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mmmsteakRichmondSince June 23, 200874 Reviews
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3.5 (3.3)
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Akasaka Japanese Restaurant15110 101st Avenue, Surrey
Great sushi restaurant in Surrey?!
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

A great sushi restaurant in Surrey?! Wow I didn't think it could happen.

We've been to Akasaka a few times now and brought friends. This place really is a hidden gem beside Guildford mall. Their rolls are nothing short of spectacular. The tiger roll and crispy roll are two of my favorites. The presentation of the rolls is always great, and how do you beat sauce that's deep fried?

They also serve some korean dishes, and we had their bul-go-gi. I found it to be really good! The place seems to be run by Korean people, so maybe that's why.

Service was exceptional. You can choose to sit at tables or in private tatami rooms. The waitresses don't speak perfect English, but they're very friendly, polite, and helpful.

If you live in Surrey (or even if you don't), you have to give this place a try!

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Great meal but expensive
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

We had entertainment coupons for stonegrill so decided to check it out. The waterfront view from the restaurant was amazing and I'm sure it's gorgeous during either day and evening. The menu is definitely pricey. We ordered the lamb with portobello mushroom and the t-bone steak. The waitress brought our orders fairly quickly and gave us some instructions on how to cook the meat properly. Then we started chowing down!

The lamb was a thick cut and really REALLY good. Tender, juicy, and I liked the sauces that went with it. You can use the sauces that come with the dish to either drizzle it on the meat as it's cooking, or for dipping. The T-bone steak was also really good, and HUGE. It covered the entire stone. I can see how it can be easy to overcook the meat and you can't eat too slowly if you order thin cuts, but lamb is tender even when fully cooked so it was a good choice for me. The portobello mushroom was also savory.

The place is definitely expensive though. I probably would not go there without the 2 for 1 entertainment coupon. But with it, what a great deal for high quality meat!

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
Very poor service
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

Aji taro used to be a great AYCE sushi restaurant and we went there often. A few months ago we went there on a busy night at about 8ish and were seated in the corner on the right side of the restaurant. We ordered AYCE and about 20% of our first round order arrived after 15-20 minutes. After that, nothing else came. We tried to get the attention of the waitress, but nobody ever seemed to even come near our table due to it's location in the far corner. After waiting about an hour, we managed to get one waitress to come to our table. We decided to just re-order everything and put in a second round of orders. After waiting another 20 minutes or so, nothing came. We asked the same waitress to check on the food and she said it was coming. This went on several times and no food showed up. Finally one of us had to go so we all decided to leave. This was about 2 hours later.. The cashier knew of our situation because she said a quick "sorry", but still stuck us with the full bill. We were all still hungry, so I was quite angry that they're making us pay the full AYCE price. However because my friend had to leave, we didn't bother arguing with them. This is the only time in my dining out experience where I did not leave a tip.

The food at Aji Taro is not terrible, but unfortunately we didn't get to eat much of it, and we won't be returning to this restaurant.

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Thai House Royale Restaurant4600 Kingsway, #115, Burnaby
Pretty good thai food
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

We've come to Thai House at Metro quite a few times because of their central location. I love the red and green curries at Thai House. They're always very flavorful without the feeling of greasiness that other Thai restaurants have.

The Pad Thai new edition is really good with egg noodles. If you get it with rice noodles it can be hit or miss. Sometimes it's perfect and othertimes it's undercooked (has a bit of plastic texture). Their marinated grilled chicken is yummy! I don't really think all that much of their stir fried dishes. It's always curry for me when I come here.

The restaurant decor is charming. The bamboo basket lamps hanging overhead really gives the place a thai feel without over doing it. It's generally not very noisy and the waiter/waitresses are always professional and courteous. Haven't had any bad experiences with service, although food takes a little bit of time to get onto the table.

The menu is a little bit more expensive than your average thai restaurant, so more often than not we order their weekday lunch special. It's 7.50 for most of the curries on their menu and rice. A pretty good deal in my opinion. They also have 2 coupons in the entertainment book for 2 for 1 dishes.

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Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Rd, #120, Richmond
Best Shanghainese
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

Top Shanghai is my favorite Shanghainese restaurant in the lower mainland by far.

The restaurant is not elegant or high-end, and you shouldn't come and expect it to be. The place is in a small strip mall on no.3 road, so it's quite cramped. The doorway doesn't have a lot of room, so often people are crammed at the entrance trying to get a seat. The place is ALWAYS packed and noisy any time I go, but you won't hear me complaining. It's no different than most Chinese restaurants.

If you're going to Top Shanghai, go for the food and only the food. The steamed juicy buns are unbelievably good. I'm from Shanghai, and only at one place in Shanghai have I had better. Other favorite dishes are Szechuan beef noodle soup, fried rice with dried scallops and egg whites, crispy chicken in soy sauce, crispy rice with soup on top.. I could go on and on. If you're interested in trying something very different, I'd recommend the cold cut mutton. It may be an acquired taste, but it won't be like any western methods of cooking lamb you've tried. Everything is also really cheap! It's so much better value (and taste) than Shanghai River without being pretentious.

