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pkwokShaughnessy, VancouverSince March 12, 2005123 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Mr. Red Cafe2234 E Hastings, Vancouver
One of the best Vietnamese restaurants in town
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 12:00am [Dine in]

I purposely went to dine here because it was rated as one of the top new restaurants in town in Vancouver Magazine. I had the pho with rare beef. The soup base was excellent, very flavorful without tasting like MSG (I did not feel thirsty afterwards). The beef slices had more fat content than the ones elsewhere, which I really liked, because they did not taste "fatty" per se or oily but were very tender, the most tender I have had at any Vietnamese restaurant. I also had a chicken sandwich, and at $4.50, it was very reasonably priced. Very tasty, with fresh veggies inside, and a roll that was toasted to perfection.

The waitress was attentive without being intrusive. All in all, a very positive experience.

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Cactus Club Cafe1790 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
One of the better Cactus Club Cafe restaurants
Submitted Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

Many reviews have been written about various Cactus Club Cafe restaurants, so I will not repeat what has been said. In terms of food quality, this one is very much on par with the rest, consistently maintaining the Feenie-specified standards. Service, too, is up there with the best of them. What makes this one different are two things: (1) the setting -- by the beach, facing the beautiful sunset over English Bay, and (2) the upstairs, at least, being smaller, more intimate, and surprisingly non-noisy, despite the many hard surfaces of the decor. I and my friend had a most pleasant dinner, enjoying the food, the view, and most of all, easy conversation because of the relatively subdued noise level. The downstairs is bigger and has a bar in it, so it may be a little noisier. After dinner, take a stroll on the beach. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

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Wildebeest120 W Hastings, Vancouver
Great food in a very noisy setting
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

Since our server said the dishes at this restaurant was meant to be shared, I and my wife decided to order a few different dishes and share them. The first one was their farm egg, and it was great. The yoke was just about fully cooked but not quite (which is ideal but is very difficult to time for the chef), but how they managed to time the egg white perfectly half-cooked is beyond me. That was fantastic. I wish I could do that. There was risotto and other adornments that came with the egg. Not only was it beautifully presented, but it tasted great. For $4, it was well worth the money. Next came the bison carpaccio, and again, both presentation and flavor were fantastic. The flavors here (and this applies to all the dishes we had) are creative but at the same time do not seem "contrived" (i.e., seem natural). The pappardelle was al dente as it should be, the quail ragu was very soft but not mushy, and tasty. Then came the striploin steak (we would have gone for the ribeye but it would take too long -- 45 minutes). If you thought a steak was a steak, and a properly-cooked steak would be the same anywhere, you ought to try this. There was a gravy that came with it, and the flavor was not what I expected but was delicious nonetheless. The good thing about the gravy is that the steak would never dry out, and the portion was very generous. After that, we had no more room for dessert, so we did not order any.

The only downside (to us) is that the place was very noisy that evening. Even without the background music, the noise level was high, and it was hard to carry out a conversation. This is why I gave only 3 stars to the ambiance. I would highly recommend this restaurant to people who don't mind the high noise level.

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Sura Korean Cuisine1518 Robson St., Vancouver
Great food and incredible value for money
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2015 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice, and once at their Richmond sister restaurant. I must admit that, each time, I only had their $15 set lunch menu, but you really need not consider anything else, because for $15, they give you so much food that you cannot possibly finish it all, and every single dish is very delicious. What else need I say?

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Absolutely wonderful in every way
Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

Somehow, I had not been to this restaurant for a number of years, despite having very good experience previously. Recently, a friend invited me to dine here again, so I was very much looking forward to it. Despite the high expectations, this restaurant gave me a wonderful experience in every way. Every dish, from appetizers to main courses and desserts for all the dinner participants were outstanding. Service was attentive and just right. The decor seemed much the same as I remembered it but did not look old at all and provided a nice ambiance for the dinner. It was a most enjoyable meal for all, and I will definitely return before long.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Excellent food in a beautiful setting
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

My previous visit to this restaurant, before my most recent visit a few days ago, was many years ago. At that time, the food was OK but not great, which was the reason I had not gone back for quite a while. However, recently, I heard a lot of good comments about this restaurant from foodie friends of mine, so I decided to give it another try, especially with the very enticing $28 Dine Out Vancouver menu.

