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alpha_dogrichmondSince November 25, 200861 Reviews
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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver
overpriced for average food
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

ate here for dinner one evening before a canucks game and i was very disappointed that i chose this place especially with the wide variety of other restaurants in the same district.
i ordered this shrimp pizza which tasted good but for $20 and barely enough slices to fill the stomach, it was ridiculous. my gf ordered the calzone at the same price which was decent as well. the caesar salad that we also ordered came to $10 and it was just mediocre.
the service was fine, cant really comment on a restaurant and its service when the place was next to empty when we arrived so of course, you would expect good service or that would mean management is doing a horrible job running this place.
the bill totaled $90 including tip for pizza/calzone, salads, a beer and a glass of wine... im not cheap but that is insane for bar food that can be picked up cheaper and better anywhere else.
ambiance is average... dimly lit and they have a jazz band that comes in after 7 (i think because i didnt stay long enough to hear them play which would have been nice)
i highly doubt ill be returning to this place.. much too expensive for the type of food they offer. the only thing that i would come back for is the jazz band, to see what its all about and i guess then, i would have no choice but to eat here.

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Shanghai River Restaurant7831 Westminster Hwy., #110, Richmond
inconsistent results with this place
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

this restaurant has the potential to be superb but its just good and its because every time i eat here, i get a different experience.
their trademark dish is their shanghai pork dumplings which are great. always order this when i am here and it always impresses. on the other hand, i have ordered other dishes which were sub-par like the deep fried prawns in the past where it came with this special "sauce" which ended up just being mayo. it tasted alright but the fact that they basically dumped a whole jar of mayo ruined this dish.
service here is also inconsistent... when its empty, you get super service; however, when the place is packed, good luck getting service from your waiter or waitress. it should not be that way because they should hire more staff to compensate for the lack in service.
the dishes do not come cheap. you are paying for the "high" quality food that people expect from them but like i have said, the entire dining experience changes each time.
the ambiance is lovely. beautifully decorated with window into the kitchen to see how the chefs work in there. creative and different compared to most of the other chinese restaurants in the neighborhood.
even though my previous experience may have been poor, i always end up returning here because i know that how good this place can be so i always give them the benefit of the doubt.

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Mui Garden Restaurant5797 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
cheap chinese fill
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

came here with my family for lunch about a week about because i saw how it won an award for a certain category (cant remember what) for oriental food in the vancouver sun.
the taste and flavor of the food was decent, similar to a hons which isnt a bad thing.. its great when you are hungry and want a quick and cheap fix. we ordered this hot pot cod dish with tofu & vegetables which tasted the best of all the dishes that we ordered, the portions were good for the price ($12) that we paid.
service was okay... the waitresses do not really speak english and they basically just take your order; you have to call them over for everything else.
the prices in general are very reasonable... 95% of the dishes are less than $12 so you get your values worth. bang for your buck which is always nice.
its a loud environment... which is typical of a more fast-food oriental restaurant but again, all oriental restaurants are loud. not too much in terms of the decor, not alot to say in this field.
overall, i would return if i was in the neighborhood.. otherwise, there are just too many other places that serve the same quality food and there is nothing here really to draw me back again.

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Reef, The1018 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
different from the norm
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

came here a while ago and remembered that i was not particularly fond of the food.. it is much different from the average restaurant in terms of the type of food they offer and you have to have the taste buds for this genre of food. if not, you will likely not enjoy the dining experience here.
our waitress was kind, she was around to give us refills when we needed and polite when we asked about the various items on the menu.
i felt the prices were fair for the proportion of food that was provided... nothing wrong in this department.
i personally would not return... the food does not appeal to me but for others, it could be worthwhile. i think one has to try it at least once to see what caribbean food is about.

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Rugby Beach Club Grille950 W Broadway, #201, Vancouver
cheap drinks but thats it
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 11:26am [Dine in]

ate here for a group event and thought the food was okay.. ordered the chicken breast with a caesar salad and it tasted like the usual bar food, nothing special.
the service could have been much better... waiter was forgetful and was not very outgoing. it felt like he just wanted to do his job without having to put much effort into it and get out of there when his shift ended. not too impressive.
place has good prices for drinks and they have all these weekly specials which sound tempting to try... overall, their prices are fair.
its a loud environment. of course you would expect that at a place like this.. nice setting to kick back with friends and drink the night away.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
food that gets the taste buds rolling
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

