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DineOutOftenVancouver (West Side)Since August 5, 201015 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3.2)
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Shibuyatei2971 Sexsmith Road, Richmond
Authentic Shoyu Ramen and high-quality food from a Japanese chef
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

What a GREAT surprise to us! We were in the neighbourhood and thought we would give it a try - very glad we did. What an unusual location, but do not let that put you off.

We were there for lunch, and we were the fourth table. The restaurant is small - only with about 5 tables. This is literally a one-man (the chef owner) show. He greeted customers walking in, took orders, made teas, prepared food, cleaned tables, and checked on the customers. I was initially worried that it might take forever to get the food since there was only him doing everything, and I had to say I under-estimated this capable man - he was friendly, organized and efficient, and handled all the tasks meticulously without looking stressed at all.

However, the true reason for the five stars is not that - it was the food. We are ramen lovers, so we need to try the ramen for sure. We had the regular ramen - Shoyu (soy-based). The broth was clear and tasty, and made with fresh ingredients - classic good Shoyu ramen. While I enjoyed Shoyu ramen while in Japan, I stopped ordering Shoyu ramen in North America because they just did not taste as good. This one is the first one that I thought it tasted like what I had in Japan. Noodle was cooked right too.

We had to try other things for our first-time visit. I also had the Tonkatsu (deep-fried breaded pork chop) sandwich, with half California roll. Tonkatsu was thick - crispy on the outside, and juicy + cooked through inside. Even the California roll was excellent - I did not remember the last time I thought California roll was good.

In summary, the chef owner took pride in his culinary delivery. Everything was done with quality in mind.
Since we were the last table for lunch, the chef owner came to talk to us afterwards. We shared our high opinions about his food, and he told us that the article he posted near the entrance was a real famous food magazine in Japan. We could not read Japanese, and he told us that he was covered and recommended by the renown food critics in Tokyo, Yamamoto, who connected the filmmaker of Jiro Dreams of Sushi to Jiro. His specialty is his ramen and gyoza, and he made other things to a gourmet standard. If it passes his high standard, I will say it is more than good enough for most of us.

No question we will be back and can't wait to try the gyozas next time!

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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
A delightful combination that is hard to find
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

The #1 thing is certainly the enjoyment of the view at the top of West Vancouver through the all-glass windows. I still remember having dinner some years back when they were going for the more fine dining style. I have to mention and congratulate them that they have now toned it down and much more approachable and enjoyable.

Nowadays, they have an a la carte menu as well as degustation menus. We decided to go for adventurous degustation (8 courses including wine pairing for every course). One of us did not drink, and they did give us a credit off the degustation price for her. I did not write down what we had and could not remember esp after a few glasses of wine. I liked some dishes better than others - they ranged from solid to outstanding. I usually am not a sturgeon fan, but they had a smoked sturgeon that I enjoyed. Some creativity in combination of ingredients, but nothing too shocking. I particular enjoy the chef's attention on the texture and the portion management. If I wanted to be picky, I would say that while the Muskox was tasty, execution was not as consistent as I hoped, so 2 out of 4 of the Muskox dishes were too overcooked to finish. Wine pairing was pretty good given the price we were paying - nothing too low-end to enjoy and pairing was appropriate.

Almost forget to mention that service is great and personable too. A very delightful evening all in all.

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Ming Tak Hong Kong Style Restaurant8363 Granville Street, Vancouver
Solid neighbourhood place for some casual Hong Kong food
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

This is one of our neighbourhood places that we go to regularly - probably once every 2 weeks over last few years since they started at this location. The ambiance is just like a small Hong Kong style cafe in Hong Kong. Service is good (by the definition of a Chinese place).

Over the years, we have tried many things on the menu. In the end, we generally settle on Chicken vermicelli with ginger and gooseberry in the clay pot, clams with cilantro in the clay pot, or pork chop with tan tan noodle on most days.

