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martinthinksKitsSince November 27, 20097 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Bistro Sakana1123 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Upscale and Hip Japanese Dining!
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 1:47am [Dine in]

A couple of friends invited me along to their favorite sushi place, Bistro Sakana. To be honest I had never heard of this place before. It is not huge, looks like it seats maybe 50 or so. It is definitely not your typical Japanese eatery. It was cool, sophisticated, and felt like it belonged in L.A. or N.Y.C. It is great to see this kind of establishment in Vancouver.

The food: Very fresh, creative, and beautifully presented. I definitely enjoyed the fusion dishes most. Some dishes were illuminated with small lanterns made from paper thin carrot and radish. The flavors were amazing and there was a lot to choose from on the menu.

The Service: Remarkably attentive on a busy Friday night. Language was a slight problem with one of the servers. They all seemed to be from Japan. At least one of them spoke fluent English and they were all quite helpful, friendly and welcoming. I noticed that one of the sushi chefs was female, That's kind of neat, I've never seen that in a Japanese restaurant before.

Value: Not your cheapest Japanese restaurant, but as I mentioned not typical either. I felt that we received fairly good value for our hard earned money. The quality was certainly there. We drank some very good cold sake, they had a great selection, but it wasn't cheap!

Ambiance: This was an area that really impressed me. The music was contemporary jazz, the lighting was intimate, and I loved the black and white samurai movie projected on the wall. Again, the place had a very big city sophistication about it.

I will definitely be back.

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Octopus Garden1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
I'd like to be under the sea...
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

This quaint little sushi bar, not far from my doorstep, serves up some decent and creative sushi. It certainly is not the best sushi I have ever had but it's pretty good. The service was alright, nothing special. The value? All I can say is the rent must be astronomical here! The interior, although tiny, is cute and comfortable. Worth a try, if your wallet is feeling too heavy and needs to be lightened!

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Veggies Galore
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

The food here was acceptable but certainly not exceptional. If you are craving fairly bland, fairly cheap, veggie food in a very budgie-like atmosphere you might like it here. I'm not likely to crave their food , but it's o.k. once in a while. The service was just o.k. too. Let's face it though, there are not a lot of restaurants around devoted entirely to vegetarian cuisine, so in that respect it is kinda' special. In general, a fair to good experience.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Cosmic Man!
Submitted Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

Not a bad joint to grab breakfast. Eggs are the big thing here and they do a pretty good job. Service is hit and miss. I've had good servers and mediocre ones. They get pretty busy at times. The atmosphere is an eclectic collection of items stuck every which way to the ceiling and wall, kind of fun. I'd recommend it for an informal breakfast anytime.

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Wonderful
Submitted Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

We enjoyed our experience here immensely. The food was done to perfection. The desserts were particularly great! Our server was very helpful, with an excellent knowledge of wine. It was my first experience eating deer meat, and it was really good! The atmosphere was excellent, nothing spectacular. Would definitely return.

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
Solid!
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

This was our third time to visit this location. So far so good! We are still exploring the menu and the food and service have been consistently good. The satay are excellent, melt in your mouth variety and the peanut sauce dip provided for them is very good. The mussels were also quite good, and I highly recommend the spring rolls too. A great value for quality food and service. A must try if you ask me.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Once Bitten...
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Not likely to return here. Perhaps it was due to the late hour we visited, I don't know. What I do know is that the service was atrocious, the food was very mediocre, and the ambiance was nice. When you stand at the doorway in full view and are completely ignored in a half empty restaurant, servers chatting it up at the bar, there is something wrong. When servers make mistakes and forget you, and then don't apologize, there is something wrong. When food that is supposed to be hot off the grill bears grill marks but is still steaming from the microwave, and cold in the centre there is something wrong. Again, not likely to return.

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