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onlyforreviewvanSince November 9, 20118 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food4 (3.9)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Sushi S Japanese Restaurant4739 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
One of better value-oriented Japanese restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 5:12am [Dine in]

Describing individual dishes are point-less, because they are typical dishes you find in other hundreds of sushi places.

Their tempura dishes and some hot items need some improvement. However, sushi and sashimi are of good quality.

When you consider value, presentation, service, quaility and quantity of food. This restaurant is the best, not just in Burnaby, but also in Greater Vancouver. Just try their $20 deluxe sashimi platter, you will understand what I mean.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Stay away if you care about sanitation
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 4:56am [Dine in]

Cooks never wash their hands.
One cook, especially, who prepares many raw, sashimi, and salad dishes used one towel for cleaning his hands, tables, and knives which are contaminated with raw fish and other ingredients. The towel never got washed or changed over 1.5 hour. Of course, the cook never washed his hands either.

It was truly a disturbing sight while sitting at the bar. Glad that I did not order any raw dish.

So.. if you are prepared to get food poisoning someday, please go this place. Otherwise, stay away.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
Stay away especially with Groupon
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2012 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Save your money to go diva at the met, west, cincin, hawksworth, le crocodile.... anywhere.. even with groupon.

When a fine restaurant offers a groupon deal, it already is a bad sign. As of Nov 23rd, 2012, this is my third time I have seen this multi-course meal groupon offer from the restaurant. I bought once; terrible. See my previous review.

You can get 5 course meal + petit four + amuse bouche for $75 in most fine dining restaurants in Vancouver. 10 course for two at C restaurant for $125 sounds likes a good deal. But NO. Considering they include pre-desserts, amuse bouche, and petit four, it is actually more like 7 or 8 courses at most.

With groupon, you will be sitted on the crappy second floor with only 1 server which is shared by your fellow groupon users; expect extremly slow and unprofessional service. On top of that, you are oligated to pay tax and tip using the original value of $250, which is ridiculous in Vancouver. Overall, your saving for two will be $20~30 for two people with, again, crappy service. Go any restaurant mentioned on the first sentence, you will be happy.

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Teahouse Restaurant, The7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Solid!!!
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2012 - 12:06am [Dine in]

If you want to throw a relaxing and elegant small party or wedding reception in seclusion, this is it.I also recommend Seasons on Queen Elizabeth Park. (No I am not promoting the Sequioa Company Restaurants). These two restaurants are situated in very unique locations.

Menu-wise, it was a typical upscale pacific-northwest cuisine with $8~$15 appies, $18~$35 entree and so on. It is really hard to distinguish yourself when you are in this category, especially nearly all restaurants share the same suppliers. Here we are talking about mussles, black cod, steaks, halibut, clams, salmon, flatbread, salad, and pasta. Teahouse just do these in the cleanest and the most simply way. No over garnishing, messing with small portions, crazy sauces, vacuum cooking, low temperature cooking and so on. It is hard to describe food served at Teahouse, when other restaurants in this category often try to be too unique and sophisticated with ingredients, flavour, and texture.

"Solid" is the most appropriate description I can come up with.

When you combine great food and such unique location, it is a good value, too. You can have a very satisfying three course dinner under $40 inside the world's top travel destination/attraction.

The best part of the restaurant is also the worst part: location.
You need to drive around entire Standly Park and pay for parking, which may take 10~20 min from Downtown, depending on how fast you drive and how often you stop for sight-seeing. I know the restaurant offer shuttle service.

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Red Wagon, The2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Mediocre at Best
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

I was not aware of all hypes and the fact that this restaurant was feature on Food Network.

I was there because I was hungry.

I had a special vietnam-styel burger with pork belly, and my partner had a duck confit burger.

First, they were all way~~~ under-seasoned. You are talking about burger, pork belly, and duck which has a lot of fat. Put some salt. Yea, there was salt on my table, but that is not the point. Food gotta be cooked with salt on it.

Second, it was not too sure the quality of the pork belly they were using. It was 50% fat.... I am not talking about melted and juicy fat... It was literally a glob solid fat, which was not crispy either.

I would not be writing this review negetively if value was there, but sadly no.
$12-$14 for a burger in a diner setting is excessive.

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Firehall Bistro, The19237 122A Avenue, #104, Pitt Meadows
Very Nice Restaurant in Pitt Meadow
Submitted Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 9:17am [Dine in]

Too bad this restaurant does not seem to have its own website; it was rather difficult to expect from this restaurant after reading good reviews online. This review is based on dinner service for two people.

Situated in business/downtown area of Pitt Meadow, it was quite easy to find the place, just off Harris Road, although the street sign says 122 Ave, not 122A Avenue.

