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annebanksRichmond, VancouverSince April 10, 200910 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value4 (3.9)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Koto Izakaya Sushi & Robata8171 Alexandra Road, #101, Richmond
Average sushi; not really "Izakaya"
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Food: The menu is surely impressive with a huge amount of choices. There were at least 15 specialty rolls, lots of robata items, nigiri, sashimi, salads, noodles and a lot more. For appetizers, I had the Ahi Tuna carpaccio. I love Ahi Tuna, but the dish I received just tasted so fishy and was certainly not very enjoyable. The wakami salad was pretty average, nothing special. My party of four had two specialty rolls to share: the Rainbow roll and the Mango Hamachi roll. The Rainbow roll was not bad, but I expected it to have some sort of sauce on top to add more flavor (as is common on specialty rolls), which it didn't. Without the sauce, it really didn't have much flavor. The Mango Hamachi roll was again average, nothing that really got me saying "wow". The salmon belly was again, a little lacking in flavor. According to the one that had the chirashi bowl, the sashimi didn't taste super fresh, just average.

Service: There's only one waitress and shereally polite, but when she took our order, she used some electronic device which I thought was really unnecessary considering she could probably remember our order because we were the only table. In fact, we received a California roll when we didn't even order it because apparently, a table that had left already had ordered it and she forgot to take it off the system. She did take it away and explain to us what had happened though. One thing that annoyed me was that we only got our tea refilled two times when the cups were tiny, so we didn't get much tea.

Value: The specialty rolls start at around 9.99 and go up to 13.99 or 14.99 I believe. This price is reasonable for specialty rolls which come in 8 pieces, but for the quality and taste, I don't really feel like it's worth it. Overall, the prices are about the same as most sushi places in Richmond if not a little higher but they do have some more innovative dishes which makes up for it I guess.

Ambiance: We had a reservation at 6pm which turned out not to be necessary anyway because we were the only table for half of our meal; later on, one other table arrived but that was it. I thought the emptiness and silence was kind of awkward. Izakayas are usually more of a loud place, full of hustle and bustle, but Koto is just not that. Maybe they get busier later at night. The seating capacity is only 60 so this is a small place and the seats are already quite tight. Most of the seating are booths with only a few tables with free standing chairs. The decor is not like that you would find at Izakayas in Vancouver like Kingyo, Hapa or Guu; it's just like your average sushi place in Richmond like Daimasu. There is one LCD TV which can be viewed from most of the room; when we were there, it was on the AMC channel showing some war movie without captions or anything, so you couldn't really watch anyway, but I guess it would be good for watching sports.

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Aoyama Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 1008, Richmond
Good desserts; Inexperienced servers
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 12:20am [Dine in]

Food: We had both the tiramisu and creme brûlée cheesecakes as well as the cinnamon sugar French Toast. I'm a huge fan of cheesecakes and I thought they were both very good. However, they are not traditional cheesecakes and more of an Asian version as you would expect from a Japanese restaurant. The French Toast came in about 12 mini pieces which was very convenient for sharing. When you get French Toast at Asian cafes, its usually two pieces of thin bread stacked on top one another; at Aoyama however, they use the real thing: a thick slice of bread which is really nice. For drinks, we had a few of the siphoned coffees (hazelnut, macadamia nut and chocolate). I myself had the chocolate and I thought there was just the perfect amount of coffee taste versus chocolate. My friend who had the hazelnut agreed saying that there is actually a lot more of the coffee taste and the hazelnut is quite subtle, which really works. One downside is that the size of the coffees are quite small (more of a "European size"). We also had the iced UCC brewed coffee which was good coffee in my opinion but I could not judge the quality that well because it was iced.

Service: The servers are really polite really but the main problem is that they are obviously very inexperienced. The second time I was there, one of them was actually being trained. Also, since the restaurant is new, they have not started full service yet so you have to go to the counter to order and pay, then you leave your receipt on the table and they bring the food to you. This causes a lot of confusion though since they have to wander around looking at every table to find the order. But once they start the full service and you can actually sit down to order, this won't be a problem anymore.

Value: A slice of cheesecake is $5.95 which seems quite overpriced compared to other places in Richmond. But this is really at par with many restaurants in Vancouver, so if you think about the quality and taste of the cheesecake, the price isn't that bad. The cinnamon sugar French Toast is $6.95 which I think is a really good deal because the portion is quite good. The siphoned coffees are $4.50 a cup and are really small so I think that's definitely overpriced. When I went there on Jan 2, they were having a promotion where each item comes with a brewed drink (UCC coffee or tea) so that made the meal more worth it.

Ambiance: The feeling of the cafe is like a modern diner which is quite cool in my opinion and looking out at shoppers in the mall is quite fun. Also, the seats are really comfortable and spacious too. They use Wedgewood cutlery which is quite expensive. This little bit of added heaviness is really nice and is a great touch.

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Sushi Hachi Restaurant8888 Odlin Crescent, #1278, Richmond
Very very tasty sushi!
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

Thankfully, I made a reservation because when I got there, ALL the tables had a "Reserved" sign on it. It's no wonder why. After finishing my meal, I wanted to book a table for lunch the next day...but turns out, they only open for dinner! What a shame. Okay, so I ordered two sockeye salmon rolls (the only type of salmon they serve), a California roll, and an Alaska roll. I never had a liking to sockeye salmon, usually preferring Atlantic, but WOW, this sockeye salmon tasted even better than any Atlantic salmon I've ever had. The rice in the rolls was well seasoned and the seaweed was nice and crispy. Even the ginger they serve is above average compared to most sushi joints. My party also shared a salmon sashimi, and even though it was a little pricey at 9.50, it was well worth it. The sashimi was sliced paper thin, and so tasty and fresh. You have to give this place a try, once you taste their sushi, you'll be hooked. And this place isn't big, probably seating only 30 people, so you have to make a reservation.

