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KimmyKKerrisdaleSince September 20, 20077 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
That much sweeter!
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

I haven't been back to Ebisu in a while so decided to pop in with a few of my girlfriends.
It was super busy for a Tuesday but I later found out why when the hostess asked me if I wanted to watch the game or just dinner. I wasn't even sure what "the game" meant so I answered "dinner" and she seated me on the other side of the restaurant. Then the Canucks game went on and you heard all the "ooohs & aahs" with the occasional "YEAH!" when they score. As you can tell I'm not into hockey so it was a little noisy but I'm glad the restaurant was big enough to seperate the hockey crowd with the dining crowd (very clever!)
The waitress was very warm and friendly when she came by and we ordered a pitcher of red sangria which was absolutely delicious, she also mentioned that they were doing a hockey night special for pitchers of beer so maybe that's why so many people were there but I don't like beer so I had to pass on the deal.

Had a chance to look at the menu and realized they were doing Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 which I don't think they offered the last time I was here (unless I missed out) but wow it was cheap! They were offering 25 wings and dollar oysters along with sushi that was like roughly 40% off. We got a couple of their special rolls that I also noticed were cut in price from their regular menu. I guess the economic times hit everyone. Their rolls that used to go for $12 are now down to $8, we had to get 2 rolls because it was so tempting! We got the Mango roll which was good, the Volcano roll was just ok, I wouldn't get that again and this shrimp ball hotplate that they pour in front of you. The clam pasta was good but it seemed like there were more shells than the actual clams? Some of the shells were empty.
I still can't believe they are making it cheaper now and they were still just as great tasting as the last time I had it, hardly believe this is on Robson! Impressive!

I can't even figure out why it took me so long to re-visit this spot but refreshing all my sweet memories (and adding to them) have got them on the top of my list again!

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Unique Dogs stand out!
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

I was always wondering what the pile-up at the corner on Burrard was, so curiosity had me strolling down to check out the commotion.

Saw this Hot Dog stand that was like none-other, run by Japanese people selling these special Japa dogs! I tried the Miso Dog and it was simply scrumptious! The best Hot Dog cart Hot Dog I've ever had! The service was also very perky, very happy looking sausage cookers, friendly with a smile!

Ambiance .. well.. it's a street corner.. haha ^_^

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Overpriced Home Food
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

I am having trouble understanding how this place is so popular. We went on a Monday evening and had to wait 30minutes for a seat. So needlessly I was pretty excited to get in there and start feasting!

Finally got in, the waitress was friendly enough. The cheapest dish I could find was $7 for a bowl of carrot soup (bleh). The sandwiches weigh in at a whopping $12 for a CHEESE SANDWICH, that's right folks, grilled cheese and bread is $12... so we ordered .. and waited ... for much longer than expected, granted it was quite busy so I just sipped my wine for a good 30+min. We noticed every dish is very carb-rich, perfect for making you very full for very little cost, yet charging you steak-entree prices. No seafood, nothing. Just lots of bread, cheese and potatoes to get you bloated. Example would be my boyfriends Irish Stew, the taste was 'alright' ... some chunks of chewy lamb with mashed potates + lumps of gnocchi? (balls of dough) ... it was definitely not saucy enough considering it's a stew. I wanted to dip my bread in the stew but not much flavour for all that starch either. I got the BLT sandwich, which really was JUST a BLT, very small too, about 5 inches? Smaller than a subway BLT, also overpriced at $12.

Maybe one day I'll figure out why this place continues to be so bustling but I think I'll pass on it for now. Much cheaper alternatives for better ingredients in Vancouver.

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Kakurenbou Japanese Dining793 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Girls Night Out (1 of 2)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

So we decided to have a girls only night and I heard through some friends about this new little place that opened just off Robson so we decided to have dinner there.

First impression walking in was "Wow" ... the decor is quite detailed and very cozy, they sure rebuilt that entire little space!
We were seated near the back by a nice looking wall with carvings on it. Took a min or 2 to soak in all the high ceilings and wooden poles layout.

The service .. well they were overstaffed, lots of employees walking around but they weren't very experienced or knowledgeable at all, never asked us for 2nds for drinks (which is probably a good thing, more on that later). I take that due to the establishment being pretty new.

