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Von_DelroyNew WestminsterSince August 9, 200731 Reviews
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2.5 (2.6)
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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Must have the patience of Buddha
Submitted Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

We've been coming here for years. Food is always fresh, tasty and a good value. However, this place can no longer be considered a hidden gem. Came today at 11:50am, waited 25 mins to be seated (party of 2) and just received 1 entree, still waiting for the other at 12:54pm. Also... extremely noisy ambiance. Not sure it is worth all of that. Bye, Genki!

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Kurumba Restaurant3003 St. Johns Street, #107, Port Moody
Five different types of cuisine. One big mess.
Submitted Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

I think this is what happens when someone tries to offer cuisine from five different countries under one roof.

We ended up here by getting lost in Port Moody while going to a restaurant in Coquitlam. My wife had heard about this place so we decided to give it a try. We thought, hey getting lost and finding this place may turn out to be all right after all! No.

The inside of the restaurant is pretty decent: spacious, lots of natural light and a view of the mountains. The service is decent: one of the waitresses smiled, the other one didn’t. We were making due with “decent” when the food came out and everything started to roll downhill. Fast.

We ordered the chicken and corn soup (something I always try to order if on the menu), beef rendang, deep fried whole fish in sambal sauce and rice on the side. The soup was tasteless, watery with tiny bits of chicken and even less eggs but the lack of everything else was made up with the amount of frozen corn that was put in it. I get it, corn is cheap. The beef rendang smelled good but tasted worse than the soup. Chunks of old beef mixed in with new sauce, overly spicy and sour without even a hint of coconut. We did not (could not) eat more than a few bites. The fish was pretty decent in size but it was fried almost to the texture of burnt toast. There were no slits cut into the fish before deep frying so it was really hard to cut into it without ripping it into bits and pieces. There was too much oil everywhere. Even the rice was the worst I have ever had at a restaurant. It was dry, lumpy and tasted like nothing.

If one dish was bad or even two I would chalk it up to not picking the right dishes but everything we had there was awful. I noticed the table next to us had to have one of their dishes substituted because there was something wrong with it. Suffice to say there was quite a bit of leftover. I ALWAYS bring leftovers home even if the food is not that good. My theory is I paid for it and if I get hungry enough later I will eat it. I did not want that food in our car or our home. The value was terrible in its own right and not just because the food was bad. A dish that would be $7 some place else is $11 here. The final bill was almost $50 with NOTHING to show for it.

A disappointing and pathetic experience.

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Yianni's Greek Taverna543 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Amazing Roast Lamb!
Submitted Monday, March 12, 2012 - 11:45am [Dine in]

Greek food is not on our list of top 5 favorite cuisines, I doubt it is even on our top 10, but whenever we feel like roast lamb Yianni's is the only place for us. For $14.95 you get a huge chunk of slow roasted, falling off the bone, sweetly caramelized, perfectly spiced roast lamb - you cut into it with your knife and when you slowly navigate the fork to put a little piece in your already watering mouth, you know this is the roast lamb you have been waiting for all your life! Okay, I know I am laying it on thick but it really is that good. The plate also includes rice, potato, Greek salad with bread and tzatziki on the side. I know $14.95 may seem a bit steep, but it's not only the huge portions that make this is a good value but also the fact that it's damn tasty and, for the 100th time, lamb done right.

Besides the lamb, we have tried the souvlaki and the BBQ chicken. The souvlaki is pretty decent, but the BBQ chicken is almost as terrible as the lamb is sensational. Yes, that's pretty bad. We understand that this is Greek not Southern BBQ chicken, so while we did not expect the meat to fall off the bone, we also did not expect it to cling on to the bone for dear life. Tough, dry and just plain awful.

Another thing that draws us to this place is the service. So far we have been served by four different servers and they have all been a pleasure: polite, smiling and efficient. Also the food comes out fast. The minimum tip we leave there is 15% - 20% (more on holidays). The restaurant itself is nice, clean and cozy - everything is blue and white with pictures of Greece on the walls and Greek music playing on the speaker. I am not a big fan of songs playing in restaurants, no matter in what language - but it's not so loud or annoying that it spoils the meal.

So the bottom line - Amazing Roast Lamb & Awesome Service (at least for us).

