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lindaroseVancouverSince November 26, 2007172 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
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Shiosai Sushi Bar5228 Joyce Street, Vancouver
Good Sushi, a little pricey, service ... what service??
Submitted Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

Little sushi place on Joyce Street (a couple of blocks north of the Skytrain station).

I read that the fish was fresh and that they specialize in sushi/sashimi - there is NO hot noodles, tempura, etc. and they make this clear on their terse note on the door and in the restaurant.

Went in and had a Nigira Plate. This included salmon (wild), tuna, surf clam, eel, and shrimp sushi. Also included was a couple of tuna and salmon (wild) maki rolls.

I'll start with the food. The items were certainly fresh and good quality. I enjoyed my plate.

However, the meal (at $11.95) did not come with miso soup or tea (usually these items on included with a combo plate at EVERY other sushi establishment I have been to). Here, I had to pay $0.60 for a teabag and hot water. My bill, with tax, came to $14 and change. I did not leave a tip because I was not given any "service" per se.

I ordered at the counter. The staff member did not smile. She took my money and I sat myself near the window. I was the only person in the restaurant. About 5 minutes later, I heard the staff member say, "Nigiri order is ready" and I had to retrieve my plate of food from the counter. I finished, gathered my bags and left. No one said, "Thank you" or "Good bye." I was still the only person in the place when I left.

I might return ONLY if I was having a sushi craving AND I was in the area. I wouldn't go out of my way and I certainly would not leave a tip because it is purely give your money, take your product service.

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Rose Garden Restaurant3415 Kingsway, Vancouver
Solid Chinese Delivery
Submitted Monday, May 7, 2012 - 7:03pm [Delivery]

I had walked past this restaurant on occasion during the lunch hour, but it was never open (it opens 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM - dinner and late night only). A friend had ordered for delivery and was impressed by their food.

I ordered for my hubby's birthday. Liking to sample many dishes and appeal to favourite of each family member, we ordered enough food to choke a proverbial horse LOL.

We ordered:

Lemon Chicken ($10.75); Chicken in Curry Sauce ($10.75); Dry Garlic Spareribs ($10.75); Prawns with Three kinds of Mushrooms ($15.50); Buddha's Feast ($10.75); Spicy Garlic Eggplant Szechuan Style ($10.75) Shrimp Fried Rice ($9.75) and Shanghai Style Fried Noodle ($8.75). The bill came to just over $98 and I gave the driver a $6 and change tip for a total of $105.00.

The woman who answered the phone was polite, repeated my order back and took my address and direction information carefully. She also accurately estimated the delivery time when asked. I noted that the take out menu stated, "VISA and Mastercard", but the woman advised that it was "cash only" for delivery. When advised of the printed menu's information, she stated that this was an old menu and that they changed it to cash only for delivery. I had the cash, so this wasn't a problem .... HOWEVER .... I picked up a copy of this menu FROM THE HOLDER ON THEIR FRONT DOOR EARLIER TODAY. They should really have new menus printed or manually change the current printed menu.

The other small hiccup was the menu's offer of 2 Free Cans of Pop with $20 to $30 delivery order and 3 Free Cans of Pop with orders over $30. I asked for 6 cans of pop, as I was ordering NINETY DOLLARS ($90) worth of food. I thought this was fair, but the woman advised that "her manager" wasn't there and that she could offer me five (5) cans of pop. I thought this was a bit nitpicky and would encourage the manager to give the okay to a little more flexibility for large orders like mine.

The food arrived at the appointed time, it was piping hot and all quite tasty. The driver was polite and the large order was well packaged in a sturdy box.

I found the veggies in the Buddha's Feast just a tad overcooked - but otherwise okay. All the food was generously portioned and had good flavour. I especially liked the eggplant and the prawns with three mushrooms. We will be enjoying lunches and dinner tomorrow and lunch the day after!!

I would happily order from here again. I would also be interested in dining in during the evening (as it seems there dine in menu has some good features).

Please note - on urbanspoon, a food blogger downloaded a menu - this menu is old and the prices of gone up a little, please confirm current prices when ordering if using this menu.

To recap - for DELIVERY. it is CASH ONLY.

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JJ's Restaurant @ Vancouver Community College250 Pender Street West, Vancouver
Alas, the Friday Evening Buffet is No More - however, they will still have a Friday Evening Dinner - but in a Different Format
Submitted Friday, April 20, 2012 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

I congratulate myself on my longest title for a review since I first joined (LOL).

