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LordofFoodsVancouverSince May 16, 200755 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Little Tokyo's Sushi3978A Hastings Street, Burnaby
Just a decent basic N. American Japanese restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 4:54am [Dine in]

if you are looking for a basic sushi and teriyaki place then this place fits the bill. i know they have their regular crowds. IMHO, this place is pretty far removed from an authentic Japanese restaurant. But they got all the regular items you would find at a typical N. American Japanese Restaurant. Nothing here stands out. The food is basic and to the point. The portions are above average so you get your money's worth. But if you are a seasoned Japanese foodie, this place may not rate so high. Family run business. Believe possibly Vietnamese owners. I've tried the tempura, teriyakis and salmon sashimi. All pretty basic stuff. Nothing stood out in the time i was here. Not a dining experience, but good enough if you just want to fill your hungry belly and are in the neighbourhood..

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Not the same
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2007 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

I suppose Sala Thai has gone the way of catering to tourist dollars rather than the regular local crowd. I mean there are many Restaurants downtown that cater to people visiting from out of town. I use to go to Sala Thai as it was close to home and served in my opinion pretty authentic Thai food. The staff and cooks are Thai themselves. They got some items that is uniquely Thai that I had not seen in other Thai restaurants in Vancouver like the catfish salad.
But I do agree that the quality has been slippping. The difference if you are going after a repeat local customer rather than a visiting tourist is significant. I think it is outrageous that you put a forced 15% gratutity especially for a set meal.
I do love the deep fried banana ice cream dessert along with the mouth watering thai salads. Would still go back but not so often. Sala Thai is sliding down on my list of fav Thai restaurant. Too bad no one cares.

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Quaint and Cozy
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2007 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

Cru is located on W Broadway besides Memphis Grill and Across from Joey's. It is a narrow room with funky interior and furniture. I found the bar seating a bit cramped for my liking. The Bartendress was very personable and made you feel welcomed.
The food was above average to very good. The caesar salad had an interesting presentation as mentioned. It was good but lacked a bit of flavor. The cream brulee was good but not the best. The wine offered was appropriate. They have a solid wine selection. Albeit not a very long wine list. I had a memorable time here.
Cru is a good spot for a quiet dinner. The food quality is very good. And the portion is about where is should be for the quality, freshness and price. There are lotsa choices around the area. Cru is good place to go for a nice conversation, a bite and sote wine.
IMHO, they do have some good to great employees which makes a lot of difference. As it is this caring that makes a restaurant successful.
I dont go here often as it is sometime hard to find parking in the area. The menu, if still the same, has a limited selection. Although everything done with care and professional.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Hit or Miss...
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

They say you get what you pay for. This is true for hawker's delight. As mentioend the place is grungier. But if you've travelled to South East Asia and are food monger like me, you'd probably been to eating at far grummier places than this. :-D . This is not a place sit in and enjoy your meal. Rather maybe a take-out place or in for a quick bite. The owner is Singaporean. But they are not professinal cooks/restauranter themselves. But they were brave enough to venture and have done a decent job inspite of their experience.
The food marginally resembles the real deal from it's original. It is however well priced for what you are getting. Without getting technical on how they prepare the food. They do strive to be authentic but with the space and equipment they have that would be very hard to replicate what they offer even in M'sia or S'pore. They are offering what would be 5-7 hawker stalls worth of food. As each hawker would ONLY prepare and sell one specialty ie satay, hainamese chicken not all that you would find here.
Moving on, I've been HD since they opened shop a few years ago. The food has been consistently admirable. There are better hainamese chicken rice in the city and better curry laksa. But for the money this is still a good deal if you dont mind the cramp and slighly dirty enviroment.
comaprable- cafe d'lite, prima taste

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Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
Another Casual dining chain
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

