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alinxxBurnabySince February 8, 200812 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)


Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1873 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
delishh steaks & salads
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

I've heard a lot about Pinky's and me and two girl friends "accidentally" stumbled upon Pinky's on a rainy night when looking for another restaurant. Though we're UBC students, tight on the money, I told them about the reviews I heard from this place so we decided to dine here.

Food: Impressive. Two of us ordered the Hawaiian Ribeye and like our server told us...it was MASSIVE. It was juicy but I think I should have ordered it medium instead of medium rare because it was a bit too red for my liking. The sides were incredible too. They had the BEST salad...I believe it was the "cowboy" salad? They also had a cowgirl salad but I honestly do not know what they represent. I just remembered the nuts and dried cranberries went perfectly well with the dressing and the salad and the cheese...oh my...it was good. My friend had the yellow tomatoes side which was also flavourful but I would highly suggest ordering the salad. My other friend ordered a burger with the same salad...the burger was massive and she had only positive reviews for it too. However...we all ate way too much so we were full up to the gross point haha, but it's not their fault. We also had two of their martinis, I believe the Casino Royale and this other Japanese one with lychee in it...forgot the name. The japanese one was a lot better in our opinion though.

Service: Our server was very friendly and accommodating. She offered to cook my steak some more if it was too rare but I was too hungry to wait some more haha. She was very helpful and informative about describing what was good and very polite.

Value: We're UBC students, so obviously it was a bit steep for us. It's good value though, for normal standards. The three of us came out to be around $120, which is actually pretty good considering we got steaks and drinks. It's just...our regular meal would be about $10 so it hurt a bit paying since it was such an impromptu meal also.

Ambiance: Good music, loud but not loud enough that we can't talk. Dark but a good feel. Tables are a little too close I think and bathrooms are a bit far (in the back, then upstairs/downstairs) and a bit cramped.

Overall, it's the food that counts. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Suga Sushi Japanese Restaurant5728 University Boulevard, #201, Vancouver
Why pick this one?
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

This sushi joint is pretty popular with the UBC students...but to be honest, I think most of the other sushi places in the UBC village are better than this restaurant. I guess it's because this is the only place that's actually a real restaurant is what attracts a lot of people...or maybe they just never tried the other places.

Food: Honestly, not that good. I tried this place 2 times already and was disappointed both times. Sushi rolls are small and sashimi slices are SO thin and not very fresh. dons are tasteless and small too. Haven't tried anything else but I'm pretty sure they won't be so great either.

Service: Quick and they seem nice. No small chat but they are polite. All I can say.

Value: I guess the value might be another reason for returns, it's not SUPER cheap but it's affordable for UBC students. Maybe the other sushi joints might be a bit more expensive but when I think about it, most other places have a lot of cheap but filling combos too so I don't get what's the deal there.

Ambiance: It's a restaurant. That excites UBC students. It's not great ambiance but they have tvs.

Honestly, I suggest people to go try Osaka Sushi in the UBC food-court cafeteria place in the village. I think it's much better though it might look more dingy. Suga Sushi just does not impress or even satisfy at all.

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Osaka Sushi5728 University Boulevard, #6, Vancouver
For UBC standards...
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

Even though I'm from Vancouver, I live at UBC since it's too much of a hassle to commute for school. This means all my meals are at UBC. Therefore, I am judging based on UBC standards, because if I was not living here, no offense, I would probably give a lower grade review.

Food: Compared to other sushi areas around here, this one has got to be the best. It's weird because no one really knows this, they go for the other ubc sushi joints, which in my opinion, are really disgusting and bland. This place at least serves some kind of real sushi with decent portions and actual differing flavours. I usually get a combo or try some of their special rolls. If you're tight with money, go for the combos, they have TONS. and they are usually well-priced.

Service: Pretty quick & efficient...they are chinese-owned though and sometimes they start talking in chinese to each other and they don't know I also speak mandarin...they don't say anything rude about me but you can tell that what they're saying they wouldn't normally say in front of customers if they knew I understood them.

Value: Maybe it's because I always get tempted to get the special rolls so it adds up. The special rolls go up to over 10 dollars which I think is pretty ridiculous for a UBC joint. But the combos are well-priced. I don't think a lot of people know this...but they have "customer cards" and with every 7 dollars you pay, they give you a stamp and every 7 stamps you get a free 5 dollars order (basically 5 dollars off your meal). Be sure to request a card if they don't give you one.

