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ValdemarBurnaby, BCSince April 15, 200938 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Darchin Restaurant801 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Good Groupon Suggestion
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2012 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

I went to this place, thanks to a GroupOn, and I'm glad I did. If you want something different than the usual Japanese or "West Coast" cuisine, give it a shot.

Food: Between my wife and I, we got to try most of the kebabs. The lamb was a bit fatty, but the other meats were tasty and cooked just right. The rice was also some of the lightest, fluffiest, rice I've ever had. The appys were also quite good and the quality is above-average.

Service: Attentive, quick, friendly.

Value: The kebabs are a little pricey, and it's not a cheap place to go, but it's fine.

Ambiance: I'm guessing this place used to be a bar, because it had very high ceilings and that old bar/pub feel. It was a lot busier than expected, but clean, bright, and upbeat. My only complaint is that it was a bit cold in there, and we were far from the door.

Overall: A good place to go for something different. I'd like to try it again sometime.

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
One of Vancouver's Hidden Gems
Submitted Monday, November 21, 2011 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

A friend took me to Trafalgar's a couple of years back, and I've been back quite a few times since. It has become one of my go-to restaurants and I'm always happy with the food.

It's nice to find a place that serves French/Bistro style food without typical French restaurant prices.
My one worry is that they have a new chef and the menu has changed.

Food: The best part of Trafalgar's is the food, including the Bistro-style french fries (in truffle oil, yum!). They are connected to a dessert place, so the dessert menu is much larger than the regular menu! The food is always well prepared and tasty, and of high quality. While the main menu isn't large, the variety is sufficient for pickier eaters.

Service: The service is generally good, although they seem a bit short-staffed when the restaurant is busy. The staff (especially the red-headed lady) are knowledgeable, personable, and will answer any questions you have. It's a refreshing change from a shallow place like Earl's, that's for sure.

Value: Again, French food without the exorbitant prices. It's a great value in this city.

Ambiance: Trafalgar's is tucked in quietly and is hard to notice if you are just driving by. It's a bit of an unusual place for a restaurant (16th Avenue). The restaurant is fairly small, not too dark, and never too noisy or loud. It's lively enough without too much noise, and the interior is simple and clean. It's a good place for a date or just out with friends.

Overall: If you want to go out for a more upscale meal, or like French food, I'd definitely recommend this place.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Enjoyable Evening Out
Submitted Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

My friends and I wanted to enjoy a big Mandarin feast, so we decided to give Kirin a try.

Food: One reason we chose this place was that they had Peking Duck, and it was tremendous. All of the other dishes (crab, soup, others) we got were of good quality and quite tasty. I was happy to get the quality I expected. The menu is big, with many options for picky eaters. The one downfall is the small options of alcoholic drinks available.

Service: Kirin is very good about spacing out the dishes, and we were never rushed. We were given plenty of wet cloths and the servers were very patient about explaining the many dishes on the menu.

Value: For the food we got, and the amount of time we spent, it was a great value. Most above-average restaurants and chains would cost us about the same, yet this type of food is a bit more special than your average place.

Ambiance: As a previous reviewer put it, the place was COLD! It is very clean and upscale when you walk in the front door, and I found it pleasantly quiet enough to have good conversations in, but turn up the damn heat!

Overall: If you want good quality Mandarin food, I'd recommend Kirin. The Peking Duck is certainly worth it.

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Browns Socialhouse215 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Not a Pleasant Experience
Submitted Friday, November 18, 2011 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

Where did Brown's suddenly pop up from? Out of nowhere, we have this chain of restaurants in Metro Vancouver (No, I'm not calling it a Social House).

I was given a gift card, so I took my family there to try it out, thinking we'd be getting another Milestones-type place.

Food:
The worst part of the experience was the food. My wife got sick from the burger she ate, and said it tasted like it was a cheap frozen patty not particularly cooked well. My hashbrown-type dish had some of the lowest-quality, fattiest meat I've had: Fine for a greasy spoon, but not for these prices. My other family members were not excited about their food, either.

