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chispitaVancouverSince February 27, 20085 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.8)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Good food, good service, badpaying policy
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

Came here last night with a group of friends, and had a great time. The ambiance was nice, though the noise level did get a loud at times. Service was good.

Don't be afraid of over ordering since portions are quite small - 2 or 3 dishes per person should do.

Everything was great until we came to pay. The problem was not the price (we came up to $25 per person, tip included) but the fact that we first of all asked for separate bills (which wasn't honored) and we were later told we could not pay with more than 3 credit cards dividing equally. We wanted to speak to the manager but our waitress had promptly disappearing after telling us we could not pay with all our credit cards. This was the sour point of the evening.

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Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Good food, nice ambiance
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 10:21am [Dine in]

I was a little skeptical about Shiru-Bay because of the reviews here. Since most of the negative things people have said were related to service, wrong orders coming out, and general slowness I decided to go on a weekday. A good decision - it was almost empty, service was good, and we got our orders fast - plus, at least the $40 tasting menu is a much better value (both quality and quantity) than some of the other fashionable restaurants in the area.

We ordered the $40 tasting menu, and though the dishes could have used better timing when coming out (first we had up to 3 dishes together, later we had to wait for the mussels), the food was great.

The tasting menu will leave you completely stuffed, so be warned. It consists of:
- Tuna + avocado spread over bread (very good) and oysters (I'd never had oysters before and liked them, though I expected something more with all the hype surrounding eating raw oysters)
- Seared mackerel (fish was very good, the greens it came with had too much onion and too little lettuce)
- Sashimi: sockeye salmon, yellowfin tune, albacore tuna (decent sized pieces, good cut)
- Smoked black cod (really good, it came over some kind of sweet puree that gave it a very nice touch)
- Steamed mussels (also good though not that exciting)
- Sushi: 1 piece each of dragonball sushi, musashi sushi, unagui sushi (very good, and shaping the rolls as canapes makes them seem more special)
- Chocolate cake with green tea mousse and ice cream (even though we were already full by this time we couldn't help but eat all the cake)

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Vij's Rangoli1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Small menu, but perfect place for a casual meal
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

This is probably a hit or miss kind of place, considering how small their menu is. The food is not really Indian food, but rather Indianized dishes - so beware! Not very spicy, and mixes flavours which might not be typical.

I can't recommend enough the portabella mushroom, even though it could loose the beet salad that comes on the side. Delicious sauces.

I would definitely recommend it if you haven't been here yet. Have a look at the menu outside ... if you can't identify anithing which appeals to you beforehand it might be better to find another place, since it doesn't have that many options. But if you like it, you'll love it.

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Minato992 W Broadway, Vancouver
My regular sushi takeout
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

The sushi is good, though the rolls can be very filling, so careful with overordering! Consistent good quality.

Better than other AYCE sushi places even if you end up paying more, it's worth it for the quality of the food - both sushi and cooked dishes. So of you're looking for a regular place for sushi this might be it. And it also has a lot of cooked Japanese dishes on the menu in case not everyone's in the mood for raw fish, plus a few vegetarian option aside from the veggie rolls, which is also nice.

The place is clean though it isn't very pretty, but since it's quite big you have a very good chance of getting a table. But if you live closeby it's probably better to order takeout or delivery.

Service is very good. The food comes out super fast and isn't lukewarm or anything. The waitresses are polite and always have a smile.

If you're ordering takeout or delivery you can be sure that your food will be ready in about 15 minutes after you order, the rest will be how long it takes to get to your house, which I think is pretty impressive.

The only 'but' I have is that I once ordered chirashizushi and the octopus and squid were too hard.

The lunch bentos and combinations look really good, though I haven't tried them yet.

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Sushi House3779 Sexsmith Rd, #2182, Richmond
Great place for inexpensive good sushi
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

I decided to try this place based on the reviews here, since I wanted to have sushi, not spend too much, and have a fast meal.

Sushi House far exceeded my expectations! The place is tiny, so getting a table can be a problem. We found a place at the bar which was nice, as we were only two, we could carry a conversation and still watch the itamae prepare the sushi.

Though the items are your standard Americanized sushi options, the quality of the fish is very good and they are well done and the prices excellent for the amount you get.

Highlights of my meal: the saba (mackerel) nigiri, the ikura, and the house roll (that thing is huuuuuuuuge!).

The inside of the restaurant is modern and no-nonsense. Nothing pretty or stylish, but still clean and welcoming (no fish smells, of course). The staff was friendly and efficient. Our orders did take a little long to come out, but since we were sitting at the sushi bar we could see that it was because they had a lot of take out orders lined up as it was the end of the evening, so no problems.

Of course, with these prices, you have two options: get something you reall like, enjoy it, and leave feeling smug with what you've spent on a good meal; or overindulge and order too much of too many things -- no problem, just take it home with you, and finish it later :)

It's definitely worth going. And even if the place is full just order take out, you won't regret it.

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