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genuxVancouverSince July 12, 200716 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Konnichiwa1320 W 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
A welcome addition to the block
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

Konichiwa is the newest Japanese restaurant in the block, the other competitors being Komi Sushi and Applause Restaurant. This restaurant takes over the spot formerly home to Casa de Amigos and King's Fare Fish and Chips. The place has been redone following a casual Japanese theme, yet also providing patio dining.

The service staff are friendly and attentive, which leads to a cozy and inviting dining experience. It's good to know that even a small wait staff is zealous enough to make sure all tables are attended to (even those in the patio).

Food is pretty decent – nothing outstanding, but good value for the money you pay. Sushi and sashimi are ok: the toppings taste come out, though I noticed they're slightly thick with rice. The lunch combos, dinner menus, and bento boxes are on the large side. The beef teriyaki, though, while plentiful, wasn't anything special.

This is a nice casual place to dine, whether for the quick fix or a heavy meal. Larger parties (6 or more people) will probably want to call ahead to reserve some seats because the place lends itself to smaller groups. This is a welcome addition to the office crowd at Airport Square, where there's a dearth of nice sit-down lunch places.

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Taisho Japanese Restaurant4700 Kingsway, 15E, Burnaby
Sub-Par
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

I took the regular, all-you-can-eat dinner menu (the alternative is the deluxe which adds crepes and other kinds of nigiri sushi, which is $3 more). 10% gratuity is automatically included in each meal (they tell you this up-front).

They have a wide selection of dishes, from the usual starters, sushi and sashimi, rice dishes, noodles, prawn and vegetable tempura, and desert. However, most, if not all of the ones I sampled were served luke warm at best, cold often times. Their chicken karaage for starters was the last to come out, and it was covered in cold chocolatey sauce. It baffles me how they can serve burnt/overcooked ikakaraage cold! That was disgusting. The other dishes were average at best – katsudon, vegetable and prawn tempura, yakisoba, and sushi (BC Roll, Californika maki, etc). Desert is limited to one per customer only (savor it slowly, it's tiny). Someone sitting across me who ordered a la carte complained about her near-frozen tuna sashimi. So apparently this pre-cooked food must be made well in advance of the start of business.

Service can be very slow. They impose 3-item order per person per round, and you can only request for subsequent orders upon completion of the dishes. This leads to a lot of waiting time, and since each dish is on the small size, you'll go through each rather quickly. I couldn't understand why the server also kept on "keeping" my order sheet, so I'd have to request for it every time (which leads to even more waiting). Apparently they thought my 3 rounds was enough — a hint that I should get going already, perhaps?

The best thing I'd have to say about the whole thing is their place. Decent, clean, and spacious. But the slow service led to cold food, which led to an overall sub-par experience.

I'd strongly recommend looking for another place to curb your sushi/Japanese dish craving.

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Applause Japanese Restaurant8269 Oak street, Vancouver
JapOne's replacement is ...
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2008 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

This restaurant took over what was once JapOne. It has retained much of its predecessor's ambiance. The bento boxes are on the $10+ range, but that's also due to a larger serving size.

Expect a nice, cozy time and enjoy your meal. Whether it's take-away or having lunch or dinner there, the service is somewhat on the slow side. On my few occasions of visiting here, the fastest take-away was 45 minutes (for a single dish), and eating in took at least 40 minutes for the food to come out.

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Toi Kee Kitchen8335 Oak Street, Vancouver
Good value for money
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2008 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

For take-away, this is a pretty good place. The serving portions are on the large end, which makes it an excellent value for your money. It's located in a quiet section of Oak Street, so there aren't too many people in the vicinity. The ambiance is akin to a hole-in-the-wall, so nothing spectacular.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Busy little place
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

This is a busy little place just near Granville Island. Expect to wait a bit as there are often lines to order. The waiting time for everything should be a good 10-15 minutes on a typical, busy day.

