We stumbled across this place while hunting for dog food. By stumbled, I am quite literal as we bumped into one of their signs. The name is slightly odd, so we didn't get that it was a food joint offering cooked food, as it sounds like a health and wellness place. We were meeting friends at Whitespot and checked this place out beforehand. We were so interested in their menu that we moved our whole lunch party from Whitespot to Health Fare. For about a third of the price we all left full, satisfied and energized because we ate healthy rather then not.
The food is really, really good! They have lots of gluten-free options and something for almost anyone who is health-aware. It is not super cheap, but the food is worth every penny. They have a whole bunch of smoothies. Dreamsicle and the breakfast ones are my favourites so far. The sweet potato wedges are heaven in your mouth. The beet side is also Devine. They know a lot about the food they are serving and are helpful and friendly.
My only downside, and it is very minor for me, is that they don't wash the tables very often so they usually look and feel dirty. This is never a deal breaker for me though!!
I don't often suggest people just go and check a place out.....but I do for this place. Really, really good food!
Considering I did not proof read my last review on Sushi Tang..better make a slight correction..it was on Saturday NOT Sunday as its closed.
Anyways back to Sushi Garden....been here a few times for lunch already on Sundays. Do not park on the lower level..go to the rooftop..tons of parking. Best times are before or after peak hours..if its busy..... go to the cash register at the back to have them take down your name. Service here...is a bit robotic considering the hustle and bustle of this place. Ambiance...looks good but tight as you can listen to other people's conversations unintentionally.
Regarding the FOOD, my standouts so far.....
Seafood salad starter (asst seafood, tobiko,mixed veggies and rice noodles) plus the sweet wasabi mayo and sweet Japanese salad dressing brings everything in harmony.
Chicken Karaage...wings only but has a nice favor to them.
Asparagus Egg Roll...like a cali roll but has aspargus inside and egg crepe as the cover.
Veggie Roll...refreshing and the mango makes the difference.
Word of warning...the size of the pieces can be quite big like Samurai Sushi..but its more substance than rice. Mind you one of my buddies thought it was too big...kind of killed the experience.
Prices are SUPER reasonable...most rolls are 3 to 4 bucks unless you want the more extravagant ones, most nigri sushi ...toro for a $1.30?? unagi $1.60?? hamachi $2?? come on!! Even the sashimi are BIG thick cuts...like a two for one deal.
So..if you are on budget...great place to start!!
Have eaten here countless times since this place first opened for both lunch and dinner and have never had a bad meal. Food is always consistently good, served by very friendly, competent people. The restaurant is very clean and well managed. The owners frequently come by to say hi and make sure everything is satisfactory. Food is served quickly and at a fair price. Highly recommend.
Went to Kita Sushi Restaurant no. 2 also on Dawson. Ihad my reservations since I ordered a role previously on the original Kita and it was tiny and expensive. We got takoyaki balls which tasted ok but they were deep fried as opposed to cooking it it in the traditional takoyaki ball waffle maker type gadget. Then, ordered BC roll. I asked if they used salmon skin they said yes. They charged $4.20 for 6 small pcs. and in the end they put a tiny dot of salmon barely visible and the rest is California roll. they have the audacity to call it bc roll. sushi garden does this too but they only charge $2.95. Here they charge you $4.20 andyou are eating fake California with a dot of salmon. I could not eat it bec. the fake crab contains milk ingredients or egg. one of the two which Im allergic in. REPEAT. DO NOT EAT HERE. Everything in their menu is inflated.
I've eaten here twice.
With regards to food, it's ok but I've had better.
With regards to price, it's actually expensive in relation to what they offer (ok food in normal portions, 12-14 bucks)
With regards to service, I'd say very poor. Poor enough that I have decided not to come back here again. It's a Sunday and we came in at 9:30 pm, they close at 10:00. It's not busy anymore, there's just one other table when we came in. A group of 6 people actually came in right after us. Knowing how close we are to closing time, we tried to order quickly and our food was served quickly as well, probably 9:45 pm.
Now don't tell me that we only have 15 minutes to eat, this is still a restaurant, not a fast food chain. I think that it is reasonable and customary to close your doors and wait for your remaining patrons to finish their meal. (but of course, you don't let anyone in anymore past your closing time)
So we ate, half way through our meal, the man gave us our bill and put it on the table without us asking for it. (I'm annoyed)
Five minutes later, the man came back again and asked us if we are paying by cash or credit card, (I'm annoyed #2)
I said credit card and he placed the credit card machine on the table next to us. (I'm annoyed #3)
My god, we are not finished eating. Why can't you wait for us to finish our meal and we will pay when we are ready. I finally paid and by the time we left it was 10:15. So basically we only ate for 30 minutes.
Eating for 30 minutes is reasonable. We are not those kind of people who are taking extremely long to finish our meal. We do understand that it is closing time.
So yeah, we stayed an extra 15 minutes past the closing time but I think, waiting for 30 minutes past the closing time is reasonable if you had customers who came in close to closing time.
I think the man is very rude for this behaviour and also he looks like he doesn't give a damn that he is offending his customers.
