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rylsiemVancouverSince May 28, 200710 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Jaime's Bistro Restaurant136 Broadway East, Vancouver
Not impressed
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

After reading all the previous reviews, I had pretty high expectations, but I was not impressed. I had the adobo chicken, which I thought was always the trademark dish for Filipino food.

It cost me $9.95 + $1.50 for one bowl of rice. The chicken pieces were dried out and the sauce pretty much consisted of only soya sauce which was way too salty. Also the dish was on the small side. At the end of the meal I was still hungry. I decided not to pursue any more food.

The ambiance was pretty nice though even despite the wall paper consisted of fake bricks. Strangely enough they put on Karaoke music, which was too loud and nobody was singing either.

Conclusion: for $11.50 + tax + tip I can do a lot better across the street at the Congee Noodle house for example.

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Smoking Dog Bistro, The1889 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Decent experience
Submitted Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

I had the pate as an appetizer (small plate) and the steak + frites as the main course together with a Chianti. The pate was what it should be. Nice, but no surprises here. The main course was their signature dish, but nothing special in my opinion. I've been to many French restaurants before, so maybe this also plays a part. The French fries that accompanied it was also okay. The place is somewhat small and cramped, so coming on a Saturday night, you will hear everybody's conversation. The place is kind of 'loud'. Also constant brushing by the waiters because of the narrow pathways. The decoration was also okay. Other problem was that the main course took very long to arrive and so was the case for the table next to me and behind me. I think they cannot cope well with the busy weekends. Service was very good though. No complaints here. All in all, an okay experience for me. If you want to try out this restaurant, I would advice you to go during the week.

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Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good value for the money
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I've been here now several times and I still like the place. It already starts with a nice welcome at the door by one of the hostesses. The dining tables are nicely spaced from each other with modern, dimmed lights. Burgers, the rotissery chicken are good and the chocolate souffle cake for dessert is excellent. Service is very good and friendly. A good place to hang out with a bunch of friends in the weekend.

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Chow3121 Granville Street, Vancouver
Prix fixe menu
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

It was my first time here at Chow. I was impressed with the very modern, trendy, yet refined ambiance. I had the 3 course menu for $35, starting with the mussel soup, which had a very nice fish extract flavour for the soup base. Main course was the pork loin, which was tender and juicy. For dessert I had the chocolate mille feuille with Bailey ice cream which was a nice balance in taste. Service was friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Sunday brunch
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

I've been to many buffets abroad including the ones in Las Vegas (Bellagio) and I can you tell that the Sunday brunch is definitely a very good one. The ambiance is in a very upscale hotel (Fairmont) with very nice shops (Gucci, Louis Vuitton,..). The selection of food is also very good with croissants, Caesar Salad, cheese amongst other for the cold servings. Items like fried oysters, salmon in puff pastry, egg benedict, two kinds of very good sausages and very nice soups make up for the hot items. Also the scrambled eggs was not dried out, which you sometimes see. There is also AAA Alberta prime ribs, which is amazingly tender and juicy even more considering that it is a buffet. The desserts are of a very good quality, refined and light as opposed to the cement laden cakes that North America is usually renowned for. Desserts have the profiterolles, Black forest cakes, .... Service is good. Every time that I went away and came back, the old dishes were taken away. Price came down to $42 including tip and tax, which in my opinion was very good money for the value and can definitely match the ones in Vegas.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant7900 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
Outstanding experience
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

My parents came over and I decided to take them to the Kirin place in Richmond. First time we went for dim sum during the lunch, which was a good experience. The dim sum had a good, fresh taste and was also original for many of the items.
Second time we went for dinner and ordered the Alaskan black cod, steamed, duck, crispy noodles with shrimp, tofu pot and my parents were impressed and so was I. I have been to many Chinese restaurants, but you noticed that all the flavours came out in the best possible way. This is also one of the few times that I just could not stop eating anymore since it was so delicious.
What I also found impressive was the speed with which the dishes came out, even more since the entire restaurant was full. The waiters also fullfilled an excellent role in making sure that we had enough water and hot sauce and everything that we needed.
Needless to say that I gave this restaurant the maximum score possible.

