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itadakimasuVancouverSince May 24, 2008101 Reviews
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33 Acres Brewing Company15 W 8th Avenue, Vancouver
All-around solid....and cool
Submitted Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

This is a great little craft beer joint in the middle of nowhere (Ontario & 8th Ave) which gets packed on Friday evenings. There's usually a line up to fill your growlers or to get inside but I usually manage to find a seat. Noisier than hell when it gets packed but that's part of the fun I suppose. They serve a long list of their craft creations and have small snacks to eat, including the meat & pretzel plates and Charcuterie. Sometimes a band will play live and often, a food truck is parked right out front. I love the beer sampler.

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Kamamarui Ramen & Don Heights4219 Hastings St, Burnaby
Room for improvement
Submitted Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

Was so glad to see a ramen shop open in North Burnaby last year. Been here a few times now. The ambience is nice and place seems clean. But the most important thing is the food and it could be improved. This posting is not to warn consumers to stay away - it's to ask the owner/operator/chef to go see how ramen is supposed to look & taste and then improve yours. Your broth is bland. The noodles, ingredients and presentation is good but the bowl is missing Umami. Go see how they do it at Benkei, Santouka, or Kintaro.
Also I think the owner, Mr. Park (according to the business permit) is cheapening out on the stock - the tea had no taste at all. The Chasui meat had no taste.
The one positive is their rice "bombs" which are seaweed rice balls and they're unique and fairly tasty.
So Mr. Park...please improve - you have so much potential.

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Sushimoto2201 Holdom Ave, Unit #102, Burnaby
Could be great but it's not.
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2015 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I went the first week they opened a few years ago and was disappointed but gave them a pass since it was so new. So I went again now and the only difference was they now had a liquor licence and it was busier but the food was still poor, in my opinion. The Oyster Motoyaki came in Crème Brulee cups which is nice, but the mayo was runny and the oyster was rubber. The Shishamo grilled fish was terrible and I could not eat more than one. The other dishes were just ok.
On the bright side, the server was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was lively and the décor is unusual but interesting. The location can't be beat as Skytrain is right there and there's lot's of street parking (but I walked from home a few blocks away). The selection of beer and sake is very good.
So I wish the owner would just spend a little more and get quality food and get the kitchen to learn from the pros like Zakkushi and Guu.

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Sushi Yoi1815 Rosser Ave, #1, Burnaby
convenient
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2015 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

This little sushi restaurant is located a block away from Willingdon & Lougheed in the busy construction area of Brentwood. There's a dozen or so restaurants in the vicinity and only two or three so-called Japanese restaurants. Sushi Yoi is fairly new and it's clean, with nice ambience. The food wasn't memorable but it was decent. They don't say "Irashaimase!" when you walk in so it's not authentic Japanese. Skytrain is nearby...I'm running out of positive things to say...ah...um...Pita Pit is next door.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Is it just me?, or....
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2015 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

We've been coming here for years. We're not regular customers but maybe twice a year. I remember when we first came here, we thought it was one of the best Italian restaurants - reasonable prices, excellent fresh food, casual atmosphere. This is what I wrote in 2011.

But recently, I've found Lombardo's a big let down. Was there a change in ownership or menu? The spaghetti wasn't the same. I'm not a fan of the thick dough pasta. The linguini vongole was not up to par. The salads were fresh but lacked taste. Same with the pizza - bland. Marcello's is far superior in all aspects. Lombardo's staff are still excellent and professional and the atmosphere is still quirky ....but it's the food that's most important.

Sorry, but I won't be returning.

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Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby
great pizza in North Burnaby
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2014 - 3:49pm [Take-out]

I've dined here a couple of times in the past year. What I remember most is how loud it gets inside with the high ceiling and music cranked. My first choice for Italian food in N.Bby was down one block but is now closed, so I thought I'd try Cotto again for take out. Kept it simple with a couple of pies and a salad. The pizzas are small but it's the quality that makes them shine....thin crust and not overloaded with toppings. If you want to get stuffed or feed the kid's soccer team, go to Pizza Hut. One small suggestion to the staff....if someone has ordered salad with their takeout, please don't pack it with the hot food - warm salad is sad.

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Gyoza Bar + Ramen622 West Pender Street, Vancouver
A different take on Gyoza
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2014 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Went here last week with 4 friends. The building is old but they did a great job on renovating and making it hip and comfortable. Greeted by a nice young lady and server. Lots of interesting dishes on the menu. We ordered one of the Gyoza dishes which comes in a pan and stuck together. They were tasty and not like the usual gyozas which can be bitter sometimes. Also had the brussel sprouts which were fantastic! I still prefer Gyoza King (Robson) for gyozas but I will come back to Gyoza Bar again to try everything else on the menu.

