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sjonesVancouverSince July 27, 200714 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Pleasant but pricey
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

It's difficult to put into words this restaurant. I'll just say that it's unusual. Some will like the funky, energized, and trance-like environment. A movie playing on the wall without sound and electronic music adds to this bizarre mood. It is not my thing though.

The servers are knowledgeable. They checked in often and were helpful. Food was brough out quickly. Drinks were filled at regular intervals. Nothing outstanding, but also nothing to complain about.

Now the food. It's on the pricey side. I liked most of the dishes, but some you don't feel like you get your money's worth. The flavours are delicate and nicely balanced. It would appeal to most with a western palate. Nothing salty or spicey. Portions are rather small and you would have to order at least two for each person. Look at around $30 for each person.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
Recommended
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

This is a tried and tested place for delicious Malaysian/Thai food. Been here a couple of times and the taste has been consistently good.

The menu is large, but we normally order our favorites the satays (beef, chicken, pork, lamb) with peanut sauce dip, Roti Canai (Malay bread) with curry dip, and Sambal Bunchies (green beans and prawns in coconut sauce). This time we also included fried rice, roasted chicken, and a steamed fish dish. All the food were tasty and delicious. I especially like the pairing of sauces to the dishes. The satays with peanut sauce works marvelously. So does the curry with Roti Canai and the chili pepper/garlic sauce with the chicken.

The dishes are reasonably priced especially for the quality you get. Food came out fast and the servers were polite and attentive to our table. Other positives include the tastefully modern decor and nice ambient lighting. The restaurant is on a second floor and overlooks Robson street which means it can get busy at dinner weekend nights, and there might be lineups down the flight of stairs. One negative is that there's only two washrooms one for men and one for women.

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Cactus Club Cafe7320 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Nice food
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

It's a decent place for quality food. It's situated in the relatively new shopping centre at Market crossing so there's plenty of parking around. The ambience is rather noisy and dark inside. There's a bar and also a dining area. Not much separation or partition between the two so you do get to see a peek of the tv screens as well as some noise.

I had the calamari which was tasty without being too greasy. Also tried one of Feenie's signature dish which is the butternut squash ravioli with toasted pine nuts. It's an incredible dish and made to perfection. The taste and the texture was amazing. I could easily have had another serving. The prices of the dishes are standard for a casual medium-end restaurant, that is not too expensive, and also not cheap. I mention the noise, and this is also in part due to the open kitchen where the noise and commotion of a busy kitchen does drift out. Finally, I found the washrooms to be exceptionally clean and modern.

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JJ Bean House of Coffee1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Satisfying coffee
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

I stopped by on a regular weekday morning. The place has a lineup but I didn't wait long. I bought a half pound bag of house blend coffee and was delighted when the cashier gave me a free cup. It was a nice and welcomed touch. The coffee tasted fresh and has good flavour. It had the right amount of intensity. I made some of the coffee at home it tasted very good. Of course, I only buy the whole beans and grind them just before brewing. It makes a lot of difference to getting fresh tasting coffee.

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Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House8681 10th Avenue, Burnaby
Good vegetarian place
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

It's a small hole in the wall restaurant in a strip mall along the New West and Burnaby border. One would surely miss this place if one drives by, as I have occassionally. Paradise is a Vietnamese restaurant, but it offers much more than the pho offerings like most places. It's all vegetarian, but you might get a giggle from the items on the menu like beef, ham, and salmon. Rest assured those are tofu and bean products carefully made to resemble their meat imitations.

Stepping inside I found myself at peace.. the ambience is soothing. The decor is clean and cheerful. The floors are panelled laminate. I found the walls and ceilings with the wood panels quite unusual, but it works giving the place a homely and cozy feel. There are tastefully framed artwork on the wall. My only complaint is the space is a bit small, with at most 6 tables.

The servers are friendly. The menu is colorful and includes both English and Vietnamese with pictures. We ordered the hot pot soup, chicken stir fried with peppers, and stir fried noodles with vegetables. I like the hot pot it tasted great. The chicken stir fried had an overwhelming amount of lemon grass, too much in fact. Otherwise it was delightful. Finally I felt the noodles were just average. The noodles could have been more crisp.

The meal was enjoyable and reasonably priced. It's a solid vegetarian restaurant that is a must try.

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La Bocca4232 Village Stroll, Whistler
Nice patio dining
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I went on a beautiful evening, after going for a hike in the area. There were lots of people strolling around shopping or just taking in the sights. The area was filled with activity and the restaurants that have patios were full. We had a seat on La Bocca's raised patio and had a great view of the scenery.

