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DawnTartBurnabySince November 9, 200746 Reviews
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3.5 (3.3)
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Thai House Restaurant4940 No. 3 Road, #129, Richmond
Better than Expected
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Went there for a Saturday night dinner with my partner, Hargow, his brother and brother's partner.

We had planned to go to a Thai restaurant in Anacortes but bailed due to border line ups. Then tried to go to another Thai restaurant in Richmond called Coco Chilli which we learned that night is now closed.

Anyways, we made reservations and arrived on time. Seated immediately. Very eager and almost too eager staff. To start we had the ostrich lettuce wrap. Very tasty, great on the spices and the right amount for 4 of us. Lettuce was nice and crisp. Ordered the Pad Thai which was good. A little wetter than my partner likes but I was pretty happy with it. Also ordered the green beans, very good. The eggplant though was exceptional. It was stuffed with shrimp, came with a very flavourful sauce.

Bill came to $72.00 before tip and so it was an average price for a nicer meal. What I wasn't so happy about is that we were charged nearly $8.00 for rice. I know prices have gone up but that is on the high side. Asked for rice for 4. Since they know how much rice is involved, it would have been nice if they told us that rice for 2 or 3 to start should be enough and then go from there, but who knows.

I think the tea was extra and it would have been nice if it was complimentary.

We also split a dessert of fried bananas which came with mango ice cream. Very good but would have been better with vanilla. We ordered no alcohol but three diet pepsis.

Everyone was very full and we did have a bit of leftovers but not much.

Waiter was very attentive and eager and went out of his way to look after us.

Will definitely go back for the eggplant.

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Happy Date Restaurant8135 Park Road, Richmond
Good Value after all
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

Since my earlier review I have taken a chance on Happy Date. Actually taken several chances on Happy Date on various nights and times. Probably been there about 6 times since my earlier review.

I have to say that things are back to the way that they used to be. At least so far. Food is back up to 100% solid, reliable and very tasty. Staff struggle some days as language can be an issue as well as the volume that they do deal with there. We have gone in various groups from parties of 2 to 12. Often times they still have trouble maintaining service once you get your food but at least the food comes hot in temperature and properly cooked.

Glad that they are good again as they do wonderful vegetables and don't use MSG which is a huge plus.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Not Spectacular to Me
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

Although located in the heart of Kits, this funky and interesting looking restaurant wasn't all so impressive. I thought it was a bit too dark inside. It was a nice sunny but it was still quite dark inside even though we had a table by the window.

Went with my oldest for a special celebration. He had heard of the restaurant and was keen to try it out as I was. Had green tea and our teapot leaked. Waitress never wiped it up and probably didn't because she couldn't see it in the dark. She was most helpful and very pleasant.

We tried to order as an appy with ebi and was told that they didn't have any. We were there at about 5:30 pm so it was disappointing. We ordered the pepperjack chicken and it was pretty good. Then we had a small toro sashimi and the fish was nice and fresh. It wasn't served with daikon though. We ordered the Loveboat which was highly recommended. It came with a marinated tuna. It was swimming in sauce and it came with 2 asparagus tips and had a generous amount of mayo. Nothing special and if anything overdone.

Perhaps I was expecting Japanese instead of a more Japanese fusion. The combos in the rolls were interesting. There was one called the Bob Marley which contained avocado and mango.

I guess the best parts of this experience was the funky looking restaurant, the cool names for all the various rolls, the variety and the uniqueness of the rolls. I can't say I was all that impressed with the flavours though as I thought a lot of it was over mayod. It would have been nice if you could taste the different flavours but I felt it just blurred together. The sushi was nicely made and the rice was right but it wasn't anything that would be exciting.

If I did return I would try the curry as that part of the menu does intrigue me. Not enough Japanese restaurant serve the Japanese curry.

We did spring for dessert and ordered the Malaysian bananas. This was excellent. Banana was cooked perfectly in the tempura batter. It was crisp and hot and nicely offset with the ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

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Ho Yuen Kee6236 Fraser, Vancouver
Really good food
Submitted Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Went there for the second or third time. Went with Fiancee and his parents and relatives last Saturday evening.

The place is nothing spectacular as far as ambiance. Plain and simple looking. Tables are a bit closer together than I would like. Noisy and loud in there.

But well worth it for the food. One of the best buddha's feasts I have ever had. It has just the right ingredients and portions. We also had the crispy skin chicken, steamed black cod, fried squid, some vege dishes and amazing eggplant. One of the tastiest eggplants in a long time. Chicken chow mein, fish maw soup (have had better but not bad). Green beans, spiced just right.

Anyways you get the picture. Good chinese food. No MSG, by request. Everyone was really full and had a good time.

