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foodspeakstomeNew Westminster, BCSince July 22, 201016 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
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Displaying 1 - 16 of 16 Reviews Found
Apollonia1830 Fir Street, Vancouver
Overall a solid 3 out of 5
Submitted Friday, February 25, 2011 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch to this place yesterday with a couple of clients. We got there right at noon and there was only one other person in the restaurant. We were promptly seated and given water.

It felt like the heat wasn't even on in this place. It was freezing in the restaurant!

Anyway, I ordered the lamb souvlaki which was good. The lamb itself was nicely prepared, not over cooked and juicy. The greek salad was just ok and the rice and potatos were the same. A decent meal, but it certainly didn't blow my mind either.

One of the other girls had soup and the tzatziki appy and she said it was good. The bread that it was served with looked like slices of french loaf, not pita, but it was fresh, so that's a big bonus. There was plenty of dip to go along with the bread. She said the soup was good too, although it didn't really look super appealing as far as I was concerned.

The third person with us ordered the calamari lunch and like others who have reviewed this place, she said it was very good. Quite crispy and not at all greasy. It came with the same potatoes and greek salad that my meal came with.

Lunch for the three of us including taxes, tip, one cup of bottomless coffee and a tea was $48. Not bad, but not super cheap by any stretch.

I would go back here again, but it's not my absolute favorite Greek restaurant.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Last Dine Out for 2011
Submitted Monday, February 7, 2011 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

Went here with a group of friends and was greeted as soon as we walked in the door. There was 7 of us for Dine Out.

My appetizer was the Green Papaya salad. It had a bit of kick to it, but not so much that heat was all you could taste. It was good. The only thing is that the papaya didn't have a lot of flavor because they're not in season right now. Not really much the restaurant can do about growing seasons of the papaya....

The others in my group had the chicken satay (I was told it was really good) and the spicy & sour seafood soup (was quite lemon grassy, but good).

For dinner one of the other girls and I each ordered a dish and then split them. I had the prawns which were done up with a spicy sauce with veggies and cashews. It was pretty good. My friend ordered the pad thai, which was also quite good. Plenty of bits and pieces and not all noodles, which was good. We got our money's worth there. One of the other girls ordered the lamb and she said it was ok. They didn't have any steak knives and the bread knife they had given her didn't really do the job.

For dessert we all ordered the deep fried banana with mango ice cream. I had to go out and plug my parking meter so I asked them to hold onto my dessert because I didn't want my ice cream to melt before I got back. When I got back in, they gave me my dessert. The mango ice cream was good, but the deep fried banana "balls" were meh....they had fried mine at the same time as everyone elses and then left them sitting on a counter somewhere so they were just lukewarm. I didn't like the bananas at all.

The neighborhood of this place would influence me to go back again. The service was good (aside from the banana issue) and it looks like they're pricing is pretty good.

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
Dine Out Dream
Submitted Monday, February 7, 2011 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I went here on a Friday night. It was quite busy and we got the last table in the place. I really like the decor of this place. It's in a really old building and it's two levels. Very funky decor.

This place had three courses of tapas, with no dessert, which was fine. We were super stuffed by the time we were done our three courses and didn't have any room for dessert anyway.

For our first course, we had the Halibut Ceviche with a green salsa. It was very simple, but quite refreshing. I really enjoyed this dish. There was chunks of halibut served in a highball glass with the salsa on top of it and the glass was rimmed with salt. It was served with a few hand made tortilla chips. Our other appy was local tuna with a smoked bacon & tomatoey type sauce. It was quite good as well.

Our second course consisted of a couple of "taqueria" dishes. We had the Wild Mexican Sea Prawn with tomato & fresh horseradish, which was spicy but very good. The other one we had was the pulled duck with charred scallion & roasted garlic. This was just ok. The duck had ZERO taste to it....it needed some flavor.

Third course was the Peruvian tacu tacu, which had chunks of roasted garlic, roasted eggplant and goat's cheese on a potato type patty thing. It was quite good, but VERY rich. The other plate we had was the Qualicum beach diver scallops with grilled hearts of palm and a coconut bisque. Very lovely presentation, and very tasty.

We also did the wine pairings for each dish which worked out pretty well price wise. It was a bit cheaper for both of us to do the wine pairings than it was to order a bottle of wine. The only thing that my husband hated about this place was that their wine is served in highball glasses and not wine glasses.

I would definitely go back here again.

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Dine Out 2011
Submitted Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a couple of times in the past. Each time I have always wondered what the deal was with this place. To me it's just overpriced. The other thing that bugs me about this place is that it's not universally accessible. My great aunt is 92 and has issues with stairs. They don't have an elevator, so this is a problem. I was worried that she was going to take a nosedive off the stairs on her way up to the restaurant.

