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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant5300 No 3 Road, #221, Richmond
AYCE Japanese on its way to the toilet
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 7:35am [Dine in]

I had come here regularly over the years as the goto AYCE Japanese place and have stopped going since.

Each visit clearly depicts the downward spiral this place is going. Menu items are typical and on a more recent ocassion I was forced to use their bathroom facilities in a heat of sweat after devouring something unsavoury. I think I'm being generous in giving them a decent rating. I'd say it ranks somewhere in between decent and poor the most recent trip there.

Service is not much better than a notch above self-serve. The servers don't seem interested in being there and some of them have quite the attitude if you catch them in a stink. They come and drop dishes on your table without any care. I presume farm animals eating out of a trough would have their food served in a better fashion. I remember one instance where the manager made a big stink to my friend that he couldn't sit with us because he didn't want AYCE and ordered a seperate meal instead. A 10 minute argument which ended in triumph for my friend; bittersweet.

Given 2 options, this place is only marginally better than starvation.

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Tokyo Ichiban3380 Lansdowne Rd, #170, Richmond
Terrible in and out
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 7:17am [Dine in]

Came here once for a birthday and that was quite enough. Tired looking awning welcomes you. Inside isn't so bad but it's loud and busy.

AYCE was the choice and this was bar none the worst Japanese AYCE I've had. Cold dishes to already subpar items to a large group of hungry people doesn't sit too well but braved face and went the distance. I will admit the menu is varied in selection, however.

Service was an atrocity. Booths had a switch you'd flipped to turn on a light to call a server over. I suppose they hired a many who were hard of sight because I saw the same customers passing by the washroom more than the servers themselves coming over to our booths.

The booths had its charm but the place looked tired. Wouldn't be surprised if the establishment fed off the vibes of customers who were sorry they came here to begin with.

One of the worst dining experiences I had ever had (on the whole no less). I still can't believe I paid for this. This place isn't even worth a second glance from afar.

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Denny's1296 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Breakfast only!
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 7:03am [Dine in]

I only come to Denny's now for their breakfast (specifically their "Grand Slam" item) after having some of their other rather "blah" items.

Denny's holds quite the cachet as THE greasyspoon for the bar-hopping club, hungry for the munchies go getter at 3am. Being 24hrs and on a main road frequented by Taxis you can not expect a crowd like this on the weekend.

Various locations do vary by vast proportions however this has been the best to the handful I've been to.

Eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, hash browns, toast and pancakes comes and goes down the same each time and leaves me happy (stomach and wallet). It's probably the best of the worst for greasyspoon-type cuisine. It's usually a little oily but never beyond that. Guilty pleasure once in a while I guess.

Servers are quick and friendly enough. I suppose the daytime dining crowd reminds them that you can hold your sanity together if you're somewhat unlucky enough to work the twilight hour shift. Don't be too scared off this location doesn't seem to have too many of the colourful people around deep into dusk.

I wouldn't deviate too far past the breakfast section.

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Old Spaghetti Factory53 Water Street, Vancouver
10 years and still the same
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 6:30am [Dine in]

Apparently OSF has been around since the 70's. My first trip here was about 10 years ago and I've gone a generous dozen or so times till now. It's remained the same during my time.

Decor doesn't look like it changed much the last decade. The character remains intact and its warm ambience is quite the welcoming attraction.

Food has also remained the same, a bit too rustic and spartan for modern dining. Someone galavanting through the kitchen for the first time could probably whip up something with equal quality. Pastas (especially their Spaghetti) is bland (think pasta with a can of sauce) and sometimes oily and their steaks are often improperly seasoned. Prices the last time I went doesn't look to have changed in quite a while either. I suppose with quality like that they would be robbing customers if they charged much higher.

Servers fortunately make up for the primitive tasting menu. For larger dining groups I've been apart of in the past here I would have preferred that they had scrambled together another server to split the duties but otherwise nothing I would complain about.

Any future visits here will likely be at the choice of others. I doubt I'd come here for the nostalgia.

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Joey550 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
A Favourite in Coquitlam
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 6:06am [Dine in]

Until the location on West Broadway took over, this was the location (actually this was the only location) I came to.

