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sweethotlower mainlandSince August 27, 2006162 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
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Bombay Se7500 120th Street, #201, Surrey
Tasty & quality AYCE feast featuring Bombay Indian Food!
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

I remember when Bombay Se opened it was one of the first restaurants offering Bombay style Indian foods, and I liked their walls which featured black & white shots of classic Bollywood stars.

Forward to now and they've moved into a bigger space with a lounge area and a dining area.

Currently they are offering weekend dinner buffets and weekday lunch buffets for about $15.

This buffet is amazing AND high quality! It's on par with the super-good buffet offered by Saffron in Burnaby but this buffet offers more unique Bombay style Indian foods including street foods.

They also have butter chicken on the buffet.

I loved that they offered ample chunks of fresh fruit including pineapple and watermelon as dessert.

The buffet was refilled with new items or topped off as it was emptying. They bring freshly cooked naan to the table. Coffee or tea is self-serve and is included with the buffet.

Contrary to the previous reviewer we found the service here was really good. The servers are friendly and sweet AND the fact that they have been trained is obvious. What is up with restaurants that just slap an apron on a clueless new employee and send them off to serve patrons.

I went for dinner on a Saturday night, and the patrons were multicultural. Some ordered off the menu while others had the buffet. It's a welcoming restaurant for families as well although it was irritating when a mother was letting her 4 year old dish out fruit and dropping half the fruit on the ground. It was not cute at all but bad parenting can't be blamed on the child.

The food was all piping hot, and tasty. I love pav bhaji and they even included the buttered rolls for this dish in the buffet. They had wada and sambar. Don't miss the build your own Bhel Puri appetizer at the beginning of the buffet alongside the chutneys. The lamb curry was one of the best I've had at a restaurant as the meat was good quality and trimmed of fat. I've had lamb at other restaurants where the meat is chunks of fat and bones. They also had some stir-frys but I skipped these.
I think the dishes rotate daily but I've only been to the buffet once.

I highly recommend this buffet, as it's more of a feast than an everyday meal. We tipped generously as we were quite happy overall with the food and service and because its very unusal to see this type of Bombay style food on a buffet.

The ambiance is nice as well, as other people are happily eating away and the tables aren't set too close together. Please note that the night we went the restaurant was only accessible by stairs as their elevator was out of order.

If you are not into buffets I recommend a visit here anyhow to have one of their sizzler dishes from the menu, or if you are visiting for lunch do try the bombay style veggie sandwich, I adore this the combo of chutney with potato cucumbers and cheese just works.

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Lotus Restaurant8939 120th Street, Delta
AVOID dim sum here like the plague
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is now under new management, please disregard my earlier review.

This restaurant is highly not recommended for dim sum.

Firstly unlike the poster before me while they have had a huge banner outside their restaurant advertising $3 dim sum when we went in to the restaurant BEFORE 3pm for lunch, the dim sums were higher priced. Only one item out of the dimsum list was priced at $3 the rest were $4 or $4.50. Very deceptive pricing, when I questioned the waitress she just shrugged.

Despite this we were there and decided to give it a try. Uninspired lacklustre food.

There is such a low turn-over because of a lack of customers that one of the dimsums had actually gone bad and was mouldy. I lost my appetite, at least they took the item off of our bill however I could never eat here again.

Avoid this place if you value your health. Pick a busy place that has customers to enjoy dimsum so at least it will be fresher and with other people eating there you will know the quality is decent.

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Strawberry Cones Pizza & Pasta4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3180, Richmond
Unusual pizza
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Located next to fellow Japanese-chain Beard Papa's at Aberdeen Mall, Strawberry Cones offers unusual pizza flavours. The other reviews mention waits, but I opted for their pizza by the slices. They come in various flavours and cost $2.95 which is fair in my opinion as it's something unusal. They offer combo's but unfortunately there is no combo deal for two slices of pizza. The crust is different here, it's lighter as well as being more bread-like, I also found it to be less greasy & heavy than pizza hut but it was still crisp. I liked the crust. I tried the Hokkaido Potato Tuna slice and it was different reminding me almost of a tuna sandwich but it was still tasty. I love potato on my pizza, especially Boston Pizza's perogy pizza. They can probably go heavier on the toppings but it was still good. It's a decent sized slice, and they cut it into two smaller slices. I remember having weird fast-food Asian style at the Pizza Hut in Thailand so this food wasn't too unfamiliar with me. The frozen seafood mix used at these fast food places aren't the best quality so I would recommend skipping the seafood. This place is worth trying as it offers unusual tastes.

