I don't usually leave reviews for restaurants, but I will for this restaurant. This. restaurant. was. fantastic. By far my favourite Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. I had ordered their assorted sashimi bowl and an avocado salad to try out one of their unique menu - not to mention myself being an avocado freak. Every piece of sashimi in the bowl was SO DAMN FRESH. I have been to many sushi restaurants and I love going to Sushiyama because I personally think their sashimi pieces were the most fresh. But, Sakura Ichiban has definitely topped them off of my number 1 list. The avocado salad was also a great kick to hype up my appetite. i would definitely be going back for seconds, thirds, and more.
It pains me to write this as the food here is really good and the menu is refreshing - not the usual selection you get in Indian restaurants in North America - but the service we experienced was on a level that was so poor, it feels like a stretch to even go with Poor over Terrible. We waited too long after being seated before drink orders were taken. One drink was forgotten. To order the food, we had to go up and ask our server to take the order - this was about 30 mins after arriving. The food took ages to come. We had to go ask after it and it suddenly appeared, making us wonder if it had been sitting (most dishes were not hot). The server did not know who had ordered what. We had a birthday and cancelled the dessert order as we'd run out of time. For the bill, also had to flag down the server. 10 minutes passed. He comes to the table to ask who had what. Then another 5 minutes before he brings the same bill and manually divided the different parties and just gave a round number to the two different parties. It was very confusing, but by this time we'd lost patience to check the numbers. Then he hovered around apparently waiting for the tip. He never brought my change. Throughout all of this we never saw a manager on the floor. My sister's birthday in this restaurant was a disaster.
I went to Sakura Ichiban for the first time, and it was great! The server was very friendly, great atmosphere, and for the most part, the food was great. I had their tropical roll and gomae and my partner had a spicy salmon roll and an alaska roll. I guess not a lot of sushi restaurants make their spicy salmon roll and alaska roll bad since they are typical dishes. But, their special roll was very unique and was actually very filling. I loved how mild the taste was. I also enjoyed their gomae sauce, it tasted different from other Japanese restaurants. I would love to visit again.
I LOVED my experience at Sakura Ichiban. It's a restaurant that has been around for quite a long time but believe the owners right now have taken over nearly a decade ago. They were so sweet and I really had a good talk with the chef who kept me company whole throughout my lunch. I had their kani sunomono, negitoro roll and couple pieces of nigiri. Everything tasted just awesome and was very satisfied at the filling portion. I think I'll come here a lot more often and willingly introduce my friends to it so they can also have a taste of the fantastic restaurant!
In years past, I have enjoyed some of the best burgers at the stand, born and raised in dundarave the Vera's burger shack were rated best burgers on the shore. I decided to try it again last week after many years going without. The service was average at best but I don't care about the service if the burger is good. It was the most unflavorful, boring, inspiced, over priced burger I have ever had. I don't even think it was fully cooked. We ordered 6 burgers for the entire family and not one of us finished our burger.
Some of us had the organic patty others had standard party and all were sub par.
Don't expect to get anything decent from this stand anymore, unless the owners/chef start to put a little pride in their food.
Went on a Sunday afternoon in July. Line up was long but was in the area and looked forward to eating fish and chips with my husband and 4 year old son. When our turn was up, the hostess said we had to go on waiting list. I happily obliged, gave my name and stepped to the side. The family behind us had 4 people. Magically a table turned up and rather than seating in order, the hostess decided to seat that family first. I was confused and said to the hostess, "Um... excuse me...we're 3 people and I believe we're on waiting list?". She just ignored me, walked passed me and the family she was seating looked at me while shrugging awkwardly and said, "oh, we don't know why, sorry about that" and followed the hostess while asking her why they got seated first. When the hostess came back, I asked for an explanation. She gave non responses and said it was the restaurant's policy and that different sized groups will be seated at different sized tables. I told her I was interested to see how much smaller a 3 person table will be from a 4 person table. She continued to be non-apologetic and curtly said there'll be a table for us in 2 mins... as if I was being annoying and impatient. Even the group behind that family asked why we didn't get seated. Our conclusion was that maybe she's very disorganized and frazzled? 15 mins later, we got a table, low and behold it was the same size and in the same area as the family she seated 15 mins before. When I asked her for a proper explanation, she went back to giving non-responses. I said to her, I can accept that she made a mistake/ was frazzled etc. but her non-responses about restaurant policy and different sized groups and tables made no sense because 3 people and 4 people tables tend to be the same size. She pretty much said, 'ok whatever sorry'. Very disappointed that I had to beat an apology out of her and also baffled as to why she was so adamant, despite 3 people approaching her as to why the other family got seated before us, that she was right. Begs to question, was it a racial thing? My family is Asian and the family behind us is Caucasian; she is also Caucasian. Doesn't matter if you waited in line, was polite and pleasant, you'll still be put second if you are Asian? Anyhow, our waitress was great and the food was delicious. We each had fish and chips with chowder. Plates of food covered the whole table. But way to ruin an otherwise cheery Sunday. Extremely disappointed our go to restaurant in Horseshoe Bay has a hostess that operates in this manner.
