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sweethotlower mainlandSince August 27, 2006162 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
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Gulberg Fine Cuisine15950 Fraser Highway, #509, Surrey
Stick to the buffet
Submitted Friday, April 30, 2010 - 11:59am [Dine in]

This place has a sister restaurant on 72nd near Kwantlen. The food tastes the same as the other place being Pakastani style. The veggie dishes are outstanding here, they have a hint of sour taste which I like. The buffet dishes change daily and they now only offer biryani on the weekends. They have dinner and lunch buffets. I wish that they changed the spoon on the yogurt mint raita dish as it's a tiny 1/4 tsp spoon and it takes forever getting enough sauce. They should put this one in a bigger dish with a tablespoon. Also the spoon is so small that it can easily slip into the chutney dishes and it's unhygenic so I avoid the chutneys. Using a longer spoon would easily solve this. The tandoori dries out on the buffet, they should really go around serving the tandoori freshly cooked to people at their tables. The day I went it was busy with mainly a Muslim crowd, but there were also a range of ethnicities enjoying the food. While this buffet is spicier and more flavourful than other ones it does offer the familiar dishes of butter chicken and naan. Try this place if you are tired of Indian food that isn't spicy enough. Also I wish that they let you pick what you want for their take-out container from the buffet. Clearly someone eating in would eat far more than the container can hold, they do let you pick what you want but they pack it for you. It's strange. I want to fill the container myself. I don't really know why they are so paranoid. In Toronto it's cheaper to take-out from buffets and they let you fill the container yourselves. It's easy revenue for them the food is already there, why not. The only buffet that is generous with their take-out container is Bombay Se, they also include secondary seperate containers for salad and dessert. Recommended as it's a newer buffet the food is quite good for now, usually when they attract a good clientele the food slips as they do cost-cutting to maximise profit. Note that the chai tea is overpriced at $2.50. Their regular menu items are priced higher here than at the Kwantlen and 72nd Ave. location as well so if you jsut want take-out head to the other place.

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Tim Hortons10320 152 St, Surrey
Tim Hortons & COLD STONE ICE CREAM!
Submitted Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

This Tim Horton's location across from Guildford Mall now includes the Cold Stone Ice Cream chain at the same location. I've been to Marble Slab as well but I think Cold Stone is a wee bit more generous with their toppings. Their signature flavours are essentially 1 ice cream with 4 mix-in's so I picked that. You can customize their signature flavours as well. They had a neat oatmeal ice cream that taste like oatmeal cookies almost. I picked peanut butter ice cream as my base then had one Oreo cookie (I don't think that's such great value only ONE oreo), cookie dough (a big chunk oddly enough), chocolate chips and almond pieces all smushed together. It tasted fantastic with the different textures of the ingredients. Recommended but note it is very pricey a regular size cup (which was quite small) came to over $5. Good for a once in a while treat. Although, I wouldn't go out of my way to go here especially if you have a Marble Slab near you.

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Guildford Sushi House10330 152nd Street, #40, Surrey
Hole in the wall with good value sushi
Submitted Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

If you have a lot of mouths to feed or need a party tray and are in the area this is a great choice. The prices here are very good and comparable to Samurai Sushi/Banzai Sushi. At first glance this place looks iffy but the food is solid. The rolls are huge. I only have the cooked rolls here as I usually share with people who don't like the raw stuff. I like that their smoked salmon & shrimp roll includes cucumber and avocado. While there is a lot of rice on these rolls making them big they also have quite a bit of filling. It's a good ratio. Their yam tempura roll was good as well. I liked the tamago nigiri, again the rice given underneath the nigiri was big so this was a two-bite piece. Sushi is a funny thing, sometimes you crave the best like what's on offer at Tokachi, that place is amazing for the raw stuff. Other times when I just want sushi but not neccessarily the raw expensive stuff this place fits the bill. Their rice does have the vinegar taste but is almost mushy. I think they may just use regular rice as sushi rice tends to be firmer and a bit stickier. Regardless the sushi still tastes good and I will return to try other rolls. Lately I've been trying to have only sockeye salmon sushi so I will pass on the raw stuff on offer at this place. But the cooked rolls are decent here and an amazing value!

