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SidneyleeBurnabySince July 21, 200725 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
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Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Great macarons!
Submitted Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:05pm [Take-out]

Went to Thierry to pick up some macarons last week. The shop was packed but we were helped after waiting for a minute. On the day we were there, they only offered 3 choices of flavors. Apple spice, earl grey and salted caramel. Although they were not my favourites, they tasted really good! I also wanted to give their coffee beans a try so I asked the staff if they knew when the beans were roasted, she said no. Then I asked them to grind the beans for stovetop, and they said they didn't know what it was. I was surprised and a bit apprehensive to get the beans since their knowledge in coffee seemed limited. I pulled out a picture of the moka pot to show them to make sure the beans get the correct grind.
Despite of that, I highly enjoy their macarons and think they have the best ones in town.

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Copa Cafe4036 Cambie Street, Vancouver
By far the best HK style cafe in Vancouver.
Submitted Monday, November 25, 2013 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

I first heard of copa cafe on the radio. After hearing their commercial, I decided to give it a try. This branch on cambie offers some free parking at the back of the restaurant, and there are also some free street parking as well. The restaurant seemed well maintained and clean. We often get seated quickly. I have tried their breakfast, mini-set and dinner menus. I personally enjoy the breakfast and mini-set menus the best. Food is always fresh, and the mini set menu offers a great variety of choices. I enjoy most of their casserole dishes with baked pork chop on rice being my favourite.
In terms of service, they are efficient and attentive.
Their hk style milk tea and coffee are also quite authentic.
Recommended!

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Saint Germain Bakery4720 Kingsway, #1144, Burnaby
Confusing lineup system and rude customer service.
Submitted Friday, November 22, 2013 - 12:45am [Take-out]

Went to the store to pick up a cake today. I stood in front of the counter and waited for a few minutes for someone to help. But no one was there except for the cashier and a lady sweeping the floor. So I waited in line for the cashier to help me. When it was my turn, the cashier had a cake in her hands and asked whose cake was it. Since it wasn't my cake so I moved aside for the customer to pay. The cashier never ask me what I needed, instead just proceeded to help other customers. So I said to her I needed to pick up a cake. To make long story short, she called someone to take out the cake from the back while I continued to stand there. After they brought out the cake, I had to lineup again to pay! I practically lineup twice to pick up the cake. Not a word of sorry, not a thank you. Though I didn't expect much service from a bakery, but having to lineup twice is ridiculous. Yes, their baked goods are good, but I will not go back again after such a negative experience. Their management team should seriously consider providing better customer training for their employees.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
dine out 2013, rather dine in at home.
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

I went to hapa izakaya today at its Robson location with my partner. I've never been to any of the hapa locations before so dine out is a great opportunity to try out the restaurant. Very sad to say, we were both very disappointed with the quality and execution of the food. The hostess at the door was not too friendly. Not a smile from her and practically just pointed us to our table. Our waitresses were nice. We are seated next to the door and for some reasons, it has a strong smell of cleaning chemicals, which was such a turn off. We ordered food from the dine out menu. Had sashimi salad, which was so-so, the dressing was somewhat salty; negitoro's flavour was heavily masked by the sauce, while garlic toast was soggy. Crispy pork lettuce wrap: pork looked like it's been pre-fried and it was luke warm and stale. Fish taco, tortilla was chewy like shoe leather. Sushimori was again mediocre, the wasabi that was on the plate was old, and looked like it's been sitting on a the plate for a long time as it started to dry up. Spicy pork ishiyaki was very mushy, somewhat like baby food. It didn't even get the crispy crust in the stone bowl. Dessert were sorbet and chocolate tart. Again, both looked like they were pre-plated and store bought. In all, the meal was disappointing. Got a feeling that the restaurant is cutting corner to save on expenses of food. I had high expectation of the restaurant since it has won some awards but our experience today has definitely proved it wrong. Unfortunately to say, we will not return to hapa izakaya.

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Ebisu in Richmond8111 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
Would not go back again.
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

My partner and I decided to try Ebi-su restaurant in Richmond for lunch after reading some positive reviews on it. When we first went in, the waitresses were talking, but didn't take too long for them to seat us after greeting us with "yes?", accompanied with a facial expression for "how many"? She decided to seat us next to an empty table with a wet mess on the floor, so we asked to be seated in a two seat booth. The ambiance was nice, the decor was modern, however it lacked a bit of luster giving me a somewhat dirty feeling.

