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KusanoRichmondSince August 10, 200613 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Nice Music, Mediocre to Poor Food
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

We made a reservation so we did not have any problems with wait time as mentioned in some other comments.

I ordered the portebello mushroom appetizer which was a very disappointing start to the evening. Yes, it was plated beautifully but the taste of the mushroom was compeltely overpowered by the tomato+garlic sauce on top which, wasn't anything special in my opinion.

Spinach salad was again, beautifully plated. Taste-wise, it was grossly overdressed leaving my mouth in a complete pucker.

Ordered a seafood penne pasta which.... had a funny texture (Noodles may have been undercooked) and an oily aftertaste. Didn't even bother to pack it to go.

Dessert was excellent though! Shared the champagne sorbet which was light, refreshing and definitely had the intregrity of champagne. Was the highlight of the meal

The service was slow and practically non-existent, even for a big party of... TWO!

The music and the ambiance make up for a bit of the food's shortcoming but for the premium that they charge, I still expect a LOT more. Taste-wise, Capone's just isn't there.

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New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Go for the Steamed Buns
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

When I walked into New Town, they were just rolling out a fresh batch of steamed Vegetarian buns. Rows and rows of steaming little pillows snuggled into the large bamboo steamer. Had to resist the urge to *poke* the buns as they wheeled by :)

When I tore the bun in half, steam came billowing out and I could see at least 5 types of veggies and CHUNKS of tofu as the filling. Ok, so I realize this may not sound so appetizing to the meat eaters out there, but it's an important note because vegetarians usually get ripped off. I've sure seen my share of cabbage buns. The bun by the way was delicious and surprisingly flavourful for containing only veggies.

After I finished eating, they brought out a fresh batch of egg tarts and again, I couldn't resist so I bought 2 on my way out. Oooooh so dreamy. The custard is SO silky when it's still hot but be warned that it's HOT! Silky smooth, not too sweet and nestled in a puff pastry shell yum!

Don't expect much in terms of ambiance or service. It's all about the buns here. Will definitely be back.

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Cafe Crepe1032 Robson St, Vancouver
Soggy Crepes
Submitted Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

We were roaming downtown on a glorious shop-aholic afternoon and remebered that we hadn't stopped for breakfast yet so we decided to grab some quick breakfast crepes.

Inside of the cafe is very artsy with dark/bold coloured walls and some great collections of old print ads. I guess it could be romantic? Haha I'm not sure.

The selections were promising - many types of both sweet and savoury crepes. I had a breakfast egg, mushroom and cheese crepe which sounds scrumptious in print. But when I got it, the crepe was all soggy and dripping out the bottom! I don't know if that just happens when you work with mushrooms because I know mushrooms tend to get really juicy when they're cooked...still, it was dripping EVERYWHERE! By the time I got to the halfway mark, the crepe was a veritable mush.

Might have better luck with the sweet crepes that have less filling?

Definitely not the type of food that I would specifically make the trip to get. For me, it's more of a if-you-happen-to-be-walking-by kind of place. Even for quick snakcs, there are tons of other options in the area

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Didn't Meet Expectations
Submitted Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

Affordable prices since we went for lunch (they have lunch specials that range from 6-10 a dish)

The restaurant is large, spacious and comfortably seats a large group. The decor is beautiful and the music fits the tone of the restaurant nicely.

Was expecting a little more out of the food. My impression of Thai food is strong, bold, colourful flavours. Some of the dishes were rather bland in the context of that expectation.

We ordered a red curry dish that came with a layer of oil pooling on top. Our chicken dish was "surface seasoned" haha does that make sense? Basically, the taste sits on the surface of the meat and is tasteless once you bite into it. BLeh! The pad thai.... tasted like ketchup on noodles. Tom Yum soup was good though - a good start to the meal.

Probably won't be back soon, there are too many other lunch options in the downtown area.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Finger Licking Good
Submitted Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

I went on a... Tuesday night (?) after work one day and it wasn't that busy. The restaurant wan't empty... but the servers definitely weren't scurrying and had the time to make recommendations and explain some of the menu items.