The service at the restaurant really isn't horrible. The waitresses are just overworked due to the constant busy volume, but I've never seen them be rude. Ordering in Mandarin / Cantonese / Shanghainese will probably help a bit for them to get your orders right or get the bill to you faster, but even in English I've never had any real problems there. Table sharing is sometimes necessary unless you always go with large groups, but they don't force you to share a table. If you don't want to, then they will let you wait until a smaller table frees up.

It's a great restaurant and there's good reason it's always so packed. Try going at non-peak times if you're trying it for the first time.

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Cattle Hot Pot Restaurant8391 Alexandra Road, Unit 1150, Richmond
What a great hot pot place!
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

We've been meaning to try Cattle hot pot for a while now, but every time we go in it seems to be around 7pm and they always tell us the wait is going to be an hour or two, so we somehow usually end up down the street at one of the other hot pot places. A few weeks ago we went super early (5:30ish) and got seated right away. The place is very small but has good atmosphere and seems pretty clean. The menu is pretty standard hot pot stuff with a lot of selection and variety. We ordered the shrimp paste, which looked questionable when it came as it pretty much resembled gray goo. However when it was cooked, it was surprisingly delicious and resembled the filling of hargows. The quality of meat here is also something to rave about. I found it to be much more fresh than some of the other hot pot restaurants and the beef was YUMMY!

Maybe it was because it was early and the restaurant wasn't very busy, but the service was also prompt and attentive, and we got everything we ordered / asked for.

Overall a great hot pot restaurant but hard to get in. I would love to go back if we can find time to go early again.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Not bad and not great
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

We've gone to Kyung Bok Palace a few times since they came out with the AYCE bbq. The menu at $25 is a bit more expensive than comparable places like Shabusen. The place is nicely decorated. Only real complaint about ambience is that the overhead vents don't seem to do anything, which makes the place pretty smoky when it's busy.

From the AYCE menu, the bbq meat selection is actually fairly limited. The chicken and short ribs are pretty good, but I wish they had different flavoring varieties (spicy, etc) and maybe lamb. What's unique about this place is not their bbq meats, but the other dishes that are on the menu. They have a lot more korean cuisine available on the menu than Shabusen. The ox-tail soup and prawn tempuras are always good. The sticky rice cakes with spicy sauce has a good kick to it and is one of my favorite korean dishes. They also have some deep fried chinese dishes that are kind of average.

It's a big place, so the service is sometimes not all that reliable. As with all the other AYCE places, we sometimes do not get everything we order, or it comes an hour later. I always thought part of the fun of korean bbq was to cut up the meat on the grill and cook it yourself. However one time at the restaurant, a waitress came over and grabbed the scissors and tongs out of my hands, and proceeded to show me how it should be done. I found that to be a bit rude, but I'm sure she meant well.

Overall the place is not bad, but it's also not the best I've ever had. When closer to Vancouver we prefer to go to Shabusen, but Kyung Bok Palace is a pretty good location and decent korean bbq if you happen to be in Richmond.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
Best hargow ever!
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

No wonder Dai Tung is always packed for lunch and you have to wait 20 min to get seated, even on a weekday! The dim sum here is cheap and tasty. The hargow is one of the best ones I've tasted, and it's only a little over $2. Their deep fried squid also deserves a mention and we always order 2 plates of it.

Service is not always great. There is only one waiter that we've been able to request orders with. If you ask anyone else, they will just say "it's coming" or "wait for the carts". Tea often takes a while to get refilled. However, the people pushing the carts are usually friendly enough and most of the time we get what we need. Bill usually comes to $10 a person after everybody stuffs themselves silly.

Cheap and yummy dim sum, what more could you want?

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Horizons100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
Holy cow, look at that view!
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Situated at the top of Burnaby Mountain, Horizons has a fantastic view. Even not seated by the window, you can still see half of Vancouver, Stanley Park, and North Van. If you're lucky enough to be dining here during sunset on a clear day, you can see the pretty purple shades of the mountains as the sun goes down, and all the lights of Vancouver turning on one by one.

We went to Horizons for dinner after a hike around SFU. We had an entertainment book coupon so it was pretty much 2 for 1. I had the NY steak done medium, and it was unbelievably good. I don't like bloody meat, so I was happy to find that when I cut into the steak, it was pink throughout but no blood anywhere and very tender. That's how medium should be done! And it was deliciously seasoned. The veggies that came with it were tasty and crisp. I opted for mashed potatoes instead of nugget potatoes, and the mash was creamy and buttery. We also tried one of their non-alcoholic cocktails, but it just tasted like pineapple juice.

I probably wouldn't go back to the restaurant at regular price since the menu is pretty pricey ($32 for the steak). It's lucky that the receipts they print out for you has a 2 for 1 offer if you go back within 60 days. We will be taking advantage of that deal many times, I'm sure!

