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papercut11vancouverSince May 21, 200813 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Wonderful New Japanese Restaurant
Submitted Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Delightful!

This is a new Japan Restaurant located in the Lynn Valley mall, in North Vancouver. It was wonderful.

They did some renovations when they took over. The atmosphere was very nice considering it is in a mall. It felt like a real Japanese restaurant with real Japanese people working there.

The owner/sushi chef made us some fantastic sushi. We tried several different items from the usual rolls, to tempura, agedashi tofu, gyoza, and udon. The food quality was super. For us it is the food that makes it or not for a restaurant and this food was fantastic. The food prices were very reasonable too. They even have a kids meal for those with little ones. I also got some sashimi after and it was so fresh. I wanted more.

All the staff were great. The server who helped our table was so great. She was very sweet and did a great job so we gave a big tip.

Overall, I thought the people, atmosphere, and especially the food was fantastic. Our family will definitely return to Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant.

Wonderful!

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Hiroshi's Sushi Creations3720 Oak Street, Vancouver
Sushi for White People
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

After reading the previous reviews we were inclined to go. The restaurant is small, cute, and homey feeling. If it's busy, it's a bit tight feeling.

It is always nice to go to a Japanese restaurant and have actual Japanese people running the show. Yes they are Japanese. They are selling the restaurant to two other Japanese folks. We had the chance to meet the wife (she was getting used to things the day we went) and she was sweet and wonderful. So I am sure the the service will continue to be great.

They are attentive and put effort into their food. That means decent quality. This is always a good sign at a restaurant. And I like that you can see them preparing the food.

But make no mistake about it, this is Japanese food for White people. Yes the rolls are nice and 'creative' but you won't see many Japanese people in Japan ordering a whole plate of rolls. Especially when they are covered with different types of strong sauces that hide the taste of the fish. Aka, it's sushi for westerners who want to eat sushi but not really eat sushi.

However, with that said, they are kind and put effort into the food they are preparing. They are really Japanese. The place is cute and reasonably priced. And yes, it is different and interesting with the roll selection.

Would I recommend the place to others. Yes. Would I go there again. Probably not, but that just because I like real Japanese food.

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Barefoot Kitchen1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
Authentic Japanese Family Place
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

Yummy! We have been here several times. It can get busy at lunch. It's like a family restaurant from Japan. It's different from other sushi places. The price is good and the food is yummy. The server is so nice. She does a great job.

I love that the bathroom is so clean. It's fun to have lunch and watch the people walk by on the street above.

Good stuff!

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
Good Food, Poor Service
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

As we continue our quest for good authentic Japanese food we thought we'd mention Zipang. We have been here about eight times. Each time the food was good and the service was bad.

The food is good quality, decorative, and the price is fair to a little bit pricy. However, we have since stopped going because of the poor service. We call this place 'good Japanese food served with poor Vancouver attitude.'

Today, we went to the Japan Festival at the Van Dusen Gardens. We saw the stand for Takoyaki and were excited. I said, 'oh, they have Zipang menu's' and the funny haired guy who looks like he should work in a hair salon (ie, funky hair style) snapped at me and said, "ya, it's a restaurant." Did you notice I was a customer and paying you my money while you snapped it out of my hand and spoke so rudely. You attitude sucked (you know who you are-messed up hair guy).

I snickered to myself, when you said you were all from Zipang. It figures. The poor attitude matches. And that's why we don't go anymore. Plenty of other authentic Japanese places around.

Also, paying $5 for 6 Takoyaki ball is a bit much. Considering, at the summer Powell Street Festival you get the same thing, for much less cost, and it's served with effort and a smile.

You reaffirmed why we don't go to Zipang. To bad, because the food is pretty good.

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant4820 Kingsway, #236, Burnaby
Really Bad
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

They deleted my last review so I will try again. Not sure why.

It wasn't busy. Ordered two of the same lunch box. They brought us the wrong ones. We told them. The waitress didn't seem to care. We knew exactly which box we ordered as only one of them came with sashimi. Eventually, we got this corrected but they didn't seem to care.

No tea was offered to us.

