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pouletVancouverSince October 8, 200722 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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House of Wings7155 Kingsway, #145, Burnaby
Less Crowded & Loud for Hockey Night
Submitted Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Personally, I prefer House of Wings to Wings down the street when we want to be able to hear each other speak so the ambiance is all good in that department.

The wings are as expected, deep-fried with sauce and some sauces taste better than others. Ribs special were fall-of-the-bone, but somehow when they are ordered as a regular item, they were more dry and not worth the $16. Burgers are a better deal in the $8 range with fries/salad. Wings are currently 37 cents between 2-5pm daily and all day Sunday w/ purchase of a drink so that's what I'd recommend.

I've been here a few times and have always found the wait staff pleasant and accommodating. Servers and the kitchen were keen in pointing out the tastier items on the menu and they were right. I can understand the 10 wings per sauce policy because once you make an exception, what's the point of a policy?

I come back because I'm in the area and it's decent.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Pleasant to find a Good Malaysian Restaurant in New West
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 2:22am [Dine in]

One of the benefits of having dinner in New West is that the parking meters don't need feeding after 6pm! So bonus for Tamarind Hill for free parking.

The candlelight ambiance creats a warm, inviting corner stop; full of red walls and dark wood tables. The prices for the food seem decent for the quality. Service was smiley and attentive without being intrusive.

Our first dish of plump mussels were done to perfection and the creamy coconut broth infused with tons of herbs & spices should not be wasted, but sauced on top of rice. The roti canai and skewers were typical and the fried Kwai Dieh noodle had too much soy sauce instead curry powder. Nasi Goreng was full of aromatics and ingredients. Beef rendeng was promised spicy and it was. I had a couple of really tasty tender pieces and then one not so tender piece.

So all in all, solid to outstanding food compared to other places around Vancouver so I'll definitely come back and try even more variety of dishes.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Dinner Reviews are In!
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 2:08am [Dine in]

Went for a family dinner there and I tried not to have pre-expectations. The roasted squab special was delectable although it could have has less fat and less salt. The fish maw with crab meat soup was also too salty. Pea shoots were bang-on; salt was just right, very young shoots and just enough oil on the veggies. Chinese-style beef and onions had tangy sweet and sour flavours, but the beef had too much tenderizer so the meet had no texture and some of the onions were raw in the centre.

Service was typical for a higher end Chinese restaurant and so was the value. Great atrium as a reception and plenty of space between tables so ambiance was on of the better Chinese restaurants.

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Gallery Cafe and Catering750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Serene Patio on a Cold December Day
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

Such a quiet patio spot given the downtown location on a cold December afternoon. If you don't mind the cold, there's plenty of outdoor tables but no patio heaters. Bonus is that you can hear each other speak because nobody else wants to sit outside!

The foam on my eggnog latte was mediocre since there were still large bubbles, but least there's foam. My friend's fruit salad was decent, probably fresh from the morning, but by the afternoon is a bit soggy rather than crisp. Other food items were decent enough for the price range of $7+ for most entrees.

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Alpha Global Sushi & Bar1099 Richards St, Vancouver
Mediocre, but Solid since other places in the area are darn pricey
Submitted Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

Given the outskirts of Yaletown street address, the prices are decent. Ambiance is more ghetto than a happening place and those menus stuck on the front and back of a Time Life book were too heavy and dingy (H1N1, hello?).

Solid value on the Vancouver roll at $6 since they were 8 pieces with good portion of smoked salmon. No texture to the roll though and really "meh" on the rice. Taco rice - just don't order it. Pork special at $10 was pricier and it would have been better value if they had more than 3 little pieces of toasts to enjoy with the rest of the pork.

Smiley wait staff and typical attentive Japanese service.

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Thai House Royale Restaurant4600 Kingsway, #115, Burnaby
Really "Meh"
Submitted Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

Wow, this is amazingly mediocre. There is a serious market for better Thai food in Vancouver and even Green Basil across the street isn't that great (Better, but Thai House is cheaper with coupons).

I was pleasantly surprised that the service was actually decent and my water was constantly filled. Unpleasant surprise was the lack of a pot-sized rice to go with the curry so being charged $1.95 for every small bowl of rice is just a rip. Again, what is up with the Thai restaurants in Vancouver? It just doesn't make sense from a consumer stand point. I better head back to my Chinese restaurants that charge less for rice.

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Bearfoot Bistro4121 Village Green, Whistler
Inspired Menu
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 1:42am [Dine in]

Thank goodness there are chefs who still try to be creative instead of cooks at a fancy restaurant. The quince "doughnuts" that went with my duck breast were a whimsical touch and was a good starchy base. The butternut squash puree and spiced jus smoothed out the breast meat as it is less fattier than duck leg (which I personally prefer) and tends to be drier. Kudos to the pastry chef Dominic Fortin because his dessert of olive oil three ways was marvelous. The olive oil ice cream was my favourite and then the olive oil jelly. Just the right balance of olive oil flavour as well as sweetness as a dessert item. The sortilège liquor crème brulée has lots of surface area for a crispy brulée portion and the crème was expectedly creamy. Strong dose of the advertised liquor - superb - and not another vanille crème brulée. Even the cocktails were inspiring... try the Harvest Moon for a Christmas feel.

