Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

ilikericeRichmondSince September 16, 200618 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2 (2.2)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance2 (1.9)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 18 of 18 Reviews Found
Fukuroku Express4651 No. 3 Road, #155, Richmond
Used to be . . .
Submitted Friday, February 28, 2014 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

It used to be a treat to dash in to Fukuroku for a quick bite before grocery shopping but I have to say it's gone downhill.

The Noodle Set is lots of food for the price but not such a bargain when you leave a third of it uneaten. The tempura is very oily and the prawns seem to be split into slivers - I don't mind halves but they seem to be able to slice them even thinner. The chicken teriyaki tastes like it was (under)cooked earlier in the day and is reheated to order. The skin is slimy and the tepid sauce does nothing to disguise the not-too-fresh taste of the chicken. The California rolls are tasty and fresh.

One thing I hate is to see staff eating on the job. Tonight I noticed the counter-lady scarfing down a bowl of rice and something between customers, removing bits from her mouth with her fingers. When it got busy she put the bowl down and continued to serve food and take money without washing her hands. Ick.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Closed
Red Mirchi4131 No. 5 Road, Richmond
New Local Favourite for Indian
Submitted Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

I've been wanting to try Red Mirchi since it opened and finally took the plunge - now I wonder why I waited so long!
The restaurant is clean and uncluttered, the lighting is good and there is ample parking, so we were off to a good start on this Thursday evening. We were the only diners and had the full attention of our waitress. All five of us opted for the buffet ($13.00). The food was hot, fresh and delicious. Excellent butter chicken, pakoras, dahl and korma as well as a lamb dish, paneer with peas and a couple of other dishes. The rice was perfectly cooked and the naan was hot, crispy and puffy - just the way I like it. The chicken wings had a great char-broiled flavour, not spicy. (My only complaint is that they were whole and they left the tips on.) Our waitress was cheerful, funny and engaging.
A great experience enjoyed by all - we will definitely be back!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Closed
King Buffet4600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Big surprise
Submitted Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 9:46am [Dine in]

When my husband's sister suggested going here for a spur-of-moment family meal, I must admit I was not expecting much. I pictured a Foody Goody- or Uncle Willy's- type experience and prepared for the worst, especially after reading a few reviews here and on other sites. The association with Hon's (the former occupant of the location) added to my skepticism, but I was willing to give it a chance. Besides, when the family says "let's go out to eat" you go, right? A reservation for 14 was made and off we went.

After a rather comical communication gap when we arrived, we were seated by a very pleasant and friendly young woman. I was happy to see that the restaurant appeared much cleaner and brighter than before. There are new tables and chairs, flooring, lighting and "decor". It has been renovated to accommodate the buffet area and the kitchen is now behind closed doors. Pitchers of water and tea were placed on our tables and we proceeded to check out the offerings.

There are several "stations" in the buffet area including cold appetizers, salads, 2 hot food steam tables, fruit, sushi/sashimi, dim sum & desserts and a small table near the dim sum area with a rice cooker on it for "bak fan". The salads were nothing special, so I skipped that and went straight to the hot food. There was a great variety including spareribs, fish, mussels in the shell, chicken wings, cut-your-own beef pot roast, chow mein, two kinds of fried rice, octopus, spring rolls, cracked crab, a couple of chicken dishes, spicy green beans, a broccoli dish, vegetables with shrimp, dumplings and several more. Descriptions are nowhere to be found so you just have to go by visual appeal and let me tell you it all looked pretty good! I took small helpings of many different items, thinking I would try the other dishes on my second pass, but everything was so good I just wanted more of what I had. I was very impressed with the colour and freshness of the vegetables (especially the green beans) and the abundance of protein. For instance, there were tons of large, whole shrimp in the fried rice as well as in the vegetables and the fish, crab, chicken and beef were very plentiful in spite of their popularity. All of the dishes seemed to be replenished promptly. My only complaint about the food is that the chow mein was a bit bland and dry but it improved when sauce from other things on my plate was mixed in (the joy of a buffet!). After two plates I was totally stuffed and satisfied. I didn't have room for any of the dessert items (ice cream, pastries, chinese dessert soup, etc) but had a plate of fresh fruit and mango jelly instead. The fruit was fantastic - ripe cantaloupe and honeydew melon , juicy pineapple, sweet red grapes, kiwi halves, quartered oranges, and strawberries that were sweet and full of flavour in spite of their massive size. These people know how to buy fruit!

