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wookyvancouver, vancouverSince December 19, 200611 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Bang for your buck
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 1:14am [Dine in]

Boyfriend and I decided to come here for a quick and cheap eat on a cold winter night sometime last year. I had been here once several years ago but my memory of that experience escapes me.

We didnt have to line up outside the restaurant luckily, but still had to wait 15 - 20 minutes for a table inside the restaurant. Was it worth it? Cheap yes.. but I would say no. Yes, the portions are huge, which is great if you are actually hungry enough to finish the entire thing in one sitting because the leftovers are really gross the next day.

Boyfriend had the calamari set meal, i had the braised lamb.. neither was anything to write home about quality-wise. My lamb was nice and tender but was lukewarm and lacked flavor. Service was very minimal: seat customer, take order, bring food, bring check. The restaurant is of course hustling and bustling and lots going on around you, so not a place to bring your date for a romantic dinner (although the did light candles at each table..)

I guess for the prices you can't really complain too much but this is vancouver we're talking about.. plenty of places offering cheap eats without necessarily slaughtering the quality of food / service. I say check out stephos at least once just for the novelty of it, but i wouldn't plan regular visits here when there are so many other better options.

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1265 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
It was OK
Submitted Friday, December 5, 2008 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

2 friends and I decided to come to Pinky's for one of their birthdays this past summer. I heard great reviews previously through word-of-mouth and having worked at a Steakhouse (not to mention also in yaletown) before, I was going in with pretty high expectations, as most people would especially in this area of downtown.

Now although it was summertime, it was still freezing cold outside that night.. but we were told that there were heat lamps on the patio so we decided to sit outside, so we could be away from the noisy indoor crowd. I think we were better off sitting inside though because after a few minutes, the heat lamps got WAY too hot.. and i mean, we were breaking out a sweat and our faces were turning bright red kind of hot. When the server tried to adjust it, it was still really too hot.. I guess it's a good way to promote cold drinks? Thus 2 for the ambiance.

The food, was perhaps a little above average, i wouldn't say excellent because excellent food would be memorable and make me want to go back for more, but this wasn't it. I had ordered a 12 oz NewYork rare-mediumrare, which came with a side of tomato linguini. Along with the steak was this wasabi-horseradish tasting sauce, which i thought didn't compliment the steak and left a weird bitter aftertaste in my mouth. i'm much more of a simpleton when it comes to steak so i would've appreciated a classic demiglace type sauce instead..I probably should've asked before ordering, but the sauce that it comes with wasn't shown on the menu. so just a heads up.

My friends and I shared 2 appetizers - the crispy wok squid and the yam fries. Both were tasty but were way too small in portions for what they're priced.

For drinks I ordered something called the greyhound, if i remember correctly. All i remember is that it had fresh grapefruit juice in it, and a couple shots of vodka, although i could only taste a hint of vodka. i didn't order another one after the 1st one..

service was quick, and polite, pretty standard for a restaurant of this class, but not outstanding. Overall I would come back if i was invited to a dinner party here, but i would not go out of my way to return here unless i was really craving steaks and happened to be in the area.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
pretentious is an accurate word..
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 2:46am [Dine in]

Like many previous reviewers have mentioned, the one word that could sum up what this place is teeming with is "pretentiousness". Food aside, the service itself is pretending to be something that it is not. From the arrogant self claiming hot-shot owner to the pretty, totally dolled-up waitresses, (and even pretty good looking chedfs....) service was both awkward and uncomfortable from beginning to end. I came here with a friend with a semi-empty stomach and was attracted by the eclectic and energic atmosphere that could be seen and heard from the outside. Like all other izakayas in the lower mainland, they greet you with over-powering hollers and screams - i quite like it actually , and they don't over do-it here like at some other places.. (ie. they don't holler out every single order when taking your order...). The owner sat us at the bar, but we had so many bags and things on us that he had to move us to a bigger table. Great! We had our bags and things spread out amonst the empty chairs at our table and was seated comfortable, but before we could even pick up our menu, the owner comes and tells us NOT to leave our things on the chairs like that, because he might need to use them. Err!!?? So we ended up having to put all our stuff on the floor.. hm very sanitary! We then took one glance at the menu and realized everything was extremely over-priced, and there was no way we'd eat until we'd get full without blasting a hole in our wallet. We should have just left at this point since i'm sure the establishment wouldn't be making any money off us, but since we were here anyway i might as well try something. i settled on a sashimi appetizer that the waitress claimed was her favorite dish. It came some 25 minutes later, I ate the whole thing in one bite, paid, and left quite frankly, unimpressed. Definitely not a place to come on an empty or even semi-empty stomach. If you love to drink and party and have a fabulously loud time with a bunch of your friends while sharing a bunch of tapas-sized food, then this place will suit you to a T. Maybe I just came on the wrong night with the wrong type of company. I've always been a believer that customers are at least half responsible for creating their own atmosphere, so having fun with your friends wherever you are is key. I'll shall keep that in mind on my next visit here.

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Downtown Sushi Bar Japanese Restaurant1205 Davie Street, Vancouver
warm sushi?!! you're kidding me
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 1:31am [Dine in]

I've only visited this restaurant 3 times in the past, all for take-out, and i've never run into any problems, with service or food. Tonight I ordered a negitoro don to go. It's not on the menu, however they do make negitoro rolls and cones, so to make the rice bowl version is a cinch. The waitress puts the order in, I pay, and all is fine and dandy until they show me the completed order, and here's where the problems began. They separated the rice and fish into 2 different containers. Why? They have take-out bowls so there was no reason for them to separate the 2. Here's the next thing, the fish they gave me were big slices of toro. Period. Not minced toro w/ green onion, just toro by the slice. I question the sushi chef, and he seemed VERY confused, but i mean negitoro is so straight forward, and they have it on the so i don't know why he was arguing in the first place. Next, he tells me the reason they separate the rice from the fish was because the rice was warm, and that if they put the fish directly on the rice, the fish would get cooked. Um, Excuse me??! Did he just say they use warm rice to make sushi??? GAG! I ask him straight up, is this the rice you make sushi with, and he says, yes. He tells me sushi rice SHOULD be warm, which is laughable. Sushi rice should be room temperature. I ask him, then aren't you afraid the raw fish will get cooked in your sushi rolls, and he didn't understand my logic, even though he JUST said the exact same thing. He argues with me about how the rice should be warm and that any sushi place who doesn't use it is bad quality. Are you freakin kidding me? i've been to japan and i love sushi, and i've never had a single warm sushi roll in my life. I know I probably sounded rude and arrogant - i am a waitress myself so i don't consider myself fussy at all. But when people don't do things properly and can't even comprehend the basic rules of something, I have to speak up, because it's unacceptable and a shame to the culture they are representing.

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Pearl Drops Teahouse422 Willingdon, Burnaby
Hate to say it...
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 12:32am [Dine in]

I know you'll all hate me for raining on the good reviews here.. but I came here for the first time with 2 friends last week after reading all these wonderful comments. A couple of drinks later and no food, we left quite disappointed. But first off, i will have to give credit for their drink menu. Lots of variety, very creative and drinks are refreshing and unique. Not the kind of menu you will find in any other bubble tea place in Vancouver other than Dragonball perhaps. Their food menu speaks differently though - mind you we didn't end up ordering any food. I wanted to try their shrimp gyoza, but they didn't have any. Disappointed. What's weird is that while they don't appear to offer full service (ie taking orders at your table) their food menu suggests otherwise. Fois gras and beef tenderloin? I mean c'mon, who orders those at the COUNTER?? Very weird. And to top it off, the girl behind the counter spoke WAYYYYYYY too softly, it was practically inaudible, and the place wasn't even loud. What's even more annoying was the fact that she didn't seem phased or aware of how hard of a time we had trying to hear her even after our repeated"what?? can you please say that again.." and the way she spoke to us was very indifferent, and very sloppy. I didn't find the place a particularly relaxing/comfortable place to chill. We took our drinks and left for some real grub. I was really hoping to like this place as much as everyone else, but perhaps i just went on the wrong night (it was a tues night).. i hope to come back for a more positive experience next time.

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Cho Sun Korean Restaurant3486 Kingsway St., Vancouver
really like this place!
Submitted Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 1:34am [Dine in]

tried this place out with a few friends a few weeks ago and loved it. The prices are a steal for the amount of food. The set party meals really fill you up. Love the marinade in the beef short ribs! YUM! You can also choose the option of having the meat cooked in the kitchen, or if you want a little entertainment, right in front of you on the grill by the server. You can also cook it yourself, which is probably the most fun. Wasn't very busy when we went (it was a Saturday night I believe), and it seems a lot of native Koreans come here, which is a good sign. Place is very clean and brightly lit, a good place to chill with friends on any day of the week.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
wish i could say better
Submitted Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 1:26am [Dine in]