Service:
The restaurant was fairly quiet for lunch, yet the service wasn't great. The girls are dressed up in typical all-black outfits like you see at Earl's, and seem to be hired for looks over everything else.

Value:
For these prices, I'd expect more than low-quality meat and burgers. It's like they took Denny's food and charged twice as much.

Ambiance: Fairly typical.

Overall: With so many other similar options, I can't see myself going to Brown's again. Milestones has never let me down, and the quality of the food at Brown's was so poor that it isn't worth trying again. How this chain got so popular is a mystery to me.

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Cho Sun Korean Restaurant3486 Kingsway St., Vancouver
An interesting experience
Submitted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

Not many restaurants require you to cook your own food, but this place does :) Makes the chefs' job easier.

Food: Most of the meat and fish you will get is raw, and you have to cook it yourself. How your food turns out is up to you. The cuts of meat seems to be well cut, and free of too much fat.

With your meal, you get a whole bunch of side dishes. These sides are also refillable for free, so you can get 2-3 bowls of Kimchi, if you so desire.

Service: Spotty, and inconsistent. You need to be somewhat assertive here to make sure that you get what side dishes, drinks, napkins you need. Once the food is delivered to you, the staff pretty much just disappears.

Value: Despite the fact you do the cooking, it's a pretty solid value. With the free sides, you can fill up quite nicely.

Ambiance: Not much ambiance, but the experience is definitely unique. Yes, cooking can be fun when you don't have to do any shopping or dishes :) Each table has a large burner in the middle and you can cook your meat as you like it.

The only downside is the burner takes up a lot of table space and it can be very cramped with all of the side dishes taking up room. Prepare to be a bit cramped and get a bit messy.

Overall: The place works because it's a different experience than other places. It's worth going once a year just for something new to try.

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Red Robin803 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Good burgers and milkshakes
Submitted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 11:58am [Dine in]

I love Red Robin burgers, and go here every few months for a lunchtime chow down.

Food: The burgers are the main reason I come here, and I find them quite tasty and juicy. The fries are nice and thick, but could use more salt. The milkshakes are, as always, thick and creamy. It's high calorie stuff, but tasty high calorie stuff.

Service: This location has a lot of young people and I rarely see the same people twice. That said, the service is adequate and upbeat.

Value: Compared to other downtown restaurants, Red Robin is a great deal. Overall, decent prices for decent food.

Ambiance: The outdoor patio is nice for sunny days. Inside, you get the usual random crap on the walls (retro knick-knacks, etc) and some TVs to watch some sports on. This location is often busy, but not overly packed. Volume is just right.

Overall: If you want a very casual burger lunch with some friends, this place is great.

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St. James's Well248 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Lively Irish Pub
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2009 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

St. James's Well is tucked away rather well in Port Moody, but is almost always packed in the evenings. Not many places serve real English pub food, so this place is a treat.

Food: Pub food is pub food, but you can give some authentic English/Irish good (liver and onions), for better or worse :) It's greasy, and probably not too healthy, but it is filling and tastes good. Drinks are obviously abundant.

Service: Funny how the best service we've received was when the restaurant was packed. If you go for lunch, it tends to be a bit slower. Recovering from hangovers, ladies? Still, it's up to par.

Value: Adequate value for the dollar. Average prices.

Ambiance: No Irish music nor bar brawls when we've been there, but it's one of the few BUSY bars I've been to where I've not felt overwhelmed or annoyed by the noise. The atmosphere is very lively and upbeat. The place has the usual trinkets and decor which mimics an Irish pub.

Overall: A good pub for drinks or a good place to get some real pub food. Bangers and Mash was a winner.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar4420 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Usually a safe bet
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2009 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Milestones is a good restaurant chain in that you can usually find something to suit all tastes, good decent food at decent prices, have a good time, and not take a beating in the wallet. It's not a bad casual date restaurant, either.

