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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Himalaya Restaurant6587 Main St., Vancouver
The inconsistent part...
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 12:23am [Dine in]

Ooops, I forgot to mention the inconsistent part.

The first batch of the paneer was delicious! But when we went back for the second helping, the paneer was much mushier than the first time around. Almost night and day tasting.

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Cheesecake 101 Gourmet Outlet1859 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Addictive cheesecake poppers!
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 12:09am [Dine in]

I bought a 6-pack of their cheesecake poppers yesterday which featured one each of their 6 featured flavors of the month. Unlike many other cheesecakes I've had, these ones were super creamy but light at the same time. They didn't have that "flour" taste that some others do.

Being about only 1 1/2" wide, it's really easy to get carried away and eat them all! I was told that they rotate their 101 flavors of cheesecakes every month to keep things fresh and not overwhelming. Their kiwi cheesecake (first time I've tasted one) is truly delicious. You can order as many poppers as you like, or like me, choose one of the pre-packaged ones.

Eventhough, the cheesecakes are amongst the best I've had, I had to give their overall rating a 3 because they are quite expensive. 6 poppers that don't even equal out to a normal sized cheesecake elsewhere. set me back about $10. But, I have to say regardless of the price, the quality is there and I'll be back to spend more here! Gee, I wonder how much a regular size (4")cheesecake is?!

The ambiance is very minimal. It's a take out joint and has no seating.

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Mary's Bakery7050 Kingsway, Burnaby
Easy to miss
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 10:21am [Dine in]

Mary's is a really small bakery beside Sushi Garden. So small that it is really easy to miss. When I lived closer, I would grab a coffee from Myles of Beans and a baked good from here after lunch.

Last week I bought 3 dozen sugar cookies from here. They were much tastier than large supermarket ones, but a bit smaller. The excellent part is that all 3 dozen cookies only set me back $7. A good deal and a great way to please your coworkers without spending a lot.

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Megabite Pizza2440 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Pizza by the slice
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 10:11am [Dine in]

I was passing by last weekend and needed a quick snack. It was either Megabite or Uncle Fatih's (neither of which I've tried before). Since I was pressed for time, I chose the closest to me, which was Megabite.

It is what it is, a dollar pizza joint. It's geared towards the liking of the fast passing crowd, and I wouldn't expect more. A quick in and out kind of place that doesn't aim to please on the service side - hence the ambiance. Very bare and minimal. If I were to open an eatery at a busy skytrain station, I wouldn't spend a lot of money on the interior either.

However, I didn't really like the layout of the restaurant. There's an entrance at each end with the cashier in the middle, so when it gets busy, it's confusing where the lineup starts which can start to anger a few people.

At $1.50 per slice, it's a good deal. I guess the days of true $1 slices are gone. Tip: if there's less than 4 pies ready, wait a few minutes longer. It means more is on its way. They usually have at least 6-8 pies to choose from.

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Deserts The Falafel Oasis905 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Submitted Friday, March 14, 2008 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

I regret, unfortunately I have to disagree with the other reviews. I did not have a good meal here. Yes, I admit - I am not vegan or even vegetarian, but I do consider myself very open to trying new things. I have had vegan meals before and quite enjoyed it.

Tonight, I ordered a falafel wrap - not what I expected. I was handed a 2 lb. paper bag (I thought the tabouleh and rice came separately), literally your entire meal all rolled up in a portable carrier wrapped in a paper bag. Handy? Yes. Delicious? Not quite.

Everything was rolled up together - EVERYTHING. So bite after bite, it tasted the same. Everything tasted of over-boiled carrots. I also noticed the falafel wasn't as light as most places I've eaten.

I should have taken my bf's advice upon entering. He said, I'll be surprised if you don't get sick afterwards. Looking around, I knew what he meant. Deserts isn't a clean restaurant - but I didn't expect it to be. I thought I'd give it a chance because most times, it's places like this that crank out the best foods. Not this case.

I could only finish half the wrap before having to throw, wait...I mean chuck, it out. I returned home to cold sweat and a funky stomach. A little bit after, I couldn't run to the washroom fast enough. I mentioned earlier that the falafel wasn't very light. Well, coming back up, it sank to the bottom of the toilet instantly. I threw up a few more times and it nearly clogged the toilet!

On a plus note, the service was really friendly and great.

