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trudgenVancouverSince February 8, 20096 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
Not much beyond the ambience
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

Very disappointing. Painfully long lapse between courses, cold entrees, indifferent flavours. The restaurant's final attempts to remedy the situation were well-intentioned (complimentary cheese plate and ice wine), but there was really no way to make up for the overwhelming deficiencies of service. It was not a good use of time or money (plenty of each was required, given the delays and exorbitant prices, respectively).

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Akira Sushi1069 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good neighbourhood sushi hangout
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

Solid place to get a sushi fix. The food is of good quality and generous portions. We've dined in and had take out numerous times. Highlights include the oyako don (steamed chicken and egg atop vermicelli and rice, all in a slightly sweet sauce, with vegetables) and the spicy sushi roll combo (spicy tuna, spicy salmon, and spicy scallop). The tuna and salmon sushi are nice, though the tuna was still thawing on one occasion. The party platters are well prepared (especially the veggie tray). Friendly service, and the staff make sure that your tea cup remains filled.

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Yuji's Japanese Tapas2059 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Casual yet sophisticated food in a low-key setting
Submitted Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

Cozy restaurant in Kitsilano some familiar and more unusual Japanese-inspired fare. The familiar items such as the spicy tuna roll were good but not much different from what you'd find at a takeaway. The more unusual items were much more satisfying. The tempura nigiri sushi was both beautifully presented and tasty. We had two of the weekly specials, which were very good. The sweet potato tempura sticks are advertised as one of their specialties, and they are accompanied with three different sauces: think sweet potato fries from Cactus Club, only lighter, more delicate, and more satisfying. Beef tataki was delicious: carpaccio-like slices of meat accompanied with a refreshing citrus sauce. Service was friendly and a little on the slow side.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Good aspects but an irredeemable low
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

Have been to Kirin previously for dim sum. The location on an upper floor in City Square allows for some beautiful views. The food is elegantly presented, a notch above the workmanlike presentation at other establishment. The tradeoff is a much higher price without necessarily tasting much better.

Our most recent experience was unfortunate. On arriving, we were asked whether we had a reservation. No one else was waiting for a table, and our party was small. When we said no, the hostess laughed haughtily. We were not provided information as to whether we could wait for a table and if so how long the wait would be. The hostess' attitude was one of scolding indifference. It was quite surprising. We walked away and won't be returning.

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great sushi in the West End
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

This is a small gem in the West End. Others have already mentioned the specialty rolls, which are beautiful to look at and tasty - essentially they are sushi rolls with creative combinations of items within and on top of the rolls themselves. The regular sushi rolls (esp. spicy tuna) and sashimi (spicy tuna again) are excellent as well. The wait staff are well intentioned and highly observant. It's true that they can be a bit sassy at times, but it's a busy place (exceedingly so at times) which has to be taken into account, plus sometimes patrons themselves act in an overly demanding, overly entitled manner which just makes thing more difficult all around. The prices have gone up over the past year so it's not as good a deal as it used to be. Ambience is bare bones: the place is small, tables are close together and though it's not exactly quiet, the noise level is manageable and it's easy enough to have a lively conversation.

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Good experience
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

Went to Bistrot Bistro recently for the second time and overall had a good experience. There was a slight wait for our reserved table and there isn't much room in the place in which to wait. The owner brought out complimentary glasses of wine for us and for some other parties who were waiting to be seated. This was an unexpected and much appreciated courtesy.

The food was uniformly very good, and the value outstanding. We shared the mussels and steak tartare to start. My companion had the halibut in a tomato broth and I had the duck confit with macaroni and cheese. Also shared sides of the frites and a small salad. Creme brulee and chocolate mousse for dessert. Food-wise, the standout among the above was the steak tartare. The servers are young and not 100% polished (needing a gentle reminder for items forgotten), but it's a bistro and casual service is not out of place. The space is tight and so it was a bit hard to have a conversation because of the surrounding noise.

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