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RobertVancouverSince February 12, 200713 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Koko Japanese Restaurant2053 East Hastings St, Vancouver
Will not go back
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2011 - 9:32pm [Take-out]

I live the neighbourhood and am doing my best to explore the nearby restaurants. Needing some Japanese take-out one night in late February, I called Koko.

I found the menu online. The staff cheerfully took my order over the phone. When I arrived at the restaurant, I remarked at how big the restaurant was and how clean and neat it looked. I remarked to myself "Hey, I should come back with the family ..."

When I got home with the food, I realized that I would not go back.

California roll - the very thin layer of rice was mushy and tasteless. There was no hint of vinegar here.

Teriyaki chicken - the sliced pieces were very small and over cooked. I'm all for food safety, but this was ridiculous.

Ebi sunomono - this was good. The noodles were cooked just right.

Gomae - this was OK.

All in all, this eating experience was very disappointing.

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Gingeri Chinese Cuisine5300 No. 3 Road, 323, Richmond
Food is worth returning for, but not the service
Submitted Monday, October 19, 2009 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

My family got together this weekend for dim sum. There were about 10 of us.

We liked the food. We ordered the typical dim sum fare. We were pleasantly surprised at the steamed rice rolls with fish, which we hadn't seen before at other restaurants.

My wife and I arrived late, and apparently missed all of the "good stuff" that my family suffered thorugh: numerous dirty place settings and poor service.

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Hatsune Sushi Japanese Restaurant5633 West Boulevard, Vancouver
This restaurant is mercifully closed
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

When my wife and I dined here shortly after it opened, I said to her: "This place is not going to survive." How true that statement came to be.

I would never wish unwell on someone who is making a potentially huge investment in opening a business. The fact of the matter is that there are far too many sushi restaurants in Kerrisdale. A low-performer like this one was not going to survive at all.

Come to this location and enjoy the Vietnamese restaurant in its place.

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Suvai Restaurant2279 West 41st Vancouver, Vancouver
I wish we'd dined here sooner
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

My wife and I have walked by this restaurant many times, saying "We should eat here, some time." We finally did and I wish we'd done so sooner.

I had the evening's feature entree: pan-roasted halibut. Man, was that a tasty dish. The sides (quinoa, spinach, carrot) were a feast for the eyes and the tongue. In short, I was savouring every last bit of every bite of my meal. My wife ordered the sea scallops that were equally tasty and well-presented.

Dessert was hit and miss. The "tiramisu" was dreadful. Imagine a 9" round cake-style tiramisu that you'd buy from Costco. Yuck. Definately not what I was expecting. I mentioned my displeasure and the server acknowledged that he'd pass my comments along to the owner. My wife's creme brulee was so incredibly yummy. I think they put some rosewater in it?

The salad starters were good, both my wife's caesar and my greens with goat cheese and yellow beets.

The serving staff consisted of Jack (as mentioned in other reviews) and a young woman with glasses. Service was effective. She had a warmer personality that he. He's not going to win any awards for being friendly. As someone else had asked, "does that matter"?

I actually liked Jack's emotional distance as he effectively took care of our table's needs. And even when the place was 75% full, he still engaged us in a discussion when I asked him about restaurant practises in town (chef-owners vs. non-chef-owners).

I look forward to returning to this restaurant so conveniently located a short walk from our home.

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Sugarcane Vietnamese Cafe5633 W Boulevard, Vancouver
A restaurant worth returning to, many times over
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

In Kerrisdale, there are two restaurants serving Vietnamese dishes. Sugarcane is by far the better of the two.

My wife and I have been here 2 or 3 times since it recently opened. We enjoy the friendly service, tasty food and neighbourhood convenience. We've sampled the basic dishes (rolls, soup, coffee, rice, vermicelli) and been quite satisfied.

Why the "Solid" rating? The Vietnamese food I've had at various restaurants around town is "comfort food for the everyman". I don't expect it to be fancy or inventive. When I go for Vietnamese food, I want something familiar, tasty and predictable. In my mind "Solid" is the best way to describe this restaurant. If pressed to find other ways to describe this restaurant, I'd say "Recommended".

The staff are friendly and Deedee the owner is cheerful and welcoming. The decor is better than most restaurants of this type.

I know that we'll return to the restaurant and venture into the other dishes. Stay tuned for more reviews!

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Westward Ho! Bar & Grill5185 University Blvd., Vancouver
Disappointing
Submitted Monday, September 24, 2007 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

My wife and I had dinner at this restaurant on a recent Saturday evening.

The two featured dinner entrees we ordered were disappointing. My wife’s pork tenderloin was terribly over done. The clear broth in which the pork, pasta and vegetables sat was tasteless. We expressed our dissatisfaction with the dish to the server, who promptly asked us what she could replace it with. Good on her for doing the right thing.

I ordered the pasta feature: papardelle with beef filet in peppercorn sauce. The beef was done to about medium-well, which is more than what I like. Regardless, the beef was tender so the doneness wasn’t a real problem. I wasn’t overwhelmed with the dish. It was satisfactory. I would not order it again.

The starter soup, Thai chicken noodle, was a highlight. I enjoyed the variety of sliced vegetables in the bowl. The soup had the look of a hot and sour soup. I’m not a big fan of hot and sour soup so that fact at this bowl was neither spicy nor sour was fine by me. With a name like “Thai chicken noodle”, I was expecting a curry or coconut flavour.

I do not plan to return to this restaurant for dinner. Perhaps their burger and sandwich options are better? I don’t plan to find out any time soon.

