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greatcitytoeatinVancouverSince July 11, 20086 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Kam's Place1043 Davie Street, Vancouver
Love it for Take-Out
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

Can't comment on the restaurant dine-in experience, but for tasty take-out that would feed a small army at a reasonable price, Kam's is a good spot. Food always arrives promptly, and while it can get messy, the sheer weight of the bag the driver hands you says it all - you'll have enough for lunch all week.

Ginger beef is a particular favorite. Servings of coconut rice are a great side to add.

Perhaps those who seem to have issues with the restaurant should try take-out, where you don't have lofty fine-dining and service expectations and you can just enjoy the taste -- much like the food in Singapore, where some of the best meals in a country known for its food come on a plastic tray in a food court.

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Samurai Japanese Restaurant1108 Davie Street, Vancouver
Favorite sushi joint
Submitted Friday, July 11, 2008 - 1:18am [Dine in]

It's not fancy, but it's a phenomenal amount of pretty fresh sushi served quickly by a friendly staff for a low price.

The pieces are huge. Gigantic. One piece is at least 2 anywhere else. They do enough volume that the sushi is almost always fresh, though sometimes not so much, though also sometimes melt in your mouth. It's not Tojo's, but if you order Combination A you'll have a big tasty meal, and maybe have lunch for the next day. Teriyaki, tempura, etc. is pretty standard fare, so if you're not there for the sushi you may not be so impressed. The sushi rolls are ridiculously big, and can be hard to eat. My girlfriend doesn't like it because it's too much food. I love it, so I go with buddies instead. Two huge meals along with a pitcher of beer and a large sake ran, I believe $42 with tax and tip. Just get a combo and it's $8-12.

There can be a long line, but only at peak times and it usually moves quickly. Either way, once you're seated, the service is fast and extremely coutreous. At fancy restaurants, order a water and you get a dirty look, here they bring water and tea off the bat and refill it frequently. For a value place, that's going the extra mile.

It's not a fancy joint, and there are a couple of uncomfortable tables. But the staff are upbeat and patrons are relaxed and fun, not snooty diners. You're more likely to strike up a conversation with a neighbouring table here than most places.

Know what you're getting. Big, pretty fresh, fast, unpretentious, big.

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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
A great place for Ethiopian
Submitted Friday, July 11, 2008 - 12:50am [Dine in]

Hopefully my review won't be deleted whenI say that I'm from Toronto, but c'est la vie. And Toronto has Ethiopian that is absolutely transcendental - like, your mouth is on fire, you're sweating, but it's so delicious you keep diving in for more and washing it down with ice cold $2.50 beers. I haven't found that in Vancouver yet, which isn't no problem by me because of places like Harambe.

One caveat: not everyone likes Ethiopian. It's messy, you eat with your hands, the flavors are strong, and it's spicy. Personally, I love all of those things.

Harambe's food is great. Lots of flavor, good quality, good value. The service is laid-back, which is the norm at Ethiopian places - you'll get it when it comes, and you'll be happy. Where it tops some of the Toronto spots is the ambiance - it's a very nice place - and when you get a group of friends together, with the aromas of cinnamon and frankincense floating in the air and a cold beer in your hand, there's no way you can't enjoy it.

Highly recommended.

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Good all you can eat
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

My food quality rating of "4" is for an all-you-can-eat. They have good quality and lots of choice as far as these kind of places go, and things like Toro sashimi are a bonus. For a-la-carte sushi it would probably be a '3'

The service isn't so hot, particularly when it's busy. But as someone who usually eats a little later, once the rush has passed it's not so bad.

If you're looking for the best quality, no matter the price, head across the street to that more-renowned establishment. But if you want to kick back with beers and sake and chow down with your friends on a pretty extensive variety of sushi, of relatively good quality, for a decent price, this is a good spot.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
A Great diner
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

You know what you get when you go to a diner. The food is big and delicious, sometimes eating everything on your plate is a test of will. The downside is it can be busy, so go a little later in the evening, and sometimes the jukeboxes don't work. But if you want a great place to relax downtown with a burger and a beer (and some more upscale fare too but nothing too complicated) then this is a great one to come back to.

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HKYK Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant4260 No. 3 Road, Richmond
One of the worst meals of my life
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

I've had hot pot before (in Toronto), and while it wasn't my all-time favourite, I did enjoy it enough to want to take my girlfriend for the experience when we passed by this restaurant. Big mistake.

Service was instantaneous for some things, non-existent for others, but timing was way off. The soup came right away, followed by some spinach 10 minutes later, then an enormous pile of ingredients 15 minutes after that. The beers we ordered were forgotten and I had to get up and walk over to someone well into the meal because the servers who dropped the hot pot ingredients off basically threw them onto the table then disappeared, and you couldn't flag them.

What they brought wasn't quite what we ordered, and such huge quantities that we couldn't finish it and order what we would have preferred. While there was a lot of it, the quality was low. Actually, the dumplings and fried noodles were quite good, but the key to hot pot is seafood and meats, which were terrible.

The benefit of cooking everything at your table is enjoying the fresh ingredients, but when they throw a pile of low-quality meats down on your table and forget about you, it doesn't exactly make you want to jump in and get cooking. The shrimp were even frozen and unshelled, which I expect better from a restaurant. Some things tasted good, the meats and seafood in particular didn't. I can't remember the last time I had restaurant food that actually tasted bad. No, I can. It was Austria. I tried sheep brains. Bad. This was Vancouver. We ordered shrimp and beef. Bad.

The redeeming qualities of the place (dumplings and fried noodles aside) were the smiling old folks at the next table, which was nice. There was also a cartoon of an angel with huge boobs and visible nipples on the door to the women's washroom which was downright hilarious. I don't mean graffiti. I mean artwork put there by the restaurant.

It probably wouldn't have been so bad, though extra charges on the bill for the broth, brought it to $60 including a beer and tip. That isn't an enormous price to pay for two people, but you expect some level of quality for that. This was downright awful.

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