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JooJooEast VancouverSince January 1, 200882 Reviews
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Sea Monstr Sushi55 Powell Street, Vancouver
QUALITY sushi and great value for what you pay for!
Submitted Friday, March 4, 2011 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

As soon as you enter you are immediately greeted by everyone that works there, very warm welcome, water is offered right away, our server was pleasant and professional. The ambiance is small but comfortable, theres a sushi bar and some table and stools in the back.I really enjoyed the spicy tuna roll, the flavors were excellent, the sushi rice was cooked to perfection, perfect thin layer of seaweed and best of all the really good quality fish! We also got the chopped scallop roll and california roll, everything was delicious! The prawn sunomono was fresh and well done, its not the typical ones you get at any restaurant. The gommae spinach with peanut sauce was good and tasty. The miso soup was hot and delicious! Sea Monstr is an authentic Japanese restaurant that delivers great style and taste, perfect bite size maki rolls! Too bad there is not hot food or dessert. I would definitely recommend Sea Monstr for a quick snack, lunch or light dinner.

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7 Sweet Sins683 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Yummy cakes! Great selection!
Submitted Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 1:03am [Dine in]

I came here based on reviews found on Urbanspoon. This place has a lot of selection of cakes, I ordered the chocolate lava cake, they warmed it up slightly enough for the chocolate to melt in the centre, it was good! The texture and the sweetness was perfect, not overly done. We also got some take out, the classic cheesecake and white chocolate mousse was delicious as well. The shaved white chocolate surrounding the soft velvety mousse was excellent. The cheesecake was creamy and was top with a piece of strawberry. They also sell gelato ice cream, great place to hang out and grab dessert! Too bad the guy did not understand English well, I was trying to ask what other cakes were their best sellers and he just smiled at me, so I went with my instant and got the ones that looked the most appealing, but they all looked great!

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Suika1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Needs Improvement, poor execution.
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

Kinyo one is my favorite Japanese Izakaya restaurant, when I found out that they also opened Suika I was very excited to go try it out! The ambiance was nice the decors were cool. We came for a birthday celebration, it was busy but would of expected everything to still be solid...but to my surprise it did not par with Kingyo. We asked for tea and water but they slowly brought it one by one, missed some of the people at the table?! We ordered the braised pork belly, it was too fatty and bland, next came the udon with clams, clams were really bitter and just not tasty, noodles were bland, ebi mayo was overly done the batter was very dry and overcooked, it looked very wrinkled and burnt! The only decent dishes included the duck carpaccio, seared duck breast, kimchi prawn sashimi the salmon sashimi. Braised pork rib came out with a piece of rib bone, it was also very dry and the taste was not flavorful compared to the juicy delicious one at Kingyo it was like an amateur dish. Finally we got dessert, the green tea creme brulee was still frozen, they served it without defrosting it, wow what a bad dinner at Suika! I know it was busy there should be no excuse for poor execution, they do not have the quality that Kinyo offers!

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Red Wagon, The2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Very well prepared Eggs Benedict!
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

I was really craving a great breakfast and I found raving reviews on this restaurant,so we went on a late Sunday morning, got to the restaurant around 11:45am, there was a line up inside and outside, we thought the wait would be short, boy were we wrong! The restaurant is small but clean, it has decors to give you that old diner feel. The music is good. We were offered coffee while we waited which was nice! However we didn't get seated until 1pm! Service was good, but slow! The front of the house was working the crowd but the kitchen was taking forever to cook. By the time we sat down, food came another half hour later I ate my pork back eggs benedict so quick I almost don't remember how good it tasted. The portion was small but satisfying. The hollandaise sauce was well prepared, free ranged pouched egg was cooked to perfection, there was bacon bits with the hash browns. The shredded back bacon was good. $10 for the meal, you can substitute the eggs for free range eggs for an additional $1. I think the price is a bit much for such a small portion, but the breakfast here is unique. They have specials every day, its a local joint in East Van, they are very busy so do not go hungry and expect a table without a long wait.

