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serendipityfoodDowntownSince November 25, 200619 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
Culinary Oasis in the Suburbs
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

I was in Coquitlam the other day for work and decided to drop by Chada Thai for a quick dinner. Tried the tom yum soup, pad thai and stuffed chicken wings.
The stuffed chicken wings was ok, not memorable, the pad thai was weak but the tom yum soup was out of this world. It is probably the best tom yum soup in the Lower mainland.
Wish there were more choices for Thai or even Malaysian food in the suburbs.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
The very best in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 11:13am [Dine in]

Got there on a Saturday night at 7:15pm with no reservations - full house - the hostess was very gracious - asked whether we will like to sit in the lounge. Comfy leather seats, low light, flickering candlelight, cool music - the tables were tight - but didn't feel crowded at all - more like among good friends - it was a warm and cozy room. I told my wife several times during dinner I didn't want to go home - one of the best ambiance in Vancouver.
Now the food - we had the coquille saint jacque - wow! very fresh scallops. went well with our Hoerhargan. next up - the mussels in tomato cream broth with fries - double wow! The mussels screamed Fresh Fresh! - so tender and juicy - I savoured every bite - and the soup was really flavourful with fresh spices. Went really well with our stellas. Last up was the duck - cooked medium rare - and this is where they missed - the duck was a little too rare to the point it was too chewy. The rice pilaf and spinach side was very good though. And because of this - I can only give them 4 stars - otherwise it would have been a 5.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Jack of all trades - Master of none
Submitted Saturday, September 1, 2007 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

Went on a busy Friday night - first impression - wow, the room is nice with the dark wood, lamps, bar, white table cloth, lighting not too bright, candles - very inviting, very comfortable. We settled into our booth and was promptly greeted by the manager - delightful and very personable and upbeat man - immediately we felt at home. Our server must have been busy but she took our drinks and throughout the whole night was extremely attentive but not intrusive. Top notch service and I must say super well trained - top marks to the training manager - upselling eveything from drinks to seafood to desserts- but in no way did we feel uncomfortable.
Now the food - and this is where they failed miserably.
We ordered some samosas - tasted like the frozen kind you get from the supermarket. Next came the ebi mayo - nothing special - Kingyo does it better. The mains arrived - Hainanese Chicken, Peking duck, Char Kway Teow, Thai Red Curry Duck and Braised Bok Choy. Hainanese Chicken was dry, Peking Duck - ok, Char Kway Teow - not authentic - Thai Red Curry - Salathai is better.
Unfortunately, except for the Chinese dishes - the other SE Asian dishes were not good. I think they are trying to do too many things and yet really can't master any of it.
Will I be back - yes - the service and the ambience is delightful - but I will only order the Chinese dishes. For Malaysian - try Prima Taste, for Thai - go to Salathai.

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Craig's Cafe1046A Austin Ave., Coquitlam
Great Pancakes
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

Heard from a friend this place was good and we were not disappointed. I had the eggs benny and my other had the Canadian ham omelette. The pancakes were super good - and the service was attentive. Will definitely come back - one of the best breakfast in Greater Vancouver.

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Cafe D'Lite3144 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Only in the neighbourhood
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

I came across this restauarant while in the neighbourhood and instead of trying Banana Leaf which has gone down in quality - thought might give this place a try. Had the Laksa and Hainanese Chicken Rice. The Laksa was ok and the Hainanese Chicken was badly presented. Not much service and the place didn't have too much of an ambiance. Come back - unlikely - only if in the neighbourhood and did not feel like having fast food.

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L'Artista Ristorante Italiano3891 E. Hasting Street, Burnaby
Good Italian
Submitted Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 12:28am [Dine in]

The place is nothing to write home about - old and rustic. Maybe they should renovate. The food on the other hand is very good. I had the seafood plate - with halibut, prawns in a tomato wine sauce. Awesome.
The tiramisu was fabulous. But the house wine was a little off.
But for Burnaby, this is pretty good.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Good food but eveything too salty
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

Recently visited Guu with Garlic with my wife and had a much better experience than the Guu on Thurlow. The food was much better, the place much cleaner. We had the Japanese hotpot which was nice but wish there was more soup. The rest of the food was really tasty and fresh - we had the beef tartare, ebi mayo, oyster baked with cheese, grilled mackarel (very good)!, ahi tuna special, ahi tuna with rice....but by the middle of the meal - we got really thirsty. One compalint would be the food may be too heavy on the sauces or too much MSG. Will we be back? Yes, will give it one more try but will request the cooks to cut down on the sauces.