Other than the standard fare fish (halibut, cod, salmon) and chips, they also offer oyster, fish tacos, and other interesting goodies. The fish is cooked in batter that gives it a crunchy/crispy and light but flavorful taste. I'd rate it better than PaJo's, Dave's, and Mr. Pickwick's. The chips, though, seem very standard fare. Crunchy versions of what you get from fast food joints, but with a heavy taste of oil (and hints of fish).

It's nice to have this on a nice sunny day, facing the shore. There's not many tables, though, but there's plenty of room on the side street to just sit down, relax, and enjoy the view.

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Sushi King House8176 Granville Street, Vancouver
Big and Plain
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

Sushi King emphasizes more on the king-sized servings. The taste is pretty much average at best. I've tried a sampling of their sushi and donburi to get a feel of their dishes. The donburi came out rather dry, but with a king-sized serving of rice in the bowl. The sushi is *huge*. Probably a good deal for the money, but they don't even have any semblance of freshness.

It's not that bad... Just not a place I'd recommend if you want a good, hearty meal.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
Average
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

This place is located along a busy No. 3 Rd in Richmond. The place is decent, and the price for the AYCE is reasonable. The selection isn't too wide, however. They serve the usual rolls, maki, tempura, and teriyaki dishes. It isn't as crowded here as compared to the other AYCE places, so where they lack in food they make up for (somewhat) in service. The food isn't superb, though.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great deal, but *seriously* consider reservations...
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 2:04am [Dine in]

If you're in a group, do consider reservations, as the place gets busy frequently. Weekends are the toughest times especially. During such situations, you'll have a hard time getting the servers' attention, they'll tend to forget some orders, and even simple things like water, extra tissues, wasabi or soy sauce will take forever to come. If you're seated at the bar, try to befriend the chefs or your neighbords in the event you run out of soy sauce or wasabi.

The nice thing about their All You Can Eat (AYCE) is that they have the Korean BBQ which you cook meat at your own pace. This adds to a nice alternative to the standard maki, sushi, teriyaki, and the like. The teriyaki (chicken, beef) are a bit sub-par in my opinion. The meat is often served "rushed' and seems like they splash too much teriyaki sauce on them. The sushi and maki are a hit-and-miss: some of them are nice and fresh, but others taste like they've just been thawed from the freezer.

Price is good for the selection. You'll definitely get your fill for the money. If you can put up with lackluster service during peak times, you should find it an enjoyable experience.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Interesting dishes, but service can be a tough one
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 1:56am [Dine in]

I came on a Friday night, and as expected, the place was packed and with a long wait list. Even if you're by yourself or in a small group (2-3 people), expect to wait. The menus change frequently, so leaving a one-time review for "food" is a bit unfair. Sampled different dishes, and one thing I have to say is they're definitely different -- a lot of creative style and effort goes into each dish, which is a good thing.

The more traditional dishes (e.g. karaage) will leave you unimpressed, since they're ... traditional. The serving size is small, which allows you to order more dishes to try more things. Price is pretty reasonable.

The one thing that can sour the experience with Guu is directly proportional to the crowd you're dealing with. As friendly as their servers are, there's no helping it if they're overworked and have to deal with a full house. If you happen to be placed in corner tables or hard-to-see places, order a lot and hope that your food is delivered right away (or at least all of them in bulk). You won't want to be flagging the waiters down frequently...

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Pajo's Fish & Chips12011 7th Ave, Richmond
Disappointed...
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 1:41am [Dine in]

One thing you'll notice about Pajo's branches in the Steveston area is that they're packed with people. This tends to pique the curiosity of many to lure them in. I was one of them. But I left very much disappointed.

One thing you'll notice in the menu is that they serve "1/2 extra piece." Nice gimmick, but if you examine the fish closely, it's necessary for that extra half piece to be served. The first "larger" piece isn't very large at all. The fish (cod, salmon, and halibut) and chips are served in a paper cone, but neither fish nor chips were really great. Other sides (like onion rings) are also the same so-so servings. For the serving size, they're definitely on the pricey side.

Serving time can range from average to long wait (due to the crowd and number of orders I suppose). Extra condiments (tartar sauce) being free is a nice plus, though. Some places charge $0.15-$0.25 extra.

They're the only fish and chips in the Garry Point Park proper, but walk down to the Steveston Wharf area and you'll find 3-4 more fish and chips that are probably better worth spending on.

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Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
Average...
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 1:33am [Dine in]

After hearing and reading of the raves for this place, I decided to give it a shot. The restaurant has a separate take-out section which I opted for to avoid to crowd. The place serves cod, salmon, and halibut for fish. The salmon left something to be desired. It didn't have the softness that "white fish" tend to have. The onion rings are the fast-food type variety -- small and has a strong onion taste with the after taste of deep fried oil.

As for price, it's reasonable for the serving size, but not what I'd call cheap. If I had to choose, I'd go for Dave's over Pajo's (a nearby competitor).

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Very good place, reasonably priced
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I came to Shiro's after giving up waiting in line in Toshi's. And that was a very good decision on my part. One thing you won't find lacking in Shiro's is atmosphere. The moment you enter you're greeted by a chorus from both the servers and the chefs. The place is small and cozy but with enough room for a good crowd.

The servings are pretty big for the price, which is something I didn't anticipate -- ordering a variety of maki, nigiri sushi, and bento boxes all at once. Even the server was double-checking to make sure I was sure of what I wanted.

After many years and countless Japanese restaurants, I've finally found another place that serves good Katsudon and other donburi. The egg, breaded pork/chicken, and spices are just right -- a good balance between crispy and tasty, not too soggy, not too dry.

I always end up ordering more than what I expect, but that's always a surprise I like from Shiro's.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Packed!
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

This place is always packed, regardless of when you go. Definitely not a good place if you're in a large group (5+ people) unless waiting a long time is something you don't mind.

Their rolls are very good. Perhaps not incredible, but better than your average fair. The usual spider roll, house roll (avocado on top), dynamite roll, and others come in ample servings for their price. The donburi dishes are pretty much what you'd expect.

Because the place is small, you won't have a hard time getting the servers' attention. Conversing with the chefs on the bar is always a fun experience if you're the type of person who likes doing that.

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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips8620 Granville St, Vancouver
Ok
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

Mr. Pickwick's is a small nook on 70th and Granville, beside a busy 7/11. They offer cod and salmon for fish along with the ample serving of chips. The side-orders are a little bit on the pricey side (e.g. Onion Rings for $4.00+), not really worth the ordinary serving size. I've sampled their salmon and it wasn't exactly thrilled (feels like it was frozen for quite some time). The cod was so so.

If you're in the area, I'd recommend King's Fare Fish and Chips instead located at the corner of 71st and Hudson. Cheaper and better Halibut. They're only open 4PM-8PM (closed Mondays), however.

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King's Fare Fish & Chips1320 W.73rd Ave., Vancouver
Mmm... mmm... good!
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

Love their Halibut! I'm not a big fan of fish and chips, but their Halibut is definitely better than the ordinary fish and chips place. In the Marpole area, by far they're better than the competition (e.g. Mr. Pickwick's) in terms of taste and price. The fish (cod, halibut) is always served soft and juicy.

It's mostly a snack / dinner place (open 4PM-8PM, except Mondays), and the place is pretty much hole-in-the-wall, but the area is quiet and spacious, so it makes for a relaxing environment.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good variety, nothing spectacular (yet?)
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

Went to this after hearing good things about it. Went on a weeknight so there wasn't that many people. The food selection is pretty good, with the place emphasizing on non-traditional offerings. Frankly I think it's just new ways of doing old things. The rolls are ok -- better than the average serving -- but nothing spectacular. The fusion dishes leave a lot to be desired however (e.g. Butter Chicken Katsu with their blend of tomato sauce) -- it strives to be different but ends up being very mediocre.

The one thing that will probably drive away a number of people is the ambiance (or the lack of it). The inside of the place is mostly dark (attributing to their "funky" appeal), reminiscent of clubs. It can get hard to read the menus even in the middle of the day. The outside patio is a better place, in my opinion.

Service is ok, with warm and friendly student (?) servers.

The one thing that brings me back is the variety in the menu. I've yet to find a superb offering in the menu, but so far everything they have makes we want to try something new.

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