Ambiance: What can I say? It's located in a dingy food-court. But I guess this food-court/cafeteria is a staple for the UBC kids so I don't want to say anything negative because a lot of hearts will be broken (including mine) if they tear this place down. This is a place where UBC kids escape to eat some REAL (or close to it) food.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
No offense
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

No offense, but I believe a lot of the good reviews given to this restaurant for their sushi are from people who don't eat sushi a lot, or are just impressed by their wide variety of special rolls.

Food: I came a couple times, most recently with UBC friends, and a lot of them gave positive reviews for the sushi rolls but they all tasted the same to me and weren't spectacular. Vancouver has tons of sushi restaurants with way better special rolls. Maybe it's just because there's a cool western-asian fusion crazy vibe or something here. I don't want to be biased though, I've only tried their sushi rolls so can't say much about anything else.

Service: No rudeness or anything but slow and we had to ask over 5 times for utensils and waters. Our waitress seemed tired or didn't like her job or something.

Value: Not bad, not cheap either. Affordable.

Ambiance: Great for kids who like the dark loud vibe feel but it's hard to see sometimes and not very comfortable seats.

All in all, I would return if others would like, but if it was up to me, I would take them elsewhere.

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Yogen Fruz4700 Kingsway, #1213, Burnaby
guilt-free ice cream :)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 9:10am [Dine in]

food: if i was to base this review only on the taste,
i probably would've gave it a 3. However, considering
how much healthier this is to ice-cream, the taste is
pretty awesome. you can get your frozen yogurt
low-fat, non-fat, or no sugar and no fat, and you can choose
between chocolate & vanilla then either mix in fruits/nuts/candy
or top it off. yogen fruz is a necessity for me since i simply need
my fix of guilt-free dessert every time i hit the mall.

service: decent & fast. not much more to say. the guy owner is
pretty nice at accomodating to complicated requests.

value: i always wonder why healthier foods always cost more.
one cup of yogurt ranges between 3-5 dollars depending on
the size. if you're a student, show them a spc card if you got
one, you get 10% discount i believe.

ambiance: even though the metrotown one is pretty much
"food-court" style, the location is pretty good since
it's NOT in the food court, and at a busy section
so it's more convenient to get to. the reason i gave
it a 4 is because they had a renovation about a year ago
and it helped not only their appearance, but even their
business a lot. the menu is also a lot more clearer now.

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Golden Dynasty Seafood Restaurant8360 Granville Ave, Richmond
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

I decided to take my family here for dimsum since we never tried it out before. I have heard good reviews about this restaurant, cheap but good food. However, we were pretty disappointed
Food: It is cheaper than other dimsum restaurants and we were looking for the dimsum carts and this place seem to be one of the only few left. However, there weren't a lot of choices and only 2-3 carts at the floor at a time. The food was always the same and it was all very oily and greasy. My whole family had a disgusting bloated stomach for the rest of the day.
Service: I understand it is a busy restaurant and top notch service is not expected for dimsum, but it took us A LOT of effort to flag someone down and we had to request 3-4 times just to get something we want. Every single person working was very very impatient.
Ambiance: Not that great. Plain and run down. Nothing compared to other seafood restaurants there are around here. However, it reminded me of Taiwan and Hong Kong, and I do enjoy a lively atmosphere.

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Black Tuna Japanese Bistro1184 Denman, 202, Vancouver
i loved it!
Submitted Monday, March 17, 2008 - 5:21am [Dine in]

food - fantastic! the special sushi rolls are soo good. best i ever had anywhere. they had a huuggge variety. i recommend the denman roll. if you have the money, try all their rolls lol
service - the waitress was very polite and kind. we even got a complimentary dish. the food comes quite slow though, but it's worth it
ambiance - the music was good, the place is nice. there might be a few things i thought could be different but overall it's prty nice.
When we went, it was only our table and another table. but we went pretty early. but i recommend this restaurant. i hope everyone can go try it out. the restaurant is fantastic! they need to stay in business!

