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itadakimasuVancouverSince May 23, 200897 Reviews
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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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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Still a good place
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:13am [Dine in]

We've been coming to Lombardo's for many years although we're not "regulars". But suprisingly, not much has changed over the years and that's a good thing. The food is still good, the service still friendly and fast and the ambience is ......unique. The place was busy on a Sat night but they got us a seat for three quickly. The Verde and Caesar salads are fresh and delicious. The pasta was good. I kind of like the ambience of the indoor mall "outside" the place; gives you the feeling of "al fresco" without the noise and smoke of the cars. The place was noisy with all the talking and was crowded the whole time we were there but that's kind of fun. My favourite place on Commercial is the other Italian establishment one block north of here but this is a close 2nd. I hope Lombardo's is around forever.

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Matoi Sushi3025 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
An authentic Japanese restaurant east of Burnaby
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:03am [Dine in]

Our family of four needed to find a good Japanese restaurant near Coquitlam Centre for a pre-shopping dinner. I searched for "japanese" on Google Map and Matoi Sushi came up. I never heard of this place so I checked the menu on their website (which by the way, is a little challenging on a smart phone as the font is soo small.) They have Natto Rolls which is a sure sign that the place is a "real japanese" establishment. I called to reserve a table and we were there in 45 minutes. We drove in from Burnaby so we were on Lougheed Hwy but had no idea which side of the road it was on; one error here and you'll be driving all over the place to correct your mistake. Luckily the lady who took my reservation made the effort to say it was across from the White Spot. So it's on the North side of Lougheed just east of Pinetree, in one of those strip malls. Lots of free parking. They sat us down in a tatami room. The decor is simple and nice. Restaurant looks clean. The menu is big.
Almost everything we ordered is under $5. Gyoza, Ebi Sunomono, Agedashi Tofu, BBQ Saba, etc. The Ika Natto roll was excellent and the first time I've seen this on a menu anywhere. The servers were friendly and effecient. The total bill including a large sake came in under $55. Not bad!
We thought Fuji was the only choice for good japanese food north of Burnaby but now we found another. We'll be back.

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G-Be Izakaya4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Cool izakaya in Burnaby? Yes!
Submitted Monday, May 16, 2011 - 8:33am [Dine in]

We are regulars at Gyoza King on Robson so when we heard about this place in Burnaby, we were excited. It's not as casual as G-King but nice and dark with cool japanese ambience. The menu is different than G-King but just as unique. The prices are decent too. The portions are small so don't expect to fill up on a couple of dishes; This is izakaya-style which means lots of small dishes to go with your drinks. I guess they'll get a lot of the Casino patrons since it's right next door. There's also a Chinese Seafood place next door. We will still head down to Robson street because there's lots of other things to do after dinner on Robson but when we want good japanese food that's not boring California Rolls, we will come here.

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Cork & Fin221 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Another cool place near Gastown
Submitted Monday, January 10, 2011 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

I heard about Cork & Fin in Vancouver Mag and decided to check it out. It's on Carall St in the rough (but improving) neighborhood off Gastown. Looks cool from the outside and even better inside with the big glass frontage and the mezzanine. The four of us started with the small Seafood Tower which has mussels, clams, shrimp and raw oysters ($33). The clams were great and they should offer a separate clam dish. The oysters were nice sized but just ok tasting. We had a number of other dishes too which were all good. Drink and wine menu is good. The room has a cool character feel to it and service was excellent. Great place to hang out before a hockey game (within walking distance to Rogers Centre) or a romantic dinner for two.

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Sushi Kimura3883 Rupert St., Vancouver
funky place, good food
Submitted Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 9:07am [Dine in]

Nice to see another good cheap place in East Van. The ambiance is very cool and dark; they used the proper lighting (ie: no flourecent lights) and nice bamboo theme. Service was friendly and efficient. Menu is huge and food was good; nothing too unique but that's a good thing; comfort food the way it's supposed to taste. Prices were nearly half of those westside/downtown izakaya places. easy parking on street. reservations accepted. We'll be back.

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Toby's Teriyaki Bowl2671 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Another secret gem in East Van
Submitted Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

I ignored this place for a long time just because it had the word "teriyaki" in it; it just didn't sound authentic to me. But I've learned not to judge the book by it's cover. A foodie friend told me to check it out for good cheap japanese meals. The "ambiance" if you want to call it that, is simple: kind of mom & pop with a bunch of japanese memorabilia on the walls. Fairly clean considering the building is quite old. Easy parking on the street after rush hour. The owner/chef is a guy who has been in the restaurant business forever; years ago he had a place with the same name on Commercial near Broadway.
So the reason we come here is the food is delicious and very reasonable. Reminds me of the food you get when you stay in a ryokan or minshuku (little hotels in Japan); simple, smaller portions. Try the "set" dinners which come with a small bowl of Udon (sooo good). The teriyaki, which I never order anywhere else because it's usually very boring, is sweet but not too sweet; so you still taste the meat. I guess there's an art to making teriyaki afterall.
There's only about 7 tables but we've never had to wait in in all the times we've been there. Seems there's a steady loyal clientel as we see the same patrons there when we go.
I hope this place doesn't get too popular.

