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sweethotlower mainlandSince August 27, 2006162 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
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Sugar Art Patissiere and Bakery12000 1st Avenue, 110, Richmond
Macaroons to die for!
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

I absolutely love French macaroons but I rarely have them as too few places know how to make them properly.

This quaint bakery located in Steveston Village is a little bit out of the way but thanks to the previous reviewer I went out here. It was WORTH every minute of the drive.

The macaroons were airy and just melted in my mouth. I particularly loved the lemon flavoured baby macaroons priced at 5 for $2. The regular sized ones are priced at $2.

Their prices are fair but not exactly cheap, as they use good quality ingredients.

Their pastries look gorgeous and this would be the place to get a showstopping wedding or special occassion cake, I peeked at their album of cake designs and they were simply amazing.

Having said that my first visit was all about the macaroons, I don't like heavier desserts during the summer. And lately if I have a chocolate craving I prefer to just eat chocolate.

I like their location, the bakery is more of a take away place with very limited seating but it's fun to just browse through the cute shops in Steveston Village.

I recommend stocking up on macaroons and freeze it for later. I wish I had bought more, they were delicious and addictive! I can see myself returning here monthly at least.

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Valley Bakery4058 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Tempting Dessert Tray
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

Valley Bakery is a European style bakery where tradition, quality and taste intersect. They use natural ingredients like real whipping cream making their baked goods extra yummy.

Their cakes are delicious, with a light sponge cake texture, I recommend the tiramisu or mocha cake.

They have a large selection of tempting individual treats, pick up a few and create your own gorgeous dessert tray at home and serve with tea, for a perfect afternoon tea or dessert course.

My favorite treat here is their signature mini apple cheesecake square, it's a layer of creamy cheesecake filling topped off with a layer of fresh apple pie filling and freshly toasted almonds.

They also are one of the few bakeries that offer maple cupcakes. Their petite fours taste as delicious as they look here. They also have baked bread and a large selection of cookies priced at $3.50 for a dozen.

While I was there the other day, someone walked in and was thanking the staff for staying and waiting after closing hours because he had forgotton to pick up his wedding cake! This place has really great service.

The location is good for walking around and visiting adjacent interesting stores, as well there's a very good Italian deli just up the road.

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Wonder Barbeque6669 Kingsway, Burnaby
This restaurant is now sadly closed.
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

I have no idea how the other guy reviewed this, as it's closed now.
Their phone number doesn't work, the restaurant has been sold to be rebuilt as condos on the Kingsway strip.

While it was open it was a great deal, the lunch bbq came with a fair amount of meat and lots of fresh veggies, and I was sad when I passed by the other day and noticed it was closed. I wish I had eaten here more. Hope they re-open at a different location.

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Boonie's BBQ & Soul Food6150 176th Street, Surrey
Truly flavourful southern US soul food!
Submitted Friday, July 4, 2008 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

I read Bon Appetite the foodie magazine's description of soul food places in the US, little did I expect to find one in the Lower Mainland.

The best authentic soul food exists in out of the way places run by family and has home-cooked food that they'd be proud to serve their own kin.

The food at Boonie's bursts with flavour and Southern seasoning, collard greens with the bite of vinegar pair and smokiness of sausage pair perfectly with slow-cooked BBQ meat, mellow creamy macaroni and cheese.

I tried the pulled pork sandwich and this ranks on my personal list of top 10 sandwiches ever. Packed with meat, it's so flavourful that the mustard on the bun's flavour doesn't even come through. It's lightly garnished with bits of coleslaw but the bulk of the sandwich is soul satisfying meat and pillowy bread. I will dream of this sandwich I know it!

Try it, it's well worth it, I highly recommend this place, visit at least once.

(Note that it's actually located in a Curling ring in Cloverdale, see their Website for hours and location.)

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Average, affordable and mediocre sushi
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

This place is famous, but I usually go to the Sushi House further on Kingsway for cheap sushi.

I decided to try it based on previous reviews.
The Alaska roll was okay, it's basically an avocado roll with a thin slice of raw salmon on top of the roll, covered in a greasy creamy miso based sauce. The spicy tuna roll was okay, not spicy enough but the rolls have less rice and more filling which is always nice. The salmon nigiri pieces look large but they aren't, they are just sliced long and not very thick.

I found the food wasn't particularly tasty but it was edible, and I'm not sure exactly why but the wasabi didn't seem spicy at all.

Yes they have some different rolls at the $4 price range but they all seem to be made of deep fried ingredients which isn't my cup of tea.

