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monmonVancouver, CanadaSince April 30, 200812 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Fraser Park Restaurant4663 Byrne Road, #103, Burnaby
not quite a diamond, but a gem none-the-less
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 2:36am [Dine in]

had a late brunch with my bf today at this industrial cafe. The place is decidedly german, and gives off an impression that it's a local warehouse worker favorite. Chalk board menu and ordering from the till, self serve beverage and a set of well-loved drums.

Bf and I both ordered breakfast; him the german breakfast (huge! ~$7.50 omelet, sausages, bacon, toast, hashbrowns, german potatoes), me the two egg breakfast w/sausage (~$6.50).

The chef was pretty cool, very german indeed, with a gigantic mustache. i wonder if he plays the drums/keyboard sometimes? =)

This place was a little hard to find, turn right into a complex when you see "lower ____ street" on the left. It's on the left side of the building.

definitely will go back for the sausages!!

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Tandoori Kona11700 Cambie Road, #170, Richmond
Pretty good
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 2:28am [Dine in]

Got recommended this restaurant, and decided to try it before heading to watch a movie. My bf and I had a marvelous time here tonight. the restaurant's small, with a few tables already occupied. At this time it was about 7pm.

We had the butter chicken and lamb vindaloo. Both were excellent ($11.95 each i believe). I can see why some people might think that their portions are small. When the two curry came, I too was worried if it was going to feed us both... However, the small metal bowls are deceiving and actually holds quite a bit of liquid/sauce! We were surprised at how much it came out to be, and had to back the rest of the vindaloo/rice/naan bread. oh yes, and it was very yummy too =)

There were two servers, and 1/4 of the way through dinner, a large party sat and ordered. so the servers weren't too aware when both my bf and I have empty glasses on the table. But once we do catch their attention, they were very prompt at getting us what we needed.

great experience, will come back if in the neighborhood =)

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
omg. so good.
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

My bf and I went here last night to have a mini celebration. We walked in at 8 on a Wednesday with no reservation and they were able to sit us on a booth near the kitchen. we were presented with a 'today's fresh catch' menu, which reminded us of a great seafood restaurant in Portland. Neither of us have been here before, and were a little apprehensive, waiting to see if Sandbar would deliver. And sure enough, it was a night to remember.

service: very attentive. our entrees look a long to come, but the server and manager dealt with it very professionally. the manager took out the food and told us that they would love to buy us dessert because of the delay. it's always nice when they show appreciation like that. However, our server was a little strange at the beginning. when he was explaining the menu to us, it was like he's explaining to teenagers..."ahi tuni is great, it's a little cooked on the outside and raw in the middle..."... um, silly you, you think i don't know what it is. strange!

ambiance: pretty good! i love the 3 levels. but where we sat, we didn't get a good view of the river... which was unfortunate. maybe next time we'll have better seats.

food:
appy: crab cake was average. entree: i ordered the ahi tuna ($28), bf ordered the swordfish ($26). Mine was perfectly cooked, smokey from the brick oven, such quality seafood too! i love tuna, but i've never had it THIS good before. my bf's swordfish was like the steak of fish! the texture and the taste was unbelievable! much better than the portland place (which was suppose to have some of the best seafood in USA!!) My bf's pretty picky, and even he said it was delicious from the first bite all the way to the very last. the rice side didn't do much for the meal, and it's a strange resemblance to chinese fried rice. we laughed about that. The dessert was yummy! really good berry crumble ($9) and Belgian choc pudding ($7.80~).

Overall, worth every penny. will go back as often as we can.

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Anducci's10194 152 Street, Surrey
gnocchi!
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

We went there on saturday after a wedding ceremony to kill the hunger. There were 5 of us and we were sat in the corner booth. Ordering was prompt, but the service slides downhill from there.

We ordered 3 gnocchi pastas, and 1 quesadilla.

I ordered the Luigi Luongo gnocchi and it was pleasantly yummy!! Although a bit oily, the tomato bruchetta on top was really quite nice with the chicken/mushroom/and gorgonzola chz.

Btw, we had our food chucked onto the table too. i sat by the wall so understanbly it's harder to reach, but it didn't warrant a chuck that made a loud noise against the METAL table. we didn't have the right number of utensils, the server didn't bother coming back to refill drinks/water, and had to yell after her to get some fresh pepper!

