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pastamachineRichmondSince July 12, 200635 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
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Correli's Restaurant3900 Bayview, #160, Richmond
Jewel in Steveston
Submitted Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

This has got to be the best kept secret in town, serving up scrumptious seafood and mediteranean cuisine. I have been here a few times now and everything is fantastic. The shrimp linguine is absolutely fabulous, there are prawns and shrimps in every bite (unlike cactus club), prawns have a nice texture, the baby shrimps sweet, and the pasta is cooked very well. The seafood burger is quite delicious too, the patty is quite flavourful and each item can be identified in the patty. This isn't one of those places that throws in an all mushed up patty where you can't tell what you're eating. My friend had a seafood salad which was loaded with assorted varieties of the fresh tasting namesake. There is always a special on that is worth checkin out. This place is extremely affordable too, all lunch dishes are around $10, an unbelievable bargain for the food you get. You'd be in shock when the bill comes to see how much it cost for such delectable food. A definite must!

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Shiang Garden4540 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Not up to snuff
Submitted Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

I don't frequent this place much more as the quality of their dim sum has diminished and fallen behind competitors in Richmond. They used to be pretty good but now, the dumpling skin falls apart on all their dumpling dishes. The dishes are also greasier than other dim sum joints. Since they're in the mid-upper price range, you'd expect something better than average. They do provide a spacious environment that is roomier and more comfortable than most other dim sum restaurants. However, their dim sum is inferior to other dim sum places in the area.

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Shanghai River Restaurant7831 Westminster Hwy., #110, Richmond
Good Shanghai cuisine
Submitted Sunday, August 27, 2006 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

This is my family's choice for dinner when we go for chinese food. They serve up tasty food that are cleaner tasting and much more healthy feeling than some of the more traditional old-school Shanghai restaurants, while retaining a certain sense of authenticity. The food won't be swimmin around in oil or laden w/ MSG. Perhaps what i like most is that their dishes aren't covered in that goop of thick cornstarchy sauce that defines most chinese restaurants. Some of our favourites are chicken with ginger and onion, beef lettuce wrap, and the steamed silver thread buns. The silver thread buns are not the best i've ever had, but its well above average, as you can see the distinct layers within the bun, they go down nice w/ the condensed milk. The steamed pork dumplings (shao long bao), are among the best i've ever had. The skin is thin and delicate, yet they never break apart and hold in all the delicious juices inside the dumpling. The handmade noodles are all delicious as well. If you get a good seat by the open kitchen, its an extra treat to go w/ your meal. A great restaurant for some quality and healthy shanghai fare.

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Cactus Club Cafe5500 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Still no better....
Submitted Sunday, August 20, 2006 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

I thought I'd give em another try just to make sure I had not previously hit them on a bad day. But unfortunately, I was still disappointed. The taste of the food was mediocre and the portions less than adequate for the price. As another reviewer had mentioned, the chicken in the chicken burgers are rather small. Compound that by the few and far between tiny shrimps in the shrimp linguine, I have to say there are better options in the same area. If I go to a cactus location in the future, let's just say its safe to assume it won't be this one.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Solid casual dining
Submitted Sunday, August 20, 2006 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

You can always count on this Milestone's to deliver a satisfactory dining experience. While the food doesn't really amaze, you can count on the fact it will be decent. Service is always prompt and positive, and the place is clean and comfortable. I guess my only complain is the fact the patio isn't non-smoking, smokers damage the enjoyment of the meal. I like the brunch items on the menu, especially the omelettes. The chipotle chicken quesadilla is another tasty item prepared well here. I'd recommend this restaurant over say Cactus Club in the same No.3 location, they offer better food and larger portions and you're likely to leave happier.

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Le Nakamura Japanese Dining12480 No. 1 Rd, #130, Richmond
Top Notch Japanese Fare
Submitted Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

I'm just ecstatic to have this restaurant open up in the neighbourhood! They serve up the best japanese dishes in Richmond hands down, and I dare say amongst the best in all of Vancouver. It is japanese run w/ japanese chefs and you can tell in the quality of the food. They offer many traditional japanese dishes as well as some creative fusion ones. Of the few times I've been there, i have stuck w/ the more traditional sushi dishes. The hana chirashi is to die for. The texture of the fish is melt in your mouth since the sashimi is so fresh. Their nigiri and sushi rolls are all awesome as well, simply scrumptious. The sushi rice is done to perfection, wonderful taste and texture. The agedashi tofu is done perfectly too, smooth, silky soft tofu is covered in just a thin and crispy coating. The udon is cooked to the optimal chewiness. Love the use of different veggies in the goma ae, instead of just the traditional spinach. This place is also very affordable, especially during lunch, which just tops it all off. W/o a shadow of a doubt, the quality of this place is on par with, if not exceeds, more high-end and expensive restaurants, which is why I gave it 5 stars. Service is friendly and cheerful every time, place is simple and clean looking. Unbelievable food w/ unbeatable value. A must-try for all sushi lovers!

