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Oct 9, 2012 01:27 PM

Burnaby / Kingsway dinner for 4 .?

Looking for a dinner spot for 4 adults. We will be joining a couple from Chilliwack so I was thinking something along the lines of chinese or Japanese could be appreciated !
We will be attending a wedding event at the Burnaby Rowing Club so somewhere on Kingsway perhaps in the Metrotown area I thought would be a good meeting point,.. but we are open to other areas close by.
Doesn't have to be anything fancy, although a clean establishment would be great ! Moderate price range.
Any ideas?

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  1. Isami Sushi is my standby for Japanese near home, on McKay half a block from Kingsway (very close to Metrotown).

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    1. re: jerkstore

      This place is really excellent - still run by a Japanese man (head chef) and his wife (front of house) who first opened it years ago. They really know their sushi, the hot entrees are always well-cooked and delicious, and their specials are always changing based on what is fresh. The service tends to be good, and if you call ahead you can get one of the curtained rooms at the back of the restaurant for a bit more atmosphere. Far, far better than the cheaper and inexplicably popular Sushi Garden just around the corner.

    2. different cuisine but isn't Anatolia's Gate (the original version of the "Express" that is popular down at the Vcvr Convention Ctr) somewhere out there near Royal Oak and Kingsway?

      1. What about Korean Food @ Han Woo Ri (5740 Imperial St.)?

        The only Chinese of note around that area is Alvin Garden.

        There are some places in Crystal Mall that may be convenient. I've only tried the hot pot restaurant upstairs. Maybe the other chowhounds can help with Crystal Mall.

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        1. re: moyenchow

          Alvin Garden can be quite hard to get in for dinner without a reservation. We tried two Fridays ago, the wait line was 25 mins, @ 5:45pm.

          Grand Dynasty inside Grand Villa Casino is more than serviceable and appeals to a broad palate:

          There's also:

          Sushimoto (Holdom @ Lougheed):

          And Gohan (Rosser @ Lougheed/Halifax):

          #1 Beef Noodle House (Willingdon @ the corner of Moscrop


          Top Gun Hot Pot (Crystal Mall, Kingsway @ Willingdon):

          Chongqing Szechuan (Kingsway @ Nelson):

          1. re: LotusRapper

            Gohan is no more. It's morphed into a Chinese restaurant along the lines of hk cafe / cheap take out.

        2. which of these suggestions is most accessible from Skytrain from downtown Georgia & Granville? Looks like a good alternative to the Canada Line in some regards would you say?

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          1. re: Georgia Strait

            I'm going to say probably Isami Sushi (a five-ten minute walk from Metrotown skytrain station) or Anatolia's Gate (ten+ min walk from Edmonds, or a short bus ride if you prefer, as it's a steep uphill walk). Hanwoori is a bit further, but you *could* walk there from Royal Oak. All well worth the trip out to Burnaby, IMO.

            1. re: Georgia Strait

              Another decent sushi spot in MoTown area is Kura:


              Urbanspoon says they're closed but I think that's because they recently rebranded themselves to become Tairyou Ichiba:



              On Kingsway west of Wilson:

              Accessible from either Patterson Station, or Metrotown Station.

            2. Thx for the suggestions. I made a reservation for isami in a curtained off table for this weekend.