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a_chengSouth VancouverSince July 6, 200611 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
DOV..Good food, just work on service.
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

We were trying out Coast, but we took quite an early reservation since we had to get to play afterwards. It was a real early dinner and one other table had already been seated. We seated quite quickly by the hostess and were given menus. Our server was quite adamant about trying to get us to order some drinks and asked quite frequently throughout the night until she finally gave up and was absent for the better half of the meal.

Food-wise it was quite good. I was in the mood for some oysters that night, so I tried out the Kusshi oysters they had and they were quite delectabel and fresh, didn't need any sauces just a bit of lemon. For the apps, we tried out both options, my friend thought that the crab cakes were a bit lacking in flavour, while my tuna tartar had a nice kick of spice in it to start out with. Once again, we split the mains. I had the miso crusted sablefish, which was really flakey and buttery in texture in flavour. I also enjoyed the lamb, as it was not overdone had good flavours in it. Dessert was probably my favourite course for the night. I love the fact that it was interactive, since it was fondue and you got to dip it into the chocolate. I kind of abused the fact we had leftover chocolate and put the peanut butter bar in it as well, which made it jsut that much better.

The atmosphere of the place was quite warm, but I kind of felt the music choices were a bit off, since one moment the songs would be calm ones then the next moment would like a techno-rave-ish type of music.

Overall the food is what made this DOV experience more enjoyable.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
DOV..good but flat..
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

When we got to Hamilton Street Grill, the place about half full and we were quickly seated by the hostess there. I ordered the beef carpaccio to start out with and my friend tried the soup. Both of these appetizers were quite well done, it was a good start to the night. For the mains, we ordered the lamb and the salmon. I felt that both of these dishes were really boring and kind of dull. It just didn't seem as if there was enough flavour in them even after the black pepper on top. Dessert was such a turn around, it made up most of the problems of the mains. The gingerbread pudding was just that good. It was a great contrast of the warm pudding with the cold gelato, which helped tone down the sweetness and balanced it quite well.

Good service. The waiter we had wasn't very pushy and trying to sell us tons of extras. He asked how was everything and refilled the water in good time. Well, the mood of the place is kind of split I guess with the bar and a TV, and the dining area. This was a good meal but not an outstanding one by far.

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Guu in Aberdeen4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2790, Richmond
Air..Air..We need air..
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

Hmm..having been to other Guu locations before this wasn't a new experience in any way, but the fact of the matter is what really killed this experience was the atmosphere of the restaurant. Being in the secluded room located at the back of the restaurant was good for privacy. However, being sealed in on three/four sides for a good portion of the evening made it very difficult to enjoy the meal, as we were all wanting relief from the heat of the room.

Food and service are similar to other locations, yet the price is just a tad bit more pricey than the other locations.

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New management
Metro Restaurant200 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Interesting concept..
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

Having been at Metro a couple of times I think I can make an actual review of this restaurant.

Food: It think they have good ingredients and good products, there methods of cooking them are interesting, also shows some flair for their skills. The dishes as they come out look clean and look good. I think the best dish I've had from their menu would be their Grilled Humboldt Calamari since it was extremely flavorful without becoming exceedingly salty or rubbery due to over cooking. Another interesting concept is the cut to order menu and I think it is what makes this restaurant unique. It gives people a chance to try a bit of something different each time and for how much you want to eat of it. I wouldn't say it's customer trap, since one knows how much an ounce would be and it comes with the sides no matter what the size your protein is, so that's great.

My one concern with the food and the reason it doesn't get a perfect rating is because sometimes simplicity is better and I think that they could ease up on garnishing some items. I think a prime example of this was the sorbet and cane fruit I had. Thje dish was absolutely delicious without the walnuts. When I did take a bite with the nuts, it completely obliterated my palate and the flavours off the sorbets and fruit became null.

Service: Definitely right on the ball for this one. Insightful when asked for recommendations and asked countless times if the food was alright. Maybe ease up on that, but it's bettter than getting no recognition.

Ambience: What can I say it is amazing, lovely decor, can't wait for their oyster bar to be up for another try.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Local products right on target
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

A bunch of friends and myself went to Raincity Grill for brunch today after the Sun Run. We were probably a younger clientale then what the people there usually expect, but the staff there treated us with the same amount of respect as others. I really applaud them on that, as I've have been to places where the service towards younger people is so condescending and they look at you like you can't pay for the food you're ordering. Bravo!

As we were there for brunch, but really we ordered off the main lunch menu. I had the chicken breast and it was moist and not dry and everything on the dish seemed to fit in. The only complaint I had with my dish were the leeks, which were a bit stringy. We had basically ordered all the entrees off the lunch section of the menu and I thought that the each one was done fairly well. I was the only one that ordered dessert-everyone else was full-it was a cheesecake with a pear sorbet and a cherry caramel sauce with some additional granola pieces to go along with it. The texture of the cheesecake was very soft and smooth, probably not Philadephia Cream Cheese, it was a pleasant change from the super sweet cheesecakes. The sorbet was refreshing and had a distinct taste of pear in it. Some very minor problems, but overall good food.

