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MaverikYaletown, VancouverSince July 8, 200616 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
exotic and interesting for New West
Submitted Friday, August 17, 2007 - 1:59am [Dine in]

I've had capricioza pizza or something called, where you can pick your 4 favorite toppings. I picked ham, olives, mozzarella and mushrooms. I also had carzone, which turned out to be almost same toppings that I ordered for pizza. Both of them were okay, priced a bit less than $10 each. No, they don't use real fresh mozzarella cheese, but those mozzarella flavored cheese. The service was on the other hand, it was great. I was sitting outside of their direct view, but they keep checking my table almost every 3 min. To me, it's a common sense for them to take 15 min. to bake something in the oven, but my waitress told me when I ordered them. It's a nice reminder if you totally forget about this and you're actualy in hurry. They were playing all Brazilian music that night, with patio, I wasn't sure if I was still in New West anymore. I felt if I was on vacation somewhere south. It was a typical cool Vancouver summer night, I requested to be seated inside, but they told me the patio is heated. It was true, but I'm so against patio heaters...it's total waste of energy. But I have to admit that it enabled to make illusion of a vacation town restaurant feel...
Their pasta costs 50% more than their pizzas for some reasons. As the name suggests, and I wasn't impressed with their pizzas, I think I'll try their pasta next time.

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James Street Cafe & Grill3819 Canada Way, Burnaby
average cafe/diner, a little eclectic
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

I've had prime rib burger and an Eastern African dish similar to butter chicken (forgot its name) for $9 each.
The service was good, but pretty slow, because there was only one waitress serving all tables, and cleaning up.
My prime rib burger was just ok, it came with veges, and sautee'd onions. I couldn't really tell if it was regular beef patty or prime rib. Then that Eastern African dish turned out to be almost same thing as Indian butter chicken, substitute butter with coconut milk. It was served with basmati rice and pita-style bread. Both of them weren't bad, but not really memorable either.
I won't be back unless I happen to be in the area again. Their crepe style pancake did look good in pictures, though.

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
I wasn't x-site'd
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I went there with an Entertainment online coupon for lunch. The waitress told me they only accept coupons from Entertainment book, but not from their web site?? She explained they don't have any agreement to accept online ones?! I'm not sure if it's Entertainment or the restaurant to blame, but when it happens I usually walk away and go to the other place. It was 30C today, the lunch specials are only $4.99, and it's on my way to work, so I decided to give it a try. This kind of business practice is unacceptable, though. I contacted Entertainment, they were not willing to do anything.
I ordred Curry Penne. It arrived fresh, but nothing really exciting. I was expecting some indian style curry on bed of penne, but the sauce was simply alfredo with curry powerder mixed. Souvlaki for other table looked decent though.
Not impressed at all for my first time there, but I'll give another shot sometime again, since their price is good and it's on my way to work.

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Royal Tandoori Indian Restaurant83 6th St, New Westminster
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I've printed a coupon from their website, the waiter accepted it without any hassle. It was lunch time, and there was no tandoori menu available. They didn't have any lunch menu either, so the price is basically same as dinner. I've ordered 2 dishes of vege curries, $7-8 each. Rice, naan, etc are not included. After ordering those starches, the bill went quite high. There was no music and there were only other party so the atomousphere was quite lonely.
Their web site still says they have lunch buffet, but they don't have it.
I won't go back without that 2 for 1 coupon.

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Thirsty Duck, The606 12th Street, New Westminster
good o'l neighborhood pub
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

I went there for lunch, there were very few people inside, less than 10 people total. So the service was quick and attentive. I found it strange that they all meal specials are available starting in the evenings, so we had to pay full price for lunch. I had quesadilla and sautee of bacon scallop. Quesadilla was quite Canadianized, but it was ok. My bacon scallops were swimming in the oil... Unlike the previous reviewer, I found the portion of vegetable just fine.
I'll go back sometime for dinner or late night snack, but not for lunch. Surely this is not a gourmet place, so next time I'll try their good o'l wings, burgers and sandwiches. They have free parking next to it.

