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occdinerSurreySince July 29, 200625 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Luda2683 East Hastings St., Vancouver
Good chinese cafe style lunch
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 10:21am [Dine in]

Food: During lunch time, they have the Hong Kong style cafe food. The food is not bad. They have noodle soup for $7.50 or so including a hot drink. They also have the Hong Kong style cafe menu as well. Food taste good. At least in the noodle soup, you actually get some minced pork that are actually meat, not fat.

Service: This place is better than other Hong Kong style cafe. Maybe it's because the restaurant is not too busy. They don't rush you.

Value: For the price, this place is above our expectation in food quality and service.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Unbelivable dine out menu
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

Have been to dine out event for the last few years. I have to say this is the best I have been to so far. With a $25 price range, it definitely beat other restaurants with $35 menu. Definitely worth coming back after Dineout.

Tried the roasted corn & crab soup and vension carpaccio for appertizer. The soup has good favor but lack the real crab. The vension is nicely seasoned with horseraddish. Maintain the texture of meat and the sauce enhance the favor of it.

Had the mussel and beef for entree. The mussel is a must try. There must be at least 25 mussel in that pot. All of them are fat and juicy. Soaked up the tomato coconut soup and you just can't resist it. Full of favour in it. The beef was nicely done as well.

Both the begian waffle and pot de creme are very good. The warm of the waffle provide a great contrast with the ice cream. The pot de creme is very creamy.

Can't really comment on the service as the restaurant is very busy. It's quite tentative given the circumstances.

The ambiance is very rustic. The old wood decor just give the room a very cozy feeling. The limited light fixure make it a very romantic setting.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
First Dine Out 2008
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

Tried the DOV 2008 menu. The salmon tartar is very refreshing. The soup is creamy, but too salty. The 3 entrees are rib eye, tuna, and trout. The beef is the best. It is very soft and melt in your mouth. The braised cabbage provide an excellent complement to the beef. The tuna is very soft as well, but the presentation was over powered by the foam. The trout is not bad, but the whole dish look too green. Eventhough it has prawn in it, people might not eat them because it is over powered by the greenese of the basil infused broth.

The restaurant is busy, but the service is good. Water is kept top up.

The setting is simplistic. However, I wish they use a better dessert utensil. They gave you a fork/spoon combined for dessert, but it's impossible to cut the pastry dessert with it. It is accident prone.

For the price of Dine Out menu, it's pretty good value.

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
An incredible way to spend a birthday dinner
Submitted Friday, October 19, 2007 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant for birthday dinner. Remember to mention the occasion when making reservation as they would print out they daily fresh sheet with the birthday person's name on it and you can ask to take it with you for memory.

The food is good. I like the scallop is very tender and not overcooked. The shrimp is snappy. However, the salmon is overcooked and dry on the outside. Pre-dinner bread comes with Lobster Oil and Vinegar. Personally, I don't really like this combination as they don't blend well. The lobster oil just float on top. If you dip it lightly, you don't get the vinegar. If you dip it harder, the bread just soak up the oil and have little vinegar on it.
The complementary Chocolate Terrine is perfect to top of a memorable evening. The service is incredible as the service is very personal and attentive. The evening light of the north shore is incredible. The rustic decoration of the restaurant blend well with the view.

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
There are better Indian restaurants
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2007 - 1:20am [Dine in]

Went there for dinner. The dining room is full by the time we get there, so we were expecting good food. The lights are dimmed which makes the room pretty dark. The menu price is higher than the one advertised in the website. Ordered a naan, the Chicken Tikka Masala ($13.95) and the Tandoori Chicken Tikka($14.95). They comes with Rice and Papadum. The papadum is crisp, but tasted too salty. The entrees are way too small portion for the price. The Chicken Tikka Masala has only 3 pieces of chickens in it. The Tandoori Chicken Tikka has 4 pieces. Both chickens are dry.

You could get better food at other Indian restaurants in Vancouver for that price, and you can get more food at an Indian buffet restaurant for lower price.

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Pizza special on Sunday
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

Visited them on a Sunday and found out they have pizza special. Only $8.95 for all 11' pizza. Ordered the Run Lolo Run and Daisy Duke Pizza. I am amazed by the combination of toppings on the pizza and they taste pretty good. However, I wish for a gourmet pizza, they should fill it with more toppings.

Service is not bad consider the place is full and there is a large group around.

Not a big fan of their ambiance. They put too many couches in there and it makes the place feel clustered. Also, it feels like you ordered take out pizza and eat it at your home, but why should I go to the restaurant then? The place is quite noisy. I think it's the combination of the loud music and lounge feel.

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Nathan's Grill6390 Darnley Street, Burnaby
Yaletown feel in the middle of Burnaby
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

Yes. It's in the middle of Burnaby, but it's also middle of nowhere. The restaurant is located at the back of a dead end street. The closest would be Bill Copeland sports field which is across the street and 8-rink which is about a few minutes away.

Eventhough it's located in the middle of nowhere, the interior is similar to any yaletown restaurants. The patio furnitures are very clean and stylish.

