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Richmond Restaurant Reviews
Banzai Sushi House8251 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Low on Cash at the End of the Month?
By Mak Man of Richmond , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

Let's make this quick, like dining at Banzai.

The food, not so great but mainly due to inconsistency. You won't get stale food or anything bizarre, it's mainly a little too much mushiness, or unfrozen sashimi. Nothing that would make you sick or kill you. Sometimes I think it's pretty okay when it comes to taste or flavor.

The price, awesome. You get every penny's worth, and possibly more. A sushi roll can cost just around $3, and it's a huge roll. Could it be that they haven't read the paper or have been out of the store? Do they not understand inflation? Is that why the prices are maintained at the level it was at 10 years ago? Just joking. I admire them providing decent food at extremely low prices. Even more admirable is that they keep the place clean. If I were running Banzai, I would say, "You expect service and cleaning? We charge you half of what others do. You're lucky there's a roof."

Kudos to Banzai.

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Boiling Point4800 No. 3 Road, Unit #130, Richmond
Good, Fast, Hot
By Mak Man of Richmond , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11:00am [Dine in]

One of the better personal hot pot joints you can find, for sure.

I went in with a few friends, all of which ordered a different pot. I don't have any special recommendations, but I can safely say that all my friends were satisfied with the portions and food quality they got.

Beware of the spiciness options though. The little spicy option on a kimchi soup would be spicier than a miso soup with the same spicy option. Keep that in mind.

Be sure to try the sauces they have set on the table! They are great additions to the hot pot you have. I especially liked the garlic sauce, it was so flavorful the garlic lingered in my breath until the next morning.

What they use as a stove was quite annoying though, it burns way too fast and the soup dries up very quickly, before you can come close to finishing. I felt it was like their subtle way of telling us to eat faster and leave.

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Deer Garden Signatures3779 Sexsmith Road, #1118, Richmond
Great food but bad service
By focalpoint of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

Deer Garden probably has the best fish soup noodle in B.C. Their baked rice and curry are worth to try as well. However, when they are busy, their service could be very bad. My orders were missed in two of my few visits in the past few months. A waitress even made fun of me for getting no food while watching my friends eating. It's not about taking the joke seriously but how servers should treat their customers in a professional manner. This location has recently hired staff who speaks very little English. We had trouble ordering by simply calling the number on the menu, so make sure you point at the menu clearly if you encounter the same.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
Will not go back.
By luckylou822 of Delta (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

I went to Aji Taro a few months ago fir the AYCE lunch and the food was decent so I went to again last night with 4 friends. Four of us wanted AYCE and the fifth person just wanted beef teriyaki as he does not like Ethnic food very much. They told us we all had to eat off the same menu. Then the manager came and said yes he can order an entree and sit at the sushi bar till the rest if us where done. So on the off chance he may have had a bite of our all you can eat, they where willing to give up the $100 we would of spent on dinner but we got up and left. Great business sense. Some people need to learn about customer service.

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Carmichael's5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Upscale but non-pretentious
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

Classy upscale restaurant inside the Hilton Hotel. Everything was made fresh and it showed. Server was right on the ball. Portions were huge. After appies and mains we had no room for the pre-ordered desserts and asked for a doggy bag which was cheerfully agreed to. We did have to wait for the dessert as it was bread pudding and needed to be made and not scooped out of a pan. Very impressed. Free parking to boot.

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K K Dollar Hot Pot Restaurant4200 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Favourite Hot pot!
By James Jin of Richmond , BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2012 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

I always come to eat in this hot pot. Both the food and service is good. I recommend this place very well. The owner is very nice. He is humorous and talkative. The food is very fresh and delicious. Especially, the free sweet fermented-rice, which is famous food in Shanghai. I prefer the kkdollar hot pot than any others.

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant8111 Anderson Road, Unit #110, Richmond
Good AYCE
By Mak Man of Richmond , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2012 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

AYCE hotpot and sashimi at $20... need I say more?

The food isn't incredible quality, but it is a notch above any other AYCE hotpot places. Factoring in the price, I will say that it's one of the greatest deals you can find.

Overall the dining experience was great. The place was clean, which is rare considering the traffic and pace the servers are constantly at. The place is very comfortable, good seats and there is nothing you can complain about. At this price, you'd expect to be sitting in a worse decor. The service was good and fast, they attend to you quickly and are always on top of things like adding soup to your pot. Of course, at the speed they were working at, you can't expect them to be super friendly and attentive to just you.

I would definitely come back, and would try their desserts section of the store too.