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
DOV. Not impressed, solid cooking skills though.
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

We came for DOV one night, the restaurant is beautiful, you get a great view! The menu was $38 for 3 courses, it is supposeto be really good value for a restaurant like this, however because I didn't enjoy my dinner, I thought it was mediocre. The service was pleasant and attentive. The bread was just ok, not good, I personally do not like olives in my bread. First course was the mussel broth scented baked puff pastry, the puff pastry was good, however it would be nice if we got more broth instead of 1/3 of the bowl? Also I like my soup hot, this came out warm. The broth had nice delicate flavors, but the was only one small mussel in it. For entree, I got the braised roasted tenderloin, potato mille-feuilles and vegetables, the steak was cooked to perfection but again it was room temperature. I would of enjoyed my entree more if it was not room temperature! I had add the pan seared foie gras for additional $12, I'm not a big fan of foie gras although honestly I've had better elsewhere. The other tenderloin entree was supplemented with the 1/2 fresh Atlantic lobster, cooked to perfection the lobster was juicy. For dessert we both got the pear tarte tatin, with sorbet, came with maple syrup on the side. This dessert was quite disappointing! It tasted bitter, salty and then sweet syrup on top, kinda warm and soft. The only thing I enjoyed was the sorbet. Overall nothing special, just another fine dining experience with great view.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Quality Dim Sum
Submitted Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

We made reservations for 1:30pm but when we arrived we were seated right away, service was polite and professional. The congee with pork and preserved eggs was ok, I really enjoyed the shrimp dumping, steamed to perfection, the shrimp was so fresh! The shrimp rice roll was my favorite, it was sooooo good! The Shark's fin dumping in soup was delicious, the spring roll was fried to perfection, not oily, very crispy, and the fillings were really tasty. Overall I enjoyed our lunch here very much and I would definitely recommend Kirin Seafood for dim sum! I've had dim sum at other Kirin Seafood restaurants but Kirin on West 12th is probably the best out of all the other Kirin restaurants.

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RTL Regional Tasting Lounge1130 Mainland, Vancouver
Server was confused and just okay food, bad dine out experience.
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

We came for the taste of Yaletown dine out menu, we ordered off the $35 for 3 courses menu, there is another menu for $25. First of all the service was below standards. We waited in the restaurant, no one came to greet us (with only 2 tables there) soon someone finally came up. We ordered our food, but the server never asked how the steak was liked done. We had to tell her! Bread was additional $6 a basket, but it never came until after our appetizers, and we had to remind her!! My water never got filled. The server seemed kinda confused at what she was suppose to be doing. Never smiled or made any effort to make the dining experience interesting. There was no music, just silence in the restaurant. To start we had 3 appetizers, the risotto was ok, the piri piri prawns was cooked right, the portugese sauce was kind of light for my liking, the smoked duck breast was flavorful, very strong smoke taste but the meat was overcooked. One of the appetizers came out wrong, and the server just stared at us blankly when we told her. Both of the steaks came out well done when asked for medium rare, the asparagus and the potato gratin that came with it is was done well. The coq au vin was kinda bland, although the vegetables (broccolli, cauliflower and carrots) were good. The artic char was okay, overall the best thing was the ice cream sandwich for dessert. The other dessert was an apple tart, the crust was too thin on the bottom and it was soooOOO sour I immediately stopped eating after one bite. I don't mind paying for a good meal at whatever cost but not for this kinda of service and food. There are plenty of good restaurants out there, its sad how Yaletown has any restaurant like this, and they are only successful due to the high traffic on weekends.

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Kadoya Japanese Restaurant1184 Denman Street, #202, Vancouver
Huge rolls: Bigger doesn' t mean better...
Submitted Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

We went to Kadoya for dinner after reading all the raving reviews. We ordered the beef takaki, 2 specialty rolls, and a prawn tempura. The portions were all huge!! The quality of the sushi rolls were okay, the rice was too soft or maybe because the rolls were so big it was too much to eat in even 3 bites per piece. The prawn tempura had way too much batter on it, I had 2 pieces and was totally done with the entire plate of tempura to share, it was overwhelming to eat the tempura with so much batter! The beef takaki was solid, although the sauce was really salty. They also give you a big bowl of ponzu dipping sauce as well as hot sauce on the side, is it all necessary I wondered? It was already incredibly salty on top of the sauce that it was plated on!! The Volcano Roll had chopped scallop, black sesame sauce, and tuna, it was tasty but also overwhelming because of the big roll of rice. Authentic Japanese restaurants would never over deliver on a huge piece of sushi and although it tasted good it the size ruined it. It would of been great had it been a piece of normal sushi size.

The service was mediocre, they rushed us to our seats, even though the restaurant was almost empty at 8pm. The servers never checked back to see how the food was tasting and was just got us the bill when we were done eating.

