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kga2008Richmond, BCSince February 4, 200810 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Aria Restaurant & Lounge433 Robson, Vancouver
Not bad - off the beaten track
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

My wife and I tried a pre-theatre dinner here the other day. If we hadn't been walking by that area, we would have never known this place existed. The hotel doesn't look like much from the outside but the lounge/restaurant is nice, clean, bright with a view of the library etc. The food itself was fairly well presented and quite tasty, however, the portions were incredibly tiny for the price. The portion of veal was maybe 4oz and was accompanied by a couple of nugget potatoes and green beans. Price...30 big ones. The salmon my wife ordered was very good, but wasn't worth $5-10 more than what many other top restaurants charge. This is the only place I've ever seen that charges for run of the mill bread & butter ($3 per basket). Total was $125 including one garden salad, two martinis and 15% tip. IMHO, not the best deal around.

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Come to your senses, people...
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:31am [Dine in]

I pass through this mall all the time and have never seen any lineup for this, whether it is a few minutes long or hours like some have suggested. Comments like this only fuel an unnecessary feeding frenzy. Perhaps there is more demand for the freshly made goods, but the same could be said for any run of the mill bakery, donut shop etc. Even Tim Hortons donuts taste great when they are warm and fresh, but everyone knows they are just previously frozen balls of dough. Beard Papa's product is decent, but not overly spectacular and I wouldn't lose any sleep if I couldn't get any. Remember when people used to lineup overnight to buy Krispy Creme donuts? Need I say more... LOL

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Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill536 Yates St., Victoria
mediocre at best
Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 11:28am [Dine in]

We visit Victoria often and have noticed a common problem with many restaurants there, the poor service. Ferris is another fine example of this. From the moment we walked in, the problems started. Firstly, we stood at the door for 5 minutes before anyone noticed. During this time 3 other parties piled in, one of which was served before us! There was no reason for this considering the place was half empty. The host eventually sat us in the back where he felt we would be more comfortable. Perhaps, it was because we had a baby with us? Sitting isolated in total darkness at 11am isn't exactly comfortable. We got nothing but attitude when we asked him for a high chair (like we need to ask anyway) and he proceeded to take his sweet time bringing it to us too. When the waitress arrived, she was no different. I don't know if it's something in the water, but what's with the "I can't be bothered moving a muscle" attitude? Despite all this, I was looking forward to the food, which was recommended to us. For the most part, the food turned out to be a huge letdown. My eggs benny arrived 10 minutes after everyone else's food and it was overcooked and cold. The $6 sweet potato fries turned out to be tiny little bits of greasy, burnt potato skin and couldn't even be dipped into the sauce which came with them. The waitress never did come by to see how everything was and not once was water, coffee etc refilled. About 45 minutes later she came by, dropped the bill on the table and left without clearing any of the dishes. I wasn't expecting fine dining, but anyone that thinks this is awesome is out of their minds. This is mediocre at best.

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
one of the best locations in Vanc
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 11:03am [Dine in]

This isn't the type pf place I go to often, but it's worth a visit simply for the view alone. As mentioned in previous posts, the food is grilled on a hot stone, nothing more. If you like everything drenched in butter, gravy, steak sauce etc then this isn't the place for you. By dining in this manner, you get the added pleasure of eating right of the grill so to speak. The prawns and scallops just melt in your mouth when eaten right away. If you ordered seafood in practically any other restaurant, it would either sit for a while under a heat lamp or cool down before you get it. in those precious few minutes everything about the food changes. HELPFUL TIP: If you don't have an Entertainment book, get one. In this there are THREE coupons worth $54 each! Many of the customers use these and thus the menu prices are basically priced as 2-for-1. (just like Kobe's) Without this the prices are outrageous as some have mentioned.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
fun hangout, food and service ok
Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

