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sashadiggerBurnabySince April 15, 20073 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)


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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Fine Dining in Burnaby
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

When anyone thinks about Burnaby, fine dining does not spring to mind. Other than Horizons and Hart house, it's pretty sparse out in Bancouver. A friend of mine from my work works here part-time. I always wanted to try it out since she told me about the Pear Tree. Overall, a real good experience. three courses and a large bottle San Pellegrino (I quit drinking about a year ago) cost me $75. Service is great since my friend served me ( I gave it a 4 instead of 5 so I don't bias my own review). Time between each dish was 15 minutes. Slower pace to enjoy the meal and drinks, typical of fine dining. Loster Capuccino was okay, not what I had in mind. A little over the top. I usually like seafood done simply to really enjoy the taste of the sea. Next was the scallops over risotto. Bang on. Exactly how scallops should be done, a bit or dark crust with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. The risotto was a nice contrast with the smokiness of the bacon. Main course was the Beef Sirloin. Pretty good. I can say I made better tenderloins at home. Presentation was nice with layers of flavor with the onion terrine and polenta. Great experience. Oh Winenut, BTW, who cares if Wine Spectator gave your $400 1997 Opus One a 96 when the 1996 was 97 points. Points don't make the wine, how YOU enjoy it is all that matters. Sommeliers are for people who don't have a clue anyways. Who needs an extra $40,000 cost to a small restaurant. If the "Tree" did have a sommelier, my bill would have been $20 more (for nothing).

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Very Casual
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

Read about this place in the Georgia Straight. Their review was almost raving. Me? Not so much, but they are just a few steps above mall food. Went there twice. Fisrt was the Thai style Chicken Chow Mein. Really fresh and flavorful. However, I did find the chicken a little tough since it was over cooked. Tasty nonetheless. Second time, it was the Tom Yum Soup combination. Took a little longer than it should. Again over cooked. Tofu was burnt, prawns and chicken was tough, rice noodles was soggy. I expected a little less wham when it comes to Tom Yum style dishes. This one was over the top. I admire the owners/operators for bringing a little South East Asain flare to Vancity. Perhaps a little more refinement to their cooking technique would really help to get the food to be extra yummy. I'm giving it an above average review for their efforts and decor. Something to work at if the owners/operators read their restaurant reviews.

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
Don't believe the hype
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

Downtown Vancity: sushi mecca outside of Japan. This is THE Japanese restaurant from all the reviews. Don't believe the hype as Flava Flave would say (congrats btw on being 2nd for the world's ugliest man award, the Donald bought that one, Flave). But I digress. I was seated and right away the waiter jumped down my throat and asked if I was ready to order. No, I just sat down. I told him to come back in another couple of minutes. As I was ready, I waited and waited and waited. After 10 minutes, I grabbed the first staff who didn't seem busy and asked for my waiter. Another waitress came and took my order. I ordered the Chirashi bowl. A great way to measure freshness of the fish in any sushi bar. Everything was okay except for the cooked shrimp. It tasted off. Must have been kept in the fridge for a few days. Too bad I ate that last, no point in sending it back. Disappointing considering it's reputation. Well, at least my favorite sushi place will always be there...Sushi House on Kingsway in Burnaby...kunpai!!!

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