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GidgeVancouverSince July 9, 200693 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
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Displaying 61 - 80 of 93 Reviews Found
Ho Yuen Kee6236 Fraser, Vancouver
Always busy, must be good
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

I've always had good to great food here but it amazes me how this restaurant is busy all of the time: dinner, lunch and even week evenings. The food is consistently well made especially their congee. Flavour is usually on the stronger side so its not for the lightweights. For a medium sized restaurant, I find the service acceptable. Quick to seat you and food is served as quickly as you hear the "ding". Their lychee flavoured tea is great for something that you don't have to pay for. The value is good, depending on what you order. Their casual menu (noodles.congee, rice dishes) are very reasonable. However, their pricing for the dinner menu items can be on the pricier side, probably $1-3 more per dish than their competitor's. I've yet to try their signature steamed lobster dish - have to plan ahead to get a group dinner for that. Ambiance is fine although the noise level can really pick up during dinner service. Seating is comfortable and the decor is simple (peachy coloured with 80s style wall sconces). Banquettes along the side can be a tight squeeze for a family of four. Bathrooms are...er, well, just wait until you get home unless you don't mind perpetually wet tiled floor.

Make reservations to avoid the aggravation of waiting indefinitely. Recommended.

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Fortune Court Seafood Restaurant3555 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Large portions, cheap food
Submitted Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

Ever since International Seafood changed ownership, we've been looking for an alternate casual Chinese restaurant. Fortune Court fits the bill so far by serving up decent Chinese fare at incredibly low prices. The portions are relatively large too.

Food:We ordered a-la-carte: fish maw soup, spicy crab, peking duck (two dishes), squab and pea shoots. The soup was the most flavourful, but unfortunately the duck was lacking in crisp and taste.

Service: Our regular server from International jumped ship to this restaurant so our service was good to great the entire evening. Food came out quickly and dishes were replaced several times. Freebie dessert served to end off the meal.

Value: Sub $100 including tips and tax for a table of 5. Our meal could have been cheaper if we went with the combination dinners, but I really craved peking duck that evening. We took a take out menu for comparison and I noticed that most of their seafood dishes hovered around the $12 range; veggies $9, chow mein $6.75-$8, poultry $9. Seeing the packed house, I could see that others have already discovered the incredible value.

Ambiance: cramped and uncomfortable seating. They need to consider replacing the chairs or at least the pancake flat seat cushions. Bathroom plumbing can be improved. Looks like they repainted the walls but I wish someone had told them that pepto pink is no used in the 21st century. A plan beige would've been much nicer. Nice touch with the lone chandelier hanging.

Based on convenience, value, and adequate food quality, we will definitely not mind coming back for seconds.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Still good after all these years
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

The dining gods must been smiling down on us tonight since we snagged premium parking out front and waited only 10 minutes for our seats on a Saturday evening. We've been frequenting Toshi et. company since 2004 and have trained ourselves to get used to the long wait times. Surprisingly, during our meal, there was never really a throng of people at the door so that initially concerned us as we haven't been there in a few months. Did something happen to the food quality?? Rest assured, Toshi San and his regular staff are still there and the quality of food has not faltered. With only 38 seats and normally 6 servers on staff, the service is usually very attentive and highly effective. They turn these tables as quickly as Hon's. Food is prepared instantaneously and served to you piping hot. Tea quickly refilled and getting a hold of anyone is never problem since a server is within 10 feet from you. One minor observation is the militant control of the waitlist- all guests have to be present when called or next group on the list gets your table. Our new favourite dish is the boxed sushi (salmon,scallop, avocado) - it's not on the menu so you have to ask for it. Very glad to see that after 6 years of popularity, Toshi has kept up his reputation for great food at reasonable prices. Now only if the laundromat next door closes down so that he could expand.....that would be wishful thinking!

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Steveston Pizza Co.3400 Moncton Street, #100, Richmond
Mmm mmm good pizza
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Ordered take out pizza on several occasions and have tried the Margarita one, Japanese and Caveman varieties.

Food: fresh ingredients and quality cheese used. My favourite, Margarita One, has fresh basil and gooey mozzarella opposed to the gummy stuff sometimes found in cheaper pizzas. The Japanese is an acquired taste, it doesn't have your typical tomato sauce base and the cheese -inoki mushroom combo takes some getting used to. My husband being the meat lover, adores the Caveman - tons of minced up meat for that hearty soul.

