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makeup_girlyVancouverSince August 18, 200649 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Uninspiring
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

Our recent dinner here confirmed our thoughts of our dinner here a few years back...we can't understand all the hype about this restaurant.

We thought that perhaps we had gone on an off-night for our first dinner. Well, we were underwhelmed again. We did have very large selection of oysters to choose from, which we appreciated. My husband's short-rib entree was delicious, but far from show-stopping. I can't even remember what I had for my entree, just that all the diced root veg served with my meal were still raw. Uacceptable at a fine dining restaurant when the restaurant was only about half-full.

Our server was great, however another server ruined it a bit for us. He was chatting with another table, and he just wouldn't stop. He was loud and persisted on asking them so many questions it was making us feel uncomfortable!

Dessert of molten chocolate cake was delicious, but warm chocolate cake is hard to ruin...

I can't recommend this restaurant as there are quite a few restaurants out there serving better food with comparable ambiance and better value.

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Would recommend this fantastique restaurant without hesitation
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

There is nothing my husband and I would change about our dinner at this restaurant. It was our first time there though we have heard many good things about this restaurant.

Our delicious appetizers of steak tartare pour moi and seared scallops for hubbie were a comforting start. Our entrees were even better. We had the duck breast--perfectly cooked and the flavour of the duck was wonderful. Our skate wing was likewise perfectly cooked and came to our table so hot that they must have immediately plated and brought the plates to our table.

Dessert can sometimes be disappointing even at the best of restaurants, but not here. The apple beignets were heavenly, and the lemon tart divine (no flaccid crust here!)

I wish the ambiance had a warmer feel and the tables a little farther apart, but since this is such a tiny room it probably wouldn't work out...

I would love to come back to this restaurant again and again.

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Senova Restaurant1864 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver
Dishonest owners serving up mediocre food
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Don't let the new owners fool you. They would like you to believe that this is the same restaurant that garnered the Zagat ratings from previous years. No, these are new owners who want to mislead customers just enough to get them through the door, then tell you they are under new ownership.

Our antipasto platter was fine--there wasn't much cooking involved. My pasta was poor, though my friend's was better. The portions were large, but who cares if you have more than enough blah food?

Service was adequate when we arrived (a nearly empty restaurant) but became terrible when the restaurant got busier. Then when we asked for the bill and tried to use their Entertainment Book coupon, the waiter not too kindly let us know that the new owners will not honour the coupon. Right--the owners want to re-use the restaurant name, the Zagat stickers on the windows, repeat other lies of restaurant honours on the receipt, yet... The waiter then brought a pre-prepared note rudely advising customers they do not accept these coupons, then said to us, I don't know why the owner hasn't put this up on the door. Well, we know. They want to mislead diners into turning up to this place!

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Incompetent, greedy and grasping service
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

Their food is consistently good and service consistently terrible. We have dined here throughout the years but avoid it if possible.

On a recent dimsum with the family, we had pretty good food, as usual. Our waiter, however, was unfriendly, unsmiling, and looked pained that he had to wait on tables. The "Suits" looked similarly unhappy. Their attitude was colder than the air conditioning.

We asked our waiter for something many other restaurants did with no problem. He forgot about it, then did it very poorly. Then we decided to add a few dishes to our order. And we waited. Then he came by to confirm our order. Odd, but we confirmed it, and waited some more. Then after about 20 minutes we asked one of the Suits about our order as someone had just come by about "last call."

He checked on our order and said there was no order. Confused, we asked our waiter who happened to walk by. He reluctantly admitted that he forgot our order. The Suit then said, equally reluctantly, that they could make our order now. We declined and asked for the bill.

We were going to pay by credit card a Suit brought to our table the PIN pad thingy. My husband was taking a little longer as he needed his glasses. This Suit then said to him to enter a $20 tip. Yes, he TOLD my husband to give them a $20 tip. Not, once, but he told my husband twice. And how much was our bill? Including tax, just about $74.00. Of all the greedy restaurant staff (the Sun Sui Wah also comes to mind), this guy takes the title!

