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nogamiCoquitlamSince June 14, 200639 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Displaying 21 - 39 of 39 Reviews Found
Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
The day everything went wrong...
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

Went to Ebisu on Robson for dinner on Canada day with three people, and it was a bit of a catastrophe... Arrived at about 7pm, seated immediately, restaurant was only about 2/3 full at that point.

Ordered about 2 dishes each, some cold, a few hot. Gomae showed up quickly, followed by the sashimi salad 15 min later. Both orders were very tasty.

Took almost 45 min for my first sushi order to show up (Samurai Power Roll). It was very tasty, but the wait was inexcusable. Cue another 30-45 min wait with no more food appearing. After asking one of the waitresses and another host what happened to the yakisoba and motoyaki we ordered, I finally (20 min later) got a plate... of yakispaghetti instead of yakisoba. I mean come on, it's not like it's difficult to tell the difference between soba noodles and spaghetti (read: spaghetti has bright yellow noodles and the noodles were just boiled in water, not cooked like yakisoba).

Finally decided not to bother waiting anymore for the motoyaki, and we paid up and left. There have been a lot of other good reviews, and the staff did apologise for the delay as we were leaving and said they had computer issues - the "yakisoba" really sealed the deal for me - rather than giving us substitute food, or making us wait on our orders because of kitchen problems, just tell us so we can order something else instead. I really can't see myself going back...

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Genji Japanese Restaurant7533 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Trying to be more than they are...
Submitted Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

Tried this relatively new restaurant with my GF a few nights ago - wasn't that impressed. The restaurant is quite large and the decor is quite nice, however the prices are out of line for the quality of food being served.

Service is quite rapid, however I found the rice a bit dry for my liking, and my GF found a piece of egg shell in her donburi bowl. Overall the food was decent, but probably marked-up about 30% more than it should be.

Dinner for the two of us was about $35 for a donburi bowl, some sushi and miso soup. Realistically given the quality of food, it should've been about $25.

They need to get their prices more in-line with the quality of the food (or significantly improve that quality), or they won't be around long. There are too many inexpensive Japanese restaurants nearby that offer better value for the money.

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East Side Mario's2929 Barnet Hwy, #1050, Coquitlam
Your basic franchise eatery
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

Tried this place on Friday night - short wait of about 10 minutes to get a table in the lounge. I ordered one of their pasta dishes and my girlfriend ordered the lasagna. Bread and soup arrived fairly quickly - bread was tasty, however the soup was a bit salty.

The main courses were decent, but nothing remarkable - about what I expected. Service was fairly prompt. I think the main dining room would be a bit too noisy for my taste - it's basically a large open room.

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Han Woo Ri5740 Imperial St., Burnaby
Great food - service was lacking
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

I've been to Han Woo Ri a few times now and always have really enjoyed the food. The Korean dishes are excellent and with some of the dishes, you have the option of cooking it yourself at the table, which is always a fun way to eat with friends and family.

Unfortunately their service seems to be lacking at times - and it hurts what would otherwise be a very enjoyable experience. They also missed a few of the dishes that we ordered, and delivered one dish to the wrong table. I'm not sure if they're having staffing problems, or if there needs to be some more managers on the floor to supervise, but the people at my table were commenting about it and at one point had to get up from the table to physically flag down a server - and the restaurant wasn't even that busy.

If they can solve the service problem, they'll definitely be an establishment I'll be happy to return to.

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Davie Mongolian BBQ1161 Dave Street, Vancouver
Decent, fill-you-up meal - no frills
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

Decided to give this Mongolian Grill a try the other night - it's a no-frills restaurant, which was slightly over half-full when we arrived at about 7:30pm on a Friday night.

We were seated quickly and the server took our drink order while we headed for the buffet bar. There were ample quantities of meats and veggies - the meats are all frozen and the veggies all seemed fresh. The sauces area was a bit messy (as sauces tend to be), but there was a good selection.

The food was prepared quickly and when we returned to the table our drinks and rice were ready. Although soup was mentioned on the menu as being included with the all-you-can-eat dinner, it never materialized (I didn't really want soup anyway, so no big deal, but it was a curious omission).

The rice was a bit on the dry side, but not too bad - I found that the ingredients I chose were somewhat overcooked on both an initial bowl, and a subsequent refill. I would have preferred it if the cook made it slightly less well-done, as it tended to reduce the flavour of the ingredients.

On the whole, a full stomach at a decent price. Nothing fancy.

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New Lakeview Seafood & Wuntun7765 6th Street, Burnaby
Small restaurant, big meals
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 2:21am [Dine in]

I've come to this restaurant a few times with my friends and have always found the food to be good, plentiful, and cheap.

