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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
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Thai Son Restaurant2800 East 1st Avenue, #230, Vancouver
Stuffed for little $
Submitted Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

I went to try out this location for Thai Son 2 nights ago. I'm not sure if it's a new location or not, but it looked really bright and clean - a good sign.

The menu is extensive, offering more than just your average pho dishes (they have broken rice here!). They advertise that they have the best vietnames food in town. Don't agree that it is "the best", but it's pretty darn good.

I ordered the shredded pork and springroll vermicelli bowl. It was huge! Filled with fresh basil and vegetables. My only complaint was that my springroll wasn't filled completely with meat. The end pieces were just pockets of air.

The service, unlike their Coq. location, is non-existent. When I entered, she didn't even approach me. She beckoned from across the restaurant for me to sit. When my vermicelli bowl arrived, it sounded like there may have been a mix-up. Instead of explaining to me, the server hovered over my bowl, arguing with the other server from across the room. When it was resolved, didn't say anything to me, and just walked away.

I would return for some more good food, but I would not expect the same service as the other location.

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Opening soon
Fuji Sushi526B Clarke Rd, Coquitlam
It's just really good
Submitted Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

Fuji Sushi is just fantastic. Fresh ingredients, great staff, proper sushi chefs. It's actually fun to watch the sushi chef - everytime he makes a nigiri, he does this little clap (to remove excess water off his hands?).

Although the food is delicious, it is a little more pricey than most sushi places (combination dinners at $13.50). But most ppl wouldn't mind paying extra for quality food, at least that's what shows with the line-ups at any given day of the week.

Staff is friendly and polite.

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Hot Plate Bistro, The1205 Madison Ave., Burnaby
The Height's little secret
Submitted Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I was torn on writing this review. I want to tell the world about how great this little place, but since they only have 5 tables, I don't want it to get too busy!!

For the sake of keeping them around, I've decided to share this secret. It's a great little bistro in a very unusual place. It's part of a 4-5 shop strip mall right smack in the middle of residential area. I only knew about it luckily by driving by one day. Everything on their small, but enticing menu is under $10. You can call ahead to pre-order.
This past weekend I was there for late brunch. I ordered their Omelette Special and my boyfriend ordered their club house. What I received was well worth the amazing $4.95 it cost me. The cheese, ham and mushroom omelette was half the size of the plate, the other half donned roasted potatoes (yum) and 4 triangles of toast served with fresh preserves (yummier). The boyfriend's club had chicken breast with sweet pepper and crispy bacon served with a sundried tomato aioli - delicious!
You could tell you were eating fresh and quality ingredients.
The owners are very friendly and when I realized their credit card slip had no room for tip (and we didn't have any change), they simply said, "Don't worry about it, we're just glad you came."

As much as I'd like to greedily keep them to myself, please keep them in business! Give them a try!

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Wen Xin Chinese Restaurant5240 Rumble Street, Burnaby
Tasty fried basil!
Submitted Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

This place is super for a great lunch at a fantastic value!
My sister and I shared their noodle with meat sauce, steamed Shanghai dumplings and their Crispy Salt and Peppery Chicken.
The best dish was the chicken. Deep fried morsels with a light S&P batter served fried basil leaves on rice. Also came with 2 small sides: marinated tofu and this awesome marinated cucumber. For $5.95 - this is definitely a great find!
The dumplings were good, but my only complain about them were that most of them were punctured at the bottom and resulted in no "dumpling soup". :(
It's a very small restaurant, only about 8 tables or so, but I give them extra points for being clean!

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Line-up to Heaven
Submitted Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 11:25am [Dine in]

If someone had asked me months ago if I would line up half an hour for a cream puff, I would have looked at them as if they were crazy. I guess I'm one of those crazys as well! Lining up 20-30 minutes for a heavenly cream puff is exactly what I did.
The much anticipated (for me) Beard Papa's finally came to BC!
Although this location only has one item to offer so far, it is still very highly popular.
I have to admit, the puff part is a tad dry for my liking, but the oh-so-delicious cream filling more than makes up for it!
At $1.50 a pop, it's pretty steep, but it doesn't stop the crowds from ordering dozens!
The staff is very courteous and extremly polite.

