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Jul 11, 2010 11:33 AM

Good restaurants in vicinity of P.N.E?

After moving from the Cambie and West 17th area, I find that Hastings Sunrise area limited in good cheap eats. Sure, there are cheap eats here but the quality is lacking and the hygiene more questionable.

I especially miss the breakfasts, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants that I frequented along Cambie and Main Street.

Can someone offer some good eats in my new neighbourhood? I don't mind going to the West part of Burnaby. I hear there are good eats in Commercial Drive but I detest huge lineups.

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  1. have heard the roundel is pretty decent but have never been

    1. Seri Malaysia, Le Do (Vietnamese - one of the better ones in the entire city, actually), Roundel (though I'm not a breakfast person), Pelican, On Lok (for cheap noodle house fare).

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      1. re: fmed

        On Lok, and not include Penny's ?!? ;-)

        1. re: LotusRapper

          That used to be a regular spot for us (when my wife was pregnant with our first, she ate a lot of their Chicken Corn soup)...but the quality really deteriorated a few years back so I haven't been there in quite a while. How is it these days?

          1. re: fmed

            Haven't gone to Penny's myself for years. Funny, the few odd times a year when I get those late-nite hunger pangs that can only be satisified by MSG'd fatty Chinese food, I'd ventured out to On Lok even though Congee Noodle and Kwongchow are minutes from me. Guess On Lok is kind of nostalgic :-)

      2. Actually for "standard" casual Cantonese fare like rice, noodles and congee, kitty corner from On Lok is "Wonton Noodles Restaurant" a small but attentive place:

        From PNE, further west along Hastings, just past Clark Drive, is Au Petit Chavignol (restaurant side of Les Amis du Fromage) ...... definitely worth the trip, but not really in the cheap eats category.

        On Hastings between Renfrew & Nanaimo is a plethora of Vietnamese, Chinese restos. For Chinese, Louis Garden just west of Slocan is reliable. All the Viet restos seem the same to me quality-wise, so I usually go by price and value. But Bao Chau just east of Slocan is notable for their very good fried Viet rolls, I used to go there just to buy them to bring to potlucks :-D

        Recently some Latin American fare has been added to the area (El Barrio on Hastings just west of Nanaimo, and la Pupusa Loca on Nanaimo & Adanac). I've yet tried these two.

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          Pass on El Barrio. I haven't been to Pupusa Loca either. El Purgacito serves edible food, but not really notable.

          1. re: fmed

            Thanks Fmed, Reviews of El Barrio seem quite mixed.

            El Barrio Restaurant
            2270 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V5L1V4, CA

        2. I should add: The Danube at Hastings and Boundary.

          There may be good Thai to be had at Thai Bistro at Hastings and Gilmore (we sampled some of their skewers at the Burmese Food Fest at Trout Lake a couple of weeks ago. Very good.)

          Burgers Etc (thought I'm personally not a fan - lots of people like them though).

          Bombay Bel for decent Indian.

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          1. re: fmed

            Can you tell me more about The Danube fmed? We drove by the other day and were intrigued but didn't have time to check it out. What sort of menu? price point? ambience?

            1. re: islandgirl

              The owners used to run Budapest on Main St. The menu well priced. The serve my favourite schnitzel in town. Good goulash and a few other Eastern European classics. The place is bright and airy - with high up skylights and galss all around.


              1. re: fmed

                Hey thanks Fmed. I love a good schnitzel, but admittedly don't go out of my way seeking them in town. The pic you have of Danube's schnitzel look good. I also share the same interest for good tonkatsu, and chicken fried steak I might add (there's a pattern here ........)

                1. re: fmed

                  "The owners used to run Budapest on Main St."

                  Does that mean (hopeful look) that they have langos, the fry bread with the whole clove of raw garlic? I was so sad when Budapest closed even though it was replaced by the worthy Latitude...

                  1. re: grayelf

                    What was the Russian restaurant that used to occupy where The Five Point is now in the Heritage Hall ? I always meant to go there but now it's too late.

                  2. re: fmed

                    Thanks! I'm so glad to hear that they opened a new restaurant. We went to Budapest once when we first moved into the area and had a great meal (really authentic goulash and langos) and then when we tried to go back it was gone. We'll definately make the trek over to check it out.

                    1. re: islandgirl

                      Maybe we should arrange a chowdown there, islandgirl?

              2. Thanks for the suggestions. Penny's and On Lok use to be my old haunt but I've been spoiled by Kwong Chow on Cambie and Congee Noodle on Broadway. I'm going to check out the Malaysian, Thai and Mexican places suggested above. I'll have to revisit Bau Chau. The last time I was there the place was unappetizing because of the appearance and smell of uncleanliness. But I keep hearing good things about it.

                I love Bombey Bel. Also found a great Vietnamese place on Nanaimo and Broadway (sorry, forget the name.) It's across from Bon's. My family took me to a Chinese restaurant called "Happy?" in the T&T complex at Renfrew and 1st. Not bad. Also, the Chinese restaurant across the street on Renfrew was excellent but a little pricier. I noticed a lineup during dim sum. Have to see how it compares with Kirin.

                Keep those suggestions coming!

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                1. re: maxmillan

                  You mean Kwongchow on Main (btwn 15/16) ?

                  BTW, in the vicinity of On Lok, the place kitty corner across the street called Wonton Noodles is quite good, esp. for late night snacks:


                  Viet restaurant across from Bon's is called Thien Kim:


                  And the "happy" restaurant in the T&T complex at Renfrew is called Happy King. Used to be called Happy Date.

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    The Vietnamese place could also be Mui Ngo Gai (which is literally across from Bon's in the space formerly occupied by Song Huong). I hear it is quite good and serves some unusual (for Vancouver) dishes. I have not been.

                    1. re: fmed

                      And speaking of Song is one of my faves for Vietnamese. (Nanaimo and 1st-ish)

                      1. re: fmed

                        just to clarify thiem kim is on the south-west corner of nanaimo beside the bank

                        1. re: vandan

                          I stand corrected. Fmed is correct, it's Mui Ngo Gai across from Bon's:


                      2. re: LotusRapper

                        Thanks to LotusRapper for correcting me. Yes, KwongChow is on Main which reminds me how many times I've mistakenly circled Cambie looking for it.

                        I'll have to check out Wonton Noodle because I like late hour snackng.

                        Wonton Noodle Restaurant
                        4008 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z2X8, CA

                        1. re: maxmillan

                          But if you're on Main St btwn King Edward and 26th and you see "Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant", don't worry. you are indeed on Main St ;-)