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rchewVancouverSince July 28, 200912 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Clay Pot Restaurant8291 Alexandra Road, Unit 105, Richmond
Great Hotpot choice
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 3:09am [Dine in]

Been here twice since I heard it's newly reopened. This place was always a hotpot place, but recently was taken over by new owners (same group that runs the Specialty Chicken & Wonton house). The food overall is better than most AYCE hotpot places I've been in town. Several choices of cut of beef to choose from, and the ingredients are quite fresh. They also have some more items to choose from compare to some places for AYCE. Soup base are quite good overall. I always get satay and often was disappointed with the exception of Ying Kee Restaurant which has the best satay soup in town, but this place is not bad and quite acceptable. The other soup base also is quite good. This place was just renovated, so the new decor is quite nice and good comfortable seating for a AYCE hotpot place. Good value, similar prices to other hotpot places in town but better quality. No wonder there's such a crowd. Reservation is a must. Hope they'll improve the reservation policy, or else there's a lot of waiting for people waiting for earlier customers to finish. The most recent visit, it took quite a while to get the beef we ordered. Hope it's just due to the fact that it was quite busy and they couldn't keep up with slicing the beef. All and all a good choice for AYCE hotpot!

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Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 金殿皇朝4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
A decent choice for high class Cantonese food!
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 2:54am [Dine in]

Vancouver has tons of chinese restaurants especially for Cantonese food. Went to this place for dinner back in December. Quite good quality overall with fresh ingredients and authentic dishes. The Peking Duck was surprisingly good for a Cantonese place (although I wish there were more pieces sliced), and so was the lettuce wrap. It's on-par with other high-end Cantonese places in town, but being a newer place and all, the decor is much better. So this is definitely a good place if you are looking for service and comfortable seating / decor while enjoying some authentic Cantonese food. It's a bit more pricey compare to other Cantonese Chinese restaurants that's generally quite cheap, but with the high class decor, it's similar to others like Kirin. Heard Dim Sum is good too, but haven't tried. Looks like a little on the pricey side as well...but again it's a higher-end place...and apparently there's 20% off if you settle the bill before 11am. Looking forward to trying the place for lunch too.

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Talay Thai Restaurant8369 Granville Street, Vancouver
Definitely one of the better ones
Submitted Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

Read the reviews here and thought I'd give this a try given I have been thoroughly been disappointed with the Thai food in Vancouver and having to get my fix in Seattle. Only tried lunch so far, so I'll provide a more updated review when I go again and try more dishes. However, just tasting the pad thai and Tom Yum..I can say it does taste very authentic, just like I remember when I was a kid visiting Thailand. I've had similar or better in U.S., but for Vancouver..this is probably one of the better ones. They also have some other authentic dishes rarely found in other Thailand restaurants which I am dying to try such as the stuffed chicken wings...and of course fish cakes which is a common Thai fair but not often featured item in Vancouver. The only draw back for the place....the somewhat unreliable hours. I tried to go there at 9pm one time and it was already closed even though it supposed to be open till 10pm.

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
A nice surprise!
Submitted Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

Came here for the first time and was somewhat skeptical as I've never been impressed by many restaurants in Vancouver in their innovation and value compare to other North American cities. I was thoroughly impressed by the food quality at this restaurant. All the main courses we had were well prepared (all from the special menu of the day)...the rabbit loin with spetzel was quite good, as was the beef rib which was really really tender. The pasta dish with gorgozola was also very good. The regular menu items doesn't seem that impressive, but what they offered that night on the special menu was quite spectacular.

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Plaisir Sucre2668 Arbutus, Vancouver
Yet another disappointment in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

Went to try this French bakery after reading the review. Was hopeful that finally something better than the overhyped almond croissants of Thomas Haas will be available in Vancouver. Unfortunately, it's yet another disappointment for the generally poor quality of Vancouver's dessert / bakery places. The almond croissant has too little almond flavour and not enough butter. I guess Thomas Haas is still the best for that in town even though it's no where near Bakery Noveau in Seattle!

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Death by Chocolate1598 West Broadway, Vancouver
Ok..but definitely not one of the tops!
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

Went back to Death by Chocolate for a 2nd time last night. I wasn't impressed the first time when I had some chocolate mousse cake there. My friend wanted to go there so I gave it another try. This time I tried the menu item...some chocolate molten cake thing. I was totally disappointed as the chocolate cake was nothing special...not really molten...just a chocolate cake with a lot of chocolate syrup that you probably get from safeway...Then there's a big chunk of some other chocolate mousse on the side.

So, since Vancouver has a limited number of good dessert place.. I guess there aren't a lot of choices....but this is not that good really!

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Posh1788 W Broadway, #101, Vancouver
Great place for lunch..best service!
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 11:14am [Dine in]

I've been to Posh quite a few times. It's a great place for AYCE sukiyaki..well..it's one of the few places you can really go. Lunch is great value as it's the same menu as dinner and cheaper. The ambiance is great...at lunch which tends to be quiet..it's very comfortable. Excellent place to have a long lunch with friends to chat with...also have multiple flatscreens.