Value: More expensive than the 2-for-1 places but holds up relatively well compared to sit-in restaurants. Large pizzas range from $16 (for plain) to $22 for the specialty pizzas.

Service: generally friendly and they make your pizzas within 20 minutes but they're a small operation so when they get flooded with orders, it's hard to predict the timing.

Ambiance: counter service, one table and a few chairs. A big plus is that you can see the staff making your pizza so there's nothing "hidden" about the pizza making process.

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Koon Lock Restaurant6270 Fraser St, Vancouver
A secondary choice didn't disappoint
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

Our original choice, Ho Yuen Kee, was full so we took a risk and tried Koon Lock as it offered immediately seating. Place was about half full on a Monday holiday evening and there were several large tables already reserved.

Food: We ordered the set dinner menu for six, which included a bland fish maw soup, spicy fried prawns, pork cutlet, braised tofu, and black cod hot pot. Of the six dishes, I enjoyed the shrimp dish the most - properly seasoned and served piping hot. The quality of prawns was pretty good. Meal was finished with the complimentary red bean dessert soup. Overall, I would rate the food as solid but far from superior. Fairly standard casual Cantonese food.

Service was quick and servers came by when beckoned. The servers were friendly enough for a Chinese restaurant and didn't seem to give any attitude when we were indecisive about the ordering. Visa accepted too.

Value is not a solid three....the quantity was small and the ingredients (aside from the prawns) were generally cheaper, like tofu, lettuce, pork, etc. I thought that the decent taste made up for the smaller portion size, however. $90 including tip and tax for 6.

Ambiance: unmemorable and functional. I think the interior was light pink. Seating was split into two halves by a load bearing wall. Cash area was smack in the middle of the restaurant. Felt a bit disjointed but some might like the privacy that the wall offered.

Sometimes unknown entities could be a real disaster so it's a relief that everyone left satisfied. Our unplanned secondary choice for a causal Chinese meal didn't disappoint.

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Takumi Japanese Restaurant5775 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Quite an effort to get there
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 1:44am [Dine in]

After reading the Mia Stainsby article, we were intrigued enough that a restaurant imported fish from the Tsukiji Market that we trekked all the way to W. Van for a casual dinner meal. It was quite the effort to get there especially when you miss the Highway 1 exit #2 turnoff and end up getting caught in the ferry traffic.

Food: This was the only reason why we came here, to re-experience incredible fish from Tsukiji Market. And I must admit that for the most part, we were not disappointed. The fish was fresh, exclusive (e.g. oo toro), and not readily available at your run of the mill sushi restaurant. The sake, regular & oo toro nigiri's were delectable. The maki's were well made with rice made with proper seasoning and quality seaweed. Dynamite, negitoro, and sweet potato rolls were tasty. California roll was average. The Japanese pickles were a little disappointing, - daikon was fine, Japanese cabbage was like bland kimchi without the spiciness.

Service: Upon arrival, it took a few minutes for the hostess/server to acknowledge us but once seated, our orders were promptly taken and tea was served. The appies came out quickly and then an unexplained 25-30 minute lull before any of our sushi orders arrived. Food eventually did arrive after a request for service check. Tea was refilled and our plates were changed. Server was professional.

Value: More like a 2.5. Sushi rolls are reasonably priced for the quality, such as california ($2.95), negitoro ($4.95), dynamite ($5.95). Nigiri ranges from $1.50 (tamago) to uni ($3.95). Chu toro and oo toro ($8) were market price. I found everything else to be more expensive than its counterparts, like black cod ($15), katsu don ($16), chicken teriyaki ($18), ramen ($12). For food that has nothing to do with imported fish from Japan, I don't see the justification for the higher pricing. Our bill for 3 - $105. I guess you're paying for the location...which is actually out of the way for the majority of average folk.

Ambiance: nice view of the marina and covered patio area. The interior had leftover remnants of a Whistler inspired bistro with high ceilings and lots of green everywhere. Feels like a place I would have bennies for brunch. The "Japanes-y" feel exists in place setting, sushi bar, and landscaping near the entrance. Vibe was definitely subdued and caters to a more mature, affluent crowd (median age 45?). I even witnessed a fellow eating nigiri with a fork (yikes!). Although though the space is nice, I much prefer a livelier atmosphere.

