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LoneStarSouthlands, VancouverSince February 27, 20117 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2)
  • Food1.5 (1.7)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2 (2)

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Creative and Good Value
Submitted Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

There were several reviews about this eatery but most all in my opinion are outdated. My recent visit was a pleasant surprise and we need to take notice. Most of the locals would agree Robson scenary are made out of hundreds of restaurants. There are fierce competition among many and Jap food outlets try hard to outdone each other and it shows. Guu has not been around that long but they hold their ground well and there is a good reason. They don't have a huge menu but whatever they offer was well presented and very tasty. The significant difference are the reasonable $$$ that other has failed to match. One can pay premium for the same items just a few stalls down the street and it doesn't taste any better. The menu are very innovative and aim to please all people. If you like tuna or beef tataki then you are in a right place. The sushimi are just as good as anyone except they are so much cheaper in comparison to the robson standard. Try the ishiyaki (hot pot rice) and this is to die for. The only shortcoming and like many shops around there, this restaurant is small and wait time can be atrocious. A wrong place to go if you are seeking a romantic dinner. Otherwise a funky place to be in. BTW the service are exceptional and I cannot say enough of our server and she is awesome. Of course parking is the pain and this is the price we all have to pay if we choose to dine downtown anywhere

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
Con Job & Buyers Beware
Submitted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 7:51am [Dine in]

Please skip this review if you believe in the reality tv programs. However the paid out arrangment may be. This diner did a good con job to attract the dine in TV interview and the recent broadcast surged a wave of public interest. The truth remains this place is a poorly managed and run down diner. The glory days has long done and the present management has no clue nor has the desire to improve its image or its food quality.
The menu is very simple and yet the kitchen staff cannot produce even a marginal product such as eggs, bacon and even the bread. We ordered a regular campfire breakfast and a green salad and it took 1/2 hour (no exaggeration) to arrive our tabel. Although the waitress are running around like headless chicken, the owner just standing by the cash registrar looking more like a totem pole and doing nothing.The bacon was fatty, greasie and burnt. The butter on the bread not even spread evenly and the egg tasted it was made from egg powder. The salad is true to its wording and it is just a plain green salad.There were no colors, meaning tomato or other fruits and it was just plain. The price tag is $12 and you have to be senile to repeat this order. Another strange part of the service when we asked for a coffee refill. Instead to bring the coffee pot to the table, the waitress will give us two new cups of coffee and repeat the same. What a waste of effort and resources and I still try to figure out the logic of this process.
I suggest most customer has a mindset and prepare to venture to a "greasy spoon" eatery and to expect the food price is reasonable and in line with the setting. Not in this place when the food is totally unacceptable, poor service BUT you will be soaked with a 5 star $$$ restaurant price. I cannot remember when was the last time we have had such a bad experience in any eatery and including all the fast food chains.
Sadly the owner's world is his own oyster. So buyers beware that not everything you see on TV is true and I lost all the respect of the producer of the food show.

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Modern City2106 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Cursed Location
Submitted Monday, May 7, 2012 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

In my previous review that I have predicted the Shanghai kitchen couldn't and wouldn't last for a year. I was wrong that they were there actually less than 6mos. Here goes again another "wanna be" has taken over. The new dig is Modern City Shanghai food. The ambiance and the menu are pretty well the same. Exception to that the new owner has no clue how to operate a restaurant. The shanghai siu lon bao is good but there are so many out there that are so much better. Ginger beef actually is orange beef so do not just read from the menu so make sure double check with your server. Good luck if you don't speak mandarin in this place. The food was very average and below par in comparison the same competitions around town. The killer is the MSG and I thought most asian eat outs has opted not to put these horrible chemistry in their food but guess what, you get a mouth full of this in this joint. So try to eat early because you will never be able to sleep and you will spend fair amount of time in the washroom and this is a promise
I believe there must be a curse or a spell casts in this location because there is no restaurant has survived for more than 12 months in the past 15 years. And no exception to Modern City and this is such a pity!

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Fresh Restaurant8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond
Call this place "Stale" instead
Submitted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

This eatery is attached with the Radisson airport hotel. They used to be called the "president" but had transformed to "fresh" and may be to disguise or to cover how bad they were previously
Yes the name has changed but everythig stay and "stale". Do not go there because this restaurant is operating like a low budget d movie set. Meaning they only have so much food source on a given day and they roll the dice for the "early bird gets the worm" type settings. We went in different occassions and every time we had experienced the same subpar food and service standard. It was not our stupidity to repeat but the choice from our out of town visiting guests. DO NOT go to the prime rib dinner and this is an accurate warning. There were nothing left at 700pm and it was no joke. We made a mistake of taking the last chunk of meat and it was like dog's breakfast. You will regret dearly if you try any (and I mean any) of the appets. They couldn't even prepare a simple pub item such as the buffalo wings. The sauce is thickener coated with tobasico sauce. A three years old could do better. The deep fried squid had to top the worst in this eatery. It was deep fried in heavy batter and no spice. We retunred the dish and requested to remake one and the server told us they had run out of squid. The salad bar is a part of the prime rib dinner package and the platters were pretty much empty when we arrived (700pm). When I asked is there any refills and (I swear and this is not a word of lie) the chef told us that they had run out of vegis. What a shocker. There were three servers working on that night in a 1/2 empty restauarants. Either they were inexperienced or ineffecient that we could not get any attention from them. And this was suppose to be a partial buffet setting dinner. The ambiance is a joke when table setting was worse off than tim hortons. Dirty table was unattended and the manager was walking around with a cane. I am not sure if it was the result from a disgruntled customer. So buyers beware

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Shanghai Kitchen, The2106 West 41st Street, Vancouver
Need Improvement In A Hurry
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

The restaurant has been opened for about 3 weeks and the owner has got rid the baker who "hand made" the dumpling dough. Apparently the steam dumpling was not good enough to attract any customer interest. There must be some kind of curse in this location because there were four different restaurants changed hand in five years and none of it made it through the first year.
We were there for lunch and I must admit the owner may not have a clue in the restaurant business. he ambiance is less cozy and was quite dark in the interior. It is best described ok and there was a strange odor floating inside the restaurant (definitely not food) and it was unpleasant to smell at. The restaurant was only 1/2 full while we were there but the duty manager walked around and played no role to help filling the tea pots or connect with the customer although the other servers were attentive. The food menu are the typical shanghai cuisine and it should be a no brainer. We ordered the steam dumpling and as the first reviewer pointed out it was not closed to excellent but was eatable. The dough was thick and hardly any broth inside and the meat was dry. For $6.95 we could do better in Lins on Broadway or Shanghai wonderful in Rmd. The "handmade" noodles were ok and again it was not worth to ante $1.50 extra for these "special noodles". The ginger Gai Lan was excellent and the fried noodles were holding good standard except I found it a tag too greasy. S/S ribs were good and so as everyone else. At least they were not gauging and the price fits in this neighborhood nicely.
The shocker when the bill came and they have a "gratuity reference guide" printed on the bill and they SUGGESTED a 15%-25% tip from the customer. The sad part is they use the total amount of the bill including our famous HST as a tip reference. Obviously they don't use their brain and expect the customer to tip on top of the tax amount and I found this practise is very tacky and unethical.
In my opinion, this is bad optic for a brand new establishment and yet the owner is nowhere in sight. Either the owner has a truck load of laundry money to waste or they simply have no passion to run a restaurant business. And I pray I am wrong in this observation!!!!!

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Ramen Sanpachi3132 West Broadway, Vancouver
New Location
Submitted Monday, March 28, 2011 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

The Sanpachi just opened their sis location in Kits area (3132 W.Broadway). We went there for the 1/2 price ramen (good till end of march and lunch only) several times. The ramens are good but there are just too many competitions out there in the area and they will have a tough going when the price is back to regular.
We tried dinner last Sat and the traffic was light because no one know they exist and they are still a "rookie" in the area. The servers were friendly and polite but most of them are very inexperienced. you need to ask for chopsticks, napkins, soya etc. or else the table is totally bare even when the food arrives. The restarurant tried to introduce the "tapa" type menu to attract the drinking crowd but the choices are very limited. There are few appees, no sushi dish and the rolls are very limited. The sashimi price was reasonable at $6.00 a pop but they used all frozen salmon and tuna. I guess something has to give in order to make a living. I am not sure this practice will come back to haunt them eventually. Their fresh oysters was a hit at $14.95 for a dozen. It was fresh and tasty and our table all agreed it was the best value you can find anywhere.
The drinks menu are average but they are pretty tight on the hot sake, a bottle of large order and they only filled in 3/4 full. The ambiance are proper to reflect upon and to attract the local crowd. Hopefully they have their kinks iron out soon and I recommend you may give this place a try.

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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Over-Rated For What It is Worth
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

This is my second experience to better assess this so call "top rated" eatery in GVRD. We were there on a Friday night. It was busy but not over-crowded. As usual Pino the owner spent a lot of time on the floor than in the kitchen. I believe he had the menu formula down to the tee so his sous-chef could step up and follow his plan. There are too many servers and bus people on that night but it was not a good sign. They ran into each other 1/2 the time or "over-served" the customers and some are simply looking for something to do. The main dining room is already cluttered and with that many people running around, it was a caotic scene and a disruption to the patrons. We were knocked and bumped by the servers several times because there were not enough lanes for them to move around.
The appetizers were good but not fantastic. The lobster bisque is consistent and the texture are very well balance. The osso buco was tender but a touch on the dry side and the sauce was average. The lobster linguene was average and the presentation was disappointing. It would be nice if the kitchen staff could be more creative to stack the lobster pieces on the pasta bed instead of tossing in and mix with the dish (similar to a fast food chain outlet). After all, this is a hefty $35 plate. The sable is pricey but it is still the winner of all the entrees. It was perfectly broiled and extremely delicate.
The wine selection is extensive and the price is not for the faint of heart. So be prepared to dose out a couple of hundred for some fine grape juice.
In my opinion, this place is overrated because of its celebrity status. There are inconsistency in the overall food quality and presentation. There are just too many good eatery in and around the area with better and more intimate ambiance for 2/3 of this price.

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