A brand new Izakaya located in Burnaby next to the Grand Villa Casino catering to the hotel above, the casino patrons and businesses in the area. This restaurant aims to create unique new foods that cannot be found anywhere else.
We are regulars at Gyoza King on Robson so when we heard about this place in Burnaby, we were excited. It's not as casual as G-King but nice and dark with cool japanese ambience. The menu is different than G-King but just as unique. The prices are decent too. The portions are small so don't expect to fill up on a couple of dishes; This is izakaya-style which means lots of small dishes to go with your drinks. I guess they'll get a lot of the Casino patrons since it's right next door. There's also a Chinese Seafood place next door. We will still head down to Robson street because there's lots of other things to do after dinner on Robson but when we want good japanese food that's not boring California Rolls, we will come here.
Went there for lunch this afternoon because I happened to be in the area for a job interview. The ambience was great, the decor was very trendy and chic.
The strangest thing about this place was that you place your order by checking items on the order sheet, kind of like at a Chinese dimsum place. And you could order dimsum as well, probably because it's the same chain as the Chinese restaurant right next door.
I ordered the udon with pork slices and the double seafood roll, both were $4.95 I believe, which I thought was reasonable. The food came very quick, which was great considering I was in a bit of a time crunch.
The sushi roll wasn't bad, but I suspect that it wasn't made to order because the seaweed was already a bit soggy and chewy. It was made with a special kind of rice, 7 grain rice I believe. Good news for health concious people. The presentation for both my dishes was very good.
The udon wasn't anything special, just udon with plain pork slices on top, same kind you would use in hotpot, but the udon was quite delicious, it was cooked perfectly, a little chewy, just the way I like it.
I might come back to try other dishes if I'm in the area again.
Decided to try this place because I had a coupon. The look of the restaurant is very nice. I really liked how they designed the interior. Very comfortable. Service was good, although it wasn't busy when I was here so I have no idea what it's like when it IS busy. The waitresses were nice and smiled always. I tried several dished, about 6 or 7 if I remember. Most were decent. Nothing special and definitely a bit overpriced. The food style served here is not traditional Japanese, I'd say it's new wave Japanese. The nicest dish I had was the Miso Lamb but this was way overpriced. $14 for 3 tiny lamb ribs. I can get a whole shoulder plus rice, potato & vegetables at a Greek restaurant for this price. Presentation was nice though. My overall impression of the taste was that everything was too salty. That would be my main complaint. I'd come back here if I was invited, but I wouldn't just 'want' to come here. There are a few other better places around.
Without a doubt this has been one of the most frustrating meals that I have gone to. A group of us decided to try the hot pot special.
Service: The timing of the meal was absolutely dreadful. We started with our first order of items for the hot pot which came out slowly but in an acceptable amount of time. As we decided that we did not want to waste any food and not knowing the portion sizes, we ordered sparingly. Having finished our first selections we then ordered some more items. This is when the meal started to fall apart. Our second selections did not come out for an hour!!! Totally unacceptable. Needless to say, they dared not enforce their 90 minute time limit! The servers themselves were very pleasant and tried to be as helpful as possible. They kept refilling our water pot and the soup base which, of course, kept reducing because of the long wait. The fault was obviously with the kitchen. How long does it take to chop up raw veg., sliced meats etc. that is being sent out for the diner to cook themselves?
Food: The only saving thing about this whole evening was that what food that did come out was acceptable. Although you can't go too far wrong with chopped veg., sliced frozen meats, and tofu.
Ambience: The restaurant itself is pleasantly appointed. However, another thing that just added to the disappointment for the evening is that a tradesman was in full sight patching and painting a wall in the restaurant while diners were there!
This bad experience will not have me coming back. We all came out so frustrated after a 3 hour dinner!
Since I work in the general area, I was excited when a new Japanese restaurant popped up, and had to try it out. I walked in to the restaurant with open ended expectations.
The first thing I noticed was the ambiance. The interior design is spectacular and breathtaking. It really is a modernistic Japanese theme. A water fountain and a Japanese temple? is right in the middle when you first enter. There are several booths on the sides with wood tables, and a long table for large parties in the middle. There are backlit rocks on the side many paper cranes lining the ceiling. Also a nice bar type area to sit down. Japanese music playing in the background. Everything from classical Japanese, to more modern music such as B'z or Aqua Timez.
Stepping into this restaurant for the first time, My friend and I were greeted by an enthusiastic "Irrashaimase!" (Welcome) by the wait staff, who showed us to a booth. Everything was done with a please and a thank you, and our cups were never empty. They promptly served tea (upon ordering) and brought out our orders at a very reasonable time frame. The chefs and wait staff look to all be Japanese, which is also a big plus when running a Japanese restaurant. Since this is a new restaurant, the owner seems to have been training some of the wait staff on what to do. Servers seemed to lack experience, but made up for it with smiles and a good effort. (You may wish to clarify your order as well, as their english is a little sketchy, and my order was taken slightly incorrect. I did not want to bother too much with this though)
My friend and I ordered a few dishes including the 1/2 King california roll ($7/4pc) 1/2 Double Salmons Roll ($6/4) 1/2 Unagi Roll ($7/4) 1/2 Ebi Tempura Roll ($6/4pc) Raw Sockeye Sashimi (2.00 ea) Hotate (Scallop) Sashimi (2.50 ea) (ballparking the prices they were all about 6-7 per roll) $43 (not inc tip) for lunch for 2 of us ... was quite expensive to say the very least.
First thing to note i that all the sushi does not use normal sushi rice, but a brown type of rice (The name escapes me at the moment)
The King Cali roll had real crab meat topped with mango avocado and scallops and 'melted' in my mouth. The whole roll is wrapped in a soy paper which I thought looked like egg.
The double salmon roll has crab avocado salmon and wrapped with smoked salmon. Not bad but tasted like it was missing something to make it explosive.
The Ebi Tempura roll was what my friend liked the most , did not get a chance to try it.
The Unagi roll tasted quite good, but the cream cheese overpowered most of the roll and it tasted like a philly cheese roll.
The sashimi was very fresh and very good, always a good thing when the sashimi tastes very fresh and not frozen.
The decor, the service - all excellent. The value for the food served? Quite iffy. If they were to bring the price down to more reasonable levels, I think that they potentially could have a winner here. Especially since Izakaya are few and far between in Burnaby. I'm impressed with what they are trying to do though, with unique rolls that are different in presentation and ingredients. I will definitely be back in the near future to see if they have evolved into something a lot better than it is now :)
Beginning of June, still kinda cold outside, so friends and I decided to go for hotpot all you can eat last night. We did some searching online and found this place. Since we've always gone to Top Gun Hotpot at Crystal mall so we decided to try somewhere else so to G-Be we went. We arrived at about 7pm and there was only 2-3 tables there. It's dinner time and there's hardly anyone there and I thought to myself: did I make a mistake of choosing this place? We were greeted promptly by the waitress and was shown to our table right away and was reminded that they are serving all you can eat hotpot only. So we sat down and looked at the order sheet. They have a basic menu, $13.95 per person, and you can add a "deluxe" menu for $7.95 per person. Soup base is $8.50 or you can get a split pot (2 soup base) for $9.50 (I think). We all thought it was worth it to get the deluxe menu. We took a while (about 15 minutes) checking off what we wanted on the order sheet because there were quite a few choices, and by the time we handed in our order the restaurant was half filled. First they brought the soup base and I took a look at it and said to my friends: the soup looks really yummy. I did take a sip and it was REALLY good. Then our order gradually arrived, it did not take long at all. Everything looked fresh and delicious, even the sushi and the sashimi and all the other cooked food, and they tasted even better. The hotpot meats and veggies also came and those don't look too bad either. The meat was well prepared, not still frozen like some other places I've been to. Everything uncooked had a bed of ice at the bottom to keep them fresh, well thought out. In other people's review I see some were complaining about their service but I thought we got pretty good service. Around 8pm the restaurant was almost full, maybe 1-2 tables empty. They were only 3-4 waiter/waitresses working the floor but they were very prompt and attentive. All in all it was a great experience and my friends thought so too. I will definitely go back again to try some of their other stuff. The total worked out to be about the same as Top Gun but I think we got a much better deal out of G-Be.
Took the wife to the casino and noticed the new izakaya so it was a no-brainer. Free parking! First thing I noticed when entering the restaurant is the beautiful interior. Hundreds of origamis hang above us with subtle lighting. A very nice dining atmosphere. We had the tuna tataki which was very fresh. Then came the two fried items: Sansho Chicken Karaage and Basil Mayo Crispy Shrimp. I enjoyed the chicken a lot as it is actually thick chicken breasts covered with batter that had rice krispies. The Mayo Shrimp were served with basil mayo sauce which was very unique and enjoyable. My wife had the AAA Beef Carpaccio which I did not try. She said she loved it which was apparent as she finished it quite fast. We then finished off with the Dynamite Explosion roll which was also great. Supposedly all their rolls are made with rice that mixed from 7 different types of grains. Must be quite healthy.
Overall I had a great experience. Definitely a great addition to the casino area. Will come back next time when I visit Grand Villa.
Went here for lunch with co-workers after receiving a coupon from the night before at Gyoza King on Robson. I was *very* excited to try another restaurant owned by the same company. This was a VERY disappointing experience.
Service: We waited over an hour for our food. We could hear other patrons in the restaurant start to complain and noticed a few walking out. Nobody knew what was going on.
Food: When the food arrived the first time, the order was wrong. When it arrived the 2nd time 20 mins later, it was surprisingly small portioned. We took a couple bites and decided to inform management that we were so displeased with everything that we wanted to leave.
I did a bit of research and discovered that Gyoza King on Robson (was Japanese owned) has been sold to another company, this so called, Gyoza King Group (Non-Japanese owned). Clearly, they have no idea on how to run a successful restaurant and it's just a matter of time before the entire company tanks. Hopefully they won't mess with the original Gyoza King too much.