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Authentic Singaporean Food!
Submitted Sunday, February 4, 2007 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

I had wanted to check out Prima after reading the reviews Georgia Straight, Globe and Mail but just couldn't find the time. Vancouver Sun's review was the final straw.....I had to go....several of my friend had already gone and had raved about the food. Can it really be that good - hearing the food is cooked from premixed sauces? We got there at 8pm and place was packed. We had no reservations and waited at the bar with our Tigers. The menu is extensive, with all the usual suspects - Satay, Roti, Laksa, Singapore Chili Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Sambal Prawns and some other dishes that I have not seen before.....hmm will have to come back and try these. The satay was excellent.....moist and nicely marinated with a good peanut dip. Roti was ok. But the Laksa was incredible. I almost fell off my chair after the first taste. It is like being in Singapore at my favourite Laksa hawker stall in Katong! Next up was the Hainanese Chicken and the Fried Chicken. The Hainanese Chicken was really good - better than the other Hainanese Chicken in the city. But it was the Fried Chicken that really got to me - this is Cripsy Chicken and I have not been able to have this anywhere else in Vancouver. The condiments came with the chili, dark soy and ginger sauce.....this is how the condiments should be as in Singapore. My only complain here is they are rather stingy with the condiments....there isn't enough! My colleagues had the Char Kway Teow, Mee Goreng, Beef Rendang, Crispy Fish Fillet Indonesia, Curry Leaf Prawns (the day's special) and I tried some of it too and it was all so incredibly good.
The other complaint is the chendol is rather weird with ice cubes. But all in all, the Laksa and Hainanese Chicken/Fried Chicken is the real thing! The service was pretty solid with our dishes being cleared, water being refilled, beers reordered......it was a grand dining experience! I will be back for more!

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FigMint Restaurant & Lounge500 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Overrated
Submitted Sunday, February 4, 2007 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

After having read all the good reviews, I decided to bring my wife to try the Dine Out menu. We arrived early on Sunday night and the place was empty. Not a good sign.....
We both went for the duck confit white bean and green bean salad with pumpkin dressing and saffron veal cheeks with beet puree. Both the salad and veal cheeks were disappointing. The salad was really bland with not much flavour. The veal cheeks were really dry. The wine pairing was good and it was the only saving grace. Our desserts were miserable too and I could not finish. Perhaps it was an off night....

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Elixir350 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good Service
Submitted Sunday, February 4, 2007 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

I had visitors from out of town and they were staying at the Opus....so we decided to go to Elixir. It was busy as it is Dine Out week and though we had no reservations, they fit us in. I had the Waldorf salad, bacon wrapped tenderloin. My salad was really fresh and the dressing was great. The tenderloin was tender and perfectly done. My friends had the warldorf salad and the petit hen coq au vin while the other person in our party had the chestnut celeriac veloute and pan seared trout. The petit hen was a little dry but the fish was good. We finished it all. For dessert I had the amaretto creme brulee while they had the warm toffee pudding. My creme brulee was excellent while the toffee pudding was heavy. We finished our meals with double espressos.
By the time we left, there was a long line but we never felt rushed and always had pleasant and courteous service. The ambiance is a little tired looking but will certainly return to try the rest of the menu.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Tasty food But.....
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

We were in Chinatown doing the touristy thing and got really hungry. None of the restaurants appeared very sanitary. After going up and down and almost giving up - we stumbled across Phnom Penh. Some of my buddies mentioned they had heard about the good reviews and since there was a line even at 2pm, we thought it must be good. My buddies and I trooped in and we had to wait for about 15 mins for a table. While waiting, the owner came out with a plate of chicken wings and served all those waiting in line ....I thought that was a nice touch. We will certainly order thew wings when we sat down. We ordered the chicken wings - and it didn't disappoint. It was very good. Next came hot steaming bowls of Pho - noodles in beef broth and slices of tender beef. Perfect! We also ordered the oyster omelette and curry chicken to share. Everything was excellent. However, half an hour later, we all felt really parched. We figured they must have loaded the dishes with lots of MSG - thats why it was so tasty. Well, I guess that is why I am only giving the food 3 instead of 4.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Decent Indian Food in Burnaby
Submitted Sunday, December 17, 2006 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

Craving for some Indian food, we dropped in on a Sunday afternoon. It wasn't busy, just a couple of tables. We went for the buffet as it looked quite appetizing. The food was fresh and good although it tasted a little on the salty side. The service was pleasant and the room nice for this part of the hood. Overall, decent food in Burnaby's culinary wasteland.

