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Kat_SKitsilano, VancouverSince May 5, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance4.5 (4.3)


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One Japanese Restaurant, The3116 West Broadway, Vancouver
Went Downhill
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

SaiZ Japanese Restaurant was my top, favourite "date" location. I even had a large birthday party here in a gorgeous private room...

Food: The main reason I loved SaiZ was because of the unique food. Italian/Japanese fusion? Hook me up!
Our first hint of badness was that they no longer serve an Amuse Bouche before the meal. This was a little thing that made it seem so much nicer there.

I looked for missing old SaiZ classics....
The Italian roll... with pesto and sundried tomato... we are known to have ordered 4 orders of these at a time. They were AMAZING and UNIQUE.
The log cabin yam fries with chipotle mayo and balsamic reduction. GLORIOUS.
The Tuna Sashimi Crepe wth avocado, mayonnaise, and wasabi?
Japanese Spaghetti with clams and amazing sauce?
Their Spicy Tuna Sashimi(previously one of my favourites in town), served on a bed of lettuce with with deep fried lotus root?
The "spicy" sauce has been changed(watery and bland), and the sashimi is served on a plate with the standard lump of shredded daikon and what looks to be wasabi from a tube..
It was disappointing.

EVERY SINGLE ITEM we used to order there is now gone. Replaced by dubious "Japanese" standard items. That are still incredibly overpriced.
The yam tempura roll was COLD. I have NEVER paid that much for a COLD and soggy yam tempura roll.
We now have no reason to come here.
The AMAZING wine selection has been pared down to sake, plum wine and beer. The same as EVERY OTHER SUSHI RESTAURANT IN TOWN.
Gone was the $50 German riesling we used to order as a favouite.
Gone was the substantial wine list and the suggestions for pairing it with their special wonderful food.

Service: The restaurant was EMPTY. BARREN. My bf took me here on a Friday night and we were the only ones. A couple came in later, but it was pretty embarrassingly bad for such a pricy beautiful Kits restaurant. Even so, the waitress never really came by. When we asked about custom rolls or a greater wine selection we got a giggle and "No, no." We got coffee after the meal and she didn't bring any spoons. We had to ask. She brought 3 sugar packets. For 2 of us. We had to ask for more. Even then she took her sweet time. We had to go and hunt the waitress down for our bill. We were the only ones there, I expected GREAT service at LEAST.

Value: Overpriced. It's the same sushi you could get at a million places. This is Vancouver, and there are MUCH better restaurants for this value. There are JUST AS GOOD restaurants for cheaper!

Ambience: Beautiful. Can't say a bad thing. Balcony seating, a water fountain in the back, skylights.....It's unconventional for a Japanese restaurant but gorgeous. And HUGE.

We now have moved father from Kitsilano, and were VERY willing to travel back this way to SaiZ.
For "The One"?
Not even if someone else offered to drive AND pay.
There are much BETTER, unique, cheaper, closer restaurants....

Go here if you like sitting in an empty restaurant paying through the ass for only decent boring sushi.

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Edge Bistro, The3135 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver
Perfect Dining Experience
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I planned on having a romantic night out to celebrate a big event for the two of us. We wanted to try somewhere Italian, and checked around on here a bit for a suitable location. The Edge Bistro had few reviews, but all seemed excellent. I looked it up and they'd won a few awards in the Georgia Straight, so that was my pick for sure!

I called and made reservations for 6:30pm. They called me back to confirm and were very polite. We ended up getting near there a lot sooner, so I called to bump up our reservation. There was no problem at all.

We arrived and were seated immediately. First of all, the decor is wonderful. There are two glass panes full of wine glasses surrounding the foyer, and it's cozy while not being cramped. Everything is spotless and the kitchen can be seen from the dining room. The kitchen was also spotless and looked to be very professionally run. I felt totally comfortable and happy in the seats we were given, and we were asked whether we wanted a seat by the window or in the darker and cozier back.

Our server was exceptionally friendly and helpful and gave us a spirited rundown of the specials. We decided on a bottle of the rose wine, from their EXTENSIVE wine list. We ordered the crab cake appetizer, I ordered the salmon crusted with Dijon mustard and pecans in a tangy tarragon, orange, and ginger sauce", and my boyfriend had the fish special which was a snapper filet in a porcini mushroom cream sauce topped with shrimp.

We were then brought a lovely amuse bouche of an artichoke heart topped with an olive and garnished with balsamic reduction and a flavourful sauce. Then we were brought the typical bread and balsamic vinegar/olive oil starter. But this was not typical bread. It was a delicate almost sweet homemade-tasting bread. We polished it off and were immediately offered more. We were then brought our crab cakes, and they were breathtaking. They were beautifully presented and on a bed of fresh beautiful spinach.

After we finished them off, our server was very fast about taking our empty plates away, and also about filling our wine unobtrusively and quickly.

Soon enough our food was there. Also, beautifully presented, with a side of prettily chopped up vegetables and a dollop of mashed potatoes.

The food was delicious, and we followed it up with dessert from the menu that the server had memorized.

After we finished, the server asked us how we found the wine, and what we liked about it. He seemed genuinely interested in our critique, and was so incredibly charming.

Overall, it was the best dining experience I have ever EVER had. We left a huge tip and were very pleased coming away. I cannot recommend this establishment enough! It's a tad out of the way, but well worth the detour!

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Sushi Bar1822 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Good Honest Sushi
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

This has been one of my favourite sushi restaurants to frequent since moving to Kitsilano 4 years ago.

The specialty rolls are definitely the shining achievement of this place, and the Kamikaze rolls are the best thing on the menu! Spicy Tuna and Avocado rolls deep fried in tempura batter and served with ponzu sauce. Whenever I go with my boyfriend we each order our own helping, since they are too good to share. They have many other specialty rolls at excellent prices, and the beer is sold very cheap as well. They make very delicious spicy tuna sashimi, and their regular sashimi is very good as well. They do cheap lunch specials that go for about $6.95 and have various roll/soup combinations.

The service is a bit iffy, you may go on a "good" night, and get one of the quiet but sweet waitresses, or you may end up there with a waitress who could care less if you want her to smile. That said, they are very good about re-filling green tea, and pretty reliable about bringing the bill right away.

Their delivery is very convenient and fast.

They have since redesigned the interior/tables and it looks much more like a nice restaurant, so any people who had problems with the ambience should go check out their new look!

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