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wwasnVancouverSince June 4, 200827 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Value2 (2.1)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House1537 West Broadway, Vancouver
Horrible Service, Racist Staff and MSG Food
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 9:12pm [Take-out]

Save your money and go somewhere else!

I use to like this place for their xiao long dumplings and appetizer dishes a lot instead of venturing to Richmond for Chinese food. I have to say, however, their food and service quality has declined greatly in the past year.

For starters, their food quality has declined. They seem to use MSG like no tomorrow. I've always expected MSG to some degree in Chinese food, but lately you can taste MSG and nothing else.

The main decline would be their service. Their take out service is horrible. I once waited 2.5 hours for them to deliver an order, and I only live 8min drive away. Their delivery drivers are always rude. As for restaurant service, it really turned me away. I once ordered a Szechuan chicken with spicy chili sauce, the cold appetizer. I walked in around 2:40pm and wanted to get it for dinner. As soon as I got in, the waitress had a sour face and said something in Chinese to me, which I don't understand. I quickly learned it was almost their lunch break. I thought I would order a cold dish, so they can just pack it from the fridge. I told the cashier I wanted the COLD Szechuan chicken with spicy chili sauce. She quickly typed it into the register and didn't bother saying a word to me.

I then waited and waited for 10 mins for my take out order, and to my surprise they gave me the stir fry Szechuan chicken lunch special! I told her that was not what I wanted, and she snatched the take out order from my hand and then proceeded to SCOLD at me in CHINESE! I don't speak Chinese! I'm Asian, but I'm not of Chinese ethnicity. Then she muttered under her breath in English saying I said szechuan chicken special. I was really angry at this point and told her I said i wanted the COLD Szechuan chicken, and never said anything about Lunch Specials.

She then kept talking to me in Chinese, even though I told her I don't speak Chinese already, saying I need to make up the difference. I've just about had it with them. They not only mixed up my order, but also don't respect their customers. Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean I'm Chinese. She didn't even apologize for her mistake.

I will definitely never go back to this place again. I ended up throwing out the Cold szechuan chicken because all I can taste was the MSG and no chicken flavour. If they keep this up, they won't last for long. There are other better Chinese restaurants out there. Next time I will go to Richmond and not waste my money at this racist place.

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Guu Garden888 Nelson St., M101, Vancouver
Incredible Service, Good Food, Great Ambiance
Submitted Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:10am [Dine in]

I have mainly been to Guu Garden for lunch and rarely dinner. So this review is more geared towards their lunch hour service.

Food:

During lunch time, they have mostly set menus. Although if you want one or two things from their regular dinner menu, they'll be more than happy to oblige. The lunch entrees ranges from $8 to $15. I personally like the businessman bento, the Tuna yukke and the 3 kinds sashimi special. They also offer some tapas dishes, but I usually find their lunch set quite filling. The miso soup is also bottomless, but I never get any refills.

As for their dinner, it's somewhat similar to the other Guu restaurants. Although one thing that stood out was the saba pressed sushi.

Service:

The service was incredible. They always greet you when you come in and leave (like the other Guus). But their waiters here pay a lot attention to detail. For example, I ordered a glass of ice water because the tea was too hot, so the waiter brought me a tea pot of luke warm tea without me asking. Furthermore, they are really attentive and asks if you want refills of your miso soup or they bring you extra cutlery when you're struggling with chop sticks (not me).

Value:

For lunch I think it's absolutely a great value, but for dinner time, it's just the same as other Japanese tapas restaurants.

Ambiance:

The decor is pretty standard, but they are located at the roof top of Nelson Square, which means it doesn't have that great of a view. The service, however, made up for it. You'll feel very welcomed and friendly, which in my opinion takes the entire dining experience to the next level.

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Kawawa Japanese Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #E15, Burnaby
Disaster AYCE Sushi
Submitted Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

I usually never go to for AYCE sushi, but that day was a group decision, so I had to sit through some suffering. I just can't believe how much business they get with the food they offer. I mean, do people not have taste buds?? Just because it's located in a mall, and you're shopping there doesn't mean you've to put yourself through bad food!

Food:

Having had bad experiences with AYCE places, after we checked off the order sheet, I quickly took a snap shot of the slip before giving it to the waiter. Long and behold, 3 things that we ordered didn't come, but 2 things that we didn't order came to our table. Do they just hope you'll forget what you've ordered??

