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SatiricalVancouverSince May 15, 200912 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Sushi Go7026 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Friendly Service and Some Decent Eats
Submitted Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 2:31am [Dine in]

I went with a friend to SushiGo @ Kerr for some quick eats. I wasn't in the mood for sushi since I remembered their sushi being rather sub-par. So I opted for their chicken teriyaki don. For 6 dollars the bowl was really small. On top of the rice was a piece of lettuce and 7-8 pieces of teriyaki chicken. The chicken was to my pleasant surprise very nice and tender and the teriyaki sauce was really delicious. Unfortunately, the donburi lacked other condiments like beansprouts or other vegetables that would have increased the value of the dish. Service was really friendly and polite. I was very impressed. I would recommend if you want to have a quick bite to eat with some friends.

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Bamboo Garden Chinese Restaurant8911 Cornerstone Mews, Burnaby
Best Place to Eat at SFU
Submitted Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

This place obviously caters towards students. For anybody with a limited income, this is probably the best place on campus to get some cheap eats. Nothing on campus can compete with Bamboo Garden given the amount of food you get, the variety of different dishes and the food is pretty decent as well. Bamboo Garden is just a better value overall than the other places. Nothing is absolutely outstanding Chinese food but it is definitely good for a fast food style kind of restaurant. Their chow mein is quite good, though sometimes it can be a little bit too dry. I highly recommend the bbq pork and their pork chops. Beef brisket is also really nice. Lots of people order their hot pots as well, though I've never personally tried it yet.

I think they have a full menu, but most people order from a select assortment of different dishes spread across a long table. As said before, value is quite good for the amount of food you get. A small is about $5.50 with chow mein instead of steamed rice and 2 toppings and there's enough food there for a decent lunch. Medium is about $7 if you're a big eater. Seriously, there is no other restaurant available at SFU that can compete with Bamboo Garden in terms of value and for a student, that is very important knowledge.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Incompetent and Rude Service
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

There is no denying that this place has great food. Their sushi is very, very fresh and their unagi don is delicious. They also have great yaki-udon! That said, their food isn't good enough to negate the horrible service I receive every visit to this restaurant.

These people are really ill-mannered, and it's not as though I am expect an English tea ceremony-calibre service. Just a smile or a "thank you" would be greatly appreciated. Of course, they can afford to be grumpy and altogether very conceited given the amount of customers they get. Still, that's no excuse.

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Yakko Sushi4689 Kingsway, Burnaby
Friendly Service and Decent Food
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

I've relied on Yakko for years whenever I have a craving for sushi. This restaurant is truly a hidden gem; more people need to know about it!

I usually order the California roll and the Dynamite roll. Both are very tasty and the dynamite rolls are pretty big. Their unagi don is great as well. The eel is very fresh and there's no fishy taste. Ramen is mediocre. Sometimes, the noodles are a little soggy. The teriyaki chicken is decent. The chicken can be quite dry at times. With the exception of their sushi, the portions are quite small in comparison to a place like Sushi Garden.

Ultimately, in terms of food, Yakko isn't quite on par with Sushi Garden both quality-wise and quantity-wise. However, it is almost as good. What really seals the deal is Yakko's friendly staff. They are very well-mannered and polite. Whereas Sushi Garden's staff is downright rude and conceited.

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Accord Seafood Restaurant4298 Main, Vancouver
Respectably Decent Food But Poor Hygiene
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

Went here for a big family dinner. There were two tables, each with an 11 course meal. The food was pretty good. Nothing was particularly amazing. But the fish they served was pretty big and was really tasty. You could tell it was a really fresh fish too. They had plump crab balls with a lot of flavor too. I also enjoyed their crispy skin chicken with shrimp chips. The shrimp chips tasted a little stale, but the chicken was very moist and flavourful. Lobster was quite small, but good overall. Generally though, their portions are quite decent. I really like the E-fu noodles and the fried rice was pretty good as well. Their cold plate was pretty standard fare. On the flip side, their dessert was pretty horrible. The mango pudding was pretty rubbery and did not taste like mangoes at all. But it was still edible. Their shark fin soup wasn't that great either--I've had better. As well, I found the food overall, quite salty. Their washroom were just downright filthy though. They really need to clean their washrooms and they were a little slow to replace your plates. So you would often find yourself eating with a plate filled with bones and what not. The service was adequate at best. They serve your dishes and take your plate away and the food came out quite quickly. It was certainly efficient for this calibre of restaurant. I wasn't expecting anything really special in terms of service. Ambiance was alright. I wish the tables were a little bigger. They are barely able to fit in 10 people. The restaurant is also really, really loud. You can't even hear yourself think.

