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PookyRichmondSince July 18, 200715 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Starry Night Restaurant9231 Beckwith Road, Richmond
Felt that the place was quite decent... until the food poisoning kicked in
Submitted Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 1:27am [Dine in]

Went here with my mom for lunch today. The place seemed to have promise, but it ended up being a horrible experience.

Food: We both had the set lunch meal which included a soup, an entrée, and a dessert. The soup was an Asian-style mushroom soup which was actually pretty good. The soup base was light and flavourful, though the mushroom meatballs in it were lacking in taste. For the entrée, we had the pesto linguine with shrimp and the seafood risotto. Both were decent dishes. The pesto linguine came with 5 jumbo shrimp, but the risotto needed more seasoning. And for desert, we had chocolate mousse. It comes in a small cup, but packs a ton of chocolatey (is that a word?) taste. The only drawback to the dish was that the mousse had an unfortunate rough texture to it.

So why does all of this warrant only two stars? It's because both my mom and I have been struggling with diarrhea all day ever since eating here. We're not too sure which dish is the cause of all our problems (we split the entrées with each other), but we are sure that it was something from this restaurant; neither of us ate anything for breakfast, and neither of us ate anything before the tummy problems started. It's unfortunate because I enjoyed my experience at Starry Night, just not the after-effect.

Service: The service seemed pretty good to me. Though the waitress never came around to ask us how the meal was, she seemed attentive and prompt.

Value: Including tax and tip, the meal came out to just over 20 dollars per person. It was a lot pricier than I expected. And given that we got food poisoning from the meal, I think it warrants the lonely one star.

Ambiance: The place looks awesome on the inside. The walls are nice and have a layered stone/brick look (I'm not a designer so I don't know what else to call it). The tables are tiled and elegant.

Conclusion: Can't ignore the food poisoning - diners be warned! But food poisoning aside, I feel that this place is still quite pricey. Won't be returning anytime soon.

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Nooch Pho9020 Capstan Way, #110, Richmond
Nice Little Pho Place
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Food: This is not your ordinary Pho place. The food is presented elegantly, and the pho comes with a huge wooden ladle that you can use as a spoon. The soup base itself is quite different from other Pho places, but it has a pleasant flavour. As an added bonus, they use no msg here!

Service: Not much to comment on here. The service was pretty good. I think it's a family run restaurant.

Value: I think that the price is roughly on par with other Pho restaurants. They give pretty big portions. I feel that the elegant presentation and the wooden ladle experience are worth it.

Ambiance: It's clean inside. Very small restaurant though. There are no tables to sit at. It is stool seating. They basically have a counter along the window, and a counter along the open kitchen. I would have concerns about bringing a large group here.

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E-Canteen8171 Westminster Hwy, #200, Richmond
Uncomfortable experience
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

This is a place that I used to visit regularly - mostly because of its great value (low prices). Unfortunately, 1 terrible experience has me blacklisting the place. We were seated at a small table squished up between the tables by the cushions (near the window) and the tables in the middle. Not a great table location, but they were pretty busy, so it was understandable. However, one of the tables (same size as our table) by the window opened up. We asked one of the staff members (looked like it might have been an owner) if we could move over to the window seat (we hadn't ordered yet). He said "no" because they were going to move that table over to the one next to it to create space for a party of 4 (that's understandable too). So we wait for a bit, and no party of 4 showed up. Instead, they fill the table with a party of 1! So this time we asked a different staff member if we could switch tables, and she lets us. But throughout the whole meal the staff member who wouldn't let us switch tables kept on glaring at us. We also heard him ask the waitress if we were the same people who asked to move earlier (I don't know why that should matter to him!). Very uncomfortable experience.

It's quite a shame, because they give you pretty good value here. The food is okay, though the drinks seem a little watered down and bitter.

Oh yeah, and it always takes forever to get the bill.

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7th Heaven Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2792, Richmond
Okay
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch to try out the new management. It wasn't very busy; there were probably about 4 tables with diners.

Got great seats by the window. Lovely view. Inside decor has all these draperies hanging down - I don't really like it.

Service was quick. As I said, there weren't many diners in the restaurant at the time. The servers were always waiting in a straight line, by the door, hands behind their backs (it was a little eerie having them watching us all the time).

