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GeezerNorth VancouverSince August 5, 200631 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

Reviews

Displaying 21 - 31 of 31 Reviews Found
Hamaei Japanese Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #620, North Vancouver
Everyone leaves happy ... but they don't write reviews!
Submitted Sunday, December 3, 2006 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

This is my favorite north shore Japanese restaurant and it has a devoted clientele who sustain a thriving high quality operation in a locale slightly hidden by the adjoining dollar and nail-care stores. The chef and his wife are supported by two other sushi chefs three long-time kimono clad servers and a strong back-kitchen brigade. No "all you can eat" and no combos. Just delicious sushi, sashimi, and a changing selection of hot dishes and desserts advertised on the "special menu" and the blackboard.

The experience begins with a warm friendly welcome. The seating is tight but not uncomfortable. Interaction with other diners is an option. The restaurant seems to accommodate some of the best behaved children I've met. The fast service, variety and flavours keep even the youngest customers content.

Challenge the chef and you'll see and taste the skill of a master ... just don't expect it to be cheap.

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Shiang Garden4540 No. 3 Road, Richmond
A big restaurant - well run and enjoyable
Submitted Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has signs as far away as Number 3 Road. You have to pass several others to get to it and even then in the early week-day evening the lobby and ground floor rooms are so deserted you think it's closed. Walking away you see signs from the parkade to an elevator and figure out that the solitary head beneath the bright chandeliers upstairs is where the action is.
Warmly welcomed and pleasantly-seated, the manager's suggestion to split the $59 sharkfin soup, braised abalone and lobster dinner proved spot on. We shall be back.

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Yoshi Japanese Restaurant689 Denman Street, Vancouver
An authentic Japanese restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

A friend in CSIS let on that Fukushimasan, long time lead sushi chef at Chiyoda (now closed) could be found here. A first visit by an undercover tactical unit confirmed the report and reported back on the quality of the establishment.
It's good. Not the "smoke gets in your eyes" "bottoms up, and dream of Yokohama" of Chiyoda ... (It's got windows for God's sake!) ... but on the quality and variety of the food it meets Tokyo standards. Particularly memorable were the Soft Shell Crab Karaage, garnished and accompanied by herbal vinegar sauce, and the battera sushi ... a massive slab of mackerel pressed on to seasoned rice and dressed with sea weed. To call it a sushi restaurant fails to convey the full capability of this authentic Japanese restaurant.
Well-staffed. Service was attentive and thoughtful. The room is somewhat spartan but dark wet evenings don't favour the view.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
Potential for sure
Submitted Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

The food and service here are great. The tables have bare laminate tops. The floor is brick colored large tiles. The plates should be hot.
Certainly worth a revisit. Hopefully looking for improvement. The room may be too large. Will try a repeat visit at a week-end to see how it performs when busier.

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Yohachi Sushi161 Esplanade West, North Vancouver
One star sushi
Submitted Friday, October 13, 2006 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

As in "if you are in the area". It's a quiet Mom and Pop establishment - the chef and his server. Service can be slow if there are more than a few diners. Distinctly unmemorable. The writer prefers not to write negatively but the previous reviewer prompts deflation

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Gen Sushi1933 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Sushi to travel for - not
Submitted Friday, October 13, 2006 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

I tried this place on the basis of the reviews. It's Japanese fast food with friendly service, reasonable quality and affordable prices. A sushi restaurant in the true sense, however, it is not.
If artfully presented delicacies, with a range of tuna choices, preceded by hot towels and followed by attentive service is your concept, look elsewhere. Having said that, it is better than many other so-called sushi outlets.

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Caffe Artigiano1101 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Metropolitan Buzz
Submitted Friday, September 22, 2006 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

Deservedly popular, this is a great place to take out-of-towners to show them Vancouver's deal-making, things to do, people to see, day-time coffee bar action. The coffee is fine but speed and efficiency rule. The willow leaf cappucino art impresses the debutant but may be losing its magic for regulars. Service at the "follow the guy in front and you'll get what you ordered at the end" counter line is efficient and friendly.

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New management
Saltaire235 15th St., West Vancouver
South-facing and two floors above the beach ...
Submitted Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

The patio here is a delightful spot for lunch on a warm sunny day. The absence of reviews suggests that the cognoscenti want to keep it that way but it could easily be busier so I'll share with you, but only tell your best friends!

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Closed
Seb's Market Cafe592 East Broadway, Vancouver
First Visit
Submitted Monday, August 21, 2006 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

Don't park to the north. Crossing Broadway here is for the brave ... no cross walk, lights to the west help, but east is the brow of a rise.
Radio turned up a bit too high for early evening.
Menu not exciting. Salad greens dry and aged. New york steak too thick and not much flavour. Scallops not fresh and not fully cooked first time round. Cheerfully improved although server had to be summoned. Granville Island beer in good condition.

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Nan Chuu8391 Alexandra Road, #1160, Richmond
Not easy to find. A drive-by may not work unlees you read Japanese.
Submitted Sunday, August 20, 2006 - 11:36am [Dine in]

First visit after the Night Market. Busy. More or less obliged to take a counter seat. Reasonable ohitashi and interesting tasty eel on rice in broth. Closes at 1am. Will return when not just needing a prophylactic for the dreaded night starvation.

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great place for breakfast
Submitted Saturday, August 5, 2006 - 11:07am [Dine in]

Found this place by accident. If you are a regular at medical labs there's one on the other side of Hastings. If you like fast friendly service and the company of the VPD this is the place. Some parking out back and north on Slocan. Bottomless coffee. Order bacon done as you like it.

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