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sakuchanE. VancouverSince April 17, 200812 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Well done, Odouls!
Submitted Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

I'm a critical person, so I like other people to know exactly how I'm unsatisfied and what can be done to change that. Conversely, I like to give credit where it's due, and O'douls can tastefully receive my congratulations for a highly recommended dining experience.

I came on Dine Out Vancouver, so at $32.25 after tax, I was able to sample what the restaurant has to feature in a 3-course meal. Higher-end restaurants always confound my food knowledge as I never understand exactly what they serve or what the sauces in the menu are made of. So I didn't catch that our appetizer, albacore tuna, would be served raw. I adore raw fish and albacore is a rarity in sushi, so I relished every 4 fresh bites (yes, it's small, but it's enough for girl). The fish (seared on the outside) came with sauce for dipping, and I never figured out what it was made of but it was a unique compliment to raw fish.

With the Dine Out menu's choice of 3 entrées, my friend and I covered the ground for non-vegetarians; we shared short ribs and salmon. The salmon was cooked with the perfect flakiness and taste, but the best part wasn't the meaty parts, but the skin, which was fried or baked. I was taken aback at the crunchy skin-a new experience for me in terms of fish. The chef seems to understand the appeal of crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. My short ribs was boneless (this may vary depending on your rib), very tender and flavourful. Both entrées came with puréed, creamy mash potatoes that had a hint of pumpkin in it. Whatever they did to the mash potatoes, it was delicious and unique.

What's a 3-course meal without dessert? I opted for a apple bread pudding while my friend chose the chocolate espresso torte. I would say that my choice was better because the chef's skill was clearly demonstrated in it. They are not too sweet (but diabetics beware) and the proportion was just right. Soft, warm and delicate, the bread pudding was beyond excellent.

The restaurant was nearly full by the time we left, but the staff is well-managed and we never once asked for attention! Service came automatically unbeckoned. Drinks were filled and utensils replaced-we were pampered. The waiters kept a close eye on our table and paced every step of the 3-course experience, so before I recognized the time, I had spent a good 2 hours with a stomach well-filled. Well-done Odouls!

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Osaka Teppanyaki1788 W Broadway, #103, Vancouver
Your own personal chef, at the cost of having actual Japanese food
Submitted Friday, December 24, 2010 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

Even having never been at a teppanyaki before, I find that I can be fair and impartial with this review as someone who's had a lot of experience with Japanese food, but have never had it in this unique setting. How it works is this: there are about 7 tables in the restaurant, with a grill in the middle of each table. If you have 5+ people, you get a table to yourselves and a chef to yourselves. There's a menu in which you order the set dish you'd like and the chef will cook it for you when it's your table's turn. So you do get to see your food in the raw form cooked before your very eyes. Really, once you get set up, you don't need much service (and the waiters are easy enough to flag down), so I'm going to leave out service in this review.

What's really unique is that you get live entertainment-think Harlem Globetrotters except with chefs. Your chef can pull certain tricks at the table every once in a while. I had a really fun chef who cracked jokes and kept up a good stream of chatter, surprising all with his antics. This is hands-down the best bit about the restaurant.

Which means, the food isn't the best bit. But it's not a bad bit. Anything that's fresh off the grill tastes very good-vegetables, meat, seafood. You have your choice of 2 dipping sauces with your meal to enhance the grilled flavour. No surprises in the grilling department. Along with each entree (set), you also receive a soup, rice, and a salad, 2 of which is subpar. The soup is a variation on miso and is flavourful, appropriate for Japanese fare, but the salad is inadequate. The vegetables are fresh enough, but the sauce leaves lots to be desired. I had my rice fried, which was an extra $6 that wasn't worth the money. The rice itself was too soft and it has none of the flavour that Asian fried rice usually have because no salt, chicken stock or meat went into it. Good for people who have high cholesterol, I suppose, but not good for those who actually expects something similar to fried rice.

For the food and price, I really wouldn't come again. It was great entertainment and is more of a place you'd take your boss to or would go once just to see. It's quite clear that asides from grilling, the chefs don't have trouble with cooking traditional food. If you have an entertainment coupon, give it a try, otherwise, there are much better places to have grilled, Asian food. In fact, I'd suggest a Chinese restaurant instead.

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Sweet Revenge Patisserie4160 Main Street, Vancouver
Crippling handicap
Submitted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 2:42am [Dine in]

These scores really don't represent the establishment in its entirety very well. On their own, they mean nothing, and neither do all of the Georgia Straight awards posted on their door. Unfortunately, this establishment's finer points (food, interior decoration) is overshadowed by the server's act of dishonesty and general carelessness. Patisseries are, as a rule, overpriced, but there is no reason why the bill should end up as being dishonestly overpriced and miscalculated. The server did not seem to feel the need to inform the customer of the 15% gratuity in neither speech nor print. All trust is lost when the restaurant cheats your money, whether it was intentional or not.