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Jang Mo Jib4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3200, Richmond
More Than I Could Handle
By Mak Man of Richmond , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2012 - 4:59pm [Take-out]

I ordered the set combo no.1, which is the Beef ribs combo. The set came with rice, along with sides such as potatoes, kimchi, bean sprouts, and deep fried dumpling. On top of that, the number of beef ribs they give is astonishing. I could barely finish all of it, and I'm a big eater. In terms of portion and value, they are great.

As for food quality, it can still improve. The beef ribs are way too salty, the sauce makes it impossible to eat. I ate a few pieces then I couldn't take it anymore. I can take salty more than most people I know, but even I couldn't handle it this time. It was the first time I had to wash a piece of meat off with water to make it edible. The sides were good, nothing extraordinary, just good.

The service is great, the lady at the counter was very friendly and always smiling. Good experience, I would come back again, hopefully they toned the sauce back a little.

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Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill3800 Bayview Street, #112, Richmond
Great Food
By CanberkCannon of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

The new menu items are great. I tried their new Thai Salad and it was something special. I liked how the prawns were deep fried. I heard that they have a new chef and the Sandwich and Soup special was great too. My girlfriend enjoyed her lunch because the seafood platter was amazing. The fries were a bit salty but the fish and chips were awesome. We both over ate but it was a satisfying day.

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Bauhinia Restaurant8360 Granville Avenue, #120, Richmond
Rich for My Blood
By Mak Man of Richmond , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 2:27pm [Take-out]

I live right across the street, but I have not tried this place once since I first moved here. Finally, I gave this place a shot, after exhausting all my other dining options in the area. I didn't eat in because I'm all alone...so just take out. After reading through their menu, I found that they offer higher end dining than most HK style restaurants in Richmond. They had a lot of food that you couldn't find elsewhere, and they cost significantly more. At the end I ordered the Hainam Chicken with rice combo. It came with Rice, Chicken, a side of veggies, soup and a drink. It was a filling meal, at $12, a decent deal.

The Hainamese Chicken was not so decent though. It was mainly bones, with very little meat to spare. Most Hainam Chicken joints' chicken are all meat, here it was maximum bones, minimal meat.
They do compensate with the amount of veggies though, the largest portion out of everything. The rice was good too. It was the classic Hainam Chicken Rice, cooked with oil but not too greasy.
The soup that came along was nice too. It was rich with flavor, didn't taste like MSG.

When I went in to pick up my order, the waitress wasn't very friendly though. She wasn't rude, but you get a sense that she doesn't want to be there.

Overall, the meal was average, mainly because the chicken was a major disappointment. Everything else was good. I probably won't come back as much, as $12 is a little too much for a meal of this caliber.

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Silver Tower Cafe Restaurant8500 Alexandra Road, #100, Richmond
Late Night Go-to?
By Mak Man of Richmond , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 11:08am [Dine in]

Came here a little after midnight, after an intense school project marathon. There weren't many choices in Richmond at late night, so we settled for Silver Tower.

The decor was kind of 'scary'. The lights were dim, and most of the tables were hidden in the high walls of the stalls. At first it was a little uncomfortable, it was a little too secretive and you don't know what's going on around you. Eventually, I grew to like this, gives us a little peace from what's going on around the restaurant. I was in a better mood compared to being in a busy restaurant, even though it was hard to get the waitress to notice me.

Service was mediocre at best. This was Wednesday after midnight and there was only one waitress in the whole restaurant. I understand it's not very economical to have so many servers during non busy hours, but it did get a little frustrating when you have to raise your hand for 5 mins for it to get noticed. The waitress was a little rude to my friend also...

I ordered the mix and match set combo: Lamb chops + Beef Ribs on Rice with Garlic Sauce, it also came with a Soup (Cream or Borscht) and a drink. The food came in big portions, I was surprised at how much beef and lamb I got. In other dining experiences I sometimes got very very pieces, especially when I order beef ribs and lamb chops (because they are expensive ingredients?). All this came at $10, Outstanding deal.

Food Quality however, was lacking in many ways. The garlic sauce with my rice was cold. The lamb and beef were too soft... it didn't have any chew. It felt more like I was eating fish rather than red meat. The taste was bland, nothing to make me remember.

Overall, Silver Tower made me full with mediocre food, while at a cheap price. To have eaten the amount I have, $10 was a great deal. Too bad the food wasn't up to par. I probably wouldn't be coming back, unless for late night meals. During regular hours there are too many other choices and Silver Tower doesn't really match up in terms of food quality.