The menu was very straight forward and had a good selection. The price for the set lunch was very reasonably priced. My partner and I decided to order the 3 item special for $9.99, which we chose two organic sashimi salad and a tempura. We also ordered Bento box A for $11.99. Both of these lunch sets included miso soup. The soup came first and it wasn't anything special, typical miso soup.

It didn't take long for the salads to come and we were really excited that they had organic greens, however my excitement soon dissipated after taking the first chew at my sashimi. I'm not sure if they didn't remove the silver skin to the fish or not, but it was chewy. So, I swallowed it, decided that this could happen to any of the most experience chefs, however 4 out of the 5 sashimi in my salad and also in my partners salad were chewy. It was really really unappetizing.

While we were chewing our salads, the other items arrived. The presentation was average. But again, for the price, we weren't expecting anything fancy. The tempura was mediocre, the batter was really heavy leaving the suppose to be crispy tempura very soggy and doughy.

The Bento box A had 7 pieces of sashimi (3 salmon and 5 tuna), a small salad, tempura, 4 nigiri sushi ( 2 salmon and 2 Tuna). First we tried the salad with a thick goo of salad dressing on top. It tasted really really fishy so we did not eat any of it. The tempura was again heavy, soggy and doughy. The sashimi and nigiri remained to have chewy bits in them.

The servers were attentive and the place had 8 tables of customers. We asked for two small plates and they gave us two small plates that were greasy. Overall this experience will make me think twice about eating another piece of raw fish from a sushi place I know nothing about. We didn't end up finishing our meal, not because we weren't hungry, but because we really couldn't stomach the grossness of the fish anymore. 3 hours after this meal, both of us ended up going to the washroom a few times. I will definitely not go back to Ebi-su again.

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Saigon Fare Cafe203 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Friday, August 12, 2011 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

I used to go to the saigon cafe to get their Vietnamese subs. They were always fresh and carefully prepared. After not being able to go for so many years, I decided to go back again because I really miss their subs. Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed. I think the owner has changed and it's no longer the saigon cafe that I used to know.

They now have a wide selection on their menu, including pho and vermicelli etc. I ordered the chicken sub and also the spring rolls. The chicken sub was okay, it did taste different from it used to be, but it was alright. The spring rolls were horrible. They were drenched in dark brown oil and it was quite gross. I guess the oil's been sitting there forever so it gives a bitter taste to the spring rolls. It's very unappetizing thinking that all these dirty oil goes into your body with the spring rolls. With this kind of work ethic, you'll know how good the other food is on their menu.

It's really a great disappointment and I know I'll never return.

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Thai House Restaurant1766 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Cheap lunch, and cheap quality!
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2011 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch at Thai house with a couple of friends on Friday. I hate to say, but it was the worst Thai food I have ever had. Yuck!

We were greeted promptly at the door, and was brought to a table right away. Service was efficient, and food came in a timely manner. We ordered a red curry chicken, a yellow curry chicken and a pad thai. Spring rolls, soup and salad are included with the lunch set. Spring roll is almost barely a deep fried wrapper, with a few cabbages and carrots inside. The soup appeared to be like coconut soup, maybe coconut broth, with a few slices of mushroom. Definitely not the real version of coconut soup. Salad was a couple of lettuce leafs drenched in salad dressings. We barely touched anything on the plate.

Then there came our "main course". For the pad thai, the noodles are hardly cooked, one had to give it a good chew before she swallows them. Hardly anything in the pad thai, you can probably pick out the 2 shrimps in the entire plate. For the flavor, how about adding some ketchup and chili sauce to your noodles to make it pad thai? I should have cooked at home.

The curries are not outstanding either. I am definitely disappointed. I tried the thai house in Metrotown and it was bad, so I thought I might give a second chance to the thai house at a different location. Same disappointment. Will definitely not go back to the restaurant.

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Makoto Japanese Restaurant5213 Rumble Street, Burnaby
Another great restaurant in Burnaby!
Submitted Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

After reading all the reviews here, I decided to give Makoto a try! And I am so happy that I did!! Thank you all for the recommendations!

Went there on a Friday night, at around 5:30pm, shortly after it was opened. The restaurant was small and cozy, neat and clean. We were greeted right away as we walked in and seated at a table near the window. The server was friendly and efficient. We ordered an assorted tempura, some salmon, ika, and ikura nigiri sushi, and also a makoto roll. The tempura came out first and it was nicely fried and not too greasy. Then the nigiri sushi came, and they were outstanding. Unlike the Korean style Japanese sushi, these sushi were much more delicate in terms of the softness of the rice, and also how hard they squeeze the rice. In another word, absolutely very authentic. The roll is also very outstanding, very delicious and well-presented. We were really happy and satisfied with the meal.