Service was impeccable. Our server, I believe his name was Douglas, had such a friendly attitude and joked around with us quite a bit. He definately knew the food they were serving, as we had an abundance of questions about what certain things were on the menu. Water was refilled often and and removal of plates was done carefully. The atmosphere was really relaxed and we all had a great time enjoying a nice meal and talking and laughing. Only thing might have been the door right beside us, which when opened let in a draft of cool air to where we were sitting.

Definitely going to come back for another round of food sometime.

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Top Cantonese Cuisine2752 Kingsway, Vancouver
Renovations...Great food no price hike
Submitted Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

A two week renovation of this place has put some new touches on this restaurant. They have changed the carpet, put in some new chandeliers, some glass pieces and everything looks more clean. I did have a problem with those chandeliers though, they were so bright that it was hard to look up. However, speaking to one of the staff there, it seems they'll get some one to put in a dimmer switch for it.

For the food,still good quality, new steamers for the dim sum and no price hikes even after a renovation. No more carts as there is a sheet to mark what you want.They have a bunch of dim sum in the small category that are worth it with the amount you get with each one.There are also some new dishes and desserts on the menu now.

The place just seems more clean now, with all the work they did.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
New staff, new kitchen
Submitted Saturday, September 30, 2006 - 11:11am [Dine in]

Times have changed at Sun Sui Wah as their kitchen staff have left and moved to the neighbouring restaurant Northern Dynasty.

The food quality has definately fallen from where it was before as on our cold appetizer platter the marinated pork slices had gone bad and we told the waiter that. The waiter took a piece to try himself and he came back telling us "The pork didn't go bad, you just put too much vinegar on it." That was an absurd comment as no one had put any vinegar on it and the tables beside us hadn't eaten any of it. Rest of the food was mediocre nothing special.

Service was bad except there was one considerate waiter as he was better one compared to guy that looks like he doesn't want to be with these people.

Place was clean, not much else to say. Back again? Not sure

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Northern Delicacy4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 2788, Richmond
Decent Surroundings
Submitted Saturday, September 30, 2006 - 10:51am [Dine in]

I came back to Northern Delicacy after my first trip and that one was really memorable. This time around things were a bit better. However, the food I think still lacks a bit compared to other restaureants of this type. The pork used in the steamed pork dumplings, potstickers and the Shanghai style noodles all had a strong freezer burn (Chinese: shuet may) taste to it which was really pleasant.

The service was up to par, maybe it was Friday and that was why the staff were a little underworked. There was a weird feeling when ate though because the staff would stare at you while you were eating. I guess too much attention is better than no attention right?

They replaced most of those old Chinese tea house chairs as they were one of the worst choices for seating. Just imagine yourself sitting on a chair with no seat just a piece of wood and no backing to it. Not going to be an amazing meal. The place looks nicely decorated. It may warrant a return some day.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Just Amazing
Submitted Sunday, September 10, 2006 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

It is located in a more obsecure place in Yaletown ,but when you walk inside you are amazed by the sheer decadence of the cakes in front of you. Their selection is varied depending on the season. The cakes show how much work and effort went in to making each one of them. When a couple of friends and myself went to Ganache, we tried their Matcha-Exotique, Mille-Feuille aux Framboises and their Lemon Tart. You could taste all the flavours in each dessert whether it was subtle or strong.

The lady at the counter was very courteous and nice as she served us the desserts on these rectangular plate/tray. The price at about $5.50 a slice of cake seems a tad bit expensive, but when you compare it with a $3 piece of cake from other places, the taste and feel of the cake is completely different.It is a nice place to just relax and forget about what is going on in the world. There is no question in my mind whether to come back and try more of their cakes =)

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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
Business as usual
Submitted Friday, July 7, 2006 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

Yes the renovations are complete and the place looks way better than it was before. The floors are cleaner and the booth seats are new. However, the round tables that they have on one side of the facility look really tacky. It looked like they had run out of money and grabbed some patio furniture and placed it there for seating. And to disagree with previous commenter their kitchen is not actually bigger, which causes problems since they have added tables.

Their food basically stayed the same with a few price hikes to cover construction costs,but it is still a good place to grab a bite to eat.

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Golden Swan Restaurant5380 Victoria, Vancouver
Too loud!!!
Submitted Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

I had heard from my family that this place had finally shaped up and served good food, so I decided to go there and try it out. It took an awful long time to be seated (taking into consideration it was a Sunday) and that constant blaring on the sound speaker is just the beginning. When you actually enter the dining area and take a seat, the noise there is really horribly loud and gives you a nic headache after a while. The food there was average nothing out of the ordinary, however when I was there the amount dim sum that was deep fried just kept coming and coming, while having to wait for something steamed. Prices are leaning on the more expensive side as 3.20 for small dish is a bit high for the food served.

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