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Big Orange4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Pretttyy good
Submitted Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

A lot of the people I know complain about this place or judge it before they try because it is located in the mall and the ambiance isn't that great.
However, I find the bubble tea here to be just as good or maybe better than the super popular ones around the city.
However, careful of the milkly slushes/smoothies. The reason they taste so good is because they add a load of ice cream to it, which some bbt places don't do. So watch that waistline!
The service is okay. The manager is nice but he's a little creepy because he smiles so much. The girls are nice too but be sure they get your order right...there were many instances when I asked for no pearls and they still gave it to me.
There's no where to sit besides the stools at the counter, you're basically there to buy a drink to go.
Anyway, try it out. They also have stamp cards where if you buy 10 you get a free drink

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Octopus Garden1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Good but slightly disappointed
Submitted Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

I came here for my birthday dinner about a month ago.
I had high hopes for the restaurant after hearing such raving reviews.
We had the $100 and $60 omakase. Yes, it was a lot of food. Everything was very fresh and unique but it wasn't as good as I hoped. In the end, we felt that it wasn't worth what we paid. However, if you have the money, it's probably still worth it.
The service was good. The waitresses were polite and kind. However, the food took forever to come, which on the other hand might be a good thing because it was the head chef that was preparing our food I believe, and good food cannot be rushed.
They sat us in the "private room" in the back, which isn't really a room, we're just isolated from the main dining room. However, it wasn't really "private either" because there's another two-seater right beside us which did become occupied as we were half-way through the meal. Their table was literally right next to ours, you can barely get pass the two tables.
Overall, it was a good experience. I've always wanted to try omakase. However, the disappointment still lingers to this day.

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Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver
I liked it
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

After hearing some mediocre reviews about the place I was skeptical about the restaurant.
A friend and I came for their extended dine out and we were seated beside the window. I thought the view was amazing and the restaurant had a very unique look.
The service was good..the server we had was polite but I felt that she was a bit serious and could have been nicer. However, the girls that walk around to pour water and set tables were really nice. Our bread was cold when it came and she apologized and came back right away with hot bread and a smile.
The appetizers were good. My soup was somewhat ordinary but my friend's prawns with risotto was fantastic. The entrees were great too. We had the steak and the chicken. The chicken was too salty but the pasta that came with it was great. The steak was just right too, there were strawberries with the sauce which I thought was a great touch. The apple and rhubarb crisp for dessert was fantastic. The cheesecake was good too, maybe a bit normal, and we were also too full to completely finish it.
It was a nice meal and I would recommend the dine out menu. However, their normal prices are overpriced in my opinion.

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Tomoya Japanese Restaurant6285 Nelson Ave, Burnaby
Give it a few tries
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

The problem with this place is it might be hard to get use to at first. It is small and the people working there might not be as courteous as you would like, it depends on who's working too. the ambiance of the place isn't anything to talk about either, but I must admit the food is pretty good.
The rolls are bigger than other usual sushi joints and the prices aren't that bad either. They give you 8 pieces instead of 6. Their salmon teriyaki is realllly good too. They also have some nice combos that are really cheap. Most sushi joints don't combine all the good rolls in one combo, but this place has combos like "favorite combo" or "popular combo" which includes quite a few rolls people tend to like to order together. Their special rolls are pretty tasty too, I have tried almost all of them. There are a couple that the flavours don't match well, but mostly they are worth a try. This place is open 7 days a week and everyday from 11am-10pm so it's pretty convenient.
I would suggest to give it a try, or maybe a couple tries, because that's how many times I took to grow to make this place a regular!

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Dine Out 2008
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

This was one of the last dine outs my family and I went to this year and I was pretty excited because of all the raving reviews.
However, I must admit I was disappointed.
The food was good but the portions were TINY.
I think it's because it's dine out though, I'm pretty sure the regular priced items are of bigger portions.
The food was tasty...but not as good as I was expecting.
For appetizers, we ordered the avocado salad, chicken noodle soup, and bruschetta. They are all mediocre in my opinion.
The entrees we had the vegetable lasagna, and two pizzas. The lasagna was okay, there was a weird taste to it...same with one of the pizzas. The pizzas were good though, but not amazing.
I think the best part of our meal were the desserts, they were all very good.
The service was good and the ambiance would've been nicer if we weren't sitting on the benches, I think it's because my 7-year-old brother was there so they sat us near the kids section.

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