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OkaliswanNew WestminsterSince March 25, 200675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3)
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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Ja Wohl!
Submitted Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 9:38am [Dine in]

First, the weird stuff. The house is fronted by what I guess is a Sri Lankan couple. But, once you get over the incongruence and immerse yourself in the romantic atmosphere and the lilting German, the love affair begins. This small piece of Germanic Europe in New West serves great schnitzel and rouladen and beer. Full of geriatric Germans and a few intrepid youngin's looking to get in on the next food craze. Loved the Teutonic Maiden who served us beer. Fun and plenty.

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Palmyrah Restaurant7611 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
An Oasis of Good Food On Edmonds
Submitted Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

This place is one of perhaps three in the Lower Mainland that serves South Asian (Indian and Sri Lankan) food including dosas. Dosas, for those who might not know, are delicious oversized rice and lentil crepes wrapped around your choice of a variety of fillings e.g. potatoes or chicken. This place makes the best, no question. All the constituent parts of all the dishes we tried were distinctive and brightly flavoured. All the food was very fresh and expertly prepared. Service was very attentive and friendly. The room is a little stiffly decorated for my taste, but a minor fault in my opinion. Will become a regular haunt of mine.

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Pho Hong5975 Kingsway, Burnaby
Decent Pho, Dirty Dump
Submitted Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

The pho here was good. Excellent broth and noodles, meat was a bit tough. Service was there. However, the place is a dirty dump. I don't mind a bit of whatever here and there, but this place is covered with a sheen of grease that bothered me throughout my meal. I couldn't even bring myself to look at the banquette, but I know it was moist and sticky. I know, if a place is a dump on the outside then the kitchen must be as well. Probably right, but we were committed to the meal and too hungry to be bothered to leave and seek out another.

I've given this place a fair shake, I've been here maybe four times, but it's deteriorated to the point of no return visit by me.

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Perhaps Over-Hyped
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 1:27am [Dine in]

Popped in here for a quick glass of wine and a nosh. Service was good, we were immediately seated. The wine we ordered was very good, but the food was just OK, and the decor / ambience, didn't really wow me. Kind of junky, but comfortable I guess. Given all I'd heard about the Bins, I'd expected more. Just OK.

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Save On Meats Coffee Shop43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Meat-o-Rama
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 1:21am [Dine in]

Sure the exterior is littered with junkies, but once you get past that this place provides a pleasant surprise. One of the biggest butcher shops in the city, and a cool little meal counter at the back. Meat is the thing here. I had a bison burger, which was a bit dry, but a Hell of a deal nevertheless at $5.00. You can pick a steak and they'll fry it up for $5.00... cool. Interesting clientele. An Downtown Eastside institution obviously. Worth a visit.

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King Sushi410 Sixth St, New Westminster
Best Royal City Sushi
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 1:15am [Dine in]

King Sushi used to be an OK AYCE sushitorium, just a little better than Top Gun, but still a New West institution. Then, the mysterious fire. A year later, it's back. But with new owners and a new attitude.

I was oncerned that King Sushi might reopen as just another mediocre Uptown NW joint, but the restaurant recently exceeded my expectations.

The standard nigiri and rolls were good, but the specialty rolls were exceptional. Service was prompt and the price was reasonable. This incarnation is better than the last and should be around for a while.

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Genji Japanese Restaurant7533 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Super Fast Super Good
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 9:19am [Dine in]

Man, is the service here fast! I went on a recent Saturday and, I kid you not, the majority of the wide variety of dishes we ordered were on the table within 5 minutes. I have no idea how they do it but this restaurant has obviously decided to make fast service its trademark. However, not only is the service fast, but the food is great. Really good. I went the next night to see if it was just a fluke, but it wasn't. Same amazing perfomance. Surprising what you find in suburban malls these days.

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tough To Beat The Meat
Submitted Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

If you take the various componenets that make up Hy's on Hornby individually, they don't amount to much: a Solid, maybe. But put together, you get the steakhouse experience you crave. It's dark and quite frankly, a little dingy, but you accept it because it's steeped in tradition and stories and characters and pretty good steak.

You notice from the time you enter that the place is full of character types; it's loud, and people are garrish - conservatively dressed. The waiter "Manuel" was a hoot. Dry as a popcorn fart jokes and an unerring sense of timing. The food ranged from OK to superb. It's traditional fare, a little boring in its conception, but put together amounts to a decadent meat driven experience. I won't deny there's something very sexual about a restaurant dedicated to eating chunks of meat (sorry PETA).

