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kwailanCoquitlamSince December 22, 200575 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
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Ebi-Ten388 Robson Street, Vancouver
Gone downhill
Submitted Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

This used to be my first choice for a quick lunch, but the food seems to have gone downhill recently.

The california roll was disappointing, tempura soggy, chicken terriyaki tasted like it has been in the fridge for way too long - a big surprise, considering how busy they are.

I saw them offering a new dish, Mapo tofu or something. Took me a while to realise it is actually the Ma Po Tofu - the spicy meat and tofu dish in Chinese cuisine. Did the original owners sell out to a HK company?

Sad ...

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Papaya Bistro15057 Marine Dr., White Rock
Pretty good food
Submitted Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

This place was featured in one of the local papers recently. We were visiting some friends in White Rock and decided to check it out.

We had the spring rolls and crab cakes to start, followed by crab fettuccine Alfredo and some beef on vermicelli with betel leaves. The food were all pretty good.

The server was pleasant but inexperienced. Perhaps she's new. Service improved a lot after the owner/manager returned to the restaurant towards the end of our meal.

Ambiance: Not the restaurant's strong point, but the view of the water is very good.

Overall, a good lunch. What I do not understand though is where is the "fusion"? The food in the menu is either strictly "western" (eg crab fettuccine Alfredo) or "Vietnamese" (eg pho), nothing fusion.

I have a soft spot for asian restauranteurs trying to enhance their customer's dining experience through their plating, service and ambiance. So i will definitely return to support them. Unfortunately, being on the beach in White Rock, it is a bit far out for me. Will definitely return when I'm in the area.

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Sonomama980 Granville St, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, February 7, 2007 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

Walk by this place and decided to check it out.

First time in, I had a special request - tonkatsu curry on rice. It was ok at best, everything from tonkatsu to curry to rice was lukewarm. However something on the regular menu caught my eye. A decent list of robata-yaki, something which I simply cannot resist.

2 days later, I return with a friend to try the robata-yaki. It was a very late Sunday lunch and the place was empty. Robata-yaki is not available but the chef made an exception.

We ordered about 7 items off the menu and once again, everything was lukewarm. The food seems to take forever to arrive too. Taste-wise, nothing really stands out.

Service: My server on the first visit was great, but on my second visit, my server spoke little english. So, i suppose who you got that day.

Ambiance: Nice modern room. Sparsely decorated, but nice and comfortable.

Return? I'll probably give it another try one of the evenings. I do enjoy robata that much. If the food do not improve, I'll return to Zakkushi.

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Seri Malaysia Restaurant2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good satay
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

We were on our way to Le Do when this restaurant across the street caught my eye. A new Malaysian restaurant in town, I gotta give it a try.

The 2 of us ordered the Chicken Satay, Beef Rendang and Chicken Biryani. The satay was extremely good although the peanut dip was a tad too sweet. Beef Rendang was bad (wrong cut of meat and too greasy) and so was the Chicken biryani.

Service: Had problem placing my order with the lady behind the counter. Friendly, but ...

Ambiance: None to speak of. It is like the old Kedah House when it was on Fraser (I have yet to visit them in their new location).

Return? Not too sure. The satay is smaller than Prima Taste Restaurant's (my current benchmark for Malaysian/Singaporean food) at the same cost, and the latter makes better rendang and chicken curry and the satay is good as well. Add to that the better ambiance and service at Prima.

BUT, the satay is really really good. Maybe just for the satay.

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Thai Son Vietnamese373 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Very good dry egg noodle
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

I mentioned I am not much of a Pho person, but I love springrolls and lemongrass chicken. So that's what I usually eat at Vietnamese restaurants.

Sadly, both these items are not up to par. The dry egg noodles, on the other hand, is extremely good. Much better than Phnom Penh's.

There isn't much to write about the service. All I can say is that it is much better than most asian restaurants.

Ambiance: Your typical asian restaurant.

Return? Just for the dry egg noodles.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good Food, but too few choices for lunch
Submitted Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here today.

The salad bar was decent and the meat tasty. only complain while dining was there were too few selections of meat. However, when I saw the bill, lunch was only about $15 per person. So I suppose that's why the limited types of meat.

Service was non existent. We had to pile the empty dishes (we had several helpings at the salad bar) ourselves. The stack got quite high before anyone came to clear them.

Ambience: nothing much to describe. The room looks a little worn.

Return. Very likely. But for dinner only (hopefully there are more choices).

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Lucky Diner1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Dirty Glassware
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Had brunch here today based on various good reviews.

Food was good. I had the meatloaf and wife had the smoked salmon. My kids shared a tall stack of pancakes and Mac n Cheese. Everything was very good, though portion small. How small? My 6 year, weighing less than 40 lb, finished 3/4 of the Mac n Cheese. VERY GOOD Mac n Cheese though.

