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LordofFoodsVancouverSince May 16, 200755 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.8)
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  • Value3.5 (3.5)
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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
decent food, what service?
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

normally i would have visited a place at least a few times before i review it. in the case of foundation, i have only been to 3 times. so maybe my review is skewed. that being said. the other times that i have wanted to go here. there were line ups to get in. with so many dining options and a motor vehicle, i really dont like waiting in line.
there line up and wait can be frustrating. as a former restauranter, i really know what to look for and at when i dine out. from my two exp here, i see a lack of system and training. what i mean to say is sometimes this place can be very unorganized.
as a customer, it matters because i waited for longer than needed on the cold outside while there were tables that were empty. i should say that this is not the fault of the employees, whom seemed nice but inexperience. that is where leadership and ownership comes in.
once sat, service was painfully slow throughout my experiences here. like you have to wait for them to order and they dont come and check up on you ever. to be fair, it does seem like they were understaff FOH.
the location is next to the XXX theather on main and 7th. parking on the strret if you can find one. or pay parking on the lot on the block below.

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Sejuiced1958 W.4th Ave, Vancouver
healthier dining option
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

been coming here when i want something healthier. i eat out daily. so this place is a very good option when i want something healthier. the place is not very big. you walk to the counter and place your order. protein is mainly based on tofu, tempeh, beans. i really like their dahl soup, salad and juices.
i have tried all the food items on the menu. they got breakfast, wraps, sandwiches, soup, salad and an assortment of juices. doubt i will try all the drink option. and there are many to choose from.

i would recommend this place. esp if you are like me and looking for healthier dining.

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Caribbean In SOMA
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

If you're heading south on Main St, past King Edward on your right hand side you'll prob notice the Reef. It has a patio with faux palm tree. It helps create a nice atmosphere and feel, and very appropriate for the food served.
I suppose this is finer caribbean/jamaican food in the city. I like the food and atmosphere. And the price prob justifies the pricing. Sit at the bar or outside on the patio, grab a cold bevvy and enjoy the looking through the menu. Nice selection of traditional and updated version of food from the Caribbean.
The food does the job and is pretty aunthentic. The portion is about right, But small for my liking. U normally judge etnic food by the popularity with the etnic food. You seldom find Jamaicans/Trinidadian etc here.. . But rest assured they would approve of the the Reef.

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Samosa Garden Restaurant3502 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good AYCE indian Food
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

I've only tried the buffet the numerous occasions I have been here. The butter chicken uses the tandoori chicken as opposed to regular raw unmarinated chicken pieces. Hence the taste difference and possibly sourness(from the marinade). The hot food selection is reasonable and comparable to most. prob about 8 hot items, i think. Never had a freshness issue with the food. but if they serve the same buffet all day. i was not aware, and would be concerned. Like most ayce indian food, there is rice, naan, chickpeas, veggie dahl and curries. and chicken option here, tandoori chicken and butter chicken and a lamb/beef curry option. I found the curries slightly different than that of the Indian town AYCE. The curries is more refined here.

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Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House189 West Broadway, Vancouver
An option for late nite dining
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

There are only a few options for late nite dining in the city. In the mount pleasant area this is prob the only option for greek/pasta. The food is hit and miss esp for lat nite. More often it is a miss. Fair to assume it isnt the easiest job of making great late nite food. Hence look around the city, there arent any/many options. Too bad Gigi's misses too often.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Decent Value Sushi
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

I have never gotten the reason people fancy this place as much as they do. Perhaps good timing when they opened this location. The food is ok. But i find the sizing than people like has lots to do with the amount of rice they use of the rolls and sushi. I personally prefer, more fresh ingredients and just enough rice. I find they use too much rice. And the rice although fresh lack some taste/seasoning. This is my opinion, so other may like it the way Samurai does it. To me it reminds me of sushi done by robots not sushi chefs.
The value proposition is prob still good. As you can get party tray take out for pre fixed price. Good when you have a pot luck or function to atttend or host. IMHO, there are so many newer and better establishment now that are better in quality and value.

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Rosa's Cucina Italiana2331 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Simple and Good
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Rosa's is a nice hole in the wall. small establishment, and always busy. You'll need to get lucky to get a table here. Food is more home cooked than fine dining. It is what it is. Simple food prepared with some love. Most of the food items are good to great. Service is hit or miss depending on the day and mood of your server. Dont expect finer or even casual dining atmosphere or service. But if your nice or perhaps lucky you will get the occasional smile from your server or mama rosas.
Portion size is good and you will often see customer leave with leftover. There are no surprises when it comes to the food. They search for good ingredient. The cooking is simple and effective. Pricing is reasonable. Good luck trying to get a table.

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Red Onion2028 41st Avenue West, Vancouver
On the decline
Submitted Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 6:06am [Dine in]

Red Onion is a a burger joint in Kerisdale. It serves burgers fries milkshake etc.. .

