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Richmond Restaurant Reviews
Hot Pot Legend3779 Sexsmith Road, #1123, Richmond
Owner Operator with a Filthy Mouth
By calbee219 of Yaletown (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 12:03am [Dine in]

We had a total of 4 people and opted for the AYCE dinner, and each of us also had a beer to go with our meal. In total, our bill came to just over $120, excluding tip. The quality of food was cringe worthy, and the service is by far, one of the worst experiences that I have ever experienced. The reasons are as follows:

1. Very poor food quality. Especially the beef, which had texture and flavour akin to tough leather. The seaweed had a lot of sand on it.

2. It took nearly 15 minutes for the server to come pick up the sheet of paper marked with the items that we wanted to eat. The major aspect though, it that the owner/server literally yelled and used profanity (he told us to f*** off) after he discovered that the tip we left was not to his liking. The owner loudly yelled absurd and offensive things (even made it personal by bringing my children into it) as we were leaving the restaurant, a time when there were still a few tables left in the restaurant. Needless to say, everyone heard and stopped their meal to watch the event unfold.

3. Aside from the items we ordered from the all you can eat menu, we had to ask for the extra items we ordered, such as beer and sauces, despite clearly marking it on the sheet they have for customers to fill out (they charge for sauces and condiments such as green onion, garlic, satay sauce, chili, etc.). We shouldn’t have to ask for our beer, which should have arrived before any food.

4. The hot pot stove/equipment are very simple, portable, and what one would use at home when it’s just a couple of people. For a table of four, this is not sufficient to keep the water hot over the entire course of our dinner, especially when thicker cuts of meat like beef tendon is added to the hotpot.

5. The order in which the food came out was questionable, as they brought out one dish at a time. So, it would only be a plate of meat at once, a plate of seafood, or a basket of vegetables at any given time. These practices are questionable as I felt that we did not truly experience the essence of what hot pot should be – a myriad of different proteins and veggies, and you cook and consume as you ate.

Please understand that I typically tip well. Circumstances when I leave less than 10% is only when the service is terrible (say a score of less than 3 on a scale from 1 to 10). If I had a customer who left us a small tip, I would reflect, and inquire as to why that is, in order to make adjustments or amends. Customer feedback is crucial if you are to survive in this industry.

Only come visit if you want to consume food of poor quality, and in the mood to be yelled at and given attitude from the owner himself.

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Gokudo Shabu Shabu Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Road, Unit 2133, Richmond
Not as Advertised on Groupon Deal
By ladypuck of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 1:14am [Dine in]

We bought the $39 Groupon for 2 hotpot combos and went tonight. The meat, drinks, and desserts were great, and service was fast, but we were not served the veggie plates and chef's choice side dishes.

We did not discover these major omissions until we got home and checked on the Groupon site ourselves, so shame on us for failing to read the deal completely before we went, but you'd think that the restaurant would have remembered, considering that this was not the first day/night they served this Groupon deal of theirs, and all the other diners around us were being served the Groupon deals correctly and in full.

So my experience is quite disappointing, to say the least.

BEING SERVED HALF THE ADVERTISED DEAL IS NOT WORTH THE $10 TIP WE LEFT.

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American Grille Restaurant7571 Westminister Hwy, Richmond
Good food and great price
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:20am [Dine in]

Came here last week with two friends. I drove with one of my friends; and apparently we had parked at a tow away zone. The waitress informed us about that; and told us we could park at the hotel and register our licence plate with them.

But anyways.....we were amazed with the ambiance. It was very nice and beautiful place. the service was great. I ordered a double cheeseburger with fries; one friend ordered a cheeseburger too and my other friend had a fish dish.....The burger was about $19 (double) it was very delicious.....home made and the fries were terrific. Oh yeah, and we also ordered a nacho platter to share....we asked for extra cheese, but didn't seem we got extra......just regular.

We had a really good time, and enjoyed some good food. Give it a try, you will like it

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Carver's Steakhouse7211 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Way to spoil our anniversary dinner, guys
By rnathan of Surrey , B.C. (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

When we arrived, water was poured quickly, but no server offered drinks (I ordered with food and the wrong size of wine arrived but I was not charged for their mistake). The bread basket was nice and the Caesar salad was interesting and enough for sharing, although it took about 30 min. to arrive. My wife ordered lamb and was told it was not available well done, I ordered steak Oscar. Then there was another long wait for the entrées to arrive. The portions were reasonable, and my wife was happy about this as she has a small appetite. My steak Oscar came without crab. I had to raise my voice for the Maître d' to come, as no server asked if the food was to our liking, and he fixed it quickly. After another wait we were able to order a dessert between us and we liked it. Finally, it took a while to get the bill, the Maître d' noticed that we were waiting to pay, and said he would bring the card machine at once, but took it to another table first. If Carvers cannot improve on service and checking food and drink matches the order, this restaurant needs another operator.

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Thai Way Express5300 No. 3 Road, #1055, Richmond
Cheap in price, and cheap in quality
Submitted Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

Of all the places to eat in the Lansdowne Centre food court, ThaiWay Express is probably the one you should avoid. I've eaten here twice, and both times I was immensely disappointed (and this is coming from a guy who prides himself as a very unpicky eater).

I was lured in by the $6.98 price for a 3 entrees plus rice & noodle deal. Sure it's relatively cheap, but I can honestly say that I felt robbed.

I'm going to break down the 5 food items on my plate, as follows...

1) Fried Chicken:
Probably the most boring piece of fried chicken I've probably ever had. Looked appetizing and crispy, but quickly learned that the whole thing was flavorless. I'm not a fan of KFC chicken here in Canada, but I would easily choose it over this place 100% of the time.

2) The Manager's Special:
This dish is essentially glorified (albeit, only by name) honey-garlic spareribs, and was actually the best thing on my plate plate. Of course, this isn't really saying much considering how low the bar was set by the rest. It's tasty enough to not hate it, but definitely not good enough to impress anybody who gives it a shot.

3) The Chicken Curry:
WORST.... CURRY... EVER! Not only was the flavor abysmal, but the entire thing was 80% potatoes & 20% chicken! I swear, that's not even an exaggeration, and you could take my word for it.

4) The "Fried" Rice:
Bland. Just very bland.

5) Noodles
Salty. Just very salty.

As for the service, while the server was not rude to me, I could tell they were very stingy indidivuals. The first time I ordered food from this place, I asked if I could have an additional plate so that I would be able to share with my girlfriend, and they handed me a styrofoam plate that's large enough to carry maybe... 4-5 IKEA Swedish Meatballs? Yeah, that should kinda speak for itself...

Long story short, avoid at all cost! Spend the extra buck or two elsewhere so that you wouldn't want to regurgitate your meal immediately after.

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Kongee Dinesty150-9020 Capstan Way, Richmond, Richmond
We Love to Try New Places, But We Went Back to This Place
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

We've been here twice for lunch, and it was great both times. The congee is a simple work of art, among the best in Vancouver, and you get to embellish it in different ways by ticking what you want or don't want in your congee. Their Chinese donuts are as well among the best in the city. The other standouts for us were the halibut with rice cakes; deep-fried squid tentacles, which were very fresh; and the turnip cakes, which were lighter than the usual, but with a solid texture. They have several different kinds of tea, and you have to ask what they have or specify what exactly you'd like, or else they'll just give you jasmine tea.

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Koho Restaurant and Bar3211 Grant McConachie Way, C3330, Richmond
Prince Gastronome
By PrinceGastronome of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 9:08am [Dine in]

As some of you know, I’m on a two week trip through England. I’m flying out on a charter flight and staying with a friend in Watford. Watford? Yes, a region of London isolated from the rest of the city, at least from the perspective of its mass transit. The way London works is that its mass transit is separated by expanding consecutive circle-zones. When you get a travel pass, you can acquire a card for 1 zone, 2 zones, or all zones 1 through 6. Here’s the kicker: Watford is not in any of those zones; it has its own “W” zone, separate from all the numbered zones. So we would have to get a travel card that states, “All zones plus Watford.” But that’s beside the point. We are still debating on whether we should travel to Scotland or Paris.

But before any of that can occur, we must wait five hours at the Vancouver international airport—an effective, unambiguous, and utterly uninspired location that tries its very best to extract all joy out of air travel. I’ve spent time stuck in large airports like Calgary, Taipei, and even Hong Kong, and by far, Vancouver is the most boring. Hong Kong had its own metro. Taipei had a two mile-long unbroken, unbent corridor that literally extended to the vanishing point. I’ve been stuck at YVR longer than any of those. It used to have a Cheers replica bar. Now it has a vague restaurant called Koho.

Don’t get the wrong idea. It’s not Japanese. It is just another in a long line of necessary evils that populate airports across the planet. At least it’s not the Popeye’s I had in Hong Kong that refused to stay down between on the way to Taipei. To be an actual restaurant in an airport and not a counter kitchen, you need tables segregated from the others, often enclosed in a wood and iron menagerie that makes you think you’re in a zoo. And like what you would expect, the first page is all alcohol, just in case you wanted to polish off a quart of bourbon to make the flight go by just a little bit easier. I am far too tired to be in the mood for that. Instead, I order the Greek lamb burger. Cubed feta (YES) with olive oil and chopped onions cover a patty that’s a little on the slender side. It tastes good but doesn’t set itself apart from any lean beef burger I have had.

This is but the first. I plan on writing about every place I eat in London, and yes, I will be avoiding all chains…assuming I can identify them as chains. We’ll be starting each day with a pair of grain bars to get the energy going before taking on the city. Lunch and dinner will be eaten out. It’s just too bad the high point, our dinner at Gordon’s Ramsey at Claridges, is on our second day. Every meal from then on will have quite the mountain to measure up to.

So…what about Koho? Well, if you can’t eat at home and want something healthier than a cinnabun, you could do much worse, especially for a Moxi’s clone shoe-horned between the American and International baggage checks of the Vancouver Airport. Just don’t be the type that decides to eat here if you are arriving home. There are far better places the moment you escape the penal complex that is YVR.

Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Presentation: 3/5
Value: 3/5
Recommendation: 3/5

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Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
Good fish and chips in Steveston
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 11:01am [Dine in]

Dave’s is in Steveston village. We stopped for dinner on a Friday evening. They have a very small menu that is centred around fish and seafood. My husband had 2 piece halibut and chips and I ordered the platter. The platter was supposed to have scallops but I told our server that I did not like scallops and could they substitute one of the other items she said they could either give me 1 more oyster or 2 extra shrimp. I asked for 2 extra shrimp. My platter came with 1 piece of my fish of my choice (cod, halibut or salmon). My platter consisted of 1 piece salmon, 1 oyster, 4 shrimp and chips. The fish was very well cooked and the serving was very generous. The batter on the fish was very light and crisp but the fish itself was nice and moist. The oyster and shrimp had panko coating instead of the regular batter that was on the fish. Although the panko coating was good I personally would have preferred the oyster and shrimp with the regular batter.
It’s a very cute restaurant decorated in blue and white. It has a mixed clientele. The service was very good. Our server was very friendly and efficient.
Dave’s is a good stop if you’re in Steveston and have a craving for good fish and chips. We had a nice walk around the village after dinner.

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Paesano's Restaurant12240 Second Avenue, #250, Richmond
Possible food poisoning ( in my opinion )
By Guy Vancouver of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 1:37am [Dine in]

Sorry, I had to say it as I'm nursing a gut ache, stomach cramps and a headache about 5 hours after lunch at Paesano's. It was the only Outside food (aside from a starbucks muffin) I ate in several days. And my home kitchen is pretty much vegan and very clean. I should have Checked the bad customer reviews first!
Even if it wasn't for the possible contaminated food, (and I do say possible in all fairness) I would still ever go back. The food is very Overpriced for quality and quantity, overcooked pasta, didn't get my order right even though I had make it very clear. Slow service, sauces were very salty, very oily and bland. Ordered their most expensive pasta dish and was disappointed. Pizza bread starter was a joke. Slow service and pushy for more drinks. Made me feel uncomfortable because I wanted to pay with a credit card and not cash or debit.

All in all, Paesano's seems like a dumb tourist place. Travellers who will never go back. I can't fathom any person who might have given decent reviews.
I think they went to the wrong place or were paid for a good review, perhaps? Who knows? I Rank Paesano's 1 out of 5 and that is generous, I believe.

Sorry to the owners fornthe poor review. I can't think of one good thing to say about Paesanos at the moment.

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Crab King Seafood, The3540 Bayview Street, Richmond
Wish I could turn back time......What a joke and a half
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 1:06am [Dine in]

Came here this afternoon with a friend (Canada Day) Originally I wanted to go to "Pajos" but the line up was an hour and a half there, so we came upon this place. We were happy that we didn't have to wait long to get our orders in, but "Oh my gosh" about a 20 minute wait for our food.

We went to the patio part....NOT the restaurant. I ordered 2 pieces of salmon and fries with a coke. My friend ordered cod with fries and some water. As stated earlier. took about 20 minutes or more to get our food. the only utensils they had out were spoons....had to get knife and fork from counter......no condiments except vinegar.

When we sat down my friend noticed that they gave her salmon instead of the cod (that's ok....mistakes happen) she went to return it; and they told her that she ordered salmon.....she then said it was her friends (mine)......So instead of doing the classic; "That's ok....keep it and we will give you what you ordered" they took the salmon back (wonder what they are going to do with it) and gave her the cod......they could had also ither gave her a new order of fries....or offered to top them up......

Anyways, we sat to eat. The salmon was ok "nothing special" We noticed the fries were Costco kind....exactly what I had at Costco. This place is so expensive and they serve Costco fries and mediocre food.......This was a joke. I paid the same price here as I would at a restaurant (give or take a couple of dollars)

The thing that gets to me; is that when I paid with my credit card; they asked for a tip on the machine.....and feeling bad....I left 15%.......which doesn't warrant it after all this. mediocre food, slow service and not compensating?

Do yourselves a favour. Go to Steveston and enjoy the area. But afterwards; just go to one of the restaurants there; or elsewhere. This place charges restaurant prices, but service is terrible......you wait as long (and maybe longer) for your food.....and don't have wait staff here.

ZERO ZERO ZERO

Will NEVER return

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Flying Beaver Bar & Grill4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond
Loving the beav
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (150 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

We have been coming here for years and always enjoy the food and view. One the we like about it is that it is a BAR not a restaurant. Therefore as a BAR it is first come first served find yourself a table. Not some stuck up waitress telling me when and where I can sit for my view. If you wasn't that go to the Boathouse or somewhere.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
Cheap Chef!
By GreenMachine of Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2015 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

As I sit here after my admittedly very tasty meal (iceberg wedge salad with blue cheese sauce followed by a petit filet and veggies) I am still annoyed that I asked for some ciabatta bread with my meal and was told that the chef "said no because that bread is only for the escargot dish".

Are they joking? No, they aren't.

I was completely willing to pay $5 for a side of bread, but apparently the bread is just too valuable and can only be served with the escargot! Anyways, the silly arrogant chef brings this meal down from what would be a 5/5 to a 3/5. Maybe next time you can get there, chef!

On a side not the meal was great, waitress was great, if only I got what I politely asked for AND was willing to pay for!

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Flying Beaver Bar & Grill4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond
Ridiculous
By HeSaidSheSaid of East Side (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2015 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

So we enter a packed restaurant and are told that there is no waiting list for tables, but that we should wander around the restaurant until we find a table that is leaving???

There were in fact 5 people doing just that.....come on hire a host/hostess.

I don't want to circle the restaurant looking for people leaving, nor if I had a table would I want people looking at me to hurry up and leave.

I have eaten there before (didn't get to this time), food is just OK.

Ridiculous place

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Thai House Restaurant4940 No. 3 Road, #129, Richmond
My favourite Thai restaurant
By xinh_xinh of Richmond , BC, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:44am [Dine in]

I've been here for many times and never had a complaint. The food is great & the service is truly amazing.The food is great portioned , the value is simply fantastic...you get a good tasty soup, spring roll, and your main course…I love green curry & pad Thai here. i can eat here very often eve though lunch or dinner. My favourite Thai restaurant.

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Pho Hoa8500 Alexandra Rd, Richmond
too much MSG
By beautiful_lady of richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 1:23am [Dine in]

As usual unclean for an asian restaurant, prices is ok, and hard to find a parking, perhaps i am nit used to this area...lol. Flavored broth good but too much MSG that make me allergic, i couldn't breath after eat their broth. I have try to come back here 2nd time but....still the same. i don't think i will come back here the 3rd time.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House8611 Alexandra Road, #180, Richmond
home cook taste and convenient
By xinh_xinh of Richmond , BC, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 1:14am [Dine in]

The family run this restaurant Pho 99 is in a very convenient location on Alexandra Road, Richmond across from the hotel La Quinta. Unconventionally clean for an asian restaurant, nice decoration, good prices and free parking. Great flavored broth, good value, pleasant staff and convenient location. Especially these food here taste like home cook, not too much MSG because i am allergic with them. That why i fall in love with PHO 99. It brings me back here every other day either for lunch or dinner. They also have many other offering if pho isn't your thing. I would dare say that this is the best vietnamese restaurant in...

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50 Hong Kong Continental Deli4540 No. 3 Road, #1350, Richmond
the best roasted
By beautiful_lady of richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 3:34am [Take-out]

this is my favorite place for roast pork in the area . There's a reason this place ALWAYS has a line. Seriously, though, it's totally worth the wait.THE best roast pork, duck, and Chinese sausage I've ever had.However, service is polite, food comes out fast, and the food is delicious!good for to go.

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Bhinder's Indian Cuisine11080 No 5 Road, Unit 120, Richmond
Good Indian food
By xinh_xinh of Richmond , BC, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 2:40am [Dine in]

Good and unique twist on Indian food. We left satisfied and full.Unlimited naan and rice is generous. Although the second batch of naan was super greasy. Chai was so good! I could have drank a pitcher of it to myself. Overall, a little pricy for what you get but always great to experience something new and different.

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House8611 Alexandra Road, #180, Richmond
Awesome spicy noodles soup
By annie.ca of Richmond , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:10am [Dine in]

We come here in a group of 8 people in dinner time, they have private free parking here , so we can save a lot of time to find a parking spot within the rush hours. I order BUN BO HUE, aside from the spicy noodles soup.The broth was the most surprising, rich in flavour and a bit spicy. I love the Vietnamese Ham. It is very flavourful,Pork hock, thinly sliced beef also. My nephew, he addicted for COM SUON (lemon grass pork on rice) here, the bbq pork with honey was so delicious with special fish sauce, he said. My niece ordered SPECIAL Beef Noodles Soup ( pho dac biet) because she couldn’t eat spicy food. The broth was so nice with the best beef in town. My mum and dad ordered Pho Ga ( BBQ lemon grass chicken with noodles soup), the special food in town, you coudnt find this in any restaurant. My sis order the house special Chicken Wings, it crispy but too old, very juicy and flavour. Her husband preferred The Deep Fry Tofu On Vermicelli with special sauce because he is a vegetarian. Their daughter got the Kid Meal with a drink just about $5 something. All the food come with the drinks in the combo. Each combo about $10 or $11. The service was really quick and nice as well. The waitress even asked how were were doing half way through our meal! Never had that happen with me before in other Vietnamese restaurant ! The food is always perfect whether it be soup or rice or rolls… 1 more thing is the WC it was very clean.

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HK B.B.Q. Master4651 No. 3 Road, #145, Richmond
every chinese love it
By annie.ca of Richmond , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 9:49am [Take-out]

this is my favorite place for roast pork in the area . There's a reason this place ALWAYS has a line. Seriously, though, it's totally worth the wait. The best roast pork, duck, and Chinese sausage I've ever had. The roast pork is perfectly seasoned and has awesomely crispy, crackly skin. You don't need to buy a whole Soy Chicken or BBQ Duck, you can just buy half.The nice man who chops will entertain almost every request.loves this place!

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