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jennkoVancouverSince February 17, 200886 Reviews
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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great food
Submitted Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 3:06am [Dine in]

I went to this small Jap resto tonight at around 10:15pm and stayed until 11pm cuz my bf craved ramen for late night snack. So, I checked out the reviews for ramen around Vancouver and found out that this place is the best. So, we ordered the gyoza that we find to be pretty good. Very juicy and the taste wasn't too overpowering and the skin was pretty thin. We also ordered the charcoal ramen with pork and the spicy chicken miso ramen. The bamboo charcoal noodle was a little bland in taste but considering that it's an healthy food so I thought it was very good. The soup base wasn't oily at all and interesting enough, it was black. As for the spicy miso, the soupbase was not bad with lots of veggies and some chicken breast. What I like the best is the noodle, it was thin and chewy. I don't eat lots of ramen and I don't know how the standards of the other restaurants are so I think that this restaurant is pretty good so i would definitely come again. Though I might try other ramen places to find out which is the best.

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Enigma4397 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Nice brunch
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 12:28am [Dine in]

I came here for brunch with 3 other people today. Today is Mother's Day so I expected the wait would b long but fortunately we were seated immediately regardless of the crowded place. The wait for food was super long though, more like 45 mins counting from the moment we ordered. The resto is good that they serve banana cake during our wait and the server refilled our orange juice cuz of the very long wait. The food I think is very mediocre. I ordered the crab benny but it wasn't as good as the one in figmint. The eggs were nicely done but the crab was very little and i think it was frozen. The price was very good though especially for the huge portions. I think I would come back here again if I wanna eat some inexpensive brunch with great service.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Awesome place to hang out but awful for dinner
Submitted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 1:53am [Dine in]

I came here with my bf for dinner tonight after hearing about this resto for a very long time. When we arrived to the entrance, we thought that the place was closed cuz it was super dark from outside but we decided to push the door to try, luckily it was open. It took us less than a minute to get seated. The atmosphere was awesome, very high ceiling with lots of candles incorporated into the holes of the walls, precious stones on the high ceiling walls, unique tables and menu sheets, and very authentic hanging lamps. The downside to it is that it's too dark, it's even too dark to both of us who are actually used to dark restaurants. The menu was very interesting, we just need to choose the type of protein and it'll come in 3 ways.
So, we tried the lamb in 3 ways:
1. lamb curry with rice was not bad, it also came with crackers
2. lamb meatball was alright, the seasoning was pretty strong so I give credit for the distinction from other meatballs. The beans to accompany the meatball was not bad.
3. seared lamb loin is like marinated lamb tataki so it's seared on the outside and rare inside. The meat was tasty, a little salty to me, but bf thought it was fine. It's the best dish of the dinner although it was a little salty.
We also ordered Dungeness Crab Risotto. The rice was overly cooked, no bite to it whatsoever. The taste was also bland.
We also ordered 3 of the chef's selections:
1. prawn gyoza that taste totally awful. The skin was hard, it was like the gyoza had been cooked like weeks ago but just staying in the fridge or freezer for customers to order. It was tasteless too.
2. Oxtail capelletti was also not good. The skin of the pasta is like the gyoza as it was very hard and felt it had been premade long ago, just reheated b4 serving. The good thing about this is that the sauce was pretty good.
3. Korean BBQ Baby Back Ribs was not good. It wasn't served hot, it was only warm, I think it's also premade yet they can't even seem to reheat it right. It was braised and totally not bbq style, so the menu was misleading.
Finally we ordered a Coffee Pot de Creme which came in a small espresso cup with 4 little yam balls. The coffe pot de creme was very creamy, only a third of the cup was filled with coffee creme the rest was whipping cream.
It was very difficult for us to share the dishes during dinner cuz it was too dark and we couldn't even see what we're eating. We even needed to carry the table candles over our food to take a closer look at what we're eating. The presentation of the food was excellent, I just hope that the food could b better. l would definitely not come back here w my bf again, but I might bring my friends over to enjoy the ambiance and have some drinks and try a little of other foods.

