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jazureskyvancouver Since February 23, 201016 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
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Displaying 1 - 16 of 16 Reviews Found
Guu Kobachi735 Denman Street, Vancouver
As a Guu fanatic, I expected better...
Submitted Monday, August 22, 2011 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

Guu is my favourite izakaya so I was excited to try Guu Kobachi. Although the website claims that it has a concept of “no regular menu" and "only serve daily fresh sheets and accept your request as much as possible", this was not true because I asked the waitress if there was a daily fresh sheet but I was told that the regular menu is all they have. Food: I like the Miso Kakuni, especially at $3.80 it's a steal, but the asparagus and salad tasted mediocre and portion was small. Finally the yakiniku Don was really bad...the short rib was too salty, brown rice was way too dry, and the flavours, miso paste and salad leaves, do not go well together at all. Guu Kobachi definitely has room for improvement as it just opened. For now I will stick with other Guu locations...

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L'Abattoir217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Wont be returning
Submitted Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

I won't be returning because of the sneaky service charge..The bread was delicious but I later found out refills were charged and they did not tell me in advance. Food was good, but not better than anywhere else (say, Market). I liked the oxtail dumplings and scallops and the rabbit canneloni. The waiters are attentive but one of them tried to clean the plates away even before we finish. It seemed like they were trying to kick us out. I didn't like the frizzy lemondade because it was not worth $9, although it was unique. The decor was nice but it was getting way too loud past 7 and tables were very close to another. Good to try but I won't be back.

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Mosaic Bar and Grill655 Burrard St, Vancouver
Absolutely BLOWN AWAY!! <3
Submitted Monday, August 8, 2011 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

WOW, this was the best dining experience I have ever had in memory. I decided to come here to celebrate my birthday cuz I heard that they give out a free chocolate birthday cake. I absolutely loved the moist black cod, and I was SO glad I requested the sides to be changed to risotto because it tasted so good!
My server Oscar was amazing. He was extremely attentive and gave me the most EPIC, BIGGEST birthday cake EVER. It's literally 8 times the size of a normal cake! This Belgium chocolate CASTLE was TO DIE FOR.
It was actually affordable because the cake was free and I used entertainment coupon. And of course I left a big tip!
Mosaic is SO much better than all the other overrated/hyped places for tourists! You should come try :)

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Adonia Tea House2057 West 41st Ave., Vancouver
Worst high tea experience ever...avoid at all costs
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:47am [Dine in]

They can't handle the demand when it comes to group buy deals. This place is very small, so you are basically sitting shoulder to shoulder with your friends when you're at the same table. We made a reservation but there was no table at the reserved time because other customers were still there - doesn't that defeat the purpose of making a reservation? They had no time limit so we end up waiting 45 minutes after the reserved time.

The food was average, if not less. Most of the stuff was what I can make easily at home (cucumber sandwich? tell me you can't make that.) or taste store bought. The tea was ok but the service was REALLY bad. The waitress never came by to fill water and when we asked her, she forgot and we had to ask again.

Service: horrible, food: mediocre, ambiance: nice decor but the place was way too small.

Summary: not worth your time and money EVEN with a deal. Save your money for somewhere like Fairmont or other high tea places.

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Extremely Overrated and Overpriced.
Submitted Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 12:43am [Dine in]

I was excited to try this restaurant with the groupon deal, after reading all the positive reviews and the high rating on urbanspoon. I did look at the menu on their website before I went so the price is not a big shock for me. However, the restaurant is indeed small, to a point where people were lining up for about half an hour per couple on a Wednesday night.

Food: 5/10
I researched for popular items and I was eager to try them, but it let me down.

salsa with fried bread: worst dish of all. The "salsa" was a chunk of very sour and salty tomato paste. I was grossed out and asked the server to return it to the kitchen. The bread was fried to a soft texture, but what happened to the flavour? Other people said Bin serves flavourful food, but I couldn't taste a thing in the bread besides dough. I should have brought Red Robin's seasoning to season that.

I also ordered a risotto which is my favourite item ever. But, I was disappointed because there was no flavour in it. It was bland cheesy and I don't think they added salt.

