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PicaRichmondSince October 9, 200716 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Siena1485 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Solid Restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 9:27am [Dine in]

Just been to Siena last night.

This is a restaurant that has apparently opened for just a week. Considering the fact that this restaurant is still so new, I was happy with the quality of the food. Service was amazing, our server could not be any more attentive.

Food: we've had the arancini (risotto was very flavorful), free range chicken breast (tasty but not exactly chicken breast...more like chicken legs with back attached), polenta fries (different, but not exactly my thing), and chicken risotto. The risotto with chicken, mascarpone, basil, lemon was the biggest disappointment as the amount of lemon was very overpowering (probably had too much in there?) and the risotto was sour and very runny. The runny texture caught me off guard. It's also not as flavorful as I wanted it to be (just kind of like rice in cream with salt). If it'd had mushroom or an old cheese in the risotto it can be more flavorful IMO.

Having said that, this restaurant is only a week old...and everything else was really good esp the arancini. So I don't think I can complain too much and should give them time!

Besides, entrees at ~ $20 in South Granville...can't really beat that!

All in all a solid effort already. I'll be back to see if their risotto gets any better once this becomes a well oiled machine.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Ultra slow & rude service, food either too sweet or bland
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 12:03pm [Dine in]

I loved the Gastropod restaurant that was the predecessor of Maenam (and run by the same chef Angus An). Eager to try Maenam for awhile now, we went there last nite.

What a disappointment!

We ordered 1) hot & sour chicken soup w/ chanterelle 2) fraser valley duck red curry and 3) mussaman beef curry and 4) rice. Before even finishing our order, my server rudely interrupted me and said "we highly recommend you to order rice with the curry". I'm asian, why would a white girl want to remind me that simple fact that we should order rice with curry??

It took 1/2 hour for the soup to come. My guy was famished by then, it was already 8:30pm and we have no food on our table. The soup turned out to be very, very sour - and I normally like sourness. It also lacks the coconut milk-based texture of a common tom ka gai soup, this is a broth. The sourness took away all other taste in the soup and started to tapdance and kill my empty stomach.

Another 45 mins passed by before our entrees came. I tried to get my server's attention, but none of them pay attention to the diners, they just like to talk to one another.

The curries came. The fraser valley duck curry was flavorful but there were few pieces of duck in there. The mussaman beef curry has a very, very sweet taste - again, overpowering all other flavors of the dish. What's pathetic though is the beef pieces were not marinaded at all, it's completely bland...so you bite into a piece of bland beef chuck that is smothered in overly sweet curry. It was quite disgusting.

2 hours and $65 bill later, I honestly wished I'd gone next door to Refuel instead!
Will never go back!

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
Nice service, high quality lunch
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 1:35am [Dine in]

Visited Paul's Place after a coworker raved about it. We went to Paul's Place for lunch on a weekday, and I loved the modern-but-not-pretentious decor. Ordered the corned beef hash and it was nicely done - topped with melting cheese and mixed with diced tomatoes, bacon, and caramelized onion. Our coffee cups were never empty, our attentive waitress just kept refilling it with hot coffee! Food came very quickly and we made it back to the office within an hour. I'm a big brunch person and had been to most significant brunch spots in Vancouver, and Paul's Place stands out as one of the bests along with Abigail's Party and Jethro's.

Highly recommended!

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Very salty food, risotto not cooked fully - and they urge you to leave! Poor & pretentious services.
Submitted Friday, June 18, 2010 - 4:18am [Dine in]

We went to La Quercia’s for my best friend’s birthday dinner. This is the second time I’ve been there.

As soon as we were seated, we were “reminded” by our waitress that we were 15 mins late to our reservation and that we only have the rest of our 1 hr 45 min reservation window to complete the dinner.

As we talked with the waitress about getting the 5-course sampling menu and whether we can add a risotto to it, she (again) mentioned that because we were late, we cannot even order the risotto with the sampling menu because there’s not enough time. We were very perplexed as they emphasized how flexible this sampling menu is, but the option of substituting the risotto in lieu of one of the pastas in the sampling menu was not suggested to us. We were the ones who asked if we can do a substitution – and it was not cheap, we had to lose one of our pastas in the sampling menu PLUS add an additional $7 per person for the risotto.