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Gulberg Fine Cuisine15950 Fraser Highway, #509, Surrey
The Gulberg Grumble
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2012 - 11:41am [Dine in]

I am not a big eater when it comes to buffets. I mostly enjoy the freedom to walk around and sample a little bit of everything. Unfortunately the buffets here are terrible, so whenever I see a restaurant with a buffet that has reasonably good reviews, I try them.

Ah Gulberg, do you even know what 'Fine" means? Or "Cuisine" for that matter?

The naan was cold, not room temperature, cold, the puri (fried bread) was good, but very greasy and sticking to one another. The mixed vegetable was scary looking and tasted old and flavorless. The chicken biryani: the rice was tasty but the chicken was old and hard. The butter chicken: the sauce was pretty okay but the chicken, according to my wife, tasted like it was recycled from leftover tandoori chicken. I had to agree. The most disappointing thing for me was the tandoori chicken: old, lumpy and sticking to each other, yes, that's right, for some reason they were STICKING to each other. I don't know if they even use a real tandoor oven or just bake them in a regular over. The nihari was pretty decent, but it had a gamey smell, which you get from goat meat but it is supposed to be beef, so I don't know. Plus traditional nihari is slowly simmered with bones (the main flavoring agent), this was just cubes of beef in sauce. Perhaps the bones were removed afterwards to westernized the dish? Oh my wife liked the pakora, I did not.

The value? $12.95 per person, which would have been more than fine if the food was decent, but for what we ate it was a terrible value. The constant screams and cries of the little girl in the other booth, with an oblivious mother, was free. The service was pretty decent: polite but slow.

I am sad to say that the only two things I enjoyed were the radioactive-orange sooji (cream of wheat) and the tea made with evaporated milk. It's important to mention that the sooji was the only dessert on the buffet. Half way through the meal I was considering giving this place another chance with dishes off the menu instead of the buffet, but by the time I was done I just didn't want anything to do with this place.

A big thank you to my wife who did not want to go here but still did because she is a good sport. Sorry dear, you get to pick the next new restaurant, which goes without saying.

*Grumble* *Grumble*

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Victoria Sushi15 Royal Avenue, #10, New Westminster
Fit for a Queen!
Submitted Friday, January 6, 2012 - 11:11am [Dine in]

Why do we love Victoria Sushi? Let me count the ways.

The rolls are done just right: the rice is perfectly cooked, rolled tight with the right amount of fillings – no more, no less. The fish is fresh and always delicious. I usually get Bento Box C for lunch, which comes with chicken or beef teriyaki on a bed of bean sprouts, 5 pieces of Dynamite roll, veggie and prawn tempura, 5 pieces of sashimi, panko crusted fried fish, miso soup and a salad – for $12.95 this is an unbeatable deal. My wife gets the House roll and the Futomaki roll, which resembles kimbap (Korean equivalent of a veggie roll). We have also tried the BC roll, Unagi roll, California roll and various other kinds of sashimi and nigiri sushi – all good. However, the Chicken Karage and other fried chicken bits are very bland, this is a shame because I do love my fried chicken bits! We just don’t get them anymore and instead immerse ourselves in the sushi / sashimi / teriyaki goodness.

The restaurant itself is clean and cozy. The washrooms are a bit cramped: after I do my thing I just turn around to wash my hands and then turn around again to walk out. The service is very polite, but not friendly. I don’t think I have ever seen them smile, and I think they tend to be more friendly to the people who live in the complex. However, this should NOT be the reason not to try this place. They are accommodating as well – one time my wife’s Unagi roll tasted off, and the chef was more than happy to replace it. Plus let’s face it, the food is perfect and it’s a 5 minute drive from our home.

We are very snobby, no wait…particular (yes, that’s a better word) about our sushi – the Rice is overcooked: FAIL! Rolls falling apart in our hands: NO! Fish smells fishy: NEXT! Therefore we have tried many sushi restaurants before finding this place and I can say without any reservation that Victoria Sushi is the only sushi place for us. I know I sound like a paid spokesperson, but they have not paid me in sushi to write this. However, just to set the record straight – I have no problems with accepting food based bribes.

I am quite crooked like that.

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Mehfil9570 120 St., Surrey
Meh-Fil
Submitted Monday, August 8, 2011 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

We usually go to Taste of Punjab for our Indian fix, but last Saturday I got a craving for Indian buffet and really didn't feel like shelling out $40 for 2 entrees, naan and rice at T.O.P. So I googled "Indian Buffet Surrey, BC" and Mehfil's name popped up first. After reading mixed reviews, we decided to go for it.

