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momotaroNew WestminsterSince September 23, 200628 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)


Displaying 21 - 28 of 28 Reviews Found
Han Woo Ri5740 Imperial St., Burnaby
if you love Korean food like I do
Submitted Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

you will love Han Woo Ri.
And hey, this place is in Burnaby, not Vancouver. And they accept credit cards.

the barbeque is delicious. the tongue was perfect and the kalbi divine.

the pan-fried tofu was cookied delightfully, and the kimchee was a good blend of spice and crispy sourness. and the chijimi (seafood pancake) was both large and delicious. I'd never had it that good before.

I just hope we can find an all-you-can-eat barbeque place soon...

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sport bar ambience and service
Submitted Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 11:52am [Dine in]

The food here is great. The oysters were delicious, the pasta perfectly cooked, the tofu frites fantastic. The only odd food choice was the soup of the day. I love potato and leek soup, and when the server mentioned it, I fell for it. She tried to talk me out of it, recommending the seafood chowder, but I went ahead anyway... The chef had mysteriously decided to add little bits of asparagus to the soup, which ended up giving a bitter aftertaste.

that said, our server was very inattentive, leaving us hanging on dessert, and in fact she presented our bill before she remembered we had ordered dessert.

there was also another party behind us who were very loud throughout the evening and to which the restaurant made no attempt to quiet them.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

I'm a congee fan, so I looked forward to eating here. There's always a queue, so it must be good, right?

No. We had the Japanese-style gyoza which only look like gyoza. The taste was very different, as was the dipping sauce. My partner had spaghetti which was edible, but the tomato sauce was suspiciously akin to cream of tomato soup. He also ordered French Toast, usually yummy at Hong Kong-style places, but there was a layer of mystery substance in the bread. It looked like cheese, but tasted more like spices.

And the congee had a distinctly musty taste to it. I realized that the base congee must have been made with dried scallops, so there was a taste reminscent of a Chinatown apothecary... dusty, even... not pleasant...

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Sushi House7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
if all you care about is sushi...
Submitted Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

then this is the place to go. Finally a decent sushi place, without all the distractions of endless lists of stupid rolls non-Japanese seem to want. Good ingredients, done right. Real sushi rice. Quality fish. Even the pickled ginger was good enough to have us wondering if it was homemade.

The service issue is a pain though. Especially when the sign in the restaurant on a very rainy night says 'cash only today'. A real sushi place, even a small one, should allow you to order from counter...

But, self-service aside, it's well worth it.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
better than expected
Submitted Monday, October 30, 2006 - 9:56am [Dine in]

I admit, after ten years living in Japan, I am very hard to please when it comes to Japanese restaurants. Usually I find that unless Japanese are running the place or behind the sushi bar, it's a gamble at best.

Kirin is the second exception to this rule in New West (the first being Hi, Dozo).

It's not outstanding, but it is solidly good. The croquette sushi (which might be what the menu refers to Koloke---there's no 'l' in Japanese, so...) was surprising, because no Japanese I know would ever think of that, but it was good.

The ambience is a bit tatterdemalion. I nearly hurt myself laughing in the men's--the photo above the loo is of Japanese New Years' food. It's not usually appetizing to think about food as you see a man about a dog, as it were...

The service was attentive, but again, not outstanding.

Still, an excellent value. I think we'll go back.

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Bino's Restaurants3312 Kingsway, Vancouver
decent diner food
Submitted Sunday, September 24, 2006 - 10:12am [Dine in]

it's the age-old problem: where do you go to eat at 1:30 in the morning when you realzie you're hungry after a long party night?

since we live in New West and drive in and out of Van a lot, we pass Bino's on Kingsway each time, and we wondered...

until last night. first surprise for us recent immigrants: Bino's is in a working girls' neighborhood. of course, rare is the kid who is up past midnight, so I doubt any parents need ever explain why the lady on the corner is dressed like its Halloween... (grin)

anyway, in contrast with the other reviewer, we had decent service from our waitron. yes, the menus and decor are nothing (and I mean, nothing) special, but the prices are rock-bottom and the food is solid for the price. pancakes billed as 'light and fluffy' aren't, and I wish they had real syrup, but at 3.95 for pancakes, two eggs and three sausage? 1.25 for tea/coffee. 1.50 for a side of hash browns...

stopping there gave us a) just enough fun to talk about through dinner as the girls walked past our window seat, b) just enough sugar and caffeine to allow me to drive home and c) just enough carbs to make sure I slept soundly when I got home.

gotta love that at 1:30 in the morning.

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La Spaghetteria232 Sixth Street, New Westminster
go easy on the fish, guys!
Submitted Sunday, September 24, 2006 - 10:04am [Dine in]

we went the other night based on the reviews here, and were both a little bit surprised and a little bit disappointed.

pleasant surprises: excellent sangria, pasta cooked very well, good alfredo sauce, nice polenta
disappointments: overcooked fish (there's no excuse for that in my book), a wait staff too busy to notice we had a problem with that fish (there were plenty of waitrons, but they were constantly moving--it's a busy place), waitrons who forget the prices of specials (we had to send the check back for recalculating)

we'll probably go back at least once to try the gnocchi, a dish we both like, so the experience wasn't bad enough to keep us away, but I hope, if anything, their grillmaster reads this!

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
we were underdressed for this restaurant, but they never let on!
Submitted Friday, September 22, 2006 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

At a friend's recommendation, I brought three Japanese friends out of the rain for a good dinner earlier this week. We had been out touring all day and I felt a bit embarassed as we entered, a little wet and somewhat under-dressed (most of the clientele were in business attire that evening, and we in shorts and polo shirts).

And yet, not once did the staff make us feel self-conscious. In fact, we were treated to a deliciously wonderful dinner. Yes, it's on the expensive side, but it is very much worth it.

I talked the chef into allowing me to have the tomato puree from his tasting course (as I didn't want the entire course). Never have I had a tomato soup quite like that.

And when I asked after something special yet non-alcoholic for my friends, the bartender threw together a delicious mixture of fruit juices that had them singing his praises and asking me to get a recipe.

I also had a tagine, made with chick peas and figs, and frankly, I was tempted to ask after the recipe for that, too. Delicious!

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