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ValdemarBurnaby, BCSince April 15, 200938 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Displaying 21 - 38 of 38 Reviews Found
Cambie, The300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Great for cheap drunks
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

As advertised, The Cambie is a great place to load up on cheap beer.

Food: Who goes there for the food? :) The food isn't very good, but that's not why most people go there. It's all about the beer.

Service: It gets very busy there, so the service can get sporadic. Still, the servers do a decent job of keeping up with people.

Value: The only real redeeming quality about the place is the cheap beer. It's a good value if you want to go and get drunk, that's for sure. Lots of young people there who simply want to chat and drink beer.

Ambiance: Good and very very very bad. Lots of youngsters (and foreign exchange students) having a good time, which is the positive part.

On the other hand, the place is disgusting. The tables are old, wooden, and not in particularly good shape. The real trouble, though, is with the washrooms. The Cambie is well known to have the worst washrooms in the city. Are they ever cleaned? I would rather pee in my pants than have to go back in there. Given how much alcohol flows, they ought to pay more attention to this crucial detail.

The Cambie is also in a very sketchy part of town, though the homeless and druggies usually go to other establishments.

Overall: Only worth if you are very tight for money and want a boozy night out. Otherwise, go elsewhere.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
A guilty pleasure
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

Memphis Blues is a place you go if you want to consume vast quantaties of meat and care not for your waistline. If the platter says it feeds 4, it will feed at least 6.

Food: This kind of BBQ is not common around here, which is probably why I'd rate it higher than perhaps I should. I loved the pulled pork and was satisfied by everything else. Yes, the food is exceptionally fattening and greasy, but that's why you go in the first place!

Service: What service? It's a self-serve place where you pick up your own order and are basically on your own. The staff are friendly, but you might be better off taking the food home.

Value: For that much meat and food, it's a very good value. You are almost guaranteed to get plenty of leftovers, and enough calories to last you a year.

Ambiance: Not much ... wooden tables, rolls of paper towels everywhere (you need them). At least the people around Commercial Drive are generally friendly and everyone is simply there to get stuffed.

Overall: Great for a guilt-free glutton.

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William Tell, The765 Beatty Street, Vancouver
I can't get over the prices
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice: Once for an office Xmas party (room was rather small for us), and once for a normal dinner. The location is away from the busier parts of Downtown, yet is easy to get to. (close to SkyTrain)

Food: The most disappointing part of the trips here was the food. It wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't anything special. For a restaurant that charges so much and puts up such airs, it certainly doesn't win points for having standard dishes. On the other hand, all of the mixed drinks I had (and I had many *burp*) were very well mixed and quite strong.

Service: 5-stars. For the X-mas dinner, we were waited on hand and foot, with hot towels and coffee for recovering from all the drinks. At least this place can justify the prices with the service they provided (at least when I've been there).

Value: Again, the prices are exhorbitant and the food is not that special. You'll likely spend lots on booze, too :/

Ambiance: Classy, without being too stuffy and pretentious. The decor was different than the usual 'modern' West Coast style we get at other places. The wait staff obviously knew what they were doing and were quick to help. Certainly 'European' as advertised.

Overall: I enjoyed the service and the drinks, but can't think it justified to spend so much on the food. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone without a lot of disposible income.

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Cactus Club Cafe4219B Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Not a bad choice, but you can do better
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

The Cactus Club has come a long way from being a casual dining place near UBC where you could toss peanut shells on the floor.

Now, the Cactus Club is a 'casual dining' chain that is just about a carbon copy of Earls: West Coast cuisine, waitresses hired on looks, and a bit pretentious.

Food: I've found the food to be delightful, especially the yam fries. The quality of the food is definitely above-average, and the meals are of good size.

Service: Like Earls, the waitresses are hired on looks alone, and they all wear black. How about a little variety? That said, the service we've had at this location was just fine.

Value: Below-average considering the prices are rather high for the type of food you get. I enjoy the food, but the type of meals you get here should not cost nearly as much as they do.

Ambiance: Perfect for upsale yuppie-types, but it feels a bit too pretentious and shallow to me. I did get the feeling like I didn't quite belong there, even though it's simply a middle-of-the-road restaurant. It's also quite loud in there, like they pumped in some crowd noise.

Overall: It's hard to go wrong at the Cactus Club, as the food is good and so is the eye candy. If you have the money, and are out with a group of friends, it's a solid choice.

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Knight and Day Restaurant3684 Lougheed Hwy, Vancouver
Greasy Spoon that does the job
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

My friends and I like to come here for late night meals after Vancouver Giants games.

