Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

louielobsterGlendaleSince February 27, 200753 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)


Displaying 1 - 20 of 53 Reviews Found
Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Bring your appetite and your expectations.
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

Went out with two best friends last night for Peking Crispy Skin Duck served in three courses and it was fabulous. The first course was the traditional "crispy skin" slices with green onions, rolled into hand size crepes and drizzle with Hoy Sen sauce. The second was the lettuce wrap: the dice cut duck meat sauté with Chinese water chestnuts, Shitake mushrooms, Chinese sausages, shrimp crisps, etc. The third is the soup from the bones (after the meat and skin has been served) with the addition of Chinese mustard greens and soft tofu and made into a tasty broth. We also ordered a Yee-Fu mein instead of rice. What a combination of flavors, it is fit for an Emperor! This is one of the best duck restaurants that are East of the original “Beijing Duck Restaurant” flourishing in the Forbidden City.

Definitely a place to return for authentic Chinese cuisine. Make reservations: This is only a medium size restaurant and fills fast.

A feast fit for Royalty... highly recommended.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
Excellent for Steveston.
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2007 - 5:05am [Dine in]

All the food was very good and fresh, nothing out of place. We three sat at the sushi bar. The service was erratic and we flagged the waitress every time with our requests, from more tea to clearing soil dishes. The prices matched the food quality. Except the Seafood Fry and the chicken Yakitori which was over priced and both tasteless. Our dinner included these items:

6 Toro Sushi (tuna belly)
6 Special Sushi (Fresh prawns sushi and the prawn heads deep fried)
6 Chopped Scallop Sushi
1 Spider Roll (with deep fried soft shell crab)
1 Rainbow Roll (8 pieces different assorted roll sushi)
1 Seafood Fry (pieces of skewer seafood deep fried tempura style)
1 Sweet Potato Tempura (6 pieces deep fried)
2 Yakitori (2 pieces per order of Hibachi skewer chicken)
3 Sapporo
1 Kirin

This restaurant is too far away to be a casual drop in for me. And not special enough to become a destination sushi bar. Although the food would warrant my occasional return.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
My style of Casual.
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

This La Buca Restaurant displaced the space of the old Henry’s Restaurant that was at this location. This makes for a very small establishment enabling quality dinning and higher quality food control by the kitchen staff. This conceptualized style of restaurant is a “Chefs” dream venue to feature his creativity.

For starter’s we share the buffalo Mozzarella (excellent with tomato fondata and salad greens) and the Mussels with fennel sausages. I didn’t enjoy the mussels because I suspect there were a few dead ones being cooked into the same pot. Though I can smell the unopened decomposed mussels in the broth, none served onto our plate. I should have returned the dish to the kitchen but for brevity, as I also smelt another passing dish with the same fishy odour and any improvement would be doubtful.

The main courses of Osso Buco, Marsala Scaloppine (x2) and Limone Scaloppine where cooked to perfection, the reduction sauces were superb, the vegetables crisp and all relished to the underside of our plates. The Osso Bucco was a very generous portion but the Scaloppines could have used another slice of veal.

The deserts of Tiramisu (truly fresh and melt in your mouth delight) and the Pannacota with strawberry and rhubarb compote were delicious.
Our dinner was paired with a forward drinking Chianti Classico Reserva and some Chateau Loupiac after. I’m happy to report that my first visit along with my three dinning companions all agreed that this is an experience to be repeated soon.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
I prefer Brunch.
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2007 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

The Diva is a very nice place for breakfast. I had the eggs benedict, side of bratwurst with freshly squeeze orange juice, almond croissant and coffee.

The benny’s preparation was unusual. The sauces was not the normal hollandaise sauce but with a spicy undertone. I preferred the usual lemon juice, egg yoke and emulsified clarified butter recipe. The fried bread with the under pinning of hash browns tastes over inspired. Here again I like the English muffin under, better(?). It’s hard to tamper with a tried and true “benny”. I’ll try another item on the menu the next time. The almond croissant was extraordinary flakey and scrumptious. Could have had two!

My friend had the continental breakfast: Orange juice, coffee, scramble eggs with a side of sausages as well. The waitress was “sunny side-up” so early in the morning, very helpful and professional.