Food: One of the best tasting French bistro style food in Greater Vancouver. First you get a complimentary small place of fried wonton and tapanade with a dip. While they are good, I would prefer regular bread service. Next, ceasar salad is served with slightly charred romaine lettuce, light dressing and some really high quality smoked bacon. They have other usual appetizers such as fried coconut prawns, house salad, cold cut platter, lobster bisque.. etc.. The entrees were equally nice, tarragon chicken breast with truffle risotto and vegetarian ravioli. The risotto was truly amazing in terms of texture of the rice and the aroma from truffle oil. The creamy sauce for the ravioli was decadent while being not too heavy. Other options are rib eye steak, chicken pasta, halibut, etc. Desserts are good (definitely above average), but not as good as the salads and entrees, which are 5 stars, It is very typical of small bistros who rarely have a pastry chef, although I am not sure if this place does. The menu seems to change quite frequently.Portions were reasonable, slightly small. Definitely not generous; I would definitely need all appy, entree and dessert to get full. I just wished there was 10~15% more food, couple more bites..

Ambiance: typical bistro setting: dim, simple, inviting, and warm. Can even be romantic if you sit right next to the fireplace. But there seems to be very limited space in the kitchen. Some corners of diningroom and bar area are used as cool and dry storage.

Value: Appetizers range from $8 to $11, entrees $17 to $27, and dessert $8 to $11. A la carte pricing is reasonable, although desserts are a bit aggresively priced. It would be very nice to see a three-course option in $29 to $34 price range, which I see a lot in Vancouver.

This would be a very nice restaurant for Pitt Meadow and Maple Ridge residents. During my visit, I spent $68 (for 1 app, 2 entree, 2 desserts) before taxes and tips. I thought that was a bit expensive, being spoiled by so many great deals in Vancouver due to competition. I can easily get a good quality three course dinner for $29 at a bistro setting in Vancouver. Sounds bad?? But at Firehall Bistro, you get a great quality (instead of good) three course dinner for $35~40 (that's why I wished there was 15% more food). In addition, the restaurant is clean, kitchen is clean, and all cooks and chefs are dressed properly. So pricing-wise, this restaurant sits somewhere between bistro and upcaled/fine dining with great quality food, rightfully and strongly. Will go back. The lunch menu seems to offer better deal.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Best Ramen Place in Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 9:05am [Dine in]

Ambiance: Feels like a neighbourhood Ramen joint in Japan. Busy, small crowded, noisy. Heck.. It is a Ramen place. What do you expect?? I just expect authenticity and cleanliness. They have both.

Service: They take your order, bring your drinks and food, and cheque when you are all done. Don't ask for substitution, vegetarian broth, or any special option such as wheat-free and allergen-free items. Don't expect them to accommodate any large party than 4 people. Do expect to eat right next to a complete stranger. It is just a Ramen place. It is meant to be that way. Just leave 8~10% tip.

Food: The richest and creamiest, yet the cleanest, broth in Vancouver. Unlike some of other restaurants (for example Kintaro), they are able to control undesirable porky odour in broth and bring out sweetness and richness. All garnishes are done right, except the eggs which are always over-cooked. Portion size is just right, too.

I really like this place because this is one of very few Asian cuisine restaurant with a open kitchen who puts some emphasis on sanitation and cleanliness.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Do yourself a favor and go
Submitted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 8:24am [Dine in]

If you are planning to go this restaurant, do their 5 or 7-course tasting menu. It simply provides the best value in Vancouver. Period.

Food: The chef, Hamid, is an award/competition winning chef and amazing person. What he puts on his plates is not just food, but also genuine passion. He utilizes many molecular gastromy techniques, traditional french techniques, and often showcases his Persian root. The menu changes frequently. If you do the 7-course. you will sample some truffles, caviars, and/or foie gra, and fresh local ingredients,. . The bread service is excellent, offering 2~4 different kinds of in-house baked warm bread. In addition, you get 3~5 amuse bouche and may get petit four at the end. All for $75. Now, don't be skeptical of food quality.It is Michelin-star like quality and creativity. Truly, even without the extras (amuse bouch and petit four), it is a great deal. You may not necessarily like every single dish presented to you. This is typical of many tasting menu; there are hits and some misses. Flavour may not be there, but there are passion, effort and care. That's fine with me.

Service: Actually, I wanted to give a 4. Nothing wrong with the service. Friendly and professional. It is just not on a par with food quality and not suitable for multi-course meal. Wine service is average. I had my meal with a wine-paring. There is no explanation on flavor profile of wine served, after showing great enthusiasm on food they serve. They simply transport wine from the bar to your table. In addition, no white linen tablecloth and no crumbing service between courses. This is a huge let-down, because the chef plays with different textures and the table easily gets messy with crumbs and crispy debris. Again, the level of professionalism and friendlyness the servers and managers show deserve 4 or 5 stars, but some details are disappointing, considering you sit there at least 2 hours.

Ambiance: It would be 4-star 5 years ago, but not with all these new restaurants in Vancouver. Not the most trendy or romantic atmosphere.

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