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LovingSunWest End, VancouverSince February 3, 200816 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Yoshi Japanese Restaurant689 Denman Street, Vancouver
Most authentic and best overall sushi in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

Since there are so many sushi places in Vancouver, I often tend to forget what sushi is all about... Yoshi's offers 'real' sushi and the emphasis is on sushi, not rolls, That being said, it's not intended to stuff you until you can't eat anymore, but it's quality food.

I ordered a few other dishes as well (Gomae, soba sushi, Tempura) and they were very good as well. The freshness of the sushi is the best however. The ratio of fish to rice is just about right and you can really taste that they use good quality fish. Therefore I didn't mind paying a little more because you really get what you pay for.

Ambiance is nice. Service was average, but we sat at the sushi bar and the sushi chef was very nice (and helpful).

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Downtown Sushi Bar Japanese Restaurant1205 Davie Street, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 11:46am [Dine in]

After reading some of the reviews here I decided to give this restaurant a try. This turns out to be a big mistake. My boyfriend ordered one of their boxes (chicken i believe) and it arrived at our table after 2 minutes..we both appreciate fast service, but that seemed quite suspicious. His rice was probably one of the worst ones he ever ordered in a restaurant, definitely NOT japanese rice. My food (sushi combo) arrived 12 minutes later (my boyfriend had almost finished his food) and the california, bc, and dynamite rolls tasted bland and boring. They seem to put avocado into every roll and the avocado was already half brown and not fresh. Our Las Vegas roll arrived after we had both finished eating and again, the only thing I could taste was avocado.

We also never got tea refills even though we asked for it twice.

Yes it is cheap, but its really not worth it. There are many many better places in Vancouver.

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Janchee775 Denman St., Vancouver
One of the best spots in the West End
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant quite a few times now and I have enjoyed every single visit. A very kind and friendly Korean couple is running the restaurant by themselves and it is a rather cosy atmosphere.

They will recognize you if you go twice and they are very helpful in choosing menu items. The menu is a bit small so there isnt a lot of choice, but this is because they make everything fresh (you can watch them). The food is healthy (not so oily) and very fresh. Service is sometimes a little slow because they are both cooking, but it doesnt really bother me because they are really friendly.

For sure this is not your typical Vancouver korean restaurant, but it is very clean and nice. You can get a full dinner including side dishes for about $10. Excellent value! Highly recommended!

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Desi Lounge & Restaurant911 Denman St, #200, Vancouver
Good food but overpriced
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

I tried this restaurant last weekend. Overall the food was good, but service, atmosphere and portion size did not match the price in my opinion.

I had the butter chicken and i had to order rice extra (how do they think I would eat it otherwise?). I also ordered naam which I was good, but nothing spectacular. Butter chicken was very tasty, but I found the portion quite small (though I did get full because of the extra rice). However they charge $16 for butter chicken and i would say it's not worth it.

Service...Well I ordered a margarita and the server went ahead and brought me the biggest one they had. I think she should have asked what size I would like and not just go ahead and charge me the most expensive. It was also hard to get her attention and she didnt use a tray to carry drinks (i kno it sounds picky, but for a $30 meal I can expect some kind of atmosphere).

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Poncho's827 Denman St, Vancouver
Good dining experience
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

I can't agree with the reviews below.
I went to Poncho's on Friday night and we got the last available table (which is always a good sign).
Service was average, nothing especially good, but not bat either.
The food was quite good, I am not sure if it was very authentic (I generally dont have a good knowledge of Mexican food), but to me it tasted quite good and my partner was happy too.
The margaritas were excellent, I can't remember to ever have had a better one! no kidding!
The bill came to $55 for two people which included 1 liter of margarita, an appetizer and two entrees. Not bad at all!
Recommended!

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Yamato Sushi616 Davie St, Vancouver
The Best
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

I've been to Yamato a couple of times now (both for take-out and dine in) and I really like it.

The food tastes really fresh & the sushi (particularly yam tempura roll) is still warm. They have awesome deals like their sushi combos for $5.50, but I also like their special rolls.

The place itself is very small and just fine for a quick meal if you dont want to do dishes at home.

I have really tried many of these kinds of restaurants in Vancouver and Yamato is my favourite. (And no worries I dont work there lol)

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Got sick twice after eating
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

My friends convinced me a couple of times to try AYCE Late night at Tomokazu.

