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BCA333RichmondSince May 6, 200822 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
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Manzo Japanese Restaurant8391 Alexandra Road, #2170, Richmond
Decent little izakaya
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:11am [Dine in]

I've been here many times. Not particularly for the food, but more to have a fun time with friends. It's generally quite busy, and gets quite loud due to all the drunk people.

Decor seems to have more of a traditional Japanese feel. Lots of Japanese art on the walls. It has kind of an upbeat, fast paced kind of feel to it.

Food generally is quite good. I've gotten a severe case of food poisoning once, but I still go back, but weary of the raw stuff now. Prices are still somewhat up there which is quite standard for most izakaya's it seems. Portion sizes are decent. Not huge, but decent. So if you're looking for a cheap quick fix of Japanese food....this is NOT your place. I'd say expect to spend about $25+/person to be content. Of course if you order the specialty items expect to pay like $40+/person.

Service is always hit or miss. The long term staff are great. They'll change your dishes, make sure you have enough tea, make sure you have enough booze, etc etc.

If you get a newbie, service can kind of suck. You'll have to ask for everything from chopsticks, to tea, even DISHES sometimes. They're never rude though.

They serve alcohol, and they're open until 2am on most nights. So if you're a bit of a night owl, live nearby then this might be a good place to hang out with friends.

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Soul Robata & Izakaya8580 Alexandra Road, #1015, Richmond
Great little japanese place, a bit high priced
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 2:55am [Dine in]

I've been here numerous times. Not for any particular reason, just happens a group of us want some japanese food and sake. The decor is not too bad. Modern, trendy, kind of a dim intimate kind of feeling (theres no workers yelling in Japanese when you walk in.). Much easier to have conversation with your friends.

Although I find the food quite good, the prices are a little on the high side. I'd say comparable to other izakaya places (manzo, nanchuu, etc). Portion sizes are not huge. I think they're trying to impress customers with quality over quantity. So if you're expecting huge portions or cheap eats don't bother with this place (or any izakaya for that matter because they're all expensive).

I've tried many different things on their menu. I can't say I've tried anything that didn't taste good. Only thing I find is portions are too small for the price. Expect to spend about $30+/person for food. More obviously if you plan on drinking.

Service is quite good and attentive. Not overly friendly or annoying.

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Tandoori Kona11700 Cambie Road, #170, Richmond
Great little place for a quick bite
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 2:26am [Dine in]

I had a random craving for Indian food. Did a little research and found Tandoori Kona and decided to give it a go. It's not a fancy place, just a casual no frills type of place. Service was not particularly friendly, but definitely not rude. They did their jobs as servers well, water was constantly refilled without having to ask, dirty plates were removed as needed without asking. Just don't expect "chatty" type of service.

The food was great for the price. We tried the appetizer platter. A mix of Indian battered fish, chicken and vegetable fritters. The chicken was moist, fish tasted good.

We ordered the butter chicken and lamb briyani. Butter chicken was very good. The lamb briyani was good, but needed maybe a little bit more in terms of flavour. I'm not Indian food specialist, but I enjoyed my meal.

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Grazy Dog4551 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Great alternative to JapaDog
Submitted Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Basically similar concept as JapaDog. If you're in Richmond and craving a Jap style hotdog, then this might be your place. Although kind of hard to see because it's in a parking lot across from Superstore. Basically on the side of PJ's pets. Just look for a NEON PINK camper. Don't need to commute all the way to downtown. The menu is still quite different then JapaDog, but still great!

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G-Men3778 Sexsmith Road, #1101, Richmond
Great place for dinner
Submitted Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

I haven't tried this place during lunch, but for dinner the menu is different apparently.

If you go to Kintaro and order the rich soup + fatty pork, you might like this place also. Although the soup is a bit on the heavy side, the over balance I found quite good. Although not a cheap place, the portion size and food is quite flavourful. I wouldn't really recommend this place to people that like lighter broths.

I've been there a few times and have always found the service pleasant. They're quite attentive and friendly in comparison most of the other ramen shops in town.

No complaints from me here.