The food of course is a bit simple....sukiyaki with a few meat selection. Just as places in Asia for sukiyaki...it's only beef and pork..they've added fish and fish cake..but I think the fish is not the best quality or fresh so it has a fishy smell. Beef is ok, but tend to be on the fatty side...and like one reviewer wrote..some looks like bacon.

I must say the service here is very good..of course that depends on your server, but most of them are quite good. The supervisor there now is excellent...I never had to ask for a refill for water...and she was always polite and attentive.

Anyway...go there for lunch and give it a try. You can definitely be full and it's great value and service!

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Bubbletopia7974 Granville St., Vancouver
Best Taro Smoothie in town
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 11:01am [Dine in]

Been to this bubbletea place many times and it's definitely one of my favorite. I can't comment on other drinks but this place has the best REAL Taro smoothie/milk in Vancouver. I've tried this at many bubble tea place in town and most were disappointments, so now
I don't even bother trying it at other places. I think the other drinks must be pretty decent too as there seem to be quite a lot of return customers at this little place. Great value and most drinks are < $4. It's not a fancy place and they only serve drinks but it's definitely cleaner than DragonBall and decent enough to actually sit for a bit. The magazines are really out of date though!

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Fifty Two 80 Bistro and Bar4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Seafood buffet was excellent
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Only dined here once but was quite happy with it. Had the seafood buffet for $65. It's definitely quite expensive, but the quality was very good. Not your usual seafood buffet. The chilled shrimps were HUGE and all the appetizer seafood was very good quality.

Unlike other buffets, the main course was made to order. Two type of fish including salmon and some other new zealand fish. Didn't have too much of it as our main interest was the lobster. They also had rib steak which I found was too overdone.

Now, the lobster was amazing. Not just boiled, but grilled to perfection. Juicy inside and very flavorful.

Overall, it was quite a good meal although quite expensive. I'll be interested in tryin some of the other deals they have here for the summer including $25 two course on Tuesdays and $20 BBQ on Thursday.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Not just hyped!
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

Vancouver seem to have many hyped up restaurants that don't live up to it's name..i.e. Tojo's, DB Bistro...Vij is certainly well known and I was somewhat skeptical about what to expect having been disappointed so many times in Vancity.

I was pleasantly surprised with the overall quality of food at Vij's. There's certainly some innovation and thought put into the menu and while it's still indian based, it's not something you can get elsewhere at other restaurants.

The no reservation policy certainly is a pain and probably helps wit the hype...but I guess it's worth a little wait to give it a try!

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Decent but hyped up!
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

Having moved from Ottawa where I am spoiled with amazing French cuisine, I've been thoroughly disappointed with most "French" restaurants in Vancouver. Have been looking forward to eat at Les Faux as it's always fully booked and many excellent reviews.

The food in general is decent. Had the French Onion soup which is ok for Vancouver standard. Not enough flavour though. For main course, I had the duck breast and confit risotto. I thought the duck was somewhat overdone and the dish was too salty to my liking. My other friends had beef filet and snapper which apparently was ok but not spectacular.

Overall, this is a decent bistro, but I don't see how it should have 4-5 star rating. The menu items are quite standard bistro fair. I am still waiting for someone to open a REAL good french restaurant in town.

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Tojo's Restaurant1133 W Broadway, Vancouver
Does Tojo think we're stupid?
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

I am amazed wtih all the incredible japanese restaurant in Vancouver, there are people who still think Tojo's is the best in town. I had been skeptical about it from various reviews and word of mouth, but I had some friends who were visiting and wanted to try. All I can say is for those of you who still sings Tojo's praises and keep saying it's worth it, you need to check out other places in Vancouver.

We had the $110 Omakase and was it a big disappointment. There was no Toro, no Umi, no Lobster, no Fois Gras. Sure the fish were fresh, but so are the fish at almost all the good Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. I was expecting some innovation nouveau Japanese cooking given you can get all the usual stuff at other places for same / better quality, but nothing that special at Tojo's. The presentation is nice, but I am there for the food first and foremost.

For those who say the prices are within what you expect for good Japanese restaurant in North America, that is true, but the other places are WAY better and more innovative. So as a traditional Japanese place, Tojo's is way below standard, while being an innovative place, it is not.

I think unfortunately, many people who go to very expensive restaurants refuse to admit they've been had even when it's obvious everything is overpriced.

I will not go back to Tojo's for sure. I didn't even have to pay for the meal and still thought it was mediocre. Lastly, ever wonder why there aren't any Japanese people eating at Tojo's? I think they know their Japanese food best...so why aren't they at Tojo's when you see them at Aki or Guu or all kinds of other good Japanese place? Some food for thought!

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