Category Archives: Restaurant Review

Sapperton District Taphouse: Gastropub Eats

Driving through the historic Sapperton area of New Westminster one day, I noticed Sapperton District Taphouse and made a mental note to visit them one day when I had the chance.
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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine: A Tale of Two Visits

Did you ever go for dinner somewhere and receive a completely different experience on separate occasions? That’s how I felt about Yuwa Japanese Cuisine. This place had been on my wish list for a long time but because they only open for dinner service and it being located so far away, it was only until recently that I finally managed to come visit.
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Excellent Dim Sum King: More Like Average Dim Sum

You know, when you put “Excellent” in your name, you better darn well be prepared to back that up. A while ago, a new restaurant called “Excellent Dim Sum King” opened up in the former Golden Eats location on Kingsway in Vancouver. We had high hopes given the name…
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Cactus Club (Station Square): Disappointing Service

You know, I remember back in the day when Cactus Club was known for their cow-themeed decor… seems like those days are long gone now (probably for the best). You just have to look at their recently opened location in Station Square. You can tell that they must have spent a lot of moolah here. That being said, I can’t say that I was very impressed by our visit.
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Twisted Taphouse and Kitchen: Perogies and Fish Tacos

Generally speaking, I avoid eating at bars for a number of reasons. However, I found myself at Twisted Taphouse and Kitchen one day in late August and decided to give them a try. I believe this place used to be called “Oliver Twist” (the attached liquor store is still called “Oliver Twist”) but the bar changed names a while ago.
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Shun Fa Noodle House: Super Slow and Forgettable Service

Shun Fa Noodle House is a fairly forgettable place located on Victoria Drive (close to Mui Garden). I had to actually dig deep into my notes to help me remember anything about this place (yes, I keep notes about the places that I visit).
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Marcello Pizzeria: Pasta was Good, but…

If you’ve been reading my posts long enough, you’ll probably know that I call ’em as I see ’em… I try to be as fair as possible and I’m fully aware that one visit isn’t always representative of the restaurant on a regular basis. With that being said, there are times (more often than I’d prefer) when a series of events takes place and I just can’t get it out of my mind… such was the case of our visit to Marcello Pizzeria on “The Drive”.
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Hon’s Wun-Tun House (New West): Old School Asian Comfort Food

Things don’t get any more old school than Hon’s. There’s a good reason why they’ve been in business over 30 years… if you’re looking for Chinese comfort food, they have things nailed down pat.
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Mama’s Dumpling: Hidden Shanghainese Cuisine

If you were to ask what one food item seems to cross cultural boundaries, it’s probably the humble dumpling. Whether you call it a dumpling, gyoza, perogy, ravioli, or samosa… every culture has some form of dumpling. And, if you ask someone, they’ll usually say that no one makes dumplings like Mama (I don’t know from experience because my mother never made dumplings – but that’s another story).
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Gokudo Shabu Shabu Hot Pot (Burnaby): Tasty Individual Hot Pots in Burnaby

Novembers in Vancouver means cold and stormy weather. And nothing feels better during this time of year than having a big, boiling, hot pot in front of you that’s filled to the brim with meats and veggies. Cue our visit to Gokudo Shabu Shabu at their new location near Metrotown.
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Talay Thai: Thai Lunch Specials

I’m always on the lookout for Thai restaurants that I’ve never tried before so Talay Thai has been on my radar in case I ever found myself in the South Granville area.
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Peppers Grill: Mexican and BBQ Fusion

Peppers Grill is a newish take-out spot located at the corner of Edmonds and Canada Way in Burnaby that specializes in BBQ and Mexican food. While there are a few seats here where you can dine-in, everything seems to be geared towards take-out orders and they’ll still serve your dine-in order in take-out containers complete with pre-packaged disposable utensils and napkins. In today’s age, I would expect a bit more concern with the environment (they don’t even recycle the pop cans that you buy here – everything just goes in the trash).
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