Finally tried this after hearing all the hype from others, newspapers etc. The Sun seems to think this is one of only a handful of great Japanese restaurants and this was the only one on their list we had not eaten at. Anyway, after waiting for an eternity, we finally got to sit down. The restaurant is definitely a happenin' kinda place, which is sort of what we expected. obviously that part of downtown is more or less like a "campus" for all the Japanese, Korean etc ESL students so I am not surprised that this was super crowded and busy with mostly younger patrons with mommy and daddy's cash to burn. If your focus is a party atmosphere then this is the place for you. If you are simply interested in great food, service then this isn't worth all the aggravation. There are so many other restaurants to choose from. I am not sure why The Sun never mentions any of them.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Reasonable food, great value
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

I order from here all the time. Yeah, the place is a hole-in-the-wall but the food is reasonably good for what is essentially "take out". They are not pretending to be a $100 a plate 5-star restaurant, so I am puzzled by some of the comments here. Anyone who knows Vanc is aware that most of these places are not run by Japanese. If you want Tojo's, which I personally think is a major ripoff, then I ask what are you so-called sushi aficionados doing at a place like this? As for the claims that the salmon etc is not frozen, this makes no sense considering how busy this place is and the extreme cost of using "fresh" salmon as opposed to frozen. If anyone is worried about the lineups, just call your order in ahead of time and get a discount on your food too!

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Savory Coast1133 Robson St., Vancouver
One of the better DOV deals
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

After years of avoiding what was once Settebello (a great place that went downhill) we decided to try Savory, which turned out to be one of the best DOV deals. Most DOV menus don't offer items off the regular menu, just cheap, watered down, appetizer sized items specifically chosen for DOV. Although there was an extra charge for some items ie. lobster, the rest of the menu was available. The $ saved (if this is all the matters) depended on what you ate. If you chose the cheapest appy, main, dessert you didn't save much. Why would anyone do this is though? Anyway, my meal was well worth the $35 and I would not hesistate to come back at a later time. To the writer of the last comment: how can you say the food/wine is fabulous but rate it 3-stars? and then give an overall rating of 1-star?
Also, I agree to a certain extent about the service, but that is a Vancouver issue in general (esp on Robson). Try eating in Seattle or San Fran and the difference is staggering.

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Ebei5701 Granville Street, #112, Vancouver
slightly below average all u can eat
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 8:48am [Dine in]

Went here the other night after visiting Oakridge. Knowing it was AYCE, my expectations weren't high. We were just hungry and there isn't much else nearby. Service was initially prompt, but lacked any personality. After ordering we were warned about having to pay for any food not eaten (like other places). Once our food started coming it became clear that our order was cut back as many items were either smaller than what was requested or never arrived at all. Also, I have never seen sushi with so much rice in it in my life. This is the oldest trick in the book. Anyway, we got what I expected. I haven't got a clue as to why people are giving this 4 stars and why anyone would sit in line for this (like we did). Samurai across from Oakridge is very busy too, but there is a good reason for that (by far the most generous portions)

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
great place, but not for Dineout Vanc
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure why this place is part of the Dineout promotion. Although we have eaten here several times, this was the first time ordering from the Dineout menu. The food was good (not great as it usually is), but the portions were the size of appetizers. For $35 for a 3-course dinner, I guess something has to be sacrificed. Is watering down the menu the best thing to do? Probably, not. The service also seemed very rushed and lacked the extra personal touch one would expect at a place of this calibre. Despite the bill being well over $100 for two, we were in and out of there in 60 minutes flat. We will come back when the promotion is over.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Dineout experience disappointing
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

Two weekends ago, my wife and I tried Samba as part of the Dineout promotion. Firstly, ambiance was non existent. Samba's website features music and dancing, but we saw none of this. The few of us that were there were also crammed into one small section in the back with all the lights on. The food was also disappointing. My duck sausages were burnt and served with hot dog mustard not dijon horseradish sauce. The salmon terrine was almost all cream cheese and couldn't be finished. Although my chicken tasted fine, the portion was tiny and the veggies were not served en papillote as per the menu. My wife's steak was tasty, but it came blue-rare not medium-rare. She also ordered the mango raspberry cheesecake, but got plain cheesecake instead. I had trouble eating my tiramisu since it was dry, chewy and likely not very fresh. Perhaps the buffet would have been better, but we won't be coming back to try it.

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