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Pasta Lupino Gourmet4368 Main St., 121, Whistler
Fresh Pasta for $6.95!
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Wow, what a sweet deal considering the prices in Whistler. Fresh made pasta with a bolognese sauce that has depth and topped with homemade focaccia. Reasonable portion and the latte ordered by another customer looked like it had silky foam. I wish the pasta was cooked a wee less because personally, I enjoy al dente on the chewier side. Otherwise, pleasant service and also recommended by a local.

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Divine Spotted Prawn Cappuccino
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 12:37am [Dine in]

The spotted prawn cappuccino absolutely blew my mind with its flavourful base and tender poached prawns. I don't know if there were portobello mushrooms in the base, but it sure tasted good! The little pastries that come with the plate are essential for both esthetics and add that bit of texture to the dish when you mop up the fine foam of the "cappuccino". The double smoked bacon risotto under the orange carmelized scallops was bursting with flavour although the orange on the scallops was hard to detect. The poached pheasant from the Table d'hote was tender and infused with pancetta and the braised lamb shank was well-seasoned. Appetizing plating on all dishes.

Would have preferred more natural lighting as part of its decor and the signage for the restaurant was hard to pick out because it was yellow text on light silver.

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Renovation
Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
The Mains on Main
Submitted Friday, September 18, 2009 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

4 stars go to Grub's main dishes which were interesting enough on the palate without being over kill. The braised pork shoulder in cardamon black molasses was tender and flavourful, balanced off perfectly with sour roasted red plums. I asked to take out the butter mashed potatoes side and it was generously replaced by a large bed of risotto when I mentioned that anything was better than potatoes. Smart move, because that's good service and now I'll go back as well as recommend them to others.

Other mains such as the wild candied salmon and lamb sirloin was solid and very fresh with quality ingredients. Appys were not particularly inspiring so splurge on their lively drinks. The Stilton Creme dessert is understandable good, but I just prefer my blue cheese in its full strength with port and crackers.

Ambiance is whimsical, perhaps a reflection of owner/chef Ling Zheng's inventive and daring flair which are clear in her worldly dishes.

There are only 26 seats excluding the bar, so reserve early to avoid disappointment.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Solid
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

I've been having dinners at Kalamata for a few years now and there's a reason why I keep going back. I always have the avgolemono and kleftiko (lamb shoulder) and can expect a certain standard to the dishes. The rice in the avgolemono is cooked just right--soft with texture and not mushy. It's not watered down and has a perfect balance of acidity from the lemon. The kleftiko is fall-off-the-bone with substantial sides that come with the dish.

Definitely glad they are still in business with the nicer new location that features more natural lighting from the skylights.

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Nao Sushi7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
Go to where the people are
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

The portions are generous and the food is fresh as proven by the usual lineup of people every day of the week. It's pretty good quality food on the whole, but there are definitely better days than some. I keep going back because of a lack of real alternatives in that area (a take-out place and the corner Japanese restaurant that's always empty). Half the time our toro sashimi is still semi-frozen, but never fear, we just let it sit at room temperature for another half hour and it's good for eating. Again, portions and freshness is decent on the toro so I still go back.

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East is East4413 Main St, Vancouver
I go for the ambiance
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

I find the drink prices a fair value because I like to have their chai and gulaab jamun. So at under $10, I can have a snack/dessert at this unique hole-in-the-wall and sit as long as my bottom can take it. It's a reasonable price to be transported to into a different place full of rugs and wood, and very attentive and relaxed service.

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Shijo1926 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Goodbye
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2008 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

This is a tough one to rate ambiance because I always enjoy a restaurant with people and this place is now usually empty. Now why's it empty? Because the food just isn't great anymore and for those prices, it should be darn good.

I've frequented this restaurant for the past 15 years or so and it's always been dear to my heart. Which is why this is heartbreaking to see it go downhill, not fast, but slowly, because it really hasn't been up to par in many years. So why keep going back after a few years? It was just that good back in its heyday. Perhaps I'm clinging on to the memories of seeing Trevor Linden there, the fabulous laughter in the private rooms with my family... it used to be such a great place with top-of-the-line sashimi and robata. I'm talking unique selection and freshness, and unagi that was the perfect crispiness from the barbecue and soft on the inside.

So alas, adieu Shijo's-- we had good times but I am sick of sashimi that's sticky in my mouth and unagi that's like any other restaurant and your fees are no longer worth my patronage.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Beauty Only Skin-deep
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

This really is a beautiful restaurant with a view and an intimate ambiance. It's even got a heated "patio" that's in keeping with the cozy mood. However, it's beauty is skin-deep as I find most restaurants with a view-- lackluster in their food.

I was expecting a fairly good meal because the 2 weddings I've attended there had quite outstanding appetizers (especially the crab and risotto cake). So I thought considering it was wedding food, the regular dining experience must be even better.

