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richie_richvancouverSince April 10, 200848 Reviews
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Taqueria Playa Tropical334 6th St, New Westminster
Real Deal Mexican!!
Submitted Monday, February 1, 2016 - 5:45am [Dine in]

Hello there,

Well, its my turn again to head out to New West for some culinary eats. My buddy decided on this place as he and his wife have been here several times before. I have to admit I was skeptical as my usually stomping ground for tacos was on cambie and broadway. New West and Mexican food???Huh?? Anyways, we decided on lunch wednesday . Parking is basically everywhere...paid parking on 6th Street or on the side streets. I was lucky to find a 1 hour free spot on a side street.

The restaurant looked pretty small as I was walking in to find out they actually did renos and expanded to the store next door. My buddy and his wife were already seated and waited for me.... ambiance...look good....solid wooden chairs and tables with splashes of bright colors on the walls. Checking out the menu I decided on the Ceviche ($7) and 4 different tacos: 2 Al pastors, 1 Camaron and 1 Pescado ($2.50 each) plus a pop ($2). My buddy and his wife got the Pozole Rojo soup ($10) , Carne Asada ($13) and chicken Flautas($11) house platters with two glasses of ice water. The waitress was friendly but her English was okay but the good thing was my buddy's wife spoke fluent Spanish!! Thank Goodness!!

In no time...we were served a complimentary bowl of pastel colored tortilla chips with squeeze bottled red and green salsa. The chips were standard but the salsas were the stand outs...flavorful with or without a bit of heat.In about 10 minutes, I got my ceviche with chips and they got the big bowl of Pozole. The Ceviche was quite tasty!!! The combination of diced basa fish in lime juice (the acid cooks the fish) with a mixture of cilantro, onions, tomatoes and avocado was a treat in my mouth. The best??? No but a good second. The best I ever had was at my old work place where another buddy of mine made it in house...used top notch ingredients: diced halibut, scallops and cooked shrimp.. same mixture but cucumbers instead of avocados.

The main attractions arrived just a bit later. The tacos....seems strange..... only one soft tortilla usually there are two. Anyways rather than bitch about it...eat man!! The al pastors (marinated pork, diced onions, cilantro and pineapple tibbits) were very good...good meaty favor with a touch of sweetness. Usually my GOTO taco. The camaron taco ( garlicky shrimp, celery, onions, cilantro, and melted cheese) was a combination of sweetness, crunch and creamness in my mouth....that was also very good . But the piece de resistance was the pescado taco ( garlicky fish fillet, celery, onions, cilantro and melted cheese)..this thing just melted in my mouth...this one was excellent.

All in all a very good meal. I asked them about their selections....they said very good as well. My buddy was stuffed....he barely finished his carne asada platter (grilled sirloin steak with side of rice pilaf, refried beans pico de gallo and 3 corn tortillas). His wife gave me a piece of the chicken flautas( 4 corn tortillas rolled with shredded chicken,then deep fried. Topped with cheese, tomato, onion, cilantro ,guacamole and sour cream with an addition of salsa roja)...its very good...chicken was tender, tortilla was crisp and saucy..the blend of topping just took it over the top. So for some real authentic Mexican food...stop here..of all the places..New West..GO FIGURE?? Thanks for reading!!

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Fish Counter, The3825 Main Street, Vancouver
Deep Fried Goodness!!
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Hello there,

A buddy of mine gave me a jingle to see if I was interested in some fish n' chips. The only problem was I did not want to venture to New West nor North Burnaby to one of our main staples.. I did a quick search on the web and this place popped up with high regards. We decided on Friday at 2pm as we were thinkin that it might be too busy at 12 or 1.

The fish shop is located across from an car repair shop with Sun Sui Wah restaurant just up the corner. Parking is fine....I was lucky to find a 1h free parking just down a block and a half. My buddy found his spot up the block on a sidestreet. There were also paid parking on Main but they were all taken. As you step in...fish shop/condiment sales to the left side...cashier/ordering in the middle and cooking stations to the right. Seating?? One fixed corner table at the right front side with the main menu board above...stool counters to the right and bench to left of the door. There were also a pair of wooden benches outside. So extremely limited seating but gives a feeling of a wharf.

Anyways, I decided on a one piece halibut with requested well done fries and grabbed an orange soda on the left front side (limited selection as well). The grand total for my lunch was roughly 15 bucks and they gave you a number for pickup. As I was paying I made a comment about the tank of spot prawns ...$24 bucks per pound..WOW!!....I remember last year they were only 8 to 10 bucks per pound. I sat down on that little awkward table. My buddy.....I fought out got the same thing but with rootbeer. We waited for about 7 to 10 minutes for the call.

