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richie_richvancouverSince April 10, 200848 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
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Displaying 21 - 40 of 48 Reviews Found
New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Cheap Chinese Buns Heaven with the BEST apple tarts!!
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 11:38pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

Been coming here for years but they added a new wrinkle to ordering take-out at the bakery counter...a manual number ticket machine. Its a big red snail shell to the right of the entrance...just tear off the next ticket and wait for them to call your number.
My favorites:steamed chicken bun, steamed deluxe chicken bun (Bola Bola) it got a large chicken meatball, slice of ham and a salty egg yolk in the package...I would say.. all their steamed buns are the size of half a baseball softball, deep fried pork dumpling...looks like a mini football with minced pork, dried shrimp, daikon, and black mushroom filling and the deep fried prawn dumpling.... like a Har gow filling in a crisp half pocket. My all time favorite are their warm award winning apple tarts....slightly sweet apple filling with a flaky sugar dusted enclosure!! This is one of best places for soild cheap bakery take-out...each item above is below or near two bucks exluding hst...how do you beat that deal????!!!!! Thanks for reading.

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Green Lemongrass1086 Kingsway, Vancouver
Excellent SPICY Pho and other Goodies!!
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

Myself and my coworker of mine have come here several times before without a hitch and always good. On a cold rainy day...we decided for our usually time of 730 or 8pm. Parking there is a easy considering they have a little lot upfront or park on kingsway itself. The place itself is pretty clean....big fish tank upfront and lots of seating to the left and back...reminds of a little tropical greenhouse.
Rather than get the usual phos, I decided on small Hu Tieu Do Bien Chua Cay...seafood,tomato,and pineapple in a spicy tamarind rice noodle soup and of course a helping of spring rolls. My buddy decided on Bun Bo Hue ....beef, pork, and rice vermicelli in a spicy lemongrass soup and salad rolls. Our order got here in no time. The verdict....my soup was a mix of spicy,sweet and sour favours with the usually bean spouts,thai basil and lime side dish..reminded me a bit of believe it or not...Thai pineapple fried rice!! Also, chucks of tender squid, big prawns, tomatoes and pineapples...it was a symphony in my mouth. The spring rolls were crunchy and tasty....considering I like dipping the pieces in the spicy broth. MMM good. I asked the buds about his bowl...he said it was excellent especially on a rainy day like this. Our bill was about $31 and change with HST. We decided to split the amount to $18 bucks each with the tip. All in all a good meal and we will definitely be back.

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Kim Saigon Sandwiches509 Main St, Vancouver
Very good Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches!!
Submitted Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

Besides the Ba Le Sandwich shop down the block..I sometimes make a pit stop to this brother sister act...basically a sandwich counter with Golden Garden Vietnamese Restaurant...right next the CIBC bank on the corner. As step in, the counter is on the right side and the restaurant is straight head. The menu is kind of small...5 or 6 selections but I usually order the meatball or the ham pate version of the sub..mind you sometimes they run out of the meatballs banh mi!! You can pay cash or debit after your order or have a seat to the left until its done.
Anyways, the warmed up bread is nice and crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Comes with the usually pickled carrot and diakon radish julienne, mayo, cilantro, optional sliced jalapeno peppers and a special vinaigrette dashs. Prices are cheap about $3.50 or $3.75 per sub..I think. Taste...mmmmmgood.
So, for a bit a quality come here. Thanks for reading.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Only good for the fresh fish and grated wasabi.
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

