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pkwokShaughnessy, VancouverSince March 12, 2005123 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
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Kurumba Restaurant3003 St. Johns Street, #107, Port Moody
Good food and service but the place was rather empty
Submitted Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

Having read some of the past reviews, I think I have to consider myself lucky. I and some friends went there for a late lunch last Saturday. When we arrived, there was only one table of guests in the entire restaurant, and they finished their meal and left halfway through our meal. Perhaps the waitress only effectively had to serve our table, service was decent. We had curry from 3 different countries, and they were all good. My friends ordered when I went to the washroom and didn't know that I couldn't take spice, so when I returned, I ordered a non-spicy Chinese dish, and it, too, was very good, although the chicken soup with corn that came with that Chinese dish was a bit on the salty side. The decor was nothing outstanding but the place was clean and neat. Given the prices they charge, I thought we received very good value for money.

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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Still the best in town after all these years
Submitted Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

When you see all the awards this restaurant and its head chef have received, I really need not write too much here. This restaurant has been my absolute favourite for years, and it seems to get better and better. Every time I go, I get a pleasant surprise in how they keep creating new dishes that I have never heard of or tasted anywhere else but tastes absolutely fantastic. This time, three of us went for dinner, and had a variety of appetizers, including seared scallops, artichoke soup, and crab meat salad. The flavours were beyond description, everything came out fresh and hot, and really tickled our tastebuds. The main dishes were equally awesome, from pasta with texture and flavours that no other restaurant could come close to, to incredibly tender and flavoured veal, cooked to perfection. Dining experience just doesn't get better than this. Expensive, but well worth the money.

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Rim Rock Cafe And Oyster Bar2117 Whistler Rd., Whistler
Best food in Whistler
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

We always like to try out different restaurants when going to Whistler, and after attempting for 10 years, we finally managed to book a table at Rim Rock Cafe this time.

Four of us dined there. The decor is rustic and a bit old fashioned, and lighting is dim, but we went there for the food, and it sure was our best experience ever among restaurants in Whistler. Every dish was spectacularly good, and the sticky toffee pudding, in particular, was unbelievable and unforgettable.

Service was excellent, and there was a very good wine list, with very interesting wines available by not just 5 oz. regular glasses, but also 1 oz. taster glasses.

No wonder this place is full all the time. When we left at around 8:15 pm, there were still people waiting for a table at the entrance.

I can't recommended this highly enough.

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Edgewater Lodge8841 Highway 99, Whistler
A Whistler gem
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2013 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is somewhat away from it all, but that's where its charm is, being secluded and by the lakefront, with spectacular views from its windows.

The food was outstanding -- venison loin, bouillabaise, even something that seems ordinary like roast chicken or a simple salad. Even the bread was delicious, as was the oil and balsamic reduction for dipping the bread into. Great service, good ambiance. You can't go wrong with this place. Highly recommended.

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Aura Restaurant2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler
Could have been better
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2013 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

6 of us ate here in the evening, which means we didn't get to enjoy the wonderful lake view because it was all dark outside, but we had been in this hotel before in the daytime, and the daytime view could indeed contribute a lot to the experience, but this restaurant is open only for dinner, and in the winter, it is always all dark by then. Still, given the decor and the lighting, the ambiance in the evening was outstanding. Our complaint mostly involve the food. In terms of flavour, some dishes were outstanding (such as the bison, raviolo, and pork belly), some others were OK, and a few were less-than-OK, which should not be the case given the prices they charge. The less-than-OK dishes include the potato soup, which was spectacular in presentation, but completely bland in flavour. Worse still, it was lukewarm only, almost just room temperature. Similarly, several other dishes (but not all) were also lukewarm. This is a big no-no to me and is something the kitchen could easily improve on. Another dish that disappointed was the Tiramisu. There was nothing wrong with the flavour other than that it was slightly on the bland side (again), but its problem was that it was extremely thick and overly rich, and I felt like eating a thick cream. One mouthful and I was almost coming down with indigestion.

Given the pedigree of the chef, I had expected better. Hopefully, things will improve with time.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
One of the best pizza places in town
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

I qualified the title by writing "one of the best" instead of "the best" merely because I haven't tried all the pizza places in town, but the pizzas here are the best I have so far had. Four of us went there, and we ordered different pizzas so we could share. Every one was delicious, and the thin crust was crunchy.