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
Former frequent customer says good bye to this place due to owner's rudeness
By FormerCustomer of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

I've eaten at Chen's many time over the years, but my last experience there was the end-all. The food was as it always is very good. But the service was just plain rude! And it was the owner who served us. She stood at our table tapping her pencil as she waited for us to figure out her poorly-laid out menu. Ok, we got the message, you are very busy and can't be bothered to show respect for your customers. We realized we had ordered too much food, and the mandarin speaker at our table asked, can we cancel the last dish. The shocked look on his face before he translated for us what she had said told us that had been told to shove off. Indeed, she had been one inch from telling him to go fly a kite. Ok, we cannot cancel, the food has been cooked, but really woman, can't you be polite? Why be so rude to the people who fork over their money to you each night?
We felt like we were being rushed to eat, pay and get out. She snapped at her helpers, too. Wow, I bet there is a big turnover of staff there! Come on, that is not what a good restaurateur acts like! Does the owner need some time off to think about what she has become? Does she really need to work every single day so that she has lost her human touch? Would she want to be treated so shabbily as she treated my friends and me that night?
Good riddance to this restaurant. It is forever off our list of choices.

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Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle4151 Hazelbridge way, 2800, Richmond
Taiwan Noodles? Chef Hung!
By Mak Man of Richmond , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Usually I'm not a fan of Taiwan cuisine, but after seeing all the reviews and ads about this place I decided to give it a try.

The decor of the place was great: clean, spacious and comfortable. Which wasn't a big surprise as all restaurants in Aberdeen are pretty outstanding in terms of decor.

We were served quickly when we stepped in and we got a table very fast. The service over the duration of our meal was a little aloof, but sometimes I like it that way. Sometimes over-friendly service disrupts my meal with friends. I wasn't treated badly or unfriendly by anyone at the restaurant, so I can accept it as solid service.

I ordered the Champion Beef Shank soup flat noodles and a side of Pan Fried Grounded Beef Cake. There was an option to make the soup a chili soup, but I'm not one that can take too spicy so I passed. The beef cake, on the other hand, was a rare item. I don't remember seeing a similar item in many restaurants, especially at this price, so I had to try it.

The Champion Beef Shank Noodles are the signature dish of Chef Hung, they have banners and ads about this dish everywhere. After tasting it, I believe it deserves the prizes and recognition.
The Beef shank was very tender and soft while maintaining a good chew. It's not like the beef where it gets stuck between your teeth with every bite. The thickness of each piece is perfectly sized, and the slices of the thinly cut beef are a delicacy on it's own.
The broth was rich with flavor, it had a subtle sting of spice in it. One thing worth mentioning is that the broth didn't have the film of grease/oil on top.
The noodles were very al dente. The chewiness and 'bounce' (as we chinese call it) was special. Many noodle joints fail in that aspect, as a result their noodles become soggy and stuck together. Chef Hung's noodles were different. Each strand was separate from each other, while maintaining 'dryness' as if it wasn't affected by being soaked in the soup. Great noodles.

The Pan Fried Grounded Beef Cake were outstanding also. Usually the crusts are soaked with oil and grease (think pork buns), but here it's minimal, you can barely see it. I think it's because it's made fresh and the grease from the beef won't have time to soak in.

I have to say that for this price ($10 -$15) per person, Chef Hung are giving away a great deal. I can't recall any dining experience (with noodles) that made me so satisfied. $15? Well worth it.

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West Lake Vietnamese Kitchen4800 No. 3 Rd, #105, Richmond
Good to Know
By Mak Man of Richmond , BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

As a fan of Vietnamese cuisine, I constantly try out Viet restaurants when I see a new one.

It seems that West Lake has been around for a while, but I never noticed it. I guess it's because their logo looks more like one of a tanning salon.

The decor was a little different from your typical Viet restaurant. Don't know how to describe it, but it was generally different, like it's logo.

I ordered a set combo, which consists of one main dish (Pho or rice), one side (which most consists of two items), and a drink.

I chose the Special Pho (Raw Beef, beef balls, cow stomach), the bowl was a small size. The Pho had good texture, not mushy from the soup. The beef were tender and good tasting, but nothing extraordinary.

For my side, I chose the fried Spring Rolls and a Baked Garlic Oyster. The Spring Rolls were very crispy with a lot of ingredients inside. The oyster though, didn't really absorb any taste from the garlic sauce, which was a little disappointing.

Overall, the food was only a little better than average, but the portions make it very good value. My set combo came to 13 dollars before tax and tips.

The service was friendly and prompt, a bit understaffed maybe.

Overall the experience was good and I'm happy that there is a new Pho place on my list.

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Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
Great night for good fish and chips in Steveston...really great time
By eating good food of Vancouver (114 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

I have been here about 5 or 6 times. I had come last week with a friend of mine and we were seated immediatly.