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Bengali Fish & Curry13030 76 Ave, #104, Surrey
Chill beach vibe & awesome Indian food!!!
Submitted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

This used to be a Taco del Mar, which is why even though it is in a strip mall it has a beach-front hut vibe going on. The kitchen is open-concept and you can see them cooking the food in front of you!

Something unique they offer here are fish pakora's, these are morsels of juicy freshly fried fish in a light batter, they will also season it, but the seasoning is very salty. They also offer Indian-style fish & chips complete with tamarind chutney to dip the fries in. They also give tartar sauce although this place's food isn't exactly Fusion it's more Indian.

I tried their lunch specials and they are reasonably priced at $7 with a good portion.

The fish wrap was good, it was full of fish. It was wrapped in a tortilla, next time I will ask for it to be wrapped in a roti. I liked the light fish soup it came with, it wasn't spicy but it had hints of cilantro, and was full of veggies and was welcoming on a cold day.

For vegetarians they offer a chickpea dish, with a freshly cooked potato partha (basically a stuffed naan) and a sweet lassi for only $5!

The butter chicken was good, next time I will have the naan without butter because they layer the butter on. The simple plain basmati rice served was perfectly cooked as well.

All of their lunch specials include a green salad, I didn't like the Italian dressing on top next time I will ask for it on the side.

They also include chutneys such as fresh mint chutney but you do have to ask for it.

This place is great, as all of their food is freshly prepared. The servers are friendly and don't charge you extra for chutney etc. which is what most of the restaurants in Surrey do. It's in the middle of a mostly industrial area in Surrey but I do hope more people discover it. The prices are excellent especially for lunch, dinnertime prices are higher understandably but the portions are good!

I'm not quite sure why the restaurant has Bengali in the name, the people running it are Punjabi, but regardless the food is good here.

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Wok Box7322 King George Highway, #110, Surrey
90 seconds? Try 9 minutes
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 2:05am [Dine in]

This place is in a strip mall but the ambiance is nice, it does look like a proper restaurant inside. Food is ordered at the counter. The staff might be trying to help but the menu is confusing and the staff add to the confusion. The dishes and flavours are hard to grasp the food is from all over Asia. It doesn't seem like the teenagers cooking have experience with cooking for themselves. I asked for extra spicy in my dish and my food was loaded with salty chili sauce. It seems like the restaurant didn't bother to carry fresh chili's they could just add to the stir-fry. There was so much chili sauce in my stir-fried noodles that I couldn't eat it, it was like eating chili sauce. The food wasn't spicy but it was extra salty. They are skimpy on the meat but they do offer shrimp and tofu which was nice and the veggies are fresh. I do like the cute take-out containers. If I ate in the restaurant I would have asked for my stir-fry to be redone as it was I took it home and had to microwave something else for my meal. I was sorely disappointed. Their pricing is a bit odd for lunch they have smaller sizes for smaller prices but at dinnertime only the larger size portions are available. This place should offer the smaller sizes at dinnertime so that people can try more of the dishes. However my experience at this restaurant wasn't good, the concept is good however their staff especially their chefs need better training. Oh and please offer fresh chili's to make your food spicy. Also the description about a 90 second meal is false, it takes much more time to get served this food isn't that fast.

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Frosting Cupcakery & Bake Shop20411 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Cute expensive cupcakes
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Will the cupcake trend never end? These places seem to be popping up like weeds.

Some of the flavourings may be artificial. The unique flavours were good and the decoration on the mini-cupcakes I tried was cute. I preferred the vanilla cakes. The chocolate cupcake bases were drier. The price for these sweet little nothing's is high and comparable to downtown stores. The cupcakes are tastier at frostings than the cupcake place downtown though.

