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Average_JoeBurnabySince April 10, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


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Yan's Garden9948 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Good for It's Value
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 4:40am [Dine in]

A regular for dim sum, last visited on Wednesday, January 27th.

FOOD: Quality is good and usually consistent. It's not high end dim sum but it's fair to say that you get good value for what you're paying. If you like shrimp/prawns, you'll like that they seem to use it a lot in their dishes.
My only complaint is that sometimes the steamed items that are sitting in the carts too long are luke-warm at best. Dim sum lovers will know that steamed items should be piping hot or it's not very good.

SERVICE: Host/hostess usually greets and seats us promptly. Orders are usually done as the servers cart the dim sum items around. Special items can be ordered from the kitchen and it's usually accurate and timely. Unless there's a wait to get it, you can usually get in and out of there easily for a quick lunch.

VALUE: Dim sum items range from $2.95 to $5.75. Most regular items are $2.95. Congees are $4.25-4.75 and provide good value for the big portion that you receive.

AMBIANCE: This restaurant went through expansion and renovations about 2 years ago. The decor is nice, not the same as higher end places like Kirin but better than some other places.

OVERALL: There's a reason why I'm a regular for lunch. Service is usually good and fast, and quality is consistent. Again, not high end or the best dim sum I've had but it's good value for what you're getting. Note that peak times at lunch usually means you have to wait for a table. It's especially busy on weekends so plan ahead if you go.

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Pho Hoang Tung100 Schoolhouse Street, #401, Coquitlam
Not as good as it used to be
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 4:12am [Dine in]

Visited Pho Hoang Tung on Friday January 29th for lunch.

FOOD: I had the #3 Rare Beef/Beef Balls noodle soup and 2 spring rolls. Their soup is usually decent although on this visit, it was terribly bland and tasted nothing like a beef broth for Pho. The spring rolls were good but tiny and not worth what you pay for.

SERVICE: The owners/servers promptly serve tea, provide menus, and take orders. Payment is usually "walk up to the counter" which is normal for smaller Pho shops like them. They are quite friendly.

AMBIANCE: The place is nice and cleaner (dining area and washrooms) than most Pho places that I've been to, so that's a plus for Pho Hoang Tung.

VALUE: I guess Pho is always a decent value, and their Pho prices are reasonable ($7 Regular, $7.50 Large) but the spring rolls are not ($1.50 for two small bite size pieces).

OVERALL: I've been here several times before, this being the worst in terms of food. They are the only Pho place in the vicinity, so the only time I would go back is only if I'm in the area and really desperately craving for Pho.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Aweful Service
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 3:58am [Dine in]

Our group of 4 dined at Buffet at River Rock on Monday February 1st. There was no line up, which was a plus....at first.

FOOD: I was dissapointed with the few selections available, in particular the main dishes. There was an over-done roast beef that seemed more like beef jerky, 1 chicken, 1 salmon dish, and 1 mussel tray. Most others were dim sum, chow mein, veggies, or pasta (fillers). Salad and dessert bars were ok, but nothing that's unexpected. There was a chocolate fountain which was a nice touch, but looks nicer than it tastes.

SERVICE: This was probably the worst part of our experience. We were shown to our table but were immediately told by our waitress to all leave and head to the buffet so she can set up the table. Is that normal? I would expect tables to be set up before the guest are seated. My expectation of a buffet waitress is to bring and replenish our drinks, and to take away empty plates promptly while guests go back to the buffet. Never of these expectations were met. Our waitress took forever to take our drink orders and much longer to bring them. She never came back to check if we needed refills. Plates were piling up probably 7 or 8 high (between the 4 of us) before she came by to take them.
Towards the end of our meal, we were waiting for our waitress to order coffee/tea. Instead, she was not seen again. I ended up getting my own coffee when I saw that the waitresses were gathered in a corner chatting away.
When we left, our waitress was seen getting a plate of food for dinner. I guess she didn't intend on checking in with us again.

AMBIANCE: The newly renovated area is nice, although nothing spectacular. It's what I would expect the look of a restaurant inside a casino. I have never been there before so I can not compare it to pre-renovations when it was "Runway 26". Our table was in the corner of the restaurant with a view of the Fraser River. Unfortunately, the table was poorly lit. Half the table could see the food on their plates, while the other half could not.

VALUE: Weekday rate - $22 per person (including soft drink, coffee/tea), $19 for seniors (55+), it's a fair value at best. I'm not sure if lunch or weekend selections are better but I'm not prepared to go back and find out.

OVERALL: If you're prepared for marginal food and non-existant service, than it's worth trying once to just know what they are about. The poor service is what's going to keep me from going back. Even on a Monday, I guess that's why there was no line up.

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