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Yuu Japanese Tapas3779 Sexsmith Road, Unit 1111, Richmond
Quite let down
Submitted Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

I was referred here by a friend that said it was pretty decent. I should've known better because my friends taste in food is way different than mine.

I went in on a Tuesday night, the place was quite busy for a small place. So I was thinking it would be ok. After being seated quite promptly that when the service started going downhill. We didn't get menu's or tea until 10-15 minutes, and that was only because we asked for it. Although the servers were not rude and actually rather friendly, there lack of attentiveness was what irked me. So after another 15 minutes, we managed to get our order in. I understand the place was quite busy, so the food took awhile to come out. First appy (cheese won ton) came out in about 15 mins. My friend and I were starving so we dug in to find out the won ton's were still icy on the inside. We sent it back, they apologized and then the wait began. Next came the 2nd appy (chick karaage), no complaint other than the fact it took almost 25 mins to come out and the portion was rather small. Then another 15 mins later, the entrees finally came (seafood hotpot + miso ramen). Needless to say, in comparison to the ramen shop next door (G-Men) this didn't even come close. It was not bad, but was not great either.

Worse thing, they didn't serve alcohol, I couldn't even numb my frustrations.

All in all, not horrible, but with the abundance of Japanese restaurants in town I would recommend you try another.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great tasting ramen
Submitted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

I went to Japan for a few months and came back to Vancouver a ramen lover. Unfortunately there is NOTHING that comes close to the ramen in Japan. The closest I found was Kintaro. Although still very good, but nothing close to the real deal in Sapporo, Japan. Like others have mentioned, it is very small, very busy, quick turn around of customers. It's not somewhere you go to have a nice long meal and shoot the sh*t with friends. It's basically more of a fast food joint. Sit down, order quick, eat quick, leave quick. You will often share one table with a bunch of random strangers. This is one of those places you go with SMALL groups of 2-4 MAX. Although is ambiance is nothing spectacular, it definitely is a different kind of dining experience. Try it out if you like soupy noodles. I'm quite certain you won't be disappointed. I would say it's definitely one of the best tasting in Vancouver.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Decent Ramen Noodle House
Submitted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

Although this would not be my top choice for ramen places, I don't mind it at all. Texture of the noodles was good, soup broth was good, the meat portion was a little skimpy. But would probably go back only if the other ramen places were busy and I didn't feel like waiting for them.

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Ajisen Ramen4380 No. 3 Road, #1190, Richmond
Not authentic ramen, but soup broth is tasty
Submitted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

I have to admit I was disappointed when I first tried this place. Although the food is not bad, it's just not ramen. Service is very dull, you need to flag a waitress to get any sort of service. Oddly enough, I sometimes have a craving for their food. It's not bad at all, just marketed incorrectly. Recommended if you're just craving some soupy noodles and don't want to drive downtown or lineup for 30 mins.

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Calling Public House, The1780 Davie Street, Vancouver
Nice little place in a good area
Submitted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

This is neat little place to bring a small group of people to chill. Has a modern bar flare to it. Food is quite decent, not amazing but still tasty. Typical pub menu (Burgers, Fries, Fish n Chips, Poutine, Salads, etc). They have a neat window seat which faces denman and you can drink/eat while you people watch. I've tried the Mushroom/Swiss/Bacon Burger which was THICK. I found the patty a little too thick which took away from the fixings. All in all, great place, staff are attentive, and value is there. I ordered a $26 bottle of wine and it was actually good. I would recommend it to anyone looking to find a nice spot to hang out.

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New Bohemian, The3162 West Broadway, Vancouver
Decent little place to have a quick bite and some drinks
Submitted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I've been there quite a few time over the last year and have no complaints. It's a good place to bring a date or have a gathering. I've only ever eaten their pizza and appies. Prices are fair, quality is above average, service is good in my books. If you're looking for fine dining then this isn't the place, if you're looking to have good time with good eats in a relaxed atmosphere I would recommend this place. My gf LOVES the martini's they have there.