Good for a once in a while treat as it's a bit pricey.

I did like their cute perky teenage staff though who were helpful and cheerful.

This place has heart and it's not just a corporate franchise so I do hope it does well and that the Langley community embraces it.

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Emanuel Restaurant9164 120th Street, #102, Surrey
Why?
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

This place usually has papusa's on sale for $1 each. These are good. However we were looking forward to trying some of their other latin american dishes.The only thing we can ask the owners is why. Why were we served entrees that were tasting old, why was everything doused in grease, why were the entrees not as described by our server, why was there an absence of green anywhere in our plate, there was no cilantro or even lettuce to be found. The dominant taste was salt. There was no mention that the refried beans had pork or lard in it, but it tasted like it did. Everything was poorly prepared with the minimal ingredients. I could have prepared a better quality meal at home with a quick trip to the grocery store. No fresh salsa was offered, only watery bottled sauce. Very disappointing. They are located in a strange location on Scott Road, the driveway is a bit steep for some reason. The owners and servers were kind friendly people. However the food they served us, we would not serve to our worst enemies. I picked at my plate and couldn't even eat what was served to us. To the owners, there is a sore need for a good authentic Latin American restaurant in the area to rescue us from the franchises like Taco Time et al. Having spicy, flavourful healthy Latin American food that is a balanced meal and freshly prepared with an eye to lower fat and less lard use to reflect how we eat in Canada and includes a bit of salad would be wonderful. If I could have a margarita or beer with my meal it would be perfect.

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Burger Burger340 Sixth Street, #4, New Westminster
Solid burgers & fries
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

This place is run by a Korean couple who serve up honest, home-made burgers. The burgers themselves are a bit dry but tasty. Freshly cooked fries and toasted buns are appreciated when compared to fast food places that have no qualms serving soggy, lukewarm fries and whose burgers sit in warmers for hours. A great deal for $5 + change that includes the burger with cheese or mushrooms, fries and a can of pop.

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Chong Lum Hin Seafood Restaurant7604 6th Street, Burnaby
Good dim sum but avoid noodles & rice
Submitted Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

I like this dim sum place. I find the portions are fair for the price charged. Dim sum costs can add up depending on where you eat, but it's still reasonable at this restaurant. I like that the seafood is plump, the prawns in the rice rolls are tasty. I always order the bean curd skin with three kinds of mushroom filling. Their mango pudding cut into four pieces is a nice light end to lunch. However do avoid the blah lunch special fried rice and noodle dishes. They are quite stingy with ingredients so these tend to be carb heavy. The chowmein didn't even include bean sprouts. I would recommend this place for dim sum especially as they are generous with their dim sum fillings but be careful ordering other dishes. I like the staff here, they are efficient but friendly and best of all they speak English. The clientele is a mix of Asians and non-Asians. Weekends are busy for dim sum but dim sum is served daily until 3pm. The atmosphere is typical Chinese restaurant, and a bit dated. It's a bit crowded seating so you will overhear other tables conversations. However despite this it's still a cheerful congenial atmosphere.

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Big Johnny’s Pizza House2828 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Delicious thin-crust Italian-style pizza!
Submitted Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

This pizza rocks! The crust isn't dry like a cracker, and it's not a fat thick crust. Instead, it's a chewy, soft and delicious thinner crust. There was plenty of cheese, the flavourful sauce and meats went together well. I had a pizza by the slice and it was huge and fresh from the oven and a steal at $2.50. I like that they offer unusual ingredients like grilled eggplant as topping choices. I can't wait to order from here again, I'm so jealous of the people living in this neighbourhood, they are spoilt with good pizza choices. (They do deliver widely though from UBC to Yaletown).

