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KujiboWest VancouverSince March 10, 2007127 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Anducci's6011 Hastings St., Burnaby
Ran out of luck
Submitted Friday, July 11, 2008 - 11:46am [Dine in]

I need to update my previous review as it leaves too positive a light on this place. I visisted a couple of more times based on my decent first experience.

The service really wasn't that great on further visits. The food was even worse as well. When the place is near empty the ambience really suffers too, but that's still the only good thing going for this place.

At the end of the day when we got a couple of questionable meals and drinks with lackluster service and you end up paying $50, you just can't be happy with it. If the price was half I might return, but there is no way I am coming back for their quality at their prices.

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Daikichi Sushi1739 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Mistook this for a good restaurant
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

A friend was comparing sushi places with us along Marine drive and had mentioned there was a good place around here on this section of Marine that was better than our usual favourite. So we thought this must be it, lets give it a try. Well, this place couldn't have been it unless our friend has terrible taste.

The food was overall so so, but I found the portions a bit small. What really turned me off was the daikon was wet and old looking. Quite gross really.

Service was pretty similar to the previous reviewer, pretty cold, but I would say somewhat adequate at least (could have been worse). The chefs behind the counter seemed nicer than the servers.

The ambience was the only redeeming thing about the place.

Out of the several sushi places I've tried in this area, this is the worst (well except Zen, but its almost 10 blocks away and in a special category of patheticness all by itself). Do yourself a favour and skip this place for any of the other sushi joints in the area (Ichiban is my preference).

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Mumbai Masala333 Brooksbank, #770, North Vancouver
Left a sour taste in my mouth ...
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

Was looking for parking on Lonsdale to eat somewhere and happened to find a spot right in front so decided to try it as they had a lunch buffet and I've been meaning to try this place for a long time.

The buffet was $8.95 which is a great price for a buffet. Thought it might just be vegetarian but was surprised to find 2 meat dishes. I was however dissapointed in the food. There wasn't a single dish that I thought was particularly tasty, and I usually love Indian food. One dish seemed like butter beef, which was a bit weird to me. A basket of fresh naan arrived and I was looking forward sopping up the rest of my sauce with it. However, the naan tasted funny to me, I'd say it actually tasted like sourdough naan if there was such a thing. My wife then commented how sour it was too without me saying anything so I wasn't imagining it. Maybe its not bad but it was not what I was looking forward to eating. This was also the first time I've went for a buffet that I never returned for a second helping if that says anything.

Service was OK but they brought me a coke instead of the diet coke I asked for. Otherwise they seemed friendly.

Compared to the food and selection at the Saffron in Burnaby this buffet paled in comparison. The selection is similar at All India in west van, but I found their food much tastier, and service/ambience better as well. So All India is my current north shore pick. Palki isn't that great in my opinion either.

For the price, I guess you can't complain though. Even my pop was only $1.50. I mean a meal at McDonalds costs about the same and I might rather take the Indian. I don't think I will ever return but if I was in the area and poor and starving it would be OK.

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Rose Thai1425 Marine Drive, #130, West Vancouver
Too much upsell
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

Finally got around to trying this place. Out front on the way in we noticed lunch specials for $6.95. Thought can't go wrong there.

When seated and looking at the menus the lunch special was now $8.50. Ok, whatever. Order drinks and we are convinced by server to try some of their special drinks. Order food, and server thinks it is strange we only order one of their appetizers and suggests we order more. At this point I'm getting a bit irritated with the upsell. I can hear her upselling everyone else too. She seemed very nice but it also seemed like she had $$ signs in her eyes and that was a bit offputting. The $6.95 lunch advertised outside could have been an honest mistake but given the upsell pattern I was noticing I doubt it, and quite frankly if intentional disgusts me. Also took way too long to get the bill, and there were some other missteps, so I have to give a 2 for service even though otherwise she was nice. I read the north shore news review that service was overbearing and I can see what they mean.