Cheesecake. I was told this is some people's "best cheesecake ever"? I don't think so. This is a plain cheesecake which I cannot taste any white chocolate whatsoever, but the caramelized banana rum sauce is delicious, no doubt. But I would rather pay a lower price for a bigger cheesecake at cheesecake factory.

Ambiance: 3/10
It is crowded, small, very loud, and I couldn't find any ambiance except they have some kind of nice lights.

Service: 5/10
it was slow. There were only 3 waitress serving in the entire restaurant, tripling as bartender, hostess and waitress! Lemon which usually comes with hot water is being charged. (no thanks). I was asked if I'd like more bread with the salsa (which I barely touched), Thinking that it's like the bread of any other restaurant that offers free refil, I said yes. Although I later knew that she actually meant if I'd like another order...so I cancelled. (how sneaky). I couldn't finish the cheesecake so I asked to pack it up. And I was surprised to know that they just threw the cheesecake in a tin foil and that's my 'to-go' cheesecake (of course it got all gooey and squished). Even chain restaurants and chinese take-out offers a box. Please show some respect for food.

Value: 0/10
Would I pay 32 for those items that I just got? HELL NO. I could get a much better risotto and cheesecake elsewhere, and I am repelled by that salsa thing. I still got charged for $5 for one basket of bread. I also think the service is horrible.

Remember you are getting quite a small dish for a 'tapa' which costs an entree or even more than an entree. If you want tapas, go to Guu and you can get the same size, more delicious tapa for under 10 dollars. By the way they don't have the $5 pinxos anymore and they never bothered to update their website.

This is not the first time a highly-praised restaurant has let me down. I wonder if the other customers were also tricked by the high number of 'likes'...I honestly don't get the raves about this kind of places.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
5 stars for food and service!!! I feel like a diva :)
Submitted Monday, November 1, 2010 - 12:54am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I came to Diva at the Met for our anniversary. Service was very good - we were served a complimentary teaser (salmon salad + crouton) AND a complimentary chef's creation of the scallops which was very original and tasty. Food we got - lamb, risotto, pork cheeks was FABULOUS. Desserts (cheesecake + souffle) were on one plate with fruits and 'happy anniversary' on it..I just love their attention to details and it definitely made my first visit at Diva a lovely, memorable experience! Although the main area was closed (I believe we dined in the lounge) the ambiance still had a nice classy feel. Fine dining is not cheap but I must say it was very well worth it. I definitely recommend Diva to those that have a passion for food!

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
WHAT A RIP-OFF!!!! Never returning!
Submitted Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has the highest minimum order charge I have seen, and I have not seen min charge at Japanese restaurants! not even Izakaya or Ebisu, Yoshi higher-end restaurants. Each person has to order $7.95 of items!
The small bowl of rice was 4 dollars with only came with plain steamed rice with a few pieces of salmon which I can simply make by myself! The ramen was rather oily and salty and there was NO chewyness in the noodles. My homemade instant noodles tasted way better!
The portion and value was horrible too: Each regular ramen came with only TWO pieces of pork and 2 pieces of bamboo shoots? The side was only half of an egg and 2 pieces of pickles?! And the combo was $12?? The service was bad too as they had all kinds of restrictions for splitting bills like 2 out of 5 can pay on a separate bill and the others have to pay debit?
Don't even get me started on their English skills! I just don't understand why there are so many people line up for things like this. I will NEVER be back or that reminds me why I never eat ramen.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
With Anniversary Special it's worth coming.
Submitted Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

I came here for the 50% off all dinner menu special which got extended. It was a very good deal since everything was 50% off from 4:30-6pm daily and most dishes include dessert buffet. Highlights: VALUE (bill came to $15/person including tax/tips!), Service (hostess offered magazine while I waited for late guests and very gracious attitude, server was kind and attentive), Food (risotto was fantastic and well seasoned, desserts had a nice selection but a few was too sweet for me). Although I wouldn't choose here for a romantic date as the interior looks a bit old-fashioned and there weren't nice views. Also the tables were quite small so it could be difficult to fit all the wine, big dishes and desserts on the table. I agree with another diner's comment: "I would return for their specials simply for the risotto but I wouldn't consider it for the regular price"

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Dessert gets A grade, Food gets B grade, Service gets C grade.
Submitted Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

