Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 11:02pm [Dine in]
My huband is from Latin America so we like to try different Latin American restaurants in Vancouver, such as Mexican, Salvadorian, Peruvian, among others. For me, Dona Cata serves the best tacos and alambres in Vancouver. We ordered the carnitas and longganiza tacos, as well as the special for the day, the cactus tacos, and the Dona Cata special alambre. There were ten different salsas to put on your tacos. The corn tortilla was soft and warm, and by far the best tortilla I've ever had. I suggest that you request for corn tortilla when you order the alambre, because it comes with flour tortilla which was not as good. Alambre is a mixture of meat and vegetables topped with melted cheese. It was very good. I also recommend the cactus tacos. I didn't know what to expect but it was actually quite tasty.
The only things I didn't like about Dona Cata was the volume of the music in the restaurant (a bit too loud) and the huge projection screen in the room which can be quite distracting.
Overall, I really like this place and I would definitely come back for more!
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Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 11:24pm [Dine in]
I have heard good things about this restaurant so one Friday evening my friends and I decided to give it a try. For $18, you can order anything on the menu (there is a limit of 2 oysters per person). The service was prompt, and the meat and vegetables were fresh and of good quality. It is very unlike other all-you-can-eat hotpot restaurants where the quality is sorely lacking. They even refill the pot with chicken broth instead of water, as is standard in other lower-quality hotpot restaurants.
I would definitely go back. Reservations are required as the manager turns people away at the door.
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Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 9:09pm [Dine in]
When we arrived at the restaurant, someone who looked like the manager or owner greeted us at the door and seated us. When I asked him what the specialty of the house was, he simply said it's all in the menu without elaborating on it. He then proceeded to inform us that a waiter will be with us shortly to take our order. Service was slow because there was only one server for the whole place - and the dining lounge was huge! Although there were only 4 tables occupied, they were spread out all over the restaurant. The server was also preparing the drinks, while the manager/owner was just sitting on the bar watching TV.
Anyway, we ordered the lamb saag, butter chicken, roti, naan and rice with mango lassi. The sauce for both the lamb saag and butter chicken was too rich - it sits heavily on the stomach. The roti and naan though were very good and freshly made. The mango lassi was so-so.
Bottom line: Food was not bad, but there are other Indian restaurants that serve better tasting food at comparable price.
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Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 2:19am [Dine in]
I should have read the reviews first before my husband and I went to Yokohama. I've seen their ads in Richmond Review offering authentic homestyle Japanese cooking. I'm a big fan of Japanese food so I thought it was worth a try.
The restaurant itself was homey and unpretentious, which to me was a good sign. I thought the dinner combos cost a bit more than other decent Japanese restaurants but it didn't matter for as long as the food was good. I ordered the tempura dinner ($15.95) while my husband got the steak dinner ($19.95).
When my tempura arrived, I knew immediately that it was not good. It looked old, as if it's been deep fried in very old oil. The tempura was not light and crisp, the way good tempura should be. My husband's steak was not tasty and the beef was not fresh. The side dish of yakitori that came with my dinner was fried instead of grilled (I don't know why they bothered to put them in skewers if they were fried). The only thing I liked about my dinner was the ice cream, which was not homemade.
If anyone is thinking of going to this restaurant, my advice is to skip this one. There are other decent Japanese restaurants in the Steveston area that are of much better quality and even cheaper.
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Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 7:50pm [Dine in]
My friends and I went to Jonker Street for dinner one Saturday evening and we were warmly greeted by its friendly owner/host. He was very personable and took the time to explain the different dishes, as well as share information about Malaysia. He recommended the roti, satay, beef rendang/chicken curry combo, and a local Malaysian fried noodle dish.
I appreciated the freshness of the roti and noticed that it was not oily compared to the roti of other restaurants. The satay was pretty good too. The only dish I did not like was the beef rendang, which was very dry and was not tender. I like the sauce of the chicken curry. Since one of our friends could not eat seafood, the owner accomodated this dietary restriction by not including shrimp in the noodles. That was a nice touch. We had some refreshing calamansi juice to drink.
What I like about the food at Jonker Street is that it's not greasy (even the fried noodles!). I feel that I'm eating a home-cooked meal - healthy, not a lot of salt and tasty enough.
When I find myself in the area, I would definitely go back to Jonker Street.
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