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luminaireVancouverSince August 2, 20089 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 9 of 9 Reviews Found
Earls905 Hornby Street, Vancouver
A few dollars too much
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

I had the spicy mixed seafood pasta and tasted very good. The portions were small however and the amount of generic seafood didn't warrant the $16 price tag. The rest of the dishes at the table were good including the steaks and the cajun blacken chicken and the cedar salmon. The servers were attentive and kept coming back and asking what we wanted, and each time we told them we wanted our food. They would say "yes of course" and laugh, like it was the most ridiculous notion ever postulated, and we would laugh along....our laughter died down after 40 minutes of starvation. They apologized for the wait and compensated by giving us....a mandatory tip.

But the restaurant was new and did have a good atmosphere so high points for ambiance.

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Jaguar Lounge & Restaurant1796 Nanimo Street, Vancouver
Good all-around
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 1:37am [Dine in]

Food: The dinner menu features an entree section ($12-$22) serving meats and seafood with a side, a taste of italy menu with pasta and different sauces ($11-$15), a hk style menu featuring curries and pork chops etc ($9-$13) served with pasta or rice. Milk tea and fruit drinks are in the $3.50-$5 range and are served in tall glasses (around 800-900ml of fluid excluding ice, pearls, or jelly). The food itself is simple to make but was tasty and the portions were filling. The breaded pork on rice with tomatoes was very good. Others at the table had salmon and chicken fettuccine, lobster bisque, fish fillet, baby lobster with cheese pasta, chicken curry, and chicken pasta in a white sauce. There was a general agreement that the food was good and deserving of a revisit. All lobster tails were tasty yet small (10cm length for the meat).

Service: Very prompt and polite waitresses. Tea pots were brought right away, no orders were missed, and food came out within 20 mins and was piping hot.

Value: The meal itself was more expensive than other hk cafes. The portions are slightly bigger but the quality is similar. Most of us targeted the $10 mark in order to get the lobster tail to make up for it.

Ambiance: The restaurant is medium sized and had comfortable chairs, warm lighting, and quiet satellite radio music in the background.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Excellent Korean BBQ
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 1:10am [Dine in]

Food: Went here for lunch with a group of 7 and order the group bbq combo ($120). This came with a huge platter filled with short ribs, thicker cut ribs, beef chicken and spicy pork bulgogi, mussels, oysters, shrimp, and mushrooms. They also served a refreshing chicken jellyfish salad and korean pancake as an appetizer. After the meal, they also gave seafood soup, although there was only enough for 7 half bowls. Along with this were 7 condiments (kimchi, sweet daikon, bean sprouts, lettuce etc) that were endlessly refillable. The food was excellent and I left satisfied.

Service: The service was incredible, as in incredibly fast. We just press that button and they come within 15 seconds, and this was a pretty large restaurant with turns, steps, ancient art, and other neat obstructions. They were also quick to replace the grill with a new one 4 or 5 times, without being distracting. That being said, I did come for lunch so I can't comment on the busier dinner time.

Value: I was fairly full (not ayce full, but still) so it was a good value. It would have been better to have more seafood though.

Ambiance: It is a large nicely decorated restaurant and the tables are far apart to not feel crowded. Its also has private rooms and the requisite karaoke room.

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Sfinaki Taverna4061 Hastings St, Burnaby
Solid all-around...almost
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 12:32am [Dine in]

Food: The roasted lamb shoulder was tender and full of flavor, and had ~12 ounces of meat so it was filling. Also comes with a salad and rice (a bit oily). The deep fried calamari entree was also excellent, but not as plentiful as other greek restaurants. Both dishes go for around $14-$16.

Service: Friendly and attentive waitresses who refilled my drink at least 5 times. Food was served within 15-20 minutes.

Value: Had a coupon, so can't complain. Without one, it's value is just average.

Ambiance: It's apparent plants hanging from the ceilings is a common theme at Sfinaki. Unfortunately, it was raining on the day I went, and two flower pots fell along with pieces of stucco. I was not underneath them, but I saw a table with pots above them. When I'm eating out, the only threat to my personal safety to watch out for should come from the food, not overhead.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
Good food but small portions
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 2:44am [Dine in]

Food and Value: We order the beef curry and the butter chicken (for my quest to find the best) and both were very very good and the sauce was rich and flavorful. But for $10-$12 each, they only came in small 5 in. diameter bowls with 70% sauce by volume. The meal also came with a plate of rice and naan, but it too was only large enough for one person and one dish. Needless to say, we left feeling hungry.

Service: The waitress was friendly and our food came fairly quick (10 mins). I used a 2 for 1 coupon, and this is one of the few places I came across where it specified I had to present the coupon before ordering. So were the small portions a result of coupon usage? I can only guess.

