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sweethotlower mainlandSince August 27, 2006162 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
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Couzie's Cafe & Catering619 Belmont St, New Westminster
I *heart* this place!
Submitted Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

I used to live in the area and Couzie's was one of my favorite secret spots, as it's tucked away on a quieter street. I recently had an appointment in the area and stopped off here for breakfast. Nothing's changed if anything this place is better! Tasty, healthy, fresh food served by cheerful, helpful staff.

It attracts a good clientele, everyone's nice, it's the type of place where strangers will say hello to you and not in a creepy way but in a friendly neighbourly way.

The food is solid, I always customize my order's and they always get it right.

I really love their breakfasts. I usually have the breakfast with eggs/sausage etc. and add a slice of french toast topped with fresh fruit salad as a side.

It's not that the food is the very best here, most things are delicious but overall other factor's beside the food make this place one of my favorites. The staff are well-trained to deal with the lunch hour rush, and they deal with changes to dishes without getting irritated. The place just has good positive energy.

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Round-Up Cafe10449 King George Highway, Surrey
Authentic diner experience!
Submitted Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

Forget the corporate Denny's and other similar restaurants. Real diner's are harder to find these days, which is why it's well worth a trip to the Round-Up Cafe.

I've driven by this place but never ventured in til recently. It's best to park at the TD Bank lot or it's a short walk from the Surrey Central skytrain.

The decor was cheerful with black and white tiles and chrome accented fixtures, but looked a bit dated, and some of the booth seats were torn.

It was my first visit and I had heard good things about the Ukrainian dishes so tried a half slider. This included a cabbage roll, perogies, and sausage. I added mashed potatos and veggies as sides. It was a bit of a wait for the food, even though the restaurant wasn't full.

The cabbage rolls were delicious, if not some of the best I've ever had, it wasn't too saucy but the meat to rice ratio was good, and the ground meat didn't taste as if it had been frozen. Well worth a visit for these alone! The sausage was tasty as well. The perogies were okay, you can choose deepfried, boiled or pan fried, next time I would get the fried onions on the side as it was greasy.

The service wasn't the best, but I sort of liked that. It sort of fit in with the diner theme, they weren't overly friendly just normal. I sort of dislike the overly fake friendly smiley service chains force onto their customers.

If you are a new customer it's basically self-seating. The daily specials are on the board and these include soup and dessert so are a good deal. Their tea choices include tea's beyond black tea. When I ordered tea I wasn't told this and had to drink black tea which I dislike. Also the tea cup I was served tea in was extremely worn, to the point it wouldn't even sell in a second hand store. They really should get new cups.

My lunch was around $15 after tax and tip, as I added some sides, so it's not that inexpensive but then it won't break the bank either.

Their pie slices were wrapped in plastic and set on the counter, which is why I skipped dessert, as it didn't look so appetizing. I'm not sure if they bake the desserts in-house.

Overall I liked the diner aspect, sort of a glimpse into what life was like in the 50's and 60's. It's an unpretentious restaurant, serving up solid comfort food. With all of the re-zoning going on that area, and higher rents, and the elderly owner, it's probably a good idea to visit this place while it's still around.

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Yuji's Japanese Tapas2059 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Tasty but such teeny tiny portions = Rip-off, beyond expensive
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 2:21am [Dine in]

Instead of eating here, I might as well have flown to Tokyo for dinner. My head's spinning at the Grilled Sable Fish (Black Cod) dish which cost $9 and was basically one small slice of fish just a bit bigger than a slice of nigiri fish. The exact size may have been 1.5 of a nigiri slice, it could not have weighed more than 60 grams. It came with two thin coins of baby zuchinni and a sprig of dill. The norimaki salad ($7.50) is essentially a vegetable roll with one piece of fake crab without rice. It was great, visually pleasing, light, and tasty but to pay that much for six pieces of vegetable roll filled with a tiny amount of avocado and bunches of lettuce... The profit margins at this place are incredibly out of touch with reality. I might have just ordered the wrong things, but I was in shock at the mini portions and the overinflated prices. I felt like someone was pulling my leg. And on to dessert... what justifies charging $6 for an average serving of creme brule? And that's all that the dessert is no fruit garnish, whipped cream or anything. One serving cost to them cannot be more than $1. Their inventive rolls are normal sized but cost more as well. The only reasonably priced item I found was the baked eggplant dish, and the serving for this was about right for the price. Almost everyone had ordered the yam tempura sticks and that seems to be reasonably priced as well. Maybe I just ordered the wrong things but it's ridiculous when you can spend over $40 for dinner and still leave hungry. And the food was not tasty enough to justify the prices, it was about average for Japanese tapa's. The tea wasn't out of the ordinary either.