Tonight was one of the most disappointing dining experiences in many years.
The food is not thoughtfully prepared and reconstituted rather than fresh. It actually tastes Dated.
Tonight's horror story was beef liver disguised as veal. My partner and I both ordered it ( it was recommended as a special) and we were shocked by the taste and texture. We could not saw off even a small piece since the liver had the consistency of leather.
The waitress did not once come by to check on us ( now I know why ...she clearly knew it was bad ) and was very curt.
This was a second visit. The first was to try it out ( Very indifferent food) and we gave it another chance tonight.
Never again !
There's something about a place that tells you to reverse before you come and we did just the opposite. Strolling around Ambleside looking for some quick bite that was not too over our budget and this was one of the three we were considering. We decided to check this one out as the others would be second and third time visiting. This place is great even when you are trying to stay on the lean side of your diet. While talking to the waiter trying to figure out whether we should wait for a table or go next door, the smell really convinced us. At least me. The fish masala we had was actually an invention of theirs to make their waistline conscious friends feel a little better. The vegetables with some sort of a nut gravy was alright but good enough for me to not feel self-conscious later on. We've been back twice in the past month, and both times service was impeccable. Very different from your typical Indian curry houses, but then again, its West Vancouver.
We've been a little sceptical coming to eat out again at an Indian place after my boyfriend and I got a horrible food poisoning at another place we ordered from. His parents were inviting us for dinner so I couldn't say no.
The four of us arrived at 6.40 pm for our reservation. We were a little late due to us having to wait for my boyfriend, but we were still welcomed and ushered into our spot. We got a place at the back and it was quite comfy. Not too noisy, and the decoration and place was very nice. I could see myself coming back for a date or something.
I don't know what kept us so long from coming here but the meal was delicious. We had the gobi butter masala and the pakoras, along with some rice and other dishes whose name I cannot recall. The waiter helped us pick our wines (which were on discount), and the food for that matter. Nothing was too spicy or overtly flavoured, which was a relief. The manager was there and made sure we got everything we wanted. The whole bill wasn't too bad for us but every once in a while it's nice to spill a few for living's sake.
Three strikes against the Boathouse last night - one of us tried to order a nice lager and they did't have the first second or third choice that he wanted. None were available even though they were on the menu.
Then three of our party tried to order the lobster ravioli, only to be told they were already out, even though it was only 6 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Finally, and worst of all, the crab stuffed prawns which I always order and have always come with generous cream cheese herb and crab dolloped on top of each shrimp and baked - they arrived with a barely recognizable teeny swipe of some kind of moistener on them - maybe cream cheese or butter? and then they were dipped in panko. There was no stuffing. At all. And no crab. At all. And three of us ordered that once the ravioli situation went south so it wasn't just my plate. Three of us paid 30$ and got panko dipped shrimp - I can do that at home for far less money. Rip Off! Bye Boathouse.