We were quickly seated with our drinks. The first dish was the calamari. It was decently prepared, but average compared to what other places offer. I felt it could use more dipping sauce though. The batter was not crispy enough for my liking. Then we had the sphaghetti with tomato meat sauce. It is quite tasty, although the portion is small as were all the dishes. One thing I didn't like about it was the fairly large shredded onion leafs on top. Also it would have been nice to have some olive oil and balsamic vinegar to drizzle on top as well. Final dish was the chicken with vegetables. It was okay. The chicken was carefully cooked and done well. Again, I felt this dish to be quite small.

For the price the food portions are small. But the price pretty much reflects what other restaurants are charging in the area. I also won't be surprised if other places are similar in their portion size. You don't get much value in Whistler. I was left with a good impression of the place for its service and scenery, but my stomach was still not satisfied.

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Po King Seafood Restaurant5665 Kingsway, #150, Burnaby
Decent, but short of recommended
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

Went with a large group of family on a regular weekday night. The place is quiet inside and with a sparse scattering of people. It is bright and tastefully decorated, but it felt cavernous without lots of people. We had three large tables to ourselves (like I said it was a large group). One table had only vegetarian diners, hence they sat together. My group and the third group were able to be more free with the menu selection. The third group ordered a set meal for 10, while my table selected 7 dishes for eight people.

The food came out quick. Servers were not rude, but they weren't friendly either. It was unenthusiastic yet speedy service. However, I don't recall the servers checking up on us more than once, except to replace the tea pot. With the lack of people there, and the fact that we were the largest group of patrons there, I would have expected more attention to our tables.

First course was the classic chinese seafood soup. It is the best of all the dishes I can remember that night. Later on there was several meat dishes (steamed fish, beef, chicken, pork), a vegetarian hot pot, fried rice, and stir fried noodles. I would say the dishes overall were tasty, but nothing spectacular. It's regular fare chinese food. Everyone agreed that the vegetarian hot pot was the worst dish. I feel sorry for the table with the vegetarian diners because they also complained that their dishes were underwhelming. At least we had more selection and variety, with a few tasty dishes like the stir fried beef with gai lan.

The third table with the set menu gave us a share of some dishes. The crab dish with sweet and sour sauce was poorly executed. I never understand why they make a dish with a sticky sauce coating the shell, which makes it messy to use your fingers to get to the crab meat inside. I always prefer pan fried crab better. Anyways it seemed like while their table got more dishes, we had the better value because since we were all full by the end of the meal. The other table packed some food to take home. Each table received complimentary red bean pudding at the end which is a nice touch.

For the amount of food we had and the low price, I consider this place a bargain. I would go again if I want some decent chinese food at a good value. The atmosphere is a little sparse and uninviting, service is almost non existent, and presentation is fairly clean. If you go to this place you have to make tradeoffs.

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Pretty Good First Time
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 11:22am [Dine in]

The place is situated on a quiet commerical street in New Westminster, along a row of three other Italian restaurants.

We went on a Friday night and place was under half full, so plenty of seats. We choose the table nearest to the sidewalk which had a nice breeze, however later we were distracted a few times by people walking by. I wish that seating was raised, but oh well it's still a decent spot in the summertime.

We first tried the complimentary bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The bread was good, freshly baked hot crust and soft on the inside. Later we shared a dish of calamari as appetizer. I found the crust delightfully crispy, yet it was slightly greasy. It is a good tasty recipe though and recommended. Next we had the seafood pasta in creamy rose sauce. I really like this dish. The pasta was cooked just right, and the sauce was nicely flavored. The seafood included salmon and shrimps. Again I recommend this dish. Later we had the grilled salmon steak with risotto, and carmelized mushrooms. Not bad, although this was the weakest out of the three dishes in terms of taste.

By the end of the meal we were quite filled. The portions were plentiful and left us satisfied. Water was filled during the meal at regular intervals and the food was brought out in good time. The atmosphere is decent, and having a seat on the patio with the warm summer breeze blowing in was nice. Service was friendly and attentive. I would definitely go again and try the other pasta dishes.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Yum Yum Delicious
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

I just love eating the food here! Nothing more I can add that hasn't been said about the food. My favorites include the garlic shrimp and the fried chicken wings. Absolutely can't miss these dishes if you go. They totally made me melt.

I've been here a couple of times over the years. It's always busy and the lineup at the door is normal. The manager is busy but efficient with inviting customers in when there is a table. I am not fond of the noise or the decor. It was not that clean and I noticed small bits of food on the carpeted floor. Apparently they must vacuum after the end of each day. The place is brightly lit. Tables are aligned in rows and it's just compact and tight in the place to fit as many people in as possible.