I am not sure if this is a good enough of a place for me to travel a long distance to visit, but it is certainly more than good enough for a casual dinner on a week night when cooking is off the agenda.

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Good Choice Restaurant6007 Fraser Street, Vancouver
It's a GREAT choice1
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Have been here for dinner for 4 times, and have not been let down yet. Some of the outstanding dishes are braised beef brisket, lobster (in superior broth with noodle or on top of glutinous rice with superior broth), and prawns with superior soya sauce. Other dishes I tried are also enjoyable. There is no question that they pay attention to their cooking - I guess the size of the restaurant may have contributed to the high quality of execution.

This is a smaller restaurant and service is excellent even with limited staff. I recommend making reservation prior to arrival.

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Jade Seafood Restaurant8511 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Trying out dim sum the first time - remember to order Mushroom Dumplings!
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

We enjoy dinners here, so we figure we will try out dim sum on a day off. We waited for 10 mins for a table on a Friday arriving at 11:55am, and the service was good as we expected.

We pretty much enjoyed everything, but I have to say the Mushroom Dumplings are absolutely exceptional! Have not had anything like that - no wonder they win an award. You have to try this fantastic dim sum if you are there.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Nice to have food that is a little different
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2012 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant a few times and feel that it is reasonably priced with interesting and different food. The menu variety is good, so I think everyone can find something they like. Wine list is also fair. I enjoy the ambiance in general - some corners may be a little dark.

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Chinois1035 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Food and value not there...
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2012 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Just a quick one. The restaurant is modern and classy, and the service is fine. The problem is the food. It doesn't look like a Chinese restaurant, so I was not expecting it to be authentic, but expect it to be tasty and well-executed. Unfortunately, neither tasty nor authentic - what a disappointment. Value is certainly poor when the food is not good, the dishes are small, and the price is high.

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Faubourg2156 West 41st, Vancouver
Good-looking place with good-looking and consistent food
Submitted Monday, November 14, 2011 - 12:07am [Dine in]

Have been there a few times for lunches as well as coffee/pastry. If there is one thing that is obvious, it is that it is French and things are done the French way, and I enjoy this little piece of France. The shop as well as the restaurant at the back are both tastefully decorated. Espressos and lattes are all well-done. Tried some pastries and desserts and they are solid - go check out the oven imported from France at the back - there is a small window that you can peek through. What actually surprises me is that for a bakery, the quality of food served at the restaurant is excellent. As I say, I have been there a few times to try various things, and have seen consistent execution where everything has been good or solid. I am still disappointed that Veal Marengo was taken off the regular menu, but boeuf bourguignon is well done, including the ratatouille which is cooked perfectly.

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Shi-Art Chinese Cuisine6551 No. 3 Road, #1302, Richmond
Unpublished condition on 2011 Signature Dish Dining Festival
Submitted Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

Saw that they had an interesting menu for 2011 Signature Dish and made a booking to go with friends. When we showed up, they said that they could not do the menu for Signature Dish Dining Festival unless it was pre-booked when we made reservation. There was obviously no mention of this condition the website and all other restaurants serve the menu without such condition. They acknowledged that the website did not mention, but they said they would not do it in any case. If they did not want to participate like other restaurants, they should just stay out of it rather than leaving a bad taste in people's mouths. We asked why advanced pre-booking for the menu would be required as there was no special dish, like braised soup or anything that needed special advanced prep - his answer was that we didn't understand - cooking required more prep than we thought. My friends wanted to leave because they had dinner there before and didn't think the food was too good, but I convinced them to stay and not to move around. We ordered some random dishes from the menu, and they were okay - I could not say good. After that, service was okay. However, the poor experience of unpublished condition was very disappointing. All of us thought it was poor of them to impose such condition upon our arrival, and with the mediocre food, we would not be back again. If we had the menu we intended to have, I bet we would feel way better.