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Arroy-d Thai3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
a solid performance
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

I read the many good reviews, so I had to give it a try. The interior is different than I see in most places. Two platforms with the upper platform quite spacious with kneeling tables in the middle. I came on a Sunday night at around 8.30 and like another reviewer mentioned the place was totally empty aside from young couple. It was also a bit cold.
I started with a Tom Yum soup with seafood, which was outstanding. The soup base had the right thickness and the flavors were very fresh. As the main course I had the duck in red curry sauce and this is where for me the stream of good reviews did not totally apply. They serve it in a small pot together with bamboo and pineapple and I felt that the taste of the duck did not come out that well anymore. Also the number of vegetables was a bit too overwhelming. Sala Thai is in this regard better, but so far did not try out the Tom Yum soup with them.

Service was good, but then again there were only two table to cover. Overall solid experience and will return again to try another dish out.

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O Thai Cuisine Restaurant1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Disappointing experience
Submitted Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

After reading so many good reviews, I decided to give it a try.
I started out with the sate as the appetizer. In my opinion there are 2 things that can go wrong with sate. The meat is not tender and has no flavour from itself and the accompanying sauce is not interesting enough to be served with it. In this case both went wrong. From the 3 skewers that I got, none worked for me. The meat was not precut and so tough that I almost pulled a muscle trying to cut the meat in smaller pieces (lol, but true...). The peanut sauce was not anything special and seemed to me that they just blended some peanut butter with water. My overall conclusion on the sate was that it needed some serious reengineering.

Up to the main dish, I decided to take the duck with tamarind sauce. I am not a big fan of sweet and sour sauces, but ordered it anyway because of the good reviews. As I expected, I didn't like the sauce, but could understand why some people would value it. The duck however was a bit of a different story. I have had duck in many restaurants, both in Chinese and other Thai restaurants, and found that in those restaurants the pieces of duck were richer of meat. My pieces of duck contained too much bone, it was crispy, but dried out in too many places. Also the accompanying presentation of the lettuce was a bit too primitive for me in the sense that they just cut this huge lettuce into two and just put it like that on my plate.

Despite of all this negativity, I want to mention that the service was attentive and that the waiters were friendly. I also found the interior modern and different enough to differentiate itself from the tradional interiors for this type of restaurant. I do concur with some of the other reviewers about the noise level created by the acoustics of the wall.

Will I ever return to this restaurant? You may have guessed it, not in the foreseeable future.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
Pleasant experience
Submitted Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

After reading many reviewers, I decided to give Tropika a try after having been to the Banana Leaf and Prima and thankfully I did. It was an overall good experience.

I had the Sate (2 beef, 2 lamb, 1 pork and 1 chicken) skewers as the appetizer, which all turned out to be tender and tastefull pieces of meat. The peanut sauce was also decent enough. I also tried 1 chicken cuff, which has a nice appealing look and a nice curry flavour to it.

For my main dish, I tried the Kari Kambing (lamb curry), which was to my surprise quite a lot and served in a large bowl. The meat had a very tender and nice flavour to it.

The interior is modern (Robson location) and not typically the South east Asian design. I had a view on Robson.

I found the waiters very attentive and usually within a couple of seconds, one of the waiters was with me to serve any needs I may had. I came in on a Sunday evening at around 6pm and found that reservations were definetly needed. Because I came on my own, I only had to wait half an hour, but parties for larger than 4 would have to wait an hour and a half.

Overall very pleased with everything and would definitely return. Now I just hope that the Cambie location is just as good...

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Sai Z3116 West Broadway, Vancouver
Something else than your traditional sushi restaurant
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 12:45am [Dine in]

I was pleasantly surprised by the interior of this restaurant. It consists of two levels. In the ground level there was also a piano with someone playing on it creating a nice relaxed ambiance in a space where the tables are nicely separated from each other with a comfortable distance.

On the menu, I noticed that this restaurant is really trying to distinguish themselves from your typical sushi bar with food items that have a little more creativity to it.
For example I tried out the lobster bisque miso soup as a starter, which had a nice creamy taste to it. I also tried out the sashimi, which was recommended by one of the other reviewers that turned out to be really fresh and nicely presented.

My only complaint is what is also mentioned by another reviewer the LONG wait. I went on a Sunday around 6-7pm and it was not busy, but it still took them approximately 30-40 minutes to serve my 9 piece salmon/tuna sashimi. If you're in a hurry to catch a movie, I would not recommend this restaurant. Go there and be prepared to take the entire evening out for this.

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