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Fieldstone Artisan Breads12823 Crescent Rd, Surrey
Holy grail of bread
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

It's taken me years to actually visit this bakery at it's original location. They supply a few other stores with their bread and I've always purchased it there. This bakery is a bit French and their breads are baked in a French stone-hearth oven. "Fieldstone Artisan Breads contain only the finest natural ingredients including Certified Organic flours, filtered water and sea salt." The proof is in the taste, I can eat this breads plain. The storefront is classic European, with a welcoming exterior. Inside the bakery is bustling with staff creating the breads from hand. When you purchase a loaf they don't pull it from the front display they give you a nice warm loaf that's been freshly baked. Their baguettes here are amazing, be sure to try the roast garlic and parmesan. You can see the real roast garlic pieces. They are amazingly generous with their ingredients, and the prices are very good as well. One of their scones can easily feed two people, the baked goods are gigantic. I recommend the white-chocolate scone, it was tender and delicious. Their cookies are huge but they are the crispy cookies not the chewy ones and my personal preference is chewy cookies. If you need a special dessert they craft beautiful tarts. I wish I lived closer to here. Hands down this is one of the best bakeries in the Lower Mainland. They use the best quality ingredients and "do not use treated or bleached flours, emulsifiers, dough improvers, shortening, margarine or other hydrogenated fats, genetically modified ingredients, peanuts, prepared doughs, mixes, preservatives, artificial flavouring or colouring."

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COBS Bread610 6th Street, Unit 105, New Westminster
Mediocre bread shop multiplying like flies
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

Cobs apparently started off in Australia and has made its grand conquest of Canada. There seems to be Cob bakeries springing up everywhere in the Lower Mainland. I don't see what the fuss is. The bread isn't that different from grocery store breads. It even looks and tastes like grocery store breads. Their multigrain is okay but it's not baked in a wood-fired oven. The price tag for some of their baked goods is too high such as their invididual feta crossiants and all that. I'm not quite sure why so many patrons are flocking to this chain that offers few organic choices, and the ingredients used aren't high quality. If they had baked their bread in a stone oven or a wood-fired oven I would have been more impressed. Also the type of baking they do is very basic, and it's probably all pre-measured ingredients which is why the bakery can be run by 18 year-old staff. If you like this type of bread just buy a bread machine and you will save a tonne of money over shopping at this place. The only positive thing I can say about this place is that it is a little bit better than shopping for bread at your grocery store, but not by much.

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Taste of Africa, The10663 King George Highway, #105, Surrey
Real home-cooked African food!!!!
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

This place is very interesting. The owners offer a few different African dishes daily. I liked that they offered fish, both tilapia and salmon. I've read about palm oil as it's a cooking ingredient also used in Latin American cooking and has a reddish hue. They use palm oil here in some dishes. There is a small grocery section that sells palm oil as well. They also sell African videos. Back to the food the spinach dish was very tasty. The salmon fillet was nice as well. They have black beans and rice topped off with a thick spiced tomato sauce that I really liked. The baked chicken was alright but I recommend the fish more. They serve vegetarian Jollop rice but I thought the black bean rice was better. The other veggie dish they offer has beans in it, but I thought the spinach was tastier. The owners are flexible enough to offer a sampling of their dishes in a combo. Also they have some special dishes that can be requested such as peanut soup. They also sell kinke which is like a corn polenta. Overall I was impressed by the food, it was all authentic. The owners were warm and friendly and patient in explaining the dishes. They also have tailored dishes a bit to Canadians as they use a bit less oil, and try to stay away from frying. It's a bit dodgy parking in the back as the Whalley homeless congregate in the parking lot next door. It's probably better not to go there alone. Overall it's recommended as this type of African food is very hard to find in Vancouver.

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Wired Monk Coffee Bistro2610 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Out of a lot of tea, not recommended
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

There are always a lot of male patrons at this location, perhaps UBC students living in the area. They offer a long list of tea's yet they were almost out of everything, they blamed it on their supplier but it still seemed odd. They push rooibus tea a lot. That was almost the only tea they had so I tried it. This place was okay the service was a bit shakey as the minimum wage ESL server didn't seem to know how to make tea. Also I didn't really like the ambiance of the place. It just seemed too cookie cutter. They had signs on their women's bathroom to be sure to push hard to lock the door or someone would walk in and a sign on the other side of the door to knock before entering... I don't understand why they don't just fix the lock or add another lock to the door! Overall I don't recommend this place it seems very badly managed.

