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pandaBurnabySince February 19, 200856 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
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Gah Lok Dim Sum4169 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Good frozen dim sum
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

This place was recommended by an acquaintance. I was told Gah Lok was known for their good frozen shrimp wontons. Even the employee (owner?) bragged about it. They were right. That was the best frozen wonton I've ever ate.
What I really go for is their sticky rice wraps. Its usually seating on the counter where the cash register is. I love their country style rice wraps and their peanuts and pork rice wraps
Large variety of dim sum items in the freezer. Go for their large bag, better value. Can't complain about their service. The lady there is bilingual which is a plus.
Not much of an ambiance, since its not a restaurant. But you can see the workers prepping their dumplings in the back.

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Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant1246 Kingsway, Vancouver
Tamarind Crab for Mother's Day
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 2:44am [Dine in]

For Mother's Day, I was only interested in crab. I didn't want to go to any restaurants that will hike up menu prices because it was Mother's day. Nor do I want to receive lousy service.
Hai Phong was the place for me. Not too busy. My hubby and I have eaten here 3 times. All 3 times, food was great and so was the service. This time, I requested tamarind crab. Its one of the few Vietnamese restaurant that serve crabs. The tamarind crab was delicious!! I have noticed that other tables had order the same crab too. We were told that it was one of their popular dishes.
We enjoyed their food here. My fav is their pork and seafood soup. Plus, they were willing to do special order for me last time. That's why we like coming here, the staff are willing to accommodate you.
Their price was very reasonable for good quality food. Tamarind crab was my Mother's Day present from my hubby. Yes, I would order this again.
The restaurant is clean and bright. Although it would be nice to see some pictures on the wall, I kind of like the plain look. Only the wall mounted TV is on. At least, its on mute during dinner.
Tamarind crab is a must try for those crab lovers.
Recommended.

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Shi-Art Chinese Cuisine6551 No. 3 Road, #1302, Richmond
A nice birthday lunch
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

I brought my friend here for his birthday lunch. Its a convenient location to meet and the parking wasn't a problem at 10:30 a.m. The restaurant was busy, I put my name on the wait list. After 10 mins. wait, we got a table.
The food came out in a timely manner and it was delicious. Yes, it was a bit pricey, but this was a special occasion. Plus, we got 20% discount if we paid before 11:00 a.m. So its not bad value. Personally, I wouldn't come here after 11:00 for lunch.
The service was great! Our plates were removed, tea were quickly refilled. No wait for any requests. I don't know if our service was good because my friend was the only Caucasian in the restaurant. I am not complaining.
The restaurant was cleaned and bright. It can get noisy though.
I'd would come back here again, for a birthday treat. By the way, on our way out, the hostess wished my friend a happy birthday. She must of overheard our conversation. It was a nice gesture.

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Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Rd, #120, Richmond
Best xiao long bao in Richmond
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 12:06am [Dine in]

I've eaten at Top Shanghai twice and both times, the food was fantastic. I love their juicy pork dumpling. I like how they put thin slices of daikon underneath the juicy buns, so the dumplings don't break when you picked them up.
After reading all the old reviews, I was not expecting good service at all. I just went for the food as I was craving xiao long bao. Surprisely, the service was good.
I didn't rate the ambiance high because I didn't like how the restaurant had cramped all the round tables together so closely. There was no square tables at all to seat 2 to 4 people. Overall, the restaurant is quite clean as well as their washroom.
Will return for their xiao long bao.

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Makoto Japanese Restaurant5213 Rumble Street, Burnaby
Authentic Japanese food
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

Anyone looking for authentic Japanese food? This is the place to go. My hubby and I have eaten here twice and both times food was fantastic. I like the fact that it's Japanese owned and the staff/owner takes pride in preparing their food. Not only the food was delicious, but the overall presentation of their food. Hence, I gave it a 4 rating.
The service could of been better. The young waiter was slow to bring the menu and fill our teacups. But overall, it wasn't bad.
Their price and portions are just right. I thought their value was great. BTW, you must try out their Paradise roll, its soooo good!!
Makoto is not a big restaurant, but its clean and cozy. Their washroom are clean, I really like their faucet.
A definite return trip.

