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Jai_604Downtown, VancouverSince April 10, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Koon Bo Restaurant5682 Fraser Street, Vancouver
One of the Worst Places I Have Ever Been to
Submitted Monday, August 16, 2010 - 12:26am [Dine in]

I must say I am shocked, and appalled, that this place has won as many awards as it has, and that so many people have submitted rave reviews for this place.


It's unbelievable. I find it improbable that the night I decided to try this restaurant they managed to get everything wrong. This place is overrated. Horribly overrated.

So Koon Bo is supposedly famous for their hand-pulled chicken salad. Everyone seems to go on and on about this chicken salad. What's in it? Well, it's basically shredded cold chicken with jellyfish, special pickles, crispy noodles, and a small drizzle of an unknown red sauce with some sesame seeds. It costs $15.50 a dish. yes, you read that right. $15.50 for a chicken salad. Nothing special about it at all. I don't understand why everyone is so crazy about this chicken salad. Now to be fair, the pickles are made in-house and they are pretty good. That being said, it's definitely not worth the $15.50 and it certainly does not deserve awards or rave-reviews. This is Koon Bo's signature dish. Completely ridiculously overrated.

We also ordered the roasted squab. I hadn't had roasted squab for a long time, so I was looking forward to this, after the utterly disappointing chicken salad. The squab was roasted quite well. The skin was crispy and the meat was succulent and juicy. Great, I thought. Then I found out that each squab was along the lines of $16 apiece. Terrible value. The squab is good, but definitely not worth the price.

The other dishes we ordered were completely bland, uninspired greasy westernized Chinese food. The same stuff you can get anywhere else, but cheaper, and better. Terrible, and overpriced.

We spent about $150 and I can honestly say that I could have spent the same money at many, many other places for much better food.

Now, as uninspiring as the food was, the most shocking thing about this restaurant was the service. The worst service I have ever experienced in a long time. We asked one waiter for ice water (this was during the summer, and air conditioner wasn't functioning properly) about 5 times. He decided to ignore us. Not only did he decide to ignore us, he waved us off and turned his back on us the 5th time after he'd forgotten (or quite simply decided not to) bring us our water. This was completely unacceptable. I noticed this had happened to other customers as well as a man from another table actually went up to the bar/counter to get the water himself. What kind of restaurant is this? Our waitress took our teapot and we didn't see it again for 30 minutes until after having asked 3 times, I had to go to the prep area to ask for it personally until I got it back. I was so irritated and annoyed I wanted to sock the water in the face.

Quite possibly the most shocking experience I've ever had at a restaurant.

I don't understand where they get off charging such ridiculous prices for the horrendous service and terrible decor. It's dirty, cluttered, cramped, and extremely hot.

Why so many people recommend this place, I'll never know.

Be warned, this place is definitely a restaurant you ought to avoid, unless you enjoy being completely ignored and frustrated by the end of your meal.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Not Bad, but Pretentious
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

(if you want the cliffnotes version skip to paragraph 3)

Hapa Izakaya on Robson is an interesting little place. If you aren't looking for it, you might just walk past its nondescript outer walls.

Once inside, however, you find yourself in a dimly lit and classy looking place while being greeted by the oft-heard "Irashai!". Expectations at this point are usually quite high, as you see an array of pretty Asian waitresses prancing about. After being seated, you are served a warm, moist towel to clean your hands and as the waitress hands you a menu and directs you to a sheet of hand-written fresh specials, your anticipation is almost palpable.

HOWEVER, as you'll soon discover, Hapa is more of a deceptive facade than anything. The food is good, not great however, especially for the price it carries. Some dishes are quite good, while others are uninspired. The waitresses are beautiful and they seem to be more interested in making sure you know that than providing good service. Service has been hit and miss for me, as I've visited Hapa a number of times. I've had really good service, but most of the time the service has been without a smile and not much enthusiasm. The best aspect of the restaurant, I'd say, is the ambiance. It is a swanky looking place.
However you'll soon find that there isn't really anything super special about anything else.

The description says 'funky', but truly there is nothing funky about this place at all. It's pretentious, really. The only time I ever go to Hapa is if someone else invites me to go there, or all the other izakayas near the area are packed solid.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
The More the Merrier
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

I've had lunch and dinner at Hon's on Robson a large number of times and not once have I been disappointed.

The food is always good. It always arrives promptly and piping hot. I've not once ever had any complaints about the food. I have a feeling many people have unrealistic expectations about the food at Hon's. For the price, it's great value.

The service isn't extraordinary, but it is prompt, and polite. Even with large groups I've never had impolite service.

As an ESL teacher in Vancouver I've taken many students here, and they love it. I find that the larger the group you bring, the better and cheaper the meal becomes. It's not unusual to have dinner with 10 hungry students and each walk away full and satisfied while only having paid a measly $10.

In short, Hon's is fast, cheap, and delicious.

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