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muimuimuiCoquitlamSince July 26, 20098 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Blows Tropika out of the proverbial water.
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

After my experience with a few other Thai restaurants around Vancouver, I was a little hesitant to visit Maenam, despite raving reviews. To me, the Thai I've tried was almost identical to middle of the road Chinese food. I do not mean this as an offense to Chinese food, but as China and Thailand are two different countries, I would assume at least a few differences in cuisine.
Maenam changed my perception entirely.

Ordered the 8 Spice Fish (cod), prawn and chilli jam salad, and roti.
The cod was wonderfully sweet and spicy. The burn stayed on the mouth, yet the sweet kept you eating it. The roti was great with the remaining sweet sauce.

At the majority of restaurants I've been to, the only saving grace of salads were the copious amount of other various items they decided to mix with the vegs. And they'd be nothing short of average, and something I could recreate at home. Not in the case of this salad. Flavourful and consisting of kaffir lime leaves (something that I have not previously experienced), this was something special. But there was one downside. We started off with the salad, and it tasted perfect. We then had a few bites of the cod with the sweet/spicy sauce. When we went back to the salad, it felt far too salty. But I don't put the food at fault for that. Just a warning if you are to order the two dishes. : )

The roti was a tad disappointing. I am used to a fluffier on the inside, crispier on the outside roti. This roti was flat, chewy, devoid of layers, and quite boring. It's only saving grace was that it was a blank slate to layer the more amazing flavours of the other dishes onto.
Service was impersonal and a bit slow. But it was a full night, so I don't put it against them.

Value is poor if you're looking for quantity. But if you're looking for quality and true flavour, value is great. (With the exception of the $3 rice.. But for a lot of the mains here, rice is mandatory to truly enjoy the main)

I'm not a fan of the bar..ish atmosphere, but to each their own.

Recommended. And will be going back to try the other dishes.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
Finally experienced. Wait well worth it.
Submitted Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 11:01am [Dine in]

I've been wanting to try Thomas Haas's chocolates and cakes for a long long time. I finally had the chance the other day, and four cakes, and the chocolates:

- Noisette: my personal favourite. The sweet walnuts worked wonderfully, and the caramel wasn't overpowering as I usually find in chocolates

- Passion fruit with tahitian vanilla: Fruits+chocolate are not my favourite combination. I make an exception with this. Creamy, fruity, yet not too sweet. Love.

- Earl Grey Tea: The dark chocolate wasn't overly bitter, the tea flavour was pleasant. Something one should try, but not my personal favourite.

- Crispy Hazelnut: A very safe choice for the picky palette. My friend described it as a luxurious kit-kat.

Amazing sweets. The cakes tasted fresh, and created with care. I am not usually a fan of creams due to how heavy and artificial they can taste, but they worked wonderfully here. Tried two nut themed cakes (hazelnut and walnut I believe..) and two fruit themed cakes (I can not remember what they were.. But they were wonderful. Dome shaped, one was green layered with cherries inside, the other purple/pink.)

The cappuccino and green tea matcha latte were decent as well. Although, at least on our cups, the coffee art was a little sloppy. But-- that doesn't effect taste so.

The people at the counter were nice enough to put up with our indecisiveness, and explained things fairly well.

Value is what you would expect from an expensive place such as this. I paid $5~ for four tiny chocolates. But hey. It was worth it.

Ambiance is cute. I liked the beehive wood pattern on the ceiling.

My only disappointment?: I came their specifically for the double baked almond croissant, however, as I went at about 4pm, they were all sold out. D<... Go early if you want to sample their full selection.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Blows Tropika out of the proverbial water.
Submitted Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 10:45am [Dine in]

After my experience with a few other Thai restaurants around Vancouver, I was a little hesitant to visit Maenam, despite raving reviews. To me, the Thai I've tried was almost identical to middle of the road Chinese food. I do not mean this as an offense to Chinese food, but as China and Thailand are two different countries, I would assume at least a few differences in cuisine.
Maenam changed my perception entirely.

