Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

strangedustvancouverSince September 5, 20098 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value4 (3.9)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 8 of 8 Reviews Found
Taf's Cafe and Gallery829 Granville Street, Vancouver
nice alternative lounge to other agonizing bars
Submitted Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

First of all, I have to give a disclaimer and say I am only vouching for the sandwiches, not the pastas, because I have not tried those. That being said, I have been going to Taf's since 2004, always getting the chicken or tuna foccacias, and they are amazing. The foccacias are grilled to perfection with a generous dose of chicken or tuna, filled with tomatoes, spinach, cheddar/mozza, mayo and dijon. The exact combination of ingredients varied throughout the years. The sandwiches come with a mixed green salad with some pasta, lightly dressed with some oil/vignigrette. One could also go for the special with the tuna foccacia, which comes with soup of the day. Great value, 7.95 I believe. The cornbeef isn't bad either, but I'd recommend the chicken or tuna.

The waitresses are usually seemingly international students, but communication has never been a problem. They're always friendly and polite. The atmosphere is quite festive at times, at others loungey and downtempo. It's a nice place to hang out if one wishes to get away from the unbearable bar crowd that fester in the downtown area. And the price for food is unbeatable. The usual bar prices feel like robbery by comparison.

In regards to the other reviews, I honestly can't comment on them, the prices have not changed in all this time I have been there.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Closed
Rikka Japanese Kitchen2607 E 49 Ave, Unit 106, Vancouver
refreshingly distinct from all the pedestrian japanese restaurants
Submitted Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

Rikka has the outer appearance of any other sushi joint (you know the kind, they're everywhere in this city and they all taste the same), but in reality it is on a whole other echelon. Originally situated in New Westminster and owned by a Japanese and Korean couple, they have in the last year relocated to the Killarney area. Upon returning, I am happy to say the food is still incredible, if not better.

I ordered the pork shogayaki dinner special, so I will start from there. First, the presentation is absolutely impeccable. Unlike bastardized fushion places that are all about hype, like Ebisu, these guys do not use fancy plates and sauce-art to dress things up but instead rely on sculpting their sashimi with various shapes and swirls. There was a single oyster in shell, slightly grilled, topped lightly with roe, placed with a kabob of tomato, scallop, zucchini and shrimp. These, along with all the sashimi and nigiri sushi, tasted really fresh, without a tint of raw fishiness. The nigiris themselves are amazing: the rice is tiny compared to the fish, unlike other places that have a rectangular chunk of rice with a slab of fish on top, these nigiris are more like little ovals of rice with large slices of fish resting on top, so much larger that they fall and curl around the rice. The nigiris were tuna and shrimp. The sashimi were tuna and sockeye salmon tataki, which were incredible, especially the latter, being lightly grilled on the outside. There was a little mound of something which at first I thought was mashed radish, but turned out to be finely chopped tuna with a bit of dressing. Quite delicious. The main dish, pork shogayaki (ginger flavored pork), came with sliced seaweed, sesame, green onion, red and yellow peppers, sprouts, zucchini, onions, and sliced carrots topped on rice. Quite a far cry from all the other places where one gets a single broccli and/or onions and/or a chunk of carrot with thick terriyaki or something slathered in sauce. All of this topped off with some nice salad and homemade mashed-potato cake tempura.

Also, everything appears to made on the spot, which conversely, is also why the service is sometimes a bit slow, their only flaw. Not recommended if one is in a rush.

The Japanese dishes and specials at Rikka's are quite something, unlike a lot of other places, which offer mundane and prosaic things like california rolls and terriyaki bowls. Rikka offers things like that as well on their menu (and they do it quite well), but the Japanese specials would be better and highly recommended. Like their slogan says, try real Japanese food.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Q Go Ramen1443 W Broadway, Vancouver
an unpretentious ramen gem hiding at the heart of Broadway
Submitted Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

We were pleasantly surprised one evening, after having decided to try Q Go ramen. Not being thoroughly satisfied with Menya ramen on the same stretch of Broadway, that appealed by its cute ambiance, in Q Go we found an attractive Japanese aesthetic and delicious food all in one.

We ordered one Shio and one Miso Ramen. The waitresses were very friendly, attentive and prompt. They served us some water and appetizing edamame beans (free of charge) to start with. The whole restaurant is clean and neat, no garbage lying around, nor any suspicous smells commented on in the previous review. The whole atmosphere is most pleasant and the washrooms are really neat as well. Our ramen took reasonable time to get ready and it did not disappoint. The Shio ramen was of nice consistency and saltiness with some black fungus strips, half an egg, green onions, sprouts and 2 pieces of pork ($7.50). The Miso ramne had a very full-bodied broth, 2-3 (not sure) pieces of pork, bamboo shoots, sprouts, green onions and corn ($7.95 - the most expensive item on the menu- and reasonably so, it is worth it). It was simply DELICIOUS! (I would recommend ordering lean/skinny meat as it seems to taste better/have more meat than the fatty one).

