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kawaiiVancouverSince December 1, 200751 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
LOVE the burgers here!
Submitted Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

I love burgers…I try not to eat burgers too often, but when I do eat it, I want it to be excellent and worth the price. At this little restaurant, this is how a burger should taste. I haven’t eaten anything else on their menu other than their burgers, but it’s good enough to keep me coming back. The orders are always correct, everyone there is friendly and professional, and the food is delicious. Probably a heart attack on a plate, but sometimes that’s what you want. I think the cook picked up the phone one time and took my order, asked me how I wanted my burger and what time I would be there because he was worried that it would be overcooked by the time I went to pick it up. I know this place is no 5-star restaurant, but that they still pay attention to the details and make sure the food you get is the best quality they can make it, I definitely appreciate that and I can definitely taste it. So it’s certainly not health food, but it’s also not a greasy cheap burger either. It’s fresh and well-made.
Every time I’ve been there to pick up my takeout, the people are friendly, and make sure I have all the extras I need before I leave, even the cooks say hello to me. I love this place and I love their burgers.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
not bad, but slightly underwhelmed
Submitted Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

I`d heard excellent things about this place and seen the lineups, and I`ve been trying to make it here for months. Finally was able to squeeze in an early dinner on the weekend. I thought the decor was nice enough, and the servers were attentive and efficient.

I guess my expectations were high coming here, and the cooked food was pretty good. We had baked eggplant with miso and the agedashi tofu, both delicious. But I really came here for the sushi, and found it to be slightly above average, but nothing to make a special trip for. Having experienced some really amazing sashimi around Vancouver, I thought the tuna and salmon sashimi was fresh enough to not complain about, but not something I`d order again. High-quality sashimi is worth making a special trip for. Maybe the bar was set a little high for me by others, because this is a good neighborhood restaurant, just nothing exceptional (which is what I was expecting).

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
fun, energetic place
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

Been here a few times, even early on at their original very small location. But I haven't been in awhile, so I'm basing my review on my latest dinner there. Their corn tortillas are still fresh and delicious…and toppings…I think they put the most attention on the pork. I found it the most flavourful and tender. The beef was tough, and the chicken was dry, and both didn’t have a lot of flavour. But my friend ordered one of the bigger dishes with steak, and that steak was amazing, tender, juicy and tasty. So that beef was so different than the beef that came out on the taco it seemed like 2 different restaurants prepared it... I might order the full steak dish next time (which also comes with the tortillas).

Great variety of salsa although I stay on the milder end of it. I find the spicier ones have a bitter undertone to it. The mild green and red are decent, a little watery, not bad but not amazing. Maybe the spicier ones are more impressive. Overall, I think their menu is hit and miss, but they have some good dishes. I went on a Friday night and it was packed, and I'm giving the ambiance a 4 because they had live music with a woman who had just a beautiful voice. And it was nice, it didn’t overwhelm the room the way it usually does with live music. Don’t expect amazing service, they are working hard to make sure everyone gets their order, and they are all about efficiency. Everything came out in a timely manner, they got all the orders right, they make sure everyone is taken care of, so I have no complaints.

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Steamrollers586 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Healthy choice when you forget lunch
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

It’s a take out place, it’s fast food, whatever you want to call it…I think it’s one of the healthier choices for a quick lunch. It isn’t overwhelmingly tasty, but I still like it. It’s flavourful enough, all the ingredients seem fresh, it’s fairly filling, and they steam their tortillas which is wonderful (I always get the whole wheat tortilla). I usually have to add some hot sauce to give it a kick, but it’s definitely better than some deep fried or msg-laden lunch at the food court. I think it’s slightly overpriced, but when I forget lunch and don’t want to pay for heavy, transfat fast food, I head over to Steamrollers. The service is always friendly and the food comes out fast.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
hot dogs and seaweed? really?
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 1:20am [Dine in]

Japa Dog....it's good if you like tons of mayo and nori flakes sprinkled on your hot dog, I did not like it. The tastes didn't blend well for me (hot dogs and seaweed??), but once again, I guess it comes down to personal preference. I might go back just to have a regular hot dog without any of the extras, the hot dog itself is excellent. They also have a variety, if I remember correctly, there's turkey, beef and possibly veggie. The people working there keep the line moving, and on a sunny day, it's nice to eat outside. It can get a little messy, but I guess that's part of the experience.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
great food all around
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

This place does great business, it’s in a beautiful location, although a bit out of the way to get for me. Heard about the famous fishnchips and decided to make the effort and give it a try. Friends raved about it, thought it was in competition as one of the best fishnchips they’d ever eaten. Me…not so much, maybe I just don't like fishnchips, I loved the fish tacones though. Don’t know about authenticity, didn’t taste the same as the amazing ones in Mexico. These had their own west coast twist, really simple fresh flavours, basic seasonings with some cole slaw minus the mayo wrapped in a white flour tortilla. The simple flavours really stood out. Not authentic, but incredibly enjoyable.