Food: A solid selection of 'west coast' cuisine ranging from burgers, to seafood pasta dishes, to Kobe beaf meatloaf. Nothing has wowed me, but nothing has disappointed me, either. The margaritas are big and taste good, as well. (unlike the artificial syrupy taste you find at other places)

Service: Can be a bit hit or miss, but no horror stories in my dozen-odd trips there. Milestones is obviously a bit less looks-obsessed than Earls or Cactus Club, which leads to less service nightmares.

Ambiance: This location isn't nearly as modern as their other locations (especially Robson), but it is usually always very busy.

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Tim Hortons4191 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Typical Tims
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2009 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

Tim Hortons is a real Canadian institution, albeit owned by Americans (last time I checked). This location is right near my house, and a good place for a late-night bite.

Food: It is obvious that the freshness of THs product has gone downhill, over the years. The donuts and bagels just do not appear to be baked at location, and the TH chain has sacrificed taste for the bottom line. It's still decent, but not as good as I remember it to be.

Service: The service at this location is rather abysmal. Even when it is quiet, it is quite slow. The staff seem to be completely uninterested in their jobs (though I can't blame them entirely) and are almost robotic when taking and filling orders.

Value: THs saving grace is the value. You can easily get a big coffee or hot smoothie and for under 3 bucks. The lunch combos are standard, but the bagels, muffins, and donuts provide good value.

Ambiance: Typical fast food/greasy chain place. The stopped providing napkins at the tables, which is annoying.

Overall: If you want to a cheap ($) start your day with a coffee and donut, or want a late-night snack, TH is a solid place to go if you can put up with surly service. Don't bother for lunch or a meal, though, unless you have no other options.

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Rasputin Russian Cuisine457 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good atmosphere, but EXPENSIVE
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 10:57am [Dine in]

There are very few Slavic restaurants in the GVRD, so Rasputin's definitely stands out. My best friend really wanted to try Russian food, so we went ...

Food: If you haven't had a lot of Russian food, you'd probably find it pretty good. I found the food rather average. Tasty, sure, but nothing spectacular. It's just that the cuisine is very uncommon in the area. Good selection of vodkas, too.

Service: Very good. The owner went to great lengths to give us a good time and chat about the various vodkas. It was a lively night and the waitress was in a good mood.

Value: We had a good time, so that is worth something. The value of the food, however, is rather poor. The prices at Rasputin are very high for fairly standard Russian cuisine.

Ambiance: Live music, a friendly owner, and fairly busy. If you go on the right night (make sure they have music), it'll be more worth your while. If the music isn't playing, it can be just ordinary.

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Sfinaki Taverna4061 Hastings St, Burnaby
Good Greek Place in N. Burnaby
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 10:42am [Dine in]

Like many others, I went to Sfinaki based on the coupon in the Entertainment book.

Food: The lamb I had was extremely tender, tasty, and almost melted in my mouth. The dessert was a bit greasy for my liking, but the rice pilaf was great by itself and nothing disappointed.

Service: Adequate and timely, for the most part. When we wanted to pay the bill, it took them quite awhile. Don't they want their money? :)

Value: Not as much food as you get from other Greek places, but more than enough to fill us both up. I don't want to have too much food, either. Good value for the price.

Ambiance: The usual knick-knacks and paintings in a random fashion. What stood out for us was the large amount of vegetation in the restaurant. It was a mini-jungle in some places, and definitely made the experience more interesting and relaxed than other place.

Overall: A good, solid choice for Greek food in North Burnaby.

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Pita King Mediterranean Food4567 Lougheed Highway, #732K, Burnaby
Near the top of Food Court selections
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2009 - 11:09am [Dine in]

If you have to go to a food court to get something to eat, it can be hard to get something healthy-ish besides sushi/Japanese. To the rescue: Pita King.

Unlike the other Greek Chains ("Jimmy The Greek"), you do have to wait a few minutes to have your food prepared. Pita King doesn't have everything sitting in warming trays for hours, and will actually cook up your meat for you.

Food: For a food court, it's great stuff. I don't feel guilty for going there and I'm always satisfied.

Service: Family-owned. Service is friendly, but you do have to wait.

Value: Generous portions. You will feel full and the combos are cheap.