The ambience for this restaurant is par excellent and is an oasis of calm. I highly recommend the Buffet Brunch, the DC Burgers for lunch and the five star dinners!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Ebisu on Broadway601 West Broadway, #12, Vancouver
Another under-whelmed sushi joint.
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

Decided to try this sushi restaurant after been absent from it since the good old days when it was a Kamei Royale Rabata. We were the first diners on a Friday evening at 17:30 hrs. This should give us as renew patrons an opportunity to size up the experiment.

We ordered the Deluxe Party Sushi, Royal Miyagi and drinks. The orders came promptly. The Party Sushi platter was loaded with lots of variety: California roll, tuna roll, BC roll. And sushi of surf clam, tamago, BBQ eel, yellow tail, tuna, red tuna, salmon, tobiko and ebi.

I have to declare this experiment as a failure, prices were high (way more than AYCE) and the quality of the sushi fish was (very) poor. We did not eat the tuna or yellow tail (I left my initial piece on my side plate because it had the smell and taste of warm fish). The tabiko had some of the eggs air-dried to the texture of crunch eggshells on my teeth. And the tamago tasted as if it had been left over from the night before (very wet and slippery).

Would I go back? I think not! There are way better places to spend our sushi dollars.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Nor Boo Korean Restaurant1536 Robson St., Vancouver
Here by default.
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 1:02am [Dine in]

Came to the Nor Boo Korean Restaurant via a circuitous route. Started out at the Kitanoya Guu with Garlic and left after waiting for over an hour for a seat.

Then we went to the Jang Mo Jib Korean Restaurant and ordered the Seafood Korean Pizza and BBQ Spareribs. The waiter and owner said that they don’t serve “side dishes” with their menus. This has never happen before ( checked with my Korean friends) … so we left before the food’s arrival.

We went back to Guu and we were still two reservations from the top. This is now 21:45hrs and we were starved. Why didn’t they just say “Sorry Full, next time please”?

Food at the Nor Boo restaurant is adequate for this kind of late night dining. The BBQ beef tongue was tasteless and tough: not recommended. The seafood pizza was good with lots of filling but a bit greasy. The BBQ beef short ribs were great with a generous serving and very delicious. Will go back to this restaurant for dinner and give this location a fair shake.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Neptune Wonton Noodle8171 Ackroyd Road, #110, Richmond
The fresh pan-fried prawns were excellent
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2007 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

We use to come to the Neptune frequently. Good for Midnight Snacks of congee, noodles and chicken hot pot soup. But had to cut back the visits because we were having too much of a good thing. Back twice since our long hiatus and I think the chef has changed. The dishes didn’t have the “quick fried fiery” taste.

The sautéed pineapple-ginger-green/pepper chicken was over cooked. Black bean beef with (over cooked) broccoli chow mein had a watery sauce (noodles were not drained well). Beef brisket in consommé with white radish was a very plain hot pot. Deep-fried, salt and pepper silver/fish was nicely done. The best part of the meal was the pan seared, soy sauce live prawns. Delicious… available seasonally only as a restaurant special.

Worth going back for another try, maybe for dinner when the usual chef is on duty.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Good place to start the unofficial day of summer.
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 3:54am [Dine in]

Chalk this one up as a Friday night on the town. Went with old friends and made new ones. Sat near the Bar and dance floor and watch the scene go by. Everything was delicious and so was the food. Dine here on many occasions and found the items on the menu tasty and well prepared. The service was done with a smile and the appropriate attention was paid to our table. The loud music was expected: to complement the jokes and laughter! Yes, it’s pricy but remember to deduct the price of the entertainment.

We had ordered the combo Appetizers for four, coconut mussels, bread basket, 2 orders salt Prawns, Margarita pizza, French fries, a bottle of Pinot Noir, a bottle of Shiraz, glasses of House Wine and plenty of beer. Could have been more food but can’t recall. All went down smooth and easy.

Highly recommended for the food and the social interaction.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Frenchies! Montreal Smoked Meat1018 Commercial, Vancouver
More meat please.
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

My visit of April 24th and last review of Frenchies was removed. So I’ll try to be more eloquent with my pen and tongue.