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Anducci's608 Dunsmuir, Vancouver
Great pasta, great service, great place
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Coquitlam location several times. Not one time have I been disappointed. The people are friendly, portion size is big, food is good and atmosphere is nice. I used to work accross the street so I would go there for lunch/dinner when I could. I wish they had a location closer to me now.

Highly recommended.

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Mui Garden Restaurant5960 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
Very consistent restaurant
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

I tend to go to Mui Garden every couple weeks. As you walk in, the atmosphere is not the nicest. It's a little dated, but not disgusting. The service is surprisingly attentive which is very rare in a chinese place (especially if you're an asian dining in an asian establishment).

The food is where this place really shines. This isn't a high end dining experience but for a quick and relatively cheap meal Mui Garden hits the spot. I've been to the other locations before but the Richmond one always seems to be the best to me.

They have a daily soup that's different everytime I go. When you get it you'll notice they don't cheap out on the ingredients. Their curry is one of the best, potatoes are cooked extra long to soak in the flavour. I always order veggies when I'm there, and they always taste fresh unlike alot of other places that serve the old bitter tasting veggies. I've tried many various dishes there but they have yet to disappoint me.

So I definately recommend you give it a try if you love chinese style curry.

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No. 9 Restaurant5300 No. 3 Road, #812, Richmond
Decent 24 hour place
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

I've been here many time in the wee hours. The food is actually pretty decent from a place like this. It's not over the top, but decent. The main problem I find with this place is that it isn't very consistant.

I think they specialize more in the bbq meats, soup noodles, and congee. Their fried rice and noodles are hit and miss. This place really reminds me of a 24 hours version of Hon's but I find Hon's not as good in the bbq meats, soup noodles and congee. So it's like a complete opposite of one another.

All in all, I recommend this if you like a quick and affordable meal.

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Nooch Pho9020 Capstan Way, #110, Richmond
Pho noodles with a twist.
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

Nooch is essentially a Pho noodle restaurant with a more urban flare. It basically has the layout of a Ramen restaurant but they serve Pho. I had the chicken pho, most pho places precook the chicken and then pick it off the bone and into the soup, but Nooch actually cooks a whole chicken filet fresh. The chicken isn't frozen or brought in pre cooked. It's marinated and cooked in house. The pho soup has a different flair to it also, it isn't ridden with MSG. You taste the actual flavour of the soup. It's a fresh twist on vietnamese food, which is very rare in the Vancouver area.

Cute little restaurant, very clean, very friendly, and good food. Portion size is decent, they don't have small or large sizing like you find at most places. Don't expect a huge menu with millions of different things. The menu is small but has the favourites.

If you like the normal MSG ridden pho you get everywhere, then don't bother with Nooch. If you want to try pho without the MSG then Nooch is the place.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Decent AYCE Jap
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

I'm not huge on AYCE places, but Ninkazu is one of the only places I would go to willingly.

The place is not huge, so if you catch them on a busy night it's hard to find parking let alone get a table.

If you manage to get a table, you fill out these menu sheets and within minutes you are stuffing your face. Need to mention the menu is quite large for a AYCE restaurant.

Most AYCE places are just plain gross. Food is cold, stale, flavourless, etc. Ninkazu's food is surprisingly good for an AYCE. Sushi is served slightly chilled, cooked foods are warm, fried foods don't taste like they've been under the lamp for hours. This place is on par with the standard japanese restaurant's. Nothing fancy or over the top. Just no frill typical japanese style food.

Although I wouldn't eat here on a regular basis, not because the food isn't good enough, but just can't eat all I can eat all the time. For random nights you're craving to stuff your face, then Ninkazu is a good choice.

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Wheat House7771 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Not a great looker, but tastes great!
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

I'm surprised there wasn't already a review on this place. It's been around for 20+ years. I've driven by for years thinking it was a bakery because of the name. I work in the area and a friend of mine suggested it for lunch one day. We ordered the house special pizza, I was expecting it to taste like all the other smaller pizza places but to my surprise it was better. To keep this short, I never eat pizza crust, but I always eat theirs. It has a nice crunchiness to it. The dough is made of whole wheat, they use skim milk mozza cheese, toppings are generous and the crust tastes good. You'll be amazed as you pick up a slice of pizza that the box is NOT covered in grease. By the time you eat a couple slices you don't feel gross and heavy.