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Elysian Coffee1778 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Quality cafe near the Fifth Avenue cinemas
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

Vancouver has tonnes of independent coffee cafe's. Elysian is a bit of tranquility off of Burrard Street. They stock quality coffee's, organic tea's and baked goods sourced from local bakeries. I stepped in here after watching a movie and really loved the pear green tea I tried. This place stuck out enough from all the other cafe's I've visited that I will be sure to return.

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Caffe Rustico3136 Main Street, Vancouver
Cute cosy cafe, go for a drink but avoid the food
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

A cute Italian cafe with a cosy laid-back atmosphere, more Commercial Drive than Main Street. However avoid the pasta dishes here. I had the carbonara and it wasn't authentic, plus they just dump the pasta, some sauce, bacon bits and the cheese into a bowl and microwave it before serving it. They oversprinkle all the dishes here with mozzerella cheese and it's the poor quality powdered parmasean used. I barely had three bites of the dish and my stomach still felt queasy the rest of the day, I left the rest as it didn't taste good. Their garlic bread is just margarine or butter spread on some bread, no taste of garlic which was disappointing. The panini's looked better but I would avoid the food here, I saw no one have the pizza's. Their coffees are awesome though and they make the frappe without using a mix so it's pretty good as well. This must be listed in a tourist guidebook as it was about half foreign tourists and half locals in the cafe.

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Diplomat Bakery6111 London Road, #110, Richmond
Yummy desserts!
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

This delicious bakery is located near Steveston. Yummy smells waft from the bakery even before you step inside. They offer an assortment of cakes as well as slices. My favorite cake here is the hazelnut cake, I don't eat the bottom biscuit layer but the rest of the cake is amazing, with bits of hazelnut crunch, layers of cake and hazlenut mousse topped with chocolate. Their white chocolate mousse cakes are also very good, often white chocolate mousse doesn't really taste like white chocolate but here it does. While their chocolate cakes are good, they are not my cup of tea as I prefer denser dark chocolate cakes. Will return to try some of their other cakes. They also bake breads.

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Earls1095 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Avoid Dessert!
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Earl's PLEASE hire a pastry chef, don't be so cheap. Came here for dessert and was VERY disappointed. This review isn't for their food which I normally like, it's just for desserts. They have a very narrow choice of 4 desserts, they also do not offer a special dessert of the day. Desserts are priced at about $7 like most restaurants do nowadays, but these desserts are not worth it especially when the cost per portion is probably $2. The chocolate cake portion of the chocolate sticky toffee pudding was horrible. It tasted like a cake mix and the salt flavour was too strong. The best part of the desserts were the small scoops of gelato on the side. The smores were okay but the graham cracker part was too thick, there was lots of marshmallow but there wasn't enough chocolate. These desserts didn't wow me and seemed worse to me than even dessert from an ABC restaurant. It's clear they use poor quality cheap ingredients in their desserts. The waitress didn't even blink when we left over half the desserts uneaten and just asked for the bill.

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Camy's Pizza7182A 120 Street, Surrey
Solid pizza
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

We've been ordering from Camy's forever. This is our go-to pizza place. I like their whole wheat crust. They used to be more generous with toppings but it varies on who makes it, lately they are less generous. It's a solid pizza, with decent pizza sauce, and they use ample real cheese.

I recommend trying your pizza fusion "desi style" which is an accquired taste but includes ginger, cilantro as well as chili. They also offer butter chicken pizza. We usually stick with the vegetarian though.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Interesting place
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

This place isn't my cup of tea, but it's unique and original and worth a visit at least once. Underneath it all this place is an old person's home and I wouldn't recommend visiting just as it opens as the food smells haven't had a chance to overtake the institutional smell. I think I didn't like this place as much because it reminded me of when my grandmother lived in a seniors home... and I associate the smell with that. Anyhow the food was decent and a good value but then it is a cafeteria and not a proper restaurant. The best part is that it is all Japanese run so it's fairly authentic. Just be aware that it's not really homecooked food though as some of their items are cooked from frozen like the korroke. If you ask them they will let you know what those frozen items are. They serve huge portions of rice, the salmon misoyaki I had was tasty. I like that they serve their foods with spring mix lettuce.

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