I reviewed this restaurant attached to the VCC Culinary Arts Program a couple of years ago.

This evening, a good friend and my family enjoyed the LAST Friday Evening Buffet. When I inquired about it - I was told that they were going to change the format to Serving "Stations" with carvers and staff (students) freshly sauteeing items. There will also be some self serve items at each "station".

We discussed reasons for the change - and managing left over food from the buffet was one reason for the change (as there is a lot of waste otherwise). Also, the change will allow better hygiene (as there will be a Foodsafe staff person serving at each station).

In any case, I truly hope that the new format has the quality of the buffet. The food is always expertly prepared, there are eager students working as wait staff and the place is spotlessly clean and elegantly decorated. The price is $24 per adult and a mere $10 for each of my children.

Again, I hope that the new format continues with the value pricing.

Just as an aside, JJ's also has table d'hote service on regular weekdays with three courses for $24. They also have fantastic lunches (as mentioned by a previous reviewer).

Reservations are a must.

Just an aside, it is important to remember that this is a classroom. The waitstaff and the chefs are STUDENTS in the program. Be patient, they are learning.

I'll update my review as soon as they have their new format up and running and I get a chance to check it out.

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New York Fries4820 Kingsway, #335, Burnaby
Poutine, mall food style.
Submitted Friday, April 20, 2012 - 3:11pm [Take-out]

Had to take the kids shopping for new clothes. They were hungry, decided to avoid arguments and just let them have poutine and hot dogs.

I decided on ordering a large poutine ($5.95) and added one (1) hot dog ($2.95 when added to fries) I asked for tap water in two cups. The total came to just under $10. The nice girl gave me an extra hot dog container so that I could split up the fries between the two kids. I also cut the hot dog in half to split between the two kids (admitedly, I took a plastic knife from a neighbouring fast food outlet as NYF does not have knives). I took ketchup, corn relish and regular relish in little cups for condiments. They also had sour kraut and some other condiments available.

The hot dog was standard, I liked the bun and it was tasty enough. The corn relish could have used a bit more bite (perhaps some more vinegar). The fries were tasty and made fresh, the cheese curds were nice and the gravy was tasty and steaming hot. The amount of food was perfect. The kids were satisfied, I nibbled on a few fries and had a bite of hot dog too and there was no waste.

It was not a healthy snack - but I knew that from the onset. I appreciated the staff's willingness to give me the extra paper container so I could split up the order between the kids. I also appreciated her giving me tap water (as soda pop would have just made the whole snack TOO unhealthy). It also kept my costs down a little.

I won't go out of my way to go the mall (I am not a fan of shopping malls anyway). But I will likely return if I'm at a mall out of necessity and want an indulgent snack for the kids.

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Bada Bing655 Burrard St, Vancouver
Helluva lot better than Tim Hortons!!
Submitted Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 2:28pm [Take-out]

Picked up a couple of 6 inch Philly Cheesteak sandwiches for my daughter and I. With one can of pop, the bill came to $18 (including tax). Prices were fair for quality of product received.

The sandwich was good. Fried steak, with onion and green peppers and cheese on a 6 inch bun. I found the meat a tiny bit "wet" and would have preferred a tad less moisture. It was tasty though.

Sadly, they cannot omit the onions or the peppers (I asked for my daughter). She ended up picking out the offending vegetable matter and still enjoyed her sandwich.

My only other problem was the way the sandwich was wrapped, the melted cheese portion of one of my sandwiches stuck to the wrapper. They might try putting the cheese side down on the bread to avoid this.

There were condiments available - including BBQ sauce, ketchup, some sort of white sauce, hot sauce and pickles and hot peppers.

They also serve poutine - I will bring my son to help me review these.

Note - this food cart accepts visa and visa/debit as well as cash (which is different than most food carts, which only accept cash).

Like I said in my title - they are a great deal better than the sandwiches at Tim Hortons up the street. Worth a visit.

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Robson Sushi Japanese Restaurant1542 Robson St, Vancouver
Used to be better
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 4:20am [Dine in]

It had been a long time since I dined at Robson Sushi (about 7 to 8 years or so). I was downtown and decided to re-try it.

I was there during the dinner hour on a weekend - so the price jumps to $16.95. I had a small beer with my meal.

