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pompeyVancouverSince March 27, 200641 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Yo Sushi4266 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good alternative to the place next door
Submitted Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

I'll be honest to say we weren't patient enough to line up at the restaurant next door (...you know...that pasta place with line-ups at dinner time!). Anyway, who says cluster marketing doesn't work eh? So we popped into this place and we were quite impressed by the interior. If you've been to the other Japanese places within the vicinity you'll know that this one is one step above.

The service was very attentive and accommodating. I overheard the table next to us asking if they can plug in their phone for charging. The table happily obliged when the waiter suggested for them to move to a table beside the wall with an outlet. As for our service everything was done on a timely manner. She came around a few times to top-up our tea and asked if things were okay.

We ordered the salmon and tuna sashimi. They tasted great because the temperature was perfect and the pieces were sliced proportionately. We also ordered the Rock & Roll which was a crab & scallop roll - which was quite delicious. Overall I would say the food is solid. This place definitely stands above the rest of the Japanese restaurants on this block.

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Sushi Nanaimo350 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Nice local sushi eatery
Submitted Monday, March 17, 2014 - 12:16am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times and so far each has been a good experience. They welcome customers with a loud 'iirashimasse' and yell out 'arigatou gozaimasu' when customers leave. The staff are always attentive and they come by often to top up the tea. The food is solid, but not outstanding like some of the authentic downtown restaurants. Some of the rolls break come apart too easily - most likely due to the rice not being precisely prepared (ie..cooling + amount of rice vinegar). However it's value that seems to be the key point and they definitely hit the mark on that. Overall it's a comforting place to have a nice meal.

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Stonegrill @ the Met4820 Kingsway, #259, Burnaby
I prefer the one in downtown
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 1:18am [Dine in]

After dining at their downtown location we thought the Metrotown one would be comparable. Boy was I ever wrong! First thing that caught my attention was the lack of ambiance. It felt like I walked into a Denny's! The service was very slow considering that it wasn't even busy during the whole time we were there. The appetizers took forever. It felt like I was on an episode of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

After a good half hour our apps arrived. And then a minute later our stone grill entrees arrived. We ordered a New York striploin and a lobster tail. My cut had too much fat and the meat wasn't tender. The lobster tail was tasteless and dry - probably defrosted. The desserts were okay, but you can't go wrong with the dessert right?

Also I was curious why they didn't have a liquor licence after 5-6 months since opening. The manager lacked the passion needed to run this type of restaurant. This obviously trickled down to the staff.

Nonetheless, I'm still going back to Stonegrill.........not @ the Met, but the downtown one!

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Matsuyama8500 Alexandra Road, #110, Richmond
Pretty decent, would go back if I can find parking
Submitted Monday, October 19, 2009 - 3:42am [Dine in]

This was our third attempt at Matsuyama. The first two were aborted because we couldn't find parking! Of course I can say the same for any restaurant along Alexander Road. The third time was a charm as we were lucky to park at a spot just vacated. When we got there, it was quite busy (which explains why their parking lot is always full). We arrived at 8:45pm and noticed there were specials starting at 9pm. However, the waitress said it was alright for us to order before 9pm. I ordered the standard fare consisting of nigiri sushi, rolls, udon and so forth. I was quite pleased with the food because it was prepared nicely. Some places they serve you frozen fish (ie....hurried thawing). Everything was just right with the good food and good value. We'll certainly go back, but that depends on parking!

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Ajisen Ramen4380 No. 3 Road, #1190, Richmond
Just a noodle place
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Like others the pink decor stood out upon entry. But another thing that caught my attention was when one of the waitresses shouted out "issaimassen"....wtf? Totally butchered the word for welcome in Japanese. However the manager was spot on and I suspect he's spent some time in Japan. Anyway we ordered the ramen, so that's the only thing I'll comment on from the extensive menu. Like others here they questioned the authenticity. I didn't expect much knowing full well that this isn't an authentic restaurant in the first place. However the noodles were not the ramen-type noodles. They seemed like something that was taken out of a box. Luckily for the soup it provided a tasty meal. It's just a noodle place.

