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pookiebearUBCSince May 28, 200946 Reviews
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3.5 (3.3)
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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips6574 Hastings Street, Burnaby
My go-to place for Fish & Chip cravings
Submitted Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 11:07am [Dine in]

This is my favourite place for fish and chips. On Mon-Weds, they have all you can eat for 9.50, and includes a pop, a super deal. Fish is always served piping hot and fresh. The fish batter is not too thick and has a great taste to it. Their onion rings are also delicious. The fries are only so so, but I am there for their fish.

Service is a bit slow, especially on all you can eat nights, but I understand that they are busy. The servers are nice and polite though.The restaurant itself looks like an old dining room, and seats only up to 30 and 40 people. It looks reasonably clean. But most fish and chip restaurants I've been to all look the same.

Highly recommended if you are craving for Fish and Chips!

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Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
A wonderful evening filled with good food!!
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

I came here late on a beautiful Friday night with a party of 4. Unfortunately, the patio was full so we sat inside next to the patio. It was a bit stuffy inside but they dimmed the lights 5 minutes after we sat down which cooled the restaurant a bit.

For appys, we ordered the Antipasto Di Mare (scallops, mussels, prawns and clams in this white wine garlic sauce) and the crab and shrimp cakes. The seafood in the Antipasta Di Mare was fresh and the sauce was just divine. We had to order extra bread to dip it into the sauce. The crab and shrimp cakes were okay, nothing to rave about.

For mains, we all ordered pasta, the Seafood Linguini and the Spaghettini. Both pasta dishes are basically the same with the same type of pasta, sauce, but it has different seafood. This was the BEST pasta I've ever had. The noodles were fresh and cooked to perfection with the right texture. I could also taste the freshness of the tomato sauce and seafood. The portions were pretty big and we got a decent amount of seafood. I am drooling just thinking about it.

The restaurant was nice and had a nice sunny feel. Service was friendly, although our waitress was absent at times. I couldn't blame her though because she had to serve a large party behind us.

Overall, it was a wonderful evening and I would definitely come back and eat the pasta again.

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Nooch Pho9020 Capstan Way, #110, Richmond
Pho with a twist
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

I've been dying to try this place out for a while now. Everytime I went, they were closed. (They are closed on Sundays and holidays). I almost gave up on trying this place but I am glad I didn't.

I came here for a late lunch on a Friday with a friend. Their menu is very limited compared to other vietnamese restaurants with only a few rice dishes, pho and dry noodles. My friend ordered the noodle combo with beef brisket pho and the combo comes with 2 tiny springrolls, a small salad, and a pop for $8. I ordered the grilled chicken pho. The salad was fresh and the spring rolls were tasty, but too oily. A new staff was being trained so I guess they didn't drain the oil long enough after frying the spring roll but no big deal as they have unlimited napkins for us to soak up the oil.

Then came the pho served in a big white bowl. The portion is pretty big and the soup is quite tasty. It is a bit different than regular pho soup which I can't quite put my finger on, but I think some spice was added that made it unique. And there was definitely no msg because I wasn't at all thirsty afterwards. The beef brisket is also better quality than the brisket served at other viet restaurants.

Service wise, it was alright. A new staff member was being trained so he was a bit slow but he was friendly. The restaurant is probably the cleanest and most modern viet restaurant i've been to, although I did find the chairs uncomfortable as there was no back support.

Would I come back? Yes definitely.

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Qoola4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Yummy but pricey.
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 11:40am [Dine in]

I've always wanted to try Qoola but it's inconvenient for me to go down to the Denman location. I was happy when I found out they opened one up in Richmond. I bought a large one to share for $7 plus one topping for about $0.90 and on Canada Day, they were giving out one free topping with the purchase of a Med or Large yogurt. I chose the Lychee flavor yogurt with strawberries and blueberries. The lychee flavor yogurt was really tasty, but the fruits were still frozen. For almost $9, the price is pretty steep. They have 4 flavors of yogurt: original, green tea, lychee, and mango. The lychee and mango are for a limited time only. The one good thing is that you don't have to pay extra for flavored yogurt like the other yogurt shops and they can do a combination of 2 yogurts for one cup.

The staff were polite but slow and there were a few tables and and chairs for you to sit at.

I would be back just to try the mango one, but i'd probably stick to the other froyo places if I want to have original or green tea flavored yogurt.