The restaurant itself looks small from the outside but is a bit bigger once you walk inside. And speaking of walking inside... the minute you open the door, you are greeted with the most incedible smell of spices and simmering sauces wafting here and there.

ANYWAYS, I think they specialize in seafood, since the seafood portion of the menu is especially large. You can choose a seafood item and then a sauce to accompany it. This is where the waiter came in handy since I had no idea what some of the sauces were. We ended up with firey chili tomato jumbo prawns which was indeed finger licking good. The sambal green beans and lamb curry were both so full of flavour and so addictive. We ordered extra rice just so we could eat up the sauce at the bottom of the plate :)

Price-wise... yes a bit expensive for everyday dining. But I definitely will be back when I get the chance.

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Sushi World4540 No. 3 Rd, Richmond
Creative Sushi ~ Unique Flavours
Submitted Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

Although there are a handful of seats for good measure, Sushi World is really just a take out place. Definitely not authentic (Chinese owned) but the food is tasty and they get brownie points for creativity.

Some memorable items are the crepe sushi & rice crepe sushi (think: vietnamese spring rolls wrapper) which don't use any rice at all. There was another roll that was interesting: it was filled with salmon, prawns, egg and mango and was wrapped with thinly sliced cucumber (again, no rice). Hard to imagine? I guess this kind of sushi is friendly for the carb conscious :)

They also have the standard rolls (kappa, california etc.) but they weren't anything special in my opinon. Just sort of rounded out the menu. Menu itself is fairly large and focussed mostly on rolls and nigiri sushi. Portions are large and generous (I.e. they don't just use rice to make the rolls look big... the rolls are very much packed with fillings).

The owner is very helpful and patient when it comes to explaining their sushi creations though I'm almost certain he doesn't speak any Japanese at all. Prices are dirt cheap (in Richmond afterall).

If you're not from Richmond, I definitely would not recommend taking the trip down, but if you're in the area and looking for a quick and cheap place for take out then give it a try ~

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Kintaro Ramen8291 Westminster Hwy, #110, Richmond
Hm...A little disappointed...?
Submitted Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

The Kintaro's in Richmond is much bigger and very spacious so it's a lot more comfortable as you walk in. Also, the pace of the restaurant seems less hurried, which is nice since I always felt the need to inhale my noodles at the Downtown location due the limited seating and line ups out the door.

Onto what's important though: the noodles!
I always order shoyu (medium+fatty) and get the rice thingy that you can pour your soup over to make a pseudo soupy congee. Haha it probably has a name but I've always just ask for "the rice thingy".

Anyways, the noodles weren't quite as springy as I remember and the soup was a LOT more salty, but with less depth to its flavour. The soup also wasn't piping hot as it should be, but was leaning towards a "warm". Call me picky, but for me the temperature of the soup definitely has an effect on its flavour.

I'll probably go again just to see if it was only a bad day for them. Otherwise, I suggest sticking with the Downtown location (unless that has gone downhill as well? I haven't been back to Kintaro's in downtown in a while). Otherwise, a bit disappointed... and still looking to satisfy my Ramen craving...

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Tropika4151 Hazelbridge Way, #1830, Richmond
I Dream of Tropika
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

I simply ADORE the food here. Something about the fusion of Malaysian/Singapore/Thai really makes my tastebuds sing.

I always order the Roti Canai for an appetizer and it is always most excellently excellent. The dipping sauce that comes with the Roti... oh gosh, I dream about swimming in that stuff :)

The menu is quite large and even though I've been there many times, I still haven't managed to try everything. They have everything from Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb, Seafood (huge section in itself), Veggies, Rice, Noodles etc. etc. etc.

My absolute favourite dish is the Meegoreng which is a mixed noodle of sorts. It comes with all sorts of fresh veggeis, egg, tofu and is mixed with a hot sweet tomatoey sauce. Consistently scrumptious and completely addictive.

The waiters are friendly and in my opinion definitely earn their tips. They give good recommendations if you are unsure what to order, refill your glasses without asking and even gave us free desserts when I went on my birthday.

The only thing on the menu that ever disappointed was the pineapple fried rice - was a bit mushy for my taste. I'm willing to overlook this one mishap though because of all the other good experiences I've had with this restaurant.

Admittedly though, the prices are not "cheap" and it is a little out of my price range to be eating at Tropika on a regular basis. So, I usually reserve Tropika for some sort of occasion/gathering. Besides, the portions are so big that it would be impossible to try a bit of everything if you go by yourself.

Richmond Tropika is located on the lower level of the new Aberdeen centre. The restaurant is warm, well-kept and comfortably casual.

Oh Tropika... I *Heart* you!

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Pearl Castle3779 Sexsmith Road, #1128, Richmond
Best BBT in Richmond
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

Gosh, I go here so much it's getting embarassing.

For starters, the place is spacious, well-lit, non-smoking and clean - not really what you could say about most other BBT places anywhere in Richmond or Vancouver. They have a great menu of real food (i.e. not just snacks) that are... surprisingly good for food served at a BBT hangout! Their snakcs are also great: Kimchi fried tofu is highly recommended as are the Shaved ice plates. BBT flavous are pretty innovative and there are tons to choose from.

In the end though, no matter how good the food is, keep in mind that this is a BBT hangout and not a restaurant. The service is excellent if you keep that mind. Not always suitable for large parties, but they will try their best to accomodate (they are pretty creative with re-arranging tables). Full to capacity with a line out the door on the weekends.

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California Hong Kong Cafe5300 No. 3 Road, 322, Richmond
Standard HK Cafe
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Food and price-wise this cafe is very standard. I don't really have any sort of real positive or negative impression about this place - it just sort of exists.

The menu is huge, as with any other HK cafe and there is the standard "Soup+Entree+Drink" for 6.99 special during the afternoon.

The resaurant itself is very clean and comfortable. Service is quite slow everytime I've been there, especially if you pay with anything besides cash.

Again, no real positives or negatives. Not my personal favourite in the HK Cafe category but would probably go again if I happen to be shopping at Lansdowne mall.

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Seto Japanese Restaurant8460 Alexandra Road, #155, Richmond
Hidden Gem of a Restaurant
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

Among the throngs of all-you-can-eat and other mass production sushi restaurants in Vancouver, Seto is a like a breath of fresh air. This is a small, rather hidden restaurant but serves up tons of fresh and authentic Japanese dishes. The quality of the food is exceptional and the restaurant staff (waitresses and chefs) are all very friendly and helpful.

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Shanghai River Restaurant7831 Westminster Hwy., #110, Richmond
Very Authentic and Delicious
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

My family loves this place and go here to eat whenever we can.

The food is consistently fresh, delicious and very authentic. The prices are a bit on the high end for Asian food, but the quality of the food is right up there to match the price.

Please try the "Xiao Long Bao": soupy dumpings - they are one of the finest in Vancouver in my humble opinion. They also have delicious Hand Made noodles, something that very few Asian restaurants bother with these days because fresh noodles take much more cost and effort to produce.

As an added bonus, you can watch them make their hand made noodles and dumplings in a viewing kitchen just off to the side of the dining area. May need to make reservations as they are ALWAYS packed.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Not Worth the Time
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

Don't even bother.

The waitress took forever explaining their so-called "Wok Hei" philosophy. Let me tell you with 100% certainty that the chefs at Red Door know nothing about "Wok Hei". Every dish is served warm-ish, dripping with grease and marinated with soy.

Oh yes, don't let the dish names fool you. Thai Noodles and Mongolian Noodles mean "More Soy" and "Less Soy". Please don't expect your Pad Thai to actually look and taste like Pad Thai. As most people seem to agree already, the food is grossly overpriced for the portion sizes. Even then, everyone at our table had leftovers because the food was simply that unpalatable.

There are definitely better Chinese/Thai/Malaysian/Mongolian restaurants out there. There are better fusion restaurants out there too. In fact, there is better Chinese food at the Pacific Centre Foodcourt.

If you're stuck in the Broadway/Granville area, there is a Papaya Hut (Thai) and a Fortune Garden (Chinese) just up the street. PLEASE try those restaurants instead.

Red Door... *Gag*

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