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AzusaBurnabySince December 27, 200638 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
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Displaying 21 - 38 of 38 Reviews Found
Tomoya Japanese Restaurant6285 Nelson Ave, Burnaby
Follow up visit - different experience
Submitted Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

In the restaurant industry, one of the greatest problems is the lack of consistency. So, whenever you go to a restaurant, you would expect the same (if not better) experience every time. So, as a follow up visit, I arrived asking for a table for one. They looked at me funny (table for one???) but was given a table quickly. I ordered a Metro roll (one of the specials of the day, as "main") with ika karrage and seaweed salad as appetizers.

The seaweed salad arrived quickly (it shouldn't be difficult, as it is just serving it). It was tasty but didn't have a "Wow" factor. I think I had similar seaweed salad from T&T.

The roll arrived after a while. Before I continue, I should add a personal opinion of specials. In my experience, when there is a special, either (a) the restaurant has overstock of the main ingredient, or (b) the head chef wants to showcase it. In this case, it seemed it was the former rather than the later. I didn't really ask for the individual ingredients of the roll (it looked “good” in the menu), but I could tell it had some avocado, cucumber, tempura prawn, either unagi or salmon skin on the top with some roe. It was well plated but it is taste that matters. And they failed: the skin or unagi was chewy. If that was their intent, it didn't work for me.

And, wait, where is the ika (squid) karrage? It is supposedly an appetizer, right? Well, it didn't arrive until I finished the seaweed salad and well after half the rolls. Bad timing. The texture was chewy, as if the squid had been boiled first then batter and fried. Furthermore, the batter was too thick. To make it worst, it was drizzled with a sauce that gave a slightly bitter taste.

When the bill was given to me, it didn't reflect the special price ($1 difference). It was quickly fixed, though the waitress didn’t look happy I pointed out the error.

Overall, it was a big disappointment compared to my first visit. It showed promise but failed to deliver consistently. Won't be back.

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Tandoori Kona11700 Cambie Road, #170, Richmond
Excellent lunch special
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Went there with a colleague since we were in the area. Since I haven't had Indian food in a while, his suggestion was fine.

We were seated after they cleared a table. I didn't browse through the menu but, instead, as suggested by my colleague, went for the lunch special. Naan arrived soon after and the lunch special 7 minutes or so afterwards. Not bad considering it was lunch time.

The lunch special had a bit of everything: rice, dahl, chickpeas, salad and butter chicken. Overall, everything was good, specially butter chicken. It was really creamy!

Don't have much to complain about service. Since the place is small, they could quickly address any issue, be it water or bill.

Now, ambiance is sort of mixed bag. For some reason, the curtains were a bit thick so it blocked almost all sunlight. If that was their intent, they were successful. But that meant inside was somewhat dark. Now, the really funny thing is the dish where the lunch special was served: it was on a tray similar to the ones used to serve school lunches. I was joking with my colleague that, if it the dish was plastic and were given sporks instead of the regular cutlery, we might as well feel as in prison! Nothing wrong with that just that it was hilarious.

Don't have much to complain. It was good eats and might go there again some time for lunch.

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Vera's Burger Shack1181 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good lamb burger but have had better
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2007 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

Was in the West-End area for a late lunch and wanted to try Vera's Burger. After a bit of consideration, I ordered the lamb burger with lettuce, tomato, onions with mustard and mayo (that's what I think, more below). As a side, I ordered onion rings and had a coke.

A 1 for service rating might be overkill; however, I simply can't help it. The girl at the cashier was helpful guiding me through my order. But, the tables weren't cleaned and had to do it myself. Big no, no here. As for ambiance, there is not much to talk about, considering the size of the place.

The burger was done after a couple of minutes with the basket of onion rings. The onion rings was a bit disappointing. Several of the rings were attached together, as if, when frying, they didn't let them spread around. Also, the oil was still dripping from the rings. Sure, they were piping hot but that's not how you serve them. You must let them rest a bit before serving; otherwise, when you take a bite, you will pull the onion from the batter.