Hello there,
Myself and buddy of mine could not decide what restaurant to try on Sunday lunch but as I driving along Cambie street I suggested Shiro since neither of us ever been here before. Parking is a bit of b*tch considering its a very small parking lot upfront so we ended parking on a side street. As we stepped in..the restaurant itself...very typical Japanese..sushi bar to the left and seating to the windows and right side. Even better yet its a Japanese owned from the sound of things but looking at the sushi chef..I thought to myself...looks to be in his late 20s with a trainee...chances are this might be a bad omen.
We got seated right away and 3/4 of the tables were filled. Checking the menu, I decide to order bento combo E ( small udon in soup, small broccoli appy, asst tempura, tekka maki and BC roll in addition a 4 piece nigri sushi of wild salmon) and my buddy got bento combo G (oyako don... chicken and egg on rice, small broccoli appy, asst tempura, tekka maki and BC roll). They arrived in about 10 mins. The verdict...well....since my buddy had higher standard then I did...he thought it was crap. Nuff said. I was a bit more forgiving....the fish was good quality but the rice...too wet and borderline mushy. I looked at his...it looked worse. The tempura was heavy and greasy for the both of us. My appy and udon were okay. I did not ask him about his oyako don. My only other surprise was the grated wasabi..wow...fewer and fewer Japanese restaurants do this. The service was friendly but my buddy complained about the lack of refilling the green tea cups. We..tried and split....I don't think I or my buddy will be back to this joint...there are a lot better Japanese in town.

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Koko Japanese Restaurant2053 East Hastings St, Vancouver
Old school sushi at its BEST!!
Submitted Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

Haven't been to this place in years...the last time I was here...I remember the sushi was fresh and high quality with a sticker price to match. This time...I had a trio of fellow co-workers to join me. We decided at 5pm...exactly when it opens. I got there at 5.....place has not changed at all...still looks like a gym from the outside. On the inside...table and chairs to the right...interesting but on the left was the old school booths...we decided on the later. The only problem..one of our fellow co-worker was going to be late.
Finally at 6, we decided to go for broke and share... beef short ribs, chicken kamikazi, assorted tempera, toro sashami, large gyoza, beef teriyaki roll,spicy scallop roll, B.C. roll, California (fake one) roll, 5 piece tuna and 10 pc salmon nigri sushi....HOLY COW!!
The food came in no time....the beef short ribs were probably the best I had to date...tender, sweet, savory and a nice charred smoky taste!! The chicken kamikazi was very good looked like twisted pony tails with slight heat and a carmelized exterior...yummy. The assorted tempera and the gyoza were standard stuff...I remembered the tempera being lighter in taste but this is a close second. The SUSHI...this is what I'm talking about...toro sashimi...one word..butter!! All the rolls were all excellent..with the B.C. and beef rolls being all meat no fillers. The nigri sushi ....amazing!! Tuna tasted almost as good as the toro and the salmon ( real and not the farmed stuff) fresh, fresh, fresh!!
All in all...we were stuffed and happy. I do have to mentioned the service was friendly and courteous. Our bill...came to $145 with beers. With tip $170...roughly 42 bucks and change for each person. Great meal, Good friends and of course quality food with a price to match.....again. LOL.
Funny thing, on my way out...I picked up a take out menu...I thought this was kind of strange and reading the last review about how bad the food was...let me say this....this establishment is NOT FOR TAKE OUT !! It is a quality DINE-IN place. I going out on a limb saying this is probably the BEST old school sushi joint around in east van!! Thanks for reading.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
A little gem on 16th!!
Submitted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 12:29am [Dine in]

Hello there,

I have heard about this place for years but only got to go there last wednesday with a buddy of mine. With a little bit of preparation....I got there at 4:45pm and I was the 4th person in line....I can only remember crazy lines up if only you were going to Stepho's or Anton's. So far so good.
At 5pm..doors opened. Ambiance...well small and a little bit tight but overall...nice place. We got seated and the waiter asked what did we wanted to drink...we said tea ( fought out at the back of the menu...it wasn't free...75 cents each... cash cow!!!). Several minutes later...we proceed to order..prices are quite inexpensive...I got one tempura appy, one california roll, one B.C. roll and several pieces of nigiri sushi. My buddy who's been here before...got the maguro tomazuke, chicken donburi and several pieces of nigiri sushi as well. My appy arrived soon after...hot and tasted light but a tad greasy...which was a bit disappointing. My disappointment would soon disappear as my sushi dropped in...Wow!! Rice was perfect...just the right amount of rice vinegar and water. Quality of the fish was definitely high quality!! As we finished...notice the line up just got longer and longer. My verdict...come early and enjoy some of the better tasting japanese joints around town....Highly recommended...will definitely be back.