Overall: Good food, decent service, out of the way location. Recommended for those who want to treat themselves to nice destination restaurant.

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Happy King2800 E. 1st Avenue, #258, Vancouver
Not as Happy as before
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Being blocks away as well, we reluctantly frequent Happy King out of lethargy to drive out for a better Chinese food. We're usually relegated to the two-seaters by the window and service is usually poorer there. They're always trying to push the set dinner menu, which peeves me because I'm seen as a burden when I flag down a server to get the casual, HK style menu. We normally order congee, noodles, fried rice, and the occasional crab. Food comes out quickly and for reasons unknown, the service stops there. As previously mentioned, servers don't have territories to cover so you never know who to flag down and the person walking by you never seems to want to acknowledge that you need service, pay the bill, extra tea, etc. To get out of there quickly, we normally walk our bill over to the cash area to pay. I would be happy if they could get their service quality to that of Hon's. At least the ladies there are friendly. Btw, the food is average...not bad or good. Value is fine for the casual fare (congee, noodles, etc) but only decent for the dinner items a la carte.

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Curry Express650 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Good butter chicken from a mall
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

Glad to see that someone added Curry Express to the restaurant list. I've been here over 20 times for lunch and they always serve up an awesome butter chicken rice bowl. For $4.86 (including tax), you get a huge heaping of rice (or 1 large piece of naan) and your choice of one curry from a decent selection of about 12 curries (some vegetarian). Butter chicken is my favourite and it's almost sit-in restaurant quality. Just the right amount of spice without overwhelming your taste buds. For larger appetites, you can get rice, naan, two choices of curries, and a drink for about $7.75. Their chai tea is made to order and you receive it piping hot 10 minutes later. Great tea....it's the real thing because I'm awake all night from drinking it.

When you're at Oakridge and want a reprieve from the burgers and bad chinese food, try butter chicken (or other delectable curries) with a side of fresh naan.

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Earls3850 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Solid Restaurant Chain
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Lack of planning for Mothers Day lunch landed us at Earls right at opening hour. Without reservations, we were seated in 15 minutes and considering we were a group of 9, that's not too bad.

Food: I've never been a fan of mass produced chain food, but my meal, as well as my table mates' meals, were well executed. I especially liked my brie and chicken sandwich on ciabatta. Came with a fairly large side clam chowder for an additional $1 extra. The dry rib was disappointing as it was tasteless and excessively dry.

Service: server was young and eager to please. She came by twice for refills, audit checks, etc. Food came out within 25 minutes of ordering. Carnations as departing gifts for the mothers at the table - a nice touch.

Value: Reasonable pricing for mid-scale chain restaurant, about $12 to $26 for entrees. I was a tad disappointed that they do not offer a lunch/brunch menu like Milestone does, so we ordered usual lunch food like sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Average cost per person was $23, which is fine for Mother's Day lunch, but pricey for a regular brunch.

Ambiance: nice wooden beams and high ceiling. Great space for an evening dinner with friends. For a Sunday brunch, we found it too hard for conversation since the music was blaring and the noise level can really pick up even at 75% capacity full.

Overall: one of the better chains and this location offers easy (and free) parking. If you're a drinker, 4 shooters for $10 - what a deal.

Recommended.

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Shima-Ya5589 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Great toro nigiri
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 2:14am [Dine in]

Surprisingly good sushi from such an unassuming, tiny place off the side of the London Drugs plaza mall.

Food: wow, the toro was incredibly fatty, almost like butter. One of the best that I've had in Vancouver. All of the rolls were well made and used quality Japanese short grain rice and nicely roasted seaweed. You can go wrong if you order anything with tuna as their quality is above average. Some of the specials (probably the good stuff) are written in Japanese so we're curious how they would turn out.

Service: husband and wife team but they managed fine. We sat right at the bar and was served directly by the sushi chef. Our tea was refilled several times and were asked if everything was ok. We were in and out in 45 minutes.

Value: reasonable for the quality of fish. Standard rolls (california, scallop, negitoro) were between $3.00 to $4.50, salmon sashimi ($7), toro nigiri ($2.50). One disappointment was the seafood udon ($9) which is a bit pricey for an average sized bowl with 6 pieces of seafood and lacking udon. $55 for 3 of us (no alcohol) - overall good value.

