The former restaurant, "KURA" had been located here for many years and was one of the best japanese restaurants in Burnaby. The owner retired so there's new operators now. The name they choose is rather long and tough to remember. "Tairyoichiba" is almost Ichiban.
The interior is still the cool open space and nice booths but they added a couple of semi-tatami tables. The menu has been reduced from Kura's multi-page book to a simple one-page sheet. Lots of the usual japanese dishes (sushi, tempura, robata, etc.) and some izakaya-style items. The Daikon-salad is a nice addition but the quality of the daikon was substandard (bland). Also the Natto used in the rolls were the chopped-type and not the "real" bean-type. I guess it's easier to handle the chopped-type since it's just squeeze-n-go but it doesn't taste as good. The service is good with attentive and friendly servers always coming around. So overall, it's still a good place to go in Burnaby and if it's too packed, you have a big selection of other restaurants within walking distance. Parking is easy on the streets.
I think finally this restaurant is going to be successful in this spot! The food and service from Ha and Neil are excellent. It's truly home cooked food, everything made from scratch. No MSG here.
We have tried pretty well everything on their menu and no complaints. Love their Vietnamese subs, pho and their Spicy Basil chicken on rice. Very reasonable, where can you get a good meal for two for under $20.
The service was horrible the food was horrible and value has horrible. How can you call a place Wings and have such horrible wings. I have never been to this place before and decided to give it a chance. The waitress didnt tell us about any specials that they had and not once did she ask how everything was, We ordered Nachos and I asked the waitress if they use no name cheese. She was useless when I asked her that. The reason I asked is because that cheese used mostly oil and I have trouble digesting it. Sure enough it was that crappy cheap cheese that melts like cheese whiz and not real cheese. Wings were soggy, small and lacked taste.
Its not often that you get horrible food with horrible service. I will not only never go back but I will tell people to avoid this place.
Went for a quick bite before the movie and there are lots of choices in the food court and I made a big mistake in picking Thai Food. They have already prepared foods plus some made to order noodle soup. Went for the prepared food. The pad thai was awful - pale, overcooked noodles with no taste. Had the assorted veggies - overcooked and limp with no taste and finally their spicy fish - fried but was sitting out too long so no longer crispy. Under $10 but not worth it. Rather go to Vina or U Grill or even a burger at A&W. Just stay away.
I used to really like this place. The combo was good and the falafels some of the best anywhere. They renovated recently and this was my first visit.
I ordered a falafel combo which comes with any one salad and a pop. I realized after that although the sign says it's $7.45 the total came to $8.68 which means that before tax he charged me $7.75. Sneaky. You can make a lot doing this without people noticing.
The woman making it asked me if it was to go and I said yes so she put it in a small brown paper bag. I asked about my salad. This is not the first time they have tried to "forget" the salad in a combo. I asked for a caesar and they make it with cheese, lettuce etc in a metal bowl. She dished out the normal amount of lettuce poured dressing on it and then tried to stuff it into a take out bowl. She then put the lid on and left half the usual amount of salad in the bowl so I didn't get the same amount as it I had ordered it to stay. When I got back to my office, the falafel was poorly wrapped an fell apart, the falafels were raw and cold in the middle and the woman didn't even give me a fork for my salad. That's ok it was so awful I couldn't eat it. They now use some nasty bottleld caesar dressing, that is sour tasting and really bad. She just soaked the lettuce too. In the garbage.
There's a nice new Indian place next door that was serving large portions of great smelling food for similar or less cost. I will go there next time.
This place is good because it's so big you can see every rink with big glass windows. Well designed. You can order from a waitress at the one end or do self serve at the other . Food all comes from the same place. It's a tad expensive for food service type food, but most of the portions are large - except the chicken strips. THE older woman running the self serve till was not too with it. Very slow and did not seem to know how to run the cash register.
But as a fun place to hang with friends or other parents on your kid's team it's pretty good. There's way worse rinks out there.
While having a special event at James Street I had asked politely for assistance from the owner/manager, asking him for some help setting something up, he replied "why don't you people come prepared"... totally the wrong attitude and almost confrontational. His, all male staff have have also seemed to have adopted his rude demeanour as well... When a guest was hit accidentally by a waiter as he passed, the guest mentioned to the waiter what had happened, in response - the waiter remarked "well how about you move out of my way then". This alone, along with poor service and the waiters stacking tables and moving heavy items during speeches (which seemed almost intentionally distracting) was completely disrespectful and enough for me and my family to vow never to eat there again.