Overall, a pretty good restaurnt. Just don't go expecting something along the lines of Kirin or Red Star and you'll find be quite satisfied. Definitely worth a visit for their fish alone.

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Ichibankan Express8910 University High Street, #5, Burnaby
Some Solid Offerings Here.
Submitted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 7:36pm [Dine in]

A nice solid place to have a quick bite during breaks. The food here is basically a mixed barrel. I like their california rolls. They're pretty decent, and they only cost 3 dollars. I tried their katsu don, which I also like very much. I tried their tempura udon and ten don, which I wouldn't reccomend to anybody, as the tempura is microwave and thus loses its nice texture and crispiness. Their chicken teriyaki don is really awful. Almost inedible. Their only items that I really do enjoy are the chicken yaki soba and the the really tasty Katsu don. They give really big portions for their rice bowls! There's a lot of value there and it will only set you back 6 dollars, no tax either. Ichibankan express is likely the most dependable place to have a satisfying bit on campus. There's not a lot of variety in what you can order, but the value more than makes up for this setback.

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Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House4887 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
A new experience!
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

This is a great little place for a quick snack or two. Everything on the menu is very cheap. I didn't get the chance to order the noodles, as I wasn't very hungry, so I opted for the dumplings. I heard that the dumplings were really good and cheap, and they were pretty standard for my taste. I thought they were sort of bland and lacking flavour. But for 10 pcs for 5 dollars, it's a steal. The service was pretty good. Very quick and efficient. The first server misunderstood my order, so I had to clarify what I ordered with another waitress. No big deal. As for the ambiance, the place is ridiculously small and somewhat cramped; there are only a few available tables. Nevertheless, the restaurant has that very quaint, cozy feel to it. A perfectly fine restaurant for a snack or break. I will definitely return to try their famous noodles with beef flank.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
Went downhill after renovation, but still a decent restaurant all the same!
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 3:47am [Dine in]

Pardon me if I am slightly biased towards this restaurant or cafe, if you will, because it brings back many childhood memories. My family has frequented this restaurant regularly over the years, but recently stopped, probably due to the higher prices and indifferent service. After a recent visit to The Boss, I have found both dissapointment and satisfaction with the food, service, and value. While, the restaurant was certainly much better in its heyday, after its renovation, the Boss is still a good place to enjoy a quick meal. The food is edible at worst. My favourites include their chicken chow mein, Boss special fried vermicelli, Seafood E-fu noodles, tomato and chicken on rice, yang-chow fried rice and their chicken with rice noodles in soup. Check out the little menu to the side of the table that lists breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. I love the breakfast special because you get 1 egg and your choice of porkchop or beef with a dinner roll and choice of drink. Also, I like their baked porkchop with tomato on rice. It's so delicious. The tomato sauce had a really strange flavour, but the porkchop was cooked nicely and was crispy too! Their portion size used to be a lot bigger, and never order the appetizers. Those are huge rip-offs.

Service varies. Recently, the waitress was kind of rude. I also hate how they won't let you substitute things out of what you order. A friend has allergies to shrimp, and they wouldn't allow me to substitute the shrimp out of the dish---had to get rid of it altogether. Also, the waitress is very forgetful. Forgot my dinner roll and utensils too! That says something, when you forget to hand out the utensils. Lucky for her, the dinner roll was cheap and I didn't really care for it.

The ambiance is nice. Obviously it's an improvement over what the boss used to look like. Seats are really comfy.

Value is decent or passable. For the inconsistent food quality and skimpy portions, it is best for the diner on a budget to venture elsewhere.

Overall, the Boss is an okay investment if you favour HK cafe style of food. Their menu lacks a lot of variety and caters to Chinese/Westernized cuisine. At least give it a try.