Their special included a ribeye steak with something that looked like hardened bread pudding. It was average, but at $33, I expect a little more. Didn't even try the pudding because it was dense and more like toast without with the crispness.

I had the duck 2 ways and although it was "decent", I have had juicier duck leg confit at a French bistro and a stand at an open-air market than the one they served. It was $28, so again, I feel like the bill was for the view.

Plating and execution could be improved on to keep charging these prices because beauty skin-deep only satisfies so long.

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Pho Hong5975 Kingsway, Burnaby
Fast Food
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

If you're in a rush, I timed the delivery from ordering 2 bowls of pho plus springroll to the table on a Sunday night at around 6pm. 3 minutes!! That's including the time it took the waitperson to walk to the kitchen and drop off the order.

The pho isn't spectacular. The noodle is forgettable and the soup's just very salty water with a bit of broth. The meat is decent though and I quite enjoy the beef tendon and omasum.

The portions are about right, prices include taxes at $6.50 small and $7 large. Quite a bit of Thai basil they give you as some places really scrimp out.

Service is always great-- very prompt! Get a table right away, tea and utensils are ready and good attitude considering a pho place.

All in all, I'd recommend it if you're in the area and need a quick meal.

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
Was hoping for something more authentically Thai
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

I'm not a fan of Thai House, but Green Basil isn't much better. I do like the decor compared to a now rather run-down Thai House at Metrotown, but the acoustics are TERRIBLE. Incredibly noisy because there's not enough upholstery or carpeting to absorb sound.

A rowdy bunch spilled beer on the floor and the staff were prompt to respond, plus gave me lots of extra napkins to wipe my soiled clothes.

Service was solid, greeted at the door and quite attentive, but the food was seriously generic. I didn't appreciate the burnt out pineapple as a tray for the pineapple fried rice (very soft and didn't hold it's shape). Green curry didn't have enough Thai spices and flavour. One of the chef's specialities, the mussels, was for about $12.95 and for that price, I was expecting fresh mussels. Instead we received the green-lipped frozen PEI ones. Value wise, maybe their lunch specials are a better deal, but because I was there for dinner, it didn't feel like a deal at all.

Haven't much luck for authentic Thai food in Greater Vancouver, dining experiences in Asia were much better.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Go For The Sashimi
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 12:49am [Dine in]

I prefer the sashimi to the nigiri sushi/maki at Toshi especially on a Friday/Saturday when the fish is freshest. I find their rolls decent, not spectacular, but the Toro sashimi on Saturday was simply melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Top notch cut and for about $7.75 (4 pieces), it's very reasonable considering the quality. Hamachi was also marvelously clear in flavour.

I love the lineups because it almost guarantees the freshness of my sashimi. Just check out their cold fish display case and all the fish are appetizing. I only have sashimi when the restaurants are busiest so this is the premise I base Toshi's a "5" for sashimi and "3" for sushi.

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Michi Sushi1513 West Broadway, Vancouver
It's Street All Right
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 2:04am [Dine in]

I had managed my expectations before entering this joint because I knew it was meant to be fast, take-out sushi. That means I'm not expecting crispy seaweed since the rolls are pre-made.

The paper and sticker wrapping the handroll is ingenious with less wastage of take-out containers and I can actually eat the whole roll without dirtying my hands.

I was pleased to find flavours and textures that are more original: such as unagi with pea shoots, prawn with lemon mayo, and spicy scallop with asparagus. Nothing too out-of-Vancouver, but a good change of pace. The seaweed is of course, not crispy, but very edible in a soft fashion and not at all chewy.

Price was solid as there's a special deal for 3 rolls at $9 flat compared to ~$3.50/roll. They may seem smaller than the usual roll but there was a lot of actual stuffing and not just fillers.

Decor is neat with wood and lime green floors. The transparent bar stool seating along the floor to ceiling window is smart to have the space appear larger and to bring the outside street indoors. Still, it's nicer eating outdoors in the summer even though the decoration is above norm for a take-out place.

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Lee's Donuts1689 Johnston St, #122, Vancouver
Homemade and Homegrown
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 1:28am [Dine in]

I remember the olden days when my mom use to come home with a dozen donuts from Lee's and they were always so FRESH. I took my kids to Lee's to see how donuts were made and the supervising staff were welcoming and accommodating. Their cook, Alvin, is just a wonderful fellow with a big smile and he kindly displayed every step of donut-making with tremendous patience. I understand Alvin's been with Lee's for 25 years so they must be doing something right in terms of consistency through the years, albeit I suppose they have had "off" days according to the first 2 reviews.

I enjoy Lee's different from Krispy Kreme because they have more substance and bite when you want something more substantial. I can pop an awful lot of Krispy Kremes and get a toothache from the sugar before I get full.

I commend Lee's for making their donuts truly fresh from scratch every day. The outcome is a homemade tasting donut without the synthetic stamp of some chains. Plus, their ambiance is all about the small shop being located in the Public Market and having a large outside window so that onlookers can peer into their kitchen and be engulfed into the world of donuts.

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