattle present the selection we had, including delicious sweet seaweed pickles and sweet bonito and sesame sprinkles for our rice). Any place that has umeshiso rolls on the maki menu is already good in my book, and although they fall for the cucumber trick in those rolls, they were still very good. The kara-age chicken was really crisp on the outside, but perfectly cooked inside.

My partner's only complaint? That there wasn't a set menu list so he could have a cheaper wide selection of foods to try.

And the service was very good, very attentive.

My only complaint was that the decor was a little too cliched... Framed ukiyo-e prints... boring. But the music was good while we could still hear it. (It got very popular about halfway through our meal.)

We'll definitely go back.

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Khunnai Chang Thai Cuisine835 Denman St., Vancouver
not superlative but not sucky
Submitted Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 11:30am [Dine in]

Having read through the reviews, I'm confused. This place was not the best thai food we've ever had, nor was it super greasy and terrible. It was solid. Worth the money paid.

The service is attentive and good. The food is solid. I've had better Swimming Rama (the chicken with spinach and peanut sauce that has a Thai name here that I always forget) elsewhere, and it was spicier here (which was sad, 'cause I ordered it mild), but the sauce that came with the deep-fried tofu appetizer was yummy! And my beloved, a notoriously picky eater, had no complaints about his mild pad thai.

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Jupiter Cafe1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
great DJ but slow kitchen?
Submitted Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Went here for a friend's birthday on a Friday night. Fairly crowded and service was geologically slow... We thought the Second Coming might arrive before our food...

Music was good, but it doesn't make up for the fact that the drinks were way too small, the food was very salty, and the service was horrific. I have to give the waitron kudos, though, for allowing us to split our order into separate bills on the computer, even though it was a nightmare for her (because, of course, someone always forgets to include something and we have to double-check and make sure the host paid for the nachos... (grin)).

It seems like there is a better selection of places in that area if you're hungry in a hurry. But hearing some decent Fila Brazilia almost made up for it...

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Shark Club Bar & Grill, The4399 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
sports bar without the cougars
Submitted Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

As a recent immigrant, I was looking forward to my first visit to a cougar bar.

Not this place, though. Not a cougar in sight. And on a Canucks night, even!

For a sports bar, I thought the drink selection was a little meagre. and even when the nachos tray is bigger than your head, why charge $17? and then charge extra for guacamole? makes no sense!

and I doubt many people have the soup, but I'm a big soup person. they had a carrot ginger (probably from a box) that was pretty good for a sports bar. unexpected.

the most memorable part of the visit was seeing what was available for a loonie in the loo. hehehe!

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Gain Wah218 Keefer Street, Vancouver
cheap, good, solid
Submitted Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

We went here based on the recs here. A bargain. And worth the visit.

I don't think any of us ordered off the standard menu. The $5.95 specials were good.

My only quibble was that the rice seemed a little on the dry side. I prefer stickier rice.

BTW, if you like potstickers, try the ones they make here. They're more fried, than pan fried, but have such a good home-made taste, that you don't feel bad about the extra fat.

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