The food was poor quality for the price charged. The rolls were poorly made, stone cold and with dense, not-very-flavourful rice. They were also cut so thin as to be difficult to pick up. They appeared to be left overs from the lunch service. The sushi/sashimi was a little better - but not very good quality as the fish had only okay texture.

The chicken karrage was passable. The spinach in the spinach salad had poor texture and the sauce was almost tasteless. The terriyaki beef was so-so only. I was really looking forward to the bbq beef ribs - but they never came, which brings me to the service...

The service was okay at first, but like another reviewer mentioned - aside from the waitress, I was served by mutes. I was sometimes brought the wrong food - and had to alert them before turning away after it was plunked on my table. Some of the items I ordered simply never arrived - including the bc roll (which was fine as their rolls were bad anyway...). What really irked me was that I ordered the bbq ribs right from the onset because I remember really enjoying these. I waited. I waited. I inquired about the ribs. The waitress said, "Oh, we cook those all at once. They are really popular. It's coming still." I waited some more. I waited some more. When the waitress asked if I wanted another beer (after sitting there for some time with no other food in front of me or coming from the kitchen), I advised her that I didn't buy her explanation regarding the ribs (which never did appear). She seemed confused and said she'd check. After waiting some more, I just went to the counter and paid the bill (which was approximately $24 including tax). This is one of the few times I did not leave a tip (where I usually tip 20% when I dine out). I felt ripped off. I was charged extra for the dinner hour and extra for the weekend. I was given poor value as I was simply served left-over lunch items.

I will never return.

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Peckinpah2 Water Street, Vancouver
Good Southern BBQ without the guilt
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

I love bbq, but have been having trouble finding a place that serves it well. Also, I usually feel a little guilty after having it, as it is not exactly health food ;)

I dined solo for lunch this afternoon after reading reviews and having business in Gastown.

The place is not wheelchair accessible and there is no way I would attempt to navigate a stroller in here due to the stairs. The ambiance is clean. I found the tables a tad too close together for my liking - but it is a smallish place. There is an option of sitting at the bar.

I ordered a $15.50 combo featuring 4 pork back ribs, some beef brisket and a sausage. This came with a cornbread muffin and a choice of two sides (I chose the cole slaw and the collard greens).

The service was polite and prompt.

I'll start with the meat. My least favourite was the sausage - it was not quite as moist as I would like. It had some snap to it (which some may like). I thought it could be more flavourful - so I added lots of the tomato based BBQ sauce to it. It wasn't a bad sausage - I just prefer it a little different. The ribs were quite delicioius - I put some of the Carolina bbq sauce - which I was told would bring out the smokiness of them. They were not greasy and they were not over dressed. I found the flavour very enjoyable, without the richness of a tomato based sauce. I also really enjoyed the brisket. It was fork tender, but not mushy. It was perfect texture and very tasty.

The sides were outstanding. The cornbread muffin was tasty and had excellent texture. The collard greens were chopped (making eating easy) and not overdressed. The coleslaw was thinly sliced cabbage with just enough mayo based dressing to keep it tasty and moist. It wasn't that slop that they serve at Memphis Blues (which is pulverized cabbage) and it was not overly mayo'ed like that at White Spot.

This was the reason I said I enjoyed my bbq "guilt free" - I had a nice meal of meat without the greasiness usually associated with bbq and my sides included healthy collard greens, cole slaw and a small amount of carbs (via the cornbread muffin). A very tasty, well balanced meal. Yum Yum. I will return.

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La Brasserie Street720 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Yummy eats downtown
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 5:50pm [Take-out]

I love those chicken sandwiches, braised so nicely, on a buttermilk bun and covered in deep fried onions. Yummo.

I had the combo, which is a sandwich and a pop for about $8 (including tax). MMmmmmm

Street food at its finest.

Very limited menu - just chicken sandwiches, pop and butter tarts (which I have not yet tried).

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Apres-midi Teahouse1 Gaolers Mews, Vancouver
Food was just okay, tea was good - but they gave me soy milk *gag*
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

Looking for a little place to have a hot beverage and something sweet while wondering through Gastown. Came across this little place just on the outskirts of Gastown in Gaolers Mews.

The ambiance was trendy and it all looked nice. I would have liked my chair to be more comfortable - but I was overall satisfied with the "look' of the place.

I had the turtle cheescake. It was only okay. I usually like my desserts a little sweeter. It was only okay value at just under $5. I had the chocolate almond tea. It was tasty and I liked that it was served in a pottery pot and pottery cup. No yucky paper or styrofoam. The tea was tasty, but I think they gave me soy milk on the side as it tasted weird and left some oils floating in my otherwise wonderful cup of tea.