Will definitely go back again and again!!

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Timothy's Frozen Yogurt3800 Bayview Street, Richmond
Sweet treats with a bitter experience
Submitted Friday, July 23, 2010 - 12:12am [Dine in]

Went to Timonthy's for ice-cream after dinner at Ichiro today. It was around 9:30pm and there were still plenty of people waiting to buy ice-cream. We went to the gelato/sorbet section and was trying to decide which flavour to get. We've been here before, and the gelato was definitely outstanding. The gelato is still great, but unfortunately, we will not return to this place after receiving such poor attitude from the server. Her service was degrading and demeaning, and somehow, made us felt that she was racist. She was treating other customers very nicely, and all of a sudden, dropped her smiley face and put up a disrespectful face for us. She was staring at us in a mean way, and somehow managed to give us very small portion of the share we ordered. We couldn't think of why she was being like that for no reason, except for the fact that she was racist. It was very unpleasant to be treated like that, and all we wanted was just a sweet treat from this great ice-cream place.

As I said, their gelato is great, but if I were to pay for service like that, of course I don't think it's worth it!! It's very upsetting to be treated like that, and no, I will not return to this store.

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Deer Garden Signatures8580 Alexandra Road, #2015, Richmond
A new bunch of servers are needed!
Submitted Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 12:50am [Dine in]

Went to Deer Garden today for late night dinner. The restaurant was quite packed as we walked in. Several servers saw us standing there, but chose to ignore us. After waiting for a couple of minutes, someone finally acknowledged our existence and took us to our table. We were given the menu and tea promptly as we sat down. Then when we were ready to order, a lady with short hair came over. Maybe it has been a tiring day for her, she kept a straight face all the way through, no smile, no facial expression, just took the order and left. It was quite the standard service style in a Chinese restaurant. So, let's move on. The food came quite quickly, and the server who brought the food was very friendly and nice. He was the one who pull the curve up for the restaurant, otherwise, I would have given them a 1 instead or 2. Anyway, food was great. We all ordered the infamous fish soup noodles and it was delicious. Portion was generous as well. Most of all, they don't add MSG to their food, which was excellent.

One of the friends paid for the bill at the tilt, and didn't leave any tips as we were thinking to do that at the table. Not knowing the situation, the cashier became very upset as she thought we were not going to leave her any tips. She stared at her fiercely, and later talked to her co-worker about the incident. They were very rude about it, and said "that's not enough" in their conversations. Then later when they found out there was money on the table, they seemed satisfied. Are you kidding me? Since when tipping becomes compulsory? We tip because we want to, not because we have to. And plus what service did they provide for us today? Nothing. Anyways, because of their attitudes, we all left with a frown on our faces. They got their tips at the end, but they lost four customers.

To be on the fair side, their food is good, but if they can provide more professional training for the servers, their business will definitely be better.

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All India Restaurant1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Best Indian Lunch Buffet!!
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

I have been going to All Indian Restaurant a few times now and every time is just perfect!! I usually go there for lunch buffet, for the price of $11.95, you can savour over 4 types of curry, tandoori chicken, samosas, and salad! My favourite are the butter chicken and samosas, they are absolutely tasty. There are also lamb curry, and I think some veggie curries as well. My partner doesn't really eat lamb but she found the lamb curry to be very good!! She said it doesn't have that distinctive lamb smell, which is excellent! I didn't try every single item in the buffet, but just having the butter chicken and samosa will make you happy already!

The service there is also excellent!! They didn't have any servers but someone that looked like the "owner" served us. He was very friendly and greeted us promptly at the door. He was fast to bring us water and invite us to enjoy the buffet. Although he was working by himself, he was very efficient! He even took the time to ask us if the food was okay.

Value is excellent for lunch. I have never had dinner there before, but lunch is absolutely outstanding. I mean, ordering indian food at a food court is around $8-$9, this is in a restaurant, all you can eat for $11.95, I would say the value is outstanding!!

Ambiance is also quite nice. I think there is probably an ocean view part on the other side of the restaurant. We have only seated at the front part of the restaurant and the ambiance is pretty and clean! Seating is comfortable.

Overall, I give this restaurant full mark! I'll go back again and again!!

