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eatanddrinkVancouverSince August 23, 20096 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Society Restaurant & Lounge1257 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Terrible for Drinks, Not Worth the Trouble
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

Society comes across as a very hip upscale place and has a great ambience for the Yaletown crowd. The biggest issue isn't the pink plastic chandeliers or the overplayed top 40 beats blasted over and above everyone's voice, the issue is that Society does not deliver any value at all in its so-called upscale drinks and especially in its desserts.

The food is quite reasonable, especially the pizzas which come on wooden planks. The bacon and egg one is crisp and tasty. But the drinks are fraudulently priced. A "pint" of beer runs at $8 and was served in a warm glass. Cocktails taste water down, and the wine is outrageously priced. Not a place to come "for a drink." The desserts are just really immature also, basically comprised of rice krispies and Sara-Lee cupcakes served with cotton candy. For the price you're paying for these carnival snacks, it's just not worth the trouble.

Society is probably one of the last places to go when there are so many other better places in Yaletown. The restaurant tries to come across as upscale with upscale pricing, but delivers very low-end desserts and poor quality drinks.

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Social Restaurant & Lounge332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
Good Enough?
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 12:44am [Dine in]

When we visited So.Cial, it was simply by chance. The location is quite central in Gastown, and the interior looked quite intriguing. Inside, the room was designed well and had a nice feel. When it comes to food, So.Cial delivers what it intends to do-- small bites on small plates. And yes, they are very small indeed. However, tapas are tapas, so it was expected and they did taste quite flavourful, especially the prawns.

The problem came with drinks. I had asked for a martini, and obviously the bartender had forgotten to remove the ice from the glass. The server had to take the glass back, re-strain it, and come back again. This really watered down the drink, so it wasn't as nice as it could have been.

So.Cial is acceptable as a place that you might just walk into, but until the plates become bigger with a better price point, it's not really worth reserving time to go to.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Excellent Izakaya, Good for a Drink and Small Eats
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 12:36am [Dine in]

Kingyo was an awesome place to go for high grade izakaya food. It has a great atmosphere and the lighting made the place more intimate as well. Service was top notch, and if you're lucky you can score some seating upon arrival. Otherwise, you may have to wait, but the wait is worth it.

Food at Kingyo was superb and the menu is very creative with its ingredients. Best of all, the drink list has quite a few interesting cocktails which fuse some Japanese elements (sake, shochu) with some contemporary spirits too. Very cool.

Of course, plates are small, but fair and well presented. Pricing is reasonable as many of the ingredients are quite specialized too. Overall, I would definitely recommend Kingyo, as your reliable high-end izakaya location in town.

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Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
High Quality, Fresh, and Well Presented Sushi
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

In Steveston, you expect the freshest of sushi with the fisherman's market nearby-- and this restaurant serves only the best. I found the sushi at Ichiro among some of the best I have eaten in Vancouver. The kitchen is bustling, a little bit chaotic, but also has extremely well made sushi and sashimi.

Selection is supreme in the restaurant, with many choices I recall only from restaurants in Japan. For instance, the Mugitoro set and Saikyo-yaki (miso grilled cod) are meals that are rare in Vancouver, but this place makes them as authentic and delicious as the ones I had in Japan. The specials are great and any of the robata selections I had were also tasty.

Prices are very fair and the location is clean and well-lit. Servers are very nice, and it's a friendly place that you can bring family to; at the same time, it's comfy enough to spend an evening at and have a beer as well.

Very much recommended if you are anywhere near the Richmond area. If you're lucky there is free parking around there also!

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Sushi King3520 Kingsway, Vancouver
Small Charming Place, Very Good Sushi
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 1:34pm [Dine in]

Visited this small sushi joint just before going to a game at Swangard. At first, the restaurant didn't seem like it was very different than the many sushi places in East Vancouver, but it was clean, new, and very hospitable.

The waitress is very kind, pleasant, and helpful. She brought us tea right away and the menu had all the usual choices at most places. While there were not many special rolls, it was very reasonable since the ones that were offered were made very well. California, BC, unagi, dynamite rolls are very typical, but very well made and extremely well priced. All ingredients were fresh, the rice was well vinegared, and the wasabi was even made at the time of serving, a very rare occurance in other sushi joints.

Not really a place for the ambience because it is small, but it has charm. This is a very good place for a quick meal, over a lunch hour or for a take out order (and again, very efficient with the preparation), and also for a casual dinner. Very much recommended.

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14981 Fusion Cuisine14981 Marine Drive, White Rock
Pretentious and Unwelcoming
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

First visit to 14981 in White Rock, and found the location quite nice. It was on the main strip, so we expected it to have nice food like most of the other locations around there. However, it was very disappointing.

The food was very standard fare, but completely overpriced. For example, two spring rolls cost $10, and obviously these were simply frozen store bought ones that were deep fried in their kitchen. Things were even worse with the "Mandarin Chicken Salad" which consisted of a few wilted Spring Mix leaves bought from a grocery store, and dressed with a very dry piece of chicken breast.

The drinks were really poorly mixed-- the martini we ordered was under chilled and had a strong smell of an old Maraschino cherry, probably left out for a while and just dropped into the drink at the very end. Even the hot water we ordered tasted tinny and obviously had a little bit of old detergent stuck in the cup.

Overall a very disappointing visit to 14981, and I would not recommend anyone go to this restaurant with so many other better choices around in the White Rock area. This is a pretentious and unwelcoming restaurant with an unfair price point for the low quality food it serves.

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