The oyster motoyaki was served in a tin egg tart tray and the oyster was probably blanched and frozen in the freezer previously. It was dry and rubbery. The other cooked foods were lacking in flavour, most of them were just baked and drizzled with tons of sickly sweet teriyaki sauce. The deep fried foods were always cold, probably because they deep fry it before service and just put it in the oven to reheat it quickly before bringing it out to the table.

The nigiri sushis were too chewy, the rice was dry and not definitely not made by a skilled sushi chef. It was like a 5 year old grabbing tight to a fist of rice to shape the ball. Completely dense packed rice.

Service:
The waiters there all seem to be overworked. They don't greet you or smile. When food comes to the table, they just drop it at the edge and quickly runs off to the next table. I know it's not their fault, given the amount of customers, but the owner should have been more aware of the dining experience, not just about feeding people. We have to flag down multiple waiters through our meal, and can't really pinpoint who is responsible for our table.

Value:
For the AYCE, I say it's definitely not worth the value. Maybe if you ordered from the regular menu, then the food would have been better. Alas, I don't think I'll go back again given the service was so awkward.

Ambiance:
Given that they're such a busy restaurant, the noise level was really loud. There wasn't any special decor or interesting centre piece to the restaurant either. The dishes used to serve food were either plastic with peeling paint or chipped clay dishes. It just brings the entire ambiance down.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Stingy Japanese Ramen
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner around 6:30pm, ordered the Miso ramen.

Food/Value:

I can honestly say, this place would not survive if it was in Japan. Funny how they're opening a new location on Broadway. The noodles were too soft, the soup base was mostly MSG. The pork was bland. The thing I find ridiculous is the "sides" that you add, they're so expensive. In Japan, ramen is suppose to be a fast food. It's suppose to fill you up and served really quickly with tons of ingredients. I just can't wrap my mind around them being able to charge money for 2 pieces of nori sheets (seaweed). Also, their proportion sizes were small, so for that value, I don't see how it's worth it.

Service/Ambiance:

Service was slow and disorganized. We were standing at the door and didn't get addressed for 5 minutes. There were plenty of empty tables, but we were just being ignored. The ambiance was alright, nothing special.

In the end, I don't think I'll try it anymore. I'll save my ramen craving until I go to Japan.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Worst Dinning Experience! This Place is Going Downhill
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

This used to be a good restaurant. I really liked it the first few times I was there, however, after last time's dinner experience, I doubt I'll ever be going back. Their service was poor, the dancers were not enthusiastic at all, and most of all, they dare to charge a 15% gratuity fee on the bill for a party of three.

Food/Value:

The salad bar was the same as before. They don't really have much greens but more like pasta salad and dips. The meat offered that night were chicken drumsticks, bacon wrapped chicken breast, sirloin tip, top sirloin, lamb, pork and italian sausages. From what I remembered they used to have a lot more game meats and even organs as well. I was disappointed to see how they've limited their menu, but continue to charge the same buffet price. Overall, the meat were really really salty. I'm not sure if it was a slip by the chef or they just want people to eat less meat and drink more water. For $32 dollars per person, I think it's on the pricy side. At the end of the meal, we paid with credit cards, but when the bill came back they charged a 15% gratuity fee on their own without asking beforehand. It was infuriating, with the new HST and their lack of customers, they decided to charge tips on their own? This was the major let down of the night and also the deal breaker. This restaurant is officially going downhill and becoming really desperate. It will not be long before they close down, however, that would all be their own doings.

Service/Ambiance:

The waiters were alright. The bus boys always dropped by the table, but it was service expected from any restaurant. The dancers on the other hand were completely on the down fall. They looked like they were wearing halloween customs and their dancing looks like something you would be expecting in a high school dance party. They were shy and and unprofessional. Their entire "dance" lasted for 5 minutes. Furthermore, it was a Saturday night and there were only 8 tables at 7pm.

In the end, if you still want to try this restaurant, make sure you pay with cash or go up to the cashier when you pay with card, because who knows, they might charge you 20% gratuity fee next time!

Will NEVER go back and warn others to avoid it like the plague.

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East is East3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Great Service
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

Ambiance:
The restaurant was very interesting. The decor inside feel very relaxing. They have booths with pillows and curtains drawing down. The lighting was very dim, but with a candle at each table.

Service:
The waitresses there were very friendly and nice. They smiled a lot and were informative about the menu. Throughout the night their service was great from table to table.

Food:
The food was not that special. However, there were some plates were you can order and get refills of. I'm not sure if they mean the refill of the rice, roti, and vegetables, or the actual curry as well. Yet by the end of finishing a that plate we were full. They have other items, but we were only there for a quick dinner, so we weren't able to sample other foods.

