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ViviyanBurnabySince April 13, 200627 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value2 (2)
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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine4530 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Delicious Satay Pho!
Submitted Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

I've been coming to this place for years now and even not as a student anymore nearby. I would definitely count this place as best pho in town. It's strange given the reviews below of the eccentric decor (and no lack of TVs. I count at least 8, holy!) and questionable hygiene, I still love this place and its pho. The broth is rich and deep in flavour and it's light as air. The satay pho comes out steaming hot and the soup is really to die for with a squeeze of lime and basil. Haven't tried the rice dishes before but heard good things from my dining companions. Spring roll is passable.

This place is also affectionately referred to as "Thai Spicy" by my friends and I.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Stay Away!
Submitted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

I totally agree with the last review of Steamworks. They're relying on the fact that the place is on a prime location (great view, big spaces for parties, lots of walk-in traffic, convenient for transit) to survive. The food and service are both suffering. I'm not a big beer connoisseur so I can't comment on their taps but their value for dish portions isn't the greatest. I was there for a birthdy dinner on Sunday night. Wasn't too hungry so shared a lemon pepper chicken caesar salad with yam fries. The yam fries are nothing spectacular but the salad... oh sad times. Lightly dressed romaine lettuce and a slice of chicken that is so blackened and tough it makes chewing a nightmare, all for $12.99. Not to mention - the service is kind of dismal and non-existent. My half plate of yam fries was unfinished and the waitress didn't utter a word, started to pile used napkins and garbage in there to take it away. My friend piped in and said "we'll finish that if it's okay with you. This is food afterall."

I've stayed away in the past for good reason!

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
New favourite too!
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 1:18am [Dine in]

Let's say we found a PoMo restaurant at SoMa. This is my new favourite place for Japanese food. I love the fact that they have a huge menu - everything you could possibly want is on there, at least in my case: beef/tuna tataki, fresh grilled takoyaki, okonomiyaki, sushi, donburi, udon, the list goes on!

I sampled just a few things for a snack including their negitoro roll, takoyaki ($5.50 for 6), and seaweed sunomono. Everything was fresh and (gasp) authentically done. I saw tables next to us who ordered sushi platters had candles and other decorations on their plates!

The place has an artsy field. Obviously, presentation matters to this place and it really didn't feel like I was in a Japanese restaurant. I'll definitely be going back to try out their other stuff like the ginger creme brulee!

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Trade Offs
Submitted Monday, May 5, 2008 - 2:07am [Dine in]

I've tried all 3 ramen places on the block now and Benkei would be the one rated in the middle between Kintaro and Motomachi. The price per bowl is $6.60 (miso soup base is $6.90) but the portions were a bit smaller than Kintaro and Motomachi. Also um, the toppings were skimped out. On my shoyu ramen, I noticed a lot or green onions, a small piece of nori, and 2 pieces each of charsu and bamboo shoots, JUST TWO! The broth, thank god, definitely was a plus for me. It didn't having floating pieces of lard like Kintaro and the broth wasn't so heavy. Could've used a bit more shoyu though.

For the ladies, this would be a good sized portion. And also the add-ons I guess are a gimmick. The charsu had a really nice smokey flavour. We tried the gyoza and they were super juicy and crispy. Wasn't too full so we tried the chopped charsu in onigiri. I would come back!

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Chow3121 Granville Street, Vancouver
Solid All The Way
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 2:07am [Dine in]

I really can't think of any memorable reason that would draw me back here. 4 of us tried out Chow today for a celebration meal. I think the rest of the party was definitely more impressed with the liquor list and menu than I was. I had the grilled octopus dish that came with a chickpea arugala salad, homemade chorizo plus the "Mint Rickey" which was um, pretty bland. It tasted like ginger and water. It wasn't sweet enough for me. The octopus was surprisingly tender. But it was definitely cold all the way through when it got to my table. Oh well, maybe it was meant to be not warm? Wasn't impressed with the chorizo, where's the smokiness flavour? The portions were fair for the price. But... I still left hungry.

The service was pretty good! They catered to both guests of our party that had major food allergies.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
It's the food!
Submitted Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

I personally don't mind the ambiance at all. I came here specifically to try the food. The place is really clean, well-kept and comfortable. What more can you ask for? I've been there 3 times now and all excellent experiences.

The food is authentic Japanese homestyle comfort food - no sushi! I tried the beef tendon udon, spicy chicken karaage set, and another beef don. I love the freshness of the food and it's prepared on the spot. Everything is done with quality and care! Even down to the small details like a bowl of miso soup - it's piping hot, not lukewarm.

I highly recommend the fried eggplants (ageshi nasu) and the potato croquette for appetizers. I heard that they have takoyaki sometimes too! Can't wait to go back again!