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Happy Date Bakery & Restaurant2800 1st Ave E, #260, Vancouver
Fast, decent, and filling meals
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 2:15am [Dine in]

I always come here when I'm in the area and in need for some cheap, filling, and simple breakfast. I've only tried their breakfast here and they seem to be alright. Many selections of eggs, hams, sausages, with macaroni soup or instant noodle. Other dishes include fried rice or noodles or other fast chinese food. The quality is reliable maybe cuz it's so simple to make them that it's impossible to do sth wrong. I will definitely recommend this place to ppl who wanna b filled yet don't wanna break the bank.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Awesome Chinese donuts and pork dumplings
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 2:08am [Dine in]

Today was the first time for me to come here as this place was highly recommended by my gf. It's only in the weekends that they serve the shanghai style pork dumplings "xiao long bao" and also the savory chinese donuts. So, today we came for only those food and I must say those were amazing. I always eat "xiao long bao" and this place serves them pretty good and not too fatty. Usually the juice inside the dumplings are fat but in here it's more broth than fat so it's healthier and less filling. The chinese donuts were also very big and crispy definitely one of the best that I had in town. Other than those we also ordered the prawn dumplings and I find the skin to be very good as in thin and chewy but the prawn in the filling were too minced instead of big pieces of shrimps or prawns. I will definitely recommend anyone who loves eating "xiao long bao" and chinese donuts to come here. N, u might see me there cuz I'm definitely coming again and I might try other foods too.

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100% Healthy Desserts8291 Westminster Highway, #150, Richmond
Only go if you like HK style desserts
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 1:55am [Dine in]

I came here yesterday with a couple of my friends for a late night dessert. We came here because other bbt houses were full so we had to go somewhere else and my friend suggested this place. I actually do not really like HK style desserts, ie. sweet soups, juices, glutinous rice, puddings, sago, and many other desserts. As for the savory foods, they have fish balls, fish cakes, instant noodles, and many others. I didn't try any savory foods but they don't look appetizing to me in the pics. So, my suggestion is if you don't like simple HK style desserts then don't even bother coming here.

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14981 Fusion Cuisine14981 Marine Drive, White Rock
Awesome tapas at a very good value
Submitted Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 2:34am [Dine in]

Four of my friends and I came here tonight for dinner. We arrived at 8 pm and were promptly seated by the server. This restaurant was actually introduced by my friend as it's her favorite fusion tapas restaurant. Since 5 of us shared everything, so we ordered:
1. Shoestrings that was good and crunchy yet not oily. I think the oil temperature that the fries went into the deep fryer was high enough so the fries didn't absorb the oil. It was also served with balsamic glaze. Yummm.
2. Scallops on yam. The scallops here were humongous compared to other restaurants I've been to, including Market by Jean-Georges. N, it was cooked to perfection, being the middle still a little raw and very juicy, unlike Market where the scallops were thoroughly cooked until a little rubbery.
3. Awesome lamb rack. The seasoning for the lamb rack is very different from other restaurants being the herbs were very balanced and it was cooked well that it's tender.
4. Curry mussels that was a little spicy with very tasty sauce. All of us loved this dish, the mussels were cooked to perfection meaning not at all rubbery. We tried Chambar before and we were happy with them but now we will not go anywhere else for mussels but here. It also came with naan so that we can dip it in the sauce.
5. Duck breast with some element of chinese sauce. We all love their duck breast, it was cooked to perfection again. The center is still a little pinkish and it was very very tender. Adding the sauce also made it rise to another level .
6. Black cod with prawns. This is maybe the best dish of the whole restaurant. We thought that the plating of this dish was excellent. It took my friends 5 mins just to take pics before we could start digging in. It was very super tender with buttery melt in the mouth texture and again cooked very well. Unlike other fusion tapas where the sauce used miso and jap seasoning, this resto used sth else that tasted better, with the "WOW" factor.
7. Berry cheesecake. It was good but I had better cheesecakes outside.
8. Molten chocolate with ice cream. My gfs couldn't stop eating and only left me a bite. How sad cuz it tasted very good and I wanted more but they ran out of another one tonight. :-(
All in all, we love this restaurant and this is definitely our new fav resto and it wasn't expensive. With this quality in downtown, we would pay $65 min but we only paid $45 inc tax n tips here. I would definitely recommend this gem to all my friends.

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Curry King Cafe3250 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Pretty good for a HK cafe
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

I came here with my aunt today for lunch. My aunt suggested this restaurant cuz she always comes here and she knows all the workers who work here, at least she knows the servers and the floor manager. So, we ordered the deep fried pork chop with rice and also the Hainam chicken laksa. I don't know how the pork chop tasted but by the look of it, it seemed to b fried at a too low of oil temp. The pork seemed to be very oily and the cut of meat seemed to be very fatty, definitely not appetizing. As for my chicken laksa, the chicken was not bad, portion wise and flavor wise. The laksa soup base was also decent, pretty good for a HK cafe. I would not recommend this place for ppl yet I will still come back here if my aunt asks me again.

