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KaizBurnabySince April 25, 20096 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.8)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value4 (3.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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G-Be Izakaya4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Interesting new restaurant in Burnaby
Submitted Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

Since I work in the general area, I was excited when a new Japanese restaurant popped up, and had to try it out. I walked in to the restaurant with open ended expectations.

Ambiance:
The first thing I noticed was the ambiance. The interior design is spectacular and breathtaking. It really is a modernistic Japanese theme. A water fountain and a Japanese temple? is right in the middle when you first enter. There are several booths on the sides with wood tables, and a long table for large parties in the middle. There are backlit rocks on the side many paper cranes lining the ceiling. Also a nice bar type area to sit down. Japanese music playing in the background. Everything from classical Japanese, to more modern music such as B'z or Aqua Timez.

Service:
Stepping into this restaurant for the first time, My friend and I were greeted by an enthusiastic "Irrashaimase!" (Welcome) by the wait staff, who showed us to a booth. Everything was done with a please and a thank you, and our cups were never empty. They promptly served tea (upon ordering) and brought out our orders at a very reasonable time frame. The chefs and wait staff look to all be Japanese, which is also a big plus when running a Japanese restaurant. Since this is a new restaurant, the owner seems to have been training some of the wait staff on what to do. Servers seemed to lack experience, but made up for it with smiles and a good effort. (You may wish to clarify your order as well, as their english is a little sketchy, and my order was taken slightly incorrect. I did not want to bother too much with this though)

Value:
My friend and I ordered a few dishes including the 1/2 King california roll ($7/4pc) 1/2 Double Salmons Roll ($6/4) 1/2 Unagi Roll ($7/4) 1/2 Ebi Tempura Roll ($6/4pc) Raw Sockeye Sashimi (2.00 ea) Hotate (Scallop) Sashimi (2.50 ea) (ballparking the prices they were all about 6-7 per roll) $43 (not inc tip) for lunch for 2 of us ... was quite expensive to say the very least.

Food:
First thing to note i that all the sushi does not use normal sushi rice, but a brown type of rice (The name escapes me at the moment)
The King Cali roll had real crab meat topped with mango avocado and scallops and 'melted' in my mouth. The whole roll is wrapped in a soy paper which I thought looked like egg.
The double salmon roll has crab avocado salmon and wrapped with smoked salmon. Not bad but tasted like it was missing something to make it explosive.
The Ebi Tempura roll was what my friend liked the most , did not get a chance to try it.
The Unagi roll tasted quite good, but the cream cheese overpowered most of the roll and it tasted like a philly cheese roll.
The sashimi was very fresh and very good, always a good thing when the sashimi tastes very fresh and not frozen.

Final thoughts:
The decor, the service - all excellent. The value for the food served? Quite iffy. If they were to bring the price down to more reasonable levels, I think that they potentially could have a winner here. Especially since Izakaya are few and far between in Burnaby. I'm impressed with what they are trying to do though, with unique rolls that are different in presentation and ingredients. I will definitely be back in the near future to see if they have evolved into something a lot better than it is now :)

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Sushi Shelter 1011250 Dominion Ave, #102, Port Coquitlam
Best Sushi/Fusion! Yum!
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 9:30am [Dine in]

If you remember one of the chefs from the now closed Maji Sushi, he now owns his own restaurant and is the head chef here. He's brought his passion for food and established this restaurant as one of THE best in the area.

Food:

Incredible! The presentation is always spot on. Basically a feast for the eyes before you get to devour the food (And devour them you certainly will!) The flavours will explode in your mouth and you will be amazed. Some favourites include the snoopy roll, the salmon sashimi and the toro tataki. The chef is always hard at work trying to create new types of rolls and other foods, and they all taste amazing. Their Lamb rolls is very good as well!

Service:

The waitresses here are always fantastic, they are always on the ball. Super friendly and will remember you after a few times going there. I'm pretty sure if you told them your name they'd remember it as well. This place has some of the best service of any restaurant i've been to.

Value:

You definitely get what you pay for. I'd say you can probably be full for about $25-30 depending on what you order. Certainly there are variations in menu item pricing, but the value is always there. They've also recently gotten their alcohol license, which is a huge plus!

Ambiance:

The deco is slightly a mush of modern and retro. Think of the fallout computer game series, and half the restaurant seems like an underground 'shelter' of sorts. Upon entering, the specials of the day are listed, along with pictures of many people that have visited the restaurant. There are about 6 tables or so as well a few stools, its not a very large place, but good enough.

Final Thoughts:

I try to get over here every few months, as it is a fair drive. I've had a birthday party (for aprx 20 guests) here as well, and i've never been disappointed by the food or anything else here. If you love Japanese food, you have GOT TO try this restaurant out. I've taken friends, family, coworkers here and they all rave about how fantastic the food is, and how this is the best Japanese food they've ever had. The only reason why it might not always be full is that it is sort of in the middle of nowhere.