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E-Canteen8171 Westminster Hwy, #200, Richmond
All around solid, for Richmond
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

I went to e-Canteen on my day off yesterday and was glad to find another good-pick for a fast n' cheap lunch. I'm always fond of HK-style cafes, not because of their great food, but because you get plenty selection at a very low price. You get a good hot meal for a little-bit more than what you would pay for a McDonald's meal. With about 100 meal choices, it's hard to get tiresome of lunch.
The food is solid, however, I was a little off'ed by my slimey curry spaghetti, but paying under $6 for a nice piece of breaded sole over curry spaghetti and a glass of iced milk tea? How can you feel like you've overpaid? The 3 (plus a child) of us ate for a little over $20 with leftovers.
Service was better than what you would find in a HK cafe in East Van or Burnaby. And I was told they just recently renovated.
It was nice and spacious and I'd like to return soon to try some other menu options.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Not your usual dog
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 11:57am [Dine in]

After hearing so many rave reviews about the Japa Dog stand (esp. on tv), I was excited to buy my first one last month. I got the TeriMayo dog (hot dog w/ jap mayo, teriyaki sauce, sauteed onions, and seaweed) - what a wonderful combo! The dog was so delicious! It's amazing how they can turn such a simple casual food into such a fusion delight!
After that one, we just had to get another on the same night!
The people who run the stand are super friendly and kind.
If you haven't had your Japa yet - you should go.

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Casablanca1102 Davie Street, Vancouver
It's good stuff
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

I finally was able to try Casablanca after reading that it was tied for best Mexican with El Taco in the Georgia Straight special.
I used to go to this restaurant for awesome schwarma before it was Casablanca. Beware, the space is really small - don't bring a huge group of friends! The few tables inside can only accommodate max. of about 4ppl each.

I ordered my fav. tamal "to go" and also decided to try their sopa Azteca. The tamal was large and came with a good dose of bright orange(!) rice and beans. The tamal is probably among the best I've had. The soup was interesting at first (chicken w/ rice and cheese served with lime), but didn't take long to become very enjoyable.
The service was excellent. The owners make you feel very welcome and will explain anything on the menu, with a constant smile. While I waited for my meal to be prepared, I was presented with chips and salsa and an amazing warm dip. I have no idea what this was, but it sure was delicious.

In my opinion, the prices are a little high here. But all the wonderful flavors of their dishes will lure me back anytime.

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Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant3388 Main Street, Vancouver
It's a Winner!! For worst service, that is.
Submitted Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

Came here Monday night - we had a craving for vietnamese. When we arrived, we were almost the only ones there - this was before 6pm. Shortly after - many people trickled in.
We ordered chicken skewers (good), spring rolls (not the best), vermicelli with lemongrass chicken and spring rolls (okay) and curry beef w/ rice (not bad). For such a well-known place, I expected much better food. I will commend them for using nice plates though - not your average chipped ceramics, but nice modern slightly oversized white plates, both square and round.
Restaurant seemed clean, but once you sit down and looked around carefully, you will notice that the place is in dire need of a good scrub down.
The service killed. Like previous reviewers, if I could give negative points for service, I would. During the meal, we were always polite saying our pleases and thank yous. When we asked for water the first two times, the owner lady said, "yah" then walked away. When we asked the server for water, or anything else, she looked at us like there was a stench in the air (yes, it's called stinky service) and again ignored our request.
I've seriously never had service this bad before. I'd much rather support restaurants that appreciate their customers.

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Banano's Cafe1223 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
Too late
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

I wanted to give this place a try the other day and noticed it has been replaced by a mexican restaurant called Salsa and Agave Mexican Grill.
Too bad - would have loved to try it out.
Will have to give the new place a try now.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Let's hope they keep their standards
Submitted Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

I have to completely agree with chasiubow's review.
This is a very good place to have good AYCE (and the words "good" and "AYCE" doesn't normally go well together). The place is clean, servers are friendly and the food is good and interesting. I really hope they keep it this way and other AYCE restaurants follow in their example.
Although their menu is not as extensive as some others, they keep their menu offerings exciting and I think that's what makes a difference. The have offerings such as sushi sundaes, deep fried scallops, sole teriyaki, and baked tapioca pudding (order in advance as it comes piping hot straight out of the oven).
My only complaint is their teriyaki sauce - strangely thick and too saucy. Also, their tonkatsu is not your usual.
Servers were very friendly and even though they are very quick in clearing dishes and asking for more orders, I didn't feel rushed at all.
Definitely return for some more "sundae"!