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not consistent
Submitted Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

I have been to the Denman location a few times and I must say the food is not consistent. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it not so good - the bane of every restaurant - consistency.
I had some really enjoyable meals before in this restaurant.
This time, it wasn't very good. I had the char kway teow this time and it was very oily and the squid was not fresh. The satay was decent but a little cold and dry. The laksa was ok but it is missing something (not as good as the Laksa I had in Singapore) and like the other reviewers, the seafood didn't taste fresh. I still enjoy the ambience though, low light, candles, nice soundtrack, good service (my wine had some cork in it and the manager came over and replaced my wine and there was no charge!) Now, that is what I call service. Will I be back - maybe. But make sure you make reservations. The place is tiny and can get filled up very quickly. The wait can be 30 mins to 45 mins. If there was another good Malaysia place I can go to without the wait, then I will go there. But they still need to get their food back up to win me as a loyal customer.

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Simply Thai1211 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Could be better
Submitted Friday, December 8, 2006 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

Went for dinner with my wife....a brief romantic respite from the two kids...or so I thought.....
We ordered the pad thai, prawn with basil leaf and a beef salad.
The pad thai was forgettable and the beef was really tough. The prawn with basil was the best. The server was all attitude and seemed very irate with us. However, when we complained about the beef, she did take the effort to check with the kitchen and was apologetic about the unedible beef....saying the supplier had sent a bad batch....I don't think I will be back.

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Ok food but not the real thing
Submitted Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

Feeling hungry and adventurous, I ventured into Tropika on Cambie with my wife after reading the reviews and seeing their ads.
Decor is nice but needs to be updated. We were hungry and ordered quite a bit of food. We ordered the satay, char hor fun, roti, laksa and assam prawns, chicken rice.
The roti was ok and char ho fun was decent. But the laksa was bad - it tasted like curry noodles but it was still edible. The assam prawns was the worse, the sauce is nothing like what I have had in Asia - what happened? The satay was ok but lacks the real flavour. The chicken rice was pretty good but full of bones - I think the Hong Kong Chinese like it this way. I will have preferred it boneless. They could also have been more generous with the chili sauce and ginger sauce though. Overall, the food is tasty but not the real thing. Who are they trying to kid? In a city where authentic food is everywhere, they have better improve and not just rest on their laurels before someone else comes along to offer really authentic Malaysian food.

But what really upset us was the service. The server didn't really seem to care. We had to ask repeatedly for water, he didn't come to check us once during the meal and didn't clear our plates. The rest of the servers didn't seem any better. I don't think we will be back.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
A Welcome Addition
Submitted Wednesday, December 6, 2006 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

Went to Rekandos with my buddies after reading the article in the Vancouver Sun.
A little hard to get to on Main Street but once I found it, parking was no problem.
Quite taken by the decor - very nice modern room. I really liked the choice of music.
The service was very good as well, the server was very friendly. And the manager was always smiling - so refreshing in an Asian restaurant. Remember, it is hospitality after all. To all the other Asian restaurants out there....be hospitable and smile! =) It costs you nothing and earns you everything!!
We ordered the lumpia, pancit (noodles), pork knuckles and some other dishes which I can't quite remember. The food was decent. I will say it is the better Filipino food in the city.
Anyways, I will be back with my friends and family. Keep up the good work!

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Delighful experience
Submitted Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 9:25am [Dine in]

Went with my wife one weeknight. Wasn't too busy and we were seated promptly. The room is nice but nothing really terribly outstanding....but it was a still a nice ambience for a romnatic dinner. Our server was friendly and attentive. We went for the tasting menu and it was wonderful....especially the sable fish. But didn't really care for the cheese plate. All in all, still a memorable evening.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Nice Ambiance - Lousy Food
Submitted Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

Went and visited Red Door with a couple of friends. Loved the ambience and felt really comfortable with having a Caucasian server (somehow they always seem to give better service).
Loved the bar and the washrooms were clean! Why can't all Asian restaurants have clean washrooms?
But that was about it. The food unfortunately was not very good as it was not authentic. Very disappointing. I don't think I will be back - unless I was in the neighbourhood and thirsty.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Good food but kinda dirty
Submitted Saturday, November 25, 2006 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

Went with a couple of friends and the place was busy. After hearing good things about the place, we decided to wait.
Once we got seated, we ordered and the food came pretty quickly. Service was decent. Food is very good - different from all the regular sushi restaurants.
But I wish it was cleaner.
The table was sticky and the washrooms smelly. Maybe they were busy and didn't have time to clean the washrooms. I don't know about you but a dirty washroom will make all the good food in my stomach turn!

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