Ambiance: tiny place that seats 17 patrons. Tables and chairs were very simple and the bar chairs are somewhat uncomfortable but functional. Nice prints hung on the sage green wall and opposite to that, are some posters of sumo wrestlers. I gather the chef is a sumo fan. One nice touch was the traditional Japanese wooden menu cards hung behind the chef's counter.

Two thumbs up for this quaint mom 'n pop shop.

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Stock Market1689 Johnston St, Vancouver
Fish Soup was average
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 12:54am [Dine in]

Hubby and I had the same fish soup as the previous reviewer and we both thought the soup was only average. Sure it had nice chunks of red snapper and other veggies but the overall seafood-y taste was sorely lacking. We tasted more celery and carrots than the actual red snapper. Sure, one item on the menu is insufficient to judge a place so we'll give it another try.

Service: friendly counter service

Value: $5.25 for small, $7.00-ish for large. Soup comes with a wedge of focaccia bread. Additional $.80 for an extra piece of bread. Can't comment on their other selection of take home sauces and soups.

Ambiance: it's not a restaurant and the seating/tables were provided by Granville Island Market. Rated a 3 to neutralize the scoring average.

Overall: was really hoping this could be great soup place but ended up desiring more. I hope their other soups are better.

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Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
Go for the subs
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 12:08am [Dine in]

Context: lunch only and usually take-out.

Food: I've sampled the subs, pho, spring rolls, and meatball dish on different occasions. The only reason I frequent this place is for their delectable subs. Crispy and warm on the outside, and soft chewy center...and that's just the bread. The deli meats fare quite good too, although it's probably sourced from the same supplier that sells to the numerous sandwich shops around town. What sets them apart is the flavouring that they create by melting the pate and butter into a spreadable sauce used in their subs. Their pho is so-so and their spring rolls are good when fresh.

Service: quick and efficient. The friendliness factor can be a hit and miss, depending on how busy they are. And they are...so don't expect the "how y'all doing today" banter.

Value: Vietnamese food is generally cheap to begin with so this would be a 5 compared to high end places, but not exceptional when compared to its peers. Pho is not massively sized. Subs are about 75 cents more than its competitors (but really, do you miss 75 cents??). So all in all, I give them solid value for the great subs they put out. I would gladly pay the additional 75 cents.

Ambiance: seats about 40 patrons in cramped quarters. They've added some nice prints to their wall decor and reconfigured their seating. Super busy during lunch hour so I recommend ordering ahead for take-out to avoid the hassle with limited seating.

Enjoy! Oh yeah, recommended for sub lovers.

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Song Huong Vietnamese Restaurant1613 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Good Pho in a spacious setting
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Good following to this restaurant as evident on a busy Saturday evening. Diverse crowd - families, couples, different ethnicities.

Food: only ordered Pho #1 special (pho dat biet) and sampled some lemon grass chicken rice. The broth was pretty good as was the quality of sliced beef.

Service: food came out quickly, server came by several times to clear plates and refilled ice water/tea. Really, what more can you ask for in a Vietnamese restaurant?

Value: great value for portion size. You get to upgrade to a large bowl for Pho for 50 cents additional...wow, you can't even buy the soup broth for that! Roughly $6 for a huge bowl that can be split between two.

Ambiance: lots of seating ranging from tables of 8 to banquette seating along the alcove area. We sat at a large table normally reserved for larger groups and had plenty of space to sprawl. Very nice marble tables and comfortably padded chairs, although they were bit too wide to easily manouvre around. Interesting decor with imported Vietnamese paintings and art work and fake ivy plants hanging off wooden lattice. Fake veggies and fruits dangled like Christmas ornaments off the ceiling....very kitsch. The coolest element was the tiki bar right by the foyer. At western establishments, this would be a turn off, but somehow the overwhelming tackiness works.

Recommended.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Great fish from a shack
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 12:33am [Dine in]

Just came back from our Sunday ritual of grabbing lunch from Go Fish before stopping by Oyama's Sausage for incredible pate. Hands down, Go Fish offers the best fish in its price point in Vancouver. I only say "fish" because its chippies are sometimes overdone or underdone. Tacones and fish soup are also our favourites. Service is as good as it gets for a busy concession stand set-up and the ambiance..well, thank god we have awesome view of false creek. Otherwise, you're facing a parking lot and sitting on a patio.