It's quite cheap if you go after 9.30pm. Service is generally worse than at all the other AYCE places in town (I have tried quite a big number of them). I don't want to sound too negative, but I really got food poisoning twice after eating at their restaurant. The first time I wasnt sure if it was from Tomokazu as I also ate lunch at a different restaurant, but when it happened again i decided to stay away.

I just saw on the website of Vancouver Coastal Health that this place actually got shut down once
http://www.vch.ca/environmental/docs/food/food_closures07.pdf

I recently tried AYCE at Fish on Rice which is located on Broadway as well and I liked it a lot better.

Not recommended.

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Fish on Rice1414 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Awesome AYCE Japanese food place!!!
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

I have tried several AYCE places in Vancouver, and I always thought that the quality did not match the price (unless you are starving and eat tons of food).

I tried Fish on Rice on Broadway today and I was pleasantly surprised!! They had a good variety of sushi, sashimi, rolls, and other japanese foods (like udon, teriyaki, tempura etc.). The food tasted really really good (except that I felt like the tempura was too oily)! The sushi can easily compare with non-AYCE places. The ambiance was also very nice as it looks very new and clean.

The service was ok, nothing really to complain about, but nothing exceptionally good either. Fast, efficient, and half-way friendly for sure.

The dinner AYCE price was $21.95 which kind of seems like a lot, but it includes free pop and you can really choose from a big variety (plus the quality of the food was good). I definitely recommend this place!

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Schnitzelz781 Denman St., Vancouver
Awesome addition to the West End
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 2:35am [Dine in]

I was waiting for them to finally open last month. I have been there twice since, and I must say they have very fair prices and delicious schnitzels...They are not the very best you will ever have, but for only $8.95 you get a huge portion of schnitzel with sauce, french fries or mashed potatoes, and a choice of cole slaw or bean salad. Good deal.

I have taken out my food so far, but the interior looks quite nice too, and I wouldnt mind sitting down... It seems very clean and new. I don't believe they actually serve though, you probably have to order in front (like at DQ etc.).

If you like schnitzel (choice of pork or chicken) and you are looking for a filling, affordable meal and you are tired of the typical Asian food fair in the West End, give this place a try!

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Musashi780 Denman Street, Vancouver, Vancouver
way below expectations
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

First of all when my bf and I entered we weren't acknowledged (quite ignored) for a couple of minutes. We were then seated next to the window where it was quite cold...We actually kept our jackets on the entire meal.
After waiting for a server for over 10 min to order food, I asked one of the waitresses and she got some one else to come...The woman spoke VERY little English. I ordered a Bento box style combo and my bf ordered Tempura Udon ...we also ordered some sushi.we already heard the table next to us complaining that half of their food was missing. It was very difficult to get a tea refill. Anyways when our food arrived, half of it was missing again (the entire sushi order including a roll that was supposed to come with my box). By that time, we had already waited about 20 min, and the restaurant wasnt even that busy. Now about the food: My food was cold! The tempura was almost frozen inside, and the beef was cold as well. I told the server, she didnt even apologize, but brought it back to the kitchen. When she brought it back, the tempura was hot (probably microwaved), but the beef was still cold. I didnt say anything b/c i didnt want to wait any longer, but the beef tasted ridiculous cold and I didnt eat it (it was also SOAKED in oil). The rest was also not very tasteful, I have rarely had so poorly made Japanese food in Vancouver.
Service was completely lacking, we got our sushi when we had finished the entire meal. Plates were not cleaned up so we didn't have any space. The sushi did taste alright, just about what you get at AYCE places. Im usually really generous about tips, and I dont mind poor service. However this has truly been one of the worst dining experiences. I had hoped since the staff is Japanese that they would know what they are doing but they did not. My bf is japanese btw and he said the same things. I really do not recommend going here as there are tons of better places in the West End and Vancouver.

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Joe's Grill948 Denman Street, Vancouver
Awesome breakfast/brunch
Submitted Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

After living in the West End for over 5 month, my bf and I felt like trying Joe's for Sunday Brunch. The place was packed and we were lucky to get the last table available.

The server came to our table right away asking if we would like coffee. Very friendly and good service (especially since it was so crowded!).