Unlike others I found the service to be good, but then I tend to ask for what I want directly. The really good part about this place is that the items in the combo meals can be changed to something else if it's the same price.

Their sushi isn't oversized (the rolls are normal sized, the nigiri is a bit larger) and the prices aren't that low apart from the combo's, for these prices I'd rather go to a better quality place like Isami Sushi which is a few doors away and which serves much better sushi and food. Isami has lunch bento's that change daily.

Overall it's not horrible, but it's just not tasty either. Life is too short for mediocre sushi.

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Mayuri South Indian Cuisine12677 80th Avenue, Surrey
Incredibly Delicious and Unique Chutney Sauces!
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

Thanks to the previous reviewer we tried this vegetarian place for dosa's.

The dosa's are crispy and a wee bit greasy but what amazed us were the sauces served with the dosa. One is a red-hued smooth puree called ginger chutney that had a very unique taste with notes of ginger, mild spicy chili bite and a bit of tamarind for the colour red bell pepper was probably also included. The second coconut chutney was a pure white colour, that was more liquid and flecked with tiny bits of coconut, this chutney was also unusual in that it tasted almost like it had some nuts in it like either cashew or sesame tahini. I can see myself just ordering these sauces to serve with pita and veggies, they were that good!

Hands down the sauces made the meal, the sambar served with the dosa was alright, the potato curry filling in the dosa was salty, and the filling at first seemed a bit meager but it was enough. My only complaint was that the potato curry was greasy and some oil seeped into the dosa. Their menu does offer a steamed veggie dosa so I might order that next time to keep the meal more healthy. Also their website unfortunately hasn't been updated, their menu offers more dishes now and most of the prices have increased by .50-$1.

For the next visit I will ask to have less oil in my meal.
Some other interesting dishes on the menu I can't wait to try include avial which is mixed vegetables in coconut sauce, and eggplant curry which is eggplant stuffed with nuts, onions and spices.

I highly recommend this place for fresh, flavourful and unique food authentic South Indian restaurants are so rare in the lower mainland.

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Irresistible Beard Papa’s
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

Walking through Aberdeen mall we noticed the masses of people clasping the Beard Papa boxes.

I love cream puffs; this is an easy to make at home dessert.
Beard Papa's provides a home made type dessert for a reasonable price. These large cream puffs are loaded with fillings and one is very satisfying. I had the chocolate filled cream puff with the chocolate eclair topping on top. It was decadent, freshly prepared with loads of creamy chocolate mousse like filling.

For those who can't distinguish between the taste of these natural ingredient, freshly made cream puffs I think that your palate is used to processed food only perhaps.

We didn't opt for the six pack as their signs even say best eaten when purchased. Also, we didn't want those calories waiting for us in the fridge!

This will definitely become a whenever we are at the Aberdeen mall treat!

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Well executed AYCE!
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

Not sure why we waited this long to check out this place given the glowing reviews. I absolutely agree with all that has been said before.

The food is quite tasty for AYCE, our table had the lunch AYCE menu which doesn't look like it has that much choice to being with, but we were all satisfied.

The portions are on the smaller side which I liked, as it allowed us to try more items and kept us from overeating too much. The gomae dressing is tasty and the petite sunomono is perfectly refreshing. The miso soup is stronger and saltier here.

Something unusual on their menu is the Portuguese sauce seafood motoyaki, this is a mild curry and coconut based sauce but the coconut flavour doesn't really come through, it's baked with assorted seafood and bits of mushroom and corn, this dish worked.

I love cones and the scallop cone contained larger chunks of fresh, chopped scallop without being heavy on the mayo! I didn't really care for the spicy tuna cone, but at least the sauce was spicy.

The salmon sashimi is edible, but my personal preference is sockeye salmon which isn't offered at lunchtime. The avocado maki was filled with lots of avocado.

They really shine on cooking dishes, the gyoza is perfectly crisped, and the chicken terriyaki is crispy on the bottom.

While we don't indulge that often at AYCE's our tummies were happy here and we will return.

The service seemed normal for a AYCE place neither better or worse. The pricing is very competitive at $9.99 for weekday lunch including sashimi while offering the best quality of all AYCE's in the area. The spacious restaurant ambiance is nice as well. The location is great to combine with lunch and a visit to the surrounding mall's.

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Taste Nice Caribbean Restaurant13448 108 Ave Surrey, Surrey
Come here for the patties!
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 12:54am [Dine in]

I dream about the patties from here! They are the best patties found in the lower mainland!