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Au Wing Kee Restaurant5226 Kingsway, Burnaby
Great place for late night meal
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

We dropped by for a late night meal as I was craving congee. My hubby ordered a chicken congee and I ordered their dace balls and watercress congee. We also shared a wonton soup. The food was delicious!! My hubby didn't care about their wonton, he complain that there were mainly prawns in the wonton. He prefers pork filling instead. I didn't mind it at all.
Personally, I thought their congee are better than Congee Noodle House, taste wise and selection wise.
I have no complaints about the service. Waitress was nice and service was prompt. Our tea cups was never empty.
Good value for your money. Lots of chicken in the congee. Wonton were big considering its mainly prawns inside.
Ambiance was decent. Its casual dining and its clean, at least in the dining area.
Definitely a return trip for their congee.

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Hot Pot One4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3600, Richmond
Best congee ever
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 2:05am [Dine in]

My friends and I were on our way to Fishermen Terrace when we saw this new hotpot restaurant. I think it used to be called Four Season Hot Pot. We decided to tried out this restaurant since they advertise that they serve dim sum.
Somehow this elegant looking restaurant deserves a better name than "Hot Pot One". Its quite nice inside, bright and clean. I was told this restaurant just open a week ago.
The waiter showed us the proper way of serving tea by washing the new tea with hot water, then throw away the water, then pure new water into the wet tea. There was a list of tea that we can choose from. He also showed us how to used the cooking range to boil our water. Nice!
We wanted to tried the congee. The congee base cost $4.25, then you choose what you want to put in the congee. Each ingredients cost $3.25. We picked the watercress and fish fillets. We watched our congee being cooked. It includes the condiments to go with the congee, i.e. peanuts, green onions and preserve veg. It was quite an experience to eat here. We also order a couple of dim sum dishes. One of the dish was the deep fried geoduck w/ peppery salt. It was delicious.
Service was great. Our waiter was bilingual. He checked on us and the kettle to check the water level.
The bill was around $30 with 10% discount. Not a bad deal for 3 people.
Its a definite return for my congee fix.

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Imperial Court Restaurant6360 No. 3 Road, Unit 6, Richmond
Good solid dim sum
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 1:46am [Dine in]

I've eaten at Imperial Court twice and both time, their food was good. If you go there before 11:00 a.m., you'll receive 25% discount. After 11:00 a.m., then its 20% discount. Not a bad deal. My favorite dish is their fish tofu and mushroom in curry sauce. I love their curry sauce and its great with a bowl of rice. Too bad, there is no discount on specialty food, just the dumplings.
I have no complains about their service. There is no air of snobbery, unlike some other restaurant I've encounter.
I can imagine that this restaurant at one time was very elegant looking. But it is still nice and well maintain. Their washroom are clean at least.
One complaint that I have is their lack of parking. There are 4 restaurants in that plaza!. That's why its wise to go early and get your 25% discount.

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Sen's Hou Lok Restaurant8231 Cambie Road, #115, Richmond
Good place to come for late night dinner..... if you can read Chinese
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 3:00am [Dine in]

My friend and I came here for a late dinner suggested by my doc. I knew this place existed, I always drove by on my way to Yaohan Centre. Never thought about eating there cuz it look intimidated. We were told their food was good and so was their price.
It was close to 9:00 pm, we chose the 4 items snacks and get a plain congee free. The food was good. Luckily, my friend knew how to read Chinese, for the most part. On the wall was their house specials. I don't know why it was not translated unto the menu or have the english translation on the board. My friend was drooling over the house special. I just knew that their crab and pumpkin hotpot was $20.80. I can't wait to come back here to try out their crab hotpot. But I would not come back unless I have someone with me to translate.
Service was good, we were not snubbed. The waitress was very helpful. I gave her credit for helping those 4 young chinese kids (early 20s) with their take out orders. They knew what to order, but they didn't speak nor read chinese. The waitress understood what they want as she was bilingual.
This restaurant definitely caters to the local chinese. All their advertisement are in chinese. Its Monday night and the place was half full, its a good sign. On our way out, my friend saw the advertisement that their steam ginger milk was .80 cents!! Ugh! Had I know, I would of order 2 bowls, my fav dessert. That will definitely entice me to come back.
Ambiance? Its clean and bright. It would of been better if they didn't have all that chinese advertisement all over their walls.
Highly recommended for a late night meal.

