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frugal-dinerrichmondSince October 7, 200720 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great take out place.
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

Went to Kadoya based on previous review on this site and it's location. Was almost full at 6 PM. Small restaurant with tables placed very close together. Got a big take out order. Waited for 20 minutes. Watched a waitress sleeping at a table during her break. Very busy little restaurant. Great tasting sushi except unagi roll. Both the chicken teriyaki and Katsudon were delicious. Tempura were light and flaky without overly greasy. Would definitely go back if I am in the neighborhood and wanted some good sushi.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Satisfied my craving
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

My 2nd time back at Japa Dog. I have regular cravings for their dogs but the thought of driving downtown just to get a dog was too much for me. This time we were in the neighborhood. They have expanded their menu with variations of the Terimayo dogs and new flavors like ume dogs. I had a Okonomi dog that was very tasty. Their dogs are grilled and served right away so they are juicy and fresh. Bonito flakes/sauce are delicious on top. Too bad the Oroshi is no longer avaliable due to health regulations by City of Vancouver. Japa dog is trying to bring it back.

Will definitely be craving their dogs soon. Looking forward to their new Robson Store opening in Dec sometime. Finally a nice warm restaurant to enjoy their food.

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Wok Box2285 160th St, #10, Surrey
Looks good...taste not so good..
Submitted Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

1st time at a Wok Box. There was nothing else around besides Subway next door. Nice decor. Sat ourselves down and went up to the counter to order. Menu is a bit confusing with too many options. Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean food all avaliable. Girl at the cash was not able to give suggestions. Ended up ordering 2 lunch box size stirfry (1 mongolian beef, 1 chicken teriyaki), and a Ginger beef with rice. Upgraded each meal with a spring roll and a drink for $2.50 more. came to $30.

Lunch box stirfry was way over-sauced. They poured on the teriyaki sauce. Only 3 strands of chicken in one dish and the other had 5 pieces of beef. We were not able to continue with the chicken dish due to the saltiness of the food. The rice for the beef was mushy and cold. The surprise was when we took a bite of the spring roll. It was not only unflavourful but FROZEN inside. We quickly brought them back and they had to redo the order. Ginger beef was good but not exceptional. Again too much sauce. Portion is a little small for $10. You can get better tasting food at any other food court for less than that price. Don't think we will be back there again.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Good Dim Sum Option in Van
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

We had visitors in town and decided on this restaurant based on location/parking and quality of food. We phoned ahead a made reservations for 10. we did not have to wait for a table once we arrived which was nice. Ordered from the menu and everything was good and fresh. Shrimp dumplings, Siu Mai, etc. Service was pretty good. They came back to change our plates during the meal. Our rice steamed rolls with beef looked half cooked and they gladly took back and cancelled the order. Total bill came ot $95+ tip not too bad for Kirin I think.

Overall nice place for a dim sum if you are in Vancouver. Must make reservations tho....huge lineups by 11:45. Don't forget to get your parking validated for free 2 hr.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great food but not for large parties..
Submitted Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

My 1st visit at this restaurant. Arrived early at 5:30 on a week night. We had a large party of 9 without reservation. Server looked worried when I said party of 9. Restaurant layout was narrow and long which made a round table for 9 nearly impossible. He tried to fit us in. A female server appeared and said long rectangular table might be better for us towards the back of the restaurant. I said that was fine. The two servers argued for a bit while they tried to sort it out. Owner/chef came out and told them to quit fighting and figure something out.

We quickly ordered all the dishes recommended on previous reviews such as steamed buns, beef rolls, dan dan noodles, hot and sour soup, hand made noodles, plus a few other non spicy dishes since some of us cannot stand hot food. I would say stick with the previously mentioned dishes. I find their non spicy dishes a little bland such as cashew with chicken and tofu with shrimp. Nothing special. Prices are pretty good and we were able to use 10% off coupon downloaded from their website.

Would definitely visit again but not with a large group. Table for 2/4 would be easily accommodated. Maybe the two servers can work out their issues with each other by my next visit....