As for the burger, somehow, it had feta cheese. I don't recall ordering the cheese but it was an odd surprise. It gave an interesting twist to the burger. Flavorwise, there is an unwritten rule about burgers: if you use only one napkin, then it is not juicy enough. And, for this one, I used several napkins. So, yes, it was good.

Unfortunately for Vera's, I have had better lamb burgers in other places and they were the same if not better. Price-wise, I think Vera's is too expensive for what they deliver, especially when you add sides and drinks. I might come back some other time to try the other burgers but won't be ordering anything else.

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Gogo Tea Cafe8788 McKim Way, #270, Richmond
So-so food and mostly eye-candy.
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2007 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

I was near Garden City with a friend when it was lunch time. As per his suggestion, we went to this restaurant. When I asked for more details, he just smirked. I found out why when we arrived... (See comments regarding ambiances in the end).

We were seated and given the menus relatively fast. As for the menu itself, I have to admit I haven't visited that many bubble tea places but, since this place is supposed to be a "cafe", I would have expected a menu similar to a HK cafe. Wrong. More than half of the menu is nothing but drinks and snacks. Finally, when I got to the actual food, it didn't look too enticing. The specials of the day weren't that different but, at least, you are given a drink and soup for the same price. In the end, my friend and I ordered the sizzling chicken hotplate and some ice water. Now, when I ask for water, I would expect at least an 8 ounce glass. Not here: it was a 6 ounce glass (if not smaller) filled halfway.

The food took 15+ minutes to arrive and I must say I wasn't really happy with it. Since I was hungry, I chose not to complain. The plate wasn't sizzling, the corn soup barely warm and the chicken on the plate look like food you could get at the mall. Now, I won't bash them too hard, after all, it was just $8.00.

As for the service, the waitresses performed the basic, that is, take the order, deliver the food, pickup the dishes and the bill. Most of the time, I won’t have minded, but it felt as if they were doing us a favour. And, then again, the water. If the idea is to replace it with the drinks, at least tell us so!

The place looks modern and the seats were comfortable. What sort of raised my eyebrows were the waitresses: they are dressed as maids. I am sure some people will go there just for that reason. Not my case, though. I am there for the food and I won't take that as a replacement. And, if we factor that out, what remains, is just so-so food and not-so-good service. Won't be going back.

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Red Robin4640 Kingsway, #112, Burnaby
Acceptable but avoid if there are large parties
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

It was a Sunday night, didn't want to cook and was almost next to Red Robin. The other option was Boston Pizza (right beside it) but wanted to try this other place instead, as I have been in BP way too many times already.

When walking outside, I notice two large parties and I was hoping they will have a table open. And I was given one after a brief wait. Unfortunately (more on this later), I was given a table near one of the parties, which happened to be a sweet-sixteen birthday. I asked for a different table but the only place available was the bar. I declined.

I ordered a BLTA with fries. To test the waitress, I asked for an odd name mocktail instead of my usual stout. She was confused at first but, instead of taking things for granted and say "no", she checked and came back later with my drink.

The food itself was acceptable, nothing to write home about, except the crime committed to the fries: they were unseasoned.

Now, my complain on one of the parties. The birthday party size was about 20 and everything was fine when I sat down. In fact, I enjoyed the song the waiter/waitresses sang to the birthday girl. However, after they left, hell broke loose when a food fight started (including screams from some of the girls in the party). Of course, one of the managers had to shout to calm them. As a result of the food fight, some of the servers weren't available and had to wait for what I ordered (and, later, for the bill). My waitress was apologetic about it, something that I appreciate as even if it wasn't their fault.

To make a better assessment of the restaurant, I went again during the weekend and ordered the same dish. Unfortunately, the fries came again unseasoned. Will not come back.

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Top Gun Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #2228, Burnaby
Good enough, though I prefer Kirin, Sun Sui Wah and Victoria
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

A group of friends decided to catch up and what better place than Dim Sum. I have heard that the place can get quite busy so a friend agreed to call ahead to make reservations. He arrived first and I arrived not long after. The odd thing is that he himself was waiting to sit down and we had to wait for a while before sitting down. So... If we had to wait anyway, what is the point of taking reservations?

