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TrevorVancouverSince December 8, 200660 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Displaying 21 - 40 of 60 Reviews Found
Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
authentic japanese sushi
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 3:22am [Dine in]

In a city overflowing with non-Japanese run sushi joints, I was excited to hear about this restaurant from friends. It's a small, well-lit place with some not-so-comfortable tables and chairs, but that doesn't matter to me so much as the food itself.

Sushi here is fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. All of our sushi came on nice glass plates with a decorative candle made of thinly-sliced daikon, carrot or cucumber wrapped around a tealight. So much care is put into presentation. They only serve sockeye here, none of that farmed atlantic salmon. The cooked food we ordered (beef don, baked eggplant) were also good, but Toshi's definitely has the best baked eggplant.

Service could use some improvement. Sat for 10 minutes before being given some menus and tea. But from that point on tea refills were frequent and service was polite.

Prices weren't high, considering that it seems to be authentic fare. So I would say that it's good value. But given that it was my first visit, I will have to wait until my next visit to see if the rest of the menu lives up to my expectations.

Recommended!

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Worth a return visit!
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 2:49am [Dine in]

Was there recently with some friends and I have to say that, overall, our outing was a very enjoyable one. Service was excellent from start to finish. Our server, don't remember the guy's name, was very personable yet professional. We had a toddler in our group and he was good at making the kid happy too. Constantly checked on us to ensure all was well.

The food was also very good. Some of us had the prix fixe menu, others ordered from the small plate menu. Recommended items include miso sablefish, cellar door caesar, beef carpaccio, crispy duck confit, ling cod and handcut fries. Other dishes we tried that were only so-so were the beef short ribs (not enough sauce, little on dry side) and mushroom risotto (no 'wow' factor). Apple spice cake dessert was good.

Good value: you get good-sized portions for what you pay. Ambiance was okay... same sort of decor as many other restaurants serving westcoast cuisine--lots of beiges and warm neutral colours. The mirrored east wall makes the restaurant look a lot bigger than it really is. Like a previous reviewer said, good acoustics and comfortable seating.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Unbelievable that they're still busy... Service is atrocious.
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 12:04am [Dine in]

Considering that restaurants are in the "Service" industry, this establishment has to be one of the worst offenders in my books. Having eaten here several times with varying #s in my party, I think I've given them more than enough chances to prove the other reviewers wrong.

Unfortunately each time the service was anywhere from indifferent to disastrous. Having worked in a restaurant for over 10 yrs, I think I can state quite confidently what good service entails. Good service means providing friendly, professional service while meeting and anticipating the needs of your customers. Sadly, I have yet to see that happen here at Marcello. In fact, I have witnessed the exact opposite. The Hostess/Manager desperately needs to take a course in Hospitality. She is one of the rudest & disrespectful people I've ever met. I'd be pretty embarrassed if I were her.

In general, yes they have good food. Occasionally the pizza is a bit burnt, but it's usually tasty, as is the 4-cheese gnocchi. Salads are ok, but the bread is bleh.

But make no mistake, good food can in no way, shape or form make up for such poor service. After my last visit, I will no longer spend my money in such a poor excuse for a restaurant.

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Oishii Sushi780 Denman Street, Vancouver
Special Dragon Roll is a fricking RIPOFF!
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

Most sushi joints want customers to order their in-house "special" rolls because they're supposed to be unique & more expensive. Well, I made the mistake of ordering something other than my usual list of rolls when I got takeout the other day.

Four ingredients are listed in their Dragon Roll: avocado, unagi, cucumber & prawn. Except in my roll, there was NO cucumber anywhere to be seen! That's 25% of the ingredients missing... I paid $7.50 for a roll that was almost as skinny as a salmon roll. That in itself should've been a sign to the chef that something was awry... What a fricking ripoff! Their takeout gomaae was a disappointment, lacking in sauce & flavour, but at least it was a decent size. Other stuff ordered was okay, but nothing to write home about.

Service is okay when you're dining in, but with takeout, they tend to try to save pennies everywhere.... there have been several times when I opened my takeout bag to discover I wasn't given chopsticks or napkins. Makes them look bad. And the only person who smiles in there is the chef.

Ambiance is not very "Japanese". There are a few specials on the walls, but nothing that screams 'authentic'... Really hate the 'Hawaii" tables that they kept from the previous restaurant that existed here before. Booths are really hollow-feeling, & it echoes when you talk in there.

A little advice, spend a bit of $ on furniture if you want your restaurant to be really successful. Also, make sure your rolls are done properly... this is a "sushi" joint, isn't it? When customers feel ripped off, they tend NOT to return.

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Guu in Aberdeen4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2790, Richmond
Slightly disappointed
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 1:49am [Dine in]

I'm used to frequenting the other Guu's in town and was hoping this location would be just as good. After visiting on 3 separate occasions, I know I won't come here unless the other locations are full & I absolutely want to have Guu.

Service is a bit lacking. The first 2 times I came, we sat at a table along the wall. Even though bar seating & the kitchen are just ten feet away, it was hard to get someone to take away our empty dishes or refill our tea. Flagging down a server was even harder on our last visit when we were seated in the party room. Staff are friendly enough though. Once the restaurant is packed, the delivery of food is very slow-coming.

Food quality hasn't always been consistent. Some dishes like the gomaae and the ebi mayo were disappointing. Beware that what is called ebi mayo at other Guu locations is NOT the same here! You need to read the descriptions. The unagi cha and octopus ball were good, but the chips served with the yuke were slightly under-fried.

Ambiance is good... you get the loud "iraishimase" (sp?) greeting, though it's not as enthusiastic as the ones you get at other locations. Dark wood furnishings, quite clean since it's newer.

Decent, not great. Recommend the other locations.

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Ellie3779 Sexsmith Rd., #1111, Richmond
When I'm craving Malaysian
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 1:15am [Dine in]

I come here once every few months to fulfill sudden cravings for Malaysian food. Although Tropika has better roti canai, the ones here are still quite good. Other favourites include the chicken with lots of garlic cloves & green onions (can't remember the name), house special fried rice w/ shrimp & masago, pork & kimchi paper hotpot. Always end up eating the same stuff because when we do come, we miss the food and know exactly what to expect. Food's decently priced too.

Service is being given a 2-star rating. You get the bare basics for service. Tea gets plopped down on your table, order gets taken, no quality checks are done. You sometimes have to ask for tea refills, napkins, and even table settings.

The decor in this restaurant is a little weird. They've got hanging on the walls these massive pictures which always look like they're going to fall. There's also palm trees and (Christmas) lights around the place... not sure what kind of feel they're going for. If you get stuck at the row of tables in the middle of the restaurant, you can feel quite cramped for space as the waitresses walk by on either side.

Even though service and ambiance aren't great, I still find myself returning for the good food & cheap prices.

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
Great place for a date
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

Took my SO here for a special occasion.

Ambiance was wonderful... beautiful decor, liked the nicely-lit bar and the cozy tables. But tables could be set just a bit further apart... kept (unintentionally) overhearing the convo of the couple at the table next to us. Kinda amusing. Seated at a window table w/ a great view, but the bright lights from construction going on below were slightly annoying. Oh well.

The food was delicious! We were served an amuse bouche shortly after our drinks were served. A lovely lobster bisque and an ahi-tuna carpaccio (I think). The complimentary bread buns & sticks were really tasty & served warm. Both buns were so good, but the cranberry one was better.
Appies: Fennel veloute w/ shellfish & Pan-seared scallop...delectably wonderful!
Entrees: Loin of lamb & Alaskan sablefish. Cooked to perfection--lamb medium rare was juicy, fish was tender and not dry at all. The accompanying sauces were flavourful and complimented the meat perfectly.
Dessert: Grand marnier souffle. Recommended by our server & we're glad we ordered it! So goood!
Food was all beautifully presented. I'd recommend all that we tried.

Service was up to par. From the moment we stepped into the restaurant to when we left, we were well-taken care of. Gerry, the restaurant director was friendly, gracious & took the time to personally ensure that our dining experience was what we expected. Although our server wasn't quite as friendly as we expected, he was very professional and performed his duties fully. He still gets 4 stars because he did the little things that count, such as pulling out our chairs as we sat down, and replacing my unfolded napkin immediately with a brand new one when I left to go to the restroom.

The food was amazing, service was great, all encompassed in a beautiful setting. Without a doubt would recommend this place to everyone.... just make sure your wallet can take the hit though.

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Frog & Firkin1941 West Broadway Ave., Vancouver
Can't go wrong with a burger in a pub, right??
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

Wrong!!!

Came w/ large group, still waited almost 1/2 hr even tho we booked weeks ago. Night was SO horrendous, don't even know where to start.

We were starving so ordered right away. Waited and waited for our meals. Took anywhere from 45min - 1hr 15min to get our food. RIDICULOUS. No explanations why food was taking so long. And then to make matters worse, food was not cooked to order. One of the girls ordered a salmon dish, medium rare. It came out WELL-DONE. Now we realize this is a pub, but the blond waitress had assured her "it's no problem". Also, several burgers ordered in our group were burnt. One was SO burnt we couldn't see the brown colour of the meat. BLACK. The chefs (if I can even call them that) tried hiding the burned side by flipping that side to the bottom. How do you screw up a burger?? It's pub food! Most of us didn't bother sending it back for fear of another long wait. Server even tried to convince us to order salads cuz they'd be faster and she told us "There's absolutely no way we can get you new dishes in less than 30 minutes." cuz they had another large party. Are you bleepin' kidding me? Most INCOMPETENT server I've ever encountered. She didn't even try to make things better. The sides (mash potatoes, veggies) of many dishes were stone cold. Waitress never bothered to ask if anything was wrong when she came to clear plates--4 of 6 had sides that were untouched.

Now onto service...wait, what service? Some drinks were forgotten or took over 20min to be brought. Server was never on top of things. She tried to give 2 of us a bill for food that the manager had comped cuz of their many mistakes. She was definitely rude at times and avoided certain parts of the group when things went wrong. Does she know she's in the service industry?!? Only saving grace was the manager.

Ambiance--it's alright. Nothing special.

In general, not a place to eat in. Good for drinks only. Consider yourself forewarned.

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Jang Mo Jib1719 Robson Street, Vancouver
Scary at night
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 12:44am [Dine in]

Went there for the first time back in November with a few friends to grab a late night bite. Kinda scary, even for me. Some sketchy-looking characters hanging out there, as well as some VERY drunk people. We got a very interesting view when this drunk girl fell on her butt right in front of our table. lol.

Anyway, the food was good, but I've had better for cheaper at other Korean places on Robson. Had short ribs, bibimbap in hot stone bowl, seafood pancake and a couple other things I can't remember. The free starters were only so-so.

Service was good. Never felt rushed. Quick to bring anything we needed.

Well the ambiance I mentioned earlier. Going during dinner hours might be better. Floors seemed kinda dirty. Not too roomy either.

Don't think I'll return unless all the other late-night places are closed.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
One of the best in town
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 12:25am [Dine in]

I've been going to this little joint for the last few years. Altho they seem to have suffered a bit b/c of the Cambie Street construction, the fact that they're still up and running tells you that they're doing something right.

On my last visit, I ordered a variety of nigiri sushi and an udon. Their salmon sushi is SOO good--they use sockeye salmon whereas most others use atlantic/coho. Their sushi is fresh. The udon was piping hot, noodles weren't overcooked and the broth was flavourful. My friends enjoyed their food too--beef teriyaki donburi and one of their special combos. Foodwise, I would rank it 2nd on my list, right behind Toshi.

Service is consistent. Polite, fairly quick. My only gripe is that they don't refill your tea often enough.

The look is that of a typical Japanese restaurant. Decor and furnishing is in need of an update. It's a little cramped, tables are fairly close together. Washrooms could be a bit cleaner.

The difference with this one is that it's Japanese-run... most importantly, the chef is Japanese. Great food, good service. Go support these guys, I'd hate to see them shut down like so many other businesses on Cambie.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Solid!
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

Went w/gf last month. Overall a good experience.

Food was good. The butter chicken was not as creamy as I would've liked, but still yummy. The meat in the lamb curry was very tender but a little salty. Veggie samosas were awesome! Crispy, packed with filling and fresh. Loved the chutney that accompanied them. The naan and basmati rice were good as well.

Service was very pleasant. We arrived for a late dinner and although they were closing early that night, they still seated us and did not rush us through our meal. They were apologetic and quick to change a water glass that was dirty. Also changed our plates after the appy. Water glasses were also refilled when needed.

Ambiance was fitting. Nice tealight candles on each table. Little accents on the decor everywhere are a nice touch. Relatively clean place. Didn't use the w/c so can't comment.

Definitely worth a visit.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
Shouldn't have went with high hopes...
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

...because now I can say I have been thoroughly disappointed. I had heard so many wonderful things about them, I thought we would have a great time. Unfortunately, not the case.

Went during DOV. Started off poorly. Despite having a reservation, still had to wait 20 min for a table. Friendly hostess tho. Manager (?) gave us an amuse bouche- duck w/ cranberry sauce- which was nice, but I'd rather be seated promptly. Service from our waiter was definitely not on par from the moment we sat down. Our server first served a table that was seated AFTER we were. We were NOT impressed, having sat unattended for 10 min. Our server seemed to not care about us at all, this was evident throughout the night. No quality checks. Drinks arrived AFTER appies were served. In fact, food runners/buspersons were more deserving of the tip than the waiter was! The blond busgirl was really nice tho and brought us some bread even before our server came to take our order!

Food was meh. Nothing to brag about. Salmon tartare appy, though tasty, was small, even for my gf. My steak entree was good, but gf wasn't happy w/ her tuna- too soft, cassoulet was bland, & the bacon froth didn't enhance the tuna's flavour. Creme brulee dessert was ok, but not the best we've had.

The ambience was alright.... restaurant was too cold for our liking.

Overall, for the quality of service and food, this dinner wasn't worth $35... it should be in the $25 category. However, if you consider their regular dinner menu, then it's alright. But like a previous reviewer said, all the add-ons for extra $$ makes you feel cheated of what the dishes are supposed to actually taste like. Would not recommend this place. Not good value for your dollar.

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Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant4136 Main Street, Vancouver
Hello my super friend!!
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Yes, I completely agree with the previous reviewer... I've been going here way before they moved from Cambie & King Ed. The owner is one of the most friendly I've ever met. If you're one to not enjoy the owner being super-chummy with you, then best you avoid the place. Every time I'm there, he refers to me as his "super-friend" or "brother", pats me on the back and is always just short of sitting down with me and my gf.

Food: excellent portions, always have difficulty finishing everything. Their Vina combos are great- good variety & they'll do substitutions with no problem. Haven't tried their pho yet. The hot & sour soup (w/prawns) is AWESOME! Love the dip that comes with the salad rolls. Good value all around.

Ambiance: not that impressive but doesn't bother me. Bright, clean. They have a little tv in the corner usually on a sports channel.

Definitely worth trying out for yourself.

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Wild Ginger88 West Pender Street, Unit 2015, Vancouver
If you don't care if they serve you the right dish....
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

...then eat here. A very large group of us ate here several weeks ago.
Here is where the nightmare began. One of us ordered a chicken dish, but was served a fish dish instead. Because the meat was breaded (whereas in the picture it looks stir-fried), we guess they assumed we wouldn't know the difference between chicken and fish. We weren't able to get anyone to fix the mistake because: 1) the server never came back to do a quality check after serving our food; 2) waitstaff didn't approach table even after being waved down.

That's not the worst part.

When we finally did tell the server of the kitchen's mistake, she didn't believe us and actually ate a piece of the meat in front of us. The look on her face told us that the meat was INDEED fish. But upon taking it back to the kitchen, she returned with the dish, saying that the chefs INSISTED that it was CHICKEN. Are you kidding me??? That's some pretty gross chicken if it really was. They refused to take it off the bill (the dish was more than 3/4 full since my friend doesn't like fish), and didn't even offer to really do anything about it. What's $15 when the whole group spent more than $500?? These people seriously don't care about repeat business.

Other food was only okay. Others complained food was bland and they were stingy on ingredients. As previous reviewers have also said, a fusion place is usually a mask for chefs who can't cook authentic cuisine. Also, DON'T order their drink specials- rip-offs: juice with 1/2 ounce alcohol. Stick with the bottled stuff.

Ambiance is typical of Asian restaurants. Didn't visit their w/c so can't report on cleanliness.

Overall, total WASTE of money. Service would get a ZERO if it were allowed.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Good everytime
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 1:44am [Dine in]

I've been to Toshi's many many times. Each time, I expect to wait. That's because I know the food and service I'll be receiving that night is superb. The rolls are fresh and tasty, the sushi is not overloaded with rice as some restaurants do to make their sushi look bigger. The cooked items are just as fantastic. The eggplant is my absolute favourite~I often order one to go after I've finished my dinner.

The service is always pleasant. The ladies are always smiling... who wants to see a grumpy face?? They are efficient and courteous. Ambience is nice. You get to see the sushi chefs all working hard to get you your food as quickly as possible. The only minor blip is that the tables are sometimes too close together.

For the reviewer "screenap," each restaurant has their house policies for a reason. Given the small size of this restaurant, I'm sure you can try to understand from their standpoint why they don't want to seat parties in which some members aren't yet present. Who's to say that you won't be waiting for the rest of your party for 1/2 hour or more? That's lost business for them. If you were the owner, you might do the very same thing. But it's easy to say that you wouldn't because you're not actually in that position.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Wanna-Be's
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 12:21am [Dine in]

If you're looking for a place that will provide poor service with mediocre food, then this is the place for you. Ebisu is trying hard to be trendy, yet failing miserably. Yes, they have a nice decor. But their numerous problems can't be ignored.
1) The service is rude - waitresses are snooty... for what reason though, I have no idea since this is no high-end restaurant. The servers are also very slow, and even trying to flag down your server is quite the challenge.
2) The food could definitely be improved upon. They do have some good food (fresh oysters-pretty hard to get these wrong; ebimayo; yam fries), but much of the food was only eaten because we were starving and it took the kitchen forever to cook up our dishes. The stir-fried udon that we had was drowning in this watery creamy-tomatoey sauce and the flavour (or lack thereof) was just plain bad. Sushi was also meh. Completely overpriced food for the quality you get.
3) Although the interior looks nice, the acoustics is horrible. It gets VERY loud inside and you have to speak so loudly that your throat gets sore.

Bottom line: Cheap drinks can reel in customers for the short-term...but in the long run, the rude and indifferent service and below-average food will turn away repeat customers. The Rugby Club is a prime example of this.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
View is awesome, but everything else...
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 2:26am [Dine in]

is just okay. Came here with my SO for dinner. Although our server was nice, she wasn't very "on the ball." Had a few disappointments that night with the service: 1) given a drink menu in which half of the drinks were no longer on the list of drinks served; 2) server didn't warn us that appy platter we ordered was enough to serve 4 or 5 people; 3) server didn't change our plates even once while we were eating our appy- our tiny plates were so overloaded with shells we could barely eat off them.

Other than those hiccups, food was good. Didn't enjoy the entrees (halibut & lamb rack) as much as we could have since we were too full from the huge seafood appy. That appy is SO worth it ($28) if you love shellfish. Needless to say, we didn't get to try dessert.

Beautiful view, especially if you're seated beside the windows.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Tres bien!
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 1:41am [Dine in]

Was here with a few friends.

Ambiance: Cozy, small. Quite noisy, but not noisy enough that we couldn't hear each other talk. Nice decor inside, but metal fences/construction going on outside took a bit away from the whole feel of the place.

Food: Very good! Started off with the Moules Frites - so tasty!! I used the bread to soak up the delicious white wine sauce. Had their special dinner of salad, steak & chocolate terrine, great deal. Only complaint was that the steak had quite a few chunks of fat throughout. Oh well, for $23 I guess you can't expect too much.

Service: I'd actually give it a 3.5, but that's not an option. Polite and professional, but not all that friendly. At times we had some difficulty understanding the staff because of their thick accents, but that's what gives the restaurant that authentic feel. Server cleared plates promptly, but didn't always pour our wine for us - no biggie. However, they did ask for our table back after 2.5 hours (no mention of this when reservation was made). This was surprising considering that we had ordered 2 bottles of wine, and our bill came to around $230 after taxes/tips. I guess since the place isn't too big, they don't like patrons to stay for more than 3 hours.

Worth going to at least once.

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Shark Club Bar & Grill180 West Georgia St, Vancouver
Don't waste your time & money here.
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

I completely agree with the previous reviewer. I've been to this & the Burnaby location on several occasions. Apparently I didn't learn the first couple times. Each and every time, service and food was horrible. Appies we ordered to share (e.g. spinach dip) come burnt, entrees are super salty (probably a tactic to get you to order more drinks, and they don't give you or refill your water glass very often). I often had to get up and search for my server or ask another server or busperson to find my server for me.

Have finally learned my lesson after having several nights ruined by this restaurant's poor standards.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Losing its flair
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 2:36am [Dine in]

Ate here a couple times recently. Have to say quite disappointed both times. They've taken some of my favourites off the menu... can't understand why as those dishes were some of the most popular ones. We had the miso sablefish (blackcod) and that was good. Sockeye salmon sashimi was tasty and fresh. Other dishes aren't worth mentioning.
Service has gone a bit downhill ever since the Kits location opened. Servers don't have the same smiley, friendly attitude as when the owner's there, and he's usually at the new location on Fri/Sat. I would give the service a 2.5 if it was an option.
Ambiance still nice, but surprisingly not as busy on weekends as it used to be.

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