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Cattle Cafe8580 Alexandra Road, 1020, Richmond
Sister restaurant to Cattle Hotpot!
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2009 - 9:32am [Dine in]

I can't believe there are no reviews for this place yet. Cattle Cafe is a sister restaurant to Cattle Hotpot but it's a HongKong style cafe. They have your typical tea-time meals like Baked pork chop with rice, fried noodles, fried rice, etc but I found that the prcies are a bit higher compared to the other HK style cafes. The both times I went, I ordered their self-pick noodle combos. You choose a soupbase, the type of noodles, and 2 toppings, and it comes with a hot drink for $7. Toppings include beef, fish, mushrooms, beef/fish balls, just to name a few. I tried the Laksa soupbase, the fish soup (their signature soup with no msg), and the Tom Yum goong soup. Their fish soup and Tom Yum goong soup are delicious. I found that Laksa was a bit bland. The portions are pretty big as well.

Service is alright, you get the typical HK style restaurant service, nothing outstanding. Space is pretty cramped though as the tables are quite close together.

I'd definitely come back.

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Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Rd, #120, Richmond
Good food but bad everything else
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 10:08am [Dine in]

I came here for dinner on a Friday night with 2 of my girlfriends. We had a reservation but we still had to wait about 20 minutes or so.

The restaurant is super busy and they try to fit as many tables in the restaurant as possible. There's actually a table right by the entrance/waiting area so whoever walks by could easily brush against the person sitting there. I felt bad for the people sitting at that table. We didn't get that table, but we got the table closest to the bathroom. Seating wise, it's very cramped and I felt uncomfortable as the walking paths are very narrow.

Service was typical of a busy chinese restaurant, but the wait staff is a bit cocky IMO. When we asked them for recommendations, they made a lot of sarcastic comments.

Despite the bad service and uncomfortable seating, the food is really good which is why the restaurant is so busy. They have a wide variety of unique dishes and the portions are quite big. We ordered 3 dishes and we had leftovers. Special mention to their Xiao Long Baos which is one of the best I've had.

Would I come back? I am torn. Their food is good but everything else sucks. Maybe I'll do takeout.

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Posh6462 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Good place for vegetarians
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 9:41am [Dine in]

I came here for a b-day dinner last night. Normally, I go to the Broadway location but the b-day girl lives closer to the Burnaby one so we decided to come here. We chose Posh for her b-day dinner because the b-day girl is a vegetarian and Posh offers a wide array of vegetables and tofu. My sister is a vegetarian too and she loves this place. And it's a few bucks cheaper than a regular chinese hotpot restaurant.

Food was okay, the beef was extremely fatty and some of the pork they served us was still frozen. However, this Posh location gives you the actual amount of food you order, whereas at the Broadway location, they always give less.

Service was alright, although our waitress didn't come by our table too much more as it got busier and they were really pushing us to get the drink specials.

The restaurant is reasonably clean, maybe because it's newer. And I think the ventilation is better at this location because I didn't smell like soy sauce afterwards.

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Good choice for special occasions
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 9:14am [Dine in]

Last night, I went to the Fish House to celebrate my Mom's b-day. I've actually been to the Fish House several times in the past and it has always been consistent and never disappointed me.

Our party of 4 started off with caesar salad and yam fries. The yam fries were delicious. For mains, we ordered 2 specials (halibut and lobster), steak frites, and crab cakes. The halibut was very tasty, very fresh and cooked to perfection. The steak frites was tasty too and it's a good deal at $21. The crab cakes were only okay.

Service was really good throughout the night. Our waitress knew it was my mom's b-day and took extra special care of her. She even gave her a balloon and took a picture of us with the restaurants' camera and printed it out for us on the spot.

Overall, it was a nice evening and I would definitely come back again.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
Meh..nothing special
Submitted Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 11:14am [Dine in]

I took my bf here for his b-day dinner a few months ago. We started with a Lobster, Scallop and Gorgonzola dip and lobster and prawn fritters. I tasted a bit of lobster but no scallop in the dip and the fritters had mostly shrimp in it. Overall, the appys weren't too bad. For mains, my bf ordered the prime rib and I ordered the halibut chop. The prime rib wasn't very good, especially for the price. We like the prime rib at the Keg more and it's quite a bit cheaper at The Keg. The Halibut Chop was okay, a bit on the dry side. We skipped on dessert because we were so full.