In a competitive world, this kind of poor business ethic, rudeness and unprofessionalism is bound to doom the restaurant. It is a rarity that I have been so upset after dining somewhere.
Went there and got a warm beer and really bad food. Me and my wife got really sick after. Looked into the health board reviews and seems they have gotten closed down for serious health issues in the past. Good bang for the buck for sure, but not worth the risk for me and my family.
See the health board review link below:
I guess it's true you get what you pay for...
We made reservations there for 11:30am on a Saturday for a table of 13. When we got there, they said they forgot to set aside a table for us, even though they had noted it in their reservations book. They did not apologize at all. They had a big table open but would not even give it to us even tough we has reservations. When we finally got a table 45 mins later, the extremely rude waitress started throwing down at the plates and bowls in the table. It took a while for us to get our food. When I asked for 3 ice waters, the same rude waitress only gave me 2 glasses. She was very grot the whole time we were there. I don't recommend going there unless you like dealing with very bad service.
Okay, where to start! Went there on a Thursday evening with my girlfriend, as we had been there before and it was nice. Not this time! Waitress that screwed up our order, and we had to wait a very long time for any food to arrive to our table. Had to ask the waitress twice for some soya sauce!
Not only that, I did not get any ebi sunomono that was suppose to be included with my combo. We asked about it, and only then did a waitress tell me that they ran out! How does a Japanese restuarant run out of ebi sunomono?!? By then, I had eaten my sushi (which was sub par). The sushi rice was also undercooked, so yes, there were hard bits of rice.
Also, my girlfriend order salmon sashimni. You would think that this would come quickly, as it's just 3 pcs of raw salmon. Nope, took forever to come, and they served the same dish to another table that had been seated after us! Unbelievable!
Definately will not be back! Bad service, bad food, overall bad experience! Plenty of other sushi restuarants in the area.
We were at Kawawa on Thursday Aug 16th. When we got there the restaurant was packed, and there was one waitress who was trying to seat guests as patrons were leaving. As I was waiting, I saw this waitress - Mandy - literally flying around the restaurant. Flying = clearing tables, seating guests, taking orders, being cashier, filling drinks, and serving the meal...just to name a few "duties". During the hour that we were there, she maintained a pleasant attitude, and had a smile on her face the whole time. I couldn't believe that...if it were me (or a few other people that I know), I would have said, "To heck with it" and quit.
Food overall as good, but what impressed me the most was the level of service that Mandy had given tot he patrons of the restaurant. The owners are really lucky to have such a dilligent and hard working employee like Mandy!
Another of the large, utilitarian dim sum places in Greater Vancouver, but this one is at Metrotown, so a potential watering hole for many who are in the "neighbourhood" anyway. These places don't differ a whole lot from each other, in my experience, but this one at least delivers in the important ways - decent food, an interesting menu, efficient service, and fair pricing. You get a choice of 6 different teas to start out, which is nice. The dim sum menu is all in English...appreciate it. The food stand-outs for me were the turnip cakes in XO sauce, and the deep-fried shrimp dumplings. The turnip cakes were wonderfully creamy on the inside, and crusty on the outside. Served in cubes, heaped on a platter on a bed of lightly cooked bean sprouts, I couldn't slow down eating them. The fried shrimp dumplings were stuffed wonton skins big and fat with shrimp, hot and lots of natural shrimp juice on the inside. Not greasy at all. Really good. The other food we ordered was dim sum standard fare, and there was nothing wrong with it. The service was fine. Our teapot was refilled immediately, our food came quickly, and the server was cute and friendly. Not a bad place at all to take a gustatory break while at Metrotown.
So close to home and open all day instead of split up for lunch and dinner like some places. I've probably gone 25+ times now and as long as they keep it up, I'll continue to be a regular.
The tuna tataki roll is really good and for $4.50, you can't go wrong. Our main rolls are the tuna tataki, philadelphia and the alaska. The toro nigiri is one of my faves - not tiny. It's fresh and smooth and cheaper than most places. I also love how they have wild (sockeye) salmon.
Service is awesome. Always there with a smile!
