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aquachickBurnabySince August 11, 201014 Reviews
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3 (3.2)
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Gaya Sushi2900 Bainbridge Ave, #105, Burnaby
Best sushi so far
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 10:19am [Dine in]

So close to home and open all day instead of split up for lunch and dinner like some places. I've probably gone 25+ times now and as long as they keep it up, I'll continue to be a regular.

The tuna tataki roll is really good and for $4.50, you can't go wrong. Our main rolls are the tuna tataki, philadelphia and the alaska. The toro nigiri is one of my faves - not tiny. It's fresh and smooth and cheaper than most places. I also love how they have wild (sockeye) salmon.

Service is awesome. Always there with a smile!

I definitely recommend this place. I went in one day randomly and expecting nothing. I actually hoped it wasn't good so that I wasn't tempted to eat out so much. Well that's not going to happen now....

Keep it up Gaya!

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Hart House6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Decent, but probably not returning soon
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Food: We ordered the romaine salad & oysters to start. The salad was an 'authentic' caesar salad. The leaves were kept whole and the small artichoke added a nice flavour to the dish. I enjoyed it, though I wish there were more leaves for a $10 salad. The oysters were $14 for 6, which I thought was decent. They were tasty. For entrees, we had the duck breast and the rib steak (add truffle fries). Both dishes were alright. The truffle fries were good and were served in a tin. I would recommend this side.

Service: It was very pleasant. From when we entered, they were very welcoming. Our glasses were always topped off and our dishes were promptly cleared. The server even said 'wonderful' when he saw that we had a Groupon. Thank you!

I enjoyed the service much more than the food...but I don't think I would be back soon as I didn't think there was anything on the menu that really stood out.

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Kurumba Restaurant3003 St. Johns Street, #107, Port Moody
Delicious curry, horrible service
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times now and I always get the same dishes - green beef curry and small chicken & corn soup. It's so good that I haven't ever wanted to try anything else.

Service is not great. On one visit, I ordered the same green curry. She came out with red curry, which is completely different (different beef used, different vegetables and different taste). I told the server that I ordered the green curry. She stared blankly at me. I repeated this at least 5 times. After awhile, she started saying "Please?" I was confused. I told her the beef in green curry is different (slices rather than braised). She said it wasn't even though it clearly was. I told her "I'm sorry but I don't like red curry". Honestly, if I did, I would have just ate it. She continued to say "Please?". She finally brought the dish back. I was in shock! I wasn't going to force myself to eat something I didn't order!

I come back for the food alone!

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Little Billy's Steakhouse6785 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
Love the Ahi Tuna
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I won't lie. I come here just for the ahi tuna and this is what I recommend to anyone who wants to try this place. It is delicious. For $20, you get a salad and an amazing ahi tuna dish.

Service is OK. One time our server spilled the drink and it took her awhile to remember to get us a new one. It spilled all over my friend and friend's wallet but all we got was a "sorry". Oh well!

I like this place. I've been here at least 5 times and plan to be back and yes, just for the ahi tuna. Try replacing the potatoes with more veggies + cheese sauce instead of their stock sauce... :)

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Below expectations
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

This was a birthday dinner and I have to give them credit for reading the notes in the reservations (and guessing the correct birthday guest) without having to remind them. It's definitely nice to not have to make an excuse to excuse yourself from the table in order to remind them that this is a birthday.

I wasn't too impressed with the food. We had to try the lobster gnocchi based on the reviews. This was delicious but as other's had mentioned, the gnocchi was very tiny and the portions were incredibly small for $18. For entrees, we had the pork loin and the black cod. The pork was not bad but I didn't enjoy the smoked black cod dish. For dessert, we had warm souffle cake, which was OK.

Service was...decent. He was kind of crazy and he knocked over a glass of beer. But that happens.

Some restaurants do comp. platters or desserts for birthdays, but Diva does not. I didn't expect it though.

Only one of us drank and our bill was over $130. I don't think I'd recommend Diva. I just wasn't impressed enough and there are far better fine dining options.

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Sushiholic3311 East Broadway, Vancouver
My go-to sushi place
Submitted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 9:16am [Dine in]

My tastes change for sushi all the time but right now, Sushiholic is my favourite sushi place.

I almost always go with their philidelphia roll (simpler than most versions, yet done right) and negitoro roll. I love the fact that they have sockeye/wild salmon as a menu choice as well.

