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forgamezVancouverSince August 17, 200615 Reviews
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Bonqula8460 Alexandra Road, #165, Richmond
Hidden Gem
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

Bonqula is a modern Japanese family restaurant serving attentive and quality food. Similar to HK style cafe, but serving Japanese style cuisine. Both lunch and dinner features set courses ranging from $10-20. There is more traditional Japanese teishoku sets featuring staple items such tonkatsu, grilled salmon, and unagi don. All the items are well executed and definitely worth the small premium compared to your average Japanese place. For me, what really makes me come back are the sandwichs, (get the tonkatsu sandwich) which are fantastic. The best aspect of is the homemade bread they make, which is wonderful and really sets it apart from its competitors. One of the best sandwiches I have had in city. Service may be a bit slow due to being short staffed but this place is meant to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

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K2 Cafe4351 No 3 Rd, #170, Richmond
Terrible Food and Service! Bring back Ricco!
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2007 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

K2 is the new bbt place which replaced Ricco in its spot on No. 3 Rd. I thought Ricco was awesome and the husband and wife team of Ricco always treated its customers with excellent service and pretty decent food. So I thought I would give K2 a try to relive my fond memories.

That was a mistake... K2 was a very abysmal experience. Right from the beginning, you can tell K2 is going for a higher end bbt experience. Unfortunately, they fail in many aspects. First, the decor is completely white, except for one wall which has the REALLY, annoying swirling pattern. Luckily, I was seated in the back.

Service was poor, took forever to get served or acknowledged even when there is only 2 other seated tables and 4 waitresses on staff. But that's ok, they are new, so I ll let them go on that.

The menu offering had items that were clearly beyond the skills of the kitchen. The menu can be divided into 3 categories: 1) Western food 2) Japanese Paper hotpot 3) Taiwanese classics. The western food is not HK Cafe style, but more akin to fine dining menu items. (ie. Crab and Avacado salad with "something" vingerette) It seemed so out of place. I steered clear of that because I knew I would be walking into some bad "x" ....

Ordered one of the chicken steak rice and my gf ordered a japanese hotpot. (It hotpot with the contents in a wax paper container). My portion of chicken steak rice was very small and the rice had like MSG in it, as it was very salty. The lobster soup based hotpot tasted like watered down msg soup... Disgusting... Had an apple green tea, which had little square of apple in it.... Problem: the apples were all brown and the straw was the thin type, meaning you can't get at the apples.... tried to get a spoon... but they totally forgot about it...

So disappointed... If you go there, you go at your own risk... and if you like this place... you have no idea of good food is...

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
So good...
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

Simply put, this place has some of the best pastries and chocolates around. Must haves: the ham and cheese croissant (light and butter... its like heaven), the pear tart (a great light dessert), and any of their cakes... Sure it is a little pricey, but the quality you get more than justifies it... I just hope Sen5es in downtown comes back soon, or I ll be stuck on the Lions Gate a lot in the future...

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Dozo Izakaya9020 Capstan Way, #120, Richmond
Absolutely terrible
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I have a very strong urge to write some pretty terrible things about Dozo, but that would just make me come across bitter and insane. The point I want to come across is Dozo should be avoided at all cost. With Guu at Aberdeen and Sushi Hachi no more than 3 blocks away, there is no excuse to not avoid Dozo.

Let's begin with the food. The usual izakaya items, such as Ebi Mayo, Croquette, yaki udon, Robata dishes, are executed so poorly. Ebi mayo was very soggy, the croquette flavourless, the yaki udon dry (seriously, was closer to chinese fried noodles), and robata dishes were burnt and dry. I can't believe how bad it was. I think some AYCE places serve better cooked food.

Secondly, they didn't have alcoholic drinks on the menu. Opening an izakaya place without drinks is ludicrous. Izakaya are supposed to be about drinking.

Third, the service was terrible. Took 25 minutes to bring us tea and another 15 min before someone would take my order. Then it takes 20 minutes for each dish to come out from the kitchen. And this was at a time the room was at most 20% full.

The last problem, which compounds it all, is everything is expensive. Most dishes are $7-9. These are like Hapa, Shiru Bay prices. Personally, I have no problem with Hapa or Shiru Bay charging those prices because they offer good quality in return. But not at Dozo. It just feels like I am being robbed. Needless to say, I asked for the bill after 4 dishes. Although still hungry, I would much rather spend my money somewhere else.

