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lovingfoodKerrisdaleSince August 13, 200790 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Traditional Taiwanese Restaurant3778 Sexsmith Rd, #113, Richmond
It's all right
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

Food: For Taiwanese food, it's not authentic enough but it's not bad either. Small portion though. Considering how much food you get for the price you pay, it's probably more expensive than those bubble tea restaurant, just a little bit.

Service: Servers are polite but slow. Maybe they need more servers?

Ambiance: It's a small restaurant. There is no fancy decor but clean enough. I think the seating is OK because you are not too close to the table next to you, meaning you have some privacy. I always hate those Asian restaurants which make you sit so close to the next table as if you guys are almost at the same table and you can hear their conversation clearly even if you try very hard not to. Thank God this one is not that case. Even though there is no decor but I have a little bit privacy so I give it 3 stars for ambiance.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
You are paying for ambiance not the food
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

The food is absolutely terrible and overpriced. It's cheap ingredients with pretty presentation. Kind of lame, isn't it? They keep calling this fusion indian food because these morons don't know how to cook indian food. When you say it's fusion, it basically means anything goes and no effort.

The restaurant spent a lot of time and money on PR. So you probably heard it and have seen the press somewhere. But PR is just another form of advertising, you really don't want to believe the hype. If you want to bring your out of town friends here to impress them, they probably laugh at you more than appreciate your effort. In the States, you would get very decent and more authentic indian food with at least 1/3 price lower, plus some Indian restaurants are well decorated as well over there. It's not a big deal this restaurant has great ambiance, it's not like you have never seen anything pretty or like this before. It's cute alright but doesn't wow you.

The restaurant is taking advantage of the fact that this town has no night life so people would just go to fake fine dining restaurant to feel that they did something that night. It's really not that exciting, it's still a restaurant not a fun party. Food is terrible with cheap ingredients so you can't really call it fine dining experience. it's fake fine dining.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
What's the big deal? Pretentious to the extreme!
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

The quality of meat and cheese is not outstanding. I had better. So what's the big deal if the quality is just average?

The staffers don't know wine and cheese any better than you. The wines they give you don't necessarily enhance the flavors of the food a lot. Then what's the difference I go to local deli or market to get some good quality cheese and go to liquor store to get wine by myself? You can even get a free brochure telling you how to match wine and food at liquor store (if you don't want to find the matching chart on the internet, you can get it right in the store at your convenience).

The tasting room is not a fancy or comfortable place to sit and lounge. There's drug addicts wondering around the block. There's no point risking being attacked by needles to come here. People on drugs can get psychosis and attack you for no good reason.

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Saint Germain Bakery650 W 41st Ave, #140, Vancouver
I like it
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I went to several locations of Saint Germain and I don't have anything bad to say about it.

I went to the one near English Bay, I had bubble tea. It's pretty inexpensive and the quality of the drink is good enough for less than 3 bucks a drink.

I also went to the one on West 41 and the one in Richmond to get some bakery. I have no complaint at all. The items I got are pretty decent. I got some cakes, pastries and breads. Cakes and pastries are really inexpensive with nice packaging. A slice of cake probably costs more and smaller in other dingy looking bakeries (some make tasty goods but it's just the store can look really dingy, that's all). Saint Germain stores are bright and clean especially the one in Richmond is more comfortable (facing big spacious aisle in the mall). Plus the service is friendly.

Yummy goods, price is not more expensive than other stores, good service, stores are decent looking, nice packaging. What's not to like?

The bakery in Yaohan (or T&T, they are branches) has raised the price few months ago. It's no longer the top shop with big selection and most inexpensive price. It still has big selection, price is no longer the best value.

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Vogue Chinese Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Road, #1118, Richmond
Yummy Food, Neat Interior, Comfortable Sitting, Very Fair Price
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Food: I like chili wantons and 3 cup chicken. Beef wrap is awesome. Food is yummy, decent portion and inexpensive. Usually if the restaurant bothers to have interior decor, they would charge you a lot more for food(and if you want inexpensive food, you probably have to stare at eye sore worn out ugly interior). Not here! Price is very FAIR. I love it! No complaint.

