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kwailanCoquitlamSince December 22, 200575 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)


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Babylon Cafe716 Robson Street, Vancouver
Excellent quick bite
Submitted Saturday, August 26, 2006 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

I was reluctant to share this restaurant here as there is always a queue for food. However, I learned today that they have opened another outlet 2 doors away. Now, I have no qualms about reviewing this place here.

On certain days, you can smell the grilling chicken as far away as Seymour, almost 2 blocks away. This is a no-nonsense place. You order your food, pay, and walk out to eat. The place is so small that there is no room to stand and eat inside.

Frankly, the chicken shawarma (???) is the only thing I have tried here, and it is excellent. Most places will cut the meat and put them in a food warmer (where the meat starts to dry up) waiting for customers, but not this place. Even if there is a queue, they will not cut the meat off the grill until the meat is perfectly cooked (read: slightly burnt). The meat is always juicy and crunchy (the burnt part), the way I like it.

Service: Always friendly and efficient.

Ambiance: When the food is this good, who cares about the ambiance?

Return? Most definitely.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Good appy bad mains
Submitted Monday, August 21, 2006 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

Saw the previous 2 reviews decided to try out this place.

At the entrance, I saw a printout of the 2 previous reviews pasted on the door and became suspicious. Could it be self-advertisement? We drove 30 minutes to get there, and are not leaving without trying the food.

The menu looks suspiciously similar to Banana Leaf's, especially the seafood section, with different kinds of seaood and sauces. Perhaps a breakaway partner or chef?

We ordered the satay, tauhu goreng and gado gado. All three were very good - especially the peanut sauce, used as dip for the satay and dressing for Gado Gado. We could hardly wait for the mains. Perhaps the previous reviews were real after all.

For mains, we ordered the Curry Chicken, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Hokkien Mee. All three were disappointing.

Malaysian Curry Chicken was too sweet and they used small pieces of boneless breat meat. Good Malaysian curry should be cooked with bone-in chicken, and slowly braised till the fragrance of the curry seeps into the meat.

Chicken Rice was nothing like chicken rice, although the chilli sauce was decent.

Hokkien Mee was too salty and ... bland - no hint of prawn stock. The key to a good Hokkien Mee is the prawn stock. It should be slowly cooked till the noodle has absorbed all the prawn stock, and thus the fragrance.

Service - The servers were attentive, but inexperience. Food was constantly served over my kids' heads.

The decor was very nice. Traditional and modern at the same time. A little bit more light would have been perfect.

Personaly, I rate this place just behind Banana Leaf and Ellie's, and ahead of all the other "delight"s and Tropikas.

Return? Only if I'm in the area and only for the appetisers.

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Fishermans Terrace Seafood Restaurant4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3580, Richmond
Yikes!!! What was that?
Submitted Monday, August 21, 2006 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

I walked by this restaurant many times and it was always packed. As I have not dined in a proper chinese restaurant for a while, I decided to give this place a try.

We ordered a Peking Duck served 2 ways, a fatty pork dish (Mei Cai Kou Rou) and the Fisherman's Crab.

The Peking Duck was crudely cut - the skin comes in all shapes and sizes. Some of the skin had meat while others had thick layer of fat. A real disappointment for a fine dining chinese restaurant. The crepe that and sauce that comes with the duck were very good though.

The fatty pork dish did not come with with the buns to wrap in. I ordered the bun separately, but order was not put into the kitchen. I ended up eating the pork on its own. The pork was pretty good, as they say in chinese, "you er bu ni" - roughly translated fatty yet not greasy.

The crab was a shocker, to my kids at least. My grade school kids grew up eating giant (as big as 5 lbs) chilli and pepper crabs in Asia. Sometimes 3 to 4 times a week. But this is the first time they were shown a live crab. Both of them jumped when the waiter stopped at our table and showed us the crab. It was quite funny actually - worthy of a submission to America's Funniest Home Video if it was captured on video.

The crab was coated with cornstarch, deep fried, and then stir fried with with deep-fried dried baby shrimps and garlic. A little too salty, but quite tasty and a nice change from the Chilli and Pepper crab we were used to.

Service was spotty, like any other asian restaurant.

Ambiance - your typical fine dining chinese restaurant. Think Shiang Garden and Sun Sui Wah, with crsytal chandeliers and all. Too typical for me.

Overall, the food is pretty good, service and ambiance normal. Return? Not too sure. Nothing really stood out. It is not a place I will go out of my way to eat, neither is it a place I will avoid if I'm in the neighborhood.

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Next Noodle Bar560 Robson Street, Vancouver
Better than the first time
Submitted Friday, August 18, 2006 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I walked by during lunch and was surprised to see a queue. I thought to myself perhaps I was there on an off day and decided to give it another try.

This time round, we ordered the spring rolls platter, lollipop chicken and chow mein.

The spring roll platter comprises 4 types of spring rolls - vietnamese with chicken and shrimp, shrimp with mashed taro in wonton skin, duck and assorted vegetables in rolled in roti, and one other. That "other" was not up to par. The other three were very good though. It comes with a trio of dips too. One complain was that the roti on the duck roll was just luke warm and thus, a tad tough. Perhaps it was the first of the 4 to be cooked.

The lollipop chicken was fun. Mashed chicken with dunno what wrapped around a stick of sugar cane (???). A good little snack.

The chow mein was tasty, but portion a little on the small side. Perhaps the plate it was on was too big? I am used to portions like those found at No. 9.

Service was ok, considering they were full. Perhaps another service staff would have helped.

Overall, a better dining experience than the first time. Return? Likely. There are a few tapas that sounded interesting that I will likely want to try.

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I Cafe2525 Heather Street, Vancouver
Nice Place ok food
Submitted Friday, August 18, 2006 - 1:06am [Dine in]

I was on Broadway and saw I-Cafe. I remember reading about it here and decided to give it a try.

Walking up the steps, I was quite impressed. Obviously, the owners made some effort in doing up the place. Inside, the dining room is quite nicely done. Looks like the modern asian restaurants in Asia. A nice change for local asian restaurants.

Food was just ok. It was more my fault than the restaurant's though, for I ordered the instant noodle and the fried chicken wing. I just had a sudden craving for instant noodle. And the chicken wing ... I figure I need more than a bowl of instant noodle to be full. Hard to go wrong with both dishes. Hard to be good too.

Service was slow. I was there after the lunch peak period, and yet it took a while for them to seat me. The servers were not very professional either.

Ambiance. Modern and clean. The decor is nice, though I wish they added a touch of asia (like Nothern Delicacy) in the design. The Plasma TVs were showing Michael Buble's concert DVD. The place is cold though, or it could be just my seat. It was so cold that I did not order my favorite Vietnamese Ice Milk Coffee and settled for the hot lemon tea instead.

Speaking of which, there were 5 (FIVE) slices of lemon in my standard cup of tea. What were they thinking?????

Return? Not too sure. There are just so many alternatives in the area. Perhaps when I crave for instant noodle again.

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Balilicious Modern Indonesian3488 Cambie Street, Vancouver
What's with this review?
Submitted Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Reviews seem to be popping up and disappearing for this restaurant.

Went with a friend on a weekday afternoon and had Laksa, a dry beef curry and Satay. The Satay was juicy, but the dip was disappointing. They use brisket for the beef curry. It is tender, but too much fat. Tenderloin or shank would have been a better alternative. To be fair, most restaurants use brisket for this dish. Laksa was disappointing.

During my lunch, I overheard the conversation at the next table. A caucasian who just returned from Singapore was lamenting how he misses Singapore's Laksa, and that there is no restaurant in Vancouver that comes close. How true ...

Service - Considering there were only 2 tables, it could have been more attentive.

Ambiance - I actually like the decor. Modern, yet with hints of asia. Nicely done.

Return? Unlikely. There are better dry beef curry, laksa and satay elsewhere.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Good food for the price you pay
Submitted Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

Drove by Main Street and decided to order takeout from Hawker's Delight.

I had the Satay, Curry Chicken with Rice, Laksa, Mee Pok and Hainanese Chicken Rice.

The satay was tasty but dry, curry was very very good. I would say it is even better than Phnom Penh's.

Laksa was good - unfortunately the noodle and broth was placed together in the same container and by the time I reach home, the noodle has "sucked in" all the broth. It could have been so much better. Mee Pok was good as well but the chicken rice - both the chicken and the rice, was disappointing.

I give the food 3 stars not for quality but for value.

Service was non-existent. You order the food, find a seat and wait. You get free tea, but you have to get it yourself.

Ambiance - what ambiance?

Overall, it was quite a satisfying meal, considering how cheap the food is. Return? Very likely. I saw Mee Rebus, Mee Soto, Lontong and Gado Gado in the menu. In fact, this is the first time I've seen these food in Vancouver. I will probably return to try these items.

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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Good Noodles
Submitted Friday, August 11, 2006 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

We were in Metrotown and feel like eating beef noodles. Heard about this place from my friend and decided to try it instead of our usual joint, Lao Shan Dong.

We had the Spicy Beef Noodles, Zha Jiang Noodles, trio of starters (big intestine, beef slices and sea weed). The beef in the noodles were good and soup tasty, but the noodle was a little hard. The noodle in Zha Jiang Noodle was smooth and soft, but the overall dish was a little bland. The starters were all very very good - especially the big intestine.

Service was a letdown. We were not served water and had to ask for it. We had to ask for refills too. It was quite hard to get any service. The food took a while to arrive too.

Ambiance - The place is clean, bright and fun. The decor is nice too. A nice change for an Asian restaurants. A really nice dining environment.

Return? Very likely. The noodle at Lao Shan Dong may be better, but the menu is limited. I get a lot more choices here, and I definitely want more of the intestines!!!

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Orchid Delight2445 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Something is missing ...
Submitted Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

Finally made it to Orchid Delight today. Tried a couple of times when they were in Burnaby, but for one reason or another, never did made it.

We ordered the Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Char Kway Tiao, Satay and Tofu Goreng.

Satay - forgettable, but the peanut dip is by far the best I have had in Vancouver. Lots of peanuts, unfortunately not much else.

Tofu Goreng - could've been better. Something is just missing in the peanut dip.

Char Kway Tiao was pretty good. Not too greasy and not too sweet.

Laksa - bad. I only taste lemongrass, and nothing else!!!

Chicken Rice - When I saw the accompanying dip that comes with the chicken, I regretted ordering the dish. It is something I would expect from a HK-style cafe, but not from one that claims to serve authentic Singapore food. The boneless chicken was crudely chopped and small in portion.

A bite of the chicken, I felt much better. A spoonful of the rice, I was impressed. The chicken and rice were actually good!!! I would prefer the soya sauce on the chicken to be a little less salty, and chicken to be more at room temperature, but that's nitpicking.

I rate the food between 2.5 and 3 stars.

Service: The lady server was great - friendly, efficient. The male server could have smiled a little more.

Ambiance: Well, yet another Malaysian/Singapore restaurant - banana trees, pictures of Singapore ... You get the idea.

Return? Very likely. The lunch menu is pretty small. There are a lot more items in the dinner menu. I have already decided what to order for dinner next time. Hopefully, they are as good as the Char Kway Tiao and Chicken Rice (except for the dip).

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Jang Mo Jib1719 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good Soup
Submitted Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

We went to Orchid Delight for a late lunch on BC Day to find them closed. Next we tried Zakkushi. Closed. Guu. Closed. Almost giving up, we noticed a Korean restaurant across the street and pop in to have a look. We were pleasantly surprised to find a packed restaurant. So in we go.

One look at the menu and we realised this is the same chain we visited in Richmond months ago.

We ordered a Korean pancake (looks more like a pan pizza), a tofu soup with seafood, noodle in chicken soup and a BBQ beef short ribs.

The food were generally good, except for the short ribs. We were expecting BBQ, but got stir fry instead. The food is better than their store in Richmond, but the Kimchi in Richmond has more "kick".

Service was almost non-existent. There were only saw 2 service staff. I had to grab the chopsticks myself, and the water/tea jug was hardly refilled. Yes, you get a jug of ice water/tea, but once empty, good luck in getting it refilled.

Ambiance? What ambiance? The place is pretty run down.

Return? Unlikely, unless I am craving for Korean. There are just so many better alternatives in the area.

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Le Nakamura Japanese Dining12480 No. 1 Rd, #130, Richmond
Rack of Lamb?
Submitted Friday, August 4, 2006 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

Interesting menu.

They have a 2 set menus ($18.95 and $24.95) with Miso Soup, Choice of Appy (4 choices), Choice of Main (5 or 6 choices) and trio of dessert.

My wife and I both had the $24.95 set menu. I chose the Seafood Karage for appy and Rack of Lamb for main, while my wife chose the Salmon Carpaccio and New York Steak.

The miso soup was, well, miso soup. Seafood Karage was quite normal but the Salmon Carpaccio was excellent. The New York Steak was above average, and the Rack of Lamb tasted a lot better than it looks. The plating of the Lamb did not look very appealing. However, the lamb was very very good - crusty on the outside, soft and tender inside. The sauce (red wine if I'm not wrong) that accompanied the lamb was very good as well.

