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z9fVancouver, BCSince August 18, 20089 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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OEC Japanese Restaurant5827 176 Street, Surrey
Fabulous Family Run Japanese Restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

This family run Japanese Restaurant in Cloverdale is a hidden gem. The food is always good, they have all the standards as well as some specialty rolls which are unique.

The service is very very friendly, though it can on occasion be a bit slow since it's just the family doing the best they can but they're super friendly so you really can't hold it against them.

The prices are average, though every time we've been there they have given us a complimentary specialty roll which is valued around $8 - $10 as well as complimentary Miso soup so I think all things considered it's very well priced.

It's very clean as well which counts and like I already mentioned, it's run by a great Japanese family. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Try the Three Sisters Roll and the French Kiss Roll. Both super good.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
Terrible Food
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

It seems as though many people are impressed by the decor as opposed to the food. One of the reviews here doesn't even mention the food, they only mention the decor.

I ordered my steak medium and it came so rare the blood was literally pooled all over the plate when I cut it. The prices seem fine at first glance but when you receive your food the portions are SO ridiculously small it isn't even close to worth the price. We paid $150 for two appetizers, two entrees and one glass of wine, and one glass of beer. Not even remotely close to worth it.

The "Chop Cut Fries" were greasy and gross and came with only a couple of shavings of Grana Padano Chesse, and the "Three Dips" advertised... one of them was Ketchup. Plain Old Ketchup. Not really a "dip" in my opinion.

Also, they don't list their prices on their website so people can't make an informed decision about whether or not they want to eat there in advance. That seems pretty sneaky to me.

The service was fine, but the waitress obviously had a script and she treated us like morons who had never eaten out before and their "home-made" bread was your everyday run of the mill bread. Nothing to make a special trip for, especially to such an out of the way location.
We definitely won't return. I can make better at home for a fraction of the price. Even the Keg offers better food than this, and that's not saying much in my opinion.
Times are tough... Save your money. Don't eat here.

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Come Hungry...
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 11:39am [Dine in]

Tried this place out last night and was very very impressed. We called to get reservations the same night and could only get either 5:30 or 8:30, so we chose 5:30. You definitely need reservations for this place as it's a very tiny room and I think people have definitely caught on about how good it is here.

When we arrived at 5:30 there was only one other table in there and I was a bit hesitant because I don't like eating in empty restaurants, but by 6:00 every table was occupied. Just a heads up, they have a 2 hour time limit for every table and when we called the hostess said we could just sit at the bar and not worry about having reservations or a time limit. When we got there I was really glad we asked for a table because the bar is so small I don't really see how anyone could sit there comfortably.

The food was super super good and the portions are HUGE. As I've mentioned in my other reviews, both of us have big appetites and we were literally rolling out of there. In fact (gasp) for the first time ever, we actually asked for our leftovers to be packed up to go. Normally I would never do that because frankly I think it's kind of tacky but there was no way I was leaving all that deliciousness behind. The risotto for two is really for four, and the entrees were also massive. At first glance the prices seem a big high but for what you get in terms of food quality and service it is well worth it. Great experience, I can't wait to go back with a couple friends and order that risotto again!

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
DOV 2009
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 10:03am [Dine in]

We go to Cru every year for Dine Out and it's always super good. They never rush you out and it doesn't have that chaotic feel that some of the other restaurants have during Dine Out. Having said that, we can only ever get early reservations (6:00) so I can't say if it goes downhill later on. Some places start out good and then slowly get swamped as the night goes on.

The food was good. I wish the ratings on this site were adjusted though. I mean three stars means "solid" but then 4 stars means "outstanding". What? Nothing in between? The food at Cru is much better than solid but not all of it was outstanding.

The duck was outstanding as is their "Cellar Door Caesar salad". (I also politely asked my waiter about the $3 surcharge for the salad and got a very polite and logical answer. I think the way we ask a question in this life is the way we get answered if you know what I mean.)The soup however was kind of bland to me which was a bit of a disappointment because their soup is usually very very good.

All things considered, the food was great, the server was funny and helpful and we had a great time as usual. The portion size was exactly what you would expect. We're big people with big appetites and we both left full, satisfied and happy. No complaints here and we're pretty picky. Good job Cru....

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Birthday at Bishop's
Submitted Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Went with my husband in December for my birthday and had a great time. The food was awesome which it should be.

We had 3 glasses of champagne, 4 glasses of wine, two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts for a total bill (with tip) of $330.00. which I thought was reasonable for the amount of alcohol we had.

The server was very attentive and friendly as was everyone in the restaurant. I agree with some of the other reviewers that maybe just a slight update of the decor is in order but it's still nice.

My only very tiny complaint is that they didn't comp my birthday dessert. Maybe that's stupid of me but every other restaurant I've been to on a special occasion has comped the dessert. Understand it's not about the $$$, it's about the principle of the issue. After dropping over $300 on dinner I'm not going to complain about an extra $15 but it just seemed kind of cheap on their part. Just a teeny tiny little complaint though... I'd definitely go back.

PS - Last time we were there, which was also a good experience, John Bishop served us himself which is kind of nice. He's quite often there and he actually interacts with his customers unlike Feenie who used to just walk around looking busy and important.

