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sgtocaKitsilano, VancouverSince September 15, 2005103 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3.2)
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Sonomama980 Granville St, Vancouver
Try it before they are gone
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

This is one hell of a sushi/robata/tapas place. I became a fan and am sad to find out today they are closing their doors this Nov 10th. I called today and was told they are closing and not moving elsewhere. I hope to find out why when I stop by later today. But it will be a loss for downtown Vancouver. They rocked and I will miss this place.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Really, its not bad
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

But not great. It is what it is, nothing even close to Vegas style buffet but for the spread, not bad. Weekend $27 buys you all kinds of salads, cold seafood like prawns, crab legs, mussels and hot food included more seafood like stir fry mussels, fish. Meat dishes included a station where the slice thin slices of prime rib but it was tender and delish. Grilled chicken, NY steak (a little tough) was also on the spread. Desserts were ok, I did enjoy some of the mousse. Different kinds of carbs like pasta, rice. Veges had a ratatouille, grilled veges and stir fry. Kinda buffet with an asian influence due to the majority of the customers and locale in Richmond. Doubt I'd go again though as it was just ok, would try the lounge again next time. Service was good, fast clearning of plates, drinks served promptly and staff was relatively friendly.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Fusion flavours, modern room, good service
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

Love Goldfish. From their ability to squeeze our party in despite losing our initial reso is what I call good service. Their current Taste of Yaletown promo is so worth the price. Portions were good considering the 3 course promo was only $35. I ventured off the promo though while the other diners had it. I tried their sweet potato and pork curry, it was good, flavourful and enough to be shared by 2 with some complex carbs on the side. Our server was so sweet and attentive. The room was modern yet comfortable. The flavours are different as it's fusion so western traditional stuff will have that tint of say lemon grass or basil or ginger but oh my, it was good stuff. I did not care too much for the crispy squid cuz I've had better but the other dishes worked. Their Arctic Char promo was another hit. I recommend this place wholeheardtedly!

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Thida Thai1193 Davie St, Vancouver
First review a good one
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

Good Pad Thai. Nice room, clean and felt like a Thai restaurant. Checked them out for lunch and portions were good, came with a piping hot spring roll, salad with Thai dressing and Pad Thai was authentic, I should have asked for Thai spicy cuz that's how I used to eat it in Bangkok but it was not the usual ketchup taste in other thai joints, Thida Thai did it well in their sauce. Can't comment on other dishes yet but will soon as I am dragging my colleagues there soon. Service was good, friendly and accommodating. Hope to check them out for a feast soon but my first impression was a good one as there are few authentic Thai places like this around.

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Isami Sushi4603 Kingsway, #6, Burnaby
I remember this place...
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2007 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

I haven't been in a year or 2, used to come here quite a bit when I was worked nearby but now its a little far from downtown. I remember the sushi, sashimi, especially hamachi, toro and uni here were superbly fresh. Even their bento boxes were amazing, good amount of food and service although can be slow when they are swamped, is efficient. I hope to stop by one day when heading over to Metrotown for a movie. It's one of Lower Mainland better sushi restaurants that's for sure.

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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina1326 Davie Street, Vancouver
Erm, its just...decent?
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

I had such high hopes but it was just an ok night out at Lolita's not awesome, I realized I am not a fan of long narrow restaurants and the close proximity made me feel like sharing tables and it really is a place to go with friends, have fun, not meaning conversations as everyone can eaves drop when they are only 3 inches away from you. The service sufficed, not overly friendly, but not rude, ample I guess. The food was good, authentic Mexican? Nah, I've had better south of the border, but it was nicely presented and the scallop and prawn ceviche appy was good, the tacos nothing to write home about. One saving grace though, the huge red sangria, that I thoroughly enjoyed, this is a fun place but not one that I would return over and over again.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
Another gem discovered
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

Gal pal and I made a visit today to Zipang Sushi today, I've always wanted to try this place after reading the reviews here and boy am I glad we did! It was quiet when we got there as it was 2 pm so lunch crowd were gone. We ordered the ebichilli roll which is really good and so were their staples like tori karaage, tempura, california roll and sashimi. The hamachi was really fresh, batter on the tempura light and this place is priced like any other authentic places. If compared to Chinese/Korean or Vietnamese owned sushi places like Samurai for eg, the portions are small as they are meant to be smaller portions, when have you seen a obsese japanese person? Anyhoo I digress. The food here is authentic, fresh, service friendly. I would never have guessed this was a legitimate authentic Japanese restaurant from the name Zipang but it is, looking forward to visiting again and possibly regular takeout, only downer for me is they are a little out of the way from Kits.