It's baffling that the other Kirin's have excellent food and service while this location continually has awful wait staff and management.

We will not be coming back to this restaurant.

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Empire Seafood Restaurant5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Dine here to get insulted and upset
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2008 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

We recently went to this restaurant for dimsum and then for dinner. Dimsum was OK if you didn't mind being crammed next to a bunch of other tables, unhappy looking staff, and breathing in the humid air. It was so darned unpleasantly hot and looking at the condensation dripping off the windows didn't make it better.

Dinner was a fiasco. Some of the waiters were quite good, but we discovered that the problem was the surly and rude General Manager (ahh, the source of the unhappy looking staff, I imagine). Starting with the unpleasant reservation experience with the dimwitted and morose hostess, to being shown the coldest and draftiest table in the restaurant despite having made reservations about 5 days in advance, then encountering the horrible GM who insulted us for something that his assistant manager suggested we do, to not receiving our dessert....I won't waste any more of my time and energy on this place.

Do not dine here--unless you want to leave unhappy. The food was fine but certainly not fantastic enough or of good enough value for one to endure the upsets.

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Correli's Restaurant3900 Bayview, #160, Richmond
Pass the salt
Submitted Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

This is another restaurant that locals should try...how much fish & chips can one take?

Hubbie & I went for dinner recently. The place was very busy and I was glad that I made reservations. The crowd was mostly families and, aheh, older folks. Ambiance was very cosy and we liked that--the clean and bright cosy, not the dark and cluttered cozy...

I like my food well seasoned (with salt) and my husband a little less so, but even he felt like the chef could do with a few more grains of salt in all the food. The seafood cakes were almost salty enough but was a little overwhelmed by oilyness--could have soaked on some paper for a little while longer...

My lambchops were really good, but again, needed a lot more salt. Not quite the same taste effect if you salt it at the table. My husband's dinner of oysters was pretty good too...of course I sampled!

I must remark that Correli's is extremely generous with their portions. Good prices too. Families could really benefit because it would be really easy to share the giant entrees.

I would go back.

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Kari House Restaurant3900 Bayview Street, #130, Richmond
Fair for Steveston
Submitted Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Kari House is a nice change from the usual burgers or fish and chips found in Steveston. If as a tourist, anything would do, but locals will appreciate this little restaurant.

We have had many takeout meals from here. We avoid dining in because it was cramped and warm, but recently, if I am not imagining things, they added a new side to the restaurant and seating looks much more comfy.

The best items on the menu are the hot and sour soup (nicely flavoured and not goopy and flourescent coloured like some places); the deep fried wontons are also nice and crispy; the curries and lakhsas are richly flavoured and most of their fried noodles or rice are quite yummy.

Their stir-fries, however, are too oily and saucy, and I do not recommend them. They also tend to rely on an odd assortment of veggies, including frozen ones (yuck).

If this restaurant were in metro Vancouver or Richmond, it probably wouldn't survive (food rating would go down to decent); but for Steveston, it's pretty good.

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William Tell, The765 Beatty Street, Vancouver
For a conservative, old-school experience
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Would I return to dine here again? Or recommend others? Fairly hard to say...the ambiance by far was the most enjoyable aspect of the evening. The cozy but eccentric decor (various crossbows hanging on the walls) was warm and relaxing, especially accompanied by the wonderful service. Don't let my crossbow comment lead you to envision some medieval theme; far from it, the tone of the room is traditional and formal, but not overly so or "stuffy."

As for the food, I will be less complimentary. In particluar, I was disappointed by the lobster bisque. The consistency was similar to that of sauces found in Chinese cuisine (cornstarch-y) and made me feel like I was drinking gravy (or sauce). I had halibut cheeks and prawns as my entree: overcooked and needed salt desperately (though my vegetables were unpleasantly salty). Dessert was excellent. I most enjoyed their meringue/whipped cream/ice cream concoction. Very decadent yet wholesomely satisfying in an old-school way.