Time now to get into the reason we came here, to try the food and drinks!
Well looking at the menu it looks like the chefs put a lot of time into thinking up creative dishes (some were obviously taken from other restaurants though). Some just sounded weird (Raw fish and kimchee?)
What really got us were the prices! Here's another "Wow" .. but this time not a good one, all the dishes are $10+ with many near the $20s. Then when the food came out, it was smaller than we expected as well! That's a recipe for disaster, overpriced on the menu, shrunken quantity on the plate. Looks like they need to cover the costs of the extensive renovations by overcharging the poor customers! We are not by any means 'cheap' but at those prices we could not bring ourselves to order like the little piggies that we are! (4 somewhat thin asian girls)
The drinks were refreshing and tasty but once again the price point was beyond my understanding. Most drinks hovering around the $10 and we don't drink beer but from the looks of it they were pricier than most places we frequent. Definitely couldn't afford to get 3-4 rounds of drinks for all of us but they never asked anyway.
We had to walk to another Japanese restaurant up Robson afterwards to fill our bellies with food and alcohol without spending obscene amounts of money!

Otherwise a nice cozy & classy place for meet-ups and dates just for the decor alone!

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Toratatsu735 Denman, Vancouver
Little branch of Shirubay?
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

The place is small and the food is overpriced! It's a nice little bar-like atmosphere to unwind and have a few drinks though but I don't think I would come here for a full-on dinner course as the tapas are quite expensive compared to the surrounding Japanese izakaya places.

Service was 'ok', I guess they were busy attending to a big table of drunken Japanese students on the other side of the restaurant. So they didn't come around as often as I would have liked, my drinks were empty for long intervals.

Probably wouldn't go out of the way to visit this place again but if I happen to pass by I wouldnt mind popping in for a few drinks. When is the main restaurant (Chopstick) going to re-open??

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Good Live Music - Average Meat
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 1:05am [Dine in]

Was craving some steak as my SO drove around and decided on Bogart's as we have always driven past it but never went in. Pleasantly surprised to see they had a live jazz playing, good stuff. There was a bunch of drunk hooligans in there that night screaming at the performers for encores in rude fashion which ruined the setting but luckily they left halfway into our meal. Had the fresh oysters which were very fresh but it didn't come with any house sauce, only tobasco and a grind of radish. I had the Top Sirloin and he had the Rib-eye, he actually wanted Prime Rib but we couldn't find it on the menu. Mine was pretty good for the reasonable price, not too memorable though. His had way too much fat in it and he said he preferred the Keg prime rib over this anyday. Service was sort of lacking considering that it was practically empty inside, took a while for the hostess/manager to notice we were standing at the front for a while and seemed like she was the only one doing anything while 2 other (servers?) and bartender just stood at the bar chatting? Food came prompty but visits to our table to fill our wine/water/bread was infrequent considering the level they try to bill the restaurant as? Higher caliber to Keg chophouse correct? In the end I feel I could have had better for cheaper elsewhere but it wasn't necessarily a bad experience.

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Kept Waiting ...
Submitted Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

That's right. The main factor in this review is how I had to wait for practically EVERYTHING. The shortest wait was at the door, the hostess said it would be 25min but we got seated in about 15, everything else though left a lot to be desired. Took about 10min before anyone even noticed we were sitting there and ready to order. Lady comes around asks if we can order drinks, we ordered them and as she was spinning around I said we were ready to order food as well and she spun back around with an annoyed look on her face which was quite strange. So we ordered 2 pints of beer and a martini. I figure the bar was packed and we had a mixed cocktail so a wait would be normal. 15min goes by before we get our drinks. We finished our drinks, another 45+min goes by (was so hungry losing track of time) before we get the food. 2nd round of drinks we only ordered 2 beers because we were worried another mixed drink might overwhelm the bartender and how hard can 2 beers be? Answer: Very hard as it took another 15min to get us our 2 beers. The 2 pizzas and poutine we got were not remarkable, have had better at many other places. Waitress rarely checked up on us, waters were never filled. We pretty much sat there half the time with no drinks or food on the table. They had sofa-couches which looked neat, too bad didn't get 1 and was stuck in an obviously overcrowded & uncomfortable bar stool area. Our dinner took over 2 1/2 hours for what could have been an efficient and satisfying meal in less than half the time.

Dissappointed.

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