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Martini's Restaurant151 West Broadway, Vancouver
Not awesome Martini's
Submitted Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

With a place called Martini's, you would expect great martinis. Not really. Though they had interesting drinks, the taste of them didn't pack much punch. And looking at the interior, it's more pub-ish, than a lounge. Eventhough they are known for their pizza, we ordered a few appies and a chicken dish instead. Chicken dish was reported to be very tasty. Calamari was too dry. Chicken strips were really dry as well. Homous was a little salty, but good and garlicky - almost too garlicky...beware.
Service wasn't very good at all. With the chicken dish, we had asked if instead of the sides (veggies, salad, garlic bread and mashed potato) if we could substitute greek sides (greek salad, roast potato, pita and tsatziki). The answer was, "No, that's not possible." IMO, if they have all those sides for other dishes, how hard is it to substitute it? We were even willing to pay extra, but still the answer was no. Also the salad wasn't good - had olives, mushrooms, onion, lettuce and pineapple(?) - salad was mushy.
At the end of the night, no smile, no goodbye, no thanks.
Don't think I will be returning.

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Central Bistro & Lounge1072 Denman Street, Vancouver
Nice room
Submitted Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

Central is a great place to sit, relax and chill with some friends over drinks. They have a great drink list and good wines at a good value. Try the wine flight which changes daily. 3 glasses of 2oz wine (choice of white or red) for only $11. Couple of those, and you'll be set for the night!
Service was good - attentive and kind, not pushy at all. I felt very comfortable being there.
I did find it funny how they used tealight candles to light up the fireplace - first time I've seen such a thing!

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Tomoya Japanese Restaurant6285 Nelson Ave, Burnaby
Cheap eats.
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2007 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

I've been to Tomoya a few times now - only one time eat-in, the rest take-out. I have to agree with the previous post that they do seem to be slipping. When it first opened, there were only good things to say, but now the hype has died down and so has their service.
Food is still good and especially cheap. 8pcs of cali roll for less than $3. Their special crispy cali roll is very interesting - like a cali roll tempura. I think their best value has to be the take out bento specials. An entire bento box for only $6!
At the beginning, when I used to go pick up my order, they would very kindly greet the customers and thank them for the business. Last week when I went for pick up, I wasn't greeted, she beckoned me over and said, "Pay here" - no smile, no thank you.
I'm not sure if there was a change in management or ownership - but service is definitely not the same.
However, food is good and prices are even better. I will keep coming back until that changes, but it will most likely be only for take-out.

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
Okay, I guess
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

Came here last Friday for Brunch on my day off. I've been to the old James Street before and wasn't all that pleased, so I was a little hesitant to eat here. At first I wanted to order one of their famous pannekoek, but I had this strange craving for toast, so I ordered a ham and cheese omelette. My sister order a burger and noted that it wasn't all that great. Not much seasoning and no sauce to help flavor it.
My omelette wasn't much to write about either. Just a regular ham and cheese omelette that I can easily whip up at home. I thought the ham would be diced into it, but instead they were pretty big pieces that I had to cut into with a knife.
The good thing was they were well-sized portions. Plenty of hashbrown potatoes (mini fries) and a nice side of fruit and shredded lettuce and tomato to accompany the dish. Food could be better and prices were a little bit on the high side.
Service was okay and the ambiance was fine. I didn't like the washroom though. One-staller, kinda dirty.
There are other places I would visit before returning here.

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Grove Inn Restaurant1047 Denman Street, Vancouver
ehhh...rethink it.
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2007 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Came here this morning to kill some time and eat some breakfast. It was about 8:30am and I don't normally eat so early, so I ordered light - 2 eggs, toast and panfries for $3.95.
The best part of my meal was the toast. Nice and warm and buttered generously. The eggs were a little rubbery and the bland panfries tasted like cardboard. And to top things off, the whole meal was cold by the time I finished my first toast. But I guess for $4, what can I expect?
My servers were nice, but I couldn't help but to get a little annoyed at how they kept chatting loudly across the room to one another in chinese. They even talked about some of the customers.
The ambiance was okay.
I think I'd give the other place down the street a try before coming back here.

