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moomoo55VancouverSince July 7, 200820 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
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Accord Food House4611 Kingsway, Burnaby
Solid place, just a bit small...
Submitted Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

... they actually have an open-air CLEAN kitchen!

Had the Taiwanese Beef noodle soup - which is deceptively light broth in the beginning, however, the flavor gets deceptively more flavorful as the flavor sinks to the bottom.

They have some very interesting drinks - the food menu is actually very small, however, they have a lot of drinks and tea. Not a bad place to hang out - Think of it as a tea house that does some semi-decent food, rather than a restaurant that does tea. Besides, it's very small, and not many seats at all. Pretty decent tea / drink menu, with some combo specials.

It's not a BBT house - it's more upscale, and with some semi-decent noodle dishes. They're run by a husband/wife team, so it's not really for late night teenie-boppers who want to hang out. It's a place where people can chill, have a decent tea, without having to worry about young kids being loud.

I'll be back - not for lunch, more for a snack or light meal instead.

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
Goodbye...
Submitted Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

... had the Smoked Cod and partner had the Salmon Wellington...

split the Mussels on an Iron Plate... really cool stuff, they even had the recipe on the website...

ok, admittedly, you're spending more than $30+ on an entree here. For that price you ARE getting some pretty good seafood - the Smoked Black Cod was tender and flavorful that you could smell the smokiness when they brought it to your table. (Ok, so it's not that big a piece.) Salmon Wellington was dry on the inside and the sauce for it, well, I wasn't a big fan, but excuted decently nonetheless.

Loved the mussels with pine nuts and flavored with sea salt... rather than standard steamed mussels, the iron-plate ones tasted roasted, which gave it another element of taste.

Had the Belgian Sinn Chocolate cake - admittedly, nothing special about it - but as it was an anniversary, what the hey... admittedly, you could get better desserts elsewhere...

but you come to the Cannery for the ambiance, for the seafood, not for the desserts. You come here for the seafood, the daily fresh list, the wine list, the dessert wines... and this, they do well. On top of that, the server is honest, gives you his input if you're not sure what you want to order, and is knowledgable and attentive, but yet, not intrusive. Loved the service, loved the attention, and loved the seafood.

We'll miss it when it's gone.

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King Wah Bakery5692 Victoria Street, Vancouver
It's a bakery... so there's no ambiance!
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Well, it's a chinese bakery. Everyone mills around the bakery counter, buys the buns and gets out. There's no seating or benches or whatnot - it's simply a Chinese bakery. They don't have beverages. Buy your bread - and go home. That's all there is to it.

They do make some fair-priced egg tarts - they have crispy shell egg tarts ($.50), and they have some flaky-shell egg tarts ($.70) - they do some fairly decent buns. Unlike the cocktail buns from Pine House, they actually have more bread and dough in the cocktail buns... Pine House buns have a hole in them, so there's not much of a bun structure.

They make a variety of pull-apart breads and other goodies. They're a solid Chinese bakery. You're not going to be "wow'ed" by new creations or such - as a Chinese bakery, you're not going to get new radical ideas for Chinese breads or pastries (like, say, Anna's Cake Shop.) All they focus on is just decent, solid good ol' Chinese breads and pastries - and for that, they're solid in that department.

Worth a try if you're in the area.

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Golden Sparkle5763 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Fresh does not mean frozen!
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

menu advertised "fresh fish congee" - instead get frozen fish (still slightly cold and tasted freezer-burnt) that arrived in congee. Enough said about false advertisement here. When confronted by waitress... waitress goes "well, what do you expect from this price?"

What I expect is if you say "fresh" fish congee - the fish is to be fresh - not frozen. Tell me that's not false advertising?

You're not going to get exceptional service - this is a Chinese run joint, and it's quick in - quick out. The food isn't exceptional, and further, they try to put more expensive prices on food that is pretty much of lower grade than comparable chinese restaurants.

Unfortunately, it's the size and the slightly-upscale looking place that brought me to try this place in the beginning. It's the food and attide and service that will keep me away. While other places on the Victoria Drive strip (ie. Mui Garden, Sun Yee, etc) are busy, no wonder customers don't need to wait for a table here.