Service was a disappointment. The food took forever to arrive and we were never checked upon after the food arrived. I must add that they were busy. Perhaps a server called in sick? And a cook too?

A greater disappointment was the glassware. I had what looked like sugar crystals stucked inside my wine glass. Not one, but all around the inside of the glass. They probably left some sugary drinks overnight and washed it only the next day. This is totally unacceptable. The dishwasher could have missed it, but the bartender should have checked before placing the "clean" glass at the bar. Before pouring anything into the glass, the bartender should have checked the glass again!!!

I told the server and she apologised and gave me a new glass of wine. Everything looks ok, but when I pick it up, the base of the stem was sticky. Sigh ...

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Uncle Willy's Restaurant6411 Nelson Ave, #100, Burnaby
Goof Food for the Price
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

Chanced upon this restaurant while waiting for my tire to be repaired at KalTire behing it.

I asked to look at the buffet spread before paying and figured it was worth the $12.95 price for a Sunday brunch.

The spread was pretty decent, with the usual salad, pancakes, mashed potato and fries. There were fried and roast chicken for the hot dishes and roast beef and ham for the carvery. The food were are quite nice.

Service was ok. I mean it is a buffet place. You pay at the cashier and choose your own seating. The empty plates are usually cleared by the time you come back with your subsequent helpings.

Ambience was decent. Once again, it is a buffet place.

Overall, a good experience. 3-Stars for overall is strictly based on value.

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Goldilocks1606 West Broadway, Vancouver
Not for me
Submitted Sunday, December 17, 2006 - 12:35am [Dine in]

Dropped by this place with the family for an afternoon snack. I was surprised how busy it was.

Ordering was a big mess. I believe we have to buy pastry from a counter and food from another. There were so many people crowding in front of the display cooler that ordering is almost impossible.

We chose 3 pastries and all were forgettable. On the food side, we ordered the roast pork and meatballs. Both were awful. On the flip side, the calamansi slushee was amazing. A tad too sweet, but very refreshing. Although it cost 3.50 for a medium-sized cup, we finished 3 of those.

Service: None to speak of.

Ambience: Could have been a lot better. The decor looks ok, but there was a service staff pushing a cart collecting empty plates. Feels like a food court.

I think my family were the only non-filipino in the packed restaurant at that time. This usually means the food is authentic. With my disappointment at Rekado's and this place, I can only conclude Filipino food is not for me.

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Khai Thai Cuisine2020 Oxford Connector, #203, Port Coquitlam
Nice surprise
Submitted Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 4:09am [Dine in]

There was a queue at my new favorite restaurant Prima Taste Restaurant and we could not afford to wait. We decided to cross the street and try this place instead.

We were greeted at the door by a Thai server and promptly seated. We ordered Pad Thai, BBQ chicken and stuffed chicken wing.

The Pad Thai was good, BBQ chicken excellent and chicken wing decent. The BBQ chicken reminded me of my trip to northen Thailand years ago eating at the road side street vendors. It was soft, tender and extremely fragrant. We got half a spring chicken.

Service was very good. If I am not wrong, the servers were all Thai and showed classic Thai hospitality.

Ambiance: The restaurant was a lebanese restaurant previously (El Caravan or something). The new owners did not do much to the place, but with the few things that they did, they made a lot of difference to the room. There are nice touches here and there and the room is comfortable.

Return? Definitely. Being so close to my favorite restaurnat, i will have a tough time deciding where to go for a meal the next time I am in the area.

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Le Do Vietnamese Restaurant2292 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Very good food
Submitted Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 3:47am [Dine in]

I was introduced to this place by a friend.

I am more of a meat lover, not a Pho soup person. We ordered the lemon grass chicken with vermicelli, deep fried spring rolls, pasted pork brochette (???) beef short ribs with vermicelli and iced coffee with milk.

Everything was outstanding: The lemon grass chicken and spring rolls are by far the best I have tried in Vancouver; this is the first time I have had pasted pork brochette and I really liked it; the short ribs were tender and frangrant. It would be perfect if it is a tad sweeter.

Service was friendly and prompt. The lady proprietor always has a smile on her face.

It is mom and pop vietnamese restaurant in East Vancouver. Not much of an ambience.

Will defintely return.

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Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Good food and service
Submitted Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

I brought an out-of-town guest, an executive chef who has received a knighthood for culinary excellence from the French government, to try out this place.

It was early and we chose to sit at the bar and watch the chefs work. We decided on the tasting menu and a bottle of VQA red. I was enjoying every single dish, but my guest was quite quiet throughout the dinner. After dessert, my guest said to me, only 1 of the 11 or so dishes was not up to par. Everything else was very well done. Who am I to argue?

Service was good. Our server explained every single dish that was presented. My only gripe is that she kept filling up my wine when it is still half full. I mean this is wine, not water.

I believe it was $40 for the tasting menu and it was worth every penny of it. I totally enjoyed my time there and will definitely return.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good service and food
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 1:16am [Dine in]

After my last disappointing dim sum, I decided to try some place "safer". I was not disappointed.

The food was good and service outstanding. You know the chef take pride in their food when the porridge is this good. Also, it is nice to have dim sum in a quiet room for a change. If they "modernize" the room like Prima or Wild Rice, it will be my ideal Dim Sum place.

However, there is a price to pay for all these. I would probably only need to pay a small portion of the price to have the same meal in one of the Dim Sum places in Richmond. But the room will be noisy and crowded and food not as fresh.

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Floata Seafood Restaurant180 Keefer Street, #400, Vancouver
It really is huge
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 1:02am [Dine in]

We had a sudden urge for Dim Sum while in Chinatown and chanced across this restaurant.

Walking into the restaurant, I was really amazed at how big the place is. I was equally amazed at the number of senior citizens dining there.

Anyway, the place was full and we were seated on a raised platform (could be a stage). We ordered our tea and waited for the carts. They hardly came by and so we flagged down a waiter and placed our order. We were told that we had to go to a corner of the restaurant and order and pick up the food ourselves!!!

Ok, so we did. We had the normal stuff, Har Gow, Siu Mai, Pork Ribs etc ... Normal fare, nothing spectacular. Being on a raised platform, I thought the cart pushers will see us better, but no. They completely by-pass us. I had to literally run down the platform and chase the cart for my porridge.

Enough said. I will not return, even though the dim sum only cost
2.38 (or thereabouts) before 11 am.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1465 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Nice room poor food
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 12:49am [Dine in]

I had an out of town guest who was looking for good BBQ ribs. This was the first place I can think of.

The 5 of us, 3 adults and 2 kids, shared the Elvis Platter. We arrived just before the dinner rush and were seated promptly. The sausage was ok, and the pulled pork was palatable. However, the chicken and ribs were DRY. We hardly touch either. It was a real disappointment. At the end of the meal, we left half a chicken and almost all the ribs on the plate and only took home the pulled pork.

The service was ... friendly? I mean it is a self-service place, so ...

The room and music was fun though. Even the self-service thing is kind of fun. Only complain is the space. The table is so small that after placing the platter on the table, there is no room for our side plates. Add to that 2 restless kids ...

Even though the food was below our expectation, I quite enjoyed the evening. I will give it another try, without the kids though. Perhaps the chef had an off day.

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
This is it!!!
Submitted Monday, October 16, 2006 - 1:23am [Dine in]

I've been waiting for this place to open ever since I walked by the shop a couple of months back. During the renovation, there was just a sign that says "Opening September - True Singapore Cuisine". Quite a big claim and I wanted to see how "True" it is.

We had the Chicken Satay, Roti Prata, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa and Char Kway Tiao.

Everything was excellent. After dining here, I realised why I've never had a satisfying Singapore/Malaysian meal in Vancouver. It is in the details: the satay dip has crushed pineapple in it, the chicken rice comes with 3 dips (like the ones you find in Mandarin Hotel in Singapore), the laksa has fresh laksa leaves and the roti is puffy with an excellent dip.

My only complain is the lack of "clam" and pork lard in Char Kway Tiao.

Service is just decent to solid. But considering how new the place is, and the server is obviously not Singaporean, I must commend the server for doing a decent job trying to explain each dish and their accompanying condiments.

Ambiance: Outstanding decor. This is the kind of decor I expect to find in restaurants in Singapore. No banana trees. Modern and minimalist, well lighted yet not too bright. Decent Martini/cocktail selection, minimal wine list though server did mention they are working on the pairing, and decent selection of non-alcoholic drinks. I think I heard Buble and Norah Jones in the background.

Return? Definitely. There are a lot of other items which I will defintely return to try. I saw Hokkien Fried Prawn Noodle, Prawn Noodle soup, Chilli Crab ...

So how "True" is it? The chicken rice and laksa can't be any better, but Vegetarian Spring Roll and Salt and Pepper Ribs? Are these Singapore cuisine?

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Lucy Mae Brown862 Richards Street, Vancouver
Nice little dinner
Submitted Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 1:08am [Dine in]

Decided to pop in for a meal after work. Nice little place. I had the crab in crepe to start and the wild salmon.

The crab was disappointing. There wasn't much crab to start, the crab and the crepe does not blend well and the sauce did nothing to help.

The wild salmon was excellent.