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BBT Cafe5979 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Looking forward to dining here again
Submitted Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 12:05am [Dine in]

BBT has become one of our favourite neighbourhood restaurants.

Its Taiwanese cuisine is a refreshing twist on the Southern Chinese and Hong Kong dishes that my wife and I are accustomed to. There are three Taiwanese restaurants in the neighbourhood and BBT provides a much better dining experience than the others.

One of our favourite drinks is the hot ginger longan tea. The bite of the fresh ginger with the sweetness of the longan creates a much anticipated treat.

The noodle soup bowls are big for the price (less than $7). I ordered the chicken and vegetable noodles. The chicken was appropriately grilled and seasoned with black pepper. The Shanghai bok choy was tender crisp and a healthy bright green yelling “fresh”. The thick noodles were done just right. The broth was pleasant and not overly salty like at other Asian restaurants.

On a previous visit, I ordered the grilled chicken dinner and enjoyed the presentation of the accompanying veggies (hot and cold) in cute little dishes. Imagine a Japanese bento box where the compartments are in separate bowls.

Service is always friendly. The décor is simple and homey. The restaurant is often busy so we’re always lucky to get one of the last few available tables.

Two bowls of noodle soup and a pot of tea came to $18. A great deal, in my books.

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East is East3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver
An enjoyable dining experience
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

Wary of the reportedly high prices, we dined here on a Saturday night with Entertainment Book coupon in hand.

The Persian tea was wonderful! I cannot explain in words the delicate flavours that tickled my tongue. My wife’s Kama Sutra smoothie was also an extremely tasty beverage.

When our meals arrived, the amount of food appeared to be rather small. However, by the time I had finished my meal, I felt quite satisfied. I really enjoyed the soup that accompanied my dinner platter.

All in all, two thumbs up for the great flavours.

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Kitsilano Sushi3105 West Broadway, Vancouver
Diners are here for budget-saving or as a last resort
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has sushi, noodles and terriyaki at very low prices. I am sure that is the only reason why this restaurant was full tonight because the food really misses the mark.

My wife ordered the chirashi don. She remarked that it was OK. The pieces of fish, while large are varied, were just "fresh enough".

I ordered the beef terriyaki box, which came with assorted tempura and a California roll. The beef was cooked to the point where I thought it was ground beef. In other words, the beef had no beef-like texture. The flavour of the "terriyaki" sauce was almost unidentifiable. The flavour hinted of terriyaki but certainly didn't taste as I would expect. The rice of the sushi rolls was mushy and tasteless. The California roll was, as mentioned by a previous reviewer, BAD.

The only bright part of my meal was the vegetable roll. I quite liked the carrot which was shredded into super tiny threads. The roll was attractively presented on its serving plate.

We used an Entertainment Book coupon to reduce the meal price to $16 including tip.

Service was friendly and efficient.

If you like sushi as served by places like Sushi King, then you will enjoy KS for its low prices and large servings. If you are looking for something remotely authentic, then KS is not the place for you.

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Backstage Grille2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
Not just good enough for a captive audience
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2007 - 12:47am [Dine in]

Based on trips to Las Vegas, I have become wary of over-priced casino restaurants with below-average food. I was happily surprised at what we experienced at the Backstage Grille.

I ordered salmon and my sister ordered the prime rib. Both of our meals were tasty and well presented. The brocolli was a great fresh green colour and cooked just right. My mashed potatos were yummy while sis asked for extra broco in place of the taters.

The walls and the sides of the booths are covered with music memorabilia. Service was friendly and cheerful.

No time for dessert as we had just enough time to eat and dash to our concert at the Red Robinson Theatre. By the way, the concert venue is great!

A modest 3/5 rating as this was my first visit. If the next visit is as good, I'll be more generous on the rating scale.

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Finest at Sea4675 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Fine food awaits at Finest at Sea
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

Whether you're shopping for fresh seafood or looking for dinner, then this is the place for you. I've had two excellent meals here and will surely come back again.

On the deli side, the fresh fish is also great. The crab cakes are tasty and super easy to prepare. The cooked shrimp packages are full of large shrimp, not that teensy-weensy stuff at chain supermarkets.

The restaurant can get very busy at dinner time. Good press + excellent food = some backlog. However, your taste bud will agree that it's worth the wait.

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Baan Wasana Thai Restaurant2143 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
A nice find in Kerrisdale
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

There are many reasons why I will go back to this restaurant. Firstly, the coziness of this small restaurant makes one feel very comfortable without feeling cramped. Secondly, the service staff are very friendly and attentive. Lastly, the food is great.

One dish that stood out was the Pad Thai. Since this is such a common dish it was refreshing to be served something that wasn't doused in red-orange goo. The al dente pasta was also a surprise. All these years, I hadn't noticed that every other restaurant I'd been to was over cooking their noodles.

I look forward to returning to this restaurant and providing updated reviews.

(The conservative rating submitted today is due to this being my first visit to this restaurant.)

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
Positive experience at Dai Tung
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

I just came back from a great banquet with my family at Dai Tung. I'm not sure what everyone is complaining about in regards to service. This restaurant's service is just fine. I had no trouble flagging down someone when we needed something. Everytime I asked a server to bring us something (water, napkins, extra chopsticks, take-out boxes), we received it with no problem. The place was at capacity and there were dozens of people waiting to get in. The only negative comment I can think of is that the food came out too quickly! We had to do some creative plate placement on the turntable in order to fit everything.

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