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Naida's Gourmet Take and Bake7380 King George Highway, #410, Surrey
Not gourmet
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 12:26am [Dine in]

There are so many pizza places on every street corner. Why do so many scream gourmet and authentic at the top of their lungs and are anything but?

I dropped in here for lunch and grabbed a lunch pizza. The toppings were standard, they did have gourmet toppings but the owner/server did not offer me any.

It was my first visit there and I asked for a vegetarian pizza. The pizza tasted like a pita pizza I could make at home!

The base pizza sauce is bland. There was lots of cheese but as it was sort of a pita pizza the toppings all fell off anyhow.

I'm not sure why they had so many gadgets either. There was a pizza dough press machine... now that is not authentic what about hand-tossed pizza crusts which taste better?

The oven they baked the pizza in seemed similar to the quizno's oven, I don't think it gets hot enough and there wasn't a pizza stone in sight. Even the decor reminded me of a quizno's.

They also had ice cream at the front of the store, and the ice cream looked so unappetizing, most were almost empty in the plastic tubs and it was the average flavours and it wasn't even homemade ice-cream.

I noticed they had wraps and the wraps were so overpriced. There is a wonderful authentic Italian cafe in the same plaza and their prices are more reasonable in comparison with better quality meats and cheeses. I would rather have a freshly grilled panini made to order then a premade wrap.

Basically this place is an interesting concept, take and bake your pizza at home, but it doesn't deliver. The prices for the pizzas hover at around $20 for a large and there are better pizzerias in the area then this place and they are baked for you.

I wish this place were more authentic, the area needs a wood-fired oven pizzeria. Also the toppings were fairly standard, nothing stood out as being either higher quality or more authentic. Where's the boccocino? Where's the fresh basil chiffonade? If not those frou frou ingredients at least have the basic's like roasted garlic!

I also think freshly grated mozzarella tastes better then preshredded cheese blend from Sysco.

I can make better pizza's than this at home for a fraction of the cost, I won't bother returning here.

This place is never busy, I hope the owner get's a clue and turns their business around. Their product is mediocre and over-priced. The quality just is not there.

Also it might be a better idea to sell cooked pizza by the slice for the lunch crowd who don't want to wait 10-15 minutes from the time the order is taken to the time the order is ready.

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Koryo Korean BBQ4567 Lougheed Hwy, #260, Burnaby
Modern sort of Korean fast food
Submitted Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

I agree the Brentwood Mall food court is decent, and offers good value as competition makes the food kiosks generous.

I tried the Koryo jumbo combo ($10) just to try a bit of everything they offer. This was excellent value. It can easily feed two, I couldn't finish half of it.

The grilled BBQ short ribs were amazing. It also comes with a piece of grilled beef, and one chicken thigh. These were okay.

They grill the meats freshly when you order though the chicken is bone-in and was pre-cooked.

They also included three deep-fried dumplings which were pretty good, I liked the dumpling dipping sauce.

I was expecting a choice of two side items but they offered four, and this also comes with two scoops of rice. Needless to say this was a really big meal.

The sides include kimchi, which was okay, the pieces of cabbage were really big, steamed frozen beans/brocolli dressed in sesame seeds. The deep fried garlic potatos were yummy. The zuchinni fritters had too much batter. Other options include macaroni salad, noodles etc.

Overall I liked it, and would return for the short ribs.

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Empanada Hut5300 No.3 Road, Richmond
Submitted Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

I wish more malls had food courts that included empanadas. These aren't low-cal, but good for a once in a while treat. I tried their baked empanda's. The chicken one has minced chicken, some spices, and small amounts of olives, raisins, and hard boiled egg, the food here seems fairly authentic. The spinach one was interesting, I couldn't even tell it was vegetarian, but it was yummy!

If you aren't watching calories they have some deep-fried empanada's as well.

They also sell fresh tomato salsa, but the empanada's are good even without this.

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Bella Cakes & Pastries459 East Columbia St., New Westminster
Talented Pastry Chef
Submitted Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

It's great that quality bakeries are sprouting up in the Lower Mainland. I was drawn to the chocolate hazelnut cake, they offer a few flavours in a smaller size that would serve 2-4.