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Tataya Sushi6714 Hastings, Burnaby
why did I do that?
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

I've seen this place before with very tacky outside, and I knew they have all you can eat for $10.99 for all day. That evening I just came back from a trip in Europe, I haven't eaten sushi for a month, so I got this huge crave. Now I live in the area (how can I change the location in my profile?), and wanted chow down sushi somewhere not far from my house. I decided to give Tataya a try.
When I came in, there was no diners. Just 3 staff: one middle aged guy, a girl and a boy late teens. They're talking in Chinese, and I assume they're family. They were having chit chat at a table.
I saw this very poor ambiance, like supply boxes everywhere, etc. I should've ordered a la carte or simply walked away, but I was so hungry so I ordered all you can eat.
Miso soup tasted decent. Sushi...toppings were so small, I was basically eating a bunch of rice balls with little fish, etc. Soy sauce bottle says Kikkoman, but I really doubt it. It was simply salty, and didn't taste like real Japanese soy sauce. Selection was pretty large for such a small place, and service was quick. The pa type guy was making my sushi, but he went out for delivery. Then the boy with baseball cap took over and continued making my sushi. I worried the quality, but he made no worse sushi than pa guy. I think I was happy that I didn't see how the kitchen or sushi counter, as I realized I've never heard the sound of water running to wash hands, etc. Because I was the only customer, they cook my order and soon as they finish, they go back to table and chit chat, read newspaper, etc. Though they were attentive, and probably they know they're capable, but it doesn't look professional at all. Later on, the young customers started to come in.
It's just amazing such Japanese restaurant could survive in anywhere in Greater Vancouver.

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Dino's Steakhouse and Pizza3180 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
good Italian fix
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I went to Dino's for lunch on Tue. There were already 2 dozens of groups when I arrived, being served by only one waiter. I later learned that other staff couldn't make it due to accident.
So the service was understandably slow, and he apologized. Fortunately, I had plenty of time and there was no other customers came in for one hour till I finish my lunch.
I ordered mushroom penne in cream sauce, and margherita pizza. Just came back from a trip in Italy last week, I'm happy and amazed to know it's possible to get decent Italian food in Port Moody. My penne was perfectly al dente, mushroom was very fresh. Mozzarella cheese on my margherita was authentic, very good texture to bite on.
They didn't have any lunch menu nor lunch special, so there's no price difference if you went for dinner. The meat dishes ($20-30) were unavailable for lunch. Pizzas and pastas were between $10 and $15, so it's very reasonable for dinner, but kind of expensive for lunch. Maybe that's why there was no other customers came in. I didn't find any other food on menu but Italian. My table got usual extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and nice foccacia as side.
For dessert, they have all Italian staples such tiramisu, gelati, etc. They of course have espresso machine.
From kinds of food they serve, they should evolve as an authentic Italian restaurant, but they have a few TVs showing sports...which gives sports bar kind of atomosphere...I don't know what direction they want to go.
I'm sure I'll be back....for dinner next time.

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Pasta Polo2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
another dissapointing Italian restaurant
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:41am [Dine in]

I went for lunch at 1pm on Fri., there was no problem finding table. I've ordered one from their lunch menu: shrimp linguine in pesto sauce, $8.99.

The service was quick and efficient. It didn't take long to have my dish....but it wasn't hot for some reasons. Maybe they premade those lunch menu in bulk, it was why it came so quick? Shrimps were mini shimps maybe from frozen or can. Pesto sauce seemed to be made from scratch, but it was bland. Not enough garlic, cheese and pine seeds. Because it was only $8.99, and used an Entertainment coupon, I didn't say anything, but if I go there for dinner (nearly $15), I'd definitely send it back.

It was another dissapointing Italian restaurant, I don't think I'll be back.

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King's Garden1595 Kingsway, Vancouver
maybe the best $2 dim sum in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

The most wait staff speak little or no English, but they're very friendly. They remember you even after a few visits. They have push carts going around when busy. The I'd say 90% of items are $2, but some are same portion and come for $2.50-3.00. You'd better check the price with staff before you take, if you care extra price. They don't usually tell you, unless you ask. My favorite items there are sticky rice, most dumplings, baby octopus in curry. Their shrimp dumplings are not really my taste. The sign at cashier says 'cash only'. Free parking is easy to find on streets in the area. Food is just above average, but I think it's one of the best value dim sum places I know.

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Quilon6030 No.3 Rd., Richmond
probably the best Indian buffet in Greater Vancouver
Submitted Monday, March 12, 2007 - 3:52am [Dine in]

I've been there trying other Indian buffets in Westside and Punjabi market, I haven't really found any decent one. To me it was strange, because there are large number of S. Asians here. I asked one of them, and he said they just go to a la carte restaurants?!?! I love Indian food and eating it a lot, so I kept looking for Indian buffets.

I was in the area, looking for place for lunch, I saw a tacky sign says T-F Lunch Buffet $8.99. The look from outside wasn't really promising, but I went in to check it out. It was around 11am, it was already open, I was told buffet is available till 3pm.

