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i only work for foodVancouverSince October 9, 201115 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

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Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Reviews Found
Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant4989 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Good food, good service
Submitted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

We were at Western Lake for dinner last weekend and the restaurant was busy as usual. Since we made reservations, we were greeted and seated in a minute. We ordered the set meal for 4 and while waiting we enjoyed our conversation over Pu Erh tea. As a starter, we shared a roasted squab which was split into 4 pieces. The skin was crispy, while the meat was tender so it's as good as it gets. Soon after, the waiter served the enoki/fish/crab meat soup. It was served hot in a claypot and it was delicious. Moments later, the crab with salty egg yolk was served. The size of the crab was decent and although I was a bit skeptical about the flavour at first, it actually tasted quite good, and went well with the rest of the dishes. The seafood with vegetable dish was fresh and the portion was pretty big. The veggies and shrimp/scallop/squid was not overcooked either. Last but not least, our order of fried rice with egg white was a great finish to our meal. It wasn't too salty, but still flavourful and enough to satisfy your hunger. As our set meal includes dessert, we got the usual red bean soup. I was impressed how quickly our food arrived, and also how attentive and courteous the staff were. I'd definitely return to try their dim sum one day.

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Shogun Japanese Restaurant595 Burrard Street, #502, Vancouver
Simply not the best Ramen and Gyoza
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

Last week, I was here to try their Ramen noodles and Gyoza. I ordered the shoyu char-su ramen (soy sauce flavoured broth with barbeque pork) and a side of gyoza (6-pieces of pan fried dumplings). It was during lunch so the place was really busy and full but luckily service was quick and my meal was served pretty fast. The noodles were so so, but the broth tasted like the ones you get from instant noodles. The char-su was too dry and not too flavourful. Last but not least, the gyoza was burnt. It was fast but I wished they could've taken their time to prepare something better.

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Bistro The Home8460 Alexandra Road, 165, Richmond
Good Pasta, Great Value
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Do you always have to pay top price for good pasta? I was a bit skeptical at first, but I thought sure, why not give it a try. Maybe Asian-style pasta would be nice for a change? I ordered the Mare seafood pasta with my choice of a sauce (olive oil, tomato, or white wine) for less than $10, and added a beverage for an additional $1. After waiting for a few minutes, we got our drinks and complimentary garlic bread in a basket. The iced lemon tea was ok, and the few pieces of garlic bread wasn't too bad (we were really here to try the pasta anyway). When the food arrived, I was quite impressed. The seafood spaghetti in tomato sauce was served with a good portion of mussels, scallops and shrimps. The pasta was cooked al dente and served hot, while the seafood was fresh and wasn't overcooked. The decor is modern and the establishment looks tidy and clean. Our server was attentive and was pretty quick to meet all of our requests. Overall, I thought they delivered excellent value so we'll be back again soon.

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Xu's Wonton House4500 Kingsway, #2110, Burnaby
Best steamed dumplings in town
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Located at the foodcourt in Crystal Mall, Xu's offers the best shao-long bao's in town! At $4, they're the best value you can find because I got 5 pieces of their soupy and delicious steamed dumplings served in a bamboo basket. I think they even taste better than the ones you get from any fancy restaurants in Richmond! I also ordered the dan-dan mee which was pretty good. The noodles were cooked just right and a bit chewy, and the hot, spicy and peanutty soup base wasn't too heavy. Well, the next time I'm craving some dumplings, I will probably return and try their pan-fried dumplings.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
So so
Submitted Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