Recommended

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Bing Sheng Restaurant1800 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Solid Saturday Dim Sum
Submitted Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

A Chinese restaurant that honours your 11:30am reservation for dim sum...not a shabby start. My initial impression was the amount of effort they put into the renovation and that the female serving staff wore mandarin silk shirts. Nice touch.

Food: regular variety of cantonese style dim sum. The hargow, our primary dim sum benchmark, was of above-average size and seasoned properly. Presentation, portion size, and taste were all solid for the remainder of our dishes. We only ordered 9 dishes so didn't get a good cross section of the menu but the one item that stood out was the deep fried egg plant w/ shrimp paste - hot and fresh and oozing with shrimp paste. All of our dishes came out in good time and very hot too (plus!).

Service: quite professional for a small-medium sized Chinese restaurant. There was a hostess that manned the front, managers that ensured that your dishes were cleared, and the food came out in a timely fashion. Plenty of tea leaves in the teapot and hot water was refilled twice. Bill was promptly taken and change quickly returned. All in all, a very commendable effort given they cater primarily to local Chinese crowd. I would even consider taking my non-Chinese friends here.

Value: a tad bit hard to judge because they do not follow the standard small-med-large pricing guideline. Each dish has an unique price and ranges from $2.50 for desserts to $8.25 for specialty dishes. Here's a sampling: Hargow ($3.75), steam buns ($3.75), steam rice rolls w/ beef ($3.75), egg plant ($4.75). For nine dishes, we paid $45 including tips and tax. Solid value, but not incredible.

Ambiance: very nicely decorated with pseudo Chinese antiques and wooden curios placed along the walls. Modern looking chairs with pretty place setting. The stone wall bordering the fish tank was nicely fused with the rest of the decor. The only minus was the cramped table configuration. Not a lot of room between tables so chairs and people backing into one another. Cozy and clean.

I left feeling pretty good leaving this establishment so I would go again for dim sum. Recommended.

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Riz Sushi Bar & Catering2887 Broadway, Vancouver
Tolerable Sushi
Submitted Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 2:12am [Dine in]

Needing a quick sushi fix, we came by this neighbourhood joint based on positive reviews. Maybe it was an off night for them, but we didn't experience the same 'wow' factor as others did. It was more of a 'meh' experience.

Food: bland sushi with average quality fish. The rolls were above average in size but filled mostly with rice and veggies. The tempura was heavily battered and tasted over fried. Toro nigiri was not good, even for BC standards. Overall the sushi rolls were similar to what you'd expect at AYCE - large, average tasting, and made with blah rice. Huge menu selection though.

Service: quick and friendly. We were one of two sit-in diners and they seem to specialize in take-out business.

Value: pricing is appropriate for portion size and quality of ingredients. $32 for two so the value is fair, but I would prefer to pay a few dollars more for better ingredients and execution. Oh well, can't have it all.

Ambiance: simple chairs and tables with a nice looking mural on the side wall. Basic decor for a casual dining experience.

Overall: recommended for those who prefer quantity over quality. We'll continue looking for that perfect sushi joint that balances quality with value.

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Sip Resto Lounge1117 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good atmosphere, solid food
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 2:19am [Dine in]

Out on a Saturday night with a group of friends and the vibe was lively and loud.

Food: Ordered all appies as they seem more interesting than the mains. We had beer battered fries, beef kabobs and crab cakes. The fries and kabobs were well executed and tasted great. The crab cakes were a tad mushy but tasted fine.

Service: We were part of first seating so we were seated promptly and our orders were filled within 20 minutes or so. The server was friendly and joked with us..even comped my friend's meal as it was her birthday. He came by several times to refill drinks, check up on us, etc. Bills were split up so that made it tenfold easier to pay within a large group. After 2.5 hours, we left so they could turn the table over. It was only fair, but it would've been nice to lounge there for the rest of the evening.

Value: Mains were priced on the higher side and drinks were definitely pricey...like downtown strip club pricey. For an occasional night out with friends, it's not too, too bad but I don't see myself frequenting this place often. $75 for two: 3 applies, 5 drinks, tax & tip.

Ambiance: great atmosphere with comfortable seating. The crowd was diverse tonight with a few large 8+ groups in their mid 20's to mid 30's. Open kitchen concept added warmth and buzz around the bar area. All in all, a good place to chill with friends. Too loud for an intimate gathering but much more preferable to the club scene.