Food wise, I was disappointed given the price. Service was good as our waitress checked up on us periodically. The restaurant itself is beautiful. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there's this tunnel you go through if you enter from the bar to go into the restaurant which I thought was kinda unique. It's definitely a nice place to bring your date to if you want to impress your date.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Just OK
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 10:18am [Dine in]

I came here with a party of 4 at around 2pm on a Saturday afternoon. The place wasn't busy so we were able to get a table right away. The restaurant reminded me of some ramen restaurants I went to in Tokyo. We ordered 2 Spicy Miso ramens and 2 Chicken ramens with the creamy soup (forgot the name). The Spicy Miso ramen came with ground pork and it reminded me of Ma Po Tofu sauce so it's kinda like eating Ma Po Tofu (without the tofu) with noodles. I tried the Chicken ramens with the milky/creamy soupbase and at first taste, it was good but after a few more slurps, it just tasted like a watered down Campbell's cream soup. Service was decent and friendly. And the plus side is that they have stamp cards.

If I do come back, I will be sticking to the basic Ramens (Miso or Shoyu) but I would rather go to Kintaro or Motomachi Shokudo.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant350 Gifford St., New Westminster
Can't go wrong with dimsum at Kirin.
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:43am [Dine in]

I've been to all the Kirins in the Lower Mainland, but this is definitely the nicest looking Kirin. When I first stepped in, there was a lounge with a bar, leather couches and flat screens to the right. Since where is there a lounge/bar area at a dimsum restaurant? The restaurant itself looks trendier than other dimsum restaurants with very high ceilings.

Service and food is pretty consistent with all the other Kirins. Although Kirin is more expensive than other dimsum restaurants, the food quality is better and it always comes out fresh and piping hot.

I also love the abundant parking spots they have (being located at a casino at all).

My friends and I have already decided to come back for dimsum at this Kirin the next time.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
My favorite place to order b-day cakes!
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:32am [Dine in]

I love the cakes at this place and I used to always order b-day cakes from here. I stopped because I tried almost every cake there but I was so happy when I found out they have some new cakes on their menu now. Each cake is unique with flavors that you don't think would go together, but upon the first bite, you realize that they do. My mom is a very particular with her cakes and she even enjoys the cakes here. A definite must try!

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Browns Socialhouse11660 Steveston Hwy, #1020, Richmond
Nice place and service, but salty food!!
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:23am [Dine in]

I came here with a party of 8 for a friend's graduation dinner. The place is smaller than I expected but it was quite nice inside. There were TVs around the bar, which is located in the middle of the restaurant so they can be viewed from all tables. This made the males from our party very happy because there was an NBA game on.

We ordered a few pitchers of mojitos and beer. The raspberry mojito was good and very refreshing. On the other hand, the traditional mojito was tasteless.

We ordered a variety of appys and main dishes and to be honest, the food was very disappointing. The best dish was the yam fries which came out piping hot and crispy. But everything else was extremely salty, besides the salads. I ordered a Carbonara linguini and the sauce was sooo thick gluing the linguini together.

Service was good though. Our waitress was very sweet, although she did disappear for a bit after our entrees appeared.

We probably won't come back because the food was just bad.

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
A wonderful birthday dinner!
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:12am [Dine in]

I came with a party of 8 on a Wednesday night for my best friend's b-day dinner. Even though it was a Wednesday, the restaurant was almost full. The b-day girl has left Vancouver for 2 years for work and since she came back, she has been wanting to go back to The Cannery.

For appys, we had ordered some Caesar salads, oysters, a lobster bisque, and clam chowder. The caesar salad and lobster bisque were okay, nothing special. I had a taste of the clam chowder and thought it was tasty but my friend said it was very sandy at the bottom. The same thing was said about the oysters. We had notified the waiter that we wanted to split the caesar salad and clam chowder so he took the liberty to split the salad and soup in 2 plates/bowls. I thought that was very nice of him.

For the mains, we ordered the special of the night (salmon and halibut combo), steak, salmon wellington, and a lobster. They were all reported to be okay.

Overall, the food was only okay, however, we were very impressed by the service. Our waiter made our night very enjoyable. Besides splitting our appys for easy sharing, he made sure our wines/waters were always topped up, checked on us periodically without being too instrusive, and he had asked the kitchen to split the b-day cake I brought in and decorate each plate with whip cream, strawberry syrup, and fruits making it look like a restaurant dessert. When the bill came, he notified us that a 15% gratuity has been added because we were a party of 8 and that we didn't need to add anymore tips. Despite the 15% gratuity being automatically added, we still received exceptional service, which doesn't happen often at other restaurants.

It was a very enjoyable dinner made extra special by the extrodinary service we received.