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Went with a large group on my birthday and it was my first time to dine at Trafalgars. We wanted to get the pre-theatre menu so all of us rushed in before 6 to have our order sent. However, when we made the reservation we mentioned that we will be getting the pre-theatre menu, but somehow this was not communicated to the server and upon arrival, we was told that we cannot get the pre-theatre menu because we had a large group. So after negotiation they agreed to let 6 ppl in the group to get the special menu while rest of the group orders from regular menu, and I believe I shouldn't have negotiated because 1) they did not specify that on their website (yet), 2) they should have offered it to us before I asked, and 3) it was my birthday and the birthday girl has to negotiate to have half of the group happy? At the moment I was quite disappointed because from the reviews and friends' recommendation I thought that Trafalgars would be good.

Food:
I got the Portobello Mushroom as the appetizer, risotto as the entree and saint horoure and the dessert. The Mushroom was VERY different from what I expected. It was thin, flat, and tasted sour!! But I didn't say anything to the waitress since there wasn't anything that appeals to me in the appetizer menu. However, the entree was VERY good. I love love love risotto and this mushroom risotto was very rich and flavourful and did not fail my expectation! The mushroom flavour was overpowered by the truffle oil though, however. In the beginning I hesitated about getting mushroom for appetizer and entree but I did not regret my entree choice.

Dessert:
They put a long candle on my St. Honore pastry. The presentation is nice, but the quality is lacking. The pastry was a thin, flaky and dry pie and the puff was dry as well. I would not get this dessert again although the picture looks great. However I tried my friend's hedgehog, zuccotto and concorde and those were excellent.
I will not come back to this restaurant but I will definitely make a visit to Sweet Obsession for its heavenly desserts.

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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
Pasta Night - must come!
Submitted Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

After hearing about positive recommendations and reading positive reviews, my boyfriend and I decided to try Q4 on a pasta night (Mon/Tues pasta are $10 only). I was ready to order fettuccine tartufate which was listed under their $10 special. However when we got there, I was told that it was "a way to make the website look nice" and the dish was actually regular price - $26 and the server also mentioned "$10 doesn't even cover the cost". I was disappointed but I ordered something else with mushrooms and rosa sauce and my bf ordered spaghetti quattro by the server's recommendation. I must say I really liked my pasta, even more with this price. The pasta was cooked to el dente, and the sauce was more on the dry side (the way I like it) so that all of it blends with the pasta, instead of being too creamy. His spaghetti quattro was really flavourful, but it was a bit too spicy for me. It had SO MUCH garlic, like the reviews said and I guess that's why the description of the pasta was "for Italians only". The portion was generous but we finished both plates, and a dessert! We ordered the brownie because from some foodie's review I imagined that it would be out of this world. But when we tasted it, I felt that it was overhyped. The brownie was thin, and the ice cream wasn't very special, but I liked the caramelized crust though. For sure it didn't worth the $8.5 and it still can't beat the chocolate cake at Mosaic, my absolute favourite. The ambiance was quite nice, and outdoors seem even nicer on a warm day with all the vines creating this privacy. However we sat inside and tables were quite close to each other so the noise level was rather high. The service was better than most restaurants I have been to, although we did have to wait a bit before ordering and getting the bill, but they had extra servers to fill the water for us and the server was quite friendly. Overall I am really pleased with this experience and I will be back, but only on a pasta night and maybe order other dessert if it comes with a special price.

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
Not bad but not magnificent. Good service though.
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

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[-] we waited quite a while until a waitress came and serve us. The food took a bit long to wait too, especially the bread when I had to ask for it specifically! Also most of the waiters had a poker face...
[+] we got a table in the patio in the warm weather when we reserved and they gave us a table when we arrived earlier than the reserved time. When I got my veal, it was very different from what I expected. I told my server that it tasted sour to me and she asked if I would like to see the menu again. The owner was informed, and both of them came to follow up with the replacement entree which was really good service.
Service Score: 4/5