a friend took me here for a bday dinner and i heard real good things about the food here so i came with high expectations.
i ordered the steak that came with a poutine and both tasted fabulous. the steak was cooked medium rare and it turned out tasty and juicy. the steak itself was pretty big (id say 10oz.) so its not like they gave a tiny slab of meat. the poutine tasted great, a little salty but not enough for me to pass it up. my friend ordered the venison and he loved it! he couldnt stop talking about how good it tasted so thats what im going to order to the next time im here.
our service was terrific. waitress knew of the dishes well when we inquired about them and was very polite to us the entire evening. it was not only her that gave us service but the rest of the staff which was pleasant because you would feel like you were always being taken care of.
the prices are not steep and very reasonable for what it worth.. the most expensive entree is just over $30 bucks (the price of the steak) which is excellent compared to many other places.
nice atmosphere.. classy yet casual. the restaurant is decorated well and overall, a very 'comfortable' feeling.
i loved this place. no doubt i will be back here again the in near future. i would recommend for sure!

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
mediocre food
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

ate here for lunch on a summer day and i wasnt all that impressed with the food, could have been better. much better.
i ordered the burger and it wasnt anything special.. just tasted like an ordinary burger, of course it was better than fast food (i.e. mcdonalds or burger king) but it was definitely not worth the cost (just under $20 which is ridiculously expensive)
the service was the worst quality of this restaurant.. our server never really came around. once our order was taken, we basically had to stare at him until we made solid eye contact for him to come over and realize we wanted something else.
nice atmosphere and feeling to this place, its right by the water and when the sun is out, great to sit out on the patio and take advantage of that beautiful weather.
overall, the experience was not anything like i thought it would be based on how popular this place is. would i return? sure but i wouldnt go out of my way to eat here again.

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Himalaya Restaurant4011 No. 5 Road, #110, Richmond
terrible indian food
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

came here for the buffet and probably one of the worst meals i have ever had!
the butter chicken had zero flavour, the curry tastes like water and the vegetables dishes looked like they were sitting there from the day before... i got full on naan bread and thats pretty sad.
as for the service, there isnt any. the staff does not even come around to clean up dirty dishes so you have to stack them on the table behind you (as long as no one is eating there).
in terms of value, its cheap AYCE... but the price reflects the quality of the food which isnt a good thing.
cant say too much about the ambiance... place could use a good clean up because it doesnt look very sanitary at first glance, doubt the washrooms are any better. only thing they got going for them are pay per view canucks games on their tvs.
i would never return here again and i would only recommend this "restaurant" to a friend if i wanted to pull a prank on him or her.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant7900 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
one of the best chinese places around
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

everytime i dine here, i always try something different because they have so much to offer on the menu.. one of my favourite dishes is the sweet and sour beef tenderloin that is so tasty (a must have!), the meat is soft and flavourful and not filled with fat either.
the service here is more attentive than most oriental restaurants.. they do a decent job of making themselves available by constantly walking around the dining area without having to wait 10 minutes for service like you might encounter with other places.
the dishes do not come cheap. one is looking at a minimum of $15-$20 per plate which may not sound like alot at first but it stacks up quickly when you are ordering 3 or more dishes.
you cant go wrong with kirin... it has always been renowned for being one of the best oriental restaurants around and i completely agree. wonderful choice for great food!

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
memorable dining experience
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2008 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

my lovely gf took me here for my birthday dinner and im glad she did because the food here was amazing (and i stress the word amazing).
to start, we ordered this scallops and prawn/pork dish and all i have to say about the scallops are WOW.. it came with risotto and peking duck which was heavenly. one of the best i have ever ordered, i could have just come for this particular appetizer and ordered 4 of these to eat without anything else. for entrees, i had their seasonal fresh fish special which was also very tasty, the salmon was cooked perfectly which came with this potatoe and shrimp combo that could not have made the dish taste any better. my gf loved her pasta dish as well which was also very yummy since i got to try some of it.
our waitress was friendly and polite to us throughout the entire evening.. a sweetheart just made the dining experience that much better.
relative to other restaurants like this, the value of the food was reasonable given the proportions that were provided. the type of food is comparable to a place like seasons in the park minus the view (we did get a window seat here though) so you are getting food without sky high prices.
the place has a cozy feeling to it and a 'historic' atmosphere: dimly lit with chandeliers and mirrors that look like they would belong in a castle... different yet creative. i liked it.
i will be back here again for sure and i really hope the food will be just as good as the first time... hard to find a restaurant that consistently serves the same quality food but if this place does that, ill definitely be a regular customer here.