I also tried a few pastry squares and some of these were just amazing. The peanut butter nanaimo bar is decadent. The lemon square was quite tart, just like I like it.

There was something outstanding about these desserts, the flavours were pure, the textures were just right, a bit nutty while also crisp and creamy.

I liked this bakery so much that I will be ordering from here for my next special event!

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U-Grill4820 Kingsway, #312, Burnaby
Customized healthy stir-frys cooked fast
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

I used to go to this place so much in my teenage years!
Glad to see they are still as yummy as I remembered. They are generous with their sauces, and I like that the ingredients to pick from are fresh and the meal seems healthier.

There's other versions of u-grill at other mall's but this location has the best food.

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Tenku Bakudanyaki8740 Charles St, Richmond
GIANT takoyaki!!!!
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 12:06am [Dine in]

This place is a food trailer stand. I never thought I'd see one of these, good to see Ricmond is relaxing rules. I wish Vancouver had a poutine food trailer like those back East. However now we have a takoyaki trailer!

There is no ambiance basically you have to wait in the parking lot while the giant takoyaki cooks, normally this takes about 10 minutes.

I noticed this is next to the giant pottery place which I've driven by before, I always wondered what the story was behind the fence encircling those pots, however that place was closed when I was at this stand.

Now to the food, basically the takoyaki comes full of 10 different fillings like the website says. They don't customize fillings though so if you have allergies skip it. I don't like eggs so I didn't eat the quail egg included, it was easy to pick out of the takoyaki as it was hard boiled.

They offer a range of different flavoured sauces, I chose the chili mayo.

It comes packaged in those cute Chinese take out boxes with the silver handle, and chopsticks are slipped into the side of the box.

The giant takoyaki looked small at first glance, but it does have lots of filling.

I adore takoyaki and can't wait til the Richmond night market opens again. I wish this stand offered a choice of the traditional smaller takoyaki's. However the giant takoyaki was delicious and when I have a craving for takoyaki I will be sure to return.

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Big Orange10153 King George Highway, #1142, Surrey
Agree it's deceptive pricing
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

This place does have deceptive pricing they have a huge ad for the non-existant $2.50 bbt and the bubble tea is nothing to rave about. I do like the option of getting ice cream in the bubble tea though as they also serve ice cream.

Now T&T always clears out their BBT for a $1 in the evenings, normally T&T charges about $2.5.

Also the orange julius at surrey central has a daily after 4pm promotion for half priced premium drinks and fresh juices, which means each drink is $2.50 or less.

Even with all this competition the Big Orange BBT place is still too pricey for a place that you can't even sit down to drink your BBT at.

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Malaysian Hut Restaurant14727 108 Avenue, #108, Surrey
I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

This place had good reviews so I decided to check it out while in the area. Firstly the place has really bad signage. I knew the intersection it was located at, but couldn't find it right away. For the record it's next to the Dairy Queen.

It was sort of strange in that the restaurant was empty at dinner time. Also, I can't pinpoint it, but the restaurant just gave me a odd vibe from the beginning. Almost as if they weren't used to having customers... and also there are some restaurants where the people like being in the restaurant business whereas here they seem to be running the restaurant for a living, it's a job not their passion.

Anyhow, so I ordered some dishes to go, their menu has pictures which was a nice touch, however my dishes did not end up looking like the pictures.

They also got one of my orders wrong, I don't think it was wrong maliciously they just made a mistake... this hasn't happened to me in a while so be sure you double check your items if you do take-out.

Their prices are low, but then they are in a low-rent part of town and the portions aren't huge. They did charge me $1 for about a tablespoon of sambal sauce... they said it was homemade... I don't really recommend the sambal.

Anyhow the food just seemed more Chinese than Malaysian. Their menu also features some Indonesian dishes, I suggest sticking with the Malaysian items as the Indonesian dishes weren't that great. Everything was edible though. I'd eat there if I was in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there. Also the food didn't wow me so I won't return.

The sort of neat part was that it's located next to a sort of makeshift church in the strip mall. On Sunday night while I was waiting for my order to be ready I could hear the African-Canadian church service through the walls. The music was good.

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Nao Sushi7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
Disappointing sushi rolls, way too much rice!
Submitted Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

I used to drop by this place when it was Sushi House. It was a convenient small restaurant serving mainly sushi.

They've expanded and re-opened with a new name, but it's the same owners and some of the same sushi menu with added cooked foods.

