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mhdervancouverSince August 4, 200714 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews Found
Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Sorry Dockside
Submitted Friday, August 5, 2011 - 6:23am [Dine in]

I won't be fooled into thinking a place is good just because of the ambiance/view from the patio. I try to judge by food alone although it's hard not to be influenced by the local. Anyway on with my review. We only went because we had a coupon but hoped things would turn out to be good. We had patio seating. The view was great and everything seemed promising. Service was slow but I can accept that - sometimes those things happen. I would have preferred that the server told us things were backed up but not a peep. I've worked in bars/cafes so I'm willing to give some leeway but the food did take long and it was hard to get the server's attention. To the food. Appetizer was not very good. I usually judge based on price and taste. I knew exactly where the ingredients came from and it wasn't worth the price. Second, I know (confidently) that I could make it better at 1/4 the price. Yes I'm being a bit harsh but that's how mediocre it was.
The mains? It wasn't bad.. I thought it was fair but not for the price I paid. I know the location plays a part into the price but I felt so ripped off. I'm willing to let the slow service etc go (although an apology wouldn't hurt), but there should be more to the food. Nothing special, high price - and I felt a tad bit ripped off even with the 2 for 1 entree coupon. For me it comes down to this - With the amount I paid, I could put together a dinner 10X's better. I could also pay 1/3 less at another restaurant and feel just as "satisfied." The location is great (and for some people that's enough) but in terms of food ~ I'd never go back.
Now that I've written my review I went to see what other diners had to say and it seems most of use are in agreement - nice location, but food/service needs a lot of work.

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Aoyama Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 1008, Richmond
Seems like we all notice things differently
Submitted Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

First of all, although this was Aberdeen Centre, I was very pleased that I wasn't addressed in Chinese ~ after all, this is Canada right? So cut the BS on servers not being able to speak Chinese, as long as they speak English, then it's fine. I'm Asian but not Chinese and am sick and tired of being given dirty looks for not understanding Chinese.

Secondly, The service was attentive and considerate. Unlike most Asian establishments, plates weren't slammed onto the table, silverware was checked and replaced if dirty, and the servers did not place their fingers/hands on the edges of the plates or on the rims of the drinking glasses.

The food wasn't fantastic. I was actually happy that my meal didn't arrive in 10 minutes because when it does, it tells me that it was most likely pre-cooked or most of the ingredients were sitting out half prepared at room temperature. I have no problem waiting for food. The quality of food wasn't great for the price I paid but I've only been there once. I'm willing to give it 2-3 more visits before I make a final decision ~ also because I have yet to try their desserts and drinks.

It would be wrong of me to comment on their coffee because I'm not a coffee drinker and I would probably be making an ass out of myself for pretending to know what was good/bad. I had their basic coffee and while I wasn't blown away, I didn't think it was bad.

Perhaps it's inappropriate for me to review a place based on one visit but I thought I'd defend this establishment because I thought it seemed to receiving some unfair reviews. Yes the food might need some work but service and attention was better than anything I've seen in any other Asian establishment.

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Richmond Sushi8388 Capstan Way, #1488, Richmond
One of the original AYCE
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

I've hated all you can eat but have lately started checking some of them out because their menus have been improving. This was one. I was surprised to find hamachi and geoduck on the menu so already this place gets one plus from me. They have recently added aburi which is a nice touch. Problems? Well I have seen a cockroach there but that's probably the same for all restaurants.
Cooked food.. Well some people complain about how long it takes for cooked food to arrive (Ninkazu for example), well there is a reason.. Here it takes a minute or two. It's usually lukewarm and soggy. I wish they would at least re-fry some foods but they don't. Seems like they microwave it or have it sitting under a heat lamp. When I went to another AYCE I partially burnt myself thinking it was going to be Richmond sushi-ish temperature. Anyhow, they took some fried things off their menu and when we inquired about it, they told me it was because it doesn't keep for more than 5 minutes in good quality. I wanted to tell them " then don't cook it so long ahead." but I didn't. I've also seen them (when I sat at the bar) keep their rolled sushi on the counter top (on huge trays) for almost 2 hours with refrigerating. Mass producing for AYCE is normal and I understand it but they should be a bit more careful when it comes to things like that.
Go for their premium items but don't expect much from the other stuff.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Another AYCE
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

