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AngelaWVancouverSince February 2, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (4)
  • Food4.5 (4.5)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance4.5 (4.5)

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
Great sushi, others ok
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

My friends and I went there on a quiet Monday evening and we all decided to order the regular Omakase dinner (the one for $65/person). There were 6 dishes altogether (which was plenty). The first dish were three sushi pieces, second was a chicken salad wrap that was similar to a Vietnamese salad roll, another sushi dish with 6 pieces, soba noodles, lamp chop with steamed vegetables and a mouse-like dessert.

The sushi was excellent and very fresh! My favourite was a grilled eggplant sushi with special sauce on it. Another favourite of mine was the seared salmon sushi with mayo-like sauce and one slice of jalapeno pepper on it. All the dishes were good except for the two dishes, which I thought were just ok: the soba and lamb chop. The soba didn't taste extraordinary and the lamb chop was a little bland (although the vegetables that were served with it were great). The dessert was very delicious. It was a good compliment to the rest of the dinner. It was light and not too heavy.

The decor of the restaurant is a little plain in my opinion. As if trying to go for the minimalist look. I don't how to describe it but I'm sure others have brought it up. I have to say that it's in a great location by the water and in the downtown core.

In conclusion, I would come here again for the sushi. I'll know to leave the soba and lamb chop out.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Love them
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 1:45am [Dine in]

Honestly, I don't really hot dogs but the only hot dog stand I'd eat from is this one. I love the Japa Dogs but they seem to leave pretty early (I guess I find myself in the area only around the evening/night time). I like the terimayo with the seaweed on it. I tried to replicate the flavour and have tried other hot dog stands at the Richmond Night Market which tried to serve the same thing but nothing is as delicious as the Japa Hot Dog Stand. Service is quick and I can't say much about the ambiance for a hot dog stand :) The price is the same as other hot dog stands.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Just OK
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

After reading the reviews on here, I thought I'd give Diva a try.

The first impression I got was not very good. I phoned about 5 days prior to make a reservation for FOUR people. The person who answered the phone took down my name, phone number and credit card number. She told me that the reason why she wanted my credit card number was just in case I couldn't make it, then they would charge my card for the number of people I reserved it. I understood that policy and gladly gave her my credit card number.

On the afternoon of my reservation, I called again just to confirm my dinner time. The person on the phone said that they didn't have a reservation for me at all. Then I told them that I called in a few days prior. After a few minutes on hold, the person then said that they finally found my reservation but asked me for how many people (which made me doubt that they didn't actually find my reservation at all but was planning to just fit me in at the last minute).

I was fine with this situation since I ended up getting four seats in the end anyway, but I was glad I was diligent enough to confirm my reservation (or lack of) or I would have been quite embarrassed in front of my dinner mates if they had "lost' my reservations when we arrive.

The server wasn't very attentive and the food took very long to come. I was getting really thirsty and asked for water, which the server forgot. About 15 minutes later, I had to ask him again (second time) for water. It was over 30 minutes before our appetizers got served and another 45 minutes before the entrees came. I have to admit that the food was great (not memorable). We paid extra to have a side of scallops, which were excellent. The menu isn't much different than what I'd find in many other places so I wouldn't give it high marks for originality. Altogether, the food itself was very fresh and good.

The ambiance was great. It's a very nice, classy restaurant. The decor is beautiful. I was seated near the entrance, by the bar so I didn't have a chance of sitting further into the restaurant but even where I was sitting, it was still very nice.

In conclusion, the food made up for the poor service, however, it's a little overpriced for what it is. I don't think I'll be coming here again.

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Octopus Garden1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Highly recommended
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

I've been to Japan several times and very much missed the sushi and Japanese food they serve there. Vancouver has a number of good Japanese restaurants but in my opinion, I would have to say that Octopus Garden is closest to authentic Japanese food. The decor is small and quite cozy. I ordered the Omakase. It's a multi-course meal, which the chef personally creates. Your dishes will depend on the availability and whatever ingredients they have fresh at the moment. My friend who went a week earlier ordered the same Omakase meal but was served entirely different dishes. My friends ordered the sashimi and nigiri combo. The sushi isn't all what you would find in a typical Japanese restaurant, where they would serve the normal salmon/tuna. The chef and servers were all very hospitable too. The chef stepped out and personally thanked us for coming while the servers said goodbye and held the door for us. I would recommend this restaurant to the adventurous types and aren't afraid to try a little raw fish :)

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