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Wo's Chinese Restaurant8166 Main Street, Vancouver
Just like Grandma or Ma's Cooking
Submitted Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

Went there for last minute dinner with fiancee and his parents. Ordered the beef and brocolli, enoki mushrooms and egg tofu and salted fish with minced pork. Also had plain white rice.

The place is ordinary, small and nothing spectacular as far as ambiance goes. It was like being in someone's basement. Ordinary tables, plain and simple.

But that doesn't matter. Food has a good taste. Tastes like dishes that your mom or grandma would make. The pork in the salted fish dish was not ground pork but pork chopped with a meat cleaver which is the traditional way. Lots of flavour and probably the best version of this dish we have all ever had in a restaurant. I liked the chopped fresh green onion on top as well as it was a nice compliment to the flavour of the salty fish.

Enoki mushroom and tofu was also a really nice and tasty dish. Would have been better if the tofu had not been deep fried but it didn't taste like oil at all. It was lightly done. Beef and brocolli was also very good. Reasonably priced and fair sized portions. A definite place to go to again.

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
If you love Thai, then this is the place
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

Went there with my partner and three other couples this past Saturday night. None of us had been there before but reviews on this site were good and partner's brother had said food was very good here.

Well, we weren't disappointed. We had the Tod Mun Pla (fish cakes) (nothing spectacular but tasted good).

Next, we had the Phat Phak Ruaam Mit (stir fried seasonal veges) which came with tofu which we didn't know was part of it. Had it with the Wild Bangkok Delight (which sounds the name of a bawdy house). It was a black bean sauce spiced up and wow talk about spice. Hot and really flavourful. You really need your rice here.

The Pad Thai with tomato sauce. Probably the best Pad Thai I have ever had and I have had Pad Thai in many a Thai restaurant. Best for flavour, sauce and ingredients. Pad Thai contained not only the usual prawns, bean sprouts and tofu but had a bonus of scallops which took it up a notch. Neither of us got enough of it at dinner unfortunately as it was the third item to arrive and by that time we had eaten too much. Although the leftovers got home okay, my partner sleep walks and how could he possibly resist. I know I wouldn't have been able to.

The other couples had various types of curry as well as a green bean dish and a fried rice. Everyone enjoyed themselves very much.

One other bonus is that the portions are quite generous.

The staff are very accommodating and attentive. We had brought a birthday cake and they kindly washed the cake plate which was going over and above good service.

We will just have to go back really soon. A great Thai restaurant.

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
Incredible View and Pretty Good Fare
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

Went there for an early Mother's Day brunch today. Went with partner, his parents, his brother and partner, niece and my son. My older son is a server there and he suggested brunch for my partner and I for Mom's Day.

Nice day for a brunch and a very nice setting. A little dim inside the restaurant today but it might have been due to the weather as it was bright out but slightly overcast. Wait staff was very attentive and we were well looked after.

Had the seafood crepes. Very tasty. Quite a light cream sauce which I really appreciated. Wasn't heavy. Seafood combo and veges in it were balanced and flavourful. I have had seafood crepes in the past that were too rich and I almost didn't order them as I feared the same. I was really glad I had them as they were most enjoyable.

Potatoes were excellent but the fruit cup could have been with fruit that was a bit fresher as the melon was a little on the overripe side. Still more than good to eat though.

Partner had eggs benny and enjoyed it. Salads were consumed by two of our party and both looked excellent and were really enjoyed.

Coffee was very good (I had heard this before. JJ Bean.) and so were the desserts. Warm apple rhubarb pie with sour cream ice cream was unique and very tasty. I loved the chocolate pate.

Don't go there often but every few years I manage to make it up there for some special occasion and usually it is dinner. Not in the same category as another restaurant on another mountain but the food is reasonably good and the prices are in line with higher end places.

Will be back again probably someday.

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Sushi California501A North Rd, Coquitlam
Better than fast food sushi
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

The place was hopping. Went in on Sunday afternoon to pick up some sushi to take back to my sons. Older son had raved about the sushi and great portions and freshness. Finally got here and I wasn't disappointed. Ordered the tuna/salmon combo and the california combo. Nigiri had generous portions of tuna and salmon. California roll was larger than usual. Their sushi is larger than normal but you don't feel like they are just padding it with lots of rice as filler. It is in proportion. Had a negitoro as well. A little disappointing as it wasn't as large as the other sushi but it was the regular size. Not bad for taste but a little pricy for the fact that it didn't hold together as well as it could have.

All in all for the price and decent taste chances are I will be back to pick up sushi for the boys again.


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Minato992 W Broadway, Vancouver
Not What It Used to Be
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

Used to come here quite often starting last year. Something has changed and not for the better.

