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yoshoVanSince May 10, 20087 Reviews
Average Rating
4.5 (4.3)
  • Food4 (4.1)
  • Service4 (3.9)
  • Value4.5 (4.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.6)


Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Pinpin Restaurant6113 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Authentic, delicious Filipino food
Submitted Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

I (a white guy) recently returned from living a year in the Philippines - during which time I ate Filipino foods across the country and from the poorest peasant shack to upscale fine-dining places - and was curious to see how well they could do Filipino food in Vancouver, so I took my parents to Pinpin today for our first Canadian Filipino restaurant experience.

The ambiance of the place is fine, the place is clean, and the service was also fine. In typical Filipino fashion, lots of people in the restaurant were also really excited about my ability to speak Tagalog! I would definitely recommend getting to the restaurant before 6pm though, especially if you're a larger party and especially on Sundays, as the place totally filled up and had a line out the door (consisting entirely of Filipinos - generally a good sign, right?).

I ordered the classic dishes for my parents to try: lumpia shanghai, pancit bihon, sinigang bangus, sisig, garlic rice, and halo-halo special. Everything arrived fairly promptly and was hot and fresh.

And the food? - Excellent. The pancit, especially, ranked in the top 5-10% of pancit I had ever eaten in the Philippines (and I had eaten a *lot* of pancit). The lumpia and rice were fine and the sinigang was spot-on, even having the luxury of de-boned bangus (since this is difficult to do, most places in the Philippines serve it with the bones still present). The sisig was also nice, though was different than any sisig I had eaten there - it was much crunchier and drier than the soft and oily sisigs I had eaten in the Philippines. For dessert, the halo-halo was lovely, with most of the typical ingredients (though it unfortunately lacked one of my favourites - leche flan!).

The value overall was definitely 5 star worthy - the portion sizes of each dish were easily double that of the portions served for these dishes in the Philippines, and we were all thoroughly stuffed by the end of the meal, with leftovers to spare for lunch the next day! (In fact, basically every group in the restaurant was taking home leftovers). And all that food only came to about $45.

While it was all great for me - a Filipino-in-spirit - I might caution uninitiated Westerners from diving right in without a guide, as the menu was fairly extensive and contained many things that are generally unpalatable to Western tastes. Even the sinigang (one of my all-time favourite Filipino dishes, and done perfectly here) was unpalatable to my parents ("too sour" they claimed). However, if you're the adventurous type, feel free to jump right in and the friendly staff will surely help you out!

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Great buffet!
Submitted Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I tried this place out for the first time tonight, based mainly on these reviews, and it was definitely as good as hoped! I had the dinner buffet, which offered a nice salad bar, desserts, and at least 10 different hot & fresh entrees to choose from. I took a bit of every single entree onto my one plate and, even though many of the entrees were saucy and my plate looked like the dog's breakfast, each one had a distinct and delicious flavour - every one was a hit! The rice was light and fluffy (with 2 kinds to choose from), the naan (brought to your table) was hot, chewy and fresh, and the flavours of things like the tandoori chicken, spinach paneer, and tikka masala were all some of the best I've tasted. My only complaint would be that none of the entrees had any real spice kick whatsoever, so if you're looking for really spicy Indian food, you might have to either order off the menu or go elsewhere, but if you're just after the flavours (which are great), then this place takes it, hands down!
Service was also good - the lady kept our water topped up and apologized to my friend when he got his drink a bit late (only by a couple minutes though, nothing major). The people beside us who ordered off the menu got their food at a timely pace and also seemed happy with things. It looked like they got decent-sized portions too, as they all got doggy bags afterward. In short, at $19 for the buffet (before tax & tip), this place gives great value for the money, considering the nice ambiance and food quality, so I highly suggest you give it a shot sometime!

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Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House8681 10th Avenue, Burnaby
A Great Little Place for Anyone Wanting Vegetarian Fare
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

A couple friends and I decided to check this place out the other day and were pleased with what we found. As the other reviews have said, you'd never notice this tiny hole-in-the-wall place in an unassuming strip mall along 10th Ave, but once inside, the newly renovated decor and friendly and hard-working ladies made the place warm and inviting.

Between us, we ordered a chicken pho, the 'combo 3' appetizer platter (BBQed fake ham and chicken, fresh spring rolls, and fried eggless rolls), a plate of curry fried rice, a plate of lemongrass 'chicken', and a slice of vegan cheesecake for dessert. All of this only came to 36 bucks and we were plenty full from it, so the value of this place is great.