I missed the old Sushi House so dropped by here to get my sushi fix.

The first complaint I had was that the sushi rice was warm. Cold fish, warm rice isn't a good combination. Also the sushi rice seemed less flavourful then before as if it had less vinegar/seasoning.

I was SO disappointed when I noticed the skimpy amount of filling in my rolls combined with too much rice! Before when it was Sushi House there wasn't too much rice in the rolls and they were generous with the fillings. I ate the rolls by scraping off excess rice and I had over a quarter cup of excess rice afterwards! So ridiculous.

My favorite roll here used to the the negitoro roll, and I noticed it was less flavourful then before, and then I noticed it was because it had about half the filling as before! The rest of the rolls were the same, too much rice, too little filling. To be honest I haven't even encountered rolls with this much excess rice in a long time, I was in shock.

The only thing that was good still was the tamago nigiri. It's still huge.

Bottom line, avoid this place unless you want to be ripped off. The owners are far too greedy now, and they have even raised the prices while lowering the quality of the food.

I'm not such a fan of Sushi Garden, but I'd rather go there then this place. Nao Sushi (previously Sushi House) have lost a customer.

The customer service is poor. They didn't ask how many chopsticks I wanted and for the amount of rolls I ordered they only gave one. It was clearly enough food for more than one person.

They don't have to make the rolls appear artificially big by adding so much rice. It tastes better with less rice. It just shows that the management is really poor as they don't care if they lose customers as long as they make a bigger profit. Their prices are higher now, even with the 10% off discount for take-away. They should focus on offering a better product, not to make their food worse. Sushi House was such a good sushi deli type place, I will miss it, as Nao Sushi doesn't compare and is much worse even if the interior renovation is nicer.

I don't mind paying higher prices, but the food quality is much worse than before. It's so disappointing when a restaurant I used to frequent changes for the worse just because they became more successful.

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New City Diner12950 80 Ave, Surrey
Popular local lunch place
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

This little diner is sort of located in more of an industrial area, but attracts the people who work in this area. It's only open for breakfast and lunch.

They are a lunch place and they do this well. Often people will call ahead and their order will be ready upon arrival.

Their sandwiches are typical. I like the soups, especially the split pea and ham.

They often have a hot meal special of the day. I like their Japanese curry chicken on rice, but they don't make it that often anymore.

I tried a burger the other day and was shocked at how good it was. It was a daily special of homemade cheeseburger with roasted potato. The patty was thinner and flatter so it covered more of the bun, and there was a lot of lettuce and veggies on top of the burger. It was one of the best hamburgers I've ever had. It wasn't too salty or overseasoned.

The potato wedges were made from fresh potato's roasted in the oven and sprinkled with some cheese.

The meal also included either a soup or salad.

I like this place because the meal's are healthier and just seem lower fat, the portions are smaller then the average North American diner and I never feel bloated after a meal here.

It's reasonably priced though bottled drinks are overpriced here.

While it's in a strip mall, the diner is cheerful with bright Ikea furniture. I also like that they plate their meals on large square white plates, it just makes it look nicer.

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Cupcakes on Thurlow797 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Sugar Rush
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure if the recipe has changed over the years, I still remember the first cupcake I had from this chain and for some reason I remember it tasting much better.

I'm not sure if they are still using real ingredients and real butter in their baked goods, I hope so. As for the flavour notes, the base cake in vanilla was good but wasn't very buttery. The chocolate cake was okay, I liked the drier texture, I wasn't that crazy about the taste of the chocolate cake though. I doubt they melt some real chocolate into the batter, and for a stronger chocolate flavour I like to include real chocolate in my baking.

I bought some of the mini cupcakes, mini anything is cuter. The presentation is excellent these look so appetizing and just cute.

Basically all of the cupcakes come on either a vanilla or chocolate cupcake base, the only variations are with icing and topping. The lemon icing tastes too artificial, it reminded me of dish soap or something. The cream cheese icing is far too sugary, but it's also buttery. The plain buttercream was very good (it's usually tinted blue or pink etc.) The chocolate icing has chocolate melted into it and tastes rich. I liked the mint sprinkled with mini chocolate chips icing. I love mint anything. My favorite icing was the caramel one, it's usually combined with the chocolate cupcake base but I think it would go better with the vanilla cupcake.