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Rebellious Tomato2951 Lonsdale Avenue, Vancouver
You call this pizza?!
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 1:55am [Dine in]

I was in N. Van. for an appt. and saw Rebellious Tomato. Luckily, I kept my 2009 entertainment coupon book in the car. Lo and behold, there was a coupon for Rebellious Tomato. I order the carnivore pizza and their spanikopizza pizza.
The staff was not that helpful with my order. Since it was my first time ordering pizza, I inquire about their spelt versus the whole wheat crust. She couldn't answer me because she had never tried their pizza! Plus, she told me that she usually eat pizza elsewhere, so when she comes to work, she doesn't want to eat pizza here. Not a good sign.
So I decided to order one spelt spanikopizza and whole wheat carnivore. It was an extra $4 for the spelt pizza crust. It was take-out order.
While I was driving back home, I decided to open the box and have a slice. I was not happy. I assume that all pizza came pre-cut. Not this place. When I got home, I took a closer look at my pizza. Yikes!! You call this pizza?! Rebellious Tomato should be in the guiness book of record for having the thinest pizza. The taste was alright. But they were skimpy on the toppings. Luckily, I had their 2 for 1 coupon. The worst part was that I couldn't taste the difference between spelt and whole wheat crust. To me, it taste the same. Bland. What a waste of $4.
I might return next year with 2010 coupon.
Recommended if you have 2 for 1 coupon.

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Kim Ga Nae4260 No. 3 Rd, #180, Richmond
Good AYCE Korean lunch
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went for lunch on Fri. We were impressed with the restaurant, it was nicely decorated and stylish. I like the fact there were private rooms. Plus, the restaurant has 2 sections, one room for AYCE and the other section for a la carte.
We went for AYCE lunch and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious! I love beef short ribs, so I was impressed with their cuts of meat. I was expecting small cuts of meat, but not this place. We also had 5 side dishes of veggies. For $12.99, it was a good deal. But I don't think I would bother coming for dinner. Their dinner menu was similiar to the lunch except for the extra beef cuts. No extra seafood added. They charged $19!!
The service was good. The waitress did come by several times to check up on us. But we had to flagged them down to check up on our missing orders.
I would of rated the ambiance higher, but I was cold cuz the vent was on very high and the cold breeze was blowing around the room. I found the ventilation a bit loud and ignoring. I had to eat my lunch fast or else my food turn cold fast. I noticed that other patrons were wearing their jackets while eating. I think I will wait til the weather warms up, before I will go back again. At least, I didn't smell like BBQ when I left the restaurant.
Recommended for lunch.

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Wen Xin Chinese Restaurant5240 Rumble Street, Burnaby
Good neighbourhood restaurant
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Since I've moved into this neighbourhood in November, my family and I have been a regular customer. It was so nice to have a great chinese restaurant within walking distance. We have been here for their lunch special for $5.95 which is an amazing deal. Dinner was good also, as well as their take out orders. We had great service from staff. No complaints here.
My favorite dish is their deep fried crispy chicken, chicken wings and their chinese sausage fried rice. Their fried rice was only $6.25 which in my opinion is the best, because there are very few restaurants that makes chinese sausage fried rice. Don't know why. I prefer that than BBQ pork fried rice.
Their xiao long bao isn't the greatest, I rather drive to Richmond for that. Overall, their food is very good. I don't need to drive to Richmond for my Shanghai food fix.
Wen Xin is a small restaurant with only 7 tables, and its clean. Worth a visit if you're in south Burnaby area.

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Veggie Bunch6611 Buswell Street, Richmond
Good vegetarian buffet
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Whenever I craved for vegetarian food, I like to come here for lunch. They have a large selection of food. I like the fact that everytime they refill the food, it's a different dish. Plus everyday is different vegetarian dishes except for fried rice. Yes, some of the dishes are a bit on the oily side. But overall, its tasty, healthy and its vegan.
Ambiance is decent, you seat yourself, grab a plate and serve yourself. Once in awhile, the background music are annoying to listened to. The staff don't say much, just refill your tea and take away your dirty dish.
I do like the red bean with black rice soup, its good when mixed with vanilla ice cream. Its like drinking red bean milkshake.
Overall, a great value for your money. Oh, by the way, Veggie Bunch do close once a year, on Chinese New Year.

