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ennoburnabySince September 18, 20074 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2 (1.8)
  • Value1 (1)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
eyes pleased, all else disappointed
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 3:30am [Dine in]

i walked in and thought the place looked great - spacious and nicely laid out. staff looked good. visited the washroom and it was as nice as everything else i've seen. and that's where the impressing ends.

the waitress was not attentive - she was scarce to be found and couldn't even remember what each person ordered, even though there were only 6 of us and she had no other table to serve at the time. even when drinks were ordered only two at a time, she was unable to remember whose drinks they were.

the food was not great. i've had far better at places that some would refuse to eat at. appies were okay. all the other food - nothing special.

the quality of meat was mediocre, and only 1 out of the 5 steaks were cooked right. the medium-rares came out almost well-done, the medium came out rare and bloody. the waitress checked on us about the food before we had a chance to even try it, then disappeared. by the time she resurfaced, there wasn't even a point in complaining - we just wanted out. most of us didn't even eat half our meals. we left and went somewhere else to satisfy our need for food.

the prices were steep. the food and service were both substandard, we felt quite cheated for our money. it's like going to the museum cafe, but having to first pay the steep admission price. we paid for decor, and i'm hesitant to say for much else.

needless to say, i have no intention of ever returning. food comes first.

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BC Sushi2126 W Broadway, Vancouver
no second chance
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

The food:
Some of the food was typical AYCE and some of it was definitely below AYCE quality. Sashimi was not as fresh as it should be. Cooked rolls and the like were okay. Appy type dishes were disappointing.

The people:
Service was not very friendly and seems to be hit and miss per request. You either get what you asked for almost immediately (like tea/miso soup/the bill) or it would never happen. Accuracy of your order - you either got what you ordered in the right quantities or you didn't get it at all.

The price:
Similar to other AYCE places.

The place:
Pretty bare, nothing special. Our table was not clean, and a couple of our plates had stuff stuck on it. I did not use the washroom facilities on the advice of my friend who did go, so I cannot comment on that.

The verdict:
I have no intention on going there again.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House755 Burrard St, Unit 202, Vancouver
just another typical AYCE Japanese restaurant
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 3:48am [Dine in]

The food:
We did the AYCE Japanese only. It was the typical AYCE quality. Nothing special, but nothing particularly worse than any other place. Don't expect to receive exactly what you ordered. We got items we didn't order, we had orders missing, the quantities only sometimes matched what we requested.

The people:
Most of the staff seem to be frantically trying to keep up with getting the food out to the tables and avoiding all eye contact if possible. Calling them or waving from anywhere farther than 5 feet from them was ineffective. Definitely understaffed and what staff they did have lacked service skills.

The price:
Standard pricing.

The place:
The layout of the place was surprisingly nice. They seat quite a few people, and yet, from any particular table, you don't notice most of the other diners except for those immediately around you. They lack enough smaller tables and frequently seat you with other people to share a larger table. Other than that, it was quite comfortable.

Other:
The washrooms were of acceptable cleanliness, however were lacking in toilet paper. The couple we shared the table with opted for the BBQ and did a good job burning most of their food to a charcoal crisp. This is obviously no fault of the restaurant, but it definitely tinged the taste of my mediocre AYCE Japanese food. Perhaps the solution is not to share a table.

The verdict:
There's a chance I'll return to try the BBQ menu if I happen to be in the area, but definitely not for the AYCE Japanese.

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Hot Plate Bistro, The1205 Madison Ave., Burnaby
great quality at great prices with not so great ventilation
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 3:13am [Dine in]

The food:
They carry a decent sized menu, with daily specials and soup to mix things up a bit. I've sampled several different dishes and soups, and they have been consistently tasty and satisfying. The freshness is evident and everything is made from scratch. Only downside is the wait-time. It is not unusual to wait 2-3 times longer than your regular breakfast place.

The people:
The couple who runs the place are always friendly, cheerful, and open to any amendments to your order, regardless of how absurd the request may be. They are appreciative of their customers and it shows - something you don't detect very often.

The price:
Prices are better than reasonable. Portions are perfect;full, but not overstuffed or wasting food. For extra-healthy appetites - just order two meals; more variety for your dollar.

The place:
The entire place appears to be neat, well kept and very clean. The decor, unfortunately, isn't nearly as amazing as their food. The atmosphere resembles more of a kitchen - It feels like (and actually is) sitting in a kitchen, with the food being prepared 15 feet from you. Every fiber will be coated with grease smog. Improving ventilation should be their number one priority.

The loo:
The washroom was clean, well stocked, and is a washroom only; not the washroom/storage combo like many small establishments.

The wait:
Located in a residential zone, most likely populated by nearby residents and an ever growing number of dinehere members. They are definitely getting busier each time I go, with increasingly longer waits for a table. Their 4 indoor table capacity is reached quite quickly.

The verdict:
The awesome food draws me back repeatedly.

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