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Banana Leaf3005 W Broadway, Vancouver
average malaysian food
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2008 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

ive been to several of the banana leaf chains and i only go because there arent too many malaysian restaurants around and i want that fix.
overall, the food is nice.. of course it tastes nothing like how it would if you were in singapore or malaysian but they do a great job of matching the style and flavours to its country of origin.
service is better than you would expect in most oriental restaurants, the servers are better mannered and friendlier to their customers.
the prices are around $10-20 which is not expensive (and it should never be with any restaurant that serves this genre of food) but there are cheaper places, just have to find them because they are usually tucked away. the proportions are decent sized so you are pretty full after 2 or 3 main dishes (depending on how many you dine with).
the restaurants are well lit and decorated with cultural items which is pleasant and nice to look at when you are sitting down and eating.
i personally have had much better tasting food in the same category but i still would recommend this for people who havent tried this type of food to give it a chance because if you like it, you'll be back often.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
a nice & pleasant experience
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

had a friend who always use to praise and say how great their food was so i took her advice and came here one night with my gf.
we were politely welcomed and seated to our table.. the restaurant was nearly at capacity with another group that was scheduled to come in shortly after us. with that, our waitress suggested that we order before they come or else we would probably have to wait longer for the kitchen to cook our food... we thought that was considerate of her to inform us ahead of time. an observation that i made upon looking around was that the crowd dining here were mostly seniors.. no problem whatsoever with it, just something that i noticed.
i ordered a baked salmon, very tasty and a little raw on the inside which was how it was supposed to be cooked... i enjoyed that alot and would certainly have that again! my gf liked her dish just as much which added to the positive dining experience.
the prices here are reasonable for a seafood place... compared with other restaurants in the same area, their prices are all relatively similar so the only thing that separates them is the quality of the food.
thought the ambiance was lacking, nothing stood out... probably because the place was so dim that it was hard to notice anything around us. it was a relaxing atmosphere though, not too loud.
overall, would love to come here again.. nice treat and i would recommend it to someone else if they wanted quality food in this area!

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Jade Seafood Restaurant8511 Alexandra Road, Richmond
not coming back
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

drove by and thought this restaurant would be good so we stopped in for dinner, the place was only a quarter full when we arrived so it was pretty quiet.
noticed the prices were on the more expensive side so of course we expected higher quality food in return but we got the opposite.. the honey garlic spareribs were fat filled, hardly any meat so we ended up discarding half the dish.. the crispy golden shrimp had more batter to each shrimp than the actual shrimp itself so we basically ingested oil and grease, same result: threw away half of it. they were certainly not worth the price that they charged, junk food at a high price.
the service itself was surprisingly good for an asian restaurant (we all know how their service needs work)... the waiters were polite, came by to check if we still had tea left without having to call them over, meal came in a timely fashion and they wished us happy holidays when we left. was very impressed!
the ambiance is like most higher class asian restaurants.. good lighting, clean dining area and the washroom was clean as well (that was a surprise)!
there so much selection with chinese food in richmond so thats why i wont be returning again because there ARE places with much better food just down the street.

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
a classic and favourite
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

i would come here just to have their bread dipped in lobster oil.. that stuff is sooo good, truly one of their trademark complimentary dishes!
the ambiance is wonderful: you have a gorgeous view of the water and a relaxing atmosphere that makes it very comforting while you dine, cant say enough about it.
all the waiters/waitresses are extremely professional and polite, always attentive to their customers and friendly... these guys were trained very well.
the servings are not big but at the same time, not small either.. they are fair. tried their linguini and thought it tasted super. my date really enjoyed her prawn and scallop entree as well. their prices are reasonable relative to other restaurants in the same category.
overall, the cannery is one of the best in vancouver in terms of everything... it is unfortunate that this place is relocating in 2010, im making a promise to myself to return again before then.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
good lunch
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

came here for lunch and it was deserted, it was just us and another couple in there.
ordered the pacific chowder and thought it tasted dull and was too watery for my liking... i like my chowder thick and flavourful which this specific soup was not anything like those qualities
the grilled cheese was delicious though: crispy (but not burnt), cheese-filled and tasty. definitely made up for the sub-par chowder.
service was great, very nice waitress with a polite attitude and was attentive to us while we were there... no complaints.
the prices are solid, nothing is more than $15 really.. it is lunch afterall so not too many people are willing to spend that much so Burgoo is a good place for cheap eats
overall, lovely place with a nice variety of lunch dishes.. would return here more often if it wasnt so out of the way.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
good fill for a cheap price
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

