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food-queenEast VancouverSince September 16, 200728 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 20 of 28 Reviews Found
Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
freshness - yay! bang for your buck - nay
Submitted Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

Have always wanted to try this place after reading countless reviews of how good Shiro is.

Had tuna & salmon sashimi - yes, it was indeed quite fresh, but I just couldn't seem to justify the price of it. Although it wasn't very pricey, compared to all the other places I've been (Sushi Garden, Sushi Town, Tomoya, Toyo, etc etc etc), it just didn't live up to my expectations.

Sushi was good, but yet again, quite small and non-filling.

They have a really good spicy sauce though, and they you get a free pack of Pocky at the end of your meal.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
only here for the sushi! :)
Submitted Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

Always on the hunt for new sushi places that offer creative/innovative/"special" rolls, I decided to check out Sushi Oyama after seeing the huge sign on Kingsway. It's basically a really big, wooden house that operates as a restaurant. Upon arriving, we were greeted by (who seemed like the) owner, who was busily tending to the restaurant garden.

All in all, I would come back for the sushi - they have a variety of special rolls including different coloured-dragon rolls (black, red, green) and others as well. Downers included the spinach gomae (too much spinach, too little peanut sauce) and the seafood salad (huge piece of sashimi on top of iceberg lettuce). We had also asked for spicy sauce on the side, and they gave us Sriracha sauce!

Service was good and will definitely return for the sushi though.

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Sushiwa Japanese350 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
first & last!
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2009 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Being an avid sushi eater, i decided to try this restaurant since it was only a 7 min. walk from my house. First impression was that we were greeted with a (used) take-out menu (i don't know why they didn't give us a real menu) - minus 1.

Had the appetizer sashimi, which was decent. Then came the rolls - spicy tuna & dynamite. The rice was too dry and lacked (rice) vinegar, while the prawn in the dynamite roll was battered-up beyond belief.

As the title of this review states: first and last visit for sure.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
MaeNOoooOo!
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Went to try this restaurant after the excessive hype surrounding the opening of this restaurant (formerly Gastropod). Boy, were we ever let down! Started off with 2 appies - papaya salad & hot and sour soup. Papaya salad was average ... and the hot & sour soup was very watery and bland beyond belief. We also ordered roti which was not fluffy (nothing like what you would expect at Banana Leaf or Tropika), not to mention oily.

Entrees consisted of a smoked duck red curry (which was the only good thing that night) and the pad thai. Wow, don't even get me started on the pad thai - it was very wet aaand the colour of the pad thai was totally uncharacteristic of the typical pad thai that you would normally expect.

All in all, it was a very disappointing experience, to say the least. Service was ok -you can tell they're still in the midst of straightening out the odds and ends. Cocktails were ok. But this place definitely does NOT live up to all the hype! Perhaps, there will be improvements, but I am definitely not coming back anytime soon.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Marvelous Medina...
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

Although often busy and will often result in long wait, this is a definite place for great brunch. They don't offer the typical eggs and bennies type of brunch/breakfast, but rather Moroccan-influenced breakfasts.

Had the pistachio white chocolate mocha, pistachio white chocolate belgian waffle (good, but definitely and probably not analogous to the ones in Belgium) and the ever-so-lovely "Fricasse" - which was 2 fried eggs on braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, arugula and smoked applewood cheddar. Amazing, amazing amazing..not to mention the grilled focaccia that accompanied it. Mmm...will definitely return to satisfy future brunch cravings!

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Aoki Sushi1888 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
Yuck!
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

Okay, this a long-overdue review, I can't believe I had not written anything about this place yet!

As an avid sushi-eater...I am always on the hunt for sushi joints offering good, innovative/fancy/creative/specialty rolls...I think it is quite the "fad" now.

