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SpeluncaVancouverSince July 31, 200945 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
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Foggy Dew Irish Pub7311 Westminister Hwy, Richmond
Well..If It's Convenient..
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

Preamble: relaxing after work

Food: honey and garlic wings were passable, spicy wings were passable, dry ribs were barely edible. Hunger does alot of crazy things to a man.

Service: slightly irritating in the "can I get you anything else" every 5 minutes but then again, at least she tried.

Value: not a bargain considering the quality of the food

Ambiance: slightly dishevelled looking place. bathroom was big though.

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Kiyo Sushi11590 Cambie St., #110, Richmond
Not The Greatest Sashimi..
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

Preamble: work dinner for two on a weeknight

Food: assorted sashimi was edible, nothing really stood out from a selection of toro, salmon, ebi, etc. I did like the freshness of the chopped scallop roll however

Service: very good, frequently came by withotu calling

Value: in line with other restaurants, portions were on the smaller side.

Ambiance: brightly lit, clean, comfortable seating

Conclusion: there are better places for sashimi in RIchmond..

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Chuan Xiang Ge Szechuan Restaurant8211 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Good Szechuan in Richmond
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

Preamble: leisurely weekday lunch for three

Food: somewhat overly MSGed up was a constant, but if you can overlook it, we enjoyed dishes such as "marinated chicken with spicy", Pickled Cabbage and Shredded Pork Stomach Soup, spicy wontons in chili sauce and cold noodles. There is the noticeable Szechuan spice but it was just a little pleasant numbing of the mouth and not the kind that will make you want to run to the washroom.

Service: I think this is a husband (cook) and wife (server)-run business so the service was both sincere and efficient.

Value: at $12/person inclusive it is not the cheapest RIchmond lunch you can find, but for the quality of food it is not the most expensive either

Ambiance: somewhat tucked away in the corner within site of Save on Foods from the back. Simple decorations but you feel clean there, which is more than you can say for other Richmond places.

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Konnichiwa1320 W 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
Promising Marpole Japanese
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

Preamble: Sunday lunch with group of buddies

Food: Let's start by saying that I don't think this is a place for sashimi. Chirashi Don took a ton of time to get here, at least 15 minutes after all the other dishes came, probably because it had yet to defrost fully. However, the rolls were quite good, especially Kiss of Fire with a spicy tangy flavor, and my friends seemed to enjoy their rolls as well. Little less mayo would be better however.

Service: Slight language problem could've been the reason why I got a befuddled look when I asked for my Chirashi Don..yes, it is natural to ask why your food hasn't arrived when your friends are finishing their meals. Otherwise courteous and refilled water constantly

Value: rolls fairly good value compared to other places. Portions were large enough definitely.

Ambiance: good for a quiet lunch, has a bit of patio space

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Provence Mediterranean Grill4473 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
A Very Nice Lunch
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 9:29am [Dine in]

Preamble: quiet Saturday lunch for three people

Food: smoked salmon eggs benedict delicately balanced. potatoes not oily at all and generally delightful compared to other places. I noticed that the pineapple slice in one of the other plates was beginning to go bad but otherwise they had no complaints about their crab cakes or special omelette.

Service: attentive and courteous, multiple refills of water

Value: one of those places that walks a bit of a tightrope in that if the quality of their food slips even a little, then many people may not want to fork over $15-20 for a lunch dish

Ambiance: quiet 10th avenue spot. perfect for those wanting a little privacy

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Ebisu on Broadway601 West Broadway, #12, Vancouver
Best of the Three Ebisus?
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 9:19am [Dine in]

Food: "delicious roll" with smoked salmon on the outside, mango and avocado inside. also something else that I forgot but nonetheless very balanced combination. Beef carpaccio slightly on the frozen side but tasty nonetheless with the salad and mint leaves. Garlic scallops were quite forgettable but Yakiudon had good flavor and noodles that were cooked just right.

Service: better than the Yaletown location.

Value: just over $20 each person everything included sounds about right

Ambiance: we had our own little island. quiet enough to carry around good conversations.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Nice Steveston Bistro
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

Preamble: FREE dinner!

Food: scallop appetizer: 2 large scallops cooked just right, not entirely all the way through so extremely tender. subtle flavorings. short rib was slightly disappointing as it was dry and on the bland side. panna cotta to end was a delight.