We did Dine Out here last Sunday night. The restaurant was very busy so we had a seat at the bar while we waited for our table. They put us down where the dessert chef is, so it took about 15 minutes for us to get the attention of the bartender to order a drink to have while we waited. Once he knew we were there, he did check on us a couple of times, so that was good.

Dine out is $38 per person here. For appetizers, three of us had the Octopus & Chorizo, which was absolutely delish. By far my fave of the night. One person had the canelli bean soup and said it was quite good as well.

For the mains two people had the pork chop, one had the rigatoni and I had a gluten free handmade pasta. My cousin gave me a bit of her pork chop and it was very good. The applesauce it came with was home made and quite nice and the cabbage mixture that was with it was very good as well. The gluten free pasta was alright, but not worth the large price tag. The pasta itself was cooked al dente and was ok, but the sauce was just kind of bland. Tasted like butter with a couple of dollops of fontina cheese. It didn't look very nice and was equally as boring to the palate.

They didn't have any gluten free options for dessert, so I got a slice of pineapple, half a sliced gala apple and a handful of gooseberries. The other three the apple tart (which they said was really good) and the tiramisu (they said it was quite nice).

So, Dine Out for 4 at $38 per person, two bottles of $38 wine (it's $14 in the liquor store) and tip included, we were in to it for $310. Was it worth almost $78 per person??? No. But how do you argue with a 92 year old woman who says it's her favorite restaurant?!?!?

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White Spot4129 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Turn down the AC people!!!
Submitted Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a couple of times the last couple of years. As with most White Spots, the food is relatively consistent...hit or miss.

Every time I go into this place, it's like walking into a meat locker....It's January and the AC was pumping like it was the hottest day of the year. The decor is also very old in comparison to some of the other White Spots. It definitely needs a little bit of a pick me up. Their toilets in their women's washroom are practically on the floor. I haven't had to sit that low since I was in a desk at grade school!

I ordered the veggie burger with cheese (it came with ranch dressing, tomato, lettuce & relish) with the side salad. Hubby had the chicken fingers with a side salad. We both had cran & soda to drink.

Our waitress came by on a regular basis to check on our drinks which was a plus. The food arrived hot and in a timely fashion, which was good because they were very busy (pretty much all the tables were full for dinner). Hubby's chicken fingers promptly got cold to the touch because of the AC blowing on them, but were crispy and hot in the middle. My veggie burger was ok to poor. It definitly didn't taste like it had been grilled. More microwaved & thrown in a bun. There was WAY too much ranch sauce on it. Once I scraped some of it off, it was alright. The side salads were fresh & crisp, but their house vinaigrette had ZERO flavor.

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Five Point, The3124 Main St., Vancouver
Friday afternoon appies & bevies
Submitted Monday, January 17, 2011 - 11:24am [Dine in]

I've been to the Five Point once before but was on the patio and only stayed for a drink. This time hubby and I were there for a couple of appies & a couple of beverages to wind down from a busy week.

There was a Canucks game on and most of the people appeared to be mostly watching the game. When the game was on, they had the commentary blaring and when the intermissions were on, they had music playing. The place was quite busy, so it was fairly loud, but what do you expect from a pub on Main on a Friday evening? We could still chat with each other without having to scream to one another, so that's good.

Ordered a glass of shiraz & hubby had their beer on special for $4.50 a sleeve, which was a whole $0.26 off the regular price. Sheesh. That I wasn't particularly happy about. I mean, what kind of a special is that? My wine was good though. Can't remember which one it was, but I did enjoy it (for $8+ a glass, I should enjoy it!)

We ordered their dry ribs and the tuna bites for food. The dry ribs are not your ordinary deep fry from frozen itty bitty little pieces of meat on big bones. They were more like ribs and had plenty of meat on them. There was 7 of them and they came with a sweet thai chili sauce, which was a nice change from the usual ranch. The only thing I have to complain about these is that when it's being served to 2 people, make it an even number! There was a bit of a conversation over who would have the last one! The tuna bites were quite good as well. They were seared and still rare on the inside. The exterior had been rolled in some sort of cajun / cayenne rub and it was delish! They also came with a creamy, light dipping sauce, a green salad with pea shoots and a few very thinly sliced taro root chips. Very nice presentation and excellent on the palate.