This place has potential based on the food, but really needs to add more colour and light in the restaurant, and get better management for their servers.

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Fiddlehead Joe's Eatery1012 Beach Ave., Vancouver
The view is nice...
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

My bf and I went to eat there yesterday before the fireworks since it was on the way to the beach. We also had the entertainment book with us so we thought, why not try something new.

We've walked past here a few times while on the seawall and the view of false creek from inside was undeniably beautiful. Service was pretty good actually. We had a choice of where we wanted to sit, server was prompt on ordering and filling beer/water glasses. Although when i told her there's a fly in my water, she just took it away with a non-caring face. um. there's a fly in my water... shouldn't you apologize!?

we both ordered burgers because we wanted beer. my bf had the Prime Rib burger with portebello mushroom. I had the Ahi Tuna burger, which was very well cooked, very nice texture. My bf however, found the burger only so-so, lacked luster. he said that the mushroom does nothing for the burger, and would rather have had another kind of mushroom, or no patty and just the portebello mushroom. the patty was also dry, and quality wasn't at a 'prime rib' level. the beer was good tho! kept cold too =)

overall, if it wasn't for the discount that took care of one of the $16 burgers, we would have thought itd be too pricey for waht we got.

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Flo Tea Room7994 Granville Street, Vancouver
Flo: now with soapy bbtea!
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

The last time i went, it was so horrible that i've since refused to go back.

food: their snacks/food are pretty typical Taiwanese cuisine. I'd rather be eating at Pearl Castle.

drink: barely decent - they've got good portions, but the last time i've been there, i ordered a matcha green tea slush with red bean (it's a special drink with a name, but i don't remember what the name is). I've had this drink before here (and liked it), and I know what it's suppose to taste like. THIS particular one tasted like DISH DETERGENT. i noticed it on the first sip. yup, not Jasmine-taste (besides, it's not jasmine green tea, it's powder matcha!), but full-on soap. Ivory or Dove, you pick. YUCK

service: This is the real deal-breaker for me. The servers didn't understand english OR cantonese... And when i got my drink and discovered it taste like SOAP (i got my friend to confirm this), i waved down our waitress and told her about the taste. She said it's SUPPOSE TO TASTE like that!!! I told her, no, i've had this before, this is SOAP, what i had before isn't SOAP (done with elaborate hand motions, because again, she didn't understand english/canto (or is faking it)). She gives me a blank look, says oh, and goes get another waitress, who (thank god spoke SOME english) then tries to tell me that it's suppose to be like that! OMG! I proceeded to make them see that this was unacceptable and I suggested (!) that they make me another one. So she brings it back to the kitchen and in plain sight, the waitresses and drink maker/cook each passes around a spoon and proceeds to drink from my drink!! seriously people! won't you just believe me?? The drink that came back didn't taste like soap, good thing because I was this sure that they would just bring me back the same drink (after taste testing it!)...

overall: NOT recommended. An embarrassment to Vancouver's food reputation. I'm surely never going there again.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Feed your eye or your tummy?
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

If i'm on 4th, i would think of the Noodle Box, and that's exactly where i went for dinner last night.

Food: Spicy Peanut Noodle - YUM! soo good. With some spice, it is definitely very thai-like. Just thinking about it makes me want some. HOWEVER i've tried many other noodle bowls and is generally disappointed with them. Also, i find the amount of spicy-ness hard to control. sometimes a mild+ is really a mild, and a medium is sometimes medium+ or mild-medium. Someone should tell them that 9+ levels of spicyness makes it hard to control... what's the point?

Service: Decent. I've never actually sat down and ate there before. but I've waited long enough for my food to know that it's cafeteria-like. So really, the only person you'll interact with is the cashier, and it's a hit or miss.

Value: notice how i've said 'THINK' about going to NB if i'm on 4th? that's cuz a lot of the time i just think it's too expensive for what they give you. true the SPB is sensational, but for $11 +tax... i'm motivated to learn how to do it at home.

Ambiance: right, feed your eyes. the decor is alright, the eye candy in the kitchen is better. =)

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Sushi King House8176 Granville Street, Vancouver
I am in love with SKH
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 11:33am [Dine in]

My fav sushi place in all of lower mainland.

It has fed my sushi craving for over 5 years, whether rainy, snowy, windstorm, or chokingly humid, Sushi King was there for me on my way to UBC.