We'd definitely go back

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La Tandoor Restaurant3651 Moncton St, #120, Richmond
Never again
Submitted Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

We used to order from here occasionally when we were desperate for Indian and couldn't be bothered to drive anywhere to pick it up. This place is in walking distance so it was somewhat convenient. Like some of the other reviewers have already mentioned the curries literally come with anywhere from 2-6 pieces of small chicken cubes and it really isn't worth $10.95 for just the sauce.

After a while I just started cubing up chicken myself and dumping a can of Patak's from the grocery store on it and it was equally good, which tells you the quality of curry you're getting from La Tandoor. But I've still been going just to pick up Naan from there when we have our "can" curry at home.

Tonight, since it's been a while since I've had anything other than Naan from there, I had a lapse in judgment and foolishly ordered some vegetable pakoras as well.
Firstly though, when I called to place the order the guy on the end of the phone snapped "that's it" at me after I placed my small order then snapped "20 min" and slammed the phone down on me thereby robbing me of my opportunity to tell him yes, that's it, because I get better curry out of a can.

When we picked the order up and opened the box of pakoras, they were literally BLACK. They obviously had been deep fried way too long and were totally disgusting. Still I'm a sucker (and a bit of a pig) so I tried one anyways. Lo and Behold, I had to spit it out. Literally unedible.

So that's it... I'm done. Forever. I'm still shaking my head and rubbing my sore belly and trying to figure out how this place stays in business...

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Kari House Restaurant3900 Bayview Street, #130, Richmond
New Owners?
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 11:58am [Dine in]

So we've eaten here probably 5 or 6 times over the past three years and the food has always been pretty good though never outstanding. We ordered take-out last week and it was a total disaster. I don't know if they've changed ownership or if they are just trying to cut back but we paid almost $60 for shockingly small portions. However after trying everything I was glad the portions were so small since it was just less to throw in the garbage.

We ordered prawn pad thai which just tasted utterly strange and was covered in some sort of greasy film. The (three) prawns had not been deveined which I absolutely cannot handle. The red curry came with just chunks of vegetables, very little meat and NO sauce. What?

To be brief, all in all it was a very expensive disappointment for us. Like I said, we ate very little of the very little we got and just chucked the rest. Too bad because this place used to be not too bad. I won't ever waste my time or money with this place again.

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Papi's Ristorante Italiano12551 No.1 Rd., Richmond
Molto Buono
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 10:58am [Dine in]

We went to Papi's about a month ago to try the dining room for the first time. I had read all these somewhat negative reviews before going but since we had just moved to the neighborhood we decided to try it ourselves and form our own opinion

Our service experience was awesome. We were fortunate enough to be served by Steve, a co-owner of the restaurant. For appetizers I had the fritto misto which was excellent and my husband had the salsiccia (sausage). Both were super tasty and really moderately priced. Dinner was good but not great. My pork cutlet was slightly overcooked as was my husbands Risotto, but not really anything to complain about.

After dinner we decided to linger a while and have a drink before sampling a dessert and here is where the service passed great and moved into excellent territory. While we were finishing a glass of wine Steve brought us a complimentary wedge of Stilton cheese with crema and some beautiful toasted baguette to munch on. It was really beautiful cheese and even my husband who doesn't like blue enjoyed it.

After the wine I convinced my husband to try a glass of grappa with me since he'd never had it before (what can I say, we were in walking distance!). I ordered two glasses of the good old-fashioned "bring you back to life after you've been dead for three days" kind of grappa because I thought my husband should have an authentic experience. After we knocked those back Steve again brought out a complimentary glass of milder strawberry grappa for my husband since the "real deal" wasn't quite his pleasure.

We had a great experience and definitely plan on returning!

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Araxi Restaurant + Bar4222 Village Square, Whistler
Not even close to worth it...
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 10:20am [Dine in]

There must be two restaurants named Araxi in Whister because I can't agree with any of the other reviews. We frequently eat out at nice restaurants, often at the sister restaurant of Araxi in Vancouver, so we know what to expect in a restaurant of this caliber in terms of both food quality and cost, and unfortunately Araxi didn't measure up in my opinion.

Our appetizers were both delicious, I had the Aged Cheddar Souffle, and my husband had the Spicy Tuna Rolls. Both tasted great, and were moderately priced. The problem was with dinner.

I had the Weathervane Scallops with Chorizo which tasted good, but the Scallops were very very small. My husband ordered the Lobster Risotto which was presented beautifully, really quite stunning. He had a few bites and asked me to try it and let him know what I thought. I had one bite and said to him that it was overcooked, bordering on mushy in fact.

We were in a bit of a time crunch so he decided not to send it back which was fine until we received the bill and saw that they charged us FIFTY dollars for the dish. I have never paid such a grossly overinflated price for risotto, even lobster risotto, anywhere. Especially since it contained only the claw meat, not even a whole lobster. If you're going to charge that kind of money, you'd better make sure it's perfect!

This on top of the fact that the service was only so-so made for a really poor experience. Our waiter was very nice and he tried very hard but he just didn't have a clue. I guess they have trouble finding staff to work in Whistler, but please Araxi, don't compromise!

I have no trouble paying a lot of money to eat at "fine dining" restaurants, in fact when done well I believe it's one of the greatest pleasures in life, but this just didn't measure up, and it's hard to believe that the sister restaurant of Araxi is even associated with them. The experience was like night and day.

Bottom line, I think there are better restaurants in Whister.

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