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Jang Mo Jib8320 Alexandra Street, Richmond
Decent food...terrible service!
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 1:05am [Dine in]

Visited this location yesterday for dinner. Arrived early without reservation. Restaurant was almost empty so we didn't have to wait. Looked through the menu. Prices are same or sightly more than other Korean restaurants. Server arrived and took our order quickly. Then the service went down from there. Food were basically thrown on the table. Little appetizer dishes like kimichi, seaweed, potato dishes did not come. We had to flag down someone to get them. Had to ask for rice which was suppose to come together with the entrees. Food was good. BBQ short ribs, rice in stone bowl, and beef soup were all hot and fresh. No one came to refill tea. And a server came and snatched our chili sauce without asking to see if we were done. How rude! Seems like the servers were too busy chatting with each other and not too interested in customer service.

I would visit again if I am craving some decent Korean food in Rmd. Just don't expect great service.

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Sapporo Sushi4255 Arbutus St, #120, Vancouver
Interesting Dynamite
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 12:34am [Dine in]

Dropped by today after a friend recommended it. I was in the area. Ordered lunch special #3 consisted of 1 cali roll and 1 dynamite role for $6. Not bad. Cali roll had black sesame around the outside and Dynamite roll had good amount of crab meat and rice crisipies rolled around the outside. Gave it another texture when you bite into it. Didn't try any raw fish. Will do that next time. Other lunch specials looked good. Place was busy with kids from local highschool dropping by. Service was ok. Order took about 10 minutes to arrive. Will go back again to try other varities. Good option if you're in the area.

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Pajo's Fish & Chips12011 7th Ave, Richmond
If you don't mind long waits and average food
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

We have always been big fans of Pajo's on the wharf but last weekend the wharf location was very very busy so we decided to walk over to Garry Point Park location. What a disappointment that was. The line to order was about 15 minutes. They really rush you through and the wait to pick up food was about 20 minutes. Like previous reviewers, the quality of the batter has gone down hill over the past couple of years. The batter has gotton thicker and less flavorful and the batter separated from the fish a little too easily making it difficult to eat. The fries were dry, dark and overfried. We did not finish them. We ordered a hamburger and it too was dry and not that great. For one large order of fish and chips and hamburger it cost me $22 with no drinks. A bit expensive in my opinion and not very good. Better off going somewhere else or throw some frozen fries in the oven yourself. Not sure I will be visiting it again.

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Fulin Hot Pot Restaurant3025 Lougheed Hwy, #780, Coquitlam
What a pleasant surprise!
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 11:29am [Dine in]

Stumbled across this restaurant by accident. Was in the area and decided to give Fulin a try. Service was prompt and friendly upon arrival. Almost every tabled was reserved. We were lucky there was one booth left for us. We decided to have the sukiyaki. The hot pot looked good but a little $$$ at $17 + broth/extras. Dinner was $13.95 and selection was quite good. Not much seafood (only squid) but perfect if you are a meat person. Sauce for the sukiyaki was not too salty like other places. Meat was really fresh especially the beef. Veggies were fresh and clean. Had to flag down service quite a few times to refill water/tea/sauce. Just a note if you are dinner with party of 4, the 4th person is half price. If you are dinner with party of 6 the 6th person is free. Dinner for 4 came to $50 including tax. Definitely a great deal if you are in the area and want to try something different. Overall ambiance was good. The wait staff said the restaurant is only 3 months old. Hope they keep up the quality and improve on the service!

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
If PREMADE sushi is what you are looking for....
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

If you are looking for a quick cheap premade sushi this is the right place for you! Just don't expect restaurant grade sushi!

Stopped by today around 3:30 PM on my way to the bank next door. Desperate for a bite to eat. Put my order in (3 rolls), went to the bathroom, came out and order was READY! On my way to the bathroom, I can see the chefs behind the counter busy making 40+ rolls of salmon and tuna along with piles of tuna and salmon pieces. Easy to see they are preparing for the dinner rush in the afternoon. That should explain the quality of what you will get.

Got home and had my sushi. Rice was mushy and tasteless. BC roll was terribly put together (the roll came apart). Seaweed was soggy. Will not be back again anytime soon.