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Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries2611 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
Lot of choices!
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

They have a few tables for patrons who want to dine in. It gets pretty busy at night! I had the hedgehog cake (hazelnut galore!) and it was very light and creamy. I prefer Sweet Obsessions over True Confections because I find their dessert selections are way too decadent and overly rich - it's hard to even finish a piece alone. And I like their selection here - much more refined in style and taste. Good coffee and tea selection with sorbet in the summertime! Love the atmosphere.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Fresh off the grill!
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Went here last night for an anniversary dinner (why? I don't know). It was family night so things got a little wild but the waitress managed to find us a table away from all the kids. Didn't mind being close to the kitchen either because we saw our pizzas get made from scratch and then towards the big oven!

Very tasty pizzas... though when it cooled down the crusts would get rock hard. I recommend the Bradner Farm pizza - lemon rosemary chicken pieces, pesto, roasted bell peppers and tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Vegan friendly for some!

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Relish888 Nelson St., Vancouver
Good menu!
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

At first I wasn't sure what to make of it... My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this place on for a late Valentine's Day dinner. It was after 10:00pm and their kitchen was still open. I saw the menu and was puzzled by the arrangement. But definitely a lot of options I wanted to try out. I went with the Salmon Tempura Burger with wasabi mayo- the best decision I made all day! It was so delicious. The batter was very light and salmon was juicy. The Thai slaw was inside the burger made the whole combination fit together. Flavored mayo makes everything taste better.

Will come back for the crab salad sandwich!

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Nearly perfect!
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend was leaving for Halifax and he'll be gone during our anniversary so I decided we should go somewhere special. He liked the French idea and so Jules seemed like a good choice with relatively affordable prices. We arrived 10 mins late but our reserved table was still there! And it was a window-side seat.

Both of us went for the $23 fixed menu - I was especially anxious to have the ratatouille or spinach instead of the fries. Our server told me "sure!" and I was euphoric! Off the bat I was impressed. NOWHERE does this happen! I mean come on, Earl's asks for $2.50 when you ask for a salad instead of fries. And even more so because my partner has some severe food allergies and she was able to take care of it all! Down to the dessert, she offered him a special coffee I find this type of attentive service just rare in Vancouver.

The food was really delicious for the deal we got. How much could you ask for? Gosh even the salad came in a generous portion and my boyfriend got his own special balsamic vinegar/olive oil dressing because of his allergies. My major pet peeve is lukewarm food. I definitely don't mind scalding hot food for sure! So I found my steak done really well and the ratatouille was mellow and sweet. Eh the dessert was okay, I had the chocolate terrine: nothing special.

My only major beef with this place is the noise level. I can see that others here are concerned with rowdy patrons. Yeah unfortunately we sat near a group of 6 giddy women who could not stop shrieking and laughing. And the bar was really full of men yelling. I wouldn't have mind all that except combined with everyone else in the restaurant, having a conversation is futile unless you'd like to scream. And uh... we also occasionally saw some odd things going on outside the streets. Like the homeless walking around, stopping cars, lots of weird stuff. That was disconcerting but not the restaurant's fault I guess.

Definitely coming back again!

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Posh3779 Sexsmith Road, #1123, Richmond
Wow!
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 1:46am [Dine in]

For $9.95 at lunch, you get an all-you-can-eat deal with the Sukiyaki. The quality is of the food isn't spectacular but it's definitely worth it if you're in with a group of friends (less clean up at home!) The atmosphere is great for chilling out. They have a small cocktail menu too for the ladies!

I went to the W. Broadway restaurant and I gotta say, great service! We got several different waiters/waitresses but they were all pretty awesome.

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Ajisai Sushi Bar2081 West 42nd Ave, Vancouver
Delicious Oshizushi
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 1:36am [Dine in]

This tops my rating simply because of the oshizushi. I went with 4 friends and decided to try the oshizushi with mackerel (considering that there's not a hot plate in the place, we figured they grilled it with a blow torch!). OH MY GOODNESS - it is the most delicious sushi I've ever had! The fish was so fresh, so tender and seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of black pepper and some kind of citrus soy sauce dressing. It was a good combination with rice... if only they made this en masse... The bill came to $50 and we were pretty full.

All the other sushi items seem standard. Nothing spectacular. A bit pricier than the usual sushi joint but worth it! The place is small so be prepared for a long wait. Not suitable for big party groups at all.

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Vina Vietnamese Cuisine2508 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Stay for the piano...
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2007 - 1:17am [Dine in]

... but not for the food!

So I'm known to be a pho-addict and Southeast Asian cuisine lover. My family cooks a lot of the stuff at home and with my own experiences in Asia, I can substantially judge that this place is no good.

My partner wanted pho and suggested here because he lives in the area. I walked in there and realized it was a REALLY nice setting. Then the menu kind of threw me off, $8.95 for a large pho bo? Wow! Well maybe the live piano performance was worth it... I wasn't expecting anything like this but it definitely made the atmosphere really romantic and my boyfriend seemed to enjoy having Vietnamese food not in a seedy restaurant where someone is going to come in and knife people. (Okay that was a joke)

We had a chicken salad roll - nothing spectacular. The pho came and the noodles were all in CLUMPS. I was really, really not impressed. Overall, sub-par food, over-priced menu. If you want the real deal, seek elsewhere. But if you're looking for a comfortable and romantic environment to eat Vietnamese cuisine, this is your place.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
What happened to the porcelain boxes?
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 2:23am [Dine in]

They used to serve their dishes in these really nice big porcelain "boxes" shaped like a take-out one. Now bowls? Plain bowls? It lost half its fun.

