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imonaplainRichmondFoodie ExtraordinareSince July 5, 200839 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Displaying 21 - 39 of 39 Reviews Found
Matsuyama8500 Alexandra Road, #110, Richmond
Solid go-to place
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2009 - 2:06am [Dine in]

Ok, so I come here so often that sometimes I'm a little embarrassed to be back so soon but hey they offer great food for the value. I mainly go for the late-night 9pm special, which gets crazy busy during the weekends.

What impresses me most about this place is their solid consistency, the food is always presented nicely and tastes above-average for a non-Izakaya Japanese restaurant in Richmond. The agedashi tofu is remarkably tasty, and the salmon is probably farmed but at least it doesn't have a fishy taste to it. Nice portions. Good tempura, and teriyaki. I love oyster motoyaki's and they have a great sauce but the oysters itself are never quite fresh I find - and I'm kind of skeptical about the shells they use since I have a feeling they are re-used. Kind of gross now that I think about it, I hope its not the case but it is simply too expensive for a Japanese restaurant to offer all-you-can-eat quantities of oysters by the shell, thats why so many cheap AYCE places put their motoyaki in those tin things.

Service is ok, never been really blown away, sometimes it's hard to get their attention but the food comes out fairly quickly.

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Beard Papa's6551 No. 3 Road, #1514, Richmond
Interesting...
Submitted Monday, December 14, 2009 - 1:51am [Dine in]

Interesting not because the creampuffs are particularly interesting in itself but of the huge contrast between the previous posts. Well, I for one can say that I've been to both Aberdeen and RC locations, and unfortunately the Richmond Centre one just doesn't measure up.

This is a franchise first of all, so standards are always going to be tweaked according to the owner's decisions. I didn't notice a significant price increase but I did notice that the cheesecake was tiny slivers or "sticks" as opposed to the sizeable circular cheesecakes at Aberdeen. The giant picture also depicts the cheesecake with crust which is misleading because Beard Papa's cheesecakes never have crusts. I usually get a regular creampuff but the way they dump batches and batches of creampuffs piled on top of each other at the RC location just seems so unappetizing - unlike the individually organized creampuffs at Aberdeen. Something needs to be done about this because it gives the impression that it's not fresh. One good thing about this RC location is that there's never a huge line or disappointment because of sell-outs, but then again that could be viewed as a bad thing for their business.

Now about the take-out issue, yes I totally agree that they are skimpy as hell. I had asked for a box because I was planning to put a bunch of other goodies in there to take over to my bf's place but they said that I would have to purchase 6 cream puffs or pay a small fee for the box. Really? Come on now, for the sake of saving a few cents on take-out expenses you're going to turn-off customers at a time when you should really be attracting them with promotions and discounts? There goes your potential repeat customer! So, sadly my two cheesecake sticks were shoved into a tissue and wrapped around a plastic bag (which was the most they could do for me, err thanks). They were smooshed by the time I got home but at least they still tasted good. Lucky.

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Taco Luis5300 No. 3 Road, #1040, Richmond
Nothing but love for this place
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 2:38am [Dine in]

Shiming is the man. He has a knack for remembering his customers and what they order which is a great asset. I've been going here for years and he always perks up when he sees me coming and I love the small banter. Even if you're not an outgoing person you'll still appreciate his well-intentioned sense of humour.

Anyway service aside, the food here is actually really freaking good. So what if it's not "authentic" - what do you expect from a mall food-court? Same for the ambience, although I like how he adds a personal touch with pictures of his family in the place. I love their tater-tots I think I'm addicted to them although one time I ate them so fast it burned the roof of my mouth for days. Their salsa dipping sauce is the key but its got so much onions I can't get the nasty after-taste out of my mouth for a while too. Whatever, can't complain about that! Their ingredients are fresh and I really like the chilli beef.

I just wish Taco Luis wasn't in that ghost-town mall so I could visit more often!

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Huge disappointment
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 2:20am [Dine in]

This place is a major turn-off. I've been here once a while ago for a casual late-night gathering with friends so the ambiance is great for that but I went here again for lunch recently and it was just so disappointing.

First, when we arrived inside after escaping the rain we stood at the door overlooking a half empty restaurant for what seemed like forever (half of the place was closed off for some reason). You can see the kitchen from the doorway and it was messy and the employees were clueless. I peered around for a hostess and found her sitting chatting on her cellphone. When she came to she acted as if nothing happened and sat us in an incredibly dark corner, so dark that I couldn't even read the menu so we asked for the tea-light to be lit and our waitress gave us the fakest "of course!" I've ever heard.