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
Satisfying lunch!!!
Submitted Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

I come to this restaurant every so often for lunch. Their food is good, decently priced, quick, and always warms your tummy. I always order the xiao long bao (staple item), beef wrapped in onion pancake, wontons in sweet and spicy sauce (the wontons itself is nothing special but the sauce is soo good), and noodles (either the Dan Dan noodles or the pork chop noodles). Whenever I crave Shanghai food, I always come to this place. The only complaint I have is parking, but it is Richmond after all.

Highly recommend!

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Green Lemongrass8180 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Love the sandwiches!
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 11:26am [Dine in]

I came here on a Sunday afternoon at around 2:00pm and this place was packed, which is a good sign.

It was a hot sunday afternoon, too hot for Pho, so my bf and I decided to order sandwiches and springrolls. They have a good selection of sandwiches, at least 7 to 8 kinds. My bf ordered the cold cut and I ordered the grilled pork sandwich. The springrolls came within 10 minutes of the order and they were tasty. Oddly, the sandwiches took a while to come though. Usually at any viet restaurant, the food comes rather quickly. The sandwiches were tasty, packed full with veges and meat. My bf and I were stuffed.

One annoying thing was parking but I guess it's like that everywhere in Richmond. They had very few spots and it was on a gravel lot. Other than that, I would come back again to try the pho and rice dishes.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria970 Smithe St., Vancouver
Expensive lunch!
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 11:00am [Dine in]

I came here for a farewell work lunch. I made reservations but it looks like they weren't required because the restaurant was only half full during the peak lunch hour.

The place is quite nice, definitely nicer than their Commercial location. The service was decent, but I thought the food was quite expensive for lunch. They didn't even have any lunch specials, or maybe my waitress didn't tell me.

I ordered a quarter chicken and it came with rosemary potatos and salad at $13. The chicken was flavorful but on the dry side. My other colleagues ordered salads and a bolognaise spaghetti. The spaghetti did not look like spaghetti but thick asian noodles (udon). Both the pasta and salads were reported to be okay. We shared a tiramisu for dessert and that was my favorite part of the meal.

I probably won't come back again for lunch given the high prices. I might come back for dinner and try their pizza.

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Tenku Bakudanyaki8740 Charles St, Richmond
Giant Takoyaki!!!
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 10:50am [Dine in]

I've noticed this trailer whenever I am leaving my gym (my gym is right diagonally across from the parking lot where the trailer is parked). I was always curious as to what this place is until I read a review of this place on here.

This place only serves giant takoyaki and they are $5 a pop, which is a bit pricey, but worth it in my opinion. I tried the Curry one and it was filled with pieces of seafood, cabbage and a quail egg. I split it with my bf and he said he enjoyed it too, and he doesn't even like the small takoyaki that I order from other places.

There is purely a takeout joint with no places to sit. They did set up a tarp next to their trailer with these narrow tables for you to eat. The 2 people before me ordered every kind they have so they took up the entire row of table. I noticed they got a free keychain because they spent like $40.

I would be back again next time to try their pizza flavored one.

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Italian Tomato8380 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Not bad - I'd come back again.
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 10:32am [Dine in]

I decided to try this place after my friend recommended it to me. I went there with 2 of my guy friends on a Monday night. The restaurant was 3 quarters full, a good sign given it's a Monday night. Monday night is their martini night at $5.95 ea, and I love their selection of fruity martinis. I ordered a penne with spicy italian sausage, chicken and garlic in tomato sauce ($17.95) and both of my friends ordered tortellini with a white sauce and the other with a meat sauce. They had to add $4 for stuffed pasta. The pasta I ordered (penne) was HUGE and I was full just by looking at it. The leftovers I took home lasted me 2 more meals. The pasta itself was okay, tasty but not spectacular. However, the tortellinis my friend ordered were on the small side when compared to my pasta. They were both able to finish them and they were reported to be okay. They said they'll stick with non-stuffed pasta next time.

I would probably come back again, and maybe order the calamari since I saw a lot of other tables ordering it and they smelled good.

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Cattle Hot Pot Restaurant8391 Alexandra Road, Unit 1150, Richmond
My favorite place for Hotpot
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 10:19am [Dine in]

This is my favorite place to go when I feel like hotpot. At $17.95 per person and $5 to $8 for soupbases, it's a very good value if you go with a few other people to split the costs of the soupbase. I tried the Tom Yum Goong soupbase the last time and it was just amazing. The meats, seafood and veges are always fresh unlike some other AYCE Hotpot restaurants I've been to. Service is so so, typical for a busy chinese restaurant. The place is nice and clean. My only complaint that it's kinda cramped in there. There isn't a lot of space between you and the next table. Other than that, I love this place.

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