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[-] My friend's halibut (the daily special) tasted like nothing, except you can taste that it's fresh. The sides are not any special at all. My Marsala Scaloppine looks good in presentation, but when I tasted it, it was sour! I'm not sure if it's just me, I was expecting something totally different. I couldn't swallow more so I decided to inform the waitress. Although, the potatoes that came with it were roasted well and I enjoyed it.
[+] So my replacement meal, by recommendation of the waitress was the Linguine with Prawns, although I was considering the gnocchi or ravioli. I liked the pasta way more than the veal. The parmesan threads was the perfect touch to the dish. The cheese and the tomatoes and the pasta tasted so good together...that I wish I had gotten more parmesan! The tomatoes were really good as they were soft and had a lot of sauce/juice. The prawns were very fresh and juicy. The pasta was done el dente but it had a bit too much of olive oil. It would have been better without the excess oil and if it had more basil and garlic taste.

We paid with entertainment card discount and two entrees came to 27 after tax. (the halibut was 23.50 I believe) I would come here again if I have another entertainment coupon, but probably not in a while. The dishes at their quality do not worth the regular price and we would have ordered desserts if they were cheaper.
Food: 3.5/5

I don't mind returning but other places could probably offer the same thing, at a lower price.
Total: 3.75/5

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Chill Restaurant5507 Kingsway, Burnaby
Value: Horrible, Food: Worse, Service: WORST!
Submitted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Came here with co-workers to try out this new restaurant. Prior to arrival, I have heard bad things about this restaurant that it was bad AND expensive but I came here because the group wanted to try it. After my visit, I definitely agree and I have to add that this would have the WORST service ever. I will NEVER return.

First we waited about 20 minutes to order. There were only 2 waitress in the whole restaurant and 1 person at the drinks bar. You usually see double/triple of that number at normal bubble tea restaurants. I wonder if they were all CHILLing in the kitchen? The day wasn't even busy...I think there were only maximum 4-5 occupied tables in the restaurant.

Then the food finally came. Two people ordered the black pepper beef combo. Man, it was really gross. First it was lukewarm and it was obviously microwaved because the meat wasn't cooked thoroughly and it was very "chewy". The rice looked like it was dumped on the plate. I ordered what's supposed to be "matcha (green tea) ice cream slush" and I saw it sitting on the drinks counter for at least 15 minutes because no one went to get the drinks to our table. When I tasted it, it was gross too because it had no green tea taste, and obviously no ice cream because it was very icy/chunky and it tasted like it was blended with skim milk and water along with the ice. When I got the drink it was already separated, and to make the matter even worse, it had chunks of black, unknown pieces which could be from other drinks or the blender. It tells me that they don't clean their blenders very well. So when I asked for a re-make, I had to wait 20 more minutes and when I saw the new drink sitting on the counter, I really wanted to walk up to the drinks bar and just get it myself instead of waiting the drinks to taste separated again. It was also about 5 dollars including the 10% discount. I can imagine how much profits they are making by selling water slush for 5 dollars...maybe that's where they get the money to pay for the nice decor.

Other people's food was also very horrible. The 3-cup chicken was not made properly as it doesn't taste like how it should. It tasted like they just put all the ingredients and the chicken in a pot and just boiled it. Again, it was lukewarm. Lastly the instant soup came, again it was horrible and cold too. One "combo" of instant salad, soup plus very horrible microwaved food for more than 10 dollars.

And then we waited another 20 minutes to pay the bill. We saw a group of 6 that waited 20+ minutes and just left because they never got a server to take their order.

Unless you want to waste your money and get in a very upset+bad mood, do. not. ever. come. here. Oh, and the good reviews are probably submitted by their employees or share holders...-shakes head-

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Sushi Tengoku10194 152nd Street, Surrey
Good sushi w/ ambiance in Surrey
Submitted Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

I came here on Mother's day after reading a couple of reviews. After reading a blog which certainly gives Sushi Tengoku more credit for their food and service, I decide to give it a try. I can say that I am really satisfied with this visit and I will certainly return!

I phoned in advance and I was informed that Sundays + mother's day will be busy so I made a reservation. We came in at 11:30 which is just when they open. That makes a difference in the service because food was delivered quickly and parking was easy too. I believe we were served by the owner, or at least the more experienced manager. When we were ordering, she introduced the specials and served us tea and miso soup right away. We asked for a pot of tea on our table because we sat at the very inner corner and usually they could miss serving the customers because it's a fairly big restaurant. I think the problem is the layout of the interior, not really the service (for the people who had unpleasant experience).