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Beefy Beef Noodle House4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Not bad - has some potential
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

Had the "Beef Noodle Special" (not listed in the menu, it's written on the wall) - for $8.50, you get a big bowl of beef noodle, beef tendon, and veggies in it... really good soup base. Pretty big bowl - can fill up a big guy.

other reviews are accurate, it's staffed by younger people (therefore, either inexperienced, or couldn't care less as they're probably being overworked anyway) The place has Bubble Tea also, but who goes to a beef noodle house for bubble tea?

Place can get crowded. With better management and a bit more knowledgable servers, this place has potential. Would be interesting to see what they are like in a couple of months from now...

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant8171 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
Not bad if before 12pm...
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

went for Dim Sum ... as per previous reviews, there's a menu for $2.50 dishes before 11am... rather limited... and then after 11am, there's another menu for $2.88 / dish (with more selections). Not bad... considering dim sum at other places with less ambiance will be around the same price.

It's solid dim sum - not outstanding, you're not going to be blown away by the food. The service is solid also... not going to ignore you like other places, or treat you rudely like other dim sum places.

For $2.50 or %2.88/dish, not bad... the hostess saw that we were sitting near the entrance where it got VERY breezy and offered to move us to another table when another table opened up, so I'll give it a "solid" - most budget Chinese places couldn't care less. I'll give them that much.

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Celsius Cafe4800 No. 3 Road, #105, Richmond
dark lights, but food is like... *UGH*
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

Nice ambience - dark, and quiet. However, the food...

ordered Curry Chicken on rice ($7.95), with $2.00 more, you get a milk tea. Curry Chicken was pan-fried chicken chunks, with Glico curry. Wife ordered mildly spicy noodles in soup - came in a big bowl, WAY too spicy, and definitely not worth the $7.95 paid for, as there was no flavor on it. Soup base had a mix of Vietnamese hot sauce with a bit of Chinese preserved veggies in it, so it had a bit of sour taste also.

They ARE licensed, I'll give them that... but who drinks alcoholic drinks while others have milk tea?

Definitely will not go, unless there's more of an incentive...

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Koffee Kona5698 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Good ambience... but that's it...
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 11:57am [Dine in]

... good ambience in this place - faces right out to the corner of Victoria and 41st.. however, staff are not knowledgable about coffee. Asked them whether it was a dark roast or medium roast - and he turned back to ME and asked "what's the difference"....

How can you call yourself a coffee house if your KEY PRODUCT, the coffee, you're not knowledgable about? I'll give them this much: they have a big-screen LCD tv, and it's on a busy intersection, they have WiFi, but that's about it. I wouldn't be "wow'ed" in this place - rather, I'd be questioning the product. I wouldn't have too much high hopes.

Anyway, ordered the large drip brew - which is comparable (pricewise) to Starbucks, but quality-wise, just above Tim Hortons. Beans are of inferior quality. Since there aren't many coffee shops around Victoria and 41st, I might consider it if i REALLY need my caffine fix, but if not, I'd drive to Champlain Mall or 49th and Elliott for a Starbucks - at least the quality is consistent.

Maybe a place for kids to study at with their netbooks, but definitely not a place to sit down and chat.

I really wanted to like these guys - small startup, try to make it well... but inferior product, and unknowledgable staff about the very product you serve, well, that just turns me to somewhere else.

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Quick in and out...
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

This isn't a place to linger... it's quick in, slurp your noodles, and quick out.

I admit, I'm not too understanding about whether ramen is authentic or not. What I go for is taste. I like comfort food, and after trying Menya, I think I will include it into my list.

Went to Menya on Saturday night, 7pmish or so - packed. Needed to wait for tables - people all around slurping their noodles. Fairly good sign, I think.

Had the Nagahama Tonkatsu... yes, as per previous reviews, it's a bit on the small side for $6.75. For that price, I can get a large pho - but that's like comparing apples and oranges. For an additional $3.40, you get a triangular rice ball and 4 gyoza.

Ramen wasn't that interesting - but the SOUP was pretty good. Big huge pot in the back of the restaurant boiling... and when the ramen arrived at the table, it's still hot, even after repeated slurping the noodles up.

I don't go to ramen places often, and at $7.00 a bowl, it's not a place I'd go often. But if i have a ramen craving and I do not wish to be in downtown, well, I'd definitely consider this place.