Tons of parking, and lots of room inside with bright natural light coming in through the windows. Reasonably clean, and complete with standard Indian style tacky decor. Atrocious Indian music howling on the speakers, playing the same beat over and over and over again. Little did I know that the beat would get stuck in my wife's head and she would hum it over and over and over again in the car on our way back home. Brrrrr.

That was the ambience, now the food.

Not a lot of selection for a buffet. Three different meat dishes - curry chicken, curry goat and butter chicken. They were all pretty decent. The butter chicken was too sweet and watered down, but I have had much worse. There were two different rice dishes and one really weird pasta dish (looked too scary and too out of place to try). The naan was pretty good, but they kept bringing it out a little at a time. So you really had to watch the naan tray like a hungry hawk. There were only two veggie dishes: eggplant and Palak Paneer and two different kinds of daal (lentil) - not too good. Oh, also store bought and restaurant fried egg rolls. There, I just gave you their entire offering. That's it! I was very disappointed to see that they didn't have Tandoori chicken or veggie pakora. I have never been to an Indian buffet where they didn't have those two. Dessert was pretty all right – kheer (rice cooked in milk), custard and Jell-O. On the plus side, all the ingredients were fresh, nothing tasted stale or recycled.

That was the food, now the service and value.

Service was nil - surly and "what the hell happened to my life?" man showed us our booth at the beginning and took our money at the end. The bill came to aboot $11 per person. Not bad if you're just there to stuff yourself with pedestrian and limited number of Indian dishes with fresh ingredients. Will we be going back? Not anytime soon, I really missed having Tandoori chicken.

Oh I have a theory why they were playing such awful music - it's so you won't linger and keep eating. You just eat, pay, cover your ears and run like hell.

So finally weighing the pros and cons, the word that really comes to mind when describing Mehfil is:

Meh.

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Taste of Singapore Restaurant7500 120th Street, Surrey
Taste of Mediocrity
Submitted Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

We went here for lunch. This is not a "real" restaurant, just a cafe which also sells Indian/Singaporean groceries.

We had beef satay, mee goreng, nasi biryani and beef rendang. The food came out in about 10 minutes. Clearly some things had been made fresh and some had been reheated (we could hear the microwave beeping in the kitchen).

Satay was not the traditional grilled strips of meat, it was more like kebab (ground beef on a skewer). It was OK but very dry. Served with squares of onions - not very appetizing. The peanut sauce was good. Well one of us liked it anyway - my husband didn't like it because it was too spicy and should have been more sweet and mild.

Mee goreng was better than some we've had, but still not the best (Tamarind Hill has the best on our opinion). It was spicy with tofu and chinese vegetables. Unfortunately it did not have fresh chicken (looked like bits of deep fried chicken).

Beef rendang was good - nice coconut flavour and the beef was tender - but the dish was very dry - we would have preferred more sauce.

Nasi biryani was awful. The rice was very oily and sweet - biryani is not supposed to be sweet at all. The chicken was obviously fried chicken from the day before, it was pretty hard. Also there were no meaty parts, just wings and the backbone. Real biryani is supposed to have fresh chicken sauteed on the stovetop and then layered with rice - never deep fried chicken.

Overall this place is very unappealing. The half cafe/half grocery store ambiance was distracting and we could smell the packaged Indian spices from across the room. The food was edible but not worth going back for at all. Service was ok, waitress was a 15 year old girl who was obviously trying to give good service, but - 15 year olds should not be waiting tables.

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Waffle House636 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Waffle House of Horrors!
Submitted Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 10:21am [Dine in]

So we went to this place for our usual Saturday morning breakfast. We haven't been here in a few years, so we couldn't remember if it was good or not. The reviews on this site are mixed. Safe to say we will never forget our horrible breakfast today.

We had Strawberry waffle with whipped cream and turkey bacon on the side, the 2 eggs combo with hash brown and toast and 2 coffees.

The waffle itself was fine but the strawberries were so cold that they were almost frozen. They ruined the waffle. The eggs were supposed to be over easy, but they were medium. The hash brown was burnt on the top and raw on the bottom. The coffee was weak and watered down.