The service was very good, friendly and helpful.

I noted one of the staff members cleaning a table after some patrons had left. She was using an actual cleanser meant for the job. It was obviously a high quality product as there were no chemical odors. I felt confident dining in a clean environment.

I would go back again for a cup of tea, but I would take it without milk.

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Dairy Queen2940 Kingsway, Vancouver
Shouldn't "Dairy Queen" use real whipped cream???
Submitted Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

Took the fam damily for an ice cream treat.

The value menu is good, lots of choices, $2 each for things like hot dogs, small sundaes, small dipped cone, etc.

Hubby had a blizzard, each kid had a small dipped cone, and I had a medium sundae with extra whipped cream.

Service was friendly, but I wish these teenage girls working in the food industry woudln't wear nail polish, especially the green lacquer this server was wearing. I *get it*, it's St. Patrick's Day, but it is not professional looking and unsanitary to wear when working with food.

The 'ice milk' cones were fine - cheap, hardened chocolate over kinda refreshing ice milk. Hubby was okay with his Blizzard (his favourite treat). However ..... the girl squeezed the whipped cream out of what appeared to be a pre-made icing bag. The "whipped cream' was so obviously an edible oil product. It was lukewarm, dense texture and quite gross. Come on - it's DAIRY QUEEN - at least use an actual dairy product!!! They USED to use the canned whipped cream. I have no idea when or why they changed products. All I can say is that I was unimpressed.

The ambiance was okay. They renovated fairly recently, however I think that the tables could have been a little cleaner, but it was otherwise adequate.

Go for the standards - a dipped cone. It will be the way you remember it. I just wouldn't bother with the rest - and I certainly wouldn't bother with the whipped cream (which, well ..... WASN'T CREAM!)

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Fraser Park Restaurant4663 Byrne Road, #103, Burnaby
Good Eats
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

Just a note to regular Dinehere.ca readers - A year or so ago, I gave this restaurant a glowing review. I updated my review about three weeks ago as I had noted a downward spiral in terms of service over the last few visits. I visited again and wanted to update again as some of the service kinks have been worked out.

Current review:

Firstly, restaurant is a little out-of-the-way, located on Byrne Road, in a little warehouse area near the Burnaby Fraser River park area. No public transit comes near here - you will need a vehicle. It is a small, independent place which attracts both workers around the area and others. It is family friendly and one can expect to see families with small kids here along with heavy duty mechanics on their lunch break and others who enjoy good, homemade eats.

The ambiance is down-to-earth and eclectically decorated. My kids like the singing fish (a animimatronic mounted fish that moves to music).

The food is outstanding. Excellent homemade sausages, ham, bacon,etc. Mouthwatering homemade soups. I especially like their breakfast combos (hubby's favourite is the German Breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, veggie patty, and toast for $7.95). I also give high marks to the beef dip and recommend enjoying this with a big bowl of homemade soup (for $8.50 total - a great deal).

Service was okay. There is a sign on the front door advising that Anton (the chef) is away and that new staff are currently being trained and asking that patrons be patient. I think this was due to several complaints (including my previous review) of messed up orders and individual customers within groups being served sometimes 20 minutes separately from each other). I observed improvement on my last visit. Hubby and I received our breakfast orders at the same time. I noted that the restaurant was not very busy - but there were a few customers. I hope that the new staff are getting some stride and a "groove" so that they may handle the rushes of customers at the busy lunch hour (the food really is excellent and I can understand the popularity). I noted that the coffee urns stayed empty for a while, but there were not many customers and most of us received our coffee and weren't in need of refills.

I think that this establishment has gone through some hard times, with Anton being away. His joyful presence and ability to pull everything together seamlessly is missed. However, I also think that the foundation of this place is good, the food is outstanding and that the staff will find their groove.

For now - don't go during the busy lunch hour if you have a limited amount of time - it might get frustrating. If you have some time to spare and want to try some amazing food - find a table and be prepared to possibly wait. Read the paper and enjoy your coffee, you will be happy with the quality of food received. Otherwise, go early to beat the rush and try out those fantastic breakfast or have an early lunch and enjoy some divine soup and those fantastic specials.

I'll check back in a few weeks and update if necessary.

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4 Brothers' Pizza1914 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good, affordable pizza
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 8:25am [Take-out]

I had the pleasure of enjoying a slice of this pizza when an acquaintance brought some to share at a local event.