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Anatolia's Gate Restaurant7084 Kingsway, Burnaby
Turkish donairs
Submitted Friday, March 14, 2008 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

I have to agree with the previous reviewer. I've only had donairs with store-bought pitas. What a surprise when I opened up my foil-wrapped donair (Unfortunately, I wasn't present when they made it) to reveal a perfect Lavash bread!

Their advertised "Wood Burning Stone Oven Original Taste" was truly apparent while I ate this delight. The Lavash bread stayed crispy until the last bite of the huge donair. The sesame seeds added to the flavor.
This definitely will affect my donair experiences from now on. How can I go back to regular pita donairs after having one with Lavash?? The donairs at Anatolia's can only be described as perfect.
I've also had, on another occasion, the Lahmajun which is their specialty bread (Lavash) covered with ground meat mixture. It is very good.

The service from the Mr. owner was okay - nothing special. But Mrs. owner was very polite and appreciative.

Ambiance is clean and the stone oven really adds a rustic touch.
I'd definitely recommend it, especially for their donairs!

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Acacia Fillo Bar & Cafe1103 Denman Street, Vancouver
Definitely a gem!
Submitted Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

I finally got the chance to eat here last night after multiple time driving past it. What a treat!

I walked in and was greated by Ziggy the owner. He told me that the fillo of the day was out, but he would substitute the turkey kashkaval instead. He mentioned something else, but I couldn't really understand him through the accent. I just agreed to whatever he suggested since it is my first fillo bar experience.

He told me to take a seat while someone prepared my meal (to go). While sitting, I got a chance to absorb the ambiance. It had such a great European charm to it. It's a casual place, but I would still recommend it as a nice sit down restaurant - as the nice tables are comfortably presented with floral centerpieces and candles. Also while waiting, I got a sneak peak at their wonderful looking desserts! Since it was late already (about 9:30pm), I had no room for dessert, but I made a note to return next time to try them. Their banitzas, chocolate sticks, and vanilla cakes look especially appetizing.

The soup that came with my meal was absolutely delicious! Fresh tomato soup with vegetables. The turkey fillo exceeded my expectations! A delicious combination of turkey, spinach, and kashkaval wrapped in light phyllo. It also came with roasted potato and yams and a teeny side salad perfectly dressed.

The only thing strange about my experience was that my meal came out to $12, but on their menu, the daily special (comes with same sides) was only $9? Regardless, it was well worth the money and I am likely to return very soon!

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Nando's Chicken5761 Marine Way, #100, Burnaby
Nice new location
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 11:53am [Dine in]

This location just opened up a few weeks ago, it's a great location for a lunch after shopping since it's in the middle of the new and expanding outdoor mall.

My favorite item at Nando's is their fiesta platter - chicken breast, salad, sour cream and rice. This is what I ordered here. Unfortunately the price has increased since the last time I ordered it and I remember getting a bun with it last time too. No bun this time. My lunch came out to almost $10. When I got back to the office, I opened the bag to reveal a small take out container. What seemed like a small amount of food is deceiving. I was completely full and couldn't finish it.

The chicken was super tender and the rice was nice. Everything paired up well with the sour cream.

The ambiance is obviously nice considering they've just opened. I like the concept of halfing the restuarant. One side caters to the take-out crowd, but the other side is semi-separated for eat-in.

It's a nice and comfortable setting for a hot meal - not your average take and go fast food joint.

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La Salsa Mexican Deli4140 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Excellent Salsa and Chips, but now Closed
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 11:12am [Dine in]

I bought salsa and chips from here a few months ago and thought it was the best I've had. The salsa had just the right acidity and kick to it (both mild and medium) and the chips were on the thicker side and packed an excellent crunch.

Because I haven't had the chance to sample their actual meals, this review is just a notification that regrettably, this place is now closed and will open up soon as another Mexican restaurant called Burrito something.

Let's hope they also offer good salsa!

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Fraser Park Restaurant4663 Byrne Road, #103, Burnaby
The German Deli
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 10:53am [Dine in]

I often eat at "The German Guy's" since I work close by, and I have to agree with the previous post. Unless you live/work close by, there's no way you would ever know about it.

He caters mostly to patrons that work close by (ranges from construction workers to people from the business park), however, he is open for breakfast/brunch on Saturdays! His German breakfast with homemade sausage is definitely his top menu item!