Verdict......fish was super fresh and flaky.The batter was light, crisp and not overly coated. The fries were crispy and not greasy..in fact I could not finish it. The tartar sauce was homemade and just the right zip. The side slaw was ....well...alright... cabbage and kale mix but the dressing needed more of a punch. Otherwise excellent FNC. My buddies verdict...the same...excellent.

Final thoughts.... Highly Recommendedl!! They take both cash and debit/cc as payment. Will definitely be back...might try out that oyster poboy or clam chowder or both. Thanks for reading.

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New Lakeview Seafood & Wuntun7765 6th Street, Burnaby
Elephant size cheap eats!!
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 4:25am [Dine in]

Hello there,

It was my turn to head out for lunch to where one of buddies live which unfortunately was in New West...man that's far but its a give and take system. We decided on 1pm to hopefully avoid the lunch rush. Ive been here before several years ago....I always thought the food was good and prices were cheap. As I reached there...no parking on the front as it was full...had to park on 12th Ave. BUT do not park on the opposite side next to the pedestrian controlled walkway where the stop sign was. I was told by a customer that its an automatic ticket!!! My buddy had to park across the street on 12th Ave. as well.
Anyways, the restaurant was full but we only had to wait maybe 5 to 7 minutes. Ambiance?? Well...hasn't changed at all...still looks the same....rosewood chairs, tables covered in dull yellow cloth with large piece of glass over it ( easier to clean). The new thing is the lunch special menu is right in front of you as you sit down...22 or 24 special items...all under $12 bucks but we decided to order the combos off the main menu (3 fixed items on a large oval plate) I ordered the 2B combo which was chicken chow mein, deep fried prawns and ss boneless pork. My buddy ordered 2A combo ( chicken chow mein, bbq pork fried rice and ss boneless pork. I do have to mention there were several other combos on the lunch sheet but they were only 50 cents cheaper...no big deal.
I think we waited for 10 minutes for the hot food to arrive. The service was okay as the 2 waitresses were busy walking back and forth pumping out the food. When the food arrived..huge portions like I remembered it. Taste?? Chicken chow mein was a heaping hay lot....moist egg noodles covered in dark sweet soy base with chicken slivers and the usual veggie suspects..retro standard as most Chinese restaurants are using the wonton style noodles which I don't like. The sweet and sour pork was fatty meat with dark glossy neon red sauce....balanced with pieces of onion and green pepper. My 3 piece prawns were a disappointment....batter was way too thick..... I don't remember these being this hard!!!???... they should have watered the batter down with some club soda!!! I might have to skip this next time I come here.
In the end, both of us were stuffed and had to get doggy bags...way too much food but that a good thing. Both our meals cost $11.50 each..So, stop by this hole in the wall for some huge portion eats but make sure your stomach is empty!! Thanks for reading.

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Ebi-Ten388 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cheap hot meal
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2015 - 11:34pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

Every time I pop by the VPL....I sometimes make a pit-stop to this little restaurant just next to Starbucks. Parking is expensive....one quarter I believe its 5 minutes..one dollar get you 20 minutes. As you step in...there is limited seating on the right and the back. The food cooler is to the left and the order cashier is right ahead of you. If you decide to have lunch at noon on a weekday there's a good lineup out the door as most people order takeout like myself. Dinner time is semi full as they close pretty late....10pm on weekdays, weekends and holidays till 9pm. Every item on the board menu is under $10 bucks so budget eats but limited selection. Service is fine for what it is...they take the order and you take a number.Lol

My favorites: rice bowls and tempura....Combo A Ebi-Ten bowl (2 prawn and 1/2 veg tempura, teriyaki chicken pieces on a bed of rice with mixed greens and Japanese mayo)$8.95....Combo B the Mega bowl same as above with mabo-tofu (spicy ground pork and cubed tofu)$9.75.... No. 1 teriyaki chicken on rice with salad and mayo $7.95 ....No.2 ten-don (6pc temp on rice) $7.95.....No. 4 katsu-curry bowl ( deep fried panko breaded pork cutlet and Japanese style curry on rice with shredded cabbage)$8.95.....the 6pc prawn tempura $6.75 or the $4.75 assorted tempura ( 3-prawns and 4 veggies).

Taste?? Tempura (usually made to order) comes out hot crisp and non greasy!! .They have this little machine.....drop battered prawn or veggie on one end...gets fried in the middle for a minute or two and comes out on the other side..automatically get picked by a convoyor belt on to a draining area. Pretty Cool. The teriyaki chicken are thigh meat pieces marinated in sweet soy...good stuff. Mabo-tofu is their version on a Sichuan ma-po dish....not bad..could use more hot bean paste. The pork cutlet is crisp and tender...the curry sauce is mild sweet heat with bits of shredded pork. I do have to admit I have tried their California roll and udon noodles...Roll was small and borderline mushy....passable. Tempura udon No.9..the tempura outshined the noodles and the base...inbetween grade here.

