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fungtionalRichmondSince January 21, 200712 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Fumisen7100 Elmbridge Way, Richmond
Fun concept and great little find for a quick snack
Submitted Friday, April 9, 2010 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

We found this stand next to the Tenku and Shoryumen trailers and enjoyed it alot.

The choices are endless and the quality of the product is good.
The rice for the temaki are exceptional and they won't open unless the rice is up to standard. They have premade choices for you or if you're a little more creative you can make one on your own.

Few highlights:
- Salmon rice (not sure what it is but they sprinkle it over the sushi rice)
- Soy Crepe - A yellow crepe that tastes great.

Give it a quick drop by if ur looking for a good snack or match it with everything else at the other two trailers.

Hope to see more stands coming! This is beginning to look like a little outdoor eating heaven like the ones in Asia!

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BBQues1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Why spend at a place where you could make the food at home
Submitted Friday, April 9, 2010 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

We came as a large group during the olympics.
Given that it is the olympics I didn't expect the greatest service, but wasn't expecting what we got either.

First of all, service aside the food is poor for an area that is teeming with good restaurants. This place attempts to be a BBQ joint but its got none of that pedigree to back it up.

I had a pulled chicken sandwich. All it was, was chicken pulled like pork with some BBQ sauce and a piece of lettuce on a Portuguese bun. First of all, how do you manage to make Chicken DRY when it's tossed in a BBQ sauce. The Chicken wasn't warm either inside the bun. There wasn't a whole lot of chicken either, I could down the sandwich in four bites. Is a piece of lettuce all you could offer in terms of veggie in a sandwich? The fries that came with it were nothing amazing, kinda soggy. They provide a small little metal container of ketchup.

I ordered a bottle of Grolsch and they brought the sleeve. They told me that they did that because the sleeve was cheaper. The price of the bottle of grolsch was 7.75. Not cheap but expected in an area like Yaletown. The draft of Grolsch was.... $9!!! Thanks for LYING!

I was annoyed by this but wasn't deterred from drinking. I ordered a pitcher of the draft and they told me that all the Pitchers were used... How does a place run out of Pitchers. I looked across to another table and there was a pitcher there being used for WATER! HELLO!? Don't you want to be making money? Use the pitchers for beer not WATER! The pitcher wasn't cheap, $25 for one pitcher. That comes to an average of $8 a glass of beer from the pitcher.

The worse part about there service was right when I entered. I told them I was late and we were part of a large group and had seats already. They kept insisting that they were full and I wasn't allowed in. I was annoyed at this since it wouldn't make sense to keep me away from my group instead of trying to accommodate me. I told them I wanted to say Hi to my friends at least. I walked in with the hostess still mouthing to me how they were full. Right when I walked over to our table there was a seat waiting for me...

If these people don't want the guests to be here they might as well close their doors. The food is horrible. A local dive could make better food. They charge through the roof and lie to their customers. This is horrible business practice and I don't expect this place to stick around in an area teeming with better competition.

Avoid this place!

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Shoryumen7100 Elmbridge Way, Richmond
Authentic feel and different style of Ramen
Submitted Friday, April 9, 2010 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

This place is an amazing little stand.
The owner is a food lover and you can clearly tell his enthusiasm for food by the product he puts out and the great details he puts into creating that authentic experience.

First of all the soup stock he uses is not the same as the other one's in Vancouver so when the previous poster mentions that it was bland, it's just not true. The stock is not the same pork marrow stock that you see everywhere else, instead he uses a fish stock which gives it a cleaner and less heavy taste. Yes the stock is not as rich and heavy in flavor but this doesn't make it any less better. In fact, I was able to drink the entire bowl of stock with no problem whereas I wouldn't begin to attempt this at any other Ramen place. The great variety of items you are able to choose from to add on to your bowl is a great little bonus.

You can complain all you want about the space in the trailer but that's exactly what makes this place so great. In the end Ramen is not meant to be a cheche experience. The utilitarian yet homey feel of the trailer makes this a great Ramen experience. The best part is the Chef's willingness to express his great joy for food to customers.

Hands down people should come check this place out when they have a chance, if not for the food, then for the experience. Not everyone will like it but people will definitely talk about it.

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Bonqula8460 Alexandra Road, #165, Richmond
Bonqula, a warm and welcoming japanese fusion restaurant
Submitted Friday, December 25, 2009 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

Many Japanese fusion restaurants tend to sell themselves as upscale and trendy.
Bonqula rather sends a homey and welcoming message.

My GF and I went to Bonqula the other night and had a great experience in hospitality. The restaurant itself looks plainly decorated with italian style trattoria table cloths. We were warmly greeted and seated and presented with a handmade menu from a japanese children's book. I love the whole DIY feel they added to the place and the menu was definitely a chef with her own creative mind.

Complimentary christmas bread was brought to our table and it was a nice touch to start the meal.

We ordered the Tuna Tataki with balsanic/wasabi vinagrette.
The tuna was lightly seared with black and white sesame seeds and the light balsamic vinagrette lifted the flavor of the tuna. This was a great dish.

We also ordered the Mentaiko Spaghetti and Omurice Curry with Pork Cutlet.
I've never been a fan of Japanese curry but the one they made here changed my mind about it totally. They had shredded pork in the curry itself and the pickled vegetables were a nice touch. The cutlet was fried well and not dried out. The egg was cooked nicely and wasn't rubbery, just nice and fluffy. This chef obviously has the technique. The dish itself didn't wow me but it definitely was better then i expected.

The mentaiko spaghetti was the highlight. It was angel hair pasta in a light cream sauce with lots of tiny fish eggs that gave it just enough saltiness it needed. A solid pasta dish!

They gave us complimentary dessert as well and a pack of pocky sticks!
We felt really welcomed here and would defnitely go back to try the other stuff on their menu.

We paid 65 after tips and tax for 2 entrees an appetizers and drinks.
Not bad at all! Definitely a good place to bring a date or a group of friends.
More people should know about this restaurant!

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs1162 Granville Street, Vancouver
Not the Greatest wings for a place named wings, but not horrible
Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 1:12am [Dine in]

The wings were decent, though they weren't the best wings I've had in Vancouver. Although, they do have a large flavour selection. I tested myself with the waiver hot ones, and that was an interesting experience. Atmosphere isn't spectacular, but its a good place to hang out for the game.

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Section 31039 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Pleasantly Surprised.
Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 1:06am [Dine in]

This yaletown hotspot was a pleasant surprise for me.
I usually go into these places that have been overhyped with skepticism. However, they did a good job in convincing me here.
Got to the restaurant around 7 with a friend. A little bit lacking in dining seats as they put us to the bar tables because of large party bookings. However, food was solid and some dishes stood out. The smoked salmon pizza was definitely a star. The chicken pasta with curry base sauce was a touch sweet, though the raisins added a nice depth to it. The best appetizers was the sirloin tips, outstanding! However, service was a little unfocused. Service could be quite prompt on occassions. My tip is not to show up around 7 as you will lose your server to the chaos unfolds at 830/9. All the servers were quite hip and definitely a funky atmosphere compared to the other yaletown establishments. Not bad! just a few tweaks here and there. Music was a little too loud as well, though they never seem to get it right here in Vancouver.

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Bistro Sakana1123 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Good food, somewhat innovative but nothing out of the ordinary
Submitted Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 2:46am [Dine in]

Considering there are dozens of Izakaya hotspots and Japanese restaurants in general, this is nothing spectacular but a good experience nonetheless. They definitely has some of the freshest oysters i've tasted, very sweet and juicy. The sushi rolls are somewhat innovative, at least the crispy ones were. The Salmon Carpaccio was my favourite and the Halibut Cheeks were good as well, though the cheeks were a touch overcooked.
But a good place to get japanese food on a weekly occassion specially with the price point. Not extremely expensive for a Yaletown spot.
Good job Sakana, things are only looking up.

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Thea's Taverna211 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster
Nice Suprise in the far reaches of Queensborough
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

Came in for the first time on a quiet night,
Service was prompt as should be on a quiet night, server was also very friendly.
The food here was very good. As previous patrons stated, the Kalamari here is excellent. Not rubbery and size of Kalamari was good, not too small as many restaurants try to cheap out by over battering a small piece.
The entrees were standard but had good flavours.
A tasty surprise for a restaurant in the middle of nowhere.
The game was also on from a large projector.
Nice bar and lots of space.
Good place to catch games after work.

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O Thai Cuisine Restaurant1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Hard to find another place for Thai food like O Thai
Submitted Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

I have to say it is hard to find another restaurant for good Thai food like O Thai. There are alot of established businesses such as Thai House and what not, but I find most of their food to be too salty too sweet. I came with two other friends and we had some of the best thai food O thai had to offer. We tried the spicey roast duck on mango salad which was a perfect blend of spice sweet and savoury. We also had the pad thai which was done well as any "good" thai restaurant should (hard to find a decent pad thai nowadays ). The green curry was ok, a touch too many bamboo shoots for my taste but the flavours of the base was good. The best dish we had was the grilled seafood platter. This was something else! Came with lobster tail, mussels, scallops, Salmon, etc etc. All of the seafood was perfectly grilled, not too tough and overcooked and not undercooked. The spice level for the dishes was a little tame, but I can't blame them as theyre situated in an area where most patrons would probably not be used to the heat. The owners told us to order it "authentic thai spicy" next time. The desert here are also very good. Simple desert but done to perfection. The ambience is good but nothing too spectacular. Heard theyre opening a lounge soon, excited to see how that pans out. Only thing I think they can improve on would be beer/cocktail selection.

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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver
A good place to enjoy the night if you're not in a hurry.
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

Came with a group of 7 though we only reserved for 6 and the servers were friendly and kind enough to compromise by adding another setting. Service was prompt patient and helpful. My friends and I took awhile to decide what we wanted. They had an excellent selection of wine by the bottle and glass. We ended up order 4 tapas and an entree each, plus 3 desserts among the 7 of us. Few highlights with food were the Tapas and dessert. The portobellini mushroom was a great combination of flavours. The chicken skewers though quite simple tasted good with the right amount of heat. The Beef Carpaccio was good as well. The entrees were a little lacking for the price you pay. The pastas we had were a little dry as they were probably sitting there waiting for the Bison steak to finish grilling. The entrees took awhile to come as well. The Bison's my friends order were mediocre but not horrible. The dessert here is nicely done and a nice way to finish off the meal. Nice place to relax and enjoy the music from talented jazz musicians. The only improvement needed is the service from kitchen as the table next to us who got there later than us received all their food before us, and the entrees were mediocre for the price you pay (19 for pastas, and 32 for the bisons).

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Not blown away, but enjoyed the dinner and the night
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

Came here with two other friends and were promptly seated by a friendly hostess who gave us the option of moving to a livelier area though our reserved seats were in a solitary corner. Service was excellent and friendly and was patient enough to wait for friends to make up their minds. The food however was mediocre. The Creole seared Alabacore Tuna was a touch salty. My steak was definitely NOT the King of steaks. The fat was not properly trimmed off the cut and large sections of the steak were just fat, and the cut itself was not very tender. The steak was made just medium rare which is exactly what I orderede so no compains there. Not much to this entree itself with a side of mash and seasonal veggies. Solid but not spectacular specially for its price. The desert here however is excellent! Gingerbread pudding is one of the most popular items here and for good reason. Wine list by the glass is limited and cocktail list is short with nothing original. Enjoyed the night but was not blown away and probably would not venture in for dinner again.

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Infinity Dining Experience819 Pacific Street, Vancouver
A dining experience this was!
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

First time dining at Infinity and took the Dine-out menu offered.
I took the Butternut Squash Fondue for first course and my friend ordered the Mussels on Soba noodle. The fondue was excellent! A bread dip will never be the same for me again. I tried some of my friends soba noodles and the mussels were surprisingly tender and juicy , alot of restaurants overcook shellfish in broth but this was definitely just right. We both had the steak as that looked the best on the menu. I know there are alot of excellent steak houses in Vancouver such as Gothams, but Infinity's 28 day aged New York Sirloin was amazing! Topped with Stilton Blue, it added the extra depth to the entire experience. The steak was done medium rare exactly as I requested and the cut was extremely tender. For desert I had the cornbread. Now I know cornbread for desert doesn't sound to appealing but you must try the cornbread! My friend ordered the ganache with Jager Gelato and that was good as well, though we finished most of the Gelato and left the ganache as it was quite rich. Also ordered the House Cola, butterscotch flavour and that was an interesting and tasty experience. Infinity is definitely a place worth checking out, and I would definitely return again for another satisfying meal!

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