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yumyumsigsigBurnabySince November 19, 200715 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food2.5 (2.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (2.8)
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Reviews

Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Reviews Found
Yakko Sushi4689 Kingsway, Burnaby
Impressive food with good value
Submitted Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

It was our first time in this Japanese sushi restaurant. Having been to at least half a dozen Japanese restaurants in the Metropolis neighborhood, we thought we would give it a try. The lunch specials menu consists of some very interesting bento boxes. We were able to create our own combinations, based on rice+(choice of chicken, beef or tempura)+fried chicken wing+(choice of sushi)+salad+miso soup.

The california roll tasted really good. It wasn't too dry, nor moist, it was just right and did not fall apart when picked up by the chopsticks. The tempura was equally impressive, evenly fried and with good batter. The salad was good as well. My praise for the food would not be finished without mentioning also the very sweet cheeries included in the Bento box.

All in all, we enjoyed the food very much and it was a delightful lunch experience. I'll definitely be back again.

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Bauhinia Restaurant8360 Granville Avenue, #120, Richmond
What a waste of my time!
Submitted Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

This got to be one of worst Hong-Kong style cafe restaurants I have been to, in terms of food and service. We ordered three dishes for lunch: Hainan chicken, pineapple fried rice and curry pork chop. The Hainan chicken lacked the tenderness that is usually expected of even a mediocre restaurant. The curry pork chops was a joke, the pork chops was slightly better than chewy pork jerky and the curry sauce was very thick. The food portions were small and do not justify the higher price.

It was about 2:30 p.m. when we wanted to leave. So when I saw the waitress coming our way, I waved to the waitress (there were only two waitresses at the time). There was direct eye contact between me and the waitress, but the waitress just pretended as if she didn’t see anything. We waited a while longer and still couldn’t get anyone to give us the bill. All in all, I cannot find a single reason why I would want to go back. Going to food court is perhaps better than eating in this restaurant.

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Uptown Grill46170 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Casual style dining with tasty food
Submitted Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

On our way to Minter Gardens, we stopped by this downtown restaurant in Chilliwack for lunch. On entering, we found this is a casual style, neighbourhood restaurant. The décor inside was sort of modern and looked pretty decent; the tables were not crammed and the seats were quite comfy. I ordered a Beef Melt Dip lunch entrée which also came with mashed potatoes and soup. The Cream of mushroom soup was just right, not too thick nor salty. The beef was served with sautéed onion which together with the melted cheese made the burger very tasty. The waitress was pretty responsive even though she was busy serving other customers as well. She actually stopped by a couple times and asked us how we were doing.

Overall, it was a very nice restaurant to visit. If ever I am in that area again, I would be happy to go back.

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
I hope they could be more consistent
Submitted Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant on Cambie Street a few times. The reason I kept going back is I really enjoyed the different selections on their menu. I like slightly spicy food, and the Asian fusion flavours they offer suit my taste well. Their food quality is usually quite decent and their prices reasonable. The restaurant inside has a nice modern Southeast Asian décor. The ambiance is acceptable if the restaurant is not busy. The noise level could get pretty bad when customers start to gather. This last time we went, we ordered a Hainan Chicken and a pork rice noodle dish. However, I couldn’t find the same tenderness in my chicken as in my previous visits. To be sure, the chicken was a little overcooked so it lost the tenderness. The rice noodles were also a bit sticky and looked and tasted lumpy. I had to agree with my wife that this time it was different and I hope this was just an aberration.

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
Decent Food and Service
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is located in a relatively quiet area on Boundary and Joyce. We went for Sunday lunch, not sure what to expect. From the outside, it looks like a neighbourhood restaurant with a big banner advertising its $2.99 breakfast. On entering, however, I found the inside made me feel more comfortable than the outside. The walls are decorated with pictures and wall murals. The overall tone was nice and relaxing.

The menu consists of a good selection of breakfast and lunch entrees. I ordered a prime rib burger with soup. The burger was served as a prime rib beef patty covered in grilled onions on a sesame bun. My dish came about 10 minutes after I ordered. I took my first sip of the beef barley soup and was quickly impressed with the taste. The burger was very good too, even though some part of the patty was half burnt.

Overall, this is a decent place for dining and a restaurant I would love to go back.