Service was also poor: the drinks were incorrect and 2 out of the 4 glasses were dirty. Forget the food and ambiance-if the service doesn't measure up, that is a crippling handicap.

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Honolulu Cafe4288 Main, Vancouver
If only I weren't so hungry...
Submitted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 2:06am [Dine in]

There is no excuse for poor service and poor food quality on a calm Monday night. I ordered 2 side dishes accompanied by rice (tofu and grilled beef). Once the beef was presented, it was obvious that the chef who prepared it either hardly knew what he was doing, or bundled up a few scrap leftovers into a dish. The grilled meat was extremely scant and covered with onions to "hide" the scant proportion. The sauce over the beef was its only saving grace.

The tofu, on the other hand, was fabulously presented with a ring of broccoli and mushroom slices. The tofu itself was delicious, but the broccoli did not taste fresh.

My table was waited on by 2 waitresses: one of whom was extremely attentive to our tea-filling needs and very friendly to boot, while the other one looked like she wanted to spit into our food and as good as threw down the dishes onto the table. To top it all off, it took no less than 30 minutes and 1 reminder for my order of french toast to be served.

Verdict: Wouldn't go back if it killed me. I've eaten at 3 Honolulus together and this was the worst experience. The other 2 Honolulus were not much better. I would avoid any Honolulu establishment altogether.

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Sushi Town5935 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Non-traditional, but that's what's good about it.
Submitted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:50am [Dine in]

Let's make this clear: this is fusion sushi, it's non-traditional and the place is run by Koreans. None of this is bad news at all. Sushi Town is true to its reputation for its specialty sushi, which is its own house creations. According to my friends, only the Awesome Roll was worth ordering and they were right to order that. The Awesome Roll uses bonito flakes and plenty of flavourful mayonnaise to delight your taste buds.

Its regular rolls (salmon, tuna, scallop, etc) were fresh and sufficiently generous and they give serve more meat in a katsu don than the average sushi place.

The place can be quite busy, but remained clean. The waitresses were attentive enough and came around to fill your tea occasionally.

Verdict: If you have an hour to spare for lunch, hit this place up for a satisfying meal.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Hunting for shrimp in my noodles
Submitted Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

Having been told not to go there, I finally overcame my shyness and visited the much-appraised Malaysian chain. I'm not sure what it's appraised for-it's quite average in food quality. I ordered the roti and a bowl of noodles (with shrimp and veggies thrown in, plus one egg) while my friends ordered a variety of rice.

Firstly, the appetizer (roti) was yummy and came with an interesting dip. The roti can be described as a salty crepe; it was a satisfying prelude to the main meal.

One of the best things about Banana Leaf is the menu. It is vast and you can request the degree of spiciness. The variety of dishes share one common trait: beansprout. Nearly every dish is filled to the brim with them. Whatever the taste is, this is a cheap excuse to fill up room which should be meant for meat or noodle. My bowl looked large, but the majority is soup and beansprouts. It drowned out what would've been a flavourful dish.

Banana Leaf, therefore, can only redeem itself with its service, which was phenomenal. Extra peanuts, extra sauce-everything you can request is done swiftly and with a smile.

Final verdict: Your dollar doesn't go very far here, so I would not visit again.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips6574 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Finally, my craving has been satisfied
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

The place and menu are very homely. You can start with a chowder soup before digging into the fish and chips. Every fish and chips serve nearly the same quality food, so any favourable extinction sets each restaurant apart.

Service was excellent here. The waitress regularly checked up on us and water was refilled without being asked.

I ordered the halibut and found the batter pleasingly light. A friend ordered the seafood platter-which had onion rings and all sorts of fried seafood completing the plate, which was fried using the same batter.

In terms of value, the appetizers prove to be worth getting. In fact, if you care not for "chips," you should order the chicken finger appetizer (comes with onion rings) and the fish separately. Otherwise, the fish n chips dinner only comes with one fish, and won't be enough on its own. I would definitely go back to try AYCE.

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Zocalo2515 Main Street, Vancouver
Half full on a Friday night
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 12:34am [Dine in]

I've heard about a lot of good eats down Main st. Fair prices and solid taste are usually the reasons on this otherwise dinghy street. Having said so, I'm not sure where Zocalo would fit the bill here.

First, the food. I give them credit for presentation, but it doesn't save the lack of distinctive flavor. I had the chilaquiles, by the way. It felt as though only line cooks were working tonight, and only wrapped foods turned out well. Anything more complicated overpowered my tastebuds with spiciness, the predominent flavor in this quaint joint.

