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kodawarusurreySince August 25, 200614 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews Found
Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Yummy in my Tummy
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 7:17pm [Dine in]

I love that there are so many ramen shops to choose from in Vancouver now. Santouka is definitely giving the other shops a run for their money. We got there at around 11:40am on a Saturday and there was already a lineup, but we only had to wait around 20 min for a table. The ambiance is nice, with both counter seats and tables. Service was good and the waitresses came by frequently to refill our water glasses. We each had a different type of soup with our noodles - Shouyu, Shio and Miso. The Shio is the lightest of the three but it was creamy and full of flavour. I had a sip of the other soups and they were quite tasty too. The chashu was soft and flavourful.
Just the ramen is $8.95, which is a little more than other places, but it was worth it because the soup was so good. You can also get combo sets with rice bowls for a couple extra bucks. I'd like to go back and try some of the other items on the menu like the tsukemen.

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Vivacity Restaurant8351 Alexandra Road, #110, Richmond
Probably Wouldn't go if it weren't for the Dim sum Discount
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

We tried Viva City after reading the positive reviews on this site. Overall the experience was good but I still like Sun Sui Wah on Main the best for dim sum.
We went for a New Year's Eve dim sum brunch and by 11am the restaurant was already quite busy. Apparently, the 20% discount is given until 3pm on weekdays and before 11am on Friday, Saturday, Sundays and holidays. We didn't know this so we hurried unnecessarily to order before 11 even though it was a Thursday. It would be helpful if this was written in English somewhere.
The food was pretty standard. The gai lan was a little on the greasy side and the "shark fin" seafood soup was too salty. The eggplant with shrimp paste was my favourite.
The ambiance of the restaurant was quite nice. The hostess actually smiled and was nice about taking a picture for us (unlike the typical stonefaced hosts/hostesses at other places).
There's a parking lot with free parking here but by the time we left the restaurant around noon there were several cars waiting for a spot.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Just one thing that bugs me...
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

Everything at Guu Otokomae was really tasty. The stand out dishes that everyone in our party enjoyed were the mushroom and cheese bibimbap (which was very much like risotto), the maguro tataki (really fresh),and the salmon and 7 friends dish that had natto mixed into gooey yumminess.
The service was prompt and helpful. On weekends there's a seating time limit of 2 hours but that was just right for us to finish our meal and drinks.
So the one thing that really bugs me about this place every time i go is the dirty glasses. They're ALL spotty. They really need to fix their dishwasher.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Great Place to Celebrate
Submitted Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

I had been here before for Dine Out a couple years ago, and my experience was pretty mediocre that time. I'd say this time around was much better.
We were promptly seated by a friendly hostess at 5:30 on a Sunday night. They place was pretty empty when we got there but filled up by the time we left. Our waiter and waitress were very professional and service was quick.
Two of us ordered the Sunday night special Prime Rib dinner which comes with a caesar salad and chocolate mousse torte for $30. We were slightly surprised when the caesar salad arrived because the romaine lettuce leaves were all about 5 inches long. I prefer not to have to cut up my salad myself. We were also surprised when the prime rib came but that was because it was such a huge portion. It came with half a roasted tomato, asparagus and delicious mashed potatoes. The prime rib was tender and flavourful with a great demiglace sauce. The chocolate torte dessert was a nice finish to a big meal.
The other two in our group ordered the salmon burger (which looked alright), crab cakes, spring rolls (nothing special), and linguine vongole (small portion).
While I definitely wouldn't come here on a regular basis since it's a little pricey, it's a wonderful place to visit for special occasions or to bring out of town guests since the ambiance is nice and the location is conveniently located on Granville Island.

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Taste Of Vietnam, A1016 W Broadway, Vancouver
An unfortunate ending to an otherwise decent meal
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

We chose this restaurant from the entertainment book because we were in the area and because the reviews on dinehere were pretty decent. We didn't realize that we were setting ourselves up for disappointment.

The ambiance of the place is satisfactory and seemed quite clean. They could probably get rid of the tacky fake flowers on the table.

My hubby ordered the veggie fried rice and I ordered the Special Vermicelli Combo. Mine came first and the order was very large, with lots of vermicelli, veggies, a spring roll and beef all in a bowl. The spring roll was really good and the beef was flavourful but had a couple touph parts that I had to choke down. The hubby's order was average sized but definitely not enough to fill him.

At the end of our meal when I tried to use my entertainment book coupon, the restaurant owner refused to honour the coupon. The owner pointed to a small sign at the very back of the restaurant that said that customers need to present their coupon before ordering because they changed the conditions. The sign is definitely NOT visible to any diner unless they walk by it to go to the washroom at the back of the room before they happen to order.
The owner told us that we could either have 20% off our meal or save the coupon for another time. We opted for the 20% since we probably won't bother returning. It's not like the meal was expensive anyway but it was annoying to have the restaurant change the conditions to the exact opposite of what is stated on the coupon. Just wanted to warn any future coupon wielding customers.

