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mayoBurnabySince January 28, 200819 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Zen Japanese Restaurant2232 Marine Dr., #101, West Vancouver
Went once, but I would not return
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Read good reviews about this place. But I do not go to West Vancouver often, so I never give it a try.
This week we just got back to town from Whistler. I guess it's a good chance to give it a try since it is on the way home?

I travel to Japan at least once a year. I have to say sushi quality in Vancouver is fairly good. And Vancouverites know what is good sushi and what is not. Therefore for a Japanese restaurant with such a high end price tag, I expect overall good performance.

Service was excellent. They really gave us a lot of attention.

Ambiance is alright. It nice and clean. But nothing very special.

Now the food....... is overpriced. The quality of the food is alright. But it is not good enough to match the price.
We tried tempura, and it was average. The tuna carpacio, ordinary. Deluxe sushi set..... what a rip off. It was supposed to be "9 pieces of premium nigiri sushi and a special salmon roll". Plating was beautiful, but the taste was disappointing. The "special salmon roll" is nothing but spicy salmon roll with some tabiko on top. Some nigiri sushi were already seasoned. 2-3 of them worked ok. But the dressing overwhelmed for the rest of the plate. We also ordered an Alaska roll. The mango totally governed the taste. I could not taste anything but the mango.

At that point, we were no longer hungry. But we thought that's enough for an overpriced sushi experience, so we left. As a conclusion, the plating is beautiful, but the taste just driven me away.

Step away from this place. There are other fine Japanese restaurants in town that you can have better dinning experience with the same price.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill1833 West 4th Ave., Vancouver
Going downhill
Submitted Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

I once loved this place a lot.
But this place is really going downhill. Food is disappointing. From skewered grilled items to salad and tapas. Nothing was as good as before. Servers are not as enthusiastic either.
It's was on my favorite restaurants list. But it disappointed me enough I will remove its name from it.
It's not easy to get a table and parking. This place is not cheap either. Without good food and service, I would say don't bother, and just go somewhere else.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Over rated
Submitted Monday, October 19, 2009 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Went for a special occasion dinner. I've heard good feedbacks of this place for a long time, but sadly, this place did not impress me.

Food: It's JUST ok - almost not ok for this price. I had New York strip with lobster tail. I was surprised nothing on my dish was too much better than the Keg. For my first bite of the steak, I cut a 1cm thick slice, and it was VERY CHEWY. For the rest of the dish, I had to cut it into small pieces in order to chew it through. I never expected to have this experience in a high end steakhouse. My boyfriend ordered porterhouse - medium. But the filet part was like medium well done. He was very disappointed. We had much better porterhouse in Morton's. (too bad Morton's is closed now)

Service: We had a slightly bigger group. And is it why it took them forever to get our food done? From the time we finished the appetizer to the time we got to see our entrees, it took them over 30 mins. I am not sure how long it exactly was. 30 mins was counted since I first checked my watch wishing they would bring me my dinner sooner. so the actual time could be 40 or 45 mins........ The server was not especially friendly nor mean. But he did not come over to see how we were doing given we had a very long wait.

Ambiance: It's pretty good. I like the high ceiling, etc. But if they can keep the piano volume down a little will be better.

Overall: Sorry, I won't go back and will not recommend my friends to go.

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Zest2775 West 16th, Vancouver
Nothing rocks me
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:31am [Dine in]

My father is a huge Japanese food fan, so I brought him there for father's day dinner. And... to be honest, after reading all the reviews, I came home feeling disappointing.

Food. Ok, maybe I am too picky on Japanese food. For Japanese food in Vancouver, yes, they are pretty solid and above average. but nothing taste great enough for me to plan for another trip to go back. and they are overpriced. For example, I ordered the exclusive sashimi. For that price (you can check the price on their website), of course I had a little expectation. Nothing tasted bad, but they are all ORDINARY. The only thing that I found nice is the homemade green tea ice-cream. It worth a try.Overall, things look better than their taste.