Ambience isn't a major factor in this restaurant - basic Chinese design of packing as many tables and customers as possible into a small space. While the restaurant is clean, it's well-worn.

The multi-course meal is great for big parties (we usually go there with a party of 9 or more), and food appears fast enough to satisfy the biggest appetites.

If you're bringing a big party, reservations are recommended - it's can be a very busy place.

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Dragon Palace45 8th Street, New Westminster
Worth visiting for a Dim Sum!
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 2:13am [Dine in]

Nice lunch today - ordered more food than was really good for us - service was generally quite fast - first dish appeared within about 10 minutes, and others followed quickly afterwards. No issues with service, or the bill.

As another reviewer said, I found their deep-fried dishes a bit heavy, but the steamed/panfried food was very tasty. The restaurant was just clearing-out at 1pm when we arrived. I thought the atmosphere was quite good, and the tables not packed quite as closely as I've experienced in some Chinese restaurants.

Recommended for good Chinese food in New West.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Great Cake!
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 2:07am [Dine in]

Visited Ganache tonight with my girlfriend - lots of small cake samples to try, great selection of cakes and treats to choose from. Ganache is quite a small establishment (maybe 3 or 4 tables), so it may be difficult to find a seat if you want to enjoy a cake and a coffee, but there's definitely art to be had in the chef's creations, and I found them to be quite reasonably priced. If you're taking-out, the presentation is also very nice.

The hours are nice on a Saturday night, can stop by after dinner for a late snack/takeout on the way home. They might want to consider opening late on Friday night as well.

Worth a trip down town just for the dessert!

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
It's mostly about the gimmick...
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 4:52am [Dine in]

Other reviews have said it, and I'll echo the same here - it's about the gimmick - cooking your own food on a searing hot stone. It's interesting, and with a few tweaks, it could be outstanding. The location is right on the water under the Granville St. bridge (opposite Granville Island).

Caesar salad was pretty good, but more or less what I expected. I quite enjoyed the prime steak - high quality meat - but I would've liked to have some additional sauce/seasoning choices with it. I found the sides with the steak very lacking. Hard chunks of potatoes (pan-fried I think), and some overcooked standard veggies (broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, etc). Dessert was pretty good though.

They need to improve the quality of their side dishes and starters to make this a better dinner experience. As it stands, for the prices they charge, the food just isn't worth it.

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Takarabune Japanese Restaurant6459 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Excellent Japanese Food
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 2:54am [Dine in]

Went to Takarabune with a group of 8 people - had a great time, we ordered a big feast and it was delivered very quickly and efficiently by the servers!

Food was very tasty, and quite reasonably priced. Decor is basic but clean - it's not really designed for large groups though. It tends to be quite busy on weekends, so phone ahead for reservations.

I'll be back!

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good food, but beware of weekends...
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 2:49am [Dine in]

I like the food at Samba, they have a pretty good Salad Bar with a much better selection then a normal salad bar, and the all you can eat meat is pretty great. I've been there a number of times, and will just add a little "food for thought".

-They take reservations. On Fri-Sun, you'll need them. Book early for any size group (even 2 or 3 people).
-The little room at the back is good if you want a bit more peace and quiet, but you can't see any of the entertainment (if that appeals to you). They do seem to come by with the meat more frequently in the small room though.
-The meat tends to be quite salty, and there are no refills on any drinks - the only water is bottled. I felt bad for our waitress as she seemed to be serving half the restaurant. The time between ordering drinks and receiving them took up to 20 minutes sometimes.
-Lunch is a much better deal, although they are slower with the meat sometimes, and the salad bar doesn't have as good a variety.

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
A second fine-dining experience
Submitted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

My second trip to Lumiere - about a year after my first. It was interesting to compare the similarities and differences between the two, it's probably the best way to decide if the experiences of the previous visit were the exception, or the rule.

We ordered the 12-course Signature menu, which costs $180, and is served over about 2.5 hours. As usual, the dishes were delicious, and had a fine variety of flavour and texture. Presentation was very good.

The restaurant does tend to be a little noisy because of the design (it's not all that big, and tables are quite close together), but the ambiance is relaxing and the lighting muted.

Service was prompt and attentive, with just a slight touch of what I'd consider "slightly" condescending "frenchness" (or "overculturedness"?). Not enough to be annoying, but not really necessary.

I'll definitely be back, but once a year is enough to satisfy my tastes for high-end dining.

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My Greek Taverna946 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Solid Greek food, good atmosphere
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 10:15am [Dine in]

Went there for lunch with my relatives a few days ago and had a good meal! Service was a little bit slow, but reasonable considering they had a large lunch crowd.

