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AarianaVancouver (east)Since May 15, 20106 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)


Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Wakame Sushi5830 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 12:20pm [Take-out]

Not sure if it's the same owners as the previous review, but that's irrelevant. I love Wakame Sushi! I find the people working there are always nice to me and my husband (we've been there at least a dozen times now), and I absolutely love how they greet you when you enter the shop. I know that's traditional in Japanese restaurants, but it seems like a lot of places around here don't do that.

As for the food itself, I highly recommend the Nobody Home roll. I have no clue why it's called that, though! It's basically a gigantic california roll that has salmon on top of it, then baked in the oven. It has sauce on it - something spicy and sweet, but I'm not entirely sure what it is. It sure is tasty though. My hubby's favorites are the deep fried california roll and negitoro. Every time we go there, he always ends up ordering the same thing. I've tried most of the rolls, and I haven't found any I don't like yet. I quite like the fact that the tempura in the dynamite rolls is made to order, instead of having it sit around all day and get soggy like other places I've been.

Service is always great. As I mentioned, the people working there are always nice and smiling, and there is a very relaxed atmosphere.

Value-wise, I sure can't complain. We usually end up getting 4 or 5 rolls and sometimes some seaweed salad or tempura, and it generally leaves leftovers for breakfast and lunch the next day. This generally ends up costing us about 20 dollars, and it would be even cheaper if I didn't insist on getting one of the chef's special rolls each time. The special rolls are around 6-7 dollars each, while the rest are significantly less, usually 3-4 dollars each.

We will be returning many, many times in the future!

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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
Find a better restaurant
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I have been here four times to pick up take-out. Each and every time, they have screwed up our order, and we didn't see it until we got home. We used the online ordering system, and it emails you a confirmation message with your order, so I know that we didn't accidentally forget the stuff ourselves.

Each and every time, we've had to go back and get our "fixed" order. The first time (which ended up being the worst, ironically), we called ahead, said it was messed up, and we were told (by the manager, no less!) to bring it back, and she would put a rush on the food right away. Well, we got there, and we were still waiting for a good 15-20 minutes before we were even acknowledged or got our fixed order. We got a free piece of their cake as an apology, but honestly, is that really worth it? 10 minute drive each way, total of 2 round trips just to get what we paid for, as well as having to wait for 20 minutes each time? Sorry, but a piece of cake that you get shipped in frozen for pennies on the dollar is a bit of an insult.

Food and value would have been rated much higher if this hadn't happened so many times. However, service is going to stay a solid 1 for me, as the manager's attitude when we complained was way over the top. She basically said we were being difficult and swearing when we were doing nothing of the sort.

If you want to eat at a White Spot in the area, go to the marine drive location. The servers are more polite, and they know how to read an order slip.

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Dream Sushi4401 Main St, Vancouver
Wow...Just wow
Submitted Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I just got takeout from Dream Sushi for the first time today. We got the negitoro maki, deep fried california roll, the peking duck roll, and the jumping dessert roll. All of the rolls were incredibly tasty, especially the peking duck roll! I loved the sweetness of the duck and I'm amazed no one else(that I know of) has this on their menu. The jumping dessert roll was good, but I wasn't a fan of the bananas in it. Nothing wrong with it; I just don't like them in general. The negitoro and deep fried cali roll were basically the same as any other restaurant, however, I found the negitoro to be a good value, since there was not a lot of rice and a fair amount of tuna and green onions in it. The pickled ginger was a pleasant surprise, not being a psychedelic pink as I'm used to seeing at other sushi joints!

All of the servers were friendly and smiling, which is something you don't see a lot around here for some reason. They seemed to truly enjoy their work, and they were good at it, too. Always checked up on us, even though we were only there for a takeout order. We were given tea while we waited, and our order was taken promptly.

As for ambiance, I liked it. It was clean without being boring. The reviews taped all over the walls were a cute touch. Only thing that was not liked by us (and this is a very small thing) is that my husband pointed out that the door handle on the outside (coming into the restaurant) was a bit sticky...as I said, pretty small.

All in all, it came to 28 bucks for four rolls - the peking duck and dessert rolls were 9 dollars each. Not ridiculously cheap, but the food was damn tasty, so I would say it was excellent value for the money paid.

We will definitely be returning!

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Chill Restaurant5507 Kingsway, Burnaby
Submitted Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I ate at Chill for a late lunch today. He had the beef noodle soup, and I had the miso chicken. We had beef roti crepes to start, and we both had a bubble tea. Mine was called Hawaiian holiday, and it was pleasantly sweet without being ridiculously so. Hubby had the choco-peanut delight, and we were both impressed to see that they used actual peanuts in the drink, as opposed to peanut butter (which is what we were kind of expecting). Both drinks were HUGE, and came in these really cute glasses.