About the only two issues I have with this place is that they seemed a bit short staffed considering it was a hockey night. Although our server was very nice, it took a bit for us to get her attention to order another round and to pay the bill. You would think they would figure that out...I mean the schedule for hockey is set in what like September, so they should be able to plan their staff accordingly. The only other issue I have with this place is they have one bathroom stall for men and one for women. The lineup for the potties had at least a couple of people waiting the entire time we were there.

I love the look of the inside of this place. The decor is nice but still relaxed.

All in all, a good experience. Will definitely go back here again.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
I just don't get it...
Submitted Monday, December 6, 2010 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

I'm all for a good steak house. This place, unfortunately, isn't it.

Was at Gotham's for hubby's Christmas party over the weekend. We had one of the rooms upstairs and had plenty of wait staff serving us, which was good because there was about 30 of us. Any time you wanted a drink, they seemed to sense it and were right there.

The ambiance of this place is nice. It's all done up right now with lights and whatnot because of the season. The one thing I HATE about this place is having to go down two windy spiral staircases to get to the washroom. That is definitely not high heel friendly! I think if we have hubby's Christmas party there next year we should request one of the downstairs party rooms.

The food here was ok. We had a few appies to start, which were quite good. Their seared tuna and beef carpaccio were excellent. I would have liked a smidgen more fish in the ceviche, but the presentation was nice and it was still good. Dinner was a bit of a let down. We had four choices; the t bone steak, a salmon filet, a filet mignon or half a chicken. Hubby had the filet mignon and had ordered it rare and it was definitely not that. It was almost medium. We eventually figured out that they had given his rare steak to one of the other people at the table, so that's a bit unfortunate. My salmon was the largest slab of fish I have ever been served. Normally we complain about not enough on a plate, but there was definitely way too much. I felt really bad sending almost half to the garbage bin. They served it with sides of mashed potatoes (good), steamed broccoli (I'm thinking this item hardly even hit the steamer. It was really hard, pretty much raw but warm), asparagus (ok) and mini mushrooms, which I didn't get any of because someone else at the table ate almost all of them in one shot.

Dessert was fabulous. I had the vanilla creme brulee, which was smooth, smooth, smooth! Hubby had the chocolate cake, which was pretty tasty.

The best part of my night was that we didn't have to pick up the bill. However, had we been paying, our bill probably would have been close to $200 before taxes if you take into account the appies, dinner, dessert and wine. I would have been far to rich for me!

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1629 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Not as good as before
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

The ambiance and service in this place is very good. We went there on a Friday night and were able to get a table for 6 no problem at about 7pm. We had 5 adults and one child about 11years old.

We ordered one of their platters which we were told would be good for 4 people. Well, it landed on our table about 5 minutes after we had ordered and paid and holy smokes, it was a LOT of food. We had also ordered Nachos to have as a starter, which incidentally arrived about 5 minutes after our main had come.

The Nachos had pulled pork, bbq sauce and cheese on them. Some liked them and some didn't. I liked them because they were a bit different.

The meat platter also had fries, coleslaw, potato salad and beans. I'm not a fan of potato salad or coleslaw, so I can't comment on those, but the beans were good. The fries were okay, but a bit on the salty side.

The meat itself wasn't as good as I've had there in the past. Some of it almost seemed a little dried out. It was still good, just not as awesome as I remember it. Nothing a little dousing of BBQ sauce can't handle!

It was still enough for my hubby and I to take home a full to go container. My brother in law also ended up with a full to go container to take home too. I made pulled meat grilled sandwiches the next evening for dinner. Pulled pork, brisket, chicken, and beef ends with cheese and a little dijon mustard all thrown onto a grill. How can you go wrong there!

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Browns Socialhouse1764 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Good for brunch, but only bring one person with you....it's very "intimate"
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Went with a group of 5 adults for brunch on a Sunday morning.

If you like Cesar's with a bit of a kick, then this is the place to have them. They make them with a bit of horseradish and lots of love and they're very good.

As for food, two of us ordered the Mexican Hash, two ordered the Proscutto Eggs Benny and one ordered the Blueberry waffles. Everyone said their food was very good. I had the Mexican hash and it came with a Salsa Verde that definitely had a bit of a kick to it. It was definitly very filling and was quite good.

Few things that I didn't much care for in this place. The restaurant is tiny. We were crammed into a booth that could have comfortably fit 3 adults, but there wasn't anywhere for us to put two tables together or something so that we all had a bit of elbow room. The second thing is that we were right near the door and as it's November, we would get a gust of cold wind past us every time the door was opened. Our server also seemed a bit spaced, but other tables seemed to be getting better service from their servers, so I've given the service level three stars.

I would go back, but with a smaller group of people.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Yum!!!!
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Lonsdale Burgoo in the past and although that one was my favorite, this one is a pretty close second.