Quality is always amazing and the price is very reasonable. Service is also impressive for a sushi place.

I've had a couple of their specialty rolls, but I rather have a bunch of smaller rolls than one specialty one since they can get up to $12/roll.

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Bearfoot Bistro4121 Village Green, Whistler
Amazing
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 12:22am [Dine in]

My boyfriend took me here for an early birthday dinner and I was incredibly impressed. Though we don't drink wine, I almost wished we did given the lengthy wine list (or wine book may be more appropriate).

The food was fantastic. I had the 'Surf & Turf' 3-course meal, which was exactly what I wanted and exceeded my expectations. The scallops were fresh and cooked to perfection, as was the meat. I'm not usually a big fan of soups but the apple & parsnip soup was also delicious. I had a couple oysters off his plate and YUM. We both agreed they were the best oysters we've had.

I've been to fine dining places with better service but the food alone would bring me back.

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Kai Sushi Bar3093 Oak Street, Vancouver
Quality not matching price
Submitted Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

We dined here for the first time on Friday. Kai Sushi does not take reservations but we didn't need to wait when we got there at around 7:30. We had a look at the menu beforehand and we got the impression it was going to be a place for high-quality sushi in Vancouver.

We had the tuna tataki, bacon & scallop roll, chicken (add asparagus) roll and 2 pieces of ahi tuna nigiri. For two people, our bill was already $47. The specialty rolls are all >$10 but only 6 small pieces. Though the rolls were good, we didn't believe it justified about $2/piece. The ahi tuna nigiri and tuna tataki were nice too, but nothing to wow over.

I really wanted to like this place but I don't think I'll be coming back.

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Point Pub, The2524 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Awful
Submitted Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

I've been to the point one other time before but yesterday will probably be my last. I expressed my opinions to management and will point them out in my review below.

Entertainment coupon: We actually came for their Wings Wednesday deal (20 cent for pretty good quality wings) but I brought along the coupon in case we got hungry. The entertainment coupon was for buy one entree, get one entree free. We decided to get one entree and one appy (as well as a few drinks and some wings). I should have asked first because they ended up not honouring our coupon because we had a second appetizer and not an entree. The GM told me this was because they want guests to try different entrees. I don't think this is a valid reason. Appetizers are generally cheaper (although we got the spinach dip which was about the same as our entree) so you would think they would accept a cheaper option since we are still paying the full price of the higher value entree. Technically, we could have asked our server for another entree, which would be considered free. This would mean more work for the kitchen only because they wouldn't honour our coupon. We were full and though we were not pleased with our entire experience before our coupon mishap, we didn't want to be "that" table who used the coupon just to get a free entree.

Service: It was terrible. Our server hardly came to our table and we always had to wave her down to get any service. Our dishes were never cleared (they were taken away by another gentleman who gave us our next food orders). When she gave us the bad news about the coupon, she had a horrible attitude which made us feel awkward and cheap (the other reason I didn't want to order a second entree and get it for free).

I know it sounds silly but the coupon incident is pretty much the reason I would not come back. Their business practices do not make much sense. The service was terrible but I may have still come back because I don't usually expect much from bars. But the attitude that the server gave us in regards to the entertainment coupon made my decision pretty easy.

I would not recommend The Point.

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Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Pleasantly surprised!
Submitted Monday, February 7, 2011 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

I pretty much flipped my entertainment book and landed on this place. All I can say is, yum!

We ordered
-Steak bites: Yum. They were seasoned and cooked (medium rare) perfectly. It came with a small garden salad that was oddly the best garden salad I've ever had.
-Tuna tataki: Not the best tuna tataki I've had but good. Kind of a strange dish to have at this lounge/pub but it was still good.
-Mac & Cheese: Great. No complaints.
-Chicken & Brie Sandwich w/ Caesar Salad: Even better than expected and the caesar salad was fresh, crisp and not drenched in sauce, which is how I like it.

I would come back. I knew they would do this but they took off the least expensive dish with out entertainment coupon but whatever, what's a couple bucks? I didn't want to make it a big deal. The server was nice and cleared our dishes promptly but nothing special. No complaints since it's more of a pub so I don't expect 5 star service.

We went at around 4pm so it wasn't busy at all.

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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Very enjoyable
Submitted Monday, February 7, 2011 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

We dined on a Friday night and got there around 6:30PM. The front door was already packed full of people waiting, and the restaurant is very tiny so this was a bit awkward and uncomfortable, probably for the people already dining as well. They do not take reservations so you have to wait for a table.

