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k-dawg73BurnabySince October 2, 200667 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (2.8)
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Kam Ding Seafood Restaurant3021 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
good quality dim sum
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2007 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

I went to Kam Ding again today by myself, as i had a craving for dim sum. I went right when it opened at 10 am and waited for about 15 minutes for the dim sum to come out. The waitress asked me what kind of tea I wanted and I told her "bo lai".

She also asked me if I wanted some rice rolls, and I ordered the shrimp this time. I ended up ordering sui mai, which came out nice and hot and they were quite large in fact, bigger than I have ever seen them before there. Har gow was typical. I also had chicken's feet steamed in black bean sauce which was excellent. Lastly, I finished off the meal with some deep fried shrimp & garlic spring rolls. They had just come out of the fryer and were hot and crispy, perfect with some worcestershire sauce. At $2.50 per plate, the total came out to $12.25 (they don't charge for tea here). Service was pretty good, considering the restaurant was only about 10 people in the entire seating area, but I have had some atrocious service there for dinner when it's packed and not enough servers though. Total plus tip = $15...pricey, but at least I got my dim sum fix.

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Kim Hoang Restaurant10330 152nd Street, #30, Surrey
Pretty good bowl of bun...
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

I've only had the bun bo hue here once. Unlike other restaurants where it cost the same as the other pho bowls, the bun here is $6.75 and only comes in the one size.

The large bowl was fairly big, not the biggest that I have had. Noodles were good, but also not the biggest amount either. Meat was above average, seemed to be enough beef brisket and vietnamese ham, etc. It even came with a small pork knuckle, that actually had some meat on it and not just fat and skin...so i eat that...yummy. The broth was quite tasty too and had the right amount of spice. Overall, a very good bowl of bun, but not the best that one can have in Surrey though...7.5/10.

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Pho Hong5975 Kingsway, Burnaby
2nd best bun bo hue in town
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

Okay, so I am on a mission to find the best bowl of bun bo hue. I used to eat at this pho place quite regularly when i worked in Burnaby and had previously stated it was the best pho place in Burnaby and I still stand by that comment. However, I had never eaten Bun Bo Hue until last week.

I ordered the large bowl, and once again, the restaurant did not disappoint...it was a huge bowl. Loaded with noodles, cooked just right, not too mushy and not too firm. The broth seemed quite oily and had lots of spicy looking bits floating in it. It was loaded with beef brisket, pork slices, vietnamese ham and beef pork balls. No pork knuckle or blood here...

When I went, it was 10 am and it just opened, so I was the first one there. It took a while for the bowl to come, which normally comes within minutes when it is busy in there, but that's okay, the wait just made my dining experience even better.

Overall, i would rate the bun bo hue here at 8.5/10. I know this actually ties it with Pho Tau Bay in my previous post, so how can two exact scores produce a 1st and 2nd place???? Errrr....I don't really have a good explanation, so I'm not going to try to give a bad one....just go there and try it for yourself and you'll agree.

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Pho Tau Bay10782 148th Street, Surrey
best place for bun bo hue in town
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

Now that I am obessed with finding the best bun bo hue in the city, I think that I have found it here at Pho Tau Bay. I've already said that their pho is probably the best in Surrey, but their Bun Bo Hue is probably the best that I have had so far.

Large bowl is $6.25. It is loaded with meat and noodles. Here they give you the standard beef brisket and vietnamese ham, but they also give you meat "nuggets" made out of vietnamese ham paste, which I also enjoy. Unlike other places, I think this place serves it "authentic", with the pork knuckle and also a cube of coagulated pork or beef's blood???? I can definitely leave the knuckle, as it is just fat and skin and the blood....that's just strange. In any event, the broth is spicy, without being too spicy and it's one of the best bargains for what you get.

Overall, I'd say that their bun bo hue is a 8.5/10.

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Pho Tam Restaurant10302 135 Street, #10, Surrey
great bowl of bun bo hue
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

I went today to this restaurant with my wife. I had the Bun bo Hue, which is now my new favourite noodle soup dish. The cost of a large bowl of is $6.75. When they mean large, they mean "large". The bowl was loaded with noodles, cooked just right, not too mushy and lots of meat, sliced beef brisket, sliced pork, sliced vietnamese ham. As for the broth, it was really good, probably not spicy enough for my taste and for some reason, tasted like tomatoes??? Although the broth in general for this dish is supposed to be on the reddish coloured side, depending on where you go, it can be a light hue of red or really dark red, I've never had a bowl that tasted of tomatoes.

In any event, it was darn good. Very filling and came very fast, within minutes of ordering. I also got the spring roll for a $1.25 more, which was okay, but a bit on the oily side though.

One thing that ruined the experience is that we had parked in the Safeway parking lot adjacent to the restaurant. It wasn't until i got inside that I noticed the signs saying that Safeway was now a "paid parking" lot. We'll I did notice some of the signs in the parking lot that said "pay parking", other's facing Safeway did not say anything and there were no signs facing the spot that I had parked in that told me to pay, so I didn't. The ticket is for $50, paid within 15 days and $65 paid within 15 days after that. That's total b.s. and I"ll be fighting that ticket for sure.

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Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant2717 E Hastings, Vancouver
my new favourite soup dish
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

Went to Bao Chau yesterday after a co-worker had mentioned that this is the best place in town to have Bun Bo Hue (which is a spicy beef/pork round noodle soup dish), named after the famous City of Hue in the former North Vietnam. This same co-worker got me on the dish about 3 months ago and I have been on a mission to every vietnamese restaurant that I go to, to try their version.

Unfortunately, I would not say that this is the best bowl of bun bo hue in the city. It's good, but not the best. There was plenty of meat, both sliced brisket and vietnamese ham (the pork portion) of the dish and even a pork foot/knuckle (which some places have and some others don't...I would rather leave it than take it). The broth was okay, but not spicy enough and it was not hot enough "heat" wise. Out of 10, i would give it a 6.5. The reason why the restaurant got a 4- outstanding for food is because I also got two spring rolls...excellent!!! As I had stated in a previous post, these are the best spring rolls outside of my aunt angie's kitchen.

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Taste Of Punjab, A10009 136A Street, Surrey
Really enjoyed this restaurant.
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

My wife and I tried this restaurant last night on the advise of a co-worker who is Indian. We got there around 9 pm for a late dinner and there still a few tables in there.

Firstly, I have to say that the Mapquest directions to this place is completely off. This restaurant is located at the intersection of East Whalley Ring Road and 100th Avenue. The restaurant is located in a dodgy area of town, but worth the trip.

It's a very nice restuarant, inside. Clean and well kept. The waitress brought us a jug of water, which was a nice touch and some papadaams (spell??).

We started off with an appetizer of veggie pakoras for $3.50. They came out nice and fresh and hot, pretty standard stuff. ONly wish there was some chutney to dip the pakoras in though.

My wife had the butter chicken for $10.99, it comes with rice (apparently as much as you can eat, as the waitress told us if we wanted more, just to ask for it). I had the mixed grill for $15.99, which came out sizzling on a hot plate with tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, lamb tikka, fish tikka, some prawns and seehk kebbob. It was a huge plate and i later found out from the waitress that people normally order the mixed grill to split as an appetizer. We also ordered a naan for $1.20 and garlic naan for $1.75. My meal was excellent and in the end, my eyes were bigger than my stomach, as i took 1/2 of it home. My wife's butter chicken came in a pretty big bowl, with a large plate of rice, which I shared also. Butter chicken was excellent, mild like she ordered it, and not too tomato-y. She declared it the best butter chicken she had had and up to that point, the Bombay in Coquitlam had the best butter chicken...not anymore.

Service was good and the owner came afterwards to ask us how our meal went...nice touch. Overall, an excellent restaurant and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a good meal, not just an Indian meal. We will definitely go there again and bring friends next time.

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Pho 66 Vietnamese Noodle House3663 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
not bad, not great
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

My buddy and I stopped by this place on Sunday, after i had read several positive reviews on it. It was 11 am on Sunday and we were the only ones there.