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White Spot4129 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
White Spot in Lougheed Definitely Does not Hit the Spot!
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2009 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

Summary: White Spot is generally very inconsistent! You never know how the food will turn out or what the service will be like. Every visit, it's different, if not, then just marginally similar. This time around, I took a gamble, and was frankly a little dissapointed.

Food: The food itself was alright. It was decent. I had the fettucini alfredo because I love pasta, especially fettucini alfredo. The fettucini was a little dry. There just wasn't enough sauce. While, traditional pasta is not supposed to have overflowing amounts of sauce--this is true--the amount of sauce should be sufficient enough to enhance the flavour of the pasta. What I ate was slightly bland and the portions were incredibly small.

Service: the service was alright, for the most part. I wasn't expecting much. The greeter seemed like she had something on her mind and wasn't all that friendly. The waiter was nice though. The food was delivered to us rather quickly. The waiter checked up on us to see how we were doing. Standard procedure in White Spots.

Value: basically a rip off. If I have to pay almost 12 dollars for fettucini alfredo, I expect there to be more than what I was given. The amount of noodles given was so skimpy. The garlic bread was alright, but that hardly justifies the pasta which wasn't even that good anyways. I could have gone to Old Spaghetti Factory and pay the same amount and get better quality fettucini alredo probably with some chicken too + ice cream and soup.

Ambiance: Typical White Spot. Nothing fancy or horrendous. But could do with a renovation. The seats were comfy, but nothing was truly spectacular.

Overall, not reccomended. If you crave White Spot, go to its other locations, namely the one in Richmond Centre.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant350 Gifford St., New Westminster
Won many awards--and rightfully so.
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2009 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

Summary: Kirin Seafood Restaurant is highly regarded as the best Chinese restaurant in Vancouver by many publications, and it's not hard to see why. This place is an upscale restaurant, and thus it is quite expensive, but the food does the hefty price justice.

Food: I absolutely enjoyed their king crab with the fettuciini noodles with alfredo sauce. It was a very enjoyable dish. But we also had the king crab with ginger which was too bland for my taste. The one with noodle was far more superior. They give you lots of seafood, and it tastes authentic. You can tell it's not the fake stuff. Sometimes, their dishes were spicy and unusually so. For example, the cucumber was slightly spicy and while it was still enjoyable, I found the flavour quite peculiar. Their fish maw soup was very good. They gave you one big piece of fish maw, rather than small pieces of the fish maw. The hotpot is very good but they the portions are too small. The cod was amazing. For dessert, their red bean soup did not taste like it was made from a store-bought package. You haven't tasted authentic Chinese food until you've gone to Kirin. Obviously, no restaurant in Vancouver will ever be able to perfectly emulate the food from restaurants in China, but Kirin comes awfully close.

Service: The service here is commendable. They do a great job of entertaining you, informing you of what they reccomend you order, etc. Basically, you feel like you're being pampered. Our waiters were so friendly and funny. They delivered our food with manners and took away our plates when they saw we were finished with our food, unlike other restaurants where they take away your plate before you get to chance to finish.

Value: This place is quite expensive. To speak blantantly, the food does justify the price. But for somebody who prefers quantity over quality, you should probably skip this restaurant. We had a group of 8 people, and we ordered roughly 10 dishes and I was still hungry by the end of last course. Luckily, what little food they do give you is exceptional and like I said, authentic and not cheap, immitation stuff, especially in regards to the seafood like abalone. Plus this is an upscale restaurant, so I can't complain too much.

Ambiance: This place is so elegant and beautiful. Plus it's situated right next to a casino, so that when you are done eating you can maybe play a bit of blackjack. Anyway, the place is very nicely lit and so quiet (but still crowded) and spacious. There's a bar and a resting area. The washrooms are so nice and very, very clean. Actually, the whole restaurant is very, very clean. There's a chopstick rest for your chopsticks. This place looks and feels amazing.

Overall, this place is highly reccomended. If money is no object to you, there is a 90 percent chance that you will find some semblance of enjoyment and satisfaction in Kirin.