The service was efficient, I guess. I didn't think they were particularly friendly which was fine, it's basically an excellent fast food shack. But I found they get kind of surprised and irritated if the customer isn't the typically west coast friendly and polite towards them, but rather, just matches their slightly stand-off-ish manner. They like to make remarks to each other about customers not getting out of the way, not knowing how to order properly, etc., but when I made a remark back to my friend that no one told me it would take over half an hour just to get a couple of tacos to go, they seemed sort of surprised that I said anything at all, and then two of them started saying to each other that they make good food, not fast food which I assumed was said for my benefit…and on it went back and forth. So I would say, they seem efficient but not really all that polite, but then they expect the customers to be polite to them! So the fact that they were so sensitive given their rather cold, snobby personalities was a bit of a surprise to me...I mean, you don't have to be friendly, but at least be professional. Still, it’s just a take out place and at most maybe 30 words are exchanged, so I'm really not all that concerned about service.

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La Taqueria322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
a little taste of Mexico
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

These do remind me of the ones in Mexico, although it’s unfortunate that they don’t steam their tortillas fresh. But a lot of taquerias in Mexico had a similar habit, so can’t fault them for being inauthentic. They had all the requisite options like various pork, beef, fish…even some west coast added in with tofu. Fish was my favourite, although I found it a bit dry. I would like to go back for the veggie-mushroom. Didn’t like the chicken mole…probably a personal preference thing. Also, missing from the condiments was the guacamole which was a staple at every taqueria in Mexico, I remember because it was my favourite condiment. I don’t know if I would make a special trip down, at $2.50 a pop for a small taco, it’s not that filling. However, I heard they use organic and free-range ingredients, so what they miss in quantity they make up in quality. I think it’s a great place to check out and have a little taste of Mexico up in rainy Vancouver.

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Sawa1538 W 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
calm oasis
Submitted Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

This tea shop/little restaurant is one of my favorite places in Vancouver. They sell organic green teas, have organic lunch sets that are incredibly tasty...my favorite is the chicken or salmon over rice, with a lovely miso soup. Maybe it's the thought that it's very healthy and made with organic ingredients that makes it taste better. The downstairs is beautiful...it's such a unique room, I could sit there all day and feel relaxed.

I think the owner is also an artist and supports a lot of local artists, so there are lovely little things for sale all around her shop. It's a gorgeous space with healthy food.

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Fish Cafe2053 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
not overly impressed
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 2:56am [Dine in]

I'm kind of torn about Fish Cafe. On the one hand, I'm not overly impressed with it, on the other hand, there's something about it that keeps me coming back. It might be the utilitarian, working-class feel of the place. It feels like a very honest seafood shop, even though I think the prices seem steeper than how they portray themselves.

So I don't think it's cheap, $15 for 2 large pieces of fish and and a big serving of rice. My friend ordered the scallops expecting giant scallops, but they were average-to-small size. The crab cakes are made fresh, came on a pre-packaged looking but nice enough salad. I was expecting to be wow-ed by the flavors, but when it came out I thought it was ok, nothing special.

But there's something appealing and relaxing about the place. I don't think the food is fantastic, but I love seafood, so it's enjoyable. I don't think price wise that it's a great deal, but for some reason I really like eating there.

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Cafe Kathmandu2779 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
pretty restaurant, solid food
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 2:33am [Dine in]

I guess the decor is a bit hippie/backpacker/we-are-the-world, but the photos on the wall are beautiful and an amazing quality and contrast well with the colors on the wall. I don’t think there’s anything in Vancouver quite like it. The food is nice…it seems like a sort of homemade quality, and the ingredients seem fresh and well-prepared. But I didn’t find the tastes all that exciting, I thought it was alright. It’s an enjoyable experience though and a lovely little restaurant.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
it's a beautiful place, but the food isn't for me
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 2:19am [Dine in]