Value:
It's a solid value. You get what you pay for.

If I have more time on my next visit, I'll definitely try their other dishes.

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Samurai Sushi on Fraser6428 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Big Portions
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

A friend brought me to this restaurant once, and I've went back a couple more times afterward.

Ambiance:
It's nothing special. The restaurant was low on the decor and they use Styrofoam plates. I guess they don't have a dishwasher in the back? However, most people do take out, so I guess that's not too bad.

Food:
The food was fresh. Everything was fresh. However, they make their sushi a little bit different than the traditional way. I've noticed many different points they do something "wrong" so to speak. However, the food is a solid standard.

Value:
They have low prices. The lowest I've seen. Yet they offer a big portion of it. I always order a lot of sashimi and nigiris.

Service:
It feels more like a cafeteria more than a restaurant. You order at the counter, you sit, and the food is brought to you. The chefs behind the counter are a bit loud, they joke around and etc. However, according to my friend, they weren't speaking the nicest things. So if you know Vietnamese, you probably might not want to take your children there.

All in all, it's a good, fast and cheap place to satisfy that sushi craving once in awhile.

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Montri's3629 West Broadway, Vancouver
Poor and nothing else
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

After reading many positive reviews on here I decided to give this restaurant a try. It was such a big mistake.

Ambiance:
When we first got out of our car, the outside of the restaurant didn't look like it was opened. It was dim and the decor outside looks as if it was closed down. The walls inside had different posters, but had nothing to do with Thailand. The tables were covered with plastic table cloth that has weird design and colours. You can tell they were trying to create a fine dinning restaurant feel. They had the dim lights, the uniforms, the candles, and etc. But nothing came together and everything yelled for attention.

Food:
The food was very disappointing. There was no presentation. Everything looked like family style plating, but much smaller portions. The flavours weren't very special and neither was it very authentic. We had a soup, fried rice, beef dish, and green bean dish. None of them were good. I've had better Thai food with these prices.

Value:
The quality was below take-out, yet the prices were restaurant prices. It's not worth the price.

Service:
The staff had uniforms. There was one lady who was the maitre d'hotel. Her attitude was cold, and hasty. She never gave us any smiles or ask how our evenings were. She just took the menus and assigned us to a table. When we said we wanted to sit near the window, she said all the other tables were reserved. I thought to myself, "Really?" ALL those tables were reserved? We were then seated at the wall table. Throughout our meal, no customers arrived at those tables. The other two waiter/waitress weren't very experienced.

It's misleading to see this restaurant having such high ratings. I don't think it deserves it at all. In the future I'll stay away from this restaurant at all cost.

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Hime Sushi4463 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Just OK
Submitted Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

Went for dinner with another friend, didn't had any expectations. Passed by the restaurant many times, never got to try it out. It was a last minute decision, and we arrived at 8:30pm. They close at 9pm.

Food & Value:
Ordered their Chirashi and Toro sashimi for myself. My friend ordered avocado roll, vegetable tempura, chicken skewers and miso soup.

The sashimi plating was just average, or below average to some points. But they do have the standard wasabi, gari, and daikon shreds. Just the way they cut the fish and stacked them together didn't look to appetizing. Which doesn't help when I was starving already. The chirashi, in my opinion, wasn't worth the value. It only had two pieces of tako, tuna, salmon, tai, and one piece of ebi and tamago. When I think of chirashi, I think of scattered, and variety. Maybe some ikura and/or masago on the bottom wouldn't be too much to ask for?

Most of my friend's food were cooked, and they do look better than what I had. Their tempura was good, so was the chicken skewers, but the skewers only had 4 cubes of chicken breasts in total.

Also as I glanced around the menu, I noticed their nigiri sushis were on the pricey side. For that price, I would expect very good sushi, but since I didn't order any, I can't comment. However, from the way they cut the fish for the sashimi and chirashi, I don't expect the fish on the nigiri would be much different quality.

Service:
We were greeted as we walked in. The restaurant at that time only had another table. Our water was refilled half way through the meal. But our waitress never asked how our food was. They did, however, took the time to plate things down on the table instead of leaving it at the edge. Which I think for a restaurant in this area is quite rare. But it may also be due to the fact that they weren't so busy. One thing which bothered me though, was that they didn't take away our paper chopstick wrappers. They were on the table throughout the meal and sometimes underneath the plates.

Ambiance:
A rather small restaurant, but nice decor and everything seems to be in good to perfect condition.

