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MrZazPort MoodySince September 26, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Alibi Room157 Alexander St, Vancouver
Great place for beer and fun.
Submitted Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

Been here a couple of times recently and enjoyed it a lot. Compared to the "same-old-same-old" lounges and bars, this is a fresh, fun, easy going and a good night out.

You are really coming for the beer and the ambiance. Beer selection is really good - it would be five stars if there was a rating for it. The space is exactly what it should be - open space, warehouse style, unpretentious and allows the energy and atmosphere to flow around the room.

On the down side, food is pretty but insipid. Some of the dishes look fantastic - but I'm yet to find one that you could say stands out in any other way. That being said, there is nothing terrible either. As a backdrop to the drinks, its appropriate but unexciting.

We've found the staff engaging and fun and they add to the buzz of the place and our experience is that the service has been pitch perfect for the type of venue. (I know there are lounges where the staff are more on top of the service, but then feels less relaxed and appropriate.) Its the closest thing to a European bistro/tavern vibe I've found in Vancouver.

Later in the evening it can be hard for people to get a table/seat - you can book (we did), but it does feel like it should be the sort of place you should just be able to descend upon and find a table. At the moment its probably a teeny bit oversubscribed for that to happen - but I'm sure the owners see that as the kind of problem they like.

Bottom line, wholly recommend it for a convivial night out.

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Hibiki Sushi4739 Willingdon Ave, #1, Burnaby
Recommended local sushi
Submitted Monday, August 10, 2009 - 10:00am [Dine in]

I've got food here twice now, once as a takeout (actually delivery, which is a first for me for sushi) at a friend's house and then an impromptu visit to eat in.

Both experiences were surprisingly good. First time (takeout) was mainly sashimi and a fresh cucumber roll. The sashimi was really rather good - in that it was fresh and came in decent portions. The roll was rather brilliant. Strips of cucumber formed the outside (rather than rice) and a filling of an assortment of fishy things and extras. No rice, really fresh tasting.

Later went in for a quick bite to relive the cucumber roll experience. This time I added prawn tempura and spinach gomae. Both perfectly nice and the tempura was pretty impressive.

No hesitation in recommending - don't let the ratings I put in make you think its average - the food is good, was almost tempted to give 4, but its not 'Outstanding'. Its location is a bit meh, but the inside is pretty fresh.

Happens to be close to work too... I see good sushi lunches in my future.

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Sushi Town2773 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
On the other hand...
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

To counterpoint the previous reviewer, I went to Sushi Town today and enjoyed it.

Admittedly I was hungry and going for a snack rather than some epicurean experience. My meal was Miso Soup, Edamame, Gomae and two portions of Sashimi. There isn't that much that can go wrong with that as long as the fish is fresh.

Well the fish was fresh, correct temperature and erm... generous in size. Perfect if you are hungry.

The rest of the food was fine and well presented. Service was polite and swift. The restaurant itself is rather characterless. It's a retail space done on a budget, they've tried to lift it with some 'designer' chairs and inoffensive tables.

Here's the deal. Its not Tojo's, its not a destination nor an event. It is a solid, clean restaurant without pretension and its good value. If you are local and like Sushi, it should become your 'usual' place - its going to be mine.

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
Overrated
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Went to Cobre last night on a recommendation. Checked out the reviews on this site and it seemed like a good choice.

Outside its pretty non-descript but when you get in its better. Reasonably nice space, not too crowded, not to bright. When it was first done out I'm sure it had a wow factor, but now it looks a little bit tired. Not shabby, but just lost its sparkle.

We went to our tables and looked at the menu. Its not overwhelming in terms of choice, which in itself wasn't a bad thing, but at first glance nothing really leapt out as super appealing. Our server came described everything clearly which persuaded us to go for six plates of things to share.

The food itself was pretty average. The best of the six was the Sea Prawns on corn arepas - nice flavours, attractive and well put together. The rest fell behind - the most notable disappointment was the Maple Chiptole 'glazed' ribs with sweet potato chips. The ribs were just unimpressive and the glaze turned the slightly overfried chips into a soggy disappointment.

All in all, this was a sub par experience as an eating experience. As a snack while having a drink it just about past muster.

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