The servers are rather unenthusiastic and not very friendly or helpful. They seemed to be overworked and didn't show much extra pizazz. The last time I went there the food came out after about 20 minutes or so. It does get busy so the kitchen staff are rather pushed to the limits. I can understand that.

If it wasn't for the amazing food I would not visit this place. I do recommend this restaurant, but just for the food. Don't expect a wonderful comfortable dining experience... it's all about the food in this place.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Overpriced food
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I don't know how they get away with charging such outrageous prices for average food. Seems a lot of people feel that the so called sophistication and atmosphere of the restaurant holds more value than the food itself. I thought the lighting was very dim which made it difficult to see the food. Unless you're a bat you would appreciate the cave like lighting. As for the ambiance, I felt the decor was nice and rustic, but nothing that stood out. It was plenty noisy in the restaurant, and I would say its far from a comfortable and casual dining experience.

The service was decent, but didn't stand out. I had the steak and potatoes. The potatoes were fairly dry and so was the meat. I wanted well done but it was too hard and wasn't my idea of how a well done meat should be prepared. Most of the entrees are at least twenty dollars. For the amount of food they give it is expensive. I was only half full.

Total disappointment. I would never go here again. Even with the $20 dollar gift certificate on our dinner for four people, we felt it was still overpriced and average.

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Pho Hong5975 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good quality pho
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

I come here often and there are usually lots of customers. The food and prices are honest. I think the pho serving is enormous and it is well worth the price. The service and ambiance is lacking though. The servers and service they provide are somewhat unfriendly and lacking in hospitality. They can definitely improve on this. I only come back here because of the bargain price for the pretty good pho.

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Dai Sushi7090 Kingsway, Burnaby
Quality Japanese food
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

There aren't many sushi places around Burnaby. This one I recently visited because it was close by and I had to try it out. It's situated at the SW corner of Kingsway and Salisbury in Burnaby, and kitty corner to the Highgate mall.

I came for lunch and ordered one of the house special Teriyaki Chicken Bento box. The tea came out piping hot which was a delight. There was quite a few customers and the seating area is more spacious and luxurious than the Sushi House place next door. Sushi House feels like a takeout restaurant which it likely is, whereas this is a dine-in restaurant.

The deep fried tempura vegetables (carrots, squash) and shrimp was average. It was a bit too greasy and wasn't flavourful for my taste. The sushi roll was on the small side. I didn't find the small salad portion added anything to the dish. It was very basic with a bit of light dressing. The best was the teriyaki chicken and rice portion. It was a bit light in flavour so I had to dress it with some soy sauce. Included as well are some pickled ginger and wasabi.

One note about the Bento box.. although it looks beautiful the way the food is arranged, it is cumbersome to eat from it. I found it is difficult to eat the rice with the chopsticks. You might have more success with a spoon to lift up the rice from the high inside edges of the box.

I would certainly try this place again. Sushi House gives you larger portions for the price, but has very little ambiance and limited seating. This place is nice to sit and dine for a casual lunch.

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Charlie Don't Surf15011 Marine Drive, White Rock
Stay away from this place
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

I had a chuckle reading the review from the person who said this was the "best" place on the strip. If it is then I might as well stay away from all of them.

Where do I start. Well how about the service. Most reviews say that it is poor. I couldn't agree with them more. It was in fact atrocious. The level of inexperience and attentiveness the servers showed resembles a fast food joint. They left us for about half an hour without checking on us. The food came at forty-five minutes in. It didn't look good and was hastily prepared it seemed. I had the crab balls served with salad. It was hardly warm and didn't taste good. The entrees are around $14. I would say if they charged $7 they would still be ripping me off.

Horrible.. never again will I visit this restaurant.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Deserves a try
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

Well I think this place deserves a visit if you want to try good South East Asian cuisine. It's outside of the Vancouver area so it may appeal to locals in Burnaby, Coquitlam, and New Westminster who don't want to travel far.

The food was just shy of receiving four stars. For me the flavour didn't have much impact. I would have liked the dishes more spicy, but maybe the taste would appeal to the majority of people.

I had Roti canai, green papaya salad, satay, and Hainese chicken. Out of all of the dishes I liked the papaya salad and Hainese chicken. They had the most flavour and uniqueness. Worth trying out. The satays are small and not worth the money. I was indifferent to the roti canai.

I think that the restaurant can certainly improve on its food. It's a good start but nothing that makes me go "wow". The place is somewhat small yet cozy. I would try it again since it deserves a revisit.

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