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MickeyWest VancouverSince August 9, 20074 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2 (2)

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Displaying 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews Found
Hamaei Japanese Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #620, North Vancouver
A Good Suprise!
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

Strip mall restaurants are somewhat iffy and this one being tucked in a tiny corner between a dollar store and nail place makes you a little leary at first. But what a nice suprise! An actual Japanese family owned Japanese restaurant with excellent food.

Nice prompt service and surprise again, other Japanese people eating there! Not something you see too often. It's a pleasure to support a little family run restaurant when their offerings are wonderful. Yes - I would agree it's a little cramped but that adds to its charm and I'm sure help keeps the rent down so hopefully it will last stay around for a good while!

It's the perfect restaurant for my 6 yr daughter, husband and I to grab a dinner close to home. My husband gets to delight in good quality sashimi, I enjoy the rolls and my daughter loves the free turnip appetizer.

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Akira Sushi1069 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not worth it - even if you're starving!
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

Yuck! I have eaten in lots of Japanese restaurants all over the lower mainland and some are great and some are ok. This one was the worst restaurant Japanese restaurant I have ever been to.

We planned on going somewhere else but the wait was too long and we were too hungry. So we had gone to this restaurant a long time ago and it was good (obviously the owners must have sold). As others mentioned, it's in need of an overhaul including the food! The cushions were stained and very worn, the menu was sticky, the bathroom toilet was held together with duct tape - I could list more but you get the point.

The food -- well, we ordered three things from the appetizer menu and didn't finish one of them. We left as quickly as we could (unfortunately after paying!) Later that evening, I felt sick to my stomach and my husband had stomach pains. Luckily it didn't develop into more!! AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!! Go to any of the other tons of restaurants around there!

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Educate the servers...
Submitted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

I've been here 3 times and because the food has been quite good, I felt the decor and vineyard gave it a unique character. However. the food and service has really diminished.

This last visit, I took my mom for her 65th b-day lunch. The hostess led us to the patio past the room divider hiding the servers' cleaning station (large garbage cans full & smelly and trays of dirty dishes) rather than through the inside restaurant to our seat. I'm fairly tolerant but with the breeze the smell occasionally wafted over to us - not good.

Making the best of it, we chatted and waited, waited -- waited easily 20 minutes until I flagged bus gal and asked if we'd have better service if we were seated inside. She took the cue and said oh, I'll get your waiter. About 5 minutes later he showed and finally took our drink order - we thought it would be prudent to order food right then too.

The salad was good and the onion soup nice but we both agreed it was nothing to write home about. Then the server brought out 2 quiches but we'd only ordered one. He made it seem our fault for his not understanding our order. We tried to be laid back and said fine, fine just leave it. After he left we realized there was no way we could eat both, so we just shared the one and asked for the other one to be packed away. I somewhat expected the waiter would credit our bill for his mistake but no he did not - especially given our wait.

In summary, I'm not willing to drive all the way out there to receive such terrible service, have smells of garbage and have food that while good, I can get elsewhere equal or better. As it is a winery - they only serve wine as their alcoholic beverage. Their wines are the same as the food - good but I've had better elsewhere. It has so much potential but unfortunately the whole package makes it a place worth skipping.

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Melange Restaurant19955 Fraser Highway, Langley
Little Known Gem
Submitted Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

My mother & I were looking for a nice place for dinner and not being from Langley I said let's take a drive around and see. There are lots of chain restaurants in Langley and I like to not eat at them if I can - vive the independents and unique experiences! We were waiting for a long train to pass, sitting in traffic and noticed Melange.

Thank goodness for the train. What a little gem - the food is a real mix (melange?) - spanish/westcoast with very suttle nuances of thai/middle eastern - a bit spanish fushion. When we entered, it was a little unsettling as it wasn't especially full. It's a large high ceiling'd place with velvet booths that remind me of the old Delilahs downtown (kind of cozy). Perhaps hanging something from the ceiling to make it feel more intimate might help. It made us feel a little nervous about the food BUT it was great -not at the level of Lumiere/Pastis or other Vancouver high end - but very, very good - a nice surprise at that price level.

A good bottle of wine and talkative companion(s) and you won't notice the food taking a little longer and the very nice server wearing a couple hats. I had mixed greens/goat cheese and crab cakes. Very nice - not out of this world but really very yummy. The sauces and combination of mango/fruit sometimes pernod etc - are amazing. My mother left raving about the place and has been back numerous times since.

I wish there was some way to let more people know about the place. It has wonderful food at reasonable prices - a little known gem that should receive more attention. Definitely worth going!

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