I have tried the beef burgers, chicken burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. I dont think it has improved any over the years. And possibly on a slow decline in quality of food and service. Which is too bad.

It is not a big place and never seems full of people in a long time. I like the burgers here and the milkshake is not bad either. Would go back only if i had a birger craving and was in the neighbourhood.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill823 Denman St, Vancouver
Grilled Skewers on Charcoal
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 5:40am [Dine in]

Oden, Robata and some cooked items are the main items on the menu. Most of the previous review is accurate. This place use to have a line up most nites. They still pack them in. But it is a small place and not hard to fill up. Prob 30 seater + bar area. There are no great secret or mystery to the food here. Just simple unpretentious japanese food. Similar to what you would find most japanese eating and drinking back home.
There are a decent selection of skewers. Unlike the some of the previous reviewer, i did not like the grilled sticky rice with cheese. The oden was nice though the broth was a bit bland. Worth going to try and experiment with the different food here. It is not 'wow' food or comfort food. More like snack and drinking food. For that it is a tad on the pricey side. The sake could be served colder. Dinner for 2 with sake was $110.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Better than most ramen in the city
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 5:13am [Dine in]

i can heartfully agree that there are better ramen places. and the ramen prob isnt made in house. there isnt much to choose from on the menu. the noodles are big bowls loaded with lotsa noodles. like the option to pay for more veg and protein. dont like to fill up with carbo's. the key to good ramen besides the noodle is the broth. and great broth takes time. the broth here is good but not as good as in japan. the wait is silly sometimes and the place is somewhat unorganized. but i found the servers to always being polite and never rude. will go back again. but wish i knew of better noodle houses.

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
Specialty Japanese Roll
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 5:01am [Dine in]

This place on Davie does have good rolls. Have been here since they opened and have notice the inconsistent quality of their food. I've been eating specialty rolls for more than 8 years. This place does not have the best rolls. But really no one can make the claim. As a good roll has to be fresh and made with love and quality ingredients. So consistency can vary daily. The rolls are probably what they do best. Everything else on the menu is not up to par. The teriyaki is slightly better than a good AYCE. The miso taste like it's been boiled and slightly bitter. It is chinese owned and operated. They should have some special on the specialty rolls. As I feel that spending $30 at a place like this to fill me up is not good value. And the service is eratic. Need constant reminder to fill my tea even when not busy. They seem to stand by the counter and need to be reminded to check on the guest.

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Osaka Teppanyaki1788 W Broadway, #103, Vancouver
Japanese Teppanyaki House
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 4:30am [Dine in]

Just wondering if the last reviewer was thinking of this restaurant: http://dinehere.ca/restaurant.asp?r=2633 . As this Osaka does not really specialise in sushi, but they do have sashimi though not what you would go there for.

This is a Japanese teppanyaki house. The owner use to work at Kobe I believe. Most of the comments here are accurate. I have been here 6 times in the last year or so. It is a dining experience. Like Stonegrill, except here they cook/chef does the cooking for you.

You walk in and the hostess will seat you and your guest in one of the teppanyaki station. Each station seat app. 8 people. Then you decide what main entree you want to have for dinner. You choose from either one or a combination of chicken, prawn, scallop, NY steak, filet mignon, lobster tail, chicken breast or vegetarian. Then you can add some sides. I like the fried rice so i normally get that. All the entree's come with steam rice, soup, salad, veggies. Then one of the cook will bring a tray with all the trimmings and your dinner begins. You dont get to chose your cook. And some of the cook are more experience and can give a better show. Johnny and Roland are two of the better ones here.

As previously stated the salad is mainly iceberg lettuce with a japanese dressing. At today's standard this is pretty lame as is the soup which is bland, boring, lacking in flavor and nutrition. Remember this is Old Skool Japanese Teppanyaki house. It is for show and kewl once upon a time. Nowaday's you can get authentic japanese food in any major city.

You get two dipping sauces one for the meat and one for the seafood. Can't remember exactly what they are. Most of the seafood is previously frozen. None of my guest have ever complained about the food here or left hungry. But they may just be polite. IMHO, this style of food is slightly overprice for paying for simple cooked food. And the show is nice but once you've seen it once you've seen it all.

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Sushi Hachi Restaurant8888 Odlin Crescent, #1278, Richmond
Sashimi in Richmond
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 3:07am [Dine in]

they serve up fresh sashimi. this place does pack up and you may need a reservation. prices are reasonable and the food is good quality. the ebi sashimi is served shell on the side. and the cold ramen is light and refreshing. the tempura batter is light. the miso is packed with flavor. they try to serve authentic japanese style fresh sashimi. and they do a good job at it. i'll be back again.