they have large portions here and it costs just over $10, cant find that kind of value in downtown vancouver so thats probably why this place is always mad busy in the evenings... and i repeat, mad busy.
i think the food here is bland.. their rice just tastes like plain white rice to me and their meat lacks any real taste. strange how that is yet ive kept coming back here, until recently.
the guys that serve here do their job well considering how busy it can get, they take your orders pretty quickly and the food comes out within a reasonable period of time.. but there have been exceptions.
its a loud and relatively small place, hard to get through when there is more than one person standing in front of you.. in terms of the places' cleanliness, ill leave that to the health inspectors to decide.
i havent been back here in a while, probably not planning to because the food does not appeal to me much; however, if i only had $15 and was starving, i would consider it.

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Sockeye City Grill3800 Bayview Street, #108, Richmond
yummy fish and chips!
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

came here on a summer day to try their fish and chips and it was fantastic! the fish had just the right amount of batter, without going overboard where theres more batter than fish, thats gross... some places ive eaten at do this and it shows how frugal they are.. i noticed their F&C are actually cheaper when you do take-out as opposed to dining in so if you want to save a few bucks, make your order outside and wait.
our waitress did her job, there were a couple times though when we made direct eye contact with her to show that we needed something else yet she continued to walk away.. other than that, she was nice.
relative to other F&C places, their prices are good.. you are usually paying at least $13 for a single cod and a little more for halibut which reflect the prices here so nothing unusual.
in the summer, this place is great... you have the option of eating out on the patio and enjoying the weather along with the view or eating inside the restaurant. both are pleasant.
pajos used to be my favourite in the steveston area... now its sockeyes! totally recommend

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Chow3121 Granville Street, Vancouver
lovely place
Submitted Monday, December 8, 2008 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

heard good things about Chow so came here to see what the hype was about.
we were welcomed and directed to our table very politely, i made reservations for 5:30pm and it was basically empty when we arrived..
i tried their house made sausage and it was not to my liking because it had this sour taste to it that i did not enjoy, the side that came with it did not compensate for the overall flavor of the sausage which was disappointing.. my gf ordered the sloping hills pork which tasted 10x better, i should have gotten that instead. we also had their dessert, the chocolate brownie was marvelous!
the service was excellent, our waitress was very friendly and professional with us the entire evening so we left her a generous tip when we paid for the bill.
prices are not expensive compared to other restaurants in the same category but their servings are quite small which makes up for their cheaper prices.
the ambiance here is great: nicely decorated and relaxed atmosphere contributes positively to the dining experience.
this place has the potential to be really good and that is why i would return here again, only thing i would stay away from is their sausage.. other than that, everything else was terrific!

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Pho Lan Vietnamese Restaurant6950 No. 3 Road, Richmond
one of the dirtiest phos around
Submitted Monday, December 8, 2008 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

their large phos are massive.. if you order them, make sure your stomach is empty because i guarantee you will walk out of there full.
i enjoy the pho here: hot and tasty soup base with a decent portion of beef that comes with the noodles... good place to hit on a cold rainy day where the prices are solid... the best thing they offer are their spring rolls, always have em when im here!
... the guy who runs this place though is a jerk, has no customer service skills and just plain rude, it sucks because you have to see his cranky face every time you are there.
the place itself needs to be much cleaner: washrooms are a mess and i do not even want to imagine how sanitary their kitchen is.
the only time i come back is when im craving a great spring roll.. since there are so many pho places around, i usually end up going elsewhere.

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
overpriced indian food
Submitted Monday, December 8, 2008 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

one of the higher end places to eat for indian cuisine and the food was good, but not great.
i decided to stray away from the typical butter chicken so i ordered the goa chicken curry which was decent, it did not stand out very much in terms of taste and simply had that everyday curry flavor to it.. my gf had the butter chicken which she enjoyed, i probably should have gone with that as well.
the price you pay is the real downfall to Maurya, expensive for what its worth when you can just go to a hole in the wall place on fraser and eat indian food that is much better and much cheaper.
its a loud environment, a little dark in the restaurant.. overall, the ambiance contributes nothing to the dining experience.
i would probably not return here again unless i wanted to waste money on sub-par food... and there are lots of other places in vancouver for that.

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