If they are really so concerned about closing at exactly 10:00 pm, then they should lock the doors at 9:15 so no one could come in anymore.
I will not come back to this restaurant again.
The Pear Tree is a nice little place with very limited seating. It took a few calls to get a reservation that worked out with our schedule. Our friends gave us a gift certificate a couple of years ago and we finally decided to use it.
One thing that made me feel uncomfortable was when we first entered and were asked if we had reservations, as if they expected us to say no. It may have been just me, but I didn't feel that welcomed into their business.
The food was delicious, but not amazing. We had the lamb and fish. The portions were that of which you would generally expect in a fine dining restaurant. (If you know what I mean.) The waiter did was friendly and attentive.
If you do decided to have dessert, I would recommend the creme brulee. It was large enough to feed two, which was good since we shared it. Well done on the dessert.
Will I be returning, considering how I live right across the alleyway? Probably not, the food was not amazing enough to make me crave for more. But it was worth the experience just to see what all of the hype was about. Hype indeed.
I don't usually go to this place, I usually go to Big Orange or Bubble World near Metrotown. Today we thought to give this place a try. I ordered a Green Milk Tea with pearls and pudding jelly for $4.25. The drink tasted like watered down milk with lots of ice at the top, while the pearls and pudding jelly tasted like nothing. Just chewy, unflavored jellies. Disappointed and won't be going back.
I came here to write what happened to me today and read the previous review! OMG the same thing. My friend and I both ordered falafel combos. When I got my receipt I was charged more than was on the menu board. Old guy played dumb and said oh its a mistake - no one ever said that before. Ya right. The other review was from last summer. What a scam - it doesn't matter the amount - it's a rip off and it must be illegal I would think.
Anyway the falafel was good, but I've had better and the greek salad was very oily with only a dusting of feta powder and the peppers in the salad were shriveled beyond recognition - not from the dressing - from being old before they used them. I won't be back,
There's a tall blonde girl who is super rude.
I purchased two Chai Té lattes last Sunday morning and I asked the cashier if they are sweet.
She came up to me and slammed "Don't you know that the stuff comes in a sirup, in a bottle?
Is already sweetened so, you gotta have it like that!"
I wasn't even asking for unsweetened or anything...
All the clients at the line up were looking at her and she disappeared to the back of the door.
Of course, not coming back.
I have introduced this restaurant to countless people and recently two very good "foodie" friends.
We had such a good meal we made the trek (from Yaletown) to Burnaby, past countless other Thai restaurants.
What we ordered
Spring rolls, delicate but amazing flavor
Chicken in Green leaf, marinated chicken thighs
The Larb Gai ( chopped chicken salad)
Pranang Gai (chicken curry with coconut cream)
Sweet and Sour Prawns with Vegetables
and Jasmine rice.
3 of us had lunch - (it could have been dinner), and we are not petite people and had a hard time finishing everything.
It is the best, most authentic Thai food in greater Vancouver, that I have eaten at.
If you ask for it spicy they will make it western spicy, if you ask for it pet muk muk, you will get Thai style.
Here's a cool little place you can step back in time to when things were simple and good. They have milkshakes, sundaes, soda floats and other wonderful treats. Also candies by the bagfull. The proprietors even dress the part. Sit at the linoleum counter and experience the 1950's vibe. You'll expect Richie and the Fonz to walk in any moment.
Arrived at 11:30am on a Sunday morning.
We had a large party of 18 and they were able to accommodate the large group.
We ordered quickly, the food came out pretty quick.
This Taiwanese restaurant did not disappoint!!
The found was hot and the food was tasty.
We ordered everything from the Wonton Noodles, to the Fried Rice and Hot & Sour soup. Other ordered pan fired egg plant, sweet & sour pork meal, beef curry with Veggies on rice, the "one" DF chicken with rice and the deluxe Pork steak.
The amount of each order could have fed 1.5 - 2 people..
The waitress and the server were very friendly and responsive, but they were very busy as the restaurant filled up.
The music was a bit loud at time, but the music video were pretty good.
The water closet was clean and the restaurant ambiance was very upbeat.
We will definitely go back again !!
Well done "The One", you are number 1 !!!
BTW, they do take credit cards, but only Mastercard
i have been coming here for years now and have watched the business grow! i like to come at least once or twice a month and grab some Gelato as well as a container for the house. Nothing but love for this desert. Quality and taste have been amazing every time i go and the nice European lady always makes me smile. They have great food as well and the coffee (Lavaza) is amazing with strong fresh Italian taste to it...im never going to the Starbucks downstairs after this cup of Joe !
Needless to say i HIGHLY recommend this shop as its got a great atmosphere, smiles for days, and sweets to make your mouth water !
Hope this review helps!
Was feeling stressed out so needed a girls night out in the middle of the week. My friend told me that she'd recently discovered a little gem of a sushi place, so we decided to check it out. What a gem it is!
I noticed right away that it was very clean and the layout was welcoming and warm. The server was friendly and we got seated right away. It did take a wee bit to get our menus and teas/waters, but it was actually fairly busy with quite a few walk-ins coming in from both doors and we were there around 6pm.