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Bob's Submarine Sandwiches6390 No. 3 Rd, #2, Richmond
Fantastic sub
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

Usually, when I go to Richmond, I usually go out for asian food (i.e. dim sum). I knew this place existed, but never had a chance to tried it til now. Boy! Had I known how yummy their subs are, I would of come here more often.
I love their steak and salami sub and their pepperoni and salami sub. It reminds me of the sub sandwiches I grew up with in Montreal. I have yet try out their super sub as I could barely finish my regular 6" sub. My friend had their fried chicken combo. 3 pieces of chicken, fries and pop for $6 is a good deal. Their fried chicken is good, way better than KFC. Oh, whenever I ordered their subs, I always tell them --- no dressing, I find that italian dressings in the sub ruins the overall taste.
What can I say about the ambiance. Its a greasy spoon diner, their washroom are clean. Its clean overall, what more do you want? The owner are really friendly. I come here for the food, not fine dining. Next time, I will try their breakfast.

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Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant8888 River Road, #150, Richmond
Best birthday dinner
Submitted Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 1:31am [Dine in]

My hubby took us to dinner to celebrate my birthday. This was the restaurant that I requested. Outside, the building doesn't look much to look at, but inside, the restaurant was quite nice, elegant and clean. Even their bathroom was clean.
When I made the reservation, I mention about their famous crab hotpot as I wasn't sure if I was suppose to order in advance. Luckily, I did.
We ordered 2 of their specialty dishes, crab and pumpkin hotpot and hand shredded chicken. Plus the choi sum with wolfberry and dry scallop in superior broth. All 3 dishes were fantastic. I really enjoy their crab hotpot. When they presented the live crab to me, I had to return the crab as I told them that we were not going to pay good money for a crab that was missing a leg.
After dinner, we were offer complimentary mung bean soup which was delicious. Had I known that, I wouldn't have order their steamed milk and almond soup with egg white. It was also good.
I didn't rate the service high because I thought the wait staff were slow in refilling our teapot or replace our plates when it was pile with crab shells and chicken bones.
The food was a bit expensive, but it was well worth it. The four of us were happy with the quality of food. My girlfriend mention that she would like to come back to try out other items. Maybe on her upcoming birthday. This is the kind of place that I'd go for a special occasion.
Thank you Mr. Panda for a lovely b'day dinner.

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Manager - treat your staff with respect
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 1:51am [Dine in]

My friends and I have been coming here on and off for years even when it was Kamei Sushi.
Their AYCE is not bad although the one on W. Broadway is a bit better, food wise.
I have personally never experience bad service like the below reviews. Yesterday, we took a chance coming here after reading all the bad reviews. The food was surprisely good, and so was the service. I thought their service has improved. Our empty dishes were promptly taken away and we were sitting in the tatami room!
The wait staff was polite and service was prompt. No complains here. My friend noticed that there was no manager there, so the service improved and food quality improved. She made a comment that everytime the manager (esp. the grumpy one) was there, food was bad and the service sucks. I don't know if the manager made life miserable for all staff. If that is the case, then it affects the ambiance, quality of the food and definitely the service. If staff are unhappy, then customers are unhappy.

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Chong's Restaurant2532 Kingsway, Vancouver
Go for the food, not the ambiance
Submitted Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 3:16am [Dine in]

I have been going to Chong's on and off for years. The ambiance isn't the greatest. Most of the tables are cramped together. When it's busy, you usually ended up sharing tables with complete strangers. The atmosphere is very loud when it is busy. This is the place where you eat and run, not for a intimate lunch outing.
Most of the waitress spoke very little english. But because my friends and I are regular, we are treated well. Overall, the staff treated everybody well esp. when the majority of their customers are seniors.
I like to come here for their crispy roast pork on rice. Its the best in town for $3.00 and I think this is the only restaurant that serves this dish for dim sum. I also, like their steamed ginger milk, corn and shrimp dumplings and steamed white fish. They charge $3.00 for their baby bok choy with bean curd sheets and gingko nuts. Thats incredible value. Other restaurant charged $5.00 for this dish. Their other dim sum dishes are ok, but for $2.30, you can't complain.
One word of advice, if you know what you want, I suggest you order thru the waitress or else, you wait forever.
Recommended - crispy roast pork on rice.

