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nogamiCoquitlamSince June 14, 200639 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good Greek without the wait
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 2:20am [Dine in]

Had a decent dinner at Takis the other day - food was well cooked, generous portions and tasty.

My only complaints were that service - while prompt, was a little impersonal. The server didn't really seem all that interested. I understand that he does it all the time, but show a little passion for your work.

I was also annoyed that they added a mandatory service fee on the bill for a group of 5. They didn't have any indication of that ahead of time and I find that offensive.

I would've tipped regardless (and probably included more than their fee anyway). That in itself may make future returns unlikely.

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Oriental Buffet15140 101 Ave, Surrey
One of the worst buffets I've been to.
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

Initial impressions: Greasy handprints on the glass doors leading inside. Large restaurant only about 20% full on a friday night. 4 rows of buffet food, various Japanese, Chinese, and western dishes.

I went there with some family friends for dinner - after reading the reviews here I tried to steer them clear, however they were determined and so I reluctantly tagged along.

The quality of the food, as others have said, is largely plain, and often overcooked. I'm sure you can get your entire month's worth of oil and grease at one sitting, as pretty much everything is either deep fried or fried in oil. What few veggies and salad items they had didn't look fresh, and what I tried wasn't very good.

There's a small barbecue area where you can stand for 5-10 minutes and cook your own meat. The beef was already gone when we arrived and it was never refilled during the length of our dinner. There was some pork however. It was OK, however since the grill didn't look to have been cleaned in quite some time, it wasn't all that appetizing. They also had the same tongs to handle both raw and cooked meat.

We only only had water with our meal, but other drinks were available for an extra fee. I don't know if pop or soda is free, we didn't have any.

They do have some jello for dessert, as well as some cake and icecream. The icecream buckets say that it was specifically made for their restaurant by some local icecream manufacturer. It didn't appear to be of very high quality.

All in all, it's a place to avoid. There are numerous buffets with better quality at similar prices. Don't waste your time or even worse, subject your digestive system to the grease.

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Mongo's Stir Fry Grill2897 Broadway West, Vancouver
Calculate the wait times...
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 1:35am [Dine in]

I haven't been to Great Wall for over a year now, but happened to be in the neighbourhood, so we decided to drop in for a cheap dinner before heading home.

Word of caution: Before deciding to stay and eat, best to check the length of the line...

On average, the cook takes about 1.5 - 2 minutes per-person to cook someone's food when handed the bowl (and they only cook one bowl at a time).

So if you have 15-20 people in front of you (not uncommon around dinner time), figure anywhere from 20-40 minutes of standing in line before your food gets cooked. It makes the AYCE a bit of joke unless you plan on spending a couple of hours there waiting in line. I saw a couple of people do "double bowls", which makes sense, but can get people behind you in line grumpy.

It's also quite a small restaurant, so if you're sitting at tables near the lineup, you're going to have people constantly running into your chair.

I probably won't be back - there are better choices downtown that are still good value, have faster service and are less crowded.

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Kiss Yo Mama4926 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Closed
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

Just a quick update - looks like Kiss Yo Mama is now closed. There's a "For Rent" sign up on the window.

Too bad, it was an interesting restaurant - I was only there once, and I found the food a little bit dry, but there was potential for more of this style of cooking. Hopefully there will be another restaurant of this style soon.

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Kenzo Japanese Noodle House6907 Kingsway, Burnaby
Tasty and Inexpensive for lunch or dinner
Submitted Friday, March 13, 2009 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

Kenzo is one of the better ramen shops in the Burnaby/New West area. Fairly inexpensive ($8-9) for a large bowl of noodles and toppings. Food is also relatively inexpensive, with a good selection of Japanese and Korean dishes.

Service is quick (they use the "service" buttons on the tables which you see in many Korean restaurants).

Ambiance is quite good, small booths and wood tables are good for a comfortable environment.

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Asa Sushi7608 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby
Things have changed...
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

I've been getting take-out sushi from Asa for over 2 years now and have always enjoyed their food, but things seem to be going downhill lately.

I'm not sure what the problem is, there are still a lot of customers and the place is busy, but it's like they've lost their flair for the sushi they're making.

As another reviewer noted, the BC rolls, which used to have freshly grilled salmon with the skin are now cold and use processed (canned) salmon. Some of the fancier rolls also seem to be slipping in quality and presentation. They don't have any hot food on the menu (except for Miso soup), which wasn't the case when they first started (they had beef and chicken rolls).

I believe one of the original owners may have moved on, and I'm not sure if the remaining chef can hold the quality high on his own. As much as I've enjoyed their food, if the quality continues to slip, I'm going to have to look elsewhere for my sushi.

Don't ever sacrifice quality for cost - if you need to raise prices in order to keep the quality high, do so. I may patronize restaurants less frequently if the price goes up, but if the quality drops, I won't go there at all...

