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kammageThe Punjabi MarketI feed the inner fatty...Since March 4, 200711 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
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South Ocean Seafood Restaurant4751 Garden City Road, #150, Richmond
Come here for dim sum!
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2012 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

This is my go-to place for any dim sum cravings. I come here with the family and when you have a bunch of family from Hong Kong... you have to trust their food judgement! (Or at least I do.) Anyway, whenever friends want dim sum, I will always bring them here. This place starts getting busy around 11:30 on weekends so your best bet is to come here at around 10. Keep in mind, that this place, of course also has a dinner menu if you want some 10 course Chinese meals. =)

The food: Food is great... there's a good selection. You have your typical stuff like siu mai and ha gao. One of the things they don't have on the carts that roll around is deep fried squid - one of my favourites. I was a bit sad about this but everything else they have makes up for it. Some of the most common things that come around - steamed spare ribs, shrimp eggrolls, chinese donut/bbq pork/shrimp wrapped in noodle, eggplant with shrimp, raddish cake, sticky rice.... the list goes on. Every now and then you'll get a gem like the shanghai soup buns or satay cuttlefish. For the more adventurous... there's tripe, beef tendon, and chicken feet. Then to top it all off, they have mango pudding. This is probably some of the best mango pudding I've had from a restaurant in a while. It's not like that cheap gelatinous mango pudding you get from most restaurants. This one has some good texture to it and melts in your mouth. I always ask for extra condensed milk on it... mmmmm. With that being said, definitely make sure you try and pace yourself so you get a chance to eat all the different types of dishes.

The service: I really like the service. The ladies there are super nice... even if you don't speak Chinese. They're very accomodating and patient. I have a somewhat, annoying group of friends who are all over the place when it comes to ordering/asking for things. One of the ladies there is awesome and made all of us at the table laugh with her antics. One time when I asked her what was on the cart, she even said to me "don't worry, you guys just got here I won't serve you guys dessert yet". I personally thought this was awesome because most cart style dim sum places will just try and force everything at you. Food comes out pretty fast, even though there are times where you'll go a few minutes without seeing any of the ladies with carts around. You don't really notice it though.

The value: Not much to say here. I think it has great value. Everything on the carts are $2.50 per dish. For 8 of us, we ended up paying about 14 bucks each (including tip) and we were stuffed. During the weekdays, if you finish eating and paying before 12, I believe you get something like 10-15% off (possibly more but I can't remember). Awesome!

Ambiance: It's a Chinese restaurant... what do you expect? It's going to be chattery. I think this place makes good use of the space they have. You're not bumping arms with other tables or anything either so you don't need to worry about some yappy patron talking over your conversations with your own table.

If you want a place with good food and you're tight on money (even if you're not), I feel that this place is definitely worth the trip to Richmond.

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Pho Kim Penh Xe Lua540 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good Ma and Pa place in a busy strip of restaurants
Submitted Friday, January 20, 2012 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

I work in the area and I am a regular at this place. The servers are all nice. The one lady who I think may be one of the owners or something is very friendly and polite. She's always very nice to me when I see her and we have a chat every now and then. The food comes out fast too. Within a couple minutes of ordering, your food will be set in front of you. This is perfect for me so I don't have to wait around and worry about how much time I have to get back to work.

It's paid parking on the street since it's along West Broadway at Cambie. There is some parking in the back behind the restaurant which I believe is also paid. The restaurant itself isn't bad. If you go to a lot of smaller ma and pa type Asian restaurants, sharing tables is a common thing. The place is cash only but there are banks all within walking distance (ATM in London Drugs, TD, CIBC, RBC, Vancity). This place can get really busy between 12pm and 1pm to the point where you will be rubbing elbows with the stranger next to you. Even when the restaurant has open space, the servers will normally try to direct you to a particular table to compensate for the upcoming rush of patrons. Other than that, the place is relatively clean so I don't feel grossed out while I eat.

Now, I may not be a pho expert but I think as long as you haven't had pho everyday of your entire life, you will find this place to be pretty good. My friend who is Vietnamese, HATES this place but I love it. I ordered the #9 which is just a simple pho with steak flank. The meat to noodle ratio is great - usually you can get a piece of meat per spoonful of noodles. Their spring rolls are crispy and taste pretty good. The salad rolls are good too. My gf has had the chicken pho and it was okay. Beef is definitely preferred at this place. I've brought several friends/coworkers to this place and they like it too. One friend who I believe can be very critical of his food likes this place too. He ordered some kind of meatball pho with Vietnamese ham and said it was pretty good. Don't know if this matters to anyone, but he also ordered a Vietnamese coffee and said it was way too strong.

The value is pretty good. If I want something that's cheap and healthier than some of the other options in the area, I'll come here. After tax it's $6.75 for a small sized bowl. I think the small and large bowls are the standard sizes you'd find at any other pho place. The big thing for me is the meat/noodle ratio. At many places, it's always too few pieces of meat for your noodles. In those cases I feel like I might as well have just opened a pack of ramen or something. So as mentioned before, I think this place gives you the perfect balance.