Anyway, the rest of the group arrived shortly and we started to dig the menu. It didn't take long to have everything set up, from the tea we wanted to everybody having their chopsticks and so.

As for the food, we ordered the usual Dim Sum suspects (shrimp dumplings, siu mai, et al) plus congee plus one of the specials (shark fin dumplings?). The food arrived in around 7 or so minutes. The shrimp in the shrimp dumplings weren't that fresh but the siu mai was good enough. The shark fin dumplings (?) weren't as good as I would have though; however, probably I was expecting too much. Tea pots were refilled quickly and the empty dishes were taken away not long after we finished the items.

In the end, we asked for the bill but took a while for them to bring it to us. Did I like it? It is a bit difficult for me to assess it. Since I have read good comments about the place, probably my expectations were high. It didn't meet my expectations but, at least it was able to hold itself. Service could have been better but, then again, Chinese restaurants aren't known for that. I will come back to try again before I take my final decision about this place. But, if I am given the option, I would rather go to Kirin, Sun Sui Wah or Victoria.

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No. 9 Restaurant5300 No. 3 Road, #812, Richmond
Lots of good, yes, but still room for improvement
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch with a group of coworkers, as they wanted Chinese food and we were already in Lansdowne. I let one of my colleagues ordered as he seem had been there before and had no issues communicating with the waitresses. In total he ordered a four dishes for the seven of us: fried/braised rice noodles, fried wanton, beef brisket and yuan yang fried rice.

The food wasn't bad but wasn't that great either. The rice noodle and brisket was a bit too oily. The wanton (filled with shrimps) was odd but tasty enough. The sauces of the yuan yang fried rice was too starchy.

Service was good. The waitresses made sure our tea cups were filled and provided enough cutlery and additional bowls whenever the ones we were using was full of sauce (of the fried rice and brisket). Overall, each of us ended up pitching around $10.00 each to cover the bill and tips, which is not bad for a large group. We had even enough for one of us to take home. However, unless they improve their recipes (less oily, less starch, if possible, no MSG!!!), I will only return if my colleages want to come and there are no other suggestions.

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Simba's Grill825 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not sure if it met expectations
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

Whenever I walk by the Denman, I see this restaurant and have always wanted to try it. The opportunity arised when my girlfriend and I was in the area wanted to go to Zakkushi (which is right beside it) but it was packed full and the queue, too long.

When we got in, to say the least, it felt... Strange. Tables are too close to each other and the background music was odd.

I ordered the lamb skewer with the fried cassava root and my girlfriend ordered the cornish fried hen. We had a bit of problem communicating with the waitresses (either it was because of the background noise or they are ESL students, as they looked oriental, not that there is anything wrong with that) but we managed to get everything we asked for. It took a while to arrive but I won't blame them since the place was packed full.

Now, as for the food itself. The lamb skewers were... gamey, to say the least. It tasted more like goat than lamb. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting (probably too used to Greek food?). As for the hen (or chicken), it was fried, OK. However, I don't think I saw the sauce as the dish suggested. So, in the end, it was just plain fried hen. They have side of yogurt and tamarind (?) chutney, which matched well with the naan.

Service was OK. The waitresses made sure the glasses were full but the owner... Well, he was a bit scary as he spent the whole night checking at all the customers, as a mafia boss.

Overall, as mentioned in the title, I am not sure if it met expectations. The cassava roots were good (think starchier french fries) and the taste of lamb was different. But the hen was a bit of a let down. I might go again just to other dishes so that I can make a better assessment. But if what we had is an indication of the rest of the menu, I will then pass.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Good environment; salty food
Submitted Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 1:01am [Dine in]

Visit this restaurant in two different occasions, the first for buffet (before they increased their prices to the current $10.95) and another time for dinner with my tovarishch.

