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sinnerNorth VancouverSince October 2, 200771 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Ebo4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Uneven experience...
Submitted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

Came here for breakfast with a client today. I had the light breakfast which consisted of a smoothie, cottage cheese and fruit salad while my client had toasts... With Coffee + tip, bill came out to 30 dollars. While I appreciate the gooseberry in my cottage cheese I thought this was a little expensive for what we got.

I was impressed with the staff... then again, we were the only people in the restaurant. The hostess remember me by my first name, which I appreciated. The waitress even offered to put the extra coffee in the carafe into a take out cup. Nice touch.

The decor is nice and the ambiance is airy since the ceilings are quite high.

I'd like to try this place out for dinner one of these days... I think that will give me a better idea about this restaurant's "chops"... I expect it'll be expensive though.

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Empire Chinese Cuisine8251 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Nice Ambiance... The rest... Take it or leave it...
Submitted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

I came here for dim sum yesterday at around 12:30... The restaurant was relatively full and little on the noisy side... but that's a good sign, I guess. They don't have the push carts... you order with a card, which is fine. The food came out relatively quickly... I'd say 7-9 minutes.

Food didn't knock my socks off... It was actually quite bland, but it was fresh and hot.

The service is OK.. I had to ask for chilli paste even though most of my dishes had shrimp in it - ha gau and sui mai.

Ambiance is probably the best feature for this restaurant... The ceiling is nice and high and the decor is tasteful.

Value is poor. Most of the dim sum dishes were around 3.50, which seems a little steep to me... The whole lunch (4 dishes) with tip came out to 19 dollars.

I'll take a pass on this place next time I'm in Richmond.

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Village Tandoori Restaurant7577 King George Hwy, #101, Surrey
Uneven experience...
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

Went here yesterday for their lunch special ($9.95) at around 2 PM... They serve until 3 PM. The quality/value of the food was quite good - butter chicken, aloo gobi, naan and curried lentils were all well prepared and flavourful... The quality was good... the quantity... not so much. I had to fish the last remaining nuggets of butter chicken out of a swimming pool of butter chicken gravy. A couple of the hot plates were empty because the kitchen staff didn't bother re-filling the food. As well, I asked for a mango lassi (pretty standard for a northern Indian restaurant) but they didn't have any. The service is hit and miss with only 1 waiter for the whole place. I don't know whether these guys are trying to be a restaurant or a sports bar... 5 or 6 TVs inside the cavernous interior, two or three TVs blaring different programs... It wasn't the most conducive environment to enjoy lunch while reading the paper.

If you go for the lunch special, go at 11:30 when it starts.

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White Spot2205 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Those Burger Commercials Work
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

For about a week, I've seen those "Burger Creation" adverts from White Spot... Well, last weekend, I had a hankering for a good burger, so I walked about 10 blocks to go get one... I hate it when advertising works on me.

Anyway, went for Chuck's favourite... It was topped with a brie/bleu cheese which was quite decadent compared to your old run of the mill Wendy's, with a side of chunkier fries, cole slaw and onion ring curls. The burger was cooked perfectly... Nice and juicy. The cole slaw was also nice... crunchy and cold.

Service was pretty good... had to ask for water though...

Everything and a draft beer came up to 20 bucks... A little on the pricey side, but at least satiated my burger craving.

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant8171 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
Nothing Outstanding...
Submitted Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

Came here with a client today... We had the Ha Gau, shredded chicken, egg tarts and the rice rolls with meat inside. The shredded chicken was probably the best dish since it reminded me of Hainanese chicken. Like most of the other reviews, there's nothing that special here... Nothing jumps out as being particular good or bad. Service was average for a Chinese restaurant. If I was in the area, I'd probably try out another restaurant...

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Joey507 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Good Food... Crappy Service
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I came here with a business friend today for a lunch at 1 PM... Only had to wait about 10 minutes to get in and the hostess served me some prosecco while I waited for... Very nice touch. The decor is quite nice here... The ceilings are very high and what the designers have done with the space is top quality. I had the Fish Tacos as a main and a salad as a starter. My friend had their mushroom soup and grilled chicken salad for his main. The food quality was quite good... but our waitress started out strong but finished very weakly... She claimed the grilled chicken salad didn't come with garlic bread even though my friend had received it previously when he ordered the same salad... She offered to bring him a piece of the garlic bread but it took an eternity... at least 20 minutes. After our meal was finished and it was evident we weren't going to order anything else, we waited about 10 minutes before asking her for the bill. I received the bill, inserted my credit card in the bill fold and she spent at least another 20 minutes chatting up some meat-head and ignoring us completely... I finally had to walk the bill over to her so she could swipe my card... Suffice it to say she got about half the tip I would have given a good server. And by 2:30 the restaurant wasn't busy at all...