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Unforgettable Pizza & Pasta450 W 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Amazing pizza!!!
Submitted Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Hello there,
I use to zip by this place many times while stopping via the Wendy's Drive Thur. I was told by a fellow coworker 8 to 9 months ago about how good the pizza is. After shopping at Save-On Foods, I decided to stop by and see what the fuss is about. The place itself was okay...several small tables and chairs. The lovely lady server/pizza maker was nice and friendly...I decided on 2 of their sliced pizza for $2.50 each. I decided on the spinach and the pepperoni slices. In fact she explained they have lunch specials for 5 bucks on Wednesday and Friday...2 slices plus the pop. Anyways...rather than going home ...just fine in the car. The verdict...Wow!! Wonderful thin crust...the sauce was tangy, and the amount of cheese was just right...everything else was just a bonus!! Highly recommended....one of the better pizza joints around.

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Best Falafel2013 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Okey-Dokey
Submitted Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

I decided to stop by this place for a quick lunch before seeing my chiro. Went in...the decor was okay and pretty clean. I decided to order the usual...a chicken shawarma. A lovely lady came out from the kitchen and I was checking out her shirt...Best Falefel....guessing that was the name of the eatery. The marinated chicken was cut from the upright spoke...the way I like it and not renuked from a microwave. Hot sauce?? You bet. The verdict...not bad...the best???...ahhh nope. The chicken had a nice smokey taste to it but there was no tabouli and no cucumbers in it. Cost came up to 6 bucks...its an average price but no pop?? A real bummer without this combo.

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Good eats!!
Submitted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 2:40am [Dine in]

Quite honestly, I haven't been to X-site Grill in years until a friend of mine sugguested we go there for lunch. The place looks the same...copper top tables and the grill on the left hand side. The place was semi full of customers and I could see 5 to 7 takeout lunches packed and ready to be picked up. All three of us decided on the lunch specials..couldn't believe my eyes...$4.95 each!!( small catch...you will have to order a drink ie pop or something). The waitress was pretty friendly and efficient. I decided on a cheese burger with a coke and they decided on the chicken souvlaki with pops as well. Our food arrived in short order and portions were quite BIG for 5 bucks. The chicken souvlakis came first...Wow...one large skewer with rice,side salad, potato wedges,and pita bread. Mine arrived a minute later...the verdict...cheeseburger was pretty good...homemade patty with fresh standard veggies on a kaiser roll..the side caesar was big and fresh tasting as well. Our bill come up to 20 bucks and change...roughly $6.75 per person. All I can say...GOOD and cheap eats!!

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Blowfish Sushi2828 East Hastings Street, #107, Vancouver
Surprisingly good
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Hello there,
I haven't seen a buddy of mine in quite some time after his wedding last year but out of the blue...I get a call ...if I was interested in some sushi...I said ya.
He suggested this new sushi restaurant located inbetween Subway and an Italian bakery along the Hastings strip mall just across from Burger King.
We got there around 730pm and the place was small and empty...I was thinking to myself...this might be a bad omen?? We sat ourselves down and began ordering. We decided to share the assorted tempura. I got the Wild Salmon sashimi, B.C. roll and Smoked Salmon roll. My buddy got the house roll,and an avacado roll.
Our order of tempura arrived hot...pretty standard stuff. Next my sashimi arrived..the 8 big pieces and pretty good...almost like butter!! Then shortly my rolls arrived....all ending in my stomach...stuffed!!
We asked for the bill...to my surprise...only $35 buck. With tip..only $40 bucks. Will definitely be back.