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RTL Regional Tasting Lounge1130 Mainland, Vancouver
Truely RTL!
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:40am [Dine in]

The name of the restaurant didn't disappoint us. We were quite pleased with the tapas-style food. Our favourite was the dungeoness crab & shrimp cakes and the gnocci. The ingredients were very fresh and very healthy. Actually a lot of the dishes tasted similar with the vegetables, vinaigrette, herbs and olive oil. Overall the service was pretty good and we enjoyed the ambience. Also the DJ played some great music!

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New management
Shabu Shabu Hot Pot Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Rd., #2133, Richmond
Solid hot pot place
Submitted Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 1:21am [Dine in]

Individual type hot pot place. Can't go wrong with the food really. We ordered the combo for 2 which turned out to be a pretty good value. It came with an assortment of meat (beef, pork and lamb) as well as the veggies which included a prawn.

The only thing I don't like was that it was a 'cash-only' type of place. They will probably get more business if they accepted cc or debit.

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Rain Flower Seafood Restaurant3600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Pleasant surprise
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

This restaurant exceeded my expectations. The food was quite good and unique for some dishes. Ambiance was an interesting mix of elegance and wear-and-tear. Quite spacious. Waiters/waitresses were spread out, but once you waive them down they'll come to you right away. If you can manage to find a parking spot then consider yourself quite lucky. We found a spot in the Yaohan parking lot!

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Bing Sheng Restaurant1800 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Unusual, but good
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

For some reason this reason this restaurant was always packed when I drive by. I think it is simply decent food and reasonable prices, but there was something unusual about this place....the decor. I have a strong feeling the interior of this place was based on fengshui. Just look at the red lamp at the cashier's table, or the placement of pictures, furniture and whatnot. Other than that, one of the waiters said the owners are also part of the StoneGrill restaurant group. Overall the food was good and the service was decent. I didn't expect much walking in to the this place, but I left quite satisfied.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Very solid all-you-can-eat place
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

This was my second time here and I was equally satisfied. The food was pretty good and the service was fast. I think the after-9:30pm prices went up a bit compared to the first time I went there. Anyhow they had a good selection to choose from. I think our favourite was the short ribs and the baked oysters. Other than that, this is a decent place to go to when you're very hungry.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Pretty good experience
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 2:28am [Dine in]

A pretty decent place in terms of the food. We lucked out with a pretty good waiter who was very attentive. We ordered an assortment of food ranging from sashimi to noodles - of which I forgot the name. It was a good mixture of different kinds of Asian cuisines. We were only disappointed in the Hainan boneless chicken because it had bones! Kind of misleading if you've had that dish before. The ambience was just right, couldn't ask for anything more. We were very pleased with the service overall. And finally the value, the waiter sugested the sample dishes at $25 per person. However, we declined and opted to order from the menu. And interestingly at the end, our bill came out to about the same - which included drinks and a 15% tip. Therefore I suggest to order the individual tapas dishes rather than the set menu. Cheers

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Boston Pizza4219 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Pretty decent
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

We were drawn to this restaurant because of their pasta specials on Tuesday. We ordered one of them and it was actually pretty good. The other dish we ordered was the Jambalaya fettuccini and it was tasty with all the right ingredients. Overall I'd say it had good value for its money. Overall a solid experience.

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Ezogiku Noodle Cafe1329 Robson St, Vancouver
Used to be so good
Submitted Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place many years ago, and then sometime last year. I thought I'd give it a try and I must say that the shio ramen that I ordered was quite bland. Also the gyoza was very mushy and the filling didn't stick together. Doesn't seem authentic anymore. A shame really. Now I need to find another place to have a bowl of ramen.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1121 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Prime Ribalicious
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 2:21am [Dine in]

I'm pretty much predictable when it comes to the Keg, prime rib and beer! Tonight we ordered the crab cakes as the appetizer. It was delicate and tasty - very delicious. Then came the prime rib. I don't know why, but everytime I order the prime rib at the Keg, I always get the one with lots of fat. The other plates at our table had much less fat than mines. Oh well, it was nonetheless tasty. I'll always come back for more. The service was great. Overall very pleased with the evening.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
Love the ambience
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 12:00am [Dine in]

I really loved the wide-open and somewhat dark ambiance of this newly-built Keg. The lighting was just right and the paintings were very tasteful. The wait was long as expected, but well worth it if you've been to the Keg before. The service was solid, very friendly, and very attentive. The food was alright, but not the same quality as my previous visits. I ordered the prime rib as usual. It was too dry. However I tried pieces from the rest of the table and theirs was fine. Definitely will go back and hopefully my cut will be better.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great place!
Submitted Monday, October 8, 2007 - 2:42am [Dine in]

Simply outstanding! We had to wait quite a while to get a table. Even though we tried to reserve a table much earlier in the afternoon, they said that they were all booked. That's definitely a sign of a good restaruant. In any sense, we took our chances and waited out. I'd say it was well worth it!!