ADVICE! Wait at the restaurant. The server/hostess told us it would be about 40-45 minutes so we walked to Vera's to have a drink. We came back within 30 minutes and found that she had already called our name, and we would have to be put back in the last (at the end of course). We waited about 30 more minutes inside to get our table.

The food was great. I had the mussels while my friend had the lamb cheeks. I'm not a fan of lamb but those were probably the most flavourful and tender lamb cheeks I've ever had. Wow. The mussels were decent, nothing special.

Service was alright. It could have been better (the server/hostess seemed annoyed when people complained about being taken off the list, but I don't know if I could have kept a friendly face if people kept complaining to me about wait time). We were clearly in one server's section but was served by another server. I kind of liked this because our original server got all the tables at once and it looked like they don't stress on sections whereas some restaurants you can tell how table distribution is way more important than service.

La Brasserie is a very cute place. The French & German beer selection looked great though I didn't have any at that time. I would come back!

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Alibi Room157 Alexander St, Vancouver
Not good for groups on a busy night
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

We went for a friend's birthday and it was a group of approximately 14 of us. It was a Saturday night so I understand how busy and frustrating it can be to take care of large groups. That being said...

Right from the beginning, we already felt rushed. I asked our server for a beer recommendation, and she blurted it out quickly without any explanation as to why or any concern of whether it is a type of beer I would enjoy. I don't mind if it doesn't end up working out for me but she didn't seem to want to give a recommendation.

I tried to flag her down for any appy as our group was still arriving. She was leaving a table with dishes, so I figured that would be an okay time to go. I asked her if we could order fries but she cut me off, a bit annoyed, saying she would come back. Yes, it was busy but I didn't think it was a big deal to put in an order of fries when you are on the way back with dishes. Maybe she had some other things to take care of so this was fine.

The quality and value of the food was good. I enjoyed my curry and I think others in the group enjoyed their dinners as well.

However, the thing that irked me most was that she came with our birthday cake when half the group had gone downstairs to get a drink from the bar. She didn't ask if we were ready for it - she just came and all of us were surprised with it and scrambled to wish the birthday boy a happy birthday.

Other things to note was
-Auto-grat was added on the after-tax amount. Is that normal? I didn't think so...
-She seated two guests at the same table as us. I don't believe she even let us know beforehand even though we would have been fine with it
-She took the package of sparklers and never gave it back (busy, so understandable)

In general, the Alibi Room does look like a nice spot to have dinner, just not as a big group. I did not enjoy being pushed out in a very obvious manner...Though I guess restaurants need to turnover their tables.

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Showcase1122 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Odd place to dine
Submitted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 9:44am [Dine in]

I'm never usually picky about atmosphere but this time, it felt strange. Show Case is located inside the lobby of the Marriot hotel. Since there were open ceilings, it really felt like we were eating in a lobby. Definitely very strange.

We went for Dine Out Vancouver...or actually, I did. I got the scallops appy, duck breast entree, and mousse dessert. Scallops were OK. Duck breast was OK. Mousse was good. My friend had their $22 soup/salad & prime rib special. The caesar salad was also just mediocre and the prime rib tasted like it was from somewhere like Knight & Day (not to say it was horrible but the quality was definitely not up to par). We did order an extra appetizer, which was the artichoke dip and this was probably one of the better artichoke dip dishes we've ever had.

Service was awful. We had to ask for the drink menu about 10 minutes after we were seated. We weren't given water until she finally came to our table. It took her about 10 minutes to bring us our drinks. We went on a Monday and although it was DOV, the older clientele didn't seem like they were actually there for DOV. Every course took quite awhile to come out. We probably waited 15 minutes before we got our utensils for the entree, then another 15 minutes after that to wait for it to come out. Our dinners usually take just over an hour, max, maybe 1.5 if we feel like sitting around. This one took 2 hours even though we ate fairly quickly.

All in all, I'm sure the quality of the regular menu food is better but I didn't have a chance to try. It definitely did not make me want to come back.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Pretty much as expected
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

Went for a group dinner and our server's name was Beau. He was probably the best server I've ever had though I don't go out for fine dining too often.

Food was delicious - steaks were cooked to perfection. Caesar salad, fresh. Sides were top notch too.

If money wasn't an issue, I'd come back with no hesitation. Too bad I can't afford spending $200 a sitting though.

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