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Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie163 Keefer, Vancouver
Good food, Good Service, Good everything
Submitted Monday, December 13, 2010 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here with three friends the other night. I was pleasantly suprised about how good everything was since a foodie friend had told me to skip this place a few months back. So I guess my expectations were low but it felt good as soon as I walked in. The servers were attentative and friendly, always checking up on us and making suggestions. We had five or 6 dishes including the fried rice, squid, pork stuffed buns, chinese greens and they were all tasty, good sized and beautifully presented. The beverages and dessert was also good. Decor is cool retro Chinatown (all authentic I'm sure). Kind of like a Chinese version of an izakaya. Easy street parking outside. The place filled up by 6pm. Total bill for four of us including about two drinks each and not incl tip was around $140. We'll be back.

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Takumi Japanese Restaurant5775 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
decent but remote location
Submitted Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:32am [Dine in]

We happened to be out this far west so decided to check out Takumi but it's a very remote location so I can't see us going regularly. I'm sure it's good for the operators as there's probably not a lot of competition around.
The food prices seemed a little higher than the standard (ie: small 200ml sake for $8; bowl of rice $2) and some of the nigiri seemed expensive. The food quality was good but not amazing. Ambience was very nice across the street from the Marina. Service from the japanese owner/operator was attentative and friendly.

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Nine Dishes960 Kingsway, Vancouver
Cheap, tasty and unique
Submitted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 8:47am [Dine in]

We drove all the way from Burnaby to check this place out after reading the great review on Chow Times http://chowtimes.com/2010/05/27/nine-dishes-on-960-kingsway-vancouver/

Located on the boring part of Kingsway between Fraser and Knight Street, we got there around 6:30 on a Monday night. The owner "If" sat us down at a table and brought us the four menus which have nine dishes each (get it?). I heard of the .99 skewers so we ordered a few of each. I was expecting them to taste like the Tropika skewers or japanese yakitori but they didn't have that taste; they we kind of bland. Fortunately, this was the only letdown.
We also ordered the Tofu Pudding with Meat Sauce ($5.99) a spicy vinagary dish with soft tofu, green onions and chopped up chinese pickles. This was super tasty and I ended up dipping everything else in the sauce.

We also had the Deep Fried Lotus Root with Minced Meat ($3.99), four crunchy creations with some minced pork (I think) sandwiched inside. Nice texture and taste (not spicy).

Another tofu/cilantro dish was ordered; this one was kind of cold but spicy. It was great on top of rice. Rice, by the way, is free and self serve; so is the tea. A nice change from the usual.

We order the non-spicy Won Ton soup which had seaweed in the soup and was very good.

Total bill came to $30 and we were stuffed and happy. Service was slow but friendly. If you don't mind getting up for rice and tea refills, then you'll be okay. The place had filled up within the hour we were there. Word is getting around on this gem.

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Tom Yum Thai4010 Hastings, Burnaby
Tom Yum soup is good
Submitted Friday, July 2, 2010 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Only ate here twice and both times ordered just the Tom Yum soup and side of rice. Both times the soup was tasty and how I expect it to be. The rice was nicely steamed. I'll go back and try some more dishes. Service was friendly. The place is semi clean but could use an update.

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Costco Restaurant4500 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby
Typical Costco....excellent
Submitted Friday, July 2, 2010 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here 3 times now and always the same....it's Great! I've always ordered the Smoked Meat Sandwich at $5 and have to say it's better than the Montreal Smoked Beef shop down the street from me. The meat is warm and tender and the bun are those triangular ones they sell at Costco. It comes with a huge pickle (also available foe sale in bulk) and unlimited sauerkraut and peppers from the condiments station. We've also had the hotdog, chicken nuggets and fries and they were all fresh and good too. The ambiance is... well......it's Costco so don't try to impress your date.