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Hanako Japanese Restaurant15135 101 Avenue, #205, Surrey
Good authentic sushi spot
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

Thanks to the other positive reviews I decided to visit this place. I've never had smoked tuna before so decided to have that salad as my main. The tuna may have been red tuna and it was quite meaty with a rare middle and just seared on the outside, it wasn't really smoked but it was still good. There was a lot of tuna in the dish six large slices. The salad greens with crunch from sunflower seeds went well with the tuna. I also ordered a few nigiri and while the prices are a bit high the nigiri were also big enough for two-bites. Overall I was satisfied with this place. The menu is quite small and focussed and they have a daily fresh sheet of specials. It's better to come here in a group though of at least four to six people so you can sample more dishes. This place is good if you haven't had izakaya but I prefer the smaller tasting portions of izakaya places like Guu. I would return here for the sushi but not for cooked items. Having lots of the same dish is just boring.

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Gorilla Food436 Richards Street, #101, Vancouver
Healthy food cooked with love
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

I love eating healthy foods because I can feel my skin glowing and my internal organs re-energizing. This place has great raw food including some organic choices. The portions aren't huge but just right. Plus their desserts are decadent and delicious! I love their salads with seaweed. They also include kale which adds a nice slightly bitter flavour note. Their smoothies made with almonds are my favorite or I usually have the greens juice. The smoothies are filling and nutritious. There are only a few seats so get to know your neighbours and share a table. It's all good. The foods here seem extra nourishing because the food is prepared with care and love. Lots of good vibes. The location is a bit underground and on a nice sunny day it's better to have your food to go. The staff are lovely light filled happy people. It's a joy not to have surly fake service. I wish more restaurants like this existed, with true healthy food not the whole foods version of fresh foods. There may be a slight wait for your food because everything is freshly prepared but you can always just phone in your order ahead of time as well.

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Desi's Sweet Factory8430 128th Street, #12, Surrey
Great little Indian sweets place
Submitted Friday, April 9, 2010 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

I love the Desi Junction restaurants so when I saw this little sweets store with their logo on it I had to try it. They have delicious fresh sweets. The taste of ghee, butter and browned butter & of course lots of sugar comes through in their sweets. All the usual suspects are here if you are familiar with Indian sweets including some awesome speciality items! They have barfi made with dates or dried figs with nuts. This looked like a piece of dark fudge but I love dates so it was awesome. Dates are naturally very sweet. There was this thin square burfi made with almonds and raisins it was like a halva burfi! Their carrot burfi was light and almost fluffy and cakelike. It wasn't too sweet either. I wish the chocolate and white burfi had a thicker chocolate layer. I also wish they made just an almond burfi without raisins. There were lots of pistachio ones but I'm not that into pistachio. Their jaleebis were the normal thicker ones but these were crisp and fresh and super sweet. These treats are great for when you are in the mood for a sugar rush. They also had some specialty drinks like almond milk but these weren't available when I went. I used to go to Calgary sweets before for Indian sweets but now my new favorite place is Desi's Sweet Factory. Must try's are the date burfi and the carrot burfi.

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Mary's Italian Gelato & Ice Cream12240 2nd Ave, Unit 120, Richmond
Permanent 2 for 1 ice cream
Submitted Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

This place is located right next door to the amazing candy store in Steveston. This ice cream / gelato place has a permanent 2 for 1 special. I see the board for that special in the summer and winter. I don't get why they just don't offer a reduced price on cones instead of having the convoluted 2 for 1 special. I actually didn't get ice cream here, I got their slushy lemonade. That was pretty good, nicely sour and sweet. Good spot for ice cream if you have kids.