Service: Service is Ok. Could be quicker, that's all. Maybe hire more waitresses?

Ambiance: Great! For that kind of price tag (inexpensive), you can actually sit comfortably and have some neat decor to look at, that's really a big plus and I think that's worth mentioning. Same price tag, if you go to restaurants serving North American food in Vancouver, you probably would sit in an ugly place looking like a diner.

If you think I am too lenient for giving 5 stars, I can't help it after paying for some expensive crappy meal somewhere else. I start to appreciate it very much when people give you fair price for some decent food (and sometimes even decent environment to sit down). I don't pick them apart no more even though things could always be better.

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Cactus Club Cafe5500 No. 3 Road, Richmond
They should take a trip to the States to see how it's done
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

In this town, there are a lot of restaurants targeting tourists. I guess it's common to rip off tourists with so so food and bad service. I already give up on Canadian corporate restaurants (non ethnic) or chain stores. They totally just want to make money from tourists and give you a big bill that doesn't justify the bad service and bad food.

In States, American chain restaurants provide great service. Servers are so attentive, ultra friendly and upbeat. If you are unlucky and have a bad server that day, you can complain to the manager. The manager will definitely make things right for you. Certainly comfortable sitting is a must in American chain or corporate restaurants. Their food is always fair priced and tastes better than Canadian restaurants. They give you fair price because they are big companies and they can order supplies in big quantity. That is common sense. But Canadian corporate restaurants or chains like to target tourists and local dumb dumbs, they won't give you fair price because they just want to see if they get lucky in business. No wonder most American corporate restaurants last much longer than Canadian corporate restaurants. American corporate restaurants serve local people honestly, Canadian corporate restaurants don't respect locals.

Food: It's over priced. Ingredients are not expensive. Taste is so so. It's not impressive.

Service: What service?

Ambiance: It's comfortable and roomy like most corporate restaurant. For the price tag, it better be.

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Angel Cake Shop7771 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Delicious, Solid, Honest, Great Value
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

The title says it all. The breads are simply delicious, so moist and soft, fresh too. Everything is in decent size. Breads and buns are BIG, one can fill you up for lunch, no kidding, all you need is a drink accompaniment to whatever baked stuff you are having. If the bun or bread has fillings, the fillings is usually a lot, I mean a lot. Every bite has fillings. Did I mention it's cheap? For the size and the quality of their baked goods, it's very cheap. They are selling solid and honest food here. I love it.

The shop is in a small cramped square. The outside doesn't look very inviting. Don't be hesitate to stop by and go inside. It's actually very convenient. There's reserved parking space right in front of the store specifically for its' customers. There's other parking space in the square. The shop inside looks alight, neither shabby nor fancy. But the baked goods are just wonderful and they will bring you back. Yup! You will skip the bigger or brighter bake shops sometimes to come back here for awesome goods.

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Regent Bakery4231 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 110, Richmond
not fresh, small portion
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

A lot of items look dry, I guess they are not that fresh. Everything is tiny. I don't get it. Are these baked products for Asian tea party so they have to be small? LOL! I think it's a price trick. They make it tiny so the single unit price seems cheaper than other bakeries. But you need to have 3 to 4 of them to fill you up, 3 (or 4) of their buns equal one bun from any other shops. That's very lame. They don't think customers can see what they are doing? There are so many bakeries in this town, that's just not a way to beat out the competition.

I bought a few items. The tart is good. At least one item is good and enjoyable. The rest of the stuff are no good and not even that fresh, very dry.

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Bacchus845 Hornby St, Vancouver
timeless design
Submitted Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

I love the interior. It looks timeless.

I had afternoon tea there. It's wonderful. Food might not be the best you ever had but it's adequate, good enough. You come here for great ambiance more than searching for the best food.

Overall, it's worth my trip. Love it!

