Submitted Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 12:13pm [Dine in]
One Sunday afternoon- I gave up waiting at next door's Au Petite Cafe and came into this gem of a restaurant. No huge points for ambience, although it's clean and bright which is more than could be said for many hole in the wall places.
I love xiaolong bao, the small, steamed dumplings with the surprise soup inside. There is often an older lady making these fresh in front of you. I'm certain those go straight into the steamer. Yum! You get 6 for $3.80 and most other dishes on the menu can be had for under 7 dollars. The drunken chicken was perfectly flavoured for $4.95. Other solid choices are the hot and sour soup, tan tan noodles and beef roll. Some of their pan fried noodle choices are a bit greasy but overall their food is fresh and authentic.
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Submitted Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 11:53am [Dine in]
I made reservations for a meal at this place expecting a slooooow night based on the reviews here and the knowledge that Friday nights aren't that predictable in Vancouver restaurants. What an incredibly pleasant surprise!
The food was just fresh! Hubby was convinced that all the ingredients had just been brought in that day and minimally/ not refrigerated. I couldn't agree more.
I came for the Takoyaki which was a bit undercooked but still better than the stuff at the food course and stayed overall for a fresh and delicious meal. The atmosphere was right there with other Main Street joints. We were impressed by the small space.
Our meal began with some sushi rolls. Nothing very imaginative, although the Rainbow Roll was very pretty, but super fresh and well presented. The Seafood Okonomiyaki was light, fluffy and small but filling. The rest of the dishes, chirashi, prawn yaki and salmon sashimi were also lovely.
The service was a bit slow and it took a while to get their attention but overall an excellent evening. Beats the crazy line at Toshi. Will definitely go again.
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