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gyrobotVancouverSince July 24, 200911 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
Kawawa Japanese Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #E15, Burnaby
Poor Selection, AYCE not really AYCE and poor value ruins Kawawa
Submitted Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

The restaurant used to belong to be Daimasu before Aji Taro Restaurant group acquired it several months ago and removed the signature conveyor belt sushi which it was famous for and with it came more as a tourist trap than as a legitimate Japanese restaurant. Between the Sui Sha Ya and Kawawa, both are pretty low on the list of Japanese restaurants. But then again most mall restaurants are below average.

The sushi at the restaurant is pretty limited in quality and selection, consisting of the usual Salmon, Tuna and Shrimp sushi and very simplistic rolls. The place simply does not provide a very high standard in regards to sushi. But the pricing must be considered as AYCE here costs about 13 bucks. That said, there is a order limit of two times. So you can order as much as you like but make sure you order a lot since once the two sections are gone, that's it for AYCE.

Overrall, the Sushi places across the street are much better in taste and value, if you want something after the movie. Kawawa Japanese may be an option but there are much better options out there

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Verace Pizzeria189 Keefer Place, Vancouver
The Real Deal In Gourmet Pizza
Submitted Monday, September 5, 2011 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

When you think Pizza, you think of the hard dough pizzas with a lot of toppings and a "quantity" over "quality. With the huge budget pizza chains that dot Vancouver like McDonalds and Burger King. Verace reminds you of quality pizza. The thing is that I never had authentic Italian style pizza. But I will say the first visit made me and my friend enjoy the place.

We went for brunch and sat inside, the place was somewhat quiet due to it being rather new but we were serviced quickly. Greeted by the waiter, he was very nice and offered a lot explanation to the food here. I ordered a Margherita Pizzette and my friend ordered the meatier version.

The salads was pretty good, mixed greens with a balsamic dressing and peppers and tomatoes. The tomatoes and peppers offer a nice contrast for the bitter greens which offered the crunch and a refreshing taste. The salad was light and paved way for the Pizza. The pizzas are not like your typical Fresh Slice pizza as the chefs made sure I was satisfied with it as while the pizza is supposed to be somewhat burnt so you can get a slight aftertaste that fades away when you eat it with the other bits of the pizza. While I dislike the first attempt at it, I enjoyed the follow up which was so delicious and filling in a good way. You will know as you don't feel like you can't eat anything else.

The dessert we had was a panna cotta with a raspberry sauce, the raspberry sauce provides a sour contrast to the silky vanilla/cream pudding which gave me a smile. While slightly at higher value than other desserts, it was really good.

I recommend this place for those who wants a competitor that will give Nicli a run for its money.

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Legendary Noodle1074 Denman Street, Vancouver
A fine balance of speed and taste.
Submitted Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

Looking at the Legendary Noodles reviews. I was kind of surprised at how people dislike the place, the restaurant is focused on providing a similar experience that you see in Taiwanese or Chinese noodle restaurants, quick and delicous tasting noodles where the chef emphasize quality over quantity.

I came here on recommendation with a friend while preparing for the firework celebrations. The place had lots of Tibetian decorations with low lighting to give it a sophisticated feel while we get to see the chef at work.

I decided to order the beef slice noodles while my friend ordered the turnip noodles. Contrary to one of the reviews. The soup base is MSG free as it delivered a savory and refreshing taste that didn't made ask for water. The noodles are made fresh and the water used to cook the noodles is changed to make sure it tastes as fresh and non starchy as possible. The head chef really enjoys what he does for a living instead of most turn and burn joints.

Overrall not a bad place to visit and my friend would gladly try the chef special to see his skills.

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Cafe de l'Orangerie1320 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
Simply delicous yoshoku style cusine!
Submitted Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

Having to deal with the appetite of two gourmands is not easy, when one makes a mention of how if the food is less than tasty he would simply pay the tab with no tips and the food is left cold on the table. You know you are in trouble. So does Cafe De l'orangerie stack up? Yes it does...