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U Good Hot Pot Restaurant8338 Capstan Way, #1213, Richmond
Good hotpot for some people...
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Personally, my friends and I love this place. However I can see why not everybody would.

First, we only get one kind of soup base when we come here - Satay. They make the most delicious satay soup! The other soup bases seem not as good.

The other thing that will stand out about this place is the size of their hot pots. They're more shallow and HUGE! It makes it a lot easier to fish out food because you can see everything floating at the top and nothing stuck down at the bottom being burnt. However, this does make the soup evaporate faster, and sometimes the waiters/waitresses don't refill the soup fast enough. The pot being large also means it takes up more table space. They accommodate for this by having stands on the table, each holding up to 4 plates. But for all you can eat hot pot, sometimes many more plates than that come at once! Then you're left trying not to accidentally elbow a plate off the table.

The selection of food is pretty good. They have juicy shanghainese buns (frozen, cooked in hot pot), which I haven't seen in other hotpot restaurants. Their wontons are 100% shrimp and delicious. The meat they serve is hit and miss. It's sometimes very fresh and other times less so, but it always tastes good. They also have all you can drink plum juice (!) or coke included in the price, or all you can drink sprite for $1 more. It's a really good deal if you like a lot of plum juice with your hotpot like I do.

Service is sometimes slow as they only have one or two waitresses working at a time, and you don't always get all of the food you order. The place is small but you can call ahead to make reservations. It does get busy on Saturday nights. I would recommend giving this place a try, but it may not be for everyone. However we go at least once every month because nothing beats a gigantic satay pot!

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Well Tea4811 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 170, Richmond
Great bubble tea and food
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

Because of it's central location (near No.3 rd, Alexandria, Parker place, etc), we go to Well Tea a lot when we feel like a light meal or a snack. The first thing that stands out when you walk in is the decor. It's very hip and trendy, making the place seem like it should be in Yaletown instead of Richmond. The waitresses are always friendly. Well Tea has a huge selection of bubble tea and most of them are really good. The pineapple slush, pineapple apple green tea, and the house special milk tea are some of my favorites. They also have specialty slush creations which are generally a combination of many flavors. (The Nemo slush has goldfish crackers swimming in it. O.o)

The food at Well Tea is also top notch. The deep fried chicken nuggets and deep fried squid are both our favs. Our carb-loving friend also raves about the fried rice and noodles. The hotpots are decent but not the best I've had. The wonton noodle soup was not very good. However, everything is cheap (around $4-$7, hotpot being $10) and great value.

Give this place a try, you won't be disappointed!

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Zephyr Teahouse Cafe7911 Alderbridge Way, #100, Richmond
Love this place!
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

This is one of my favorite bubble tea places. We actually come here for dinner more often than bubble tea. Their specialty slushes (listed on the first page of menu) are fantastic! The lychee and peach one is especially good, as well as the coffee one. They also have great food. The hotpots here are great value because you can add additional type of meat to it for only $2 more. They also have the Szechuan style fried pepper chicken, which most bubble tea places don't have, and it's really good. All of the food I have tried here have been good or great. The ambience is also nice with dim lights and very modern decor. There is a large projector that plays music videos (both chinese and western music), and many of the seats are couches.

This is one of our favorite hang out spots in Richmond and I highly recommend giving it a try!

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Congee Noodle King3313 Kingsway, Vancouver
Great congee
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

We go to Congee Noodle King often after work for a great bowl of congee. This place really knows how to make congee! My favorite is the beef congee. The portions are generous with a lot of meat and the congee is quite thick. Their dried scallop with egg whites fried rice is also very tasty. The rest of the food seem pretty typical for the fast-food chinese food type of restaurant. There is very little ambience to be said for the place. The waitresses aren't overly friendly and sometimes forget your order. However the congee is cheap and great value, and that will keep us coming back.

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Montana's Cookhouse2929 Barnet Hwy, #1046, Coquitlam
Yummy yummy ribs
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

We wanted to try something new and went to Montana's for some ribs. There were 3 of us and we ordered beef ribs, ribs and chicken (white meat), and ribs and chicken (wings). The wings were pretty good. They coat them in cornmeal which makes them extra crispy. The white meat chicken was only average and a bit bland. The back ribs we got with honey garlic sauce and they were fantastic! Tender and very flavorful. We ordered the beef ribs with Rickard's honey brown sauce and to our surprise, it was also very tender and juicy. We thought since it's beef it may be a bit tougher, but it wasn't at all.

The service was pleasant and attentative. Our waitress often came by and checked on us. The ambience may seem a bit childish, with paper table cloths and crayons to draw on them, but we loved it! While waiting for the food we had a great time doodling comics about each other.

Overall it's a great restaurant for family or friends get-togethers, but the atmosphere is probably not for any diner looking for sophistication or elegance. We will be back for sure.

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