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foodfanaticSouth VancouverSince August 26, 2005286 Reviews
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3 (3.2)
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Kaide Sushi Bar1375 Richard Street, Vancouver
Great variety and quality sushi bar!
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

It offers just that on the menu. Sushi and more sushi/sashimi. Don't be hoping for robata/tempura and the like. But for what they have to offer, it is great in quality and pricing. A little undiscovered treasure located in a semi-quiet street. Definitely worth revisiting.... Except... no alcohol served... so it's just popping pieces of nigiri while downing a warm cup of free water, or the pay option of green tea, etc.... :)

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Ugh.
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

The ONLY good thing about this place is that pop is included in the all-you-can-eat menu. Wasabi isn't--nor is it included on the fish/rice itself.

The decor? Hole-in-the-wall look--doesn't look like anyone invested in any sort of renovations or simple painting since maybe 2 decades ago. It gives off the vibe of an old office lunchroom.

Food seemed relatively clean. I suppose, non-descript is better than food-poisoningly disgusting.

Never to return again. Ever.

And yes, it is pay parking all around, front and back.

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Nyala Ethiopian Restaurant2930 W 4th, Vancouver
Friendly host, decent food. A positive experience.
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

A warm decor. Welcoming and talkative host. Entertaining stories to be heard. Good place to relax and have a nice chat. Hands-on finger foods (wrap up all sorts of meat/green drenched with sauce) in naan, etc.. Worth revisiting once in a while, although there is nothing that really grabs me right back.

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Green Lemongrass8180 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Odd taste to the soup.
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

Seems they put in an odd (in the bad way) herb that leaves an awful aftertaste. Maybe they got carried away with experimenting on the random herbs left behind by its predecessor--Mad Greek Restaurant? The decor seems to be a leftover of what it once was before Green Lemongrass came to be. That was probably the only quarrel I had with my experience there... And that's a major problem in my book, if I couldn't even enjoy a good pho without being scared away from that unidentifiable ingredient they put into my soup. I'd rather keep heading back over to Pho Lan a couple of blocks away on No. 3 Rd.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
The food is more fusion then it is authentic really...
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

Though the first time I was there after it was opened for not too long, the hostess was sure to stress that what they offer is authentic food to its region, not the "fusion" variety. It's also quite amusing to my party, and myself, each time we revisit, to see the menu stressing "Wok Hei" when the food served lacks such. The Vietnamese "Shaking Beef" is one of my favourite dishes, not so much in its authenticity, or there lackof, as I am no judge of cuisine of that region, but it was as if each piece was a perfectly made medalion of sirloin steak--medium to rare in the centre--so juicy! Can't say about consistency since I've only been there a handful of times to experience what the previous reviewer so accurately labled as "white washed asian food." The atmosphere set also by the decor is fun, full of life, to be in here and there, and that's what brings me back whenever I'm in the mood for such. :)

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Ebisu on Broadway601 West Broadway, #12, Vancouver
Yet another change in menu/presentation!
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

Since they've changed to create a more finer dining experience, they've yet again changed their menu! Every item now, or just about, has a picture to go with it. :) A lot more variety offered in the cooked arena. During my last visit to Kamakura, I've thoroughly enjoyed their new menu save one item, the duck. It was overcooked to the point of resembling thinly sliced bbq duck from your local bbq butcher shop.

Service is always perfect. Overall, the food is tasty as always.