Went there when the first opened. Was impressed with everything. Now that I've been back a few more times. Things are starting to settle down to where they ought to be. The thing about restaurant opening is that so much more effort is put into opening's that eventually complacency sets in at some point.
The menu is a good mix of differnt items. I like this menu over Cactus Crap.
They have a nice set up with dining area, bar area and upstairs heated balcony/patio. The food is standard casual dining fare with an asian flair. I am getting tired of this concept but Joey's menu is never the less inventive enough to keep you interested. The steak are good. again typical cdc. You just hope they dont mess up cooking your food. Menu and kitchen is set up to handle volume and deliver consistently. Hence you wont get great flavour or presentation.
The guest varies but for the most part similar to what you would find at cactus club. 18-35 y olds wannabe trendy. There is valet parking out front, enter from alley in to the restaurant.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good funky chic hip casual dining spot
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

You dont have to be kewl to eat here. The food is unpretentious. Kitchen serves better than most pub/mall/fast food places. They also got some very interesting and unique menu items. Like deep fried Mars bar with ice cream, deep friend avocadoes and unique japanese rolls with mango, cream cheese etcc etc .. It's funky eating! The service is not super attentive but they do try. So the effort is there. There is sometimes a line up to get in here. And the guest are mainly early 20's Uni student types.
Their Miso soup is one of the worst I've ever had. And some itmes are hit and miss. I love butter chicken but they deep fry the chicken then pour sauce on top. Not for me personally. Though they dont call it butter chicken. Try some of the maki rolls. Bet it wont take long for you to find one would like. Also the ribs(similar to korean Galbi) are pretty tasty albeit grissly. Besides the df mars bar. there is also the deep fried banana ice cream. though there are many other palces that do the df banana much much better. It's a unique eating spot. For the hip and the square.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Good patio on a colder day
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

As mentioned, they have a heated patio with a bar, heated lamps, blankets and big comfy chairs. Good selection of fish on the menu. Selection varies to availability. The servers were mostly accomodating. The guest mix would mostly be gentleman in suits over 35 and visiting tourist. IMHO, not a popular, regular local haunt due to prices . It is in granville Island. More popular with the locals for drinks on Friday and Saturday nite. 30 and up single's crowd.
The seafood platter is overpriced and nothing special. I love the selection of fish that they have. Food is pretty plain and ordinary. At least it is consistent. Dont expect to get wow'ed by the food. There are better value in the city. Good wine list.
Comparable to Lift, Cardero's, Joe Fortes, The Cannery

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Solid place for a stiff drink or beer
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

Good selection of alcoholic beverages. Nice welcoming decor. Pleasant servers. Efficient kitchen. The menu is eclectic mix with Belgian/French/Middle Eastern flavors. The first few visits were very good. But the last couple of times wasnt as good. Tajime is a little too sweet for my liking. The fries were served somewhat cold. Great place to have a drink before the Hockey Game or Concert.

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Rugby Beach Club Grille950 W Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Love the Concept....
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

But hate the execution. Liked the concept from when it first opened it's doors. But it has NEVER lived to it's potential. The drink concept of smaller sizing it and having healthier choice still is a great idea. Lower price point to mix and match drinks with food. Food served ala carte also great concept. But why does it fail?
Food not always as it should be. Quality control an issue. The service has always been dissapointing. Servers and not trained properly on the menu offerings. Needs new management to steer the boat right. Get it right guys!
Been here about ten times.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
20-30 something Izakaya
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

As mentioned the owner Justin has done a commendable job introducing and popularizing the Japanese Izakaya's to the city. This place does cater to the trendier 20 something set. the prices are reasonable. Partly due to the fact that it is tapa size protions. Which means a good spot to try different items to share with friends and partner. Also good if you are into drinking and eating. The bill always comes out reasonable. Which possibly why it is popular. Good value for your money. And always good for people watching. Been here about ten times have not been majorly dissapointed yet. Sometimes serviced is slow and inexperienced. And getting a table is a challenge.