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Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill3800 Bayview Street, #112, Richmond
Touristic Steveston
Submitted Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

I sometimes wonder at businesses that operate at touristic areas. They should do more to improve their businesses as it's not once in a while tourists that will make or break your business but locals who will continuously support it. Elsewhere outside of Steveston this restaurant would rate a solid two. However in the touristic void that sometimes happens to food, I'll be generous and rate it a 3. Having said that the shrimp sandwich I had was solid. The shrimp was steamed and had mayonnaise with a light sprinkling of dill on it. For their take-out kiosk the prices were alright. Canned pop was priced a bit high though. If I had to pick between this place and Pajo's I would rather go there for a grilled halibut burger. Honestly I'm conflicted. I want to support local businesses. But it's far too tempting to just stop off at the McDonald's or Subway located at Steveston. At least there I know that I'm at least getting a meal at somewhat of a value price. The search for a great fairly priced place to eat that is locally owned in Steveston continues. On an unrelated note be sure to stop off at the candy store in Steveston it's reasonably priced with lots of choices.

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Pakwan House12414 82 Ave, Unit #108, Surrey
Pakistan style Indian food
Submitted Friday, April 2, 2010 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

This place is hidden in an office/industrial complex. In fact the restaurant sign shares space with a security company signage. There is no ambiance, best for inexpensive take-out. I tried a chicken biryani. It had ample halal meat in it and the dish tasted fresh. However the biryani rice consisted of mostly broken rice pieces. This is a huge no no as a good quality rice should be used for biryani's. Also the rice tasted quite strong and different almost as if they cooked the rice directly without washing it in clear running water first. This was more noticeable because the spicing for the dish was quite light. I will return to try their butter chicken and naan. It's probably best to avoid the rice dishes here.

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Sushi Paradise780 Princess St, New Westminster
Overhyped
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

The owner is Japanese. I have seen older Japanese patrons eating here but I couldn't figure out what they were having. However the food from what I've tried isn't the best here, its decent but not amazingly tasty. The prices are deceptively low as the rolls are smaller with meagre filling. Their special rolls aren't exactly original and seem to just be their regular rolls with some thinly sliced avocado or small pieces of smoked salmon on top. It doesn't seem worth it to pay double just for that. I do like that you can order more here and have more variety as they offer smaller portions such as half-don's. The daily specials of the day are puzzling as the roll prices are practically the same as normal price, although for the 2 piece's of nigiri the daily special is worth it. This place is rarely busy so I stick to the cooked rolls more, because I don't trust the turnover of the raw fish here. Unlike the other reviewers I don't find the service or the chef friendly or warm. They are efficient and polite which is all I'm looking for in a restaurant however. Recommended for take-out as eat-in is uncomfortable. There are aluminum chair's and the place is drafty. I prefer Ki Sushi over this place, especially Ki's sockeye salmon sashimi.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Good value, flavourful food, good for take-out
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

Hawker's Delight is a very inexpensive colourful spot on main. They've been there for year's. The food is Singaporean/Malaysian/Indonesian basically South-East Asian.

The prices are super low at around $4-$6 low! Which is why your portions won't be super huge. It's still enough for lunch. If there are two people it's best to order three dishes at least. If you are a big meat eater order the satay's.

The curry puffs here rock. They are the best in the city, with a nice hint of spice. Their fried noodles and rice are yummy as well.

All of their food is competently cooked. At these price point's don't expect the world though.

For amazing laksa I do recommend Bo Laksa King.
For a more refined upscale and expensive dining experience Tamarind Hill is awesome for Malaysian food.

Hawker's Delight is best for inexpensive take-out when you are craving something spicy and flavourful and are in the main area.

Excellent value, rock bottom pricing and good food what more could you ask for?

For those who are interested, "Hawker" refers to the numerous Singaporean food stalls who compete with each other for business. In Singapore most people do not cook at home instead after work they head to the hawker food stalls for amazing food at cheap prices. The food has to be excellent to survive as a stall owner in the uber-competitive hawker environment.

This restaurant opens a bit erratically so do phone-in just to confirm they are open before visiting. I've been disappointed before as they tend to take holiday's and the restaurant is just closed during that period.

Recommended!

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Pho Hoa2257 Kingsway, Vancouver
It's a franchise and not a very good one.
Submitted Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 12:12am [Dine in]

Only go here as a last resort although I do have to admit it's much better than the Vana places at the food court. Try one of those mom and pop run Vietnamese places that turn out authentic Viet food instead of this franchise. At Pho Hoa the food isn't terrible but it's not tasty, it's pricier, the portions are smaller, it's not authentic and the broth tastes as if there is MSG in it, at least to me, and the broth is not flavourful as I've had other broths that have been slow cooked to develop a rich flavour. Pity they could be much better if they tried. Also avoid the spring rolls here they were greasy and not very good. If you are new to Vietnamese cuisine than I would recommend going here as it's clean and the menu items have good descriptions and photographs of the dishes served. Otherwise avoid if you know what good pho should be.