Recommended

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Golden Harvest4818 Main Street, Vancouver
Cramped seating, decent dim sum
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Came here with a group of friends on a very busy Good Friday morning. No surprise, our reservations made no difference as we had to wait in the regular queue for 30 minutes.

Food: decent taste, portion, and variety. The har gows were large but slightly bland. The spring rolls were surprisingly good with garlic. Overall, solid food with minor execution issues like half steamed shanghai pork buns and slightly off taste to the sauces.

Service: inadequately staffed and felt disorganized. Our requests were never followed-up. We asked for an extra place setting - didn't get it so one of us had to grab our own plate, chopstick, teacup from the bussing station. We asked for halving a certain dish, the waitress said that she'll come back but never did. We couldn't flag anyone to take our bill. Food came out quickly but failed to be cleared quickly enough, causing a clutter of dishes on an already cramped table.

Value: $11 a person. Not bad considering we ordered 18 dishes. $2.75 small, $3.25 regular, $3.75 large. $3.95 for steamed chicken rice which is about half the price of other restaurants, although it was smaller in comparison. For the food and portion size, the value is actually very good.

Ambiance: packed to the brim with tables and maximum number of chairs they could legally (or illegally?) fit in an establishment. There were upwards of 30 people waiting in the small lobby area, in the walkway and in between diners' tables. We had two families bumped right against our aisle-facing chairs, causing a very uncomfortable meal. I couldn't sit up straight for the fear of leaning my head against someone's purse. Kids were bumping into our chairs....people people everywhere!

Despite the somewhat negative reviews of their service and lack of ambiance, we did take in consideration that this was a very busy day and the philosophy that you get what you pay for. If they removed a few tables or hired a few extra bodies, their pricing may increase or reduce portion size. Based on the great value, we will return but only on a quieter day.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Hmm...Mixed review. Great space, mediocre food.
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Upon entering this cozy space, I really wanted to like this restaurant. The ambience is great and really lends itself to a nice place to lounge with friends over drinks. Unfortunately, the food quality doesn't deliver. It's not bad by any means, but it lacks any WOW factor warranting a second visit. Here's the skinny:

Food: shared appie was pretty good, had the chick pea salad that seems to be a common item with many previous reviewers. My risotto was too salty and mushy. Friends' meals were also too salty. Flavours were adequate but the saltiness was overpowering. Smallish in portion size which would've been fine if off-set by quality ingredients.

Service: attentive and friendly. Owner/operator made an effort to ensure that we had a good time. Food came out quickly and drinks/water were refilled.

Ambiance: dark, trendy - but not pretentiously trendy space. Interesting lighting fixtures. Comfortable seating.

Value: Most entrees were priced between $13 to $20 so it's not a shock to the pocket book. Overall average value and the wine was reasonably priced. Hmmmm...however in consideration of the portion size, this is not a solid 3 - more like a 2.5. You may need a few appies to supplement the entree to leave feeling full.

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Sushiyama371 East Broadway, Vancouver
Safe place to get your sushi fix
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

Been to Sushiyama about 20 times over the past 3 years. Consistently delivers standard Japanese fare (nigir, maki's, tempura, udon's....everything that you can think of). Huge menu selection. The chefs, servers, and probably the owner, are Korean. I do notice that they take creative liberties like adding their signature spicy sauces to many of their rolls. Too bad they don't serve kimbab's or bibimbab as I'm sure they're offer cool renditions of Korean favourites.

Food: consistently fresh and made with care.

Service: quick and efficient. Depending on who you get, the gal (never seen a male server) may throw you a smile, but they are honestly much too busy to make any small talk. The main chef is friendly and greets you upon entrance.

Value: average pricing for rolls ($3-5), low-med pricing for nigiri, low pricing for udons. Overall great value for items that you would normally pay more at similar establishments. Portion sizes are tad smaller than Sushi Garden but the quality is better.

Ambiance: utilitarian. Basic wooden chairs and square tables. Simple decor but does the trick. We're usually in and out in 45 minutes so I don't no longer notice the decor.

They take reservations and turnover is very quick. Good alternative to Toshi's in the 'hood. Safe choice if you're in the mood for decent sushi in E. Van.

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