These patties are on the larger side, the pastry is crisp at the edges without being too greasy.

The generous filling is perfectly spiced, and flavourful without a chili burn. There is plenty of moist filling with ground beef or chicken or a veggie filling option.

We always do take-away patties from here, they are made in-house at the restaurant.

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Kiss Yo Mama4926 Imperial Street, Burnaby
No Kiss for You
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 2:38am [Dine in]

I had a chance to try the Kiss Ya Mama food and I concur with previous reviews who dislike this place. She cannot cook and the portions are simply too small. There are better places for Caribbean food in the lower mainland. If someone from Toronto came to eat here they would laugh. The roti wrap consisted of tortilla and masses of rice with very little chicken. In Toronto you'd get a freshly cooked dahlpourie roti wrap which has chickpea flour inbetween layers of roti dough and ample meat in the filling.

I want flavourful fresh food cooked with quality ingredients and I want to pay a fair price for it do not rip me off.

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Metrotown Polish Deli5068 Kingsway, Burnaby
Polish Cheesecake!
Submitted Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

I tried Polish style cheesecake at fittingly enough my Polish friends house and I was smitten. The cheesecake should be served warm, it's airy and light and not to sweet and just melts in your mouth with a crunchy buttery crust. She gets the cheesecake from this deli and just freezes it. I loved the cheesecake enough that I bought some for my extended family to try over the holidays and they themselves are now making the trek to this deli to buy their cheesecake! They have a few varieties of cheesecake here, the cheesecake I tried has no topping and comes with a few plump raisins inside, and be sure to serve it warm as that's when the texture is perfect.

They have other Polish delicacies here and I'll be sure to try some other items next time, it seems very authentic.

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Fresgo Inn Restaurant & Bakery10102 King George Highway, Surrey
The Most Mushrooms I've Ever Seen
Submitted Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I tried their infamous fresh mushroom burger, which lives up to the hype and comes open faced loaded with the most mushrooms I've ever seen. It's enough food for two people I had leftovers, the burger is served on one plate and the fries on another, and the cost is only $7.30 for the burger with fries. The burger wasn't outstanding, I didn't like the beef patty, next time I might have the grilled chicken patty, but the mushrooms were tender and delicious and the whole wheat bun was hearty and tasty.

Their dessert slices are $4-$5 or a small black forest cake is $12. Everything is homemade and delicious. I liked the slice of blueberry pie I tried.

The setting is sort of like a cafeteria/diner and we had a view of where everyone's order came up and everything looked appetizing.

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Pico Bello Trattoria & Bar8556 120 Street, Unit 101, Surrey
I stand by my rating
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 10:19am [Dine in]

It seems supsicious that there are 2 reviews for this restaurant from people in Vancouver who only have reviewed one restaurant ever, I think that it might just be the chef or owner reviewing themselves which is a pity. As this restaurant as I mentioned in my earlier review does have good food.

If I lived in Vancouver there are plentiful Italian restaurants serving great Italian food, there is no need to commute to this place.

To address the other reviewer, I don't think Boston Pizza is a restaurant that you should be basing your own restaurant on, its not setting the bar high.

There are other dining choices, for Italian I'd simply recommend Villa Verdi which is 10 minutes away, where the service and atmosphere are well worth the higher prices.

If someone from this restaurant is indeed reviewing this place themselves I think it's really dishonest. It just shows that the chef has an ego and in likelihood this place won't succeed. Focus on your business, focus on what's critiqued and try to improve.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Patience is Well Rewarded
Submitted Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - 12:22am [Dine in]

Like all the other Guu's this place is popular for a reason, it serves delicious Japanese tapas in a lively, fun, crowded environment. There will be a wait unless you arrive when they open. I came here the other night and I fell in love with Guu again, its comfort food thats good for the soul. My favorite dishes include the pumpkin croquette, anything seafood here, especially the salmon carpaccio, the duck salad, their oden dishes especially the daikon, and anything that looks appealing to me from the fresh sheet which changes daily. Sitting at the bar is fun because you can see the chefs preparing the food, and you also start to interact with the people sitting around you, we started to compare notes on the food and ended up ordering new dishes that we hadn't thought of trying. Everyone I've brought to Guu ends up loving it.