All in all... quick and cheap meal but pick the right one. They take cash, debit and I can't recall..credit cards. Thanks for reading.

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Pho Hong5975 Kingsway, Burnaby
Budget Pho!!
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2015 - 4:21am [Dine in]

Hello there,
Well, this is my one of buddy's favorite places for Vietnamese. I been here several years now and the food is pretty solid. Parking is good...they have it on both sides of the restaurant. We tend to avoid rush hours so 7pm or 8pm is just fine with us. Yes, the place is run down and dingy...looks like it was once a Mediterranean restaurant in its previous incarnation. Spotty utensils...sometimes but you can clean that with hot tea and a napkin. Service is a bit robotic but the food comes out pretty fast.
My favorites:
1) Special large pho and one spring roll combo ( on a chalk board in-between 2 sets of doors as you walk in). I usually order No.5 Pho Tai Nam (rare and cooked slices of beef) or No.6 Pho Tai Gan (rare beef and tendon) or No.9 Pho Chin Gan ( cooked beef and tendon) and comes with the usually garnishes. The spring roll is standard fare but keep in mind its on a Chinese type wrapper and not the rice version. Caveat..funny thing I don't drink the broth here...a tad much MSG in the base but for $8.50.... great deal for such a large portion.
2) No.24 fairly large salad rolls(Goi Cuon x2) with shrimp and pork for $6 bucks...a good split pay item...same with No.18 (Cha Gio x2) for $5.75.
3) No.29 Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio good size bowl dish of one spring roll, grilled slices of lemongrass pork with rice vermicelli and pickled veggies for $8.50.
4) No.32 Com Cari Bo Vietnamese style curry beef and steamed rice. Semi-tender to tender beef brisket with(looks like) frozen peas and carrots for $8.50.....again large portion...good enough for 2 meals if you want.
So, for a quick cheap meal..stop here. Most of the menu items are under $10 bucks. Payment?? ....usually easier just pay the front end cashier than wait for the bill to arrive (hint hint). They take cash and debit. Thanks for reading.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House2991 Lougheed Hwy, #62, Coquitlam
Alrite McPho.
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

Hello there,
Last wednesday was a hooking up with some buds at this place of which.... one of them works near by as an engineer. Why not...give it shot. Took me a good 35 minutes to reach this place from eastvan via highway 1, exit Gaglardi Way, right on lougheed, left on North Road and straight into a Korean strip mall about a 1/4 way up. Some free parking as I was quite late for our 1230pm lunch.
As I stepped in...the boys were already slurping up rice noodles. One had the usual beef ball and other had flank steak with a helping of spring rolls. I had to raise my hand to get the attention of the waitress. Got the menu...played it safe. I ordered the small No.2 eye round steak with well done flank ($7.50)...only problem...ran out of eye of round which kind of sucked so more flank. Plus a single piece of spring roll ($2.30).
Waited for about 7 minutes for my soup to arrival and the waitress forgot my garnishes...so another minute of waitin. Verdict...rice noodles were a squarer rice noodle than the usual flat ones...had more texture and slightly firmer...it was good. The soup base..mild not salty or MSGed to hell. The flank...nothing special. The spring roll was the Chinese version of the skin with the usual suspect filling...crisp good like the ones at Thai son.
Overall, alright. Would I come again???....Hmmm damn far for pho considering there were tons of pho places in my neck of woods but if I worked or lived in the area...this might be the standard. In fact, Pho 99 has got tons of locations in the subs. I noticed it got busy right after we left at 1:25 pm..construction workers and suits..nice mix of clients.
Thanks for reading.

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Fatburger1101 Denman St., Vancouver
A Cheddar Detour
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 4:20am [Dine in]

