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yummygallower mainlandSince January 13, 200718 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.8)
  • Food4 (4.1)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
excellent views mediocre food like all of white rock
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

I have to admit I have a soft spot for this place as it brings up memories. The location is great, it's lovely seeing the view out to the ocean and with the lights along the rail tracks there is a feeling of floating in a cocoon of darkness at night.

White rock is notorious for very bad food a large part of the problem is the people working in the kitchens its usually younger kids. I would never ever eat at the bulk of the places on the strip.

However out of all of the restaurants on the strip the Boathouse is one of the better ones... I love their prawn cocktail and hot seafood dip. The portions are a bit smaller and it is a little bit overpriced for the quality, the food comes out lukewarm, but they do cook fish well and offer a large selection of fresh fish.

There is such a potential for a well-managed reasonable-mid priced restaurant serving good food on the strip unfortunately no one has managed to create one there yet.

The boathouse must be doing something right as its always full of patrons but the food can be improved.

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Chai Gallery3243 West Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent food, entertainment & ambiance!
Submitted Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

The place looks like a middle eastern treehouse with alcove seating strewn with carpets and cushions. Wooden accents add to the treehouse feeling.

The food is incredible. I went on a Thursday and they had a buffet with flamenco entertainment. I loved that they had lots of fresh organic vegetarian choices. I don't think the meat dishes offered on the buffet were organic or even freerange. I love dumplings and their version called manti is pretty tasty! It's stuffed with various fresh greens and served with a sour cream sauce. They had a wide selection of desserts as well including a nutty pastry based baklava which was unusual.

The pricing is high, it cost about $40 but the restaurant is fairly small, and what they offer is pretty unique. I do think that the chai should have been complimentary.

The atmosphere is really comfy, welcoming and unpretentious, I'm looking forward to returning to this place!

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Amelia Restaurant640 12th Street, New Westminster
Greasy Spoon $3.50 all day breakfast
Submitted Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

The breakfast special is filling, home fried potatos, buttered toast, 2 eggs your style and 3 pieces of bacon or sausage or ham. The food isn't the healthiest but its decent.

Don't know about the other reviewer but I didn't see overworked servers and they made the rounds with coffee every 5-10 mins so it seemed alright.

It's good for the older people in the neighbourhood but its sorta depressing to see all the single old people eating a meal in solitary you would think they'd rather share seats with the other loners in the restaurant for a bit of company or sociability.

I'm not returning as its too greasy and there are too many other good breakfast places and I'd rather pay the difference.

There used to be a place downtown that did an all day breakfast with multigrain toast, herbal teas like blueberry and very tasty non-greasy food all for $3.95 in a happy cheerful atmosphere... I haven't come across any other place that compares with that for a cheap breakfast.

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Applewood Country Gifts, Tea Room & Bakery6345 120 Street, #112, Delta
Just like a grandma's kitchen
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

Applewood is a local gem that's always busy & bustling. My favorites here are the freshly baked not so sweet cinnamon buns and lemon squares. They also offer home-style cooked casseroles like sheperd's pie, and quiches etc. Their portable packed lunch special's that include a salad, a main and a treat for about $9 are perfect for picnics.

The gift shop part of the store is worth browsing as well as it offers well-priced beautiful goods like french-style linens etc.

Parking can be a problem so be aware you might have to park further and just walk there.

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Sixth Avenue Bread & Deli702C Sixth Avenue, New Westminster
sorta ghetto but cheap desserts
Submitted Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

This place is interesting I always shop at the green grocer next door but ventured in here the other day. All of their desserts are $1 which is a good deal. They carry the cost-co brownies which I like & I tried a caramel cake slice which was decent. The space is not exactly inviting, they could make it more cheerful in fact I didn't know they had desserts even though I've seen this deli for years.