Service: excellent. good recommendations on the wine!

Ambiance: not a fancy place, more of a quiet spot for those seeking a refuge from the Yaletown bustle.

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Shi-Art Chinese Cuisine6551 No. 3 Road, #1302, Richmond
Ugh..Perhaps Rearrange That T To The Middle..
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Preamble: Friday night family dinner, packed house

Food: We ordered a 3.5 lb lobster to be done in clear broth with noodle base. turns out it was a small there-is-no-way-this-could've-been-3.5lbs frozen-tasting annoying to wade through gravy-like looking mess with soggy noodles. I think there were noodles. Their suggested rack of lamb special tasted like frozen chicken/mystery meat; in retrospect, I'm not entirely sure what they meant by special.

Service: regular changing of the plates is nice, except the guy inexplicably liked to put my new plate tilted, twice.

Value: over $30 for the rack of lamb. I've rarely encounted such mismatches in price to quality.

Ambiance: how tight can the seating get? Beyond the aforementioned dubious quality of food, anyone inclined to be slightly claustrophobic should be careful in here.

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Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
Very Nice Sashimi Place
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

Preamble: one lunch and one dinner within a week

Food: for the most part the sashimi was fresh. mirugai could have had more portions and toro wasn't quite up to par but the hamachi and salmon toro can compete with Vancouver places. I was especially impressed with the ebi and sweet potato tempura, done just right and piping hot coming out. Less impressive were the spicy tuna and chopped scallop rolls. I would recommend Ajisai lovers living in Richmond to give Ichiro a try.

Service: efficient, friendly, enough staff for an extremely busy small restaurant.

Value: portions generally larger for similar quality in other places.

Ambiance: clean washrooms, decor nothing special but not dreary either. Comfortable seating.

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G-Men3778 Sexsmith Road, #1101, Richmond
Kintaro Style Noodles
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

Preamble: Sunday night dinner rush. Wait almost half an hour. Small place, efficient and highly in demand it seems.

Food: noodles are really Kintaro style but seems to be a tad smaller without as much ingredients. Anyone with a taste for the NaCl will enjoy the soup base but seemed to be over-salted by a third. Gyozas were cooked perfectly.

Service: efficient, friendly. Surprisingly good for such a small busy place on a Sunday night.

Value: not exactly cheap as the noodles are $8 and gyozas almost a dollar a pop, but quality counts for something.

Ambiance: small but clean. Again that should count for something.

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Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House4887 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Variable Quality
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Food: I'm not sure if they switch up cooks sometimes because my bowl of spicy beef tendon noodle was great one time and soggy/bland the other. They are known for their noodle soups, however, and this place generally makes better quality ones more often than not. Dumplings are a signature dish as well, order them if you like the slightly thicker wrapping. I would recommend against any of their appetizers/cold cuts. All refrigerated with poor ingredients.

Service: efficient although sometimes too enthusiastic at putting your bill in front of you before you wanted it, with the place not full either..

Value: not terrible if you want to pay for premium noodles

Ambiance: small little place, not much there

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
No Wonder They Need to Advertise at the Airports...
Submitted Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

Preamble: 10+ b-day party on a busy Friday night

Food: it's been a few years since I've frequented this restaurant and now I know why. Pigeon didn't have a sharp taste and came out slightly cold. Yin Yeung rice that was almost unedible on both sides. Red bean dessert (free) that was a thin liquid and separated into two separate layers. Those were the lowlights of the meal but certainly fairly representative of the 8 or 9 courses we had.

Service: not bad, they cut the cake and generally were efficient and friendly on a busy night

Value: $21/person is not bad but considering the quality of the food...

Ambiance: one of the nicer places, expect tons of noise if you frequent during the busier weekend periods.

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Lai Yuan Chinese Fusion8328 Capstan Way, #1118, Richmond
Small Taiwanese Place
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Food: tried their signature tea duck (with noodles) as well as bamboo rice. per usual these days with Asian dining they seem to load up on MSG; despite this the flavoring was interesting and the bamboo rice especially had great texture to it.

Service: small place, no complaints, tea refilled and service prompt.

