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Kyle_LeeVancouverSince December 24, 20145 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4.5 (4.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value4 (3.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.6)

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ORU Restaurant1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Must say, I'm a big fan.
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

Considering the location, the restaurant is surprisingly humble BUT the menu is rock solid: some among my favourites are Poched Lobster, Haida Sablefish, and Kalua Pork Belly. Oh, a fruit-plate for dessert! Another plus is when the weather is gracious, you've got a gorgeous strolling-route waiting after your meal. Must say, I'm a big fan.

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Sura Korean BBQ4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 1830, Richmond
Perfect restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Korean Cuisine
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

Let me just say this before saying anything further: This kind of lunch set for $15 is a bloody steal. I wanted to say that first before I mess up my review. Haha.

Sura Korean BBQ restaurant is a newly opened Korean restaurant in Richmond Aberdeen Centre with fairly modern decor for a Korean restaurant in Metro Vancouver area. If you are frequent to Korean restaurant scene in town, you should know what I'm trying to say. The most restaurants are passable enough with their food quality, but they are not the kind of places you'd want to take out your girl friend or boy friend to. This one though is comfortably close to that criteria. Everything felt well prepared from seats to grills. Actually I preferred this one's open and modern interior to that of Sura Robson location. It's a definite up-point to me.

Now, to the things that matter more: Their menu, more precisely the food's taste and quality. This is obviously my first time to try this restaurant -- although I've been to Sura Robson quite often -- so probably consciously I went with a safer choice: Sura Lunch Set Course. It's $15. Fifteeeeen. Tuna Tacos at Milest*nes will cost you the same. See my point? For the price, you will have 11 to 12 small-portion Korean dishes. Yes, I tend to agree with the opinion that they are more of samplers than tapas. But calling these dishes simply samplers just doesn't do justice. At the end of the meal, you will feel generously satisfied with the portion. Besides, this is for lunch.

Another good thing of having this set course is that you could enjoy variety that the authentic Korean Cuisine has to offer. Some of my friends from UK are often wondering if there's more to the cuisine culture than BBQ and Soups. This set course is a perfect opportunity where they can experience Korean Cuisine other than having just grilled meats and steamed rice. There are this Spicy Squid Salad, Mung Bean Jelly, crowd-pleaser Grilled Beef Rib-eye, Korean style Sweet & Sour Pork, Grilled Croaker, my all time favourite Herb Pork Belly, and Korean's dinner staples, Soybean Paste Soup.

The quality-wise; Isn't there a saying that the busy restaurant never serves gone-bad food? No time for food materials in Kitchen to go bad. But this is a VERY busy restaurant. At least many lunch times I've passed by. So, probably the finish of their dish-served would be hit-or-miss. Luckily this time my girl friend and I tried, everything was just great.

If you live or work close by and happen to enjoy Korean food, having your lunch at this Korean restaurant in Aberdeen Mall is a no-brainer. There, I said it.

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Fable1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
For my perfectly peaceful weekday evening
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

Every time I visit here I always get to the realization how much I need nothing-fancy-but-really-good meals. Located on the old ReFuel in Kits, this cool restaurant has been serving for that exact craves of mine for a while now. My go-to dish here is Steak Frites. Yeah, it's good ol' steak and fries. Boring this dish may sound, but it is not. Steaks, potatoes, mushrooms, and kai-lan broccoli. And add a cup of lemonade to that mix, I'm in my perfectly peaceful weekday evening. Seating can be a short wait, so a planning would be recommended.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3320 Kingsway, Vancouver
The soup is real gem
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

I almost wrote this review, if you can call this a review. To me, they are more of the a real long ass tweet. -- on the different Gold Train Vietnamese restaurant page? I had to make sure this is the spot I have frequent to looking through the pictures that other Yelp users uploaded. This means that all these times I was coming here, I didn't know the name of the restaurant. I just know it as "That Pho place on Kingsway. The one opens pretty late." Haha. It works for me, but when I tried to find this restaurant name, I kind of felt my ignorance.

I have only once came here during the day. About two years ago, after I slept over at my friend's place that was close to this restaurant. I hardly eat Pho for lunch but at that day the combination of hungover-ness and knowledge that I could go have a bowl of Pho within 5 min. brought me here rather quickly, I think. The point is that the restaurant's interior never bothered me none which some of my friends think is real tacky. But in my opinion, who cares? As long as they serve great Pho and Banh mi? Well, I don't.

The cleanness-wise, yeah... sometimes this pace can feel a bit toward ... yucky as a friend of min with bloody OCD puts it, but I don't it comes from ... how the restaurant's owner operates. This is a very, very busy restaurant at night (I cannot testify for daytime to that, sorry.). When it's way too busy for the staff, tabletop cleanness can be out of hand. It shouldn't. But it happens. Yes, this restaurant needs to try harder to improve on the cleanness department.

The food-wise, Pho (especially no.4 large with extra Thai basil) and no.84 (Sorry I cannot remember the name although I have had that dish more that 100 times.) are so good! The soup is real good and that is why I come here instead of going to the other one on Kingsway. no.84 is the noodle dish that you consume Spring Rolls, stir-fried prawns & Vietnamese Ham, and lots of vegetables (mainly thinly sliced cucumber) on top of Vietnamese Rice vermicelli. I normally go easy with the fish sauce they serve this one with. They are so good! Hahaa. They are great midnight snacks and great cure for hung-over. Although time-to-time the neighbourhood feels flimsy but as long as this guys in the business, I won't stop coming here.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
This is my most favourite Japanese ramen restaurant in Vancouver, and dare I day it is the best.
Submitted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

I am going to do this review short and sweet. In Japanese Style. Pffaa, at least let me try.

How many Japanese ramen joints in Vancouver downtown area alone? Your guess is as good as mine but "plenty' is the close answer. We have good old Kintaro, almighty Santouka, and recently opened on International Village Taishoken. But sadly none of what I mentioned reminds me of my three-year contract work days in Tokyo. I guess it's because the taste and quality of some joints are great but their interior and service are just... no. Except this one.

Enter Motomachi Shokudo. Located by Denman and Robson Street, you will find this small -- even to Japanese Ramen joint standard yet very Japanese-ly decorated space that serves mostly Japanese ramen (Their gyoza is da bome!! haha but that's not the point of this review.). Everything about this restaurant presents the authentic atmosphere of young yet sophisticated Japanese culture I encountered back in that city. To me this is very good, I mean real good. Sometimes when you visit a Japanese restaurant, all you have for your money is some Americanized-Japanese flavour and pathetic pseudo-Japanese menu title.

For the ramen, I have two words for you: Spicy Miso. With all the add-ons you'd like, it's going to be a dollar or two more expensive than you pay at your Tuesday Japanese ramen joint. The noodle is great enough in the rich & density department, and the soup is deep (:D) yet not as "oily" as other joints serving which you so used to now just OK with. Just the way you'd have in any good Ramen joints in Tokyo.

This is my most favourite Japanese ramen restaurant in Vancouver, and dare I day it is the best.

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