So a couple of friends convinced me to try Vij’s again…I’d been once before and was kind of ambivalent about the place. I preferred next door at Rangoli in terms of décor, it is just a gorgeous space. But Vij’s is beautiful too of course, and you get those great little snacks while you’re waiting. But…I just can’t get that excited about the food. Both times I’ve been there, everyone at the table was raving about their meals and just loved it (especially the lamb popsicles – unfortunately, I don’t like lamb). I thought the food was good…it’s obviously excellent quality, fresh ingredients, there’s nothing to complain about. I guess it comes down to palate, if I’m going to spend $30 for an entrée, I want to be raving about the meal too.
I don’t prefer the food at Rangoli, but I like the space more over there, and it’s less expensive. I also like the experience, and for some reason, I like the servers there better too. I want to love Vij's because it is so beautiful, but I guess at the end of the day, it comes down to personal taste in food and I don't want to pay upwards of $50/person just because it's a pretty space.

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El Barrio Restaurante Latino2270 East Hasting St., Vancouver
Worth a trip
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 1:32am [Dine in]

We came in on an unusual night, I think an event had just finished at PNE so they were unexpectedly swamped shortly after we were seated. It was also open mic night, and at first I was wondering why they were singing country music in a Mexican restaurant. There were people there who seemed like regulars, and they were enjoying the music. I found it way too loud and kind of jarring. But we were hungry and it was pretty late, so we decided to stay.

Fortunately, the food was excellent. We had salsa, fish tacos, soup, burritos, some skillet dishes and dessert. My favourite was the burritos. The kitchen had this habit of overly charring the food, I don’t know if it was intentional or a mistake, but I wasn’t crazy about the burnt flavour on the tortillas and on the edges of the chicken. But other than that, everything was delicious, fresh and well-prepared. It wasn't an inexpensive meal, but I thought it was good value for the quality of the food.

The servers were also excellent. Even though they seemed slammed by several large tables walking in, they never forgot about our table. They checked in regularly to make sure everything was ok, and were just generally great, efficient and professional. It might have just been our luck that one night to have such great servers and a wonderful hostess at the door, but after reading the other reviews here, it seems like their service is consistently excellent.
It was hard to see what the restaurant looked like because it was so dimly lit, it felt kind of old and worn down, but it was hard to tell. However, the food came out on great looking plates and everything was gorgeously presented. I think we’ll back on a night without the live music.

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Hiroshi's Sushi Creations3720 Oak Street, Vancouver
innovative healthy sushi
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

I am not a fan of brown rice, I eat it because it’s healthy, so I was hesitant to try brown rice sushi. This little place is fantastic, not just for the brown rice sushi which is super tasty,but also because they’re incredibly innovative. They’ve got all these creative rolls, and these unique sauces. The sauces have a lot of bite to them, but aren’t overwhelming, but they absorb the dullness of the brown rice. It’s an even healthier way to eat your sushi. Everything is fresh, well-done, and the people behind the counter are efficient and friendly. I have felt a little bored of sushi the last couple of years, I've just eaten it too much. Hiroshi's is a place I go to because it makes sushi feel new and inventive again, and the brown rice is just a plus.

The only complaint I have is that they’re not open on weekends. They must be doing really well, but still, a Saturday afternoon would be nice.

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Iki Japanese Restaurant2756 W Broadway, Vancouver
a little boring
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

I was wanting some brown rice sushi, so a few of us tried several different rolls here. There were some of the small regular ones, like a salmon roll and California roll. Also tried the star roll, iki roll and rainbow roll, all made with brown rice. I didn’t mind it, especially for the rainbow roll, since I think the fish was wrapped over the rice, and it overpowered the taste of the brown rice. I think they might need some stronger sauces to balance out the blandness of the brown rice. Overall though, I thought the sushi was fresh and well-prepared, but not particularly interesting.
It was also a lovely room to sit in, and the servers were courteous and efficient.

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Bon Cafe4909 Main Street, Vancouver
excellent place for take-out
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

I have to rave about their lemongrass beef salad on vermicelli noodles, really flavorful. I've tried to stop eating beef, but once in awhile, I order this dish. So good. And their lemongrass chicken is also delicious. They have fresh salad rolls, although they serve it with a thick hoisin sauce rather than peanut sauce. Hoisin sauce is supposed to be authentic...but personally, I prefer the peanut sauce. The bubble teas are excellent...the pearls are soft and chewy, unlike a lot of other places that have really hard un-chewable bubbles.