Service: very friendly. they know us by now and remembers what we order. very attentive on filling your tea/water, and always service with a smile =)

Food: They still have the best spicy agedashi tofu, the best(!) sauce for their tempura (and for only ~$5, you can get an appy tempura that has 4 prawns and 2 yam! *drool*). Their cones are amazingly huge.. try the spicy salmon, it's gigantic. their rolls are huge too. M other fav is the Uni Sushi when it is in season, $2 per sushi, and it too, yes, is gigantic. aww man now i want some sushi.

Ambiance: Decent. Maybe cuz i've been there for over 5 years, it feels very cozy. i prefer sitting near the back of this small restaurant .

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New management
Manolis Taverna3877 Canada Way, Burnaby
greek is greek
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 11:25am [Dine in]

My bf and I are deciding to try more entertainment book places (since we haven't at all from the time we got the book in November!!)

Manolis was close by, so we ended up there Saturday night around 8:30pm. the place was really quiet for that time with only 3 other tables.

Service: Our waitress was the owner (we believe so), and she was quite attentive to us. Very pleasant, and came back and checked a few times. Strange how the review below mentioned that they were Asian and got treated badly, but we are Asian too and the lady was quite pleasant. Oh, and we made it clear we were using the entertainment card too.

Food: i ordered the Roast Lamb ~$14 and my bf ordered the Grilled Calamari, ~$16. I also had a glass of house red, decent, not too tannin-y, relatively short lasting taste, but still has a hold. easy to drink. The Roast lamb dinner was quite big! Stepho big, and well seasoned. the Grilled Calamari was tender and very tasty. Comes with salad, rice, potatoe, and pita.

Ambiance: we were sat in a subsection of the restaurant, but still can see the entire restaurant. typical white and blue with ivy. but the place looked a little crowded cuz of the ivy on the ceiling and makes it a little gloomy. also, the lighting for our little section was GREEN/BLUE... dim and hurting to the eye. I had my bf ask the candle to be lit, that helped a little. But near the middle of dinner the waitress turned on some more lights in the main section, making it better all around. Get rid of the blue/green nightmare lights please, it doesn't do much for your complexion.

Overall, recommended if you have a coupon/card.

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Shang Noodle House350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
Yummy ramen outside of denman
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 10:23am [Dine in]

Yay!! i'm so happy this opened around Queensborough. I live in Surrey, and my bf lives by Metro, so it's right smack in the middle. It also happens to be my dad and bro's fav place for noodles.

Service: attentive, polite, overall very good. Though the food came in odd segments. we ordered 3 noodle bowls and it came one by one. probably just not enough staff in the kitchen.

Food: yummyy!! nothing like some hot soupy ramen. But this place also gives you crazy amount of stuff! more brisket/pork then you'd get at other places that's for sure.

Value: good-great. $7.88~ for a bowl. it's not expensive, but not the cheapest. Though with so much meat in your bowl, it's probably more worth it then other restaurants

Ambiance: nice, well thought out. youthful, comfortable.

overall: very recommended! =)

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Posh6462 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Great AYCE HP + Awesome Service
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

When I first encountered Posh in Richmond, I'd already wanted to try it. But for one reason or another, I didn't try it until my cousin from Japan came to visit. Great experience there.

I personally love AYCE hotpot. My boyfriend, not so much. he doesn't think it's worth the $18. Posh however, is only $14 for dinner... but I was still hesitant to bring him there because they only had 2 kinds of meat (and he loves meat).

But finally, we went to the Burnaby one the other day and he actually loved it! love the sauce, the meat, THE SERVICE!!, the price, the whole package! Here it is broken down:

Time: 9:30pm
Day: Sunday
Duration: ~1hr30 min

Food: Great beef, very good selection of veggies, excellent sukiyaki sauce. I love how it comes with a raw egg for dipping (usually other (more $$) restaurants charge for raw egg). However, the pot water/sauce did become kind of oily because of all the beef we consumed.

Ambiance: Much bigger than the Richmond location. very neat decor, modern. Booths were comfy. Great for smaller parties, but had a few tables of ~10+. Open kitchen, which was great because it looked really clean inside.

