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Richmond Restaurant Reviews
Kirin Seafood Restaurant7900 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
Dine in pleasure
By comment of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2012 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Food: For cold appetizer or platter, I ask for choices and portions. My favourites on the fresh-from-the-tank seafood are the Alaska King Crab (seasonal), rock cod, crab, lobster, and my new discovery of the sautéed prawn with dry scallop/deep fried vegetable leaves. I also enjoy their soup of the day, crispy chicken, Peking duck, seasonable vegetables, etc. (Their made-in-house sauce compliments the appetizers/entrée to a sumptuous level!) For a party of 4 or more guests, I always make special requests (to pre order) for double boiled whole winter melon with assorted seafood and meat, fried rice wrapped in lotus leaf; and the baked tapioca pudding. For dim sum, Kirin has a wide variety of superb traditional and creative new dim sum items. For dessert, it is my delight to enjoy the doubled boiled milk with ginger juice, and the egg custard tarts.

Service: The receptionists make great efforts to streamline the customers to their tables with little to no waiting time. (My suggestion - don’t forget to make reservation.) The menu(s) have extensive lists of different dishes. (Don’t forget to ask about the “Weekly Special.”) The waiters/waitresses are always ready to assist for selections. The chefs will also make changes in the ingredients to accommodate customers’ taste buds e.g. I prefer not so spicy dish. The bottom line - to dine in pleasure.

Value: In my opinion, it is the quality of the food, the attentive service, the chefs’ culinary inspiration, and the management of the restaurant that make this such a wonderful dining experience. Therefore, in monetary value, Kirin is most worthy of their prices. I also measure their success in business - dedication to emphasizing the best of the Asian cuisine, and accommodation of the wishes of their customers.

Ambiance: Unique reception area - small display of Asian artifacts and wide range of awards to Kirin, (especially the impressive 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. from Vancouver Magazine) Spacious dining hall - with floor-to-ceiling windows, chandelier, plentiful of ceiling lights and pendant lights for maximize brightness. The tables have cozy settings and ample room around each other.

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Diner No. 112251 No. 1 Road, #110, Richmond
Sunday roast beef dinner special
By rnathan of Richmond (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2012 - 8:28am [Dine in]

We were a party of eight and we all had the Roast Beef Yorkie dinner special, nicely prepared and at an unbelievably low price. There are two sizes, 5ox and 8oz, accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, mashed potato and veg. The service was friendly and attentive. The furniture is somewhat utilitarian, and the lighting was not all turned on. However, this is the place for a quality meal that will not burn a hole in your pocket.

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Hog Shack3900 Bayview Street, #160, Richmond
Not bad ribs but..............
By hippixie of Chilliwack (52 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

Arrived about 3pm on Sunday, not too many patrons. TV was a bit too loud (NFL game). Ambiance was okay, nothing special. Our server seemed a bit uninterested and brusque at first, but then she warmed up and was quite friendly.
We started with the chicken wings with the sweet rub - they were delicious, crispy coating with soft tender meat, the rub was sweet but......hmmm not sure of the other flavours, we enjoyed them fully anyhow. Then we had the St Louis style ribs, they were meaty and tender, but the sauce was just too ordinary, a tomato based sauce that was not too flavourful, it needed something more to give it a kick. I had 2 sides; potato wedges and sauteed veggies - they were tasty. My companion had the baked beans and yam fries; neither of which she cared for too well.
Over all a pretty good meal, we passed on dessert.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Dinner before the Jackson Concert
By Top Hat Cleaning of Vancouver (east) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

This was my first time at the River Rock Buffet and I loved it. There were many food choices (could have been a few more meat choices) but the food was excellent and Uncle Willy's does not measure up to this place it all.

The service my mother and I received was amazing and the staff seem to mind everyones table because we did not need to wait for our server at all. As soon as a server saw me looking around the room someone was
at my table asking if we needed anything. My table was cleared of plates, drinks topped up and I had a great experience.