Hello there,
I haven't had a good beef burger in months and one of my buddies had an appointment with the justice system to grieve a ticket he got makin a left turn during rush hours...oops!! Anyways, we decided on Fatburger after his run in with the law...we pegged a time of 130pm as it would be a non lunch zoo.
Parking is a bit of b**ch..... expensive on Denman Street if there is space and no parking after 3pm. Myself....I usually pay park on the side street of the Denman Mall next to No Frills or just a block in..free 2 hour parking on the left side or right side. I was lucky enough to find one just there.
I stepped inside the joint...nice modern 1950s decor with chrome accents..like all the other Fatburgers. My buddy was already inside ordering his meal....6oz burger with combo of fries and pop. I decided on the 6oz burger { MickyD's are 4oz quarter pounder} with Canadian Cheddar ($1.19) with my free topping of just RED relish, grilled onions and deli pickles. ADD a combo ($4.99)..... instead of fries or salad...got a side order of onion rings and of course the bottomless drink for a grand total of $14.88 and small tip of 50 cents. I have to add the cashier who was doing my order was the supervisor...he did things in a orderly and professional manner...no problems there. Anyways, got a number tag and sat down.
We had to wait about 5 to 8 minutes for our food to arrive. Verdict...my burger was tasty...beef was lean and semi juicy. The addition of cheddar and relish...brings back old school memories of a greasy spoon cafe on Princess street. My onion rings...well...non greasy ..standard fare..I still think A&W's rings are still the champ in this dept.
All in all...good burger...ok rings. Price is a tad expensive. A soft recommendation...a non occasionally treat. I almost forgot...what happened in court??...found out he beat the rap as the the copper did not show up to defend his issued ticket. All he said "I rather have burgers than a ticket anytime." I agree. Thanks for reading.

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Sunrise Pizza949 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
BLAST from the past!!
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2015 - 1:49am [Dine in]

Hello There,

One of my buddy's been raving about this place for years about how good the pizza is here and has been yappen we should get out there one day. HOLD IT......mind you I have not told him I've been here eons of times .... back in my Britannia High School days. And that day has come after filling out sports action tickets on friday..we decided to make a pit stop over here at 6pm.

Parking is everywhere around commercial.....parking meters to the front and side of the restaurant (just remember no parking on rush hours on commercial weekdays or you get TOWED) or on the side streets were there are free 2 hours spots. Anyways...the place looks the same...time warp back to the mid-1980s even-though this place has been around since 1973 from what I remember...Italian/Greek garden setting....definitely needs a new update. The place was half full and we got seated right away by the waitress.

After checking the menu, I ordered an appy of calamari and my old school favorite...a medium pepperoni plus iced tea. My buddy ordered the large No.15 pepperoni, bacon and mushroom plus a coke. My appy with tzatziki dip arrived in about 10 minutes.....excellent....crispy on the outside and super tender on the inside...plus you get both body and tentacles!! In about another 10 minutes..our pizzas arrived. Verdict....nothing has changed...same great retro style crust ( not thin like the Italian neapo style..more like medium crust) , same zippy sauce, loads of cheese and pepp...just like I remembered it!! I tried one slice of my buddy's No.15. Pretty good as well...but the bacon is more like back bacon then the usually bacon. Anyways...after 4 slices I was stuffed and my buddy had only 3 slice left of his tray!! Holy smokes but then again he's an ex-Saint Mary Huskies Offensive Lineman and I'm not!!

Overall, the food was fine. Leftovers was a must. Service was solid and she checked several times if you wanted anything else...If you wanted ice water...2 cups plus a pitcher of ice water ( got that as well). My cost was about $27 with tip and my buddy's tab was about $23 bucks with tip. Prices are inexpensive as compared to other places around commercial. Will definitely be back to try out more kickin it old school comfort food!!

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Come Along Seafood Restaurant2550 Kingsway, Vancouver
Came and left stuffed!!
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2014 - 5:18am [Dine in]

Hello there,

It was my old man's 80th birthday...my mom decided on dinner at this restaurant which I have heard of but never been to. Reservations for 5 at 6:30pm were made several days before this big weekday event.
The parking was a bit scattered...you can park on Kingsway if its after rush hours or at the back of the restaurant as there are roughly 8 parking stalls. However on that day...both the Kingsway side and the back were full so I ended up parking on a side street just next to Norquay Park. Anyways, upon entering the establishment... nice modern chic oriental decor and the restaurant was semi full already. We got seated promptly and checkout the menu. We ending up ordering 8 dishes...no typo...omg!!!

1) Beijing Duck aka Peking duck...this was a 2 course meal. First came the duck skin, hot thin tortilla size crepes and the hoisin sauce plus scallions. The crepe was big enough to fold into a pocket... no leakage. Taste was crispy and not grease. Very nice start. The other half was the lettuce wraps or aka Chinese tacos where the duck meat is diced and stir fried with diced water chestnuts, carrots, celery, shiitake mushrooms and other goodies. Basically, hot filling for the lettuce with a touch of hoisin sauce. This was also very good.

2) West Lake Beef and Egg swirl soup..pretty good with a touch of firm mung bean noodles.