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Guildford Sushi House10330 152nd Street, #40, Surrey
sister store of Samurai Sushi (Van)
Submitted Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 11:13am [Dine in]

If you are looking for SIZE and QUANTITY similar to Samurai Sushi in Van, this is it. The owners are relatives. Menu and prices are identical and the same goes for size and quantity. Salmon sushi are so big I cut them into two pieces. Same goes for the sashimi. Service is horrible on every occasion. The lady behind the counter and telephone is impatient and rude at times. The sushi chefs are a little better. At least they crack a smile when you enter the restaurant. This place is busy due to the lack of choice of quality sushi house in the Guildford area. Call ahead your oder just don't expect good service. Give it a try if you are in a mood for big gigantic sushi.

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Posh3779 Sexsmith Road, #1123, Richmond
Quick and Fresh
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

Stopped by for lunch($9.99) on a weekday right at 11:30 with a friend. Were seated immediately at a long table for 8. The waitress put up a wooden divider beside us to give us privacy. My 1st time here. She asked right away and explained the whole process to me especially the various quantity sizes. Some things you order by piece some by size, and the meat (pork and beef) by plate. Each plate of meat only has about 5-6 thinly slices.

Overall, I find the quality/freshness of the food pretty good. Little above average when compared to other AYCE hot pot places. Service is quick although as the lunch crowd increased, the service got a little behind. Had to flag down someone when our propane ran out and when we wanted to order more food. I find selection is ok for lunch for $10. Good to try this place once in a while. Might get sick of it if I came too often. Reservation is recommended as this place is small so it fills up fast.

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Sushi House3779 Sexsmith Rd, #2182, Richmond
Decent sushi...
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 9:47am [Dine in]

Had a bad craving for some sushi. Got take out from here after reading the reviews. I am sick of supermarket premade sushi ( Fujiya, Izumi-ya, Yaohan, etc) around. Just wanted to try some fresh good quality sushi.

Called ahead to pick up my order. 1 chopped scallop roll, spicy tuna roll, cali roll, kappa roll and 4 pcs salmon sushi. Cost was around $17. I think that's pretty good. Quality was above average compared with Samurai sushi but definitely not as good as Kiyo sushi but price is much lower than Kiyo's. Would definitely visit again!

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Asian Spice9436 120th Street, Surrey
Craving for more....
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

Finally had a chance to try out this place in the entertainment book. Walked in on a Saturday evening. Place was half full. Darkly lit with traditional lanterns along with dark furniture. We were seated in a booth right away. Waitress/owner? approached us right away and showed us the menu. Asked if we need help ordering. Made a few suggestions re: house specialties etc.
Ended up trying Manchurian prawns which was just delicious. Dark sauce full of flavor and spices. Didn't get that many prawns tho. Ended up taking the sauce home and made myself a Manchurian chicken dish with veggies the next day. House special chicken. I swear they taste like Taiwanese "salt crunchy chicken" except you would roll them in tandoori seasoning after it's deep fried. Delicious without being over powering with spices. Hot and Sour soup that was good also (a small would feed 2 people). Kulfi for desert (I didn't like it but my husband did). Tasted like ice cream in a roll shape with bits of pitaschio in it and other things. Also tried Indian beer which was light and refreshing. Food wise, it was excellent. Service was good, prompt, and friendly. Prices are not bad with average $10-15 for entrees. Definitely will return. For those entertainment coupon holders, please note they only have this one location. The other location listed in the back was closed down years ago.

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
Consistant food & service
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

This is one of our favorite places to go with the kids. Everytime we go, the waitress brings us kids bowls and utencils without being asked. Service has been fairly consistant each time. Friendly fast efficient servers. Like previous reviewers, the food always arrives quickly (which is a good thing when you have children). Favorite dishes are the seafood dry noodles, lemon grass pork chops, pho, and spring rolls. Can't really go wrong with anything here. I hear they have specialty dinner items such as whole fish cooked in traditional vietnamese soup but haven't had a chance to try that yet. One time we did have an issue with our food (hair in the noodle/sprouts), the server apologized, took the food away, and returned with a replacement right away. Parking can be found fairly easily in that area. There are a few spots in the back as well. Highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area.