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Sfinaki Taverna4061 Hastings St, Burnaby
Food too salty
Submitted Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

My son recently told me that the really annoying thing about cooking when living on his own is he puts in the effort to cook, and then if it turns out bad and he has to finish it. By that he meant he put in too much salt in his cooking that made his dish twice as salty as it needed to be. Well, we have a similar experience, except that we didn’t cook it, the restaurant chef did. My wife and I went to this restaurant on Wednesday evening around 6 o’clock. Looking from the outside, it seemed like a nice and clean restaurant. The inside décor looks pretty decent, though not the greatest. We were seated at a table by the front glass window with a view facing Hastings Street. It didn’t take long for the waitress to respond to our order. I ordered an Arni Psito Roasted Lamb dish. The salad and pita bread was quickly served. Everything including the service was good up to that point. Then the main dish came. My whole dining experience was about to change. The roast lamb was tender enough. However, it was so salty that without the rice, it was just impossible to eat. I had to keep drinking water to wash out that salty taste in my mouth. After I came home, I was reading some past reviews on this restaurant. I wasn’t surprised to find that several reviewers had already commented that the food was too salty. I guess I should have read the reviews first before I went.

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Tipper Restaurant & Review Room, The2066 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good service, poor food.
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

Trying out unfamiliar restaurants based on Entertainment Book coupons can result in very different experiences. Sometimes, you get unexpectedly good food and service. Other times, it could be downright bad and you wonder why you have chosen the restaurant over another. Unfortunately, my dining experience today falls into the latter category. I ordered a steak sandwich which came with French Onion soup. My first sip of the soup told me immediately that perhaps I needed some water – it was just too salty. This also made me wonder if I should have ordered salad instead. The steak was ordered well done; it seemed to be too dry and salty as well. The overall taste was mediocre at best. The only bright spot of my dining experience was the service. The restaurant was not very busy at the time, the waitress had plenty of time to attend to customers. We found our requests mostly answered within a few minutes. Based on this one time experience, I am afraid I can’t give this restaurant a good recommendation.

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Junsei River Japanese Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Lots of lunch special selections - good value!
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

This is my second visit to this downtown Japanese restaurant. The impression I got is still more or less the same – good food, nice décor and reasonable prices. Three of us went in for a Sunday lunch, each sharing our food so we have a sampling of all three dishes. They have many combinations of lunch specials. For example, you can order salmon and tempura or teriyaki chicken with California roll, teriyaki beef with tempura and so on. So it was not hard for me to find a selection I like. I love prawn tempura and I was glad to find prawn tempura included in the lunch special which costs only $6.95. If it were some other Japanese restaurants, I probably had to order the prawn tempura as a side dish.

The service was pretty quick – the waitress brought us miso soups almost as soon as we placed our order. The main dish soon followed. The Salmon was fresh and so were the veggies. The California rolls were decent and not falling apart. All in all, this is a decent restaurant with some good Japanese food. Above all, the price is quite reasonable, considering it is downtown. If I am in that area again, I won’t hesitate to go back for a third visit.

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Kalypso Restaurant & Tapas Bar1323 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good food, good service.
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

My second visit to this restaurant had reinforced my previous favourable impression of this Greek Restaurant. From the dishes we ordered, this restaurant has demonstrated again the quality of its foods and service. This time I ordered a seafood entrée with mussels and prawns. Both tasted great, especially with the sauce. I also appreciate the warm and crispy pita bread, with olive oil and vinegar dip. The waitress was friendly and attentive. Overall, it is a very nice restaurant.

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24/7 Thai Cuisine986 West Broadway, Vancouver
Not the Greatest Thai foods, but good enough.
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 7:36pm [Dine in]

We actually found this place from the Entertainment Book. This little Thai restaurant is nestled in a corner of a small strip mall at Broadway and Oak. After paying for our parking, we went right in. As soon as we were seated, we were immediately reimbursed for our parking. The décor inside was not particularly impressive. The prices on the big menu seem quite reasonable, especially when compared to other Thai restaurants. I ordered a Red Curry with pork Bento box. The order came pretty quickly, first with a small bowl of hot and sour soup. It was a bit on the salty side. The Red curry port Bento box came with 2 Thai spring rolls and salad. Everything seemed to be rather mediocre, except the red curry pork was very tasty. Well, what can I expect with the price I paid? It is not the greatest Thai food, but it is good enough, especially considering the service, the price and the different fusion food selections on the menu.

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Bowl of Stars3608 Kingsway, Vancouver
A very pleasant restaurant for lunch
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

The food was tasty, the décor was modern and beautiful; the whole experience was pretty enjoyable. This is how I would give my general impression to this small Asian-styled restaurant on Kingsway and Boundary. We were given a table beside the large window facing Kingsway. The weather on this Olympics Sunday has been perfect; it allowed us to enjoy the beautiful sunshine as if we were dining outdoors.