This is my first time here and I cannot say I was blown away like I thought I would be. Maybe I had raised my expectations too high? Or fussed too much but I was expecting something better than what you would find in terms of Indian restaurants in New York or London. The food is a bit on the pricier side to begin with and the names are a bit strange. Difficult to find out what I like or don't like because it all seems so unfamiliar to me. The only dish I could recognize was the butter chicken. Plus, there were no samosas! A little disappointing. I ended up getting the butter chicken with rogan josh which were not bad. Found the portion sizes to be a little small, I usually end up with leftovers but this time there were none.
My wife and I went there the first time last night. When we arrived at 6:30pm for our reservation only 3 tables were occupied. We were standing there waiting to be seated and for 5 minutes we were not greeted nor shown to our table. At the time I noticed that there was this man standing next to the bar not doing anything after glancing at us. Finally a waiter, who had been busy with other customers took us to our table.
I noticed later on that the first man, who looked a little like Danny Devito, was telling other waiters what to do so I assumed he was either the owner or the manager. So why did he ignore us in the first place?
I had Spaghettini Al Granchio, which was a little dry. My wife ordered the Fettucine Marco Polo. which she took one bite and left the whole dish untouched because it was too sour, too spicy and too dry. However, our waiter was very nice so we left him the usual 20% because it wasn't his fault.
I'll never go back there and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody.
Took a bit of a break from work and came to Swad for a relaxing lunch with a girlfriend. I’ve been meaning to try this place out ever since it opened and so today we took the plunge (or rather yesterday, to be precise).
First impression: the décor was really nice, modern and fancy, even the bathrooms. A breath of fresh air from all the tiny corner delis turned into restaurants for Indian food. The service was not bad, can’t remember our waiters name but we had to wait for a seat when we first came in. He took our order and disappeared for a while, but once the appetizers started rolling things picked up their pace.
For appetizers we had the vegetable pakora. Surprised not to see samosa listen in the menu. We didn’t care too much for the pakora but the rest of the food was good. The entrees came almost instantly, Bengali curry and Labadar (hope I’m getting the name right) which was a chicken dish. The Bengali curry was SO GOOD. It came with a coconut cream which was splendid. The Labadar was a surprise, very rich in spices and tasted even better when mixed with the basmati. Overall, an excellent choice for lunch.
Went for dine out Vancouver. Food was good but the portions were very small. The restaurant side did not have a window seat but the bar side had one so we decide to sit there. View is excellent and food quality is not bad. Had the salmon which was frozen but still tasted good. The dessert was very average. Not impressed with the dessert. There was a guy singing which was not bad. I would only go for the view but not the food. There are better restaurant that one can try.
If you are in the mood for upscale Indian food, this is the place to come. From the moment you step in, you can tell this is not your typical Indian restaurant. No lunch buffets or specials, but rather, fine tapestry and lighting adorning the walls...ie. fine dining. With Tasty Indian Bistro around my place, I have been trained to eat my good butter chicken and naan.
There were quite a few tables empty, so we scored a seat in no time. A server came after about five minutes to give us our menus, and asked us if we had been here before. I quickly learnt why we said that, as the food was not your typical Punjabi items on the menu. Quite confusing, if you have never been to a curry house.
Calamari ($11) - decently sized and accompanied by a delicious mango chutney.
Kashmiri Rogan Josh ($17) - healthy serving, very good taste of spices, chillies a little too much though. Leftovers tasted just as good the next day.
Butter chicken ($14) - I had to try it here just to compare. Gravy was a little different from what I am used to but still good.
Keema naan ($5) - recommended by the server, stuffed with pieces of minced lamb and accompanied with a sauce. Good option, but a little bit of an overkill for me after the lamb dish.
We ate here for our anniversary dinner. Our reservation was for 6 and though I must admit we came a little late we still got our spot! This was our first time and it was very nice, perfect for the occasion but also very trendy. he setup of the restaurant, very chic and modern which made it even more special. We got Dhan as our server and he was amazing. I had trouble choosing what to eat because the menu was a little different than what I am used to but he really helped. Oh and the food was amazing! I really liked the mussels with the curry. Lots of blends of Indian foods whose names are hard to remember but whatever they put in the fish's seasoning did wonders to the taste. Thankfully it wasn't too quiet so we could still get to talk and have enough noise cover us up.
