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milanelsonDowntown, VancouverSince August 12, 20079 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
It's worth the wait
Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

After reading the mixed reviews of this place, I decided to give it a try. I arrived at the restaurant around 1:30 and waited in line for a good 20 minutes. I ordered the miso noodle soup with rich soup base and lean pork meat. The noodle soup did indeed came with very rich soup base. I had to ask for a small bowl for dumping the oil and fat bits that I extracted from the soup. Despite the fatty soup base (I saw the noodle chef threw in what looked like chunks of pig's skin into the pot of broth), this japanese ramen is the best that I had in downtown Vancouver. There is a generous amount of corn, spout, green onion that compliments the chewy noodles very well. The thing that bothered me is the large amount of small bits of fat floating in the soup. The medium soup base that the guest next to me ordered also had these white, small bits of fat in the soup. If the chef could somehow extract these fat from their soup base before serving, it will make a better quality and healthier noodle soup.

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Legendary Noodle1074 Denman Street, Vancouver
Exotic Decor
Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

I was attracted to the exotic decor of this place so I gave the food a try. The place feels warm and cozy inside with the wood accents and the mysterious traditional objects that adorned the walls. I ordered the beef noodle soup so I could try the hand-made noodle made in house. The hand made noodle turned out to be acceptable; it is quite chewy. I didn't like the soup base, which tasted very salty, almost bitter. There were only three sad little piece of beef and a few leaves of spinach in the noodle soup. Not very impressive at all. I would say you can get much better beef noodle soup elsewhere, but go to the place for its intimate ambiance.

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Noodle Express747 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Noodle-a-thon
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

It's very possible that the menu has covered all the different types of noodle dishes in the world that you can think of. The stock used for the soup base is actually decent, sometimes may be a bit too salty for my taste. My favorite is the ramen noodle soup set that comes with 3 pieces of gyoza, salad, and desert. The amount of veggie in the soup is quite generous, unlike the other noodle place (on Robson Street near Broughton) where you have pretty much nothing but a gigantic portion of noodle in broth. The vegetarian noodle soup is also very delicious with the various veggie in there. The place is opened in the afternoon when most of the restaurant in downtown closes for business.

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My Sushi World Bento Express1258 Robson Street, Vancouver
Japanese Fastfood
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

Sushi made with a MACHINE! Sheets of rice rolled out from a machine explains why the sushi here is very affordable. Instead of making sushi by hand, the sushi "chef" adds nori and ingredients onto the sheet of machine-pressed rice which is then rolled up with a push of a handle! The texture of the rice feels much thicker and denser then traditional sushi after this technological intervention. if you don't mind the sushi looking a bit squared intead of rounded and hunger is taking over so you're not being picky, this is a good place for filling up your tummy with solid food, just don't expect gourmet food here.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
Must Have Hainanese Chicken
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

You can get excellent hainanese chicken at this restaurant. I've never tried other dishes there because I always crave this particular dish. If you don't like the sight of chicken bones, this dish is not for you. The wonder of the hainanese chicken is its subtle flavour. It is served chilled with pickles, hot and minced ginger sauce. Unlike chicken teriyaki where the meat is often soaked in heavy sauce and you're tasting mostly the sauce, you can really appreciate the delicate flavour of chicken in this light dish.

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Aki Japanese Restaurant1368 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Absolutely the best Japanese food in downtown
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

Food is prepared with fresh ingredients and is absolutely delicious. I actually think the price has been set a bit low (hope the owner of the restaurant is not reading this) for the excellent food they serve. The chefs at the sushi bar and the grill are extremely friendly, same as the waitresses. You can tell they love what they do and this attitude is reflected in the food they prepare. The setting is cozy and warm, and you feel like you're having meals in a traditional Japanese village. The place is not pretentious, is utmost earnest, just like the food they serve. Try the lunch set with grilled fish that comes with pickle, rice, and soup. The udon and rice ball combo served for lunch is a great deal, not to mention the nabeyaki udon noodle soup is one of the best I've had. I tried the grilled shitake mushroom which came out surprisingly tender and juicy. This place never lets me down.

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
The Decline of a Japanese Restaurant
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

This place used to be one of the best restaurant in town, but sadly no more. Most of my trips there recently end in disappointment. Sashimi is not as fresh as before. Shabu shabu came with sliced beef that showed grayed out edges (should have asked the waiter for a plate of fresher beef now that I think abou it). The grilled salmon belly on skewer is a joke. Grilled mushroom is dry and unsightly. Chicken teriyaki is still a solid dish though and will probably be the only dish I'll ever order from this restaurant.

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Miko Sushi Japanese Restaurant1335 Robson Street, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

Over priced for food that is only fair. Food court quality udon noodle soups and meatless chicken teriyaki drenched in sauce (you'll like this dish if you're into chicken skin). Serve probably the most petite california roll in downtown Vancouver. The food used to be excellent 10 years ago, but for some reason, the taste of food has been washed out over the years. Try Aki a couple of blocks away if you want more authentic and fresh Japanese food.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
Loads of MSG
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

I decide not to go to this restaurant anymore because of the sleepless nights I always get after eating there, a sign that tells me there are loads of MSG in their dishes. The restaurant is kwown for its large portion and affordable price, but the ingredients used certainly reflect that. One of the vegetarian dish I ordered hould be renamed as,"Stirred Fried Assorted Canned Veggie". The sauce for the dishes is often thickened with corn starch. Not a place to try authentic Chinese food.

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