Service: AMAZING!! from the first call to see what time they close, till the very last goodbye, the service was prompt, polite, and attentive! Points to recognize:
- The server and manager both spoke fluent English (cuz I’m the only one that speaks Chinese well, normally I’m the one fetching stuff from the canto-only servers).
- we were sat promptly
- we were asked if this was our first time here, and the server took the time to explain how the sukiyaki works
- empty plates were taken away right away (surprisingly fast and sneaky about it too, which is a good thing)
- smiley, said thanks and plz
- their last call is for veggies only, plates of meat can still be ordered after that!!!!!
- the manager himself came up to deliver our bill, and asked us very politely and apologetically to clear it because they are closing their till. He made it clear that we are welcome to stay and finish, and is sorry that he has to ask.

I know that this seems like a normal "white-food" restaurant service. but for all Chinese staff and Asian food, this is SPECTACULAR. I’m so excited for them, and will definitely be coming back for more delicious AYCE Hotpot.

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Akari Japanese Restaurant7261 120 Street, Delta
find a better place to spend your $$
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

go find a better place to spend your $$
I'm a lover of Japanese Food and whenever possible, I’d suggest eating some sushi. So even when my brother was sick, but wanted to eat, we went for sushi near where we lived - Delta. When it comes to Japanese food, we usually choose to go to Richmond or Vancouver, but since my bro was sick but desperate for Japanese food, we decided to try Akira. The decor looked nice outside, so why not? It was such a mistake to go in...

Time: 5:10pm
Day of the week: Sunday
Duration: 1hr 15 min

Ambiance: Decent plus 1
- neat little place. When we got there, there were 3 other tables, already sitting. Even though there were booths, since there were only 2 of us, they sat us in a table. The dishwares were noticeably different, and are quite nice. Too bad the good things kinds here.

Service: Horrid
- you can probably get better service at a self-serve check out at Superstore than here. 2 maybe 3 timid server ladies were working. Since we actually had dinner plans at home later on but was just hungry for some sushi, we only ordered a Spicy Salmon Roll and a Philadelphia Roll. They took our order right after the table next to us. So when their food came after ~15 minutes, we thought we should be getting ours soon. None-the-less my brother starts his timer on his new iPhone to keep track for fun.
- [10 MINUTE PASSES BY]. No one has even come by our table, so we flagged over a server from across the restaurant and told her we still haven't gotten our food yet. So she goes check, and I can see that the sushi chef is saying that he doesn't have our bill. Fine, it happens.
- [5 MINUTE PASSES BY]. Our first roll comes, the Philly. We thought it was odd because everywhere else would serve the rolls together.
- [15 minutes later] we've finished our first roll, and no sight of the Spicy Salmon.
- [Another 10 minutes of waiting] The restaurant is getting busy and we're completely ignored. I couldn't even flag down a waitress to tell her we're still missing food. But it was pointless now since we had to leave to go home, so when I finally flagged down a waitress, I just asked for the bill. This is the best part - the bill comes back with BOTH ROLLS on it!! I wait and wait for a server to come by so I can tell her that I didn't even GET the 2nd roll, but everyone ignores me! Aren't I supposed to be paying? getting change or making an interaction? Should they not be paying attention when customers are paying?? This is when I should've left, but since I’ve been a server before, I can understand how stress it can get. So I took my brother and went up to the manager at the cashier. I told the manager that I didn't have that roll, and guess what? he looks at me as if I was a scammer, and said that I must be mistaken... um NO! He then proceeds to ask each of his serving staff and kitchen staff if this is true. I showed him my brother's phone which now read over 50 mins waiting on two rolls when the restaurant was basically EMPTY. He said sorry (finally!) and took off the spicy salmon roll. I threw down a 10 and left. HORRID.

Food: The food here is pricey. ~$4.50 for a standard roll (ie. spicy salmon), above $7 for a deluxe roll. Everything was $1 or $2 above the average Richmond/Vancouver/even Downtown joints. But $$ isn't really a concern as long as it's worth it (I've had some 'worth it' sushi before at an even higher price). I ordered two roll, only 1 came. The roll that I DID have was the Philadelphia Roll. I looked great in the menu, but it didn't look like the picture when it got to our table. It was decent. But was it worth the $9.80 after tax for an 8 piece roll? NOPE.

3 phrases to sum it up:
- horrible, HORRIBLE service
- can think of better ways to spend $
- never coming back

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