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drew86VancouverSince May 21, 200711 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food2.5 (2.6)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
Fraser Court Seafood Restaurant3489 Fraser Street, Vancouver
A Breathe of Fresh Air from the former establishment
Submitted Monday, January 4, 2010 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Visited the place for the first time since it changed hands for both Dim Sum and dinner. Few steps into the front entrance and you'll know they spent a lot of money updating the place. Asked the manager, and he told us the owners spent close to a million dollars in renovations.

Dim Sum was solid. BBQ Pork rice roll were made to perfection, shrimp dumplings were not too big (the way I like it), and fried tofu with shrimp paste were spectacular. After going through 8 dishes and a special item, it rounded up to $35, with was a steal considering the quality of the food and the environment.

With a good first impression, we decided to go for dinner a week later. Wow, what can I say? Portions were large, food was great, service was speedy and waiter were friendly and charming. The only complaint I guess would have to be the washrooms. Although it was a busy night, the management should employ staff to keep the washroom clean. That's all I got to say.

This is one of the larger Chinese restaurants left in East Vancouver, so I'm not surprised if this place is popular with large wedding banquets.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Solid Ramen and service
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

Went down there to have lunch and was immediately greeted in Japanese by a friendly waitress.

There's basically 4 different types of ramen, so I chose the Shio Ramen. Service was speedy, and with the first sip of the broth, I knew this place meant business. It's one of the best ramen broth you can find in Vancouver.

Then with a bite of the ramen noodle and tonkotsu (braised pork), the flavour just explodes in your mouth.

Only one thing I would like to see improved is they could put some more noodles to make it more filling for those with a bigger appetite.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Must try Shanghai dumpling!!
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

Food: 1. Shanghai dumpling (aka. Xiao Long Bao) is probably the best I've ever tried in Vancouver. almost as good as the world-famous Nan Chang Restaurant in Shanghai. order at least 2 dumplings/ person since it'll be gone before you know it. 2. Beijing Roast Duck is very delicious as well. Skin is crispy, wrap is nice and thin, with generous portions. For those who are more adventurous, try the spicy stir-fried mutton with leeks.

Service: We were serviced by the boss himself and he is probably the most accommodating person I've ever met. He would go the extra mile to make sure we haven't ordered too much and whether it might be too spicy for our palette. The waiters are very responsive to service requests too. No complaints at all.

Value: There are so much to choose from the menu that there are bound to be dishes that suits your taste. I would say prices are quite reasonable since it's located in a business district of Vancouver.

Ambiance: Very clean and organized. Typical Chinese restaurant setting with a moderate modern finish. However, the service makes up for everything.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Best AYCE Japanese restaurant ever been to!!
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

Food: Sashimi are really fresh. u even get abalone and shark fin sushi on the Lite menu. definitely try the baby back ribs, korean style pork chops, gyoza, etc. Prawn tempura is a must! so tasty and they don't give u a bunch of vegetable tempura along to fill u up. one thing to take note of: the halogen lighting on every table makes the food look so attractive.

Service: Waitresses are quick to respond, patient, and their uniforms are so cute: blue shirt with a pink tie. lol.

Value: definitely a great value than most AYCE. relatively the going rate but great food and service pays for itself. $20 for adults on the Lite menu and $24 on the "Supreme".

Ambiance: i couldn't believe the view that we had. we were seated on the window-side. sweeping windows with the view of the beautiful lighted Aberdeen Centre a block away at night is simply amazing. great for a romantic dinner. inside, the rock facade with accented halogen lighting makes it modern but warm.

also, before u leave, take some time to check out the photos on the front desk. many recent famous Hong Kong celebrities visited this wonderful sushi house.

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Kato Japanese & Chinese Restaurant3760 E Hastings St, Burnaby
once, but never again
Submitted Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

So we were running errands at an office across the street and saw this low key looking restaurant. As we entered, it was the beginning of a chilling experience. The interior looks like a Chinese chop-suey restaurant in a mid-western town, but it serves Japanese food!?

It was lunch time and we were the only table inside, so I thought service has to be great. The lady was very friendly but quiet. We got sake and I swear it must have been watered down. Taste more like homemade fermented rice water than something u would put in your mouth.

However, there's one thing to praise. It's CHEAP. Probably because it's ventured by a Chinese owner. We didn't try any of the Chinese menu items because we were there for Japanese food but looking at the way they prepare Japanese food, the Chinese version has to be better. Maybe next time, NOT..

Try it for yourself and hope you will prove me wrong. But if things go really bad, try asking them to serve the carp in the aquarium. Wasabi goes really nice with carp sashimi. At least that's what I heard before.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Don't go there for Lunch!
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place a few times for dinner and it's one of the better AYCE restaurants at cheap prices.

But that's not the case for lunch.

They jacked up the price since opening so it's now $12/person> Even worst, in order to get sashimi, you have to opt-in to an extra $4/person.

Now comes the food. The maki & nigiri sushi are great, although I would like to see more choices on their lunch menus. Other than that, there's really nothing to look forward to. Fried shrimp balls are disgusting. Gyozas are greasy and cold. Terriyaki sauce seemed like straight from the bottle without cooking it into the food (eg. fish, pork, beef).

