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JKHVancouverSince July 7, 200918 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
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Rose Garden Restaurant3415 Kingsway, Vancouver
Really good food!
Submitted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:48pm [Take-out]

We've ordered takeout from here several times now and are happy to have a new go-to Chinese restaurant. The food was REALLY good each time. Over the couple times we've ordered, we've had the BBQ pork chow mein (really good); prawns with 3 kinds of mushroom (outstanding); mushroom foo yong (possibly the best foo yong I've ever had); lemon chicken; deep fried tofu with vegetables; some kind of chicken and duck dish; and fried rice. The only dish that wasn't as good was the fried rice; it was kind of dry, so we won't order that one again. But the rest were all GREAT. I wasn't able to try the more traditional Chinese dishes as the people I was ordering with like the 'old favourites' but based on how good these dishes were, I'll definitely branch out more if I order with other people! I highly recommend this place. Can't really comment on the service as we didn't dine in.

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Overrated!
Submitted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

I don't understand why this place gets so many good reviews; the food really isn't that great. It's GOOD, but it's not GREAT, so I don't think it's worth the price you pay. I can get way better Indian food at many other places in Vancouver, for much less. The service was mediocre, too; the server was never around when we needed her, and she seemed indifferent at best. The decor and ambiance are really nice, so maybe that's why people like this place so much. But it was also freezing inside; half the people in the restaurant were wearing their coats, and when we told the server how cold we were, she said she'd do something about it but obviously didn't; we were there 2 hours and never took our coats off!
I've been here a few times now (always with friends who want to go; I'm happy to give it a miss) and each time, the food was OK but definitely not outstanding.

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Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver
Gone downhill - in a BIG way
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

I first went to Tanpopo a couple years ago, and thought it was amazing: an all you can eat with an extensive menu, where the quality was really good. Well, that quality is GONE. The AYCE now has three "levels" (ie, three prices) - we opted for the most expensive one, $25 each, because there are lots of extras on the menu. The food, quite frankly, sucked. Here are the things that were terrible: the deep fried scallop (tasted like it had come from M&M frozen foods - except worse); the fried rice (pre-frozen vegetable mix in it), the BBQ saba (it was overcooked to the point of burned), the vegie gyoza (actually so bad I spit it into my napkin), the dynamite roll (dried up), the seafood motoyaki (all mayonnaise, hardly any seafood), the BBQ salmon (just not good quality fish)... I could go on. Here are the things that were good: the spinach ohitashi, the bbq vegie skewers. Seriously, that's about it. You might be wondering 'what were you expecting from AYCE?' - but this place USED to be good. However, this was so bad I will never go back. We should have spent that $60 just going to a regular sushi restaurant where we would have had good food!

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Ryu Sushi3079 Main Street, Vancouver
GREAT food, even if the service is a bit slow
Submitted Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

Main Street needed another sushi restaurant, and this one fits the bill perfectly. Ryu has the basic sushi menu (nigiri, maki, udon, donburi, etc.) and also some outstanding rolls that I've never seen anywhere else. Too many to list here but you have to try the Tokyo Roll, Green Dragon Roll, and David Roll. They also do BROWN RICE - always glad to have this option. My only complaint is that the food took quite a long time - 20 minutes for miso + maki when there were only 5 people in the place? (And when I ordered takeout it was slower than they told me over the phone, too). So be prepared to wait - but the food is good, and excellent value. They also do delivery for orders over $20 (but again, be prepared to wait). As for ambiance... that's definitely the one thing lacking, and I really wish they didn't have TVs blaring all the time, but this is still a solid neighbourhood sushi restaurant.

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Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot5108 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Fantastic! My new favourite place
Submitted Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

I didn't really know what to expect when I came here and I was SO impressed. You pay a bit more than you would for many hotpot restaurants, but it's all you can eat, and the menu choices are HUGE - meats, seafoods, vegetables, tofu, dumplings...