Other Izakaya's to try Guu, Guu + Garlic, Kingyo's..

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Shabusen Yakiniku House755 Burrard St, Unit 202, Vancouver
Jap/Kor BBQ and/or Hotpot AYCE
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

this is a popular place for a reason. it provides decent variety of food to choose from at a pre-fix price. I suppose makes things easier when going dutch for a meal with a group of friends. and they do cater to larger parties.
been to both Shabusen. i would reat it similar. Though IMHO, Shabusen when it first opened in DT was great. Either the food has gone downhill or my taste buds are more discerning. Shabusen is one of the better AYCE japanese simply because it has the added Korean BBQ. More choices for everyone.
This time I notice that the Salmon Sashimi was not as fresh. Salmon was room temparature and the texture had a slight bite and sliminess to it. Also had the Beef Sashimi, was the worst beef sashimi I've ever had.
But still will probably go back at a friend's beckoning. But it won't be my choice.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
One of the Original Izakaya's
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

With so many Izakaya's opening up now all over the city, both Japanese and Koreans, I decided to try an old fav haunt. I remember the first time I tried the(i think) quall egg, wrapped in sweet potato, battered and deep fried. It was unique. That was many years ago now.
Guu's still solidly satnding with many actual Japanese frequenting the place. It is debatable which Guu is better. I have noticed that they precook alot of the items. Not happy to see precooked grilled items that get warmed up before serving. A big no-no for me.
Still as well frequented with similar experince to before. Good place to meet a couple of friends and share some sake and japanese tapa's. Recommend you try so you can compare to Hapa, Kingyo etc...etc .

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Wow what a concept...
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

Get a great location(use to be Riley's and Anderson's c/o the Kettle of Fish) overlooking the Burrard Inlet. Orders and prep some raw foods, Get the guest to cook their own meals. Charge them lots for that priviledge.
Actually I dont mind cooking my own food. I actually love it. I can live with the smell as I can launder my clothes after. The view is great for sunsets. But overall, what a lousy value for your money.
Our meal for four was over $300++. Not that the money was the problem but for the $$, I'd like a dining experience where the meals are going to be better than one which depended on your own abilities.
Similar exp to Hot Pots, AYCE Sukiyaki, where you DIY. I prefer Teppanyaki's where the meal is prepared for you to your specification. That is one reason I dine out. Stonegrill is abit to gimmicky for me personally. We did enjoy our meal and the owner seems like he is passionate. Better service training would help too.
P/S hard to rate the food as you cook it yourself... .!

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
Another meal at the Keg
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Hmmm.... had dinner at this Keg a week ago. Pretty typical experience, it's always hit or miss whenever you go to casual dining chains. There are always new staff learning the ropes.
We got there late and there was no hostess to seat us. Server wasn't sure if the restaurant was till open?? ok. anyways got a table and orderd pretty quickly. server was very good. forget his name, male server with good anticipation.
got the appies, neptunes, mushrooms and got the Filet with baked potato. Steak was underdone but i did ask for it asap as i was hungry.
Overall a good experience. I've been to this location about half a dozen times. This location and the one on Thurlow are my personal fav Keg location.
A keg meal is a keg meal. Or any chain steak meal for that matter. They get kyro-packs beef, that is grilled and seasoned. They get it either from Intercity Packers, Edmonton Meat. So there isnt much to it. Anyone can learn to grill/broil a steak. The difference is in the details.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
If you Vietnamese Food then...
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

try this place out. great long standing estblishment. as mentioned, get the chicken wings. and for a unique dessert try the desserts too. it's Vietnamese with a twist. one the best eats in Chinatown. service is on the slow side and the ambience is only passable. but you are there for the food. there is also the dry noodles(egg noodle or rice noodle) that is mix with a soy sauce base that is something you would find in South East Asian noodle shops. Also got a good selection of exotic asian drinks(all virgin). Juices and syruo based drinks.

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