So we ordered Seafood dinner combo, terikyaki bento, sashimi bento and a tuna&salmon tempura roll. The value is great if you ordered the right things ;) Seafood has a lot of items and can certainly feed more than 2. Bento was my favorite, although the teriyaki and rice portion is too little. The tempura roll was not as good as I thought because the tempura was small and they didn't use any special sauce. I want to try their special rolls next time. As the seafood dinner comes with dessert, we were supposed to get 1 portion of dessert. But the owner was very kind and she served everyone ice cream (mango or green tea)!!

The owner(?) was very kind and she chat with me a bit. She was very open to suggestions and asked how the food was, and when I mentioned that I read the reviews before I came, she even wanted to get the address of the website (although it was a chinese food blog). When we were paying, they put chocolate mint instead of cheap mint candies. There was so much food for 5 people and it came to about $10 each.

In summary, I would recommend this restaurant because the service was really good and food has value. Although there wasn't really one thing that's amazing well done, it's good food for friend/family gatherings and for people who like japanese food. The menu has a very varied selection. You just have to do your homework before you come...like making a reservation and don't come here when it's the busiest! We noticed the parking lot was all full around 1pm. Anyway, Sushi Tengoku deserves more credit and it has my recommendation.

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Aoyama Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 1008, Richmond
(+) Desserts, (-) Food, (- -) Service
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

I was quite upset with the service as we waited about 10 minutes before the food came up and I even had to follow up. I had to constantly ask waitress for water and every time they filled it with iced water first although we wanted hot water. It was so weird that none of the waitress speak Chinese as it was in Aberdeen Center. One waitress looks only 15 years old.
For food we got the seafood casserole which was quite horrible. The served portion was very small, which was put on a huge plate ironically. (It was like 1/3 of the plate). There was only 1 mussel, a couple of shrimps that weren't fresh, and instead of real casserole it was just baked cheese put over leftover stir-fried rice. This definitely doesn't need 10 minutes for cook and definitely does not worth $12.
The other dish we got was hamburger with curry rice. The hamburger was small and a bit over-cooked. The curry and the vegetables in it tasted good although I can tell it's some cheap curry made from those pre-made cubes. The rice was a bit hard and dry, although I liked this dish more than the casserole.
The only thing good about this place is the dessert. We got the Banana French Toast which came with about 12 golden french toast cubes topped with whipped cream, chocolate and banana. Sounds yummy doesn't it? It was! I really liked it and I finished them although I was quite full from the main dish. It wasn't too sweet and most of the toast cubes were soft on the inside as I could tell it was soaked in eggs before it was fried. One thing they should watch though. They served the dish before giving us forks so the whipped cream already melt when they gave us the forks. Also they should have given us knives before the cubes were obviously too big to be eaten in one bite. Terrible service again.
This restaurant is off my list now but I did like their dessert.

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Bubble Queen8888 Odlin Crescent, Unit 1200, Richmond
Affordable High-End Bubble Tea
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

They have a large menu including specialty milk tea and slush that are pretty affordable. ($3~4.50 including pearls and GST included!)
I love their specialty slush because they blend in real cookie/chocolate etc with a generous amount with pearls (sweetness and chewyness is just right)
I can't wait to try their other items like mochi and bubble waffles. I'll definitely be back, although there's a bit of wait since the store and the kitchen is really small

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good ambiance + affordable sushi
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

After being there twice I feel like I have to submit a review for this restaurant and it's my first review...I went to try Sushi Oyama after reading so many reviews and I was glad that I did! They have a variety of good sushi rolls, I loved Awesome Roll, Spider Roll and the one with Mango was good too! for 6.95 some rolls come in a generous 8 pc! The service is not too slow, although the restaurant is quite big so they can forget to add some more tea. The view and ambiance is nice. just remember to make reservation as there is quite a bit of waiting on weekends. Try this if you like sushi rolls. One thing they can improve though, I noticed that their rolls are rather loose...for most of the rolls that have plenty of fillings it's hard to avoid the stuff falling when you try to eat it, especially the house roll..

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