My friend warned me that the portion sizes were fairly large, but I didn't realize how large they were until they actually reached the table. There were three of us and we ordered a caterpillar roll, Osaka roll, combo #4 (a vegetarian roll combo), crunchy roll, miso, vegetable tempura, shrimp sunomono, and agedashi tofu. The agedashi wasn't advertised as spicy, but the waitress said that she'd make it spicy for me. What was also nice was realizing that they didn't charge me extra for it when I got the bill.
The food was very good. The miso, tempura, sunomono, and agedashi tofu were what one would typically expect, although I was pleasantly surprised with the portion size of the agedashi tofu. Normally for $4.50 you get four or five pieces. In this case, there must have been a dozen pieces of the average size and it was still nice and hot and crispy when it came to the table.
I think the total bill was around the $40, but we had enough to bring home for my very hungry hubby and for the next day as well.
I've since been back for take out for my sister-in-law's birthday and I will be back when I have another sushi craving. Well worth going to.
I never ate here until about 2.5 years ago when I was forced to go with some clients. Being a real pizza affionado I would never order a pie here, so i went on the advice of my friend and ordered the burger.
It was absolutely excellent! real meat that tasted like meat! I went back a few more times and every time it was a fantastic burger.
then, the damn thing is off the menu as they were "changing suppliers" due to the quality of the meat ( official explanation).
when the burger returned, I returned to the restaurant and ordered one right away....it was definitely bigger, and it was definitely different, and it was definitely horrific. Probably the best example of size without taste that ive ever experienced... a huge step backward.
Ive tried other items but this place is for the real young-uns that have no concept of great food, but are lured there by clever advertizing and nuclear based pizza. nothing really good here that would make me come back.
Wish they'd bring the real meat burger back. it was good.
Claims to be wheelchair accessible, but when we got there almost every available table was an elevated booth, which clearly wouldn't work for us.
On the menu one of the items (breakfast burrito) didn't say anything about including meat, but when it arrived there was bacon in it- definitely a bad thing for our vegetarian. For the other dishes, the portions were small and not terribly tasty.
All in all the service was mixed. The manager was really nice and even comp'd the burrito for our veg person (so nice!), but the servers were practically non-existent and disinterested.
We were in the neighbourhood and thought why not try Yans as we have never been here before. Interior is decievingly large. Lots of space between tables - big plus. Ordered 4 dim sum baskets plus a plate of pea shoots which was being proffered by a wait staff. Excellent plate of greens. Dim sum not so good. Har gow was good but the other 3 failed. Total bill before tip $28.00. I am old school and get really ticked when I get charged for Chinese tea for that reason alone I will not come back. While eating I notice signage for king crab @ $21.80/lb. Seems reasonable until you see they charge additional for 2 way, even more for 3 way, then believe it or not extra again for 4 way. For all the extra charges you might as well just get a lobster.
Hmmmmmmm...... really like(d) this place, especially with the new location. Clean, Fresh, always friendly and a good variety of dishes.
Point of fact: the food here is actually incredible (5), but my rating has come down due to my observations below.
As of late, several of us have noticed some changes as we are sensitive to MSG in our foods, and it really looks like they're starting to pile it on (likes so many other Asian restaurants). We notice it because we have reactions to it, and these reactions are unpleasant ones. Hopefully the proprietors of this fine establishment will take the time to read this and get back to what they were like just a little while ago, as i have heard this MSG complaint now from a few different ( regular ) people. If they dont, its all good as they are very busy and deservedly so, but some of us will no longer be able to enjoy what once was one of the top 3 Asian places in town.
What a deal! Had the noodle combo with soup base, choice of noodles, and 2 toppings $8.50 also includes a hot drink which was a HK style coffee. To me this is better deal than any fast food joint. And none of this combo is fried. Speaking of fried I did order the chicken wings add-on for an additional $1.75. What a bargain, you get 6 pieces per order and you are allowed 2 add-ons per combo. Service was another matter, even though I was seated in the middle of the restaurant I was invisible to all 3 servers on duty at the time, bad enough to contemplate leaving. Restaurant is open and noisy. Parking maybe a nightmare but there is a big parking lot belonging to the adjacent thrift shop. In a pinch it might be worth a gamble.
My spouse & I came & ordered a drinks each. After 15min, staff asked if we could move to another table to accommodate a larger group & we agreed, even though the other table was at the back of the café near the washrooms & we'd picked the first table as it was by the window.
The coffee was bland. The hot chocolate was really just chocolate syrup mixed with chocolate milk.
After around 40min, we hadn't finished our coffee, a staff came up & said we'd been in the café for 1 hour so we'd to leave to show "consideration" towards other guests waiting for a table. We told her that we'd only been in there for 40min & we hadn't even finished our coffee. When my spouse told her we would leave after finishing our coffee & that this would be our first & last visit to this café, the staff rudely said, "Since it's your last time at this cafe, can you please leave as soon as possible to show courtesy and consideration towards other guests?" A few minutes later, another staff came & told us we should leave to show courtesy & consideration towards other guests.
How rude of them to keep harping on "consideration" and "courtesy" and to ask us, as paying customers, to leave even though we hadn't finished our drinks!
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