Sometimes, I can be forgiving of culinary weakness if the service is admirable. Sadly, this was not the case. The waitress who served my table made it clear that unless we ordered quickly, our business would not be appreciated, even though the place was half-empty. I spied 2 employees boldy fooling around, ignorant of hands raised in the air for help.

I had wanted to order dessert, but felt fed up. My advice is to order something wrapped, such as the bean burritos, if you frequent this restaurant. Anything that does not sound familiar or high risk should be avoided.

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Fleuri845 Burrard St, Vancouver
Chocolate buffet is not much more than solid
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 1:20am [Dine in]

Likes: A solid, and fun variety of desserts ranging from crepe, icecream, puffs, chocolate fountain and cakes. The mousse was incredibly good. My waiter was certainly a happy guy and served my friend a birthday special without being prompted. Ambiance is what you'd expect for a high-class restaurant, complete with a real-live piano player!

Dislikes: The chocolate cake, much too filling and bogged up precious little stomach room. It's a bit of a rushed meal since they only serve the desserts for 2 hours. It sounds like plenty of time, but if you have a company of 5 or more with you, it's not nearly enough. Besides, one would expect a buffet to last a lot longer than that.

Suggestions: Have a light dinner well before going, and pass on any of the chocolate cakes.

Verdict: It's a novel experience, but does not warrant a second visit.

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Legends Pub & Restaurant9031 Blundell Rd., Richmond
Hockey and talking!
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

From the outside, Legends looks like it's been here for awhile. From the inside, the furnishing confirms that fact. But that hardly matters when your group of friends can create their own ambiance. Legends lets you do that by separating the restaurant into 2 sections-a louder, bigger part full of cheering fans, or a quieter section where you can chat amiably with friends, while still enjoying some hockey on the flatscreen tv.

And enjoy you will. With pitchers and daily specials offered, Legends is quite affordable. The mixed drinks are nothing out of the ordinary, but combined with nachos, wings or pizza, the experience is satisfying. Legends is nice and casual, encouraging multiple visits on your nights off.

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Is it all about the ambiance?
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

In a bar, it's all about the alcohol and snacks. Any bar can achieve ambiance-all you need is low lighting and ample patrons. Thus, failing drinks and snack, a bar would have failed.

It's too harsh to fail Chill Winston in that sense. Their drinks are highly commendable, with a greater, more unique variety than most bars. Their stylishly protruding kitchen, bathroom and furnishing easily renders it a more pricey bar. And pricey it was. I had a beer and it set me back $7. Every other drink mix is at least $8, and with no alternatives (coffee, tea), you're stuck. The bar is also unique in the fact that it offers no daily specials or beer pitchers, making for another eyebrow raiser.

But nothing compares to the gripe I have against the food. We ordered snacks, mint-chocolate icecream and apple crisp. Coming in at $3 and $7, respectively, it had to be good. Being in good humour and not wanting to put a daunt in the waitress' quality service, I bit my lip while staring down at the miniscule apple crisp before my eyes. It was the size of a cupcake, or the diameter of 3 loonies. I call this French proportion. Yet, without the same quality in taste. Icecream was not much better since it was a spoonful. Bravo for using real, crushed mint for the mint chocoate icecream, but there wasn't even enough to enjoy.

I would suggest any other bar in Gastown that might be less frugal with their customers. But if you want to see a communal bathroom, Chill Winston would be worth a one-time visit.

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Zaigros1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Small kitchen, small proportions
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 11:43am [Dine in]

I was inclined to believe that Persian might be, in a way, Greek. And in a way, I was right, and Zagros has me feeling unfulfilled while wishing I had really gone Greek instead.

Seeing as how it seems quite homey and family-owned, you'd expect the food to be equally homey. With the exception of vegetarian meals, all meals come with salad and rice. The server even threw in a batch of Greek bread appetizer in the beginning. The rest did not remain as promising. I became full, alright, but full on rice, which was a healthy proportion. The same can't be said of the meat, which was one skewer here for my friend, and one miniscule-sized stew for me. Considering that meat is the highlight (not rice), the sight was disappointing. A grown man would have needed to order 2 appetizers to compensate.

Taste itself, though, was excellent, as the meat was tenderized and flavourful. The one waitress (it's a small place) is cheerful and fills the water frequently until it got busy.

If you feel inclined to check the place out, look at the photos plastered on the window, as it shows EXACTLY what you should expect-plentiful unflavoured rice with small amounts of meat. Unfortunately, lack in proportion is what bogs this restaurant down. You're not going to get what you paid. I also suggest examining your bill because, interestingly enough, BOTH taxes are calculated, rendering tipping pretty much unnecessary.

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