I found the service to be very efficient - our water and tea pitchers were constantly refilled (I did have to ask the first time but after that they were right on top of it). These are not the kind of people who are going to tell you their name and do everything but sit down and eat with you, but I found them efficient, friendly and attentive. Their job is mostly clearing plates and responding to requests like more napkins and cutlery and they do it well.

I agree that the floor is dangerous - it is slippery and uneven (dark "hardwood" laminate - not the best choice of material for this application and poorly installed). Also, they need to keep their bussing area tidier. This is where they take the dirty dishes, fill water and tea jugs, etc. I noticed food and debris spilled on the floor that should have been cleaned up if only for safety's sake. They are very busy but a couple of swipes with a broom or mop would have helped, especially when it is an area that diners can see. I noticed a wet, dirty towel on the floor near one of the cold food tables, presumably there to absorb water from a leak. It wasn't a hazard or anything but was a bit off-putting. I didn't use the washroom but my daughter said it was "OK, about the same as before." which doesn't sound great.

For $16 each, I think the food was above average for quality, quantity, variety and flavour. No complaints about the service, but they could work on the safety and cleanliness. Oh, and English labels on the buffet would really help.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
New management
Charthouse Restaurant3866 Bayview Street, #200, Richmond
A solid "2"
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Our party of 9 (6 adults and 3 teens) ate here on a beautiful Sunday evening recently. Our out-of-town guests were impressed with the view but I'm afraid that's all this place has going for it. To begin with, the decor is very dated and most of the chairs feel like they are almost broken - very uncomfortable for dining. The waitress (who has been working here for quite some time, apparently) was VERY pushy and tended to bark very sharply. The food was nothing special. The edible parts of my prime rib were not bad but the rest (30-40%) was fat. It came drenched in gravy - did I say I wanted gravy? My daughter's scallops were seriously over-cooked. Everything else, from all accounts, was "OK". There really isn't much to say except "meh". Won't be going back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
L.A. Grill & Bistro8100 No. 2 Road, 128, Richmond
Great prices, decent food, LOUSY attitude
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

We've eaten here several times in the last few months and have enjoyed it for the most part. I agree with all of the tips offered below by theworks (as well as the comment about the manager guy with the staring problem). I would emphasize getting there early, especially for dinner. Any time past 5:45 and you are in for an uncomfortable wait as there is no "holding" area to speak of - you will pretty much have to stand in the doorway. I've noticed that it is quite popular with elderly people and wish there was at least a chair or two for them to sit on while they wait for a table.
They don't offer free refills for soft drinks and their water glasses are very small. Beer (usually three on tap) is good and cold and cheap. Wine selection is so-so.
The food is quite good quality for the price and good value (i.e.: large portions). I recommend the calamari, although the tzatziki is pretty skimpy and to get another thimble-full costs an extra fifty cents. Pastas are quite good although sometimes are cooked far beyond al dente. Steaks are small but sufficient enough for the average appetite and accompanied by generous portions of carbs (potatoes, rice and garlic bread) to fill the gap, as well as a not-bad salad (no choice of dressing). Salad is served on the plate with the meal - no side plates allowed, no dressing on the side - so if you don't want dressing all over the rest of your food (especially if you don't like soggy hamburger buns) ask them to skip the salad.
Three things that are kind of annoying:
- there are no blinds on the west-facing windows, so if it is the least bit sunny and later in the day (like dinner time), bring a welder's mask.
- there is no sound-absorption in the east-side seating area, especially at the back.
- for some reason, they sometimes lie about table availability. They don't take reservations, but when we (a party of 3) asked to be seated at a certain "empty" table for four (in order to avoid the sun) the waitress told us the owner's family was coming in, so we were seated at a table for three. The table for four remained unoccupied during our entire time there. On another occasion (again, 3 of us) I was told there were no tables available in the back room, but but after being seated at the same table for 3 as before, could clearly see at least one. A family of four was seated there about 10 minutes later.
Clearly they have everything figured out to the last penny and will do all they can (including lying) to keep their costs low and to maximize their seating to increase profitability. I guess that's what it takes to keep the menu prices this reasonable.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Aoi Sushi10111 No 3 Rd, #104, Richmond
What happened?
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