It's location is a bit of an anomoly. Located on Lougheed Highway and partially blocked I've missed the sign the first couple of times here.

Hostesses open their front doors and greet you happily as you enter is how I enjoy coming here. Everyone does their best to put on a good face to ensure a happy dining experience.

Decor is a little more rustic compared to the other locations, which is a little more hip and upbeat. Menu is the same and we stick with what we like, usually. Food is always a carbon copy in execution; a little more original and a little better tasting than your typical chain.

Servers are attentive and polite. You can start up a brief conversation or pick their brains for a menu item they recommend. They're also one of the fewer and fewer chain restaurants that actually ask you if you want dessert. You'd figure for servers who base their position on tips they'd want you to pad their pockets a little more. It's no deal breaker for me but it's nice to know that your server actually cares to be there serving for you. Oh well.

Coquitlam isn't a place I would prefer to stay in if I wanted to eat a sit down meal but this place time and time again comes to the forefront if I'm in and around.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
The biggest rolls you'll ever have
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 5:39am [Dine in]

This was the only location I've gone to and it's been a while since I've gone back. I almost exclusively dine in at sushi restaurants but there's hardly ever any available chairs in their cramped quarters and it's dingy to hang around long so I do takeout.

I've stuck to the same few items: California Rolls, Spicy Scallop Rolls and their House Roll the odd ocassion. Rolls are gargantuan in size which is why there is always a lineup. As mentioned their Salmon and Tuna is actually of decent quality but it is inconsistently prepared: either too cold, too warm, and/or improperly sliced and sized. Overall from my usual order it's fast food quality at fast food prices. Liberal use of sushi rice round off in making their rolls astounding in girth and filling for the hungry. Honestly though it isn't bad but there are dozens of other joints for better consistency and quality.

Since I've only had takeout there they handle the volume of customers fairly well each visit that I've had. Run similarly to a conveyor belt the ladies on the cashier take your order and give you a number. Other than than the varying wait times for your order to be prepared there's not much else to go into detail.

If you're hungry and craving sushi and only have a ten on you I suppose this place (and their other locations) should fill the gap in your stomach.

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Gelarmony1222 Robson Street, Vancouver
Best quality gelato in town
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 5:33am [Dine in]

The Lower Mainland seems to be a crapshoot for food and desserts. Rarely is it ever incredible and when it is good, it's probably only the best in town. I think that's one point reviewers need to be clear about.

Mondo fits the bill. It's your typical gelato place with few seats and lots of vibrant colours to draw you in. The gelato is definitely the best I've had around town (arguable between this and Amato/Mario's Gelato). It's consistent in quality, texture and taste. This is probably the closest I will get to having decent quality gelato short of flying to the UK or Italy.

If there is better elsewhere in town let me know.

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Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries2611 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
Large dessert selection with a slight hint of pretentiousness
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 5:21am [Dine in]

I've come here regularly over the years as my go-to for take-out desserts. They have a large selection to choose from and quality seems to be consistent throughout.

Their cakes on the whole are rich in chocolate and I sometimes find that even different cakes start to taste alike because of their liberal use of chocolate (hey not a bad thing!). I usually come here to get their Tiramisu (apparently this is a favourite dessert among women) and since then I've ventured out to other choices. No leaps and bounds here just consistently good.

The truth is I think this place could do a lot better if they slimmed down their menu and went a little more offbeat.

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True Confections3701 W. Broadway, #6, Vancouver
Fast food desserts
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 5:10am [Dine in]

I've come here for dine-in desserts over the past years and it seems to be the best for its kind.

These place reminds me of a high turnover restaurant. There are plenty of seats (albeit a little cramped) which are usually occupied, ambience is casual, portions are large and the items themselves are a little on the messy side.

They have a large selection of cheesecakes and cakes in general and a few that would fit in between for the odd hipster choice. They have a minimum order which sucks although luckily they're prices are higher so even a cup of steeped tea should cover your requirements. Portions are enormous and would be best served between 2-3 people, heck even that would be generous for some. Cakes are no frills. They aren't nicely decorated and are usually only complimented with a fruit coolie on the side. They do taste good, but only after the first dozen or so bites. Again, portions are huge!