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Chun Hing Cuisine3700 No. 3 Road 1040, Richmond
Cheap, greasy but tasty food court fare at Yaohan Center
Submitted Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

This is one of the many food stalls located at the Yaohan Center food court. (Across the steet from Aberdeen Center.) There is fierce competition between the food stalls there with hot steam tables of prepared foods. You can easily get a filling meal for 5$+change. It's probably not the healthiest food choices as lots of items are fried and according to my friend's mom they do use MSG, but all the stalls there do. One of my guilty pleasures is pork chops with the bone in, and this stall has one of the best. Lately it's been the salt and chili kind but I like the one with hints of Worschester sauce better. The veggie dish here is pretty good too as it includes enoki mushrooms and a few other good vegetables. Lately they've been slicing up the gai-lan so it's not huge stalks and it's more chopstick sized which I like. I also like their steamed chicken with ginger/green onion topping. To keep the fat in check I avoid the fried rice and noodles and go with the simple steamed rice. While not the most gourmet or healthiest of foods the food here at these stalls are solid. They remind me a little bit of the Singapore hawker stalls where there is fierce competition ensuring good food. Good for a quick stop on the way home from the airport or for visitor's to get a glimpse of what malls in Asia are like. They also offer inexpensive catering.

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Arirang Korean Hotpot14916 104th Ave., Surrey
Korean Soup
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

I drove by this place with it's steamed up windows and noticed it was new. I had to try it. The prices are very reasonable but I recommend ordering the individual meals as they include more banchan. When I went there were mainly Korean patrons which is a good sign. I ordered a seafood and noodle in spicy soup. It was very reasonable but in my opinion I would have rather paid more for better quality ingredients. I found the mushrooms were past their prime and were obviously bruised and browning. The seafood was that cheap frozen mixed assorted seafood pack. I hate those small shell-less mussels. I would have preferred if they had used higher quality frozen seafood. In fact the soup didn't have much of a seafood flavour. The soup wasn't as spicy either. The best part of the meal were the noodles, they were al dente and perhaps freshly handmade they were tasty. The few banchan served were decent as well. It's a nice husband and wife cooking and running the place, I might return I just wouldn't have the assorted seafood.

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Kayan Mediterranean Cuisine777 W. Broadway, #202, Vancouver
Boring Lunch Buffet
Submitted Friday, March 19, 2010 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

I love Middle Eastern food because it's healthy and tastes good. I may return to Kayan for the entertainment and belly dancing in the evenings but I won't return for lunch. There aren't that many choices and the items are primarily vegetarian. The simple green salad was surprisingly good and flavourful. Romaine mixed with a few slivers of veggies and dressed in a olive oil and oregano dressing. The dips were dried out, the hummus was far too dry, the foule tasted too tangy and a bit sour almost as if there was feta in it. There were plain pita pieces in a sad plastic bag on the side. It would have been much better if freshly warmed pita was served to you at the table. Avoid the soup it tasted like canned Campbell's vegetable soup with some barley added to it. There was falafal circles that were alright, normal not amazing. Two rice choices were both cooked perfectly, a cinnamon savoury rice and a lentils with fried onion slices rice. There was a weird dried out hybrid chicken cassarole with lasagna noodles and topped off with shepards pie topping. The kibbeh stew had frozen vegetables and the meat kibbeh were few and far between. Essentially there was almost no meat on the buffet. They should have given at least one grilled skewer of meat or given the option of adding a skewer for $2-$5. There were a few desserts like pita chips sprinkled with chocolate and cinnamon, carrot cake squares and a different middle eastern cake that tasted like egg yolks and a bit like a macaroon. It wasn't even that vegetarian friendly as besides the falafal and rice and salads there wasn't even a good fresh vegetable savoury warm dish. Pity as there was an amazing smell of something eggplant being cooked in the restaurant that wasn't offered on the buffet. If you go here skip the buffet and just order off the menu as they are stingy on the buffet. In fact the food here was underwhelming overall and I wish I'd gone to Nuba instead. The space is nicely decorated with a good view but on a nice sunny day they hadn't opened the patio doors unfortunately and it was far too warm and stuffy inside the restaurant. The service was efficient and not very warm, the only smile came at the time we were paying and I suppose that came because of a hope for a tip. They should just scrap the buffet as it's really mediocre and just do lunchtime specials. Not recommended.