The tempura was oily. And most bad, the prawn tempura, the vien was still there and not cleaned or removed prior to cooking. That was really gross. A big turn off.

We will never return here.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Great Izakaya
Submitted Friday, November 7, 2008 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

We loved it. An authentic Japanese Izakaya.

The other reviews were right about the noise. But this was fun and part of the atmosphere.

The food was great. We sat at the bar and watched them make everything.

The servers were nice and worked hard.

We were lucky and didn't have any lines to deal with.

The only bad things I could say, is I could have eaten more, as the dishes are small. It's not expensive, but it's not cheap either.

We enjoyed ourselves.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Going downhill!
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

We have eaten here before and enjoyed ourselves (the food not the service). We went for lunch today and this is our experience.

We arrived. No one welcome or served us. There were two other groups (it was daytime) and not busy. We looked around and sat ourselves.

She gave us the menu's and split. She spoke only to take our order and once again for the check. About five words in total.

We ordered the calamari and the basil and bocochini pizza. We've had the calamari here before and today it was crap. It wasn't cooked. The sauce was good though.

My wife said the pizza had absolutely no taste. There was basil on it and we couldn't taste it. It was just bland.

The best part was the free piece of focaccia bread that comes with the meal.

I left my empty water glass on the side of the table for half the meal. Nothing. Nada.

We are nice and tolerate people and both of us have worked in restaurants. But it's strike three for us.

We won't return.

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La Galleria Fine Foods3055 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver
Delicious Sandwiches. Too Expensive.
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

I have gone to this sandwich place for many years. I don't go alot per month per say, but my experience is over the long term.

Yes, it is true the sandwiches are delicious. They are. While the sandwich quality has remained the same, the prices have not. Inflation? Many of the other items can be found at any other deli at a much cheaper price.

The place itself makes me laugh. It reminds me of the Soup Nazi in Seinfeld, only here it's a sandwich. Think about that next you order your sandwich. Also, it's not much of a secret anymore, as going to late at lunch and you'll find the sandwiches have sold out. Expensive, yet delicious!

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Sakura Ichiban1405 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Horrible Hostess
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

We love Japanese food. We went here during the summer to take out and eat at the beach. Just one sushi combo (dynamite roll and four or five nigiri pieces). We thought this would be simple. We feel for resturants as we've both worked in them, but rudeness still rubs us the wrong way. The hostess was so abrupt and rude. Told to wait half an hour. She never told us this before we paid. This turned us off. The food itself was fine. I remember going here when I was younger and it was much better then!

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Sushi lover-first time experience
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is run by a Japanese couple. They know what they're doing and are friendly. We've been to many Japanese places so it's nice to compare. Some things were different. The tempera looked yellowish, but still was delicious. We had sashimi and the pieces were huge. The server was very nice and offered us tea refills without having to ask. We went for lunch and didn't have to deal with any line up issues. The only thing lacking is the ambiance. You could see cardboard boxes everywhere and the place looks like it needs some new decorating. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves.

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Yohachi Sushi161 Esplanade West, North Vancouver
Average at best
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

Some of the reviews give an inflated feeling and sound a little fake. I wonder if real customers are writing the reviews. We have been to this restaurant a few times and that is enough for us. This place is average at best. The price is ok but the quality is lacking. We found the chef to be a bit too abrasive for our liking. Next time we will drive up the street to pick any of a number of comparable restaurants.

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
A nice meal
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

We have eaten here a few times. Only once did it not meet our expectations (poor service). But the last few times, we have enjoyed ourselves. The prices are reasonable and the food, for the most part, has good taste. We usually share a few small dishes and it fills us up. The only thing, sometimes, the food is a bit to oily. But other than that, we think it's pretty solid.

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Amore A Touch of Italy1531 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Politeness Counts!
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

Tasteless food, rude server/chef

We had high expectations but were disappointed. We waited a long time, the server/chef was rude and didn't take the time to explain the food or make us feel welcome. It wasn't busy, so there's no excuse not to chat for a short while. Politeness still counts in life. We did enjoy the garlic toast, but that's about it.

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