I and my wife went for the DOV menu, but each picked different appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Everything was delicious, beautifully presented, and portions were normal (unlike with some other restaurants where the portions were noticeably smaller with the DOV menu). I could tell that the cooking was quite different from that of my previous visit many years ago, so probably the kitchen staff had changed in the interim. The decor of the place also seemed different, and I later learned from the waiter that they had indeed changed the tables and chairs just within the last year or so. I think, other than that, the place may well have been renovated since my previous visit. Service was excellent, and we got seated at a table by the window, with a fabulous harbor view. The way the restaurant is set up, most tables can enjoy very good views.

DOV is over now, so the menu is no longer available, but I am curious to try the many appetizing dishes on their regular menu.

Free parking is an added bonus. I will definitely return.

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Pho Don2838 East Hastings Street, Unit 109, Vancouver
The best Vietnamese restaurant I have been to
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

I was passing by and was attracted by the nice decor of the restaurant seen from the street through it's large glass windows. In terms of decor, this place has to be the nicest among Vietnamese restaurants I have been to, with stones on the walls, slate-looking floor tiles, and a warm ambiance, tastefully lit by modern lighting, and enhanced by real plants and real-looking fake plants. The interior design reminds me of 4- or 5-star restaurants one would find at a ski resort. The food was outstanding - best pho I have tasted, with a very fresh looking and tasting soup base, noodles perfectly cooked to al dente, and the beef tender and tasty even though it had become well done by being soaked in the steaming hot soup for so long because I was taking my time eating the appetizer spring rolls. And those spring rolls were fresh off the deep fryer, the hotest I had ever encountered, crispy on the outside yet juicy on the inside. Service was attentive and courteous. Overall, the best Vietnamese cuisine experience in my life.

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Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
I had a great experience
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2015 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

It was years ago when I last dined here. Not that I did not have a good experience that previous time, but just that this is not a neighbourhood I pass by much in my running of errands around town. This time, I went for lunch there with two others. Their prix fixe lunch menu contained quite a number of good choices, so I went for that (2 courses for $23). The appetizer seafood salad was of a very decent portion, and everything was fresh and tasty. The seared steelhead as main course was excellently done, with the skin crispy yet the meat medium well (which is the way I like it). The other guests had just one a la carte dish each, both seafood, and both were very well prepared and presented. Service was very good, and the place was bright with nice decor. I will return.

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Moma Contemporary Bistro8580 Cambie Road, #104, Richmond
Great for foodies
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

This place has been opened for quite some time, but I am surprised that there is no review here. However, the good reviews it has received elsewhere tempted me to give it a try. I went with four others, and we ordered a variety of dishes to share. Every single dish was delicious, with the grilled octopus, sable fish, and port belly being particularly outstanding. At first, looking at the prices on the menu, I thought portions would be very small, but they were not. All dishes were of decent portion, presentation was beautiful, the ingredients were very fresh, and the cooking creative. Service was good, considering that one waitress seemed very new and was not familiar with the dishes on the menu, but her attitude was excellent. The decor of the place was modern yet simple, so the ambiance was average, but we went there for the food, and we were absolutely delighted to have our tastebuds satisfied to the fullest.

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Siena1485 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
We did not have a good experience this time around
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 2:27am [Dine in]

I and my family and friends had been to Siena several times in the past, and had always had a good experience, but this time was different. Among 5 dishes ordered, 3 were substandard, with 2 of the 3 being outright rejects. The leek and potato soup was incredibly spicy, even for my wife who loves spicy food, and was only lukewarm when served. It was simply unacceptable. The pan-seared Arctic Char was like seared ahi tuna - completely raw inside, with only the outside slightly seared. When we questioned the server, we were told that it was supposed to be medium rare, and even she admitted that what we got was too raw. She offered to replace it. The replacement ended up being well done, but by then, we had tired of complaining. At least it wasn't raw. The risotto was soft and mushy, like a paste, as far from al dente as you can possibly imagine, but at least the flavor was fine, so we did not reject it. The only acceptable dishes were the two salads (one being the replacement for the soup), something that did not require any cooking, and the chocolate cake dessert. However, at $12, my arugula salad was very small in portion and very simple in composition. It did not seem good value for money. The same can be said for the salad my wife got as a replacement for the soup. The restaurant apologized (but only at the end, upon presentation of the bill), saying that the chef had put way too much pepper into the soup (how is that much overage possible?) and gave us a 15% discount to the overall bill.

