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TachikomaEast VanSince January 14, 200710 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Value1.5 (1.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Utterly underwhelming experience
Submitted Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

My brother and I took our father and his girlfriend for Christmas Eve dinner. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were greeted by the host while I discreetly slipped him my credit card so that my father wouldn't steal the bill like he usually does. We were seated at our reserved table promptly and the server, Kyle, greeted us and took our drink orders. He was personable and attentive.

I had the venison carpaccio and the roast game hen. My brother and father both had the scallop starter followed by the roast tenderloin. My father's girlfriend had the winter squash soup and the lamb shoulder. On top of the overall under-seasoned and inconsistency of every dish, the portions were miniscule compared to that of other restaurants in the same category.

The sourdough mini rolls tasted of cardboard, as if it was left out for too long. The butter was still cold so it couldn't be spread over the rolls with ease.

The plates were hot but the rims were all dirty.

The wine glasses were too small for the half glasses we ordered.

Scallop Appetizer ($16): The scallops were sweet but definitely not fresh due to the obvious lack of characteristic brine and mineral delicacy found in fresh specimens. The risotto was so overcooked that each grain of the arborio were "exploded" as if it was the consistency of congee.

Winter Squash Soup ($9.50): The only decent dish out of the lot.

Venison Carpaccio ($14): Tasted so gamey that I suspect the meat was a bit too ripe. The watercress on the same plate was completely void of the usual sharp peppery tang.

Beef Tenderloin ($36): The tiny medallion of beef had beautiful fat marbling and flavour but the muscle itself had next to none. The savoury foam accompaniment was pretentious. The waiter introduced the green on the dish as black kale (lacinato kale) when in fact it was curly green English kale. It was so over-buttered that it didn't taste at all like a vegetable. My father's root veg were barely seared on the outside and still crispy in the middle while my brother's root veg were so cooked that they were an even shade of brown with a mushy consistency. The confit potatoes tasted like they were boiled then quickly seared in the pan with minimal duck fat, if at all.

Roast Game Hen ($26): I expected at least half a hen but there were only 2 breasts. The meat didn't seem roasted like the menu had mentioned, but rather seared on the top side only and then quickly popped into the oven to be finished off. The polenta had the consistency and flavour of processed eggs and completely lacking in texture and richness. The dish was too sweet overall and the pears didn't help.

Lamb Shoulder ($27): Overcooked and too mushy. It didn't combine well with the lentils which has quite a creamy consistency. There was absolutely no sharpness brought to the dish to cut the richness of the lamb.

We didn't stay around for dessert and asked for the bill immediately after our plates had been cleared. The host that I had given my credit card to did not inform our server at all about the situation and I had to tell him in front of our entire party to ask the host for my credit card. The host didn't step up to apologize but instead slipped out of the restaurant as we were paying our bill.

Incidentally, my experiences at C were just as, if not more, underwhelming. I will not be returning.

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Underwhelmed
Submitted Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

My brothers and I decided treated my dad and his girlfriend to a nice Father's Day dinner. We were a party of 5. Upon entering the restaurant, the ambiance was quite intimate and streamlined. We were greeted cordially, and were seated promptly.

The server that helped us had a cheerful and pleasant disposition and was quite patient with us as I had to translate for my father. They took care to make sure our wine and water glasses were filled, and that we had plenty of bread (presented on bill spikes). However, one of the loaves had a long piece of auburn/brown hair baked right into it.

We ordered-
Hors D'ouvers:
1 onion soup
2 foie gras parfaits
1 steamed mussels
1 terrine
1 frog legs

Entrees:
2 lambs, medium rare
1 organic sirloin avec pommes frites with onion wine sauce, medium rare
1 prime rib eye avec pommes frites with blue cheese & mustard sauce, medium rare
1 rabbit

Dessert:
Lemon and berries

The onion soup and mussels were properly executed. The foie gras parfait was over-whipped, and lacked depth of flavour. The terrine had nice colouration and texture, but the flavour was also quite one-dimensional and seemed under-seasoned. The frog legs were over battered and over sauced, thus almost completely overpowering the delicate sweet temperament characteristic of the flesh. It tasted more of batter rather than meat.

The lambs and accompaniments were cooked properly and well-seasoned. The rabbit was braised a little too long, resulting in toughness and loss of flavour of the meat. It actually tasted like really gamey chicken. The sirloin was cooked properly, the sauce was rich but slightly over-salted. The rib eye was a very thin cut, and was cooked to medium instead of medium rare. The blue cheese and mustard sauce accompaniment was WAY too salty. The pommes frites that came with both beef dishes was over-fried and rested too long (resulting in cold, hard fries), and seemed like it was from the bottom of the container, as there were many end pieces.

The lemon custard was way too sweet, but the tartness of the blueberries cut the sweetness.

We also ordered a half bottle of red and a glass of white. The total bill came to around $245 after tax. Throughout our 2-hour dining experience, the smoke from the kitchen wafted into the front of house at least 3 times, causing sub-par visibility and air quality. When the server took away our entrée plates, she did not inquire about the quality of the half-eaten rib eye.

I had heard many good reviews about the restaurant, but my opinion is that they do not live up to their reputation. No one in our party would opt to go back to that establishment.

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Rex Rotisserie & Grill1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly pleasant experience
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 10:12am [Dine in]

I had always walked by the restaurant on my way to work and home from work. I never gave it much thought until Dine Out Vancouver had them on the list. My boyfriend and I decided to try it out.