You can get a 'divided' hotpot with 2 kinds of broth in it - or just 1 if you want - I recommend the Tom Yum if you like spicy! Then you order plates of food and cook them in the boiling broth. We had beef, shrimp, cuttlefish, wontons, bean curd skin, cress, oysters, bitter melon, winter melon, deep fried fish skin, seafood balls... and everything was AMAZING. I'm already looking forward to going back!

Service was very fast and efficient; they maybe could have been friendlier but I think it was because they were so busy. Our waitress took the time to explain how it all worked (the ordering) and even recommended dishes.

This place has nicer decor than your average Chinese restaurant.

And you won't believe how good crispy fish skin is until you try it!

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Processed meat!
Submitted Friday, April 1, 2011 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

After hearing great things about Sun Sui Wah for years, I finally went here - what a disappointment! The food was mediocre at best. Our vegie dish was OK (mushrooms with vegetables turned out to be mushrooms with boy choy - maybe it should be called mushrooms with one vegetable!) but nothing exciting. The fried rice with prawn and shredded chicken was strange; it came in a half cream, half tomato-based sauce; wish the menu had said so! A bit bland and mushy. But the worst dish of all was the "boneless" chicken, which was PROCESSED! We were shocked - I can't believe a place like Sun Sui Wah would service processed chicken. But yes, they did.

The service was very good until we wanted to leave; even though there were lots of servers, we had to ask 3 times for our bill.

HUGE disappointment, I will never go back here again. Take your business to Gain Wah in Chinatown - no ambiance, but the food is great!

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La Taqueria322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
AMAZING food!
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

I've always found it puzzling that such an international city as Vancouver, and one with so many restaurants, could be so lacking in good (authentic) Mexican food. Well, look no further - La Tacqueria is here!
The tacos are wonderful - with *real* mexican style tortillas, not those awful supermarket ones that other restaurants use. The taco fillings are amazing (and not all are strictly 'authentic' - they have special ones they've created, but they are just as good, if not better!), and the value can't be beat. I recommend the chicken mole, the fish taco, and the tofu one - and be sure to try the Chile Arbol salsa!

The atmosphere is lacking, but what can you expect from a place that's meant to be a hole-in-the-wall taco stand? It's spotlessly clean though; even though there's no atmosphere, it's still a pleasant place to eat. And the great, friendly service more than makes up for the fact you're perched on a stool at a tiny counter! Try to avoid the lunch rush as this place gets BUSY!

I will be back here A LOT.

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Floata Seafood Restaurant180 Keefer Street, #400, Vancouver
Overpriced, bland food - terrible service!
Submitted Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

What a disappointment this place was! Friends had told me about it, but it did not live up to the recommendation.
Firstly the place is huge - banquet hall sized - and there were only 2 tables of customers (including ours) which should have been a sign. Also it was freezing in there.
We ordered what sounded like nice dishes but the food was so BLAND! Which is not good considering that this is a little higher priced than most Chinese restaurants. There were no dishes that really made up for this.
Service was AWFUL. Even though there were 3 servers for 2 tables of customers, our waiter was never around when we needed him. He brought our entrees... but no plates or bowls for us to eat from. I had to keep turning around in my chair to catch someone's eye but they weren't even looking up. Had to ask for more tea, for hot sauce, if they'd forgotten one of our dishes... pretty much everything.
Not worth the money, will never go back here.

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Saravanaa Bhavan955 W Broadway, Vancouver
Amazing vegetarian food, oustanding buffet, great service
Submitted Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

I can't BELIEVE this place isn't more highly rated! I'm an Indian food connoiseur, and I give this place five stars for food.
Buffet food can often be a bit below-par as it's been sitting out for a while, but even though we arrived for a late lunch, the food was all beautifully fresh. AMAZING flavours; some dishes I'd never tasted before. There are about 16 dishes in the buffet, and you get a metal tray with 'dividers', as well as little pots for soups and sauces (you must try the coconut curry, and the lemon pickle, with your papadam). The butter paneer is to die for. One warning: don't take too much at the buffet, because as soon as you sit down, the servers bring you freshly made puris, nan break, AND dosas!
The service here is excellent, and has been every time. Good chai and Indian coffee too.
Nice clean restaurant, nice simple decor.
Really, I have NOTHING bad to say about this place - I will be back here often!