For a place to call it self a Pho restaurant, i was surprised by the lack of options the pho menu had. I ended up ordering the large bowl of assorted beef, which was $7.75. That's about $1.50 - $1.75 more than what i am used to paying for somethin comparable. My buddy had the large meatball noodles for $6.95. The bowls are a lot smaller than other places and there was not that much meat. However, the taste of the broth was quite good as were the noodles.

We springs rolls and salad rolls also. Springs rolls were okay, not as good as Bao Chao down the street. Salad rolls were okay, peanut dipping sauce was tasty, but the rolls were missing vietnamese ham or sliced pork.

so after tax and tip, it was $27. I probably wouldn't eat there again, as there are tons of better pho places around.

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Pallas Athena1250 Dominion Ave, #101, Port Coquitlam
things have gone downhill
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2007 - 7:16pm [Dine in]

Which is really too bad, because I really like this restaurant. There was a $15 entree coupon and my wife and I went there a few weeks ago. There was only one waitress and although there were only 2 other tables occupied, it took forever for her to get to us to take our order.

We ordered the kalamari and houmous to start. I had the roast lamb as my entree and my wife had the chicken souvlaki. The homous came out pretty quickly, as did the salads. Took about another 10 minutes for the kalamari. Everything good so far.

Then for whatever reason, we waited another 30 minutes for our entrees. There was no one else in the restaurant at this point, except two guys that came in for pick up. Unfortunately, I guess the pick ups were behind too, as they had to wait another 20 minutes for their order.

Finally, when our food came, the rice was cold and very hard...which is surprising, because it's normally quite good. My lamb was quite large and good, but the inside was a bit cold to the touch and needed to be nuked...i didn't bother sending it back, because i was so hungry.

This restaurant is actually quite good and this is the first time that the food didin't really surpass the service. Service is normally suspect, but decent if there is more than one waitress. Maybe the owners should hire more on service skill rather than looks and a killer bod....just a suggestion.

Would I go back? Maybe, but with other choices like My Greek Taverna in Coquitlam, I would probably skip Pallas Athena until things changed there.

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Uncle Willy's Restaurant6411 Nelson Ave, #100, Burnaby
When you want to eat, and eat a lot.
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

I would have to agree with review Chasiubow regarding UW as being a "guilty pleasure". When I was at SFU, me and my buddies used to meet at UW for lunch. For poor, starving university students nothing the beat all you can eat deal of my "favourite uncle". ;-)

It's funny that Mr. Chasiubow didn't bring Mrs. Chasiubow to this restaurant. For whatever reason, my wife cannot understand the solid value that UW offers. I went back last week for lunch at the Metrotown location. The restaurant is quite clean and spacious, with lots of tables.

They had the normal salads, soups (which i normally skip, as experienced buffeters will realize that this is all "filler" stuff to be avoided). I went straight to the entrees, which included perogies, chow mein, some pasta. I loaded up on the star attraction, the fried chicken. Although it's not the best fried chicken out there, for the all inclusive price of $8.50?? for lunch, it is a bargain. The chicken is always good and crispy and dipped in gravy, one can almost forget that they are eating at Uncle Willy's.

Price includes soft drinks, coffee, tea and desserts, soft serve ice cream, etc. The dude that comes around to clean the plates off your table is quite friendly and chatty, even though there may be a stack of plates on your table by the time he comes around.

I can think of few places in the lower mainland that can offer the value of UW. Sure the food is not the greatest and sometimes it's cold, etc, but "whatever doesn't kill you, will make you stronger" I always say.

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Big Lai Palace Restaurant4519 Kingsway, Burnaby
best dim sum in burnaby
Submitted Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

When I used to work in Burnaby, me and co-workers used to hit the Big Lai at least once a month for dim sum. This place is busy. All the dishes are $2.30. The steamed items are very big, har gow and sui mai are excellent. The gai fan (chicken rice) is also one of my favourites. Beware of the staff asking you if you want their "special" stuffed chicken wings. It is chicken wings stuffed with sticky rice and deep fried. Although I've never had one before, my colleagues tell me it's nothing to write home about and it's like $3 per wing (but they never tell you that though).