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Ebo4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Not bad for Burnaby
Submitted Friday, July 2, 2010 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

Ok, if you haven't been to the "Villa" hotel in a while, you will be in for a shock....the entire complex is unrecognizable from the old Villa Hotel. You'll first notice the fountains, palm trees and high ceilings ala Vegas. The restaurant is adjacent to the Casino but very calm & quiet. The ambience is very 1970's style with a contemporary feel. There was a talented one-man band playing in the deserted lounge when we walked in. Too bad because the guy was good and even took the time to talk to us for a while. The four of us had some cocktails and wine to start. Both servers were extremely polite and attentative. There were only about 5 tables occupied. The starters of salads and kalamari were decent; kind of like Earls. The main courses were presented nicely and completely explained in detail by the server. They tasted decent but not unforgettable; pretty much what you can get at most popular restaurants. We had a nice booth but there were other tables where you wouldn't get much privacy as they were too close together. We'll probably go back to sit in the lounge and listen to the "band" one day.
btw: the casino is kinda cool with lots of action but I just can't get into gambling unless I'm in Vegas.

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Judas Goat Taberna27 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Cool place but .......
Submitted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

Four of us decided to check it out. The place is small! people on the other side of the room could hear our conversation loud & clear. Two of us were kinda sitting in the "kitchen" but that's ok, it's still a cool joint. There's a huge garage door-style window that looks out into Blood Alley and the interesting activities out there. The service was great and attentative but then again, there were almost as many staff as patrons.
Now the food & drink...Sangria @ $6 tasted nice but was in a tiny tiny glass. Jasmine tea @$4 (for tea?). We had sablefish, potted prawns, beet salad, Lamb Cheek, Pickled peppers, etc.. pretty much most things on the menu. The beets were good but portions small. My biggest gripe was the Trio of Salami at $26!! which was four razor-thin slices of three or four different salamis. I'm sorry but for $26 that's sad.
Total bill with two alcoholic drinks was north of $170 not incl tip. 10 people could eat & drink at the Irish Heather for that.

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Sachie Sushi3130 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody
real japanese Mom & Pop Sushi
Submitted Monday, June 7, 2010 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

We've been here a couple of times and the first thing you notice when you walk in is the lack of tables (there's only two table for a total of six seats) and a small sushi bar. It's a husband and wife operation. There seems to be mostly takeout, but we eat in. My daughter likes it because it reminds her of going to Grandma's because the lady is very attentive and kind.
The food selection is not huge compared to other small restaurants but quite big considering there's probably no one in the back kitchen. They had a list of daily specials. We had Teriyaki chicken bowl, Chirashi, a special mushroom dish, miso soup, sake, a spicy scallop roll and other rolls. Portions are small but tastes good (better than big and bland, eh?)
We've checked out other japanese restaurants in the area and this is the only japanese-owned as far as I know.

Support your local sushi place.

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Au Wing Kee Restaurant5226 Kingsway, Burnaby
Consistantly good food
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

I stumbled across this place by accident. Saw the words "congee" on their sign so stopped by. There's no decor, no style, no ambiance, service without a smile and they take cash only. But if you can get over those, the food is good. I usually drop by when the staff are eating their dinner around the table at 9 o'clock; I wish they'd ask me to join them as it looks good and I'll never know what they're eating. But instead I order noodle soup or friend rice or gailan and those are always good. There's probably a few other as-good chinese resataurant in the area but I like this place. Apparently there's another place with the same name on Kingsway; not sure if they're related.

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Ping's Cafe2702 Main Street, Vancouver
A different type of Izakaya
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

I heard about Ping's Cafe from VancouverSlop so we decided to check it out on a Saturday Olympic night. Luckily for us the crowds were downtown so it was no problem getting to Ping's, finding parking and getting a table. The decor is minimalist and cool. I like the fact that all the decor inside was handmade including the easy to read menu. Most of the dishes are in the $6 range. Similar dishes to what you'd find at the other izakaya's in town. We ordered edamame's (seasoned with a little kick to it), Ping's salad, gyoza's, and a bunch of other dishes; all were tasty. My favourite was the Sake Drunken Chicken skewers. The servers were friendly and attentative. Nice to see these types of places opening up outside of downtown.

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Miki Sushi4461 Lougheed Hwy, #1, Burnaby
a solid "mediocre"
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 8:44am [Dine in]

Miki Sushi must have been temporarily closed after their old building was demo'd and rebuilt on the same property just west of Willingdon & Lougheed. I was eager to check out their new digs so we stopped by Friday night. Yes, the interior is now clean and new. But the food had not improved. The spicy edamame was unique but I could tell they were using the cheap chinese-brand edamame which has no taste. Same goes for the Agedashi tofu - lacks the taste of the traditional dish. The sushi was ok; I ordered Uni, Hamachi nigiris and a couple of rolls but it was nothing special. Service was friendly but a little slow and forgetful. Looked like the staff was working hard and the place was busy. So really, the only thing they need to work on is improving the food.

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