The 2 eggs combo was $6.95! In most breakfast places you can get everything in that combo plus meat for less than $4.00. The coffee was $2.25 per cup - same price as Starbucks! Overall it was a terrible value.

The bus boy who seated us and filled our coffee was especially polite and well-mannered. However, our waitress was a domineering cow, who splashed coffee in the cups without asking and grabbed our plates off the table before we were finished with them. Our meal was punctuated by the sound of her bossing the other service staff around the entire time. We were not impressed.

Terrible value, we could have gotten better food and better service at many other restaurants in town. We will not be back. Ever.

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Fresh Box Sushi7155 Kingsway, #221, Burnaby
Fresh and fast
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

We went here for lunch after waiting in line at Hi Genki for 15 mins - would have waited longer if we did not have an appointment to get to.

Fresh Box definitely fits the bill for fresh and fast. We had 5 maki rolls (California, Dynamite, BC, Unagi and Philidelphia) and miso soup. The soup was the packaged variety - but edible.

The rolls were big and stuffed with lots of fresh fillings. They definitely did not skimp on the size. The tempura in the Dynamite roll was especially nice and crisp and the smoked salmon on the Philly roll was very fresh and not fishy-smelling.

The prices were good, around $2.50 - $4.75 for rolls.

Unfortunately there is very limited seating at this place as it is mostly take-out oriented. Also you must order from the menu on the counter which is a little awkward since it is pretty extensive - especially if you are there for the first time.

Service is polite and friendly and the girl at the counter cleared a table for us when the one we wanted had some dishes on it from someone who had just left.

The sushi came in record time, 5 mins from the time we ordered - but nothing tasted pre-made and nothing looked sloppy or rushed. They have two chefs behind the counter so that probably is why it was so fast.

The only negative thing we can really think of is that most of our sushi was served on a bamboo tray which was not lacquered, so the rice would stick to it and it was hard to pull off some of the rolls.

We would definitely stop by here again for a quick sushi lunch, next time we will try some items with fresh (raw) fish to see how they do in that area.

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Yummy Wonton House8677 120th Street, Delta
It's so over.
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

Yummy Wonton, I wanted to like you. I really did. You're only a few minutes drive away from my house. You're always open when I come by. You have a large and diverse menu. But the love just isn't there.

I've been seeing you on-and-off over the last 6 months. I've been to see you on different days, tried different things on the menu, but I always leave wanting more. Your staff are unpredictable - either pestering me constantly or running around ignoring me when I need attention. Your decor is tacky and the giant TV in the corner is distracting. But I could forgive all of that.. it's your food that really broke my heart.

Greasy spring rolls. Lumpy, sticky noodles. Painfully dry roast duck. Chewy, slimy beef. Half the time, you can't even give me what I order, you just send your staff back to tell me you don't have it.

I wanted to give you one last try, so I came by today to see if we could work things out. So I showed up and you gave me soup broth that tasted like it had been strained through a cardboard box and a side of cooked lettuce. Cooked lettuce! I had no idea you could be so heartless.

It's over, Yummy Wonton.. It's over and I'm not coming back.

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Amelia Restaurant640 12th Street, New Westminster
Pancake Paradise!
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 9:48am [Dine in]

I had a craving for pancakes this morning and my wife suggested this place. We had previously been to the similarly-named "Amelia Cafe" on 6th Street in New West and we were not impressed. Safe to say, they have nothing in common but the name.

We had two orders of banana pancakes, coffee and the "two egg w/ toast & pan fries" combo. The pancakes were the star of the show - fluffy, sweet and moist with mashed banana inside and bananas on top. They totally fulfilled my pancake craving and I was smacking my lips with satisfaction till the last bite. Everything else was great, typical diner-style fare and the pan fries were nicely browned and crispy.

Service was friendly and prompt and we had plenty of coffee refills and table checks. Overall the ambiance is the typical hole-in-the wall with 80's pink and blue paint and plastic plants but it was clean and homey and there is a nice window to sit next to. Washrooms were clean and well-stocked as well.

There is no parking, you have to park on the street with meters ($1 for an hour) and bring cash because they are a cash only establishment.

We'll be back!