Service is what you would expect, non-existent. I recommend the "self service", where you just get up and get your own refill for tea, plates, knapkins, hot sauce, etc. Much more efficient and you will get it without any attitude from the staff. The best part of this place has to be the hostess/owner. She is one of the rudest women to ever stalk a dim sum restaurant. Constantly barking orders at her staff and abusing patrons, it is quite spectacle. She will bring you to a table that still has people sitting there eating and tell you that is where you will be sitting. Needless to say, it is an uncomfortable situation for the people seated, as well as for the people being seated.

Overall, when I am in burnaby, Big Lai is the place to go for my dim sum fix.

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Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant20110 Lougheed Hwy, 110, Maple Ridge
pretty decent all you can eat -considering
Submitted Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

My wife and I tried the all you can eat dinner a few weeks ago. It was around $21 per person. The ayce menu is not really that extensive and I would have rathered driven to Shabusen in Vancouver, but oh well. At least it was better than Sui Sha Ya in Coquitlam.

The restaurant used to be either a greek or italian restaurant, as I don't remember seeing very many Michaelangelo's "Creation" in other Japanese restaurants. ;-) The restaurant is very clean and actually quite romantic.

Now on the most important part - the food. I thought the rice for the Cali rolls, and nigiri sushi were a bit on the hard side, but the fish appeared to be very fresh. Sashimi was limited to 8?? pieces per person, didn't really matter as neither my wife or I really like it that much. We did order 6 salmon sashimi, and when it came out the fish was sliced so thin, you could actually read a book through it. I thought was kinda cheap. Everything else, like the tempura, teriyaki, chicken kaarage came out nice and hot. Like I said early, the selection is not great here, but what food they served was decent.

Service was good too, didn't really have to flag the personnel down too much, for refills of water, ordering more food, etc, like other ayce restaurants. They actually brought everything that I had ordered. Plates are on the small side, but you can just order more if you want.

My only pet peeve about this place is that kids 2 and OVER eat for $14.95, but under 2 was free. We had our 22 month son with us and although he has a good appetite, there's no way that he is going to eat $15 bucks worth of food. We didn't have to pay anyways, as he is under 2, but come on now. Other ayca restaurants don't usually charge until the child is around 4 and even then, it is usually a percentage of the cost by age.

I think that management should seriously reconsider their policy about this. Other than that, I would recommend it to other people if you are in the area.

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Thai Son Vietnamese4501 North Road, #201, Burnaby
Not bad pho - not great either
Submitted Saturday, December 23, 2006 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

My buddy and I tried this place because my mom had advised that they served a good bowl of pho.
I came there for pho and pho I had. I ordered my ususal large #1. It seems like the large #1 is the same at every pho place in town...a mixture of meats for $6.15 for large. The bowl wasn't that big and there wasn't that much noodles or meat for that matter. Although they did give me more of the "other" types of meats than other places that I have tried, ie. Fatty brisket, tripe and tendon, the regular brisket and rare steak seemed to be MIA, if not making the odd appearance in my bowl
Aside from the lack of meat and noodles, the broth was okay. It had a strange "spice" flavour to it, likley star anise or cloves??? My only complaint about the broth was that it was only warm when it came to me. It wasn't really even hot enough to cook my scant rare steak. That's a big "no-no" for me, when the broth isn't hot enough.
We split a 6 piece order of springs rolls for $8.50. It came with the nuoc mam dipping sauce and a bit of rice vermicelli noodles on the side. The rolls were crispy and just came out of the fryer. Not bad also, the filling was pretty good, they cheated and used egg roll wrappers instead of rice paper as so many other vietnamese places do.
Service was okay, nothing special - pretty typical of pho joints.
Overall, it was not bad. Like the title suggests, not the best bowl of pho that I've had, but certainly not the worst by far. I probably wouldn't go back there again..at least not for pho. One other pet peeve is the "cash only" policy. I tend to see this more and more and in the day and age of plastic and debit cards, who the heck carries cash anymore?

