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3amigosBurnabySince October 21, 200750 Reviews
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3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
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  • Value3.5 (3.4)
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Green Leaf Cafe9604 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Delightful lunch at the new place in the neighbourhood!! ---
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:20am [Dine in]

Green Leaf Cafe opened in our neighbourhood recently, we did a pre-Mother’s Day lunch with daughter & son there yesterday. We arrived at the restaurant just after it had opened its doors at 11:30 am, received welcome greetings upon entering, were shown to a table (w/bench seating on one side, chairs on the other) near the window (views out to Cameron Street, and buildings/greenery over at the Cameron Library/Rec Centre in the background) - menus and tall glasses of cold water quickly followed.

Ambiance: “woody & warm” colours and materials, with ample natural light. Along with some background jazz music, it looked, sounded, and ‘felt’ pleasing.

Service: warm, friendly, and helpfully-attentive throughout our stay.

Food ordered: (Note: I have used names of dishes, and descriptions of ingredients, as per listings provided in the in the restaurant’s menu)

— Spicy Seafood Salad - daily fresh diced sashimi, seasonal greens, Korean style spicy sauce & yuzu ponzu vinaigrette — ‘Bulgogi’ Beef Platter (beef teriyaki) - sweet soy marinated charcoal grilled sliced beef (w/dipping sauce, rice, small potatoes, fresh lettuce greens, w/sliced radish, sprouts, and green beans) — Prawn Fritter (prawn tempura) - deep fried battered prawns (w/dipping sauce) — Green Leaf Signature “Aburi” Platter - six kinds signature aburi oshi: salmon, basil prawn, yukke tuna, mackerel, scallop, and aburi tobiko (w/garnishes of sprouts, sliced olives and hot peppers, pickled ginger, sauces, spices/herbs, and etc).

Dishes arrived in a timely and ‘the’ appropriate sequence. Salad was first, and I believe we all let out rather loud “wows” when it was put on the table - so good looking! And preparation a big yum - ingredients so fresh, bright, and cool, with sauce, dressing, and spices very flavourful and tasty. The prawn tempura arrived next - it looked good, and tasted the same - batter was perfect ’see-through-light’ in texture, and crispy, prawns, large, tender, and sweet. Ordered for Mom (I snuck a taste), she savoured it. The beef teriyaki and aburi platters arrived last, with both presentations receiving appreciative ’wows’. Their preparations offered a fine assortment of distinctive textures, flavours, and tastes - each was well-received and enjoyed. The teriyaki beef was a dish ordered at Mom’s request, but shared by all - everything on the platter well-prepared, and the beef especially tender & sweet. I ordered the signature aburi platter, thought daughter and I just ‘had’ to see and experience it - we, and the others, were not disappointed - the makings were very decently-prepared, flavours and tastes much-enjoyed - it was a “fun” treat.

With our thanks, and good wishes to the hosts, our first time visit to Green Leaf was a most-delightful, and fun dining experience. Welcome to the hood!!

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Sushi U5901 E Broadway, #5, Burnaby
A fun and delightful sushi dining experience!
Submitted Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Sushi U was chosen as a go to place for lunch. We arrived and found a parking spot near the restaurant a few minutes before its opening time of 11 am. Staff warmly-welcomed us inside.  We (threesome) were shown to a larger, corner table, provided menus, place settings, and then brought some large mugs of hot tea to enjoy while we pondered what to order.

It's a small place, clean, neat, and tidy in appearance. The tables are arranged around the perimeter, and most can be moved and re-arranged to accommodate from one and two diners, to small-sized groups.    

Our server was a delight during our visit, and took good care of us.            

The food: note:  I thought my ordering was likely a little heavy for the three of us, but with it being a first time visit, I wanted to try a number of dishes, and it worked well - with a few leftovers to bring home, but most dishes cleared.  Hot tea (a light & flavourful blend) was supplied at no extra charge.

— Appetizers:  geso karage (breaded squid tentacles), coroke (breaded potato croquette), ebi (prawn) gyoza — Noodle:  veggie yaki soba (soba noodles, w/mostly bean sprouts and small pieces of cabbage, a few green beans and carrot pieces) — Teriyaki:  tofu teriyaki (deep fried tofu, w/teriyaki sauce, on a bed of bean sprouts and a little rice) — Donburi:  chirashi don (assorted sashimi, on mostly shredded daikon and a tossed green salad, w/ side bowl of steamed rice) — Sashimi:  tako (octopus) sashimi (slices of octopus tentacle, on shredded daikon) — Nigiri Sushi:  aburi sampler ('flamed' nigiri sushi - salmon, tuna, ebi, tai, saba, and hotate, w/special sauces, and spices) — Roll:  California roll — and two "extras" our hosts provided without charge:  samples of chicken karage (breaded chicken pieces, w/a sweet & sour-like sauce), and ice cream tempura for dessert (a nice touch, much-appreciated!!).