If you still want to go to this place for 2011 Signature Dish Dining Festival menu, make sure you mention when you make reservation. However, in my opinion, you are better off going to other places where they dont have hidden restriction and where they have better food. I went to Jade for the Signature Dish Dining Festival menu earlier and we had good food and good service, so I would recommend them instead. I also went to Viva City quite a few times and found their food generally better than Shi-Art.

Thanks for confirming tonight that I don't have to go to Shi-Art in the future again.

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Olive & Anchor6418 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Great addition to the Horseshoe Bay waterfront
Submitted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

Horseshoe Bay waterfront has been waiting for a good, down-to-earth restaurant for a while. While driving back from Whistler, I decided to check to see if there were new places to eat in Horseshoe Bay. I found out that Ya Ya was replaced by another place, so decided to give Olive & Anchor a shot. While its name is very pub like, the room was beautifully decorated - comfortable neighbourhood setting, but not too bar-ish. A bar and some TVs for those looking for it. The rest of the restaurant is appealing and approachable to adults and families. It was a pretty busy Sunday afternoon even it was almost 3pm. We had mussels and fish & chips. Fish and Chips were good, but the mussels (and the broth) were really good. Quite a few people order the Chicken gumbo soups and I heard people raving about it. The menu is pretty extensive, so I don't need to worry about having the same thing over and over again. It is Horseshoe Bay, so it is not the cheapest place, but it is fairly priced in the area. I am glad we have found this place so that we now know one good solid place to go to in Horseshoe Bay!

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Tableau Bar Bistro1181 Melville Street, Vancouver
A perfect bistro experience!
Submitted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

I cannot believe there is only one review for this place so far. My friends and I went on a Tuesday night and it was packed, so we were obviously not the only ones who appreciate the place. I also came here when it was Voya too - while I enjoyed the food and service, the pricing was too steep for regular dinner. I am very pleased that this boutique hotel now has a perfect bistro restaurant - it fits. What is impressing is that while the prices are much more down to earth, the food and service remain at the high quality and standard as before. The ambiance is casual and unpretentious - it has a cozy and comfortable vibe about it - just the way a busy bistro is supposed to be! A group of us tried various things and almost everyone liked all the appys and entrees. Desserts are okay - not as amazing as some of the entrees in my opinion. Wine list was also decent with choices for wine by glass. Overall, the value is outstanding and I have no doubt that I will come back regularly.

If there is one minor complaint, it's that the light is relatively dim, and the type and size of lettering used on the menu are a bit hard to read - have to squint in order to read all the menu items...

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Great food!
Submitted Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

Have been to PP many many times since it was on West Broadway. Just want to drop a quick note to say how consistently good the food is. It is reasonably priced and I feel value is good given the food is awesome. Typical good dishes that we always order: Chicken wings, Squids, Beef with egg rice, butter beef, assorted mix noodle with soup on the side. It is so good that we have to regularly return, esp for the Chicken wings!

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Lucky Tao Restaurant8077 Alexandra Road, 101, Richmond
Good-valued King Crab dinner
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

We usually have several King Crab dinners a year. Some friends wanted to go for King Crab, but when we called up Excelsior (real fantatsic ways of cooking King Crab there, esp the Aberdeen stye knuckles!), they were selling it for $20 a pound. Since the price was too steep, we decided to do some research and gave this place a try. They are selling it at $12.99 a pound and a few weeks ago, it was even $11.99. They did a great job for both the steaming legs with garlic style (buttery) as well as Salt & Pepper & Chilli deep fried joints. We had fried rice in the crab body - tasty and gingery. The rest of the dishes were solid. I was definitely surprised how well they did the king crab. I tried a few other places where the price was lower, but it just wasnt as well done. This place offered good cooking of king crab at good value. Okay, sometimes, it does take a while to find the waiter, but once you get their attention, they are good. Pretty much what you can expect from regular Chinese restaurant service. If someone asks me to have another king crab dinner again, now I will recommend Excelsior and this place!