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Estea Beverage Club6401 Kingsway, #120, Burnaby
Don't bother trying the desserts here!
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

I come here once in awhile since i live just a couple blocks away. The renos have totally changed the look of the place for the better. It used to be quite ghetto inside but now it's sleek and modern.

The drinks at Estea are pretty average. One time i had pearls in my drink and some of the pearls were undercooked and hard. The last time I was there, I had a green tea (matcha) latte. It was tasteless and I definitely wouldn't recommend it. I guess I should've clued in when I watched the girl making my drink take a little taste from her mixing spoon and make a very unsure face.

The main point of my review is to warn people not to order desserts here. They're even more of a rip off than the bbteas. I think all of the desserts cost $3.75 but the last time we were there they only had 2 out of the 6 or 7 options. We ordered the Snow White, which was supposed to be a strawberry dessert, and a cheesecake. When the two desserts arrived, our reactions were all the same "huh?". The Snow White dessert was nothing like the description on the menu and both desserts were miniscule. We sent back the Snow White and wanted to send back the cheesecake too but decided to keep the twoonie sized cake. Totally not worth it.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
All Around Great Buffet Lunch
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

I was finally able to try out Saffron's lunch buffet after passing by the place countless times on Kingsway. I think the price has gone up a little ($11.95), but the food was worth it. The restaurant itself is very nice inside and the washrooms are clean. The buffet had a small salad bar/dessert section, and they had a good selection of vegetarian and meat dishes, including everyone's favourite, butter chicken.
A couple of the dishes had some heat but I'm a wimpy wimp when it comes to spicy food so the average eater probably wouldn't bat an eyelash. Luckily, the waiter made sure to keep our water glasses filled. (He told us that he was new, but he was doing a great job and was really friendly) The waitress also kept the delicious hot naan coming too so I just kept eating and eating. After about an hour and a half of gorging, we were happy and very full.

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Simply Thai1211 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Better than I expected
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

My expectations were quite low for this place after reading the reviews below. I was even thinking of talking my friends out of going here but I'm glad I didn't. Simply Thai is actually pretty good. In particular, the pad thai was tasty. The "Simply Thai Gai-Yang" chicken dish was a little on the dry side.
All of the dishes were around $15-16 so it was a little pricier than most Thai restaurants but not ridiculously expensive. They are in Yaletown after all.
The service was quite good and the waitresses kept our water glasses filled.

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

My husband and I came here with 2 Japanese girls who are quite picky about their ramen, and everyone really liked their noodles. The miso ramen's soup has a stronger flavour, while the nagahama ramen is creamy and lighter. The noodles in the nagahama ramen are also thinner, almost like somen. Next time we'll try the nagasaki champon. My husband is a big eater so he needed two extra servings of noodles (kaedama) plus he finished off noodles my friend was unable to eat! My friends also ordered a plate of gyoza and were quite satisfied with those too. $4.80 for a 8 gyoza fried up in a pinwheel shape. Menya also serves udon and soba but the specialty is ramen so I'm not so sure how good they are.

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Sweet Revenge Patisserie4160 Main Street, Vancouver
A great after dinner treat
Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

As mentioned in previous posts, this place is easy to miss with its black exterior. Even when we were right across the street from the place we werent sure if was open as the curtains were drawn. The interior is cozy and there are plenty of interesting knickknacks to look at.

Seeing that it was a saturday evening (8pm) and there were 5 people in our party, I was afraid that there would be a long wait, but luckily the one large table was available. The lineup at the door quickly grew after we arrived and some would-be customers left disappointed.

We ordered the zuccotto, sweet revenge, tiramisu, berry trifle, and chocolate pudding cake for dessert, and a large kyoto cherry rose tea to share. The standouts of the desserts were the tiramisu, trifle and the warm chocolate pudding cake. The berry trifle and tiramisu are perfect for those who prefer less sweet desserts. And the chocolate pudding cake is a full of rich fudgy goodness (good for those with a sweet tooth). The zuccotto cake was quite tasty too. The Sweet Revenge dessert was just a small and very dense piece of cake covered with chocolate. This was the least favourite of the group.

The large Kyoto Cherry Rose tea was enough for everyone to drink seconds and thirds since we refilled our pot 1.5 times. The tea had a delicious aroma and was great for cleansing the palate when sampling all of the different desserts.

Service was pretty indifferent and the server was slow to take our orders.