The food is very reasonable price. For a prime rib sandwich or steak sandwich for lunch, it costs around $10. It would cost extra few bucks to order the same thing in restaurants near Brentwood area. The prime rib is big with a generous portion of gravy. It's well worth the price if it's not that chewy. My teeth actually get tired chewing that piece of meat.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good price for sushi
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

Have been to Sushi garden a few times for dine in as well as take out. For around $25, you can order a medium party tray that would fill up 4 people (even though it say for 2-3 people). Tried their Sushi and Sashimi combo. Maybe it's lunch time and they haven't defrost it enough. The middle of the sashimi is still frozen and you can taste the frost. I would recommend sticking to their roll or sushi. The sushi are usally consist of a big piece of fish. The roll (BC Combo) have a lots of salmon skin, imitation crab, avocado in them. Very filling. For around $8, you can easily satisfied. However, expect long wait during lunch and dinner time and don't expect the food would tinkle your taste bud.

The service is a little lacking for a restaurant this busy. Maybe to keep the cost down. I would suggest to order take out instead to avoid the long wait for table.

There is no decoration. Just like a cafeteria. Very simple.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Lamb is better than Sirloin?
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 3:08am [Dine in]

Ordered the 8oz blackened sirloin and a lamb shank. The lamb is nicely done and the meat falls off the bone easily. The meat is very tender. It comes with caramalized onions and four cheese and sage polenta. Very creamy and very filling. I would recommend it during winter or rainy day. On the other hand, the sirloin need some work. Ordered it medium but it comes out medium rare. The steak is pretty thick, so the side is nicely cooked, but the center is still raw. The steak is also chewy caused by a few tender still left on the steak. Since the restaurant say it's a contemporary steakhouse, the steak should've been better. For both dishes, the best part are the grilled vegetable. They have a lot of favor in them and nicely charred.

The service is good. The server is pretty attentive. The beverage refill was brought to the table without the need to ask for one.

The ambiance is good. I enjoy them having the variety choice of tables: patios, booths, regular tables. Very cozy.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Good Salmon Burger, Okay Steak sandwiches
Submitted Monday, August 6, 2007 - 3:14am [Dine in]

The salmon burger was done nicely. It was cooked just right, juicy and not dry. The side salad is fresh. At $11.95, it is a pretty good value. However, the steak sandwich ordered medium comes out little overcooked. Less red meat than I thought. The fries saves the dish. It's very crispy. At $13.95, it's a bargain.

Service is prompt. The food arrive pretty fast. Not much waiting required for drinks, food, or bill.

The dining room consists of mostly booths. However, the decor is pretty unique. The wall is full of decoration, but it might need some upgrade on them to make them look cleaner. Also, they might want to upgrade the washroom as well.

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Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant3068 Main Street, Vancouver
Where are the vegetables?
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Ordered the Fried Rice Noodle, Tofu and veggie seafood pot, soup, and the veggie appie. After finishing our meal, we figure we missed the green veggie. Other than a few carrot slices and few shrew of green peppers in the rice noodle, all others are tofu or soy product. I wish they would put a few more pieces of green veggies like bok choy, broccoli, etc. It's summer time, it must be cheaper to put on more fresh vegetables. In terms of taste, the fried rice noodle is very hard. There is not much favor in it. Same as the Tofu pot. The complimentry desert of red bean soup is nice, but too sweet for most people.

The ambiance is pretty good for a Chinese restaurant. It is very clean.

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Frogstone Grill, The2773C Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Not often I give a 5 for everything
Submitted Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 2:56am [Dine in]

But it's how I find this place.

Food: The menu is extensive, Salad, Sandwich, Pasta, Burger, Pizza, Steak, Chicken, Seafood, Mexican, Ribs. Ordered the Seafood Meltdown Sandwich with fries and Clubhouse Blanket with Caesar salad. The sandwich is great. A thick piece of bread toasted with salmon, shrimp, cheese, avocado. Not sure what they did to the fries because they are extra crispy. The blanket is a fold-over sandwich. You can see the lettuce, bacon, ham and chicken in a pizza style flat. After you put it in your mouth, you can taste the honey mustard and cheese. Perfect.

Service: Service is great. They are family friendly. There is a table with kids and a table of seniors with walking aid. They are pretty accomodating. The server is pretty nice and friendly. They are pretty helpful in explaining the menu. Also have to mention that I left my sunglass and they come out to the parking lot to give it back to me. Thanks.

Ambiance: The restaurant is like Milestone's, Cactus Club, etc. but it has a theme of frog. You can see frog decoration everywhere. They have live music lounge on one side and a restaurant on the other side with an open kitchen.

Price: The sandwich and blanket are only $11.29 each. For the food, service, and ambiance, it's worth the price. With the Entertainment book coupon, it's a really good deal.

Overall: Definitely worth re-visit even without the coupon.

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Cheesecake Etc.2141 Granville, Vancouver
Great place to bring your date
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

Ordered a Cheescake with Strawberries. The cheesecake is very soft and it melt in your mouth. There are some cut pieces of strawberries. Also ordered a hot chocolate and you can taste the bitterness of the coco.