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Kelong Singapore Cuisine4800 N.3 Rd., #130, Richmond
You can do better.
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

I lived in Singapore for a couple of years, so while I don’t consider myself to be an expert on Singaporean / Malay cuisine, I can usually tell when dishes claiming to be from those two countries don’t jive. Of course, I will not compare Kelong’s dishes to the ones I had in Singapore, because that wouldn’t be fair. However, I will compare them to the ones I have eaten in other Singaporean / Malay restaurants in the lower mainland. Restaurants such as Prima Taste in Downtown, Banana Leaf(s) on Broadway, Tamarind Hill in New West and even Prata-Man on Capstan Way in Richmond. They are all much better than what you get at Kelong.

I want to get service, value and ambiance out of the way before I delve into food. Service is more or less polite, but not attentive. The ambiance is what you can expect from a restaurant of this caliber: Not much. One of our plates was chipped and my fork had some crusty bits on it. The restaurant is spacious though, with quite a bit of natural light. The prices are ok. Since we ordered from the lunch menu, all the dishes were $6.95 each. This was our only consolation, as the way I figure: If you are going to eat bad food, might as well eat it for free, or if not, at least for cheap.

We ordered the Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Mee Goreng (fried noodles), Egg Sambal, and Chicken Sambal. Few minutes later the waitress informed us that the restaurant has run out of chicken. This was a first for me. At restaurants I have had many things run out on me, never chicken. Anyway, so we ordered the Fish Sambal instead.

After a while the Egg Sambal and Nasi Goreng arrived. Now if you are familiar with Nasi Goreng or Mee Goreng, you will know that they both have a very distinct aroma. These did not have that aroma at all. They looked and tasted like brown sticky fried rice and noodles, and did not any have beef in it. Instead, they had two things I have never seen in these dishes: Hard, rubbery squid circles and chunks of potatoes! The Egg Sambal was more sour than spicy, the eggs were cut in half with broken yolks all over the place. Traditional Sambal Egg is not cut. The so called “Sambal” taste was just not there.

When the Fish Sambal arrived, we cut into it and found that the fish was still raw in the middle. It was sent back and arrived (spit-free, hopefully) almost at the end of our meal, but this time it was deep fried and was edible.

Not going back to Kelong. Cheap as it maybe, the food is just not worth driving all the way to Richmond. As I mentioned, there are far better places to go.

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Taste Of Punjab, A10009 136A Street, Surrey
Old reliable!
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

This is our go-to place whenever we want a guaranteed delicious Indian meal. Sure, it is a little out of the way if you don't live in Surrey, but it is well worth it. I think we've been here at least 5 or 6 times and we will keep coming back.

Everything we have tried on the menu has been good. Last time we had the Lamb Korma and the Chicken Karhai. Both were fantastic. The Chicken Karhai is tandoor-roasted and then fried with green and red peppers and a spicy tomato-based sauce. It had a really unique flavour.

Portions are very generous here, not those tiny flat serving dishes you get at a lot of Indian restaurants. The serving dishes for curries are fat little pots and the Tandoori platters are always piled high. They don't give you a pot full of sauce with your curries, either.. there's always plenty of meat. 2 entrees for 2 people with naan and rice is usually too much for us to finish so we have to take some back. Also, despite the rising cost of rice, it's always free with the entrees here, and good quality.

Ambiance is nice, it's clear they have put a lot of effort into making it look classy. I don't like the booths because if some kids sit on the other side you can feel them bouncing around, but the tables are just fine. The giant chandelier is a little ostentatious but you will be too busy stuffing your face to spend much time caring about such things.

Service is good, not outstanding but not lacking either. Sometimes they can get a bit behind if it's busy, but it's usually not that busy when we go there.

Overall a great value, and a solid, reliable restaurant. Consider us regulars!

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Tim Hortons805 Boyd St, New Westminster
It is what it is
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

We go here for breakfast most weekends, coffee and egg and cheese sandwiches. I guess their sandwiches must be better now than when the previous reviewer went, we have had them many times and they are always hot and fresh. The donuts could be better, but I don't think they have enough people coming in the door on a daily basis to keep fresh ones coming out of the kitchen all the time.

Customers are mostly truckers and other blue collar folks having breakfast, and a few people with kids and some seniors. No bums or weirdos. Plenty of places to sit, washrooms are decent, trash is removed from the tables frequently. What more could you ask for?

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Back on top
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

I wrote a review previously where I questioned whether or not this place was going downhill. Just went here for lunch today, and clearly it is not.

I had the Mee Goreng which, I have to say, is my favourite. I love this dish and I've had it at almost every Malaysian restaurant in the lower mainland. The one here has the most balanced flavour and unique taste and aroma. Unlike some other Mee Gorengs that I've tried, the noodles here are never sticky or pasty, they are always fresh and loose like a good noodle dish should be. Last time I was here they skimped on the shrimp and meat, this time the amount was fine so perhaps it was a temporary shortage. :)

Service is good, the server was friendly and laughed when I ordered my noodles right when I walked in to the door (rather than getting an attitude about it). Service was fast and courteous, and my food came in about 10 minutes.

The ambiance is still pretty poor - as I said before, the paint colour is really dark and gloomy. Although they have big windows, with our rainy weather you rarely have the sun shining in, so it would do some good if they repainted at least one wall. Also there are still far too many tables and chairs for the space.

Overall a great value, only $7 for the Mee Goreg (a huge portion which I could barely finish), and of course I left a good tip. I think I might "forget" my bag lunch at home more often just so I can go here.

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Queensboro Pizza1102 Ewen Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Only for the wings
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

We live in Queensborough so we have been ordering from this restaurant for years, mostly out of desperation (few restaurants deliver to Queensborough).

Overall it's usually a disappointment. The pizzas are thin and greasy, they smell good when you open the box but once you eat a slice the taste just isn't there. The sauce is bland and they skimp on the toppings.

Delivery service is reliable, although occasionally they will give you the wrong pizza.

The only thing we get from here now is the chicken wings. My husband likes the hot wings because they are really, really cooked (some places don't cook them enough) and very spicy. Make sure you pick them up, though, because they will charge you $2 for delivery if you just get the wings (even if you order a lot of them).

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Hometown Pizza1408 57th Avenue East, Vancouver
Terrific pizza
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I had pizza from this restaurant in January. It was my birthday so I wanted to have a pizza party at work. I ordered 3 or 4 large pizzas, I can't remember everything I ordered but they were all good. I know I ordered one of "The Flame" which was quite spicy as advertised.

The pizza was really fantastic. Thick chewy crust with nice sauce and tons of cheese and fresh toppings. Not greasy at all. If you like thin crust, wimpy pizza this is not the place for you. It is definitely substantial. Almost a year later and I am still thinking about this pizza, that should tell you something.

I can't comment on the ambiance or the in-house service as I never dined in. I am not even sure if they have a dining room. I have driven by there a few times and it looks pretty small. But the delivery guy was on time so no problems there.

They don't have a website but I found an online menu, probably it is outdated but you can get an idea of what they have. Check it out!

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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant4530 Hastings St, Burnaby
Yawn.
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

I would like to start off by saying that this is the first time we have had Ethiopian food. However, we're pretty adventurous when it comes to food and I can't think of any other country's cuisine that we haven't tried and enjoyed.

We went here today (a Saturday) for lunch. The place was deserted, although we kind of expected that. The dining room ambiance is ok. It was very dark due to the fact that two of the florescent lights were burned out. Also, the air conditioning was turned on high, so even though I was wearing a sweater I was very cold.

The service was good, I believe it was the owner who was waiting on us. He was very gracious and friendly. Even though he left the restaurant halfway through our meal, he did check on us before he left and the other waitress took care of us after that. One thing to note is that even though there were napkin holders on every table, there were no napkins in any of them and we had to ask for some. In a restaurant where you eat with your hands, you might need some napkins.

Having never tried this type of food before, we ordered the Lalibela Platter which is a sampler featuring both vegetarian and meat curries. It comes with the flat bread (which is more like a crepe than a bread). We asked for it to be made mild but we were told that the heat level was "set" and couldn't be changed. I thought this was surprising because at most restaurants you have an option of adjusting the heat.

The food took about 20 minutes to come. That wasn't surprising, I think it's typical for mom n' pop type places like this.

When the food came, it was on a big platter, first covered with a large piece of the bread and then decorated with the mounds of different curries, with another piece of bread folded on the side. I think the presentation was very nice, almost like an artist's palette, but the taste was another story.

Everything we ate, with the exception of one spinach-based vegetable dish, tasted like it had been made the previous day (or a few days back) and reheated. It was so obvious, especially when I bit into the chicken leg and it was stone cold inside. The platter that the food came on was also cold, so as we ate, the food cooled far too quickly.

