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phattassVancouverSince June 2, 200620 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (2.9)
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Healthfare Restaurant7366 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Finally, some healthy options in Burnaby!
Submitted Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:44am [Dine in]

We stumbled across this place while hunting for dog food. By stumbled, I am quite literal as we bumped into one of their signs. The name is slightly odd, so we didn't get that it was a food joint offering cooked food, as it sounds like a health and wellness place. We were meeting friends at Whitespot and checked this place out beforehand. We were so interested in their menu that we moved our whole lunch party from Whitespot to Health Fare. For about a third of the price we all left full, satisfied and energized because we ate healthy rather then not.

The food is really, really good! They have lots of gluten-free options and something for almost anyone who is health-aware. It is not super cheap, but the food is worth every penny. They have a whole bunch of smoothies. Dreamsicle and the breakfast ones are my favourites so far. The sweet potato wedges are heaven in your mouth. The beet side is also Devine. They know a lot about the food they are serving and are helpful and friendly.

My only downside, and it is very minor for me, is that they don't wash the tables very often so they usually look and feel dirty. This is never a deal breaker for me though!!

I don't often suggest people just go and check a place out.....but I do for this place. Really, really good food!

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Fantastic For a Small Price
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 9:57am [Dine in]

If you have ever read my numerous reviews, you will know that I am a sushi freak. I rarely judge a sushi joint on it’s service or décor, but rather on the food. This place is different.

Most notable about this place is the fantastic décor. Situated in a heritage home, it has been beautifully redone and made into a very, very stylish restaurant. It also has a gorgeous patio that wraps around half of the home.

First impression was that the bill would match the décor but it didn’t. The prices here are the best I’ve found in New West/Burnaby area. Seriously, they do not match the décor. The specialty rolls are fabulous and between five and 7 bucks. Definitely try the mangodise.

Last week I had to peak my curiosity and ordered the sushi pizza. That’s right, sushi PIZZA. If you are a spicy tuna fan, this is your dish. They make a small “pizza” dough out of deep fried rice, then smother it in spicy tuna and a bunch of other tasty items. I wouldn’t recommend just ordering the pizza though, maybe just as a novelty to share with the table. The regular rolls, sashimi and boats are well done and great for the price.

Service was way beyond what I expect from a sushi place. Yes, getting tea was not super easy, but it’s a very busy place and worth the wait.

This has quickly become my favorite “local” sushi place and the one I would take out-of-town guests to.

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Anatolia's Gate Restaurant7084 Kingsway, Burnaby
My Favorite Turkish Place
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 9:37am [Dine in]

Ok, this is by far my favorite "Middle Eastern" restaurant.
I have yet to have anything from there that did not blow my mind.
This is a small, mostly take-out style joint with a huge stone oven. You can eat in but the place is pretty small. The food is always fresh and devine. I strongly recommend you try a bunch of items on the menu.
We even showed up here without reservations at lunch with at least 10 people and they managed to feed us all on our lunch hour. (yes we know, it was last minute and we definately should have done the polite thing and called ahead).
It's a tiny bit pricey for lunch, but as far as I can tell...it is totally worth it!

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Coming Home Cafe735 6th Street, New Westminster
Kick-ass Eggs Benny on Weekends
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 9:28am [Dine in]

This is a cute, comfortable, clean, gay owned and operated joint. They make a great coffee and I’ve had weekend breakfast there many times. First time I went there I had the Eggs Benny, and it’s all I’ve had since. It’s awesome!

The prices can be pricey if you get a latte-type coffee and breakfast and add on hash browns or other sides. The first time we ate there our eyes bugged out at the bill. But, we return again and again because we like it so much.

This is home-style café, where you can watch your breakfast getting made and you get your own accoutrements.

Service there can be awesome. My only compliant about the service is that the owner (or one of the owners?) can get really, really long-winded and preachy about Pride when he is talking to people in line in front of you. I swear we once waited about 15 minutes at the till with money in hand while he went on and on and on. (Totally cool with him talking about Pride, but not when people are being held captive).