The food dishes came from kitchen to table in good sequence, in good portions, and looking colourful and appealing. Preparations were very good -- warm dishes, were warm, cold dishes, were cool -- breaded coverings thin, crispy, and flavourful, sauces tasty, and stocks not greasy or salty, quite 'light' and flavourful -- tofu and noodles well-prepared - tofu pieces so creamy, noodles not overcooked -- chirashi don very good, ingredients so colourful, fresh, and tasty - the California rolls as well -- sashimi in the don, and octopus sashimi, perfect, so fresh and flavourful, and the aburi nigiri sushi a taste treat, with melt-in-your-mouth goodness -- the 'extras', well-prepared, and yummy, the ice cream tempura a nice, cool way to end the meal.

Our lunch at Sushi U was a fun, and delightful dining experience — friendly, personable hosts and service, with well-presented and prepared food.  And all served up in a small, ’cool’ and neat restaurant, in a small, local neighbourhood setting -- definitely our kind of place!

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Ikoi Sushi450 E Columbia St, #105, New Westminster
A big favourite of ours for Japanese food dining!!
Submitted Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 9:17am [Dine in]

Ikoi is one of our favourite go to places for a Japanese food dining experience. We returned for dinner recently, arriving a few minutes after it opening time of 4 pm. A nice bonus when dining there, there’s free parking available in the lot.

Food and service:  as has always been our experience there, the Chef performed his 'magic' with the food preparations and presentations, and service was so friendly and accommodating - here's what we (as threesome) ordered, shared, and enjoyed this time:

— spicy agedashi tofu — ika sugatayaki (sliced, bbq whole squid — prawns tempura — assorted sashimi — roll combo (dynamite, California, and BC (salmon) rolls — kaki fry (deep-fried oysters) — chicken yakisoba —  unlimited, hot green tea (provided, at no extra charge). With the exception of the yakisoba, these were all dishes we have ordered and enjoyed at previous dinings there

Nice presentations, and very well-made preparations. The tofu was delicious, so sweet & creamy, with just the right amount of hot & spicy sauce — daughter and I were looking forward to the squid, and this tender & tasty preparation sure did not disappoint — Mom sure enjoyed the prawns tempura and deep-fried oysters - they were ordered mostly for her, and the preparations were right on (daughter and I confirmed that with a taste or two) — the rolls were fantastic - thin rice coverings and tasty, quality ingredients - major yum — the sashimi was for daughter and I - it was served at the perfect temperature, and so fresh-tasting — the yakisoba was a small touch disappointing - the chicken was tender & juicy, noodles nicely cooked, the preparation though, was a little oily, and just seemed to lack the distinctive flavour & taste we've been used to with other yakisoba preparations (a very small criticism though, as we did not leave anything on the plate to return to the kitchen).

Once again, our dining experience at Ikoi Sushi proved why it has become such a favourite of ours.  It's a small, local neighbourhood, Japanese family-owned and operated restaurant, and these nice people have been putting it all together so consistantly-well since they opened a few years ago.  And good on them for their much-appreciated efforts!!

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Penny Farthing Olde English Pub, The2228 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria
Fun food and drink, English pub style, in Oak Bay.
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:42am [Dine in]

Our dinner venue after a drive through and walkabout of some of the sights & sounds of Oak Bay, and Oak Bay Village. We popped in for a look-see early in our walkabout of the area, then dropped back later that afternoon to catch dinner (about 5 pm).

Drink: for Mom - her usual ice water w/lemon — for daughter and I, a flight of ale (four, 7 oz tasters), we opted for the four, local, tap brews 'featured' that day. It turned out to be a great selection - cool and tasty, and we sure enjoyed them: Tofino - IPA, Parallel 49 - Gypsy Tears , Category 12 - Disruption Black IPA, and Philips - Odyssey Nitro Porter. Was there a clear 'winner' amongst the four? did not think so, but suspect the IPA's were given a slight nod. They were all fine brews, and sure hit the spot that late-afternoon.

Food: for Mom - the braised short rib and onion tourtiere pie (w/mashed potatoes and fresh broccoli) — for daughter - the mushroom brie burger (w/fries) — and for me - the house burger (w/salad) - daughter and I shared the fries and salad. Rather nice presentations, good portion sizes, and very decent preparations.

We enjoyed our experience - it’s a ‘cool’ and friendly place, and the cool flight of brews, accompanied with the tasty food and good service, contributed a much-enjoyed end to our afternoon/evening in Oak Bay.