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Deli Nippon3913 Knight Street, Vancouver
At least the Okonomiyaki was decent
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 9:14am [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant for a gathering with a few friends, due to one's strong suggestion that this restaurant has very good Okonomiyaki.

Food:

We had 3 Okonomiyaki, which were all very good, although they tasted relatively the same with some minor ingredient changes inside. ($7.50-10, decent sized portion for everyone to have a slice)

Cold noodles were average, and sushi was sub-par, perhaps on-par with a halfway decent all you can eat restaurant.

Service:

Service was "EXTREMELY" Slow, with all our food taking about an hour to get to the table, although with how old the people are working there, I can see why this happened.
I didn't see any sort of wait staff? And patrons even got up to serve themselves.
Our water was never refilled by anyone. If you need any sort of service, you have to ring a bell on the counter, and even then they take their time to help you out.

Value:

They have some sort of card you can punch stamps in to get a free dish when it gets full.
8 People eating cost aprx $40 inc tax/tip. Can 8 people really eat for $40? Apparently they can. You might need to spend more to actually get full though.

Ambiance:

many dishes and pictures with prices plastered across the wall. Music from perhaps the 50s or the 60s playing on. 3-4 tables only, super small place. They can barely serve that many tables anyway. No wonder they give discounts on ordering the day before.

Final Thoughts:

if you have a lot of time, don't like to spend too much, and want some ok-ish food and like random hole-in-the-wall places, then definitely give this a shot.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Ultra Guuuu-D!
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 5:58pm [Dine in]

I've been here many times over the past few years and find that it has held up nicely with dishes, specials and drinks which constantly change.

Food: I don't know what I could possibly say is bad about the food, as everything is always just so good. My favourite dish by far is the Fried Brie Cheese (The only bad thing is if you order too close to closing time, they'll be rushing it and it might be not so melty!)

Service: I've never had poor service from the all Japanese crew in this restaurant. The service has always been relatively quick, and friendly. It's always a treat to hear 'Irrashaimase!' everytime you walk into this restaurant.

Value: I'ts a Tapas place, therefore the food is generally small-ish dishes. The cost is not too much, and is quite average for a tapas place (and better value than certain others I won't mention here)

Ambiance: This Guu has the best ambiance, and there is two levels of the restaurant. One with the bar, and the other with seating. Frankly, if you don't come with a large group, catch a seat at the bar and watch some of the food and drinks being prepared, while enjoying some friendly conversation. It's a great experience.

What are you waiting for? Make a reservation and go! :)

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Jiro315 East Broadway, Vancouver
Solid AYCE Japanese Food
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

I've gone here many times over the past few years and find this place to always be consistent and delicious.

Food: Although the selection is not as much as most other AYCE places, the things they do serve are always fresh and delicious. Their Motoyaki, Chicken Wings, Salmon Sashimi are always impeccable. Lunch time they also have a bit of dim sum which is also really good! (Find another AYCE Japanese restaurant that serves some of that!) A-La Carte menu items are large and good value as well.

Service Rating: The waitresses are always nice and friendly, as well as the owners. Always taken care of in a timely manner. Someone is always there to pour some tea if we run out.

Value: Definitely cheaper than most other AYCE joints, $11-12 for lunch, and $19 for dinner. Really good on the wallet if you need a rather quick cheap lunch.

Ambiance: Unfortunately, the place looks a tad neglected and the fish tank has seen much better days. Perhaps something to do with the lack of patrons this restaurant receives? It is located on the second floor of the building, and I wonder if many people know this place exists, as there is not really advertising for it.

Note: When parking at the back be careful, at night my Car got broken into. (and a few others as well) Just be aware that this is not the best neighbourhood. You probably want to park at the mall across the street, or on a sidestreet somewhere else.

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Makoto Japanese Restaurant5213 Rumble Street, Burnaby
Another Solid Restaurant
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

Went with a bunch of friends on a weekend for lunch. Here's my thoughts on it.

Food: Most of us had Bento Boxes, which were decent price with a decent amount of food. The food was your run of the mill Japanese food, but the sushi tasted very fresh, and the tempura batter was done just right! Nothing to complain about here.

Service: As previously stated, it was just fine. There were (as far as I could see) one sushi chef, one server and perhaps one other in the kitchen. Promptly seated and attended to. Sushi Chef (owner?) seemed friendly and waved to us when we left.

Value: For a small Japanese restaurant, they charge a bit much for a-la-carte items. However, it may be somewhat justified since the food is quite good. Bento Boxes and combos are decent value though

Ambiance: Typically Japanese interior of a small restaurant, has a daily special board on top, sushi station in front with cashier area, and a back kitchen. The only thing we didn't particularly care for was the Japanese music they were playing (I love Japanese music, so I'm not being biased against that here) The Japanese music they played seemed to be a mix of japanese oldies and weird high pitched noise (think hampster song/chipmunks) music, as well as childrens music.

Overall, a good experience that I would not be opposed to trying another time. However, it is a bit out of the way on the other side of Burnaby from where I live. They probably could have the prices lowered slightly, and play some modern-ish Japanese music to liven up the place slightly.

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