The restaurant is decorated with a 1950’s theme and their chose of tunes match the attempt. Feels like your eating with “the Jetson’s”. Which is OK.

My buddy ordered the 6 oz special and I ordered the 8 oz sandwich. Both sandwiches when compare at our table look similar in content (maybe the 6 oz even had a bit more meat). His had fries and a drink. Mine had the added coffee and I paid $5 more!

I felt ripped because I’d sliced aplenty 8 oz portion’s smoked meats in my “U” days at the deli counter to estimate weight. So, please give me what I’ve paid for.

Sandwich was pretty OK tasting and the service was friendly.

Can’t say when I’ll be back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
A shadow of it’s former self.
Submitted Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 12:19am [Dine in]

I would consider this my first time. I haven’t been here for so long, now I know why.

As a trial, my friend ordered the Chicken Green Curry with coconut rice. The portion was a nice size and had plenty of chicken breast meat with julienne bamboo shots. The sauce could have been a bit thicker. But it was all right.

My spring roll order was very disappointing. Four rolls for $6.95 was definite over priced and not very tasty. The rolls were made up with just green bean vermicelli and flecks of mushroom (quoting my server) rolled in wonton wrap and deep-fried. I asked the other server where the vegetables are in the spring roll? “He replied that’s how we make them.”

Let me see… 10 cents of vermicelli, 2 cents of chop mushrooms (appears like black sesame seed and as plentiful as sprinkle black pepper), and 4 pieces of wonton wrap. The dipping sauce is not from a Thai receipt! They’ve even cheapen out on the chop peanuts and the palm sugar, making the sauce too sour. What is there to recommend? This restaurant is only a shadow of it’s former self. I will not be returning soon.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Pizza to Go.
Submitted Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:21am [Dine in]

Order a half-half of Caprese and Prosciutto Funghi for the Canuck’s fourth play off game. The Caprese is comprised of tomato, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, bocconcini, capers and basil. While the Prosciutto Funghi had toppings of mozzarella, ham and mushrooms.

This thin-crusted large pizza is OK but doesn’t leave me craving for more. The toppings were carefully laid out as to not overlap each other. This was not for artistic purposes but I suspect it was to maximize the visuals and minimize the food costs.

This is a restaurant, so the price of $23.00 is so-so for eat in but not such a bargain for takeout. Could be a better pizza take out somewhere else on the “Drive”.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Teleported to a Mexican Cantina.
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

What a surprise, we saw the large Mexican flag outside and rendezvous here with a couple of friends. The restaurant is tiny, bright and very clean. The small size gives this a very cozy feel.

But the taste is very big and homemade. I was hungry and ordered all seven varieties of their Tacos (one of each) for my plate. My companions ordered a combination of the Tacos available: chicken, beef, spicy pork, sausage, etc. And we washed it all that down with the rice and cinnamon drink.

They had an extensive menu and I will definitely return for more sampling. The price was very reasonable and I thought I was in a Mexican Cantina paying in Pesos. Highly recommended.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Main, The4210 Main St., Vancouver
Good lamb chops.
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 3:40am [Dine in]

Went with a buddy to “The Main” for some grub and felt like having some lamb chops. We weren’t disappointed. Five, nice, center cut, grilled medium rare chops done to perfection. There was plenty of rice, Greek salad and a whole roasted potato added to the plate.

Descent setting and smiling waitress made it an enjoyable experience.

Walked down to Five Points for some beers and my friend and I had a great time retelling our (more than) twice-told tales!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Kaide Sushi Bar1375 Richard Street, Vancouver
Ordered four and received two.
Submitted Friday, April 27, 2007 - 5:26am [Dine in]

There's nothing special about this “store front” sushi bar. It is what it is. I would expect a small sushi owner establishment to have a higher quality of fresh seafood on hand.