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Bartholomews Pub777 Douglas Street, Victoria
Casual, fun, good food and drink, English-pub style!!
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 10:31am [Dine in]

Bart's Pub was our first dinner venue during a recent stay in Victoria. We walked from our hotel in the Inner Harbour area, and when stepping inside and finding it so warm & welcoming, just knew we had found 'the' place we were seeking that evening!

What we (senior couple & daughter) ordered and enjoyed:

— drink: for Mom, ice water w/lemon — for daughter and I, sleeves of Bart's Lager (it was cool, clean, and crisp, and perfect for the time, and our moods).

— food: Mom, meatloaf (a 'stack' - thick piece of meatloaf, sitting on top of a bed of baby potatoes and veggies) — daughter, smoked meat sandwich (w/fries, and a side of cole slaw), and for me, shepherds pie w/salad (ground meat & veggies, topped w/mashed potato, and wow! what a great, tossed, green salad - two kinds of lettuce (no iceberg!), plus, halved yellow and red cherry tomatoes, and with my choice of balsamic vinegar dressing, a big yum). Daughter took some of her huge sandwich back to the hotel, otherwise, all plates & glasses were totally "almost licked" cleaned!!

A much-enjoyed dining experience. The food, drink, and service at Bart’s sure did their thing on us - we left very pleased and glowing!

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Irish Times Pub1200 Government Street, Victoria
Cool pub venue in downtown Victoria!
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:32am [Dine in]

A much-enjoyed pub venue during a recent stay in Victoria. It was our first evening out & about downtown, we were seeking a cool beverage, and something light in the way of food to go with it. It was a Saturday evening, about 6:40 pm when we arrived - the place was very busy.

Drinks: for Mom, an iced water w/lemon, daughter and I chose one of their flights of beer tasters (four, 7 oz), and we wanted it to be Island brews, so chose their 'YYJ Flight' (or '2 Mile Flight'), which included:

-- Lighthouse - Lager — Driftwood - White Bark — Philips - Blue Back — Hoynes - Dark Matter

Wow! a great flight - four very distinctive brews. Cool and flavourful. Enjoyed each of them, but must admit the 'Dark Matter' and 'White Bark' were the two biggest hits. The 'Blue Back' definitely gained some ground on those two, when we dropped in and did the same flight on two consecutive early-morning downtown walkabouts!

Food: we decided to share one of their pizzas, and ordered the 'Italian sausage'. It was fine presentation and preparation - thin crust, pretty and tasty toppings, and just what our moods had called for that evening.

Good food and drink, and friendly, courteous, and efficient service to match.

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J & J Wonton Noodle House1012 Fort St., Victoria
Tasty Chinese food dining in a Victoria neighbourhood.
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:11am [Dine in]

A venue chosen for a Chinese food dinner during our most recent stay. The restaurant is located in a neighbourhood just outside of the downtown core, an easy find, and interesting area. We arrived a touch early of the 4:30 pm opening, and were not the only ones arriving early, when it opened, four tables worth of diners, and a couple of people coming for take-out orders, entered the place! Glad we came early.

It's a small, and very unassuming-looking place (especially from its outside appearance), but offers more seating inside than one might expect from seeing it outside. There is certainly nothing fancy in decorations and the like inside - from what I saw, it's mostly dark, bare walls, and rather dimly-lit lighting. The brightest spot is at back, the kitchen, which is visible through a full-size, glass window, enabling diners to view the cooks doing their thing. Our first impression -- Yea, our kind of Chinese restaurant!!

What we (threesome) ordered and shared .... all servings large, Szechuan-style spicy, well-prepared and presented, and served piping hot to our table.

-- crispy, spicy, ginger fried beef - dark, quite large pieces of beef, with a fairly-crispy outside, and tender inside, w/some green onion. It was hot, spicy, and very tasty! A portion was left to take back to our hotel, and was enjoyed as a snack the next day on our balcony!

-- stir-fried prawn w/black bean sauce - shelled prawns, tender and juicy, with an assortment of veggies. Everything cooked perfectly. Yum! a very flavourful and tasty dish.

- stir-fried squid w/hot, ginger garlic sauce - tender/tasty squid rings, and nice assortment of veggies (including some large mushrooms). Squid and veggies cooked perfectly, sauce hot & spicy (a touch too!). But guess we enjoyed it, as there was nothing was left on the plate!!

- house special chow mein - nice assortment of meats, chicken, noodles, and veggies. It looked good, and tasted the same. The plate was cleaned!

Yea, the service was good, the food quite exceptional - we left 'full & happy', and sure pleased that we had chosen to dine there for our last dinner that stay!!

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
Dinner at the Canoe - tasty food and drink, and lovely views!!
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

A chosen destination for dinner, and we were sure not disappointed -- wow! what a lovely spot, with good food and beverages to match!

