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KotukiVancouverSince October 22, 200811 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
Guu Garden888 Nelson St., M101, Vancouver
Favourite Guu
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:57am [Dine in]

I can't remember how I stumbled on to Garden, but I'm glad I did! This is my favourite Guu, because of food and ambiance equally.

Food - Garden's food is light and perfect for spring and summer weather. Oden is sort of their specialty here, and they have two different broths to choose from - one savoury, one sweeter. The lamb carpaccio is very refreshing, garnished with capers and thinly-sliced onions to give a little 'pop'. Their fish dishes are also very clean and refreshing. The agedashi mozzarella and tuna melon are definitely unique, though once is enough for me..
The cocktails here are also really fun (and girly) - grown-up melon soda float for one, or matcha-luha for something creamy.

Service - is friendly and attentive.

Ambiance - the restaurant is hidden on the second floor in between office buildings, so there's a really nice 'hidden oasis' feeling, when you're sitting on the patio by a garden in the middle of downtown Vancouver. The restaurant is very bright and airy, too.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Great Food, Great Space
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:40am [Dine in]

Food - I've been to this location multiple times and the food has always been good. My favourites include the tuna with 7 friends with diced tuna, avocado, and multiple sauces create a creamy, flavourful dish; the mushroom and cheese bibimbap which is a cool experience as it's served in a hot stone bowl, then mixed at your table. They're also very generous with the mushrooms and use a variety of them, too -- I think there was shiitake, button, and oyster mushrooms at least. The seaweed salad with black sesame sauce was unexpectedly good. The black sesame sauce had a nice sweetness, not to mention great aesthetic appeal. They have the most extensive menu of all the Guus, and most dishes are really great. One miss was the hot stone bowl dessert: ice cream, custard, and a sort of cake served in a hot stone bowl. The mix of hot custard and cold ice cream sizzling on the bowl was really cool, but I found it too sweet. The ice cream also melted really fast into 'ice cream soup'. I preferred the green tea ice cream which wasn't generic ice cream, but possibly house-made? It had large ice crystals and an intense green tea flavour, great as a palate-cleanser.

Service - staff are friendly, but super-busy so it was a little hard to flag them down at times. They did forget my drink one time, I had to ask for it again. The reservation policy is weird, I've tried to make reservations multiple times but couldn't while my friend had no problems.

Ambiance - definitely the coolest Guu, it's very urban with a Japanese flair. There is less seating than you'd expect from the outside.

Value - I've always had a good experience at Guu. I usually do make sure to order bibimbap or noodles so I don't leave hungry, but those dishes are tasty anyways. All in all great for a night out!

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Sushi Garden4269 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Generic Sushi
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:23am [Dine in]

Food - I ordered sashimi and some rolls. The rolls were generic, not bad but nothing special. The same applies to the sashimi--not super fishy, but it didn't have the clean taste of higher-quality sashimi. The portions are generous, which I think is the main reason it's so popular? The roll size is ok, but I personally find the giant chunks of sashimi a bit off-putting.
Service - the waiter was attentive and somewhat friendly. I came at an off time, so the restaurant was mostly empty.
Ambiance - the restaurant is decorated nicely, but nothing special. The restaurant looked clean, but my table had some sticky spots that I had to avoid...
Value - I'd say their emphasis is on quantity, not quality. The food isn't bad per se, but I wouldn't bother returning.

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29th Avenue Cafe4441 Boundary Road, Vancouver
Decent Home-style Food
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:16am [Dine in]

Went to this place once as Yoshoku-ya on Denman, and again as 29th Ave Cafe.

Food - decent home-style Japanese food. We had the katsu curry, cream croquette, salad, and omurice. Portions are very generous, however the flavour could have been tweaked slightly. The pork katsu was fine, but the curry was oddly sweet even for Japanese curry. The omurice--I got tired of eating the rice after a while. I think too much tomato sauce was used so it got to be too sweet and acidic. Even the egg couldn't balance it out. The salad itself is really basic but the veggies were fresh and I thought there was just the right amount of onion in the dressing. The cream croquette was very smooth, and super tasty.
Service - was friendly and warm. It looks like they have a lot of regulars, the waitress was carrying on conversations with various customers.
Ambiance - the decor was basic and a slightly sparse, but somehow felt warm and homey. They also had some TVs so it felt a bit like I was eating dinner at home watching TV :)
Value - the food isn't stellar, so if you can cook them yourself it probably isn't worth it to go here. On the other hand the service is friendly and the portions generous. I'd come back for certain things (cream croquette) but not for others (omurice, sadly).

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Hime Sushi4463 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Great sushi in an unexpected location
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

I've been here multiple times, and the food and service has always been consistent.

