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serikaSurreySince February 2, 20095 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service4.5 (4.4)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
not worth the wait in line
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 5:57am [Dine in]

After receiving recommendations from a couple friends, bf and I decide to check it out. Got there at 5 on a Sunday night and there was already a line. The waiting area inside the place is pretty small, so most people waiting for a table stand outside. I didn't keep track of how long we were waiting but it was at least 10-20 minutes.

First impression: kind of cramped, so not a lot of walking room.. I guess that's to maximize number of tables. Server was a nice, earnest guy who checked up on us during the meal and kept the water filled up without being asked. We ordered the calamari with marinara. Calamari is not breaded or coated with anything (not saying it's bad, just not what we expected) and the tomato sauce was pretty good (tangy and a little spicy). Bf is a big calamari fan and liked it.

Entrees: conchiglione and manicotti Anton's (both are baked dishes). I was disappointed in my pasta because all I could taste from my manicotti was tomato sauce, the cheese that covered it, and the manicotti itself (but not the chicken and spinach filling). For the conchiglione, I detected some kind of seafoody taste but nothing distinct. Basically both dishes were edible but not particularly tasty.

Bill came out to a little more than $40. All I could think was that for an extra $10 I could have had an amazing dinner at my favourite Italian place a little further down Hastings. I don't think the food is worth the wait, nor does it live up to the hype. Famous for its monstrous portions, but personally I'd rather have 1 great meal than 1 mediocre meal that will last me for 2 days.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar4420 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
just avoid the pasta
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 3:57am [Dine in]

Because it's a Saturday night, we called ahead to see how long it would take to seat a table for two. The hostess let us know that they actually had a table open so if we could come quickly we would be seated immediately--she was happy to take down my name to hang on to the table and I said we would be there in 10 minutes. When we got there, it took a few minutes waiting up front for someone to notice us and come by to help, but we were seated right away as promised.
Roasted corn and potato chowder was really good, I liked the spice. I had the red curry chicken, which was full of flavour and had a lot of heat. Boyfriend had chicken pesto fettucini but I felt so bad for him after I had a taste because it was so bland and blah, especially compared to my red curry. I think in general it's probably best to order entrees that aren't listed under pasta, because I've had other dishes from that section and wasn't impressed by the flavour. (While the portobello chicken is served with pasta, it's under Urban Classics and is my boyfriend's favourite dish.) Probably not isolated to this location because I had the same experience with the chicken penne at the Langley Milestone's.
The server was friendly but after she brought the bill it took a long time before anybody came by to pick up the credit card. I'm not sure, it might had something to do with a system issue the server told us about, and she ran the credit card through a handheld device instead.
++ on the food rating because brunch here is great. Recommend the California eggs benedict with grilled shrimp.

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Giuseppe's Bread and Deli, Da Vito3596 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
pleasant surprise
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

I was in the area with my boyfriend and we passed this place. On the way back, I suggested stopping in because there were a lot of customers inside and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. The seating is very limited but we sat down and they quickly cleaned the table for us. There's a lot of pasta choices and daily specials. My boyfriend ordered gnocchi with creamy tomato sauce (he loved it and said the sauce was very tangy, the way he likes it). I had a generously-portioned toasted panini with my choice of meat and cheese from the deli counter (prosciutto and sun-dried tomato havarti). It was probably one of the best sandwiches I've ever eaten. I was only able to finish half and took the rest to go. The bill was less than $13, yet we agreed that it was way better than the $70 lunch we had at Horizons a few weeks ago.
Throughout our lunch we received very good and friendly service from a young woman and an older man. As we were waiting in line at the till to pay, the man came around with a tray of cookies to offer the customers.

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
solid favourite
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

A good standby for a quiet dinner. Later at night there are small candles as lighting, so the atmosphere is a bit more romantic. I think the appetizers outshine the entrees; I love the veal and beef sausage and the mussels, entrees are good but not as impressive. I've always had a positive experience with the servers, they seem genuinely nice though I might have to flag one down occasionally to refill the water. The creme brulee is fantastic but unfortunately pops up only occasionally as a special. There is parking available in front of the restaurant and also a parking lot around the corner.

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
great view, food somewhat disappointing
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

I went for Saturday lunch with my boyfriend. The hostess and servers were attentive and very sweet from the beginning, no complaints there. I thought the decor inside the restaurant seemed a little dated but the view outside was fantastic and we took a nice post-lunch walk around the area afterwards. We ordered the crab cakes and lamb chops to start, and then the cioppino and egg noodle tagliatelle, and a chocolate creme brulee to share. The crab cakes were alright but the lamb chops and couscous that came with it seemed bland to me; I didn't eat much of it before I gave it to my boyfriend to finish. He liked his cioppino and for the most part I enjoyed my tagliatelle--it came with a very generous amount of clams, however I was annoyed to find a couple clams that were completely closed and at least two or three were half-open and had to be pulled open hard to get the clam meat out. I let my server know, who seemed concerned and said she would let the chef know. Creme brulee was solid but we thought we had eaten better creme brulee elsewhere. The food wasn't terrible but I think it's far from being worth $70 (before tip). I was really excited about having lunch here and came away a bit disappointed.

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