Ordered a bunch of things - everything was either mediocre or not good/fresh/yucky, esp. the "Pink Godzilla" roll...others may oppose to this, but I thought that this roll was disgusting! FIrst of all, it was MASSIVE and non-appealing. It had basically a chicken teri roll, deep fried, with kiwi and strawberries on top, drizzles with mayo, hot sauce and balsamic vinegarette (?). Although each ingredient may sound/look appealing its own sense, it was a horrible idea to pool all these together. 'Twas definitely a disappointment and will never return.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Rocky Mountain delishness....
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

Came here twice. Love the bison pizza and the dipping sauces (for extra charge). Salads and soup were just about average.

My second time here was for DOV'09. They lost my reservation (even though it was made a good 2 weeks in advance, I partly blame it on the fact that they are not on opentable.com). Regardless, the hostess wasn't very apologetic about it, which kinda sucked. My friend also found a piece of plastic in her curry lasagne (but was then compensated with a free dov meal), so she only had to pay for her drink.

All in all, this place is lovely for fresh, organic ingredients ...definitely try the pizza if you love pizza. Pastas are quite lovely as well.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
i <3 Chambar!
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

Hands down, Chambar is one of my favourite restaurants and never fails to impress. The first time I was here (about 3 years ago, we saw Pierce Brosnan! But that's another story...lol)

Excellent excellent moules & frites (definitely the tomato/coconut cream sauce one is my fave), as is the steak bourguignon.

They recently (?) expanded into the adjacent section...and have installed crazy-powerful hand-dryers in the washroom! (Try it for yourself, lol)

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DB Bistro Moderne2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
DOV'09 experience only...will return to try the famous burger!
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

As the title states, I have only tried this place as part of the DOV event. Everything was good-solid, but thought they could've offered a better dine out menu (given how new this restaurant was, and how one would've thought the dov menu was to entice customers). Had the winter green salad, seared arctic char and bittersweet chocolate coupe. The beef pot au feu, on the other hand (one of other entree options), was bland, warm and not satisfying at all. I wasn't "feelin'" the server's attitude at first, but she kind of "let loose" towards the end...perhaps because we were ordering a lot more drinks, or I could've misread her intentions. Either way, it was okay, but definitely did not live up to expectations. I will definitely make a return visit to try this famous dB burger!

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Makoto Japanese Restaurant5213 Rumble Street, Burnaby
Makoto is a MUST!
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

My new fave sushi joint (and trust me, I am an avid searcher of great sushi...esp. places that feature innovative/creative/specialty rolls). This is a relatively new place, from what I've heard, but the restaurant is in dire need of another server...or 2. Favourite rolls include: the Paradise roll (BEST mango one I have yet to try), Dragon (excellent as usual), and Catepillar. Their cooked food is just mediocre.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
Lovely perogies!
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

Came here a while ago...and the thing i really enjoyed were the sweet carrot & brie perogies with caramelized onions...portions were small, but these were incredible! Mmm...I think that's all they've got to keep me coming back...I think you'd be better off going next door (sibling restaurant, I believe) to the Cascade Room...better ambience, if that's what you're looking for!

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Lovely, but probably gonna return for a while
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

Came here for a friend's birthday dinner in late December of last year. We ended up getting the prix fix menu, which I believe was $42 (at the time, they have lowered it since, and added a few options). I ended up getting the Cellar Door Caesar (really buttery/oily croutons, fabolous cheese, an overall delight given the different "take" on the salad), the beef tenderloin (which I had to add a few more $$ - maybe extra $6? don't remember), it was very tender and flavourful but a really small portion, and the Chocolate Truffle which was also, a fine delight. Service was mediocore - felt like we were being rushed a bit...overall a fine meal. Just not quiiite worth the value...great for a romantic date!