Atmosphere: It's open 24 hours (big plus), and the atmosphere is very casual and laid back. The restaurant is clean, but the washrooms need to be improved. Nothing says 'greasy spoon' like having a guess-your-weight machine at the front door :)

Food: The menu is varied has many different choices, and the food is adequate. I like the big breakfasts. The mixed drinks however, especially the margaritas, aren't very good. No need to order alcohol here.

Service: The waitresses we've ended up with have always been friendly, down-to-earth folks, and have been good at getting us what we need.

Overall: If you are looking for a place to eat late at night and don't want to spend too much money, and calories aren't a concern, Knight and Day does the trick.

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Transylvania Flavour2120 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good Hungarian-Romanian food
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

There is a lack of good Eastern-European places in the GVRD, and I have noticed that this place can be a bit too empty at times, which is a shame. Why have another generic Japanese restaurant (like the one next door) when you can eat here?

The food at Transylvania Flavour House is absoltely fantastic, and very well prepared. The cabbage and sauerkraut were both warm and soft, the pomme frites were crispy, and the meat was tender and tasty.

Service - The first time we went for lunch, the chef didn't show up! The poor owner was scrambling and had to basically cook/warm the dishes himself. That said, the food was got was still incredibly good and I've rarely experience better service than that. The tripe soup is definitely tastier than most other places, and is a good meal of its own.

The next times we've been, the labour issues obviously got sorted out :), yet the service remained quite good.

It can be a bit pricey for a dinner, but you get what you pay for.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
A beautiful night at the Met
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

My friend insisted on taking me here once and I was quite surprised. I don't normally like extremely expensive restaurants, but Diva at the Met is an expection.

The service was phenominal, with the waiter extremely friendly, helpful, and not at all intrusive. The palette-cleaning celery foam before the main meal was a nice touch, as was the complimentary sample appetizer we were given. We really felt as if they were happy to have us there and tried to give us a good experience. I was surprised they even allowed us to take photos with a flash camera, given how posh the place was.

The food was of superb quality, although it has been so long since I've been there that I forgot exactly what I ordered. The portions were a bit small, but we were given lots of tasty fresh bread to help fill us up. At least we didn't have to go out for a second meal afterwards.

For dessert, they had Stilton cheesecake on the menu, which is not all that common. Unlike at other places we've been, the Stilton cheesecake here was less bitter (hard to do with that cheese) and much tastier. The best of the lot we've had.

If I were to recommend a high-end restaurant, this would be near or at the top of my list.

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On Lok Restaurant2010 E Hastings, Vancouver
Cheap Eats with a side of Surliness
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

Some friends of mine love going to this place because it's cheap and quick and filling. They also warned me that it's dirty and the service is poor. That is part of the charm, apparently :)

The food, as advertised, was cheap, very quick, and adequate. When you want to get stuffed on greasy spoon Chinese food, this is a good place to go.

On the other hand, I would not recommend this place for anyone who doesn't have patience or has a quick temper.

One time, when the waitress poured my tea (into a crappy plastic cup), she poured way too fast and splashed some on my hand. She didn't even notice! Fortunately, the tea was just 'warm' and I wasn't burnt. Getting help from the waitstaff means pretty much fighting with them, and it certainly feels like you are more of a trouble to them than anything else.

In the end, it's a decent place to go with a group of friends when you just want it cheap and easy. I wouldn't go myself, or take my girlfriend there, but don't mind going with friends. Just don't expect service with a smile.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House6651 East Hastings, Burnaby
Good food, if you aren't picky about your surroundings
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

De Dutch Pennekoek House is a consistently good choice for a breakfast or lunch, though you often have to wait before getting a table. The prices are reasonable, the selection is good, and the food is tasty. The atmosphere is very casual. My Dutch relatives approve, which is a good sign.

This location is in the basement and is quite cramped. It can also be a bit hard to find. It really isn't the nicest place to eat, so those who value ambiance will want to stay clear and go to the Coquitlam location instead.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Lots of food, and lots of waiting
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

I went to Anton's with some friends and was prepared for a long wait. It was about 20 minutes, which I was told was below average. Yipes! The service was a bit slow, but adequate.

The menu selection was more varied than I expected, with lots of different pastas and sauses.

As expected, the portions were gigantic and even a heavy eater like me could not finish it all. You certainly get a lot of food for your dollar.

