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misosweetVancouverSince January 15, 200711 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Awesome salsa
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

Love the margaritas -- I had mango. It's a very loud atmosphere but perfect for a night out to throw back some drinks with friends. I loved the salsa that came with the complimentary tortilla chips. The food itself was all right. I ordered their ground beef enchilada. It was incredibly salty and filling, I was only able to finish half of the enchilada. My coworkers ordered the tequila chicken salad which I wish I had chosen instead. I would definitely give this place a try again, just for the margaritas and salsa!

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
A favourite
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

This place is very small and is always packed, but once the first wave of diners finish their meals, it isn't so bad. Our waitress was very kind. Our tea was always refilled. The food is delicious. The sashimi is very fresh and melts in your mouth. The color of the salmon is amazing. I wish we had the chance to try the oyster motoyaki but they had run out already and it was only 5:45 (they open at 5:00)! The food was great, the service was attentive. Even though the restaurant is small, I like the ambience because it's cozy. I felt a bit like a goldfish in a bowl however as we were seated by the window and there quite a few people outside waiting for their own table gazing at what we were eating. It was a bit distracting because you could feel eyes on you as you ate :D Regardless, I love this place.

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Minato992 W Broadway, Vancouver
Not what it used to be
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Minato used to be one of my favourite places to eat and take out sushi. However, there must have been a change in owners because the quality of food has definitely changed recently. The udon noodles aren't quite what they used to be anymore. I think they changed brands or something because before, they used to be translucent and slightly chewy - the way I love them! Now they aren't anymore. Overall, it feels like there has been a change in the quality of food, but I can't necessarily put my finger on it.

The restaurant also used to have a more authentic feel to it, but hearing some of their workers speak in Chinese takes away from it (I myself am Chinese). Nonetheless, I keep coming back because they're great for take-out and I love their Vancouver Special rolls. Service is still friendly.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
No big deal
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

I came here with my parents to eat on a rainy Sunday. Despite the heavy rain, there was still quite a number of people lining up to get in. Luckily, my mother and I met up with my dad who was second in line, and we were seated promptly after we arrived. The place is cozy but quite loud. The music was very odd considering the theme. Alicia Keys and Usher - Nice and Slow?

The food itself honestly isn't a big deal. It must be the quantity of the food because the quality wasn't that special. I had the Penne Capri, and although it wasn't soggy, the pasta was flat, literally. I would have preferred it more al dente. The orange juice I had also tasted a little off, with a strange after taste. All in all, I'd be willing to come here again to try something else but I definitely don't think it's worth waiting in line for.

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Octopus Garden1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Overpriced
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2007 - 1:26am [Dine in]

I came here awhile back with my mother. We had no idea where to eat dinner and she recommended this place as she sometimes goes with her girlfriend. We shared the ninja roll, dragon roll and dungeness crab roll.
The ambience of the restaurant is lovely, it feels authentic. However I think the food is way overpriced for what you get. The food is good but it's nothing superb; you are probably paying for the presentation (which is also lovely). However I was surprised that I winded up full. I also enjoyed the dessert.
It was worth checking out the first time but I'd probably only come back for a special occasion and with a fatter wallet.

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Closed
Needs work, has potential
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

I came here with my family for dinner a few weeks ago. The ambiance is great. I really like the seating style; everything feels quite cozy and intimate despite the large space. The service is very good. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. However I feel that our food was definitely not worth the price we paid. I ordered the surf and turf, ordering the 8 oz beef tenderloin and the half lobster. When the food came, they gave me crab. I wasn't upset about it and they took it back with no problem. However I don't know whether it was the wait of having to prepare the lobster but by the time my steak arrived, it was dry and not tender at all. It was well over done, not the medium which I had requested. There also wasn't any sort of sauce to accompany the steak which was a bit surprising. I was almost tempted to ask for ketchup! I couldn't even finish it. All in all, I think this restaurant has the potential to become a great dining experience but right now, there's a lot of room for improvement.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Love Phnom Penh
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 12:41am [Dine in]

I love the food. The chicken wings are delicious. The butter beef is my new love. Lychee moo shakes are to die for! One of my favourite dishes is #35, the beef and egg over rice. There's plenty of beef, and is so saucy. I always have leftovers to take home because the portion is so big. Some constructive criticism I could offer is to have entree dishes to arrive all at once, rather than 5 minutes after the other. By the time my dish arrived, everybody else at the table had finished theirs! The food keeps us coming back.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Lunch at Ebisu
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 1:38am [Dine in]