I frequented this place when it was a hot pot / late night restaurant. I was happy that they kept the hot pot. The Japanese food isn't bad especially the cooked stuff for a AYCE. It didn't come right away and since it was hot I assume they actually cook it or doing a good job of reheating. The sushi and sashimi wasn't great, only adequate as the selection is limited compared to the other places that have geoduck, hamachi etc.
The hot pot was actually better than I thought. The food selection for it is pretty good but only the basic soup is available but I guess that's understandable.
As much as I enjoyed it and thought the value was fair, trying to eat cooked Japanese food etc and managing hot pot is a bit difficult. If you want to do both, it might not be the best idea but if you have a traditional chinese family where grandma doesn't like Japanese food but the kids do, then this might actually work for you.

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BC Sushi2126 W Broadway, Vancouver
AYCE
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

Amazing everyone expects a 5 star performance from an AYCE. All I know is that they have geoduck, hamachi, uni, and red tuna on the AYCE menu which almost no other place does. I don't see why people would be going to AYCE for service, so I couldn't care as long as they have fair variety of food. No problems with the food selection especially when it comes to the premium stuff so I can't complain. And the hot food is equal to if not better than most other AYCE.

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Northern Dynasty8391 Alexandria Road, #1170, Richmond
Not sure
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

The food is usually good. My problems: I had a dish with minced crab meat topped on broccoli.. but it wasn't crab meat, it was shrimp and the price was very expensive. That season, crab was very expensive so I can understand the change but then they should inform us and/or at least lower the price. That was a total rip off.
Another pain, they never bring back the change. The couple of times I went, the change I would of got back was what I was going to leave as a tip so it didn't hurt me BUT they should always bring it back so I can CHOOSE to leave it there. I'm afraid to go there if I don't have "exact change."

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Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
Fairly good
Submitted Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 2:52am [Dine in]

A good Japanese restaurant with above average in all categories.
If you're used to the all you can eat, forget it, things cost a bit more and the quality of food and service reflects it.
And @ Nonsuch22, it is true that IN JAPAN, sushi has wasabi is placed in nigiri sushi. But if you knew anything about sushi in North america, you know that wasabi is ALWAYS placed on the side. It's unfortunate that you would base your review/score on such a factor, something that if you actually knew anything about sushi in North america would be obvious to you.

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant5300 No 3 Road, #221, Richmond
What do you expect
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 4:30am [Dine in]

I'm surprised people expect so much from an all you can eat. Do people expect first class dining, heck any kind of class from a $10 buffet? I don't think so. All you can eat is what it is and this restaurant is no different in food quality from what is found elsewhere. I will admit that the selection is lower than other places, and althought the decor seems nicer than most places, the tables are very difficult to get in and out of especially on days where you have wet shoes. Service isn't great but there seems to be a lack of staff and disorganization. I can't say I blame the staff for bad management, they seemed over worked.. but it is an all you can eat, you get what you pay for - don't expect too much.

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Shijo1926 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 4:12am [Dine in]

I have to be honest, this review is based on 3-4 visits, the last one being about a year and half ago. Things may have changed but hopefully not. I remember the sushi and sashimi to be good. A little pricey but I don't mind paying extra for the quality. If you're looking for a quick/cheap fill up, go to an all you can eat, places like Shijo are for those looking for fish other than salmon and albacore. I usually "rate" sushi restaurants based on the different fish they have and the variety of specials. Let's be honest, most restaurants have the same fish like salmon, and now uni is found everywhere as well. So I look for new selections and found flying fish sashimi here. I've always found them to have a good selection of different and fresh fish which is what won me over. I am concerned about the post mentioning undercooked gyoza. I don't know what happened there but if you were concerned because it was pinkish - steamed pork (like in a gyoza shell) tends to maintain a pinkish colour. I found that to be true in thoroughly cooked dumplings as well.