They are also cash only, which sucks period, and the hours posted on here are not correct because I think they are usually closed by three. I wish they would expand their hours, as I could easily see us going there to try a casual dinner menu.

I actually love this place, and can say it’s my number one choice for local breakfast.

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Purple Lotus609 12th Street, New Westminster
Good Vietnamese
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

I have been craving pho and bun for ages now and stumbled across the Purple Lotus. I hadn't known that they were no longer Young's Cafe.
I was very happy to discover the change and have been having the food from there at least once a week since. They even deliver, which is nice, and the food is well worth the cost you spend. The prices are good and you definitely get a full meal.
I love the #33, a fabulous chicken bun with spring rolls. Careful though, it's addictive!

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Won't Be Returning
Submitted Friday, July 17, 2009 - 11:22am [Dine in]

We went for the Lobsterfest. It was an early dinner in an almost empty restaurant. We waited a very long time for service, and had very little contact with the server once it started. My beer sat empty for more then 3/4 of the meal.
We ordered the coupon meal, and recieved nothing special at all. The lobster was small and rubbery, the butter tasteless and sides were overcooked and not worth eating. It's sad to say the best part was the fresh bread. The dishes were very dirty. I understand lobster can be a dirty deed, but there is no excuse for dirty dishes in a restaurant like this.
Our food took much too long to arrive and we sat without beverages waiting. Our server was polite enough but never asked about anything one would normally be asked about, and was never to be found when needed...such as for a clean fork as the one we got was caked in some disgusting filth. By the time the fork was replaced both meals were cold.
When we left, we passed THREE staff at the front desk. We thanked them and not one of them responded. Absolutely disgusting service for a restaurant that claims to be fine dining.
The price with a coupon would be good if the food was worth eating.
We will not be returning.

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Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant326 Columbia Street, New Westminster
First time back in many years
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

We had the in-laws visiting, but we are living in an area of town new to us. Rather then drive far to locations we knew well, I thought I'd try some locals spots to take them out to. I hemmed and hawed trying to decide which greek place to go to. I have fond memories from when I was a teen going to Teverna, so I finally picked it over restaurants whose menus I had sampled more recently.

First I called in advance to see if we needed reservations. The friendly and helpful woman on the phone said we didn't but that the window seats were used with reservations. So I reserved and we got a lovely window seat overlooking the river.

The place is exactly the same as when I would come over ten years ago. It's got "old greek" charm. I wished we would have went at dusk for some added candle lighting, but it was still lovely in daylight.

Our service was great and very friendly. The food was good, the calamari was not over cooked and the tzatziki was flavorful. We actually managed to get away spending very little. I was expecting to pay more but was nicely suprised when the bill was settled.

I'm not a big greek fan, but I was very happy with our experience.

I'll return if I have more greek lovers visting.

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Sake Maki1414 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Sake Maki Virgin
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

We had the in-laws in town and wanted to go to Kadoya, but we had spent the day on Commercial Drive and were hot and tired and not wanting to drive downtown and wrestle with traffic and parking.

We had been told that someone connected to Kadoya had opened up shop with similar rolls on Commercial, so when we walked by we figured we would give it a try.

We had a late lunch, but despite the time most tables were full. It was a weekend and a nice sunny day, so the Drive was packed.

Our service was kinda not great, but nothing terrible or tragic to report. The decor is rather poor, despite it being such a new place, but certainly not bad.
I can see the place looking shabby in a few more months, as it seems to not be getting much cleaning.

As for the food.... the most important part to me....it was great. The spicy tuna roll was fabulous and even better then Kadoya's, as it had cucumber added into the already great combination. We had several of the special rolls and they were all great as well.

I was almost upset not being able to try more food off the menu, as they had some fabulous combo's with great prices.

I intend to return, so I will re-review if my opinion changes. I'm looking forward to trying more of their menu items.

I give the special rolls two big phattass thumbs up!

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
Kadoya is renovated
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

I have been to Kadoya many times. I've eaten in and taken out. I have also been since they renovated, and it's really pretty after dark. The handwritten signs have moved to the back area and left room for a new, funky feel out front.

