Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 8:40pm [Dine in]
The previous critics don't lie, it's a pricy place but it must be paid for the BWC.
The food is top of the line. 2 of us went and started with sushi. I've been to my share of good and bad sushi restaurants and this was among the top. Had the beef tenderloin (strange considering I was at a seafood place, but anyways..) and it was cooked to perfection. The dishes are a bit smaller but we had come in on empty stomachs and after the few dishes were full.
The raw feeling of the restaurant is what makes it special. Most Yaletown restaurants do have that same brick feel, but the way the BWC was lit up and table placement, etc. it really is a great environment to be in.
The service was good. Not incredible, but good. It wasn't a busy night so I expected more from my server, but didn't get it.
Dinner for 2 plus drinks came to under $150 incl tax & tip.
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Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 8:30pm [Dine in]
My family has been eating here for years and years and it never loses it's quality of food.
It's changed owners over the past but that hasn't changed the food.
Service is alright, you just have to have some patience with some as English is difficult for them.
The price isn't bad and the portions are pretty good.
I had dinner with a group of about 12 and it came to under $100 and we had to take lots home.
Don't expect the nicest of restaurants. This place has been open for a long time and looks pretty much the same than it did 10 years ago.
Some of my favourite dishes:
Ginger beef (all-time fav)
Dai ching chicken (with or without bone is up to you)
Hot and sour soup
Chicken corn soup
Lemon chicken (although gone down in quality over the yrs)
Friend green beans szechuan style (dry and hot) (another all-time fav)
Anyways.. highly recommend
(Either their Commercial Dr location or W Broadway)
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Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 8:05pm [Dine in]
James St. is a newer restaurant that my family frequents. The best time to go is Friday night (that's always "Indian night" with live karaoke and dancing and it's almost impossible to get a table unless you're a regular or go early enough).
After going a few times, you'll realize that there's no need for a menu. Talk to your server, or owners sometimes, and tell them exactly what you want and they'll make it for you. Best is the Nyma Choma, although you can always swap items around.
The food is sometimes a hit-or-miss, although I'd say that 4 out of 5 times it's perfect.
They also have some amazing chicken wings (one of the spiciest I've ever had in my life). If you're lucky and daring enough and really want them, talk to the owner and he just might get you some!
The service is a bit slower when they're busy, but which place isn't. It's a smaller place so when it's busy it's a bit hard to move around. Most of the time, one of the owners is there coming around to the tables to see how you're doing, which is always a nice touch.
All in all, a good place to go with family and friends. Wouldn't really suggest it for a romantic night out with your significant other though.
Highly recommend it.
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Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 3:51am [Dine in]
From across the street it looks like a nice cozy little restaurant and when you walk in, it's just that. Great rustic Italian feeling.
Server was pleasant and kept coming back asking how the food was (I guess she had no choice as there were only 2 more tables dining while we were).
The food was great and was well worth the price. Dinner for 2 (just entrees) came to $35 and they were big portions (got a doggy-bag).
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