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Prata-Man9060 Capstan Way, #180, Richmond
Come for the food, not the decor...
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

I came here for lunch today... There were only two other customers in the restaurant at 12:30... Not a good sign.

First, with the negatives... This place looks like a dump... The last time the bathroom doors were washed coincided with Ronald Reagan's Presidency. The owners have spent zero on decor... If the look was any cheaper, there would be patio furniture.

The positives: The hainanese chicken is excellent... the dipping sauces of spicy chili and green onions work really well with the chicken. They even give you a chicken broth to start with. I also had an order of the green onion pancakes which were good, but extremely filling. My waitress was very attentive and filled my hot tea a couple of times without me having to ask and the food came out quickly. Everything came out to a little more than 10 bucks... which was a very good price for what I got.

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Hi-Nippon Japanese Restaurant2274 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Neighbourhood Sushi Place
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Hi-Nippon was the first sushi place we visited in Vancouver over 7 years ago... At the time, we were living in Ottawa, which is a sushi wasteland... Ottawa's sushi joints are overpriced and the fish is the leftover stuff Montreal can't sell... Anyway, now as then, we were impressed with the freshness of the ingredients, the light and crispy tempura and nice, intimate ambiance of this little spot... My only beef was the cucumber maki wasn't rolled properly and came apart... We left stuffed to the gills, with a doggie bag to boot for less than $40 bucks...
When we're in Kits, we'll definitely drop by again.

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Gramercy Grill2685 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Good Business Lunch Place
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 12:49am [Dine in]

Came here with a work colleague today for a "summer" business lunch... "Summer" business lunches aren't so much to talk "hard" business as much as building relationships... My lunch partner wanted to go here as she's been here many times before and seems to like this place... The decor is consistent with their "marketing".... It reminded me of many of the "grill-type" restaurants in Manhattan I've been to... Truth in Advertising is important... More important, the food was solid... I had the linguini vongole in a tomato sauce... I usually prefer al olio but this one was quite nice... My lunchmate seemed to like her chicken pasta dish as well... The service was quite solid... Nice touch... The waitress asked me if I preferred milk or cream with my coffee... That's rare they ask this and I always appreciate it when the service staff asks... It shows they're paying attention... I would come back for a lunch anytime to this nice local restaurant.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Not Bad... Could have been better...
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

Went for the 19.99 per person AYCE BBQ... They charged us an extra 2 dollars for lettuce even though they didn't mention this when they were explaining how the AYCE worked... The food quality was OK, although they just had 1 marinated meat... (Beef Kal Bi)... The service is the major issue at this place... With an AYCE, dishes have a tendency to pile up but we had to request someone take the dishes away...

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
It's Packed for Lunch - A good sign
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

Visited this little hole in the wall restaurant based on good past reviews... It was pretty much what I expected... As I walked by, uncertain about the exact address, the aromas enticed me off the sidewalk... As I walked in, it was packed with a late lunch crowd... More importantly, this little restaurant reminded me of the hawker stands I visited in Singapore... Newton Circus and Downtown... The decor (bright, colourful but utilitarian) was the first clue these people knew Hawker food... I had the Laksa, 5 satays and a drink for less than 10 dollars... An extremely good value for what I got. The Laksa was pretty much the same way I remembered it in Singapore... A nice cococunut broth mixed in with tubular noodles with bits of chicken and tofu... These guys fulfill my three requirements for continued patronage... Good, Fast (more or less) and Cheap... I'll be back...

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Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant736 East Broadway, Unit 5, Vancouver
Ethiopian Food is for Sharing...
Submitted Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

I called the restaurant last Friday asking them what time they closed... because I wanted to go for lunch... I got there around 2ish and a couple of guys came in about 15 minutes later for a video shoot. Then another 4 people came in for the same shoot... on top of that, they were doing some minor construction in corner of the restaurant... Bad Marks for Ambiance... the owner could have warned me about this when I called earlier. The owner is a friendly sort of guy... told him I heard his kitfo was great but I was going to go with the Gored Gored... Didn't know if this was the name of the dish or how the cow was butchered. Anyway, it a half pound heap of warmed raw beef with ghee and spices. It was delicious but it's a little lacking for a single dish. I wish I could have split three or four dishes with some lunchmates... Too bad there aren't any lunch specials so that a single person can enjoy a variety of food. Lesson learned... next time, bring friends...

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great Choice for Vegetarians
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

I read the other reviews on the website but neglected to clue in it was an "all vegetarian" taqueria... I begged for some chicken, beef, or even fish... to no avail. The ladies behind the counter could see my visible disappointment, but I stuck it out and had the three "Linda May" tacos washed down with an ale for 10 bucks (lunch special)... I told them I would spread the word to my veggie friends.... The tacos were nice and semi-crunchy and everything the bandidas used for the filling was ultra fresh and visually appealing. However, I do think they should put "vegetarian" in their name to make sure people know it's not your typical taco place.