For the money this is incredible and I normally go to the Keg but not any more! For $29.99 I am able to have salad, desert, dinner, pop, coffee or tea and if I wanted an extra something it is included and I do not have to wait 30-45 minutes for my food! Where else can you go and have 10 crab legs if you wanted? They even warmed up butter for us!

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Bamboo Grove6920 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
Yuck
By RoseanneK of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 12, 2012 - 5:50pm [Delivery]

We have had food from here before and it's been great. However this time the food was horrible. It smelled sour and tasted even worse. We wondered how old it was. The service was nothing to write home about. We called to complain and the person said it was cooked to order, but I definitely don't believe it. Especially when they said it would take 45 minutes to deliver yet we got it within 20 minutes. (we live at least 20 minutes away from the restaurant.) We definitely won't be returning.

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Pajo's Fish & Chips12011 7th Ave, Richmond
Cooks need a talking to.....
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (54 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 8:15pm [Take-out]

We had a great F&C experience at the Pajos on the wharf a couple months ago so we decided to spend one of the possibly last sunny Saturdays at Garry Point Park enjoying a F&C lunch in the park. We got to the concession about 11:30 and grabbed a table in the sun overlooking the river beach. Ordered 2 large cod F&C for $30. While I was collecting our condiments for the table I could see the cook in the back had stockpiled several fryer baskets with precooked cod and sure enough, our order came up much too quickly to be fresh fried. Not a good omen.....

The fries were okay but dry and needed vinegar and ketchup and the fish didn't have the crispy light batter we enjoyed previously at the wharfside PAJOs. Smoking guns for pre-fried food re-heated. Still edible but disappointing after our previous experience down the dock. I can appreciate they want to try and keep ahead of the crowd but pre-cooking F&C should be a cooks sin punishable by boiling oil immersion.

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Kiyo Sushi11590 Cambie St., #110, Richmond
Best avoided unless you like bone-in sushi
By Snow02 of Langley (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 8, 2012 - 7:04pm [Take-out]

Ordered a number of sushi rolls and discovered a bone in two different pieces of Toro. Both bones were 1.5 cm long and the thickness of a round toothpick. We were surprised to find bones because the fish had a pasty consistancy, like it had been ground up. We were unable to finish the miso as it was too salty and had an odd flavour. Would not return. Would not reccomend unless you like your sushi bone-in.

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American Grille Restaurant7571 Westminister Hwy, Richmond
Terrific rack of lamb. Good Value
By VJB of abbotsford (153 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 8, 2012 - 9:05am [Dine in]

We had dinner at the American Grille last evening on our way home from the airport. They validate parking in their parking lot for 2 hours. You just give your license number to the hostess. The ambiance is that of a typical hotel coffee shop. It’s a nice room but it is not meant for fine dining by any means, no linen on the tables and the décor is just that of a nice upscale coffee shop.

The service was very good considering how busy they were. We had a glass of wine each while we perused the menu. A basket of nice hot baquettes was brought to the table. They were really good and the butter was soft. A lovely start to dinner. My husband and I shared the mussels in white wine reduction with garlic, onions & tomatoes. They were served with fries. The mussels were very good but they were not as flavorful as some mussels I’ve had. For entrees I had the rack of lamb. I requested the lamb medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. The lamb was so juicy and had a wonderful taste. The sauce was just perfect and did not overwhelm the lamb. It was a full rack of 8 and extremely good value at $28.00. My husband ended up eating about 1/3 of my lamb as there was so much of it. My husband had the smoked sable fish with honey miso glaze served with fingerling potatoes and baby bok choy. It was perfectly cooked. For dessert we shared a dessert that consisted of ice cream, chocolate syrup, lemon curds & meringue, bananas, whipped cream and nuts. Truly decadent.

A lovely evening and a good stop to or from the airport.