This was my first time coming to Ebisu. The ambience is really nice - I can only imagine what the atmosphere is like at night. Lunch is not bad, although I wish they would offer some tapas along with those bento boxes and boat combos. California rolls are nothing special, almost mediocre. I don't know why but I was almost surprised to see the fake crab filling. I guess I was expecting the real thing. Another thing I noticed was the sizes of avacado. I'm not a big fan of avacado but I thought the size of the avacado was a bit excessive (for the Dynamite roll), considering it took up half of the filling. I liked the Chicken Teriyaki namely because it was unlike all those other Chicken Teriyaki bowls they usually throw a handful of bean sprouts along with a bunch of fatty chicken skins and drown it in sauce. I liked that the bowl had cabbage, some seaweed, and mushrooms. I thought it gave a much better flavour. Service was all right. You can't really complain when you were pretty much the only one dining in the restaurant at lunch. The waitresses probably could have checked in once after our food arrived. They pretty much leave you alone after you get your food, and we had to tag them down to get the bill. I have yet to return for dinner, but judging from past reviews, I may have to wait until the service gets better.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
A pleasant experience
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2007 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

I came here with my father and sister on a whim. I had always wanted to try Banana Leaf after hearing that they were similar to Tropika, but had slightly cheaper prices. We were seated right away. Service was good. Our water glasses were always full, we never had to ask for refills. Although at times different staff would come by and ask us if we wanted dessert twice, but no big deal. We ordered similar dishes from Tropika (for comparison purposes?) Maybe it's me, but I think Banana Leaf has slightly bigger portions. The food was excellent for the most part. Our server (I think it was the manager who took our order) was very friendly when we asked him to suggest a noddle dish. If I had to say anything about the food it would be perhaps that the Hainanese could have been a little more fragrant. Overall, a great experience. I'll definitely come back.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
Horribly understaffed - bad service.
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 12:08am [Dine in]

Atrocious service- Sushi chef had to give us the menus because there was only one waitress and she was busy running around like a headless chicken helping other customers

Had to wait 20 minutes JUST for miso soup. I think we waited a full half hour before I gave up and walked over to the register and asked for the food to be packed up for take-out.
One pair of ladies were up front paying and I overheard one of them personally talking to the sushi chef, telling him that their food was extraordinary, but the service was terrible.

Waited another 10 min. for our food to be finished and wrapped up and I looked at the bill and realized they had charged us $7.95 for the 6 piece salmon and tuna sashimi, when in the menu it is listed as $6.95. Now I know some may think a dollar isn't much of a difference but after receiving all this horrible service I was pretty pissed and asked why they charged us the extra dollar. The waitress said that they used sockeye salmon, and that they did not have regular salmon. I argued, saying that they should have at least warned us of this, that the menu listed the item as "tuna and salmon", not "tuna and sockeye salmon" and that it was not right to charge us the extra money without notifying us about the regular salmon's unavailability. The sushi chef overheard and told the waitress to take off a dollar.
Oh, and they didn't even give us the right sushi roll. They made us a regular California roll (fake crab), rather than the Dungeness California roll. Strangely enough, they charged for the regular california roll ($3.75). And I had specifically asked for the Dungeness Crab California roll.

The entire experience turned me off and it's a shame since I would have loved to have tried some of their dishes, judging from what I heard other customers say. Suffice to say, I left no tip. Getting home and trying the food - it was nothing special. Might come back again when they hire more staff

HIRE SOME MORE STAFF.

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
A good review
Submitted Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

I know Tropika is notorious for their horrible service but I must say, that every single time I have dined at their restaurant I have never received poor service. I felt obliged to give Tropika a good review because I am a regular customer and have received consistently good service. Tonight was another example of this.

It was my sister's birthday and there were 5 of us. We made reservations earlier on in the day for 6:30, and were seated immediately. We ordered a TON of food (lots of Hainanese rice, satay skewers, pad thai, roti, beans, jumbo shrimp with vermicelli noodles, hot and sour soup, fried rice, clams!) and it all arrived very promptly. In fact, all of our food had arrived within the half hour.

Service was the same as all my past experiences - good. We never had to ask for water; servers would come by and fill up our glasses numerous times. If I had to make one suggestion about their service it would be to allow more time to look at the menus. Sometimes I feel they rush us just a little bit when it comes to ordering food.

We ordered some dessert and our food was packed. No fusses with the bill (The Entertainment Book coupon is a godsend) and we were on our way. I've heard so many complaints about Tropika's service but I guess I am one of the fortunate ones in that I've never had to experience bad service from them. I hope my review lets other diners know that Tropika isn't entirely all that bad!

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