When the risotto came, it was extremely salty and the rice was not even fully cooked yet! We told our waitress about this – she did not apologize at all, just said “I’ll let the chef know”.

The next dish came – a veal with morel mushrooms – and it was, again, very salty. The veal was also a little on the tough side. We were not pleased.

After finishing our dessert, the waiter came over and reiterated that we were late to our reservation, we are way past our reservation time and people are waiting. Again, we were perplexed as nobody was waiting at the door – we were prepared to leave if we see people waiting – I’m assuming the people eating and drinking happily at the bar are the ones he was referring to? The waiter was quite rude in talking to us.

The restaurant is VERY crowded and loud – it’s difficult to even talk inside the restaurant! Not recommended if you want a decent conversation with a group.

All in all, I’ll NEVER go back again. It’s not worth the attitude – I can go to Trafalgar Bistro and have a decent risotto in a comfortable environment without being constantly reminded that I have to leave.

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent food & service, pretty good value
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 12:53am [Dine in]

Finally decided to try Cru tonight after reading some consistent favorable comments about this restaurant.

Cru did not disappoint. We ordered a duck confit, fries, and lamb chop and bypassed the $42 fix price 3-course menu (which was a pretty decent deal with great selection of the 3 courses). The duck confit was EXCELLENT - perfectly cured, crispy on the outside, meltingly juicy & tender on the inside. It was perfectly cooked - part of the leg even felt off from the joint when it was gently pulled. The fries was excellent as well, very crispy, thinly cut with a tasty dijon mayonnaise. The lamb chop was a little rare of my taste, but it tasted good.

Service at Cru was excellent as well. The servers were friendly, informative, and very courteous.

I can't wait to go back!

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Kentizen Fusion Lounge88 W Pender Street, #2029, Vancouver
AYCE buffet - great price, ok quality
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 12:48am [Dine in]

Read through some of the previous reviews and kind of agree about the fact that there's nothing too "fusion" about this place other than a fusion of chinese fast food & japanese AYCE.

Having said that, Kentizen's lunch AYCE buffet is only $10 per head - and they have unlimited sashimi (salmon & tuna), rolls, and other cooked items (fried noodles, gyoza, even shish-kabobs). The price of $10 per head is merely $2 more than if I go to Pacific Centre and buy fast food there, but I can actually sit at Kentizen in a ballroom like setting and have a decent conversation with my lunch buddies.

All in all, I'd recommend this restaurant for its value. People who go to Kentizen should lower their expectation of the food here - yes, it's not great japanese food, but at $10 in downtown for a buffet lunch with sashimi, the food is reasonable & reasonable relative to the price. People looking for a full meal should definitely go.

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Benny's Bagels2505 W Broadway, Vancouver
Always long waits; dirty tables
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 3:44am [Dine in]

The coffee? It's acceptably good but NOT top notch. Cuppa Joe and Cafe Artigiano (and even Starbucks) are much better.

The service? LONG waits. And I mean LONG, ~ 10 mins for a bagel. There's a lack of cashiers, and once they take your order, they still need to make it in the kitchen (i.e. more like a restuarant than a cafe). All the tables are littered with dirty plates and garbage - none of the tables are bused. The chairs have tons of dirt and are weathered. This cafe's environment is NOT for the germophobe! I can't imagine how that kitchen looks like when the dining area is like this.

The bagels? Yeah, they are not bad. But are they exceptional enough to worth the wait and the service? Definitely not. They are not even exceptional - Noah's bagels in the States are MUCH better! The prices are not particularly great either. $6 - $7 for a breakfast bagel and there's a wait? I'd rather go to a real restaurant!

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Osaka Teppanyaki1788 W Broadway, #103, Vancouver
Average Teppanyaki
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 1:00am [Dine in]

Just visited Osaka tonight for dinner. I was craving good teppanyaki steak sauce - like those from the legendary Japanese Village restaurant in Victoria BC.