As for the spice level, it was non-existent. Not just lacking in heat, but lacking in aroma or distinctive flavour. Each dish tasted just like the next one, and they all tasted bland. When the owner said the spice level was "set" I expected it to be spicy, as he seemed apologetic when he told us that he could not change it when we asked for mild.

All of these things were tolerable, but the thing which we couldn't stand was the bread. It was sour. I don't know what they make it with, perhaps buttermilk or yogurt, but it was distinctively sour and everything we ate tasted sour because of it. Also, the texture of the bread was very ineffective for scooping the food. I have eaten other curries with naan, roti, chapati, etc. many times and I can usually manage just fine, but this bread was too flimsy and soft to offer a good grasp on the food, it just fell apart in my hand.

There is no rice or any other option offered on the menu. If the owners are reading I would definitely suggest to add that to the menu, if we could have ordered rice I think our experience would have been better.

Overall the food was unappetizing and we just couldn't finish it. We were still hungry when we left.

One good thing I have to say about this restaurant was that it was sparkling clean, the floors in the dining room looked freshly mopped and the washrooms were also clean with hot water, soap and paper towels.

Since it seems that so many people love this restaurant and think that they serve good Ethiopian food, I feel that perhaps Ethiopian food is not for us. We certainly wouldn't be coming back here.

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Mayuri South Indian Cuisine12677 80th Avenue, Surrey
Bluhhhhhhhhhh
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Oh God, I almost forgot about this place until now. I think my subconscious was trying to block it out.

Went here with my husband for lunch a few weeks back. Service was fine, ambiance was typical of most Indian restaurants (complete with shrill, high-speed Bollywood dance music blaring from the speakers). Location is weird - in a semi-industrial complex with no other restaurants or shops nearby, just offices.

We had two dosas, veggie pakora and the eggplant curry. Dosas were sour, with bland filling. The veggies in the pakora were so old that I believe they were most likely harvested during the Cretaceous period.

The eggplant curry was the worst. It was not an eggplant stuffed with onions and nuts as the previous reviewer mentioned, rather it was just chopped eggplant with tomatoes and onions. I know my South Asian spices, and there was no cumin, turmeric, or other traditional spices in this dish, just chili powder. I don't even think they put salt in it. And greasy like you wouldn't believe. I think we ate about 1/4 of it and gave up in disgust.

The one sparkling note was the red chutney served with the pakora. It was truly the best red chutney I have had. If I had drank a cup of that stuff, rather than try to eat the rest of the food, I would have been happier. The chapati served with the eggplant was also good.

I might go back, but only to collect a sample of the pakora for carbon dating. :)

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Tokyo Ken Japanese Restaurant13737 72 Avenue, #130, Surrey
Heartbreak in Tokyo
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 12:17am [Dine in]

The service was fine, and the barley tea was good. There, I wanted to say something good about this place before I rip them to shreds.

First things first. This place needs a serious makeover. There are paper screens all along the windows, and I think every single one of them has been broken by people sticking their fingers through the paper. How hard is it to replace paper, or just get rid of those things entirely? Really tacky.

After we sat down the next thing that we noticed is that they had the radio on to the local talk station and BLARING loudly the whole time we were there. Yes, I really need to know what the traffic report is while I'm eating dinner!! Ugh. Plus, the table was sticky. The whole place just didn't seem clean or well kept.

At this point we were just doing our best to ignore these things and make the best of it. We ordered the Chicken Karaage, and four rolls - Philadelphia, Spicy Tuna, California & their house special "Newton" roll.

The Chicken Karaage was fine, if a little bland. It was of the "lump of deep fried chicken" variety rather than the chicken wing variety, and served on a bed of styrofoamy shrimp noodles. There were about 3 x more shrimp noodles than chicken.. I really don't see the point.

The rolls were really and truly heartbreaking. The Philly roll had really poor quality smoked salmon in it, way too much cream cheese, and for the high price ($6.25, people!) it was very small. The Spicy Tuna tasted overly fishy, sour and mushy. The Newton roll was just bland and oily. The California was ok - kind of hard to screw that up!

The worst thing of all was the rice that was used to make the rolls. It was totally overcooked, like mushy oatmeal mixed with glue paste. I honestly couldn't believe how bad the rice was! How can you run a sushi restaurant and not know how to make good rice? I have had better rice on sushi from the food court in the mall.

I'll never come back to this place.

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