Thinking back, the previous few times when we had good experiences, the restaurant was quite empty, whereas, on this most recent visit, it was completely packed due to its being the pre-Christmas season. Perhaps the kitchen could not cope with such a volume of business?

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
Not worth the money
Submitted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Given the lukewarm reviews here, I am surprised that this place is still in business. Anyway, I and a friend went there for lunch because it happened to be close by, and I was also intrigued by the rave reviews its washrooms (yes, washrooms) have received.

The decor is very nice, and the washroom is really worth a visit. Service was excellent, and the menu looks very attractive. I had the Prime Rib Yorkies for appetizer. It is really 3 small buns with prime rib meat in the middle. Taste is excellent, and the portion is huge for an appetizer, but the beef is overcooked (I wonder if it is the leftover beef from their prime rib roast the previous evening).

Main course was the Halibut, and it was fine in terms of portion and taste.

I was intrigued by the name of their cheesecake dessert - called "9 Hour Cheesecake". The waiter explained that they baked it for 8 hours then let it cool for 1 hour, hence the name. He also gave an interesting description of the crust, which I have forgotten now, but which made me want to try it, so I ordered it. I found the texture overly thick, and the taste just average.

While there was nothing particularly bad in terms of the overall experience, at the prices they want, this place is too expensive to be worth it. I don't think I'll be back.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
A little forgotten gem in town, well worth the money
Submitted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:59am [Dine in]

With all the new restaurants that have opened in town in the past 10 years, this place seems to have been a bit forgotten, but it has held its standards all through this time. A few years ago, their prix fixe lunch portions were very small, and that deterred some people, but they have learned from their mistake, and now, the prix fixe lunch portions are BIG. At $29, that's unbeatable value.

I went there on several occasions recently. Every time, the food was 5-star in standard. Service, too, was attentive but non-obstructing. Best of all, the place is quiet (unlike many other restaurants), so you could carry out a conversation comfortably. Very nice decor, up-to-date, warm, and cozy. And to top it off, you get free valet parking whether you go for lunch or for dinner.

This is one of the best restaurants in town. I'll go back without hesitation.

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Farmer's Apprentice, The1535 West 6th Ave, Vancouver
One of the better new eateries in town
Submitted Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 12:04am [Dine in]

This is a noisy bistro, but the food is both creative (in flavour and in presentation) and delicious. At their prices, the dishes are reasonable value for money. Everything we tried, from appetizers to mains, is outstanding. Seating is cramped, and tables are small, but the plates are also small and meant for sharing, so that's fine. The wine selection is OK but not great. Service is excellent. I will return.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Best sashimi in town
Submitted Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

I have been curious about this restaurant for a while, seeing that there is a line-up outside almost every evening. Finally, I found an opportunity to go.

The sashimi and sushi are the freshest in town, and at very reasonable prices, which probably is the main reason for the long line-up. Go there and have nothing but raw fish, and you will be a very happy person.

The hot food is not bad, just not outstanding like the raw fish is. Seating is cramped, and you have to be prepared to share the table with people you don't know. Service is slightly substandard, primarily because the waitresses are so ultra-busy, but their attitude is fine.

The restaurant doesn't take reservations. They don't have to, given the long line-up every evening. Go there early to avoid a long wait.

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L'Abattoir217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
"Interesting", but not memorable
Submitted Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

I and my wife came here because of this restaurant won silver in Best Casual Dining in Vancouver Magazine, and we were disappointed.

Not that anything was particularly bad, but at the prices they charge ($16 or so for appetizers, and $30 to $40 for mains), the food should be memorable, and it was not.

We just ate there an hour ago, and by now, I have already forgotten what I and my wife had for appetizers, so forgettable were the dishes. One main course was roasted squab, and the other was pork shoulder cooked in milk. We shared the poached pear dessert.

I can describe all the dishes the same way -- flavours were unusual, in that you won't get these flavours anywhere else, but none was particularly delicious, and everything was quite forgettable. the presentations followed the same vein -- interesting appearance, but not particularly appetizing.

The place, however, was architecturally interesting (but you go there for the food, not for the architecture), and service was top notch. Our server was never intrusive, but somehow magically appeared at the right time all the time, just when we needed service, without our having to seek her out or wave her down.

The wine selection was also interesting, and the glass of Poplar Grove Viognier I had was delicious. At $14, that's pretty much what you would expect at other restaurants.