It's a very cozy restaurant, with a handful of tables and a few seats around the bar. Had to wait about 30 minutes for a table on a Sunday night, which isn't too bad considering we showed up at 6:15 or so. We sat at the bar for a drink before our table was ready, which was nice.

There was four of us and we ordered a bottle of white wine, along with four dishes to share; the Lamb Tagine, the Mushroom Pate, the Mussels with Bacon & white wine sauce and the Emmental/Swiss fondue. For dessert, we shared a Warmed Spicy Chocolate Custard topped with Vanilla Ice Cream.

The food was absolutely delish. The mussels were very fresh and the pate was to die for. The fondue and the tagine were also very good. I don't have anything negative to say about the food or the service in the least.

Not the cheapest place, but not the most expensive either. You got a decent amount of food for the price. We all left very stuffed.

I would definitely eat here again.

They need to put one out towards New West / Burnaby area!!!!

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Cinema Public House901 Granville St, Vancouver
Wishful thinking....
Submitted Monday, November 1, 2010 - 9:59am [Dine in]

This place is part of the Green Table organization, which tries to use local, organic ingredients as much as possible. For simply that reason & the fact that it was close to the Orpheum that we tried this place. I will not be going back.

The ambiance in this place is pretty cool. It seems like a place one would like to hang out at with a bunch of friends. However, would suggest you not go to the washroom, especially if you're female. It was Thursday evening and it wasn't super busy. They had plenty of staff, so no reason for the washrooms to be overlooked. No TP in the ladies room, no soap in the dispenser, no latches to keep the bathroom stall doors closed (I had to hold the door closed with my hand/foot because it would spring open) and a very distinct "this washroom hasn't been cleaned in a while" smell.

It took forever to place our order as our waitress kept wandering by. To help who, I'm not really too sure, because it appeared that there was only one other table in her section. She just seemed to be wandering aimlessly.

We ordered our drinks. Hubby had their beer of the night. Pints of Granville Island Pale Ale on for $4.25. Pretty good deal for downtown. Except when he got it, it wasn't a pint and the glass was half foam. My $10 glass of wine came in a dirty wine glass.

As for the food, well, what can I say here......it was meh, at best. Hubby ordered the salmon entree. $16 for a piece of salmon barely big enough for a small child (which was overcooked) which came with veggies (overcooked broccolini) and a side salad (ok, but how do you screw up greens?). I ordered the salmon salad. Again, it was $16. It was basically the same as hubby had excpet is was all together in a big bowl. The dressing on the salad was supposed to be a dill something or other and all it tasted like was stale olive oil. My salmon was cooked well, but that was the only decent thing about it. I actually had a hard time choking my salad down, but just kept thinking, I paid $16 for this, I should eat it....

Our bill was almost $60 tip included (two entrees, one glass of wine and two beers). The only good thing I would say about this place as far as food and beverage goes is that you only had to ask for a glass of water once and they have no problem refilling it for you on a regular basis, which was good because I needed it to choke down my crappy salad.

Don't eat here. EVER.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
One Word.....yum-mmy!
Submitted Friday, August 6, 2010 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

A friend and I went here yesterday for lunch. Being that it was a predominantly pizza place, I have to admit I was a bit concerned. I can't have gluten or dairy, so pizza is usually out of the question.

I've tried making pizza dough before the non-gluten way and it's awful. It crumbles, or tastes really bad. This place offers a gluten free, dairy free option (it does have eggs in it though, so not vegan) which is really good.

I had the salad and pizza combo. For the salad I piced the Blackberry & Basil salad which was tasty without being very dressing driven or soggy. It was light and lovely. For the pizza I ordered the sundried tomato and goat's cheese on the "special" crust. Granted, it was $4 more for the pizza, but being able to eat it without feeling like I was going to hurl after was worth the extra price. The pizza had artichoke hearts, local brown mushrooms, tomato sauce, sundried tomatoes and goats cheese. It was simply divine.

My friend ordered their salad & pasta combo. She ordered the same salad as me and initially ordered the ravioli. The waitress came back to us to tell us that the ravioli is only available during dinner. It's unfortunate that they have it on the menu for lunch, but whatever. She ordered the fettucini (I think they hand make all of their pasta daily) and she was very happy with that.

They do offer some of their pizza's frozen to go...now if only I could order their pizza dough in bulk to keep in my freezer at home in New West. That would be awesome!

I would totally eat here again. If I'm every near 1st & Burrard, it would definitely be my first choice!