The food was okay. I had a baked dish (it had spaghetti underneath and a cream sauce on top). There wasn't enough sauce for my sphaghetti, which is just as well I suppose because the pasta was a little limp like it had been sitting around for a while. But the sauce had a decent enough taste.

I might come back here some time, but it won't be a place that I regularly visit.

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English Fish & Chips10111 No. 3 Road, #206, Richmond
Quaint Little Place
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

This is a tiny little restaurant with only a few tables, so don't bring the whole family here. It is my understanding that they do a lot of take-out business.

Anyways, the food here is pretty good. The prices are exceptional. Their weekday lunch special (before 3pm) is a great deal! 2 pieces of cod with chips and your choice of either coleslaw, pop, or tartar sauce for only $4.50! The tartar sauce in and of itself is unique. I think they use a lot of dill in their sauce. Whatever it is, it tastes great.

With such a tiny restaurant, you get pretty good service here. I think the owners run the restaurant, and they are very attentive to their customers.

My only complaint, and it goes for other fish & chip shops as well, is the amount of grease. Though I love fish & chips, I do not want to have to pop a couple of Tums on a weekly basis.

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Ginger & Garlic7771 Westminster Hwy, #180, Richmond
One great dish!
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is in the same building where the old Honolulu Cafe use to be. I think it has the same owners as well.

The setup is pretty much the same as in Honolulu, and they serve many of the same dishes. I would like to point out that their breakfast dishes, though cheap, leave much to be desired.

On to lunch. Their baked dishes come in these metal bowls. I have never seen this in a HK cafe before, so it was kind of neat. But the reason I gave this restaurant a 4 rating is because of their Chicken A La King in Thick Toast. Yes, it sounds kind of strange. I only ordered it after seeing another table order it. It is half a loaf of fresh bread that has been hollowed out. They put the chicken and cream sauce into the hollowed out bread, so the bread acts like a soup bowl. The middle piece that had been scooped out is placed on top. The dish is then baked. The end product looks really cool and it tastes great. And it is under $6!

I would seriously go back to this place just for that one dish.

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Tokyo Ichiban3380 Lansdowne Rd, #170, Richmond
Pretty good for AYCE sushi
Submitted Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times. Admittedly, they often make mistakes with the orders, but so do most AYCE sushi places that I've been to.

The food itself is pretty good. You just have to be a bit careful about what you order. Personally, I stay away from the beef sashimi and the udons. Other than that, I really enjoy their food. I like to get the scallop cones the best (but sometimes they stuff it with a lot of rice - I guess it depends on who makes it).

The service itself is just okay. I would peg it at outstanding if they didn't make so many mistakes in our orders and if the wait staff would remember when we ask for a glass of ice water.

I would go here again.

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Richmond Sushi8388 Capstan Way, #1488, Richmond
One bad experience puts this on my blacklist
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

I honestly think that food-wise, this is one of the better All You Can Eat Sushi places. Although they mess up orders sometimes, it's not a big deal. They have a big selection. However, I had a terrible experience here that I cannot forgive them for.

My family and I were going to go here for my sister's birthday. We had reserved a booth ahead of time for 7pm. When we went there, they gave us a tiny table at the very front (closest to the door). We said that we had reserved a booth. It was even noted in their reservation book that we were to get a booth. They said that they had no booths available. When we asked for an explanation, the manager (or head waitress, I don't know) said that they were open before 7pm, that they had customers who came in before 7pm who wanted the booth, and that's why we don't get the booth. Despite arguing that we had a reservation for a booth for 7pm, she told us to take the small table, or go somewhere else. So we left and went to Tokyo Ichiban instead, where they service staff was very nice to us.

I will never be going to Richmond Sushi again. Not because they gave away our reserved booth, but because of their take it or leave it attitude. I realize that they were busy, but that is no reason to brush us off.

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Pho Hoa8500 Alexandra Rd, Richmond
Poor service spoiled the experience
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

In all honesty, the pho is probably better than most pho restaurants. However, the poor service totally spoiled the experience for me.

The service staff is constantly rude. They always have frowns on their faces and act like they are in a big rush. I have been here 4 times (sometimes my family goes because it is cheap, but I hate it) and they have never once given me what I ordered. They mess up the order all of the time, and then act like it is your fault that the order is wrong. They also constantly try to get you to accept the mistaken order. When I said that I ordered the beef flank pho, they told me that it was the beef flank pho (despite the fact that it had tripe and tendon in it). It's bad when you go with two people, but horrible if you ever want to go with 4 or more people.