The choice of food at buffet is rather poor, maybe less than 20 kinds of dishes, including simple garden salad and one kind of dessert (rice in sweet milk). Each of them were at right temperature, which I value highly, very important for taste and food safety.

Best feature of this buffet is that you get tandori chicken and freshly baked naan delivered to you. For the price of $8.99, where else can you get both at other buffets in Greater Van.? I don't understand why other places don't give you a fresh naan at buffet, the flour shouldn't be that expensive and it's the best way to fill up the customers. They also have chapati.

For curry, they have butter chicken and 3-4 kinds of veggie curry, all of them are above average.

I'm always hungry when I go there, so I haven't tried their dosas, but I should try it sometime. Having visited a few Indian buffet which has 100 choices of food, I don't really give high rating to Quilon, but I think it's best value yet for Indian buffet in the area.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
you only get what you paid for
Submitted Sunday, December 17, 2006 - 4:56am [Dine in]

Having moved to Vancouver recently, I’ve been enjoying great Asian food this city has to offer. I’ve been building up some kind of crave for Canadian food on the other hand. Since this restaurant is the only Canadian buffet in my area, so I gave it a try.
It was $12.99 for lunch, soft drinks are included in the price. It’s nearly 20 bucks for Sunday Brunch, however. I went there on Saturday.
For soup, they had clam chowder and beef barley. As I was scooping chowder, I didn’t see any clam in there. I just filled half cup, I was glad I did. It was just a ‘seafood flavor cream soup’. Campbell’s Chunky Clam Chowder is much better than that.
I can almost always predict the quality of food at the restaurant by tasting their bread. At carving station, they had ham and roast beef. They were okay. They also had wide variety of protein: roast turkey, mushroom cream chicken, ‘Canadian’ beef, chicken and vege stir fry, white fish with sweet spicy sauce , fried oyster, cod, etc. White fish was bad, I could easily tell it was from frozen. Turkey, chicken and stir fry weren’t too bad. To accompany, they had mashed potatoes, rice, and pasta.
They have wide selection of desert, some pretty good, some not so good. Their crème brulee, tartes, fudges were pretty good.
The service was almost non existent. I didn’t like my waitress take away my dishes without asking me, it’s not Chinese buffet after all. She’s also supposed to serve drinks. I’ve waited for my coffee for a few minutes, and received no attention. No big deal, I walked up to the bar….nobody. No coffee pot. My waitress finally walked by, I got my coffee. If they want to have it more ‘self serve - like’, they should create drink bar as well, so we don’t have to wait and bother wait staffs.
I may go back when I get another Canadian food crave next time around...but not for a while.

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Wong Gok Restaurant4989 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
negatively cheap
Submitted Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Wong Gok for weekday dim sum lunch for several times. The food is good value since all plates from carts are $2 each. In other words, if they charge regular $3-4, I wouldn't go. The tables are covered by layers of plastic sheet for easy clean up. While it may help quick clean ups, it really gives cheap feeling. I shouldn't complain for $2 a dish though. What I liked was their sticky rice balls.
Staff there seem to be friendly when you speak Chinese. More than 90% of patrons are Chinese speaking, it seems like.
One day, I went to the cashier to pay my bill for the total of $6.50. I gave the old lady at the counter $7. I was waiting for my change, so I can add it to the tip I was going to leave on my table. She doesn't seem to give me anything, so I requested to have my change. She looked so upset, start giving me pennies and nickles, though I see some quarters on the counter. I requested her to change them to quarters, she ignored me. I've got a bunch of coins on payment tray, I left it with additional 50 cent on my table. I shouldn't add anything to it, maybe.
Because of this, and I also found better $2 dim sum place near by (watch for my upcoming review), I don't think I'll go back at least for a while.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
No sushi, so what?
Submitted Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

I like Fujiya delis, it's been a business I trust. I've heard they run a Japanese restaurant in Burnaby, and I work not far from there, I decided to give it a try.
It's not too easy to find, there's no sign on Kingsway, but I checked the map before I left, so there was no problem finding my way. They have free undground parking.
Because it's on the 1st floor of Japanese senior housing, so it really looks like a hospital cafeteria. It looked clean and tidy though.
Soon as I was given a table, I was greeted with a pot of free tea. I went for lunch time, they have lunch menu till 4pm., most main dishes running between 5 and 10 dollars.
I was interested in takoyaki (kind of like mazzo balls with octopus pieces inside) and croquettes, but I would't settle for any frozen food. So I asked my waitress, and I love when they're honest. She told me both are from frozen, not homemade. So I picked teriyaki chicken rice ball and deep fried tofu. It was quick to have my dishes, nice and hot. My teriyaki chicken was authentic, not like those at foodcourt with full of gooey sauce. Deep fried tofu wasn't the best I've had in my life, but it was above average, with nice topping with minced radish and bonito flakes (dried smoked tuna), which was also authentic.
The service provided by my waitress was prompt and attentive.
This is a great place for quick lunch for your self or with your family and friends, but not for romatic dinner.
Being in Vancouver, I don't mind the absense of sushi, hundreds of other restaurants offer that. If you're looking for Japanese home cooking, this is the place.