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Ba Le Sandwich Shop633 Main Street, #121, Vancouver
Good sandwiches!!
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

Whenever I'm in the neighbourhood and there is not a lot of money in my pockets...I come here for a quick and tasty Vietnamese sandwich or two. The place is a little hole in the wall with very limited seating..but its more of a take out joint. My favs are the cold cut or the meat loaf. The French bread is always crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. If you need to kick it up a notch...ask for hot peppers to be included. Price?? Under $3 bucks each...how do you beat that deal??

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Fujiya912 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Quick in and out
Submitted Monday, February 23, 2009 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

I have going to this place for years...one of the fastest places for takeout sushi...mind you..it all prepackaged. My favs are the California roll, BC roll, Spidercrab roll, Chopped scallop roll and on the occasion.. their bento boxes and nigri sushi trays. All good...fresh and cheap!! 9 big pieces of California roll for $3 bucks..How do you beat that deal???? Nuff said!

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Sai Z3116 West Broadway, Vancouver
Japanese Fusion
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

This is one of those times I had to go...a big birthday party for 2 special people. The place and the food were chosen by the girls. Cost was only $30 bucks per person. We were seated upstairs looking down on the main floor...actually quite nice and cozy. This was a set menu of 5: BBQ salmon skin salad, beef ponzi tataki, tuna avocado crepe, assorted roll sushi tray and finally slow roasted duck with garlic butter udons. The taste: the salad..mixed greens with seaweed...I think the skins added some crunch and texture to the dish...very nicely done. The tataki was okay...I though the beef was very lean...think it need more marbling. Wow!! the crepe was to die for...sweet and smooth..excellent. The tray of assorted roll sushi consisting of salmon maki, tuna maki, california roll, dynamite roll and a catapillar roll ( weird name but the BEST out of the five rolls!). Finally...the duck was excellent as well...medium done...the noodle were rich and creamy...I surprise to find room for the cake...Man..I was stuffed!!
Overall...solid meal and...of course fine company.

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Kalvin's Restaurant5225 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Spicy good
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

A buddy of mine wanted to try out this restaurant...I said yeah. To avoid the rush...we decided for 8 since they close at 930. Its a little hole in the wall with limited seating of 8 tables...just right across from the Chevron station. We decided on hot and sour soup, shredded beef with green onion, squid with garlic and chili sauce, and finally shredded beef with BBQ sauce fried noodle. I have to mention the waitress was friendly and helpful. Our food arrived in no time...the soup, beef, and the squid were very good. The squid had an extra kick of chili in it...spicy just enough to break a forehead sweat. The noodle dish was different but okay...I think my buddy liked it more than I did. Overall, a good meal with tip and pop...bill was $45 bucks. Definitely come back again to try some different dishes.

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Szechuan Chongqing2808 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Old Reliable!!
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 2:14am [Dine in]

Hello there,

For Cantonese and Szechuan food...love coming here. The last time I was here was last week...myself and buddy of mine decided to go for the Szechuan or spicy dishes and BOY!! they did not disappoint.
We ordered the Hot and Sour soup with chicken and shrimp, boneless Dai Ching chicken, Jalapeno Beef, and the fav..chicken chow mein. The soup was a wonderful blend of mild heat, sweetness and sourness. The Dai Ching Chicken was hot but very good. The Jalapeno Beef blew my senses away!! This baby was HOT..it was a three star rating for hotness on the menu but I disgress..its a 4 star!! The waiter asked if we want rice?? I said YEAH..this definitely helped cut down the heat. Lastly, the chicken chow mein...standard but excellent. All in all...a very good meal.

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Lhy Thai7357 Edmonds St., Burnaby
NO LHY(S) here!
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 1:43am [Dine in]

Hello there,

Whenever I out in the distant Edmonds Burnaby area...got a craving for some Thai food...this place is it!! The place itself is small...almost a hole in the wall right across from the Value Village parking lot. As you step in...the ambiance...heh..okay but its the food that counts. My favs have been their spring rolls, stuffed chicken wings, Tod Mon (fish cakes), Green curry with chicken, Goong Phat Phet (prawns,veges, and sweet basil), Kao Phat Saparhode (pineapple fried rice), and the BEST Phat Thai Gai (Pad Thai!!)with chicken or prawns in Burnaby..maybe even Vancouver!

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Takarabune Japanese Restaurant6459 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Consistent quality
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 2:46am [Dine in]

Hello there,

Whenever I'm in south Vancouver and have a craving for some Japanese. This is the place!! Location wise...its kind of hidden in a corner of a little strip mall between Churches Fried Chicken and Value Village. Parking is okay and it tends to get busy during the weekends so come early. My favs are the B.C. rolls, the variety of bento boxes and the specials they have on a white board as you enter the establishment. Highly recommended.

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Chili Pepper House3003 Kingsway, #1, Vancouver
Hot and Spicy!!
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 2:31am [Dine in]

Hello there,

A buddy of mine has been eating and raving about this place for a long time...I on the other hand have passed by this establishment for years via a work route I use to take. I decided to try out Indo-Chinese food.
We decided for 5pm and try to beat the rush...which we did. Upon entering...not too many people and the restaurant looks decent with an oriental influence.
Our order...Chicken pakora with chutney as the appy and 3 core dishes of chili prawns, manchurian eggplant, and masala veggie fried rice. The service was pretty solid and our meal arrived very quickly. The verdict..the appy was pretty normal. The rest were pretty hot and good. The heat the dishes were generating definitely made me brake a sweat and asking for more water helped somewhat. Overall, a good meal. Definitely will be back.

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Kishu Island2509 Main Street, Vancouver
Not bad at all
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

Myself and a buddy of mine decided to check this place out since this was his recommendation and he was on a budget. I was kind of leery of it due to fact the one downtown on Seymour is kind of crappy. We got there around 8ish and no wait in line or a lot a people in the restaurant
Ambiance....ok. I did see a sign on the window for 40% off sushi...happy hours but checking the menu...its only a selected amount of stuff so we opted for bento boxes instead. My buddy got the seafood bento box and I got the sashami/yakisoba bento and got one of their chef's special...a Vietnamese spring roll...GO FIGURE??!!! Our meals arrived very quickly...it looks good and the portions were decent as well. The taste...hey!...its pretty good. With pop, taxes, and tip...our bill was about $20 bucks....how do you beat that??? So, my indecision rest in peace...I would recommend this place to others for cheap eats.

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Pinpin Restaurant6113 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Highly recommended!!
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

One of my fellow co-workers suggested this restaurant to me...been putting it off for the last month...so myself and a buddy of mine decided to check out Filipino food. Its a small restaurant across the street from Buy Low Foods. Parking was easy...just go to the rear for free 2 hour parking. We decided for 2pm lunch..just to avoid the lunch rush.(The last time I drove by there...hugh lineup at 5ish.) Got in and seated in no time. Service was solid..eventhough one the servers looked fried...Im guessing it was a hectic lunch hour or two. Ambiance...okay...nice pics of the fish market in the Phillipines. The FOOD...our order were Lumpia Shanghai (mini egg rolls), Inigaio Na Tagyang Ng Baka (chargrilled beef shortrib with a sweet garlic sauce), Sisig (pork with onion), and Pancit Canton (egg noodles with assorted veggies and meat). All were delicious especially the shortribs...smoky and sweet...the meat was fork tender!! The sisig was pretty good...super bacon flavor and taste..reminds me of the Chinese roasted pork but much finer in texture. My only complain..we did not have dessert...would have love to try the casava cake or Leche flan...oh well...definitely a next time. Our bill came up to $50 bucks with tip...and dogged bagged the rest for my dinner tomorrow.

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