The Antipasto Misto appetizer was absolutely awesome -- the freshest ingredients, beautifully presented, and yummy!

The people at the next table ordered some kind of salad, and it, too, looked amazing.

I will return, for sure.

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Go Fish1521 West Broadway, Vancouver
It was better when it was BIN 942
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

I have been a fan of the original Go Fish by the side of Granville Island for many years, so when this new place opened, I decided to give it a try.

I had the salmon sandwich, which, at the original location, was always outstanding no matter what other ingredients and sauces they put in it. However, this time, it was quite bland tasting, and the salmon was a bit overcooked so that it was slightly dry. This sandwich was definitely non-memorable.

Also, halfway through the meal, I started to miss the fresh air and the carefree setting of the original location. It just doesn't feel right sitting in an indoor, very 'urban' setting eating this kind of casual seafood.

Perhaps because I went at an off hour (around 3 pm), the place was almost empty, but at the original location, whatever time you go, it is always busy.

I think the owner should have stuck to the original BIN 942 concept. They are probably not doing as much business here as they were before, when it was BIN 942.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
One of the best in Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

I was there at a 'corporate event', at which my banker entertained a bunch of clients, and we had a private dining room next door to the main restaurant. This may account for the incredible service we got, but this is not to say that the service at the main restaurant is less good -- I simply don't know because I have not eaten there.

We had a multi-course dinner, and guests had choices for the courses. Suffice it to say that every dish was outstanding, and my fellow diners, including those who had different dishes from what I had, were similarly impressed. From the name of the restaurant, I thought they only specialized in seafood, but they had meat dishes as well, and those were equally outstanding.

I shall return for sure.

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La Regalade2232 Marine Dr, #103, West Vancouver
Not a good experience this time around
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

The first time I ate here was many years ago, not long after they opened, and I had a very good experience then, except that the food was a bit on the "rich" side (too much butter in the sauce). I had the rabbit then. I hadn't returned until now not because the previous experience was bad, but because this place is far from where I live and where I have my normal activities.

This time, I started with the 'ceasar salad with bacon', which is on their Today's Specials blackboard. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but generally, when I eat out, I expect to get food that either I can't cook myself (or can't cook as well), or is too troublesome to cook. What, you may ask, is it about a ceasar salad that you can't easily make at home? The answer: the dressing. Unfortunately, this time, I was really disappointed with their ceasar salad. There was so little dressing that most of the salad was dry, and whatever dressing there was was so bland in flavour that I really couldn't remember anything about the taste afterwards. The romaine was not the freshest and not as crispy as I get at many other restaurants. So, some romaine, some thin slices of cheese, one strip of bacon, and a bread stick. That's it. That's something I can easily slap together at home in no time. Maybe it was my mistake to go for the ceasar salad, but I was really expecting something not so run of the mill.

Next was the main course, and I chose the lamb chops. To give them credit, the dish looked great and the lamb was very nicely cooked, tender and juicy. However, this time, the opposite to the ceasar salad happened. The flavours were too strong, too salty, and just completely overwhelming. The side vegetables also had a very overpowering flavour, something spicy that caused me to sweat all over my scalp.

After that, I wouldn't dare go for the dessert.

Maybe I should have had the rabbit instead, and maybe I was just unlucky this time around. The place was almost full by the time I left, so obviously there are many other customers who appreciate their food.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
A gem in Chinatown
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

Who would have guessed that such a nice Italian restaurant has sprung up in Chinatown (or at the fringe of it)? I had lunch there with my wife just now. The appetizers were very creative and very tasty. We had two different pasta dishes for our main course, and both were yummy, cooked just right (al dente). We saw that some of the people at the neighbouring tables ordered pizza, and all the pizzas looked great (at a very decent size), so I presume that they tasted great as well. The price is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The only slight negative was that bread did not come free, and they charged $1.50 or $2 for 'a side of bread', which consisted of 4 small thin slices of freshly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil. There weren't too many people there, so the place was nice and quiet, but considering the hard surfaces everywhere, it may get noisy in the evening. But then, Italian restaurants are always noisy anyways. If you haven't been here, you really should try it out.

