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technicalitySouth VanSince October 10, 20069 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Rhino's Kitchen~新犀牛便屋5300 No.3 Rd, #322, Richmond
Much much better than what used to be there!
Submitted Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Goodness, I was so excited to hear that California Cafe had been replaced by a new establishment, and boy am I glad to have tried it. The newest addition to the Top Gun family, I have to say that everything was fairly decent.

Food: Extremely solid and great cheap eats. We ordered four lunch dishes: Fish Cutlet with Fries, Braised Beef Ribs with Rice, Seafood Rice Vermicelli in Lobster Soup, and Baked Spaghetti with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Wiener. The fish cutlet was extremely moist, light, well seasoned, and not at all oily like most fried foods. The Baked Spaghetti was fantastic as well, the tomato base was flavourful, but tart, as all tomato bases should. The flavours from the various ingredients were well balanced, as bacon can sometimes overpower light sauces such as this. The Beef Ribs were a slight disappointment, a little tough and chewy, but to be expected, given the cut of meat. The sauce made it worth it though, peppery, sweet, and smokey, a great addition to the flavour of the meat. And finally. The Seafood Vermicelli was absolutely divine. The vermicelli itself wasn't cooked until soggy, perfectly al dente complimenting the abundance of fresh ingredients such as imitation crab, fish tofu, sole filet, bok choy, and crispy, barely cooked, shrimp. And to top it all off, the lobster base was the thing that tied it all together. Thick, creamy, rich, but not overbearing.

Service: Fantastic. The manager came by and thanked us for coming, chatted a little. Laughed at us while we fought with each other over the food.

Value: Definitely worth it. Under $40 for four lunches plus drinks (3 hot, 1 cold).

Ambiance: A lot of fun, they had a fabric that resembled rhino skin for the back of the chair, some rhino stickers on the wall, interesting painting on the ceiling.

Overall. Thank god that California Cafe is gone. Rhino's Kitchen is going to do very, very well. :D

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Takarabune Japanese Restaurant6459 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Changes, unfortunately, not for the better.
Submitted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

The food was solid, like it usually is, except for a few strange changes. The Ohitashi is usually prepared in a manner in which the spinach is assembled in a rectangular shape with no loose ends. The one we got today is a different story. The spinach wasn't assembled in any particular fashion and was extremely sandy. Tenpura tasted and smelled oily. The rice used in the sushi and dons is no longer Japanese rice. However, the zaru soba and unagi are still about the same as it used to be.

The original head chef no longer works there after the restaurant changed hands back in August. Mango pudding and Corona is now added to the drinks and dessert menu via hand-written self-adhesive address labels.

Takarabune has always been my go-to authentic Japanese restaurant in the area in which I live, so I've witnessed their changes over the years. And unfortunately, this may be the last time I return.

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Ping's Cafe2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Don't let the moniker fool you!
Submitted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

Just because its named Ping's Cafe, it was much more than a cafe.

Food: As stated in the description, Ping's is yoshoku-cuisine. It was a night out with boyfriend and my friend, so we ordered three appies and three main courses. The edamame, ika karaage, and tori karaage were great to begin with, but I especially liked the edamame. Warm and soft, the edamame was tossed in a sauce... which escapes me at the moment, but it was savoury with a slight bit of spice and tang. Ika and tori karaage, not much to say about it except for the fact that the batter was very light and didn't feel excessively greasy. For main courses, we decided to do it the tapas way with hambagoo(hamburg), hire tonkatsu(breaded porkchop), and sukiyaki beef. All the dishes were served with a sauce similar to Worcestershire and did a wonderful job in bringing out all the flavours of the various meats which were never dry or tough. Each dish came with a miniature salad, rice and coleslaw or the house potato salad.

Service: The waitress informed us that part of the power was out in the restaurant when we arrived, and that the kitchen was working very hard to bring out the food. She was very attentive and pleasant but the only one actually on the service side of things so it was difficult to get her attention at times.

Value: Almost like a tapas bar, I will forgive the slightly higher pricetag on most of the food for the quality we received. The bill came to something around $60 for three adults and six dishes. I felt that it was well worth it.

Ambiance: With the exception of the chairs in the restaurant, everything is hand-made. That, is called savvy. It felt like we were having dinner at a friend's art studio, but warm and welcoming. It's difficult to explain in words, so you should go and experience it yourself!

Overview: It was a great experience, we'll definitely go again. Hopefully on a day when the power is working properly.

Note: Parking in the SoMa area is always difficult, so we ended up parking on Kingsway and walking the few blocks.

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No. 9 Restaurant5300 No. 3 Road, #812, Richmond
Not the best, but better than most.
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

We've been semi-regulars at this place for the past four years, and service HAS actually improved. People need to keep in mind that this is an HK-style cafe, with a lot of floor space.

Food: HK-style, HK-results. MSG in many things, but it really depends on what you order. The Shanghai Thick Noodle is a regular thing that we order, and yes, it does depend on when you order, but it is relatively good for when you're craving a little grease but don't want to go to McDicks.