This is an odd little place in a mostly-empty mall which is apparently awaiting redevelopment.
We ate here last week during a softball tournament at nearby Steveston-London. It was not bad - nothing fancy or exceptional, but pretty good sushi and teriyaki, etc. Another tournament this weekend had us return to Aoi for lunch, but what a mistake! I can't believe that it has changed so much in one week. There was a new woman working there and I have a feeling it has changed hands.
To start with, what was with the bun sitting on top of the cash register? It looked like the proprietor was about to eat it and then got too busy and just set it on top of the register and forgot about it. It was there the entire time we were.
We ordered one chicken teriyaki box, one beef teriyaki box and a dynamite roll and sat down at a table in the mall. The miso soup came right away, I mean RIGHT AWAY. It was barely tepid. Before we knew it, our boxes were set before us. It was immediately obvious why the food came so quickly - C O L D and G R E A S Y !!!!
The rice and teriyaki were at room-temperature. The chicken teriyaki was tiny, I would say about 1/3 of a thigh. The tempura was absolutely oozing oil that looked like it came out of a crankcase, it was so brown. The batter was suspiciously textured and very dark in colour and when I bit into it I knew why. It had been pre-cooked and dunked in and out of the deep-fryer for service. Oh, it was nasty! The 3 little pieces of yam that accompanied the 1/2 prawn were sliced poker-chip thin. Can you say "cheap"? The dynamite roll, having a tempura prawn in the center, was equally inedible. Cali-rolls were fine.
Not cheap either. The meal, along with a can of iced-tea and a Jones soda, was $25.00
I don't think it will be long before Aoi is the next thing to perish inside Broadmoor Mall.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
White Spot5880 No. 3 Road, Richmond
I miss White Spot!
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

This is not White Spot. My White Spot doesn't have a sports bar. My White Spot doesn't have trendy high tables and chairs. My White Spot doesn't need to compete with the Cactus Club/Milestone's/Sammy J's.

Why oh why does WS keep trying to do ethnic? Why oh why am I sucked in? I have tried their version of Tuscan (yuck!) Chinese (ew!) and now Indian (OMG!) Their idea of the classic Butter Chicken starts with (I'm positive) a can of Campbell's Cream of Tomato soup. It is not savoury and not even a tiny bit spicy like Butter Chicken should be. It's kind of sweet and runny and the rice (not basmati) was gummy. (BTW, kitchen staff - if the rice does happen to burn on the bottom, DO NOT scrape the pot when you serve the it - the crispy brown chunks are not appreciated!) Dear, cute perky waitress - c'mon, admit it - what you call naan bread is actually pita. Hey, I do this at home too - I don't mind it at all, but don't lie to me when I mention it.

(Note to self: Recpeat 10 times while hitting head against wall - STICK TO THE BURGERS!)

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Crono's Steak, Lobster & Pizza House5960 Minoru Blvd., #140, Richmond
Welcome back to the 70's!
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 11:57am [Dine in]

This place is an anachronism if ever there was one. There was a time when there were about a hundred of these Greek-owned Italian Pizza-Steak-and-Spaghetti places around(Dino's, Gino's, Trojan Horse, Trocedaro's, etc) The thing is, it's not retro in a cool way, it's just LONG past its prime. Starting with the too-small tables with too-wide chairs, the torn black vinyl banquette with the stuffing poking out and the chunky mediaeval light fixtures, there's a general overall appearance of "we just don't care anymore". Also noted: the drapes are in poor repair and the windows are extremely smeary. The menus are falling apart and have been "repaired" with corrugated cardboard and tape.

The menu is a predictable montage of pizza, steak, seafood and pastas. Souvlaki, humous, tzatziki and Greek salad are also offered. Among our party of four, we had a 6-oz steak and prawn special, an all-meat pizza, onion soup, clam chowder, fettucine alfredo with shrimp and lamb souvlaki. The food was mostly OK. I wasn't impressed with the two tiny portion-packed butter pats for the baked potato but the ol' sour cream, fakin' bacon bits and chives stand was left at the table for our liberal use. The Greek salad had no discernable dressing on it. Something about the cheese on the pizza and the onion soup tasted slightly artificial. Two of us had a glass of red wine, which was served in a glass that was too small, filled to the brim.

It is what it is. If you're looking for a mid-price, non-asian restaurant in the center of Richmond this is one of the few choices.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Cucumber Cafe10211 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Not cozy, not cool
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 12:11am [Dine in]

This place wasn't terrible but I don't think it has enough going for it to draw me back. It tries too hard to be 70's retro-cool with the Swedish-ball light fixtures, colour scheme and furnishings. Too many hard surfaces and a low ceiling cause the acoustics to be really bad with noise bouncing all over the place. I could hear every conversation in the place except for the one at my own table.
The waiter obviously felt that hurried service and clipped exchanges of conversation made for good service. The only way we heard about the evening's specials was by overhearing another waiter tell a neighbouring table - too late for us as we had ordered already. Stopping with half-empty plates from other tables to inquire "You guy want more drink?" is an unacceptable way to inquire if we would like refills. A) I am not a guy B) I don't care to see the remnants of other people's dinners. Garlic bread that was supposed to accompany a pasta dish was brought only after inquiring as to its whereabouts - obviously it was accidentally left at the service counter as it was cold when brought 10 minutes later.
The food was just OK (a step or two above IHOP) and portions pretty decent. Delicious nachos, but the burgers were kind of dry - that may be because they are Angus (lower fat) beef and whole wheat buns with sparing use of mayo.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Thai Kitchen8180 No. 2 Rd, #160, Richmond
Nice to have another Thai restaurant in Richmond.
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