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Sushi Han Take-out Restaurant8180 No. 2 Rd., #182, Richmond
Good Food, Good Prices, Bad Service.
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

After reading the previous reviews, I guess I was expecting alot from this place. The food was not quite as good as I had expected but reasonable for the price. As a japanese place, the sushi should really be good. Unfortunately, the rice in the rolls were too sticky and the seaweed was too soft and chewy. Also, the sake (salmon) makis were pretty bland as I really couldn't taste the salmon. But I did enjoy the salmon tempura inside out roll as I guess they're really best with the cooked food - I also enjoyed their agedashi tofu. The service, however, was really inexcusable - we were seated around the corner where we weren't in the view of the front cashier. Even though there were only 2 servers, the place isn't reallly that big, so it shouldn't have been a problem. Unfortunately, they really didn't seem to be at all organized - i had ordered take out along with my dine in order, and the other waitress brought the take out on a plate, I guess the waitress who took our order down hadn't made a note of it. We then told the waitress that we had ordered it for takeout, and she simply went to "check", but never came back with an answer. We had to get our original waitress to take the plate back. When we tried to get our tea refilled, we tried to call over a waitress, but she simply looked over, noded, and then never came over. And because as i said, we were seated around the corner, the waitresses never came to where we were sitting. Finally, they came to take the order of a table beside us and finally, probably after 15 minutes, did they get our tea. And then when we asked for the check, it didn't come for 15 minutes, so we just decided to get up and walk around the corner to the cashier to pay right up there. Overall, the experiece was not very enjoyable as the service was just horrible. Probably won't come back, but the food is pretty good and so is the price, so I'd recommend take-out.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Just O.K.
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner with a few friends on a Saturday night. Quite full and the ambiance was quite nice.
Food: Being so close to the Steveston docks, I was thinking they would have some seafood specials. To my dissapointment, their specials that night were a bison carpaccio and a pork confit. No big deal there, as according to my friends who had the bison carpaccio, it was quite exceptional. The mussel appetizer was also quite good, unfornately, that was the best i'd get that night. Entrees: I had the prawns provencal which was just flat out bland. It came with some potato gnocchis which were okay, but somewhat chewy. I did not have the steak myself, but a few of my friends who had it were a tad dissapointed. Dessert: I had the espresso creme brulee, which was...not really a creme brulee. It did have a nice sugar coat on the top, but inside, it was more like some really really sweet ice cream.
Oh, and did I mention, the bread that came in the beginning was cold and frankly, seemed like it was some few days old bread from the supermarket or something.
Service: To sum it up, just okay. Not really memorable or particularly friendly.
Value: My prawn entree was $24, and really, not that filling. All entrees were at least $20, except for the pasta. And for the OKAY food, not really worth it.
Ambiance: Nice decor, nice and casual. Nice on sunny and breezy days with the windows open. Definately a relaxing place.

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Earls1601 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Bad food.
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

Came here for a friend's birthday on a Friday night and lets just say the place was practically empty. They have a "bar" section and a restaurant section and there was literally only one other table filled in the restaurant section.
The waitress was very nice and came and refilled our drinks everytime we finished them.
I had ordered an appetizer of sushi rolls to share and they came at the same time as the entrees did...a bit weird. They weren't bad though.
Then came the entrees. I ordered the Mediterranean Linguini and it was really a huge dissapointment. WAY to much cheese, as it was quite salty already. The linguini was soggy and the entire dish was just...horrible.
So overall, the ambiance of the empty restaurant just didn't cut it and with the terrible food, the only good thing was the service.

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Dai Jang Kum3088 St. Edwards Dr, #109, Richmond
So-so for AYCE
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

When it first opened, it wasn't AYCE and the food was definately not worth the price.
Last time I went there, they turned it into AYCE with BBQ and everything included. Not bad for the price, and an AYCE restaurant. But wouldn't say it's anything too special.
The Bi-Bim Bap actually came in a stone bowl and there were lots of choices.
With the bell system, the service is pretty good and servers come right away.

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Sushi House3779 Sexsmith Rd, #2182, Richmond
Solid prices, decent hot food, but...
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

The food here is surely a deal. But the food...just doesn't cut it.
Came here with a friend recently and we had some sushi rolls and a tempura udon to share. The salmon maki wwas only $1.95/6, so definately a good price. When the salmon makis came, there was lots of salmon in them, more than the usual amount you get, and they looked like they would be delicious. However, the salmon seemed to be really chewy with something like connective tissues (i'm not exactly sure what it was) still left in them. So i guess either the quality of the fish or the trimming was not very good...The udon was not bad though. Decent tempura too.
Hot food definately worth the price, but i'd skip the sushi next time.

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Maruwa Sushi Japanese Restaurant11300 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Great Japanese Food!
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

I love this place and come here all the time.
The definately have some of the best japanese food in Richmond.
With Japanese owners, the food is truly authentic and everything tastes fresh all the time.
The ambiance isn't great, but the food really makes up for it.
This place is small, so if you decide to check it out, make sure to make a reservation as space is limited.

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Kimchi Nara Korean BBQ7997 Westminster Hwy, #209, Richmond
Best Bi Bim Bap in Richmond!
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

This is definately a great place to go for a casual meal. The food is delicious and the service is great. The food is a little pricey during dinner hours, but at lunch, the price is just right.
They definately have the best bi bim bap in Richmond and matches up to the bi bim bap i've had in Korea. The bi bim bap is definately their specialty and is a must try if you decide to go.

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