K and I ate here on Wednesday at 5pm. We were in West Vancouver for a job and decided to just grab some dinner instead of waiting to when we got home.
As we waited for a table, the waiter told us this was a new place. Go figure, as I had never seen it before. The interiors and modern and chic, just the opposite of what I am used to at an Indian restaurant. This gave away I was in for a real treat.
The waiter gave us some fish appetizers to try out as he got our food ready. I can't recall the name, but it had a tinge of mint to them. Delicious! The restaurant was half-full by then, and then came the main dishes. I ordered a kebab and K went for the Rogan Josh upon the waiter's recommendation. My chicken kebab was delicious, and K really liked the twist the rogan josh was given to hers. This definitely is an upscale Indian restaurant that is not shying away from trying new things out. A couple of drinks later, we were more than impressed.
Will come again to try some more dishes.
I've ate here since it opened years ago. It's a small hidden gem on Bruce Street. The owners are professional and the quality of food/fish is consistently fresh. I like all the veggie options (kappa rolls, oshinko, veggie rolls, etc) because they are healthy and good value. Their sock eye salmon is super, as is the tuna. The chef seems really keen on maintaining freshness. Can't ask for much more.
We went in to order some deli. The quality is above average but pricey. The young woman who served us licked her fingers so she could pick up the sheets of paper they lay down to weigh the meat. Disgusting and a health code violation! I complained to the manager. He said it was wrong but probably just a habit from home. Excuse me. These people are handling food. It is unacceptable period. As customers you can become the victim of all kinds of nasty things by improper handling, including Hepatitis. If you go there make sure to ask your server to go wash her hands!
Been here on three different occasions before (2 of them before Dinehere.ca) and once in 2008, and again last night. EVERY TIME the service was terrible.....and once the food too. Last time (2008) waitress was a total B_tch.......we complained about food; restaurant didn't bother to rectify the situation.
Anyhow, let bygones be bygones......Tonight my parents and uncle wanted to go to West Vancouver and brought up coming to this restaurant....I thought "3 times before and each sucked" but realized that way quite a few years ago and well let's hope for the best"
What a 360 degree turn.....Greeted immediately and were on the patio outside. This time we had a friendly waitress and the food was very enjoyable and tasty.
My mom ordered a bunch of pita bread (???????) ha ha, but for dinner she ordered mousaka......Dad had fish and chips as did my uncle. I ordered fettucini alfredo and a ceasar salad. we also ordered calamari appetizer and saganaki to share the 4 of us.
The saganaki try as you might goes hard quickly....but that's anywhere.....somehow they only know how to make it in Greece......
The Calamari this time was great. Back in 2008 when we came, who knows what they served us, but presented it as Calamari and even argued with us that it was calamari when it wasn't.
Oh and the first time in the mid 90's (when I was a young teenager....13) my parents, my mom's best friend and her husband and their 2 kids (14 and 23) we all came here; mom's friend husband ordered calamari and he didn't like it and returned it. We waited SO LONG for our food, that my mom's friend starting getting very mad at the waiter saying it's taking forever; our appetite has diminished and they were seriously considering canceling the whole order and going to eat elsewhere......but since there were two teenagers who had school the next day decided to just stick around.......and they never took the calamari off the bill; and the other parties daughter had to fight the waiter to get it off the bill
Anyways, back to (2015) The Calamari was fantastic, the Ceasar salad was delicious.....And my fetticini alfredo? well to be honest, I would had been more happier with a bigger portion for the price.....but you know how good fettucini tasted in the restaurants in the late 80's and 90's, but now alot of restaurants use cheap ingredients so quality goes down? Well it looks like they didn't down grade and it tastes the way fettucini alfredo should taste.
My dad and uncle weren't too fond of their food, but then again Dad doesn't usually go out for fish and chips and probably would had prefered steak.......Don't know what my uncles issue was (he seems picky anyways) Mom thought her mousaka was ok. I was ready for disapointment; but thought it was fantastic food......Totally a turn around from the other times I came......Good job!!!!!!!!
I was glad to come here after all, I was happy with EVERYTHING this time. Will return next time in West Van
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