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Diner, The4556 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Tacky, but also warm and cozy
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 12:28am [Dine in]

spent Valentines with the wife and 3 other British ladies who happened to be dining out on Valentines by themselves. Stella, the owner, is typical British... and yes, as mentioned in previous other reviews, has that typical British sarcastic humor... however, she is very well loved and is very genuine and warm too.

Wife had the Haddock fish and chips - I had the Valentines day special (Roast Baron of Beef, Yorkshire pudding, with dessert)... and since it was our first experience with British food (outside of pub food), Stella was very patient in our selections. Further, the regular patrons (the British ladies!) were very helpful in teaching us more about English culture... and even suggested to come on special days where Stella does special meals (ie. Robbie Burns Day, St. Patricks Day)... and apparently it's an adventure in itself!

Stella is like your typical "British mum" - she wants to make sure you clean your plate, and at the same time, her British hospitality makes it fun to be dining here. Yes, it makes you think about etiquette in a restaurant... but Stella also makes it a homey place to dine at. Further, after the dinner, as it was Valentines day, she even presented me with a carnation... and even did a little curtsy.

Yes, it's like Sophie's Cosmic Cafe except with all British memorabilia, but it also gives a genuinely different feel that makes it FEEL British. With a bit of imagination, one can feel as if they were in a diner somewhere in the outskirts of London.

The regular patrons have advised to try out the British breakfasts (as advised by Stella and her regular patrons, "after 11:30 - AFTER YOU GO TO CHURCH!") and for the special events that Stella does for Xmas, St Patricks Day and Robbie Burns Day. We definitely will be back, not just or Stella's hospitality, but also for experience regular, home-cooked British food.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
Great service, great people...
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Did the DOV thing tonight - originally booked the table for 2, but ended up that we had out of town guest who came along with us, and the restaurant tried to accomodate us on a 7pm sitting Saturday night, with a Canucks game.

They sat us at the bar, which was actually a blessing. The bartender was outstanding - he was great in explaining what he was doing - kept up a great conversation all night. Servers were great too - they were always attentive without intruding.

Salad wasn't anything special - guests had the Cream of Zucchini soup - mixed with cream cheese - outstanding. I had the Bouillaibaise - seafood was outstanding - you could taste the freshness. Wife had the braised beef, and guest had the ratatouille - again, outstanding.

Dessert - Creme Brulee, Hazelnut crepe with Creme Anglaise were both outstanding. Lemon tart wasn't as extraordinary.

However, what will bring us back is the service - warmly greeted, warmly served, did everything to accomodate us, and all night, the bartender kept a banter going. The jokes and the knowledge and just asking him how he made those signature drinks was great. All the wait-staff were great... again, a blessing to be sitting right at the bar.

Manager actually saw we were impressed, and let us know that he's working on a dessert / wine tasting menu, and that during nights that were not as busy, they'd be willing to entertain having desserts and alcohol and setting up wonderful desserts flambe-style. Invited us to come after dine-out, and that we'd be informed when that menu came out.

Food was solid -> excellent range... but the service was incredible! I can understand that it would be a hit-and-miss with previous reviews - but sitting at the bar instead of a table, I had great service tonight... wonderful! Definitely will be back later!

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BC Sushi2126 W Broadway, Vancouver
Rude managers, questionable fish
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

did the AYCE thing - they have two separate menus - one for $10(something) without Sashimi, and $13(something) that includes sashimi (albeit 3 piece salmon and 3 piece tuna type AYCE).

I'll give them the benefit of having some big portions... sushi is of regular size compared to other AYCE places. They have plenty of cooked items for those who don't eat raw fish.

But that's pretty much where it ends. Once we were seated, no less than 2 minutes two people with "manager" on their nametags start asking us what we want - we barely settled in. We asked whether they had any slips or anything like that to write on - they tell us they just key it into their PDA's. "You can write what you want on your napkin." Fine... but what dining establishment manager tells you THAT?

First piece of fish I put into my mouth was a piece of snapper. WARM. Same with the salmon and tuna (which was MUSHY from being out too long). Decided to stick it out with the cooked stuff. Decent cooked foods - but the sushi rolls were of semi-decent quality. Don't have stomach cramps - yet. Therefore I question the fish.