The ebi looked overcooked and stripped of its flavour. The Toro Nigiri was a sham, it looks like they rub vegetable oil on it to enhanced it’s appearance, didn’t taste very good either. The unagi nigiri was place into a toaster oven and nowhere near a grill. Their special Venus roll had the unagi draped on the outside straight from the wrapper (at $7.95) and still wet. The special (spicy) chop scallop roll was good but it looks like they ran out of rice. No, they did run out of rice! Our negitoro roll did not arrived until the end of the meal. We tried to cancel it but they kept assuring us it was made. When this item finally arrived, the rice had the chilliness of a frozen Newfoundland Cod.

Now I would be nit picking, if I suspect the soy sauce in those little bottles on the table were refilled with Chinese soy sauce. And they charged for the green tea. Have you ever wondered why some customers tip less? There is no tipping in some overseas restaurants or in Japan. That is why they charge for the tea. You can’t have it both ways.

There are two good things I’ll carry from this meal: the waitresses were nice and caring. The other is we had order four unagi nigiri and only received two.

Won’t be going back anytime soon.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
A great dinner unbridled!
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 4:06am [Dine in]

We’re a couple of guys who tried to dine here a couple of Fridays ago and couldn’t find a chair or bench because the Guu was packed from the Tatami room to the open counter. I like the noisy atmosphere and the shunting of customers and staff. Great ambiance, like it’s one big happy intense food fight! We ordered a couple of Coke’s and sip on some beers and waited for our food’s arrival. Didn’t take long before the dishes landed onto our table. The food was so good that we just kept on ordering. Each time a certain dish agrees with our taste, we would order another. We order a total of ten dishes and ice cream for desert. The waitress caution us that a two persons meal should only consists of approximately five or six items. Well, we’re a couple of hungry and crazy guys! Here’s our order…. What else would you suggest?

*2 orders of Tori Karaage
*2 orders of Scallop steak
*2 orders of Salmon Carpaccio
*Avocado prawns
*Tuna Tataki
*Beef Carpaccio
*Deep Fried Calamari
*Green tea ice cream for desert.

I’ll happily return to Kitanoya Guu but with reinforcements! More people, more items to try! Reservations are definitely recommended.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
My Greek Taverna946 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Great Roast Lamb.
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 1:20am [Dine in]

A buddy and I arrived close to closing time but the waitress assured us there is plenty of time and we can enjoy our meal in peace. The decor was typical of a Greek Restaurant, nice but not over done.

Order the roast lamb special and coffee, my buddy ordered the chicken souvlaki. Our food arrived with my first coffee refill. Now that’s speed! The roast lamb was lean; the meat (without bones) had that fresh oven aroma. Wow… the rice, Greek salad with plenty feta cheese and lamb were served all in large proportions on a great big plate.

Some pieta bread was thrown in and we tuck into the food. After we were satiated, I still had enough for lunch tomorrow. Best roast lamb I’ve had in a while. Definitely be back and highly recommended.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
George's Taverna3760 Moncton Street, #130, Richmond
Two Orders Roast Lamb.
Submitted Monday, April 23, 2007 - 3:59am [Dine in]

We went to George’s on a cold, wet and rainy night. We were promptly seated at a table for two by the front windows. After some friendly bantering with George, the waitress got us onto the platform table next to the kitchen. Nice and warm! I’ve always enjoyed this table, I can see into the kitchen and see two feet above the other diners.

We knew why we drove to Steveston: two orders of roast lamb, please.

The plates were overflowed with food. The portion of lamb was like a small roast. The Greek salad, roast potatoes and rice were piled high. Needless to said there’s plenty leftover for tomorrow’s lunch. Left a little room for Baklava.

The other diner at the end of our table’s order arrived after ours. Wow, it looked so good, I wanted to order it as a second dish! OK, I’ll have the pan-fried lamb chops medium rare next time. Can’t give this place a better recommendation than that: I've already made my next reservations.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Refuel Restaurant1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Will return when the hype dies down.
Submitted Monday, April 23, 2007 - 1:54am [Dine in]

The food here is definitely a fine dinning experience. The waitress was consciences on topping our Antipodes Sparking water and the service was prompt and courteous.

We started with celeriac soup served with warm bread, unsalted butter and sea salt on the side. The soup was poured at tableside over the nicely turned vegetables. More seasoning would be my preference.