Both mains were served on Japanese rice, with sides of potato and vegetable. Both sides were perfectly cooked too.

The dessert was a trio of Ice Cream, Japanese Cheese Cake and a mouse cake. All three were very very good.

The server was friendly but inexperience.

Ambiance - just like any other Japanese restaurant - nothing special. The restaurant was hot.

On our way out, we noticed some interesting items on other diner's table which we will definitely return to try.

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Hanako Japanese Restaurant15135 101 Avenue, #205, Surrey
Surprisingly good japanese
Submitted Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

A friend brought me to this little gem in Surrey.

I am not too adventurous when it comes to sashimi. I usually stick to salmon and hamachi. But they did not have hamachi that day, and the server suggested an alternative, hamachi's relative, I was told. I couldn't remember the name, but it is very fresh and very good.

For the main, I had the King Crab salad. The salad was wonderful with an abundance of king crab leg. The dressing complemented the crab and salad very well too.

Service: The server was very friendly and helpful. There was a handwritten menu, on top of the regular menu, and it was not in English. The server patiently explained each item to us. I had trouble understanding her and ended up pointing to the food on the next table.

Ambiance: It is a family-run restaurant. Not much of an ambiance. The owner's daughter's artwork can be seen hanging on the wall on the way to the washroom.

Return? Yes, defintely. Need to find Hamachi's relative's name.

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Montana's Cookhouse20100 Langley Bypass, Langley
Good Ribs and Service
Submitted Wednesday, August 2, 2006 - 12:54am [Dine in]

Happened to drop by on the All You Can Eat Ribs day. We had to wait 20 minutes for a table.

We were still waiting for our food 20 minutes after ordering. We figured it was due to the overwhelming crowd. However, soon after, the manager stopped by and apologised profusely about the kitchen losing our order and he has put a rush order in. Couple minutes later, our server came by and did the same. Our food came soon after.

Food: Ribs, what else :-) I had the side ribs with Texas Bold sauce while my wife had the Apple Butter sauce. The ribs were tender and yet firm - just the way I like my ribs. The Apple Butter sauce tasted much better than the Texas Bold.

Service: My cup of pop was always refilled before they were empty, server/manager noticed how late our food was, friendly.

Ambience: The place looks like a big log cabin. Perfect for laying back and eating with your hands. A lot of people celebrate their birthdays here, so it is always loud, lively and fun.

Return? Very likely, but not in the near future. At least not on a All You Can Eat Ribs day. We simply over-ate. We will probably be eating salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner tomorrow!

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India Gate616 Robson St, Vancouver
Expected better
Submitted Monday, July 31, 2006 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

This place is always crowded when I walk by during lunch. So, my expectations were a little high.

The 3 of us had the Meat and Vegetable Samosas and Sheekh Kabob to start, and Butter Chicken, a potato and spinach dish and Lamb Tikka for main.

After placing our order, we were served a salad and papadum. The salad was disappointing, just lettuce and red cabbage and a dressing. The edges of the lettuce were a little brownish. The papadum was almost soft.

Next came the samosas (very good) and Sheekh Kabob (decent). For the main, the butter chicken was quite tasty, potato and spinach dish was bland and lamb tikka a tad dry.

We ordered the garlic nann as well, but it was dry and we hardly touched it.

Service was friendly and efficient (our glass of water is never empty). Ambiance, as noted in the previous review, dated.

Return? Unlikely.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
A little letdown
Submitted Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 11:59am [Dine in]

Went to the Plaza of Nations for the Taste of Vancouver event. Saw the queue and decided on Plan B. Saw some roads in Yaletown closed off on the way and decided to try that instead. In Yaletown, the were lots of classic cars on display. Saw a Countach for the first time. Ok, back to the food.

Walking around, Yaletown Brewing Company was about the only place that can accomodate 2 screaming kids. Add to that, I had decent experience at their sister restaurants. So, in we go.

I had the Satay salad and Italian Sausage pizza. Wife had the Shrimp Melt sandwich and a soup.

The satay was disappointing, but the dip that they use to dress the underlying salad was great. The pizza was decent but diappointing in that the one I had at Big Ridge (their sister restaurant in Surrey) was A LOT better. My wife enjoyed the soup, but the sandwich was pathetically small.