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La Casita101 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, October 1, 2007 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I arrived for dinner at La Casita on Friday at about 7pm. It wasn't packed, but it was pretty busy with only a few tables free. The restaurant had a charming look to it. Very homey - even had an 80's yellow fridge in the dining area just outside the kitchen. I love how they turned a closet into a "semi-private" dining space for 2 (LOL)! I had no expectations going in and came out pleasantly satisfied with our choice.
The complimentary chips and salsa were good, but were small and was polished off in no time. I ordered a chicken chimichanga and my 2 other dining companions had enchiladas and steak tacos. My chimichanga was very good and I would've rated food a '4', but my friends' meals were quoted "okay". The dessert churro went straight from freezer to deep fryer right in front of our eyes - didn't look completely appetizing when the cook plopped the cooked churro on a lingering side plate. We waited staring at it for about 5-7 minutes before the server dipped it around in cinnamon sugar with his bare hands (sans pre-washing).
I really liked how all the entrees gave the option of size. You can order depending on how hungry you are. Entrees came in small, medium, large and solo (no sides). Very good idea.
The service was okay. Our server was friendly, but lacked paying attention to some things - got a simple drink order wrong, forgot some things ordered on the side, etc.
But all-in-all, it's a pretty decent place serving some good food (in my opinion). I would return for some more grub.
P.S. Looks like they have a great private party room downstairs.

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Romana Pizza & Steak House4660 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great service
Submitted Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 10:36am [Dine in]

I've ordered catering from Romana's for work and was really please with their service. They were willing to deliver from Hastings down to Marine Drive area (a 20 minute drive) during busy lunch time! I spoke and ordered from a manager/owner(?) lady and she gave such great service.
We ordered the greek luncheon for about 15 ppl and there was enough food to feed 20-25! The food was okay, but I have to say the lasagna (strange combination with greek food) was very bland and needed plenty salt. The chicken souvlaki mini-skewers were moist and the order came with plenty sides like tons of tsatziki sauce, pita and lemon wedges.
It was a great deal for the price.

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El Taco738 Davie Street, #3, Vancouver
I love the Salsa bar!
Submitted Monday, September 24, 2007 - 11:34am [Dine in]

I've been craving some good authentic Mexican lately and remembered El Taco. I've tried to eat there once before when I craved tamales. Unfortunately, I was pressed for time and they've run out that evening. When I asked if they had any this past weekend, I was delighted to hear, "Yes!".
I ordered a regular tamale (no meat) and a fish taco, sat down and grabbed a copy of the Georgia Straight while I waited. Coincidentally, the Georgia Straight had a special Best of Vancouver section and under best authentic Mexican, named El Taco and Casablanca. My food arrived about 5-10 later and I quickly dove into the tamale. So yummy!!! And the fish taco tasted so good also!! These two were especially good teamed up with the home-made salsa at their salsa bar. Five different types to choose from and they're available for purchase too!
The food was a good deal at $10 including tax and tip. The service was nice and friendly.
I will definitely be back to sample their nachos and well-known one-pounder burritos!!

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Pho Lan Vietnamese Restaurant6950 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Nice Springrolls
Submitted Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend brought me here yesterday for some dinner. It was about 6pm and although there weren't very many ppl in the restaurant, parking in the back was entirely full (ppl parking for the chinese rest. next door). After finding pay parking in front, we were advised that we could park at the photo place next door once they close for the day - good tip for next time.
I ordered a medium plain noodle (didn't feel like having any meat) and a springroll, which is supposedly well-known here. Portions were HUGE!! I don't understand how ppl can order a large here. I thought I could do a medium because at most places, it's just extra soup and a bigger bowl. Not here. There was so much noodle! The spring rolls were nice - meaty and crispy. The only thing is that the roll is cut into pretty large pieces, so it wasn't very one-bite friendly. I love how they offer an option - for springrolls, you can choose between veggie or pork and for salad rolls, you can choose between shrimp, beef, chicken or minced pork. I've never seen this anywhere else.
The espresso w/ condensed milk was really good. Good quality french coffee that packed a punch!
Service was good, what some may mistaken as attitude was innocently a quiet lady with a mean looking neutral face. Once I talked to her, she was quite pleasant.
The restaurant seemed clean.

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