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Taiyo Sushi1179 Commercial, Vancouver
AMAZING food, what a deal
Submitted Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

This is the best sushi I've had in ages, and you won't believe how much you get for what you pay. The portion sizes are simply enormous (beware! you can share the gomae and dishes that are normally for 1 person). Service was great and the sushi was EXCELLENT. You must try this place because compared to the many average sushi restaurants in Vancouver, this place really deserves more business! Excellent menu - some really different maki as well as the usual favourites. And the tuna tataki is to die for. Enjoy!

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
Average food, wouldn't come back
Submitted Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

The great reviews all seem to be for the lunch buffet... I was here for the dinner and wouldn't come back. Our meals were OK but not great; definitely not as good as other Indian restaurants that charge the same prices. Service was also OK but not great. Zero atmosphere in the restaurant.

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Elixir350 Davie Street, Vancouver
Came away HUNGRY!
Submitted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

It's a general maxim that the more upscale the restaurant, the less you get to eat... well, this is certainly true of Elixir. I had Angus tenderloin, but it was a small cut, with four spears of asparagus and a small amount of potatoes. My friends' entrees were even smaller! We came away HUNGRY. No way were we going to bother with dessert at those prices... plus, our meal took forever to arrive. Actually, it took forever just to order. They were happy enough to take our wine order but we had to ASK to order our dinner. (The wine was nothing great) The food was good, but no better than any other restaurant; I never thought there would be a day when I'd praise Cactus Club, but honestly, you could have had the same meal there, just as good, TWICE as much to eat, and paid half.
I won't be back to Elixir again; it's just surfing the fact that it's a trendy place.

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Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
They need to STEP UP the service, in a big way
Submitted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

I gave this place a great review, some months ago.. well scratch that, because the service this time was so bad, I dont' know if I'll ever go back.
We were there early, the place was almost empty. Still, we waited forever just to order drinks... and even then, we had to flag the waitress down. The drinks took forever. Then we ordered our food... which took about 40-50 minutes, maybe more. Every time we wanted something - another drink, the dessert menu - we had to try to find the waitress (and they both had very little to do, with the place still being half empty) and flag them down. Ordered dessert and it took so long (30 minutes for dessert???) that we ended up cancelling it.
We complained, so the chef came out to explain that they have no microwaves, that everything is made from scratch. I certainly hope a restaurant doesn't use microwaves! - that's a lame excuse for poor service and SLOW food, all around. Then he tried to blame it on our attitude! Look, if your service is bad, acknowledge it; DO NOT try to blame it on the customer.
The food was OK, but overall the poor service really killed the night. The only time servers ever appeared was to refill our water - strange, as we were prepared to spend money on food and drink! Don't know if I'll ever go back here.

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Aisha Tandoori Restaurant514 W Broadway, Vancouver
Won't go back
Submitted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

I went here for lunch and ordered the Veg Thali, which consisted of pakora, rice, nan, dhal, popadam, raita, potato and cauliflower curry, and rice pudding. Well, the pakora (which there was one of) and the potato curry were both dried out, like they'd been made hours ago and had been sitting around. The dahl was nice but there was so little of it - not enough to balance out the carb overload of all that bread, rice, and potato (and considering dhal costs next to nothing to make, I found this really disappointing). The rice pudding was all liquid.
Service was lacklustre - I had to go find the waiter when I wanted to leave. I definitely do not recommend this place.

