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My second DOV is at Burnaby Riverway Clubhouse. I’ve been there for a weekend brunch once but I never got to write about it. The last experience was pretty good, so based on its DOV menu, I decided to take Mama & Papa Lam there.


Let me just start by saying this menu is of great value! How so? Read on.

For appetizer, the parents ordered the Vanilla Poached Canadian Lobster Tail. Yes, a whole lobster tail. Now it may not be a gigantic lobster tail but it’s still lobster. Sometimes lobsters may have their strange, unpleasant fishy taste that may not be appealing to some; poaching the lobster tail in vanilla helps tuck away that taste and makes it very enjoyable. I thought they did a good job in combining different sauces (fennel sauce, orange foam with a drop of lobster oil) and making them work together.

Vanilla Poached Canadian Lobster Tail

As for me the recently recovered sickie, I opted for the Trio Onion & Potato Soup. It’s thick yet creamy, but I found it to be slightly salty. By mixing in the creme fraiche and maple glazed pork belly bits (the flavour reminded me of the BBQ sauce that you glaze Chinese BBQ pork with), the saltiness was balanced out and it became extra creamy.

Trio Onion & Potato Soup

When I ordered the entree, I didn’t realize the Queen Charlotte Islands Halibut was done in two ways (more…)


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It has become a family tradition to go out for a Christmas Day buffet brunch every year. We want to try different restaurants so for the past few years we have visited EBO, Herons and Mosaic. This year, we chose Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel; its long menu caught our attention.

The main buffet


Overall food quality was great and there was plenty to choose from. Here is a laundry list of menu items:

Prawns, Wild Snow Crab Claws & Cold Water Shrimp, Albacore Tuna Tataki with Daikon and Ponzu, House Cured Sockeye Gravlax, Poached Oceanwise Steelhead, House Beet Pickled Herring, Spicy Avocado Crab Devilled Eggs, Smoked Kippers, Cedar Jellied Indian Candy, Smoked Trout

Cold seafoodVarieties of salmon preparations

This was probably my favourite station. I really enjoyed the house cured salmon, tuna tataki, prawns, and snow crab claws. Even though they were chilled and marinated, they weren’t over-dressed to compensate for the what-could-be loss of flavours during the chilling process.

Local and International Cheese Display with House Compotes and Berries, Local and International Charcuterie with House Pickles and Mustards, Crostini, Lavache, Cracker Bread, Rainforest Crisps


Grilled Mediterranean Platter, Dockside Caesar Salad, Arugula & Grilled Pear Salad, Cobb Square Salad, Chili Malay Noodle Salad, Red Rice Quinoa & Ginger Salad


Smoked Bacon & Canadian Bacon, Chicken Apple Sausage & Bangers, Roasted Turkey Breast & Leg with Herbed Pan Gravy, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Brown Sugar Sea Salt Crusted Double Smoked Ham, BBQ Pork & BBQ Duck

Carving station

The prime rib roast was excellent! (more…)

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$29.95 for a 3-course prime rib dinner, who would say no to it? Planning a birthday dinner for my friend, I was given a specific criteria that the restaurant must be by the water. So, Cardero’s came to mind. Along with the affordable menu, now the Sunday Night Prime Rib Dinner just made the deal even sweeter. Done. Decided.


The 3-course dinner is definitely a bargain. I started my meal with a Seabreeze Martini, followed by the first course – Caesar Salad. I liked how the romaine leaves weren’t chopped into small pieces and the house-made dressing was not heavy like regular one. The 10 oz Prime Rib was more than enough for one serving. However, mine came with some fat and strains that cut it down to about 7-8 oz of meat. Still a lot of meat for the little lady. I ordered a medium rare but it arrived a bit too pink. It’s still edible to my standard, but I wished it’s cooked for just 10 seconds longer. The dessert was irresistable, despite the fact that the 7 of us already shared a 8″ birthday cake. The Chocolate Mousse Torte was creamy and soft, and very tasty. We ended up finishing it after a big slice of birthday cake.


Have to say, I was a little disappointed by the service quality. It started alright when we arrived at 6:30pm and ordered our round of drinks. As the night progressed, however, we saw less and less of the server. He’s pretty much only here to collect dirty dishes and bring us our next course, as per our request. It took more than 30 minutes before the 2nd course was served. And he never came by to check on us – he seemed to be occupied by other tables and only dropped by when we called for him. It struck me that the restaurant might be under-staffed, which was poor planning for a sunny Sunday evening. In the end, it took us 3 hours to finish the dinner, making the early-morning starter stay up beyond her usual bed time.


The restaurant reminds me of the Boathouse chain, full of fishing-related decorations. The patio is situated right by the sailboat dock, giving diners a nice view of the waterfront, accompanied by luxurious sailboats. The downside is, they don’t seem to have many tables to accommodate large parties. With a party of 7, we were seated in the centre of the restaurant. All the tables by the water were for parties of 4 or less. My friend was slightly disappointed to be seated without a view.

Final Thoughts

Judging by this dining experience, I’d return for the food. Now I only hope that they could improve its quality of service and that I could be seated by the water next time.

Cardero’s Restaurant
Price Range: $20-$30
1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver

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