If you're in the area or by the Canada Line and want to get your pho fix, this place would be a good fit.

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Pink Peppercorn Seafood House1485 Kingsway, Vancouver
The Ahi Tuna.... wow.
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

Pink Peppercorn

I went here for a friend's birthday last weekend with a group of around 20. This place sort of looks like a hole in the wall and it's not something I normally would have noticed. Lots of parking around here so I find that to be a huge plus.

Ambiance: It's dimly lit, but not so bad that you can't see your food. They've got some interesting wall mounts and statues, ranging from a huge lobster greeting you at the front, to some huge fish mounted on placks. The place isn't loud or anything and you just hear the light chatter amongst other restaurant goers. It has some little candles along the table to give that "romantic" feeling. It's another "nice date" kind of place.

Service: We had a nice old man as our server and he was great. We even joked at our table about how the guy could sell houses with the way he sells the menu items. The service wasn't bad considering we were a large group and only had the one server. There were times where our water glasses were empty and he also took orders for half the table but left the other half for a good 10 minutes. Again, big group, one server, I'll give him a break. At least we had a lot of bread with the lobster infused olive oil (yum!).

Food: The owner is a former Cannery chef so the food was great! I ordered the ahi tuna peppercorn steak with lemon pepper risotto. The house cooks it rare but give you the option of however you want it done. The steak was so savory with the way it melted in my mouth and went really well with the sauce they drizzled over it. My gf ordered the famous salmon wellington. Her eyes rolled into the back of her head with enjoyment. I tried some, and I'm not gonna lie, it was okay. Definitely didn't love it but that's just me. Others at the table seemed to love it. A friend ordered the clam chowder and it was apparently left a bit too much of a seafood-y aftertase. Another friend across from us ordered the appetizer special which was peppercorn crusted scallops. He and his gf loved it and just looking at the dish made me really to order some (but I didn't because, well... it gets expensive).

Value: The cost is a bit on the steep side where all the *main* dishes are at least $25. With an appy and two main courses, you're looking at about $85 after tip (%15). I guess that's what you would expect from a higher end seafood place? I will say though, the servings are very generous. My ahi tuna steak had to have been about almost an inch and a half thick and the size of my palm. It also came with a good sized serving of risotto with a few cooked vegetables on the side. The size of the wellington was huge. I mean HUGE. The plate was heavy from the sheer size of this thing. The pastry with all the goods inside, was probably the size of a softball and a half. Came with a ice cream scoop of mashed potatoes and some vegetables as well. The appetizer soups looked like a good portion and were big enough to maybe share with a date.

So, if you want to splurge and go somewhere a bit on the higher end side, I would recommend this one for sure.

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Pita House6196 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Meaty shawarmas.....
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

I was having a lazy day and suddenly had this craving for a shawarma. I did a quick Google map search to find a place nearby, and this one came up. So, off I went.

My first impression was the place was dead and the floors were really slippery. That kind of slippery feeling when you're walking on a greasy floor. Before you run away, there's reasons for the two above factors - 1)a lot of people seem to call in for take out to this place. 2) The lady working there had just finished mopping.

Anyway, they had some dishes that didn't seem like they really belonged there and I'm not entirely sure I'd want to try them either. I ordered a spicy chicken shawarma and sat down to eat. The lady who made my shawarma put so much chicken in the wrap and stuffed it with all the vegetables. I asked for extra tzatziki sauce to top it all off. This was pretty tasty. I tend to only go here when I'm starving, which may be a factor as to why it tastes so good. My gf ordered the beef shawarma which she seemed to salivate over as well.

This place can be hit and miss though depending on when you go. If you go too close to open or closing, the quality diminishes. They actually microwaved my shawarma after wrapping it all up to make it hotter. This caused it to be a little soggy. I usually go when there is a lady working there and she's very nice. We chit chat a bit and she's super friendly to talk to. The guy seems nice as well, but he doesn't put as much effort into the shawarma. The two times I went and he was working, I only got two slices of tomatoes. Meh.

With that being said, I wouldn't make a special trip to come here and eat but if I'm in the area and want shawarma, why not?

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good show, old man!
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

I'm actually a little surprised to read some of the more recent negative reviews. I've been to Kobe's a few times now and have never been forced to order drinks at the bar. Yes, one time it was extremely busy and we were asked to sit in the lounge for a bit until there was space, but we weren't forced to order anything. The ladies working there were all quite nice and welcoming.

Last I went there was around September. We were brought upstairs right away. It was 7pm on a Monday evening, so I guess that's probably a good time to make your reservations. We sat down, and within a few minutes the servers brought us water and took our orders.

The food was tasty. Maybe not worth as much as they charge, but if you have an Entertainment Book, that makes it all better. One great thing about these kind of restaurants is that they cook it right in front of you, so how can you go wrong - if something doesn't taste right, the chef is right there to fix it up for you. You'll never complain about something being too cold.