We started with drinks, both of us ordering a Pepsi. We then looked at our menus after the waiter brought our drinks he asked us if we were ready (we took a few minutes, but finally decided) I had ordered a 3 piece pan friend Cod with fries. plus extra piece of fish (no colseslaw) and my friend ordered a 2 piece Cod (regular)

Our waiter seemed very friendly and attentive, and brought to our attention that prices had gone down since I was last there, because the restaurant gets some sort of discount on thier fish (can't remember exactly) but it is great to know that they are passing thier savings on to the customers and not pocketing it all for themselves, and as an added bonus, because the restarant has a deal with thier supplier, they are now giving free refills on fries (again, it's great to know that they are passing thier savings to the customers)

Anyhow, on to the food. The food tasted really good, not too oily, but rather just enough for a melting satisfied taste....my friend reported that she really enjoyed her meal as well...it was worth every penny.

The restaurant closed at 8:00, but we were still finishing off beverages and talking....Told the waiter to feel free to kick us out at anytime, but he told us not to worry and to just enjoy our food and our time at the establishment. We stayed until about 8:45.

It was a really good food and a good time. Thank you. Will return and recommended

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Hog Shack3900 Bayview Street, #160, Richmond
Hog Shack, or Pig Sty?
By Dreamer Bulk of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

I am new to DineHere (created one for this review), but I felt this I had to spread the word of how bad this experience was. Tonight was nothing short of a travesty. My girlfriend and I dined at the Hog Shack and we will never be back. We both ordered their rib and pulled-pork combo, as well as the creole shrimp prawn starter. The meal started out terribly with “creole prawns”. Basically this dish was prawns in marinara sauce. The only thing I felt it was missing was the pasta. The ribs looked good initially, but when you turn them over you see nothing but black. The yam fries were soggy. The corn bread was mealy and dry. The vegetables were unseasoned and bland. The rice pilaf tasted like cardboard. To be honest I was excited for tonight, especially with a review saying the restaurant was BETTER than Memphis Blues. I am speechless. I feel as if I could have gone in the kitchen and done a better job.

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Round Table Pizza8780 Blundell Road, #160, Richmond
Rip-off artists who have great difficulty speaking English
By honeybooboo of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 7:37pm [Delivery]

Ordered pizza and spaghetti from here for the gang. This is our 3rd time. Liked the food previous times (nice pizza), although they have gotten something wrong in our order every single time, but we sort of laughed it off previously. Tonight though takes the cake. The guy on the phone does not even remotely speak English and so we had to keep repeating the order over and over. We clarified several times, because they have gotten the order wrong before. So we order using the 2 for 1. Big mistake. There is NO 2 for 1. It says so on the website and in the yellow pages but they are lying. I guess its a gimmick to make you think you will get a deal but the pizza is overpriced. So the food arrives. We ordered two pizzas and got 1. So we call and say you know we asked for 2 in the 2 for 1 deal. We clarified we were getting 2. Okay, we send you another pizza, another 18 dollars. Us: So there is no 2 for 1. Them: 18 dollars. They sent lasagna but we ordered spaghetti. We say you sent the wrong thing. Them: We don't have any spaghetti. Us: then why didn't you tell us? Them: just a minute. Kept us on hold 3 minutes and come back, okay we send you spaghetti. You pay for extra lasagna. Us: No we didn't order lasagna, come and take it back. Back and forth about 10 times, then they try to get us to accept extra pizza for free, by which time we say forget it come and pick up everything and give us our money back. Never again. Caution, RIP OFF ARTISTS!!!!

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Hoi Tong Chinese Seafood Restaurant8191 Westminster Highway, #160, Richmond
Not recommended
By food taster of Richmond , BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

I went with my family after reading the review and I would say, I will never go back nor recommend this restaurant. The place is very small and you'll feel like they are waiting every bite you make. This is the first time I saw shrimp cut into 4 pieces in a dish. Too commercialize and when the bill comes, we were over charged. One of the dish we ordered is only $18 on the menu but when the bill comes, it shows $32. I paid it anyway since it wont make me poorer but definitely wont make them richer. Restaurant that deceive people will not last long so just beware when you dine here. I will never ever go back even if it's for free :-)

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Imperial City Bistro3671 Westminster Hwy, #140, Richmond
Peking duck
By Jlsimple of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2012 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Came here with my friends last night and had the best Peking duck ever. I've had quite a few in my time and I must this was one pretty good. You have to also order the cabbage and vermicelli stir fry. It's a Lil spicy but its got a nice kick to it. Place is nice and cozy and the service good. better than most chinese restaurants in richmond. Definitely recommend this place for dinner!

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Jade Seafood Restaurant8511 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Another Richmond Asian Restaurant
By takoda of Richmond , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

What can I say - everything about this place is OK but that's it. Clean, relatively quick service, good selection, hit or miss with individual dishes.

There's that ambience of trying to be rich and impress. Whatever.

I would go again except that the owner has an attitude that is hard to ignore.

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