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Northern Delicacy4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 2788, Richmond
Great choice for Aberdeen Centre
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

2nd time visiting this place. 1s time for dinner. I find lunch gets too busy and service is not as attentive. Decided to go for an early dinner tonight. Got seated right away. Waitress came around often to take away empty dishes and refill tea without asking. Had hot and sour soup. Great portion at $5.50 (servies 4). Steamed dumplings were excellent. Juicy on the inside. Dan-dan noodles were not too salty like some other places. Pan fried potstickers were ok. I think the dough was too thick for my liking. Handmade special fried noodles were tasty and not overly greasy.

Overall a great experience. Like I said, food arrived promptly and service was good b/c we arrived early. Not sure what it's like later on in the evening when it gets busy. Definitley would visit again for a quick bite to eat.

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Prata-Man9060 Capstan Way, #180, Richmond
Great take-out place!
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

I've been a loyal Prata Man diner for years. The food quality has always been consistant. We stick with our favorites which are the hainanese chicken with rice and their satays. The chicken satays are the best. The beef can be a bit chewy. Excellent food great prices. Don't recommend dining there. Services is ok. We usually call ahead and pick up within 20 minutes. They've mixed up our oders a couple of times when they were really busy. Closed on Mondays I think.

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Papaya Hut2435 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cheap Lunch Spot..and that's it
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 11:03am [Dine in]

Came across this restaurant by defult for lunch last week. Wanted to go next door to Orchid Delight but it was closed. 1st sign something was not right as we entered via back door was hearing chinese among the cooks in the kitchen. It was very busy. We waited for a few minutes for a table and took a look at the lunch menu. Reasonably priced with large portions. Waitress was impatient with us as we asked questions re: use of entertainment coupons. She let us use it at the end but not towards lunch menu. Only could order from dinner menu which was fine with us. Ordered chicken with cashew and basil beef. Both excellent dishes large portions (dinner portion). Tastes semi authentic. Had the right kind of spices and seasoning to me. But the coconut rice was awful. Tasted and looked like plain CHINESE rice not thai rice with faint smell of coconut milk in it. Would prefer plain rice next time.

Waitress was not very friendly. Decor was ok or below average. Like the previous reviewers said, will not be back again anytime soon but it's a cheap lunch option if you are in the area.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Better than Expected
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

After reading all the not so good reviews, I was hesitant to go here but my craving for Korean food made me do it. Made reservation for a Sunday dinner for 8 people. Was seated right away at a nice large table with flat screen tv beside us.

Waitress was polite and bought drinks right away. Explained how to order from the all you can eat menu. Basically you mark what you want on the order form. There are 3 different food portion sizes that made it confusing. i.e. bowl vs dish vs piece. Some items came in a bowl, some in a dish size and some you order by piece. Waitress came back to give us suggestions.

Appetizers and soup arrived promptly. Then they fired up the grill for us and helped us put the meat on the grill. Staff was atttentive and came around very frequently to check on us. Managers came around as well to see how things were going. Seem like they were very well staffed during this visit.

Food was surprisely good. Hot, fresh, and tasty. Pancakes were lovely. Took longer to arrive since they make everything from scratch. The prawn tempura took the longest at 20 minutes. Mangaer explained there were lots of orders for the prawn. They were worth the wait. Not too much batter and large juicy prawns. Dipping sauces for the bbq meat was good. One was soy based and the other was sesame oil with sea salt. I've never had that before. Meat were generous sizes and good quality meat. There were lots of other choices on the menu we did not even get to try.

For $23 it's worth the $$ I think. I prefer this over the many Japanese all you can eat places in Rmd. Definitely worth a try. Just make sure you take a shower when you get home. The vents don't work very well.

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Izumi-Ya7971 Alderbridge Way, #160, Richmond
Great Selection at Excellent Prices
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

I am a regular here. They have a new asian salad with nice Japanese light dressing and bits of chicken. Very generous size (in a big plastic container) for around $5.50. Also try their healthy brown rice california rolls. They are yummy. There is another location in Rice World on Garden City but selection is not as good as the main store. There is a microwave to warm up your food.

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