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Mmmarvelous Mmmuffins4567 Lougheed Highway, Unit 744K, Burnaby
Good muffins but avoid the cookies!
Submitted Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

I like their fruit snack size mini-muffins. I was marketed too and tried their cookies however those are not good. They are the crisp dry kind and I was hoping for something chewy and soft. Also they are overly sweet. I prefer Mrs Fields cookies as they are soft and taste more homemade.

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Ikea Restaurant & Cafe3320 Jacombs Rd., Richmond
Tried and true food
Submitted Monday, March 15, 2010 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

I love Ikea food. The portions aren't too big and they accomodate vegetarians. Normally I just snack there. I don't like their fried foods though the fried rosti potato's are addictive. I like their cake slices and salads and soups. If I'm in a rush I will simply grab a hot dog and ice cream cone to go. I also like their foreign food store a nice way to try different European food items that aren't for sale elsewhere. The prices are very fair and this is a family friendly venue. A nice way to end a shopping trip for the home.

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Cup and the Cake, The10153 King George Highway, #452, Surrey
Avoid
Submitted Monday, March 15, 2010 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

The cupcakes here in my opinion taste bad. I purchased a marble one to sample. The icing was flavourless with a waxy mouthfeel and it tastes like they use shortening and oil in their cupcakes not butter. The cake part of the cupcake was dry, mediocre and artificial tasting as well! No chocolate flavour came through let alone a vanilla flavour. I couldn't eat the cupcake and had to throw it away.

Skip this catastrophe and treat yourself to a Beard Papa instead. If I hadn't already taken the cupcake home with me I would have returned it to this place demanding a full refund.

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Mahek Restaurant9470 120 St., Surrey
Shrimp Biryani
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 1:23am [Dine in]

This place has changed ownership or it's under new management. The original owners tend to open up new restaurants in other locations such as Vancouver.

Now the restaurant is all young faces as servers and cooks. It tastes close enough to before but not as good. Before it was super yummy, it used to be one of the top restaurants for Indian food in Surrey.

We always get the shrimp biryani here, it's delicious and the portions are large. I like that they put red and green peppers in it and it's not swimming in to much grease.

Like the other reviewer I was puzzled by the server, as they didn't ask how spicy we wanted it either.

Also when the dish came it was just biryani, with no accompanying yogurt or mint sauce or small complimentary salad of sliced onions, slices of radish, tomato's or fresh chili's.

When we asked we were just told they had to be ordered off the menu. That seemed odd as those little extra's are usually included.

Their vegetarian dishes here are very good as well. Now to track down where the original owners of this place have opened up their new restaurant...

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Nando's Chicken12101 72nd Avenue, #144, Surrey
Chicken Livers? Yes
Submitted Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

I tend to be anemic, and instead of just relying on iron pills I like to get food sources of iron. Unfortunately like many people I hate chicken livers. Nando's is the one place I can have them. They come in their peri-peri dressing and the taste of the livers are overwhelmed by the spicyness. The prices for their liver has crept up over the years from $4 to the current $7 for the same small container purchase unfortunately. I recommend getting these if you are in a group to share, it's not the best to eat all at once by yourself, liver is quite rich. Also it's served with one bun, but more like two buns are needed. I like Nando's overall, their spring mix salad with pumpkin seeds is nice, as are their new veggies. I also like that they offer the hummus dip. Of course the star of Nando's is their flame-grilled chicken. Recommended. It's sort of a fast food type place with wholesome food. I miss Toronto as there were lots of authentic Portugeuse owned mom and pop shops selling Portugeuse flame grilled chicken at competitive prices.

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