My daughter and I popped in on the recommendation of a friend at 8:30 on a Thursday evening. The restaurant itself is strikingly clean and new in appearance if not just a bit stark. There were no other customers in the restaurant but several customers picked up orders while we were there. Service was excellent and very fast. The food was fresh, flavourful and attractively served. I had the chicken green curry dinner combo ($12.95). It came with a spring roll with dipping sauce, a skewer of satay chicken with peanut sauce, a sizeable portion of steamed rice and a bowl of fragrant green curry chicken. The curry (rated 2 chilis) had a generous amount of chicken, lovely crisp pepper strips and eggplant in a delicious spicy/sweet sauce. Also included with the combo was an iceberg lettuce salad with tomato and sliced red onion which, while quite tasty, was a bit over-dressed. (I'll ask for the dressing on the side next time.) I sampled my daughter's chicken with ginger and onion - very tasty as well. Everything was delicious and fresh.
The menu is quite extensive considering the size of the restaurant and we are looking forward to a return visit!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Koi Sushi7831 Westminster Highway, #100, Richmond
The Last AYCE, I swear!
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

Why, oh why, do I let myself get talked into these horrible dens of lousy food and poor service?

We should have been suspicious of any restaurant in the center of Richmond that was mostly empty at lunchtime on a Saturday. We should have been supicious when we recognized a former manager from (horrible) Richmond Sushi working here. We should have been suspicious when the first sip of water tasted like bleach. But no, we went ahead and ordered.

The miso soup and ebi sunomono came right away - both lukewarm. I didn't think the sunomono was too bad until I bit into the slice of cucumber. It was squishy and tasted like it was on it's way to being compost. The california rolls were OK but everything else tasted and felt like it had been prepared at the beginning of the week and was nuked to order. We had to ask again for the rice that we ordered and when it came it was crusty and dry. Most of the dishes were very slow to come. We placed a second order and sat there forever, waiting. My husband thought of a couple more things to order and placed a third order even though nothing from the second had appeared. One of the things from the third order showed up and then nothing. By this time I had lost my appetite and really didn't want anything more, so my husband asked for the bill and inquired if we had anything more coming. The waiter said he "didn't think so"! I told him that they hadn't delivered our second order and all he said was, "The entire order?" No apology, so offer to bring it.

I agree with sweetpeach - this place should close down - the sooner, the better!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Kiyo Sushi11590 Cambie St., #110, Richmond
What a find!
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2007 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

This is the best Japanese experience I've had in years. I'd forgotten how at the better Japanese restaurants the sushi chefs shout a greeting at you when you walk in - what a pleasant surprise. We arrived at 6:00 on a Friday and they seated us right away, although they warned us that we had to finish by 7:30 because the table was reserved for that time. The service was so fast that we were out of there in 45 minutes and yet we didn't feel as if we had been rushed. The food was tasty, hot and attractively presented. Tons of shrimp in the sunomono and real crab in the California rolls! 2 huge pieces of chicken with the teriyaki dinner. A generous scoop of very good icecream and a choice of 4 different flavours. Quality food, great service. Prices are higher than other places I've been lately, but the quality is worth every penny. We will be back!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant11660 Steveston Highway, #1060, Richmond
Unbelievable!
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

My daughter and I arrived at 11:30 am on a Saturday and only one other table was occupied. "Oh good," we thought, "service should be quick." WRONG! We both ordered lunch box "D" from a waitress who didn't seem to understand our very simple order. Miso soup came right away - almost cold. We waited and waited for the rest of our meals until it got to the point where others who had arrived well after us were being served. As our waitress seemed to have disappeared, I enquired of a passing waiter how much longer we would have to wait. Although he said "soon", we waited another 10 minutes for the waitress to come by and wordlessly and indifferently slam the food down on the table without an appology for, or even acknowledgement of, our wait.
The teriyaki chicken was an over-deep-fried crisp of fatty chicken thigh with a drizzle of tasteless clear-brown ooze on top - barely warm and with a texture like it had been nuked. Tempura was so oily that I couldn't manage more than a taste, which was disgusting. They should think about changing the oil in the deep-fryer sometime this year. Steamed rice was fine. California rolls were passable although I didn't detect any mayo in them - quite plain. At no point were we offered more tea, although I had emptied my cup well before the food arrived.
Mr. White Shirt and Tie (presumably the manager) at the front can barely manage a grunt, never mind a smile, when he takes your payment. Although I'm sure he recognizes us from previous visits, it is all he can manage to tell you what your total is. He obviously knows darn well that he'd better not ask anything like "How was your meal?"