Service. It's very nice how they serve 1 dish at a time and help you changing your plates before each dish. However, the servers are a little mindless sometimes. We had to ask them for filling some hot water for our tea most of the time. and it's also a little hard to catch their attention. (once you are successful catching them, they are very friendly)

Ambiance is very nice. and tableware are nice. you got a very comfortable distance from other tables. lighting was also very comfortable. if they can make it less sushi restaurant smell, it will be perfect.

If you just start dating a girl, it's wroth to bring her there for a try. If you are going for a dinner with closer friends or family, trust me, go to Sushi Hachi in Richmond. You can get the same quality of food with 30% off your bill. (just less decoration, and they don't change your plates for you. unless you think that wroth an extra 30%)

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
DOV 09. not bad
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Cannot say it's the best dine out dinner ever, but it's better than average. The food was great, and I just love the view and the ambiance. In general, I like this place, but there are just a few things...

There a few items on the dine out menu which are also on the regular menu. Those are great! Of cause the DOV size should be much smaller, but it's a good enough sample for what they usually serve. Some items are not on the regular menu... and they are just so-so.

The service... I don't know... It should be just our server. The other seem very warm and friendly. Ours was very cold and didn't seem to know what he was doing. We didn't order wine, so he came taking the wine glasses away. We had a bigger party (7 people), he took the glasses away for 3 of us. Well, of cause I didn't expect him to take them away at the same time. But instead of putting those glasses down and come back for the rest, he went to take the order for the party next to us, took the order to the kitchen, went to another table... THEN came back for the rest of the glasses. There was about 5-10mins in between.... I am not saying it's a big problem, but this "clean up only half a table" situation happened 2, 3 times. The feeling was pretty odd. Perhaps they were under staff?

Value is ok if you are having a romantic dinner or treating a spacial guest. View was incredible. I think I may go again in summer, for a day time view.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
DOV 09. Very enjoyable.
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

It's my first DOV dinner this year. It was truly an enjoyable night.

I had the beef tartar, salmon, and chocolate fondant. There was nothing to WOW about, but they were all nice. The bigger surprise was the chocolate truffle after the dinner. That truffle was a nice treat. I am not a fan of fusion food. I usually think the fusion element ruins the plate. However for the dinner I had last night, the fusion twist was giving a positive impact and made the food very interesting to explore. It is my best fusion experience so far. If I've had my first fusion dinner in Gastropod, I think I won't dislike fusion food so much.

But the greatest part of last night was the service and the ambiance.

Our server was warm and friendly and did a wonderful job answering our questions. We left something on our table. She ran out to give that back to us (we were already on the other side of the street). She was with short sleeves and it was a cold night!

I have gone to many DOV dinner before. Perhaps it was weekday and it's a late seating (8:30), the restaurant wasn't in an DOV atmosphere that many restaurants have. If you go to DOV, you know what I mean. Very busy and cold servers, lack of attention, mass produce food, noisy, full of people; everybody is rushing and tensed. But last night was just like a relaxing weekend dinner. Portion of the food was also great. In general, it's a really wonderful DOV experience.

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Sushi Hachi Restaurant8888 Odlin Crescent, #1278, Richmond
Yum
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

They got fish imported from Japan which you won't be able to get from most of the sushi places in lower mainland. And they are very fresh. I was so happy that I could had really fresh aji and otoro. I've got nothing to complain on the food. It's similar to the sushi you will have in Japan.
Although they are busy, the waitress was still very friendly. But like what other people say, don't expect fast service.
It will be a place I want to return.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Upscale and more expensive Guu, but it's good.
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

Went there with my boyfriend and it was a great night out.

Food quality is slightly (just slightly) better than Guu. Sashimi was fresh, but very expensive. Cream Croquet rocks! That's the best dish I had that night. That was so creamy. It's one of the best croquet I had so far. The small hot pot can still be improved. Cocktail I had was also very good... not bar style, but izagaya style.

Service was excellent. That was a very busy night, but the servers were very energetic and friendly.

Overall I had a very good time there. If you are willing to pay more for a more quiet and higher ceiling Guu, that will be the place for you. It's a good place to go once a while.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
OMG, you call that reman?
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

My friend really wanted to eat ramen when we were in downtown. We lined up a little, not for long, to get a seat.