Food from Osaka was ok. We had a seafood combo dinner and a steak + chicken combo dinner. The "show" by the chef wasn't has dazzling as the ones at Kobe Steak House - but Osaka's prices are much cheaper than Kobe's too!

All in all, the sauces (both the seafood sauce & the steak sauce) were not particularly good. It was no match against the famous steak sauce from Japanese Village, but not foul tasting either. Food was ok, nothing spectacular, nothing to complain about either.

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Swans Brewpub506 Pandora Ave., Victoria
Horrible food & service. Going downhill FAST
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:36am [Dine in]

This place used to be famous for their fries (crispy & full of potato flavour) and they brew their own root beer, which has a distinctive minty taste. When I visited Victoria a couple of weeks ago, I went back deliberately because this was one of my hang out spots when I lived in Victoria.

Little did I know that their food is SOOO bad now. We order a chicken dish - $16 and there was only 1 small piece of chicken + a few side veggies. I can easily finish 2 dishes myself and wouldn't be full.

The fries was cold & soggy. The root beer tasted funny and was different from before - it now tastes like toothpaste.

Worst of all, the waitresses kept ignoring us! Our table wasn't even properly cleaned with dirt & leftover food all over the table, and none of the wait staff bothered to clean it for us. We waited 10 mins before successfully flagging down a server to take our order, and then waited an additional 30 mins for our food to come.

Wonder why this place is packed? Was it all for the live music?! I should've stuck it out at Il Terrazzo and waited that 30 mins for a table there instead for much better food & service even if it's a more expensive!

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Also Lounge & Restaurant4200 No 3 Road, 120, Richmond
Unprofessional staff & Small portions
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 3:02am [Dine in]

This place tries to be an upscale restaurant with the fancy decor, but all the money / effort was likely spent on the decor alone and nothing else.

The food was pricey considering the portions were TINY. I'm 104 lb asian female, and I can eat 2 entrees at this place in addition to appys + desserts, easy. That's how small the portions were.

The quality of the food, to be fair, was ok though. Nothing to complain about, but nothing exciting either!

The service was something to talk about. Upon presenting our entertainment coupon (and dressed in our workout gear), the servers REALLY looked down on us. Our server asked EVERY 5 MINUTES whether we want any alcoholic drinks and whether we need more appys - after her 4th attempt I have no choice but to tell her off politely. She really wanted us to max out on our spending in addition to using our buy 1 get 1 free coupon! The entrees took FOREVER to come - ~ 40 mins.

Worst all, our server stapled our coupon on our bill and didn't hand write "thank you" or other kind messages on the bill, but this (exact) cryptic message:
" You need to pay your server 15 - 20% OF THE ORIGINAL BILL'S VALUE". No thank you, no nothing, no "please", just a crass reminder as they think we would be rude enough not to tip adequately.

WILL NOT BE BACK! I can't believe this place can survive this long!

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Dozo Izakaya9020 Capstan Way, #120, Richmond
Dashed out as soon as I could!
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 2:52am [Dine in]

How bad was Dozo? Prices were quite steep, portions were small, menu variety was limited and was not impressive at all, and the quality of food was MEDIOCRE to say the least!

I came here for my birthday dinner. Nothing on the menu catches my eye so I ordered several appetizers and then headed out quickly! Ordering 3 appetizers came out to $25 - how could that be?

We ended up going to Ebisu in Richmond (No 3 & Ackroyd, where Chapters is) for my 2nd birthday dinner after our Dozo experience.

NOT RECOMMENDED! I wonder how long this place can last...

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Alleluia Cafe8131 Westminster Hwy., #188, Richmond
Good prices, FREE refills!
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 2:46am [Dine in]

Food - the food here is average Hong Kong cafe style food. Menu has a good variety, unlike some other HK restaurants (i.e. Bouhemia Restaurant on Granville Rd & St Albans). The food comes fast!