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Empire Chinese Cuisine8251 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Nice place but poor food!
Submitted Monday, January 25, 2010 - 1:12am [Dine in]

Six of us went to the Empire Chinese Cuisine today (Sunday) for dinner. The restaurant was not busy when we arrived at around 7:30pm. We were quickly seated and attended to. We ordered the meal for 6, which included peking duck, lettuce wrap, mushroom veggies, soup, steam fish, and fried rice. Each of us ended up paying around $26.

The restaurant provides quite a comfortable environment. Spacious and not too noisy. However, the food was really under average. Out of all the dishes that we had, only the peking duck is average. The other ones were all under seasoned. I mean, I understand everyone has a different taste, but all six of us thought of the same thing. The flavour was bland. Also, the steam fish was undercooked, as the part near the bones was bloody and had a foul fishy taste. One of us had it and she had to spit it out, it was quite disgusting!

As for the value, because the food did not taste good at all, therefore I don't think it was worth the money.

We will not return to this restaurant, and will not recommend to anyone.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Worst Kirin experience ever!
Submitted Friday, October 9, 2009 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

I am a fan of Kirin restaurants, but I have to say this is my most disappointing experience with Kirin ever. I was going to make a complaint on their website, but since it doesn't offer that option, so I am going to do it here instead.

The three of us went there for Dim Sum on Friday at around 1:30ish. The restaurant was busy, but there were some empty tables here and there. After we sat down, we could immediately sense that the waiters and the "managers" were not very friendly. It's the attitude, the way they talked to you, sounded very unwelcoming. Anyway, we ordered 7 dishes and they came promptly. The dim sum were fine. But out of the 3 Kirin I have been to, this is the worst one. The ones in Richmond and New Westminster both make better dim sum than they do. Same food, but more delicate, and more well-cooked and presented.

The service, which was the main reason why I write this review, was definitely really really poor.The waiters and "managers" are very unfriendly, they literally just threw things and dishes on your table. When you told them to refill the hot water, they reached over from right in front of you, and took the teapot with his sleeves touching your bowl. How bad is that? I mean, if I have to do that, I would at least walk to the other side and pick up the teapot without interfering my customer. To reach over like that is simply unacceptable and rude. Anyways, as soon as we finished the last piece of food on the table, the "manager" hurry in and cleaned up everything on the table. I asked him if they are closing soon, and he said last order is at 2:30pm (it was around 2:15pm when I asked). I asked him why he seemed to be in a such a rush to clean up, he said they need to get their banquet ready. Honestly, why would you rush your customers like that? Anyway, with all the noise from setting up the tables to banging the plates and utensils around us, we decided to leave. And no, we didnt tip at all. Sorry, they didnt deserve it!

I mean, their dim sum is relatively more expensive than the other Chinese restaurants. If this is the service you get from them? Then, no, I dont think their value is good.

I will not return to this restaurant. I rather drive to New Westminster or Richmond. But I'll never never return to this one on Cambie inside city square.

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Cattle Cafe8580 Alexandra Road, 1020, Richmond
Love their fish soup!
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

Went there last Monday night with a friend after reading about their highly recommended fish soup noodles. The restaurant was packed at that time, but the wait was only 5-10 minutes. The restaurant was clean, and nicely decorated. It was quite pleasant to be there. We ordered the fish soup noodles, with beef slice, enoki mushroom, and cutlet pork chop. We also ordered lychee slush and mango slush. The fish soup was very good. You can definitely tell that they are very generously with their ingredients when they are making the soup. The drinks are also very outstanding.

I think the value is reasonable as well. The bill was around $23 for us. With two bowls of noodles, and two specialty drinks.

AS for the service, sort of typical chinese restaurant. The servers were quite busy but polite and efficient.

I will definitely go back to this restaurant!!
Highly recommended!

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Po King Seafood Restaurant5665 Kingsway, #150, Burnaby
A disgrace to Chinese Dim Sum
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

Made a decision to go to this restaurant today for dim sum, and it was a wrong decision. I had the worst dim sum experience ever in Vancouver. And here's why:

The food was really poorly made. Yes, the portion was big, but quality was poor. I ordered some steam dumplings, pan fried taro cake, and chives dumplings. The steam dumplings are poorly made, the stuffing was obviously not fresh, the wrap was thick and chewy, and they were put in a very dirty bamboo steamers. Yes, it's traditionally that dim sum are pushed in the carts, but then with people pointing and talking over the uncovered food, it was very disgusting and non-hygienic. The taro cake was really really bad. It was cold and it has a really strong dirty oil taste to it. We later told the manager that the taro cake was bad, and he refused to listen to it.