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Top Gun Sushi At The Quay810 Quayside Drive, #230, New Westminster
excellent for ayce lunches
Submitted Monday, February 5, 2007 - 2:47am [Dine in]

We've been going to this all you can eat Japanese place since it opened. The restaurant itself is pretty nice with a Fraser River view. The food is tasty & excellent value, their $10 lunches offer lots of choices, I like that the karage is actual chicken wings. Their service has improved lately, now hot food is actually served hot. I like their sushi, and they have a good selection of rolls and nigiri for lunch (saba nigiri, scallop rolls etc are included). I'm a bit surprised at the other semi-harsh ratings... this place is definitely one of my favorite ayce places, and the food quality is high compared to other ayce places (ie because of an open kitchen concept you can see the chefs preparing your food). Maybe we are a bit spoiled in Vancouver with all the good and inexpensive Japanese food choices.

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Me-N-Ed's Pizza Parlor7110 Hall Ave, Burnaby
grown up pizza
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 2:01am [Dine in]

First time I’ve tried smoked salmon pizza, it was tasty. Two of us shared a large and we had leftovers for two days. They are generous with their toppings; I liked the addition of fresh dill on top as well as the lemon wedges on the side. The crust is thin and has crisp layers almost like a cracker. It’s really good to see a local pizza chain thrive, as the ambiance is excellent and just stands out from all those cookie cutter chain pizza places.

We'll be back to try the vegetarian pizzas, as I don't like meat topped pizzas I find them too greasy.

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Balkan House7530 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
chicken schnitzel
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 1:38am [Dine in]

This place looks sort of dodgy but it’s a hidden gem. They have the best lunch specials, which include warm bread, heaps of real butter, a unique & tasty chicken noodle soup, and a main course of your choice which is served with fries or rice and Greek salad. The portions are very generous, and lunch is about $7 but I usually tip generously.

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Sushi House7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
favorite sushi fix
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 1:26am [Dine in]

Dunno what it is with Vancouver and its sushi cravings, there seem to be japanese restaurants sprouting up all over the place. I'm addicted to sushi, and this is one of my favorite places, its cheap & popular enough that everything is fresh. Order ahead for take-out if you are in a rush.

My favorites here include the tamago (its huge!), & negihama roll. I usually order those along with a bunch of nigiri pieces.

Also, if you want to pick up some dessert the bakery next door makes yummy mocha cream chocolate dipped cookies.

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Minori Japanese Restaurant8356 112th Street, Delta
yummy temaki
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

This is the only place I ever eat temaki (cone) sushi! They only use sockeye salmon, and the amount of fish to rice is just right. I think they toast the nori as well beforehand its flavourful. Prices are reasonable its $2 per salmon or tuna cone. This restaurant is sort of hidden amongst other stores in North Delta but its worth checking out if you are in the area.

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Ole Ole Mexican Deli831 12th Street, New Westminster
Delicious Refried Beans
Submitted Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Unlike the other reviewer I've never ever seen this place full or even half full or even quarter full. As for fresh... frankly this place is also a deli (although they don't seem to sell deli sized portions of food its confusing) and the food is all prepared beforehand ie. the meats are cooked and the sides are microwaved to reheat. A problem I find with mexican places in particular is that the meat well starts tasting a bit old as they precook it, as there doesnt seem to be that many patrons the turnover is pretty slow. I also find the food isn't good value for the money the portions are pretty small. However they have the most addictive refried beans its worth a visit for these, its salty, smokey and a creamy puree probably cooked with bacon but the taste is amazing. I also love chile rellenos and sometimes they have these for sale. I can easily cook fresher yummier mexican food at home though using recipes easily found on epicurious.com so now I don't bother ordering burritos/enchiladas etc while at restaurants because for some reason Mexican restaurants in Vancouver are just not that good.

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Sushi Paradise780 Princess St, New Westminster
decent for quick & cheap take-out
Submitted Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

Like the others I had combo B which includes 16 thin pieces of cali/bc/spicy tuna & spicy scallop rolls, its a bargain for $5.98. I found that there was a bit too much rice though & the rolls are a bit dry. It seems the chef is japanese but these rolls didn't stand out, I will return to try some of their other rolls.