His wife is Filpino, so their daily specials include a good rotated variety of German and Asian mixes. The daily specials are a good deal at under $7 for a huge tasty portion. My favorites here are:
-the German breakfast
-any daily special that is stewed or braised
-beef dip (huge! - 2 sammies!!)
-sandwiches and soups

Service is always friendly. If you come here enough, you start to feel like you're part of the family.

The decor probably hasn't change since they opened, but it adds to the charm and brings out a little of who the owners are.

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Taco Luis5300 No. 3 Road, #1040, Richmond
Lingering onion breathe
Submitted Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I just returned from Taco Luis for lunch. It's a far drive for me considering I work in Burnaby, but I've heard some good things about this taco stand (Word of mouth and newspaper articles).

Looking into the food court, you can definitely tell who the king of kiosks is. Taco Luis. The line-ups here beat out any other by at least 4x. I guess with the high turnover, they're able to offer good amounts of food for a good deal. I had the super 4 combo today: a huge chicken burrito, a heaping side of tots and a pop for under $7.

The service is fast and the flamboyant owner was there to deliver the entertainment everyone talks about. Yes, I agree cucumber is not your usual Mexican topping, but I found it to be a refreshing addition. I asked for no onion - but somehow, even now 2 hours later, I'm still getting this onion taste in my mouth! Thank god I don't have any meetings this afternoon! I guess their hot sauce has plenty onion juice in it.

It's not authentic mexican, but it's a great deal for lunch and IMHO, much better than Taco Time or even Taco Del Mar.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
Ideal for groups
Submitted Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

I came here for a small banquet over the weekend. Although this restaurant isn't as nice as higher-end chinese restaurants, I would say their food and service is just as good if not better.

One of my biggest pet peeves when dining out is eating at a busy restaurant (exception of downtown areas) that doesn't provide parking for their patrons. Dai Tung only has a handful of parking in front of the restaurant. However, I did find out (a little too late) that they have underground parking close by.

Our ten course meal was delicious. I especially enjoyed the soup and rice dish. Others reported the seafood to be fresh and tasty. My boyfriend claimed it to be the tastiest he's had. I would have preferred crispy chicken, but their famous salted poached chicken was really flavorful especially with the ginger and onion dip.

Service was really good. We occupied about a third of the restaurant and still received attentative service. They let us bring in our own wine, beer, brandy and even supplied a small table for them.

Overall, this is a good choice for a banquet dinner.

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Flux Bistro162 Water Street, Vancouver
Nice change from Rossini's
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

I went to Flux last Saturday with some girlfriends after being turned away from Guu (was told there would be a 2-hour wait for 5-ppl - ridiculous!). I went there a few times when it used to be Rossini's Jazz Restaurant. The ambiance now gives a very comfy and cozy vibe.
We had a very nice server who also doubled as our drink mixer. I ordered a cocktail that had their house-brewed ice tea in the mix. It was very tasty!

I really liked that their menu allowed you to order by size. Every thing on the menu was available as an appy or a main. We ordered both reg. fries and yam fries, mixed veggies, roasted potatoes, short ribs, and pork lettuce wraps.

I will definitely have to return for the lettuce wraps - they pack a huge flavor punch especially teamed with the hoisin and spicy sauce!

Service was great! The only thing I didn't like was how when we entered, the kitchen chefs were gawking at us - not very professional.
Would I revisit? For the lettuce wrap? Definitely!

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Speakeasy On Granville921 Granville Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

I came here about a week ago - the hostess was checking ID at the door like a bouncer. This is a first for me. I got to try some appies and will probably return to try some other food items. They also had some interesting cocktails. The grape knee-high(?) was tasty, however the muff-driver was reported to be weirdly gross - whip cream with minty watermelon??

Yam fries were nice a crispy and came with a good curry-type dip.

I wasn't overly crowded in there, but add a few large groups and it was really hard to hear your table's conversations.
They offered free cheesy calendars for the taking - don't know if that's a good thing or bad.

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Shota Lounge755 Burrard Street, 217, Vancouver
Warning! Cash only!
Submitted Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

Also note, the phone number on their website is wrong. I called them many times without getting a return call. Luckily I was successful by email. But the strange thing is I called back (same number as first many times) on day of dinner to confirm and they picked up! (? - weird).

