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PickyburnabySince September 21, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (1.9)
  • Food2 (2)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value1.5 (1.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Szechuan House4394 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Not bad, but too bad!
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:26am [Dine in]

I went there today and thought it might serve the same food, with a slight different style of cooking as the one in crystal mall. Low and behold it was different. Me and my fiance ordered the spicy fish, lamb with cumin, fried long beans and hot and sour soup.

The first dish to arrive was the spicy fish, it was spicy and bland. You couldn't really taste any other flavour. It looked to be cooked purely in oil and from the recipes I have seen it is started off with water and then the hot pepper and other spices are fried in the oil to get all the flavour out. Once the fish is cooked with additional flavouring the oil portion is added and cooked a little longer. The fish however was tender and seemed to be fresh. I think they have a big pot of the soup and put fresh fish in when it is ordered.

The lamb in cumin was tough and seemed over cooked. Or it was previously cooked and reheated, which caused tha lamb to be tougher than it should be. There was too much flavour and I was sure that I felt grains of salt in my mouth.

The fried long bean was the best of all the dishes, but it is far from the best that I had. The flavour was just right, but the beans seemed overcooked where the skin was all burnt and curled. THey might have done the same thing as reheating the portion and serving it.

The hot and sour soup is to die from, it was too sour and tasted like I was drinking from a vinegar bottle. Before they even set the soup on the table I smelled vinegar. I know this is the szechuan style hot and sour soup, but compared to the cantonese one it isn't all that good.

The service was good, and they even changed the soup without protest when we told them it was too sour.

Looking at the price of the whole dinner, I suggest going to the place in Crystal mall.

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Kettle of Fish, A900 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Great Ambience!
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 12:18am [Dine in]

For this place it realy depends on what your preferences are. What are your taste buds looking for at the time.

When we went in for the first time, I thought that it was a very unique interior where it seemed as though you were in a park setting. The lighting is perfect for dates and anniversaries etc.

My group of friends were seated quite quickly as it did not seem to be very busy. The waiter was decent, he was attentive of when we wanted him around for orders, re-fills and removal of plates.

I didn't really notice what my friends ordered, but I ordered the sirloin steak and my fiance ordered the BC salmon. One thing I didn't really like was that it took awhile for the food to arrive, but I guess it doesn't help if you don't have alcoholic beverages to blur your time.

The steak I had was medium rare and I llike my steaks, It was perfectly cooked, but I didn't lik the sauce or the mash potatoes much. The sause seemed to be a sweet wine vineagrette and the mash potatoes had a cheesy flavour to it. I like my potatoes with butter instead.

I tried a little of my finaces salmon and it seemed to only have a salty fishy flavour. There didn't seem to be any difference to the salmon that I cook at home. It wasn't something that had a flavour that jumped out at you at got you addicted in coming back over and over again.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad review . It is just a review to let people know that if you are on a date or anniversary it is a great place as the ambience is perfect. If you are there for the fish, I suggest the boat house. The value for the overall experince is great, but not so great for the food itself.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
The Service is a Disgrace
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

Me and my fiance are currently on the lookout for locations for our reception and we thought why not try it. I had reservations made at 7:30 and we arrived 15 minutes early. !5 minutes later the hostess called out my reservation, but I did not hear it as I was speaking with my mother. When I was done she said it a second time and I responded. When I responded I did not get a good feeling as she rolled her eyes, giving off an impression of 'you were right there, answer next time, idiot'. When I go to an expensive restaurant I expect to be greeted with some sort of gratification from the greeters. It seems like the line 'customer satisfaction was never mentioned when they applied for the position. The least they could have done was go to each group (there being ony two) and ask excuse me are you with the lee reservation.

After that we were seated and asked what we wanted for tea, that was great on the bus boys behalf. We ordered a scallop enoki mushroom soup, sautedd asorted seafood and vegetables, fried noodles with assorted seafood and vegetables and deep fried chicken.

I give the soup a rating of 4 out of 5 as it was the best dish out of them all. Is it just me or did I noticed that the base is basically the same as the shark fin soup.

The sauteed assorted seafood and vegetables had brocolli, scallops and squid.The flavour was decent, the number scallops and squid was a total of 5 each. the sacllops and the squid was fresh, but the flavour seemed a little bland. 3 out of 5 rating.

The fried noodles with assorted seafood and vegetables had choy sum, scallops, squid and cha sui. Again like the previous dish it had minimal items. The fried noodle was great as it was fried perfectly and wasn't soggy. The flavour was good, but it was a little oily. 3 out of 5 rating.

The last dish was terribly late. we waited 10 minutes until I asked and there was no reponse from the waiter as to when it would arrive. When it finally did, 20 minutes after we were finished with all the other dishes, I sank my teeth in as I was still hungry. The chicken was terribly dry, but I still choked it down. 0 out of 5 rating.

Throughout the whole time there was never once anyone that came around to remove the dirty dishes and replace it with new ones. All I can say is the service was horrid and the food was half decent except for the last dish. The last dish tasted like it would be my last meal as I was still hungry after.

The restaurant atmosphere felt rushed and all they wanted was turnover. The experience was not that great and has given me the final decision of not having my wedding reception there.

If you want to try Sun Sui Wah for dinner or a wedding reception, I suggest going to the one on Main Street in Vancouver instead. My friend had a wedding receptino there and the service was great and the food was good. I have been there a few times and they have always beat the one in Richmond for service and food quality.

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