That said, I don't understand why somebody would want to wait outside for 30 or more minutes. The food portions were huge, but still rather generic. Spaghetti and sauce is not hard for someone to make at home. If there wasn't such a long lineup, I'd probably go back more often. Instead, I'll pay a bit more to go to another Italian restaurant where the quality is higher.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
More like the
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

I've been to two different Boasthouses and have yet to see why this place gets so much hype and attention. It's not a horrible place to eat, but it doesn't seem all that great, either.

The food is solid, but nothing to write home about. It certainly isn't worth the price or the wait. Other than the view, there isn't much here. At least the washrooms were tidy!

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Fantastic Value
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

This is one of my favourite little restaurants and one of the best values in the city. Almost every entree is 10$ and under, and you get a LOT of food. Not only that, but the burgers are yummy and juicy. The drink specials are also nice. Most entrees come with little potato pieces, rather than fries, which is a bit healthier, but also a bit more bland. There is also a sizable salad with each entree, which can fill you up instead of the potatoes.

The place can be a bit busy at times (waiting 10-20 minutes), but the atmosphere is lively and cheerful. There are 2-3 TVs there to watch the game while eating, and the waitstaff is quite friendly every time we go. In the dozen or so times I've been there, the experience and food have always been good.

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Kaplan's Star Deli1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Big Meaty Sandwiches
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

I haven't been to many Jewish delis, but after going to Kaplan's, I think I'd like to try more of them.

The sandwiches we ordered were absolutely packed with meat, and the potato pancakes on the side (Latkes) were definitely better than french fries. The coleslaw was also very good, and not drenched with fattening mayonnaise. The servers were also very friendly without being superficial. I didn't see much of a "New York" atmosphere, but the place (and washrooms) was very clean.

The prices are a bit high compared to the usual food courts in the area, but I felt the meal was worth it. A good place to go for a casual lunch. I hope to go back.

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Boston Pizza4219 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Decent Pizza
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

Boston Pizza is a fairly decent chain, with a varied selection of Pizzas and girly drinks. The food here is definitely not of the health food variety, but nobody who goes there is worrying about that anyway. I enjoy the lasanga, which is big and cheesy. The own downfall is that Boston Pizza is rather expensive for what is really fast food.

This location doesn't seem to be too busy, and the service was adequate.

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Gohan Japanese Restaurant1815 Rosser Avenue, #1, Burnaby
A nice hidden gem in North Burnaby
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

I live a few blocks from this place, and go here often enough for an inexpensive night out.

The owner has put some Hawaiian influence into his food, and I absolutely love the Chicken Locomoco. I could eat this almost every day. The food is here definitely above-average quality for a Vancouver-area Japanese restaurant, and the prices aren't too bad, either. You can get a good meal for a reasonable price, which keeps me coming back.

The service is the one downside, as the waitresses are obviously students from Japan, and speak little English. I rarely see the same ones more than twice. It can be a bit challenging getting your order taken right. Still, if you are patient, it's worth it.

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Not worth the price
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

The Pear Tree has had a lot of hype to it, so I was expecting a lot from the place. The location is tucked away in North Burnaby next to a burned down bank (odd), but the decor and atmosphere is obviously rather posh for the area.

The first thing that is easily noticed is how small the menu is. There is very little to choose from (just a handful of items). Then, you'll notice the very high prices. For something like rabbit, which is not a usual meal, I could understand, but for the rest?

The food itself was delicious, but the portions were incredibly small. I was certainly not satisfied by the meal, nor the appetizers. For the price, you ought to get something that is incredible. Nothing about the experience made me feel that I was really getting something special.

While the Pear Tree might be highly rated by food critics, the mass majority will not find this place worth the value.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
A solid choice
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times, and bring my girlfriend here when we want a nice quiet evening out and some Indian food.

The place is a lot emptier than Anton's next door, which is a shame. The food at Bombay Bhel is very tasty, and with the Naan bread they serve, you should be leaving quite full.

The chai masala tea is good, but the alcoholic drink selection leaves a lot to be desired. You'd be better off going 'dry' for this meal, and worry more about savouring the food.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Big Balkan Eats
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

I took my (non Eastern European) girlfriend here on a lark. We did notice that most everyone here spoke Serbian, even the customers. The server was rather aloof, but attentive enough without being bad.

The Balkan Platter is supposedly for 2 people, but it can easily feed 4 or more. We were absolutely stuffed, and had lots to take home. A good value for the money.

The atmosphere is rather dark and a bit dreary. It would be easy to feel out of place if you aren't Slavic, and I figure this place could try to be a bit more welcoming to the non Slavs.

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