3) Prawn and Scallop with XO sauce (type of satay sauce:salty,mild heat and strong fish taste like the use of anchovies in Italian cooking) The seafood was tender and cooked perfectly. The snow peas were crisp and sweet.

4) Sweet and Sour spareribs....these were super tender and the sauce was not overly sweet or sour..just mild to the taste buds....not bad. I think my sister enjoyed this the most as she thought it was balanced.

5) Beef with Gai-Lan (aka Chinese broccoli)....super big crunchy veggie and tender slices of beef. Standard stuff.

6) Stir Fry Pea shoots with garlic...........tender shoots....very good.

7) Yeung Chow Fried Rice....big pieces of shrimp, diced bbq pork, diced carrots, threaded egg and wonderful wok flavor/smell. My favorite dish.

8) Pan fried Chinese Mushrooms with Yee Mein....... I ran out of room. My brother's favorite dish. He said it was very good.

I have to mention the service was excellent. They refilled our tea several time and replaced our dirty dishes several time in the course of the meal. I also have to mention the dish size was quite large..which is a good thing. We ended up skipping dessert. The tab came to $150 with a $20 tip to boot. I believe we had 6 containers to take home. All in all...very good food, friendly service and my dad loves leftovers. Thanks for reading..time to pass out.

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Thai Son Vietnamese373 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Mix of rain and son
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

Another rainy Saturday but an opportunity came knocking when my mom and sister needed a lift from Costco. I always wanted to try this place out but nobody to go with until now...plus free meal to boot. We got there at 5 pm...parking pretty easy ...parked on the side and added several bucks for the meter or could have parked at Kingsgate mall parking lots. We stepped in and got seated right away as it was pretty quiet at this moment. The place looks modern..I mean oriental modern.

Checking out the menu, I decided to order the 6 pack of cha gio (spring rolls) to share at $10.50 and a special grilled dish of bun thit nuong chao tom rau song..aka 2 grilled skewered pork, shrimp on a sugar cane with vermicelli and mixed greens($12.25). My sis ordered the com tam ga uop xa... aka grilled lemongrass chicken on steamed broken rice ($8.25) and my mom ordered the No. 14 beef balls in rice noodle soup ($7.65 large) and a caffeine fix of ca phe sua nong... aka Vietnamese hot black coffee with condensed milk ($3.55). The waitress that took our order did not quite speak English too good so we had to point or blurb out the numbers.

In about 10 minutes...our food started to arrive. The verdict...the spring rolls arrived first..they were piping hot and crunchy...with the center being smoother than say Bau Chau's spring rolls. The outer layer was not the usual Vietnamese rice but the flour Chinese version wrappers....nevertheless they were tasty. My grilled pork dish had nice flavor and char to them, my shrimp paste on a sugar cane was reheated via microwave as they had knife slits on it....tasted ok. The odd part were the veggies...came with cucumber slices but had 5 super large lettuce leaves with them..uncut as a garnish??? Rather than waste them, I basically decided to use them as a la chinese tacos or crepes!! First a large leaf..add a bit of rice verm then piece of grill pork then a squirt of hoisin sauce rolled into a crepe or a folded pocket. Tasted fine but a bit messy. My sis dish was very good...she said the chicken thighs were nicely charred and moist at the same time. My mom's beef ball soup was not bad as there was just too much MSG in the broth. The worst part was the waitress forgot the coffee but when it came...she did say it was the best cup of coffee she had in a long time.

My only real complaint is the when the bill came...it was a younger lady who brought the bill not the original waitress...Im guessing she was the owner's daughter??? as she was at a table folding something....my mom was about the hand the payment and she turned her back and walked away....wtf....a ruddy pooh move!!! Customer service needs improving here especially on this one.
Would I come back?? maybe for the food but the service kind of blows.

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Banh Mi Fix !!
Submitted Monday, January 27, 2014 - 3:27pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

I been to this bakery several times over the years. This time I was getting the oil in my car changed at a buddy's auto repair shop at 3pm wednesday. Since I had a craving for a Vietnamese sandwich...just walked two blocks with a pitstop at Midlands's Liquidators. If one want to park...I would recommend the backstreet behind the store or the front parking lot as Kingsway is out of bounds for 3 hours rush. I don't recommend parking across the street as its a bit of a hassle for cars to dissipate.

The order counter is on the right side as you step in and there are 6 types of Banh Mi available on the little chalk board...namely House ( 3 types of mystery meat), Honey garlic sausage, meatball (terrine style), veggie (tofu/vermicelli), lemongrass chicken (thighs) and garlic shredded chicken. Of course it comes with the usual suspects...daikon/carrot slaw, special sauce, homemade mayo, pate spread, cilantro, a cucumber spear and optional hot peppers...Best of all...in a freshly baked instore footlong baguette. Prices have gone slightly up...now ranging from $3.25 to $3.75. I usually order the lemongrass unless they run out..then its the optional house or meatball sub. My only complaint is the daikon/carrot slaw could be more intense in flavor but otherwise a satisfactory good inexpensive sandwich!! As always...CASH ONLY....lol!