Aside from maybe the photos of Hanoi and other places in Southeast Asia on the wall, there is nothing really "authentic" about this place as they claim. I've given it a few tries and I realized why do I even bother?!

First off, what service? My boyfriend and I went in there once and stood at the counters (with no line up in front of us) and the staff promptly ignored us for 5 minutes until we left in frustration. The girls were just out in space and the chefs were obviously busy. Second, no one cleans this place it's kind of gross. YES, I understand you do the cleaning yourself but come on, at least wipe the desks? I'll be honest and anyone can hate on me about this, I don't bother giving tips.

I had an awful experience the first time I went here. I have a substantial tolerance for spices and heat so I looked at the "spicyness chart" and decided to go for a moderately hot. OH MY GOD. The Malaysian stir-fried noodles I ordered were so spicy, I ate a bite of it and had to put it down. What the heck is wrong with the chef? You might as well feed it to someone without tastebuds. I took it home and decided to mix in a lot more greens and noodles to dilute the heat. No good - my mother and I ate some more and both of us probably have ulcers from that. We ended up throwing it away. I really don't understand how they judge spicyness.

Lastly, if anyone really wants an authentic me-goreng or tom yum noodle soup, they might as well go home and make it themselves or go somewhere else. I think people are just attracted to this place because it seems "hip" and comfortable for an "Asian" cuisine place. Honestly, the owners need to take a trip to Phnom Penh or Bangkok.

Avoid!

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Top Gun Sushi At The Quay810 Quayside Drive, #230, New Westminster
Psst
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 2:12am [Dine in]

jackmeister: I believe the restaurant reimburses you for the parking in the casino lot next door. I think that's how we've always done it. They give you the little ticket at the lot then the restaurant stamps it.

It's a great location in New West - it's right by the Quay so if you go in for lunch it's wonderful for a post-AYCE stroll by the water which is badly needed sometimes. Kind of romantic too at night! The atmosphere isn't the best but I consider it pretty darn nice for an AYCE establishment. I like how airy it feels without the suffocating noise and people around me because the place has a really high ceiling.

The staff go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your meal so that's always a plus!

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Ba Le Sandwich Shop633 Main Street, #121, Vancouver
Summertime Addiction
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

While working in Chinatown for a whole summer the previous year, I couldn't go on for a week without these sandwiches. Everyone knew I was totally addicted. I'm not the only one! There's something about these fresh, tasty subs that make you want to go back for yet another one.

The owners aren't the friendliest people in the world. But that's okay. The love is in the sandwiches. And always bring cash....

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Vij's Rangoli1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Kids Galore!
Submitted Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

My two best friends and I stumbled upon Rangoli when we were clueless about where to eat on Granville. Interestingly enough the colourful decor of this place caught our eye and we landed with seats in no time. This was back in August so it was a warm evening. This is probably a summer place because I can't imagine anybody sitting indoors (theres literally nothing in the store/restaurant).

The atmosphere was festive. Colourful tapestries hung above us, babies were at almost every table, toddlers walking all around Vij's (that was kind of odd). The food was really good despite the tiny portions. We sized for extra nan bread and rice, which to our surprises, they didn't charge us for it. Come back for summer!

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Kettle of Fish, A900 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Not Impressed
Submitted Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 3:00am [Dine in]

It was my birthday, so my parents and I decided to try this place out. I've passed by it several times but I didn't know it was gorgeous inside. It was like a setting in the tropics...

Anyway it took our waiter a good 15 minutes just to even get us water, let alone the menus. My parents orderd the BC set dinner, the hodgepodge of shellfish, and I ordered the smoked salmon linguini. Let's juts say nothing was memorable. The pasta was insanely salty and I remember nothing else.

For that kind price, I'd rather go to the Boathouse and get more for the value.

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Cheesecake Etc.2141 Granville, Vancouver
I don't get it
Submitted Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

Beware singletons, if you thought it was safe to walk into Cheesecake Etc. for just a slice of benign cheesecake, you thought wrong. I went with just a friend and it was Awkward Central. You're better off to somewhere family friendly like True Confections.

I can BUY cheesecake like their's at the grocery store. It's ridiculous how unattentive the servers are as well.

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Hola Churro3066 West Broadway, Vancouver
Gross Churros
Submitted Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 12:26am [Dine in]

My friend and I strolled in. After talking about how good Churrolicious is, I wanted to see how the competition stands across the street. We placed our orders (I don't really have a problem with ordering at the counter or not being served) and then sat down to enjoy the lovely decor.

The original churros we ordered were kinda cold...and they were covered with an ENTIRE thick layer of sugar. It was way too much for our liking. So gross we had to scrape it all off. Anyway Churrolicious is the real deal!

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