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foodie_99coquitlamSince June 29, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

Reviews

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
Go to Banana Leaf on Broadway Instead
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 3:39am [Dine in]

A friend and I went to Banana Leaf on Thursday evening at around 6 pm. The place was packed, but fortunately, the only other groups waiting for tables were groups of 4 and 5, so we were seated at a corner table for two relatively quickly. While I do not mind eating in such small quarters, the tables were placed a bit too close together; I could overhead every single thing our neighbors to our left and right were discussing! Nevertheless, the food itself was not the best Southeast Asian food in Vancouver. We shared the beef renang and the ambal green beans with shrimp; the cubes of beef in the former were rock hard and the sauce seemed poured out of a ready-made packet mix, whereas the latter was marginally better. I also had the virgin mango colada, which, for $5, was a bit overpriced, and was too watered down. As for the service, our server did not refill our water glasses during our entire meal, and seemed surprised when I asked her to give me a glass when we were almost done...of course, they were busy, so I'm not going to throw a fit over it, but some attentiveness would've been appreciated. Would I go back? Probably not. Banana Leaf on Broadway had better food, better service - I would go to that branch instead.

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Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant11660 Steveston Highway, #1060, Richmond
The McDonalds of Japanese Food
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 3:19am [Dine in]

Kisha Popo is a mediocre restaurant and is what I choose to describe as the McDonalds of Japanese food. It is certainly not a Tojo's, yet it is still miles better than your average Tokyo Joe's. I've eaten from their all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner menus several times and have enjoyed slightly above average Japanese food on all occasions. The negitoro roll was like a negitoro roll, the chicken teriyaki tasted just like chicken teriyaki, the miso soup was miso soup...you catch my drift. While I was annoyed that the oyster motoyaki has microscopically tiny oysters, well, what did I expect? Kisha Popo's strengths lie in its almost bland predictability. Don't go if you expect anything more.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Good - but not the best - Steak
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 3:12am [Dine in]

I went to Gotham last night with three of my friends after reading the excellent reviews below. We came pretty early, at 5.30 pm, before the dinner rush - the room started filling up within 30 minutes of our arrival. From the beginning, I was in awe over the decor; there was definitely a classic steakhouse ambiance, from the dim lighting to the wood panels to the plush, comfortable chairs. Our service was exceedingly helpful. Not once did we have to ask him to bring a glass of water, refill our bread baskets or provide descriptions of the food; he was knowledgeable, respectful, and showed a true love for steaks. The appetizers were pretty good. We had the ahi tuna, which was fantastic. Though sharing this platter between four people gave us three small pieces each, each piece was worth every dollar - they were succulent, flavorful, and cooked perfectly. I also had the ceasar's salad, which was equally excellent. The crisp lettuce and the garlic, combined with anchovies and parmesan cheese, made for a good mix. The steaks, on the other hand, were...well...good, but not spectacular. A friend and I had the porter house, cooked medium. My steak was slightly under seasoned and I was a bit annoyed that the other half of my steak was charred. Our two other dinner companions ordered the lobster, which I tried and which was probably better than my steak; the butter sauce really set off the lobster quite well. For desert, we had the creme brulee, which wasn't bad, though I would've liked it to be served warmer. All in all, it was a decent culinary experience; it wasn't a mind-blowing meal by any means but I wouldn't hesitate to bring back business colleagues or my family.

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