I ordered the Crab Cake Eggs Benny which came with fried potatoes...The food came very quickly and tasted really really good! I was a little disappointed to find out that they don't make milkshakes (apparently they don't have the machine?!) as it was still listed in the menu.

Anyways food was really good and generous portion, coffee tasted good as well, and the service was quick and friendly. She came around a couple of times refilling our coffee.

The bill was around $19 for two people... Not exactly cheap for Brunch, but acceptable.

We will definitely be back.

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Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Excellent food but poor customer service & very expensive
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

The service in the beginning was very attentive and friendly. It seemed like we didn't only have one server, and throughout the night, at least 4-5 people served us. I personally would prefer only one server. I definitely liked that it wasn't that loud. The food was excellent! There is a wide variety of choices, and portions have a decent size (though be aware to spend a lot of money). They offer some cocktails as well, but be aware, they really don't put a lot of alcohol in there.
Now.. the service really went straight down. We had to really TRY HARD to get a server to take our dessert order. Then we waited...and waited and nothing came. One server came and brought us the bill. I was like..umm.. where is the cake? He looked at me and just left, he didn't even say sorry. Then 5 min later, the cake arrived (I find 5 min quite a lot for putting a cake on a plate).
Then we asked for our bill, which was thrown on our table. We checked it, as it was over $150 (for two people!) and we saw that they charged us for 2 drinks we never ordered. Also they did charge us for the dessert cake which i find really rude considering that we waited 35 min for it and we spend so much money anyways. So I called a server and told her. She didn't say sorry again, just took it away and brought a corrected bill (w/out the two drinks, still with the cake though). You should have seen her face though, she looked at us really pissed. We paid $23 for tip it was over 15% and the guy who did the transaction looked at us really pissed&didn't even say thank you.
The food was awesome but I don't know if I will spend so much money there again for such a service. for $150 one can go to MUCH better restaurants in Vancouver, and I do have to say that I would suggest rather Kingyo than Shiru Bay.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good taste but WAY overpriced
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I went to the Eatery twice now. Last time I went with my boyfriend and i must say it was really not a very good experience. First we had to wait 30 min for a table and once we got it, our server told us that the sushi kitchen is slow today so if we want sushi it will take about 60 min. We werent that hungry and really in a sushi mood so we ordered a couple of rolls and some small snacks. We ordered some drinks as well (only 2 each tho). When the food arrived after 80 min, it did taste pretty good but it wasn't very much (rolls were sometimes only 4 pieces...). When the bill came, we were really shocked cuz it was almost $90 and we werent even full (it really wasnt a lot of food!). we def. regretted going there as we could get 3 times as much sushi at most other places for the same money. Plus, the server was not very friendly, and it was hard to even get a refill on water. not recommended!

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Awesome new ramen place
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

I've been to Kintaro a couple of times and I always liked it but this place is definitely awesome too! I went on a weekday night and it was actually really busy. They did bring me fatty pork even tho i ordered lean one but once I told them, they brought me a whole bowl of lean pork so I could just put it into my soup. The restaurant has a very nice interior design, but most important really good prices for really good food. I can definitely recommend this place to anyone who likes ramen :)

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Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant1143 Davie Street, Vancouver
Not bad at all
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

After reading the previous reviews, I almost didn't want to go there anymore. Still my bf and I went there last night and we actually thought it was solid for the price. We went late so we each paid $12 for AYCE. I found the selection a little too small for the Late Night Menu (compared to other AYCE places) but the Sushi actually tasted good. Not exceptionally good and I for sure have had better one but not bad either. The service was good, our server was kinda funny & maybe not the most professional, but she did her job ok. If it's late & you are hungry, I think it's a good place to go to.

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Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver
Expected way more for the $$$
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

I went there for DOV.. I know that they are very busy for DOV and I work in the industry myself so usually I have a lot of understanding.. Overall, for $25/person, it was ok. BUT when I took a look at their regular menu and saw the prices..way overpriced if you ask me. The service was really not "fine dining".. our server didn't even ask us if everything is good until we FINISHED dessert. The wine was brought to us 2 sec after we ordered it (15 min before the appetizers arrived) so we could "finish it and order another one". For let's say $10-15/meal, the service was ok but their prices are like the ones from William Tell or Parkside and just no comparison. Honestly, if you like seafood, there are better (and cheaper) places in Vancouver.

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