Prices are REALLY good, esp if you order before 5:30pm and after 9:00pm. That's when you can order those Mini-sets that are ~ $5 - $7 each. Portions are definitely NOT mini and is adequate as a dinner for an adult.

Wondering why this place always has a line-up? Well, when HK cafes charge extra $ for cold drinks, this place does NOT charge you extra if you want a drink to be cold AND YOU GET 1 FREE REFILL if you order a mini-set!

Considering the quality of food is ok, prices are good, the ambience is clean and the drinks are refillable, this is highly recommended!

Just don't expect good services though - the food will arrive within a minute or two but like other typical HK (or Asian) cafes, its people are polite but not ultra-friendly.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Reasonably priced GOOD sushi!
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 2:05am [Dine in]

The prices at Shiro are very reasonable. When I was there a couple of weeks ago there was a notice to customers saying they will increase their prices slightly in the future.

But all in all, a sushi appetizer (1 pc each of tuna, sockeye salmon, cooked prawn sushi + 1 tuna sushi roll = 9 pieces in total) was merely $5.5 for the longest time. They only use sockeye salmon, noneo f that farmed salmon that are carcinogenic are served here. Their real crab rolls are also excellent. Wasabi is fresh - none of that cheap wasabi made strictly from powder. They use fresh udons, which are very tangy and tasty, in their soups. The soup stock was tasty and flavourful without MSG!

This place is run by japanese chef - none of that non-authentic sushi with lots of rice here! Highly recommended!

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Perfect for a get-together with coworkers!
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 1:53am [Dine in]

The food here is good. Nothing spectacular of course, but they are tasty for AYCE standards. My coworkers and I came here for a dinner one time. There are several private rooms available for bigger parties, and we had a blast grilling away and eating! I think the setting for a get-together is perfect b/c there's a privacy of a room and people are busy grilling stuff as we yak away.

Variety of food is solid, sushi's quality is acceptable for AYCE at ~ $21 each.

Overall, I was really happy with my experience! Reservations HIGHLY recommended.

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Nat's New York Pizzeria2684 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Mediocre pizza
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 1:47am [Dine in]

Just returned from New York and I'm craving NY style pizza already, so I went to Nat's to try and see if they do indeed offer authentic NY style pizza. The crust was thin, yes, but the quality cannot be compared to those in NY! The crust was chewy & dry (hurted my jaw just from chewing it) and the amount of cheese on the pizza was only normal, and not overloaded like the ones in NY. Pizza sauce used was average as well.

All in all, nothing spectacular but not terrible either. Just don't get your expectations up too high!

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Hanako Japanese Restaurant15135 101 Avenue, #205, Surrey
Best Japanese Food in Greater Van - Guaranteed from a picky eater!
Submitted Monday, October 8, 2007 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

This places serves the BEST japanese food - ever - and this is from a Jap cuisine veteran who eats sushi 3 times a week at various places (i.e. Shijo & Shiro in Van, Guu...etc).

The sushi is simply incredible. The owner/chef even checks and smells the fish before he cuts them up to ensure they are fresh enough.

All the raw fish here is exceptionally fresh, with reasonable prices considering its quality. They have lots of exotic / rare fish available for sashimi as well.

The uni sushi - which is only available in season b/c the owner told me they don't taste as good frozen when they were made available during off-season - is so fresh, so sweet, it's unbelievable! The owner plucks pieces of uni meat from whole, FRESH UNI to make the sushis!

No rice overload here - the owner wouldn't want to stuff you w/ rice.

My favorite items - 1) crab salad (made with real crab meat) $12.95 i think

2) toro sushi - unbelievably fatty and fresh, request them torched to have their surfaces slightly torched w/ a sprinkle of lemon juice $1.75 each

3) spicy tuna roll $3.95 or spicy tuna don ($12.95). They make their own spicy sauce - none of that vietnamese chili sauce from a plastic container. The hot sauces has a sesame after taste to it - simply incredible!

No, I don't own the place nor do I work there...but this place is so good it's addictive! I know people who long to drive all the way from the PNE area to come here.

Restaurant is closed on Mondays and open for lunch + dinner from Tues - Sun.

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