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ElliVancouverSince April 2, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3)
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Green Lettuce Restaurant6350 120th Street, Unit 112, Surrey
We will be back!
Submitted Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

We tried the Green Lettuce tonight on a snowy Thursday evening for the first time. It was just about half full at 8pm, which we thought was a good sign, and we were right! Richard the waiter took care of everything and made recommendations when we let him know we were newbies. He recommended starting with a soup, so we tried the chicken hot and sour soup and the chicken and mushroom soup. Both were great, but we preferred the chicken and mushroom for the delicious broth and big mushroom chunks. A good sized appie plate of veggie pakora arrived, courtesy of the kitchen. They were perfect and delicious!

After that our mains came within 10 minutes of being ordered, since we ordered while we sipped our soups. We got a full sized black bean sauce with chicken, which was gingery and also came with lots of vegetables integrated in the dish. For our veggie plate we got the Chinese style stir fry snow peas, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots. It was mild but had a nice kick at the end. for two people we definitely ordered too much food! We will be getting half orders next time (as Richard had originally recommended.)

Oh, and Richard brought out two full sized deep fried bananas with ice cream desserts, again on the house! The batter on the banana was perfect and light.

Overall the bill for the two of us was $33 before tax, which is really reasonable for such complex flavours and incredibly fresh food. We'll definitely be back!

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Pagliacci's1011 Broad St, Victoria
Perfect for lunch
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

I went to Pagliacci's for the first time on Monday for lunch with my grandmother and boyfriend. It was busy and a bit loud, but the ambience was friendly and trendy and funky. The waitress was extremely attentive and friendly without being overbearing. The food was excellently priced and all of us enjoyed our meals. I had the soup and ceasar salad. The soup was just what I needed for a chilly afternoon. Their fresh-baked bread is AMAZING! I must get that recipe! I will definitely be back for more of Pagliacci's.

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Shizen Sushi Japanese1706 Government St., Victoria
Decent is a kind term
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

I visited Shizen for the first time tonight on a trip to Victoria. I usually enjoy sushi in Richmond at Daimasu or in Ladner at Maguro Sushi or Ladner Sushi. Maybe I'm spoiled, I don't know. I went to Shizen based on reviews from this site, but I ended up quite disappointed.

My boyfriend and I made reservations for 8pm on a Tuesday night. When we showed up, we stood at the door for a full 5 minutes before any wait staff made a motion towards us. Less than 12 tables were full at that point. The server was sometimes attentive, but usually let dirty and empty dishes pile up on our table and even left the menus with us until I asked him to take them away. He was nice and polite enough, but not on the ball.

As for food, there were no good assortment dishes like I prefer. I usually order a sushi combo with about 5 pieces of sushi with 6 slices of BC roll or dynamite roll, but Shizen didn't offer any combos like that. Either you order sushi by the piece, or you order a plate full of sashimi. Here's what we ended up getting:
ebi sunumono - decent, but with a slice of tomato? weird.
tonkatsu - very good! On a bed of iceberg lettuce, which was odd.
mixed tempura - prawns VERY good, but zucchini so overcooked it was mushy and disintigrated on the chopsticks. Half a mushroom counted as one piece of tempura.
dynamite roll - decent. Made with spicy mayo. Rice was too sweet.
Islander roll - more spicy mayo. Sashimi over top was paper thin and salmon was slightly chewy. $11!! Mayo overpowered the fish.
Asahi large bottle was a very good price.

Overall I would say it was sushi for people who don't like sushi. If you're scared of fish, then the spicy mayo is perfect because it's pretty much all you can taste and it's on lots of the rolls. I wouldn't recommend Shizen to anyone who really enjoys sushi, but if you're a college kid heading out for lunch or a mild japanese dish, then you might want to eat here.

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