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Guu in Aberdeen4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2790, Richmond
Not as good as the Downtown Guu's
Submitted Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

I have been here three times now, and each time I come out wishing I had went to the downtown Guu's. Before I start, I don't think Guu in Aberdeen is terrible. I would say it is definitely better than Dozo, Manzo, Nan Chuu, R^2 and any other Richmond izakaya-type restaurants. However, compared to its downtown counterparts, there is something lacking.

I have tried much of the menu. The Original Guu items are a duplicate of what you find at other Guu. They are fine and come out exactly the same way. My problem is I find the other dishes to be not that as original and, basically, doesn't taste that great. For example, the duck breast dish is great on paper, but is way too sweet. The sashimi salad uses crappy quality fish you would find at Samurai. That Ebi Mayo, is more like a gratin, which surprised me. The beef tataki has a sauce which made it taste terrible. The tsukune lacked flavour.

I was also surprised to see two things: 1) they serve sushi and 2) they have no daily special like the other Guus. I didn't try it, but from what I saw, it didn't seem special. The lack of daily special bugged me, as I have been to Guu so many times, I look forward to seeing the specials list for something new. Maybe they will have it once its more established.

Also, the drinks menu is a little lacking compared to the other Guu's. Didn't see as many weird cocktails I know a lot of people like. I am a beer guy myself, so no problem here.

From now on, I will drive further to get a better experience at the downtown Guus. If you are desperate, go to Guu at Aberdeen.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
It is more a sports bar than a restaurant
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

I was there at the exactly same time as the poster below (Right at 5:00pm to catch the Canucks game). In regards to the service, I would agree it was a little lacking for the first hour. Took 15 mins from the time we sat down before "I" had to flag someone down for attention. The bar was only 15% full at the time. And after we ordered, it took another 15-20 mins to get us our drinks, which again "I" had to remind them of.

Actually, I noticed that the kitchen is really slow at getting items out. I ordered oysters (raw), chicken wings, nachos, tacos. Each took 20mins each. (I remember I ordered nachos at the 1st intermission, didn't get it till 3:33 left in the 2nd period). The bar was at max 75% capacity, and the items I ordered are not that complicated.

In terms of food, it was average. The menu looks exactly the same as R^2 in Richmond (which I have left a review for). So i avoided the izakaya + sushi type dishes.

The oysters were decently fresh. Nachos were your standard nachos. The wings were standard too. And the Tuna tacos were slight above average (I would get those again).

The one good thing is drinks here are cheap. So I would recommend this place to get drinks for sure.

Ambiance and decor could have been so much more. Excellent location and space, but the interior design justs lacks any coherent style. It looks too generic. Ebisu is kinda of going for the izakaya style, but falls short because of the food. It will never be what Hapa Izakaya is in terms of a restaurant if it stays this way.

If you are looking to get drinks or want to go to a sports bar but want Japanese food, go to Ebisu. Don't come here for just the food.

PS. Please hook up your LCD screens so you can see the games in High Def. I know the Canucks game I watched yesterday on CBC was in HD, and your tv were not displaying in HD. The picture quality was awful. If you want to be a sports bar, you need to fix this easily fixable problem immediately.

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Sushi King House8176 Granville Street, Vancouver
Unbelivable sushi - You gotta be kidding
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

In response to the reviewer below, I can guarantee you that Sushi King DOES NOT have "unbelievable sushi". There fish is fresh in the sense that they through a lot of fish a day due to their high turnover. Real "fresh" fish is based on the time it has been away from the water. Trust me, their fish is not fresh. In addition, their Salmon (and more than likely all of their fish) is farmed. Please google what happens to farmed salmon and what is in it. Its disgusting. Also, all of their cooked items tastes and looks like crap. Basically, it comes out the same as you would find at a AYCE place. If you want good cooked food, go to an izakaya, such as Guu.

I live fairly close to Sushi King and I do eat here on the rare occasion. Not because it is amazing quality, but because it is cheap. It offers good value for sushi, and it is convenient for me. It is akin to the Mcdonalds of sushi. But I sure wouldn't eat here on a weekly basis, nor would I make a trek here.

I agree with Maverick below. Size of sushi is not what counts. I have had sushi at Tsukiji fish market, and I fully understand what is quality sushi. Unfortunately, quality sushi is expensive, which is to be expected. If you want good sushi for a good price, check out Sushi Hachi in Richmond (awesome place) or Ajisai in Kerrisdale. $20-30 will get you an authentic taste of Japan.