The day was bright and sunny, the setting shined, and looked very welcoming upon arrival. And luckily, we managed to catch a spot for the car in their small parking lot, when we got there about 5:20 pm. The building, erected in 1894, has been designated as a heritage site on the Inner Harbour. It's lovely inside and out, with all the red brick, wood finishings, and decorations.

We (threesome) chose a table inside, the weather was sunny, but it was a touch too cool and windy for us to sit outside in the patio areas. Once in and settled, our server was at our table with food and drink menus. We ordered cold beverages, then sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed them and the surroundings for a while before ordering food.

Drink: Mom ordered an ice water w/lemon, and daughter and I, a flight of beer, their 'core brands' -- a lager, pale ale, IPA, and a dark ale. The beers were cool, flavourful, and tasty -- much-enjoyed, and got our taste buds off to a great start.

Food: we ordered three of what they call 'smaller plates & sharing' -- w/descriptions from menu - the flash fried Humboldt squid (w/shaved fennel, roasted shishito peppers, parsley), wings (w/chili-shallot glaze, burnt scallions, slaw), and the margherita flatbread (mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, arugula, basil, olive oil, parmesan). When the plates and board were brought to our table, there was a rather loud 'wow' from each of us! everything looked so good - presentations so bright, colourful, and nicely-arranged. Then the tastings - we thought the preparations were as 'perfect' as they could possibly be - the food fresh, distinctively-spicy (but not overly), so flavourful, and tasty. The squid and wings were almost unbelievably tender, and major taste treats. This was our first taste of flatbread 'pizza', and it turned out to be such a great dish to accompany the others. There was nothing was left on the plates to go back to the kitchen!

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. It was such a pretty and welcoming spot, offering such well-prepared and presented food, drink, and fine, friendly service.

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Cozy Place, The1692 Douglas Street, Victoria
Chinese food at it's best in Victoria!!
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Our venue for a late-lunch/early-dinner. A small Chinese restaurant, clean, neat, and tidy, with very friendly, and welcoming husband (the Chef) and wife owners.  We sat at a table near the door, which provided a view of the restaurant's interior, and the cooking of our order in the ‘open’ kitchen.  We arrived about 3 pm, and were given the option of ordering from either the lunch or dinner menus, we opted for the lunch menu (it had a good number of selections, with small descriptions and pictures of the fare offered).  We enjoyed the first glass of tea while making up our minds on what to order.

What we (threesome) ordered, and listed in the order received: Note:  the dishes were prepared one at a time, and each brought to our table piping hot from the kitchen as prepared, allowing us to fully-savour the distinctive spicing and flavours of each dish.

— deep-fried chicken wings -- cooked perfectly - light-crispy outside, soft inside, spicy (not overly so), and tasty.  
— cozy place chow mein -- the 'house' chow mein - vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, broccoli, carrots, onions, chicken, shrimp, and octopus (and I may have missed something).  Good preparation, lightly-spiced, and very flavourful.
— beef brisket & tendon, w/large rice noodles -- served in a large bowl - a chicken stock base, with large rice noodles (cooked so well, not overcooked, the noodles had well-absorbed the flavours of the stock and additional spices added to the preparation), large pieces of tender brisket/tendon (melt in your mouth tender goodness!), and pieces of baby bok choy.  So good!! colourful, aromatic, distinctively-flavoured, tasty, and much-enjoyed.   — dumplings -- steamed and then lightly stir-fried, large, wraps thin and tender, fillings crammed full of a meat (chicken and pork?) and veggie mix.  Another perfect preparation, flavourful, and tasty.
— beef tomato rice -- slices of beef, pieces of tomato and onion, on a bed of rice - it looked good, and tasted the same - yum!  The beef was tender, the spicing perfect to our liking, another flavourful and tasty dish.

A delightful, much-enjoyed dining experience!  Wonderfully-prepared dishes, with such distinctive and flavourful spicing - colourful presentations - welcoming, friendly hosts and service.  From the outside, it looked like it might/could be our kind of place - from the inside, after meeting the hosts, and enjoying such a great meal - we definitely found out it 'was' our kind of place!!

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Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant326 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tasty Greek fare and great view - a much-enjoyed lunch experience!!
Submitted Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:41am [Dine in]

The usual “early-birds” when my lady and I dine out for lunch, we arrived at the restaurant shortly after it opened at 11am.

We received friendly, welcome greetings upon entering, and were shown to a window table, about mid-restaurant in location, so had very commanding upriver and downriver views of the Fraser River, and sights (and sounds) of the various activities taking place on the River itself, and adjacent waterfront areas. With clear, bright and sunny weather on-the-go at the time, it was a quite spectacular setting for our lunch.

