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artofeatingn.vancouverSince January 15, 20096 Reviews
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Toyo Sushi2211 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Something happened?
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Went to Toyo on Sunday, ordered some sushi maki and tempura udon.

sushi wasn't the same as what I had before, the rice texture was abit dry. I ordered tuna, salmon, negitoro, scallop and dynamite rolls. They were fine, but like I said the rice was on the dry side. Maybe an off day? I did notice it wasn't the usual sushi chef, a younger man was preparing.

The udon was fine, and as I was finishing my sushi, my bf said that we didn't get the scallop one. By that time I was stuffed and asked the waitress to make sure the scallop sushi would be taken off since we had to head out. the waitress was nice, but understandable she didn't have a good grasp of the english language. She had to redo our bill at least 3 times because she kept entering the wrong items on our bill. She was of course very apologetic and kept going on how forgetful she has been.

It wasn't too busy, but now with Cambie fixed I hope they get the business back.

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Congee Noodle House141 E Broadway, Vancouver
Favorite comfort congee!
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

After this restaurant opened up after their renovations, it's still just as good! The place is much more cleaner and has some new facelifts here and there.
I come here with my family almost once a week to fill in my congee intake. I love the meatball congee with a freshly made sweet chinese donut. Ah, comfort food to ease my hunger pains.
We usually order the regular dishes, wonton noodle, congee, chinese donut wrapped with rice noodle, and a fry noodle dish. The food is consistent and tasty. I noticed that they really levelled off the msg in the congee and their soup base. Good for them! I'm sensitive to msg, so nice to be able to enjoy the food without downing so much tea and water to fill me up!
The waitresses are nice too, sometimes they can have a bad day, don't blame them when they encounter grouchy or demanding customers. At least a couple of them recognize us and always gives us a smile and good service. Pays to be nice to them and in return get niceness back!

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Last reviewer was so right
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

This place is totally for take out only. I ordered a party tray yesterday following some friend's advise of closest sushi place around her area. She said that it was decent sushi, not the best and pretty good value for what you get.
Okay, when I got there, lots of people. Good sign for turnover, but boy, the restaurant gave off such a sour smell, I kept hoping it was the seasoning for the sushi rice! Took home our order and wow! Big rolls of rice!!! So much rice!! Value for rice! Where the heck is the fish and the good stuff that makes it as sushi? It was so poorly made, I tried to pick up a piece of california roll and it just exploded in mid air towards my mouth! Rice everywhere! Some of the sushi pieces was so huge I had to wonder what left over fish is this? Sure it was salmon, and the fatty bad part of it. I've been to good sushi places and I know my fish and sushi quality. Samurai is good at selling quantity of rice and cheap cuts of fish!
When people talk about fresh and cheap, here's a wake up call. There is no such thing as fresh in sushi world, unless there is a fish tank that the sushi chef reaches in and prepares it in front of your face and you consume it right then and there. That defines "FRESH" Also if you are in Japan.
All fish that is prepare in the majority of sushi restaurants are defrosted from being quick frozen to have it back like fresh. Good and real japanese places know how to defrost and prepare to maintain that fresh quality. Others like Samurai don't and hope for the best that they can sell theirs off in time before it goes bad and people won't notice because the price and value blinds them from the quality. This always is the case. I'm not trying to be a know it all, it just common sense in this world of dining. I have encountered food poisoing before from an all you can eat japanese place, but another story.
I know I'm sort of a hypocrite too, with this economy and people looking for deals, I have fallen victim to these vietnamese and chinese pretenders. Well not anymore, I will save my money for quality from now on. Hello Shiro and Toshi.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Fading fast thank goodness!
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 11:59am [Dine in]

I really can't believe how some restaurants do it. Open up a place, start off well, create the hype and then once they believe they got you hooked, it goes downhill from there. Noodle box is one of them. I remember the hype and excitement when they first opened, sure any new place and new food idea will get them coming. Polished off the rough edges and bam! Nice place to add to Vancouver's already overflowing list of places to eat.
Now, for whatever reason, the owner sees money flowing, great! People won't notice the difference of using cheaper sauces, already made paste, lousy generic brand of noodles, inexperienced younger cooks, cheaper labor etc. Its not the passion or pride in their food, its just another business. Well, the food is down right crappy. Always inconsistent, seriously, they should just open in a food court and be comparable to those cheap chinese and other asian kiosk. Sad, very sad how these restaurants get away with it. Worse, people fall for it.

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Beard Papa's1184 Denman St, 104, Vancouver
You would think we are smarter
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

I went to try one of these "so hyped" cream puffs made by Chinese-Hong Kong bakers. So what is the hype about? Again that another asian country can make the best among the world? Maybe that we Vancouverites don't know the difference of a cream puff from France, Japan or even our homegrown bakers? C'mon, we have to give ourselves some credit that we know the difference, right? I was given one that had a odd taste and it wasn't fresh either. The filling wasn't special, left a heavy aftertaste.

Well, kudos for this company to make a simple fad into a money/sucker maker by baking something that can be found in every bakery in town. I have made my own and bought from others that have tasted much better than these. Even the bucket of cream puffs from Costco taste better! Given of course that you add some over friendly PR in this site would help immensely. Yet I fell into the " so suckered " trap I have no one to blame but myself for being led into it. But hey, lesson learned smarter the next.

Alas, sometimes we are so press for time we can't make them or referred to a good bakery, but to charge $$ for this? Almost like Cupcakes, but I will admit their cupcakes are good, justifies the cost. Beard papa's does not and I still don't get what the name has to do with cream puffs.

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Not convinced
Submitted Friday, February 13, 2009 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

I perceive myself as a fair person when I compare other cultural cuisine to their own. However, my visit with Tropika was sorely disappointing. I was eager to taste the different flavors they were specializing in Malaysian, Thai, Indonesian and Singaporean cuisine as they have noted, yet the dishes I've tried just came out as "chinese influenced". I was politely informed by an aquaintance that this restaurant was opened by Hong Kong owners, so maybe there would be tentative chinese flavoring in the cooking. Ahhh, my taste buds haven't proven me wrong. Also being senstive to msg........

My group of friend ordered 5 dishes to share, the pineapple fried rice, the indonesian pork ribs, singapore noodle, the rendang lembu and hainese chicken.
Nothing to note, as I said, just chinese food using other cultural identity. I don't judge people for liking it, they just probably haven't the chance to taste the real mckoy yet.
Also, the portions of the dishes didn't justify the price.

I will stick to my favorites Sawadee for Thai, Seri Malaysia for Malay and Sate Satu for Indonesian as I know for sure they don't compromise their cooking.

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