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Little Billy's Steakhouse6785 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
two Solids and two Medoicres
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2014 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

First the "Solid" features....The ambiance is warm, dark wood and cosy. The service was professional and courteous. Free parking.

The Mediocre.... The saganaki appetizer was great. The greek salad and Kalamari was your usual fare. But the Prawn Souvlaki was bland and all the accompanying cooked vegetables were just taking up space.

The volume of the music was too high. It made speaking to others at our table an effort. The other patrons talking added to the volume (which I know you can't do much about).

It's great that there's a place like this in North Burnaby and big eaters would probably like it.

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RO Sushi678 West Broadway, Vancouver
oh so ....ordinary
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 9:25am [Dine in]

I've gotten take-out from here many times because it's convenient. But nothing special to report here. It's the same as the hundreds of other so-called sushi places in Vancouver. If you're a sushi expert, you should try Ajisai, Kilala, Kibune, or the other authentic ones. If you're not too concerned about quality and want quantity at good price, than the Sushi Special might be for you - $6 for 18 pieces.

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Soba Cafe2533 Heather Street, Vancouver
hoping to see good things coming from this off-Broadway place
Submitted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

Been here a couple of times now. It's mainly a coffee bar and western-style breakfast in the AM and Japanese in the PM. Dishes include 2 eggs & toast for $4.95 or complete with potatoes bacon, etc for $6.95, french toast or pancakes for $6.95. Lunch is half-size Panini & salad for $3.95, pasta salad for $8.50, soba noodles in soup for $8.50 Chicken Teriyaki don for $7.95. etc plain old Coffee is $1.90 for 12oz or $2.40 for 16oz.
It's all pretty standard which is fine but I'm hoping they'll do two things in the future....offer cheaper lunch dishes - somewhere in the $4-5 range, and improve on the taste on the Japanese dishes.....the noodle in soup was just not as good as other authentic** Japanese places in town. One of the rice dishes was ok but the rice itself was kinda hard. The cheaper dishes are probably not economically do-able but make the size smaller too.

** When I say "authentic", I mean places like Zero Sushi (Pender St) and Blue Door (Vic Dr.) which are tiny "hole-in-the-walls" but have food that tastes just like Japan!

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Hakkaku Ramen4530 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
decent ramen in North Bby
Submitted Monday, December 9, 2013 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Been here twice now and both times I enjoyed ramen which is a little different than the other places in Vancouver (Benkei). The place looks clean and servers speak Japanese. The noodles are thinner than usual and more like soba. You get a choice of "fatty" soup and pork or regular lean soup and choices of Shoyu, Shio, etc. I haven't been to Kintaro or Santouka yet so hard to compare but for decent ramen in N.Bby, this may be the only choice.

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Mars Japanese Bistro1833 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Cozy little bistro serving the freshest fish.
Submitted Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

The owner, Mr. S. (originally from Japan), had been operating a sushi bar in the Valley for many years and now has taken over the old Zakkushi spot one block west of Burrard on West 4th. It's a tiny little space with room for maybe twenty diners (incl a four seat sushi bar). It's a great place to warm up with a hot sake and fresh sushi on a cold Vancouver night. We've been there twice since he opened in Summer 2013 and it's always been good and reasonably priced. Make a reservation and enjoy!

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Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby
clean, cool and decent food
Submitted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I'm guessing this is a family-owned/operated place so it has a nice feel to it. My better-half had been here before so she brought me to check it out. We ordered beef carpaccio, deep-fried rolls, chicken & fried egg on rice. They were all good. The place is clean and nicely decorated. A/c is nice too. I'll be back to try the Pho although there's a few other places along the Height's strip that serves it.

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Gaya Sushi2900 Bainbridge Ave, #105, Burnaby
All-around "solid" for this little sushi shop
Submitted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Dropped in for the first time and the place was packed and busy with many takeout orders. The décor is dark and cool and the service friendly and fast. The food was fresh and good considering we're in the suburbs here and usually that's tough to find. I'll still go to Kilala on East Hastings as my first choice for authentic sushi but in a pinch, I'll return to Gaya. Plus Gaya has hot food and a liquor licence too.

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Aotoya Blue Door6543 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
The quirkiness of Tenhachi is alive and well here
Submitted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

Tenhachi restaurant was the strangely-decor'd place on West 12th near Oak which had the best Japanese-style breakfast in town. Well, Mr. Oda and staff have moved east to Victoria & E.50th Ave and operating under a new name, Aotoya (aka Blue Door because that's the colour of the door!).
Anyways the menu is still similar to his Tenhachi days and the food is still the best Japanese home-style in the city of Vancouver. The "teishoku" lunch & dinners means that you get all your food groups on one tray (ie: fish/chicken/pork, rice, veggies, pickles, miso soup, etc.). There are other places to get bento boxes in town but nothing tastes as authentic as here. The décor is again, strange (it used to be a Vietnamese restaurant) with mirrors and other comical decorations but it's the food that shines. No liquor licence.

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Marulilu Cafe451 West Broadway, Vancouver
Missing something
Submitted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times and although this is a cute little Japanese hole-in-the-wall and the menu is authentic, it seems to be missing something. I think it's taste. I found the food just okay. Kind of bland. I've had the Japanese breakfast which the cooked egg, fish, pickles, miso and natto and it just wasn't very great. Tenhachi on West 12th had the same breakfast and it was very very good but they've moved...
Anyways, I hope Marulilu can make a go because we need more of these non-sushi Japanese places. Good Luck and Gambatte !!

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Harajuku Izakaya4000 Whistler Way, #204, Whistler
Food needs improvement but decor is wonderful!
Submitted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

Wow...as soon as we walked into Harajuku Izakaya we thought ...ok this is going to be good. The décor is a very good replication of a street scene in Kyoto or any other Japanese village. Right down to the roof tiles and hand-painted signage. Unfortunately, that's all that was authentic. The food was so mediocre and bland. There was only one server when we were there on a weeknight and she was doing fine but she couldn't make the food any tastier. My suggestion is send your cooks to Whistler Samurai Sushi at Creekside and do what they're doing.

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J-Don2900 30th Avenue, Vernon
authentic japanese noodles in downtown Vernon
Submitted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

I was visiting Vernon for the first time in years and the J-Don sign caught my eye as I drove by. I walked in and ordered a bowl of udon (thick noodles in soup) and was pleasantly surprised with its authentic taste and presentation. I'm from Vancouver (the centre of the sushi/izakaya/ramen universe...in Canada anyways) and it's not easy to find good udon in Vancity. I wish I could have tried the other dishes on the menu. Next time. The operators were friendly and very Japanese-style and the premises is clean and bright. Support this noodle shop!

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Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 金殿皇朝4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Surprised by good food and service in a weird location
Submitted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 9:25am [Dine in]

The five of us were at an industry seminar at the hotel next door so we decided to try this place for dinner. The G-Be Japanese restaurant next door was a disappointment the two times I went there so I wasn't expecting much from this Grand Dynasty (they're physically connected but I'm not sure if it's the same management).
There were only four tables occupied the whole time we were there. I'm pretty sure most Burnaby foodies don't even know there is a restaurant here at the Casino. The menu is large but has photos. The Shark Fin soups (there are many to choose from) start at around $60 and go all the way up to $280. There are many dishes in the $12-18 range. We ordered steamed chicken, BBQ duck, scallops & egg white fried rice, steamed Gai Lan, drunken chicken, and panfried rice noodle dish and they were all REALLY good. Surprisingly good. Chicken & duck were tender, juicy and sweet. As good as or better than Kirin, Congee Noodle House and many other popular places. The service was good too because there were almost as many servers as customers. The décor is very classy and bright. Fancy napkins and tableware. Total bill including one beer and tip was just under $120....not bad for feeding 5 people. And leftovers to boot! I'll be back.

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Red Wagon, The2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
The hype machine brought us here
Submitted Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

We probably would never have tried Red Wagon if it wasn't for DD&D's coverage and other word-of-mouth so when we easily got seated on a Friday evening, we were excited and maybe expecting a bit too much. The server was great. Efficient and cute. The decor is cool because it looks unchanged from 1960. The kitchen appears to be as big as your average apartment kitchen and the chef nearly hits his head on the sill everytime he steps out. If you need to go to the bathroom, you'll have to walk thru the kitchen...how cool is that?
We ordered a Pulled Pork Sand, Duck/Lettuce/Tomato (DLT) Sandwich and other stuff. Both sandwiches were good with the DLT superior. The Iced Tea was outstanding. I would probably recommend this place to someone looking for something different and retro.

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