Previous reviews talked about "hit and miss service". I agree. The managers will try to kick you out - the AYCE menu says the sitting time is 1.5 hours... and by the first hour, they're telling us this is the last call. HUH? Nobody else out there does that - and don't try to blame it on the definition of "last call" either... I can understand it if the kitchen closes at 2pm, that's fine, I can understand staff need a break too... but to say that this is the definition of "last call" is uncalled for.

Food's not bad for AYCE prices - good selection, semi-decent quality which is hit and miss - but the service - forget it. If you want decent service - look for the younger waitresses in the 20's. They work hard, and they try. The older, 40+yr old managers, forget it. They ruin the experience right from the time I sit down.

If I'm being served by the so-called managers, forget it, I'm bringing my business elsewhere. But if being waitressed by the younger girls, who try hard and bus the numerous dishes we had, I'd definitely reconsider.

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Strawberry Cones Pizza & Pasta4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3180, Richmond
Not worth it, IMHO
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

... went on Jan 2/09 - it's located at the Aberdeen Centre Food Fair... (so no ambiance either.. what can you say, it's in a friggin food court!)

around $8 - 12 a pizza. HOLY COW, they're small. They use a 10" box for the pizzas, but they seem even smaller - and that's MEDIUM. I've been to many pizza places - these so-called Medium pizzas are very small compared to Pizza Hut / Panago.

had one with salmon and onions. They have very different varieties - not your usual Tomato Paste / Pepperoni fixings - they have all sort of other varieties. However, you CANNOT pick and choose. On the menu they have around 10 - 15 pizzas. When we went, they only had 4 available. So even if you see something on the menu, you might not be able to order it. They don't do custom pizzas.

They fresh-make the pizza - spread out the dough, put it in a machine to flatten it out, and put the ingredients all right in front of you - then bake it in one of those Quizno's style ovens.

Nothing special - other than the toppings are unusual. (Teriyaki Chicken as a topping?) However, IMHO, really can't justify the pizza at $13.50 (tax included).

Pastas are around $5 or so - really pathetic, actually. Not even a mound of noodles - just a handful of noodles, with maybe a few thin slices of chicken, or 3 shrimp. Can't justify paying $5 - $6 for pasta like that.

Try once, at least say you had the experience, then fall back to good ol' Bella Pizza or Pizza Hut. Or unless you REALLY have a pizza craving at Aberdeen and can't wait to go to somewhere else.

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Shining Garden5822 Victoria, Vancouver
Rude waiter ruins Xmas.
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2008 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Made reservations for dim sum 11 people on Xmas... get there, no table, waiter starts taking names and numbers for seats. Gives them to everyone, except myself. Family members come in (regulars to the restaurant!) - notice that reservation has not been honored, and further, no slip / number waiting to be called... when addressed of dishonored reservation and no-number while waiting, waiter rudely stares at me and says "Oh, of COURSE I remember you...!" (addressed in a threatening tone, as if he'll remember me for life.)

If I wanted to be threatened on Xmas, I'd have spent it with the homeless at Main and Hastings.

Food itself is ultra-budget - $2.50 dishes... no ambiance, you get what you pay for... it's edible, but not the best. It does the job, but it's not the place to bring someone out. It's loud, noisy, and typical old-school Chinese hole in the wall. Don't expect much.

but rude waiter ruins everything - and I sure as hell didn't expect THREATS. Understand that it's a busy day - but when reservations are not honored (when we had called and they DID promise a table ready by the appointed time!) - and surly / rude waiters that treat larger parties like crap, there's PLENTY of other dim sum places in Vancouver that would willingly appreciate my business.

Will not return, especially when waiters treat you rudely and imply a threat. And do yourself a favor, avoid this place like the plague.

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Diplomat Bakery6111 London Road, #110, Richmond
outsanding cakes in decent setting
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

It's in a coffee shop in an obscure, weird, location. What can I say?

BUT - it's got decent cakes. 5 slices for the price of 4... and their Hazelnut Cream is simply outstanding. It's a coffee shop - so there isn't much ambiance - but if you go there, you're going for the cake anyway, you're not going there to show off. Cheesecake wasn't that good though - regular flour-cakes were great.

Definitely will be back. These cakes are just a shade below Ganache - but they are outstanding nonetheless and hold their own value.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Decent Ramen
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

.. can give Kintaro a run. Ramen is hot and flavorful, not as much MSG as other ramen places. Also has more sitting-areas than Kintaro. Ambience is a bit more upscale than Kintaro, but honestly, each have their own strengths.