Next, my boyfriend and I were in a burger mood we so ordered them. I wanted mine with cheese and bacon and his was with mushroom and onions. I had the green salad and he had the fries. It took 27 minutes for the food to come out. Ok...kinda ticked by now, so we take a bite - so not impressed. The salad was not fresh and the fries were soggy and the burgers were nothing special. Whatever, bill comes and there is an astonishing $7 surcharge for the toppings we ordered. I know that when you ask for cheese on your burgers at some places it's usually extra but what the hell? With a pop and a far too generous tip for the service and experience we had the total came to $36.00 for two freaking burgers.

Stay away.

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Cafe de Waraku4231 Hazelbridge Way, #155, Richmond
Interesting little place...
Submitted Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

I was a bit reluctant to try this place after reading reviews about it being bland but after having tried their food several times I think I've been sold.

Their menu is quite simple but interesting because of all the unique combinations available. You can choose to have your pasta sauce white creamy, tomato creamy, tomato, or meat based and you can choose from either spaghetti or penne pasta. If you choose just the pasta dish it is around $6-$8 or you can "combo" it for $4 extra which includes the daily soup (which is always the garden vegetable), your choice of ceaser/green salad, and garlic toast. The combo isn't actually that great of a value because I'm pretty sure the soup is from a can, the salads are teeny and use very cheap ingredients, and the toast is just toast.

Anyways, I've tried their creamy chicken and mushroom and bacon and potato which are both really tasty. They claim "no MSG" (but I think more people should be aware that this is not synonymous with no additives - sometimes MSG and/or salt is included anyway but just named something else like "spice"). Their cream sauce was excellent because it was light but still flavourful but not totally overpowering - don't expect a heavy alfredo or anything. The pasta is cooked to absolute perfection! Perfect texture. I don't particularly like the taste of the seaweed garnish and the chicken they use is kind of questionable but other than that the ingredients are quite fresh. Lots of mushroom but it can be overpowering. I didn't really enjoy their feature garlic littleneck clam pasta however because there was no sauce - just oil, garlic and broth, but my bf seemed to like it. Their creamy tomato sauce is also surprisingly tasty too.

Choose from their "homemade" dessert and not their "premium" desserts - those premium cakes are the ones that you always see that are massively produced and shipped to every coffee shop white spot old spaghetti restaurant...they are previously frozen for ages and tasteless no matter what flavour you get (trust me I would know!). Their homemade desserts are really good though - I had the mango mousse and the mango cheesecake and I would have to say I like the cheesecake better it's got a great texture and taste.

Food aside...let's talk about the service! TERRIBLE! No more than 2 servers on at a time so when it's busy it gets really sloppy. Food comes out inconsistently, I noticed one time that by the time the last person got their food at this one big party's table, the rest of the people were already finished their meal. The servers really need to be more conscious of their tables because a lot of the time empty dirty dishes are just sitting out front and they don't bother clearing it before putting dessert down. The only time I felt like I got personable service was when this man seated us and took our orders, but I've also spotted him in the kitchen so I suspect he may be the owner.

Anyway, l will most likely be returning to this place again to try some other flavours and because it is a pretty good value for the quality of the food I am getting.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Unbelievably POOR SERVICE
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 2:13am [Dine in]

Judging from all the mixed reviews on this place, I suspect that the differences in opinion stem from a difference in expectations. I have a taste for real good Japanese food, but having tried Ninkazu during a Late-Night All You Can Eat fest on a Friday night, well my expectation's weren't that high so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, but nothing could've prepared me for the ATROCIOUS service we received.

To recall, we made reservations for 4 people at 9:30 (when the Late-Night menu comes into effect), and apparently a million other people did too because upon our arrival the strangest sight occurred - a huge crowd of people were gathered around the host stand in front of an empty restaurant while the manager calmly and efficiently yelled out reservations while servers began seating people accordingly. This is a good way to neatly organize the flow of the restaurant but it had a HUGE backlash to it - everybody orders at once.