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Hananoki Japanese Restaurant & Cafe3679 Westminster Hwy, #110, Richmond
Not too shabby!!
By jela of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2012 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

The food was great. They have some speical rolls and suishi that other suishi place doesn't have. I will recommend their signature roll. The watiress was surprisingly friendly, and price is alright. Got 10% off and free ice-cream using the qooway card. Who can say no to ice-cream? The ambiance was acceptable, nothing fancy, but I only care about the food. Will go more often for sure!

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Manzo Itamae Japanese Restaurant9020 Capstan Way, #120, Richmond
OK food but lacking
By ahjay of Surrey , B.C. (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

Came here with 6 other people. We ordered beef tongue, takoyaki, fried fish, salmon pizza (that other reviewers rave about) and a bunch of other items. The place is owned and run by Chinese people (it's Richmond after all) so it lacked the genuine Japanese izakaya feeling.

The portions are quite small. Although considering its a izakaya it's not too surprising. The salmon pizza was not as great as you think it is. It's just crunchy pizza dough topped with California roll fillings and a piece of salmon sashimi. I admit it was tasty but nothing out of ordinary.

We ordered the lobster deluxe roll for $20. It tasted bitter and lacked any flavor. Presentation was nice but the taste didn't follow up to how it looked.

The place is very nice though, with decor that resembled a high class Japanese restaurant. It has lighted floors. giant TV's and comfy chairs.

There's always a waitress/waiter on the floor but it was a bit difficult to get their attention (maybe because we sat at the corner of the restaurant.)

Bill came up to be around $120. Not bad but not all of us were satisfied or full.

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Jun Sushi4940 No. 3 Road, #115, Richmond
I can make better sushi watching youtube than this place.
By akira of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

The service was good, the waitress was really surprised someone walked in though.

Anyways, my girl friend and I got attracted by the $11.99 all you can eat poster and we so we thought we would give it a try.

That was the worst decision we ever made, and I walked out regretting not looking at any reviews beforehand.

When we first walked in, we thought the chef was a Japanese, BUT, the moment he opened his mouth, our first impression of the restaurant was already heading to the negative side. He spoke full standard Mandarin Chinese and so was everybody else serving.

Anyways, we still thought that should't matter much, we were just a bit disappointed.

Then we looked at the all you can eat menu,
2 pcs max salmon/tuna sashimi per person, WTF? ALL YOU CAN EAT?
Other food on the menu were just basic stuff, nothing special to choose. (ie. cucumber maki, tuna maki etc.)

SO, from all you can eat, we switched to ordering meals instead.

The price were not cheap, we ordered a sushi combo + box set, costed us $24.

In the sushi combo, it had 1 salmon nigiri, 1 scallop, tuna maki, ebi, tobiko, and tako (which I just realized they didn't even serve it while writing this review!!!)

***** I have to emphasize this part with the *, the nigiris had rice bigger than any other all you can eat places you can ever imagine, the rice was HARD, I can tell they were not sushi rice. This was the first ever, I had to leave out a piece of rice from ordering not from all you can eat, EPIC. The tuna maki, rice was hard again, seaweed was unchewable, I still can't believe it.....They color of the tuna/salmon/hokkigai was weird, I am writing this review in the washroom with a diarhea, and we just finished eating 2 hrs ago.

My girlfriend had the boxset, again, the taste/color of the sashimi was weird, the chicken teriyaki was cold and horrible, the tempura was not even crunchy, the california roll we didn't even want to finish it.

Overall, if this place can give negative scores out of 10, this place definitely deserves -10. HOLY F****.

If anyone still decides to visit this place after reading this review, may God bless you. Best of Luck.

Honestly, I can make better sushi than this place by watching youtube.