Nothing to rave about really. There aren't too many similar dessert places like this that have a larger seating capacity perhaps thats why it's so popular.

It's a good place to fill your sugary needs, and thensome.

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Marble Slab Creamery1184 Denman Street, #103, Vancouver
Ice cream gone wild
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:52am [Dine in]

I came here once and probably not again in the recent future. At the time I was craving ice cream. There weren't too many of these types of places that I know of so we headed Downtown for a taste with my girlfriend and a friend.

Sunny days I'd guess would be big business for them. There was a lineup and probably a 15-20 minute wait. Luckily they had menus we could browse through while waiting. All of us chose a typical ice cream flavour with chocolate candy bar mixed in.

This place is like an assembly line. One person takes your order. Another scoops. Another mixes in the "fixin's", and another one charges you the levy that will damage your wallet. It is expensive. At least a couple of bucks more compared to a gelato place (but minus the add on toppings).

The concept is great but when you mix ice cream with crushed up candy bars or candies, it's too much. All of ours were incredibly sweet. Thank goodness the scoops were small. I would've preferred to share one between 2 people.

Other than the novelty (as mentioned by other reviewers) I wouldn't shell out money here unless I was forced to.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
Humungous choices, quality not as humungous
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:42am [Dine in]

I don't know about this place. They have over 200 flavours of gelato to choose from including many unusual concoctions but it seems this place is popular based on that alone.

I love the decor. It is really what you would envision for a gelato parlor with their vast amount of choices. It is packed each time I go and you need to file through the crowd to even get a glimpse of what to choose.

Now on to taste. I don't ever recall La Casa boasting about their taste, only their quantity in selection. Probably a good move. Their gelato is nothing special. It's not bad but it's not the best I've had either. The rare visit I've had gelato that was less than creamy (frost burn anyone?).

Other than their huge selection I'm leery to come here for the best gelato.

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Sweet E's Pastries and Sweets2032 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Amazing gourmet cakes nestled in Kerrisdale
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:33am [Dine in]

I came here a couple of times after hearing a glowing review by a fellow sweet tooth. At first I thought this was a typical upper echelon bakery with various sweets but once I stepped in I thought I was in a wedding cake fair!

They do mostly cakes and cookies (or at least that's what I was seeing). Since I had no direction to what I wanted to choose I asked one of their employees for recommendations. The young gentlemen was incredibly helpful and explained a few he enjoyed as well as what ocassion I would be serving them in to compliment the event. I ended up with their Chocolate Silk Cake and Carrot Cake. What rich flavour! Not thinking that a tiny cake would be enough (they assured me it would be) I was glad I took their advice. A little slice goes a long way and the best way to enjoy it is to savour it. Speaking to the employees there they also mentioned how they don't have a set menu and will bake off-menu cakes depending on season. Otherwise their menu has many classic favourites like Lemon Meringue, Black and White, Banana Cream, Bread Pudding and an assortment of equally mouth-watering cookies.

There are no tables to enjoy it in house but with cakes this delicious you have to share it with others.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Delicious boutique pastries
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:17am [Dine in]

I've come here a handful of times after hearing some great reviews. It's located in a quiet area just outside the Yaletown core.

The shop is tiny (only a couple of tables last I remember) but reminisent of a boutique. The window displays showoff their delectable creations; either individually portioned desserts or whole cakes. It's a nightmare trying to decide what you want to take home with and I always spend a good 15-20 minutes glazing over all the different choices to come to a final select few.

I like fruit-based desserts so naturally I select at least one. The Coconut Mango Cheesecake, Guava Mousse and Passionfruit Cake are among my favourites there all both creamy and light.

On one occasion I bought 3 whole Matcha Mousse with Passionfruit, Lychee and Mango Cake with an unusual black sesame cake (I was in a pinch to supply a cake for a birthday). They only had one in their display window but sure enough they had a few in the black that were ready if thawed. I'm not a pastry connoisseur so I can't say if having dessert items that need to be thawed is a bad thing (as per previous reviewer). Personally I find it a little unrealistic for desserts this caliber to be made at the whim of an order. The lady there gave me instructions to thaw before serving. Honestly I tried all three cakes and they all tasted the same to me. Green Tea Matcha is not my thing but it was tasty nonetheless and unusually exotic with their ingredient pairings.