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Fourseas Chinese Restaurant8162 Cambie Street, Vancouver
$2 dim sum
Submitted Monday, September 4, 2006 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I've been seeing their roadside sign '$2 dim sum lunch special', I finally decided to try out this Labor Day morning.

The sign is permanently outside, so I made sure they're offered on weekends and holidays. Yes they are. Everyday betwen 10 and 3, all (most, actually) dim sum plates are $2, and lunch dishes are $5.

The service was average for Chinese restaurants, but I liked the table with real clean table cloth, which is not often the case for budget Chinese restaurants.

As I filled out the order on order form, I noticed the wording 'All dim sum are $2 each, except large are $3 each'. Beside the items, I only saw sizes written in Chinese only, so I checked with the waitress. She said anything with 'special' beside it, it's $3, and all others (small, medium, and large) are $2. I'm glad I read some Chinese! I ordered shrimp dumpling, chive dumpling, squid steamed with black beans, and seafood siu mai. The seafood siu mai happened to be the best of all, generous chuncks of shrimps. The other dishes were....okay for $2.

Then time to leave, I noticed she charged me a pot of tea for 50 cents...not a big deal, but I don't like when budget Chinese restaurants do that to me. It was after noon when I left, and the place was packed.

I'll probably be back if I'm in the mood for budget dimsum and don't want to drive long.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
can be good if you have no place to go at 1am
Submitted Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 1:45am [Dine in]

*Please note, my ratings are based on comparison with other AYCE restaurants, 3 being average. If you are for quality of service and food, you should avoid AYCE at any cost and should go to a la carte restaurants.*

After 2 years of absence, I went back to Aji Taro on Wed. night around 10:30. The late night starts at 10pm and open till 2am for $11.95.

As my seat was near the entrance, I was able to watch how the waiter/esses handle the line up. There have been always a line up at least until when I left around 11:30. However, they don't seem to care how long customers wait. They only go talk to the party in front of line, not all parties. I wonder why they don't take names and number in party, so they can just sit down till their name being called.

Here, we fill out an order sheet by yourself. I actually prefer this style over waiter/esses taking orders by their PDA devices, since I can know if my order is too much or too little, and I don't have to take up their time reading each items that I want to order.

My sake (salmon) and maguro (tuna) nigiri were really dry. I saw them making a bunch of them at one time, and covering with wet cloth. I guess sushi has to be made to order, or it gets dry.

The selection of food was better than average, but they tend to be luke warm.

My ocha (tea) was way weak, almost plain hot water. My BBQ ribs and yakitori (chicken skewers) were pretty good, but too bad they were just luke warm. My chopped scallop rolls were good as usual.

Somethings bothered me were that I saw a cigarette package next to sushi plate piles behind the counter... In this restaurants, kichen and counter receive the order by print outs similar to cashier machine. When they deliver the food, I found one of them on top of the noodle bowl, being dipped in yakitori sauce....

After all, it seemed to me Ajitaro is just another average AYCE. Their best feature is staying open very late.

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Me, too, dissapointed
Submitted Friday, July 7, 2006 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

I went to Tomokazu for lunch AYCE for my first time, since I saw many positive reviews. I'd say it was an average AYCE after all, but my expectation was too high after seeing many positive reviews.

The best features here are: price ($9.95 for lunch, one of the cheapest I know for Japanese AYCE), plenty of free parking behind the building.

At most Japanese AYCE places here, sushi is okay, and other food isn't that good, Tomokazu was no exception. I try deep fried items only when I find their food is excellent, so I didn't this time. Misoshiru, tea were not thick / strong enough. Chicken teriyaki turned out to be deep fried, not grilled or pan fried, it was greasy.

Selection was smaller than average I found. I know I went for lunch, but they didn't have items like yakitori, hiyayakko, etc.

Maybe because my table was out of servers' way, I didn't receive much attention. I almost stood up and handed in my order myself after having waited for more than 5 min. after filling out my 2nd order.

I don't think I'll go back, since there are some other Japanese AYCE places in the area.

Maybe they've got new management lately?

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