Service: It sucks. But as long as you're patient and know the general HK-style handsigns, it's fairly easy to get average service.

Value: You pay for what you order, there's no doubt about it. On some occasions, there are pleasant surprises. Their $6 burgers aren't too bad. Slightly drippy, but good value for the amount of food. Their congees and noodle soups are great for a low price. You just have to know what you want and/or are willing to try something new.

Ambiance: Average, like any cafe out there.

Overview: Regulars may be slightly biased, but there are places we'd rather go than this place. If only they were open at 3am. Good, nonetheless.

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Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant4136 Main Street, Vancouver
What more can I say?
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

Everyone else has mentioned the lovably eccentric owner, and the gaudy decor from the 80s.

Food: Its a place we go to for light meals and snacks. Usually consists of the shrimp salad roll, rarebeef/beefball noodle, and maybe a combo. The shrimp salad rolls are ALWAYS fresh and the rice roll skin is never dry or odd-tasting. There is one tick about the noodles, however. Do not order the noodles with beef for takeout. Beef does not do very well in styrofoam containers.

Service: Their service has always been a little on-off. I can't blame them for being slightly forgetful when it gets a little busy, however. It all depends on who's working with the owner. The older lady is very nice, but she WILL forget if you don't remind her for things.

Value: Overall its like any other Vietnamese restaurant when it comes to prices. The only difference, really, is the the size of the portions and the freshness.

Ambiance: I don't think I need to get into that.

Overview: Its a favourite spot. We'll always come back, mah brudda!

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Guildford Station Pub10176 154 Street, Surrey
More than anyone could expect, really.
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

Boyfriend and I came to this place for a friend's birthday, and it was absolutely amazing.

Food: I wouldn't say it was the greatest quality, but everything was prepared well. Boyfriend had the 1lb wings and Stationmaster. I had the French Onion Soup and Cajun Fry. I have to say that the wings were great, the meat was moist, but slightly drowned in the sauce. When the Stationmaster arrived, we wondered if the plate had been switched with a pasta order. No. There was just pasta piled on top of the steak, and the shrimp/crab was wonderfully fresh. The french onion soup was a little salty for my liking, but the solid beef broth pulled it all together. On the menu, the Cajun Fry says it comes with mexifries, but beware, they're actually curly fries, but oh-so delicious.

Service: It was getting later in the night, so our waitress was a busier than usual, so I won't hold her to anything.

Value: Come here if you want to have lots of good food for a good price. I couldn't believe what they were giving us for the price. The appetizer section is godly, that might be all we order the next time.

Ambiance: Other than the interesting locomotive decor, its just like any other pub, really. Its got a more welcoming feel than most pubs, however.

Overveiw: We would probably make a trip to this place more often if only it wasn't so far away.

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Ebisu on Broadway601 West Broadway, #12, Vancouver
Just... wow.
Submitted Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

I never intended to stumble upon Kamakura. Until we heard the dreaded words 'It will be roughly a 10-15 minute wait'. Then it was decided, we're going to see what Kamakura is like. And I was pleasantly surprised when we walked through that door. I remember when it was Sagano, with the kitchen in the corner. But anyways. The food. Fantastic. And it appears that they've recently hired some students from Japan to be the waitresses. I find that the little rooms have a feel of their own, but I don't recommend it to anyone with a long torso, like myself. My back ached so badly when dinner was finished. Though I'd have to say that the service and creativity did blow me away. The manager is a pleasant fellow, he smiles and talks to the customers quite a bit. And if you understand Japanese, you're in for a treat. The sushi chefs tend to swear at each other everyso often. Definitely a place to go regularly.

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Gypsy Rose Cafe2017 West 4th, Vancouver
Cozy Shack, it takes you back.
Submitted Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 12:04am [Dine in]

That's seriously what I thought the first time I went there. Well. Technically it wasn't the first time, because they were closed when I wanted to stop by for a coffee, but that's beside the point. Its like a small cafe along the coast if you visit Italy, but its located in Kits. The open air just leaves you wanting to stay there for the rest of the day. I had a latte and their Black Forest Ham sandwich. They call it a sandwich, but I'd take it as a panini any day. Delicious. The foccacia is always fresh made and the latte, a little more bitter than I'd like, but still great with the panini. Gypsy Rose is the place to go if you're in the area.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Not what I expected.
Submitted Monday, October 9, 2006 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

So I arrive half an hour early before my shift starts at work just up the block. I'd passed the place a couple of times and the design intrigued me. I stroll in and take a look at the menu. Not much time was on the clock, so I decide to get an order of the spring rolls. I stand at the front counter for about five minutes. And the chefs are clearly aware that I'm standing there, but they make no incentive to get their server. So she finally notices me. I get my drink and sit down. The seats are comfortable with the nice cushions. So the spring rolls are finally done. Great I think I can be able to finish this. I take a bite out of it. Who puts salt on fresh spring rolls? Salt galore. The sauce. All spice, no flavour. I don't think I'll be going back for anything else anytime soon if they can screw up something as simple as spring rolls.

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