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Pearl Hot Pot7154 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby
wintertime shabu-shabu
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

Hidden near the Japanese Canadian National museum this hotpot place has been around for a few years. Hotpot is a fun, social meal, basically it’s like a fondue u dip pre-sliced meats and veggies into an individual pot of simmering broth and cook it yourself. I recommend sticking with the basic broth, and the choices include fish, chicken, lamb, fish, seafood etc with veggies. The hotpot is served with rice or noodles, sauces, a raw egg and sweet bean soup at the end as dessert. The portions are large and by the end of it the broth becomes super tasty. My favorite is the lamb version it wasn’t too greasy.

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Pho Tam Restaurant10302 135 Street, #10, Surrey
cheap & cheerful
Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

Pho, a steaming bowl of goodness. We've been going to this Pho place for years. The spicy beef noodle soup is particularly good, the seafood or chicken soups are delicious too. A bonus is that the strip mall its located in across from the Central City skytrain station also has a steamed buns place (new town bakery) as well as another viet restaurant that sells viet subs. So if you have more then one craving or everyone wants something different its pretty easy to accomodate. One time my mom even forgot her purse for a pick-up order (first and last time she's done that btw) and they just shrugged and said pay next time.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
The best chicken burger!
Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Wow, tried the spicy chicken burger here with mushrooms and it was outstanding if messy. Flavourful, saucy, spicy & filled with mushrooms. I was stuffed the portions seemed ample to me, I had fries as the side. We were there at lunchtime and even though it was pretty busy our food got to us pretty promptly.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
On the fence
Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

The ambiance is very intimate and cosy the interior is beautifully designed with hints of Southeast Asia. I'm on the fence about the food as we like spicy food and can handle it but consistently we get the watered down version... also the portions are a bit well small for the price imho. I love the green papaya and mango salad with jicama root and carrots its very crisp and refreshing the dressing is excellent. The satays are excellent but they aren't grilled they seem to be more baked, the marinades were very flavourful I especially liked the lamb. The peanut sauce isn't the indonesian/thai variety I'm familiar with, I didn't care for it. They have a decent seafood selection including live clams/mussels. The laksa & mee goreng are decent. The food tends to be a bit oily so ask for less oil if you can. I'd recommend this restaurant for the ambiance and for a change from chinese food.

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Tokachi Japanese Restaurant10767 King George Highway, Surrey
Best raw sushi in a red light district
Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

The sushi and sashimi here is some of the freshest I've ever eaten in my life. The salmon sashimi is just perfect. I'm pretty sure the owners are Japanese. Don't bother ordering cooked rolls the california roll is typical although the smoked salmon roll is outstanding. Everyone that ventures out here to try it with me is also impressed. The prices are a bit higher i.e. $6 for most rolls like choppped scallop that would cost $3.50 max at other places but well worth it. Once you're inside the restaurant it's fine but be aware that this restaurant is in Whalley which means hookers & druggies are pretty close by i.e. if you are parking you will see them but this place still gets pretty packed anyhow it is that good. It's safe just make sure your car alarm or club is equipped. Their cooked food is solid as well but not outstanding though a standout is the grilled prawn and scallop skewers in a butter sauce.

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Hatam Grill Restaurant4735 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Yummy - a must try for an introduction to Persian food!
Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

They offer a AYCE lunch buffet for under $10 which is a excellent introduction to this type of food, where the tastes are a bit different then what I've eaten before. Very solid healthy home cooked Persian food. The veggie and rice dishes in particular stand out. I especially liked a baked dish made of fresh potatos, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatos and eggplant which was amazing. The chicken is grilled. They offer fresh salad and homemade desserts such as rice pudding which make the buffet especially good. The food items are changed on a regular basis, I've gone twice so far and each time there's a standout dish I plan on ordering for take out next time. The tastes are a bit different some dishes can be sour which I didn't care so much for (this is traditional though) so try a little bit of everything to see what you like. The owner is very friendly and welcoming, and I've seen quite a few Persian people eat there as well. Well worth a try!!! Especially for a type of cuisine that there isn't much of in Vancouver.

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