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Correli's Restaurant3900 Bayview, #160, Richmond
's OK
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't rave about Corelli's but I would definitely go back. The service was very prompt and the food came really quickly; almost too quickly. The calamari was probably the best I've ever had and an extremely generous portion, with a perfect ratio of "rings" and "spiders". My schnitzel was huge, delicious and nicely accompanied by assorted vegetables and potatoes. I did the best I could but there was no way I could finish it. My husband's found the fish and chips to be "not too bad".
One place they could make a big improvement would be the bread. It was the worst, supermarket-style, bland, white, pre-sliced bread I've ever had in a restaurant. A crusty, chewy, true french loaf would have been perfect with the food.
Another thing that would improve the rating is the ambience - there really isn't any.
Lastly, the older man at the bar (who I think is the owner) is not doing the business any good either. He seems to be in no hurry to tend to the business of processing payments and hardly acknowledges people waiting at the door. Would it kill him to ask if we enjoyed our meal or exchange pleasantries? If you're just going to be cranky then maybe you should stay in the back and leave the front of the house to someone else.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant1143 Davie Street, Vancouver
Nasty!
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 8:57am [Dine in]

This place is in a steady decline. The man at the front (owner?) has never been very friendly, even though he must recognize my husband and I by now. I've never seen him smile. This is obviously an attitude he passes along to his servers. They are so brusque - and it's not just a language barrier, although that is a problem too.
The food is pretty much thrown down on the table and is brought in no particular order, ie: soup first, sunomono, sushi and then the rice and hot dishes. Our rice came first and sat there getting colder by the minute and was stone cold by the time we got the teriyaki to eat with it. Nothing seems to be prepared with much care - it's all kind of just slopped together. The worst was the tempura which was so greasy I didn't even try it. My daughter said it was "gruesome". The waitress was really slow to come back to clear dishes and take more "all you can eat" orders. They left a cart full of dirty dishes right beside our table not once but twice.
The miso was not hot, barely warm. The udon tasted really weird.
The California rolls were pretty good as was the futomaki.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Hon's Wun Tun House4600 No. 3 Rd, #101, Richmond
Don't let your eyes wander.
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Good for a quick and cheap meal. Most of the food here is quite tasty, hot and plentiful. I don't mind the spartan tables and chairs, plastic cups and dishes or the no-frills service - it's just that kind of restaurant.

BUT - I'd really have to work to ignore the housekeeping habits of this place. What's with the damp, dirty towels on the floor by the food pick-up area? And the large, greasy sheet of corrugated cardboard attached to the wall? The cart of bus-pans full of dirty dishes that's always standing around is really off-putting.

Just get in, eat and get out.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Danny's Wun Tun Restaurant11666 Steveston Hwy, #3050, Richmond
Only if I'm really hungry and in the neighbourhood . . .
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

will I ever eat here again. Firstly, I don't enjoy being screeched at from across the restaurant to be shown to a table. Questions about the menu were answered snappishly and incomprehensively, resulting in a dish arriving at the table that was not what we expected. I thought the wonton soup was pretty good. The prawn, scallop and squid with bok choy was delicious although a bit on the skimpy side. It was the honey-ginger beef that was a problem. It was the thinnest shreds of beef coated in cornstarch and deep-fried (who deep-fries beef?) until almost burnt and then doused with a pepper-flake-laden gelatinous goo. The waitress told my husband they would make it milder, but it was too spicy even for me. Ick!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Mongolie Grill8400 Alexandra Road, Richmond
How do they do it?
Submitted Friday, September 15, 2006 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

a) Stay in business. I can't believe anyone would come back.
b) Make sure everything is fresh enough to be edible. The answer to this is "they can't".
The rice was so mushy that it was like paste with small lumps. The wraps were stale and stiff as a board. The soup was waiting at our table when we returned from the grill and had cooled to room temperature. Something in my plate of I-can't-tell-what-the-heck-this-is definitely tasted "off". Although I feel sorry for the guy that manned the grill (what a crummy job that must be), he had about as much personality as his spatula.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance