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WildSamuraiVancouverSince July 25, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Temaki Sushi2156 W. Broadway, #2, Vancouver
Guaranteed Quality
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

If you're ever jonesing for some good sushi and/or sashimi, this is the place to go to. The quality is not only excellent, but it is consistent as well.

The rest of the food, other than the appys, are somewhat weak. Don't get me wrong, the hot dishes aren't bad, but there are other places that do those dishes better.

Overall, the place is clean and tidy and the staff is courteous and quick. A solid Japanese restaurant with decent prices and good volume.

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Jang Mo Jib8320 Alexandra Street, Richmond
One of the Best Places in Richmond for Korean Food
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that the service here isn't the greatest. But the food makes up for it 100%.

All of the dishes here are absolutely amazing, but the notable ones are the hot pot, the Chap Jae, the seafood pancake, the Bi Bim Bap, the BBQ squid, and both BBQ short rib dishes. Great selection of side dishes.

The ambiance can very depending on which side of the restaurant you're sat on; the south side looks more like a club/dance hall and the north side looks like a restaurant.

Going back to service, you need to be able to order really quickly when they come to you with the tea, or else you'll be trying to flag down a server for the next 10 minutes. Sometimes they'll try to wave you off from ordering a BBQ meat dish, but that's only if they haven't fired up the outside barbecue yet. If you don't mind having your meat panfried instead, it's not a big deal then. Overall though, they're okay... You just need a bit of patience and a good eye to wave a server down when they're passing by.

This is a great place if you're looking for a nice sit down a la carte Korean meal. It doesn't do AYCE and nor would I want it to.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Why hasn't this place gone out of business yet?
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

This isn't a palace let alone a restaurant.

Too bad there isn't a negative star rating here. The service here was not only bad, it was non-existent.

I came here for a late lunch, so yeah, my expectations weren't high too begin with. But this place had me gob-smacked when they couldn't even do a lunch service properly.

I ordered a BBQ short rib set. The meat was okay... That's why I put gave a 2 star food rating. The sides were piddly. And I didn't get any rice... Definite problem here if this dish was set menu. The servers saw me waiting for something, not touching the dish, but nobody came to see what was wrong. There was no quality check. How can you have a short rib meal set without any rice? The real kicker of this sad excuse of a Korean restaurant was that the owner even saw me not touching my meal and didn't see anything wrong with the picture... She just kept on chatting away with the servers, who weren't so keen on serving.

Don't go to this place. You'll be wasting precious time from your life that can be spent elsewhere. Go to Jang Mo Jib that's just up the road instead.

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Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill3800 Bayview Street, #112, Richmond
If your kids can't behave, keep 'em at home!
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

Took the girlfriend here for a romantic dinner and we had a great time (other than the screaming kids and their sorry excuse of parents). I can't understand why some of the previous reviewers were so harsh with this place. Hmm... Eating at this place over the Canada Day long weekend when Steveston has it's Salmon Festival is not a time to have high expectations of top notch service or food to come out fast. It's unreasonable.

Yes, granted, Shady Island looks a little run down, but I think it was one of the first restaurants to go up when that whole pier area was redeveloped. It does need a face lift/renovations.

As for kids, the place is not as kid unfriendly as it should be. I would like to enjoy a romantic dinner with my girlfriend without having to suffer through screaming kids, kids throwing food, and kids running around all over the place. If Shady Island is making an effort to keep these kind kids out as well as for their irresponsible parents, I'm all for it. As it stands, it seems like they'll allow kids in, but they just won't let people have strollers by the tables. I would have given 5 stars for ambiance if there wasn't any screaming kids.

As for food, yes, there are some issues. The oysters on the half shell were pretty small and mediocre. But the main course that my girlfriend and I had (the steamed seafood platter) was awesome. I've always enjoyed their Seafood Chowder here. I'm a little disappointed that they don't serve it in a bread bowl anymore. Their creme brulee was another high point. I do have to agree that the prices are a little high ($140 not including tip), but what would you expect for a full course dinner of appetizers, main dish, desserts and a bottle of wine?

The service was terrific. Our server was very attentive and apologized for the size of the oysters, but apparently those were the only ones they had in stock. We sent them back without any problems. It's not the server's fault that the oysters were small and he fixed the problem for us immediately. Again, I would have given 5 stars for service if the staff in the restaurant had booted out the screaming kids and their parents. Parents who have kids that cannot behave in a restaurant, should not be allowed to bring their kids into a restaurant nor should they expect to be allowed to so. Restaurants have a right to deny service to whomever they want. Dinning in a restaurant is a privilege, not a right.

Also, in regards to the oysters and fresh seafood, I wouldn't expect the restaurant to send somebody down to the docks and get some bigger ones off the boats that are selling seafood down there (as a previous reviewer indicated). Not only would that be a health risk (possible red tide infection), but most restaurants are required to purchase seafood from a reputable source and not off the back of some boat. Yes, I want to be served fresh seafood, but not at the risk of having that seafood being infected with some virus or sea louse.

All in all, Shady Island is a nice place for having a romantic dinner with a nice sunset view.

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