The service was really good. Our waitress was very attentive and the food came in a very timely fashion.

The food was very delicious, very fresh. I enjoyed the decorations on some of their plates as well. Also it depends on what you order because some things are quite pricey. This place had a decent selection of sake. If you can afford the high prices then you'll definitely enjoy the drinks!

We sat at the table that had the bamboo trees split down the middle. I thought it was a nice touch.

I'd definitely go back! Kingyo rates high on my reviews.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Reasonably priced, conveniently located
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant quite a few times already. Sometimes I wonder why, then again there aren't many good Japanese restaurants out in the Metrotown area. The reason we keep coming back is because it is affordable and convenient for us to get to. We usually order the salmon and tuna sashimi. The pieces are large but that doesn't mean it's better. Far from it actually. Also I suspect that the shredded daikon (radish) used for the presentation may be re-used. Normally they're edible but for this restaurant I choose to be cautious. If you've been here already then you'll know that it's non-authentic. And this results in poor service. Waitresses and waiters are too casually dressed, no smile, non chalant. And I totally agree with the menus.......replace them! Really gross touching them. However, I'll still keep going to this place once a month or so because it's affordable and nearby. The service and ambiance is the trade-off.

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Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant4989 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
A pleasant meal
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 12:34am [Dine in]

It was a family outing today and we decided on giving this restaurant a try. To my surprise it was so much better than I expected. They've certainly improved upon its predecessor in all aspects. The food was outstanding. Their special order of chicken called Western Lake Chicken..or something was very tasty. Just imagine eating smoked salmon, but in this case a smoked chicken. Not sure how they prepared it, but all I can say is that I highly recommend it. Service was also really good because they were friendly and attentive. A very pleasant meal!

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Tomoya Japanese Restaurant6285 Nelson Ave, Burnaby
Not recommended
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 1:34am [Dine in]

Sometimes I wonder how restaurants stay afloat - especially when the service and food are atrocious. It was so bad that I tipped below 10%....actually make that 2.5%!! First off, they shouldn't be allowed to be a 'Japanese' restaurant. Maybe they had an off night, who knows, but I've never seen so many people complain. One couple got fed up that they asked for the bill before their food came. The waitress apologized which meant they acknowledged their mistake in being tardy with the food. Our table wasn't far off from doing the same! I realized that they over spent their time with preparing take-out orders. The restaurant wasn't even half full and it seemed everyone had been waiting for their food for a long time.

When our food came, the waitress said 'sorry'. The chicken karage looked inedible. Looked like small leftover pieces of chicken put in the deep fryer. It was placed over chopped lettuce - worst presentation of food I've ever seen.

Next came the salmon sashimi. Can't go wrong with serving sashimi right? Wrong!!....because the cut was all wrong! And I didn't like how they threw the wasabi on the dish.

The next dish was their special called the 'Metro' roll. Again the presentation looked very disgusting. The rice was warm, not properly cooled and I don't think they added sushi vinegar. Also for the first time there were fish scales on the food. Yuck. I'm not even gonna go into detail about the green stuff on top...

As for the service, one take-out customer was complaining that they added too much to his order. The waitress had the nerve to say he was wrong. The guy left disgruntled. Then a few minutes later he came back and this time raised his voice saying they were the ones who made the mistake. We didn't stay to see what happened. We paid our bill with a next-to-nothing tip and left.

Overall rating is POOR. Usually I don't write these sorts of reviews, but this place was an exception. Highly not recommended.

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
Solid
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

This is my 4th or so time at Paul's place. I must say they have been quite consistent based on my experience. Food and service are definitely solid and the ambience is something very comforting. I ordered the 1306 and it was pretty good. I don't know if I can rate any of these breakfast/brunch places as outstanding though - so something 'solid' is considered quite decent from my perspective. Anyway, I've never been dissapointed in Paul's place. Coffee and breakfast, can't go wrong :p

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