Also reading the previous reviews, I was expecting a $5 menu (also stated on their website), when we got there, this wasn't the case. Menu items were still well-priced from $3-10. All the food we ordered were tasty, especially the tofu and S&P squid, but I'm a little confused over what kind of restaurant they are - chinese? or Japanese? They offer both sushi and japanese items as well as dimsum.

Ambiance is perfect to group parties. They have plush sofa seating all across the window tables and a huge 20-30 person section in the middle. It was very pretty inside.

I was put off on one thing though. I had a stomach pains that night and didn't want to drink cocktails, so I ordered a ginger ale and an extra one after that. Each glass couldn't have held a can, and I was charged $5.50 for 2 glasses. A little ridiculous for fountain soda.

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Solly's Bagelry4071 Main Street, Vancouver
I heart Solly's buns!
Submitted Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

I came here to grab 1/2 dozen of their famous cinna buns here last Thursday and obviously they did not disappoint. However, I do remember a lot more ooey gooeyness before - maybe because different location? Regardless, they were still delicious - my fav by far!
This location is really easy to miss. I remember back years ago I would always drive really slowly past their sign on this antique store hoping to locate their store. I would never find it. It wasn't until just recently that I found out they weren't actually on Main Street, but a side street just off of Main. I was told this is their original location and it still has that tiny old-school coffee shop charm to it.

Service was good, but my only complaint was after I opened the box of buns at work. The first three were of good size and fit the box perfectly, but the other 3 were at least 25% smaller! Couldn't help feel a little jipped at $2.25 each.

Taste is dynamite! Must try! (also the chocolate babkas too!)

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill3860 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I had another dinner here on Valentines day and was surprised it wasn't more busy. There were only 2 parties in front of us. But then again, Swiss Chalet doesn't exactly scream romance.

We were seated, we ordered, and after waiting at least 35 mins for our food, we ate. I noticed that the wait for meals wasn't uncommon. Almost every other table had people looking almost bored from waiting so long. At one point, we witnessed a server go to his table to make a scary announcement. He told them their dinners were ready - the diners were delighted, and then immediately shot down with, "but we accidentally burnt it".

Our meals were tasty when we finally got it, but I thought the chicken sauce had too much "cinnamon" taste to it.

Luckily we had a really friendly service, but it didn't make up for points lost on such a long wait time, hence just a 2 rating for service. There were tons of servers running around, but I guess not enough cooks.

Next time I want Swiss Chalet, I think I will order and pick-up.

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Kita Sushi4152 Dawson Street, Burnaby
At least they're really Japanese
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't call this a restaurant, it's more of a sushi bar. They only offer udon as the only hot item on their menu. I had sushi from here yesterday.

I'm a little confused at how I feel about this place. Yes, they're japanese, but they don't offer traditional politely-bite sized pieces. Their sushi roll pieces are too big - definitely can't eat in one bite. Kinda reminds me of Samurai sushi where you have to eat the sushi in sections. Two of the rolls I bought both had imitation crab in it, and they both tasted the same.

Their sushi is not made to order. They have a display refridgerator where all the sushi is boxed up. Although it tasted okay, I can't be sure when exactly they were made.

If I were to return (not very likely) I would probably just go for their sushi bowls.

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Nikkyu3302 Main Street, Vancouver
Just Okay
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

After driving up to Zipang sushi to discover it was closed Monday night, we had to eat at Nikkyu instead. Prices are fair, but you can get a better deal somewhere else. For $9, I got miso soup, salad, 3 wings, 6pcs cali roll, small beef teriyaki and side rice. Food taste was okay, nothing special. However, beef teriyaki was fatty and at the same time, dry as hell and hurt to swallow.

Service was again, just okay.

Would I return? Let's just say, I was really disappointed that Zipang was closed - before and especially after this dinner.

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TGI Friday's4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
How is this place still surviving?
Submitted Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I'm amazed at how this chain, let alone this location, is still surviving. With other restaurant chains with much better food in the area, I wouldn't have thought this place would still be here.

The food is not good. Especially the Jack Daniels items. Over-sauced, and unoriginal. Actually nothing on the menu really stands out. The odd times I've been here were with some colleagues. Luckily, the company paid - I would not shell out pennies for their food.

Service is non-existent. For a restaurant that is not busy at any time of day, one would expect attention. Good luck getting service with a smile.

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