Ok, so we were seated pretty early on and were hungry as hell so we filled out our sheet and flagged a waitress right away. I was excited because I noticed we had gotten our order in before all the tables around us, so I was choked when the food slowly began to pour out but none of it was placed on our table. The table across from us put in their order probably 15minutes AFTER ours and their sunomono, teriyakis, tempuras.. the whole works, came out before our miso soup even arrived!! After 25mins of seeing waitresses walk up and down our aisle with piles of food I looked around and noticed that the ENTIRE restaurant which was once waiting like us was now eating - we were the only ones left without any food. My boyfriend actually got up to inquire about this to the manager and he replied that our table's order was at the very bottom of the list - how can that be so when we were clearly one of the first people seated and got our orders in before so many others!? They REALLY need to work on this, because my sister said, and I agree, the whole situation really spoiled our appetite.

Nonetheless, our food finally arrived and I was pretty impressed with the quality control, their menu is a lot more extensive than most AYCE joints but it comes out pretty solid. Their beef short ribs are fabulous and the dynamite roll was tasty but skip the udon, it's sub-par.

Anyway, with that said I'm a bit reluctant to give Ninkazu a second try, maybe I'll come back for the regular menu but that terrible AYCE experience was enough to steer me away for a long time.

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Algeria Cafe & Giftware12151 First Avenue, Richmond
ALEGRIA nothing to be jubilant about
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:45am [Dine in]

As a local in lovely Steveston village, Alegria (not Algeria) is a place I've often noticed but never really went into because it's a bit tucked away from the rest of the restaurants around.

The first thing that really strikes me is how warm the place is, it looks and feels just like what you'd expect from a free-spirited grandma's place - cozy, quaint, and complete with inspirational quotes littered throughout the walls. Their chairs are wooden and rather small and uncomfortable but that doesn't matter, I only got take out - a turkey cranberry panini - and this took a whopping 20mins to wait for even though I was the only customer there. Service was standard, but very impersonal unlike what the ambiance suggested.

The sandwich was nothing special and was rather dear ($9) compared to other cafes. However, the turkey was so heavily spiced with this flavor I can't quite put my finger on that tasted like I was eating Oriental food. Beans and Beyond has much better panini's although they have been skimping on the portion and quality as well...maybe their coffee is better...

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Bernoulli's Bagels6138 Sub Boulevard, Vancouver
Time to give Bernoulli's a rating!
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:16am [Dine in]

As a UBC student I spend almost every break waiting in the atrocious lineups at the SUB (Student Union Building). Bernoulli's has always been one of my favorites though because their bagels are all baked fresh on a daily basis and are sooo tasty! I usually get a plain bagel with plain cream cheese (adventurous I know) and it's always LOADED with Philadelphia's (they only use this good brand) cream cheese - sometimes I ask for less cream cheese because it often covers 3/4th of my bagel!

During the lunch rush service is really painfully slow, probably because it takes a while to make the orders. However, this one time I was waiting a while on the side for my delicious usual Turkey BLT on Garlic and Oil (they just call out the order) and it never came because apparently they called it and some theft had swiped it before I knew what happened. Not cool. Also, don't get their 4-cheese with tomato and basil special, it sounds nice but there is no such thing as basil there - they just use green onions, and the cheese is just overloaded.

They have risen the price of their bagels over the last few years but that seems to be the ongoing trend with every food & beverage place nowadays.

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Phat1055 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Give it a break!
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:04am [Dine in]

A friend took me to Phat's while we were looking to grab lunch, and amidst all the pretentious - pardon my french - bullshit around Yaletown restaurants and their clientele these days I thought Phat was a nice break.

The shop is quite small and bustly, I understand what the reviews meant about rude but it is what it is right, I didn't come into this smoked-meat joint expecting superior service, but the girl who took my order - the Phat Eggs Benedict - was actually really nice. She asked me what kind of bagel I wanted it on and I said onion, but it came out plain. Excusable I suppose...but she was nice to give us an extra side of hollandaise for free. I really didn't need it though because their hollandaise sauce looks and tastes like melted butter with a bit more texture, and their eggs are poached from a plastic shaper but what really surprised me was how generous the portion of smoked meat was! I normally don't eat nor prefer smoked meat but I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was. The side hashbrowns were not bad either. Price is a little steep for a small brunch though.

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Nooch Pho9020 Capstan Way, #110, Richmond
Comme Ci Comme Ça
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 12:45am [Dine in]

Ok, so after reading all the wonderful reviews on this Vietnamese restaurant my boyfriend and I were dying to try it out - we actually tried to go there twice before - first time it wasn't open yet (the place opens at noon) and second time it was a Sunday and they are closed Sundays.

Third time's a charm though, and upon entering the empty restaurant we were promptly greeted by the server who was sitting with the owner making cut-outs for the place probably because it was during quieter hours. I was very amused by how unique the ambiance and layout of the restaurant was, it is most certainly refreshing but I'm not sure if I like the whole open-kitchen thing because you literally see everything about how your food is prepared. I really liked how the Food Network was playing on their giant screen TV to the backdrop of classical music though, pretty awesome, and they had lots of little interesting decor.

The owner unenthusiastically took our order - shrimp salad rolls, rare beef pho and spring rolls. He also cooked everything (a little odd because the server just sat there and there is no cook, family owned I suppose). I didn't really understand why he was being so grumpy to my bf and I, maybe because we look young but we sure know how to tip when it's deserved...anyway I didn't think much about this until a new customer walked in and I IMMEDIATELY saw a change in attitude from the staff, it was so strange. They perked up and almost forcefully yelled good afternoon like they do in Japanese restaurants (think "mushi mushi!") and when the new customer ordered they yelled the order back and forth to each other, just like in some Japanese restaurants. What the hell? They definitely didn't do that for our order, and it made us feel really uncomfortable, why were they suddenly so enthusiastic only when more people started to roll in?

About the food, I totally understand what the previous reviews meant about how their pho tastes "unique" but being half-vietnamese the secret is that they just use more star anise in their broth which gives it a very pungent licorice taste - something that I actually didn't really enjoy after the first few bites. The salad roll was beautifully presented with a modern flair but the shrimp in it was pathetic! I understand there is a difference between shrimp and prawns, but most of the time salad rolls come with prawns, so this shrimp salad roll literally had about 4 teeny tiny colorless fishy tasting shrimps in it. Good thing the peanut dipping sauce was good so I just doused it in that.

Anyway needless to say my experience may have just been an odd one out, but it still stands, they deserve the good credit but I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon.

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Bubble Fruity8188 Saba Road, #180, Richmond
Desserts and Snacks galore!
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 1:19am [Dine in]

I think it's time for a review for this place! First off, they are a family-operated small business, every time I've visited there is a husband and wife collaboration, they speak very little English (I'm Asian and understand Chinese but it's still not my first language if you know what I mean) so he greets me kindly but wearily because it's usually pretty busy. His wife takes a few orders but is usually cooking in the back, something I love about this place because everything feels so homey!

The place feels like it's been decorated with cheap bright Ikea furniture but the food comes out as if your own mother's made it, you can tell it's home-made! They've got a small menu selection mainly specialty Asian desserts, bubble tea and some snacks which are decently priced. I love their mango/grass jelly/sago combo it's so tasty they use such fresh mangos (but most of their bubbletea is powder unless you ask for fresh fruit). Give it a try!

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Iki Japanese Restaurant2756 W Broadway, Vancouver
Lovely Japanese Restaurant
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 12:45am [Dine in]

Went to Iki's for the first time and was very impressed with the place, their menu is very well balanced to suit the healthy-conscious lifestyles of Vancouverites (not that it really matters to me) but it was apparent that this place kept its cultural authenticity whilst catering to their clientele which always tricky.

Service and food is slow to come but there was only one waitress on during the lunch rush so it's understandable, maybe they should look into hiring some more people. Their bentos aren't your typical sloppily placed together lunch boxes, each dish was carefully prepared and tasted wonderful. I had the vegetarian box: miso, edamame, yammy rolls, gommae, a really nice salad and tofu teriyaki for only $8 it's a steal! Also had the salmon sashimi seared - it's an extra $2 for a wonderful touch of flavour! Their creative Iki roll was good too but not amazing for the price, but all in all great place! Hope to return soon

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Queen's Cafe6091 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Terrible service but decent food
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

I agree with the last few posts about how the service there is HORRIFIC!

My dining partner and I came in just over an hour before closing and ordered from the 3-course and the prime-rib set dinner, both which surpassed my expectations because I knew Queens was another "upscale HK-style cafe" trying to infuse "contemporary westcoast" flavours but their dishes were really unique and tasty.

The issue is how unprofessional the staff here are. I was appalled when I asked our waitress about their policy of refills and she shrugged and said she wasn't sure, then proceeded to YELL across the restaurant which was almost empty by then to the hostess who YELLED back "doesn't matter!". Also the cooks came out several times to casually chat with the girls up front which just looks so bad.

Also for how lovely the ambiance of this restaurant was, their staff really should be trained to be more attentive to detail - little things like offering fresh ground pepper and a simple quality check to see how the food tastes did NOT happen. After trying to flag down our waitress again who was busy eating food in clear sight of the customers, I asked for some water because both our glasses were empty. She said "oh ok" and poured only one glass?! Where is the common sense!

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Green Lemongrass8180 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Pretty good Vietnamese food
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

I've tasted a lot of Vietnamese food in my lifetime being half-vietnamese and have acquired an acute taste for authenticity which doesn't always happen these days (for instance Pho Hoa - truly disgusting americanized pho-experience) but Green Lemongrass is not a shabby place for a broad range of vietnamese food in Richmond - probably one of the best I'd say.

Love the new introduction of the submarines, the cold cut is my favorite it comes with more than enough meats than I prefer actually. The salad rolls and spring rolls are sooo tasty as well! Wonderfully seasoned lemongrass chicken and grilled beef satays. The traditional 3-colored bean drink is really bad though, don't get that! Service is prompt, the owners recognize me and my dining companion because we return regularly and are remembered. Recommended!

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L.A. Grill & Bistro8100 No. 2 Road, 128, Richmond
Nothing special
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 1:17am [Dine in]

I was veryinquisitive about the idea of an Asian owned HK-style cafe geared towards a broader clientele (if you live in Richmond you get what I mean) and being remarkably blown away by how POOR the service was.

For me I feel the attitudes of the management and waitstaff have a lot to do with my overall impression and satisfaction with a restaurant and our waitress was just so unprofessional. We were just about the only ones in the restaurant on a Friday night so I guess she thought she could downplay her professionalism because she was talking on the phone half the time and literally rolling her eyes at us when we asked to order. I can't even remember what I ate but I was not impressed

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Anducci's2729 Barnett Hwy, Coquitlam
Not the best...
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 2:20am [Dine in]

The "Popeye'' pasta dish was perhaps one of the grossest things I've ever encountered, there were toasted almonds scattered throughout the pasta which sounded nice but really just added an unpleasant texture and taste to the already dry pasta which came with almost no sauce; the chicken was overdone with charred marks scrapped off which made the meal taste like burnt tomato soup...very disappointed. The server was nice and expressed her regrets but did not offer any compensation or suggestion afterward. Will NOT be returning

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Cimona Cafe3791 Bayview Street, #210, Richmond
Always a safe bet
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 5:45am [Dine in]

This place really deserves more credit than the previous reviews! I've been a regular at this cafe for a while now, but ever since it switched owners I've noticed some changes that didn't exactly sit right with me - the menu is slightly more expensive and has got a more ''contemporary'' feel to it, even though it still remains a classic Sunday brunch cafe to me.

Service is really a hit or miss here, I once waited over 45mins for a Soup & Salad combo but other times the food will come out right away. I definitely recommend the Cheeseburger - best I've had anywhere and that's saying a lot! I know its made fresh in house everyday and theres just something about it that's so delicious

Whenever I'm around Steveston and looking for a bite I usually end up at Cimonas just because its got a great variety of tasty foods to choose from

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
Not bad...
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 5:40am [Dine in]

I personally don't understand why Aji Taro has such a bad stigma attached to it around Richmond because every time I go there I leave more satisfied than I have with any other AYCE restaurants around town

The service is not the best but I always kind of expect that from AYCE restaurants, I swear a common trick they use is to not bring out 100% of what you ordered in attempts to cut back waste and cost, which is really off-code if you're trying to be an AYCE restaurant...

Nonetheless I'm very impressed by the fact that all teriyaki items come on a sizzling hot plate with delicious veggies on the side; the sashimi is just ok but I love the agadashi tofu

Overall not a bad restaurant to check into for some decent AYCE food

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Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant3866 Bayview Street, #140, Richmond
Extremely dissapointing
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 5:31am [Dine in]

After months of anticipation and delays, a couple friends and I decided to try out this new replacement for Jakes on the Pier and we all agreed that it was a huge let-down. After waiting over 25mins for appetizers/entrees, a friend who joined us for dinner and received his meal before the rest of us because the kitchen "slipped up". The calamari was so bland and plain it tasted like fried oil, and the burgers resembled processed McDonald patties. Ridiculously over-priced menu for the quality served. Will not be returning.

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