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Reflections Restaurant and Lounge3900 Bayview St, #140, Richmond
Tourist Trap! Pretentious Restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

Food: Yeah...the price has gone down a little bit all right. But it's small portion, how lame is that? Taste is so so not memorable. Nothing especial. They use inexpensive ingredients and charge you a fortune. They just sell you presentation, arrange it nicely on the plate but it doesn't taste good and the ingredients are not worthy that kind of money.

Service: For an expensive restaurant, you do expect a little bit more than "getting the order right and not mean". Service is not attentive. You do feel like fool dining in there. Why bother spending lots money there when you are not treated like a valuable guest?

Ambiance: They are more like selling views and ambiance than food.

But the view is somewhat confined. If you go there during raining days, dark and gray, you just look at gray sky and gray river. Nothing much. If you go there at night, dark and cold, you just look at dark river. Not much lighting there. Maybe summer night will be better.

Interior is newer than those restaurants in Steveston but nothing wows you. I have seen better and I am sure you have.

If you like to buy excellent ambience more than great food, if you want to sit in a fancy place and look pretty, this is not the place for you. Go to downtown, there's more places with better interior, vibe and food, and they are not any more expensive than this pretentious restaurant.

Don't you just hate it when people think their restaurant is upscale because they have plating and decor? So lame! It makes you chuckle when you see the decor doesn't wow you and you know plating costs not a lot but only takes you extra 1 minute. My sister can do beautiful plating too because she just always likes to make things pretty. Believe me, it's not that hard.

I went there because my friend forced me to. Now he owes me, he has to go to the restaurant I choose next time.

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BBT Cafe5979 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Good Eats in Kerrisdale
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 2:34am [Dine in]

The food tastes great. I had fried chicken dish which is the signature Taiwanese street food. It's quite good. I like the bubble tea too.

It's fair price (considering it's in Kerrisdale), food is great, service is OK, they are not mean or anything, environment is decent for an inexpensive meal. What more do you expect?

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Dinesty Chinese Restaurant8111 Ackroyd Road, #160, Richmond
Great Food, Fair Price, Comfy Sitting
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 2:25am [Dine in]

I guess it depends on what you order, hits and misses. But I ordered the right dishes due to my friends' recommendation, they have been here before. I like the beef noodle soup. I also love dumplings and pork dish.

The place is clean and it's comfortable enough. The price is very fair for the food you got and the environment.

Service was Ok. They were busy but their attitude was good.

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Secret Garden Tea Room, The5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver
You buy an experience
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

I had a relaxing afternoon :)

I like lemon tarts and scones. Food is good but is it worthy $24 per person? Hmmm...I think it's more like buying an experience than buying food and tea. If you value experience more than food, then yes you should go.

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Adonia Tea House2057 West 41st Ave., Vancouver
intersting
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I think it's more expensive than Secret Garden. Food does seem a lot big Chinese to me like one review says. They don't taste bad but they are probably not very authentic.

It's not bad. Ambiance is good. Very relaxing.

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Happy Gourmet3700 No. 3 Road, #1080, Richmond
Friendly Service and Inexpensive
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

Service: Very friendly! Complimentary tea is a nice gesture.

Ambiance: It's in Yohan food court. It's clean and has plenty of seats in the afternoon. Don't know about lunch time though.

Food: Inexpensive and portion is in decent size. Complimentary tea is nice. Taste could be better. It needs more seasoning, I think. It's not greasy and it seems fresh enough. But I keep thinking something is missing. It's seasoning. Yup! They are selling Taiwanese food but the seasoning is not "Taiwanese" enough. Tapioca Express in Richmond is more close to what Taiwanese food actually tastes like in Taiwan, more authentic.

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De Fresh Bakery8181 Cambie Road, Richmond
Great Chinese buns
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

The Richmond store sells great Chinese buns. They are very moist and taste so great.

The price is on expensive side comparing to other bakeries in Richmond, small portion it is. I really think they should price their products better or make them bigger since Osaka Supermarket is just few steps away (no need to cross the street, same square). Customers can easily go to the bakery and deli in Osaka, more selections and better price, why not.