The service is great, as from past visits. The food is delivered to the table incredibly fast, probably because most of the dishes are prepared already. One thing that ticked me off was that we ordered 20+ pieces of salmon nigiri sushi and finished them all except for one piece of rice. The waitress came to clear the table and warned us not to waste food otherwise they'll charge extra! I mean come on. It's not the 1st time I went for AYCE. It's not like we finished all the salmon and left out all the rice. Talk about being bitchy.

Also, one thing to warn all of u. DON'T DRINK YOUR TEA TOO FAST. I know this sounds totally hillarious, but they keep filling your tea cups, probably with the intention to fill your stomach with tea rather than food.

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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Good Bubble Tea House/Mediocre Taiwanese Noodle
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

I'd moved to this neighbourhood over a year ago but never got the intention to visit this place until one recent Sunday afternoon.

LOCATION: not the best place for a restaurant. It's in a tiny plaza with 2 other businesses so obviously parking is a problem. And on top of that, because the restaurant is recessed from adjacent shops, you'll easily miss it if you're driving by.

FOOD: Bubble tea is tastes pretty good and cheap for it's size. Lots of varieties to choose from. Ordered a Spicy Beef Noodle and was quite unimpressed. 1st of all, it's too spicy for my palette. Also, the beef has no flavour from the crappy broth it's served in. However, noodle is really good. My friend ordered a wonton served in a overly sour sauce and is really expensive for its size.

SERVICE: It started to get busy once we sat down, but waitresses were still patient in explaining the menu. Friendly and attentive.

AMBIANCE: Modern design with dark brown colours complements the "Bubble Tea House" concept where mostly young people hang out. Dining area is separated by a wall that goes up half way so families can enjoy their meal as well.

:: go their for the Bubble tea, but don't be mislead by the restaurant's name. If you're looking for something to eat, I would recommend the rice dishes and anything but the noodles.

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Tasty Village4735 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby
Don't know about Dinner but NEVER go for Dim Sum!
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

First time to this restaurant will also be my last time.

This place is tiny already and with daylight coming in from all corners, I had almost had to wear sunglasses eating at this place. The serving station is open to the dining hall so you can hear banging of dishes and every noise you can think of to make your dining experience go to hell. Knowing that this is a new place on the block, it certainly didn't look new inside. The brick wall behind the cashier's station looks like someone's living room from a 70's house. The chairs all had dents on them and the seats were wrapped with some dirty cover that was carelessly upholstered.

Worst of all comes to the food. The shrimp dumpling that's usually wrapped in a chewy and tasty skin was not chewy and not thoroughly cooked. It was still raw! Had the waitress took at it and she was nice enough to apologize and gave us another order. Next, the Shanghai-style chow mein was so salty that if you have high blood pressure that you might not make it out the door after eating it. Finally, the beef-ball had a horrible texture and had a sour taste to it. The meat had definitely gone bad.

There are more dishes that I like to complain about but I think most of you get the picture, so I won't rant forever even though I want to so bad.

The whole staff crew looks like they are from Northern China. So the lessen is never make Dim Sum (Cantonese cuisine) unless you are Cantonese or are fully trained and qualify. We, the customers, pay our hard-earn money and expect some level of quality. If you want to get by with what you are doing now, go back to China!

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Golden Phoenix Chinese Seafood2425 Nanaimo, Vancouver
Dinners ok... can find better elsewhere
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner with family. Food was fine, like many other Chinese restaurants around town. Beside from spilling pop soda over a girls dress, and tipping over the rice container lid over a guy's lap, service was acceptable (NOT!!) Ambiance was nice with very warm and elegant atmosphere BUT small layout and low ceiling makes the space feel crowded.

Heard Dim Sum is excellent, but you can definitely find a better place for dinner any day.

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Fortune Court Seafood Restaurant3555 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
avoid this place at all cost...even when u haven't ate anything for a month!!
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 11:12am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times and it's been the worst restaurant in Vancouver in my view:

FOOD: dim-sum quality is a disgrace to Chinese cuisine. Dinner is even worst. Everything looks stale and thrown together into a wok with any care of how it looks and how it taste.

Service: waiters are impatient and rude. Once you ask for anything more than what the waiters can endure, they'll ignore you and give you a sick look.

Ambiance: Tables are set too close to one another. Some chairs wobble, glass turntable is always sticky, carpet looks like it hasn't been washed since store opening, renovation back in summer of 2007 didn't make any difference. overall, it's not a decent place to enjoy dinner especially considering the high standards we have here in Vancouver for Chinese restaurants (eg, Richmond, downtown, Broadway, etc)

Whatever you do, do not go to this restaurant unless cheap food is what matters most for you. However, if do do decide to give it a try, take Pepto-Bismol before you go. LOL

NOTE: here's a list of restaurants to avoid based on Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (including Fortune Court Seafood Restaurant):
http://www.vch.ca/environmental/docs/food/food_closures04.pdf

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Blue Stone Grill4501 North Road, #220, Burnaby
sounds better than it is
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

went on a Tuesday night. we were the only persons there from start till finish. waiters spoke very little English. ran out of beef and 2 brands of Korean liquor so we had to order something else. portions were amazingly small. skimpy on the number of appetizer dishes that u usually get at a Korean restaurant.

don't waste ur money here

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