In short, ambiance and service: great; food: not great, just OK.

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Alleluia Cafe8131 Westminster Hwy., #188, Richmond
Not one of the better ones
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

Compared with other HK style cafes in Vancouver and Richmond, this one ranks on the poorer end. It is cleaner looking than most so I enjoyed that part of my visit. However, the food just wasn't that good.

Portion size was very generous but our group of 5 found the food lacked flavour and 2 of the meat entrees tasted like it had been hanging around in their kitchen a few too many days.

Their service bordered on poor-decent. We were seated quickly but everything was slow by HK style cafe standards. And when we all finished our meals, it seemed no one wanted to come by to give us our bill and clear the table. Several waitresses walked by, looked at our half-empty plates and dishes, saw our arms folded across our chests, and kept on walking. We tried to flag servers down a few times before they finally came to give us our bill.

If you have to feed a large group of people on a minimum budget, this could be the place for you. Just expect so-so food. And make reservations--they do get busy at times.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Absurdly cramped restaurant
Submitted Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

Not sure what the fuss is about this restaurant. What is there to like at a restaurant that serves mediocre food, provides OK service, and crams you in so tightly that your backside (or other bodily bits) will swipe the tabletop of the next table when you try to get in or out?

Hubbie and I had 2 kinds of bennies. I also had the feature smoothie. Not impressed. Far from impressed. The food and smoothie lacked any sort of distinctive flavour. The value factor was not there either. I would not recommend this ridiculous restaurant under any conditions--OK, I am being dramatic--but honest.

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Ginger & Garlic7771 Westminster Hwy, #180, Richmond
Best overall in value and food
Submitted Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

We have been to this restaurant a few times for lunch / dinner. We still leave giggling and rubbing our hands gleefully at how little we have to spend to get pretty darn good food.

We have stuck to the curries, fried noodles and soups so far. We have not ordered other a la carte dishes simply because we have not had the opportunity. We will when we get a chance.

If you are suspcious, get the deal where you pick a drink, soup, entree (pick your entree such as rib eye steak), starch and assorted accompanying goodies--all for about $9. I feel like rubbing my hands together gleefully just thinking about it...

The restaurant gets really busy at lunch and decor is nothing much. Servers are efficient and for the most part pretty good.

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Connor Butler2145 Granville St, Vancouver
Dine here, dine here, dine here!
Submitted Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

A recent visit with Hubbie was truly wonderful. We will gladly return the next chance we get.

Food: the ingredients were so fresh it gave the meal that extra "something." I had side stripe shrimp salad (good); steelhead trout with scallop (great); and the plum tart (fantastic). Hubbie had the steak tartare (best he's ever had); duck breast (good flavours with the accompanying fruit and sauce); then he shared my dessert. We were very, very full at the end of the meal given we had complimentary appetizers and assorted sweets to finish off.

We enjoyed the ecclectic atmosphere though some may not find it to their liking (somewhat dim and chilly though the warm yellow walls made it more cheery). The chairs were cozy and the tables were well spaced apart unlike many restaurants these days.

On the whole, the service truly made this restaurant incredible. Chef Connor visited a few times to talk about the food. And the maitre d', Ron, was fantastic. He was so funny and engaging throughout the evening and we left feeling truly taken care of. Ron has a very special talent.

Thank you Restaurant Connor Butler for this wonderful dining experience! We can see how much all of you care about your restaurant and the dining experience of your patrons.

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Rare1355 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Enough foam already
Submitted Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 12:29am [Dine in]

Said wifey here. El Zorrow and I left the restaurant with our tummies full, our tastebuds challenged, and quite happy.

This was our first time at this restaurant. I kept my expectations in check but have heard good things about this restaurant, as well as the unusual flavours they try to create.