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Great service, great food, and great ambiance
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

As we all know this restaurant focuses on the customer cooking their piece of meat or fish on a very hot stone themselves. So, I came here with my mom and bro and we had the set dinner. I think I had the petite mignon and my brother had the regular sized one. Well, when it comes to this restaurant I think if you are a good cook then you'll do a good job. My steak turn out to be perfect as in med rare every bite, while my brother's turned out to be well done every bite. :P The meat itself was very fresh and tender, good piece of meat to simply put it. So, I would recommend this restaurant only if u actually know how to cook.

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Spicy Vegetarian Cuisine4200 No. 3 Rd, #132, Richmond
My favorite vegetarian restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 3:43am [Dine in]

I always come here with my mom whenever we crave for vegetarian food. Their food flavor is somewhat different from other chinese run veg restaurant in a way that they don't overwhelm the food with msg and soy sauce, yet its flavor is not bland. We always order the deep fried bean curd with basil leaf which was good. We also order their fried rice, I don't remember which one but I remember that it doesn't have so much oil in it and it was a little spicy. The value was also pretty reasonable especially with very polite and attentive servers. I will definitely come back here when I'm in Rmd.

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Totally overhyped reviews
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I came here for lunch today after reading all the excellent reviews here. So 6 of us came, it took us a week to finally get a table of 6 here. We arrived on time at 11:30 and we were surprised to see that the place was very nice, nice decor, nice couches, lighting, terrace, simply put it's got awesome ambiance. So 6 of us all shared the appies and so we ordered:
1. two orders of oysters that weren't fresh, which was noticed by 2 of my friends
2. tuna tartare that was slightly salty to 2 of my friends, fine by me but it was just alright, no element of surprise whatsoever.
3. arctic char sashimi that was alright
4. black truffle pizza that was pretty good, the best among all the appies that we ordered today
5. scallops with cauliflower that all of us felt it was overcooked. The scallop was medium sized and it was thoroughly cooked to the centre which made it to be not juicy at all.
For entrees, we had:
1. black cod, it was cooked perfectly, it was actually the best main course we had today
2. hanger steak and we find it to be a little too smoked and charred on the outside. ( there was no tenderloin in the menu when we got there)
3. yellowfin tuna burger was not bad, the flavour was a little spicy yet not overwhelming
4. short ribs were awful. It was hard and not even a slight bit of fat in it. I think they just chose too lean of a part of the short ribs.
For desserts, we had:
1. chocolate pudding with chocolate cake at the bottom and whipping cream on the top all served inside a glass. This is very good though I know that it's very simple and easy to make.
2. raspberry coconut cream cookie and it was not bad. Refreshing.
3. chocolate ice cream. I don't know how it tasted but by gf said that it was great.
AFter trying out Market, 3 of us wouldn't come back again for lunch. Oh, I forgot to mention that the service was good to begin with cuz we were the first few tables that came but as more people came in, service became lacking, but it's still understandable. Value wise $28 for a 3 course in Shangrila Hotel is still cheap regardless of the good but over hyped food. Very nice ambiance though.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Great cakes
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 12:16am [Dine in]

I came here with my gf yesterday for dessert after lunch. The place is very small and we drove through it twice before spotting it. We had the creme brulee and a mango cheesecake. The creme brulee was not bad, it's better than many places outside but I still think that the creme could b smoother and the caramel on top could b a little less. I loved how it cracks when we poke it with spoon but it was too much sugar. The mango cheesecake was just alright, I think that there's not much of a mango flavour and cheese was not strong. We also ordered 2 cups of tea and the bill came out to be around $18 so it was decent price. I will definitely come back again to try other cakes and maybe I'll find 1 or 2 that I'll love.

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Tsim Chai Noodles8251 Westminster Hwy., #50, Richmond
Excellent Wonton Noodle
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

I always come here for their wonton noodle and they always taste very good to me, possibly the best one in town. Their wonton is very big and full of prawns, unlike other HK style noodle place where their wonton is a combination of shrimps and pork. Their noodle is also somewhat chewy and not overcooked with that special noodle flavor. I am not sure how's the taste of other things in here but their wonton noodle is excellent. I will definitely come back for more and maybe next time I'll order sth else too.