Prices are on the higher end of the scale but quality seems to be uncompromised. Try it out if you can. Arguably one of the best places around town. I'm still hoping to try another highly touted place Thomas Haas to see how it compares.

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Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
Favourite chain restaurant
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 3:48am [Dine in]

Joey's is bar none my favourite chain restaurant. I started coming to this location once they opened on Broadway and have likened the experience each time.

This location offers different areas, the bar/lounge, dining area and the patio upstairs (which I've yet to take advantage of). Chain restaurants are typically quite good (albeit standardized) and this location serves up the same quality regularly with a twist on occasion. The hostesses up front are especially friendly. When it's busy and there's a wait for tables servers bring out appetizers to squash your rumbling stomach as you wait, great for keeping hungry diners happy before they reach their table.

Their menu incorporates asian touches with a couple of notches stepped back for the western palette. Their choices are on par with other chain establishments: appetizers, sandwiches/burgers, steaks, pastas and even butter chicken. All the dishes I've had are consistently good but again nothing really wows my tongue. However it is a big step above other chain restaurants and it's hard to find something to speak negatively about.

Service has been good with each visit. It's nothing over the top but it's consistent and what you'd expect. They're polite and easy to talk to also. Oddly enough when the floor is less bustling with customers the servers don't seem as enthusiastic.

Joey's seems to have found a nice little niche serving dishes with a little fusion twist in a more upscale room with service to spare. I am a little confused as to why so many people use their valet service at a dig like this, however.

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No. 9 Restaurant5300 No. 3 Road, #812, Richmond
Decent 24hr dining
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

There are maybe a handful of sit-in restuarants open 24hrs here and this is one of them.

My expectations are a little lower for dining establishments that don't close although I can say with confidence that this place is consistently good overall even compared to many other non 24hr restaurants.

It's a large space so you can appear inivisible to the waitresses. Service is typical to a regular inexpensive chinese restaurant although somewhat meagre as the prices on many of their dishes aren't reflective of their floor duties. I suppose they can get away with it because they're always open.

They have a large varied menu but I settle with the same few menu items - usually congee or some soup (and noodle) dish. It's actually quite good and better than many other places that I've had.

It's a decent place to get some non heat-lamp (but somewhat expensive) food in a comfortable setting. Beware cash only.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Consistently good in the heart of The Drive
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2008 - 4:58am [Dine in]

One of my more frequented tapa places in a busy area on Commercial Drive. I first came here for lunch and have since brought many friends here and introduced some of them to the world of tapas.

It's always busy and always loud inside. I savour the opportunity if we get seats outside the patio. Servers manoeuvre around a space that's not very traffic friendly with poise and a smile, albeit sometimes seeming forced with the buzz.

They have quite a list of tapas choices and I've basically tried every dish on the menu (I had celebrated a friend's graduation here) and there's no dish I can think of that I didn't like. They also have a brunch and lunch menu. Typical regulars include the Hummus, Seared Ahi-Tuna, Yucatan Steak Tacos, their Gallo Mussels (with many different emulsions) and whatever other dishes that look appetizing at the time. The mussels are the best part of coming here. I suggest ordering a bucket of fries and basket of bread to soak up all that great sauce (my favourites include the Madrid, Orleans and Normande). I will note that the "bucket" (for the fries) is nothing more than a shallow personal sized baking dish.

They have a large drink menu and specials on tap as well.

Service has been good each time although food coming out of the kitchen is usually slower.

Recommended!

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent Main St. tapas
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2008 - 4:39am [Dine in]

I came here after driving by regularly. My girlfriend and I are always looking for more tapas restaurants to try and figured with the hustle and bustle from the outside looking in it was worth a shot. I've also learnt that a busy place is deceiving, especially if it's on Main St. :)

Cascade Room next door (same owners) is always busy so we ventured next door to Habit. Same story. Busy busy busy. The small entrance is crowded as I weeded my way through to a server only to find out the wait time is approximately 30 minutes. No problem we'll wait. We were eventually seated after about 15 minutes.