I will advise straight away that I cannot accurately comment on the service as I did not pick up the pizza, however, my acquaintance had no complaints - hence I put the service as "three stars" so that it's inclusion would be neutral in my personal rating.

Now - onto the pizza itself.

It was non-greasy and tasty. I found the crust adequate. The toppings generous and interesting. I sampled both the vegatarian and one with meat (sausage). Both were good.

This is not "gourmet pizza" - it is standard pizza that one picks up for pizza night for the kids or brings to a potluck. For what it was - it was good and I think a solid, affordable choice. Extra large pies are $16.99 each (with $3 off the second pie). This makes it $34.70 for two extra large pies (including HST). Not bad if feeding 8 to 10 people at a party.

Worth a visit for take out.

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Sunset Burgers550 Nelson Street, Vancouver
Very good standard burger joint in Yaletown.
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

I actually went here on the recommendation of a colleague who likes their poutine. I have a poutine loving 7 year old boy, so we had to check it out.

I"ll start with the ambiance. Kind of a retro California 80's/50's look. As a teen of the 1980's, I can attest that we had a sort of 50's nostalgia thing going on. The decades kind of combine in the feel of this place. Just a note - it is clean and has a neat mural with some neon, but it is not "high end."

Orders are taken and paid for at the counter and the menu is on the board above. Hubby went with the Bronco Burger (double patty topped with a deep fried onion ring) for $5.99. I went with the Bacon Burger and added sauteed onions and sauteed mushrooms and bbq sauce (these extras were gratis) for $6.39. The kids declined a burger (as they mix onion right into the patty - the kids weren't interested). They shared the poutine, a very generous portion at $5.89. Hubby had a chocolate milkshake at $4.59. The server was gracious to allow me to split a milkshake between my two children, serving it in 2 separate plastic glasses for $4.59 total). I had a Pelligrino soda at $2.50.

The server was friendly and, as I mentioned above, gracious with our special request for the kids with their lesser appetites. She also gave accurate information regarding the menu (advising us that one order of poutine would be plenty - and she was quite right).

The burgers were tasty - although the buns were a little low end. A previous reviewer suggested "McGavins" and I think that they were right on the mark. Notwithstanding this - the burgers were tasty, juicy with adequate toppings. The were served in little foil envelopes (to contain all the drippings) and a little plastic basket.

This place cannot be compared to burger joints like Romers or Splitz. It is better to compare to Wally's. In fact, the "Sunset Sauce" reminded me of Wallys sauce. I just thought that the decor and the overall experience was better than Wallys (in addition to being able to enjoy an affordable meal in the otherwise UNaffordable, but trendy Yaletown area).

I would return for one of their burger specials. :)

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American Cheese Steak Company, The781 Davie Street, Vancouver
A tasty, meaty sandwich
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

Was out for a walk downtown and craving some lunch. Walked past this establishment on Davie Street and decided to try.

One orders at the cashier, pay up front and they give you a number to carry to your table. The server finds you and gives you your food when it's ready.

I ordered the six inch Classic ($9), a bottle of Cream Soda($4) and a small ACC fries (with garlic, parmessan cheese and parsley) ($5) and a truffle mayo dipping sauce for the fries ($1)

Total is $17 plus tax.

Although the bottled Cream Soda was high end and tasty, I might just take water next time. The water is located in jugs at the condiment station and has lemon added to it. As the sandwich is already a little pricey - I will save the $3 on my next visit.

The fries were a little too greasy - although otherwise well flavoured. The truffle mayo dipping sauce was actually quite good. Notwithstanding that - I would probably skip these on a return visit and save an additional $5 (including dipping sauce).

The Classic Cheesesteak sandwich was quite good. Heavily laden with shaved Prime Rib, some sauteed onions (which are optional and free of charge) and the mushrooms and provolene cheese was very tasty. There is bottles of hot sauce available at the condiment station if one wants to spice it up a bit.

I might drop by if in the area and craving meat. I would just stick to the sandwich and not bother with the other items to keep lunch at a reasonable price (under $15 including taxes).

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Tasty Wok7180 Kerr Street, Suite 110, Vancouver
Updated Review - it's gotten better.
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 9:42am [Take-out]

I wrote a previous review for this place based on several experiences, however, I have had many more recent experiences and noted that the review needed updating as things had improved.

