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ratrodVancouverSince July 7, 200919 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

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Displaying 1 - 19 of 19 Reviews Found
House of Dosas1391 Kingsway, Vancouver
Not bad, but not all that great.
Submitted Monday, March 28, 2011 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

Staff are attentive and pretty good, but the food generally falls in the "average" category. I was disappointed with the way the meat and veggies and spices in my dosa were clumped together within it, as opposed to being mixed well throughout.

Try the Chicken 65 (I think that's what it's called). They are spicy chicken chunks that are quite tasty. If it's your first time trying a dosa, go on Monday for half $5.99 dosas

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great service, good value, just brave the line and eat up
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 5:17am [Dine in]

The real winners eat at Anton's at 2-4 pm. Avoid the lines, and your entire experience is improved. The real kicker here is value, but it does not come at the cost of quality. Great food at an awesome price. I'm always full and satisfied when I visit my favourite pasta bar in the city!

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Neighbour's Restaurant & Pizza House6493 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
What happened?
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 5:15am [Dine in]

I used to go here sometimes when I was young, and went back for the first time not too long ago. A once reputable local joint seems to have dipped down a bit. The food is hit and miss. I had lasagna, which was okay, but reminded me too much of the kind of stuff you buy in a supermarket while my date had a more generic pasta dish that again, was simply too bland to go either way about. What really struck me was the bad decor. Cheap feelings all around with sticky plastic table covers and uncomfortable chairs. I remember a better experience, and wish it was still the same. Sadly, nothing seems to last forever. The server however, was polite and cheery.

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Worst AYCE experience, went twice to make sure
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 5:10am [Dine in]

I heard decent things about this place from a friend, but as very surprised when I found the food very lacking. My deep fried items had eggshell in the dough, and the nigiri was inedible to the point that I informed the server as such and did not pay for not eating it.

Call me stupid, but I always give a place a second chance. Minus the egg shells, my second visit months later also came with very bad nigiri. The tuna tasted to foul I had to return it once more. Never again.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Solid AYCE, one of the better options - super consistent
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 5:07am [Dine in]

The biggest measuring stick I use on AYCE places is consistency, and this place has it in spades. Every time I have gone the nigiri is fresh! They run a decent late night menu as well. It's also laid out well so it's not too crowded or loud, which is nice.

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Duffin's Donuts1391 41st Avenue East, Vancouver
Late night and limited options... stick to the torta
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 5:02am [Dine in]

Always busy, especially late at night with locals and people coming back from bars and clubs grabbing a quick bite. While the menu has a lot of items on it, you really should only look at the tortas. Decent tasting and not too hard on the wallet, it's the thing to get if you're jonesing for something edible late at night and don't want to do McDonalds or steal your roommates food. This is not the kind of place to sit down and really take in a nice time, unless you roll in with at least 3 other people and dominate a section of the place. Loud, dirty, and to the point. That's how it is.

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Pho Hoa2257 Kingsway, Vancouver
Unless it's 2 am and all you want is pho, go to a smaller "mom and pop" place
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 4:55am [Dine in]

It's your basic soups and not all that great. While it works if you're desperate for some late night pho, if the suns still out, you're better off hitting any of the smaller joints that are all over the area. The broth is generally weak.

The service is really impersonal, but really, who goes out for pho for the service? They sit you down, ask you what you want, and then you leave.

Also, this is not the kind of place to take a date. ;)

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508 Bistro5507 Kingsway, Burnaby
A solid addition to the area.
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 4:51am [Dine in]

This is a pretty decent spot to check out if you're into grabbing some quick eats in the late evening. The setup is attractive, the staff were more helpful than most bubble tea places I've been to, and the food was surprisingly decent.

Try the popcorn chicken, it's awesome!

The bubble teas is good, with the only negative being that they don't serve slush options on drinks, which surprised me.

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Tea Works5695 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Good for a quick fix
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 4:48am [Dine in]

It's hard to come by a good late night offering, but this place does alright to satisfy the late night pangs. The deep fried squid tentacles are a good value, as is the noodles with meat sauce. Many of the items hit the 5-6 dollar range, so it's of a decent value and more appealing than other options at 11 pm such as fast food. I've always been a fan of their milk based bubble teas, and they are easy going about special requests like lemon and making something a slush.

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Kim Phung Vietnamese Restaurant5764 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Not my number one place anymore, but still great
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2011 - 3:07am [Dine in]

I used to go in on a weekly basis. They knew me, knew what I wanted, brought it out with little more than a nod... it was a slice of heaven. While time and travels have found me better pho, this place still has major points in my heart as making a good bowl of soup. A thing the large chains and dime a dozen joints just can't seem to get close to emulating.

It's small, but they recently renovated. I still need to go back since they were closed up for about a month and it threw me from my cycle, but I am looking forward to getting another yummy bowl of soup from my friends at Kim Phung, even if they don't remember me since it's been so long... seriously, the last time was a little awkward... "hey, remember me?" - "No" [0_o;] oh...

