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604eatterMetrotown, vancouverSince March 15, 20092 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


Displaying 1 - 2 of 2 Reviews Found
Xiang Cuisine, The4850 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Simply amazing, unique, delicious Chinese dining
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

Having eaten out many times at the various Cantonese, Taiwanese, Szechuan, and other Chinese restaurants in the Metrotown area, I was starved to find something new to try out. The Xiang (or Alvin Garden) was the ideal remedy for the situation.

Since discovering the place not 4 months ago, I have eaten there over half a dozen times... for lunch, for dinner, for the essence of deliciousness.

The service is good, but pales in comparison to the food that will leave you virtually breathless. The pig's feet, served in a wooden bucket, is one of their specialties, and the best that you will ever have in the Lower Mainland, bar none. Other dishes that will not leave you wanting are their various hotpots/drypots (Hunan specialty), and the cumin lamb.

If ever you are in the Metrotown area on a weekday lunch hour... you are in for a treat as they have lunch specials. Try, and you will end up trying and trying again.

If you can eat spicy... ask for it hot. You will NOT be disappointed.

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Sura Korean Cuisine1518 Robson St., Vancouver
There is no saving grace
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Rainy Saturday afternoon found me and my girlfriend (avid connoisseurs of Korean food) walking down Robson. Since we'd already had many of the other delicious and even acceptable Korean restaurants in the neighborhood very recently, we decided to try Sura -- a fine looking establishment, from the outside, that we'd never seen before.

Strolling in through the front doors at 1pm, it was slightly odd that there was only 1 other table of customers in the place, but we shrugged it off and were seated promptly (at the least attractive table in the place) and given menus. It would be the only part of the service that was remotely acceptable.

We'd quickly decided what we wanted to eat. After gesturing, waving, and standing up and doing the wave to try to get the server's attention, we finally were able to order. The next 30 minutes found us slowing going from hungry but happy to slightly hungrier and wishing for food, to starving and repeatedly trying to gesture that we wanted some tea (all the effort earned us a refill of 1/2 a cup.... one time).

Finally, after these 30 minutes, a dish came out. Unfortunately, it was for the other table. There were eight of them, and now one of them had food. I joked that maybe every 5 minutes, another dish would come out until that other table was completely served, and then they would start to cook our order. How ironic it was that 10 minutes later, the evidence started to show that my joke was a prediction of the future.

At this point, it was close to quarter to two, and we were stark raving mad with hunger. There weren't even side dishes to hold us off while the sloth-like kitchen staff worked their hardest. At this point, we finally decided that we had enough. We kindly went up to the server (because god forbid it would take us 10 minutes to get her attention), and told her it was taking too long and we were leaving.

By 2 o'clock (10 minutes later), we were happily eating hotpot at a Korean dining establishment not a block away. Normally, I am a very calm and mild mannered individual, but even I could not help but to shake my fist at Sura as I passed by after eating at their competitor. All I lost was time, but honestly, I really want that hour back.

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