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Social Restaurant & Lounge332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
Mediocre at best
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

Tried brunch at So.Cial recently and I had the same observation as the previous post, why was it so empty? Where are the tourists or regulars? I can't comment on lunch or dinner but the brunch was not impressive for the venue, reputation and price. My chorizo omelet was plain, the eggs weren't light nor fluffy and the potatoes with onions were served somewhat cold and for the price, a little more effort should be put into the plates. Service was ample but not friendly, just ample. The entire group of us who dined there left unimpressed and I will unlikely return. I don't hate it but I found it blah.

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Aoki Sushi1888 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
What were they thinking?
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

If you've been to other Japanese restaurants like Shiro, Taka, Sonomama or Kibune, then you would know this place is bad. I agree with the previous comment that their karaage is horrendous. The batter was cakey and rubbery, very strange for karaage, and I know karaage is NOT supposed to taste like that. I've been there twice and recently was a huge takeout order. Considering it was almost summer, temperatures outside was about 25 degrees, since they have no a/c, it was warm in the restaurant which should have been a red flag as you cannot handle raw fish if its warm in your restaurant. The time is sits on the counter or in your takeout box before delivery or pickup is crucial isn't it. So I ordered cooked food only. I had to order sashimi for my spouse but while eating it, notice it was a huge thick chunk reminding me of Korean or Vietnamese owned places and not caring for quality over quantity. Still, I cannot stress about the important of fish handling in a sushi restaurant, it is raw for god sakes! I did not enjoy my experience here at all. I went there because it was close to home, but nah next time I'd rather waste gas and drive to Cambie or Cornwall to have fresher sushi that is supposed to. The ambiance here is quite odd, a little sad I felt, so much potential if they just spruce the place up, put in a/c, make proper karaage.

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Sushiyama371 East Broadway, Vancouver
Not bad but probably not returning
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

I have pet peeves with non Japanese owned and run sushi restaurants. Its raw fish after all so handling is very important. I ended up ordering a cooked dish of tempura prawns on rice so that was ok. It is good value for money but sushi is to be enjoyed for good quality and its delicate texture and not huge chunks of tuna which appeared off in colour. The place is owned and run by Koreans and I know this as I heard conversations and my dining friend who studied Japanese said it was definitely not Japanese. I now know why this place is popular, its the Stephos of Japanese restaurant, huge portions for good prices so nah, not for me as Japanese food is to be enjoyed not eaten with a risk of improper handling but cooked food was ok. Unlikely to return as way too many authentic restaurants in the city.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
What's not to like
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

This place is fun, great ambiance, typical of a noisy French bistro. Great prices for food! Come on, a prix fix menu with starter, entree and dessert for $21 for Vancouver is crazy. As we were famished we ventured off the prix fix menu and ordered ala carte instead. I had the prawn avocado salad which is amazing and I had the 8 oz steak + frites, it was a simple dish, minimal sauce but tasty and well aged steak and the crispy piping hot frites made a world of difference, ask for mayo dip! Other diners had their lobster and crab bisque, I had a taste and actually bit into pieces of lobster which is unheard of, wickedly delicious!! The service was prompt, attentive without being imposing. The atmosphere is what kept me enthralled, it was noisy, packed to the seams, every diner was having a great time. I cannot wait to return, this place rocks!

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Babylon Cafe716 Robson Street, Vancouver
Not the ambiance but oh mon the food!
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here three time in the last 2 weeks. The chicken schwarma (sp?) is amazing, huge portions with all that salad, rice and potatoes and abundant chicken with tzaziki and hot sauce, it is the best,I love this stuff and wondered why I've never ventured in before until recently. Don't be daunted by the line up, it is SO worth it!

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Good enuf for me
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Tried this place for lunch today, had their roti canai with a really good thick curry for dip and a beef rendang (dry curry beef) both were good although the beef was not tender enough but the sauce was good. Also came with curried vegetables and a nice dollop of rice for $7.95. A little out of the way as I was on a work visit to New West but if I am in the vicinity, I would go again. Hope they last as it wasn't that busy at lunch time. The service was pleasant and portions ample for me.