To expand on that, they give you a great show when they cook. It's full of laughs, and food is flying everywhere (controlled of course). Our chef joked with us, made us laugh, and did all sorts of cool things with his cutlery. The lighting is a little dim, but with all that fire going on it doesn't stay dark long.

I would call this a special occasion type of place. Good for a date or some kind of celebration. You might stink from the food and smoke so hitting up a club after this wouldn't be smart. However, if you're just there to have a good time with friends or your SO, this is a good choice.

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Great Han Mongolian BBQ3043 Main Street, Vancouver
Good place to get your Mongolian BBQ fix
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

I actually quite like this place. A set price of... I think it's 11.95 (?) for all you can eat and a lil bowl of rice. Just something small I noticed that I was a bit sad about: if you go after lunch, 11.95 includes spring rolls and shrimp crackers. Otherwise, if you go during lunch time, 11.95 only gets you the buffet. My friend grabbed a bigger bowl of soup and was charged an extra $2.

The food: Pretty typical. You have a choice from beef, chicken, and pork. A lot of veggies. There is no seafood there so if you're a pescatarian, you won't get much out of this place. You get two types of noodles, and a bunch of veggies to choose from as well. Like other Mongolian places, you have a nice little guide for different types of sauces you can mix up for yourself.

The Service: Service is not bad. Usually the server will come bring it over to you. However, when it gets busy, I tend to stand up at the front and wait for my food. The reason being that I had an incident once coming here with my parents on a busy night,my mom's bowl of food kept getting pushed to the back of the line. Half an hour went by, with everyone finishing their first bowl off and my mom still didn't have her food. Other than that, not much to complain about.

The Value: As mentioned above, $11.95 for all you can eat. Not bad at all. Just a quick note though, if you want the extra spring rolls and shrimp crackers, go after their "lunch time" is over.

Ambiance: Nothing to complain about. I come to this place to get my fix of Mongolian bbq - I'm not dressed to impress. Nice family kinda restaurant.

I would... and have come back many times to this place.

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Robson Sushi Japanese Restaurant1542 Robson St, Vancouver
Well that was a bad decision...
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

A friend and I were looking to get some AYCE sushi and she suggested this place. She said she had gone before and remember it being okay.

As soon as we saw how empty it was, we should have taken that as a red flag and got out of there. The service was okay, the waitresses were nice but it took a while to flag anyone down to get the bill. Not really what you'd expect considering there weren't many tables that night.

The ambiance was okay, a lot of room to spread out. The restaurant looked clean. That wasn't really my main focus though...

What baffled me was the quality of the food. It was pretty weak. My chicken udon had one small piece of chicken, a few noodles, and the broth just tasted like water. The slices of sashimi were no bigger than the size of a stamp... AND they limited your consumption of it. The selection was okay, but overall the quality was poor. Even though it was pretty cheap for dinner... we only decided to order one round. Yup, that bad.

Unless I hear about any changes they're making... I will stay far away. I suggest you do too!

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Nikkyu3302 Main Street, Vancouver
Can't go wrong..
Submitted Friday, November 7, 2008 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

Don't really have much to complain about with this place. The rolls are a little on the small side but the sushi is still pretty nice.

The sushi usually tastes fresh. Really, I'm personally not a cali roll fan but this place makes some pretty good ones. I'm a huge lover of toro and Nikkyu never fails to please me in this department.

I really like the servers here. They're quite attentive as opposed to some places.

Overall, when I'm not exactly in the area I still like to come here for a meal.

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
A one time deal
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

When hearing about this place I was pretty excited to try it out. It sounded pretty cool.

The ambiance inside is great. The food was... okay. I ordered a steak but it was incredibly small. The sides were pretty weak. I was still quite hungry after the meal was over and found myself eating the more bread to tie me over.

The service was quite nice. I thought the server (and our busboy) were quite friendly. We joked around with them the whole night.

I would say to go here just so you can have the unique experience of cooking your food on a stone.. but that's about it.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
A nice random find
Submitted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

I first discovered this place when a friend and I were on our way to another restaurant. We decided to go here before we got to the other one and I can honestly say it was a good idea to do so.

The food is great, albeit the servings are a little on the small side when it comes to appetizers. As for service, it's been hit and miss for me. Sometimes the server is quite pleasant and other times I've had a server that was pretty cold.

Overall though, I still come to this place for good eats. Looove the extra spicy butter chicken!

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Sushi King House8176 Granville Street, Vancouver
Ginormous servings
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

Heard positive things about this place, so I walked on over there for takeout last night. The lady took my order and I hung out for a bit while I waited for my food. The servers all seemed very kind, one even asked if I wanted to eat anything while I waited. The restaurant is small though, like a lot of sushi places.

My order was done FAST, I was in and out of there in less than 10 minutes. Almost started to drool when I saw how big those rolls were. Oh and the negitoro was extremely TASTY.

Overall, definitely worth checking out. Good food for cheap prices!

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