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Dozo Izakaya9020 Capstan Way, #120, Richmond
Izakaya in Richmond
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 2:19am [Dine in]

have been here three times. they do have a liquor license. the food seems to be on the decline each time i go there. i believe this place is chinese owned and operated. possibly trying to catch on the trend. the location is abit aways from anything else. so parking is not a problem.
they got the izakaya's item, sashimi, robata items. tried most of everything on the menu. They keep taking things off the menu. prob cause the menu was too big to begin with. Like they dont have lobster sashimi. none of the items stood out or were better than the DT izakaya's. agree the ebi mayo was a disapointment, the batter was thick and soggy.
not bad to have some robata items and sake in richmond. but overall when you factor everything in, i'll think twice before coming here again. dinner for two was $140 with a lot of sake.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Late nite Japanese Izakaya
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 1:59am [Dine in]

When GK first open they were more like Ezogiku serving Ramen noodles and Gyoza's exclusively. Then a while back they changed their format and made it more Izakaya style. And they stayed open later at nite and still do today. Like most Izakaya's they try to keep things fresh. So if you go later at nite some items like the black cod wont be available. It is a small place and easy to fill the place up.
The ambient is pretty intimate and they probably can't take larger reservations. The food is pretty consistent though sometimes when i go later at nite the food is not as good. Last week when i was there the ebi mayo was greasy and soggy. I agree that the gyoza is not the best here despite the name.
The server are pretty attentive but may need a reminder and never have an attitude. Will prob be back just cause it is open later at nite.

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Ezogiku Noodle Cafe1329 Robson St, Vancouver
Japanese Ramen
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 1:40am [Dine in]

The last time I was here was a few months ago. So i am not sure how much it has changed. But this used to be a popular spot that I frequent for lunch. And I used to get the Miso Ramen with the Gyoza. The last ime i was here i noticed the topping getting skimpy. So it was mainly noodle with broth sprinkled with veggies and a few pieces of protein. This place used to be a fav place of mine. But times are a changing. And there are more options now. After reading the last couple of review, i will be on the alert for a return. Thanks.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Decent drinking place that serves Japanese food
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 1:34am [Dine in]

went there on a friday nite. there were four of us. got a booth. ordered a couple dozen oysters, black cod, salmon sashimi, dynamite rolls, cali rolls, beef teriyaki, and a bunch appies of other items. there are quite a few drinks and shooter specials. the oysters were good as it came with a bunch of condiments and sauces. the menu consisted of japanese items with a few japanese items with a twist.
overall the food was ok, but no better than your average good japanese food in the city. so i can't justify the higher cost based solely on the food. but the drink specials and location helps to make up for the cost of food. it is chinese owned and operated and the food is a reasonble fascisimile of the real thing.
the servers are young and not bad on the eye. but could use some more experience. thier food and beverage knowledge in particular. So i see myself coming here for drinks or snack with booze. But not just for the food. None of the menu items warrant a second visit. Total $190 for four with drinks and tips.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
The Best and the Worst
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 1:13am [Dine in]

How things have changed. I had memorable meals here before. I remember that even the the fried rice, noodles and veggies tasted better than any other chinese restaurant. But on my most recent visit, EVERYTHING was not good. I still see some of the same service staff. And almost the same attention to service, albeit a few new workers who are trying to find their place. Service was not a problem.
What happen to the food? I guess they have changed the chef. Of all the items we ordered only the Alaskan King Crab stood out as acceptable. I sincerely felt that I could have cooked just as good if not better chinese food. The garlic on the Alaskan King Crab was pureed on the food processor. I can taste the difference. The sweet and sour pork with lychee was bland and the pork was tastless and cold. The noodles were tastless and I have cooked much better noodles than this. What a major disapointment! $280 for two. For the money, it was a major rip-off.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Not up to Par
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 12:36am [Dine in]

have been to Kirin many times. This is the first time to the downtown location though I used to live two blocks from here. have heard that this location is not as good as the Cambie/12th location. Now I know why.
went there with a business client. parking is hard to find. and the underground parking is hard to get to. only validate for one hour parking. the next hour was $5. this location is set in an office setting. looking up you see glass windows with blinds and offices. kinda weird for a finer dining chinese restaurant. the spacing of the tables are a little tight and offer little privacy.
went in for lunch and ordered some dim sum items. also got some congee. the congee was palatable but have had better at many other places. there were not any highlights to the food that we had ordered on this day.
i'll prob stick to the cambie and 12th location for now.

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Accord Seafood Restaurant4298 Main, Vancouver
Good Late Nite Congee Place
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 12:24am [Dine in]

Not your congee noodle house. But more of a congee place that serves up plain congee with side dishes. it is open till 3 am. they have a full chinese menu. and have live seafood. but the overall cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired. the crowd is more of the late nite clubbing patrons. all the congee dishes are available from deep fried tofu to geoduck. you can also order the honey garlic ribs which is pretty good. they also have noodles and fried rice and more regular chinese restaurant items. but i have only been here for late nite congee. and have tried the omelettes, deep fired smelt, black bean clams, soysauce bbq duck, etc etc.. .
Everything that I have tried tasted good and have no complains. But beware if you're very into clean hygience.

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