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
This restaurant seems to have turned a corner, finally
Submitted Friday, April 27, 2012 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here quite a few times since they opened in early 2009. This restaurant has certainly gone through its ups and downs since. In the early days, it was mostly up, and the place was jam packed all the time. Then, around mid- to late 2010, things started to fall apart, as you can see from the reviews posted from that time up till late 2011, and customers started to desert the place. I don't disagree with those negative reviews, as I, too, was disappointed with the food when eating there during that period. Lately, they seem to have found their grooves again. I just had a wonderful lunch there with a friend. They had tightened their menu, got rid of the unpopular dishes, and re-focused on what the kitchen staff can do best. The price has also dropped from $32 to a more reasonable $29 for the prix fixe (which most customers go for), and in addition, they offer an a la carte menu if you don't mind paying more. Everything we had was top notch in flavour, and the portions were decent. I see that customers have largely returned, as the restaurant was almost full during the lunch period when we were there.

It is time to give this place another chance. Do go and try it out.

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Cactus Club Cafe5500 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Getting better all the time
Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

Over my last 3 visits in the last 2 years, every visit has given me a better impression of this place. Rob Feenie is definitely making an impact here. The food is incredible. Not just the "RF" designated items (which used to be the case a few years ago), but everything is good now. Prices are not cheap, but considering that you often pay more at "5 star restaurants" without getting food this tasty, I think the value is outstanding. Portions are decent, and ingredients are always very fresh. The service can't be compared to those "5 star" places, but is what you would expect at an affordable fine dining establishment. I will return.

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Il Terrazzo555 Johnson St., Victoria
A little gem among touristy eateries in Victoria
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

There are a lot of restaurants in the immediate neighbourhood of this place, and most are catered to tourists, which means so-so food quality. This one, however, is a bit special. The setting is in a heritage building, with an entrance off an alley. The decor is casual but nice, and the food is very, very good, not what you would normally expect at a run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. I had the grilled calamari, my wife had an ahi tuna sandwich, and my daughter had a prawns pizza. Every dish was tasty and very well prepared. We looked at nearby tables, and the food that the other guests were having was also very nicely presented, so I imagine that they, too, tasted very good. Prices are very reasonable for what you get. A good place to go to, to avoid the usual tourist trap.

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Sooke Harbour House1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke
Still great after all these years
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

I have to admit that it has been many years since I last ate here, so I may have missed the period when the two previous not-so-great reviews were written. However, I have eaten here a total of 4 or 5 times since I first came here some 17 to 20 years ago, and every time, I and my family have had a most enjoyable dining experience, from the delicious food, to the attentive and courteous service, to the very cosy and comfortable setting with a great view. The cuisine is always creative, using local ingredients (especially the veggies and edible flowers that they grow on site), and really satisfies the taste buds. Although the price is not cheap, you get what you pay for. The wine selection, too, though a bit on the expensive side, is wonderful. The only drawback is that the place is a bit out of the way, and if you want to take the last ferry back to Vancouver, you will have to start eating early and eat quickly, which defeats the purpose of going to a restaurant with such a relaxing, cosy, and beautiful setting. Best is if you stay overnight, if not at this beautiful boutique hotel, then at another one nearby or in Victoria.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Indeed, hits and misses
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

Having eaten here several times, for both lunch and dinner, I can fully understand why some reviews are very positive and some rather negative. The food quality is best characterized by the term 'hit and miss'. Some items are outstanding, fully worthy of 4 stars, while some other items are only mediocre, hence my overall 3-star rating. However, because of the reasonable prices and the premium location, the place is full all the time. Service is always very good, but this will sometimes go unnoticed because of the VERY loud ambient noise here and the crowded seating, which are distracting to me. Otherwise, the decor is nice and the setting is upscale.

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Su Hang Restaurant8291 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
I will return
Submitted Monday, February 13, 2012 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here several times over the last few years. The food has been absolutely delicious every single time. Service is slightly variable, depending on how busy the restaurant is (and most of the time it is quite busy). Sometimes they are understaffed, and service can be a little lacking, but whatever staff they have, they do try their best. Sometimes I feel bad for them, as they have to rush in order to attend to all the tables. Despite this, the attitude of the staff is always very good. The decor is one of the best among Chinese restaurants. That huge mural on the wall is really impressive, especially good as a backdrop for photos.

My most recent visit was for dinner whereas previous visits were for lunch. The dinner portions are HUGE, and given the prices they charge and the quality of the food, they are unbeatable value for money.