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Cumpari Gelato & Caffe535 North Road, Coquitlam
Quality slipping, prices increasing?
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2008 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

Tried Cumpari again a week or so ago after a dinner out - figured we would go somewhere nice rather than just a stock restraunt dessert. In hindsight we probably should've stuck with the restaurant.

2 small cakes and a large gelato were $24 including tax. One of the cakes (cream puff) tasted stale and the inside was soggy, as if it had been prepared a few days before.

I don't particularly mind paying for high quality, but I'm not going to be returning until they make some changes for the better. They also need to be putting prices on their cakes, it's quite a shock when they ring in the total at the register.

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Yoko Sushi1001 Austin Ave, Unit F, Coquitlam
Good sushi in Coquitlam
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

Recently received a notice in the mail about Yoko Sushi which has just recently opened, so we thought we'd give it a try.

Arrived just after 7pm, restaurant was moderately busy. Ordered a sushi roll to start, which arrived quickly. Udon and Oyakodon were our main courses - fairly standard sushi/Japanese fare, but was well-prepared and flavourful. Finished with a bit of green tea ice cream after the meal. Dinner was just over $25 for both of us.

Overall I liked the restaurant, and I think I'll be back as it's quick and convenient.

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Thea's Taverna211 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster
Unusual location, good food
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

Based on the reviews here, decided to give Thea a try tonight. It's definitely a bit out of the way, but doesn't really take long to get to.

We arrived at around 8pm and found the restaurant quiet, only about 8 tables being served - we were seated quickly and service was fast, but also a quite a bit too abrupt for my liking. I made the point of thanking one of the servers a couple of times and never managed to even get a word out of him.

The food was delivered quite quickly, and both the appetizers and the mains were above-average for Greek fare. My GF found her main (broiled lamb) slightly overcooked, but mine (roast lamb) was excellent. Portions were above-average size.

We decided not to spring for dessert - they didn't have a menu, however the server did list a few options for us. Again, I found the service a bit spotty. They have the food to be a success, but being genuinely warm and welcoming is also necessary.

All in all, it wasn't as much as I had hoped for, but it was pleasant, and I'd probably come back.

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Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna6558 Kingsway, Burnaby
Average Greek Food, Below Average Service
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

I've been to Vassillis twice now - the first was unspectacular, if acceptable in terms of food, with service that was a bit on the slow side.

The second time a few days ago was the deal-breaker. While the food is still acceptable for Greek fare, the service and speed are definately sub-par. Ordering 2 mains with no appetizers took almost 60 minutes. Getting the server's attention to order dessert took approximately 15 minutes, plus another 15 to receive the dessert.

Following dessert, we waited another 15 minutes or for the bill, and when nothing was forthcoming, we just walked to the bar and paid there (and since their debit machine has no tip button, the server justs asks what you want to pay).

I won't be going back.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
A nice dining experience
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

Went to Diva for our anniversary dinner - we had a fairly early reservation and were one of the first couples in the restaurant. Service was very good and we had a great table right by the window looking out onto the street. Very romantic!

I ordered the foie gras appetizer, and my GF ordered the forest mushroom veloute. Mains were spiced lamb shank for her, and the roast chicken breast for me. I liked the foie gras, however it didn't feel quite as "finished" as the same dish I've had at Lumiere, there was a bit of a texture to it which didn't "melt in your mouth" in quite the same way. The mushroom veloute was a bit over seasoned to the point where my GF decided not to finish it.

My chicken breast main was quite good, however we both felt the dishes were slightly overseasoned. I would've preferred more subtle flavours.

Overall impression was good, but I still prefer Lumiere (at least back when Chef Feenie was running the show).

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Backstage Grille2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
Skip the Keg lineup...
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

We decided to give the Backstage Grille (located in the Boulevard Casino complex in Coquitlam) a try the other night. I was in the mood for some steak, and didn't think much of having to wait in one of the lineups The Keg is noted for.

A bit of searching here provided me with a couple of alternatives. I was deciding between Nathan's Grill and the Backstage Grill, but since Nathan's has a reputation for being quite noisy (and we wanted a more quiet meal), we thought we'd give it a try.

We got to the restaurant around 7:15 or so, well before the Casino starts getting busy, and just before the patrons waiting for the 8pm show began clearing out. I ordered their steak special - medium, and my GF ordered ribs. Service was fairly quick, with bread arriving in a timely manner and the meal arriving shortly after. Steak was great, ribs were pretty good, but slightly overcooked. The mashed potatoes needed some work (nice flavour, but a bit too dry).

Dessert was good. Service was friendly and attentive.

All in all, a good meal. If I'm looking for a nice steak dinner in Coquitlam, I'll probably be back.

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Posh6462 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Prices changed
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

Just a heads-up that Posh has increased their AYCE prices. Lunch is now $11.88 and dinner is $15.88.

Not sure if any other prices on their menu (for side-dishes and additional ingredients) have increased.