The setting of this place is pretty close to ramen places in Japan. When you go eat ramen, you don't talk about ambiance and service for the first thing. As long as the servers are passionate about their ramen and clean, then it's a very good thing. Quality of FOOD is how you rate a ramen place.

Food arrived in a reasonable time. When we first looked at the ramen, my friend thought the soup is too oily. But for ramen, it's the oil which traps the heat inside the soup to keep it hot. So I was expecting a very hot bowl of yummy ramen like the ones I ate in Japan. But OMG.... store owner... You call this ramen? It's warm, not hot. BBQ pork.... not seasoned enough. Soup? Not rich enough. Noodle? too soft.

OMG, if I were you selling this lame ramen, and have a line in front of the door, I will really do something to improve it. Don't you feel shame of charging that money for a bowl of ramen which is worse than an instant pack? Yes, I didn't expect it to be as great as the ones in Japan, but this is definitely worse than instant ones.

I am serious, people. Go to T&T supermarket frozen food session and look for Nissin frozen ramen pack. Follow the instruction and you will have better reman than Kitoro. It's that easy. The only thing is you will have no toppings and you will need to wash your own dishes. But it's less than $2. It's better than waiting in line and paying that much.

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Yoshoku-Ya Restaurant774 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not that great
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

I know this place is popular. There are always many people inside it and pretty well known in the Asian community.

I passed by it once when there was no line up. So we decided to give it a try. It disappointed me.
The tonkatsu was very thin and not juicy enough. The service was not great. The lady who served us got no smile and no facial expression AT ALL. Food also arrived very slowly. Not sure how long my tonkatsu sat in the kitchen before the server took it to us. It's not boiling hot when it got to my table. A tonkatsu that is not extremely hot.... it made their thin tonkatsu even less attractive.
This place is OK, but not even close to GOOD.
I personally won't return. But it's ok for a try if you want to try the Japanese style western food.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
I regret
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

I had a friend came to town for a short visit. I TOTALLY regret about bringing her there for the only dinner we had in town. I heard my colleague mentioned she used to go to this place a lot and loves it. And I asked my friend if she would want to give it a try.

Then, ok, once I stepped into the restaurant, I knew I might got into a wrong place. The decoration.... It's like the classic "fansy Japanese bar" in a 80's Hollywood movie. And then the waitress came to greet us. OH, a white girl with an Asian dress. OK, the whole place gave me a feeling that I am inside a 80's movie setting of a Japanese place that ninja are everywhere and all Japanese men are samurai. COM'ON. It's 2008!!

Ok, let's forget about the deco for a sec. If the food is good, then I can live with it.

Food, pricy for the quality. The taste is very westernize.... it's not Japanese food (I've eaten Teppanyaki in Japanese before). Everything was on the salty side. Nothing special. I can grill and stir fly the same quality of food at home, seriously.

Ok, while they cook, the chefs would give a show of throwing knifes. playing the pepper mill like bruce lee, etc, but they have no facial expression AT ALL. If the "show" is the selling point of the restaurant, they totally fail it. I felt like I was watching a circus show, but the preformers (the chefs) gave me the look that they want to get off work sooner. And I am not kidding, my chef ran away with light speed after he finished cooking. And the service wasn't great either. The chefs only cook, they don't take the order. The person serve the food also wouldn't take order. And then the person who can take my extra order came, but sorry, she doesn't take the order of the drink. Then you need to get the person who can take the order of a drink. I thought human can be multi-task, but not the staff in Kobe.

I regret because there are so many nice places in downtown, but I brought my friend to this crappy so-called Japanese restaurant. After dinner, I told her there are many good food in Vancouver, but I just brought her to a wrong place.

This place could be cool for kids and people who barely meet Asian in their life. Otherwise, it's totally not cool. I won't go back again.

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Deer Garden Restaurant3610 Westwood Street, Port Coquitlam
Nice Chinese Casual Dinning
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

Well, their price might seems a bit more expensive comparing to same kind of restuarant, but Deer Garden certainly have the food at the high end (for casula dinning).