The ambiance was kind of tacky, there was a Japanese pop music video playing on top of the sushi bar and disco lights shining on the ceiling.

For what you get, the value is excellent. Kadoya satisfies you for the crave for a big dinner with lots of big portions to literally stuff yourself. But I did not enjoy my dinner as much as I had hope, its cheap and the food is okay if you`re starving!

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
BEST RAMEN in Vancouver!
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

We checked out Santouka, the gyoza was promising, it was fried to perfection, crispy on the outside, juicy inside. The Shio ramen was delicious, I really enjoyed the tender and juicy pork jowl and the soup base was incredible! I ordered a flavored hard boiled egg and crispy on the side, it was a good choice! Yes it is more than what you'll normally pay for ramen, but this is really good and worth the money. The miso soup based ramen was good too, however I prefer the Shio soup. Theres a table where you sit on stools or by the bar counter and small tables behind the counter and they have hampers for your jackets which is hilarious! I would definitely recommend Santouka, I've tried many ramen restaurants downtown and this place has the best!

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Fabulous Dinner, Best DOV in years!
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

We made reservations for DOV here one night, as we entered we were greeted right away, although our table was not ready yet, we patiently waited shortly and was seated. We were offered water and bread to start, the bread was really good. We ordered off the DOV menu and got the wine pairing as well. To start we tried one of each of the appetizer offered, the organic green pea soup and marinated seared salmon with beat salad was heavenly. The salmon was slightly seared and it tasted really delicate. The green pea soup was creamy and the fresh mint foam accent the soup very nicely and it was really nice mixed with the soup. For entree we ordered the Coq Au Vin, red wine Chicken stew with fresh Fettuccini pasta it was so tasty it just made me keep eating it. The Coq Au Vin was really delicious! The other entree was the grilled AAA Alberta New York steak with creamy green peppercorn sauce, and house fries. The New York steak was grilled to perfection as requested and the peppercorn sauce was very delicious as well. The house fries was the best french fries I've ever had in a restaurant, very crispy and hot, it just hit the spot! For dessert we ordered the Mistral Mousse au Chocolatthe and warm Belgian Waffle with vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate sauce, the mousse was so airy and not too sweet it was the perfect way to end the night! The waffle still hot and crispy, it contrast nicely with the ice cream, fabulous desserts! The server was extremely experienced, pleasant and attentive. The wine pairing was divine. Great DOV experiece, best I've had in years!

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George1137 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Delicious Cocktails, George has the best drinks!
Submitted Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

Came here on a Saturday night, it was very busy, however still got a drink asap by the bar, the drinks were excellent, innovative and just delicious. Did not order any food, but it looked great from the table next to us. The bartenders does an excellent job here, great service too!! I would definitely recommend coming here for cocktails after dinner.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Dov 2010
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

We came to check out the $28 for 3 courses DOV menu, I started with the Caesars Salad, not bad for portion and taste, I am not a fan of olives and garlic in my salad, so I didn't bother touching them. The other appy to start was the cream of asparagus soup, which was very bland and watery. At the menu in front of the restaurant it clearly says the soup of the night was lobster clam chowder. For entree, paying $10 more, you may get the prime rib dinner. The medium rare prime rib I ordered tasted more like a medium, but was very tender. The au jus was very thick, almost like a beef gravy instead, the taste was not that good. The side vegetables were nicely steamed placed on a bed of mashed potatoes. The yorkshire pudding was good, it was the only item on the dish that I quite enjoyed. For dessert we had the dessert buffet, which was decent, everything seemed fresh and light. Service was not good or bad, it was okay. I will not come back to try the regular menu, the service was not great, food was average, and the ambiance was very dim and feels old and boring. Theres plenty of great restaurants out there, this restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel was a disappointment.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Great French Bistro!!
Submitted Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:25am [Dine in]