My first glass of Pinot Gris was short poured. I noted this to the server and silence was the answer. My second glass of Riesling was better. Not the wine but the actual ounces. Their wine list is weak on product for this pretender type of Bistro Restaurant and they could be a bit fairer prices on their wines by the glass.

Our main courses of sable fish and trout arrived at our table first as a feast for our eyes and then for our senses. All the above complaints melted away to the background and we thoroughly enjoyed the Chef’s creations.

Finished the dinner with decaf cappuccinos and cheese choices of Camembert and Cashel Blue. The touch of raisin crustiness on the side was excellent and seconds appeared on request.

And my final irritant could be a big one: We only had the table for two hours (18:30hrs – 20:30hrs on a Friday night). At these prices, should there be a time limit? And when the “addition” arrives, close your eyes, open your wallet and say ‘ah’. Try not to feel the pain when the kitchen “Tongs” swipe your credit card.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Sai Z3116 West Broadway, Vancouver
Impress your Date and Enjoy the Sushi.
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 3:35am [Dine in]

Friday night dinner to Sai-Z on Broadway and a brand new experience. The last time I was here it was a Greek Restaurant serving calamari and roast lamb. The new owner’s have transform this space into an enchanted two story show case for their esthetes and visual pleasing Japanese food. There are also lots of alcoves and sight lines to seduce any amorous couple. The décor and flowers are all very tastefully set about the room (a pot of beautiful orchids protrudes from behind my head). The bathroom even looks likes they were professionally decorated. Starting at seven o’clock, the sound of live piano music came waffling about the restaurant. Romantic tunes made me look deeper into the sixteen eyes of the eight lovely Oriental Lady servers around us.

STOP. Stop… stop…. Iol…lol… my good buddy and I split a gut. We both agreed that this would be a great “Date” place to bring our GF’s (that’s if and when, we can find one)! So lets get back to the food before we get a pitcher of ice water down our shirts.

We ordered the following dishes and they were all beautifully plated. To start, we were porcelain spoon presented with an amuse bouche of bean sprouts. Didn’t like it.

**Kobe-beef tataki: My eyes love it but my taste buds thinks it’s a little too tart.

**Wild sockeye salmon sashimi: Enjoyed by my retina before savoring and eaten.

**Spicy tuna roll: Again the visuals are satisfying and texture of the tuna, superb.

**Tuna mango roll: It’s a bit strange for my taste and the flavour much too subtle.

**Prosciuto roll: The ham’s smokiness is too strong and my senses can’t wrap around it.

**4 pcs Toro tuna belly sushi: Here they slice the Toro with the grain and I prefer against.

**4 pcs Unagi BBQ eel sushi: Nice big BBQ pieces and delicious.

The food was very high quality, delicious and well presented. The service was excellent.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
Submitted Friday, April 20, 2007 - 7:15am [Dine in]

I’ve been mulling over this review for some months now. I’ll start by stating I love the location of the restaurant and consider myself to be a regular patron. I would come with my out-of-town visitors, friends and family about five times per month. And when my daughter was working as a Chef on a large yacht in the Marina, we would dine here three times a week during the summer. I find the brunches, lunches and dinners to be excellent. I like consistent, predictable food and an adequate wine list. I’ve enjoyed just about every item on their menu.

I came on January 27th for my usual Brunch with daughter. Ordered the warm goat cheese salad, shrimp and crab cakes Benny, the lobster omelet with a basket of baked goods.

And here’s the BUT…
I can’t remember which order came with bread but when I tried to bite into it, the bread had a definite fishy smell! I notify the server (she could have been new because I’ve not seen her before). Hoping she would replace it and that would be sufficient….

But she explained to me that the kitchen was busy and that they had to cut the bread on the same cutting board as the fish! I hope she was adlibbing because that would amount to a confession of bad kitchen food handling practices! And yuck!

I haven’t been able to go back to the restaurant because the smell of the steely knife fish aroma on fresh baked bread makes me gag every time I think of Provence Marinaside.

I don’t think it’s fair to trash the food or the ambience because of a simple-minded server. She was probably thinking it was a cleaver excuse not to make that extra trip to the kitchen. A good reputation is so hard to build and so easy lost

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance