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quartDowntown, VancouverSince September 26, 20099 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Displaying 1 - 9 of 9 Reviews Found
Elements4359 Main St., #102B, Whistler
Overpriced dinner for people who are into "trendy" spots
Submitted Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here with my girlfriend here early in the new year. Came just after it opened at 5, seated by a friendly waitress. Service was decent throughout the night.

Ordered three tapas, all of which were overpriced given their small portions and medocre quality. Pork lettuce cups were not great, the maple-syrup root vegetables came in a tiny portion, and the lamb & chorizo skewers were two tiny little skewers for $16 and tasted plain, crazy!

On the whole, this restaurant apperas to borrow different "elements" of cuisine from different cultures, but fails to do any of them well.

The low lighting, 80's music and trendy interior is definitely aimed at types who are into style over substance. However, we did not try and drinks/wine or breakfast, so cannot comment on those items.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
Bad value even for cheap food
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Food: Been here several times over the years. The wontons here are not bad, but the soups and broths they serve are basically colored water. Very stingy on any extras like vegetables, etc. They serve a large variety of Cantonese style food, most of which is edible but not great.

Service: Okay service, efficient order taking. Can often be hard to get attention of waitress as they are often busy. Most employees don't seem happy to be there.

Value: Even considering the food is cheap, I would still say it's only decent value, as there are many other restaurants on Robson for the same price range with much better food.

Ambiance: Terrible. I'm always worried about the cleanliness of everything. Neon lighting makes everyone look sick, all the utensils, place settings, tables, everything is old and shabby. I don't mind simple or cheap environment at all, but this place just feels miserly. Always feel uncomfortable eating here.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Nice environment and service but average food and overpriced
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

Food: I've been here at least a dozen times and I find I like it less after each visit. Their specialty is supposed to be the steaks of course, they're good but not amazing. The salmon is usually plain and dry. Now when I have to go for a special occasion I just have several of the seafood appetizers instead, which are the only part of the menu I still like: crab cakes, fried calamari, etc.

Service: Always excellent. However, I have to warn readers that every time I've been here I'm always in one of the guest rooms or large dining tables where we have a dedicated server(s) so I don't know if that's representative of the normal tables.

Value: Only decent. Very uncreative food. If it was simply but amazing I would be grateful, but they can't even do the simple stuff very well, so I'd have to say the value is weak considering the large bills when we leave.

Ambiance: Very nice. Although the food and value are lacking, I always feel very comfortable with the nice piano music, lots of dark wood, low lighting. Very comfortable atmosphere.

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Ajisai Sushi Bar2081 West 42nd Ave, Vancouver
Some of the best sushi and sashimi in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

Food: We go to this place when we want good sushi and sashimi and are willing to pay more for it. Sashimi, sushi and rolls and always very fresh and well made. The wild salmon and hamachi are great.

Service: Okay.. the staff are efficient but not overly friendly.

Value: Decent value, you pay more than your standard sushi place but the quality is excellent so I would say it's definitely worth it.

Ambiance: Not bad ambiance overall. The weird shape and size of the place makes several strange seating arrangements that are not always comfortable. We keep going back for the quality of food and wide selection.

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Sushi Mart1668 Robson Street, Vancouver
A great new sushi addition on Robson Street
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

Food: We have been to this new sushi place at least four times already. You can order at the bar for takeaway, or sit down and eat at a very nice, long wooden table that is shared by all patrons; looks like it would seat about 16 people at once. Good and fresh sushi, sashimi and rolls. Especially would recommend the Chirashi bowl, very good value for under $10.

Service: Good service, very friendly and attentive waiter(s). Once you order and sit down he will bring tea, place settings, etc. Always smiling.

Value: Good value, two rolls should fill up most people; I shared five with my girlfriend and was seriously stuffed at the end. Any bowl meal should satisfy alone as well.

Ambiance: Nice environment, clean and pleasant. Wood and modern look. Feels very comfortable to enjoy a meal here.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great ramen in a nice environment
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Food: This place is owned by the same people as Kintaro Ramen on the next block. It's basically the same food but better ingredients for a slightly higher prices (like $1.50 more). Ramen are excellent, and portions are good but not huge. They use organic eggs and I think chicken as well. Always happy, great food. I love the Shio Vegetable-only Ramen, and I think the broth is not meat-based.