I will have no hesitation returning to this place and recommending it to others.

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Dynasty Seafood Restaurant777 West Broadway, #108, Vancouver
One of the best Chinese restaurants in town
Submitted Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 2:23am [Dine in]

I have eaten here twice. The first time was 3 years ago. While the experience then was very good, it wasn't that memorable, and in any case, because the food quality at many Chinese restaurants vary from time to time, I wanted to wait for a second try to confirm my impression before writing a review. Little did I know that circumstances were such that my 2nd try would be 3 years later.

This time, my wife particularly asked the restaurant to recommend their best dishes, which includes roasted squab, mixed appetizers as an opening dish, snake soup, geoduck, and fish done two ways (meat pan fried, and the bones deep fried to be so crispy that you can chew up and swallow them. These and the other dishes (which I can't recall right now) are all exceptionally done. In fact, the experience this time is even better than the one last time. I also noticed that the decor now is a lot better than what I remembered.

The restaurant was jam packed, so the food took a while to be served, but it was all worth the wait. The service was as good as you can expect from a typical high quality Chinese restaurant. My only quibble is that the parking is a bit cramped, both in terms of the parking spaces themselves and in terms of getting in and out of and negotiating the turns in the underground parkade.

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East Fusion Food88 West Pender Street, #1021, Vancouver
Yummy except for the congee
Submitted Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here several times. The first few times were at lunch. Their noodle dishes were excellent, especially the wonton noodle soup, with huge and fresh wonton. Fried rice was also very well done, and other smaller appetizer-type dishes were all excellent. The only disappointment is the congee. It is not up to the standards of the other better congee places in town.

Recently, I and some friends went there for dinner, for the first time. All I could say was "wow". I never expected food of such wonderful quality at a noodle-congee place. Every dish was spectacular, and portions were big. The "set" of 4 dishes (at our choice) came with a bonus dish of chicken. I thought maybe it would be a tiny dish like an appetizer dish you get at some Shanghainese restaurants, but no, it was of a full, "main course" size. There was so much food the four of us couldn't finish it. When the bill came, it was only around $55. What a bargain. Highly recommended.

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West Lake Vietnamese Kitchen4800 No. 3 Rd, #105, Richmond
Great Vietnamese food at reasonable prices
Submitted Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

I ate here twice recently with friends. Both times, the food was absolutely wonderful, in decently large portions, yet prices were very reasonable. They have a large variety of noodles in soup, some traditional Vietnamese, others more creative. Everything was delicious, and the ingredients very fresh. Other items like spring roll and satay were also excellent. The place is very clean and bright, and the decor modern. Service was fast, courteous, and efficient. Highly recommended.

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Suika1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Very good Izakaya
Submitted Monday, November 7, 2011 - 12:21am [Dine in]

I ate here twice -- once for dinner and once for lunch.

The time I ate dinner here with a bunch of friends, every dish was delicious and "surprising" in that both the flavours and presentation were not what one would find at a typical Japanese restaurant, but they were all pleasant surprises. I was most impressed.

The more recent visit, for lunch, impressed me a little bit less. The menu is simpler for lunch. The cold dishes, especially the ones with raw fish, were all wonderful in every way. The hot dishes were a bit mixed. None was bad, but some were outstanding whereas some were 'meh'. One of the two beef tendon with rice dishes was an example of something that seemed "over tended to". I couldn't make out the beef tendon in the big patch of brown, gooey stuff next to the rice, and the taste was so so, as if the chef was trying too hard to mix different flavours in order to come up with something new and surprising but failed to impress in the end. The ox-tail with noodles in soup was another one such dish. However, there were more good and impressive dishes than there were 'meh' ones, so, overall, I still rate this restaurant highly.

As with other Izakayas, the noise level is high at this place, particularly because it does such good business that it is always full during peak meal times. It seemed a bit understaffed for my lunch visit, but service was still quick when you could flag down a waitress, and the kitchen sure turned out orders very speedily.

I forgot to mention the desserts. At lunch, there were only 2 desserts on the menu. On first sight, none seemed special -- a creme brulee and a almond tofu, but we decided to try one each anyway. When it arrived, we could not figure out which was which, so special and creative was the presentation, and the flavours -- all I could say is "wow". Do try the desserts if you go here.

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