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Toratatsu735 Denman, Vancouver
Decent but not poor
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 9:42am [Dine in]

Went with a group of friends. I was impressed with some dishes, dissappointed with some. The ebi mayo was good although 2 pieces per serving is a tad too tiny and the spicy sauce that came with it was good but not unique cuz its also served at mother ship Shiru Bay. I did enjoy the scallop carpaccio. Our server was not too knowledgable but she was not rude. The shocked of the evening was there was no sake which I found to be rather disturbing for a Japanese restaurant not to have any sake at all. It's like a Mexican joint saying sorry no salsa today. Other than that, we had fun, it was really more of the company I was with, the restaurant was rather blah. It is not a full fledged izakaya (like Guu or Hapa) but for what it is trying to be I think it failed. If you read my other reviews, you'd know I love all things remotely izakaya so writing this was hard. I do think the menu needs to be revamped and maybe one day I might return but for now...nah, other better places to go.

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Senhor Rooster850 Renfrew St., Vancouver
That Piri Piri sauce
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2007 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

I can't believe I am the first person to write a review here. We've been going to Senhor Rooster since it's old locale on Rupert. They've recently moved to Renfrew and they are still as good as before. I was not familiar with Portuguese food until I tried this place, love their Portuguese cornish game hen! It's flavourful with a hint of spice but packed with flavour. My last visit I had the lamb dinner and it was enough for 2 meals! Pork and clams is another favourite. When u go, you must ask for the owner's special mango piri piri sauce, its amazing. At this new location, they've expanded and even has a patio, hope to check them out again this summer and sip on some sangria and spicy chicken, what can beat that?!?!

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Next Noodle Bar560 Robson Street, Vancouver
Not too bad
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

Just got bad from Next Noodle Bar after grabbing lunch with a bud of mine. I recommend their chicken lollilop and chicken wings and not much else. I had their Wor Wonton Noodles and the broth was bland and the bbq pork lacked flavour. There were other diners who had their wok fried noodles and fried rice that looked good. The price range was good, small plates started at $4 and for a big plate of entree, $9 which is good for a place on Robson St. I would return only for the chicken lollilop as for the other dishes, tons of better places in Chinatown or Richmond.

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Updated Review - ok they win
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 11:24am [Dine in]

So, I've been back since my last review. Back twice and I now love their curry puffs which is the best in town and their nasi lemak is amazing. I do enjoy their fried chicken on flavoured rice, I don't think anywhere else makes this. I always found the service good and the ambiance comfy. I hope to return soon to try their rendang and curries.

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Brioche401 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Wow wow wow!
Submitted Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

Went there today for lunch with high school girlfriend. Totally floored by this place. The pasta I had was wonderful, wicked sauce, mushrooms and a delicious steak on top and to top off the amazing experience, we both had the Tiramisu in a cup which was wonderful. My friend had the quiche and she too commented that it was good, so good that we wolfed down our food within minutes. The room was simple, unpretentious and service very friendly and efficient. I cannot say enough good things and I certainly cannot wait to return. It fills up fast at lunchtime so good thing we got there before noon to nap seats. Brioche rules!

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Bistrot Bistro better be here to stay
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

First and foremost, I love French food, they KNOW food, they make the best desserts and baked goods in the whole world. I love this place. My dining pal and I checked out their brunch over the weekend and tasted the best goat cheese omelet eva! The wine list was exhaustive and you can order a glass of any of their wines which is too awesome. I did enjoy my chocolate truffle cake but have to say the fruity dessert (can't remember the name) my friend had was best for this summer. The room has some renos that should be done. It was comfortable and not too showy which I like but I still felt some ambiance was missing to go with the splendid food I had. I cannot wait to return for dinner. Thank god for French food, I love them! Délicieux!

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Thank god for you!
Submitted Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

So glad there's an amazing place on West 4th, within short walking distance. I love the room, clean lines, minimal, easy to have a nice dinner and quiet conversation. I love the oyster with shallots and horseradish, simply the best oysters you will ever have! The braised pork belly was melt in your mouth divine. I love the room, I know I've said it but it is so comfortable and the service was wonderful. Cannot wait to return.

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