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Strawberry Milk Tea & Coffeee8580 Alexandra Road, 1025, Richmond
Cute as a Strawberry
Submitted Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - 12:10am [Dine in]

We came across this bubble tea place on Alexandra Road in Richmond, its one of many in that corridor. However the cute atmosphere that was a cross between a little girls nursery and that 80's Strawberry Shortcake doll drew us in. The bright airy room has light coloured wood furniture, cute strawberry wallpaper, toys tucked into a corner and a cheerful ambiance. The food is served in generous portions and its HK cafe style with baked dishes, sandwiches, hot pot etc. The fresh fruit slushes are delicious and even though I combined 2 flavours both flavours came through. The seafood hotpot was just right for a cold Vancouver evening and came loaded with seafood and the light tomato broth was tasty. The place was full of other patrons enjoying their food, and I will return this is a hidden gem.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House755 Burrard St, Unit 202, Vancouver
outstanding variety
Submitted Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

This is a review for a weekend lunch.
I was impressed with this ayce place, they include sashimi and their nigiri has a good fish to rice ratio.

They also offer a korean bbq option with their lunch, they are very generous with the meat portions so be careful to not over order! At these price points $11 for lunch don't expect filet mignon but the meat was decent. Some of us ended up cooking our sashimi on the grill which was pretty tasty.

Everything was presentable the food wasn't unforgettable but it was good quality and tasty.

Because there are so many ayce places around town the competition has kept the quality of these places up, however don't go there expecting someone to serve you every second, this is not a fine dining establishment where you are paying through your nose for service, having said that the wait staff here were pleasant just don't expect a waiter/waitress to hold your hand and satistfy your every whim that you have every two minutes.

If you want impeccable service, and a transforming food experience don't go to these places, there are plenty of other higher end choices to pick from.

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Villa Verdi13620 80th Avenue, Surrey
Worth a try
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

My normal Italian restaurant closed so I had to find a substitute for my pasta fix, so I decided to try Villa Verdi. It looks simple from the street but inside its very nicely decorated. This is higher end Italian food and very very rich with lots of butter and cream.

I went during lunch and it seems like they have a regular loyal clientele which is always a good sign. I enjoyed my lunch although I found the butter flavour a bit overpowering in my fettucine alfredo (yes I'm not such a fan of butter go figure). Next time I'll try one of their other lunch specials.

Lunch is about $20. The service is old-school impeccable. Worth a try if you are in the mood for a leisurely glamorous black and white movie feel italian meal. Would be perfect for a date.

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La Masia19209 Fraser Highway, Surrey
The best Spanish restaurant in GVRD
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

I was forced to write a review on La Masia given the other opinions presented. This restaurant is authentic, the owner is from Spain. The building is even built in the Spanish style.

I came here with two other girlfriends and we all enjoyed the food and were happy at spending what we did, if you are on a budget then do look elsewhere.

Tapas are a fun social meal, we ended up trying a bunch of things from their menu and they also offered a fresh sheet with the tapas special for the night. The seafood tapas especially were outstanding. We shared the sangria and it was delicious, how can anyone make a bad sangria i wonder? Also this is the Spanish from Spain style of food, most of the tapas places in Vancouver are Portuguese.

As to the temperature of the food most tapas are prepared beforehand and served at room temperature, gosh its soo annoying when people eat a certain type of food and know nothing about it and then complain.

This restaurant was very memorable the food was tasty and well-executed our tummies were happy when we left. I would recommend the tapas bar of this restaurant without hesitation. We spent about $35 each, and it was worth every penny.

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Kam Wah Wonton House9340 120th Street, Surrey
Comfort Food
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Another restaurant where the chef is not exactly talented in the kitchen. Their wontons are heavy and whenever a restaurant has wonton in it's name and can't even prepare wonton's properly... its a bad sign. However this place turns out much better food then neighboring Chinese restaurants (which isn't saying much). I do love the deep-fried honey garlic chicken wings here though. The restaurant is very inexpensive and usually has $7 or less dinner specials with 2 or 3 items. Overall a good solid choice for average if unrefined food, the good part is they are generous with the protein here, so a chicken dish will have a satisfying portion of meat in it.

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New Ruby Restaurant8223 120th St, Delta
Only the noodles & fried rice are edible...
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Overall Chinese food just isn't good in Delta/Surrey which means restaurants that would otherwise have failed thrive here. We sometimes cave and order a main dish here just to check if improvements have been made but nope most main dishes are basically inedible, either too salty, or just tastes off on the palate. The veggies are so overcooked they are mushy. They also don't peel the carrots which I dislike. Why the three stars then? Their noodle dishes are excellent. Oddly enough the service here is really good as well, the servers are cheerful and friendly and they don't charge extra if you add ingredients to their dishes.

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