Service was poor. When we arrived, we were told to stand by a table and wait until the customer finished paying his bill. Really can't believe people are still doing that nowadays in a restaurant. The utensils and plates are dirty, and we have to rinse them. The servers just took the dirty dishes in a bucket around where the dirty water dripped over the food carts. When being told that the food was not good, the manager did not acknowledge that, and also tried to brush it off by walking away.

Value, I guess some people would say it's good because of the big portion. But honestly, I would not even want to pay $3 for garbage like that, so to me, it's really poor!

Ambiance, typical Chinese restaurant. But it was poor because of the hygiene. People are crammed together and dirty dishes carts are pushed and laid around near the tables. Definitely unappetizing.

Sorry, I'd rather go back to my usual dim sum restaurant.

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Tim's Dessert House4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3250, Richmond
Rude service
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 12:58am [Dine in]

I went to the Tim's Dessert House today in the afternoon to get bubble waffle. The store was a little busy at that time so I waited in front of the cash register for the lady to take my order. The lady looked at me briefly and asked, "What do you want?" I said I would like to get bubble waffle. She then took the money and literally threw a chip with a number to me. I was quite shocked with that rude action, but did hold my breath and said nothing back to her. I waited for roughly 10-15 mins for my food. After I got my freshly made bubble waffle, I ate it right away. To my disappointment, it was really bad. The food was nothing like the bubble waffles they used to have, it was tough and chewy. That was one of the worst bubble waffles I have ever had.
I used to go there all the time to get their bubble waffles and egg rolls. I was a fan of their food. But after today's visit, I'll never go back. I can take bad food from time to time, but I can never take rude service like that.

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Asian 545212 Kingsway, Burnaby
Definitely a keeper!
Submitted Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

After reading all the positive comments here on the website, my friend and I have decided to give it a try. We went there yesterday for supper. The restaurant was small, but very clean and tidy. We were greeted and seated promptly by the waitress, and she was friendly and welcoming.
We've ordered the soup noodles and the spring rolls. The spring rolls were crispy and fresh, and werent too greasy at all. The portion was quite generous as well. The soup noodles was also very good. When the environment is clean, it kind of makes everything taste a little better.
I will for sure go back to this restaurant again, I am interested in trying out the other items on the menu. I would also recommend this restaurant to everyone!

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Shang Noodle House350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
Healthy choice, no MSG!
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

I have been to Shang Noodle house several times. and I am quite pleased with the whole package:
Food: I ordered from the set meal special last time I went. Mine came with BBQ pork noodles, dumplings and passion fruit juice. I love the BBQ pork noodles. The noodles was nicely cooked, and the BBQ pork was tasty. The food was freshly made, and it was nice and hot. The dumplings were good too, but I personally would prefer the pan-fried dumplings instead of the boiled ones.
Service: Service was great. I was immediately greeted as I walked in the restaurant. All the staff were very helpful and efficient. And they were all quite polite.
Value: I personally think the set meal special was a great deal! It was only $8.88. Much cheaper than their regular menu.
Ambiance: Clean, and nicely decorated. Also because the restaurant is new, therefore, overall, everything is in great shape.
Will definitely go to this restaurant regularly!

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3320 Kingsway, Vancouver
My first time, and my last time.
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

Went there today for lunch at around 2pm. As me and my friend walked in the restaurant, the waitress just gave us a stare as if we should not be standing there. After waiting for a little bit, she finally acknowledged that we were there to eat so she pointed us to a table. The restaurant was quite dirty and unappetizing. The way they handle food was very unhygienic: the waitress wore a glove on one hand, and she cleaned and handled the food with the same glove. I saw her cleaning a table bringing the dirty plates to the kitchen with the glove, then later on bring me my food, touching the veggie with the same glove. I have also noticed the cook in the kitchen went to the washroom with a glove on, and then came back out with the same glove on.......it was very disgusting.
Service was quite poor as well, the waitress was not friendly. To be quite honest, there was actually no service at all.
The food itself was alright, just mediocre. Nothing very special to praise about. Luckily, the food was hot, otherwise, it'll be really gross, especially after seeing how they handle clean and dirty things with the same glove.
My verdict is: I'll definitely never return to this restaurant.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Oishii!
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

Went there once after watching the andrew.B show about Vancouver. Tried the terimayo and the misomayo! They were both really really good!! Love the dressing, and if you like wasabi, you should definitely have some on your hotdog as well. They also have a kurobuta (black pork) hotdog, I havent tried it yet and am very interested to do so. I would pay for parking and just to eat their hotdogs again.

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