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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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Ch'i / Chi Restaurant and Lounge1796 Nanaimo, Vancouver
Was I lucky?
Submitted Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

I had a meeting in the area and decided to drop by Chi with a friend for a bite and drink before heading home.

After reading so much about the bad service, I was pleasantly surprised with the service received. It was efficient and friendly. Throughout our time there, the waitress came to check on us at least 4 times.

Perhaps it was early in the night (around 6 pm) and the crowd has not come in yet?

Now the food. We ordered a string bean with prawn and a chicken karaage. The portion was surprisingly big. Taste-wise, it was disappointing. The beans were undercooked and the chicken does not taste anything like karaage.

The cocktail was disappointing as well. It tasted like it was diluted with water.

Return? Well, it is relatively cheap with a great ambiance. If I happen to be in the area, I will give it another try.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Decent and a tad expensive
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

Not sure if they changed the menu since I last visited, but it appears the food is more Chinese now. The last time I was here when they first opened, I remembered the menu was laden with Malaysian/Thai food, and the food was terrible.

This time round, the menu is more Cantonese-styled and fusion. It was much better than my first visit. We ordered Shaking Beef and an order of the tasting menu - 2 dishes (Fried Calamari and a spicy chicken) and a rice.

Shaking Beef: Tender and juicy. Somehow the peppery side that came with the dish does not really go with beef.
Calamari: Just like any other place. Is this asian?
Spicy Chicken: The menu says the chicken is cooked with 3 types of chilli, but all we tasted was tobasco.

Return? Unlikely. The beef cost about $18 and the tasting menu $14. Food is not good enough, nor portion big enough, to warrant the price. Neither the outstanding service nor ambiance make up for the food.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The8331 River Road, Richmond
Decent food
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

We had brunch on a late Sunday morning.

Wife had the lobster bisque and eggs benedict, I had the calamari and burger. Kid had the kids brunch. The food were all decent to good, but nothing outstanding.

Service was friendly, but the food was a little slow.

Return? Had a decent meal but just normal fare. No compelling reason to return.

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Ellie3779 Sexsmith Rd., #1111, Richmond
A nice surprise
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Heard about this place from a friend and decided to give it a try. Took us a while to locate it though.

We had the Satay, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa and Bak Kut Teh. The Satay and Chicken were very good, Laksa was exceptional, but Bak Kut Teh disappointing.

We noticed lots of Taiwanese food in the menu as well. Will probably give it a try next time out. They have tons of items in the menu, but the place only seats about 50 people. Makes you wonder how many of the items are pre-cooked and sitting in the fridge waiting to be heated up.

The service was friendly but slow, and ambience decent.

Will return, if I happen to be in Richmond. A good alternative to Banana Leaf.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Outstanding food
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

I have heard so much about this place, but no one ever mentioned the curry chicken served in a hot pot.

The curry is as good as those I grew up eating in South East Asia. My wife even said it is better than my mom's! Downside, it cost almost $12 without rice. Baguette cost another $1.50.

The wings and dry noodles are outstanding as well. The grilled lemongrass chicken and springrolls are decent, but we had better ones at other Vietnamese restaurants.

Service is efficient and ambience is your typical Asian restaurant in Chinatown.

Despite its cost (and msg? I am getting more thirsty by the minute), I will definitely return for the curry, though not too frequently.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill823 Denman St, Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 11:05am [Dine in]

I am probably biased. I love anything skewered and cooked over charcoal.

Coming from Stanley Park, we were driving down Denman looking for food. Saw the charcoal grill sign, and decided to give it a try. But they are not opened for another half hour. Guess what? We waited in the car! It was worth every second of it.

The food was fantastic, service friendly and decor nice. What more can I ask for?

Well, speed for one. They should consider setting up additional grills. The waiting game can get to you if you are in a hurry. That's why I only gave it 3 stars overall.

Will definitely return, but only when I have time for a leisurely meal.

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True Confections866 Denman, Vancouver
Good cheesecake
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2006 - 1:01am [Dine in]

My friend and I were attracted by the tall cakes in the display fridge as we walked by the restaurant and decided to give it a try.

We ordered a blueberry cheesecake and a chocolate mouse cake to share. Both cakes were extremely rich and not too sweet, the way I like it. Only gripe is the price. If I remember correctly, the cake cost about $7 a piece.