I had never had pho before, so I can't judge its quality versus other places, but I was happy to find this vegetarian version here and thought it was really delicious and was reluctant to share it with my friends! Beware of the hot peppers they give you on the side though, they're brutally spicy!

The appetizer platter was fully delicious - all 4 things were crispy and fresh and came with three different sauces that were all good too. My favourite piece was probably the BBQ fake ham, which was seriously convincing and flavourful.

I found the entrees to be a bit underwhelming - the curry fried rice was mediocre and didn't really have much of a curry taste to it, while the lemongrass chicken (which was served with fried bell peppers) was good, but, again, not the most flavourful dish. My friends seemed to enjoy them though, so you may find them good.

Last but not least, the vegan cheesecake was delicious and a great way to end the meal!

My only gripe was that the place doesn't serve alcohol. I'm sure a liquor license isn't cheap, but it would've been nice to have a beer or wine with this great meal!

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Falconetti's1812 Commercial St., Vancouver
Awesome place to grab a sausage and chill
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 2:35am [Dine in]

Me and a friend checked this place out tonight, mainly to listen to the Morgan Childs jazz trio that was lined up for the night. The place is quite small, but has a very cozy and warm ambiance, with lots of room for socialising. I ordered a honey bratwurst, which came hot and fresh on a grilled bun, with peppers, onions and melted cheese. Needless to say, it was delicious, and the experience was only made better by the lovely jazz being played within feet of our table. The band played two sets - one at around 10 and the second at around 11:30, and while Morgan Childs himself was out of town this week, the replacement drummer did a great job, and we were given a nice treat in the second set with the arrival of trumpeter Chris Davis (I forget the other's names, but a baritone saxophonist and upright bassist were also present).
To top it all off, the waitress was pretty hot. :)
I definitely recommend this place - check out their website to find out what acts play on which days!

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great place!
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 2:27am [Dine in]

Me and a friend decided to check out this place today after reading reviews about it here.
As it was a Tuesday, the place was fairly quiet and service was fast and friendly. Due to our late arrival and an event to go to afterwards, we were in somewhat of a hurry, but the servers were understanding and did their best to get our food to us quickly. My only complaint about the service was the timing of the entree and dessert arrival - my plates arrived a good 3 minutes before my friend's did, which is always an awkward situation.
On to the food - we ordered 4 skewers of satay as an appetizer, I ordered the laksa with chicken for the entree, and deep fried banana with ice cream for dessert. The food was all delicious and very flavourful. This was my first time eating Singaporean food, so I can't comment on its authenticity, but it seemed pretty authentic and good to me! My only complaint was that the portion size of the laksa was a bit skimpy, but luckily the deep fried banana made up for it enough so that I left satisfied.
The bill for the two of us (with tax, tip, and 2 drinks) was $56, which I guess is fairly reasonable.
Overall this is definitely a great place to check out sometime!

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
I have yet to find anywhere better
Submitted Monday, May 26, 2008 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

My family and I have been going to this place since I was a baby (>20 years - first the Chinatown location, now the Robson one). There's a reason this place wins the Golden Plate awards every year - good food, large quantities, at ridiculously low prices (just don't expect fancy service or a nice atmosphere).
Their menu is absolutely enormous, so there are no doubt some dishes that are worse than others, but the ones that are good are really good!
Definitely get the potstickers, the soup, the fried shanghai noodle dishes, and the beef and broccoli. The dim sum is good too.
I have yet to find another place in Vancouver that resembles Hon's in terms of food quality and price, so until I do, I'll keep coming here!

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Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant3432 Lougheed Highway, Vancouver
Pretty good
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

After reading the reviews on here, I checked this place out today with a couple friends. Got there at 10:45 for the dim sum and had to wait until about 11:30 - the place was bustling and about 99% of the people were Chinese - so you know its good! You order off a card rather than the dim sum carts, which meant we overordered like crazy. The portion sizes here are HUGE too - definitely go easy on your first order or you'll be taking a lot home!
Food quality was good, all the staple items were present and tasty. Service was good too - tea was refilled quickly and items were brought quickly.

Overall a good place and recommended! (Better than Pink Pearl)

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