Ambiance: I have to agree with the last post. I went here on a cloudy day and was seated near the window, and I still had trouble reading the menu. The chairs were comfortable, and the decor had a modern look suited for a middle tier restaurant. At least that was the window side, and I can't comment on the rest of the place...because I couldn't see the rest of the place. As for the music, I couldn't hear any, though for those seated in the darkness, I'm sure their sense of hearing would be heightened.

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Sushi Town5935 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great sushi with prices to match
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 1:48am [Dine in]

With Sushi Town's ever growing popularity, it would be a wise choice to order pick up, as long wait times for tables, food, and service are common. They even offer an incentive for not crowding the restaurant: 10% off orders 1 day before pick up, and 5% off orders 2 hours before pick up (both cash only).

The food here is fresh and tasty, and combos are put together well. Some examples:

Tuna or Salmon Sashimi (9 big pcs)) = $7.95

Alaska Roll (6pcs) + 2 Salmon, 1 Ebi, 1 Tuna Nigiri = $7.75

Cali 1/2 Roll + Dynamite Roll + Tuna Roll + Salmon Roll = $7.95

Deluxe Assorted (Tuna 1/2 roll, Salmon 1/2 roll, Ebi, Tuna, Salmon, Hamachi, Ika, Unagi, Tako, Masago, Hokki, Amaebi, Chopped Scallop Nigiri (1pc each)) = $14.95

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Nakodhar Sweets & Restaurant6560 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent food but not over 45 items
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 12:28am [Dine in]

A better estimate would be around 9 main dishes (butter chicken, lamb curry, aloo gobi, tandoori chicken, some sort of paneer, keema mattar, a mixed vegetable dish, spiced rice, and plain basmati), 5-6 salads and appetizers (aloo jeera, pakoras, dal, caesar salad, garden salad), chow mein, 2-3 desserts (gulab jamun, jalebi, fruit salad), 4-5 sauces or condiments, and of course the staple of all buffets....jello.

The lamb curry was thin and the lamb was mostly bone with a bit of meat attached. The butter chicken was all thigh meat (and pretty good) although it takes a while to find any amidst the sea of sauce. Some pieces of the tandoori were undercooked and the pakoras were very dry. The other items were decent overall but I did pass on the salads and condiments.

The buffet is $10 but it doesn't cover their sweets section other than the desserts I mentioned. The restaurant itself is small but neatly kept and comfortable. I managed to eat more than my money's worth (which is the usual) without feeling sick (which I wish was the usual) so Nakodhar gets an above average rating in my book.

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Kentizen Fusion Lounge88 W Pender Street, #2029, Vancouver
$10 lunch buffet :D
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 3:11am [Dine in]

This is located on the top floor of Tinseltown and the lunch buffet runs from 12pm to 2:30pm

There is nothing very fusion about the dishes, but there is definately enough variety for lunch. Common items include tuna/salmon sashimi (gone very fast), standard sushis (veggie, cali rolls, egg/shrimp/squid nigiri), shrimp dishes (cold or part of stir fry or kebabs), veggie tempura, meat satay and kebabs, black bean beef stir fry with snow peas, fried rice and noodles, sichuan seafood udon, curry chicken, fried chicken wings, veggie potstickers, pork gyoza, and some spinach. Not much for dessert except for jello and cantaloupe/honeydew pieces.

Waiters constantly take away plates and refill drinks (get a glass not the teapot or else its extra i think). Tons of room to move around and has a relaxing atmosphere.

There are problems though. For one, they dont replenish the food fast enough, especially the sashimi. Also, the plates are completely ridiculous. This is a buffet and the last time I checked, they're for hungry people who push the limits of calorie consumption. With that in mind, the plates they choose are 8cm by 30cm...

At least you get some exercise walking back and forth.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Excellent value, very good food
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 2:43am [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant three times and the food has been solid.
On a weekday for $20, the buffet will feature new york steaks, lemon herb chicken, salmon, stir fry noodles, riscotta, sundried tomato pasta, chorizo sausage pasta, roast beef, roasted herb potatoes, spicy green beans, eggplant/carrots in black bean, sichuan stirfry, fried tofu and veggies, fried rice, mashed potatoes, cheesecake, strawberry cake, chocolate mousse cake, custards and other deserts, tons of salads and dressings (no specifics here, i dont eat salads at buffets ahahaha sigh), and a fondue station. Of course, the offerings can change but thats what i recall...

If you go on weekends, it costs around $26-$27, and the buffet will additionally have crab legs, a shrimp dish, prime rib, and a sushi station (doesnt compare to other ayce sushi places at all).

Service is polite, waiters come by and take away plates and give pitchers of free pop/water. Ambience is nice, there are soft couch seats and its not crowded.

Check the website for monthly specials. They usually have $15 specials on Mon or Tues or seating before 7pm. For that price its a great value and you'll be full after trying everything. If you can't make it for that, get a BC gold card at the service desk and its a 10% discount. Also, no reservations, have fun!

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