After we were seated, we were given a larger menu and a couple smaller menus. The menus are nicely designed and have pictures for some of the selections which made my selections easier. Instead of ordering noodles that this restaurant had made it its specialty, I ordered a bowl of Korean-styled rice with beef and some veggies and kimchi. With the nice ambiance and pleasant décor, I was actually anticipating some good foods to follow.

And I wasn’t disappointed. My order came in a square bowl. The beef on rice was very decent with some tiny pieces of fried shallots that made it very tasty. The veggies (Broccoli and mushrooms) were fresh and the portion was just right. Service was nothing spectacular, but the price was very reasonable. I believe this is a restaurant that I would come back to in the future, if only to try out their other menus.

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Thida Thai1193 Davie St, Vancouver
Nice Little Restaurant for Thai Foods
Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

We went to this Thai restaurant for lunch mainly because of its decent ratings in Dinehere.ca. The weather was excellent with a lot of sun shining through the windows from outside. With the Chinese New Year and Valentine Day falling on the same day, and with so many Olympic visitors in the nearby downtown area, one would expect that it should be pretty busy for restaurants in the area too. To my surprise, when we entered the restaurant, only one table had guests. The restaurant has a regular menu as well as over ten different lunch specials. I ordered a lunch special dish of pork “Pad Kee Mao”, a kind of wide, flat rice noodles with eggs and chilli. The noodles were actually not as spicy as advertised and it was not too greasy either, as compared to some rice noodles dishes in other Thai restaurants. It also came with spring roll and salad. Although I would have liked the pork to be less dry, still the dish was acceptable and pretty tasty too. Considering its inexpensive price, it is probably good for a quick bite of Thai food.

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Copa Cafe4036 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Quality of food didn’t deliver!
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant today after seeing the ad in the Chinese newspaper that advertised itself as “voted the best Hong Kong style cafe restaurant”. To my absolute disappointment, the quality of food and service just left a lot to be desired. The prices in the menu are higher than Cafe Gloucester, a few blocks away. I ordered a dish called Stone Pot Lamb, Szechuan flavour with Satay sauce. Not only was the lamb not totally cooked, it was also bland, as if it hadn’t been marinated. There was absolutely no Szechuan flavour. I even had to dip my lamb meat in the sauce of my wife’s dish just to get some taste out of it. When time came to pay the bill, it was hard to get the attention of any waiter or waitress. It was already two o’clock in the afternoon; we were still waiting for someone to give us the final bill. This restaurant just didn’t deliver, period.

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McKim Wonton Mein Saga2780 Kingsway, Vancouver
Trying to live up to its name
Submitted Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

We drove by this restaurant along Kingsway so many times, mostly impressed by its name, which in Chinese, means generations (or dynasty) of Wonton noodles. We finally ventured in for the first time today. The menu was big, resembling most decent wonton and noodles houses except it has more Cantonese dim sum and appetizers. We ordered a bowl of wonton noodles, a bowl of beef brisket, beef tendon noodles with sui-gow dumplings, as well as a dish of gai-lan. It was around 1:30pm, the restaurant was still very busy. It took us a while to get the attention of a waitress for ordering, but it didn’t take long for our first dish to arrive.

I would say the wonton and sui-gow dumplings were pretty tasty and their sizes exceeded our expectations. The quality of the noodles was not really as fine and chewy as we would like it to be, but still acceptable. The only thing I thought it could improve was the beef brisket broth which actually tasted as if lots of MSG has been added and somewhat salty. Other than that, the wontons and dumplings seem to have lived up to its name.

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Lingering Flavor Express Food3328 Kingsway, Unit 110, Vancouver
The little Taiwanese restaurant with a flavour of its own
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

For a little restaurant that is hiding in a little corner of a strip mall that is also home to some larger restarant competitors, it must have its recipe of survival. From the outside, this restaurant looks like another bubble tea house. On closer look, it actually has more selections than just cool drinks. It's got a large selections of lighter Taiwanese meals and appetizers. The prices are pretty reasonable, closer to the prices found in a regular food court. I ordered a Pork Leg Shank combo that came with rice, eggs, some beans and cabbage. The combo actually tasted good, but the beans were a little on the salty side and the cabbage was rather bland. With its selections of ethnic Taiwan food and appetizers, I guess this restaurant has found its niche in a competitive market.

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