Overall, I give Hy's On Hornby an Outstanding rating because I had such a good time, for a relaively decent price (bottle of champagne included). Try it for the fun of it.

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L.A. Sushi8671 10th Avenue, Burnaby
Out of the Way But Great Sushi
Submitted Friday, April 11, 2008 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

This place is hidden way up at the top of 10th Avenue in the Crest Shopping Centre on the New West - Burnaby border. Many people drive by it every day on their wy to somewhere else, but it is worth a stop, if my short visit is any indication. I went at lunch and ordered their House Roll. I always do this on my first visit to a sushi restaurant since I believe a house roll should be treated as the litmus test of a sushi restaurant by both its proprietors and customers. Mine was excellent. It had tuna, salmon, crab, a white fish and advocado: all standard ingredients but remarkably fresh for such a little hole in the wall. I suspect the locals are keeping this place a closely guarded secret. Service was friendly and the place is clean with a broad and well assorted menu. Will be back and will report if any slippage or need to upgrade marks.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Transported to Another Place
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

Wanted to get into Bin 941 the other night and ended up walking the streets lloking for shelter and food. Saw Brix and headed for what I remembered was a courtyard restaurant with a decent menu. That was at least 10 years ago. I don't know if it was Brix back then, but its a Hell of a restaurant today.

The place was packed but the hostess arranged a table for us outside in the covered courtyard and offered us blankets. We had a small table under the moonlight and the dinner and service could not have been better. it was all teribally romantic, and I felt as though we were somwhere far away.

Even though we were, literally, on the outside, we were not forgotten and received atentive service all night. Everyone we saw leaving the restaurant looked equally pleased.

She had chicken and I had short rib pasta: comfort food washed down with a well chosen bottle of shiraz courtesy of our waitress.

Will become a regular haunt again.

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Rivers Reach Pub320 6th St., New Westminster
I Wish I Owned This Joint
Submitted Friday, March 14, 2008 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

Met a few people for a `business' lunch at 12:00... it was packed with people eating and drinking. Stayed for some more `meetings' until 4:00 p.m. and saw the place was busy the whole time, on a weekday! Nice pub with an obviously large amount of money spent on the decor and features of the building and interior. Real brick and oak throughout. The servers are all hot. The food is OK. The beer is cold. But the place is nowhere within reach of a river. Solid place for a brew and a game. Daily food specials look promising. I will be back.

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Roxy Burger910 Granville Street, Vancouver
Kick Ass Food, After Hours Cool
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

This restaurant on Granville has a great vibe and rock n roll after hours appeal. The food is great. Went twice this week for lunch with a number of people and all their dishes were A-OK. Their strength is their burgers and the great service. The super friendly (and sexy) waitress kept us in stitches. The kitchen is open until 4:00 a.m., but I suspect it might be a bit of a gong show at that time. Worth a try.

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Fraser Park Restaurant4663 Byrne Road, #103, Burnaby
Sometimes You Have to Get Off The Beaten Path
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

This medium sized cafe is located in the Glenlyon business park near the Fraserview Foreshore walk in Burnaby. Not a place you're likely to know or stumble across unless you work nearby or are a local. The food here is good and plenty and cheap and way above average in quality, taste and originality. The place exudes the owners' eccentric personality through its location and interior decoration Or lack thereof). The food, though, is the issue. It is elevated cafe fare with a repetoire of German standards. On the morning we visited last we had banana pancakes and rouladen with red cabbage and spatzle: something for everyone, at almost all times of the day. Closed Sundays and evenings.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
The Song Remains the Same
Submitted Monday, February 25, 2008 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Visted Le Crocodile Saturday after many years absence. Seated and cared for by an expert staff throughout, just a little slow getting us out the door at the end. The food was outstanding, but short of perfect. My prime rib was perfect, a huge portion too, but other's daily special was an ill conceived special with too earthy farmed chantrelles overpowering the seafood. The shrimp basil amuse bouche seemed to be served in a store bought tart shell. The rest of the dinner, including lobster bisque and the pear tart for dessert, were great. The wine, for the the cost, was merely OK: but I chose it so have no one else to blame. Ambiance good (good people watching) but just a bit too animated. Merecifully no drunk skiers in snowsuits in attendance like the first time I ate here. Still the best in Vancouver.