Service to our table was prompt, helpful (especially with a few questions we had re: lunch menu offerings), and very pleasant throughout our stay.

We ordered and shared a lunch platter for two — which came with starters of pita bread, tzatziki (yogurt w/garlic and cucumber), and Greek salad — and the platter, with two portions each of lamb souvlaki (pieces of lamb on skewers), spanakopita (spinach wrap, asked for, to replace the tyropita, cheese wrap, as listed on the menu for this platter), soutzoukia (meatballs), roasted potatoes, and rice. And I ordered a pint of Steal & Oak amber ale, to enjoy with my starter.

Everything looked so good, and we were treated to some fine food preparations. From our initial tastes of the starters (fresh ’cool’ salad, soft-textured pita bread, and ‘zippy’ tzatziki), through to last tastes of the main platter offerings (everything so well-prepared - lamb tender and flavourful, wrap lightly-crispy outside, spinach and other stuff, moist inside, yummy-spiced meatballs, roasted potatoes, and that wonderful rice), we found the distinctive flavours and tastes truly-captured our senses.

With the good food and service, nice ambiance, and wonderful view, our lunch dining experience was definitely “as good as it gets” for us!!

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New Szechuan Restaurant511 Cottonwood Avenue, #1, Coquitlam
My birthday treat ... tasty Chinese fare!!
Submitted Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:17am [Dine in]

Birthday meal number two - did daughter's our first visit to the restaurant, it was now my turn. We (senior couple & daughter) arrived at the restaurant about 3 pm, were greeted as we entered, and shown to a table at back (yea, some familiarity, the table we had last time). Menus were left, hot tea (teapot and cups) arrived quickly. Now what to order - to be able to try several dishes, and celebrate the event?      

What we decided upon — sliced pork in chili & garlic sauce - appetizer, served cold dish (pretty presentation, spicy, very tasty and flavourful) — wonton soup (warm, flavourful ingredients and stock) — honey & garlic spareribs ('dry' ribs, sweet & tangy) — prawn with black bean sauce (colourful, tender, sweet-tasting prawns, red & green bell peppers, onion, tasty/flavourful sauce) — Shanghai style fried noodles (well-prepared noodles, a few veggies, tasty and flavourful) — lamb with ginger & green onion (tender pieces of lamb, w/ginger & green onion, quite strong tasting, and flavourful) — braised tofu with vegetables (sweet & creamy large pieces of tofu, w/red & green bell peppers, mushrooms, and tasty/flavourful sauce).

Wow, and yum!! Everything as we had hoped it would be — friendly, timely service, and we were able to share a fine and varied selection of tasty and distinctly-flavourful dishes.  I over-ordered a touch, but heh, it was my birthday!! and the leftovers taken home, provided such a tasty, lunch snack the next day!

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Rivers Reach Pub320 6th St., New Westminster
Early-lunch, pub-style, worked well for us!!
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 10:26am [Dine in]

Daughter and I were in New Westminster on business one morning recently.  I offered to treat to lunch - we decided a pub lunch would/could be fun.  She recommended the River's Reach - it was handy, our timing was 'right', it was 11:20 am, open, and yea, found a parking space on the street, right there, on the side.  

I really liked the "look and feel" of the place -- nice spacing of table arrangements, with almost separated areas, and different types of seating (standard tables and chairs, high tables and stools, etc.).  We chose a (standard-type) table, at the front side of the restaurant, near the back.      

I ordered a pint of Rickard's Red draft (they're Tuesday 'special'), and clubhouse sandwich (on toasted white bread, came w/turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato), and fries -- daughter (the driver) opted for ice water, and a large baked lasagna (came w/mozzarella cheese, and meat sauce, and at her request, some pineapple), and garlic toast.

Friendly, accommodating service, with some rather fine-looking food presentations, and tasty, well-made preparations.  She enjoyed her lasagna (leaving a little to go back home for later), and I sure enjoyed my sandwich (leaving nothing to go back to the kitchen, or away with me).  

This was a first time visit for me, and based on the dining experience, we made a fine decision, and I was most happy with daughter's choice of venue.

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Mika Sushi1049 Ridgeway Avenue, Coquitlam
An enjoyable dinner dining experience.
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 9:35am [Dine in]

Mika Sushi was our go to place for an early-dinner recently - a first time dining experience. We (senior couple & daughter) arrived shortly after 4 pm, and found parking on the street outside the restaurant. We received a nice “welcome” shout from the staff upon entry, and a server showed us to booth seating adjacent one of the side walls - once seated, a teapot of hot tea, mugs, and menus arrived at our table. Yeah, we were now left to browse the menu, and enjoy some tea.