We were greeted warmly as we entered by the restaurant manager. We were offered water as soon as we sat down,I love how they sit down a jar of iced cold water for you. Our server told us about the specials of the evening however she seemed very timid. But the restaurant manager came back to see if we had questions and he introduced the dishes in a very informatively and delightful manner. The bread was warm, crispy on the outside crust, soft and delicious inside, adding butter was just the best part of it all, it was crunchy, and then soft and creamy all together. I really enjoyed the bread, it was one of the best bread I had. The appetizer special of the day was salmon and scallop carpaccio, both was really nicely done. This dish was light and perfect to start the meal off. They have a $25 special that included a mixed greens, salmon frites and dessert. The salad was yummy with bits of walnuts that gave it a nice touch, it was bits of my favorite; crunchy sugar coated crunchy walnuts with a light dressing that kept you wanting to eat more. The salmon frites was grilled to perfection with a touch of garlic, tomatoes and peas on top, all of which I ate and loved. I normally do not eat peas however they made it so good with the salmon that I really liked the peas with my salmon. The salmon came with a side of fries, best restaurant fries ever, super crunchy and fresh, it was perfect! The other entree was the beef tenderloin with a red wine sauce, ratatouille and scallop potatoes, it was so juicy and tender, great dish! To end the night, we got the Marquise au Chocolat, which is a creme au chocolate terrine with coffee cream sauce, it was absolutely amazing, I loved every bite of it, it was delicious! We were welcomed back as we exit the restaurant, not many restaurants makes this gesture anymore, it was very pleassant! Excellent service from the restaurant manager! I would definitely recommend Jules!

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Starry Night Restaurant9231 Beckwith Road, Richmond
Great ambiance! Food is okay..
Submitted Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 1:11am [Dine in]

As we walked in from the parking lot, you see this house with glowing lights, it was very pretty inside the restaurant, it was dim, the interior decor was well done, the stars on the ceiling was beautiful. They had live music playing, the women had a beautiful voice, great ambiance!

The hostess greeted us as we entered, our waitress was not that experienced, she never smiled, didn't seem like she enjoyed working there, for a high end restaurant I would expect high end service but service did not meet the expectations. At one point I tried waving at the man in a suit to get our server, he looked at me but didn't even flinch. I just ended up waiting for my server to come. The chilled Dungeness crab cake with mango appetizer was really good, it was light and refreshing. However I did find pieces of crab shells in it, yikes! The seafood chowder was satisfying, there was some salmon oil or some really tasty fish oil drizzled on top and bits of fish eggs around it, and it was filled with bits of salmon, cod and mixed vegetables, at first it tasted kind of bland but then you slowly taste a kick of pepper, its really hard to describe this but the pepper taste comes and goes..very interesting! I really enjoyed the soup, very well done!

The coffee crusted ribeye steak was nice, it was grilled exactly to perfection and it was very tasty but the sides sucked, it came with mashed potatoes top with some kind of spice which was not that special and the so called deep fried onions were hard and chewy, it was so hard to eat!

The pork loin schnitzel which is like a Taiwanese or Japanese deep fried pork dish was crispy and tender, they give you a bowl of sesame seed to grind yourself which was fun and they put Tonkatsu sauce on top of it, this came with a bowl of rice and 3 small sides of veggies (spinach, chinese mushrooms in a spicy sauce and a pickle like dish) however I lost interest in this dish after the 3rd piece, maybe because we can eat this all the time in other restaurants or even some BBT houses where its only max $10 for an entire entree and it was not that special for again over $30 here.

Finally, dessert! We got the cheesecake spring roll, interesting mix however it tasted off, the spring roll was kind of salty and the warm cheese inside was kind of mushy and sweet, the strawberry, strawberry syrup, chocolate drizzle and whipped cream was a nice touch though.

There seemed like something was missing after dinner, perhaps we had high expectations and expected too much before coming after reading the raving reviews.

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La Piazza Dario Ristorante3075 Slocan St., Vancouver
Love the pasta!
Submitted Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

Recommended by a friend we decided to try Dario's one night. The bread was really soft, warmed to serve and the olive oil dip was excellent. For start we had the steamed mussels, which was really nice and fresh. I ordered the sauteed veal with lemon and white wine sauce. In addition to my entree we really wanted to try the seafood pasta called Linguine di Mare, which had prawns and mussels in tomato sauce, that was phenomenal! The special of the day was the veal chop, it was meaty and tasty, solid dish. For dessert we had the tiramisu, it was nice to end the meal with but a bit too sweet though.

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Finch's Tea & Coffee House353 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Great Lunch, Amazing Service!
Submitted Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I had the most amazing salad ever at Finch's. The pear, blue brie, sliced pear, prosciutto, roasted walnuts, lettuce, oil & vinegar was heaven! It was so delicious that I was thinking about it for days! The service here was exquisite, they greet you with a very genuine friendly and warm smile when you order, they ask for your name and bring you the food while you sit and wait at your table. I think they do a great job here, they make everything fresh from the baguettes to salads, as well as the black current drink that I had ordered cold. I would definitely recommend Finch's for amazing food but do expect to wait for your food since they make it fresh for you!

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Dinner sucked!
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 12:15am [Dine in]

I was extremely disturbed with the service here, after making reservations we had to wait 10 minutes for our table when there were clearly 3 open tables available. After we sat down, no one ever came to give us water or bread, after about 15 minutes I was kinda furious already. For the kind of ambiance and price they are charging I would expect more service and experienced servers! First of all what server??! We had no server, some guy behind the bar came to take our order, and when they were setting down our utensils they were reaching over us and not sure where to put things playing back and fourth..back and fourth...For start, the steamed mussels had really little flavor, and you don't get the good quality ones, they are small! The Caesar salad I ordered was the most dry and bland Caesar salad I have ever had, there were barely any croutons and dressing, luckily I was really hungry so I finished it. The dishes were all placed in front of the wrong people, if they knew what they were doing it would of been all good! Entrees finally arrived, the Veal Chop was meaty but dry, there were barely any sauce to eat with, the portion was decent but it wasn't satisfying. The pasta was okay, the sauce was creamy but the clams were TINY! LOL I can't believe no one ever came to ask how our food was, not to mention fill our water. Unbelievable! I've had way better Italian at many different places, what a disappointment, poor italian...poor service = bad dinner!

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Exquisite dinner!
Submitted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 1:59am [Dine in]

It was impossible to get a table to The Market for the last 3 months, it was always fully booked, we finally got in tonight and was really anticipating what the hype was all about. We started off with 6 Kusshi oysters, all fresh and plump! I ordered the soy glazed short ribs with apple - jalapeno puree and rosemary crumbs, it was so delicious!! The flavors went really well together, I especially loved the rosemary crumbs and apple with the ribs, it was the perfect dish! It had great taste, presentation and texture! I also had some of the seared sirloin of beef with gingered mushrooms in a soy - caramel sauce, the beef was so tender and perfectly seared, the sauce was so creamy and it was really delicious with the beef. I was really impressed with the ingredients put together, it was all surprising and really well done! For dessert we had the warm chocolate cake with tahitian vanilla ice cream, the chocolate bursts out of the cake and it was really a wonderful way to end the night. What an exquisite dinner, I would definitely come back to try the other dishes on the menu!

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Society Restaurant & Lounge1257 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Great new place to hang out for drinks and dinner!
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 12:50am [Dine in]

I decided to plan an early Xmas party here, as we entered the restaurant the hostess greeted us immediately. We had a reservation for a party on a Monday night, the place was pretty packed as we entered, loud music playing all night, and what really made our night was the food and how great our waitress was, she was amazingly experienced and attentive(very important as there are too many new restaurants that hire servers that are not qualify), she was wonderful from start to finish! For start we had the mac and cheese balls, perfectly crunchy and creamy, and calamari were quite delicious! The fries done 3 ways was a bit disappointing, the poutine and chili fries had little flavor. I especially loved the spiked chocolate mint milkshake!! The BBQ ribs is really tender, full of flavor and delicious! The rib steak was very good as well. I also tried a bit of the shake and bake chicken thigh, it was a bit salty I thought, but still very satisfying! Everything tasted delicious, I would definitely recommend Society for drinks and dinner! All of us got a pink bracelet at the end of our dinner, you may use it every time you go back and get 15% off with the pink bracelet. Really cool place, would come back very soon!

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Jade Seafood Restaurant8511 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Extremely impressed with the dim sum & service!
Submitted Friday, November 13, 2009 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

If you want quality dim sum and exquisite service, Jade Seafood Restaurant is the ONLY place in Greater Vancouver!! The first time here was on a stat holiday, it was super packed however service was excellent, they were very polite and attentive. The rice roll with some kind of fish paste wrapped around bean curd is delicious, dip it in the soy sauce, hoisin sauce and peanut butter sauce WOW~ what an incredible dish! The shrimp dumpling is steamed to perfection, perfect size too, the shrimp is fresh and so yummy! The minced meat mini pot rich is really good too. The specialty dishes ranges from $7.99 and up but they are big enough for 3-4 people to share if you each order 1 and then some side dishes of dim sum. Excellent lunch, will definitely come back to try more dim sum dishes!

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