It's still pretty good value, but not as good as it used to be. Be sure to make reservations - at busy times, you could face an hour wait.

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Lai Yuan Chinese Fusion8328 Capstan Way, #1118, Richmond
Not quite up to par
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Decided to try another restaurant in this shopping mall complex. We usually go to Tapioca Express, which is on the other side, but as my friends are both Taiwanese, we thought we'd give this one a try for the sake of variety.

The food we got just didn't seem as fresh as I've come to expect from Chinese / Taiwanese cooking. Both of my friends were quite critical of the food and said it was sub-standard.

This might be a fairly new restaurant, in which case it sounds like they need to practise these recipes a bit more. Spicing and flavouring needs to be a lot more subtle, and it needs to have more of a feeling of freshness.

* Cash Only

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Sasaya Bistro7538 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby
Decent food, drinks a bit pricey
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

Tried Sasaya last night - similar style to many small Asian bubble-tea/cafes. The food was inexpensive and was fairly quickly prepared. The quality was good, given the price, and it wasn't so busy that it felt overcrowded (although the tables are pretty close together).

The only complaint I have is that their drink menu is $1 to $2 more expensive then I would expect for drinks (slushes, bubble tea, milk tea, etc). What you save on food, tends to be made up in drink prices. If you just want a coke or something, that's probably preferable. That's the only thing keeping it from rating as "outstanding" value.

They seemed to be having some sort of air conditioning problem, so it was slightly uncomfortably warm in the afternoon sun (granted, this isn't a problem most of the time in Vancouver). Also note: Like many Asian cafes, this one is also cash-only.

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Beethoven's J Pizza Gourmet2909 Bainbridge Ave, #4, Burnaby
Outstanding Pizza!
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 11:59am [Dine in]

I've been a customer of Beethoven's since 1992, and although the restaurant has changed hands one or two times, the quality of the pizza remains consistently great.

Beethoven's makes square pizzas that are absolutely loaded with toppings. Usually 1 or 2 pieces can satisfy your appetite. I usually go for the New York style with extra onions - it's a work of art. Calorie-counters need not order this pizza, it's definitely comfort food that puts the big pizza franchises to shame.

Ambiance is minimal - I always take out so that's not a problem. You'll notice that the owners are HUGE Michael Buble fans - they have his albums and pictures up everywhere. Apparently he also really likes their pizza.

Figure an average 30 minute wait after ordering if you're picking up, they use a real pizza oven with a stone-lined interior to cook, not a high-speed convention oven like the chain restaurants use.

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Locus, The4121 Main Street, Vancouver
Good brunch spot
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Went to The Locus for lunch the other day, had a nice club sandwich and lemonade.

Food was good all-around, as others have noted, the bread they give you is extremely good with a nice spread to put on it. Service was just a hair on the slow side - our table had a lot to talk about, so it wasn't bad, but waiting around 30 minutes for lunch seemed a bit too long considering it wasn't all that busy.

Ambience is good, if a bit cramped. During the day, seats in the back can be quite dark, so getting a table up front by the windows is much better.

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Hansong Korean Restaurant507 North Road, Coquitlam
Second time at Hansong
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 2:53am [Dine in]

Hansong is a fairly inexpensive Korean restaurant located directly across from Lougheed Mall on North road in an A-Frame style building.

They have a decent variety of Korean dishes and some Japanese menu items such as sushi and tempura. The service is quite quick and the food offers good value for the money.

Decor is definitely on the sparse side - clean, but minimal. There are a few tables in separate rooms for larger parties, as well as a table in a small alcove near the door.

In my opinion, the Korean dishes are a bit better than the Japanese offerings, but since both are relatively inexpensive, you could order some of each.

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Improvements since the last review?
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

Was at Troll's in Horseshoe Bay over the weekend and found the food and service to be substantially improved from some of the previous reviews (which I read while at my table, and had me more than a bit worried).

We both ordered fish & chips (salmon and cod), and got large portions of fish in a nice, light batter, as well as a huge heap of chips that were very tasty. Food and service was standard, and there were no restaurant cleanliness issues as noted in some of the other reviews.

If I'm in the mood for fish & chips and I'm in the area, I would definitely come back. Pajo's in Steveston still has a slight edge on the taste, but they're also a bit more expensive than Troll's (which is a bit odd considering they're a take-out place).

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Tapioca Express8388 Capstan Way, #1438, Richmond
Good, quick food at decent prices
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

Tapioca Express is a Taiwanese style cafe that serves a huge variety of hot and cold drinks, as well as a decent variety of inexpensive food and meal combos.

I found the food to be quite good, and it's at very reasonable prices. Great for a late night snack or a quick, inexpensive dinner. I'll definitely be back if I need a quick bite and I'm in the area. Also worthwhile as a dinner-stop before going to the night market if you want to avoid the lineups and food prices there.

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