I'll start with ambiance. I chose "take out" for my review type because this is not a sit down restaurant per se and it is unfair to rate an individual restaurant on the surrounding mall it is located in. The sit down area is a common area shared with the other establishments. There is Extra Foods on one side, Tasty Wok, a key cutting place and Bob's Deli and Bonnie's Bread Bakery on the other side, and Sheffiled & Sons and Gourmet cup on the other side. It can get crowded here, as this little mall acts as a meeting place, a place to have lunch or snack and a sort of community center for the many seniors in the area as they play Keno. You might need to wait for a table to vacate, so secure a table first, put your bag or a sweater on the chair to save your place and THEN go get your food. Also note - there are many seniors, families with small children and people with disabilities in the area. If you are one of those people who think that your whole environment must be filled with people 18 to 30 and wearing skinny jeans - please stay away from this mall - a mum with her small kids could use the table anyway.

It is a neighbourhood joint - not worth travelling out of one's way for, but services the locals.

Now onto the food and service:

Food is good, sometimes a little greasy, but otherwise tasty. I usually get a 4 course combo - comes with rice or noodles and three items chosen from the steam trays. Fish/seafood is a little extra (something like $0.25 per item). I usually go with a couple of meat items and a veggie. My favourite meat items is the fish and the pepper chicken. My kids like the lemon chicken. My favourite veggie items is the green beans. There are ample vegetarian choices (including tofu). There is also a nice beef & broccoli if someone wants to have ample veggies and just a little meat.

The serving portions are very generous. If I go with my kids - I usually get the aforementioned 4 course combo and a soup for myself. I ask for a couple of little side plates and extra forks. There is enough to share between one adult, a seven year old and a five year old. Without drinks - this meal comes to around $10.00. Not bad.

Yesterday, I got 2 four course combos and a large hot and sour soup. I took my order home and plated it for 2 adults and the two kids. There was plenty for everyone and the entire meal came to just under $20.00. Again, not bad!!

Cans of pop are very reasonably priced and served ice cold at $1.00 per can. No huge mark up with the bevies.

They can also serve the items in standard tin take out containers and even have catering sized containers - which are great if one is needing food for a large party or pot luck.

It is not the greatest Chinese Take Out in the city - but it is certainly doable and good value.

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Soup Meister123 Carrie Gates Court, #103, North Vancouver
A very good bowl of soup!!!!
Submitted Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

Went to Lonsdale Quay with my daughter and decided on soup for our lunch. I had noted many people ordering here and they all seemed to enjoy their meal. I also noted that the soup was served in ceramic bowls if one choose to eat it at their counter or one of the nearby tables. Styrofoam is not the nicest tasting stuff in the world (although they do serve in styrofoam containter "to go").

I decided on the seafood chowder. My daughter had the chicken, garlic, mushroom. We each ordered a small and each one came with a large, tasty bun. Each was $5 and change.

OMG - the soup was good!!!! My seafood chowder had a delicious tomato based broth and big chunks of fish, as well as smaller pieces of shrimp and other seafood. It was soooooo tasty. The bun was nice too.

My daughter chicken, mushroom, garlic was divine. Lots of chicken and nice shrooms. Delicious broth.

We helped ourselves to water, there was also extra condiments (such as hot sauce) available to kick the soup up a notch if so desired. I liked the soup just the way it was. Hot and tasty.

I'll make this my go-to place when I visit the Quay.

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Romer's Burger Bar8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Burgers good. A little pricey, but overall okay.
Submitted Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Went out with hubby to check out the burgers.

At first, I was less than impressed by the service. It was a Thursday evening, the restaurant was about 1/2 full and we asked for a table by the window. The hostess took us to the inside window. We asked to be seated on the enclosed patio so we would have a view of the river and walkway (albeit, a rainy view). She brought us to the enclosed patio and sat us on a small table away from the window. I indicated which table I wanted (right beside the window). She replied, "That's a table for four, it's just a policy that we reserve those tables for parties of four." and walked away.

I reluctantly sat at the less desirable table. I noted that there was a two-person party at one of the window seats. I also noted that there were more than five (5) empty tables for four in the restaurant, as well as a few others who looked like they would be finishing and leaving in the next 10 to 15 minutes. There was absolutely NO REASON to sit us at a less desirable table on a rainy Thursday evening when the restaurant was not busy.

