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iggyoKitsilano, VancouverSince September 24, 20077 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2 (2.1)

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Kim Hoang Restaurant10330 152nd Street, #30, Surrey
Will do but not the greatest
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2009 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

I don't understand why people in the service industry can't understand that it's all about service. If the service is great and the food is OK and can be had for a good value, you're going to have great success. The owner seems to be a good person and of course cares about his business. It's the staff there that are so tactless and apathetic, so much so that it can ruin appetites. The food is OK but definitely not a good value and the service is non-existent. I continue to go here once in a blue moon, but only because it's conveniently located compared to Pho Tau Bay.

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Jang Mo Jib5075 Kingsway, Burnaby
Just OK
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Like many of the other reviewers, I had previous eaten at another location (Robson) and enjoyed the overall experience. This location is another story. I get better service at McDonald's (not that I eat there)! I do have to say that the food seems quite authentic which to me, is important. However, the flavour and taste of the food was bland. The appearance of the food was very appetizing and I could hardly wait to dig in. The first few mouthfuls were just OK then the flavours seemed to "blend in to the background". I had to had more hot sauce to my bi bim bap in a stone bowl ($13!) to bring out more flavour. The other dish (can't remember what it was called) with the soft tofu soup and kimchi was quite good though. I'll stick with the other locations or other Korean restaurants.

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Pho Tau Bay10782 148th Street, Surrey
Pho sure!
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

This is my favourite pho stop. Always busy with Vietnamese regulars and friendly staff (as friendly as you can get without actually talking I guess), the pho is always great with ample servings of meat. I also like the spring rolls and salad rolls.

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Mahek Restaurant9470 120 St., Surrey
My Fave Restaurant of the Month
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

The first thing you notice here is that the clientele is mostly Indian and the servers and cooks are Indian. I've been here on several occasions and have left very satisfied. The butter chicken is delicious with the naan being just perfect. I also love the samosas! I'm not sure why so many people think that it's too salty. I usually eat salt-reduced meals at home (meaning that I do not add salt to the dish while cooking or at the table) and don't find any of the food that I've ordered too salty. The servers are quite nice but could be perhaps a little more attentive. Lunches, by the way, are a good deal.

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
Sigh...
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

OK, I was in the area and was looking for a bite to eat a little past the lunch hour and strolled by. I noticed the menu and reviews posted on their window. I also noted that it seemed quite busy for after 1pm on a Thursday afternoon. The reviews were positive of course, and one had a headline "Edible Art" which is what sushi is supposed to be. Please the eyes, then the tongue. Anyway, I didn't read the entire review and walked in. I should have turned around right then and there when I noticed that the music was Chinese rather than Japanese. I still decided to give it a chance as I know some sushi chefs who aren't Japanese trained in Japan or were trained by Japanese chefs. I was by myself so was asked to be seated at the sushi bar for which I am grateful because I noted the cooler and general prep area was quite dirty and disgusting. I did note that the chef was quite adept at making sushi (the various cuts he was making and his technique). However, I decided NOT to order any sushi and ordered chicken katsu curry instead. I waited for about 15 mins before my meal arrived during which I drank their diluted green tea and read some of the many pieces paper extolling the great taste of the sushi. My food arrived and one look (and smell) told me that it was off. The biggest beef (or in this case, chicken) they used Chinese curry rather than Japanese curry. This affects the taste (and smell) and look of the dish. This is not to say that it tasted bad but rather very different from what I expected and am used to. Secondly, Japanese curry is supposed to have chunks of vegetables like carrots and potatoes. This curry had shredded carrots and no potatoes (at least none that could be discerned). At least the chicken was well breaded and was crispy as it should be. A minor quibble is that it should have come in a deep dish and with a spoon rather on a plate with a fork, but that only tells me that they are definitely not Japanese.

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Sushi House7060 Kingsway, Burnaby
What in Hell's Kitchen happened here???
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

OK, I have visited this place in the past for take out and did remember liking it, as did our friends and family. But after the last visit (10/14/07) at about 8pm, I have lost all faith. First of all, we were left standing waiting for a table yet nobody greeted us or even acknowledged our presence. After asking if we can sit down, we were told to sit anywhere that was open. We sat another minute and wondered where the menu was and noticed a few specialty items on the wall. We again had to ask if what looked like a take out menu was actually the only menu. The girl said yes. We decided what we wanted and waited for someone to take our order. We asked that our order be taken and she said we were to order at the register. It would have been nice if they had posted that everything was self-service as there was no wait staff, only servers. They would do better to get rid of one of the girls and call out numbers when the order is ready. Needless to say, there was no need for a tip.

As for the food, I would have tolerated the whole experience if it were at least enjoyable. It was far from it. OK, I mentioned that most of the Japanese restaurants get their fish from the same suppliers. The netta (the fish part of the sushi) was huge. Grossly so. I mean, it does have a visual impact but if the taste is not up to snuff, then it's just repulsive. We ordered some sushi a la carte (2pc each of salmon, tuna, toro and ikura) and one chirashi donburi and one deluxe chirashi donburi. The difference consisted of one unagi, amaebi instead of ebi, real crabmeat and perhaps something else I may have missed. In my opinion, not worth the extra 4 bucks. The rice wreaked of rice vinegar and looked mushed together and clumpy. It looked like there were maybe 3 Japanese sushi chefs and a couple of Korean apprentices out front so I expected a lot more. Did opening the Richmond restaurant thin out the talent pool that much???

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant4121 Hastings St, Burnaby
Faux Japanese
Submitted Monday, September 24, 2007 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

The number one question everyone should ask when evaluating an ethnic restaurant for authenticity is, "Are there any people of that ethnicity who regularly eat at this place?" If the answer is "No", you're taking your chances. This particular restaurant is owned and operated by non-Japanese people and have a decidedly non-Japanese clientele. I have visited this restaurant because I was dragged along on a number of occasions for lunch and have never been impressed with the food. For one thing, Zaru Soba is NOT supposed to come out on a generic dish with ice covered with lettuce and the soba noodles on top. The same type generic dish is used for Chirashi sushi. The pork cutlets for the Katsu Curry were deep fried for too long and as a result was really tough both times I ordered it. Sushi and sashimi in this city is for the most part, relatively the same as they all come from virtually the same source. The difference being the freshness, the quality of cut and the sushi rice. Although the fish is fresh, slapping it on some rice does not make it "sushi".

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