We've been to the restaurant two times and will definitely go back for the same ramen again. Also, after each ramen/meal you have, you get a stamp card where after 10 stamps you can get a FREE RAMEN!

For the price you pay, the portions are very generous and the quality is top-notch. Forgot to mention that the noodles had a very pallatable texture and complemented the broth very well.

All in all, there was nothing we did not like!

ps. the music tastefully avoided the unsavory mainstream radio stations such as the beat.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
another japanese restaurant that sort of cheapens japanese food
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 12:28am [Dine in]

so ugh...c'mon, we all know this by now. it's another one of those california/chicken teriyaki rolls and tempura something something kind of place. that's all there is in vancouver, unless one finds themselves in richmond or downtown. nothing special.

maybe it's not that bad compared to all the crap there is out there, so one might as well consider this a bad review for ALL those cheapened, devalued, cookie-cutter, watered-down japanese food restaurants.

back to ki, the agedashi tofu was gross, the tuna smelt like over-oxidized fish (ie. gross), and the technique when it comes to rolling the sushi...not exactly eye-candy. it's, again, the fast food version of japanese food, like sooooooo many places in vancouver. there's one on every corner.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Closed
Accord Food House4611 Kingsway, Burnaby
a reclusive secret club, almost
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

so...what is this restaurant called? I still don't really know. the 'accord food house' is nowhere to be found outside the restaurant. it obviously makes no attempt to attract a non-chinese crowd. in fact the menu is entirely in mandarin.

that being said, the food was definitely something. a surprisingly clean kitchen and good choice of anonymously/idealistic-european music, yielded a selection of food that one will find at a nice, small, but decidedly fashionable taiwanese cafe, in taiwan. the food, I will attest, is indeed quite 'authentic', as far as taiwanese cuisine goes around vancouver. it is however, missing a HUGE broad range of food...the menu is quite small. much smaller than the drink menu. still, I recommend the dumplings and the cold noodles, as they come with cucumber and carrot slices, very refreshing, and the noodles have this amazing texture...very palatable.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Hideout Cafe716 Carnarvon St, New Westminster
ok, so new west isn't all bad
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

what can I say...awesome little place. we frequent this place for its scrabble game and paninis. the staff is friendly, and one can easily tell they take pride in their homemade, sometimes-organic, health-conscious oral assortments. the americanos ain't bad either. they don't skimp out on the ingredients...there's truffle oil in the vegetarian panini. the atmosphere is quite nice, not too pretentious, and not too derivative. not at all really. and thankfully, somehow, this cafe has been free of freaks everytime I've been there.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Closed
Sixth On Sixth Wonton House522 Sixth Avenue, New Westminster
gross
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

as a cheap but nevertheless very valid attempt to add credit to my review, I will just point out this is the overall opinion of three asians' dining experience at sixth on sixth.

it was gross. none of us finished, except myself, who was grossed out, but hungry. the chicken didn't even taste like chicken, just slippery frozen fat. I've always suspected all lowbrow chinese restaurant to have gotten their meat from the same slaughterhouse as they all look the same. but this is the worst. kitchiness and tackiness of the place itself aside, the food was just horrible. no care was put into the food, it was obvious. save your money, and go get manchu wok or some other crappy watered-down chinese food from malls. this is really demeaning.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Closed
Rikka Japanese Kitchen28 8th Street, New Westminster
forget the ubiquitous japanese-as-fast-food places and the fancy shmancy expensive fusion places...
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

as mentioned in the title, personally I'm getting very sick of how 'easy' it is to have a so-called japanese retaurant. the overall value of sushi seems to be lowered thanks to how accessible it is, the fast food aesthetic. on the other hand, we have the fancy modern hipster new age 'fusion' japanese places that boast trendiness and unusual dishes...and expensive prices. mind you, some of those places are indeed delicious, but here's a happy medium.

I've been going to rikka for a year now, and have decided to write a review. own by an awesome japanese/korean couple, this restaurant is nice, quiet, quaint little place, for people who like a down-to-earth and simple aesthetic. but what's really amazing is the food...I recommend NOT getting the usual, the sushi. instead, go for the combos, get the yaki-udon, get the saba (mackerel), or get anything under the 'japanese dishes' section of the menu..especially pork shogayaki. here is where the value really pays off, and one could definitely taste something unlike those trite and run-of-the-mill 'japanese' restaurants. especially with the dinner combo - the best deal by far - one could really see the care put into the presentation of the food, and taste the nuances of every tid bit: the zucini and carrot slices in the chicken teriyaki, the juicy and tender saba, the crisp in the tempura leaves (yes leaves), and the pomegranate seeds on the salads. the nigiri sushis always come with quite a big slice of fish, in comparison to the rice. and everything is homemade, including the soy sauce and gyoza.

the only thing worth complaining about might have been the service. a few times I had to wait quite a bit, but this problem really has been worked on, and is really no issue anymore.

go, now.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance