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itadakimasuVancouverSince May 23, 200894 Reviews
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3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3.1)
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Oyster Express296 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Little Secret Gem in Chinatown
Submitted Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 8:17am [Dine in]

Had a craving for some raw stuff so dropped by this little oyster bar on a corner in Chinatown. Ordered some raw oysters and a beer. They're only a buck each on weekdays between 3 & 6pm. Limit one dozen per person. They came nicely presently on a bed of ice with lemons, fresh grated horseradish and two kinds of sauce. Perfect!
The place is small so can easily fill up. There's a small counter by the window. The menu also includes chowders (which was also excellent), sandwiches, steamed mussels, smoked salmon, desserts, wine and spirits.
Service is friendly and fast. Owners are working there too. Parking is easy on the street most days. Closed Mondays.

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Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery4090 East Hastings, Burnaby
Step back in time
Submitted Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 8:06am [Dine in]

Here's a cool little place you can step back in time to when things were simple and good. They have milkshakes, sundaes, soda floats and other wonderful treats. Also candies by the bagfull. The proprietors even dress the part. Sit at the linoleum counter and experience the 1950's vibe. You'll expect Richie and the Fonz to walk in any moment.

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Save on Meats43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Not exactly cheap eats but still good
Submitted Monday, March 25, 2013 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

Finally made a visit to Save-on-Meats after many years of driving by but being too afraid to stop. The 3 of us went on a Saturday afternoon. Parking was easy on a side street. The walk was full of new sights and no troubles although this is a tough 'hood. Waited a few minutes then got a booth. Menu has something for everyone including beer & spirits. Ordered the Reuben & club sandwiches. A ice cream float and drinks. The food was decent; nothing outstanding. I think the nostalgic decor, sketchy neighborhood and whole experience sets this apart from other diners. Not so much the food. The service was prompt, professional and friendly. All the servers were working hard. food, Tax & tip came to $51. Probably won't go back unless I'm in the area, but cool all the same.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Potential to be GREAT
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

I've been to Kirin many times for dim sum and dinner and it's always been decent. The food is good. But they could improve on their service. For example, the waiter was aggressive, spoke poor english and was rushing us to order. His manners were about the same as a greasy-spoon noodle house. I really got the feeling that they don't care about making the customer feel comfortable and/or pissing us off.
The prices for some of the seafood dishes were high ($70 for rockcod) but we don't mind paying that if the service to go along with it is professional and courteous (White Spot comes to mind).
Also the noise in the restaurant from everyone talking is loud and hard to hear others across the table. But not much that can be done about that I guess.
I have to start looking for a chinese restaurant that has good food AND good service.

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Fuji Sushi3017 St. Johns St, Port Moody
New location, same decent food
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

After being located on Clarke Road in Coquitlam for many years and with loyal customers, they had to relocate to St. Johns St in Port Moody this year. We have been customers for at least five years and were excited about the new location. Unfortunately, we prefer to comfy smaller old location better; this new one used to be some kind of family restaurant because Fuji is using their old booth-style seating. They added a few tatami-style tables and some japanese decor but the lighting is bright flourescents which ruins the ambiance. The food is still decent authentic and the service is good but not outstanding. Chirashi-don at $14 was just ok. Gyozas were ok. Most japanese restaurants along St. Johns is similar. Parking is easy and ample in a couple of adjacent lots. There was a constant line up at the door on a busy Friday evening; so I'm guessing their loyal customers have stayed loyal. Dim the lights and improve the dishes and then it'll be something special.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
The negative reviews are dead on
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

My partner made the reservation for Glowbal a couple of weeks ago so I decided to check out the reviews on Dinehere.ca. After reading many negative reviews (and surprisingly,only one review in 2012), I tried to get her to change the reservation but she was set on checking this place out (She wanted to go somewhere in Yaletown). So I bit my lip and decided to make the best of it. We were seated in the very back in a cozy corner away from the crowd & noise, but unfortunately, the restaurant is small so it's still noisy; we were shouting across the table. Also the tables are very close to each other so there's little privacy. The appetizers were decent - satays at $3.95 each were just ok. Salads were just ok. The entrees however, were nothing special; At $20 - $40 they should have been better. A paella risotto at our table was terrible - just mushy bland risotto and some mussels and a prawn. one. Nothing we ordered was outstanding; Nothing made me go "wow". $190 poorer and all I can think is I could have had two fantastic dinners at any of my favourite restaurants (see my positive reviews). Even the buffet at Urban Fare is better.
On the positive side, our server was friendly, professional and attentive; But then so are the servers at White Spot. Parking was $8 at a meter for two hours out front.
So if you want to go for a nice quiet $$$$ meal in a trendy area with great food and service, I'd try somewhere else.

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Kenzo Japanese Noodle House6907 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good Japanese and Korean food
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 10:13am [Dine in]

This little gem serves ramen, fried rice, gyoza and Korean dishes such as Ba Bim Bop, Kimchee, etc. because I think the owner/operators are Korean. Service is always with a smile and the prices are fair.
I go here often because I know the food is good and consistant; no surprises.

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Jules Cafe5205 Rumble St, Burnaby
Nice little sandwich shop on Burnaby's South Slope
Submitted Friday, September 28, 2012 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

Clean and bright is the first thing you notice walking into this little gem on Rumble Street (at Royal Oak). The breakfast & lunch menu has a wide selection. Delicious sandwiches for $5 !!! Beautiful artwork by local artists on the walls and music provided by a solo guitarist. This neighborhood has a few decent little eateries nearby.

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Tairyouichiba4300 Kingsway, #2, Burnaby
"Solid" all around but some room for improvements
Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 10:12am [Dine in]

The former restaurant, "KURA" had been located here for many years and was one of the best japanese restaurants in Burnaby. The owner retired so there's new operators now. The name they choose is rather long and tough to remember. "Tairyoichiba" is almost Ichiban.
The interior is still the cool open space and nice booths but they added a couple of semi-tatami tables. The menu has been reduced from Kura's multi-page book to a simple one-page sheet. Lots of the usual japanese dishes (sushi, tempura, robata, etc.) and some izakaya-style items. The Daikon-salad is a nice addition but the quality of the daikon was substandard (bland). Also the Natto used in the rolls were the chopped-type and not the "real" bean-type. I guess it's easier to handle the chopped-type since it's just squeeze-n-go but it doesn't taste as good. The service is good with attentive and friendly servers always coming around. So overall, it's still a good place to go in Burnaby and if it's too packed, you have a big selection of other restaurants within walking distance. Parking is easy on the streets.

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Sea Monstr Sushi55 Powell Street, Vancouver
Nice surprise
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2012 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Rarely do you find a sushi restaurant that has great sushi in a cool atmosphere at decent prices but this one has it all. It was our first time here after hearing about it for a year. We sat at the long bar (just like real sushi eaters dine) and we pleasantly surprised at the nice presentation of the dishes (I think the guys behind the bar are experienced sushi creators; they spoke very little and were concentrating on their craft). The host and hostess were very friendly but not overly-friendly. The restaurant itself must only be 10 feet wide but it's deep and there's a slick clothing store in the rear. I have no idea wear they hide the kitchen. They served water in chilled bottles. Tea was luke warm but no big deal. They have a wide-variety menu and I only wish they had Natto and maybe a few more challenging dishes.
Usually anything around Gastown is catered towards tourists but this would be my hangout if only it were closer to my work or home.
We'll be back.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
New entrance, decor and......
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

We've been coming here for years. We always order the same things (Verde & Caesar salads, Spaghetti Vongole, Tiramisu, etc.) and it's always good. Reliable.
But we were there the other night. It was the first time since they relocated the entrance, added the windows and vamped up the outside seating. The place looks great and it still has the same cool atmosphere and service. But the Spaghetti Vongole was different. The sauce seemed to be the same but the noodles were not the usual dry al dente. I asked the server and she said it was the same as before. It had the taste and texture of slightly overcooked supermarket noodles.
We'll be back but I'll probably try ordering something different next time.

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Browns Socialhouse1908 Rosser Ave, Unit 2, Burnaby
Cookie-cutter restaurant - style is getting tired
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2012 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

Remember back in the 1980's when PJ Burger & Sons and Red Robin were the coolest restaurants but then they got real stale? Then Earl's, Cactus Club and Milestones took over as the cool joints? Well, Brown's Social took over from those and presented a hip, place to get your wings and draft. Well, it's getting kinda tired now. I guess if you're in your twenties and want to place hang and be seen, this works but to have a meal with conversation, it's tough because it's so loud. The food is your usual fare, nothing special or unique here. The servers are young and pretty. Cool decor and a nice patio with a view of passing skytrains and Burnaby architecture. Easy for two people to spend $60+ for dinner... I can do so much more with $60 at a chinese seafood place or sushi bar.

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Fat Dragon566 Powell Street, #100, Vancouver
Funky and hip place in sketchy neighborhood
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2012 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

We found this place while driving to downtown. It's located a block from Oppenheimer Park in a tough part of town that's slowly improving. When you walk in, there's a cool red tunnel that separates the front space. There's asian decor and lots of candles; goes nicely with the hip clientel and their skin art. Lots to choose from the menu including fried rice, raw clams, Gai Lan, interesting steam buns with nice fillings. Dishes are small but meant to share. Kinda reminded me of Bao Bei. Service was professional, efficient and friendly. Plenty of free street parking in front - you can't even get that in Burnaby.

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Rasoee463 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Cool little curry shop
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 2:48pm [Take-out]

Just discovered this little gem near my office. Bright, modern decor inside. I ordered the wrap with sweet pea filling, Chutney sauce and medium spicy. $7.83 incl tax. I was delicious. sweet and spicy. They also have bowls which cost about a buck more. The service was friendly. I wanted to eat in because it's so cool inside but I had to get back to work. There's cheap somosa's too. Not licenced though.

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Donburiya1329 Robson Street, Vancouver
Clean, Friendly, Cheap and delicious
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

"Donburi" is a Japanese word describing meals consisting of stuff on top of rice. There's many different variations and this place covers a lot of ground. There's the cooked chicken, beef and egg on rice, and there's the raw salmon, tuna on sushi rice. I tried the Tuna/green onion on sushi rice and it was great. Beer was cold. They have community jars of pickled radish so help yourself. The girl cashier and other employees are smiling and polite (so tip them well). The space only seats about a dozen but it's clean and bright. How they manage to pay Robson Street rent is a mystery but they have two other restaurants (another on the South end of Robson called Ebi-Ten).

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Darvish Hookah Lounge2808 Saint John St, Port Moody
A unique cafe
Submitted Monday, April 23, 2012 - 9:10am [Dine in]

Happened to notice the sign driving by one day so finally visited the place. Full of young people and ethnic music and videos blaring at 9:30pm. Order the standard hookah ($12) which for those not familiar, it's a 2 foot high water pipe with a hose you inhale the smoke. It's not like smoking cigarettes or the other stuff....it's smooth and cool and very tasty. There's a choice of a dozen or so flavours to chose from. Open late (1AM) on weekdays and really late (3AM) on weekends.

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Guu Kobachi735 Denman Street, Vancouver
Another guuuu'd Guu
Submitted Monday, April 23, 2012 - 8:39am [Dine in]

This used to be the site of Toratatsu Izakaya which was a great restaurant already but the Guu chain took it over, revamped the entire narrow suite and renamed it "Kobachi". The servers were great and speak both japanese and english well. The food was the usual great Guu style. They have a whole page of $3.80 tapas dishes. The manager was very very appreciative of all the customers coming and going. Parking is usually street metered on Alberni or Robson.

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Handi4554 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Clean and friendly
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2012 - 9:39am [Dine in]

First thing I noticed was how clean the restaurant is which is definitely a good sign. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was respectable; we ordered the usual Butter chicken, Biryani, naans, etc and it was all good. This was our first time and we'll probably go back as I can't think of anything negative except acoustics in the room allow you to hear every conversation at the other tables. Parking on Hastings is easy except during rush hour (no parking).

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Zero One Sushi559 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Little Hole-in-the-wall does good!
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

A tip from a good Japanese friend led me to this place for lunch today. I didn't ffel like sushi but they had lots of noodle dishes on the website menu so I tried the cold udon with Kimchi, Natto and Daikon Oroshi ($6.50). First time I've ever had cold udon; it was so tasty and a real nice change from the usual hot soup. Perfect for a summer day. I was checking out other people's orders and they all looked good. They also have lots of side dishes for cheap. Only gripe is there's limited seating - only tables for two people. the whole place is only about 8' wide so can't do much about that. I guess you could stand outside and eat on the sidewalk. Anyways, I'll be back but I wish these guys would open up a location near Broadway & Cambie because there are no good Japanese places there!!

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Shuraku833 Granville Street, Vancouver
Just OK but observed problems around us
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Two of us sat down on a sunny Saturday afternoon on the six-table patio. For us, the service was fine, the food was decent Oyako donbori and a fish special. But watching around us, we saw two parties sit down at a table next to us and leave because the service was so slow. Another two tables on the patio had ordered but was left wondering when the food was coming; these two parties actually started talking to each other about the slow service. I feel bad for the server as he was friendly, polite and was serving us ok but was probably overloaded with too many tables to attend to. The place wasn't that busy but I guess it was understaffed that day. They should have been prepared for the business because there was lots of activity on Granville street and lots of people kept coming into the restaurant. This place has tons of potential...

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