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Caesar's Restaurant3880 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Possibly the best brunch in town???
By kitchen.devil of Richmond , BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

I have heard from many local stevestonites about how great Caesar's Brunch is, so I thought I’d give it a try.
Honestly, I was hoping for a buffet, however when I arrived I found out quickly that they do not offer a buffet. But I decided to give it a shot anyways. I ordered their traditional eggs benedicts, my mother had the French toast and my grandpa had their spinach omelets. At first I thought the food was taking a bit too long but when the food came I realized why. The portions of our meals were very large. The benedicts and omelets came with a ton of fresh delicious fruit, and home made potatoes. The French toast was covered with slices of strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. You can tell they spent an extra few minutes to present each dish spectacularly. I guarantee you a plate like this anywhere else would be double the price. So yes to answer my question, I do think Caesars has the best brunch in town.

I have been coming to Caesars for quite some time now and I have to say it is always a pleasure. I took a glimpse at what others have written about Caesars and as someone who has worked in the industry for a long time I have a few things I’d like to say. I order their pizza almost once a week. And when I see people complaining about the price of their pizzas it makes me realize how naive some people you can be when it comes to costs of food. When you take a bite of their pizza, you know their crust is homemade and fresh. As well as the amount of products they put on their pizza is how a pizza should be made. When they say it has ham and pepperoni, you will find each item covering the entire pizza and not just spread around. Sure you can go to browns for a $14 pizza or order a pizza from dominos, but the amount of toppings you find on their pizza is equivalent to two slices at Caesars. Plus I am stuffed of a small Caesars masterpiece (my favorite) and I could easily take down a large pepperoni from Dominos.

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Guu in Aberdeen4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2790, Richmond
bad food + bad service = ban
By Mytreat of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

First time to Guu. People say it's good so decided to try the Richmond location since it's close to where I live. Wasn't busy but friend and I got seated at bar. At least two tables were open but had to specifically ask for a table. Ordered two bento boxes. Went to use washroom but it was outside of the restaurant. Got lost on the way back through the labrynth. Ended up coming back to the front entrance. My friend's bento box finally arrived after 30 min wait. My bento box arrived after another 10 min wait. Food was terrible. My chicken tasted like it was microwaved and left out in the open for hours. Salad was very watery. Roll was falling apart. My friend's prawn tempura was cold and soggy instead of hot and crispy. Portions were tiny. Still felt hungry afterwards.

My friend told me the downtown location was the total opposite and actually quite good. I will never go back to this location.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Good food on nice sunny day
By cyberspace of vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

Went for a birithday lunch. It was a very sunny day so decide to sit on the patio. We shared a butter nut squash soup which was excellent. I had the short rib benny and my friend had steak. Both were very good. Service was excellent and very enjoyable. We also had the bread pudding which was good as they had run out of other desserts. I will go back. Parking was bit hard to find as Stevenston is busy on sunny days. The patio was full and not sure if there many people sitting inside the restaurant. This place is not a cheap place but you do get value for money.

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Koto Izakaya Sushi & Robata8171 Alexandra Road, #101, Richmond
Great little place
By Food-luver of downtown Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 4:09am [Dine in]

I would have to say that ths is probably the closest to authentic you can get for a non authentic Japanese restaurant. I wouldn't say this is an izakaya though. The food is fresh and delicious. I can tell there is a lot of care in the preparation. The Kamikaze roll is to die for, the combination of of ally the ingrdients go so well together and I love the fact that they roast the sesame seeds- it really makes a difference in the taste. The owner lady is nice but the only thing is that the place is quite small and sometimes gets quite loud with groups of people playing drinking games and being rowdy. One of our favorite late night spots for great sushi.

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New Asia Deli Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Road, Unit 1113, Richmond
Terrible Experience
By haven of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

Do not go here!!!!! My family was harassed by the owner for having a groupon. The over all attitude was SO BAD that we walked out . First time I've ever walked out of any establishment with my wife and 3 kids. Terrible way of doing business, at one point she said that there are no tables for 5 people!

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Pajo's Fish & Chips3500 Bayview Street, Richmond
Delicious if you time it right
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (54 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

It was a warm sunny Saturday so we decided to drive down to Steveston for a walk and a fish & chips lunch at the docks. Of course I first perused the Dinehere reviews for F&C in Steveston and saw middlin' to good reviews for Pajos so we aimed our sights at their wharf-side location. It was just before noon and there was no line-up to order so it took about 15 minutes to get our order of two large cod F&C and a bottled water ($32). The cone-cup dishes were novel and would be a challenge to eat from if you couldn't find space at one of their picnic tables with special holes in them for the cups, but we found a nice table up on the dock in the sun. Tartar sauce, lemon wedges and ketchup could all be gathered at the take-out counter and there were vinegars and salt on the tables.

Wife and I were very impressed with the quality of the food. The cod fish was deliciously moist and lightly battered in an almost tempura style batter, very crispy without being oily. The chips were double fried, crispy on the outside and fluffy potato goodness inside. The condiments weren't even necessary, we enjoyed the fish and chips so much. I was starting to get a little jealous at my wife's pleasurable moans. It was truly just the way F&C are supposed to be. We would have had seconds; our mouths said yes but our tummies said no friggin' way. Combined with the sun and location, we both agreed they were the best we've had since York, England a dozen years ago. The place was starting to get busy as we left so we were glad to have stopped in a bit early. We'll definitely go back soon.

I think one reason F&C places like Pajos and others can have such mixed reviews is traffic volumes. If you go when they are very busy (i.e. big line-ups), I think they have problems keeping their oil temperatures hot enough while cooking order after order, and that leads to a soggy, oily, not so crispy product. If you go before the big lunch rush like we did, you'll get peak quality. Makes a big difference.

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Thai Kitchen8180 No. 2 Rd, #160, Richmond
An hour wait for mediocre take out when told it was 10 to 15 min!
By redfish of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 8:09am [Take-out]

Have ordered from this place before. Last night was told it would be rfeady in 10 to 15 min. When my daughter arrived to pick the food on her way home from work she had to wait another 40 MINUTES so it was an hour after I placed the order. Apparently only 2 people working, but then give a reasaonable estimate of time!!. Also the Panang curry was much blander than usual, the papaya salad way too sour and the mixed vegies so so.

No offer of anything to compensate for the ridiculous wait.

Will NOT be recommending this place to anyone anymore.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Just ok. I wouldn't go back.
By johnm1987 of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Just ok. I wouldn't go back. The waitresses, would barely acknowledge us. One of them even completely ignored my wife after making eye contact with her, when she was trying to call her over for service.Food was... ok. should be better.

Just ok. I wouldn't go back. The waitresses, would barely acknowledge us. One of them even completely ignored my wife after making eye contact with her, when she was trying to call her over for service.Food was... ok. should be better.Just ok. I wouldn't go back. The waitresses, would barely acknowledge us. One of them even completely ignored my wife after making eye contact with her, when she was trying to call her over for service.Food was... ok. should be better.Just ok. I wouldn't go back. The waitresses, would barely acknowledge us. One of them even completely ignored my wife after making eye contact with her, when she was trying to call her over for service.Food was... ok. should be better.

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Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant11660 Steveston Highway, #1060, Richmond
Solid AYCE
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 7:46am [Dine in]

Didn't know until we sat down it was an AYCE restaurant. Was a bit hesitant but after taking a look on the menu, it seems to be a cut above your normal AYCE Japanese restos. They have about 5-6 sashimi choices including wild sockeye and Toro (Tuna). The rolls were not packed full of rice with the Negitoro and chopped scallop rolls being very good. The wait staff were available quickly and the food came out at a good pace. The hot food were pretty good especially the tempua and terriyaki. The only suggestion would be to indicate how many pieces per order so customers can adjust their orders. Would come back if I did AYCE more often, dinner was $22 per person which is pretty standard.

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