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House of Dosas1391 Kingsway, Vancouver
Forearm BIG!!
Submitted Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 3:31am [Dine in]

Hello there,

Hate to sound like a broken record...use to zip by this place for years but always in the back of my mind...got to try out this place. Out of blue a buddy of mine of which I haven't seen in 6 months gave me a call and next thing lunch time on Friday. We decided on around 130pm...just in case it was packed with the lunch crowd.

Parking is a bit of hassle as its located on a busy intersection of Knight Street and Kingsway. I decided to park my car in the residential area just behind the restaurant. My buddies was lucky enough to fine parking on Kingsway as it was free for an hour. We stepped in and got seated promptly as the place was still semi full during this time slot. Tons of TV playing the national sport of India and Sri Lanka....cricket. Of which I still don't understand the general rules of the game. Anyways...we decided to share the appys...we got the chicken65 ($8.99) and the fish pakora ($10)...and we both got the eggplant alu dosas ($9 ea) and of course medium heat as some of my Sri Lankan and Indian friends likes their food spicy fiery hot!!

First of all, our appys arrived in no time...the chicken65 was amazing..just like chicken pakoras but a bit more batter. The fish was alright...nice curry ring on the fish pieces but a tad dry. When are dosas arrived...Holy Molly!! This was BIG...just 6" longer than both our forearms and we are big dudes. The dosa came with a coconut chutney, a lentil soup and a ginger/cardamom chutney?? How to eat this??? We decided to break it in the middle and use the 3 finger rule (actually 2 fingers and the thumb) rather than the forks on the table. The crepe taste somewhat like a thin fortune cookie but not sweet.....and the curry eggplant potato interior was smooth. Dipping with the coconut chutney...added a new dimension to the taste buds.

All in all, a solid meal and tons of catch up talk. Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu and maybe the half price dosas on mondays. Lol.

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Patty Shop4019 Macdonald Street, Vancouver
Wickedly Delicious!!
Submitted Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 7:15pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

One day....I had a craving for some curry beef Jamaican patties sitting by my computer...decided to do a google search and up popped this place of which I never heard of. Several days later I called up a buddy of mine who's originally from the Caribbean...I said we should checkout this place.

We got there around 4ish. Found out it wasn't a restaurant per say but a take out joint as there are no chairs or tables..just a counter and a soda pop machine BUT you can smell it permeating outside the door. There is no menu except a chalk board with 6 types of patties and 2 roti selections. I decided on a pair of curry beef ones ($1.90 each excluding tax). My buddy decided on the 1 chicken patty ($2.20), 1 hot beef version ($1.90) and chicken roti ($7.50) to boot. The verdict....OMG!!! The pastry was super flaky and the filling was HOT!! You can actually see beef in it (no fillers) and taste the spicy aroma!! My buddy said he could see actual chicken pieces and chickpeas in his patty....he was standing eating it like he as pipe-dreaming..no pun intended. Like the other reviewer...hands down the best patties in town!! I asked ta buds about the chicken roti ( brought home later)...he said excellent as well.

Just a reminder, they only take cash or cheque and been around for 35 years!! I decided to grab a further frozen 12 pack of the same for $18 bucks. All in all, a little shop specializing in two areas and doing a fantastic job as I see cars making pit-stops every 3 to 5 minutes.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Ahhhh...Paris on the EASTSIDE!!
Submitted Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 3:22am [Dine in]

I have heard of this place for eons especially via friends...say you gotta eat here!! With little preparation, I had to book this joint 3 weeks in advance and still only the 7pm slot was opened.
After 3 weeks of waiting, myself and my buddy and his wife entered into another world...actually reminds of Paris at nite. I do have to mention...parking is a bit weird as the restaurant is located in a odd cross section of Kingsway and Fraser. I was luck enough to get a parking spot in front of a store next to the restaurant.
Back to the inside, just love the low light ambiance...would be great for dates but not this time. We got seated right away and the place was pretty full. Starts off with a complimentary french bread of course!! I decided to play it safe..I ordered the appt of salad de chevre chaud ( goat cheese crustini, greens and raspberry viniagrette) and the main of steak frites ( hanger steak med.rare with peppercorn sauce and a mountain of french fries). My buddy got the traditional onion soup and pork tenderloin with potato gratin. His wife got the escargot and the moules mariniere ( mussels w white wine with french fries). The verdict...pretty nice to look at..in fact some people took pictures of their meals including my buddy and his wife. Taste....awesome..my salad was a nice start..sweet, salty, nutty....and my steak was like butter...the fries were crispy and not greasy.I skipped dessert as I was stuffed but they had classic creme brulee. I asked the two birds how were their meals...all superb.
My tab was about 50 bucks with glass of red, tax and tip. All in all , excellent meal and good company. Will definitely be back.

