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yummyvancouverVancouverSince February 22, 20085 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Not so magical mussels in a cozy place
Submitted Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

I feel like I'm transported back to Belgium when I step into Stella's - it's quite a cozy place with sea of chatter and laughter. The place is quite small and packed with people - some tables seems smaller than a 24 inch computer monitor. For those who are claustrophobic, Stella's won't be a good choice for you but for those who don't mind the tailend of rushhour on the skytrain- Stella's is a great place to sit back and do a bit of catch up with friends.

Food:
Mussels aren't the best here as I remembered it to be the first time around! I've been served raw mussels once so that was a bit of a turnoff. All in all, the food isn't bad here, it's just that I like my mussels to be memorable and magical....

Service:
Service is good though the kitchen seems to be slow at times.

Ambiance:
I go here for the ambiance! I haven't sat out in the patio but that seems to be a great spot for people watching on the Drive.

I'll go to Chambar to see and taste what the hype is about - I'm not sure if I'll return to Stella's...

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
We're not all sheep - there's a reason for lineups
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 12:21am [Dine in]

Lining up at Stepho's is a rite of passage for Vancouverites - it's something that everyone has to do at least once.

I remember my first time - I was so famished that I just stared at the couple at the front window savouring their lamb plate. It's like a cruel show and the anticipation just makes your hunger multiply by the second.

Stepho's is great - good solid food, the best rice and potatoes, fresh Greek salad and their Lamb plate is one of the most tenderest meats I've ever eaten - it just fell off the bone and melted in your mouth - agh! Mouth watering yumminess!!!

On the downside - i have experienced some inconsistencies throughout my 8-10 trips to Stephos. The skewers are sometimes dry and the food comes out semi-warm - they definitely have their on days and off days. One thing for sure is that the quantity never changes and for the amount of food they give you, the value is hard to beat!

Food: Awesome! Inconsistencies are there but still better than your average Greek place.

Service: Fast and furious - it feels like they don't get a break and some of them forget to smile at times.

Ambiance: Love it! It has the buzz of a busy eatery.

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Dozo Izakaya9020 Capstan Way, #120, Richmond
Can you say Izakaya Poser??
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

We went to try out Dozo Izakaya because it looked quite flashy and modern and because we like trying out new izakayas.

Never judge a book by it's cover? Correct! This is prime izakaya poser example - the place looked great, the interior design was modern and chic but the food was nothing but boring, tasteless, unoriginal, overcooked pieces of food served in style on slick Japanese china-ware.

Here's my lowdown:

Food:
As mentioned before, it was uninspiring and tasteless. The menu was a carbon copy of other izakayas and I would give it a failing mark for trying to mimic the dishes. I had the tuna tataki and it was equivalent in quality and taste to eating a California roll sold at the deli section of Superstore or at SFU's school cafeteria. Argh...

Service:
This was decent - our waitress was attentive and we have no complaints here. Just don't expect to practice your Japanese here and remember, they may pronounce your dishes wrong so you might just end up correcting them.

Ambiance:
The place is done well - modern decor and comfy leather seats. Has an ambiance closer to a higher end bubble tea place than an izakaya.

Conclusion:
Dozo Izakaya is a good choice for those who just want to eat airplane food quality Japanese food in a modern, funky place.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
The Sushi Gods must be Furious!
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

If you want to eat sushi on steroids, go to Samurai Sushi.

I've been the recipient of their take out sushi on a few occassions at parties and have eaten in their restaurant once.

I'm not sure if you can really call this sushi, it's just a big blob of hard rice with tasteless piece of fish. I thought the point of sushi was to eat everthing in one or two bites - the combination of the fish, cucumber whatever else all rolled perfectly in rice with seaweed and dippled in wasabi'd soy sauce was sushi. Samurai Sushi is not sushi - you either eat the rice or the filling (most of the time you're just eating their awful hard rice.)

Food:
Horrible quality - good for quantity

Service:
I remember it to be okay. Nothing special, nothing bad

Ambiance:
This is a take out place primarily so if you eat in, you'll have people watching you eat while they wait for their food. It's quite small and we sat at their "sushi bar" and watched their sushi chefs. They were having trouble that day rolling the sushi, their rice didn't stick properly and the sushi kept on falling apart. It was quite amusing actually.

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Clubhouse255 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
The original Izakaya with a twist
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Clubhouse for years and can attest that they are the original funky Izakaya house.

Food:
The menu is an oxymoron - you find the most authentic Japanese item (kimpira gobo - traditional home cooking) next to the Western cross Japanese dishes that are actually quite tasty (Cream cheese with asparagus sushi roll? Who would have thought!)
The menu itself is quite confusing and unorganized - from the "daily special" paper menu, to the regular menu to the "today's special" (different from daily special). It's quite daunting to the first timer or even a regular like me. It seems to me that they have over 300 items to please all tastebuds.

Service:
I give service a solid 3 - I only go on weekdays when it might be a little slower. The food comes out quite fast and I've only had a problem once with really slow service.

Ambiance:
It had more of an energy before - I miss the days when owner Mas would greet you and then sit down and have a piece of your edamame claiming it was for quality control. Clubhouse is still a great quirky place to go and relax or to to meet up with friends and have some great sushi and okonomiyaki.

My favorites:

Tuna Tataki - best in town! Thick slices of seared tuna with daikon oroshi and special sauce is to die for!

Umai Tofu Salad - large portions - the dressing is so fresh

Cheese Chikuwa - great appy! Very Japanese with a twist.

Lastly, even with the new owners I feel the quality of the food is the same- as long as they don't change up the tuna tataki, I'm good to go!

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