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Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, The850 Thurlow St, Vancouver
A lovely lunch
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

A friend and I went here for lunch a few months ago and the food was very tasty. I had been warned beforehand that it was fairly expensive, so I made my friend pay! ;)

They had an extensive wine selection, and had everything in stock that we tried. I didn't try any other drinks other than wine & water, so I can't comment on the rest of their drinks.

We each had an appy (mine was a spring salad with prosciutto, walnuts and goat's cheese with just the right amount of greens and finished with a light vinaigrette) and a main course. The piece de resistance here was that after we were done everything, they brought us a nice cheese plate that came with a compote of boozy sour cherries on the side, which was free of charge and very yummy.

My friend was greeted on a first name basis when we went there even though he said that he had only been there twice before. They promptly took our jackets and hung them up in a beautiful armour by the door. There was only one other table occupied when we were there (by a celebrity and his family none the less) but we still had fabulous service. Our waiter was right from France and we spoke a lot about the places that I had been to when I went to France a couple of years ago. His English wasn't that great, but we managed just fine.

I would totally recommend this place to someone who wants to have a unique experience and is ok with opening their wallet. I wouldn't go there all the time, but it was a fun experience.

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Cactus Club Cafe7320 Market Crossing, Burnaby
One of our local watering holes.....although it can be expensive!
Submitted Monday, July 26, 2010 - 11:37am [Dine in]

We tend to go here a few times a month as it's in our neighborhood...kinda. I don't know why cities continue to grant construction in places that people HAVE to drive to. That's not very environmentally friendly!

Now, onto the task at hand. My absolute favorite thing on their menu is the Tuna Tataki. I have that pretty much every time I go. The flavors mix well and the dish is very light and tasty. We also tend to order the Szechuan Beans and the Mini Burgers (if hubby's there). Admittedly, the Mini Burgers aren't as good as they used to be, but they're still pretty solid. The Mini Burgers come in a group of three and they will give you 4 if you ask for them (& for an additional price) so that two people aren't left squabbling over the last mini burger.

Their wine list is pretty decent too. You can get a glass of wine starting at $7 going up to $15 or so I think and you can also order bottles, if that's your choice. Remember that you can now re-cork bottles and take them home with you in BC now!

The patio is quite a lovely setting, although like anywhere that's stationed on a busy street, it can be a bit noisy. The good news is that they have a fountain that drowns out a lot of the noise.

Hubby really likes this place for its "ambiance". That said, there is sometimes some eye candy for the ladies to look at too. The wait staff (regardless of what they look like) has always been friendly and efficient.

I will continue to go here for the Tataki and their extensive wine list. I just wish the prices weren't so high!

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Thai Cafe4160 Hastings St, Burnaby
I really want to keep loving this place.....
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Thai Cafe about 15 times over the last three years or so. It used to be "the" place for Thai as far as my palate was concerned...however, the last two times I've been there, it just seems like the love isn't in the food anymore.

There just hasn't been as much flavor as there used to be. I don't know what it is. The food used to be really rich, flavorfull and fabulous, but now it's just kinda bland.

The service is always excellent. The food always arrives very quickly and is presented well. Ambiance is a little meh....you have to go through the kitchen to get to the washroom and it's always very cold in the washrrom (don't they realize that women have to sit to pee and we'll freeze to the seat?!?!)

For value for lunch, it get's top marks. You can get completely stuffed with soup, a spring roll and the main course for $10-11 tip included.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Very good sushi
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I had food from this place twice last week. Once for dinner with three friends and had take out once. I live in New West, so it was a bit of a drive to go pick the sushi up, but well worth it!

Ambiance is pretty cool. It's in an old mortuary, which I think is really neat. They've done it up nicely inside and the wrap around patio is very intimate, but a bit noisy (watching traffic on Kingsway is a bit of a bummer, so a view would be good, but what do you do!) The place is very clean and tidy, and they've done their best to keep some of the character of the old building.

For our dine in experience, service was okay. We were seated very quickly, but it took a bit for our server to come over and take our orders. Food arrived fast and the presentation was VERY lovely and well thought out. Food was excellent. Only complaint I have is that there was a LOT of rice in the rolls, so as time went on, we tended to de-rice the rolls a little bit so that we could keep eating all the yumminess! We ordered 7 rolls (including three on the expensive roll list) and mixed tempura (very light and crispy), two beers and the bill was about $60 including tip for 4 of us (three ladies and one very hungry husband). We were all very stuffed. Would highly recommend the Oyama Roll. It's a bit pricey, but very good.

Take out was again outstanding. Plenty of ginger and wasabi and again, good prices and very fast pickup times (was 15 minutes or so for a pretty big order).

I would definitely keep going back to this place even though it's very out of the way of my house in New West.

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