Chasiu and the soup base are of decent quality. They have other food choices also - gyozas, etc... it's a place where you can sit down and enjoy your ramen, instead of being rushed.

Definitely will come back when I have a Ramen craving.

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Maruwa Sushi Japanese Restaurant11300 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Pretty Ok - here for food, not decor
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

Ordered a couple of bento boxes at 9pm - apparently, last round is around the same time - so if you go, GO EARLIER... it's not all you can eat, but it's quality. Tuna and Snapper were top notch, rice was of decent quality. Service was decent. It's in a strip mall, so it's most people will miss it. But quality of fish was much better than most sushi places. Limited selection, but I'm going for quality, so I will go again.

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Mr Sport Pizza & Steak House4131 No. 5 Rd, Richmond
bit quiet and slow...
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 12:50am [Dine in]

A bit quiet at nights... there's only 2 waitresses and they run around doing EVERYTHING...

Their pastas aren't too bad - it's of decent size and decent quality for a pizza / pasta place... quiet little place in a strip mall. Expect to wait a bit longer for take-out, though. not a lot of people come, and I like it because it's quiet...

I'd be back though - especially if you order 2 orders of pasta... pretty good price.

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Pearl Castle3779 Sexsmith Road, #1128, Richmond
*meh*
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 12:45am [Dine in]

Well, what do you expect o a BBT place? Yeah, you get bubble tea, and this place also offers some food. But ultimately, you come for the bubble tea. which - is just decent. It doesn't wow me.

There's just simply TOO MANY people ordering take-out on a Friday or Saturday night. if you get a table near the bar where staff are making drinks, or if you get a table near the cash register, be prepared to be SURROUNDED by people ordering take-out drinks, which leads too nobody noticing customers near the tables, and well, just a general lack of ambiance.

At least, if you order take out from Well Tea, you won't block other people who are sitting in the restaurant enjoying their drink.

Hey Pearl Castle: a suggestion; if you have a cash register and order-taking near the DOOR, rather than at the back of the restaurant, it will improve your ambiance, and your restaurant won't always be so crowded that we never want to come!

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant350 Gifford St., New Westminster
Decent service doesn't justify poor food.
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 12:37am [Dine in]

I'll give them credit; they did have polite, non-intrusive service. The atmosphere matches for an upscale establishment. Ambience is great (this is the best-looking of all the Kirin's out in Lower Mainland) and service wise, though not outstanding, is decent for an establishment of this caliber.

BUT - for a high-class, upscale Chinese restaurant with an established reputation, I cannot honestly recommend coming to this location. Good ambience and passable service doesn't cover up the food deficiencies. Other Kirin locations are much better than this place that masquerades as a Kirin.

We had ordered a pan-seared fish (key words - PAN SEARED) and the fish arrived FRIED. We're not talking "pan-seared-with-too-much-oil" type of fried... we're talking FISH AND CHIPS type of fried. When we confronted the server about this, they claim that "this is how it's done - this IS pan seared" - uh, hello, isn't that called 'misrepresentation'? When the fish is FRIED, it's fried... that's not pan-searing. Pan searing doesn't make the fish go crispy like fish and chips!

Preserved veggies with pork arrived with the pork all mushy and not edible.

Lettuce Wraps - they gave us 8 flimsy pieces of lettuce (we had 8 people at the table)... and when asked if we could have more, the server says "This is traditional - that's all you get." And when we noticed at the same time, at the table next to us, who had 7 people, they get two plates of lettuce (18+ wraps!), how is that "traditional"?

Oyster and Ginger/onion pot - the oysters were extremely dry, as if they had taken dried oysters, and soaked them overnight. And since the oysters were fried (again!), this further made them inedible when the whole pot arrived at the table.

Again, decent service (I can't even rate the service as outstanding - a place of this caliber should have better service!), but the food was of such poor quality, it cannot be considered a "Zagat" rated establishment.

I'll give other Kirins another try, but this one will definitely be off my list - and I won't recommend to anyone at all.

People come to Kirin to be "wow'ed" by their food, service and ambiance. The only thing that wow'ed us were the decorations.

Why come here again? I won't. Any cheaper-class Richmond establishment will beat this place in terms of food quality.

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