Ambiance: Brentwood food court... much nicer and quieter than Metrotown's, but I much prefer getting my order to go.

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Earls3850 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
The worst of the Earl's chain?
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2009 - 10:57am [Dine in]

Since this location is fairly close to where I live, and I was given a gift card once, I've been there 3 times. I don't plan on going back.

Food: Are the patties so frozen and dull that the chefs feel compelled to drench the burgers in half a pound of salt? My girlfriend couldn't finish her burger, and even a salt-fiend such as myself found it gross. The fries are now small and thin as Earl's seems fit to mimic McDonalds. If I want thin, salty fries, I'll go there.

Service: What killed this location for us is the service. The last time we went, we had the worst waitress we've ever had the misfortune of 'serving' us. After waiting 15 minutes to even order our drinks, we started to walk out and told the shift manager as such. We were convinced to stay (and we were starving) on the promise the service would get better. We also saw a family at another table walk out after being ignore. The service didn't get much better, and this was the first time I've ever not given a tip.

If you don't already know, Earl's waitresses are hired purely on looks and nothing else. Earl's is great for eye candy, but this particular location doesn't seem to realize that SERVICE is important. Each time we've been here, the service has been below par.

Value: Average food with above-average prices.

Ambiance: Lively, a good lounge section with lots of TVs, and cool decor. For a night out with a date, however, it can be too loud. It's best to go to Earl's with a group of friends or co-workers. That said, go to a different Earl's location. This one is consistently poor.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips6574 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Excellent Fish&Chips
Submitted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

I went to this place after reading these positive reviews and I was not disappointed.

Food: I haven't had Fish&Chips this good for some time. The portions are MASSIVE, with each piece looking to be about 10-12 inches long. Quality and quantity. Just the right amount of grease, batter, and juice in the fish and the fries were also tasty. Much better than you'd get at other restaurants in the GVRD.

Service: The food took less than 5 minutes to arrive, and was prepared right after our order. The restaurant was fairly full, but we were taken care of and did not have to wait long for anything. I haven't had that kind of service from more expensive restaurants.

Value: The price for a massive F&C platter is under $10. Since the food tastes good, the value is outstanding.

Ambiance: the only 'failing' is that Cockney Kings is a greasy spoon in terms of appearance. There are the usual English trinkets on the walls, but it is certainly not the place for a fancy date. What do you expect for a casual F&C place? The cockney slang table mats were good for a chuckle, though.

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Grand Buffet6401 Kingsway, #110, Burnaby
For true gluttons
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

Is this place still open? I didn't know there were any AYCE places left?

I went here quite a few years ago, because all of the AYCE places in Vancouver seemed to have shut down.

Food: Greasy and cheap. I didn't expect quality, nor did I get it. Some was good, some was not.. When I went, I was not at all picky about what I ate, so I didn't mind. Now? I couldn't see myself enjoying it nearly as much.

Service: You serve yourself, so there is no service.

Value: A great value, simply because you can eat enough to last a week for a low price. That said, the price you pay after (sore stomach, etc) is steep

Ambiance: I remember ice cream buckets near the front door, dirty floors, and a rather poor atmosphere. Obviously, people are there to stuff their faces, and not much else. Still, they could have done a better job on making the place seem a bit more sanitary.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Never again
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

Las Margaritas is a bit of a trek for me, but I took my girlfriend there because she liked it in her youth. I also went there another time with family. I expected an above-average experience.

Food: Below average. The portions are big, but the food itself, especially the tortillas, is a bit bland. On the second time around, the food arrived late and was barely warm at all. The food does the job, but it certainly isn't as good as it was hyped up to be.

On the plus side, the Margaritas are good... they ought to be! The right mix of sweet and sour.

Service: Poor. The first time we went, just the two of us, it was OK. The servers seem to be hired more on their looks (ooh, a latino guy!) rather than talent. On our second trek, with the family, they did a very poor job. Our food was very late, and we had to wait a long time to get extra napkins, etc ... Yes, I understand the restaurant is busy, but the experience put the entire family off of the place.