I've been back many times trying all sorts of different items. Their pizza is a sure winner, the pasta tastes as you would expect (good, but not gourmet obviously). I've heard the chicken wings and calamari are good also, but I try and stay away from fried foods but I'm sure it's good.

The place is small and quaint. It's a take out only place, so there's no seating for inside dining. Looks a bit run down from the outside, but the inside is clean and the people inside are pleasant.

If you're sick of eating greasy and heavy pizza, give wheat house a shot.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
Great place, only needs a few minor improvements
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

I went there on a Tuesday night for small b-day dinner. Finding the front door is a little confusing, but once you get in you're welcomed with friendly faces and beautiful atmosphere. The waiter was nice and friendly, explained the menu. Food came in a reasonable manner, but they all came at the same time. Appys and entrees. We basically didn't have much table space. I told the waiter to just bring out whatever is ready first assuming the soups would just come out in minutes. As all the food came but they forgot my sides (mac & cheese + sauteed mushrooms) which took a little longer to get out. They apologized and the sides were on the way. The fries, onion soup, chowder, prime rib, rib eye steak, chocolate soufle cake were awesome!! The real winner was the rib eye, great cut cooked beautifully. The only complaint on the food was the halibut, it tasted dry and not very flavourful. We mentioned it to the waiter, and the manager came by and apologized again and told us another customer had the same complaint the previous night. No big deal and they comp'd the fish.

To sum it all up quickly, the place is beautiful, the service needs a little more attention but still a very pleasant experience. I will definately come back again because the steak is amazing! Much better than the Keg.

I don't understand why the previous reviewer was complaining about $7 fries. An Extra Large fries from McDonald's is around $3, for a measely $4 more you get bigger portion, much better taste, and fresh aged cheese.

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Italian Tomato8380 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Hit or miss
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice because a friend recommend I try it because I love pasta. I'm really on the fence because the first time I went I really enjoyed it. Second time I suggested my friends try it out, so a big group of us went (15+). I'd say over half the table was displeased with their food. I found their alfredo sauce was very oily and lacked any depth in flavour. I ended up pouring alot of salt into it. I tried my friends tomato based pasta which was decent.

Prices are fair, portion size is huge, service is pretty good. I would come back, but probably not regularly. I now often commute all the way to Commercial Drive to satisfy my pasta fix instead.

All in all, if you pick the right dish it's satisfying. If you don't, you end up regretting it. I suggest giving it a try. I would've rated the food a "4" the first time I went, but a "1" the second time. So I gave it an average of "3" to be fair.

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Dix BBQ & Brewery871 Beatty St., Vancouver
Decent pub, poor food
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

I've been there a couple times in bigger groups (10+). The inside is quite nice and unique. Very typical west end kind of pub. They often have a DJ spinning in the back, sometimes playing trivia games with the patrons. They give you a bucket of peanuts and basically everyone eats them and toss the shells on the floor. Kinda gross, but different. Feel bad for whomever has to clean it up.

So overall the vibe is quite nice. Staff are decent. A little on the slow side.

Food on the otherhand is a whole new story. I love pub style food, unfortunately Dix executes it poorly. I've tried to give this place a few chances, their wings on "wings wednesdays" are average at best. I don't expect much from that. I've tried the pulled pork sandwich, you'd think how can you go wrong? Basically it's wonderbread with pork and BBQ sauce on top. Pork had no real flavour, and the sauce absorbs into the bread making it just soggy. Worst part was it took 30+ mins for the food to come. Wonderbread + pork + bottled sauce REALLY shouln't take that long. Next, the chilli.... I'd say canned chilli tastes better. All in all, if I do go back, it would only be for the drinks and peanuts.

I haven't tried their entrees, but if an alleged "BBQ house" can't make a pulled pork sandwich right, I can't imagine the other food being much better. I've been there 2-3 times, hoping maybe all my previous times I've went was just an odd night. I've concluded, I like the place, but despise the food.

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