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Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Best pizza I've ever had in my life!
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

Probably not the review title you were expecting for someplace that's not a pizza joint or even Italian! I ordered the Mediterranean (roasted vegetables) but with regular mozarella instead of goat cheese, and it really was the best pizza I've ever had - thin, crispy, beautifully seasoned (fresh shredded basil) - I'll go back there in a second!

My friend ordered the butternut squash soup, and I tried a taste of it - also outstanding. The rest of the menu looked good - I'll definitely go back to try more (although it will be hard NOT to order that pizza!)

This is a nice, cozy little neighbourhood restaurant. Very pleasant esthetically, good ambiance, and the service was great.

My only criticism is that it was NOISY. I wish Vancouver restaurant designers would learn about a thing called sound reflection - and acoustic treatment! I was sitting 2 feet across from my friend but had a sore throat by the end of the night from having to talk so loud (all reflected background noise, not the music!)

I guess I have 1 other minor nitpick, which is that it would be really nice to for once go to a Vancouver restaurant that does NOT have a TV. There was a day when TVs were only for sports bars, and I miss those days. It's such an ambiance-killer. But I know I'm not going to win that battle...

I read some other reviews that criticized the service -- either we were very lucky, or this restaurant has made a serious effort to improve the service because it was great.

Overall, I would highly recommend this place.

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Bawan's Donair & Pizza1453 West Broadway, Vancouver
Food was bland
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Had the baked spaghetti and thought it was incredibly bland - really needed some seasoning. Had previously tried another dish that came with soup, and the soup was awful. Tiny cramped restaurant, kind of dingy, needs a facelift! Wish I could say something good about it but so far, nothing but disappointments. Well, it's cheap at least...

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Osaka Teppanyaki1788 W Broadway, #103, Vancouver
Not That Great
Submitted Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

Went here with friends and the service seemed good at first but as the night went on, we were having a hard time getting the waitress' attention, even though there were many of them and the restaurant wasn't full!

The food was OK but not great. We ordered sirloin steak + prawns. The seasoning on the prawns was nice but the prawns themselves were the tasteless kind - also they were VERY overcooked. You only need to cook prawns for a minute or two, but the chef seemed more concerned with doing his show.

And the sirloin steak WAS NOT SIRLOIN. It was a way cheaper cut, probably skirt steak - pretty bad tasting. I guess they think they can hide the taste with the sauce. Well, they can't.

The 'show' is fun enough but this place is not good value for money.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Wonderful - will be back many times!
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

I read the mixed reviews of Sanafir before going, so wasn’t sure what I’d be in for – well, the experience was great.
There was only one slight glitch: I had made reservations, but it was only when I arrived that they informed me we’d be sitting at a communal table. I hope the Sanafir manager reads this: TELL YOUR CUSTOMERS about this WHEN they book, not when they arrive, or it feels a bit sneaky. My friend and I wanted to be able to have a private conversation, and the tiny stools at the communal table looked rather back-unfriendly, so I requested a table.
To my surprise, we were given one. And from there on in, the evening only got better.

The staff were all superb, from the host (who did get us a table) to the bar staff to our fun and friendly waitress Arezoun – even the doorman was friendly and helpful – at the end of the night we forgot the container of food we’d had packed up to go, and he ran down the street to give it to us! During the evening we were also given a tour of the upstairs, because we’d never seen it.

The décor is gorgeous – you really feel like you’ve been transported to another place. The only thing Sanafir might want to do is add some fabric hangings over the windows as the construction on Granville right now is at odds with the beauty of Sanafir!

The food was amazing. I read in another review that the tapas were overpriced, but even though they don’t look large when they first arrive, they’re really filling. I highly recommend the calamares trio. The cocktails were great too, so was the dessert; the only thing that wasn’t up to par was the coffee. But the food made up for this. Outstanding.

The atmosphere is fun too – this is quite the hip and happening place! all in all it was a wonderful evening and I look forward to going back.

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