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ravingfoodiedowntown, VancouverSince September 10, 200813 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
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Gyoza Bar + Ramen622 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Opening night...anyone else want to chime in?
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

It's been a while since I've done a review but needed to get this out there for my fellow Gyoza and Ramen aficionados.

Went to opening night and was prepared to deal with the hiccups but was also expecting to be blown away because of the hype of great Gyoza and Ramen! DISAPPOINTED!

I understand the chef and owners are so proud of their hand crafted noodles but I really don't think the noodles match the broth, especially with the heavier Tonkotsu base. Traditionally, it should be served with a thinner noodle to offset the thicker soup. The noodles is probably more suited for "Yakisoba" I also sampled their signature Kaisen Tomato Ramen. Sorry GB+R, this was only "meh". Again, noodles were a bit on the thick side it can be more simply described as a bouillabaisse with noodles. $17.00!

Teppan Gyoza was basically flavorless and definitely lacking some seasoning I brought this to the attention of one of the hosts. They, too, admitted the filling needed some work and GB+R would be looking at adding more pork fat and other seasoning to perfect to their mixture.

I am all into being creative but their dipping sauces , I believe, need some work. Perhaps , including a dipping sauce with rice vinegar?

Hopefully, it was just a case of "opening" night jitters.

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Are you kidding me?
Submitted Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

Been here a couple of times and I haven't reviewed in a while but my experience there last Monday compelled to me to review. Made reservations at 11:30. Arrived at 11:24 and was told to return in 6 minutes. Are you kidding me? Return in 6 minutes? The restaurant was not busy! Not impressed with the not so deserved snooty attitude of the hostess.

Decor is nice and I liked the glass tile place mats until I looked more closely. Out of the 6 place mats, 3 had grease smears on it and 2 of them even had food particles. YUCK! (The more I thought I about it eating off the glass tile mats is much akin to eating off the bathroom floor,right?)

Partner and I ordered the seafood plate for 2 and shared a salads nicoise. Platter practically took up the whole table surface. Seafood was actually quite good but rather cumbersome and difficult to eat. Nicoise salad was ....meh!

The kicker.....under sandwiches, Lobster Roll. Friend was expecting nice lobster in , perhaps , a brioche or some other soft bread. It was presented as one of the Vietnamese Salad Roll. Why would YEW even consider having fries accompany that? Rice and fries, really?

Decided to test fate and ordered dessert. Pina Colada Rice pudding. This did not work at all. I thought maybe the melding of coconut with rice pudding would work but the flavors did not blend at all. It was like eating cold congee!

Feel sorry for the service staff. They do their best but quality and creativity of the food is on the decline.

Total cost was about $100.00 for 2. Best part of it was the coffee (they forgot to charge us)

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Kiriri Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar8780 Blundell Road, Unit 190, Richmond
Real Japanese Food in Richmond
Submitted Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

Been here at least 15 times in the past 4 months (yes, about every week). This place never fails to disappoint. Real Japanese food without the downtown pricing. Sashimi is always fresh and tasty. Presentation is fantastic too. (order the chirashi sushi and/or the black sesame creme brulee and you will understand what I mean). I really lke how they separated the 2 menus. For lack of better terminology...raw and cooked. Raw showing off their great selection of sushi, sashimi, and other delicate goodies. Cooked menus feature their tonkatsu, tempura, udon, etc. Owner has been in the biz for a while and I am sure you will recognize him behind the sushi bar from days at Yoshi and Wabisabi.

Only con...parking but that's very common issue in Richmond.

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Cactus Club Cafe588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Kudos!
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

Went back to CC a few times and was extremely impressed with the quality of the food matched with the exemplary service. Sure, the servers all have a certain "quality" about them but they have a very sincere and caring attitude. RF's influence has been a very determining factor in visiting this restaurant over and over again. Can't get enough of that butternut squash ravioli with truffle oil (with or without the prawns), and their beef carpaccio coupled with a glass of Amarone (yes, you can get a glass of Amarone,,,not the whole or half bottle) is a great match.
You can not go wrong with this restaurant at all. Varied menu and their desserts are very complemting too. By far, the best out of Joeys, Earl's, and Milestones!

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DB Bistro Moderne2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
In trouble?
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Was in the mood for a burger and, unfortunately, Moderne Burger, was closed so we walked a few steps west and decided to dine at DB Bistro Moderne.
The place was empty Saturday at lunch time. There were only 3 other parties in the place. Had the reuben and my partner had the mussels. Both were ok but the sauerkraut was a bit overpowering with the reuben. The service was "ok" but you can feel this restaurant is definitely on the downturn. Combination of the economy and the Feenie Faithfuls? I probably won't come back here anymore.

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Ping's Cafe2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Fun and Enjoyable
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

Who would have thunk it? Ping's Cafe known for good Japanese comfort food. The name itself throws you off and when you walk inside you would never imagine they serve Japanese food. Love the ambience, lights, music, and art. Take a look at the artwork..(very famous artists here and all donated)
Back to the food. Very tasty and inspired plating too. Tried the Sukiyaki steak and was truly impressed with the flavor and texture. Also had the hirekatsu (pork cutlet) and it was perfect. Portions were just right. A nice selection of grapes too. Not so common in Japanese restaurants. Will definitely be back for more.
PING!

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
Finally, high end Japanese Restaurant
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Just coming back from Japan a couple of weeks ago I had a craving for some real Japanese food. Warning to all those looking for a $10.99 all you can eat sushi joint....STAY AWAY. You will be greatly disappointed. But if you want real high end Japanese food with extreme attention to details, this is your restaurant.

My wife and I decided to go for the 7 course Omakase course at $75.00 per head. Without getting into this meal course by course, this was by far one of the best dining experiences I have had in this fair city in a long while.
We were seated just in front of the aburi /sushi station and noted in amazement the detail paid by the executive chef. He would look at the plated sushi and realized there was too much rice with the sushi. He would literally remove the 7-10 grains of rice and re-shape it until he was happy with it.
Though the service of the wait staff was solid they could certainly improve upon it. It's the fine details they have to work on. Black dress shoes shouldn't be scuffed, female staff should have their hair "up" so they don't have to constantly adjust their "do" with their hands. It's the hygiene thing that really bothered me. I am sure, in time, they will improve upon it.
Sushi (aburi) was great and very flavorful. No real need for the saoy sauce or the extra wasabi . Really enjoyed the Aburi Salmon with the one very thin slice of Jalapeno. Surprisingly, this works very well. Amaebi was very fresh and was impressed they served the fried shrimp head with the amaebi. Very Japanese!

Ambience at first glance is fantastic right down to the pebbled walkway. The only issue I found was the sound of the exhaust fans from the open kitchen . In fact, you could barely hear the background music. It was even difficult to hear the staff describe each course.

Would I go back? Yes, in a heartbeat.

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Yoshoku-Ya Restaurant774 Denman Street, Vancouver
Comfort Food - At it's best!
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

Took a jaunt back to one of my all time favorites. Food is consistenly good and though the "tood" of the owner/manager has mellowed out , I kind of miss it. It's part of the experience. I've yet to have a bad meal here in over 15 years visiting this joint.
Had their fried oysters accompanied with green salad and their tartar sauce. Had a craving for their buttery cream corn soup. Yum!
I still think their Ginger Pork is still one of the best in town. You can often hear them pounding the pork to get it to that very tender state.
Noticed biz was a bit slow on what is usually a busy night. Head and out support this great restaurant. We really don't need another noodle shop!

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
5th time around
Submitted Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

Still loving it. I know my ramen. My wife knows her ramen. This is a great ramen-ya. I've been reviewing some of the negative reviews and judging by the class of restaurants they have been to it's rather obvious why they give this a less than positive review. This is tonkotsu ramen.. it is pork based and pork tends to be on the fatty side. If you don't like pork, don't eat here.
Menya is not intended to be a fancy restaurant nor like those pseudo japanese all you can eat sushi restaurants who serve fish that has it's best before days gone waaay past. It is simply pure noodles. Great tasting, reasonable priced, and enough to make your tummy feel happy.
Enjoy the noodles here. It's the best value in Vancouver by far.
Yes, i've been to Kintaro, Benkei, Motomachi Shokudo and they too are good. Again, nothing fancy but Menya stands heads and shoulders above them. Plus I like the fact you don't have to pay the price of a bowl of ramen for parking at Menya

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Fleuri845 Burrard St, Vancouver
All you can eat CHOCOLATE
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 10:41am [Dine in]

I have to admit I am not a chocolate fan but did my best to make a great night out on this all you can eat chocolate eating fantasy. I especially enjoyed the Chocolate Fountain, followed closely by the crepes. (yes, I know there is no chocolate in the crepes but I topped it off with chocolate ice cream!!). You have everything here from brownies , puddings, cakes, and for those who are calorie conscious, they offer fresh fruit too..lol

The ultimate cardiac arrest dessert is their chocolate croissant bread pudding. It's pure heaven... You might as well as drink a cup of sweetened butter. Very delicious.

Btw, they offer interesting chocolate alcoholic beverages too.

Offered on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights only. 2 seatings at either 6 pm or 8:30pm. If you have dinner at their award winiing restaurant the chocolate buffer is 50% off.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Guu dness Gracious!
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 11:04am [Dine in]

Consistenly good and always glad to see new items on the menu. Love the ambience and the people there. Staff are always helpful and trying hard to keep the clients happy. Out of all of the Guus this is my fav! A little more upscale but not so snooty as the other Izakaya on Robson. Everything, I mean everything, on the menu is fantastic. Food and Drinks are reasonably priced and creative. I hear there may be another Izakaya opening near them but Otokomae has nothing to worry. Always bring my friends from Japan to this place and they rave about it too. My favorite dish is their Seafood Paella, or the Salmon with x number of friends (Sorry I can't recall if it is 7 or 8, i guess I will have to go back there again to verify the exact numbers).

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Closed
Bonqula8460 Alexandra Road, #165, Richmond
Sukiyaki - the food, not the song
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

Absolutely amazing. For $25.00 this is an absolute bargain. I know some of you there are happy with the "all you can eat" sukiyaki but this is the real thing. You will not find any chopped cabbage or tomatos in this Sukiyaki. In contrast you will get a fantastic set menu starting off with a very tasty amuse bouche which changes regularly. This was followed by a fabulous marinated tuna beautifully presented in a unique serving dish. (I will leave this for you to discover on your own). The tempura dish is a great surprise too; served not with the overrated dipping sauce but with a delicate "matcha" salt. Sprinkle or dip the yuba strip encrusted prawn and wait for that taste explosion in your mouth. The meal crescendos with the presentation of the Sukiyaki. This comes with a raw egg which is used to dip the beef and vegetables of the Sukiyaki. The sauce is just perfet not too sweer or salty. The chef is amazing as I later found out she does everything herself. Noone else! This is why she limits the number of patrons in this great establishment. Am I making a mistake by writing this great review? The servers are fantastic and though some may struggle with the English language , they certainly make up for it with their enthusiastic and passionate service levels. Try to get the chef to ask you why it's really caled Bonqula. "Sukiyaki" not made with the Taste of Honey

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Wow! Sanitary, Safe, and Tasty
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

I have no aversion to eating at any greasy hotdog stand but with recent news about listeria, ecoli, etc. I am put at ease when I "dine" at Japadog. It's so refreshing to go by this hotdog stand and see them put to practise all of the foodsafe guidelines. I did not notice at anytime their barehands handling the dog or the buns. I love their new addition the menu..Okonomi Dog. Who would even think of putting Bonito flakes on a dog? Very tasty and creative. I hate to admit it but I have tried every dog. hmmm, I would think a nice Pinot Noir would go with their Miso Mayo Dog.

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