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Guildford Sushi House10330 152nd Street, #40, Surrey
good, cheap sushi
Submitted Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

I have been going to this place for about 6 months now, as it is close to my work. It's just a small hole in the wall in a strip mall accross from Guildford Mall in Surrey. The sushi there is quite good. The California rolls are $2.95 for 6 very large pieces and the dynamite roll is only $3.50 and very large and tasty too. Salmon nigiri is $.99 per piece and you get a fairly large piece of fresh salmon.

Service is okay, the waitress doesn't really speak english that well (owned by Vietnamese), but she is friendly.

Have ordered a take out party tray there for $20 and there was enough food to feed 3 adults until we were stuffed and had lots of leftovers the next day.

I would give this place a try, if you're in that area.

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Rosa's Cucina Italiana2331 Clarke Street, Port Moody
nice italian restaurant
Submitted Saturday, November 25, 2006 - 3:02am [Dine in]

My wife and I ate here tonight for the first time. I had read a lot of good things about this place and wanted to try it first hand. I've heard there can be long line ups, but we went at 8:30 pm on a Friday night and didn't have trouble getting seated.

The restaurant is tiny, it only seats about 40 people or so, but it's quaint and rustic looking.

We were given bread and butter pretty much as soon as we sat down. We started out with the Anna salad, which had prosciutto and salami and cheese on a salad for about $7. It was good, nothing special.

I ordered the 16 oz t-bone steak with spaghetti and meat sauce for $21 and my wife had the meat canalonni for $14. My steak was huge and came out just as I ordered it, medium rare. I was very tasty and tender. The spaghetti, which turned out to be linguine, but who cares??...was al dente and had good flavour. My wife's dish was baked and topped with cheese and was quite a large portion...she only finished 1/2 of it and took the rest home. I had a few bites and it was really tasty.

We finished off with a large piece of tiramisu cake...very good and not too sweet.

The service was attentive and Rosa was walking around the room, serving food, clearing tables and being an excellent host. she is very talkative and friendly to her patrons.

Food + one glass of red house wine came to $64 after tax and tip. I'd have to say that everything said about this restaurant in the previous reviews that i have read on this forum and in the newspapers is true...it's downhome, rustic italian cooking at it's finest. I'll certainly go there again and recommend it to anyone that is in the tri-cities area.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
good food, small portions
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 10:59am [Dine in]

My wife and I checked out this place yesterday, after having read some favourable reviews about it. It's a small, quaint little restaurant. When we got there, there was only one other person in the restaurant...this was about 11:30 am on a Saturday. I order the sampler platter for $12.95, choice of 2 meats and 2 sides. I chose the beef brisket and spicy italian sausage with cole slaw and potato salad. My wife had the large pulled pork sandwich with fries for $7.95.

It took about 15 minutes to get our food, even though there was no one in the restaurant, although the chef was busy getting some pick up orders ready.

When it did came, i was disappointed by the size of my so-called "platter"...it was actually a very small plate. The sides came in small ramakins, with about 3/4 cup of each side. Coleslaw was nothing special, just some chopped up cabbage and dressing sqeezed on the top of it. Potato salad was pretty good, but not much of it there. The sausage was grilled and spicy...nice flavour. Quite a bit of it there. Beef was mixed with some onions, mushrooms in a smoky bbq sauce...tasted really good, but not much of it there. I'd say less than 5 or 6 thin slices of beef.

My wife's pulled pork sandwich was good, the "large" portion had about a cup of filling...fries were good, but small portions again.

Overall, the food was good, but for the price, you can get a lot more bbq elsewhere. Maybe I should have just stuck with ordering the burgers, as they looked quite generous and yummy.

I'd probably go back there, but definitely not order the bbq stuff, as it wasn't really worth the money for what you got.