Portion size was excellent. We were not able to finish every plate, but most of it was happily consumed. As EZ mentioned, I really enjoyed the pine mushrooms. My chocolate desserts were fantastic. EZ's elk was divine.

The drawbacks included a "beet ravioli" that was hard and too "earthy" (and I love beets), and the excessive use of foam. To the chef with respect: the size of your foam does not mean you have big feet. Foam was used in way too many items, including the palate cleanser which was a minty seltzer that felt like drinking toothpaste (foam + sweet minty liquid). I do have to admit that I don't like foam in my food, period, and it just isn't this restaurant's foam that turned me off. Foam in my food reminds me of spittle.

Otherwise, I really enjoyed the chef's creativity, even though in retrospect I prefer "traditional" flavour combinations. That is why I am unsure if I would return. However, I would highly recommend this restaurant because it is an interesting and enjoyable experience.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Service was so good it felt surreal
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

It has been quite a while since I felt so catered to in a restaurant. Even some so called fine dining restaurants seem to be suffering from the shortage of good staff. But not the Italian Kitchen! They have some sort of complicated hierarchy of service staff (from guys dressed in all black, to waitresses in a black and white dress, to waiters in white shirts black ties, to another lady not in any of these above outfits but would "serve" as well) that are so attentive, helpful and alert.

Hubbie had a good time here with a friend so he thought I would have a good time too. All the beautiful patrons here added to the surreal experience. Even for the downtown lunch crowd this lot seemed extraordinarily au courant in hair, fashion, and the latest accessory, the tan. And these are the machismo-exuding male patrons.

Our starter salad of beets was the perfect portion and very refreshing. My pasta portion was very generous but I would have to say the meatballs slightly bland. My husband's chicken meatball "soup" was very interesting; I think I liked his slightly better.

So why would I say the "food" is "outstanding"? Because the tiramisu we had for dessert was out of this world. It was fantastic. I was in bliss. Even Hubbie who claims he doesn't like dessert was very impressed.

I took a star off because the restaurant was slightly too noisy. There are a other restaurants I put in this noisy category--Chambar and the Sequoia Grill. It's not that you can't hear the conversation at your own table, but the overall noise level seemed at a dull roar. Also, I did not enjoy the greeting at the front door. It seemed the hostess had lost control of the small mob which had assembled and some Suit Guy with the charm of a prison guard took over. Otherwise, the Owner made his rounds to the tables, including mine, and he was very charming, and the rest of the staff were just outstanding.

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California Hong Kong Cafe5300 No. 3 Road, 322, Richmond
Never, ever, dine here
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

If I could give zero stars for service and ambiance, I would.

We had lunch here a while back and it was just OK. The room is dark and in the air lingered a faint odor reminiscent of smelly feet or salted fish. Service was surly, food decent and portions small. Food came quick, though.

Last weekend we were in the area and wanted a quick lunch. We chose the California Cafe.

We walked in and waited to be greeted. We continued to wait with a bunch of other people. The staff at the counter ignored us. In zooms an elderly lady who shoulders my husband out of the way and asks for a table of 4. The staff accommodate her and ignore the rest of us. Hmm...I nudged my husband not so gently to walk to the counter and put our name down. We wait for another 10 minutes. The "hostess" finally deigns to start showing people to tables (even though many tables have been empty).

When she gets to us, she tries to give us the table right by (almost in) the waiting area. Since we have waited for so long, I felt slightly indignant but said to her politely that we would prefer a table inside, and motioned to a few of the empty tables. She screeched in reply that the table wasn't set yet. I said we would wait. I also pointed to another table that was empty and set.

She again screeched that she has 3 people waiting and wanted to give that table to them. I said to her that we could take this set table now and when she finished "setting" the other table, she could give that table to them. She then screeched that there were two tables of 3 waiting. There was no 2-sets of 3 people waiting.

My husband and I were of the same mind because we both then turned around and walked out. We went to a pretty cool new restaurant around the corner in the mall.