The place is simple, clean, but nothing special. I think it's better for take-out than eating in, but I've eaten there many times, and always had a good experience. I think they spent more money on their kitchen in the back, which is like some super-stainless steel epic kitchen, than the decor, because they want to invest most in the quality of their food.

The owners are a couple who are total sweethearts. The husband especially is talkative and engaging. Loves to talk about his son, about food, traveling...chat with him about the care he puts into his food, you'll probably be there for an hour.

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Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant1246 Kingsway, Vancouver
great looking viet restaurant
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

I've tried this place a few times now, although I have barely tried even 1/10 of the menu, it is huge. But it looks like everything on it is excellent quality. I've had my favorites, lemongrass chicken with vermicelli noodles, which they do well. Also tried a few others, like the caramelized fish and duck. I'm not a fan of every single dish, but I think it's just about individual taste, not quality. My friend thought the caramelized fish was fantastic, I wasn't crazy about the thick sweet sauce, but it seems like it's a popular dish since it was on every other table.

It's a nice looking restaurant, simple, modern, great colors. Staff are friendly, helpful, asked me if the dishes were good, really cared about the quality. I definitely want to try the rest of their menu, especially the crab I see a lot of other people eating. Looks like it's a great restaurant for a big filling dinner or a light snack.

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Oishii Sushi780 Denman Street, Vancouver
expanding at the expense of quality
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

I know that they recently opened up a new restaurant, and I haven't seen the regular sushi chef there lately. They've been trying to keep up with new trends, offering more variety of rolls at higher prices. But I think they haven't kept an eye on quality control. Last time I went we tried a few of their inventive new rolls, and for the price...I think $10 a roll, it was incredibly small and not that interesting. It wasn't bad, just...puny and boring. There's a lot of other places that offer creative rolls that are price-y, but also large and filling, and really worth it. I'm kind of disappointed since I've been coming here for awhile, and I've always been impressed with the simplicity of their menu and the freshness of their food. But it's not really worth it, they need to keep track of the quality of their dishes.

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Wonton King620 South East Marine Dr, Vancouver
recently renovated
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

Decided to submit a new review as they recently renovated the place. They added an enclosed private room for a large party. Added some lovely brick on the back wall, slightly darker warmer colors on the carpet and walls.

Went there for Mother's Day, packed of course, but the staff was gracious and accommodating as usual. Had the scallion crab, peking duck, delicious cold plates with the usual stuff...jellyfish, pork, beef, etc. All well done. I prefer their after-9 late-night menu which has good deals on small plates you can munch on.

I think they also have regular dinner special where you can order two large plates off a set menu, and get a peking duck wrap and winter melon soup on the house, for around $50. There were 3 of us that time and we had to take home left-overs. It's written in Chinese so someone told me about it, so I'm not absolutely sure of how it's set up. But the servers told me if I come in, to just ask them about it and they could tell me which dishes are and aren't on the set menu, since I can't read Chinese. I’m giving them a 4-star on value based on these special menus, not the regular menu, but I'm not absolutely sure I'm quoting the special correctly. But either way, ask them out any deals they’ve got going on, they’ve got really great, helpful servers there. And I’m going to give them 5-stars for service, I’ve been going there for years and never had a bad experience. There’s practically no turn-over for staff, so once you get to know them, it’s always a good experience.

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Vij's Rangoli1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
wonderful experience, but don't really get the food
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 12:48am [Dine in]

I think this restaurant suits certain palates, and other palates…not so much. I have no doubt that they use fresh, high quality ingredients, but I just don’t get the flavours. I don’t dislike it, but I’m not crazy about it either, I could take it or leave it. I like the experience though, it is a really lovely place with great colors and wonderful servers, and everyone tries to make the experience beautiful. So I enjoy eating there…and there are some dishes that are nice, a couple of the appetizers have been quite good. But overall, I’m kind of meh. It’s too bad, because I like eating there…but if I liked the food a bit more, it would be perfect.

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Chau Kitchen & Bar1500 Robson Street, Vancouver
beautiful but kind of bland
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 12:42am [Dine in]

Eating at Chau was a nice experience, very calm and soothing. Really beautiful restaurant. But I would have to say I also found the food kind of bland and uninteresting, although artfully presented. I expected more, and thought it would be more inventive and flavourful. Presentation was great though. Everything I ate was good, but nothing stood out. Maybe I would have found the spicier dishes more interesting. It was a very limited menu, and I personally felt it was overpriced for the food itself, although I get that it’s a great looking restaurant and so the prices are kind of standard for that look. I think I would go back to try the spicy dishes.

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