Food - the fish is always clean and flavourful. A big plus for me is that the sashimi is not a giant chunk of fish, as it is in too many places trying to offer "good value" by spinning out gigantic portions--it's just not appetizing. I tried the Fresh Roll to satisfy my avocado craving--they were generous with the avocado and the sauce on top was really tasty.
Service - service is friendly, genuine, and prompt. The waitress always greets you when you come in, and thank you when you leave.
Ambiance - the restaurant is small and cozy, but I've always gone after lunch so crowds are never an issue. The space is bright and clean, and the decor is cute.
Value - a good place for quality sushi with moderate prices.

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Dae Bak Bon Ga1947 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Solid Korean BBQ
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Had dinner with a large group the other night. Food was tasty and filling, and we had a great time. I was a bit apprehensive as the place was practically empty on a Friday night, but on the other hand we had the full attention of the waiter and waitress. Overall there are places with even better food, but I'd be happy going here if I was in the area.

-Food - we ordered LA galbi, bulgogi, and pork belly BBQ nad rice bowls for everyone, which came with a large assortment of sides (banchan). LA galbi and bulgogi were marinated well, and the pork belly was crisp and delicious! One of the sides was a fermented bean soup which was very comforting on a cold, rainy night.
-Service - was ok. It took a while for the waiters to get us drinks, and they weren't particularly friendly. But once the BBQ items came out they were attentive, grilling the meat and replacing the grills when it got black. Though being the only group in the restaurant probably helped.
-Value - like any Korean BBQ it can get pricey. They have some specials too (the pork belly was 2 + 1 free).
-Ambiance - decor is there, but it's pretty basic. The restaurant was very clean. Almost all the tables had vents above. For some reason it was a bit drafty inside, but we forgot about it once the grills (and drinks) were going.

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Lazy Den Tea House3003 St. Johns Street, Unit 105, Port Moody
Great BBT and Food
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

A great place for bubble tea, and one of the cheaper places for it. I notice that there's usually two sizes for bubble tea, and Lazy Den has the larger size for a lower price. The bubble tea is little on the sweet side, but maybe that's why it's popular with high school students.

The foods are good, too. The noodles in meat sauce is always tasty, not too salty, and fills you up. The tuna sandwich (which I usually get) is good, and is just the right size for lunch with a bubble tea (combo).

Good food for a great value.

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Nagano Japanese Restaurant2918 Glen Dr, Coquitlam
Great Quality For a Price
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

Nagano is the best place for sashimi so far. I've eaten there many times, and the sashimi is always great quality. Also, the fish on the nigiri is twice the length of the rice, no kidding. Their tuna poke is also very good. They also serve zarusoba (on ice!) which I thought was cool. It's great for the summertime, very light and refreshing.

Prices are higher than the average sushi restaurant though, a dinner for four can be around $60 (but we're all happy and full afterwards). They'll also serve a complimentary item, it's usually a small piece of salmon and imitation crab that's battered and fried. If you're ordering more, they'll give you the fried fish head (as bad as it sounds, the head does have good meat).

Service is solid. The waitresses are smiling, and they come to fill the tea regularly. The decor is typical for Japanese restaurants, but it's nice. They have tables and tatami-style rooms, too.

Definitely worth your money, in my opinion.

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Sushi Home509 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver
Great Special Rolls
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

This was a cute restaurant.. It's fairly small.

The normal rolls are average. I'm not quite sure about the quality of the sashimi, though. I ordered a toro nigiri and the quality wasn't there. However, they have a lot of special rolls which are pretty large. I tried a scallop roll with black sauce (volcano-something? Can't remember the name). That was really good. They also have a fried california roll. It's not bad, but the batter is a little too heavy.

They did have a roll combo, I think it was 18 pieces + miso soup for $5.00.

They also have bubble tea and fruit slushes. I tried the avocado slush, which I've never seen anywhere else. It's actually really good.

I went there late at night, and we were the only ones there, so the service was fine.

The place looks really clean, but the decor wasn't really good. There's synthetic flowers and a giant flower wall sticker. I guess they're trying to have a garden theme, but it isn't working.

I'll come back for the special rolls and the avocado slush.

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Average
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

The food was average, but you get a good amount for your money. I came hungry and had the dinner box, and was stuffed afterwards. The quality is ok, not horrible but not something to go out of your way for. It does look like it's easy to get a spot, though. Even on Friday night, they had a good number of tables open.

The ambiance was ok--some decor was there (the average Japanese restaurant decor), but the music was a little out of place for a Japanese restaurant.

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True Confections866 Denman, Vancouver
Won't be returning
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

I've always heard about this place having the best desserts. Definitely not true. I went to the Denman location and the Broadway location.

The cakes were way below my expectations. I can say honestly that they were the worst cake I had eaten. They were dry and sugary, lacking any notable flavour, and the icing just added to the sweetness. They did look impressive in the displays, but then the slices were so thin! Definitely not worth the price. Their cheesecakes were ok, but they were nothing special. Better than what you get in the grocery store, but not quite worth the money.

I went there when it was quiet, and the service was good, the waitress was friendly. The decor was great, but then again, I don't go to a restaurant to enjoy the decor.

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