Ordered the 8 Spice Fish (cod), prawn and chilli jam salad, and roti.
The cod was wonderfully sweet and spicy. The burn stayed on the mouth, yet the sweet kept you eating it. The roti was great with the remaining sweet sauce.

At the majority of restaurants I've been to, the only saving grace of salads were the copious amount of other various items they decided to mix with the vegs. And they'd be nothing short of average, and something I could recreate at home. Not in the case of this salad. Flavourful and consisting of kaffir lime leaves (something that I have not previously experienced), this was something special. There was only downside. We started off with the salad, and it tasted perfect. We then had a few bites of the cod with the sweet/spicy sauce. When we went back to the salad, it felt far too salty. But I don't put the food at fault for that. Just a warning if you are to order the two dishes. : )

The roti was a tad disappointing. I am used to a fluffier on the inside, crispier on the outside roti. This roti was flat, chewy, devoid of layers, and quite boring. It's only saving grace was that it was a blank slate to layer the more amazing flavours of the other dishes onto.
Service was impersonal and a bit slow. But it was a full night, so I don't put it against them.

Value is poor if you're looking for quantity. But if you're looking for quality and true flavour, value is great. (With the exception of the $3 rice.. But for a lot of the mains here, rice is mandatory to truly enjoy the main)

I'm not a fan of the bar..ish atmosphere, but to each their own.

Recommended. And will be going back to try the other dishes.

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Kam Do8391 Alexandra Road, #1140, Richmond
Value + Quantity
Submitted Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 9:24am [Dine in]

Despite my doubts, I liked this place, I really did.

Party of four ordered three dishes.
1. 2x Chicken steak and Sirloin steak mains from their combo sets.
2. Baked Seafood from their combo set.

All three dishes came with two appies (fruit salad and smoked salmon, which you could consider a very small entree. They also have some fried items along with other this and thats to choose from), a soup, garlic toast, and a dessert.

We also ordered a plate of gai lan for a $1 (I don't know what warrants this discounted price, but it's a great deal.) And it was cooked very well. Still crisp, but not impossible to bite through.

The chicken steak and sirloin steak tasted wonderful. Granted, it's not served very fancily, and there was a fatty bit here or there, but I still enjoyed the taste very much. Not too salty either. I think I may have enjoyed it more than the meats I've tried at more popular HK cafes such as goldstone or copa cafe.

The baked seafood was alright as well. I'm not a fan in general but the sauce was melted nicely and the rice tasted nice. The seafood (especially the fish) was a little tasteless.. but the seafood usually is in that dish anyways.

Appies were edible, not too special but still enjoyed them. The soup was nothing special and did not finish it so I could save room for the better food.

But we all loved the garlic bread. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Yum.

Dessert was coconut pudding. Again, nothing special.

We did not eat all this food. There was far too much. 3 orders for four people and we have two meals worth of food left I'm thinking. Our bill was $35. A ridiculously good price.

Service was very friendly, which surprised me considering the reputation with chinese restaurants and their service.

Ambiance is pretty sad though. Looks like a restaurant that belongs in the Chinatown area.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Overall a great night
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Went out with some friends to celebrate the ending of the school term. Decided to try something hearty in light of the cold weather.

Food was for the majority good. My ratatouille didn't come as hot as I would have liked it, but the flavour was great. Wasn't missing or craving for any meat at all.

seafood chowder soup was amazing.

Kentucky Burgoo had a nice flavour, although the meat seemed a tad tough.

Irish Stew a little too subtle for my tastes, especially against the Kentucky Burgoo, but was alright as well.

My only complaint was the dessert. We had the sticky toffee pudding. Far too sweet, with nothing to counter the caramel that was literally drenching -everything-. Really just swimming in overly sweet caramel.. Wish we had tried the banana bread pudding instead...