Service to our table was fine - our server always had a nice smile, and kept our teapot full. But when ordering, I did find her knowledge and help with the menu sure seemed quite limited. With this being a first time dining experience there, I had hoped for a touch more help in assessing ’particulars’ on some dishes I was considering (mostly an observation though, and only a very minor complaint).

What was ordered and shared — Appetizers: ika karaage, deep fried oysters, and agedashi tofu — Tempura: yam and prawn — Sushi & Rolls: deluxe assorted sushi & roll combo - nigiri sushi (red tuna, ika, salmon, hamachi, amaebi, hokkigai, chopped scallop, massago, and uni roll sushi (tekka, salmon).

Rather nice presentations — dish portion sizes though, a touch on the small’ish side — but very fresh-looking, flavourful, and tasteful ingredients, and all well-prepared. A big yum!!

We enjoyed our first dining experience at Mika Sushi. But note for the next time — order more!!

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IT Char Burger800 McBride Blvd, #29, New Westminster
Tasty burgers and great fries for breakfast!!
Submitted Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:41am [Dine in]

In New Westminster one morning for medical appointments, and had time to kill between tests, so headed over to Royal Square Mall to check out the burgers at IT Char Burger. We (threesome) arrived at the Mall about 9:30 am.

The ‘restaurant’ (food-court stall) is located inside and way at the very back of the Mall — we parked near the Mall’s main entrance, and entered there. Note: if you wish to skip the walk inside the Mall, the restaurant itself is most-easily/readily accessible via a side entrance to the Mall located right by the entrance to Safeway.

I asked the owner if it was too early to order burgers - “No, I can make you burgers.” - was his reply, and what we wanted to hear. So we were good to go!

At this still rather early time of day, their signature burger (IT char burger) looked way too big for the time, and our appetites, so with a helpful recommendation from the owner, we opted for smaller single meat patty burgers, and ordered three cheeseburgers, but via the lunch ‘combo’ (i.e., with fries & drink), so that we could taste what was anticipated to be some great fries.

Our food came out of the kitchen totally made-to-order. The burgers well-made - buns toasted, the inside ingredients plentiful, fresh, tasty, and juicy — definitely requiring a couple of napkins to fully-enjoy!! The fries were great, and all they have been cracked up to be — lightly-battered and seasoned, and cooked perfectly.

It was a fun dining experience. Food-court burgers and fries for breakfast, certainly far from our usual fare to start the day, but for this day, a rather nice, tasty, and much-enjoyed treat. A cool little place, and based on our initial taste, very capable of serving up some rather well-prepared food stuff.

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Khob Khun Thai Cuisine1143 Austin Ave., Coquitlam
Thai for lunch, and it was so good!!
Submitted Friday, April 27, 2018 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

Khob Khun was our destination for lunch, a first time visit, and it provided a most-enjoyable dining experience.  We (senior couple & daughter) arrived at the restaurant at 11 am, opening time, and easily found a space to park in the area provided along one side of the restaurant.  We were warmly-welcomed inside by the server and shown to a table by the front window (view out to Austin Ave).  Mugs of hot tea and menus (two menus - full menu, and lunch 'specials' menu) quickly followed.  First impressions of the restaurant once seated and able to get a look about -- bright, cheerful, simply, but colourfully-furnished, clean, neat, and tidy, warm, and for us, provided an almost immediate nice 'homey' feel.  

Service was friendly and personal throughout our stay, and as required, attentive, and helpful, especially when ordering, being rather new to Thai food, our server's friendly help was much-appreciated.  

What was ordered and shared:    (please note:  actual names, and descriptions of food dishes provided, are theirs, as per the menu listings.)

-  Tea:  Green Tea - mugs and teapot (w/refills).
-  Appetizers:  Calamari (Squid) - deep fried rings, served with sweet chili sauce -- Tao Hu Tod - deep fried tofu, served with sweet and sour sauce topped with ground peanut.
-  Noodles:  Khao Soi (Curry Noodles) - egg noodles with sliced chicken, northern Thai style curry sauce topped with crispy egg noodle, green onion, and cilantro, served with red onion, pickles, lime, and chili oil.
-  Stir Fries:  Pad Khing - with pork, ginger, mushroom, bell peppers, onion, and green onion -- Drunken Seafood - mixed seafood, with fresh chili, onion, bell peppers, kaffir lime leaves, and Thai sweet basil.
-  Rice:  Steamed Rice - small bowl.

Presentations looked so good - colourful and pretty on the white backgrounds of the differently-shaped, and rather nice serving dishes.  And especially noted, the various dishes came to our table in 'the' appropriate sequence --  appetizers first - with sufficient time allowed for us to savour and enjoy each - dishes cleared, and then the three entree dishes and side dish of rice -- perfect!!