The service was impressive. Our server was quite attentive, but he pushed the alcoholic drinks a little too much, it made us a little uncomfortable. I don't usually drink (allergies), but I ordered a cassis & o.j. just to get him to ease up on the "would you like something to drink?".

The food was quite nice. The frisee salad with roast pears and tomato was very well balanced. The mushroom tart was hearty and earthy. The prime rib was AMAZING. I couldn't stop eating it off of my bf's plate. My salmon was a little dry, but the risotto cake was quite nice. The desserts were refreshing. A little on the sweet side though. All in all, a solid restaurant and I won't mind going back for lunch.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
A staple in the city
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

The dimsum has gone downhill since I was a little girl, but the menu items are still quite nice. They're famous for their squab. Don't miss out on eating "pidgeon" :D. The service is what one would expect of a Chinese restaurant. Although I would suggest going to the one in Richmond instead of the one on Main St. When finding fare that has divisions in Richmond, always go to the ones in Richmond. They're guaranteed to be better.

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Saint Germain Bakery650 W 41st Ave, #140, Vancouver
Not the best, not the worst
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

It's a chain of Eurasian bakeries. I generally prefer Eurasian pastries, cakes, and breads because they are less sugary and lighter overall. It's not a bad place to pick up your little cakes and egg tarts, but I'd definately go somewhere else like T&T or a few of the other bakeries up my sleeve. The cakes and breads are dry and cardboardy. Stay away.

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Kalvin's Restaurant5225 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Great authentic home-cooked stylee
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

I'm Taiwanese, and believe me when I say that this place is a hidden gem. Every single time we go there, we call ahead to reserve tables. Otherwise, you'll have to wait. The place is tiny, cramped with lots of tables and chairs, and not very pretty to look at inside AND out. But looks can be deceiving. If you go before 6pm, the place is dead quiet. If you go after 6pm, the place suddenly fills up with people. It is amazing how long the lineups get.
The first time my brothers brought me to this place, I didn't expect much of it because most of the other Taiwanese restaurants in Vancouver are pretty bad. Boy was I wrong. The dishes are authentic, delicious, not cramped full of MSG, and have a home cooked appeal. I almost burst into tears when I ate my dinner that night because it reminded me so much of my mother's cooking (although Mom's food was leaps and bounds beyond any restaurant food you can get).
A word of warning, when ordering spicy dishes, please please always start out with "small small hot" and work your way up. The "regular hot" almost burned a hole in my tongue. The place is cash only, so remember to bring plenty of money. They also have bags of frozen dumplings, wontons, and mini buns for sale. So you can enjoy their food at home too.

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Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant355 Burrard Street, #180, Vancouver
If you want to impress someone with decor
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

The prices at this restaurant are outrageous. I've been frequenting this establishment since I was a little girl. My parents brought friends here mainly for the decor and the grandeur, not the food.
Not much has changed since then. The service is passable at best. For the price you pay, the food should be outstanding, but it's not. The dimsum is ridiculously expensive.
I suggest going to one of the cheaper places strewn around Vancouver proper instead of visiting Imperial. If ambiance is all you're looking for, then you've found the right place.

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Honolulu Cafe4288 Main, Vancouver
What a NIGHTMARE!
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

People have been telling me that the food is great. Big portions, cheap price. There's a reason for that.
I live pretty close to the restaurant so decided to try it one day. The service is absolutely atrocious, as is expected of most Chinese restaurants, unfortunately. The menu looked decent, but when the food came with the (I'm sure powered "just add water") sauces, I almost puked. I barely made it through my meal. Ate mostly the vegetables that tasted like it was microwaved in a bowl of water.
It's cheap, yes. The portions are big, yes. But so is Wendy's. I'd choose fast food over this crap ANY DAY.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Nice little piece of Japan
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

It's located near the bottom of Robson Street, where some of us aZns call Little Tokyo. I would suggest reservations as if you just walk in and try to get a table, you're guaranteed at least a 30-minute wait. None of the servers and cooks seem to be over the age of 35, and all of them attractive. It's good eye candy while you wait to be seated.
They yell out orders and seating arrangements in Japanese, which is refreshing. The atmosphere is relaxed, and there is a great mix of ethnicities in the customer populous.
The drinks are excellent and yummy, the food is gorgeous. I gouge myself everytime I go there. You just can't help it. They serve it up in "drinking" portions and before you know it, you're stuffed. The price is a little high, as is expected of any place on Robson Street, but well worth the experience!

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Great place off the beaten path
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Upon arriving at the restaurant, we realized it's not visible from any major street, so if you're not looking for it, you won't really see it.
The atmosphere is ambient. The front of the restaurant is a bar/lounge. Take a walk through the corridor where the kitchen service desks are, and you arrive in the back room, which is a dining room bustling with people. The explsed brick walls and city view through the huge windows are beautiful. The tables are a little small, squished in too close together, and not very comfortable.
Somehow the lounge in the front is way less noisy than the dining room in the back. My boyfriend and I could barely hear each other from across the little table we were seated at.
The servers were polite, knowledgeable, but not very attentative as we tried to get their attention a few times without avail. The food and wine service were slow to come and it was a nightmare to try and get our water glasses refilled.
All said and done, the food was great, the service solid. I'd definately go back, but would stay in the front of house instead of stepping into the back dining area again. Albeit the view of the city is better back there.

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