We there on the weekend for lunch and after a 30-min wait, we were seated. That was great since the waiting area and restaurant was packed and there was nowhere to sit or stand. We were also getting a bit frustrated as two couples who entered after us were seated before us. I ordered the filet beef on rice with egg, and deep-fried chicken wings. After a short wait, our food was served but they didn't serve our table's order all at once. Since there were two of us that ordered the filet beef on rice, the other couple had to wait another few minutes for their food. I should say three of us had to wait because we had to send back a filet beef on rice since a small portion of it was undercooked. Anyway, the server didn't complain after noticing it and returned the plate to the kitchen. Well, my order turned out to be pretty tasty, maybe because I was getting hungry. When the deep fried-chicken wings were served, I had a few pieces of wings with and without the dipping sauce. It was good, but I got really thirsty after eating it. I'm not sure, but I suspect MSG. Oh yes, I should mention that a full order of their famous wings were $12. Overall, the meal was really mediocre, but I might return for some butter beef next time. As others have mentioned, service is ok as the servers are quite attentive and helpful. However, try not to use the washroom if you can avoid it. The hallway and stairs to the washroom doesn't look clean.

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Hachibei778 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Yummy Teishoku meal
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

I went there for dinner last night and ordered the Teishoku set from the menu. My choice was the tofu-hamburger steak (3 slider-sized pieces) with savoury/sweet sauce, a scoop of potato salad, green salad with dressing, a small side dish of pickled veggies (cucumber and daikon), miso soup with tofu and seaweed, and rice for $11. For an extra dollar, I opted to get the rice with some extra ingredients such as mushrooms, abura-age (tofu puff), and chestnuts. I was a bit skeptical at the beginning, but when the meal was served, everything looked very appetizing and fresh. The portions were good and it tasted authentic and delicious. Service was decent as the servers were helpful and polite. The restaurant looked clean, including the washroom, and the restaurant didn't really seem as small as it did from the outside. Overall, it was a great experience and I'm really looking forward to tasting the tuna/salmon sashimi Teishoku soon!

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Harbour Spirit Restaurant5580 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Once bitten and twice shy!
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

Although my previous post was 'mysteriously' removed, I just felt obligated to tell you that I had one of the most disappointing dining experience last weekend. Their dim sum was nothing out of the ordinary and so was their location but their service was just terrible. Never invite your friends there if you don't feel like having an embarassing or frustrating dining experience. I'm never returning again . As I hate ending things on a sour note, I would say their bar looks great, thanks to Sammy J Peppers.

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Vana Vietnamese Cuisine555 W Hastings, Vancouver
Pretty good lunch special
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

For lunch, I ordered their lunch special - lemongrass grilled chicken, spring roll, rice and salad for $7.25. I opted for rice, but you can have a choice of rice or rice noodles. It was freshly prepared, the proportions were good, and it tasted pretty yummy. The dish was served pretty fast and it didn't take me long to finish it either! Note that because it's located in the Harbour Centre food court, it could get pretty busy there during lunch.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Nice Thai red curry
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

We were a party of 6 and made reservations for lunch this week. Their lunch special for that day was the Thai red curry with chicken, spring rolls, and soup. It sounded pretty good, so that's what the majority of us ordered. Soon after, the soup arrived and it was something similar to Tom Yam soup. I felt that the lemongrass was a bit overwhelming and there weren't too many ingredients in it so it was so-so. Anyway, it didn't take too long for the entree to be served (less than 15 min.) as we were getting hungry and needed to be fed. The presentation was nice and appetizing but as the rice and curry portions weren't too generous, adding the vegetarian spring roll and dipping sauce on the plate was good idea. For $10.99, I thought the price was a bit steep for a lunch special, but the curry was good. The service was okay and we had a good experience although I need to mention that they automatically charge a 15% gratuity. I would've preferred to tip based on the level of service provided during our experience. Don't you agree?

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Momo Sushi375 Water Street, #6, Vancouver
Good value for bento boxes!
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

For a late lunch, we headed to Momo Sushi at their Gastown location. As there was no lineup today, we were seated, and I ordered the Special Box B. Shortly after ordering, I got my miso soup and green salad to start. It didn't take too long until the bento box arrived, and it was filled with lots of food - teriyaki chicken, 3 pieces of nigiri sushi (tuna, salmon, ebi), california rolls, shrimp and vegetable tempura, and sunomono. Was there anything else? Yes! It came with a bowl of rice. Well, it probably wasn't the best bento box I had, but it was pretty decent and for $8.95, I found it to be really good value. The service was not bad either and the ambience was okay.