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Rose Garden Restaurant3415 Kingsway, Vancouver
Great Chinese food for casual dining or pick-up.
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

Overall: Rose Garden has become our weekly eat-out restaurant of choice. After having a falling-out with this restaurant for about 5-6 years, we recently gave Rose Garden another try and fell in love with it over again. The food here is very good, and there is a ten percent discount off pick-up. This restaurant is relatively inexpensive and you get a lot of food for about 60 dollars that could last you for 2-3 days depending on your appetite.

Food: Good quality Chinese food. Especially the crispy skin chicken. I don't know how they do it, but their crispy skin chicken is very moist and not dry at all like most Chinese places. They give you lots of prawn chips too, not the usual, skimpy 6-8 chips. Their lovebird fried rice is so tasty and almost heavenly! The beef brisket is another favourite of mine. The beef was cooked to perfection and very tasty. Their chicken chowmein (soft noodles) is also very good, probably some of the best chow mein I've ever tasted. Their seafood chowmein is alright. They give you lots of seafood and don't skimp on the "good" ingredients. But I've tasted better seafood chowmein. At one time, their seafood hotpot was almost inedible because the deep fried tofu tasted sour. The prawns with scrambbled eggs are decent enough. Other than that, Rose Garden has been relatively consistent in regards to their food quality.

Service: Their service is bearable. Sometimes, when you pick-up food, they forget to tell you that it was ready while we were waiting, and the food was just lying there for 10+ minutes. In my childhood days, their service while eating in was pretty good. They are somewhat friendly and that's all one can ask for in a Chinese restaurant.

Value: Ordered five dishes and it cost only around 60-70 dollars. Plus, most of the dishes were seafood and the crispy skin chicken (whole) was already 18.50 which is quite reasonable. The food is very fresh.

Ambiance: Rose Garden needs to work on their ambiance. The place is nicely lit but looks really disorganized and everything is in disarray. They just leave dirty dishes in tub on the ground. This place is really old, so it definitely shows. The place usually isn't too busy. Most of the time, they have a handful of families eating in, but is hardly ever really busy.

If you are looking for a dependable restaurant that offers a good selection of dishes and good quality take-out, Rose Garden is a viable option and is definitely worth considering.

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Red Star Seafood Restaurant8298 Granville Street, Vancouver
Outstanding Dim Sum! A great experience overall!
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

Summary: If you fancy yourself some dim sum, you owe it to yourself to give Red Star a try. This is one of those restaurants where money should not be an object, and you should go to at least once in your lifetime. It's on par with Kirin in terms of food quality. I don't want to be broken record here, but the dim sum in this restaurant transcends beyond virtually every Chinese restaurant I've been to. There is almost no comparison.

Food: Can not really taste the msg, so that's definitely a plus. This restaurant is extremely creative and the sheer variety of dim sum of offered is outstanding. Huge portions, but this is one instance where taste does not suffer in favour of size. Har Gow are so tasty and massive. Loved their spring rolls loaded with huge prawns. The only thing that was not any special was the Chicken salad with jellyfish and crispy wonton wrapper. But overall, the dim sum here was truly something special.

Service: Admittedly, service was almost non-existent, though that is to be expected. This restaurant does not pull the carts, so you order off menus. Service was friendly, efficient and quick, and they refilled the teapot at regular intervals. Again, nothing truly outstanding.

Value: Slightly pricey. But the difference between this restaurant and other Chinese restaurants is like night and day, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. The sheer variety of things you can order, the wonderfully tasty dishes, and the class of this restaurant is worth every penny. If you can afford to pull those purse strings without any guilt or remorse, than this restaurant will satisfy you for certain.

Ambiance: This place feels and looks nicer than the majority of other typical Chinese restaurants. But still no Kirin. Have to dock off a point for not being spacious enough. Tables are big though, so 9-10 people aren't crammed in one table, and thus, can eat comfortably. This place is really clean and they put chopsticks on a nice chopstick rest. There is a television set in the waiting area because this place is always so crowded most obviously around noon.

Overall, this place is a nice change if you feel you deserve to be pampered. You will enjoy every minute of dining in Red Star, and even if the service and value do not fully justify the high prices, the food more than makes up for this.

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