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wahinevancouverSince May 12, 200814 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2.2)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2 (2.2)
  • Value2 (1.9)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews Found
Fat Mao Noodles217 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Gotta Go Early
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

As usual, we had to check out the restaurant to see what the hype was all about. One of our goals was to try the braised duck noodles and the Taiwanese beef noodles. No such luck as they were already sold out.
The place opens at 11:00 am and we got there at 12:30, had to wait 15 minutes for a table and by the time we ordered, the dishes were sold out.
Since we were already there, we ended up trying the: cold sesame noodles, the braised tripe salad and the scallion pancakes.
The scallion pancakes were light and chewy, not heavy like some places; these were very good. The braised tripe salad was just okay. There were few pieces of tripe, more cilantro and there was a little kick to the tripe for those who like things spicy. Now the sesame noodles, some may like it but for me, the noodles tasted starchy as if it wasn't even cooked yet.
Although this first visit was okay, we will have to come back and try the feature hot noodles. As for the value, based on what we ate and the portion size, it was a tad on the high side. So for now, this is a conservative review until we try the main features.

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Cactus Club Cafe7320 Market Crossing, Burnaby
A Little Too Loud & A Tad Salty
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

We went for dinner and ordered the following: beef carpaccio, caesar salad, hunter chicken, kobe meatballs & spaghettini and the bengal chicken curry.

Basically, the waitress took the order, served us our water, served the appy, later served up dinner and disappeared for the rest of the time. Eventually, she came back to give us our bill. That was service.

The ambiance was okay but I gave it 2 stars mainly because I found the music louder than normally found in these types of restaurants.

Now for the food:
- the beef carpaccio was sliced so thin, it stuck to the plate. We had to scrape it off with our knife to put it on the bread; otherwise it was rather tasty.
- the caesar salad was missing something; the croutons were good but the salad was missing some kick.
- the curry chicken was good; no complaints.
- the kobe meatballs and spaghettini were good; no complaints.
- the hunter chicken (and this is just my opinion) was too salty due to the dish drowning in the demi-glace. Some patrons might like it but for me, it was too salty. There was so much sauce that it overwhelmed the chicken, potatoes and beans. No lie - at least on my plate the potatoes and beans were soaked with sauce. That being said, I would order the dish again but only if I could have the sauce on the side.

Overall, the Club is okay and the food wasn't bad. I just wish the waitress would top up our water occasionally.

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Fishermans Terrace Seafood Restaurant4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3580, Richmond
Dim Sum, Some
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2013 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

We went there for the first time to try out their dim sum. We've never been before, not even for dinner. So it's Friday morning and it was relatively quiet as the lunch crowd had not yet arrived. We were seated to a table and our order for tea, taken. We proceeded to decide which dishes to order. Where is the tea?
We ordered the usual dim sum fare, such as: har gow, spare ribs, rice noodle rolls, steamed chicken buns, turnip cakes, egg tarts, e-fu noodles, etc. Wait, where is the tea? And where is that ice water? The food was okay, nothing was bad. The restaurant was bright and clean. But the service was terrible. First, it took forever for the tea and water to arrive and during the course of the meal, they never came back to check on whether
or not we needed more hot water for the tea, or if we needed more ice water. We tried flagging the waiter working our area but he always seemed to be too busy chatting with other tables, even though he did see us and we made eye contact. The frustrating thing was, the restaurant was not busy.
After this experience, we would rather spend our money elsewhere.

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Noodle Box, The839 Homer St, Vancouver
What's the Hype?
Submitted Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 7:13am [Dine in]

My first time ever at any Noodle Box eatery and I"m wondering what the hype was all about. For those who have never been, you arrive at the NB and approach the counter to place your order. Find a seat and await your dish - they'll call out your name so listen carefully. This is a self-service establishment so no waiter is going to come running. Upon entering the NB, I noticed a slight greasy haze over the diners so the exhaust fans aren't sucking up the smoke from the kitchen. I guess that was to be expected in an open area concept (you can watch the chef's cook). The NB is fairly roomy with an adequate amount of seating. Some patrons standing around ordered their food to go so they weren't waiting for a table to free up.

We ordered: Thai Fried Chicken Wings, Beef Kung Pao, Malay Style Fried Rice and Thai Style Chow Mein, all in mild since every eatery has a different take on heat level so we thought we would start easy. The wings were dry, nothing more to say. At first taste, the beef kung pao was pretty good until we hit a piece of beef which was overcooked and therefore very dry and chewy. My mom can cook a piece of flank steak which would still be juicier. The more you ate the kung pao the saltier it got; in the end, this dish was way too salty. Won't order this again. The fried rice was good as was the chow mein. These we would order again. With only two out of four dishes that receive a thumbs up, we graded the food as mediocre. A "solid" would require all four dishes to be absolutely yummy.

As for value, the prices are on the high side when you consider at some other eateries, you can actually order a couple of more dishes, for the price of the above four dishes. Yes, some of the dishes were good and tasty but just not worth the price. We did agree that we would return to try some other dishes on the menu but we won't be in a hurry about it. Bon appétit!

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Great For Counting Calories
Submitted Monday, July 4, 2011 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

Thought we'd try a new restaurant so here we were. We've been to one other restaurant from this group and it wasn't bad so hopefully, this one will be good too. Not so.

It appears you definitely need reservations for this place because the hostess was either turning people away or having them wait in the lounge because wait time was about 45 minutes. Once seated, our waitress came and took our drink order which was simply one Coke and three waters. Did you know you're only allowed one glass of water for the entire night! I observed the three busboys near our table and noted that the only thing they did all night was clear away dirty dishes when patrons have left. They did not come around with water jugs to refill the water glasses. After reviewing the menu, we ordered: a salmon burger, a steak and from the Fresh sheet, halibut and sockeye salmon. The last three dishes came with seasonal vegetables. Seasonal vegetables today are carrots and broccoli.

The steak was okay. The halibut and salmon plates came sparingly with: a two-bite size piece of fish, 1/2 length of carrot, two spears of broccolini and lastly, an itty bitty 1/4 cup of rice. If I was on weight watchers, how many points is that? The salmon burger wasn't really a salmon burger because the salmon was as thin as a slice of ham. No lie. You get a bigger piece of salmon at White Spot and for less money. After the "enormous" meal, we just didn't have room for dessert. So the portions were tiny and we had no water since once the food was served, the waitress disappeared and the busboys don't serve water. Hmm. Well, we came, we tried and we'll drop our money elsewhere. This gets four thumbs down. Maybe your experience will be better.

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Makoto Japanese Restaurant5213 Rumble Street, Burnaby
Little Gem
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

Looking for a new neighbourhood Japanese restaurant because our regular joint has closed and moved (all the way out to West Vancouver), so we decided to try this place. It's your proverbial hole-in-the-wall eatery. The interior resembles a church basement where tables and chairs of various styles are placed together solely for the purpose of eating. But we didn't come for the furnishings.

Between the four of us, we ordered: agedashi tofu, gyoza, chicken kara-age, sockeye salmon sashimi, rainbow roll, dynamite roll, hamachi, chicken teriyaki and salmon teriyaki. Everything was great! The chicken kara-age actually had more meat on it than batter and most importantly, not dried. Both teriyaki dishes were good and not overcooked as some places tend to do. The service was very good as our tea cups were always filled.

It's a small eatery so you may want to make a reservation. We got lucky when we walked in but did notice there were already "reservation" signs on a couple of tables. Can't wait to come back and try their tempura and other dishes. This place gets our vote - four thumbs up!

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Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 金殿皇朝4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
We Came, We Tried, The End.
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

Since it was a new restauant in the neighbourhood, we had to come try it - at least once. So we came for dim sum. From the looks of the interior, it appears to cater to the rich or the lucky casino winners. Very posh high end atmosphere - there's even the waiters to go with it. If you don't look wealthy, you can forget good service. To make the comparison with other dim sum houses, we had the traditional steamed bbq pork buns, rice noodle rolls stuffed with shrimp and chives, shrimp dumplings, sticky rice (which came in a itty bitty bowl and not wrapped in leaves), egg tarts, sponge cake with mangoes and pan fried dumplings. Each of these dishes were considered a "large". So now you can guess how big the tab will be! There were three of us and the bill came to over $63, tax and tip not included.

For the most part, everything was okay - at least nothing was bad. Most dishes here can be found elsewhere. The only thing different was the creative names this restaurant gave to their dishes. For what you get, I find the prices are too high. Perhaps they still need money to pay off the furnishings. I would rather go to the competitor on Main Street or even out to Richmond where at least the service is much better. So we came and tried it out and found nothing special. We may come again but only for very special occasions; no need to hurry.

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Browns Socialhouse1908 Rosser Ave, Unit 2, Burnaby
Time Will Tell
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

Now that it's officially opened, we dropped in and gave it a try. For a minute there, we thought we had walked into a lookalike club. Why? Because the hostess and servers (which were mainly female) wore short black skirts and tight black tops. Ring a bell with you? We were seated quickly and the server didn't take long to start with drinks. We had the steak sandwich and the parmesan crusted chicken breast. The steak sandwich is an open faced sandwich topped with an onion ring, served with finely shredded cole slaw and in my case, french fries. The steak was done to medium-rare and was pretty good and juicy. The chicken breast covered with a parmesan crust was cooked nicely but the red pepper sauce was rather bland. Sorry chef! Otherwise, overall the meal wasn't bad but we couldn't really go with "solid". Dessert was key lime pie which we're told is made in-house. That was actually very good.
The service was okay as she didn't forget us. The value is comparative to similar establishments. The ambiance is okay but the music was rather loud as you couldn't really have a conversation without raising your voice! We'll go again to try something else and hopefully those dishes will be even better. Enjoy.

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
This is the New Horizons?
Submitted Monday, March 14, 2011 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

This was our first time back since the fire closed the restaurant last year. To attract customers back to the restaurant, there was a coupon in the local community paper for a steak and lobster special at $20. Apparently, there was even one posted on their web site. And by the way, the picture on the special definitely does not resemble the actual entrée when it arrives at the table.

The restaurant was dimly lit and I'm guessing, to give it an intimate setting. The only problem was that I could barely read the menu because it was rather dark. However, I suppose the younger crowd could probably see no problem. There were four of us: two ordered the Special, one had maple salmon and one had pork tenderloin. We also ordered the tuna tataki as a starter.

Service was rather slow and the restaurant was not packed. The order was taken, the bread came and then it was a wait for dinner. The busboy even came around to ask if we wanted more bread! Dinner finally arrived, and no, the tuna tataki appy never came. The steak was made to medium and was still a little on the dry side. The pork was disappointing as it was also on the dry side. The maple salmon was the only dish that came out fine. Oh, the lobster tail was so tiny it was the size of a jumbo prawn. Then we had to wait for the dishes to be cleared. Once they were cleared, we had to wait for the waiter to come and ask if we were interested in dessert. For dessert, we tried the white chocolate blueberry crème brule which wasn't bad. Again, after the dessert dishes were cleared, we had to wait yet again for the waiter to reappear so that we could get our bill. When it arrived, we had to make sure we were not charged for the appy that never materialized. I'm not seeing any improvements in the restaurant since they've re-opened. As of right now, the Richmond Boathouse has much better service. Time will tell.

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McLean's332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
deli counter
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 9:05pm [Take-out]

In case you may not know it, McLean's also has a deli/sandwich counter towards the back of the building. It's in the same location when So.Cial was previously there. They have sandwiches that you can order and either eat in or takeaway. Space is limited for eating in though.

I ordered a quarter of a turkey sandwich which came on foccacia bread. You had your choice of cheeses and fixings like most sandwich joints. That day however, they also had artichoke on hand and asked if I wanted any in my sandwich. Sure, why not! Your sandwich also comes with a bag of homemade potatoe chips. When the vendor handed me my sandwich, it sure was heavy! For a turkey sandwich, I did enjoy it and would go back to try another sandwich. Pricing for me was a tad on the high side but I have noticed that any sandwich places in and around Gastown tend to be on the high side. Overall, the sandwich was good and yes, I'd go back to try another.

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Meat & Bread370 Cambie Street, Vancouver
pretty yummy
Submitted Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

The first time we walked by, there would have to be a long line up to order. So we gave it a pass. This time, we went early enough to avoid the line and thereby snagging seats to dine in. Today's 4 sandwiches were: porchetta, salt cod, meatball or grilled cheese. Soup was a lamb broth and salad was cauliflower with chick peas and other herbs. Word is they switch up the menu from time to time.
We all decided on the much "talked about" porchetta sandwich. Good choice! If you've ever had roast pork from Chinatown or any Asian meat market that sells roast pork, then you'll like this. It was very yummy and we all agreed that we would buy it again. Both the lamb soup and cauliflower salad were good too. The main dining room is actually one enormous dining table where you'll actually sit next to a stranger. No intimate tables unless you manage to luck out and sit by the store window. So watch your elbows when eating!
Overall, the verdict on the first visit is a definite thumbs up! We would definitely come again to try another sandwich even though the pricing is rather high for what you get but I'm guessing the proceeds go to rent.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
sweet
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

We went there for dinner, for the first time and we're so looking forward to going back and trying other dishes, including the lunch menu!
There are two-parts to the establishment: one is the bar and lounge and the other is the restaurant itself. If you enter through the lounge, then you'll end up walking thru something that resembles a time tunnel to get to the restaurant. Pretty neat! If you enter directly into the restaurant from the side, you'll miss that.
The staff is very polite and friendly with smiles all night long. The atmosphere and decor, which is in wood tones, is very relaxing and casual. The food is very good and could give the likes of 'Smith & Wollensky' a run for their money. Overall, it gets a thumbs up from our party of four and we will return.

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East Passion Bistro & Lounge630 Hornby Street, Vancouver
So-So
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

We went as a group from the office to try out the lunch menu. Some of us went the dim sum route; the rest ordered a la carte. In short, the dim sum was okay, not bad but definitely overpriced. We all agreed we've had better elsewhere. The hot & sour soup was neither hot or sour, nor even hot in temperature. The pad thai was nothing to rave about. You're probably better off going to the Thai House for it.
The restaurant may look very nice but the food is just average.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Myth: a fantastic restaurant
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2008 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

Many reviews have stated that Kirin is an upper class Chinese restaurant where they are known for tasty seafood dishes. Based on those reviews we decided to try out Kirin - Cambie for Mother's Day. What a horrible mistake! We would've done better going to a won ton joint.

As with protocol, we made reservations to ensure a table especially on a special occasion. We were seated at a location near windows, which was nice; tea arrived and our order taken. Then everything went downhill from there.

With regards to the dishes - the Peking duck for the lettuce wrap was dry. We've had much tastier at other restaurants. I realize that abalone is not cheap but we did order a dish. The abalone was sliced so thinly and came with very few pieces (5) that it was so not worth the money. Again, we've had better and more pieces from other seafood restaurants, which is far less expensive.

Othen than the dishes being served to us, we were ignored the whole time we were there. What "attentive service"? We were a mixed table of Asian and non-Asian patrons. At the end of the meal, because we were being ignored, we could have walked out of the restaurant without paying our bill and the staff would not have noticed. Due to the multi-layers of service and no one noticing us, it took forever to get someone to give us a bill. For example, we finally asked a bus person for the bill. He in turn had to ask the waiter, who asked another person in a suit, who finally brought us the bill. This was a typical night in a Chinese restaurant so they couldn't have been any more busy than usual. To add insult to injury, this was Mother's Day and every table (be it large or small tables) around us who had Mothers, received a small gift from the restaurant with their bill. When our bill arrived, the Mothers at our table did not receive anything! What's up with that!

Ambience: while the restaurant was clean, the restrooms are so not.

In the end, we are never going there again. While the food was passable, the service was totally non-existent. Kirin - Cambie gets a thumbs down from us.

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