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Fukuroku Sushi4260 No. 3 Road, #180, Richmond
Don't go for the all-you-can-eat here.
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

When they first opened, they were so-so. Later, they became one of the better Richmond sushi restaurants. When they first introduced all-you-can-eat, they had a great deluxe menu! Great price! Great quality. That was probably the test run to see how much they can afford quality against net profit. So, a bit afterwards, quality of the food goes way WAY down the drain. It's obvious which won out, quality vs gain. Service is inconsistent. Never went back again after giving it 2 more attempts after the first crappy turn it took.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill823 Denman St, Vancouver
Juicy! Absolutely delicious!
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Mouthwateringly juicy skewers. LOVE the bbq sticky rice variations! Yummmmy! LOVE the bbq onigiri (riceballs). The chicken I've had each time I visit is never dry. The beef skewer is done perfectly pink/red inside without being raw--tender and juicy the way it should be! The bacon wrapped-anything skewers never taste or hint at being fatty, oily--never dripping with oil/fat, only juice! This is one of the few places I'm willing to subject myself to bacon cooked in any form aside from bacon bits on salads/potatoes.

Service is always friendly. Sometimes it feels understaffed on the waiter side. Great place for drinks with or without snacking. Just perfect for chilling with friends and chatting between bites/skewers. =) Of course, there are more than just bbq offered here.

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Inexpensive. Good selection.
Submitted Monday, October 17, 2005 - 12:14am [Dine in]

The drinks were delicious during my previous visits except for my last. The Royal Thai drinks ordered for my party turned out to be a thick coconut milk drink. Different bartender probably explains that. The steamed tilapia is a fine dish, if made well, delicious. However, normally it tickles your spicy, sour and salty taste buds. But just about every time I ordered it, it was just too salty and not an ounce of spicy chili unless maybe if you make a point to hunt down a chili pepper seed. Only ONCE (out of 5 or 6 times) it was actually made spicy--only then did it not taste over-salted. The satays are tender and juicy. The other dishes are okay, nothing exceptional and nothing distasteful. The desserts are good. The service varies. There is the regular indifferent waiter, and then there are the new young and older friendly bloods there. So all in all, with the decent prices and usually not too busy, though reservations are always recommended, it's a good place to just hang with friends and chat by the harbour. Great location if nothing else. It provides a nice casual atmosphere in the spacious dining area. The prices are pretty much average. Inexpensive for Thai.

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Gelarmony1222 Robson Street, Vancouver
One of the tastiest black sesame gelato in town.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

One of the most flavourful for that particular flavour. Plenty of others as well. Never needed to go back to La Casa on Venables nor to Mario's/Amaretto Gelato ever again! Except for Mario's juice/ice tube thingies.

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Rossini's1525 Yew Street, Vancouver
Great early bird specials.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

The same pasta for less! Go for the early bird dinner or go for the evening jazz. It gets rather crowded when the live music starts. That's when service gets worse. So don't go with an entirely empty stomach otherwise, you might have to really concentrate on the music and atmosphere... the crowd, to distract yourself from the hunger you're feeling waiting for your order to show up. You can always try the gastown location if they haven't closed shop.

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Old Spaghetti Factory53 Water Street, Vancouver
Inexpensive traditional pastas.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Nice atmosphere. Great for families to take their children to. Great prices for your spaghetti, soup/salad and drink. Definitely, nice fresh bread, too... better than Keg's bread!

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New management
Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Tasty pizzas.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 3:28am [Dine in]

Many interesting toppings to choose from. Buy a whole pizza to go! Definitely adequate for gourmet pizza satisfaction, but not so delicious to make it memorable.

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Tsunami Sushi1025 Robson Street, #238, Vancouver
Decent default sushi joint.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 3:16am [Dine in]

Bar seating is the only way to go here. The booth seats at the edges of the room is too boring to sit in. There's no real point in going to Tsunami if it isn't for the sake of grabbing food off of the rotating boats. It's certainly not for the sake of fresh raw fish that you go there. It's mostly decent in quality, but to sometimes you do end up seeing the same piece/dish of fish making its 5th+ round in front of you. Ordering directly from the waitress and/or sushi chef brings you what you want quicker and cleaner. Still not sure on the fresh factor. If you're worried about that, you should go to places like Tojo's, or any of the many other choice sushi places.