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Kusshi Japanese Restaurant4260 No. 3 Road, #180, Richmond
Worst Value in Richmond by Far
Submitted Monday, March 12, 2007 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

I had driven by this restaurant before, and saw under its name: "kaiseki cuisine". I love Japanese food, and on my recent trip to Japan, I tried a full on kaiseki style meal (Please Google "kaiseki" to under what it is). It was absolutely amazing. With those wonderful thoughts in mind, I stepped into Kussh, rationalizing that a restaurant that dares to use the word "kaiseki" in its name, should be pretty decent. ...I was wrong.

GF and I ordered 3 things to start: Flamed sushi, Seafood Hot Pot, and Yakiudon. The Flamed sushi sounds like a great idea (who doesn't love tataki), but was poorly executed. Fish was AYCE quality and came out slightly burnt. The hotpot was unspectacular, with barely any crab legs in it. The yakiudon was absolutely terrible. (Go to Guu or Hapa).

The thing that compounds the issue was the price. All of the items they serve were really overpriced. Everything I order above was $20 or more per dish. I could understand it if it was true kaiseki quality dishes, (A kaiseki meal starts around $75-$300 for a 8-9 course meal) but its not even minutely close to it.

In conclusion, stay away. If you want to treat yourself to Japanese food in Richmond, go to Sushi Hachi or Maruwa. Or else, head downtown to the izakayas. Places like Kusshi, Nan Chuu, the new Dozo, Manzo appear like good choices, but really are culinary traps waiting to eat you or your wallet alive.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Another good Izakaya
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Here we have another izakaya opened by the same people who brought us the Guu restaurants. I usually find the food at Guu to be great, and Kingyo was no exception. Things I tried: the Beef Tendon Miso Stew, Chicken Karage w/ 3 diff. salts (it was neat), Yuzu jalapeno japanese pasta (awesome, I really missed japanese pasta), Ebi Mayo (it was described as "My style", its exactly the same as Guu w/ Garlic), sashimi salad (subpar, way too much vinegarette, sashimi was good), negitoro sushi (fantastic, the sauce on it was awesome), mussels (average, not as good as the one at Guu on thurlow). Definately want to try the beef tongue cooked on a hot stone, and a pork belly hot pot.

Overall, the food quality is what you would find at any Guu. What I liked most about this place is the sitting space. My problem w/ Guu is the waiting time and lack of seating space. There are way more spaces for 2 or 3 people at Kingyo than say Guu w/ Garlic. Hopefully this means less waiting times.

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Sushi King House5333 West Boulevard, Vancouver
DEFINTATELY NOT the best sushi in town
Submitted Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

I had to write this after I saw the last reviewer's subject line. Sushi King is not the best sushi in town. It is not even close by far. Anyone who thinks this is QUALITY sushi is sadly mistaken and have never had authentic sushi. The quality offered here is equivalent to any All you can eat restaurant, expect they offer larger portions.

Having said that, this place is a good place as an alternative for fast food. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are huge. For like 10-15 bucks you will be stuffed as much as AYCE places. This place is about VALUE, not QUALITY.

If you want quality and don't want to break the bank, go to Ajisai in Kerrisdale or Sushi Hachi in Richmond. Sushi Hachi is an especially good place to eat sushi, as it offers a similar freshness as that I found at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. (For those who been there, you will know what I mean).

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La Bretagne Creperie795 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Fantastic Crepes! Much better than Cafe Crepe!
Submitted Monday, December 4, 2006 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant at lunch time. It is a tiny, but cozy little place off just off the side of Robson Street on Jervis. The menu had a variety of crepes, both savoury and sweet. I ordered the crepe with Duck Confit and my GF ordered a seafood crepe, baked with swiss cheese (Each crepe has a name in French, but I will more than likely butcher the French language if I tried to spell it out).

The first thing I noticed was how light the texture of the crepe actually was. It felt soft in the mouth when I bit into it and had a almost velvty feel. The ingredients within the crepe, the duck confit, potatoes and sauteed onions went fantastically with the white wine sauce on the outside. My GF's baked crepe came covered with gooey swiss cheese and inside was filled with lots of shrimps, scallops and spinach. I loved how the rich, creamy swiss cheese melded with the spinach and scallops perfectly.