In general, I don't mind going back to this restaurant, however, it would be on my "last resort" list.

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Tokachi Japanese Restaurant10767 King George Highway, Surrey
Good, but better if there were more customers
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

After seeing the previous reviews, I've decided to get a take out order for two tonight.

The location was rather tricky to find. It's inside a plaza which has an entrance on King George highway, however, if you're traveling north, there is no intersection for cars to turn left into the plaza.

Food:
I mostly order nigiri sushis, because I think it's the hardest to master and really shows the skill of a restaurant. The food presentation was good, the techniques were good, only one flaw, none of the fishes were fresh enough.
This may be due to the lack of customers, since only one customer was present. If the traffic was busier, I think the sushi would be absolutely prime.
Furthermore, I think the sushi rice underneath was a bit on the small size, even for bite size pieces, could add 1 ~ 2cm more of length.
Also, by chatting with patron customers, they always offer a small salmon salad as a free appetizer or pickled vegetables.
They have a lot of items on their menu, which to me seemed a bit overwhelming at first. I also wonder if all the items lives up to their highest quality.

Service:
The staff and owners are all Japanese. The waitresses were all wearing kimonos. They greeted me promptly and were polite. They served me tea while I was waiting for the order. Everything you'd expect from a Japanese restaurant.

Value:
I gave it two stars, mainly because their prices were on the medium-pricey side, but the freshness of the fish was not up par.
Like I've mentioned before, if the restaurant was busier, then I think this wouldn't happen. If it still does, then there wouldn't be any more excuse other than simply "bad" quality. Hopefully that wouldn't happen again if I go next time.

Ambiance:
The plaza that the restaurant was pretty deserted. If you look at the restaurant from the outside, all the windows were covered up and overall, not too alluring.
However, once you walk inside, the decor and furnishing is completely different. It was not expected.
In the middle of the restaurant, there's a tank with live lobsters in it. The sushi bar sits around 8 ~ 10 people. Everything was neatly arranged, and overall a really nice and relaxing restaurant environment.

Conclusion:
I would definitely return to this restaurant, maybe on a busier night, say Friday or special holidays.

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Hanako Japanese Restaurant15135 101 Avenue, #205, Surrey
Getting too Greedy?
Submitted Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

Unlike my past visits to this what once WAS my favourite restaurant, after this recent last visit, it had completely changed my mind and I feel the need to re-evaluate it again.

Food:
The food is still standard as it was back then, in terms of flavour, BUT in terms of proportion, it had definitely went from a size 8 to a size 2. I ordered the sushi set lunch, as I have been in the past, thinking it would fill me up, just like in the past. This time however, to my surprise, when my meal came, I can tell just by looking that the proportions had shrunk drastically. By the end, me and my friend had to order more food just to not feel hungry, yes not hungry, I don't even hope to get full in this restaurant anymore.

Service:
The service is good and solid, like what you'd expect from any mediocre restaurant.

Value:
This was the part which I felt the need to re-evaluate this restaurant. I understand cost of living raises, so it's justifiable when restaurant raise their prices as well. This last time however, the prices were raised a bit too much! On average, I think the owner raised the prices of all menu items by 20% ~ 30%. Yet the proportions were shrinking at the same rate! To me, I think that's a bit too greedy. or getting more stingy.

Ambiance:
With prices like that, I'd expect a better dining environment, yet it never changes, still the same few pieces of fake nigiri sushi on the side wall, wood tables and chair.

In the end, I don't think I'll go back to this restaurant anymore. It sad to cross it off of my list of favourites, but I have to let it go. Luckily though, I've found a new favourite, which doesn't charge ridiculous prices and has better quality sushi!

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Hi-Nippon Japanese Restaurant2274 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Fresh ingredients
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Food:
We ordered two "special" rolls, one deluxe sashimi, ika nigiri, ikura nigiri, and saba nigiri. The rolls were recommended by the waiters, but I found they weren't as good as the nigiri sushis. The presentation of the sashimi wasn't 100% authentic, but still a good presentation. The rolls on the other hand didn't live up to the picture that was on the menu. It was rather plainly plated. Nigiri sushis though were very good, I think I'll only order nigiri sushis next time. Although I don't see a wide variety of fishes for nigiris.

Service:
Standard service plus a here-and-there detail comments. Overall, the servers were friendly.

Value:
The rolls were definitely not worth as much as they charged them. The nigiris, however, were much better priced.

Ambiance:
Standard small japanese restaurant decor.

