Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:38pm [Dine in]
This place is amazing for its sushi selection, presentation and portions. That's the ONLY thing that I go there for. If you expect any kind of half-decent service, then skip on over to another smaller restaurant as you won't get the service you'd like to here. The servers are there to take your order and your money - that's it. They don't crack a smile or even wonder if your meal is okay. It's just too darn busy in there. But, if I wanted good service, then I'd be off to a 5-star restaurant that strives for a 5-star service rating. This place is known for their food ... period.
My favorites are the spicy tuna sashimi (great sauce!) and their Awesome Roll. I also love their seafood salad (minus that weird green mayo-type dressing). I just stick with the regular vinegar dressing. And if you like sashimi, their portions are probably twice as big as their competitors.
So, if you want good sushi and don't mind the not-so-helpful wait staff, then stop on by this place. Just don't expect to be seated right away during their lunch and dinner rushes - it's packed in there most of the time.
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Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:30pm [Dine in]
Mmmmm ... I still have that yummy-in-my-tummy feeling from the soup that I had last night from this place. The broth is wonderful - you can tell that they've been making it all day/night. It has such a rich flavor. I ordered the cheese ramen as everybody had been raving about it on this site and I must say that it did not disappoint! A bit too much cheese for my liking (so I gave half the cheese tower to my dinner companion), but it was ooey-gooey good! I see that they've repainted in there, so it looks a bit brighter than it did the last time I visited. On a cold day, this is the best soup to warm you up and leave feeling warm, fuzzy and full!
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Submitted Friday, August 17, 2007 - 9:25am [Dine in]
We went to West last night for dinner and was expecting a lot because of their many "Best of ..." wins. We were not disappointed.
The service was top-notch. The maitre'd was attentive as was our server. There was a few minutes of waiting to see how long it would take to get our water glasses re-filled, but it didn't take long. They were on top of it all.
The food all looked so good. We ended up having 4 appies and 3 entries between the two of us (yes, we amazed the maitre'd and server). We were told that we had "healthy" appetites.
- trio of scallops
- quail ravioli (the best)
- raw oysters (1/2 dozen)
- lobster salad
- prime rib tenderloin (amazing! It was as smooth as butter)
- ling cod
My favorite was the quail ravioli and the prime rib tenderloin.
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Maybe my tastes have changed or "matured" when it comes to eating pasta, but I remembered enjoying dinners at this place. The bread was always fresh (sometimes we'd order another loaf because we pounded down the first loaf so quickly). I also remember the pasta being good as well. That was a while ago. We went back last week and had to send the bread bad because it looked and tasted "day old". Our second loaf wasn't any fresher, so I guess they were indeed serving day old bread. My ceasar salad had way too much cheese on it (normally that's a good thing, but sometimes too much of a good thing is a bad thing). I couldn't finish the salad. Then came my pasta (meat lasagna). Way too much cheese (inside and out) for me to enjoy. I left half of that behind. My dinner companion ordered the veal with spaghetti and the veal (which is normally quite juicy, was dry, dry, dry).
It took another 15 minutes for our dessert to come and it was partially melted, so we left that too. What an absolutely disappointing meal.
I wouldn't dare think of taking my mom here.
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Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 6:56pm [Dine in]
Why, why, why does this restaurant not have table service? I feel like I'm eating in a cafeteria - having to get my own food, utensils, water, etc. For the amount of money that you are paying, you would think that they could afford a few waitresses on the floor and actually provide table service.
After a few more grumbles about the self-serve issue, my friends and I sat ourselves down after ordering their "Elvis Platter" - a sampling of all their BBQ meats.
I can see why people don't rate this BBQ place very high. The meat was not very good. Although you can tell that the meat is smoked, it's the final product that doesn't deliver. The meats were dry and the BBQ sauce was ... hmmm ... shall I just plainly say, "not good". My friends and I are making our way through all the BBQ joints in the city and we would not recommend this restaurant (at least not this location). We'll have to try their other 2 locations to see if the consensus is the same for the others.
I would not take my mom here.
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Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 6:33pm [Dine in]
After reading the conflicting reviews below, I had to find out for myself what the deal was. How can two separate experiences be so different? One reviewer saying that it was one of the top BBQ places in town and the other saying not to go for the BBQ at all. I tend to go with reviewers that have multiple reviews on this site as opposed to a reviewer with only 1 or 2 reviews (seems biased to me that way). Hmmm ... I was off to find out for myself.