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Copa Cafe4036 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Not bad for a HK style cafe
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

I came to the one on Cambie St. for late night snack w my bf last night. We ordered their special which was the kurobuta meal that consists of a side dish, soup, and drink. So, we chose baked oyster and veggie to come along w our kurobuta meal. The pork was a good portion compared to other HK style cafe restaurant but the taste was somewhat bland though I understand that we were supposed to dip it in sauce. The sauce is somewhat similar to red wine vinegar but to me pure vinegar without other things mixed in is too sour. The veggie was plain blanched (without adding salt) broccoli with baby carrots so it was tasteless. On top of that, we ordered the mini portion meal that is only available past 9pm. I think we got the Malaysian style seafood fried rice (I forgot the name but for sure it's #45 in the menu) and we asked for extra spicy. The food came out decent, with kani (imitated crab), shrimps, and baby scallops but it wasn't spicy, maybe only a very tiny little bit spicy but it is decent.
The ambiance in here is better than other HK style cafe, nice seats and clean tables and cutlery. The service was slightly better than other HK style cafe. The price for the meals were slightly more expensive for $1-2 than other HK cafes in Richmond.
Since this restaurant is located near my house and they open till like 2 am so I think I might come back in the future.

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Great dining experience
Submitted Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

My bf and I came here for dinner last night and had the $40 chef's creations menu. The first thing that came out was a ravioli soup in beef broth, it tasted alright. Next we had the mediterranean seabass that was nicely cooked with skin still crunchy yet the meat still moist. We both love the seabass cuz it is very full flavoured yet it has a very nice texture. Next, we had trout which was cooked in the same way as the seabass and though we both enjoyed it, but we were expecting a different cooking method. For the pasta, we had veal ravioli, which was pretty good, it was cooked al dente and the pasta was made to order. Then we had the two desserts, which were the lemon cream with rhubarb and the prune cake. The lemon cream was pretty good, a touch too sour for my bf. The prune cake was a little too bland in flavour, maybe cuz we had it after the lemon cream. The service in this restaurant was awesome. They did not even show that they were getting ready to leave when we were the only table in the restaurant at around 11pm. The portion was also good, not too much yet not so little maybe cuz we said that the chef should go easy on the pasta.
In general, we both liked this restaurant and will come back to try to $57 menu when we're hungry.

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Gelarmony1222 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great selections
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

I always come here to have some of the best gelato in Van. I find that their gelatoes are very smooth and are not too sweet, it's just right. Some of my top pick flavours include: pistachio, coffee, muesli (a bit sour but it's good), dark chocolate, and ferrerro rocher. It's such a great place to go cuz they don't only offer gelato, they also offer yogurt and sorbetto for people who are lactose intolerant. I will definitely come back here for more.

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Corner 234008 Cambie Street, Vancouver
A nice place to hang out at night
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

I always come here at night to hang out w my friends cuz I think it's the only bubble tea place w pretty good food in the area. Their most popular item is the pork feet and I always have for take out when I go there cuz i think it is a bit too hard so I would just steam it for half hour when i get home. Their food is pretty good in general, compared to other bbt food though I don't remember which dishes I ordered last time (2 months ago). Their bbt is also pretty good, they come in pretty big glasses too. I will definitely come again for late night snack before midnight, cuz i think they close at midnight.

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Tony's Beef Noodle5710 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Greatest taiwanese noodle place
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

I came here a couple of months ago for lunch with my mom. We had the regular taiwanese style beef noodle and both of us found the noodle to be chewy which is good, as the noodle from lots of other taiwanese noodle places are not this good. The soup base was also pretty good. The pricing was reasonable so I will definitely come back again. I guess the only down side to this restaurant is that it doesn't open till late.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Awesome food for the price
Submitted Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

I came with my bf last month for lunch. We had french onion soup, a lamb sausage sandwich, and mussels. The french onion soup was bland, not enough onion, not enough beef flavour, not enough cheese, and it wasn't even baked. The lamb sausage sandwich was overcooked and dry, and the presentation looked like it took less than 10 seconds to put together. The mussels were actually ok for the price, although I rarely had mussels worse than this one. The mussels were slightly rubbery and the fries that came with the mussels were soggy and oily.
The server was friendly and helpful on changing an uncleaned fork.
The price was not expensive at all.
There is nothing wrong with the ambiance, it's just a cheap lunch place. I didn't expect much to begin with.
I would probably not go again, but if you haven't try, you should go at least once.

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Spice Islands Indonesian Restaurant3592 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
Probably the best indonesian restaurant in town
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice before a couple of months ago. This restaurant to me is not too authentic as it caters more to canadian taste, it's not as strong flavored and not as spicy. The ambiance is definitely better than any other indonesian restaurant in town, at least it's clean and more of a fine dining feel. The service is excellent, the man who served us was very polite and attentive to our food and drinks. I would definitely come back here in the future and definitely bring some friends as well.

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