For desert, we had crepe filled with fresh pear slices and vanilla ice cream drenched on the outside with dark chocolate and whipped cream. I am not gonna describe it because there is no way you can think that doesn't taste good. Let me say that choosing dessert was extremely hard, as there was at 4 other crepes which sounded amazing. (I think I will try the Crepe Suzette next time, which is a crepe doused in Grand Marnier and then lit on fire)

All in all, it was a great lunch. I ate almost two crepes and felt very full, but not in the "I feel sick" way. This is a great place to have a nice, relaxing place for a light lunch or brunch or to take a break after an afternoon of shpping on Robson. The only regret I had was I didn't notice what time it closes at night, as this would be a great dessert place to go to after dinner or a movie.

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Sushi Hachi Restaurant8888 Odlin Crescent, #1278, Richmond
Quality Sushi Bar in Richmond
Submitted Friday, November 24, 2006 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

Sushi Hachi is a small sushi bar offering quality sashimi and sushi at a fair price. I had the Chef Selection nigiri sushi for $25 and the variety of sushi was great (from what I rember off hand, Aji, Mirugai (excellent), Uni, Toro, Hamachi Toro, Sea Bream, Kohada, Ikura, Tai, Wild Salmon, and some others (there was 13 pieces in all + 6 pieces Toro Maki sushi). Very fresh and the quality reminded very much of Sushikan and somewhat close to sushi in Japan. (Menu saids some of the fish is flown in from Japan.

What surprised me was their prices. Wild Salmon sushi was only a $1.50 a piece. Prices ranged from a $1/piece to nothing more than $3 or $4/piece for the rare types of fish. My combo was similar to the Sushikan combo, but Sushikan's price was like $32.

Had some of the cooked food, (Oden and cooked Taro) did not find it too special. Will definately come back to try more of the sushi. The place reminded very much of Ajisai in Kerrisdale.

Sure beats all the other Japanese restaurants in Richmond (ie. AYCE places - gross, and psedo-restaurants ie. Kusshi (that places is plain bad), Manzo (way over priced), and R^2 Tapas (give up now!))

To the residents of Richmond, please try Sushi Hachi at least once. Here you have a little taste Japan right in your own neighbourhood. Great Quality sushi for a great price. I just abhor the thought of anyone spending $30 for dinner at AYCE or the other places I mentioned above and not try Sushi Hachi.

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Ajisai Sushi Bar2081 West 42nd Ave, Vancouver
Excellent Value and Quality
Submitted Monday, September 11, 2006 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

Ajisai is a great place for sushi. Excellent quality, at a price that won't make you broke. ($30-35 will give you a great meal) All the other sushi places in Kerrisdale is really nothing compared to Ajisai. I was shocked to see other reviewers compare Ajisai to the likes of Shota or Irashai. Honestly, I think this is the only place in Vancouver, other than Tojo, Yoshi, En, and Blue Water Cafe, where I would consider the sushi to be actually good quality. All the other places offer Mcdonald quality sushi.

Only problem with Ajisai is size, as they only sit like 20-25 people. Can be very long waits. Wish they would expand.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Best Ramen in the City! (Below average for Japan standards)
Submitted Monday, September 11, 2006 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

For Vancouver, Kintaro is far and beyond any ramen shop in Vancouver. (All the other ones are terrible and taste like instant noodles). The miso ramen is excellent and you must get the fatty pork. (The lean stuff is just no good.) I have never had a problem with the service, as some other reviewers have mentioned.

Unfortunately, after my trip from Japan, I was made to realize that Kintaro's ramen is below average in Japanese standards. (If you get a chance to go to Japan, eat their ramen... utterly amazing in every aspect.)

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Manzo Japanese Restaurant8391 Alexandra Road, #2170, Richmond
Not good value for your money
Submitted Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

My main gripe is the food does not justify the prices at all. 1. Their yakitori (skewer) dishes were subpar at best. Go to Zakkushi for authentic Japanese yakitori. 2. Their izakaya type dishes were also subpar. Go to Guu for izakaya dishes. 3. Their sashimi wasn't very fresh. (ie. I ordred the Toro sashimi. It tastes like the quality I get from Samurai. For the price I expected better) Service was fine. Ambiance was nothing to write about. However, the price was expensive. For a dinner for two I spent $80, got like a couple of different skewers, 3 or four normal dishes, and a sashimi dish. For $40, I could really go to town at Guu or Hapa.

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