A lot of stores here like to make things smaller portion to cut cost and make more profit. I think that's a stupid thing to do. When you are a food vendor, you can get ingredients at wholesale price. It doesn't cost you that much to make things in decent size. But if you play "making it small" trick, you turn customers off and they go somewhere else to shop. You end up losing more money. Especially there are so many bakeries in Richmond, customers do know how to compare. Sometimes you just have to spend money to make more money.

The service is not so great. They are not just stone-faced, they look pissed. I can take a stone-faced clerk, but staff looking pissed off is hard to take for a customer. It's not just cool. That's one of the reasons I rarely go back because the clerks make me uncomfortable.

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La Patisserie6360 No.3 Road, #2, Richmond
I love their cakes
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

They make really good cakes. It's soft, airy and moist. It's not too sweet, it's just right, perfect! It's better than Maxim's (richmond centre) cake. Maxim's cake is kind of dry and kind of too sweet (maybe), it gagged me and stuck in my throat once. LOL! I had to drink something to wash it down.

Pastries are very good too.

The store is clean and the service is OK (they are neither friendly nor mean, just stone-faced, that's all, not that bad), transaction is smooth.

Price is fair except the buns are kind of expensive considering how small they are and the filling inside is little.

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New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Decent food!
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

I went to the one in Richmond. It's a small store. I assume the selections are probably less than the one in China town? (never been to the one in China town) However the food tastes great and it's good value.

Food tastes great. They are in decent size and inexpensive. There are a few seats in the store but I prefer just pay and go. The store is in a square mall. Parking is easy, just park right in front of store. It's very convenient for grabbing a quick bite.

There is no ambiance because it's a small store with no decor. But who cares if you just pay and go.

Service is OK. I don't have a problem with it. You just tell the lady what you want and she will get them for you and let you pay. It's a smooth transaction and no fuzz. I don't really care the staff smiles or not. It's all good.

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Not worth lining up
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 3:29am [Dine in]

I think people who lined up for a long time are really curious people. They are so curios that they are willing to suffer to satisfy their curiosity. Plus there is nothing else exciting going on in this town, people are dying for something new.

You can get cream puff at a lot of bakeries and they taste even better than this.

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Pearl Castle3779 Sexsmith Road, #1128, Richmond
satisfy
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2007 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

I went there few minutes before 6:00 PM on Sunday, so I got seats right away. The restaurant was almost full before 6:00 PM. I heard how crowded it would be, so I went early. I am glad I didn't have to wait.

Food: It's very inexpensive. Meals are around $6.50 to $7.95. That is quite fair considering they give you generous portion. And they taste good too. Hot pot is great. When you leave the restaurant, you will be very full and happy regardless you are a skinny girl with small stomach or big dude with big appetite.

Drinks are expensive from $4 to $6.50. And there is a good reason. There are always some lame teens or cheapos trying to have a cheap date in a boba restaurant, meaning they only order drinks not food even during lunch time or dinner time. The restaurant has to set the price of the drinks a little bit high to make them pay for sitting there forever (occupying seats without ordering food). And I did see that two tables of customers only had drinks not food during the entire time. No one bothered them. In some busy restaurants, waiters might pressure them to order food or leave sooner to keep the table open for customers who do want to eat. At pearl castle, they get to sit there sipping their drinks forever.

Keep in mind that this is still a restaurant not a boba shop which only sells boba and snacks. A restaurant does have higher overhead than a boba shop or coffee shop because of the bigger kitchen space, bigger dining area, expense on ingredients for real meals, natural gas for cooking and labors.

Service: The service for me was quick enough. The waitress was friendly and helpful. I have no complains.

Ambiance: The only thing i don't like is that this place is very cramped. You sit very close to tables next to you. You can hear their conversation even you don't mean to. If you sit next to some nosy people, you don't feel very relaxed talking to your friends.

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