The portion is big, the food was done right. I had king crab there once. They did it as good as formal Chinese restaurant like Kirin. I don't like deep fried food, but I couldn't stop on their deep fried dish of the king crab.

Again, it's for casual dinning. Don't ask for outstanding service and amniance. But the servers are all friendly.

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Posh3779 Sexsmith Road, #1123, Richmond
Good deal for AYCE
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

Not sukiyaki to die for. But hey, $13.99 for dinner all you can eat. You can't ask for more. I can't prepare sukiyaki at home with that price.

If you have eaten tranditional sukiyaki before, you would know it's always those few things in the pot (beef, tofu, konyaku noodle, etc). Beside those traditional stuff, there are still many food on the ist that you can chose from. So, they really tried their best to make their list of food that will match with the sauce. (Although for me, some of them are way off from what I expected to be in a sukiyaki pot, which is kind of gross. but maybe some ppl like it.) Well, can't compared to tranditional sukiyaki since the cooking style in Posh is more like a shabushabu. Just take it as AYCE hotpot and you will have happier experience in Posh.

Service was friendly (comparing to all the other AYCE places). Would be a good place for small gathering.

Tip: Cook the meat FIRST. I found the sauce is too mild and plain at the first place.

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Shore Club, The688 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Everything was great except the entree...
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Went there for late dinner on a weekday with 2 girl friends.
Service was really great, he was professional and very good in explaining the menu to us. Perhaps it's not a busy time, he always showed up at the right moment. It was late, and we only got 3 girls, so we decided to order 2 appertizers, 2 entrees, and 1 side to share. Actually it was the server suggested us to do so because he said the portion is big.

The appertizers were incredible! The shrimps for the shirmp cocktail were REAL jumbo shrimp. They were double the size of a regular cocktail shrimp. Mussels were BIG and very fresh. Their potato bread was one of the best bread I had in restaurant, but not so good when it cool down; no wonder why the server wanted to take it away after the appertizers. So after the great appertizers, the entree really disappointed me. The new york strip tasted good, but kind of chewy at the side (I expected better steak for that price). We ordered medium rare, but it looked more like medium to me. The trio of seafood..... Everything was too way dry. So my conclusion is... shrimp cocktail and mussel, if you get a great souce of seafood, it's not hard to make it taste good. But when they really needed to cook the fish, they didn't do it right. For that price range, they didn't do a good job on the cooking part. We had key lime pie for dessert and it was lovely.

The decoration of the restaurant was wonderful. I enjoyed their live piano preformance for the whole evening.
If I am going back (unsure), maybe I will put my money on 2-3 apperiters and skip the entree.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Food was great
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

Tried 6 restaurants for DOV this year, and I love the food from Parkside the most.

We arrived late due to the traffic. So my boyfriend dropped me off at the door and he would go park the car. When I arrvied, they told me each seating for DOV is 2 hrs, fair. About 5 mins later, my bf arrived, and the server already wanted us to order when my bf JUST sat down. I am not kidding, he only got 10 sec to look at the menu before the server came to take the order. So he only ordered what the server recommnanded cux he didn't really know what's on the menu.

Everything tasted fantastic. The seafood soup was just right. I ordered the duck and my boyfriend ordered the veal. Each dish got a few different preparations. So like the previous reviewer said, they were like mini tasting dishes. That is a brilliant idea since most people go for DOV are there to TRY the food of a restautant they haven't been to. The duck was grilled nicely and crispy. The duck breast was very juicy. I had the pineapple up side down cake, and my boyfriend had the ice cream trio. The pineapple cake was kind of sweet but I couldn't stop eat it. My boyfriend said the ice-cream was very rich and smooth, and the dark chocolate one is as rich as a piece of chocolate truffle. One thing I like about the food is all food were served in the right temperature. The hot dishes were all HOT (including the cake). It's could sound like a standard, but believe me, that is very impressive for DOV. It's like all dishes were prepared for me, but not mass production. I had cold dishes which supposed to be hot in a few other places during DOV.