Food was decent enough, though didn't completely blow me away. Only had one visit so its a bit hard to tell. I'll give the benefit of the doubt here as I was a bit harsh with service.

Anyway I won't be repeating here unless I'm in the area and really feel like Thai.

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Timbre Restaurant2068 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Yeehaw!
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 12:48am [Dine in]

Met friends here for dinner. Enjoyed it so much the first time brought my wife here the next time.

The food was pretty good on both visits. My beef dip sauce was a bit thicker than I'd like. The nachos were great, a huge pile, tasty, and interesting. I'm a big nacho fan and these are close to the best, and the main reason for my high food rating.

Service on the first visit was absolutely great. Very attentitive and friendly waitresses. Second visit not so great, waitresses were not there, looked like the owner and some other guy serving. Was served by the other guy who was pretty lifeless and inattentive.

The place has big garage door type of windows that open up on to the drive. You can sit there drinking beer on a nice sunny day and soak up the street ambience. Very nice. On the second visit however, I noticed it was now country music playing. Not good country music either, but really depressing country music. And I noticed people in cowboy hats. Then I remembered that I had seen on the web site that sunday is "country" day. Ugh! My insides were bleeding from having to listen to the music and I was not enjoying myself much other than laughing about it. Luckily after a while there was respite as they started playing better music (more like country/blues). I might not even mind going to a real southern country restraurant but it just seemed weird here and I have to wonder what they are thinking. I'll certainly never go back on a Sunday and I'll hope service is better on future visits as well.

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Browns Socialhouse900 Main Street, Park Royal Village, West Vancouver
American cheese ruined it for me
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 12:20am [Dine in]

I came here soon after it opened and have been back a few times.

This place is like the runt out of the surrounding restaurants that are all very similar to it (Cactus, Steamworks, etc.).

The menu is fairly small. I've had a number of things on the menu. Most things are decent, some are just ok, or a bit bland. But what really made me give the low food score is the burger. It was the first thing I ordered there and I was shocked when I tasted processed cheese in it. I swear it didn't say that on the menu, but on further visits I think it then said "american cheese" (nice euphemism), not sure if they changed it after. Anyway, that destroyed the burger for me, it sucked. Any place that serves processed cheese on anything gets stars knocked off.

Service can't complain about, its been very good a couple of times, and good enough other times.

Anyway my later visits were only made when the surrounding restaurants were busy. I haven't been back in a long time. When I walk by now it doesn't look very busy. They are not getting it right and their problem is the menu food, selection, and value.

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Taco Luis5300 No. 3 Road, #1040, Richmond
Owner interesting, but food still boring
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 12:06am [Dine in]

I normally avoid mexican fast food. I was in this mall and remembered the reviews I read here so decided to try this place. I really just wanted to see what the owner was like. Yeah he was interesting, and I like the character he adds to the place. But I somehow expected more character from all these reviews, expectations too high I guess.

Food was typical uninteresting canadian mexican food. I'm being generous when I give it 3 stars. I will say its better than the other mexican fast food chains.

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Waterstone Taphouse & Grill19988 84 Avenue, Langley
A tasty lunch
Submitted Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

Only been here once as it's way out of the way for me.

Wife and I had a gourmet burger and a chicken pesto sandwich. Right away I loved how you could get fries, salad or soup with either, in particular french onion soup ($1 more actually), which we both had. The hamburger was indeed gourmet with some interesting earthy flavours and all and all pretty good. My wife totally loved the chicken pesto sandwich - myself not as much but it was stlll pretty good. The french onion soups were great. Overall one of the tastiest lunches we've had in a long time.

No complaints with the service. There was only one server but it was quiet.

The place is new and pretty nice. I'm not completely sold on the 60's carpet and dark laminate woods but it comes together decent enough.

Anyway, maybe we came at a good time and made some good menu choices but it was all great. Surprised there are as many negative reviews as there are. Will look forward to trying it again when we get out to Langley.

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I Love Sushi127 East 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Not yet jaded decent AYCE place
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

Saw an ad for this place and thought it would be great if I could find a decent AYCE sushi place on the north shore. I wasn't expecting much after seeing some mentions of it but was pleasantly surprised. I've been here a few times now for lunch.

The food I can only describe overall as "decent/OK", there is good and bad. The miso soup doesn't cut it. The tuna nigiri/sashimi is quite tasty. The malaysian/thai dishes are a nice addition. Presentation/preparation is a bit messy. The food all tastes reasonably fresh though, not old like some places (Kingsway Sushi). It's also not chincy in any way, you get lots of fish to rice, etc. Pop is also refillable.

The service is what I appreciate most. The staff seem genuinely cheerful and eager to actually please you. I mean they actually ask you "are you happy?" and smile and even encourage you to eat more. A far cry from many other AYCE places. Their english isn't always great so sometimes there is miscommunication but no big deal.

The place is fairly large and bright.

The prices are quite good here too. There are a few tiers of all you can eat, with the cheapest starting at $6.95 for a weekday lunch, which is really quite amazing.

I give it 4 stars for the combination of service and price with decent food. If it remains this way I'll be a regular here to get my AYCE fix. I'm only worried it will become a victim of its own success like others (Fish On Rice) and go down the tubes in regards to service. Already on the last visit it was considerably busier with it at capacity at 2 PM.

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Nowhere near expectations
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

The restaurant I was going to nearby was closed today at lunch so I remembered Burgoo nearby had generally good reviews on here and thought here's my chance to try it.

Looked cool from the outside but inside I thought the decor and table layout was a bit strange. It didn't work for me. I kind of felt I was more in a fancy cafe than a restaurant for some reason.

Tried the Irish stew and I have to say I was dissapointed. I was expecting something really savoury/tasty since stew is their specialty but it really wasn't (I've had tastier at home and out of a can), and the potatoes were undercooked in spots. A bruschetta was OK, and a french onion soup was pretty good so on average food was "OK".

So I thought it was average, but for average, I found the prices to be too high. I might come back and try it again if the prices were 2/3 what they are, but I won't be back at these prices for simple "comfort" food. Overall the restaurant is better than 2 stars, but not quite 3, but since I don't feel like eating here again I give it a 2.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill3860 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Their tasty burger improved my opinion of them
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Eaten here a few times since my last review.

Last trip I tried their bacon and cheese burger. I was shocked at how tasty it was. For $8.99 you get a big burger, loaded with cheese, bacon, a big plate of fries, and some coleslaw. I'm hard pressed to think of a better deal in town. The hamburger itself seems high quality, perhaps sirloin, like how Milestones burgers used to taste 10 years ago before they botched them a bit. I'd give this burger a 4.5 out of 5, and rate it perhaps in the top 5 out of all burgers I've had. Way tastier than any of the garbage you get at Fatburger, Red Onion, Veras, etc. Yeah I'm raving but I'm a huge tasty burger fan so it's a big deal for me.

I still have nightmares about their chicken sauce and buns though so the average score doesn't get too high. I'll still never order chicken here. But I'll be back for a burger, that's for sure, and that's probably all I will ever eat here from now on.

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Kabuli Grill935 Marine Drive (capilano mall), North Vancouver
Fast food Indian with great variety
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

I had taken a quick look at this place a number of times while at the Capilano food fair but had always passed it up because it seemed expensive (I seem to recall a 3 item combo was $9.99 or something, I could be wrong, but expensive nonetheless).

However today we noticed an "end of the day" special of $5.99 for 3 items on basmati rice and couldn't pass that up - I assume it only is later in the day to clear out too much food. There were about 10-15 items to choose from which is a lot compared to other places. A good mix of meat and veg items.

The wife and I tried 6 items between us. The two different mushroom dishes were very tasty. The beef curry while strange was to my liking. Everything else was just ok (chicken dishes, which never seem to do much for me).

Anyway the end of the day deal is great if you can get it, and beats anything else offered at this food fair IMO. Without the end of day deal I'm not sure I'd order anything from here though. Judging by how busy it was with the deal on they should consider dropping their prices a bit all day to boost business.

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Manyo Sushi Japanese Restaurant180 E 2nd Street, North Vancouver
First and only visit
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

We tried this place a couple of years ago, excited to possibly find a decent all you can eat sushi on the north shore. No such luck. Just all around not great at all. Can't remember it exactly enough to give exact ratings so it's just about 2 stars overall. Knew we would never return and haven't.

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Kiku Sushi4986 Kingsway, Burnaby
Average
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

Used to frequent this place about 10 years ago, just went back again after a long time. Hasn't changed much.

Food is average quality ingredients prepared to average quality. Didn't even spot sockeye salmon on the menu. Some things could have been prepared a bit better but it was OK overall.

We went Saturday night at a peak time but the place was relatively dead. A single waitress who didn't have time to greet and seat us. The friendly sushi chef sat us down and handed us menus - and then proceeded to grab some sunomono noodles to put in a dish without washing his hands as far as I can tell. That was a bit offputting. I prefer the cooks to stay in the kitchen. The staff was friendly and service adequate but could have been better.

Not a great place by my standards but prices are reasonable, and compared to the rest of the garbage sushi restaurants in the area this place I am happier to visit mostly because of the friendly staff attitude.

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Daimasu4680 Kingsway, #106, Burnaby
Went downhill a long time ago
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 12:32am [Dine in]

I used to frequent this place pretty often after it opened as there weren't that many choices back then. It wasn't actually too bad back then - not great, but I would have given it 3 stars.

Over the years it just went downhill, particularly in regards to service. I haven't actually been here in a long time as it just got so bad it got crossed off the list. I get a scare sometimes as my work lunch partners suggest we go there when everything else is busy (they have never been) and I have to do all i can to talk them out of it.

In summary it's just another crummy Japanese restaurant in the bermuda triangle of japanese restaurants (Metrotown area) to be avoided.

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All India Restaurant1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Indeed, it is good
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

Saw all the positive reviews below, but was never going to bother trying it as I just don't dig a la carte Indian dining much. However, I came across an ad that says they have a lunch buffet every day ($12) and thought, awesome, have to try this place.

So we show up, and ... there was no lunch buffet. We just picked a bad week as they didn't run it over the holidays. The place was also dead, we were the only customers there at 1:00 PM. So it didn't start off well.

However, we tried it anyway, and it was a pleasant surprise. Service was friendly, attentive, and the waitress even made alternate recommendations for what we wanted to order, which is fine with me because I don't know what their best dishes are. Had a couple of curries and a bread basket, all very tasty. We were also stuffed silly.

Only strange thing was being the only customers at a peak time, which makes for uncomfortable ambience. Eventually the owner of Chez Michel down the street walked in to try the food out. Not sure if he was checking out the competition or is just sick to death of his own french food =).

Anyway, we will be back to sample the buffet as that is our thing.

Overall this is the best Indian experience I've had to date. If the buffet is good this will replace Saffron as my favourite as the overall experience here is better than Saffron which can really lack in service at times.

I do wish them success and hope things aren't as always as quiet as they were when we visited. Do give them a try if you like Indian.

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Hurricane Grill, The999 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
WTF, processed cheese bruschetta and quesadillas?
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 12:25am [Dine in]

An update on my previous review, this place had become a favourite of mine - loved the friendly and attractive servers, great ambience, reasonable prices, and I had liked the food - until I tried some things on the menu that really turned me off.

So one visit we ordered their appetizer platter thing, which has wings, quesadillas, bruschetta, and something else I can't recall. So unless my wife and I are crazy, both the quesadilla and the bruschetta were made with processed cheese! Have you ever heard of such a thing? It was absolutely gross. Maybe they ran out of regular cheese that night? If so they should just say so. Or maybe it was just some crazy experiment or 3 year old cook filling in.

I also sampled their pizza which made some bold claims as to how good it was. It wasn't good at all.

But other than that there are still some tasty items. I'm maybe being a bit harsh considering there are some good eats here as well but I can't get past the processed cheese.

Anyway I really just wanted to get the processed cheese thing off my chest. Maybe it's just me but processed cheese should not be served in real restaurants. If Hurricane (or any restaurant, e.g. Browns) is reading this please consider this feedback. This alone has mostly stopped me from coming here as I just wonder what the heck they are thinking and don't want to gamble on my meals. I'll probably be back the odd time, but I won't order anything with cheese in it.

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Village Taphouse900 Main Street, #1C, West Vancouver
Sold ... to Cactus Club!
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 12:05am [Dine in]

I was shocked to read that this location was bought up by Cactus Club (which has a location right across the street). Probably got it cheap because Steamworks was terrible and couldn't have been making money. It's now just known as the Village Taphouse or something. What is really a bit sad is within 100 feet of each other you have Cactus, this place, and Browns, which are all eerily similar to each other. Kind of too bad really as no need for this many places the exact same.

OK I lifted my boycott of this place hoping it would be better with Cactus management in place. Service was definitely better, pretty much Cactus like. I think they have made some changes in the seating, etc. too, there are even pool tables in the back. It was pretty nice and happening, tons of TVs for watching games, more a pub atmosphere than restaurant.

The menu is pared way down and pretty much all different, it's more like Browns next door. About half of the items are direct Cactus imports but there are some differences. Ordered their only burger on the menu plus $17 nachos. Ate the fries and they were not great. Tried the nachos and they were very stale. My hopes were dashed. For $17 for nachos I expected a lot, and these were the worst I ever had due to the staleness - I should have complained but I'd only had a few by the time they asked and was hoping they would get better. The burger on the other hand was very good, probably in the top 5 out of the maybe 100 different places I've tried. I'd go back just for it.

Basically their kitchen needs some more work as I can't believe they let $17 nachos go out stale (maybe nobody orders them at $17 so they go stale).

I'll probably give it another try hoping I got unlucky on one item.

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ABC Country Restaurant2350 Boundary Road, Burnaby
OK if you make wise choices
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here many times. The buffet they have is not a bad place to fill up on food, though it's really not great food. If you like sausage, bacon, eggs benedict, and desserts like I do it's not bad for $10 though. Off the menu what I like is the pulled pork sandwich, other roasted meats, and their breakfast foods like omelettes and pancakes. This place is like IHOP though, go for what they make as a specialty which are the things I listed. Do not order any kind of entree like food from here, it's probably not good and explains some of the low food scores in the reviews.

Service is up and down. Usually good, but I have felt a lot of bad Vibes from some servers who are just cranky stuck up people. When you sit near where they congregate you can hear them bitching at each other sometimes.

The place is also kid friendly which is nice if you have kids.

Anyway I wouldn't be sad if I never ate here again, but it can be a nice break from the usual chain's like Red Robin or White Spot.

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Handi1340 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Decent weekend buffet
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

The wife and I tried the buffet once a ways back now. I pretty much only sample buffet's when dining Indian as trying to get a variety of dishes when it's just the wife and I usually isn't too compatible with Indian.

The food was pretty tasty. Not a huge selection but enough, and the dishes they put out were good.

Only real issue I recall is the trays they used for the buffet made it hard to get food out as you had to put the lid somewhere.

I'd say the buffet was much better than Palki, but not as good as Saffron (and mostly just in regards to selection and ease of getting at the food). So if I had to eat buffet Indian on the shore this place would be it. Haven't been back since though if that says anything. I should try it again some day.

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