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Cafeteria2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Great casual bistro all around!
Submitted Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Being familiar with Pied e Terre and La Buca, I was a little worried that it would be too similar to these restaurants even I enjoy them. I was pleasantly surprised that it was similar in some ways and different in some ways - all good. Quality of food and service was similar - good consistent cooking as well as service. Ambiance and setting were different - casual, friendly and comfortable environment. We had a great time hanging out and even people were waiting, we never felt we were rushed. We had 2 Osso Buco's and a duck confit - I tried both dishes and both were above average for sure.

Regarding waiting, they don't take reservation. We decided to be smart and went there early by 6pm on Sunday and got a table right away. With such a tiny restaurant, chances of queuing is high. If you are not one of those patient people, go early or late!

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Empire Chinese Cuisine8251 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Beware - dishonest Chinese restaurant out to gyp you...
Submitted Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

To start with, I am Chinese and eat out at least 10 times a week, so I am very familiar with what they are supposed to do at Chinese restaurants.

We saw on the newspaper that they had Alaskan King Crab special for $13 a lb, so to make sure they would not pull the false advertising or restrictions on us, I called and inquired about the special price and they confirmed that it was indeed $13 a lb and I made a reservation.

When 5 of us showed up, we ordered Alaskan King Crab and they told us that it would be $23/24 a lb. I told them that I called in advance and was told that it was $13 a lb, and they said it was only for crabs which were under 5 lbs. Having had at least 20 Alaskan King Crab in my life, that was clearly a joke - a real Alaskan King Crab does not come under 5 lbs. The waiter then showed us what people would get for below 5 lbs. It was not a King Crab - it is another species of crab which is bigger than the regular crabs. However, since we set out to eat Alaskan King Crab, we agreed to pay the premium price for about 9 pounds and had the real Alaskan King Crab anyway. This is where we made the mistake - we showed them that we could afford it and they got greedy to gyp us further beyond the $225 King Crab. We continued our ordering of soup, vegetables and black cod hotpot. The waiter then suggested that we should have seabass instead of the black cod hotpot, and we can order a 2-dish seabass combo. We thought it was also fish, and it was probably good because he recommended it. They came show us the live Alaskan Crab, but did NOT show us the seabass, so we thought maybe the fish was not fresh or whole.

We finished eating the soup and king crab - not amazing food and the king crab looks less than 9 lbs, but okay, and after waiting for 45 very long mins, we finally saw the two dishes for seabass. Oh my goodness - these two dishes are HUGE - definitely not reasonable for my table. I suddenly noticed that they did cook a whole fish for us, but didn't show us the fish live, so we could not tell whether it was alive or it was HUGE for my table of 5 (2 seniors, 2 adults and 1 child). If this is not dishonestly and lack of integrity, I don't know what is. As expected, when I saw the bill, the seabass was 4 lbs. For those who are not familiar, a 3.5 lb fish is used for a table of 10 during banquet, and this restaurant decided (without telling/showing us) that my table of 3.5 adults (senior and child is about 0.5 adult) should have 9 lbs of Alaskan King Crab followed by 4 lbs of seabass, in addition to the soup and vegetables we were ordering. We must look like very hungry huge eaters since I am only a 100-lb myself. Of course, the seabass was not cheap per lb, so in the end, the bill was $500. I packed some of the seabass home in the end to not waste it.

It is not that we don't have expensive dinner, but this has been the most unenjoyable and shocking $500 dinner that I have had. We were just expecting to have a nicer than average dinner on a weekday and ended up being gyp'ed by these people intentionally. There are way too many good, if not better, Chinese restaurants around - there is no need for me to support a dishonest restaurant as such. The sister restaurant, Empire seafood, also had the same false advertising. I will absolutely not return for dinner on my own accord - I will take my hard-earned money somewhere else and support people who don't set out to cheat their customers.

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