With my friends in tow, we decided to hit this restaurant up to test their BBQ. They have an "ETC sampler" for 2 ppl which lets you try all the house meats - chicken wings, BBQ chicken, brisket, pulled pork, ribs and Italian sausage. Because there were 4 of us, we went for the "MENU sampler", which is the same thing, but serves 3 -4 ppl.
VERDICT: Go for the BBQ !! Holy smokes, you get a lot of food - and it's good food. It's not covered up with a whole bunch of BBQ sauce - you actually get to taste the flavor of the smoked meat. The server was really friendly and told us that yes, they indeed have a smoker that they smoke their meat in. You can tell - it was all very delicious.
I'd definitely take my mom here.
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Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 6:10pm [Dine in]
I happened to be up in the Granville area and decided to drop by Vij's 2nd restaurant - Rangoli for lunch.
I was quickly seated and knew that I wanted to try their curry lamb. Service was swift and friendly as I ordered and got my food in what seemed like a 5-10 minute span.
While waiting for my meal, I did take notice of their big freezer filled with ready-to-eat meals. Great idea. If you're craving East Indian food and don't want to wait in line for a table, buy something from their freezer and make it at home to enjoy.
My curry lamb was good, but nothing remarkable. I've had many curry lamb dishes in East Indian town (Fraser Street) and Vij's was comparable to those restaurants, but didn't stand out from them. Although I must say the decor was much nicer at Rangoli.
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Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 6:03pm [Dine in]
Everytime I come here, whether I'm seated right away or whether I have to wait in line for a table, I always see the same two dishes being brought to tables or sitting at tables to be consumed: chicken wings and filet beef on rice.
I've always wanted to try other items on the menu and have sadly wished that I went back for my same two dishes - chicken and filet beef on rice. Why change a good thing? It's that good. You can't find chicken wings like this made anywhere else, so I guess they've got the monopoly on their deep fried chicken wings. I could eat a whole plate to myself if I wasn't too worried about what all that salt, oil and garlic would do to me that evening.
Maybe one time, I should throw in some veggies into the mix - make it a bit more of a balanced meal. I hear the pea tips are pretty good here. Next time!
I'd DEFINITELY take my mom here. She'd love it.
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Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 5:57pm [Dine in]
You can tell this is a mom and pop shop sushi joint. You can usually find their little boy sitting at the back table playing with his toys (or sometimes taking a nap!)
They have the usual sushi rolls and lunch box specials, but don't really do anything special or any signature rolls.
Their chicken katsu is a good-sized portion, as well as their Box specials (my favorite being the Box B - chicken teriyaki with sashimi, salad, sunimono and rice). A good place to hit when you just want a simple lunch and read your gossip magazine by the window.
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Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 5:50pm [Dine in]
... from eating at this place last week! The amount of food that you get here is unbelievable. $59.99 for the BBQ combo for two people may seem expensive at first until you see all the food that you get.
Be prepared to smell like you sat in a BBQ smoker for hours as your clothes and hair will reek of it when you leave the restaurant. Also, if you are not prepared to wait for a long time for a table, get there early. Lots and lots of what looked like Korean visitors by the tour bus full came pouring into the restaurant at 7:00ish.
The busier the restaurant gets, the worst the service gets too. So get there early, put your order in right away and then enjoy the food.
I'd take my mom here.
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Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 5:42pm [Dine in]
After reading all the reviews on Rosa's place, I guess I expected a bit too much. I always try to frequent a restaurant twice before posting a review to ensure that it wasn't a fluke of good/bad food/service. Both times I came I was happy with the food. Nice size portions and fresh ingredients. I've had the Anna Salad twice already and tried the ribs the first time and lasagna the second time. Both times, I had to take my leftovers home - I couldn't finish everything!
Service was a bit on the rushed side both times as you can tell that the restaurant was filling up fast and a line-up started to form outside.
I guess when you start to get that busy, it's about getting customers in and out (at least that's how I felt). Rosa seemed a bit frazzled both times I was there. I guess it's hard to be the only server taking orders, bringing out food/drinks and trying to socialize with customers at the same time. Maybe having a few more servers would bring up the service rating to a 3 or 4 star.
I'd bring my mom here.
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