Ambiance is ok. Food was excellent. Service was too pushy at the begining, but overall still ascceptable because it was DOV. Would go back and see what they have in regular time.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Excellent
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 11:15am [Dine in]

Went there for DOV 08. Bistro Pastis did a good job because you can't feel you are having DOV. We got treated like regular customers. Unlike other places you can tell they are puting up the sign "The owner decided to do this stupid DOV, and you are only paying $35, so what do you expect?".

ALL food were delicious and well arranged. Portion was also big for DOV. I love their apple tart for the dessert. Service was also outstanding. We were late due to unexpected traffic, but they didn't push us to order the food. We could still take it slowly, and we still got lots of smile during the whole evening. Ambiance was very comfortable. It would be a great place to bring your date for a romantic evening.

It's an overall incredible DOV experience. I would return in regular time.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
DOV. I could feel the mass production at the kitchen.
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

Went for DOV with a friend last night.

Service was the only thing that would impress me. The server was friendly and sensitive to our needs for the whole night. And they were not pushing you like other DOV restaurants because they only allow 2 hrs-ish for each seating.

The food. We orded an add on mussel specially designed for DOV. $10 and we got a pound of it, a pretty good deal, taste was great but it's lukewarm. And then for the 3 courses, EVERYTHING was nicely cooked. EVERYTHING tasted good. But... EVERYTHING was room temperature. It's funny ther server used a napkin to hold the plates like they're very hot, but EVERYTHING was room temperature. From the plate to the lamb to the potato puree to the vege, EVERYTHING was cool. My friend's fish was warm. Ok, I wondered what took them so long (20 mins after we finised the starter) to bring us the cool dishes. Maybe they made too many lamb, but didn't prepare enough fish in the kitchen? The only food that surprised me was the peanut butter bar. It's very smoth and the texture was wonderful.

The ambiance, pretty noisy. We had to talk quite loudly. Tablewares were not very clean. But thanks for their dim lighting, you can't really tell unless you pay lots of attention to it. I didn't pay much attention to them untill I saw a piece of (maybe) dry tea leaf sticking to the inside of my teacup. But if you are nearsighted, you will be fine.

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La Vallee1379 Howe Street, Vancouver
Heart warming service
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 11:54am [Dine in]

Went there for DOV 08 last week. For $25, I got both great food and excellent service.

I had game hen for my main course. It was tender but not over seasoned. My friend said his salmon was well done. DOV portion could be small for guys, but for $25, we got more than what we paid for. I saw people next to us got bigger dishes and their food weren't from DOV menu. So the portion from the regular menu is probably bigger.

For service, from the person at the front desk doing valent parking to all servers in the dining room, they were all extremely friendly. Lots of smile and I wanted to tip them more.

We were kind of facing the hallway of the hotel, so the ambiance was just ok. But I think they have a patio. So I am planning to return in summer.

It would be a place to bring your date for a nice weekend dining.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Lovely oyster
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Went there for DOV 08 last night with my parents. We ordered 3 courses from the dine out menu, and a dozen of oyster from the chef's selection.

For the dine out menu, food were great overall. My mother's Kazuo Tataki was very fresh. But my Seafood Trio was great on the look only; taste is just ok, and all 3 preperations were room temperature....... I expected clam fritter would be hot (at least warmer than room temperature), and scallop ceviche would be chilled. For the main, Arctic Char dish was impressive, everything on the dish was nicely balanced. Dessert was awesome. My father isn't a dessert lover, but he couldn't stop on his piece of cheesecake.

And about the oysters. A guy (not our server) probably from the raw bar came to our table and presented to us. So he told us which is which and where they are from. But when I asked him about what one we should start with, he was confused for a second or two. And he said we could start with the ones from local west coast first and then the east coast ones. But the direction he gave was a miss.... Generally you would go from mild to strong, but last night.... it was like random; salty, fresh, mild (which became favourless after the nice fresh one), and sweet. I know oysters can taste different all the time and that's why I asked before I ate. It would be better if they know how their oysters taste like THAT DAY before they serving them to customers. Especially you called it "chef's selection".

But overall, outstanding oysters and great DOV experience.

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