Service: Good service, attentive and smiling waitresses.

Value: Good value, great food and filling for under $10.

Ambiance: Nice environment, lots of dark wood and painted concrete walls, kind of industrial meets nature/woodlands style, very Japanese modern. Small but not too crowded. Lots of friends enjoyed it as well.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Some of the best ramen in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

Food: Come here frequently for late lunch and dinner lately. If you're a vegetarian note that all their soups come with meat broth. When you order all soups you can specify your meat (lean, medium, fat) and your broth (light, medium, heavy, which is the amount of oils I think). I usually have the shio ramen, light broth, with either lean pork or vegetables-only. Both are excellent. The pork option is well balanced with some very nice tasting pieces of pork and a good amount of vegetables (and I think egg as well). The vegetable option I especially like as I would say it is the largest and most generous ramen & vegetable soup you will find anywhere in Vancouver. Tons of vegetables and the same great tasting ramen.

Service: Good, but the waitresses sometimes don't smile much, which I partially understand because it is always crazy busy almost any time of day. Always a long line-up outside, expect 20-30 minute wait at least to get in normally and another 10-15 minutes for your food to come, but I keep going back because it's worth it.

Value: Great value. Large portions and great taste.

Ambiance: Okay ambience, customers always seem happy, but the environment is very sparse. Clean, very basic white walls, simple chairs and tables, etc. You come here for the food and bring your friends, but you don't linger afterwards.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
The best Gyoza in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

Food: This is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Vancouver, and they have bar none the best gyoza. I personally think the Pork Prawn and Chive gyoza are the best and would recommend those as a benchmark dish. Other recommended dishes I would recommend are: the hamachi special when they have it; ginger pork and ginger beef sets; and the udon or ramen noodle soups. Personally I'm not so into the fish specials like mackerel, etc.

Service: Has always been excellent here. All the employees are always cheerful and polite, including the waitresses and the chefs behind the counter. I've been here many times and only once had to return something which was overcooked, which they immediately replaced with apologies and also gave us an extra tofu dish which is always great. Also, we went out of town for a while and when we came back they recognised us and gave us a free appetizer to start the meal as a welcome back; I've never had that happen at any other restaurant I've frequented.

Value: Good value, you can spend $8-12 per person and get a filling, good quality meal. Brought many friends and co-workers here and they always like it.

Ambiance: Great feeling here. Friendly employees, lots of happy noise from customers and good energy. Comfortable and clean surroundings. They pack a lot of people into the small space but it always feels cozy and intimate, like you're surrounded by friends.

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Wanoma Izakaya867 Denman Street, Vancouver
Very disappointing new Denman restaurant
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Food: Went to this new restaurant with my girlfriend last night and ordered four dishes. Started by sharing the Tofu plate, four tiny pieces of tofu, edible but no taste and mediocre quality. Next we shared the Ika Kari Kari which was extremely tough and chewy and we had to send it back (we are not picky eaters and only do this if it is inedible). The waiter did have it taken off our bill, but only after a long discussion with the chef who looked very unhappy. Furthermore, when the waiter came back he told us it only LOOKED overcooked because of the black bean sauce, which was insulting as it was literally too tough to bite through. Next we each had two bowls. I ordered the Wanoma Ramen, which was a small bowl with very little content: mostly broth, a few vegetables and a small amount of very thin ramen noodles; average taste, and portion size was much too small even for about $7. My girlfriend had the Soba noodles which again was mostly broth, one small piece of tofu, and a small amount of soba noodles, overall average taste.

Service: Our waiter was polite and quite attentive (offered to re-fill tea several times). I would rate 3 stars, except for the way the chef did not apologize for the overcooked Ika Kari Kari and insinuated we didn't know how it was supposed to taste (I have had the same dish at many restaurants and even the mediocre ones were at least edible). Most of the employees did not look happy.

Value: Extremely poor value. Very small portions and below-average food. To satisfy two people (and I would say we eat less than average) would have cost at least $40 or more.

Ambiance: Overall it is only decent. The environment feels very "cold." It's going for a trendy, modern look but has no character or positive energy.

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