Value: A bit pricey for rather average food. I could get the same stuff at a family-owned place for much cheaper.

Ambiance: Lots of weird trinkets. They are trying to be more hip than authentically Mexican. Very loud, but very laid back. Kits is a nice neighborhood, too.

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
Very delicious 'modern' cuisine
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I went here for Dine Out Vancouver. I'm not sure I could normally afford it.

Food: Outstanding. The appetizer ducky tacos were soft and tasty, and the cornbread melts in your mouth. Easily the best of each I've had in many years. I could have easily had the apps for a meal, but had to save room for the main dish. If you are going to do 'modern' cuisine, this is the way to do it.

The only thing to be aware of is that their mojitos are rather sour, rather than the sweetness we're used to. I had to ask for extra sweetening (which they did quickly).

Service: Quite good. The lady was helpful and always came when we needed her. The server also relayed our specific instructions to the bar regarding our drinks.

Value: For DOV, it was obviously very good. On a normal basis, I wouldn't feel bad at all about paying a premium for such well-done food. The dishes I had here are not easy to find in Vancouver.

Ambiance: The atmosphere was great, though Gastown can be a bit sketchy in terms of finding parking. My one beef was that it was cold(!) in the restaurant. Yes, it was freezing outside, but put on some more heat! It's also rather cramped and small, as the location is pretty small. I wish they'd expand.

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Pondok Indonesia2781 Commercial, Vancouver
Not good enough for a second visit
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

I took a friend here for a dinner one night. My experience was OK, but I don't think the value was there.

Food: Tasty, but average. Serving rice from an ice cream scoop (big round ball) just brings the presentation down a big notch. My friend and I both enjoyed our large dishes.

Service: Was OK. Nothing bad, nothing good. Average. Not sure if this is family owned or not, but it seemed like it.

Value: One thing that did strike me was that the prices were higher than I expected out of a place like this. For the food and location, I felt like I overpaid.

Ambiance: Some standard decorations. It's a bit of a sketchy part of town (I used to live there), so the surroundings aren't at all pretty.

Overall: You can't necessarily go wrong going to Pondok, but it's more expensive than it should be. If you want standard Indonesian, there are probably better places to go.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
All sizzle, no steak
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Food: The Caesar salad was the worst such salad I've ever had! It was dry, bland, and put together in a very strange manner. I guess they were trying to be cute, but I expect the most expensive Caesar I've ever had not to suck. On the plus side, the black cod I had was good.

Service: They handled our large group (12-14 people) beautifully. We never had to wait long for anything, and the staff were friendly and courteous.

Value: Again, the most expensive Caesar salad I've ever had was atrocious, and most items on the menu are extremely expensive. The food was average for a West Coast cuisine, but the prices were very high.

Ambiance: The view is obviously a key selling point, and the inside of the restaurant is also quite lovely. We had lots of space, and the place seemed to have a positive buzz.

Overall: If the prices were so outrageous, I'd probably go again for a romantic night out. Oh, and don't order the Caesar!

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Watermark1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver
It's all about the view
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 10:40am [Dine in]

I got taken hear once, for my girlfriend's birthday, and got about what I expected.

The view, of course, is amazing. We got a seat fairly close to the window, and got to watch the sunset. If you don't happen to sit near the window, then you are getting screwed.

Food: Average. I wasn't unhappy with my meal, but it was definitely not worth the high prices. It's typical "west coast" cuisine... it does the job, but it's not very inspired.

Service: It's hard to believe that they don't have any birthday cake or something special for birthdays. What restaurant doesn't have that? At least they gave her a free dessert. Otherwise, the service was adequate, although the staff there seem a bit inexperienced.

Value: High prices for average food. You are paying for the view, after all.

Ambiance: A very 'Yaletown' crowd, but the view was stunning. The one downside was that the tables were very crowded together and it wasn't as comfortable as it should have been. Obviously, they want to maximize the # of seats, but a pricey restaurant should allow you to sit down without bumping seats with people around you.

Overall: If you want to watch the view and the people on the beach, this is your place. Don't come here for the food.

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