Preparations (we asked for 'mild, spicy') - tasting the various foods sure backed up those lovely-looking (have to say "mouth-watering") presentations -- high quality ingredients, so fresh, and well-prepared, and to-the-mark with 'heat' of the spices and other flavourings used - for us, just right to truly-savour and enjoy the distinctive flavours of each.  And we had such a good and wide-range of offerings to sample -- seafoods, tofu, meat, poultry, veggies, sauces, and garnishes -- to get a really great first taste of some of the many tastes and flavours of their Thai preparations.

Our dining at Khob Khun was a delight.  I believe we really experienced the 'love & care' the owners and staff put into the operations, and food preparations of their great little restaurant in Austin Heights.

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Friend's BBQ Restaurant4327 N Road, Burnaby
Chinese food, birthday lunch .... big yum!!
Submitted Friday, April 27, 2018 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Friend’s was chosen as the venue for my lady’s birthday lunch recently. We parked right in front of the entrance just after the restaurant opened at 11 am. Upon entering, received friendly, welcome greetings from staff, and like a previous visit, chose to sit at a booth alongside the restaurant’s front window. Mugs of hot tea and menus arrived as we snuggled into our seats, the tea providing a nice, welcome warm-up, as we were allowed the time wished to cruise the quite extensive menus.

Service was friendly and cordial, and very helpful, especially when it came time to place our order. We needed some advice from our server in the ‘what’ and ‘how to have prepared’ of a couple of dishes, and the help and suggestions were much-appreciated.

What we (senior couple & daughter) ordered, and shared — all dishes came from kitchen to table in a timely fashion & sequence, with portions sizes very generous, presentations looking good, and sure perking our senses and appetites!!

— BBQ 2-Meat Combo, Duck and Pork chosen, came with side dish of dipping sauce — Pan-Fried Rice Rolls in Soy Sauce, w/dipping soy sauce, and green onions & bean sprouts as garnish — Steamed Squid with Gai Lan, garnished with some sliced mushroom and carrot — Steamed Tofu with Seafood, soft tofu, w/shrimp, squid, and fish, sliced okra, mushroom, carrot, and etc., and a tasty sauce — Thai-Style Fried Rice with Chicken, w/green onion, and flavourful herbs and spices.

A big ‘yes’ to the dishes selected — they provided a nice mix of seafoods, meats, poultry, rice, and veggies, along with their distinctive textures, wonderful flavours, and tastes. Absolutely no complaints with any of the preparations — all ingredients well-prepared, warm, tasty, and flavourful. A big first taste and texture surprise/treat was the tofu & seafood dish — such a creamy delight!!

Our dining experience at Friend’s was a lot of fun and much-enjoyed — well-prepared food, and friendly, quality service — and most-importantly, the “birthday girl” had a great time!!

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Old Spaghetti Factory50 8th Street, New Westminster
A fun lunch in New Westminster.
Submitted Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:31am [Dine in]

After completing a couple of appointments in New Westminster, The Old Spaghetti Factory was picked as the spot for lunch. We (senior couple & daughter) arrived just before the restaurant opened at 11:30 am - and once inside, chose booth seating along an inside wall. Despite the restaurant’s familiar location, for such a long time, this was a first time dining experience.

We found the ambiance inside to be ‘fun’ colourful, cheerful, and decorative — providing a nice ‘sync’ with our moods of the day. Table service was friendly, personal, and attentive throughout our stay. When asked if we wished anything to drink, daughter surprised us, and ordered sangrias (their ’classic red’ was chosen) — a nice treat, and cool start to our meals!

Entree selections were made from the list of - ‘it’s all included’ Lunch Specials: for Mom: lasagna, with green salad, hot tea, and spumoni ice cream — for daughter: pasta & greens - baked spaghetti w/meat sauce, and caesar salad, minestrone soup, spumoni ice cream, and coffee — for me: chicken clubhouse sandwich, green salad, and spumoni ice cream. The dishes were nicely-presented, portions very generously-sized, and foods & beverages decently-prepared.

Our first dining experience at The Old Spaghetti Factory was fun — we really enjoyed the atmosphere and surroundings within the restaurant, service provided was great, and the food a solid ‘ok’.

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Sushi & Japanese Restaurant403 North Road, #204, Coquitlam
A much-enjoyed first experience.
Submitted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

We (two seniors & daughter) arrived in the plaza's parking lot a few minutes before the restaurant's opening time of 11:30am, and found the lot very busy (it's rather small, serves a good number of stores, restaurants, and etc., with much of the parking limited to 30-minutes), but we were able to find a spot (for longer parking) without having to go up on the roof, where additional parking is available. (Note: we found out later, that when you dine at the restaurant, they provide "parking permits" that you can put in your vehicle to get 2-hours of parking within the 30-minute parking spots.)