I love the fusion rolls and agree that they are large. I also agree that many of them taste quite similar, so sharing one or two fancy rolls between friends will do. Their regular spicy tuna roll is also fabulous.

Yes, it's cramped...and in downtown Van that is not going to change without losing seats, so it's just something to deal with. The service is often rushed, but it's just part of the Kadoya experiance.

I hear the owner is a sweet caring man that takes very good care of his staff, unfortunately, this does not always translate into good service.

This is a fabulous place to try out some interesting rolls. Be adventurous, you really can't go wrong.

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Nao Sushi7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
Lunch Sushi
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 11:59am [Dine in]

I have eaten here about twenty times since it reopened. Eighteen times were for lunch and twice take-out dinner. At lunch it is almost always packed, so get there before noon. I have an hour lunch and have never been late back to work because of the food. In fact, I find the lunch service quite fast, as it should be at a sushi bar.

I have coworkers who prefer lunchbox combo's and they love Nao as well. I eat the sushi or sashimi. I have yet to eat something I didn't love while at the restaurant.

The take-out was nothing special.

I'm glad they expanded, as I could never eat there when they were a small joint, as they were always so full. Now I almost always manage a seat for lunch.

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Asuka Sushi712C 12th Street, New Westminster
Not the greatest, certainly not the worst
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 11:51am [Dine in]

I love sushi. A lot of sushi. Real sushi. I use the chopped scallop as a test for every sushi place I go to.

I have had take-out from Asuka about ten times. I find it is ok food, but nothing too special. The sunomono salad was by far the best I have ever had though.

I find the prices a bit high, but I can understand it's hard to run a business with fresh food and keep the prices low in this economy.

There are better, and cheaper places in New West, but Asuka is definately worth a try.

I've yet to try their "all you can eat" menu.

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Mr. Ho Wonton house6731 Kingsway, Burnaby
Work Lunches
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 11:44am [Dine in]

We go to Mr Ho's about ten times a year as a group of 5 to 20 people, always at lunch. Our group is always treated exceptionally well and we ALWAYS get first-rate service.

We order for the group, one item for every head at the table, and can easily manage a few vegetarians or special needs diets in the mix.

We eat every single bite that comes out of the kitchen, every single time. I cannot ever remember having anyone complain after a Mr Ho's lunch.

We always get our food quickly and are in and out in the hour we have for lunch, even with a crowd of over 16 people and even if the restaurant is packed.

As with many chinese restaurants, many items that are not on the menu can also be ordered.

I love this place! I guess I'll try it for dinner at some point and see if it is the same in the evenings.

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Baba Sweets & Restaurant7561 6th Street, Burnaby
Hmmmmmm Samosas
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 11:33am [Dine in]

I'll admit, I fisrt got introduced to Baba Sweets back when it was known as the "Samosa Nazi". I've never been fond of the term, though the name, based on the "Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld, did certainly fit.

We get samosas every potluck at work, always from Baba Sweets. Lately I've taken to bringing their sweets to parties as well, and though traditional indian sweets tend to be crazy sweet, they are always a hit.

Recently I have started to taste the actual dinner menu items and I have loved every one so far. This is not a place to go and have a sit-down dinner, but it's take-out is fabulous. Definately where I will always go for my indian food.

Don't expect to get in and out in minutes though, you do wait for your food, even though it's pre-ordered and take-out. It's well worth the wait though!

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Thirsty Duck, The606 12th Street, New Westminster
Good 'ol Thirsty Duck
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

I hung out at the duck a lot about fifteen years ago when I lived in the area. I've recently returned.
I'm not being rude in saying this, but nothing has changed (except the smoking laws). The decor, staff, beer specials and food are all the same. When I went back again for the first time it was like slipping on that old comfy sweatshirt that you wear on weekends when you don't need to leave the house or be seen by anyone.
I love the Wed wing night and you must, must, must try the potachos with your wings These are nachos made with latticed frech-fries instead of chips, and they are to die for. (you only need one plate for a bunch of people)
The staff are suitable to the place, and I quite enjoy their banter.
I like the duck....and I'm glad I've returned to the area to spend some more time there. It's grungy, greasy and the beer prices reflect that.