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East Side Mario's2929 Barnet Hwy, #1050, Coquitlam
why all the bad press?
Submitted Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

My wife and I recently had an early dinner at this restaurant. We had previously eaten there a few times and each experience was okay. Our server was quite attentive, refilling our water, salad and bread constantly. I had the pasta and unlimited salad and bread special for $9, added some italian sausage to my rigatonni ariabiata for an extra $3.50. My pasta came out hot, cooked al dente and the sausage and sauce was quite good, nice and spicy. Sure it's not the best pasta that I've ever had, in fact, I've made much better...but with all you can eat salad and bread, it's a pretty decent meal. We only went there, because Rosa's Cucina in Port Moody happened to closed on that Monday.

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Baba Sweets & Restaurant7561 6th Street, Burnaby
great samosas - mean lady
Submitted Friday, October 6, 2006 - 12:28am [Dine in]

I've been going here for several years now. They have some really good samosas and really cheap prices. 3 for $1. I like to eat my samosas without the chutney/sauce, as I don't like anything to interfere with the tasty oily goodness of the samosas wrapping.

Everything that the previous writers have said about the female owner is true. This lady has some issues. She does not smile, she is very cold and acts like she could care less if you patronized her establishment or not. I'm very fond of eating the samosas wrappers, in fact, that's the best part of the samosa for me. I tried to ask her one time if I could just buy some fried samosa skins from her, no filling. She looked at me like I just propositioned her for sex or something. She just basically ignored me until I asked for 6 samosas, at which point she filled a paper bag, handed it to me without saying a word and took my toonie motioned to me leave.

I wasn't really offended though...3 for $1...I can stand a little abuse. lol.

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Pho Hoa3025 Lougheed Hwy, #750, Coquitlam
Passable for pho
Submitted Friday, October 6, 2006 - 12:20am [Dine in]

I would classify Pho Hoa as the Mcdonald's of pho restaurants. The food comes pretty quickly, I'll give them that. It wouldn't be too bad if you never had pho before and wanted to try it. However, that being said....saying that Pho Hoa makes a good bowl a pho is like saying that Mcdonald's make a great hamburger.

It is fairly pricey at this restaurant for a bowl. Something around $8 after tax and tip?? The plastic bowls are large enough, they certainly give you lots of broth, but little noodles and almost no meat. My wife ordered the rare steak and beef balls there one time and she got a few slices of steak, which were fully cooked by the time it came out and 2 pieces of beef balls. 2 pieces amounts to 1/2 of one beef ball. Are you kidding me??? On top of that, she asked where the cilantro was in the soup? The bewildered waitress told her that they don't put cilantro in their soup...so my wife showed her on the menu that there was cilantro in the soup. The waitress then told her that they ran out. Nice.

Once good or bad thing about this place, depending on how you look at it. When they bring you your food, they also bring you the bill. I tend to like this, as I don't want to wait for the server to come back with the bill if I'm in hurray to leave. And after eating here a few times...I'm in a hurrary to leave and have never been back to this or any Pho Hoa location.

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Sky Dragon Restaurant1538 Prairie Avenue, Port Coquitlam
you call this chinese food?
Submitted Friday, October 6, 2006 - 12:03am [Dine in]

i was recommended this restaurant by a former co-worker of mine. she stated that this was her favourite chinese restaurant. any chinese restaurant that has the word "dragon" in it's name is usually a bad sign.

i expected "white man's chinese" food, but still, some places do it better than others. sadly, this place didn't do it good at all. service was okay enough, even though the girl serving us was maybe 14 years old???

we had fried rice, sweet and sour pork, wonton soup and beef chow mein. all pretty typical and standard chinese food items. the rice was very hard and brown, due to the use of soya sauce. the sweet and sour was overly sweet, almost sickly. the wonton soup tasted like it had been frozen and had some very stale bbq pork floating in it. lastly, the beef chow mein came with noodles that i didn't recognize and bits of shredded beef sprinkled over top of it. all the food was edible, it didn't taste horrible, but it was definitely not good "white man's chinese food". price was decent enough and the bill came to about $24 after tax and tip.

i would definitely not eat here again. you'd be better off going to hon's near coquitlam centre mall, or just cooking it yourself.

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