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Sushi Nanaimo350 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Good detour BUT a bit noisy.
Submitted Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 2:28am [Dine in]

Hello there,

Considering my usual eatery was closed on Monday..thanks to my forgetfulness. Myself and a coworker of mine decide to try out this place as I was told by a buddy of mine...Good and cheap.
We kind of rolled over there by 7pm. Climbed the stair and was greeted by a young Korean waitress and were promptly seated near the back. The place was half full which was alright with us as we don't like to wait. My only complaint was the noise level with Psy Gentleman and Harlem Shake playing...a bit too noisy for my taste but my coworker said...you must be getting old...pretty true.
With my 2 cent rant...we decided to order....I ordered the ebi sunomono ( on special $2.95..small blackboard), veggie roll, and 4 pieces of nigri sushi ( tamago, toro , unagi, hamachi). My coworker decided on ebi sunomono as well, 6pc gyoza and the beef teriyaki roll. Finally we decided to order and split the WILD salmon sashimi. The weird part was we wanted it to be spicy but the waitress said we can't do that as its not on the menu so we decided to get the hot sauce on the side. In no time our food arrived...OMG.....BIG SUSHI.. a la Samurai Sushi or Sushi Garden....feeling deja vu!! Anyways, the sashimi was like butter and dipping them in the hot and sweet Korean sauce was excellent. My sunomono, rolls, nigri were all standard... some took 2 bites. My coworker said his gyoza was excellent...best he had so far but the roll he order was too big ....fell apart after one bite.
Verdict...good and cheap as my buddy said. My total was about $22 bucks with tax and tip and my coworker was about $20 bucks with tax and tip. They take debit, credit and of course cash as payment. The funny part....looking at the menu again...the price were very very similiar to Sushi Garden's prices...maybe the same owners?? Hmmmm. Even funnier was the place started to fill up fast after 8pm...wow..definitely a younger crowd establishment. Will be back but as plan B. lol. Thanks for reading.

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Sushi Garden4269 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Good BANG for your Bucks!!
Submitted Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 2:59am [Dine in]

Hello there,

Considering I did not proof read my last review on Sushi Tang..better make a slight correction..it was on Saturday NOT Sunday as its closed.
Anyways back to Sushi Garden....been here a few times for lunch already on Sundays. Do not park on the lower level..go to the rooftop..tons of parking. Best times are before or after peak hours..if its busy..... go to the cash register at the back to have them take down your name. Service here...is a bit robotic considering the hustle and bustle of this place. Ambiance...looks good but tight as you can listen to other people's conversations unintentionally.
Regarding the FOOD, my standouts so far.....
Seafood salad starter (asst seafood, tobiko,mixed veggies and rice noodles) plus the sweet wasabi mayo and sweet Japanese salad dressing brings everything in harmony.
Chicken Karaage...wings only but has a nice favor to them.
Asparagus Egg Roll...like a cali roll but has aspargus inside and egg crepe as the cover.
Veggie Roll...refreshing and the mango makes the difference.
Word of warning...the size of the pieces can be quite big like Samurai Sushi..but its more substance than rice. Mind you one of my buddies thought it was too big...kind of killed the experience.
Prices are SUPER reasonable...most rolls are 3 to 4 bucks unless you want the more extravagant ones, most nigri sushi ...toro for a $1.30?? unagi $1.60?? hamachi $2?? come on!! Even the sashimi are BIG thick cuts...like a two for one deal.
So..if you are on budget...great place to start!!

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Sushi Tang546 6th Street, New Westminster
A Solid Good Eats
Submitted Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

I don't venture out to New Westminster to often unless it happens to be a large Antique Show/Fair at either the Queens Park Arena or QP Arenex. It happened to be the former. So, after rummaging around for several hours...I decided to check out this place upon a review by Sherman's FAs.
Parked on a sidestreet near the Tim Hortons and stepped in around quarter after 1pm....kind of surprised to find it kind of empty on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant looks alright..cash till to the left and sushi counter behind that...in fact all the seating arrangement were on the right. I got seated asap... no waiting at all except several people were waiting for their takeouts.
I decided and ordered the prawn tempera and the califorina combo. My tempura was amazing...I concure with SFA...hot ,light, airy, crispy...infact this might have been the best I had in a quite awhile. After that, my other order arrived in no time...standard 8pc Cali roll with 2 pieces of wild salmon, 1pc tuna and 1pc ebi. The rice looked good...you can see every grain of rice. Taste...a solid good.
I do have to mentioned the cashier/waitress was friendly and refilled my tea a half dozen times. My total was about 15 bucks subtotal and a tip of 2 bucks. Paid via debit and they do accept credit cards. I will be back if I'm in the area...overall a good lunch meal..no complaints.