Glad I do not live anywhere near Denman - not good for my waistline ;-)

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Fukuroku Sushi4260 No. 3 Road, #180, Richmond
Submitted Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

This used to be one of my favorite all-you-can-eat-place, mainly because of the play area. We will order some food for the kids, leave them in the play area and enjoy a kid-free dinner.

But the last time there, they messed up our orders and the food was bad: Salmon sashimi was too thick, hamachi sushi not fresh, beef short ribs tasteless... Well, you get the idea.

To be sure we do not over order, we asked the staff to check if all our orders had been served. She simply said she couldn't do it, and asked us to order more food if we were still hungry. Huh?

The decor is your typical Japanese restaurant. Return? Not even if they provide child-minding services.

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Milestone's Grill & Bar1210 Denman Street, Vancouver
Outstanding service/ambiance, decent food
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

I had lunch there on a rainy day. Well, the food is your normal American/Canadian fare. We had a soup and a sandwich each. All decent to good.

The decor is a little dated, but the view and service was outstanding though.

Return? Only if I have out-of-town guests and the sun is out.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Great Food
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

I went with a friend and we had Chopped Salmon Sashimi topped with a raw quail egg, raw beef, grilled snow crab legs and stewed beef tendons. Other than the beef which was a tad tough, the rest of the food were all very very good.

We ordered tea but was told they were brewing and that it will take a while. After 3 dishes were served, the tea was still not served. It was served almost immediately after I order a beer. Perhaps a coincidence, but you get the feeling they want you to order a paying drink.

Overall, good food. Will definitely return.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
Decent food but not authentic
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2006 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

I had lunch with 2 friends and we ordered Hainanese Crispy Chicken, Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng.

All the food were tasty, but taste nothing like those in Singapore/Malaysia. Not even close. Would have given 3 stars for food if they rename the dishes and do not claim to be a Singapore/Malaysian/Indonesian restaurant ;-)

Very nice decor though. Asian food restauranteurs should take a cue from Tropika and spend some money on their decor.

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Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
Fantastic Baguette
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2006 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

I was there with family and a friend. I had the curry with baguette, kid had a Hainanese Chicken Rice, wife had dry Pho and friend had a Soup Pho.

The curry was too sweet but the baguette was fantastic (crusty outside and soft inside), wife and friend said the Pho is one of the better ones around while my kid says the chicken rice taste nothing like chicken rice!

While eating, noticed a lot of the other diners had a sub in addition to their Pho, so we decided to order one to share. Waitress recommended the house special that has some cold cut and meatballs. Not bad, but again, the baguette was fantastic.

Decided to buy some baguette home, but was told they are sold out!! That was about 3.30 pm. So, go early if you want to try the baguette.

Would have given 4 stars for food, except that all of us felt extremely thirsty for the rest of the day. Too much msg I suppose. Will return for the baguette.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
What's the big deal?
Submitted Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

After reading so much about this place, decided to give it a try. I went with a friend for lunch and we ordered a noodle with BBQ pork, a beef dish, a side dish with endamame and a crab cake. Nothing to shout about.

Maybe I am not into fusion food, I do not see what's the big deal with this place. I had to order tea after lunch, because the food was way too oily.

Nice ambience and service, but food does not warrant my return.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Close, but no cigar
Submitted Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

Had a laugh when I read the previous review. There will not be any Malay here because the food is not halal ;-)

Had the Roti Canai (Good), Chicken Rice (chicken good - but not like those in Singapore, rice not fragrant enough), Grilled Cod (bad - it was pan-fried not grilled, the chilli sauce is not bad though), Satay (Very Good).

Overall, the food here is closest to those found in Singapore/Malaysia, but that is as far as it gets. Overall, will return when craving for Malaysian food.

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Northern Delicacy4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 2788, Richmond
Pretty decent northern delicacy
Submitted Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 7:36pm [Dine in]

Had lunch on weekday, and there was a line up. Upon further review, noticed that they are understaffed. Empty tables but plates not cleared.

Had potstickers (bad, skin is too thick), Hot and Sour Soup (Very Good), Tea Duck (Very Good - Crispy and flavourful) and Steamed Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao - decent).

Nice decor - Chinese, yet modern. Pity it is understaffed. Food is good enough to warrant a return trip though.

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