Thankfully, our waitress (a different individual from the hostess) was gracious when we advised her that we were moving ourselves to the better table, politely indicating that other parties of two were allowed to sit at these tables and that there were PLENTY of empty tables for other patrons should they wish to venture in. She had no problem at all with this and helped us move over. She was an excellent server throughout the evening. Quite frankly, she is the reason that I gave the service three stars - I would have given two stars or less otherwise.

The burgers were okay/good. I ordered the short rib burger. As there was no photo on the menu at the restaurant, I thought it would be braised short ribs INSTEAD of a regular burger patty. It came as a regular burger patty with a touch of braised short ribs on top, like a condiment. The burger itself was a tad bland, but good texture. It was $12 and was not accompanied by any sides.

My husband splurged on the Kobe burger. It was tasty enough (with an excellent demi-glaze sauce), but I thought the price waaaaaay too steep at $20 (and it also came with no sides).

We ordered fries ($4) with two dipping sauces ($0.60 each). The dill one was bland. The chipotle one was better. I wonder if I can order some demi-glaze as a dipping sauce. That would have been delicious.

The 1/2 pitchers of beer were nice and reasonably priced. I might have liked a better on tap selection.

Hubby wants to go again to try a regular burger (with tomato and lettuce). I would order one of their fancy burgers again, but have some tomato and lettuce added to freshen it up a bit. Hubby is looking forward to returning. I'm a little neutral on the matter.

BTW - hubby and I were dining as a couple this evening, but the East Fraserlands is a FAMILY NEIGHBOURHOOD and there were many families with young childen there (including babies and todllers). If you don't like kids - go to a pub which does not admit minors and enjoy your meal there.

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Golden Ocean Seafood Restaurant2008 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Good Dim Sum
Submitted Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice, each time for Dim Sum. Each time with children.

The restaurant is usually full with many Asian families and a few Euro-Canadians. All get good, effecient service.

The food is good. They serve with carts so that one can see the little steam baskets and their contents. I prefer this to ordering on a check sheet.

I have had the beef tendon, pork dumplings, chow mein, sticky rice, shrimp dumplings and deep fried taro root. I have also enjoyed the egg tarts and seasame red bean paste balls. All items have been tasty and served at least warm, if not hot.

Value is reasonable.

I will continue to enjoy dim sum here.

Note - Visa is accepted. They do NOT accept Debit at this time.

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Perogy Place, The1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Soggy, tastless perogies
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2012 - 7:37pm [Take-out]

In a word - yuck.

The service is only okay - adequate only - no smiles or friendliness.

The perogies are a soggy, tasteless mess. I have some German/Polish heritage and my spouse is part Ukraine - we know what perogies are SUPPOSE to taste like. These are just a mess - get some perogies from Superstore, cook 'em yourself per package instructions - they will be better than these.

The value is poor because the product is substandard.

The ambiance is crowded Granville Island Public Market with no seating - hence I rated this "poor" as well.

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Terra Breads1689 Johnston St., #107, Vancouver
Good snack
Submitted Friday, February 17, 2012 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

I usually stay clear of Granville Island. Drivers want to drive where I am walking and park where I am standing. It is NOT pedestrian friendly. I wish that they would ban all cars except for taxis and other vehicles for hire and have shuttles and smaller van/buses to transport shoppers here. But this is not the purpose of my review...

Kids like the Adventure Zone in Kids Market - so I make a trip to Granville Island. The kids like Pizza - so I get it from a little shop across the aisle from Terra Breads. As for me - I actually am quite fond of Terra Breads little tomato, goat cheese, olive pizza round. It is like a chewy bun with savory goodies on top. The combination of goat cheese and salty greek style olives is mouthwatering and the tomatoes add some nice sweetness and a touch of acidity. Mmmmmmm. They ain't cheap - they're $3.95 each. But they portable, easy to eat and tasty. The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient.

Their portability brings me to the ambiance. What can I say - it is Granville Island Public Market. There is a dearth of seating. If you want a seat inside the market, be prepared to eye ball one or two tables and wait for the current occupants to finish and leave. Dive in and grab the table before someone else does. As I was out and about with two small children - I didn't want to hold our food and stand and wait like this. My kids are too young to leave at a table unattended and out-of-sight. Hence, I have to be prepared to walk and eat. Be careful about eating outside - a seagull might end of enjoying your food as they will literally dive bomb unsuspecting people and steal food right from their hands.

I would like Granville Island a lot better if there were much less cars and more suitable seating both inside the market and around and about Granvillle Island itself.

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