A quick glance across the room and you'll see all kinds of personalities, young and old. It is LOUD. Probably the loudest sit down restaurant I've been to. I had to keep my ears open and voice loud to catch any conversation with the girlfriend.

The servers here are casually dressed; if they didn't venture back and forth from the kitchen you'd swear they were a customer. Our server introduced herself and gave us a run down on drinks and dishes she recommended. Very friendly with a smile. We ordered the Homous, Malasa Spiced Mashed Potatoes, Crispy Tofu, Red Coconut Curry and Grilled Lamb Satay. Dishes were presented in simple large white plates; a little deceiving making the portions look small.

The Homous was different, I believe made with white beans. The accompanying house breads were fresh with a crusty exterior. The tofu was made "Agadeshi" style with a hoisin sauce and paired with spinach and mushrooms. Fairly simple ingredients but tasty together. A bit steep on the price at $9 for the dish. The other dishes didn't jump out at me but was good nonetheless.

The dishes are prepared in a very simple manner with a overall clean taste. All our dishes weren't heavy and quite possibly can be seen by others as a little bland; I think it caters more for the local area folks who seem to like the healthier, clean palette tasting choices.

Overall a decent place nestled in the trendy area of Main St. but I can't say when I'll be back there again.

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14981 Fusion Cuisine14981 Marine Drive, White Rock
Nice White Rock find!
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2008 - 4:09am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I stumbled across this place on a busy long weekend.

Decor is a little more upscale for a tapas place. Dark colours surround you and trendy dim lighting make the ambience a little more inviting.

We ordered the Asparagus Spears, Chili Prawns, Shitake Dusted Scallops, Lavender Lamb Rack and Balsamic Short Ribs. Our dishes came one by one and were pleased with our item list. Dishes are simple but are prepared very well with complimenting flavours bursting. I especially liked the scallops and lamb rack. The scallops were seared nicely and I loved the ragout on the side. The lamb racks had a dry rub and was grilled to a nice medium pink. The accompanying sauces for our short ribs, lamb and scallops were perfectly balanced and didn't overpower.

However the dishes are small and the prices are a little high but overall our dishes were mouth watering to say the least and I enjoyed our meal.

It was quiet during our stay so admittedly the service was good for the night. Our hostess/server was personable and friendly and checked up on us throughout our meal.

For a more formal tapas dining experience I would give this place I try. I will give this place a subsequent visit (hopefully when it's busy) to see if the food will be as good.

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Red Robin1001 West Broadway, #200, Vancouver
What happened to their burgers?
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 8:15am [Dine in]

I really only came here for their burgers. I've had other things on the menu and they all barely qualified as decent. Actually scratch that. Their onion rings and caesar salad are good.

Anyways now even their burgers don't taste quite as good anymore. I've generally stuck to either the Bacon Cheeseburger, Guacamole Bacon Burger, Shroom Burger or the Whiskey Burger. They've must've changed their patties as the last handful of times I've come here the patties tasted bland as if fillers had taken the place of all beef (or whatever) patties. It resembled biting into a boiled piece of pork. The Shroom burger is nothing more than a large helping of mushrooms swimming between 2 pieces of garlic butter soaked buns. The Guacamole is just softened avocado lumped across the patty. All in all a chain place that isn't really worth the trip anymore.

I never really liked the decor with it's brightly coloured booths with dim lighting and the use of red neon lighting throughout with the oddly placed greenery. They have quite the patio but only to be wasted on with the subpar food.

Servers are nothing to shout about but consistent in all aspects.

I'm beginning to think this place is best for drinks.

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Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant2717 E Hastings, Vancouver
Good pho and spring rolls
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 7:48am [Dine in]

I don't think there's you can have great Pho but this is one of the few places that does it pretty good consistently.

I usually order the assorted meats with a spring roll and it always hits the spot. The broth is fragrant and I've yet to confirm if there's any MSG in it (quite a few places leave me thirsty, however this one doesn't). The spring rolls are one of the best I've had at a Pho restaurant. The crispy outside skin is my favourite part.

Their dishes are like any other place but theirs tastes just a little better than most around town.

Servers are quite friendly (the owner especially!) and it's fairly clean. Cash only please.

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