The place is dark and have candle on each table. It's great if you want to share a cheesecake or two with your date.

Service is okay. Nothing specially good or bad.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Too bad they don't have baked dish at lunch
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Couldn't find Lasagna in lunch menu and have to settle for mixed seafood and mushrooms in cream sauce. The portion is really big and cannot finish it. Good thing is the cream sauce is very rich and full. Bad thing is the shell pasta stuck together. Didn't seperate well.

Service is good. Come check on our food a few times.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Many people come here for food
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

This is a small restaurant. This doesn't have any fancy decor. This is in a rough part of the city. Yet, on a Sunday evening, there is a crowd in the door from 6pm to 8pm. It just tells you the only thing that people willing to wait for their food and service.

Even with a busy restaurant, service is friendly. Tea are refilled.

The chicken wings are still the best and looks like all table ordered that. The fried rice is tasty.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Great place to be on a sunny summer Saturday evening
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2007 - 11:01am [Dine in]

The food was okay. Ordered the Halibut cheek and Crab Rissotto and the Arctic Char and Coconut Prawn. The rissotto was nicely done. It's creamy and not watery. You can taste the crab in it. The coconut prawns are crispy. I like the sweet corn they have on the side. The price is on a high side though. The dish cost about mid $20 where other restaurant on Granville Island on comparable meal cost low $20. But with Entertainment book coupon, it's worth a visit.

The view is incredible. If there are still table available, be sure to ask for a table next to the window (mostly table of 2), or if it's sunny, go for the patio. The view of False Creek is just the best on a sunny evening.

We were there early in the evening, so the service is okay. I give it a 4 because they have the online reservation system. I hope more restaurant sign up for this because it's quite convenience when booking table, especially on a weekend or during dineout. You can see which restaurant have table and which one don't instead of making all the calls and being told there is no table left.

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Golden Oscar Cafe & Restaurant3868 Rupert Street, Vancouver
Great Baked Pork Chop on Rice enough for 2 meals
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Went here on lunch with co-workers and most pack their dinner as well. Baked Pork Chop on Rice cost $8.50. It comes with 2 hugh pork chop. It is crispy. You can smell they actually put cheese on top and you can use your fork to stretch the cheese like you do with pizza. The rice was fried before it was put in the dish. Most people could only finish 1 of the 2 pork chop and pack up the other half for dinner. When I microwave the left over, the people next to me asked what's smell so good.

The only complain I have is with the soup. It's creme of mushroom, but the mushroom are so big it's obvious not cooked enough.

The milk tea drink is good, but I think they use a smaller cup than other restaurant.

Service is okay. They are pretty friendly and patient. I was surprised they didn't give us the bill right after they took away the food. I guess we must've visited during slow time.

I would definitely come back for the baked pork chop again.

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Maxim's Restaurant257 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Decent late afternoon lunch and good HK style tea
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 12:14am [Dine in]

They have the mini menu after 2pm. It has about 12 varieties for $5.25 including a hot drink. My table ordered Beef Stirfry Rice Noodle, Baked pork chop on rice and Baked Seafood on rice. The Rice Noodle come very fast. It comes hot, so you know it was just cooked. However, there are a few burned orion. The baked pork chop dish is cold. The pork chop is not crispy. The sauce on top is not hot like it just come out of the oven. The rice doesn't taste like it has been fried before. Compare to the regular menu of $7.95, it would be cheaper to order a big one and share.

The drink is pretty good. The HK style tea is pretty smooth.

Service is good. With a full house, service is pretty prompt. They refill the water pretty frequently.

This restaurant locate at the 2nd floor, so some elderly might find it difficult to climb up the stairs.

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Empire Seafood Restaurant5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Good Chinese food in the center of Richmond
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

The food taste very good. Ordered a set dinner for 4 + a dish and it is enough for 6 people. The spicy garlic crab is tasty. The seafood fried rice is fresh. The shrimp and scallop in the rice are soft.

The service is prompt. They have enough staff to service all the tables. We didn't feel being rushed.

The decoration and table setting make it looks the same as higher grade Chinese restaurant like Kirin. The only downside is the layout of the restaurant. It's U shape, so you don't feel it's a big restaurant.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
Long wait for dimsum
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

Most dimsum cost only $2.20. Even higher grade dimsum cost $3. What amaze me is even shrimp dumping and siu maai are in the $2.2 category. (Althogh they look like the ready made type.) Also, they have a great variety of dim sum for a restaurant this size.

On a saturday morning, there is a long line up on a Saturday morning. However, a better management of the queue is needed. The person who handing out number is the same person who handle the customer bills. As a result, she is only at the door every 5 minutes. Many people don't know how to get the number when they arrive.

By looking at the decor of the restaurant, you don't feel you are at dim sum place that serve $2.2/plate. It feels more like other Chinese restaurant in Richmond. Even though the space between table is tight, they still provide plenty of spaces for steamer cart to go around.

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