I don't think we'll be returning.

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Maruwa Sushi Japanese Restaurant11300 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Some of the best Japanese food in town
Submitted Friday, November 22, 2013 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here several times with different groups of people over the last few years. Every time, the food was incredible. Even if you order something "ordinary" like California roll, it tastes better here than at other Japanese restaurants. One of the reasons, perhaps the primary one, is that the food is very fresh. They have a board by the bar counter with daily specials written on it. These are must tries. I have never been disappointed with any one dish from that board, and the these specials are usually very creative, both in cooking and in presentation. The price is not cheap, but well worth the money. The latest time I went there, the (I suppose) husband and wife team handled everything in the whole restaurant, with no other help, which initially concerned me a bit. The service suffered somewhat because she was so overburdened trying to juggle so many things among the different tables, but he was incredible. He was constantly dashing between the sushi bar and the inside kitchen, in charge of both cooking the hot food and preparing the sushi and sashimi, yet every dish came out perfect and delicious.

If you don't mind the slightly cramped space and the slightly slow service, just tasting the food is worth a trip to this restaurant.

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Red Star Seafood Restaurant8181 Cambie Rd, #2200, Richmond
My new Richmond favourite
Submitted Monday, November 4, 2013 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

I hesitated in going to this restaurant for some time, because during its early days, I heard from friends that its food quality was not as good as that of its sister restaurant in Vancouver. However, these days, it is offering a special promotional set menu with snow crab that is very attractive, so I and my family took the plunge.

It was a very pleasant surprise. Not only was the set menu incredible value for money (the entire menu cost less than what just the snow crab might cost elsewhere), but every dish was delicious and perfectly cooked. Service was top-notch, as the waiter kept changing our plates every now and then to clear them of bones and crab shells.

Another outstanding feature of the restaurant is that seating is non-congested (unlike most other Chinese restaurants), and, combined with its high ceiling, the noise level is many decibels lower than at a typical Chinese restaurant. It makes for a very pleasant dining experience.

Highly recommended.

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Jeong Ga Nae2922 Glen Drive, #107, Coquitlam
A pleasant surprise
Submitted Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

Four of us were planning to go to another restaurant in the same mall, but it was full, so we decided to chance it with this Korean restaurant which we knew nothing about. This place appears to be run by a Korean family, and the food was delicious. The cold noodle was surprisingly tasty, and the BBQ beef ribs were tender, juicy, and delicious. The pork soup, too, was very tasty, and the seafood egg pancake was not greasy like in some other Korean restaurants. In fact, everything was most satisfactory, and prices were very reasonable. Overall, a very good deal, and the service was quick and attentive. Highly recommended.

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Hapa Izakaya1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
One of the finest Izkzyas in town
Submitted Monday, August 12, 2013 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

We ate at their Robson Street restaurant some years ago and had excellent memory of it, but circumstances somehow did not allow for a repeat visit for a long time. When the occasion arose, we decided to try their newer location in Yaletown.

The place was noisy, as is expected of Izakays, and that really is part of the intended atmosphere. Dishes were all delicious, beautifully presented, and reasonably priced for what you get (which means not cheap, especially given the prime Yaletown location). The decor is contemporary, and there is comfortable space in between tables. Service was excellent, with very responsive waitresses. All in all, we and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the dinner.

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Koon Bo Restaurant5682 Fraser Street, Vancouver
You go here for their food, not for the decor or ambiance
Submitted Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

If you, like me, don't care much about the ambiance or decor and only want great food, this is the place.

I have been here many many times, and the experience is always the same -- great food, especially their house specialties, but don't expect much of anything else.

Having read the previous reviews, you know their house specialties -- hand-pulled chicken salad, roast squab, BBQ duck, fish done two ways (soup and pan fried fish meat), baked tapioca pudding, etc. It seems like every table has these same dishes, and their food quality is very consistent through many years -- these dishes always taste the same at every visit, with no unpleasant surprises.

The place has close to zero decor, is jam packed every time I go there (with line-up outside), with tables placed as close to each other as possible, leaving little room for people to walk in between tables. Service is, well, what do you expect at a place like this? They will deliver the food to you, give you the plates/bowls you need, do all the standard stuff that is necessary, and that's it.

But the food -- that's what we keep going there time and again for. There aren't many other Chinese restaurants in town that can match what it does to your taste buds.

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