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Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
Not impressed...
Submitted Friday, April 24, 2009 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

I've been to many dim sum places and Victoria Chinese didn't rate highly... I went here with 4 colleagues and had a variety of dim sum... The service was disinterested at best... plates were almost "thrown" on the table at us... We had to remind the waitress 2 or 3 times for requests. The food is mediocre... The pork dumplings tasted stale and the shrimp dumpling tasted off... It's too bad there are so few dim sum places in the downtown core...

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Steveston Pizza Co.3400 Moncton Street, #100, Richmond
Great, Simple Pizza
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

I've read the reviews and I have to concur... This is some of the best pizza I've ever had... I ordered the Italian and I was impressed with the quality and quantity of ingredients... The fresh basil added a wonderful flavour and the quality of the pepperoni and cappicola was evident. I even threw the chef a curve-ball and asked him for onion on only one-half of the pizza (the bride is alergic). We did takeout (not much space to eat inside) and the chef showed me which half had the onions. This is the first time I've give a "5" Food rating, but this guy deserves it...

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Rinconcito Salvadorean Restaurant2062 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Pupusa Palace
Submitted Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

Pupusas are the speciality of this little hole in the wall restaurant on Commercial... A pupusa is like a mix between a soft taco and a small paratha... They are stuffed with queso (cheese), beans & cheese, pork or revuelto (a mix of cheese, pork and beans)... Three of these should fill just about any appetite... Have some cordito (Salvadorean-style sauerkraut) with the pupusa. The pupusas I had today were quite good... A little salsa picante and cordito sure enhanced the food... A good Dos Equis was a nice complement. I was seated quickly, which was understandable since there was only 1 other person in the restaurant. If you're looking for something a little different, this place is worth a try...

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cheap, Fast & Good...
Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Went here with a couple of co-workers for lunch... We got there at 11:45 to make sure we wouldn't have to wait in line... We had the Mu Shu Pork, Chicken Fried Rice, Stir Fried Seafood in Satay Sauce and the Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce... Everything was great except the fried rice... it was a little bland. As well, they were kind of stingy with the little "pancakes" for the Mu Shu... Service is typical for a Chinese restaurant, usually efficient but not overly friendly... Hon's is getting to become the McDonald's of the Chinese Restaurant industry... You know what you're going to get, fast and cheap, regardless of which location you go to...

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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Come for the rolls...
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 1:42am [Dine in]

If you're one of those "Sushi is my religion" types and want only the most expensive, exotica and almost squirming sashimi and you think negiri is for the masses, this isn't the place for you. It's a good neighbourhood sushi joint. I did a take out here today and was quite impressed about the value for money... Cucumber rolls, futomaki, spicy tuna roll and dynamite roll were all very fresh and tasty... The futomaki could have been rolled better... All the rolls are quickly prepared and the service is pleasant... Everything together cost less than 15 bucks... That's a sweet deal...

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Daimo Noodle Express8185 Granville Street, Vancouver
Always a great place to catch a quick lunch...
Submitted Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

These guys are conveniently located at Granville and 65th... I was picking up the bride from the airport just before lunch and my tummy was growling, so I suggested we stop in... Service is quick and efficient... If you're looking for great ambiance, this isn't the place... There are always a couple of people on the BlueTooth or their cellphone cooking up some deal... Whatever... Civility has taken such a downturn in our society...

Daimo always has 5-6 lunch specials at 5.75 - 7-75, including a veggie option. It's not Daniel Bolud's asian equivalent cuisine... dishes like black bean beef on rice abound, but it's good, cheap and quick... (The holy triumvirate of restaurants). As well, they have a huge selection of noodle/wonton soups, congee and regular stir-fried meals. Don't bring your Visa or debit card, they only take cash... If you're in a hurry and happen to be in Marpole, this place won't disappoint...

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Raven Pub, The1052 Deep Cove Road, North Vancouver
Not bad, but not great
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

My wife and I dropped in to this place after an afternoon spent at Deep Cove... We were a little peckish and had this place in mind for a while... The first thing we noticed is the Canucks/Maple Leafs game was on EVERYWHERE at high volume... We couldn't escape it... I wish the management would have had the sense to have a corner where things were a little quieter... That knocked points off for ambiance... Otherwise the decor was what you would expect in a pub...

For some reason we were served by two waitresses... My wife didn't know who to flag down because it seems we were passed off to another lady... Otherwise service was pretty good.

I got the Raven Burger (Cheese, local bacon, pickles, tomatoes... the works) It was quite good, tasty on a good quality bun... nice to see they use locally cured bacon instead of the industrial stuff. However, there was an additional 2.50 charge for onion rings instead of fries... Didn't realize onions were so much more expensive than potatoes... I wasn't happy about the extra cost...

Overall, the cost was reasonable, but it wasn't a great value... Would I come back?... Maybe if I was in the neighbourhood, but it's definitely not a pub I would go out of my way for...

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