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Lam Hoa Quan5073 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
Best Pho in Town
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2011 - 3:02am [Dine in]

I've made it a personal mission to find the perfect bowl, which can be found here. Their meat is prepared differently than most places (not thinly sliced). The broth is flavourful and delicious... I just can't say enough. There is parking out back if you need it too, as the Drive gets pretty packed, even at night.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Expected may - that may be the problem
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2011 - 2:57am [Dine in]

I heard great things about this place, and while I waited (and you will wait if you show up at a peak times) I read the newspaper clippings and reviews they had tacked up on the wall. I went with these retrogradations, picking up the butter beef and garlic fried squid, along with a bowl of noodles to share with my partner.

I was surprised at the lack of the flavour the noodles carried, which was only lessened by the broth it was coupled with. The meat in the dish was just dry and tasteless. We usually savour prawns, but the pair we got went unfinished.

The butter beef was what butter beef is, but again, rode a middle ground. The garlic was delightfully crunchy.

The fried squid was fried in a matter that created good texture, but the flavour lacked a full rounded punch and the portion was questionable. We ordered a full order and were charged for it, but I can't help but wonder if we got the half order. Either way, it was the only plate at our table that was gone.

I suppose the main letdown was the price. The apparent "value" I've heard coupled with this meal just wasn't present with most dishes passing the $15 price point.

The door staff are overwhelmed, so I forgive them for being short and simply missing taking down our name the first time. The actually table staff were very polite thought. I enjoyed being looked upon as an individual in such a busy establishment.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Average food, overpriced
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

The place looks good, and the view is fantastic, but he food left me with something to be desired.

Service wise, the staff was bubbly, cheery, and laughed an my crappy jokes. They were a bit slow though, and didn't really offer much clarity when I asked for some extra information on some dishes I was interested in, and instead pushed me towards something totally different. Still, they meant well, so I smiled and nodded.

But the food itself, was "meh". It's not bad, but when you consider what you just payed, you're left feeling a bit torn. In my case, I wished I had just gone down to one of the ground level patio restaurants instead.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Great sushi, ok place
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

I had some really great rolls here, but the place was packed and I had to wait a long time to be seated. The service was ok from that point on.

Value wise, the place is a big above average in cost, but the food was amazing. The spicy tuna sashimi is magnificent!

The presentation of the food is also done well, and I'd say it'd the kind of place to take someone if you're trying to impress them, although it can be a bit noisy thanks to the amount of people eating there.

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BC Sushi2126 W Broadway, Vancouver
Not bad, but not great, but too busy
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

The biggest fault of BC Sushi isn't even something you can blame on them. They are really busy! Lines are regular, and you better come prepared to wait a bit if your party is bigger than 2.

Food wise, it's decent. They prepare some rolls ahead of time, such as cali rolls (I've even gotten on that still had frozen "crab" meat in it). Nigiri is good though, and tastes fresh.

The place feels a bit grimy though, and the seating is old and the plates are very dated. Still, worth checking out if you're a quantity over quality person!

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Ebei5701 Granville Street, #112, Vancouver
My prefered AYCE
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

AYCE joints in Vancouver tend to get busy, but I tend to be able to avoid a wait by going to Ebei.

I also like the food here best. While they have gotten into the habit of pre-making high demand items, like cali rolls, their Nigiri is still always super fresh and great for an AYCE place.

The place is super consistent, which is really important to me. I hate it when I have a great experience some place only to come back and have it be sub par the next time. I've been going to Ebei for a while now and nearly always had a solid experience.

I also really like their ika karaage!

p.s. Walk a block to save parking!

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Samurai Sushi on Fraser6428 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Value!!!
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

You don't take a girl to Samurai Sushi on a first date. That's just not what this place is all about.

No, you go there for the value. Decent food, great price, big portions. The nigiri in particular is actually even a bit too big, but I still order it.

If you're really hungry, got a craving for sushi, and don't care about looks, check this place out! But if you're taking out a client, and want to close a deal, this is not your place.

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Takarabune Japanese Restaurant6459 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
This is my hidden gem
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

I really do like this place. The staff is generally friendly, and the chefs are always quick with hellos and goodbyes when you're coming an going. The place looks pretty good too, but it does not have that special something that brings it to the next level.

The food though, is really good and well prepared.

p.s. The house roll is HUGE! It's practically a novelty.

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Toyama757 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Looks better than it is
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

I ordered a wide assortment of food. I was disappointed however in the deep fried dishes, which were very overcooked and tasted like little else than oil and batter. The Salmon and Tuna Nigiri I had however was fresh and tasty. The rolls on the other hand were sliced as thin as cheese. The chopped scallop roll was tasty though.

The place looks really nice, and the service was decent.

Make sure you get the mango pudding for dessert! They put real chunks of mago in at this place!

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