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Nan Chuu8391 Alexandra Road, #1160, Richmond
Better than
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 4:04am [Dine in]

Well there's an izakaya style restaurant couple of doors down and another wannabe izakaya 5 minutes away. So why choose this one over the others? Well because it's actually Japanese behind the counter. From the irasshaimase to the thank you, it feels welcoming and sincere. Lately, the server quality has gone down.. hopefully these kids will learn sooner than later.. Otherwise the food is fairly good and the atmosphere is nice. I might not suggest it for dinner or if you are really hungry because the bill could run $40-$50 for 2 people. Depends on you budget I suppose. This is an izakaya afterall so it's best suited for drinking and getting a handful of side dishes. Solid Overall.

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Maruchu Japanese BBQ Dining4580 No. 3 Road, #2065, Richmond
Korean BBQ, Japanese style
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 3:49am [Dine in]

This would be a Japanese take on Korean BBQ which means the cuts are all made bite size and easy to eat. I've been to a few of the Korean (likely chinese owned) BBQ places and the service was barely tolerable, and the food was basically chunks of meat (I was given dirty scissors to cut the meat with). I'm not sure how the authentic Korean BBQ works cause I've never eaten it in Korea but I have eaten it in Japan. This basically mirrors that experience. Don't expect too much on the menu, it's a typical yakiniku house with a few cuts of beef, tongue, stomach and few noodle and rice dishes. Because it is a Japanese take on Korean BBQ, it's a gentler taste which might turn some people off so.. it might be accurate to say it's an authentic take on Korean BBQ you'd find in Japan. PS- Service is kind and attentive (typically japanese)

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Koi Sushi7831 Westminster Highway, #100, Richmond
Basics
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 3:38am [Dine in]

I'm not too picky. I don't expect things to be perfect. But I do expect my bill after I ask for it and there's only 3 tables in the whole restaurant. After I asked, I made eye contact with that server. He still didn't remember. Another customer got their bill - you think it might be a reminder? Nope. Food was average, nothing special, a bit pricey it seemed but maybe because I wasn't happy with the overall experience. A couple of other problems. Many younger inexperienced kids working. Drinking/eating in full view of guests. I don't mind seeing sips of water etc but not a small gathering with drinks standing behind the sushi counter. And the sushi chef was scratching his face etc as he worked. Very unprofessional.. so nothing from my experience made me want to go back.

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Duke's Palace Seafood Hotpot4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Umm Solid?
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 3:26am [Dine in]

This was a standard late night eatery until they converted to a all you can eat hot pot restaurant. They still offer small dishes and even crab but their main selling point is the hot pot which goes for about $18 per person + soup ~ basically what you'd see anywhere else. The reason I like this place is because the servers are friendly and for an all you can eat hot pot place, it is very spacious and not stuffy. The reason I don't like this place is because - they give you a checklist for the all you can eat (good), it's written in chinese (not good). The servers (with a big smile on their face) will gladly help those who can't read it but I think they should work that out. Besides that, everything is written in english so no worries. Because it's not cluttered and because of the friendly atmosphere, I find it a comfortable place to eat.

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Dozo Izakaya9020 Capstan Way, #120, Richmond
What is this?
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 3:09am [Dine in]

It's advertised as an izakaya yet it serves more chinese food than Japanese. An Izakaya is suppose to be upbeat with a hearty "welcome" upon entry, and a sincere "thank you" when you leave. You get neither here. Service was awful but it might have been a bad day but it's not good when the 3 servers take care of 1 table and basically ignore a whole section. Food is average but more Chinese than Japanese. Lately, there has been a boom of copycat izakayas popping up in many places. This is one. Just because you serve raw fish, it doesn't make it Japanese. Even the name dozo is spelled wrong.

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