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Yume Japanese Cuisine588 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver
Why Bother?
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 7:15am [Dine in]

I'm not sure why some people go into the restaurant business? Some people just don't have the talent. Here's a case in point. A sushi restaurant with all the standad menu items but absolutely lacking care and inspiration in their preparation. The California Combo I had was insipid with the fish just this side of off. The so called Hawaiin Beef Roll was dried up old teriyaki beef with a piece of pineapple. Give me a break. The only thing that redeeems this place in my mind is the very friendly wait service I had and the outstanding view of the intersection where you can watch the crazies do their 4 corner square dance. Don't bother.

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Amelia Restaurant640 12th Street, New Westminster
Getting Better: Now Indonesianish
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 1:39am [Dine in]

Apparently this resto has new owners. It's still friendly, but cleaner and much better food now available. They've added a couple Indonesian dishes to their standard Chinese - Canadian menu. I had the nasi goreng and it was quite tasty though it did look a bit more like Chinese fried rice than true nasi goreng. Had some gyoza which were all right, and all others at the table said they enjoyed their lunch. This is not a place you'd travel far to eat at, but a great neighbourhood standby (might develop into something more some day).

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KoKo Chocolate Cafe1118 Denman St., Vancouver
Koo Koo for KoKo
Submitted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 12:31am [Dine in]

This place already seems to have an obcessed fan base. We were approached by a total stranger on the Seawall and told to go there. Clearly there's something in the chocolate. I had the Mexican- and my other had the regular hot chocolate. Both wonderful. My version took me back to another time when chocolate wasn't necessarily a confection but a means of staving off hunger and providing energy: spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon. Other's was more of what we're used to but also very good. Ordered a couple chocolates and they were a good accompaniment, but not great like that Venezuelan chocolate joint in Yaletown makes. Nice vibe and decent service. I wonder what they'll serve in the summer?

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Dragon Palace45 8th Street, New Westminster
Suspect Service
Submitted Thursday, January 3, 2008 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

Had ginger beef, gai lan, Shanghai noodles and prawn balls. Ginger beef too sweet. Gai lan too large and bitter tasting. Shanghai noodles average. Prawn balls, OK the next day. Not bad for a local Chinese restaurant overall. However, the service was suspect, to say the least.

The service was fine until we wanted to leave and asked the server to pack up the rest of our food to take home. She brought over 4 boxes and bags and walked away. The problem is, the 4 other parties we saw take food home all had their food packed for them Why them but not us? The only difference I could discern was that we are a Caucasian couple, and all the other guests were Asian. I asked the server why she would not pack our food and she said she was busy, though the restaurant had half emptied by the time we were leaving. I asked the manager why we were treated differently and he said that people preferred to pack their own food and did so unless they specifically asked the staff to do so. Since when?

We were treated decently throughout the meal until the end, so I can't say conclusively that it was a case of racial discrimination, but I won't be going back to find out.

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Oji778 Robson Street, Vancouver
Gimme The Food and Forget The Rest
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 10:30am [Dine in]

Issues like ambience don't resonate in a place like this. Its a faceless restaurant on a non-descript part of the street with a instantly forgettable interior. Service was attententive and friendly. However, the food was well above average, for the most part. Pan fried dumplings, spicy green beans with minced pork and and Shanghai fried thick noodles with XO sauce were all great. Really. The duck on rice... merely OK. So. if you're a wanting Chinese food while on Robson, here's a solid spot.

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BoJangles Cafe785 Denman Street, Vancouver
Ersatz Whatever
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

This is the kind of place my Mom (bless her heart) loves, but I can't stomach. I can only describe it as a cutesy fake treacly kinda knock off of a jazz bar or something that sells breakfasts and pastries and fancy coffees. I could redeem itself with good food but the breakfast I had last week was pretty lame. Ordered waffles with scrambled aggs and bacon. Waffles tasted good but had a mass produced McDonalds look o them. Eggs: OK. Bacon, shaved micro thin. Two pathetic pieces of tomatoe on the side. Whatever. Coffee was good and strong. Safe haven for homesick RV tourists. Sorry for being such an elitist, but bleh.

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