i'm a huge fan of japanese izakaya and have been dying to try Guu after all the rave reviews on the net and through friends. my friend lined up for 15 min before getting a table (seems this place is super busy regardless what day of the week you go) and we got seated by the entrance, which seems to be the loudest and most chaotic part of the restaurant, as this is where the all the calls, greetings, and goodbyes are hollered. I love the loud and hip ambiance as you would find at Hapa or Zakkushi, but this place is a little too much. Really, the server who hollers out individual orders as you're ordering, is really unnecessary. Granted i know this is part of the ambiance, it just got really irritating after the first couple times. Also, what was up with the tea? it was COLD. even the 2nd and 3rd refills were lukewarm at best. my friend decided to drink a little water from her sports bottle and was promptly told she couldn't do that here.. err, alright, wahtever. service the rest of the night was very inattentive, had to flag down 3 or 4 different servers. The food was decent but gotta say none of the dishes were very memorable. The chicken karaage was so greasy that oil dripped all over the place as I bit into it. And several pieces were still raw inside. the bacon-wrapped aspargus skewer was probably the best tasting dish i had, but for 4.95 is not comparable to the $1.80 yakitori's at zakkushi. overall maybe i was just expecting a little too much but i do not want to give up yet, i will definitely go back and/or try their other locations.

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Boston Pizza4680 Kingsway, #104, Burnaby
pretty descent
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

boston pizza is always a default lunch/dinner location whenever i'm in the metrotown area and just want to eat in the area. i always order the seafood curry pasta (without onions) and it's good every single time. The prices are average, service is always very prompt and friendly. Overall nothing particularly outrageous about anything. It's pretty quiet everytime i'm there so i'd rather come here for a quiet lunch than red robin's where it's always kind of chaotic.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
food monsters anyone?
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

i used to come here 3 or 4 nights a week cuz my friends were food monsters and prefer to get the bang for their buck. all you can eat is pretty cheap for the choices that you get, (i believe it's 13.95 per person after 10pm?) the only problem is getting a table. Always a large waitlist of people at the door at All-you-can-eat period. As it gets really busy at night, the service slows down a bit and sometimes they miss an order or two, but i always give them the benefit of the doubt cuz my friends always go all out with the quantity of food. Oh and also there's no limit to how much you can order. But just be sure not to waste food, like most places they will charge for leftovers. for the price you pay the seafood is alright, it's not the best of quality but what can you expect at any all you can eat place?

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Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
incredible service!
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

i'm a little surprised with all the comments on the service! maybe it's sort of hit or miss depending on when you go or who happens to be on staff. The door was opened for us and we were greeted BEFORE we even stepped into the restaurant! That really impressed me. We were taken to our table right away - i must say the the benches are really comfortable and i love the design of the whole place, especially the look of the open kitchen that's a flight above the diningroom. Our server was really friendly, accomodating, and timely (although when i told her i was thinking of dessert at the end, it took her 10 min to bring the dessert menu). The food was descent, though i have to say they could've been more generous with the lobster ravioli as i counted and there were only 10 pieces for $17, and you couldn't really taste any lobster in it. The maple glazed salmon was alright, but i guess i prefer a more savory taste - the risotto that came with it was pretty good. the fries w/ blue cheese was yum, as was the crab&artichoke dip. For dessert we had the apple pie w/ maple ice cream, and newyork chscake with passionfruit sauce, which was also great! OH AND I CAN"T SAY ENOUGH OF THEIR WASHROOMS! ABSOLUTELY AWESOME INTERIOR DESIGN!

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Tea Works5695 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Horrible service!
Submitted Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 2:41am [Dine in]

my experience @ teaworks has been average up until now, I experienced the worst service from them by far. Usually they greet you as you walk in the door but this time they paid no notice to me. i didn't really care, I just waited a bit then picked a table closest to the entrance and sat down. 5 min later, one of the waitresses looked at me and nodded so i assumed she knew i was sitting in. But i waited & still did not get a menu. I was waiting for my friend to arrive so it didn't bother me at the time. When my friend finally did arrive, we sat for about 5 min and they still did not acknowledge us as dine-in customers. in fact, we had to go up to the counter and order from the to-go menu because we were sick of sitting and waiting. and just so you know, it wasn't that busy either. And meanwhile there was one waitress, and she went around to each table at least once but paid absolutely NO attention to us, which i thought was weird. When our drinks were made, we had to go up to the counter and retrieve it ourselves, and sit back down. 10 min later, the hostess came up to us and told us to leave. note that this is the 1st time anyone has acknowledged us. she said it was because people needed the table and also because we'd ordered to-go drinks, which apparently are priced differently from the dine-in menu. um FIRST of all, we had to order from the to-go menu because no one bothered to give us a dine-in menu! 2nd of all, so what if we paid for to-go drinks? we still paid for them! I bet the only reason why she wanted us to leave was because she assumed we weren't going to tip. I told her I was planning to tip, but now she can forget it. And as we walked toward the door, she half-assedly apologized and I just said "whatever". I was soo pissed off. Who the heck does this? I've been a server at a bbtea restaurant before so I know how busy and stressful it gets, but i would never go this extreme. What they did was rude and i will never go back there.

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