All if not most staff in the restaurant are Korean. I think I'll pay more visits to this restaurant in the future.

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Pico Bello Trattoria & Bar8556 120 Street, Unit 101, Surrey
A decent surprise
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

Food:
The pastas were good. The ingredients were all very fresh, which was the key. The calamari was nicely deep fried. Pizzas were scratched off the menu though.

Service:
Made a reservation, got a reserved table.
Waitress asked us for our drinks as soon as we sat down. Explained the menu a bit. Served bread. Solid service that I'd expect from any restaurant.

Value:
The prices were acceptable for the pastas, but the proportions were 1/4 less than what you'd get for a full meal serving of pasta in other places. The calamari was cheap.

Ambiance:
From the outside, the restaurant doesn't resemble a restaurant. It was tucked away in a rather secluded area. Once inside, however, the decor was much better, candles on tables, painting on walls, and nice chic chairs.

The restaurant feels like it's family ran. Overall, I think there would be more visits in the future.

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Fish on Rice1414 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Doesn't live up to japanese restaurant standards
Submitted Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 1:24am [Dine in]

Went for all you can eat dinner menu $22/person

Food: cooked food was better than raw food. Sashimi was okay, although other than salmon and tuna, the other kinds of seafood were not fresh. Also, the whole plate of raw fish was accompanied by a sprig of parsley, no daikon, no seaweed, nothing.
Nigiri sushi was horrible. Fish on top of the rice was 1/2 the size of the rice ball. Felt like I was paying the dinner menu price, but only getting happy hour, $11/person, food choices.
Most of the things we ordered didn't come. We had to continuously remind the waiters. They do that purposely in hopes you'll forget what you've ordered, not the first time I've seen this trick in all you can eat restaurants.
The menu online was different from the menu being given in the restaurant ordering sheet, ie: more expensive types of fishes disappeared.

Service: No greetings, no good byes. Waiters throw the dishes on the table and left, didn't even bother to aim at the middle of the table. Plates were stacked up before they bother to come by and pick them up.

Value: Even though the menu for dinner $22/person had a greater variety, but I felt like I was only getting the foods from the happy hour menu, most of the foods from the dinner menu that weren't on the happy hour menu didn't come.

Ambiance: The restaurant was rather empty throughout the course of our dinner (around 7pm). Decor was standard, not authentic, used plastic plates sometimes.

Overall: Doesn't live up to Japanese restaurant standards

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The15146 100th Ave., Surrey
Good, but with caution
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Food: Overall it was good. I had a steak & Tiger shrimp as well as a lobster gratinee. The appetizer was okay, too dependent on the cheese and oil, and the lobster taste yield. The steak was just enough, about the size of a computer mouse (and a bit bigger). The shrimp on the other hand was rather cold. The sauce that came with the shrimp was not good at all. It was sweet plumb with other seasonings, which didn't go well with the savory taste of the shrimps.

Service: We made a reservation, yet still waited for 5 minutes before we got seated. Our waitress was kind and tried to make small talk, however, that's not enough. Since we only saw her a maximum of 5 times throughout the whole meal. She came and took our order. Served our food. I had to hunt her down to get refill. She didn't offer to grind our pepper for us, which I actually liked to see. Never came by to ask how we're doing. The last time was picking up our plates and getting us the bill. After that we never saw her again, and we waited for a good 10 minutes until we decided to have some other server to bring out bill back to the cashier.

Value: Solid

Ambiance: Solid. Not too fancy. Dim, trying to create the "fine dinning" feel. Not too impressive, but okay for a date.

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Ricky's4820 Kingsway, 259, Burnaby
Okay when I'm hungry
Submitted Saturday, June 7, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

Food:
I ordered the deluxe turkey sandwich. It said: turkey breasts with maple bacon, swiss cheese and tomato on sourdough bread $9.49. It's also accompanied by either fries or salad, I chose the salad side. The food was mediocre. The sourdough didn't make too big of a difference. The turkey breasts were soggy. At first glance I thought it looked like scramble eggs. The sandwich was pan fried on both sides, since the tomato inside was warm. The main flavours were only cheese and buttery taste. The salad was watery and too much dressing. Only managed to find two crutons in the salad.

Service:
Standard. Got greeted at the front counter. The service would be higher if we didn't have to wait for such a long time before someone appeared to take our order. All in all, pretty satisfied.

Value:
Seeing my sandwich was just thrown together by like a 10 year old. I don't think their price was worth one sloppy sandwich. The restaurant wasn't that busy, only wished the chef had put more time into assembling the sandwich.