Value: very reasonable for two people

Ambiance: clean

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Green Lemongrass8180 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Solid Richmond Vietnamese
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 10:28am [Dine in]

Preamble: work lunch on a weekend

Food: tried one of the salad rolls and pho noodles. liked the texture and not-overly-salted taste of the salad rolls while the pho seemed to contain good quality noodles and usual mixture of tendon, tripe and beef.

Service: just good enough

Value: portion size and quantity of ingredients did justify the nearly $8 for a large bowl of pho

Ambiance: has a patio. seems to be a bit better than most pho places.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
I Could See the Erickson from Here!
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 8:08am [Dine in]

Preamble: Friday night dinner for two

Food: chili squid interestingly spiced with cilantro and ginger amongst other things, cooked perfectly. The black cod was moist and tender while the clams had an amazing bacon sauce.

Service: near-impeccable, frequently came, refilled my tea, well-mannered and professional

Value: portions were a tad small while price a tad high.

Ambiance: sat inside with water view looking at Yaletown. Very nice.

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Amarcord Restaurant1168 Hamilton Street, #104, Vancouver
Solid Yaletown Italian Restaurant
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 8:04am [Dine in]

Preamble: big gathering of 10+ people

Food: I regret not ordering the seafood pasta (clam or mussel) as people raved about it. The risotto was alright, but certainly nothing to brag about. Having said that, my prosciutto soup off the daily specials was excellent.

Service: very accomodating to a large group even with frequent number changes. Knowledgeable, waiter chose excellent Italian wine for us.

Value: fairly well priced for Yaletown

Ambiance: small restaurant, quiet. There wasn't even a big fuss (except, alas, from our group) even with the presence of a famous celebrity who is currently shooting a movie here.

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Garden City Hot Pot Restaurant8788 McKim Way, #1205, Richmond
Hot Pot Dinner, Bring Your 20% Off Card
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 11:04am [Dine in]

Preamble: a quiet Wednesday night

Food: quality is generally better than the AYCE hotpot places in Richmond, as well it should be. Sparse ingredients in the soup base.

Service: one side of the pot almost went to no water before I had to ask for it to be refilled. One waitress was very friendly, the other waiter much less so and seemed to have quite the smug attitude.

Value: if you have the Top Gun 20% discount this restaurant is not bad. Otherwise I'd look towards the AYCE places

Ambiance: not too bad, it has A/C (hard to attract summer customers if a hotpot places doesn't have A/C!)

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
Solid Soup Noodles
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Preamble: a quiet Tuesday night

Food: not overly impressed by the boneless chicken wings or lemongrass pork, the former by a lack of flavor and the latter by the small portion size and a tad too much of the salt. We ordered two soup noodles and they were certainly better than your average Vietnamese restaurant quality. MSG usage was moderate.

Service: better than usual. They will give you an entirely new tea kettle to replace the old one. Quick and efficient.

Value: not the cheapest for the portion size, but not outrageous either.

Ambiance: better than usual. Slightly darker with blinded up windows. Fan running as no A/C.

Overall: will try again

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
$28 Lunch A Great Value? You Bet!
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Preamble: third time for a Tuesday business lunch. People were actually dressed up slightly!

Food: two items + dessert. Asparagus salad was worse than last time, with the asparagus seemingly too old and the avocado too raw. Hanger steak was replaced by a sirloin steak that had some delightfully tasty mushrooms accompanying. Dessert consisted of light sorbet of three different flavors.

Service: very very solid. waitress knew differences of import beers. cutlery replaced after appetizers. water poured with the utmost care so as not to spill!

Value: for $28, this is a much better value than going to Earl's or Milestone's for example

Ambiance: in the Shangri-La Hotel. not much more needed to be said.

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Empire Seafood Restaurant5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Monday Night Lobster Special
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

Preamble: 3 people on a Monday BC Day night, fully packed house.

Food: Lobster special ~$10/lb, 3.6 pounds cooked in a clear broth. Came quite quickly, quite fresh-tasting and juicy. Two other small dishes ordered per requisite for the lobster special included dau miu/pea shoots and fried porkchops were solid if unspectacular.

Service: as it was a packed house, tea was probably not refilled as often as I would have liked, but they did perform several dish changes. Courteous and efficient on a whole.

Value: for lobster that was sold pretty much at market price, no compliants.

Ambiance: chaotic per usual for a Chinese restaurant.

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