If I had it my way, I would never go here again. EVER!

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Old Spaghetti Factory14200 Entertainment Blvd, #110, Richmond
Solid
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

I've been to this Old Spaghetti Factory a couple of times. It isn't the greatest, but it is conveniently close to the movie theatre.

The pasta here is okay. I would recommend against ordering their "homemade" meatballs, which were tough and rubbery. Also, their marinara sauce is a bit bland and watery. Last time I went here, a friend of mine ordered the marina sauce. It was so watery that when the waitress came to place the dish on the table, the pasta slipped off and on to the paper placemat. Unfortunately, she did not offer to replace it. Rather, she just kind of tilted the plate and scooped the fallen pasta back on, then gave it to my friend (but other than that, I have not had a bad service experience here).

One of my favourite dishes, however, is their spaghetti with mizithra cheese. Although I will admit that the dish is probably the least healthy dish on the menu, it tastes great. It is simply spaghetti, floating in butter, topped with mizithra cheese (which tastes like parmesan).

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Kam Do8391 Alexandra Road, #1140, Richmond
Huge portions
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 11:54am [Dine in]

I have been to Kam Do many times.

The prices at Kam Do are incredibly cheap for the HUGE portions of food that they give you. I think that most of their meals come with drinks, and they'll give you free refills for your drink (but you have to ask - they won't offer).

Some of their dishes can be a bit greasy, so you might have to watch out for that. I like getting the lunch sets. I almost always choose the cod cutlet. They give you 3 pieces of breaded and deep-fried cod (4 pieces if they are small).

They have a bakery there too. I like to bring some stuff home with me after my meal. I really like their Old Wife Cakes (circular things that look like a cookie, but they has some sort of filling inside). Order 6 bakery items, and they will not tax you for them.

However, parking is a problem. People double park everywhere, making it extremely difficult to get in and out. I almost never go to Kam Do on weekends because of that.

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Italian Tomato8380 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Very rich, very big
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 11:44am [Dine in]

This place is where the old Dem Bones restaurant use to be. They kept some of the same decor. I really don't like how the walls look. I think that the paint gives them a greasy look.

I went here for lunch. The food itself was really good and came in a large portion. I had pasta in a cabanara sauce. The sauce was incredibly rich and creamy.

The waitress came to grate the parmesan table-side. She was very polite and came around a couple of times during the meal to ask if everything was okay.

The price is low for the amount of pasta that they give you.

I definitely want to go back here some time.

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Hon's Wun Tun House4600 No. 3 Rd, #101, Richmond
Service soured the experience
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 11:36am [Dine in]

In the past, my family and I would go to Hon's a lot. Their service and ambience were never something to rave about, but their food is generally good and it comes at a very good price.

In my last experience at Hon's we asked their server if they had any pea shoot dishes. The server replied that they did not, so we asked for gai lan (vegetable) instead. The gai lan came on a tiny little plate (about 10 pieces of gai lan). It was just steamed. We were expecting to get a big dish of gai lan with beef in it (a fairly typical chinese dish). When we asked the waitress about it, she said that that's what we ordered. She wouldn't take it back, and it ended up costing us about $5.

I won't be going back for a while.

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Green Lemongrass8180 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Solid.
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 11:26am [Dine in]

The pho here is pretty good. However, I think that they put quite a bit of sugar in the pho. Decent portions and good prices.

I would like to warn everyone that their milkshakes are really just fruit slushies.

PS: their parking lot is terrible!

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California Hong Kong Cafe5300 No. 3 Road, 322, Richmond
It's okay.
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 11:19am [Dine in]

I've been here several times. My mom really likes the place.

They have pretty good prices for the amount of food they give you. It is a typical HK cafe. I think that some of their dishes are pretty good, while others should be taken off the menu. Watch out for any "tomato sauce" dish, because that is just ketchup and water. Also, sausages = hotdogs. And be aware that the pasta will be overcooked, like in most HK cafe style restaurants.

I wouldn't rave about this restaurant, but I will probably be going back there. It is in a convenient location, and there is lots of parking available.

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