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Ole Ole Mexican Deli831 12th Street, New Westminster
Chicken Nachos to die for
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

My sister and I started going to Ole Ole right when he opened many years ago. We have since moved, but still return all the way from Vancouver and Mission for his chicken nachos. I have woken some nights dreaming about those nachos...they are that good.
The place is tiny, often full, often empty. The food is always great. At times I do find it a bit pricey, but I keep going back despite this. The owner is always friendly.
I do miss the chance to have a beer with my food, but those darn nachos are worth it!

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Fabulous Lunch Buffet
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 11:59am [Dine in]

My co-workers and I frequent this place for the lunch buffet. The food is well worth the price and we always leave feeling satisfied. There tends to be a crowd for the lunch buffet but everyone gets all they need and we are able to get in and out within our lunch break. I really, really like their food and think this place is worth checking out at lunch. I've yet to go there for dinner, but co-workers say it is great then as well.
I highly suggest trying Saffron.

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New West Wonton House441 12th Street, New Westminster
Good standard
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 11:37am [Dine in]

We just moved to the area, and are missing the multiple choices that we used to have for dinner in our old hood. We have eaten at New West Wonton House twice now and both times the food has been solid. It has your basic menu and the food is tasty without an excess of grease. We will continue to work our way through their menu.

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Belgian Fries1885 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
More Then Just Fries
Submitted Monday, December 11, 2006 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

Ok, I'll admit it. If I could eat fries all day long every day I would. This place was once very well known for outstanding fries. Over the past few years it has went through changes and at one point was serving rather gross tasting food. However, over the past year or so things have really changed and the food is now back to great. They have added many things to the menu. My new addiction is called War which is fries with peanut satay, mayo and fried sweet onions. The plain fries are a great stand-by and come with so many different dips. Of course, who can do a review without mentioning the deep fried mars bar? It's to die for, and I'm really not even a chocolate fan. My brother and nephew make this place their first stop each and every time they fly into town.

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Samosa Garden Restaurant3502 Kingsway, Vancouver
Pass this one by
Submitted Monday, December 11, 2006 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

We attended this place as a group from work because a few of the people said it was better then our usual indian spot. We went as a party of 12 or so to the lunch buffet and recieved a very chilly reception, both figuratively and literally. The staff was very unaccomadating, and had we not been on a time crunch we would have went elsewhere. The place was very cold, but I guess that can be a problem with places at lunch times. The lunch itself was fair, and was tasty with a really good dessert. The biggest problem though was finding dishes clean enough to eat from. We literally had to dig through stacks of dishes to find even one clean enough to eat from. One bowl actually had blue gel in it, I mean, a large amount of blue gel, (perhaps dish cleaning fluid?). We were quite grossed out by the end of the meal and have vowed not to return. I spoke with the manager days later and she did not believe me when I told her about our concerns. She did mention that they were planning on buying new dishes, but I'm not sure what good that will do if they don't wash them. The good news is that no one reported for work ill the next day.

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Britannia Sushi1016 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
In serious need of foodsafe course
Submitted Friday, June 2, 2006 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

I love this sushi place. I have eaten at many of the lower mainland sushi spots for many, many years and have become quite particular with my choices. I frequent this sushi place up to three times a week, walking past four other sushi places to get to it.
They tend to stay busy enough to keep all of their food fresh, though sometimes the gommae taste as though it was not freshly made. The fish is ALWAYS fresh though. The prices are great. They even have cheap domestic beer to go with your meal.
The downsides to this place are low, however if cleanliness and hygeine are important you may want to skip this place. I have seen enough things to turn the stomaches of many people, all involving the food prep area.
Of most concern is the young family boy who runs around the restaurant daily, crawling on the floor, putting a bouncing ball from the ground into his mouth, taking the ball out and then touching the sushi prep area without cleaning his hands. This child is there almost every night and can definately ruin your meal if you let him get to you.
If you are into sushi for the sushi taste alone, this place will give you what you need. The service could be tuned up a bit but is fine. This place is nothing fancy, but always fresh and very well priced.

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