We were the first customers to enter, but were joined by other diners very soon after, and by noon, several tables in the restaurant were occupied.

We found the restaurant clean, 'open' in layout, and bright. There are tables (for 2-4 diners per each) arranged around the perimeter of the restaurant, and several rows of tables throughout the middle of the restaurant - the latter arrangement allowing service for four or more diners at one table, or the putting together of tables, for service to more, as need be. A good arrangement we thought, for rather efficient use of space.

Upon entering, and selecting where we wished to sit, service to our table was prompt, courteous, and friendly. Cups of tea were brought to our table with the menus. We requested a pot of tea, and it was brought when the server returned to take our order.

The food ordered:

-- lunch vegetable bento box ($8.50) - which came with salad, veggie or avocado roll (the latter was chosen), a daily special (an orange), tofu teriyaki, and a selection of tempura.

-- party tray 'C' ($35.95) - which came with several pieces of the following rolls: California, dynamite, chopped scallop, red, and orange mango, and sushi (three pieces per each of): tuna, salmon, chopped scallop, and masago.

There was no additional charge for the tea, and miso soup was provided at no additional charge as well.

Our dining experience: this was a first visit for us, and we were solidly-impressed!! The 'environment' (ambience, layout, and etc.) was perfectly fine. The service attentive (and not 'overdone'), friendly, and courteous. The food -- why we went there!! was fresh, well-prepared and presented - and in one word (difficult for me!!), was 'yum'!!!

A return visit is definitely being planned.

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Chan's Garden441 East Columbia Street, New Westminster
A disappointing dining experience.
Submitted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

We went to Chan's Garden for dinner recently -- a first-time visit for us. With it's bright sign, we found it easy to spot at it's Columbia Street location.

Once inside, we found a rather bright and stark decor -- bare, mostly-undecorated, white (or off-white) walls, with booths (the table rather 'high' for some of us short types!!), and lines of tables & chairs. My first reaction was memories of the cafeteria-style restaurants of a good many years ago -- no decor or ambience, but a spotlessly-clean, neat, and orderly set-up.

Upon entering, we found service to be prompt and friendly. We (a threesome) accepted being seated in a booth -- menus, glasses of water, a pot of tea and cups, and 'tableware' (dinner plates, knives and forks, and napkins), were quickly provided. We asked for bowls, and chopsticks - our request was accommodated promptly.

For a starter (while we "researched" the menu), we (two of us) ordered Chinese beer, and an order of deep-fried wonton to share. The beer was good - light, cold, and "hit-the-spot" - the wonton appetizer was 'ok'.

For dinner, we ordered to share: crispy ginger beef, szechuan prawns, seafood chop suey, and the house special egg foo young. The food arrived rather quickly (I would say, rather too quickly!!!). The dishes looked colourful, and the servings a good size.

The food presentations were the 'good' part of the meal, the food preparations the 'not-so-good' part.

--- the crispy ginger beef was gooey, greasy, and lacking in 'real' ginger flavour -- the szechuan prawn dish - consisted of some unshelled prawns, immersed in a thick, and quite terrible-tasting sauce, surrounded by broccoli -- the seafood chop suey - some rather decently-prepared pieces of fish, seafoods, and veggies, but too much gooey and greasy sauce -- the egg foo young - uncooked inside, and a total yuck!

Overall: friendly and accommodating service, served up in stark and cold ambience, decent presentations of food, that, in our opinion, was certainly not prepared as well, or taste as good as it looked.

Based on this dining experience, I just cannot see us returning again.

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Shi Zen Ya985 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Sushi with a difference!!
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

We dined at Shizen Ya during a recent 2-day, December stay in downtown Vancouver. It features organic offerings (including brown rice and greens), no additives, msg free, and is vegetarian friendly.

It is a small place, and certainly not one to bring a group (if I recall correctly, there are some 7-8 small tables - two of which will seat four, all the rest will only seat two). For us, it is the small places that most-often appeal to us, and this was certainly one of those - what a delight it was to have had dinner there during this stay - good menu, fresh, well-prepared food, and friendly, helpful staff and service.

We (a senior couple) decided, with a little help from our server, to add a couple of dishes to one of their combo meals, and share. So we had: miso soup, sunomono, vegetable tempura, chicken gyoza, sashimi (salmon and tuna), and beef teriyaki (beef & brown rice). And the (included) green tea.

Everything was so fresh and prepared to order, and served by such friendly and accommodating staff - we just wished we could have returned, but we will have to save that for our next time downtown.

We sure enjoyed our dining experience at Shizen Ya.

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