The buffet is decent with the usual butter chicken and curries. Note, however, the only protein is chicken; do not expect lamb or other type of meat. Unfortunately, there was no samosa in the buffet. With your order, an order of naan comes along. However, the naan where too greasy for my taste. As for dinner, I had Palak Paneer while my tovarishch had the lamb curry. The same problem of the naan occurred during dinner as well: naan were too greasy. Now, the deal breaker in both buffet and dinner: too much salt. I am not sure if it is salt per se or other condiment but, after a while, my mouth felt dry and I was thirsty. I hope they are not resorting to MSG!

Service was efficient. No complains here. Decor is simple and functional.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about the place, probably because of my high expectations. Indian food does not have to resort to oil/fat and salt to be flavourful!

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Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House4887 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Good soup but it might be an acquired taste
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 12:14am [Dine in]

On my way home after work, I was looking forward to some Pho. However, for a change, instead of Pho, I decided to visit this place. It is not on the Kingsway per se, so it is quite easy to miss it!

Food: Ordered a small bowl of noodles with beef tendon and beef (spicy). The noodles were chewy and the tendon and beef were quite good. However, the condiments in the soup, as well as the broth, were a bit strange. Don't get me wrong, it was good; however, I was expecting a delicate flavor (the broth were a bit strong for some tastes).

Service: Tea and menu were quickly given after I sat down. After they took my order, the soup came out not long after. They won't ask you if the food is OK (which is fine to me) but they were fast at re-filling your tea cup.

Ambiance: It is a small place and might be a little bit noisy.

Despite my odd comment about the food, I will certainly try it again.

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Uncle Willy's Restaurant6411 Nelson Ave, #100, Burnaby
Not pretentious, but good at what it does.
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

My friends and I were at Metrotown, when we decided to go for lunch. For a change, instead of going to the food court or other places across the street in Kingsway, we decided to visit this place, especially after reading other reviews.

Food: As mentioned on the title, they are not pretentious. It is just simply good food. Not the highest quality but good enough. There were two types of soups, some salads and, since it was Sunday brunch, some pancakes and breakfast type items. However, the highlights, as other reviewers mentioned, were the fried and roasted chicken. They have a dessert area, as well, but I would rather have more chicken!

Service: It is mostly self service. However, they do quickly clean your table when you go for more!

Ambiance: Not too much to talk about. However, there were a lot of kids around. Probably the fact kids eat at a fraction of the price (less than $5.00) makes it enticing for some parents.

I must admit that I overate and felt gloated until dinner time. But, it was not the restaurant's fault. Might I go again? Sure, why not. Nothing beats simply but good food.

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good food!
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

To satisfy my Phở cravings, I was on my way to Bao Chau. They were close for holidays unfortunately. Since I was to hungry to drive to Phở 66 Vietnamese Noodle House, I decided to go to Slocan Restaurant instead (which is right beside Bao Chau).

Food: The menu is short and straight to the point. Some appetizers, salads, sandwiches and so on. Basically a diner menu. I had a Reuben sandwich with a potato salad. The starter garden salad was a basic no-thrills-no-frills salad. However, the sandwich was to die for. The potato salad's texture was smooth but chunky at the same time but without the mayo overpowering it.

Service: It is a diner and the coffee seems to be always flowing. Nothing to write home about but good enough.

Ambiance: Again, it is a diner. However, they have several TVs showing some sport events. Not like Boston Pizza or a pub but functional enough.

Overall, if I am in the area and not in the mood for Phở, this is the place to go!

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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Incredible sandwiches!
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

Hanging around the Drive, I decided to have lunch and remembered this spot.

Food: Sandwiches, sandwiches and sandwiches. Sure, they have some other deli items and delis but, for a quick bite, sandwich is the keyword. You choose the bread, dressing (oil, mayo, mustard, et al), veggies, meat and cheese. Unlike a previous reviewer, I requested gouda (not in their cheese list) and they were happy to accomodate me. Was I lucky? Finally, you can have it "as is" or grilled. And for ~$7.00, I had a half-focaccia sandwich with a lot of veggies and deli meat.

