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foodie896VancouverSince February 14, 20135 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Akira Sushi4219 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good place for casual lunch or dinner
Submitted Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for lunch, they had a special roll combo for 6.95, came with tuna roll, cali roll and yam roll plus miso soup!

Service was very friendly, she refilled my tea like four times while I was there. The presentation was solid, rolls held together, good rice/sushi ratio (not tons of rice and falling apart)

I was impressed that the yam roll was actually with fresh yam tempura, still hot and crispy.

It was GREAT value, I will def be back. They are also licensed so they serve Japanese beer and wine at very reasonable prices which is a plus for dinner.

They also had seared nigiri on their menu, 5 pieces for 6.50! or 6 assorted pieces for 7.00! Really great prices.

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Tsuki Sushi Bar509 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Loved this place!
Submitted Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 9:01am [Dine in]

Came here yesterday with a friend after reading some good reviews online. Wow, I was blown away!

First off the prices were incredible. The downtown/gastown area is generally a bit steeper in prices, but here everything was super reasonable! They had LIVE UNI on special - 1 nigiri for $3 or 2 for $5, the quality was really good, and it was local. Sushi places in the area can easily charge $4-6 for a small maki and $8-12 for a specialty roll - here their small maki's started at $2! and their specialty rolls (like their caterpillar roll) started at $4.5!

I was also super impressed that they are Ocean Wise, so all their seafood is sustainably harvested.

Their menu was extensive, aside from nigiri and rolls we also tried their tofu wakame salad ($4.50), which was really good, and their chawan mushi (again, really good), and a special they had with braised mushrooms, tofu, fresh tuna, wakame, and green onion (this dish was only $4.50 and super tasty).

They also boast actual Japanese items that you normally wouldn't find at less authentic restaurants, like natto, umeshiso, torotaku.

The service was super friendly and efficient, and the layout of the restaurant was modern, simple, and bright (we sat right by the window). I can't wait to come here again!

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Firehall Bistro, The19237 122A Avenue, #104, Pitt Meadows
Disappointment - service lacking
Submitted Monday, March 25, 2013 - 8:47am [Dine in]

We came on a Saturday night. We were a group of five and when we got there at 6:15 (they open at 6) there were already two large groups seated, about 8-10 each group.

The first thing I noticed was the lack of servers. In fact, there was only one server, and another man working, who I presume to be the owner, given his pompous and patronizing attitude, and the giant gaudy bluetooth he had attached to his ear.

We were seated at our reserved table, and as we were still waiting for two more to arrive, we were no exaggeration, IGNORED, until I waved down the server to ask her for a drink.

At the time, the two parties were not being served - the owner and the server had stood behind the bar for ten minutes, probably discussing the amount of work they'd have to do, rather than doing it.

After the rest of our party arrived - about 15 minutes later - we were left with the menus for at least half an hour - by the time we had placed our orders, I checked the clock and it was 7:25 - we had been there for over an hour in order to get our orders taken.

Our server seemed frazzled, understandably, and recited the specials as if under extreme pressure for a language oral exam.

While I understand that she was trying her best, my main concern was why, if you knew there were going to be large groups AND it was a Saturday night, you wouldn't put more people on. As management, it is extremely important to ENABLE your employees to do a good job. If they are feeling overwhelmed because it is extremely short-staffed, it is management/the owner's fault, not that of the staff.

They had a young boy come on later to do the running/bussing, but the look on his face was that of pure misery. I didn't see him crack a smile once. It was painful to watch.

Near the end of the meal (paying/tipping time) the owner came over to systematically ask how everything was, without making eye contact or any attempt at rapport. The server came over and apologized for the lack of service, she said it was just crazy tonight. Again, not her fault.

They charge you 2.99 if you want "house-made bread" - typically restaurants would just offer you bread for free at the beginning, especially if you're hungry and have been waiting close to two hours since sitting down to start getting your food. We expected that since they were charging and it was "house-made" we'd get an assortment of breads maybe in a basket? It was a TINY loaf, hastily warmed up, and honestly tasted like day old bread from Safeway.

The food was well-presented, quality was fresh, and you could tell that the chef was definitely up to par. Kudos to the kitchen. It's the only thing that's pulling up the star rating for this place. Was it good enough that I'd come back? Definitely not. The prices they charge are pretty steep, typical downtown prices. And I really wanted to give this place a good review, because I'm a huge supporter of local businesses, and hey! a fine-dining restaurant in the 'burbs, why not? But a dining experience consists of more than just the food, and the service, or lack thereof, simply left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Le Petit Saigon2783 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
Love this place
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

I love pho, and there are tons on Hastings, but this place has the richest tasting broth and freshest noodles hands down. It's also very clean and they always have lots of nice ladies on staff. Service and food is always prompt, great for lunch time.

The spring rolls are also amazing, crispy on the outside but moist on the inside.

I highly recommend this place, especially the Bun Ho Hue - my fav bowl of noodle soup.

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Potter's Garden Korean BBQ5599 Kingsway, Burnaby
Horrible experience
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

SERVICE SUCKS. DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO LEAVE ANGRY.

I came here for lunch by myself. After standing there for two minutes with no one to greet me I say "Hello" and a waitress comes out and seats me.

I am the only table in the restaurant.

After waiting for almost ten minutes with no sight of her, I walk back up towards the kitchen/front desk and place my order. I had to ask for tea.

The food took way longer than it should have and after placing the food on the table I don't see her for the rest of meal. Refill of tea? Forget it.

I go up to pay and honestly, I think tipping is well-deserved by people in the service industry WHO PROVIDE A SERVICE. The set up of the place was basically like a mcdonald's aka self-service place. I don't tip at mcdonald's. I ain't gonna tip here.

She then says "Excuse me, no tip?" Amazing! she speaks!

I said I didn't think the service was that great. She said "It's not just for me, it's for the kitchen too". Unbelievable.

I said no thank you and left. Needless to say I will not be coming back. There are far too many OTHER great Korean places on Kingsway than to waste time here

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