Overall these are yummy, if someone offered me one even the lemon one I wouldn't turn it down. I like that the base cupcakes aren't too sugary. Also for the icings I didn't like I just scrapped it off. While this cupcake shoppe isn't perfect it is yummy and everything's baked freshly.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Freshly prepared, generous & yummy!
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has been on my to-try list for a while. I tried their lunch buffet and was impressed. High quality, freshly prepared food at a very reasonable price. There was a nice range of veggie dishes including fresh zucchini curry, cauliflower, peas and paneer etc. The meats included chicken and beef. The chicken kabob was flavourful with fresh herbs and spices. Their veggie samosa is one of the best I've had at a restaurant, I loved that it was full of sauteed onions and fresh herbs, and the wrapper was thin not doughy. I ended up getting a few samosa's to go and they were still yummy cold. Their naan is a bit different that I am used to, it seemed more like pizza dough almost but apparently they do prepare it with cream which is a nice touch. The butter chicken was good but the sauce wasn't that creamy (which is probably healthier). I liked that they had a selection of salads, including greek salad. The creamy sweet rice pudding was simply amazing, everyone at my table had seconds. I liked the yellow custard with fruits as well. Overall the buffet exceeded my expectations, the food's aren't highly spiced which is expected when not everyone can tolerate chili's. All of the dishes looked appetizing and they kept freshly refilling the buffet. This place would be excellent for those people who aren't that familiar with Indian food but would like to try it. You can also have items to go from the buffet if rushed for time. There was a steady stream of customers picking up food to-go. I can't wait to return for dinner and to try their other dishes, especially seafood! The service was really good as well, they didn't skimp out on hiring less staff. We left a very generous tip as we were pleased with our meal.

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Rakuraku Korean Cuisine5278 Kingsway, Burnaby
Late night dining in Burnaby
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

It was late, we were peckish, Bubble World had a huge line-up and this was the only place that looked interesting that was open.

I had read the reviews so I was hesitant about trying this place, but was plesantly surprised. Maybe they read the bad reviews and made changes.

We aren't Korean but the server was helpful.

Most dishes are priced at around $15 and are large enough to share.

I ended up trying the seafood salad, which was yummy. It reminded me of the subway seafood and crab mix. It had baby shrimp, squid and lots of roe mixed with lettuce, veggies and a creamy mayo sauce.

They gave us a complimentary whole grilled mackarel on a sizzling hot plate. This was so yummy we wanted another one, so they gave us another one for free.

We asked about the little Korean side dishes but they don't do that here... they did give us complimentary kimchi that was a bit too sour and some soup with beansprouts and veggies.

Overall I liked this place, it may look like a Japanese tapa's place but it's different. The food's Korean and the portions are huge. I wish they did smaller tapa sized dishes because unless you go with a huge group it's hard to try their different dishes. Also, unless you want something alchoholic, their beverage selection is really limited.

All of the other clientele were Korean, so it's probably authentic.

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Greco's Specialty Foods6886 King George Hwy, Surrey
Local deli
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

This local deli is crammed with unique Canadian and global food products with a focus on Europe. I really like their range of cheeses, as they carry some smaller Quebec cheeses as well as organic cheeses and they gladly offer samples. On some days they sell fresh Fieldstone Bakery breads. It's the only place I buy feta cheese and olives from. Their in-store feta/roasted peppers/olive dip is yummy as a bread topping. I like their chocolate selection as I usually always walk out with a new chocolate to try. Pleasant, helpful staff they are foodies and happily share recipes and tips.

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Satay Garden15976 108 Ave, #105, Surrey
A restaurant WITHOUT food!
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place twice.

The first time was medicore. The second time was horrendous.

The second time, I made the long drive out here through traffic on a Friday night. My friend and I were in the mood for Laksa.

We reached the restaurant at 6:15pm expecting them to have food to serve us, what greeted us wasn't food, AND they weren't closed, they were open. It was bizarre.

They advertise their buffet all the time, and the owner offered to sell us curry puffs and bubble tea and said that was all the food she had on a FRIDAY NIGHT. And it was early even, what if other customers showed up.

Needless to say, we declined the curry puff and bubble tea offer. (I had had the curry puff before there and it wasn't even good!)

Basically, if you trek out to this restaurant, call them beforehand because they may not even have food! Or best of all avoid this place at all costs.

