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jaejunkwakVancouverSince November 26, 201010 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Sushiyama371 East Broadway, Vancouver
Quick tips for a pleasant experience
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

1. Call your server.

As with many Asian restaurants, don't sit there expecting them to recognize that you're ready to order. If you're ready and want your food asap, call over your server.

2. Don't get udon

Just don't get it.

3. If ordering sashimi (whether by itself or with a box) and you are a little grossed out by humongous sashimi pieces (I know I am and I've been eating sushi for a decade) ask them to be cut into smaller slices

4. Gets grossly crowded during peak hours

5. Box is a solid choice.

7. Try their Tuna Tataki

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Dae Bak Bon Ga1947 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Everything about this restaurant says mediocre
Submitted Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I'd like to add in that when this restaurant opened, I was excited beyond what I should've been, because as a Korean, I'm always hoping that a good Korean restaurant would open in Vancouver. Oh, how they've disappointed me...

The food is mediocre with Vancouver Korean food standard, and absolutely terrible Korean standard. I've had various foods there during my more-than-necessary number of visits, and I can honestly say everything was mediocre or below average. One thing that shocked me the most was the half n half Naeng Myun (cold korean noodle). The red sauce one was literally drowned in sesame sauce. One may use a teaspoon or two of sesame sauce in naeng myun to enrich the flavour, but this was just so overwhelming that I wanted to puke it out and walk away.

The service was alright. They're obviously students who were hired not due to experience, but simply because they were bi-lingual. Some were friendly, but some just didn't give a damn. In other words, they never trained their employees, and the employees came and go very fast.

As a side note, beware of the price. It amazes me how shameless they are, charging that much for that quality/quantity of food.

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Ken's Chinese Restaurant1097 Kingsway, Vancouver
Bad chinese restaurant
Submitted Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:16pm [Delivery]

The title sums it up. The food was below average, which is unfortunate seeing how this is Vancouver, which means there are hundreds of other Chinese restaurants that I'd go to over this one. The food was mediocre, tad overpriced, disappointing overall. It really makes one wonder if those people who gave this restaurant five-stars had Chinese food more than once in their lives.

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House of Dosas1391 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good food, solid restaurant
Submitted Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Thought I'd give place a try and I was thoroughly satisfied.

The food fills you right up, and it's delicious. I had the server recommended Onion Rava Masala Non-Veg Filled Dosa and it was great.

The service was fantastic. The server was friendly, and gave great recommendations. When we complimented the food, the cook came out to greet us. He obviously had great passion for what he did, as he was eager to answer all our questions regarding the ingredients and the cooking progress for each of the food we had ordered.

I'm not a native Indian so I may not be an expert with Indian food, but the food tasted solid. The lamb in the lamb dosa my friend had ordered didn't have the usual lamb smell, and the herbs weren't overwhelming either. Half price mondays + 24 hour open = bonus, too

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Stepho's....no more nor less than solid
Submitted Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:57am [Dine in]

Stepho's is overrated by many because you get your buck's worth. However, when they say the food at Stepho's is incredible, they've obviously never had great Mediterranean food. The service is terrible, which I usually don't mind at a restaurant if it's good. However, during my last 4 visits I'd say the average wait time for the server to take an order was about 15 minutes, and the food took another 40. An hour to get your food. If you add in another 30 min (being generous) to the wait time, that's an hour and a half before you get your food.

It may sound like an exaggeration but it really isn't. They always to prioritize take outs before dine-ins. Yes, sure, many of the orders may have been ordered before the other customers who were seated. However, if you are taking orders beyond the restaurant's capabilities to provide food fast enough, it really makes you question just how much the restaurant prioritizes their money over customer satisfaction.

Long story short:

Dine-in at Stepho's if you have at least an hour and a half to waste, to eat mediocre food with bad service

Get takeout at Stepho's if you don't have at least an hour and a half, and to eat mediocre food with good service

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Typical review
Submitted Friday, March 25, 2011 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

I've read many of these reviews and I must say, I share the same thoughts as many others

Service was excellent. They changed our utensils right after our appetizer, and wiped the table. The servers were charming, great service.