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Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House8681 10th Avenue, Burnaby
Good but...
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

We're always looking for good veggie place to eat at and after reading the positive reviews for Paradise, we decided to go for a Saturday dinner. The restaurant is quite small and every table was full. There was just one fan in the corner so it was kind of like sitting in a sauna since it was so hot out. After sitting down, the only waitress working there took about 20 min to come by. Instead of taking our orders she went around to three tables with pieces of paper for us to write our orders. We finally got our orders in, but had a feeling that we would be waiting awhile to get our food, judging from the time it took just to order. Typical Vietnamese restaurants are so fast it's scary, but this place was the complete opposite. I guess this was because there was only one cook working, but the food took 1 HOUR to come out. They really need to hire some help. My husband had a large pho and although it was good, the portion was too small for him. I had combo #2 with salad rolls, spring roll and bbq chicken. The chicken was more deep fried rather than barbecued. The spring roll was the tastiest of the three. Our food itself was pretty good, and I think we'll go back, but definitely not on a Saturday night. So to summarize, you should probably go on a weekday unless you have a whole lotta time on your hands and really enjoy reading vegetarian literature. Or order take out an hour ahead of when you want to eat.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Kudos to Rocky Mountain!
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

THe Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co's Dine out menu was in the $15 bracket so after following the recommendations of a friend, I decided to make reservations here for a party of 6. The atmosphere of the restaurant was warm and cozy. We didn't really like the bench seating however - getting in and out was kind of inconvenient. Not really a big deal though. I think the smaller tables all had regular chairs.
The Dine Out menu was good because it gave us lots of choices. Most other restaurants have 2-3 options for each course, but with this restaurant we were able to choose from any of their salads, the bruschetta, or daily soup for the appetizer and then for the main we could choose from their daily pasta specials, the curry lasagne or any of their flatbread pizzas (lots of choices for the pizza!). We all ended up choosing a different pizza and traded slices. I really enjoyed my Ocean wise pizza with salmon and other toppings. The only person who didn't particularly enjoy his pizza was the person who chose the super meaty one (i forget the exact name). Dessert was good. We all chose the cheesecake or the brownie. The white Bailey's cheesecake was very tasty and the warm chocolate brownie with ice cream was excellent (especially the slightly crunchy bottom).
The reason why this place gets kudos from me is because they are wholeheartedly environmentally conscious and it shows in so many ways - from their decor, to the organic menu options and even their napkins made from recycled pulp. I'm pretty sure this is not just another business trying to jump on the Green band wagon and for that they get a big thumbs up.
The last thing I'd like to mention is the service. It was prompt and polite. When our bills came, they were thoughtful enough to ring up 3 bills - one for each couple - without us having to ask. It's a small thing, but it's these small things that make a difference when deciding whether or not I'll return to a restaurant.

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Triple O's805 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Everything solid EXCEPT the service!
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

This is THE best place to go before a movie. Why you ask? Well, they have a $10.99 Dinner and movie deal where you can get an original burger combo (with drink and fries) AND a movie pass that you can use at any cineplex theatre anytime. That means that basically you get to eat for free because a movie costs $10.99 or more by itself. Now who doesn't like free food? And it's pretty good too. Just remember to get your fries HOT.

The only problem i've got with this place is the service. Every single time i order, the girl at the till is sour and unprofessional. Would it kill you to be nice and smile a little?

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Capstone Tea & Fondue1429 Robson Street, Vancouver
Could've been better
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

After reading reviews about this place and hearing about the all you can eat fondue, I convinced a group of friends to go to Capstone on Denman for after dinner drinks and dessert. It was a Sunday night and the place was very busy, and it's strange because when i took a peek in the restaurant the day before around the same time, it was totally empty. Anyway, the place was busy so i guess that would explain why it took so long for our drinks to come, but almost ONE HOUR for drinks?! I mean how hard could it be to mix 6 drinks?? My friends were becoming inceasingly impatient and wanted to leave because the waiting time was rididulous, but the waitress said the drinks were on their way so we ended up staying.
Meanwhile, one of my friends and I shared an all you can eat chocolate fondue. Now this was really good stuff. I haven't eaten many fondues and maybe it's hard to mess up something like fruits dipped in melted chocolate but i would recommend this to people. lots of different fruits, pretzels and marshmallows were included and i just kept eating and eating as my friends were getting more and more pissed off.
When the drinks finally arrived, half were terrible and the other half were OK. I don't recommend the springberry tea the other fruit teas - they taste like watered down Kool Aid or Crystal Lite. My friend said that the ice coffee was bad and another cringed when he drank his matcha latte. it looked and tasted disgusting. Apparently, the smoothies were good.
So in conclusion, the fondue and smoothies = thumbs up, service and teas/coffee = thumbs down.

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