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3verlastingCoquitlamSince May 28, 20104 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Dewy's Pub & Grill1125 Nicola Ave, #110, Port Coquitlam
Acknowledge Your Customers, Geez
Submitted Friday, November 26, 2010 - 2:45am [Dine in]

I was a regular here last year, and I returned a couple days ago after a long break. I went back to expect the same mediocre service and food during their wing-night, but I was very disappointed. I went inside to find the place with about 3-4 tables and 2 waitresses. It was a very slow night. I stood there, waiting to be seated, and they simply stared at me as if I wasn't even supposed to be in there. The look I got from both waitresses was extremely unpleasant. They just both stood there chatting amongst each other. They weren't even occupied with anything but they didn't take the time at all to seat us - or at least ACKNOWLEDGE us. Geez. My party and I just stood there for 10 minutes, hoping to get some recognition as HUMANS but we never got it. That just simply made me feel extremely unwelcome and angry. I will never return to this place. Too bad it's going downhill.

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Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver
Disappointing
Submitted Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

I went to Aqua Riva last night for a small birthday celebration with a few friends. I had high expectations for this place, considering the size and location of the restaurant. However, I was extremely disappointed with everything. Firstly, the hostess was very "chic" and lacked professionalism. She wasn't very friendly and almost had no expression on her face. It wasn't very welcoming when I first entered. Secondly, it took waay too long to get proper service from the servers. Despite the fact that it was a Friday night, the place was practically empty with several servers just walking around doing nothing. However, it took over 20 minutes for our server to take our first order. Thirdly, the food itself was also not that great. The seafood hot pot special for that evening was very bland and the steak was as if I was chewing rubber. The appetizers and lobster entree were pleasing though. Overall, there was nothing very positively memorable about this place. If the service had been better, I think I would have liked it a lot more.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill1833 West 4th Ave., Vancouver
A Gem On 4th
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 2:54am [Dine in]

Hands down, Zakkushi is one of the best Japanese restaurants ever. There are just so many selections to fulfill anybody's needs, and it's freshly grilled just before it reaches your table. One problem I'm having at this place is that I end up spending too much solely on food rather than enjoying some drinks along with the food.

Zakkushi is THE place for skewers, so I would suggest that your orders revolve mostly around the skewers section of the menu. Some favorites are: shiso maki (the best!), cheese tsukune, p-toro, nori mayo tsukune, and memaki. If you don't mind trying new things, it would be wise for you to order each of the skewers and decide which ones you like enough to order again for a second round. Aside from skewers, the butashabu salad, ebi mayo, and mentai kimchi udon are also good choices. As the last touch, I would also recommend the yakitori don special. I'm not sure what special ingredient they put in there, but I just love their don special as the last dish. And of course, all of these go extremely well with your favorite glass of draft beer :)

I've compared the 4th location with the Denman location, and the menus are virtually the same. However, I would recommend the 4th location since it's a little less busy and very cozy due to its smaller size. And I love their washroom! It has the cutest faucet.. Oh, and the waiter who works on Thursdays is also very cute. (I think this proves that I go here too often..)

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Great Ambiance Coupled with Great Food
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 2:31am [Dine in]

Hapa Izakaya is definitely one of my favorite Japanese izakayas. Every single time I visit, I always order the Juan Karaage, Ishiyaki, and Tuna Tataki. Firstly, Juan Karaage is Hapa's version of the standard chicken karaage - it is 'to die for'. I'm usually not the type to order common dishes like the chicken karaage, but Hapa's is definitely worth trying. It is always hot, fresh, juicy, and tasty. As a bonus, it's boneless chicken! Secondly, Ishiyaki is a mix of rice with a variety of meat, vegetables, and mildly spicy sauce. It is mixed in a hot, sizzling stone bowl; you can be sure it's fresh and tasty since it's basically cooked right in front of you. This is basically the order to make you feel 'filled'. Thirdly, Tuna Tataki is not vastly different from other tuna tatakis, but I just like Hapa's zesty sauce coupled with red and green onions. Another dish I recommend is the Saba, which is just regular Saba sashimi with a twist - they sear the sashimi at your table. It's just something a little unique to get your night started. The Kabocha, which seems more like a dessert to me, is also great. The Kabocha consists of biscuits with mashed yam and whipping cream toppings. It's a sweet appetizer to begin your stay at Hapa.

As much as I love Hapa's menu, here are a few that I suggest future visitors avoid: tuna/beef lettuce wrap and negitoro. The lettuce wrap was a little messy to eat, and there just wasn't anything special about it. The negitoro was extremely disappointing, considering that I order this dish everytime I go to a Japanese restaurant. However, Hapa's was a failure. The portion is extremely small, the taste ranges from spicy-to-sour-to-sweet (what kind of taste is that??), and the bread that comes with it is just hard and tasteless.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Hapa no longer accepts debit cards. I wish someone would have told me, so I'm telling all you future visitors now :)

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