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Rain Flower Seafood Restaurant3600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Very good dim sum
Submitted Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 1:28am [Dine in]

This building used to be XS Cargo. It felt weird walking into this place knowing it used to be XS Cargo store. But the ambiance was quite nice, it has the feel of an upscale restaurant. Not sure about the wallpaper, it looked kind of tacky but in a nice way. I guess I am not used to seeing wallpaper in a restaurant. I do like their chair though, it was very comfortable.
We thought we tried different dim sum items instead of the usually hargow, sui mai. We ordered their pumpkin and seafood fried rice, which by the way was very good. Spinach dumpling - fantastic, it blew me away when I saw the green skin. Shrimp balls wrapped in sliced almonds was good. Lo bak was nice and crispy, my friend loved it. I am not a fan of pan fried lo bak go, but this dish was very good. I think their fish paste wrapped in bean curd and rice roll was their signature dish and it was the best dim sum item ever. I was too full to tried out their dessert.
Service was great. The waiters are bilingual which was nice. I like the fact that we were given a coupon for our next visit to receive a free dim sum items.
I did check out their dinner menu and the review below was right. Their dinner menu was cheaper than Sun Sui Wah.
I will definitely return, this time, I will try out their har gow and sui mai.

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HK B.B.Q. Master4651 No. 3 Road, #145, Richmond
I love their crispy roast pork
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 1:46am [Dine in]

I had their take out meat before and it was wonderful. My favorite was the crispy roast pork. The other day, I had to pick up something from Superstore and decided to stopped by HK BBQ for a quick lunch. Although, the sign said it opened 11:00 a.m., the door was opened at 10:45 a.m., so I went inside. I was their first customer. I ordered their soup of the day which was bitter melon soup with pork ribs and it was delicious and no MSG. Also, I had their soy chicken and crispy roast pork on rice. For $6.49, it was worth it. The meat was so tender, it melt in my mouth. I ate slow, savoring every mouthful of meat and slurping my bittermelon soup. But by 11:05, the little place was packed...... sigh....., so I quickly hurried up my lunch.
The service was great, my tea was filled w/o asking and my food came quick. The owner came out and greeted several customers and asked about the food. He didn't asked me as I had my mouth stuffed with food. But he went back behind the counter and watched me savor the meat.
The place was small, I mean, very small and it was cleaned. A great place to stop by for a quick bite to eat..... if you can find parking.

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Schokolade Cafe2263 East Hastings St, Vancouver
Incredible hot chocolate!
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2008 - 1:00am [Dine in]

I normally don't give high rating on any places til now. My friend and I were exploring the neighbourhood along E. Hastings and saw the sign. It looked very inviting and decided to check it out. It was such a cute little cafe that specialized in chocolate. They also serve breakfast and lunch. The owner came out and greeted us. She took the time to explained and show off her display of chocolates. I am not a chocolate fan as I find it too sweet for my liking.
I was impressed with the quality of her chocolates. It was so elegant looking and artistically made that it was too nice to be eaten. Anyway, I bought myself a small box and pick out the chocolates. It wasn't cheap. But I rarely eat chocolates, so this is good value for me and it is VERY good quality chocolate. Its not sickening sweet.
I also decided to tried out the Ancient Aztec hot chocolate. Man, was it ever good! This hot chocolate is incredible and the price is similiar to Starbucks hot chocolate. I used to be a hot chocolate fan at Starbucks esp. their salt taffy hot chocolate (half sweet). But after tasting the ancient aztec which by the way is unsweetened!! I don't think I'll be going back to Starbucks.
I am planning to go back to try out their other hot chocolates soon. So, to all chocolates lovers, you have to try out their hot chocolate.

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