The interior of the restaurant has a dining room style feel to it, the place is apparently the most busy during weekend lunches than during dinner. There is about two staff and the manager in the kitchen and out front, service was very friendly and the place is Japanese owned. The only problem is one of the tables is less than stable. But it was probably just that table's problem...

We ordered right away and was very pleased to learn the food is all freshly made, nothing made from an microwave and everything is made to order. The daily soup consists of a cream of pumpkin and a Chili soup which is more in the line of minstrone or tortilla soup. Most of us ordered the paninis while I chose the cabonara. We were very impressed with the meal that we even ordered the desserts, the desserts are also delicous and freshly made, the matcha creme brulee had a nice sugar crust and the bitterness of the matcha custard complemented each other nicely, the apple almond tart was fresh and delicous and the parfait was by friend's opinion: delicous.

I would recommend anyone who is a fan of yoshoku cuisine a visit here. You will not be disappointed

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Kimono Koi Crepes720 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Competing with some stiff competition and standing strong
Submitted Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 8:57pm [Take-out]

It's one thing to open up a crepe store, it's another to compete with an established branch group. One has to ask themselves: Can Cafe Crepe stand up to the competition as a newcomer?

Why with near skytrain access, a different style of Crepe cuisine and perhaps an appreciation of Japanese Culture? Why yes you can.

When Vancouver decided to start a street food vendor project that goes beyond Hot Dogs, Vancouver City Center was blessed with a Crepe store and a pulled porked sandwich stand. And the crepe stand is showing Vancouverites and downtown tourists a taste of Japan within a station away. So what do they got to offer? Delicous crepes. KKC crepes are similar to Cafe Crepe in terms of filling but the immediate choices are much more appealing to some, from sweet crepes to savory crepes. KKC has good value in similar choices and has a wondeful set of ice cream and cheese cake crepes which is very appealing for those who wants food on the go.

During my visit there, I enjoyed the strawberry crepe, a wonderful sweet, soft and tasty blend of chocolate, fresh cream and strawberry. Very delicous for the price tag I have to say. If I got the chance I would try another crepe at their place

KKC has a lot potential to fill out a certain niche in Vancouver's Downtown dessert scene. It earns itself a place in the Vancouver street food scene at bringing a piece of Japanese Culture over here.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
Not the Boss of HK Cafes
Submitted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

Hunger can make you want to eat anything and in my case, I went to the Boss with my dad after a long day at work. Needless to say, even compared to other HK cafes, this place does not live up to the standards. Is it just me, or is most of the restaurants near Metro rely more on traffic than quality?

After being seated down, I decided to order an iced lemon tea with a NY cut steak combo. The tea was bitter and sour compared to other lemon teas. The steak was also a disappointment, poor prepared cuts with the bad feeling that your food came straight out of a microwave. That combined with poor service and environment made this dining disappointment a complete disappointment

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
The Robson Ramen theory proven correct
Submitted Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

After my experience in Kawawa, my sister had recommended me Kintaro Ramen as a place to go, taking the plunge, I have decided to head to Vancouver's Ramen Capital and its crown jewel Kintaro. And I have to say, it was a very delicous experience

The place is packed by the time I was there and was given a menu right off the bat, compared to Kawawa, the Ramen soups are more traditional but compensated with allowing for intensity of the soup and the pork slices. Ordering a thick pork slice salt broth ramen. I sat down to enjoy the Ramen, and I have to say...I LOVED IT!

The Ramen Soup itself felt a lot more savory then when Kawawa normally offered and lacked the mind numbingly hot feel after drinking the broth. The side orders however was somewhat not to my taste due to bean sprouts and a lack of bamboo shoots, but the pork made up for that. If I could describe the pork, I will have to say it is nice and fatty and tastes like a roasted ham straight from the roast. Yes, it is that good I have to say. The noodles are also very smooth and I liked the authenticity.

Overrall a very good experience

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Northern Delicacy4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 2788, Richmond
Definitely delicous delicacies
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

Ate here during my mom's birthday and by many standard, we consider our mother to be the holy standard of wherever or not the place is good or not. And lets just say, it was wonderful.