At first we thought ownership but was told that it is the same owner for the past 6 years.

Went there with fiancee, and his son and daughter. Had the assorted sashimi, gyoza, chicken kaarage, vege tempura, spinach gomae, chopped scallop roll, spicy roll and minato roll and salmon kama.

Gyoza was excellent as was the tempura and spinach gomae. Salmon Kama was dry. Sushi was okay. Rice wasn't quite right. Not dry enough. Rolls were made properly, they just were missing something. No wow factor whereas in the past they were wow. Sashimi was good. Although we have never seen it served with not just shredded daikon but carrot as well. It was tougher to see just how little you got perhaps. 2 salmon, 2 tuna, 2 squid and 4 pieces of other fish with a little masago. Not bad but not the best. Daughter had oyako don which seemed okay.

Probably not at the top of my list for Japanese in town in the future. Don't even know if I would want to go back for mediocre. Better than the AYCE but not too much better. Hope this was just a bad night.

Service was good and food came fairly quickly.

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Fratelli Bakery1795 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

I have only been here twice. Don't live in the area and so it takes a bit more effort to come here. And well worth the effort. One of the best bakerys in town and probably the best for Italian. Bread is very good and tasty. Carrot cake is really good.

Love the biscotti. Amazing taste.

Everything they make is quality.

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Alleluia Cafe8131 Westminster Hwy., #188, Richmond
Good Food and Really Good Prices
Submitted Monday, March 24, 2008 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

Have been here quite a few times although not in several months. Went for lunch today with my fiancee. He had the Singaporean noodles (excellent flavour, curried and spicy with enough meat and veggies). Only $6.95 and you got a drink with it.

The place is always busy and has a cafeteria like feel as it is a cafe afterall.

I had the fish filet and tofu (normally fried and I asked for soft). I should have asked for the fish the same way as it came deep fried but was still pretty good. Nice satay sauce on the rice. Much too much for lunch. Same price and also free drink. Took about 1/3 home for dinner tonite.

All in all really good prices, service is good and everything tastes good.

Will be back again sometime I am sure.

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Golden Boot, The1028 Ridgeway Ave, Coquitlam
A Special Little Place
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 11:35am [Dine in]

When my fiancee said that we should go to the Golden Boot for dinner, I never dreamed it would be this good.

When we got to the restaurant, I realized that I had been in their parking lot once before when making a stop at another business in that strip mall.

It doesn't look like much from outside. Just your typical little cafe/coffee shop.

It has a nice hustle and bustle atmosphere inside. Not many tables, maybe 5 or 6 smaller ones that seat about 4 and one large table that would hold about 8. Reservations would be in order.

Arrived shortly before 7:30 and I had made reservations. Started with the Spinach Salad. Wow, what an amazing salad. It was the combination of everything, the fresh crisp spinach, Prosciutto, pine nuts and perfect amount of goat cheese. The dressing was unbelievable and we asked about it. It is a thickened balsamic but it complemented the ingredients perfectly.

I had the Penne Con Funghi and both my fiancee and son had the Penne Alla Vodka. Wow, unbelievably good pasta. Possibly the best I have ever had and I have been lucky enough to have some really good pasta. Pasta was cooked to perfection. Seasoning was just right.

My only criticism was that it would have been perfect if we had fresh parmigiano reggiano.

Complimentary bread was crisp and tasty. Balsamic and olive oil on the table.

We finished with coffee (good and strong) and gelatos, strawberry (very nice) and vanilla (you taste the bean).

Service was good and attentive and the two waitresses were busy but always took the time to explain, and check up on you.

Definitely a place to return to. It was authentic Italian.

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
Real Taiwanese
Submitted Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

I went here with Fiancee about 2 weeks ago.

Very good hot and sour soup. One of the best. Sui Loong Baus were the best I have had next to bring home frozen ones by Rudie's Dim Sum. Filling was very flavourful and dough was quite good. Could have been a bit thicker though as one or two were too thin compared to what I have had in the past.

Best Beef and Brocolli I have had in a long time. Sauce was superb. Brocolli was not overcooked and crunchy. Beef was very tender and plentiful.

We had the thin pancakes rolled up with meat, hoisin and green onion and it was amazing. I far preferred these to fried pancakes as those have to be made just right to taste good.

Also had this pork appetizer which was a total miss but possibly because it wasn't something we liked. Kind of like spam.

Usual prices for this type of meal and I think dinner was about $35.00 with tax but before tip.

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Kalvin's Restaurant5225 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
If I can't get to Taipei
Submitted Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

Had an unexpected day off yesterday and so finally got to go for lunch here with Fiancee. Had been trying to get there for a while now.