Ambiance:
Decent. Not too much furnishing around the restaurant. Beside one of the washroom sinks was stored a mop and bucket, so only one sink was available. Tables were generally clean, although too much seasonings etc were stashed up at the side.

In general, I would go back, just never ordering their sandwichs again.

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Oriental Buffet15140 101 Ave, Surrey
Not what it used to be
Submitted Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 4:42am [Dine in]

I've been to this buffet many times, and as time passed, the quality just declined.

Food:

Okay food, neither special nor good deal. Although they have many choices to pick from I usually sick with the same old same old. They have a Dim Sum section, but it was the hardest thing to get the food I wanted. The grill was sometimes closed or at least at lunch the last couple of times I've been there.

Service:

No real service, since it's buffet style. The waiter counts the number of heads, seats you and give you your drinks. The next time you will see him/her would be getting your bill.

Value:

A rather decent value for the food you're getting. It's in Surrey, so you can't compare it to fancier buffets elsewhere.

Ambiance:

Not too special. The Buffet has it's own "room" almost. I would rather prefer to see the Buffet.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
If this is a good Kobe then the one I went to in Japan must be heavenly
Submitted Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 4:29am [Dine in]

3 words, not going back

Food: Very high quality food, but completely destroyed under the hands of the so called "chef". The proportions does not match up with the pricing. What's more the way the chef cooked it was very suspicious. I don't understand how a full steak of mine could end up as small 5 cubes. That's a little too much shrinking. He cooked three steaks at the same time, and the crowd that sat next to us somehow had left overs.

Service: We waited for the longest time ever! We only had actually eye contact with the waitresses twice! One letting them know we are here, and the other, getting our bill. The chef was another big joke. Not only he neglected our group, he was just chatting away with the crowd that he knew previously, as I assume from their conversation. Furthermore, the chef wasn't Japanese, not that it mattered, but he completely failed to obtain Japanese Teippan skills as well. He's tricks were minimal, the one I saw in Japan was like cirque du soleil.

Value: Our bill came to around $250+ for the 4 of us, yet none of us were full. (We're all average body type) so you be the judge.

Ambiance: One word: Grease. Unless you have a really good washing machine and detergent, don't wear any clothes that you have the slightest adoration for. By the end of the meal, you'll smell like it. It was rather dim, and even though the decor was nice, it was rather crowded and small.

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Lucky Tao Restaurant8077 Alexandra Road, 101, Richmond
Never ever going back
Submitted Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 4:07am [Dine in]

I went there several times, but their service was simply too bad.

Food: Nothing too special. Everything that is expected from a Southern Chinese cuisine. The food proportions were rather arbitrary. They serve you food according to how big your group is, yet they are the same price. We ordered a tofu dish twice. The first time we had leftovers, with a group of 7 people, the second time, we only had 3 people but the plate was significantly smaller. Across from our table, we could see the same dish in a larger crowd, with the exact size we had last time. Some dishes I find quite oily, yes, even for southern Chinese cuisine standards.

Service: Their service was absolutely horrendous! We never saw a mere smile from the waiters or should I say managers. They don't really have waiters there. We had a cake once, and to our surprise, they actually threw out the box and cords of the cake. We didn't know what to do with the leftovers. Finally one server found the box from the recycling bin. We were really angry and decided not to tip them. Yet they chased after us and yelled at us for not tipping them. Tips are not mandatory in Canada, they should earn them, not demand for them.

Value: The quality of the food is mediocre for the price they charge. Not worth it.

Ambiance: Nothing special. Old, worn out tables and chairs. Some table cloths have burnt holes in them. No decor, and the washroom was not the cleanest I've seen. The stall doesn't close properly and has a big gap on both sides which feels really uncomfortable.

The food quality is not worth it, and to endure through such horrible services, don't joke with me!

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South Ocean Seafood Restaurant4751 Garden City Road, #150, Richmond
Great place for Dim Sum
Submitted Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 3:47am [Dine in]

Food: Everyday before 11am or something you can get very cheap Dim Sum. They all taste great and since the restaurant is usually packed, their Dim Sum are always fresh. They put their food on carts so you just point and order, don't even need to know the name of it.

Service: Standard service. Nothing special, although our bill sometimes takes quite awhile to get back.

Ambiance: Always very loud and noisy. The decor is below mediocre, but the tables and chairs are very neat and tidy. The washroom is clean and free of odour. Although the men's washroom stall has buckets and brooms piled up to one side of it.

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