I definitely recommend this place. I went in one day randomly and expecting nothing. I actually hoped it wasn't good so that I wasn't tempted to eat out so much. Well that's not going to happen now....
Keep it up Gaya!
Tried this restaurant one more time and was very disappointing.
Althought the place appeared empty but there were estimated 30 patrons
and only ONE server. Service was the worst for the price you pay.
Quality of the food was average. Rumours has it that the chef who attracted
the diners has quit too.Unless the service improves 100% and quality of food gets better
i have no intention to eat here.
There is Jambo Grill on Kingsway which serve very similar dishes with excellent service.
Spent all night signing up food reviews sights so I can spread the word regarding the food we had at this restaurant.
Apparently the dim sum is pretty good, so we didn't even bother checking the ratings for this restaurant. I have lived in the Lower Mainland for over 30 years, and I have to admit this was the worst Chinese food I have ever had in my life! I am Chinese! We paid for a $700/table dinner(for 10 people). Everything was very salty...the reason was to cover up the unfreshness of their food. We had pigeon(my kids favourite) that tasted like it was nuked in the microwave a few times(tough as hell). My kids wouldn't even touch it. We also had sharkfin soup(some people will not be happy with this) that had vermicelli in it. Tasting crappy is one thing but fake food? We had lobster with no meat and deep fried. We had steam fish that was obviously gone bad(foul smell and taste even with soy sauce covering it). Surf clam was fishy as hell. Dessert had gone bad also. When we complained, they basically tried to brush it aside or blame us. No acknowledgement of the crappy food from them. Service wasn't much better. The people there don't seem to have a idea when to pour you tea, change your plate, etc...they spilled some soup on one of our guests and didn't even say anything. I can go on forever complaining but I just want everyone to know..DON'T GO THERE!! I personally think there should be ratings below 1(poor)...this restaurant definitely deserves a negative rating.
I have been lunching in the Heights area of Burnaby for years and have never had this restaurant on my radar. After reading a review here, I stopped in for a late lunch and tried the buffet. I am not generally a fan of the buffet, but it's a good way to get a lay of the land. The food is excellent, staff is friendly and you can't beat the value - $10.
There are a few Indian restaurants in the area and this the best.
It's not much to look at from the outside, but it is well worth a visit!
We've had lunch there a few times as we live close by. It's a nice find. Food is very good and reasonable. Service can be a little slow when they're busy but they do a lot of take out. The wait staff are extremely pleasant. Love the music they play. This place is light years better in most respects than a lot of the big name places. They have to be. They are in the burbs not close to a lot of commercial space. We will probably just come here for our sushi fix.
Tried this place on a weeknight as Sushi Garden always seems to have a wait, I guess for the perceived value. The entrance is just off kingsway. Ordered the tuna/salmon sashimi - good but dissappointed they serve farmed salmon (no choice given), chopped spicy scallop roll was good, dynamite roll - just ok, ika karage - not good as it was overcooked, tempura - very good, agadashi tofu - very good. Overall pretty solid place with prices a bit higher than Sushi Garden but seems a bit higher quality. Prices for rolls $4-$6, appies around the same. Small place with basic decor, overall would return.
Had lunch here today with my father, they said it was day 3 as they just opened the place. It's clean and beautiful with friendly and professional staff. We had a pizza each and shared them half & half.
$12 Pizza Margherita - this was a great thin pizza, I picked it up and it flops over, just like when I eat pizza in Italy. Crust is awesome.
$18 Pizza Prosciutto - Same nice thin pizza, has some beautiful salty prosciutto on top.
They also have a great list of Italian beers. We had 1 Menabrea & 1 Bruton di Bruton. Good stuff.
I am happy to be able to get good authentic pizza right in north burnaby! Grazie we will be back.
My boyfriend was told about this place at work. We went there earlier today with his mother. Although it's a touch dark and noisy, the place is awesome. Not small, extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff, open kitchen.. felt quite comfortable and clean.
Portions are generous and a good selection on the menu. The value is ridiculous, I didn't expect much when I saw the price but I was pleasantly surprised!
We had steak and it was done right (we asked for med-rare). The clam-chowder was large (shared one between 2 people) and tasted nice. And we had the chicken soulvaki which was tasty and moist.
The coffee was just okay. But we didn't care.
Definitely we are coming back.
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