I was lucky enough to get to live in Taipei for several months back in the early 80's. Since I have not been back to Taipei, this restaurant is the next best thing. I have only been to a handful of restaurants in town that have food as good as those in Taipei.

Had the Shanghai style dumpling which is also known as sui loong bau. Filling was tasty but could be better. Dough though was perfect as far as texture and thickness. Hot and sour soup was superb. Not your usual hot and sour and exceptionally good. Gotta love black pepper to appreciate this one.

We also had the chinese onion pancakes filled with some beef and hoisin. To die for, these are so good. Might be a heart attack though if indulged in too often as they are fried but so very yummy. I could have eaten more...

Anyways, last but certainly not least we had the cabbage with pork. It was Taiwanese cabbage and the flavour was extremely good. First time having this dish and will have it again in the future.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Great View and Great Food
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

Went there with my life partner, his daughter and another couple on Sunday for dinner.

Lobsterfest was a real treat. Had been looking forward to it for a few days for sure. Not a cheap dinner but with a coupon it was a reasonable price for what you got. $23.99 and it was the best lobster I have had in many, many years. Steak was done just right, medium rare and more on the rare side as I had asked for.

Vegetables were very good. Mashed potatoes were excellent. For dessert we shared the bread pudding and it was simply amazing. I would never have ordered this in the past as I only had the soggy, raisin version that was quite tasteless. This was a far cry and couldn't even be compared. It was amazing and I would go back for this alone.

Never been to the boathouse and have to say it was a most romantic and intimate, cozy place to dine.

I could go back already.

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Hon's Wun Tun House4600 No. 3 Rd, #101, Richmond
Reasonable Eats
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch today with partner. Had Black bean chicken chow mein, item #87 and 1 dozen potstickers, pan fried. Good, cheap chow.

Place was hopping even at 2:00 pm in the afternoon.

Went there for dinner about 3 months ago and it was okay at the time but lunch today was quite good. Might have just been what we ordered or the mood.

Anyways definitely better than many other similarly priced places in Richmond.

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Babylon Cafe716 Robson Street, Vancouver
Decent Fast Food
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 12:20am [Dine in]

Have seen the very long line ups for quite some time now.

Went finally a few months ago and had the Chicken Schwarma with the grilled veges.

Went back again last Saturday with fiance and again had the same thing. Still very tasty. Enough filling and seasoning. Only complaint was that the amount of chicken is not always evenly distributed between orders. Chicken was a little bit dry at the ends but it tasted really good. Definitely satisfying and the price is right. Will go again but next time will have to try the lamb.

There are actually two Babylon Cafes and they are almost side by side. One offers beef and chicken schwarmas and the other offers the same items but as platters. You get value for your dollars and it tastes good.

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Pho 66 Vietnamese Noodle House3663 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Best Won Ton in town
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

Went there with partner for quick and cheap lunch while running errands late last week.

Had the cups of won ton soup. Absolutely one of the tastiest and best. Split a pork hash on vermicelli noodles with shredded lettuce, cucumbers, carrots and sprouts. First time to have this dish and it was very fresh, tasty and filling. Came with sauce with shredded carrots. You didn't feel overly full.

Have been there a few times prior as the won ton is great but I have been told that the cup version of the won ton is the best one.

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Flamingo Chinese Restaurant7510 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Still great Dim Sum
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

I have been going to this restaurant for probably 20 years. Used to go there for dim sum quite frequently when I lived in Vancouver.

Started going back there again early last year. Went last week after two weeks out of country. Partner and I were craving Dim Sum and no one but Flamingo was going to be good enough.

We ordered not just one, but two orders of chicken feet. Their's is the best. Deep fried squid is unbelievably crisp and tasty. Excellent shrimp dumplings as well as spare ribs and bean curd rolls. Lo bak cake is very good as well. Ordered their black pepper chow mein which is not a super commonly found flavour and they do a great job.

As long as they continue to be this good, we will continue to go there again and again.

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Maruwa Sushi Japanese Restaurant11300 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Better than expected
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

Wanted to go to regular sushi restaurant but was too late in making reservations so fiance and I went here instead. Had heard about the place from a foodie friend of sisters.

From the outside you don't expect much. From a glance at the menu you also do not expect much.

Sashimi is quite good and fish is fresh. Restaurant is run and staffed by Japanese. Two sushi chefs. We ordered a sashimi plate, all of which was very tasty. Agedashi tofu very good. Tuna sashimi was just done right as was the gomaee.

Unfortunately though, the sushi was most disappointing. Rice was sticky and as a result the sushi was pasty.

Would we go again. Probably would do so as the sashimi was good. Service was fine and staff were attentive although we did have to ask for tea a few times.

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