Food was solid. Mussels (the tomato cilantro sauce) are never a letdown. Always great flavours.

Last time I came, I had the 6 diff types of pork. It was very disappointing and I was glad that they had taken it off the menu.

Today I had the 9oz steak + lamb. Steak was excellent. The flavours were great and though it was a bit burnt, it was marinated quite well. The bruschetta bread game along with the steak tasted excellent, although quite salty.

Lamb was very, very disappointing. The sauce was extremely lacking, tasting like sugar soup with a hint of cilantro and cinnamon. Ingredients were very lacking too. There are far too many good lamb shank places in this town, to be disappointed at a great restaurant like Chambar.

I'd say the food was overall quite salty, but it probably isn't for many people. I personally had to drink 3~4 cups of water.
Overall food experience was solid.

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Enigma4397 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Great ambiance and food
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

Food is great, and the weekly live jazz performances is even better. Solid price for a pasta place.

Service is great. One of my friends was a bit of a complainer and said the pasta was a bit hard for his liking. They brought him a whole new plate, no extra charges.

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Red Robin1001 West Broadway, #200, Vancouver
Good burger, terrible service
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

I like their burger. It's solid, tastes great (I would recommend Five Alarm.)

The service is horrifying. I walked in there with my girlfriend, took them 10 minutes to even give us a glance. I would say it's more of the manager's fault than the servers. The servers were friendly enough, and the food came relatively fast.

Ambiance is not for everyone, and it may be a bit pricey for the small meal. (bottomless fries, but...who fills themselves up with fries?)

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Kim Ga Nae4260 No. 3 Rd, #180, Richmond
Worst Korean food I have ever had
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

Keep in mind that I may be a bit biased as I am, after all, Korean. And I may judge them a bit harshly, as they tend to create abominations out of the recipes to save themselves a few pennies.

If you believe that the restaurant's food is solid for its price, I would assume that you:
1. had no previous experience with Korean food
or
2. you simply have never had a solid Korean food at a solid Korean restaurant.

One thing I noticed straight off the bat was the low quality of food. It'd be quite silly to set the expectation bar high in terms of quality at an All-You-Can-Eat, but the quality was just abysmal.

The pork belly tasted not only old, and they had not even gotten rid of the skin of the pork. This is purely out of laziness, and ruined the taste.

When the two soups available in the AYCE came out, I was shocked. One of the beef soup was simply the broth that is left behind when they boil the meat for their main course menu hotpots. Simply that. No other ingredients. The other soup was egg soup - again, just the egg boiled in water.

The pancake lacked any ingredients. The japchae was the biggest abomination of food I had ever seen. Instead of the marinating andthe variety of vegetables it should have (it's something like a Korean noodle salad that's served cold) it was simply this wad of noodle that had been soaked in sauce. Imagine ordering a salad at an Italian restaurant and all you got was lettuce and dressing. That's how I felt.

I will never be coming back here. As for the people who will be going back, you have my condolences, as I find it quite disturbing that they trick foreigners with their horrible food and altered-for-pennies recipes.

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Raga Restaurant1177 W Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent Food
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

I always go to Raga for 'very extremely spicy butter chicken,' which I order every time I go there. The owners are very friendly, and the ambiance is great.

As a spicy food lover, I am biased because of the way they prepare my custom spicy butter chicken. Not many Indian restaurants make the food as spicy without altering the taste. I've even had restaurants that gave me this butter chicken with half a bottle of tabasco sauce in it.

Raga is a bit pricey, but never disappoints. The buttered naan's are absolutely delicious.

If you don't like ginger or cilantro, ask for your food without them - as they come with every curry order.

The rice portions may be big for some. I would suggest one serving of rice for two people, if you don't eat much. Keep in mind that some food, including the butter chicken, can be pretty salty, so you may need the rice.

For vegetarians, I recommend Malai Kofta.

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