The service in the restaurant was good, constant tea being served by wait staff, appetizers brought it on time with little waiting time and not so rushed that you felt compelled to eat and get out.

Food wise, it was awesome. I ate everything served to us, the food was really good and I personally enjoyed every dish. One of my highlights was the Ginger beef, Bamboo shoots and slices of beef sauteed with some green onions. It was really good, the rest of us didn't enjoy the chicken soup, thought it wasn't cooked long enough. I loved it though.

Overrall, a great place for its food.

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Mazazu Crepe4400 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3110, Richmond
Needs a few more folds to improvement
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2009 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

I am a sucker for crepes and Richmond I think lacks a good crepe shop. When another Japanese franchise comes to Canada. I thought it was going to be good, but another experience with a foreign franchise had disappointed me a bit, so lets see if Mazazu measures up.

The Service: The line-up was rather long with the order system having only one cashier and 2 crepe pans with the crepe makers doing the same work as prep. The workers there are mostly Japanese compared to Strawberry cones or Beard Papa which may make you think they understand things a bit but authenticity doesn't mean a better Japanese crepe. Some of the crepes come off as smaller than others while some are literally tossed away. Waiting time was bleh, takes you 30 minutes to get one crepe. And with the gamut of orders. It can become poor service as I saw one customer coming back and her order isn't even ready.

The Taste: Too quickly eaten is one, Trying out the Custard Strawberry Crepe, the portions of the serving was a bit too stingy and strawberry prep was not as great as the crepes at Crystal. It also lends custard from Beard Papa which some may be familiar with. Disappointing in the taste part. But at least it feels softer than most crepes I have ate.

Overrall: Not that great for a crepe store really, but it fills the Crepe Niche and it gains points for Authenticity, still it needs a good deal of work before it can expand its horizons to more malls in Vancouver.

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Kawawa Ramen4700 Kingsway, #E15, Burnaby
The First in Metro and definately delicious
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

After Taisho had a change of management with Kawawa (a subsidary of Aji Taro Sushi), I have decided to browse their ramen menu since the closest Ramen store I know of is in downtown. The place looks nice and it is quite crammed during fridays however was a Chinese run Japanese restaurant which caused points be docked in ambiance.

The service was quick and simple, they had about 2 servers there and at least 4 cooks. I didn't really care for the service as it was about average. I ate there 3 times, once to try its standard broth and the other the soy sauce broth.

The noodles were quite filling and delicious and I was happy that there weren't too many side orders on the noodle. just pickled bamboo shoots, a piece of dried seaweed and braised pork which becomes really tasty when soaked in the soup base. The soup base was what won me over, so savory and a bit salty that I finished the entire bowl. mind you the soy broth was a tad bit to salty to finish in one go.

I have say I am very happy about Kawawa Ramen, cheap, fast, and tasty

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant4820 Kingsway, #236, Burnaby
The Water Mill finally broke apart
Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

It was about 2 years ago I went to this sushi house for sushi, however, coming back here was a horrific mistake.

I came here with my sisters to enjoy a AYCE deal and since we wanted to see if the new renovations had come with better tasting food, sadly neither fit the criteria

Service was terrible to say the least, tables were very poorly cleaned and we had two different waiters doing our orders. For a busy crowd, it seems to attract its lot of people whom lacked good taste.

We ordered the standard fare for sushi, salmon nigiri, rolls and sashimi. We were overcharged on the sashimi part and the fish tasted stale, the rice was terrible and the tempura was quite bad as well. The Miso soup was lukewarm and yet it was the only thing that kept me from vomitting horribly as I tried to finish the food.

The Oyster however was the penultimate nightmare of all nightmares, back then the oysters were served fresh in the shell but now to save time/money. They use aluminum tart tins to hold the oyster which god awful and lukewarm. This is a slap in Japanese cuisine's face, we already deal with the lack of Japanese run Japanese Restaurants but to see it being ruined after renovations, I am not at all amused.

Avoid this restaurant if you want japanese cuisine, it is not worth the AYCE when you can't enjoy it.

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