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ChIrishVancouverSince August 21, 20098 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Displaying 1 - 8 of 8 Reviews Found
Ogenki Sushi4342 Main St, Vancouver
I dunno
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 9:27am [Dine in]

I guess I'm a little spoiled when it comes to sushi. Having found great spots like Zipang or Ichiro in Steveston I guess my standards are pretty high. Ogenki is definitely a good value. Far cheaper then the other two places I mentioned. However, you get what you pay for. And what you pay for is just another Chinese owned and operated sushi restaurant. Yeah they serve raw fish wrapped in seaweed and rice...but it's done so much better elsewhere. I won't be back. Man, owning a sushi restaurant must be a tough business.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
all around pleasant experience every time
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

Mrs. ChIrish and I have gone to Goldfish on a number of occasions. Our first venture there was for our first anniversary. Our server made us feel like VIP's after mild conversation led to our purpose in being there that night. The kitchen sent out a small ahi tuna amuse bouche on the house and she had the manager send out some cointreau to go with our after dinner tea. High points in the service department.

Every time we go, we make sure to order the squid tempura. It comes in just a bare dusting of flour or starch to make it crispy and is served with beautiful thai (i think) chillies, onions and a soy dipping sauce. Deelish ala Rachel Ray (can't stand her).

No matter what it is that we order, we always leave satisfied. If you have the chance to get out to the patio during the summer, be sure to stick around and enjoy the experience for a while. Order some asian-inspired cocktails, kick back and enjoy Vancouver's summer night....though there's no "view" to be sure....

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O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
a solid choice
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went to O'Douls just recently. The first impression was "Upscale without being too pretentious". Our server was very attentive and our water glasses were never empty. Neither was my martini glass.

I ordered the 10oz strip loin which was cooked to my desired doneness quite well. A little over-buttered for my tastes but nothing to fuss about. My wife had....something. I think it was halibut and it had a risotto underneath. It must have been halibut because it was a touch dry and the risotto was a little too "al dente" for my liking. Although, having never been to Italy maybe that's the way it should be.

Anyway, 2 appies, 2 entrees and about 6 drinks (between the two of us) later, the bill arrives and is about as budget busting as I was expecting. Still, I'd go back for the live jazz and another bite to eat.

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
it's clean!
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

My first clue as to whether I'm going to enjoy an asian restaurant or not hinges on one thing....the cleanliness of the bathrooms. If they don't care about that, they probably don't care about the rest of the restaurant either. The bathrooms in Pho Tan, though small and old, are immaculate (for asian restaurants...).

The service is pretty good (again for asian restaurants....not to sound racist....i AM asian). The value and the food are what make me a regular at this place. I've had some Pho where the noodles are all starch and the meat is all, well for lack of a better adjective, OLD. The food at Pho Tan is always fresh. The portions are sometimes a little wacky, but come on....you can't have it all.

If you want something quick, cheap and easy, check em out. Plus there's a VW dealership across Main street so you can pick up a new ride after lunch....

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Solid rustic jamaican fare
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

Admittedly, I'm usually not so sober when leaving the Reef. However, I usually have some form of consciousness when enjoying their food. Presentation leaves some to be desired....but what the hell use is presentation to a true rustic Jamaican meal? Food is food. It goes on the plate. You eat it off the plate. You say, "Mmm that was good. My tongue is on fire and I love it! Another Red Stripe please." and you enjoy your night.

BTW if there's any room on the patio, it's definitely a worthy hang out spot for those long summer afternoons.

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Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
Freshest sushi you'll find in the lower mainland
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

Any time my wife and I are in Richmond, we head to Ichiro for dinner. We are VERY picky about our sushi (having tasted a hell of a lot of it in this city) and we both love this place. The first thing to love about it...all the chefs are JAPANESE! If you're familiar with the sushi restaurants around this city, that's quite a rarity.

The quality of the ingredients they use is spectacular. The craftsmanship of their presentation is top notch and the inventiveness of some of their dishes is inspiring.

Don't go if you're expecting an "all-you-can-eat cram it in til you explode extravaganza of a deal." It ain't cheap. But it's not going to break the bank either. If you're in Steveston and feel like having a sushi dinner worth going back for, check em out.

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Pioneer's Pub10111 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Good ol hole in the wall pub
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

Having grown up in Richmond, there was one pub that kept coming up in conversation with all my friends who were legally able to get in. "Pioneer". I can't think of a better watering hole to grow up with. "Hole" is probably the best way to describe the ambiance. It's certainly a far cry from the swankiness of any of our DT Vancouver pubs.....but i LOVE that!

The wings special on Tuesdays and Thursday nights can't be beat. And I've still yet to find better honey garlic wings in this city (that is Vancouver where I live now). Maybe they exist, but I haven't found them.

The servers are for the most part very attentive. We had one bad experience with one chick who though far too much of herself and was, in her words, "having a really bad day." That doesn't excuse the fact that she took off three times without taking my drink order. Needless to say, after that day and our complaints to our usual servers, we have not seen her since.

Pitchers of local brew are super cheap. Leaves more then enough room in the wallet for the cab ride home.

Anyways, check it out if your in and around Richmond.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
A little too much to pay to hang with the stars
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

Me and a few friends went to Gotham for a nice night out before my wedding. Our server was very attentive, courteous and friendly. Even when my buddy kept intentionally making crumbs with the bread so that the server would have to use his little "vacuum" again.

The wine list is alright, not great. However my Manhattan was excellent. I ordered the porterhouse medium rare and it came a little closer to medium then I would have liked. It was also way too salty...but then again, noone can grill up a steak like you can, y'know? Anyways, the sides were average. Onion rings were a little soggy and everything was slightly over salted. I still enjoyed the meal as did everyone else at my table. Probably won't be going again any time soon though. We were also sitting by some band and my friend said he's seen Elijah Wood there before. Stars or no, the price is astronomical for average food.

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