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OO Sake Machi Japanese Restaurant1150 Kingsway, Vancouver
OOh nO!
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

This restaurant should be re-named "OOH NO...". As an avid sushi eater myself, my bf and i decided to try out this restaurant through reading reviews (from dinehere) and hearing from couple other sources, as well. The experience was unpleasant overall - service was not great (orders were mixed up and a waitress was randomly bringing dishes - that we had not ordered- to our table), the wild salmon sashimi (which was on sale for 88 cents a piece) had a pungent "fishy" smell to it (hence the price!!!), the specialty rolls were unbelievably expensive (14 bucks-ish for 8 pieces), and the tempura was super oily and heavy-battered.....not to mention the ice-berg lettuce that came from the "tuna flame salad"...*sigh, never again.....

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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
fabolous food...fabolous view...except...
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 12:21am [Dine in]

came here for a birthday celebration not too long ago...wonderful view...restaurant is up near the British Properties...scallop carpaccio, foie gras, beef tenderloin...baja scallops were all to-die-for...all in all, a great night...except for the unreasonable -to say the least - $30 cake cutting fee....all they did was take the cake in and separted the cake into 6 slices...and voila! Charged the cake cutting fee...it wasn't even asked of us...booo...

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
BurrrrrGREAT!
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

finally tried Burgoo after passing by it everyday on the 99-B Line bus. Contemplated Burgoo vs. Enigma at one point, a while back, decided to try Enigma instead, but made the wrong choice....regardless, finally got to try Burgoo yesteday for lunch and it was fabolous! I had the special Muffeta sandwich or something (italian meats -ham, salami, diff. kinds of cheese, olive tapenade, open faced sandwich with their spinach (feta, bacon bits,) salad...sister had the beef bourginon (prob. spelt that wrong)...and it was excellent, as well. Service is good. I'm so glad I found a new lunch place. =). A mmmmmust-try!

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
over-hyped & over-priced
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 8:07pm [Dine in]

came here last friday night for dinner...i've always wanted to try this place, but never really had the chance too...food was bland (e.g duck wontons), the noodles in the kung pao chicken were too mushy...(although there were generous on the chicken), ribs were the only decent thing...a bit too quiet for a place that is supposedly "hip"...couches were comfy though...we had 4 dishes for 3 people, even with the entertainment book coupon it still came out to be over $60 before tax and tip...not going back...

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
...gone downhill :( ...
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

Hell's Kitchen has gone downhill since i came here about 2 years ago! I remember their calamari being quite good, but when we ordered it tonight, the calamari itself were teeny-tiny...yam fries were a bit hard, my sister's canneloni was not good at alll...cheese tasted BITTER...:/....only decent thing was the wild mushrooms and crab ravioli....AND the fact that they accept entertainment book coupons. Other than that, don't think I'll be back.

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Toyo Sushi2211 Cambie Street, Vancouver
lllllovely :)
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 3:58am [Dine in]

Been here twice. Great experiences both times. Their spicy tuna salad is excellent, as are their specialty rolls - relatively pricey though - i think it was $12 for a roll, but you get about 10 pieces presented in a very visually appealing manner. Service is good. Quite spacey but not as busy given the location of the restaurant. A must-try for sushi lovers!

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Delilah's1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
experience does not live up to existing reviews....
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

Came here on a Tuesday night for our DOV experience. To sum up our experience, it was not as pleasant as expected...based on what the reviews say... i came with my siblings and we each had ordered a different appy on the dine out menu. The tuna tartare was gross, the pork roulettes were just plain inedible..and don't recall what the last appy was. Our game hen entree was tender but waaaayyy too salty ....dessert was okay. I also should mention that Delilah's is supposedly known for their martinis...and boy, did they screw that up too. Mind you, I consider myself a "foodie" in the sense that I enjoy trying new restaurants and giving feedback, to my friends, family and websites such as this. My culinary taste is modestly-said, should be very reliable....Delilah's-never again........

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E Tea3281 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver
just O-KAY
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

came here for bbt one night after reading the first review here on dinehere....was greeted by 2 friendly staff...although oddly, the staff behind the counter could've been a lot more friendlier....pearls are quite hard, and not chewy.....toast was o-kay...although i'll probably give this place another try.

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