Food was plentiful and tasty! Atmosphere was a fairly open restaurant, comfortable atmosphere, but could get a little loud at times.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Authentic Japanese Food!
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2007 - 1:35am [Dine in]

As mentioned by another reviewer, if you want authentic Japanese food, this is it! The food is all in the style of home cooking, rather than fancy restaurant meals. It's quite affordable, they have a decent selection (with special items on the menu that change frequently), and it tastes great!

It's not a fine dining atmosphere (think office cafeteria, but with servers and such), but it's comfortable and very clean. The free underground parking is also convenient. It can be pretty busy at times (I would guess that there are only about 25-30 tables total), so if you're going at lunch or dinner, expect a bit of a wait.

Service speed was reasonable, although the orders tended to appear a bit piecemeal, rather than everyone receiving their orders at the same time. We did arrive to a fully-booked restaurant however, which may explain the timing of the dishes.

Nice to find some genuine Japanese home cooking in Vancouver. Makes for a nice change from sushi and teriyaki houses.

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Moldovanos3701 Hastings Street, 102A, Burnaby
Less than I had hoped for
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 12:55am [Dine in]

A friend of mine recommended Moldovanos to me, and said that although it had been some time since he had been there, he quite enjoyed their food. As another reviewer has mentioned, maybe this restaurant has changed hands.

Frankly, I was disappointed. The decor left something to be desired, chipped glass tabletop with tape covering over the chipped area, we needed to rearrange the tables to get enough room to pull our chairs out, and a large plant sticking in my ear as I ate.

Service was reasonably prompt, however they seemed to have trouble with the idea that there were 3 of us and not four. When our meal was delivered, the server wasn't overly polite as she asked "where is the other person? I have four meals in the back and only 3 of you are here".

The food was decent, but not great. The lamb dinners my friends had were fairly good and tender. I had the souvlaki dinner - the meat was too small and dry for my liking. Rice and pita was nice, we found the tzatziki a bit sour.

Price was reasonable, but we won't be returning.

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Simba's Grill825 Denman Street, Vancouver
Decent African food, but not amazing
Submitted Monday, May 7, 2007 - 12:29am [Dine in]

I went to Simba's on a weekday evening with a friend of mine. She had a beef kabob of some sort, and I ordered the ostrich house special.

The appetizer was a fried pastry with a chicken&herb filling. Quite good, but also quite dry.

The meal arrived quite quickly, and the meat was tasty, but I found the side of rice a bit dry for my likings. I would've also like a slightly more interesting salad (instead of just a regular green salad).

Was also a bit more expensive that I would've expected. I think I'll probably go again, but next time I think I'll go for a curry dish instead of the kabobs.

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Kefi Greek Kouzina100 Schoolhouse St, #102, Coquitlam
Greek with a bit of a twist
Submitted Saturday, December 23, 2006 - 12:59am [Dine in]

First time customer at Kefi and it's solid Greek fair with a slightly more Mediterranean flavour. The general decor and atmosphere with the large windows is nice, however the restaurant can be a bit loud (there was a large group there having a party, which brought the noise level up a bit louder than I would've liked). The food was good, however service was a bit slow (likely due in part to the party, but we often found ourselves waiting for service).

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great for groups!
Submitted Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 2:34am [Dine in]

My friends and myself regularly meet up at Shabusen Granville for large get-togethers (15+ people). For a group of that size, it's a win-win situation all around.

From the in-table BBQs, to the plentiful sushi and other dishes, nobody will be going home hungry (most likely going home stuffed!).

I agree with other reviewers that this location is superior to Granville, the food seems better and the staff was more prompt/attentive.

For those new to the BBQ-in-table, remember to ask the server to change-out the grill if/when it starts getting too "carbony" for your liking :)

It's usually quite busy for evenings on the weekend, so reservations for groups (over 4) are a must.

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Asa Sushi2178 West 41 Avenue, Vancouver
Very good sushi
Submitted Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 1:23am [Dine in]

A friend of mine introduced me to Asa over a year ago, and it has rapidly become my restaurant of choice for take-out sushi. Seating is quite limited (2 or 3 tables and a large wrap-around sushi bar), so take-out is the main attraction.

I love their spicy tuna rolls, and they make all of the standard rolls very well. Their BC rolls are also very nice and are much higher quality than I usually find at take-out restaurants.

I also frequent Sushi Garden when I'm with friends (and when I don't mind lineups), however I do all my takeout from Asa. The only downside is that they don't do hot food (I love Oyakodon), but it's not a big problem as the sushi more than makes up for it.

Also check out some of their exotic rolls with cheese and other unique ingredients!

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