Not only do I vehemently urge everyone NOT to dine here, I also want to point out that the outrageously good review the previous reviewer gave this restaurant is highly suspect.

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
Wouldn't be my first choice
Submitted Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

Our table consisted of 12 hungry adults. We ordered a tremendous variety of dishes ranging from the juicy pork buns to the fried "you-tiao" to the kung pao chicken. The general consensus was that it was OK, but not great enough for us to want to come back if given other choices. We thought the food bland, the you-tiao dense, and the non-dim sum type dishes overly saucy.

We went during the rush-time and parking was horrible. The restaurant was extremely crowded as well. on the bright side, their service was pretty good, as was the value; we were surprised that the final bill was very reasonable given the amount we ordered!

I wouldn't recommend diners make a special effort to dine at this restaurant, but this is a solid restaurant.

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Little Mexico Cantina3131 Chatham St., #150, Richmond
Mediocre, mediocre, mediocre
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

It is interesting that my prior review of this restaurant has been removed.

Essentially, I remarked on their tasteless and greasy food, sticky menus, and other apparently unhygienic practises (labels on the fruit were still stuck on my fruit in the sangria we ordered).

Three of us went and ordered a couple of appetizers and 4 entrees, as the portions were not enough for the guys in our group.

This is not a place to make a point of going. If you are hungry and want something "Mexican" then go if you wish. But I wouldn't recommend it.

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Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
Wowed by menu selections
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 1:06am [Dine in]

Finally we had the opportunity to go to Ichiro. We have passed by a few times and the restaurant was always full or nearly full. This little restaurant is tucked away about 1 minute's drive from the heart of Steveston Village.

Upon entering the restaurant, what initially stood out was the warm and modern decor. We were seated by a window. A lovely table it was.

We ordered a selection of appetizers, nigiri and maki sushi, and sashimi. The sole sashimi was excellent. The deep fried sole, was fantastic! The food was authentic.

And there were many interesting menu selections not on other restaurant menus! There is deep fried shark!

The drawbacks are that the dining room is long and narrow, so if you can't get a table near the front, then it probably will not be so comfortable and pleasant. And as the other reviewer mentioned, the rice or the nigiri sushi maker needs to improve (rice was hard and fell apart). The maki sushi was much, much, better.

We would recommend this restaurant. It is one of the best restaurants in the Steveston area.

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Kisamos Greek Taverna3420 Moncton Street, Richmond
Terrific Taverna!
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2007 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

Kisamos does not deserve the previous poor reviews! We have been frequenting Kisamos about once every two weeks for the past 18 months. The food is always fantastic. I can't really comment on the ambiance because we have dined in only twice.

Our favourites are the roast lamb, calamari, and any souvlaki. The roast potatoes that come with the meals are so addictive I gladly break my self-imposed low-carb rule again and again.

We choose not to dine-in because they are usually very busy and the takeout is very convenient. They are very thoughtful to make the calamari only when you arrive to pick-up your order. This minor wait is worth it.

Sometimes service is slow but they appear to be doing the best they can. It is not easy trying to find good staff anwhere these days, so people should cut them some slack at this great family-run restaurant.

The decor could use some freshening up too, but that does not stop me from strongly recommending everyone to give Kisamos a try!

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Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Rd, #120, Richmond
Tasty, quick, & a solid value
Submitted Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

I've been to both the Shanghai River and Top Shanghai--I would not return to Shanghai River unless I had to because of the pretense that SR puts on (as a high-end establishment) and makes their customers pay for more than the bill--customers have to suffer their service with attitude and all-round poor service.

Top Shanghai does not purport to be fancy. You will find here delicious food and "efficient'" service, at good prices. We've never found service to be rude, but rather customers who just because they are in a high-volume inexpensive restaurant, they treat the servers in a certain manner.

The unfortunate part about Top Shanghai is that they have VERY FEW 2-person tables. Most likely you will need to share tables, or prepare to wait! This restaurant may not be for everyone, but there nothing wrong with their food or service.

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