Service was solid, albeit a tad slow at times, but she covered all the stops.

Value is on par with most restaurants of this caliber. Maybe a tad better actually as the portions are fairly large.

My friend described the ambiance as "The pub from the Harry Potter movie". Take that as you will, but I found it endearing.

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
But then, what were you expecting anyways?
Submitted Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Was actually planning on going to the viet restaurant beside Slocan, but they were closed. Thus, we ended up here, not knowing what the place was about, or what to really expect.

Food... wasn't good by my own personal standards. But then, I shouldn't have expected so much out of such a joint.
I had the Veal Oscar. The sauce was questionable and far too salty. The veal tasted nice but was not a great combo with the artificial crab, which seemed haphazardly thrown on. The 'fresh veggies' that come with the dish are laughable. Little bit of corn and a slice of raw tomato.
The salad that comes with the meal can easily be bought in those premixed plastic salad bags at the supermarket.
The baked potato came with no condiments.
All in all edible, not terrible if I was considering it as cheap home cooking, but definitely not up to dining out standards.
Think... cheap Denny's.

The owner and waitresses were very nice and made the dinner partially worthwhile and not unpleasant. Although, maybe I was too hungry before walking in to the restaurant to complain.

Value. A first glance over the menu has you thinking the prices are great, but then.. they're just lowered to match the standard of the food.

Retro decor, like a throwback to the 70's. It's got a nice homey feel.

Eating here wasn't god awful, but at the same time I definitely would not go back.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
I hate it when...
Submitted Monday, November 30, 2009 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I go to a restaurant that serves me food that I could make better.

I went with a date on a Friday night, pretty nice atmosphere, the place was bustling. We were acknowledged but not really 'greeted' per se, although I didn't mind that at all. After a small wait we were seated, and proceeded to have no clue what to order. Thus we asked for the waiter's recommendation. This waiter was not the same one we had for the majority of the night, and he did a fairly poor job of explaining the menu. Without much of his help, we ordered the satays, seafood hotpot, and pineapple fried rice.

The satay sticks had a very nice flavour, and not too dry. Thumbs up.
I did not try very much of the seafood hotpot but the shrimp and tofu puff both had a very nice flavour. My date thought it was too hot though. Personal preference i guess.
However, the pineapple fried rice was all presentation, no substance. It looked rather pretty, but when it came to taste, the only distinguishing one really was the pineapple. Everything was bland. I swear I could do better.

Our main waiter was a very friendly individual. We were eating close to closing, and the kitchen was having last call halfway through our meal, but we were thinking of dessert. He dealt with the situation very well while we were perusing the dessert menu, even though in the end we did not get one. Nice service at least on our occasion.

Would I go back? Possibly to try the roti canai that I didn't get the chance to eat. Otherwise, I'm thinking most of this stuff is nothing special.

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Orawbar Grill2729 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Gotta know what to get
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

First of all, if you're in the mood for your generic beginners sushi (ie. california roll, dynamite roll, spicy tuna roll, etc) Don't. Come. Here.
Rolls such as these can only get so good, and there are dozens of places that can serve up your generic, run-of-the-mill, not very interesting (or good) rolls. Oraw is pricey. Go somewhere else for cheap sushi.

That being said, a large majority of Oraw's menu tastes excellent. The filet mignon is wonderful and the fusion rolls look amazing and taste great. There is a good selection no matter what you're in the mood for, although I am still irked that they don't have any sunomono. Then again, they do advertise "Japanese Fusion", not strictly Japanese.

Service is great, especially if you're going to be at the bar to talk to the chefs.

If you look closely, you can still see remnants of the interior designs of Anducci's, but overall the ambiance is trendy and comfortable.

In conclusion, give Oraw bar a try, but make sure you're going for the right foods.
Dont order a california roll expecting to be impressed because it's expensive.
It's a california roll, what did you expect.

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