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S & W Pepper House4500 Kingsway, #1812, Burnaby
Hot & Spicy
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

Our family was out for a Saturday night dinner, and after waiting for more than 30 min. at Mei Shan (located around the corner), we gave up and decided to head here. I think they have pretty much the same items on the menu as Mei Shan, and as far as I know, these restaurants are good if you can handle the 'heat'! We order the boiled fish with assorted veggies, deep-fried chicken with dried chilies, and tofu with shrimps. The boiled fish was pretty good and although spicy and quite oily, it was done tastefully. The chicken dish was a bit disappointing as there was way too much dried chili peppers and the pieces of bone-in chicken were small and only made up a small portion of the dish. On the other hand, the rice was cooked nicely and hot while the tofu with shrimp dish was a good complement to the spicy meal. Dinner was reasonably priced, and service/ambiance is not too bad for a small Chinese restaurant. Overall, it was good experience and I would definitely come back on a winter day.

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S & W Pepper House4500 Kingsway, #1812, Burnaby
Hot and spicy
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Our family was out for a Saturday night dinner, and after waiting for more than 30 min. at Mei Chan (located around the corner), we gave up and decided to head here. I think they have pretty much the same items on the menu as Mei Shan, and as far as I know, these restaurants are good if you can handle the 'heat'! We order the boiled fish with assorted veggies, deep-fried chicken with dried chilies, and tofu with shrimps. The boiled fish was pretty good and although spicy and quite oily, it was done tastefully. The chicken dish was a bit disappointing as there was way too much dried chili peppers and the pieces of bone-in chicken were small and only made up a small portion of the dish. On the other hand, the rice was cooked nicely and hot while the tofu with shrimp dish was a good complement to the spicy meal. Dinner was reasonably priced, and service/ambiance is not too bad for a small Chinese restaurant. Overall, it was good experience and I would definitely come back on a winter day.

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Mahony & Sons Public House1055 Canada Place, Unit #36, Vancouver
Pub Grub
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

A good location for an Irish pub downtown and the patio with a view of the North Shore mountains makes it simply great! No wonder it's such a busy place during summer (unless of course when it rains in this city). Well, Mahony's it is for lunch this week and I ordered the fish and chips. The presentation was pretty impressive with the newspaper and of course, the food that was served on it - one piece of halibut, yam fries (optional), coleslaw, tartar sauce, and ketchup. So how does it compare to Pajo's and Dave's in Steveston? Well, it didn't come close to being my favourite. The batter was a bit soggy, and too much for my liking so after scrapping off some of the batter with my fork, I was really left with a small piece of the halibut. Well, at least the yam fries and coleslaw wasn't too bad. However, the $16 item on the lunch menu would definitely not make me rush out the office to beat the lunch crowd.

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar601 West Cordova, Vancouver
Fish tacos used to be better
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

A co-worker suggested this restaurant for a business lunch. Once again, I had a craving for fish tacos - pieces of Halibut dressed with pineapple salsa in two soft tacos, and fries. Finger foods may be messy, but certainly qualifies as comfort food on a fall day in Vancouver! So how did it taste? Well, it was really not as good as I expected and there wasn't enough fish in the fish tacos to make it worth the $14 plus tax and tips. I forgot to mention that they don't give you a side of their delicious pineapple salsa anymore. Overall, it just wasn't enough to keep me coming back for more anytime soon.

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Aki Japanese Restaurant1368 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Good Chirashi Sushi
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

Not our first time, but we went to this restaurant on a Friday night after work. I already knew what I wanted beforehand so it didn't take too long to make our dinner selections. We both ended up ordering Chirashi Sushi which came with the usual ingredients (tuna, salmon, snapper, octopus, squid, egg, fish roe, etc.). Nice presentation! It was delicious, and frankly, it's as good as you can get it outside of Japan without having to travel. We also noticed two different couples around our table ordered Chirashi's! When we left, the only thing we regretted was not ordering their coffee jelly.

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