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Tropika4151 Hazelbridge Way, #1830, Richmond
Bold, colourful flavours
Submitted Friday, August 11, 2006 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

I have been here numerous times and each time I'm met with vibrant and delicious dishes. The food here is always bursting with flavour and never bland. My absolute favourite here is the tom yum goong soup, especially the one w/ lobster (although I only get to have it on special occassions). The curries are aromatic and herbs make everything fragrant. Sauces pack a punch and are perfect soaked up by rice. The satays are as good as any i've had. The entrees are a bit pricey for their size, but it's the perfect portion for exploring a wide range of offerings from their selection. The waiters are quite knowledgable about and make good recommendations on the menu. Always a safe bet for a taste bud tingling experience.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Meatylicious
Submitted Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

This place is for all the meat n potatoes kinda ppl out there. Wonderfully cooked meats from the rotisserie make their way to your table. I especially like the top sirloin and the chicken. Just so juicy, moist, and flavourful. The items from the salad bar are delicious as well, as are the stews that you help yourself to. Can't beat the value of the "rodizio". A unique and awesome eatery.

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Prospect Point Cafe in Stanley Park5601 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Not impressed at all....
Submitted Friday, August 4, 2006 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

This is one of the biggest rip-offs I can think of. Whatever beautiful view you get with your meal doesn't make up for the atrocious food. I had a chicken burger, which I expected to be a chicken breast, NOT a breaded enlarged McNugget. I had to say I expected a better burger from a place like this, but all you get is a plain white bun, a slather of mayo, a wheel of tomato and a couple leaves of lettuce, topped off by that horrible chicken patty. If you're in Stanley Park, its worthwhile to spend a few extra bucks and head to Sequoia Grill or the Fish house, for lunch anyway.

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Fortune House Seafood Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #2199A, Burnaby
There are better.....
Submitted Wednesday, August 2, 2006 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

Since I was visiting Metrotown, I decided to pop in for some dim sum. I would say the dishes here are quite average, nothing special. The biggest disappointment was a shrimp dumpling with pea shoots, the skin couldn't hold the filling. The wrapping skins on the dumplings are not top notch, as the skins either ripped or were too thick and doughy. None of the dishes stood out either, just the same old fare. I did have to admit i thoroughly enjoyed the 3 bean pudding for dessert. It was very nicely done and was not overly sweet. Service is typical of a busy dim sum restaurant, except everytime our tea pot was empty, it took a while for the pot to be refilled. A so so place for dim sum.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Good Everything, average food
Submitted Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

Perhaps my expectations were too high given that I was told this restaurant is magnificent. The view certainly doesn't get any better than this, and the service was simply terrific, although a tad slow. The food didn't amaze me at all though, it wasn't bad, but I certainly could've gotten the exact same quality, if not better, at a better price. The chicken panini wrap I had was greasy, there was a blob of grease left on the plate and I had to constantly wipe my fingers from holding the wrap, the decent taste was its only saving grace (cuz nothin is worse than greasy food that also tastes bad). My verdict: this place offers a wonderful dining experience, and definitely go if ur in the area. But from a purely food standpoint, there are much better out there.

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Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
Cool digs
Submitted Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

I had to try this place out after hearing so much about it, and I left quite satisfied. I was amazed at the place itself, the decor was wonderful and it was a great place to dine. I felt like I was eating in a fine dining establishment. Service was pretty good, the waitress was constantly wearing a smile. The most important part, the food, was quite enjoyable as well. I had a chicken souvlaki pita w/ a side salad and both were delectable. I was most impressed by the good quality of the salad greens, not a single bad leaf to be found. My friends also enjoyed their dishes as well, which were a ahi tuna salad, a club med sandwich and a beef dip. The food, service, and the wonderful look of this place makes dining here a pleasurable experience.

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Kari House Restaurant3900 Bayview Street, #130, Richmond
Not bad at all
Submitted Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I was in the area and wanted something new so I decided to give this place a try. Upon arrival, me and my friend were greeted by a friendly lady (who owns the place, i think), and provided quality service throughout. We each opted for one of the lunch specials for $7, I had the chicken satays w/ peanut sauce and my friend had a tom yam chicken stir fry. Both came w/ soup, salad and rice. The food was quite tasty, though my satays were a little more oily than you'd expect for a skewer of chicken, it left a small pool of yellowish oil. The peanut sauce that accompanied it was flavorful but not overly seasoned. The stir fry was obviously meant to be eaten w/ the rice since it is a bit salty on its own. The salad was nice and refreshing, and I thought the light dressing had a wonderful balance of sweet and sour w/ a nice citrus tang.

If you're in the neighbourhood and feel like malaysian cuisine, give this place a try.

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Gingeri Chinese Cuisine5300 No. 3 Road, 323, Richmond
Nice dim sum with a twist
Submitted Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 11:58am [Dine in]

I admit that I'm not huge on chinese cuisine, although dim sum is nice once in awhile. When I do go for some, Gingeri is usually my spot, they have nice creative dim sum that changes seasonally as well as the classic ones. This place is always packed though for lunch during the weekends, so make a reservation. Service is alright, nothing special, nothing bad. Overall, I would consider this one of my favourite dim sum places as they offer some tasty, healthy choices of the traditional chinese art.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Tacos Tacos
Submitted Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

This is where I come when I feel like Tex-Mex food. I love my Mexican fare and this place doesn't dissappoint. My favs here are w/o a doubt the tacos (w/ chicken or salmon, it doesn't matter). Nicely cooked meats topped off w/ a good handful of cheese, what's better than that? Personally, I like the refried beans instead of the black beans, although last time, the refried beans were a tad oversalted. They've got an awesome patio as well to enjoy the delicious food. Service varies from server to server, though generally, I find the waitresses to be slightly better than the waitors (could it be cuz i'm a guy?) But overall, I always feel like it's worth the trip from Richmond to satisfy my taco cravings.

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