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Shanghai Chinese Bistro1124 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Decent food. Great Service.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 3:10am [Dine in]

Not many similar cuisine to be found in the downtown area. Shanghai Bistro is a good medium. But for regular Chinese dimsum, you'll need to go downstairs and a little ways up the block to Kirin for proper dimsum. Shanghai Bistro is, as its name indicates, more of the Shanghai variety of dumplings and tantan noodle offerings at higher prices than what you can find for less and better outside of downtown, but still decent enough here. They've managed to keep up with the quality of service for the many years they've been opened in this location. Good work!

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Ichiban-Ya Japanese Restaurant770 Thurlow, Vancouver
Inexpensive.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 3:04am [Dine in]

Used to be good for the price. Went there for their spicy tuna rolls, etc.. Then they were consistently awful the last 3 times I went a couple of years ago. So I've never been back since then. The fish at the time was noticeably not fresh. Odourous. The unagi actually made me gag. The tuna was noticeably "aged". It was simply awful. Maybe it was one bad day? Well, the 2 days before then, the unagi was bad as well as some other fish, just that I didn't feel as close to gagging as the last time ever I was there. It might be back to being alright now, but there are just so many choices in places to have sushi, I don't think I'll end up going back there in this life time.

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Bellagio's Gelato3075 Main, Vancouver
Nice circular service counter/display.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 2:38am [Dine in]

A decent amount of variety in flavours offered here. However, the taste doesn't quite measure up to their competition like La Casa nad Mondo Gelato. Their decor is different enough that it makes it a nice place to visit / buy from. It's a great/fun idea to have the display in the centre. All that aside, it's still not good enough for me to recommend to anyone for picking up some gelato other than to those who find it located conveniently closer to them then some of the other better choices taste-wise.

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Koon Lock Restaurant6270 Fraser St, Vancouver
One of the best hand-shredded chicken with sesame
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 2:31am [Dine in]

One of the tastiest roasted squabs can be found here. Better than just about any Chinese restaurant out there. I'd only say, possibly one of the best, while I leave room for the next up and coming new place or experience that might top this one. Their shredded chicken dish is one of the tastiest as well. Maybe just slightly tastier than the brother's restaurant. Yes, literally, Koon Lok's brother has his restaurant a couple of blocks down (Koon Bo) that's actually a lot more successful, always packed and always serving slightly larger portions than Koon Lok. The older establishment used to be a partnership between the two, but since Koon Bo opened up for business, they've been operating separately for whatever the reason. Koon Lok doesn't get anywhere near the amount of traffic going through Koon Bo, but they still manage to keep the flavours alive in those 2 items I mentioned above. As for everything else, it's about standard to my taste buds anyway, since, if I go, I'd be mostly going there for those items.

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Death By Chocolate1001 Denman, Vancouver
A decent though boring default dessert place.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 2:18am [Dine in]

Although the malteser is delicious, it does get boring after having it a few more times. The marshmellow ice cream dessert is tasty and fun to eat. Death By Chocolate used to be somewhat unique, now it's just a good default standard to return to only if you can't think of a better place to go for dessert, any place! But it's definitely a good casual pick for the younger crowd or the family casual and/or noisy times--anytime when you don't think your companions are of age or will feel comfortable being seated somewhere classier like Diva at the Metropolitan amongst other choice places to have a late night snack, drink and chatter. Or any of the many places offered in Yaletown.

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Taste of India Restaurant, A1282 Robson Street, Vancouver
A tad pricey.
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 2:11am [Dine in]

The butter chicken was tasty enough. The curry is smooth as well. Though the service, when I went, was rather slow and dull. The restaurant itself is rather small, and ventillation isn't the greatest. I've only tried it once and so it might actually be better than I found it to be. But the deciding factor of return visits are usually based on the first one. Sometimes, to be fair, there would be at least two. But for the price paid here for the portion you get, etc., and the service, there will not be a 2nd visit from me. Admittedly, it is far better than the food that's served in some of the Indian restaurants on Main Street.

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