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Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
Fine Vietnamese Subs!!
Submitted Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 9:36pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

Heard about this place for years...some of my friends say its the best Banh Mi around town. Since I was getting my car fixed...decided on a little walk to this place. Its about near noon...line up outside..good omen and packed inside ....mind you... a small restaurant....stepped in....looked at the menu....ordered a No.1 Banh Mi Dac Biet ( ham, meatball, pickled veggies,cilantro and hot peps) and a No.2 Banh Mi Thit Nguoi ( ham, pate, pv, cil and hp's) for later. No cash...had to step out to get some cash at a little corner store on 33rd.

Got back in 5 minutes..I mean fast...made and ready to go!! Verdict...awesome!!! Wolfed down the No.1 and part of the second sandwich as well. Best?? Pretty close. I might have to come back to this place for pho and other goodies. Highly recommended Banh Mi s!!

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Seto Japanese Restaurant8460 Alexandra Road, #155, Richmond
Quality fish but a tad pricey.
Submitted Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

After reading several reviews about this place...decided to try it out with a buddy of mine. Made reservations about an hour and half before our arrival. Read this place can be busy on weekends. Its located in a strip mall close by the Sheraton Hotel. Free parking for 2 hours within or paid parking on the street.

We got there at 1pm. Stepped in ...Hey!! no lineups....even the frontend lady kind of laughed that I made reservations. Sushi bar to the left and private booths to the right. Love this kind of old school set ups! We got seated quickly and the checked out the menu....a very extensive selection of sashami and nigri sushi....some of this stuff you don't see in other Japanese restaurants like horse macherel, amber jack, japanese snapper, salmon belly ,stripped jack,ecetera. Plus the specials that was on a little board in our booth...first thing I noticed....Lobster sashimi...wow...60 bucks!! If you got the bucks...its unreal!!

Anyways, I ordered the lunch box C with contained teriyaki chicken w rice, tempura, 3 pc nigri, 3 c sashimi, sunomono, and miso soup plus 4 pc of nigri namely salmon belly, yellowtail, unagi and toro. My buddy got the 5pc gyoza, spicy tuna roll and curry katsu. The items arrived pretty promptly.

Observation: the lunch box...looking at it...the tray is bigger than the items within..a bit out of proportion. Taste: tempura was light and not greasy, the 3pc nigri (tuna, farm sal and ebi) and 3pc of sashimi (2 farm and 1 tuna) was excellent...fresh as can be and rice was perfect, chicken tekiyaki...very good but only 4 pieces of white meat...sliced to quarter inch thickness??, the sunomono was not even a sunomono...just a one bite garnish. My other 4 pc of nigri was excellent as well. My buddy's selections..good gyoza, okay tuna roll...he thought the tuna minced not chopped and thumbs down on the curry katsu.

The verdict...Im a bit torn...my food was tasty but my buddy...don't think he will be back. Price was a bit expensive for what we got....total was about 60 bucks for lunch !!!!???? A bit much. Another sore point was the lack of service...no tea refills at all. I would come back only if I was in the area and my wallet was just a bit bigger. Lol.

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Kent's Kitchen232 Keefer Street, Vancouver
McKent's take-out to GO!!
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:02pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

Been coming here for years...express take-out or sit in if there is space buffet style chinese fast food. For about 5 bucks excluding Hst...you get a choice of 2 items ( or even 3 items extra $$) and heaping scoops of white rice. Also, you can up grade your rice to fried rice or chow mein or even sticky rice...for a little bit more $. I usually get the beef with mixed veggies, sweet and sour pork, honey garlic spareribs,mushrooms with tofu, spicy pork with eggplant or somekind of greenery on a bed of chow mein noodles. The seafood selection is a bit extra as well...I think its 50 cents (right hand side of the counter).The portion size is hugh!! You can spread it out to two meals or stuff your face and then fall asleep. Of lately, they have added a ticket number tear off system located on the corner as you step in. Conclusion: cheap...YES!....greasy..OH Yeah!!...and of course...cash only!! Thanks for reading

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