Service was efficient, though not very friendly.

Ambiance was outstanding, but the music could have been a little softer.

Return? Maybe not for dinner, but for a drink. I saw the loung downstairs and it looked comfortable and inviting. Will definitely return to relax and have a drink.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Expectation too high
Submitted Wednesday, September 6, 2006 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

After so reading so many favorable reviews, my expectations for the restaurant was very high.

We ordered Bihoon, a springroll, pork hock, pork belly and a tofu dish. The Bihoon was too dry and bland, the spring roll was pretty good, pork belly decent and tofu dish could have been better. The pork hock had the potential to be great (it was not crispy enough). It is like German Pork Knuckle, less the sauerkraut and potatos. Speaking of which, anybody knows where I can find German Pork Knuckle in Vancouver?

Most of the food are similar to other cuisine's (Bihoon - chinese stir fry vermicelli, pork hock - German Pork Knuckle, pork belly - chinese roast pork, tofu - agedashi tofu), the difference being the dips/sauces. Perhaps I am not into Filipino cuisine. I prefer the dips/sauces from the other cuisines.

The dishes are pretty to look at. However, I attribute that more to the dinnerware than the chef's plating.

Service was disappointing. Our order was messed up. We ordered a grilled egg plant and the national dish (some chicken) but server missed it. We were considering between the pork hock and pork belly, and both ended up on our table.

Ambiance is a nice change from most other Asian restaurant. It is the reason I gave Rekados 3 stars for the overall rating instead of 2. One suggestion to the restaurant tho. The afternoon sun was too bright/glaring . Perhaps some shades will help.

Return? Not too sure. I prefer the other cuisine's version of the dishes, but I have yet to find German Pork Knuckle in Vancouver.

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Pelagos Greek Restaurant2728 O'Hara Lane, Surrey
Watching the sun set as you dine
Submitted Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

This was only my second time having Greek. So I can neither comment on authenticity nor give a good comparison. I cannot remember most of the dishes' names either.

What I can comment though is that the view of the beach, ocean and sunset was GREAT. This was the first time I do not mind waiting for my food. I was enjoying the sunset with a decent sauvignon blanc in hand.

My wife had a soup (with chicken and rice) to start while I had the escargot. She enjoyed the soup but I did not enjoy the escargot. The escargot came without shells.

We shared the Seafood Platter for main. It was HUGE, with lobster (very tiny), kalamari, salmon, prawn, scallop and sides of rice, peas, roasted potato. The salmon was very good while the rest are just ok. The lobster was pathetically small.

Service was good - friendly, efficient. I do pity the service staff though. They have to walk up to the second floor to get the food and drinks. Walking up and down the steps all night was no joke.

Ambiance was GREAT. They converted one of the houses along the beach into the restaurant. The main dining area is inside the house on the second floor. The view was fantastic here, but the room was very stuffy.

We sat on the patio. The view of the sunset was great. Only complain was the flies. We had to constantly fight them off our legs, hands and food. The tables and chairs are the plastic ones you find at Canadian Tire. The cheap table/chairs and flies are the reasons I am not giving it 5 stars for ambiance.

Overall, a solid dining experience. However, it is a little out of the way for me, and I can only see myself dining here in the summer. As such, if I do return, it will be next summer.

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Torarenbo8191 Park Rd, Richmond
Most of the food are outstanding
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 12:22am [Dine in]

We were in Richmond and felt like eating Japanese. We've been to Le Nakamura twice this past month, and wanted some place different. We settled on Torarenbo after remembering reading some favorable reviews here.

When we looked at the menu, we were disappointed that there were no bento boxes and set meals. However, generally, the food is cheaper than most other Japanese restaurants.

The first thing that struck me was the number of appetisers. They have a very large selection of appetisers. Then, when I saw the Robata section, I was smiling.

We ordered mainly from the appy and robata section, and only 1 sashimi (Kampachi).

The appetisers were generally very very good. The only complain was that the Chawan Mushi was over cooked.

The robata was hit and miss. The eel and beef short ribs were excellent. The Salmon Cheek and Salmon Belly were bad. Both salmon dishes were over cooked. Most AYCE places do a better job. That's why I only gave 3 stars for the food.

The Kampachi was very fresh. Probably the freshest cut of sashimi I have ever had.

Service was quite good for a Richmond restaurant.

Ambiance was like any other run of the mill Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. Nothing to shout about.

The dishes were all quite cheap. The portion was a lot bigger than we expected for the price listed, resulting in a bag full of food for tomorrow's lunch, and a hefty bill at the end of the meal. The bill after tax came to $110 for 2 adults and 2 grade schoolers. We all drank tea.

Return? Very likely. But I will not be ordering the salmon.

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