As for service and ambiance, this is not a sit-down restaurant; as mentioned above, it is a deli. As a result, I didn't have any expectations for those two.

Overall, if you are in the area, definitely drop by. I am certain I will do that. And, as another reviewed mentioned, grab some cheese, as well!

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Kiyo Sushi11590 Cambie St., #110, Richmond
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

Have been here a couple of times for lunch and every time it has been great.

Once ordered teriyaki chicken and it is not your usual fried-like chicken cutlet and sweet sauce over it. Instead, it is broiled chicken cutlet and served in a sizzling plate. Yummm!

Another time, the waitress made a mistake (ordered a teriyaki box and got a sashimi bento box instead). However, I am glad of that mistake, as it was delicious. (BTW, the tuna was red, not that pinky slab served in other places).

If you are going for lunch, you might want to get there early, as the place is small and you might have to queue outside. And, if you end up sitting in the tables in the middle, be prepared to have other customers or waitresses hit your chair every once in a while. Did I mention the place is small?

Highly recommended.

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Robson Sushi Japanese Restaurant1542 Robson St, Vancouver
Inconsistent food, meh service
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

Your typical Chinese-owned/staffed-trying-to-pose-as-Japanese restaurant.

Food is so-so. Some of the dishes are awful (tuna sashimi), while others were decent (the cones). The main problem is that they are inconsistent (one of the biggest no-no in the restaurant business). If I order the same items separately, the first might come fine, but the next one is likely to be somewhat different from the first one. Also, the pace at which the dishes come out is chaotic.

Although I haven’t experienced the same the same service level as the others, I think I have seen what they are referring to. Also, they might take a while to check on you (to see if you want to order more) or even to fill up your cup of tea.

Will I drop by again? There is a slight chance I might if I happened to be in the area. But, otherwise, there are a lot better sushi spots in Vancouver.

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Pho 66 Vietnamese Noodle House3663 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good Phở, so-so price.
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

Based on other reviews, I decided to drop by this place to satisfy my Phở cravings. Since it was on a weekend on an afternoon, most of the tables were empty. The attendants looked like teenagers; however, they were quite cheerful and respectful (no teenager I-don't-give-a-damn attitude, that is). They also were quite good in making sure the tea cup was full.

The menu was varied but, oddly, the selection of Phở was a bit limited. Had the "special" Phở (large) and an order of spring rolls. They came out in about 5 minutes. The rolls were crisp, which is a good thing to contrast the Phở. As for the Phở itself, it was flavorful without being salty.

If I am in the area again, will definitely drop by again.

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Falafel King1110 Denman Street, Vancouver
Quick eat if you are near English Bay
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

Been there a couple of times for a quick meal. Usually I order take out, as they almost don’t have any seats. Besides, English Bay is just a couple of blocks away!

The chicken items (the shawarma wrap or plate) are quite tasty but the beef are a bit dry. If they are not too busy, ask them to cut the chicken from the spit! Service is mixed. If they are too busy, it is total chaos, as you are not sure which queue is for ordering and which is for picking up the orders. Otherwise, you can be in and out in less than five minutes (take out, of course).

One catch of this place is the amount of salt they put on the soups or meats. You might feel really thirsty after finishing one of the wraps or plates.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Hotel type buffet but don't expect Vegas
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

Went with a group of friends for lunch and one of them was able to get a discount for the group. So, instead of the full price, we paid $11.00 each.

The selection of salads was good and had a bit of everything. As for meats, the roast beef and ham were OK (nothing extraordinary). Other meats include baked (steamed?) fish, BBQ pork and stir fry. Some of them were a bit bland and looked like they have been sitting there for a while. Finally, the dessert selection was good, including self-serve soft-serve machine and other Splenda-based items. Had some cookies and chocolate mousse.

Service was relatively fast. The waiters/waitresses removed the plates whenever it looked like one had finished it. However, I wish they would check the drinks more often.

Overall, since I didn't have high expectations (as mentioned in the title, I wasn't expecting Vegas style buffet), I will have to say I had a decent meal. I might go again, if I am able to get the discount.

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