Now onto my first experience here. I came here for dinner with family, and we had their buffet. The restaurant owners are very strange. They have no menu, and they won't cook anything for you as they only sell food from their buffet. I'm not exactly sure how a restaurant can survive when they aren't willing to cook for you... Because I asked if they could prepare a fried rice dish that we would pay extra for, as I love Malaysian fried rice, and the owner said they couldn't. Paradoxically before this when we were seated and asked about the menu the owner just vaugly said, oh Google Malaysian food on the Internet and we can make anything you find that you want to try...

Onto the food, on the telephone the restaurant owners had mentioned numerous dishes, when we got there, the buffet was small, it consisted of a few dishes and most were lukewarm. The owners explained this away as a misunderstanding and that on the weekend's the buffet is larger. The best part of the meal was the satay skewers they brought to the table, but they've stopped doing this now and they were oven baked not grilled. The sambal sauce was pretty good as well. They serve strange brown rice with coconut milk, it was too heavy and they didn't have plain white rice. Some family members liked the curry chicken. The curry puff was greasy, the pastry was hard and the filling wasn't flavourful. I liked the Cantonese style mixed veggies with seafood. The day I went there was pineapple everywhere, in the green salad, in some dishes and in the sambal sauce. It was odd. It was a very small buffet with small selection and most of the food was lukewarm.

What was really annoying was how the owner would claim that some dishes were authentic when they were anything but authentic. Some non-spicy plain noodles with ground chicken were called Singaporean Noodles... now this is nothing like the actual dish. I've travelled through Malaysia/Singapore and have friends from that area, so I'm really familar with the foods there.

My family didn't like the place because the food overall wasn't tasty and the selection was so small, but upon leaving the owner invited us to return on a weekend when they would have Laksa as well as Rendang and other dishes. Needless to say, I did return on a Friday when they had no food... Basically be wary when you go to this place because it is so far, and it's not worth the drive for such inconsistent food and bizarre restaurant pratices. Also, this restaurant is not suitable for vegetarians, as it was mainly meat dishes.

It's a shame really because overall the concept of this place is decent, and even if they have fewer dishes they should focus on making the food tasty and not just season things so blandly. The restaurant itself looked fairly nice and it's new. Needless to say, I'm never returning to this place.

I recommend Tamarind Hill in New West instead for an authentic, gracious and delicious Malaysian dining experience.

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Uncle Willy's Restaurants6411 Nelson Ave, #100, Burnaby
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Thanks to the positive reviews on Dinehere I convinced family to accompany me to this buffet.

This place is total comfort food. I think it's a step up from local chain's like ABC or Pantry. It's comparable to White Spot.

The food was nostalgic becuase it's been years since I've even been to a buffet like this. It reminded me of childhood buffet dinners where the highlight was the ice cream and how I was never yelled at for wasting tonnes of food.

Overall I was impressed with it because the servers and people working (lots of teenagers) there seemed more genuine and not fake nice wanting a tip but hating your guts and just working as a waiter while on their way to being a model or a star. The restaurant must have good management.

Overall for these price points, there was decent quality control for the food. It's comfort food, the roast beef, ham and roast chicken were all edible. I liked the ham the best. The fried chicken is delicious but I don't eat chicken skin and that's the best part of fried chicken. The salad items were basic but fresh. The corn bread was delicious. Yes, I did mix my mashed potato's with the corn and the gravy, just like I did when I was a kid. I skipped a lot of the buffet items, but there was a good variety of Western foods. The soup's here are pretty good as well, the split pea with ham was salty goodness.

One change is that the dessert section is larger then I remember with cream puffs and creme caramel as well as various squares.

The softserve ice cream machine was being filled with Island Farms 4% MF vanilla soft serve mix, so at least it's made with real milk.

The dessert I devised of warm cinnamon apple slices (from the apple crumble) with soft serve ice cream was a perfect finish.

And my reluctant dining companion? They had second helpings. For these price points, this place is a good value. Definately an once in a year experience, if only to get in touch with your inner child.

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Beard Papa's4500 Kingsway, #2320, Burnaby
New cookie puffs
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

This is one of the newer Beard Papa's in the Lower Mainland. They offer a new item called cookie puff's that are cream puffs with bits of cookie dough baked into the puff. A bit different but still yummy.

From their website:
"The shells are made of a proprietary double-layer of soft French "choux" and outside "pie crust" that are filled with a whipped-cream custard that takes two hours to prepare, and the custard and whipped cream are combined just before the cream puffs are filled. Flavors are created with the highest quality ingredients available such as Madagascar vanilla beans, Bavarian dark chocolate, high-grade, Japanese green tea extract, and so much more."

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