Service was slow. Well, that can be expected for that day because of the unusually large crowd.

The menu was small and does not offer a lot of choices.

Ambience - it is a brew pub. But there was a stage with performing artists just outside the restaurant for that day's event. We definitely enjoyed that.

Return? Unlikely. Will try other restaurants if I'm the area without kids. With kids, will eat at Subway's.

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Brioche401 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Pleasant lunch
Submitted Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 6:30am [Dine in]

I had lunch with my wife this afternoon.

I had the Chorizo (?) Sausage panini and a tiramisu while my wife had a salad, soup and tiramisu.

The food was generally good, though the panini could have been bigger. I enjoyed the tiramisu tremendously, except that most of the liquor was concentrated on a small piece of cookie.

Service was generally good, except for a grouchy server.

We were seated in the "back" room at Water Street - cozy little area, away from the crowd in the front at Cordova Street.

Generally, a pleasant lunch. Will return if I am in the area.

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Quilon6030 No.3 Rd., Richmond
Great Food
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 12:44am [Dine in]

Remembered reading about this place in the Province and decided to give it a try.

We had Beef Vindaloo, Masala Dosa, Tandoori Chicken and sides on Naan, Rice and papadum. Everything we had, down to the papadum, was excellent.

The Beef was cooked just right and the curry fragrant, Dosa was the best we've had by far, Tandoori chicken was very tender and tasty.

This is the first time I've eaten Tandoori chicken off a hot plate. I do not really care for the hot plate because after a while, the chicken became burnt and got stuck to the hot plate.

Service was friendly, attentive and the server made great recommendations.

Ambiance - Well, it is an Indian restaurant in Richmond. Can't expect much. The food more than make up for it though.

We will definitely return.

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Olive Garden20080 Langley Bypass, Langley
Good food at great prices
Submitted Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 12:26am [Dine in]

Everytime we drive past Langley, my wife insists on dining at Olive Garden.

I am no fan of the place (I prefer Montana's across the parking lot), especially when the average wait time is 30 minutes for both lunch and dinner. Once, we called ahead to reserve a table, but we still had to wait for about 15 minutes when we arrived.

The bottomless bread and soup/salad are marvelous. The entrees are generally good. Dessert? Frankly, we have never tried it because after the entree, we are always stuffed!!!

Service is always good, friendly and efficient.

Ambience - well it is ..... comfortable (???). I think they try to make you feel like you are in a small Tuscany village.

Return? Definitely - but it will be because my wife wants to. The food and service are all pretty good, but the queue for table ...

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Big Ridge Brewing Co.5580 152nd Street, Surrey
Good neighborhood grub
Submitted Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 12:06am [Dine in]

This is your typical pub/restaurant. If I am not wrong, it belongs to the Mark James Group of restaurants.

About 1/3 of the menu is "Wok". It is an open kitchen, and we could see all the food being cooked and plated. The portion is humongous. But as an asian, I will definitely not order the wok items.

The 2 of us shared a Fried Calamari and Chicken Wings. I had the pizza with Italian Sausage and my friend had the Beef Ribs.

The calamari was excellent, chicken wings decent, pizza very good and my friend definitely enjoyed the Beef Ribs.

Service was friendly, but a tad slow (the place was packed for lunch).

Ambience was pretty good, considering it is in a strip mall in Surrey. Saw a notice saying they have a magician on site during one of the weeknights (can't remember which though).

Return. Very likely if I am in the neighborhood, considering the limited alternatives in the area.

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Cafe D'Lite3144 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Above average place
Submitted Friday, July 21, 2006 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

The 4 of us shared half hainanese chicken, 3 rice, seafood laksa, nasi lemak and achar.

The chicken is tender alright, but the flavor is just not right. Something is amiss.

I may be nitpicking. There is a touch of heat in the chicken. I prefer my hainanese chicken served at room temperature. Perhaps it is the local health requirement that they canont keep the chicken at room temperature. Banana Leaf does it though.

Seafood laksa was a let down. especially after it came highly recommened from diners at our next table. It tasted more like curry noodle.

The achar is ok, but we had a huge plate. Who eats that much pickled vegetables?

The nasi lemak is the most disappointing. The rice has no hint of coconut (let alone the fragrance), and it is accompanied by an egg over and hard and some peanuts with fried mini fish. All this for 6.50 if I am not wrong. A total rip-off.

Return? Unlikely. I find no reason to.

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