The beef in the crepe was moist, and yet the crepe stayed nice and flaky. I especially liked the hint of cilantro and hoisin sauce in it, but hubby didn't like the cilantro. No big, pulled it out, and he liked the rest of it.

As for the mains, they were huge! The beef noodle soup was in a gigantic bowl, and it easily made two meals (the leftovers are for breakfast tomorrow!). The beef was nice and tender, with just enough fat on it to make sure it wasn't dry and tough. The noodles were pleasantly al dente, as opposed to being overcooked mush. The broth was rich and tasty and yet not overpowering the flavour of the beef and vegetables. The miso chicken came with some soup (tomato and tofu) that I didn't quite like. I found the broth was a bit flavourless. The tomato and tofu in the soup was a nice combination, but I think if the chefs added a bit more seasoning to the broth itself, it would definitely be a winner. The chicken also came with some rice, which was perfectly cooked. The chicken itself was rather hard to find; it was cooked with a large amount of garlic, ginger, and basil. However, I wouldn't consider it a bad thing - the ginger and garlic added a nice flavour to the chicken, and I actually ate the basil as-is (I LOVE the stuff!).

Our server was attentive and made sure we were liking everything, without being overbearing or coming over to us too often. I quite liked that. One thing that kind of struck me as odd was how the dishes were coming out of the kitchen, however. All of the plates came out separately, however, after getting our food, I understood why. Those plates weighed a ton, and our server probably didn't want to hurt herself carrying them all at once.

Ambiance - I quite liked the look of the restaurant. The colours were very nice together, and I absolutely loved the chairs. I could have sat there all day if life wasn't calling! One thing that really got me was visiting the washrooms. After seeing the black of the main dining room, going into the washrooms is a bit of a colour shock, but they were clean and that's the most important thing. Only thing I didn't like about the dining room itself was the music. I found it a bit too loud for my tastes, but I'm sure that if we had visited at a busier time of day, the music wouldn't have been so noticeable.

Value - I felt our meal was a good value. An appetizer, two mains, and two drinks cost a measly 32 dollars. For dishes as tasty as those, I think that it was a very fair price. We will definitely be returning, most likely in the evening, however, as I really wanted to try some of their alcoholic bubble tea.

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Come Along Seafood Restaurant2550 Kingsway, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

We just had dim sum here, and let me say, it was a total waste of money. The beef rice noodles weren't rice noodles wrapped around beef, rather it was just a pile of soggy noodles with some beef tossed on top as an afterthought. The ja leung (Chinese doughnut wrapped in rice noodles - sorry if it's spelled wrong) was soggy and greasy, almost as if it was cooked beforehand and left to cool, only being reheated when it was ordered. It doesn't take THAT long to make the doughnuts...there's no excuse to not make them fresh. On top of that, the sauce used for the ja leung was not sesame sauce as is traditionally served, but rather it was melted peanut butter. This is a very dangerous thing to be doing...we were very lucky there are no peanut allergies in the house. The taro dumplings were incredibly dry on the outside, yet tasty in the very center, which makes no sense to me. And the taro cake tasted almost like candy, it was just way too sweet.

By far the worst dim sum we've ever had. Will not be returning.

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Solav Souvlaki & Donair4902 Joyce Street, Vancouver
Very Tasty!
Submitted Monday, May 31, 2010 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

My husband and I ate here yesterday, and we were very impressed. We got take-out and both had the donair, and a piece of baklava to share. Well, the baklava wasn't the best I've had; it was a bit soggy. Portion was huge, though. So I can't really fault them for that.

As for the donair, I have to say YUM! I'm from the east coast, and I've been craving donairs ever since getting here a year ago. These donairs aren't quite the ones I'm used to, but pretty close nonetheless. The meat was spiced perfectly, just enough that it didn't overpower the flavour of the meat itself. The vegetables on it were nice and fresh, and none of this pickle garbage I've seen in other places. Tzatziki was nice and creamy, with just a hit of garlic, not enough to feel like you're offending everyone by breathing on them afterwards. The only thing I think could be improved would be to offer the sweet donair sauce that I'm used to, but that's not a big deal at all. If I wanted it that badly, I could easily make it myself anyways.

Ambiance is the only thing I rated down for Solav, and I'm sure it's no surprise. This place is definitely a hole in the wall. But don't let that stop you from eating here...the food is ridiculously tasty, and that part (to me, at least) is more important than the pretty things they could put on the walls.

I see myself coming here many many times in the future!

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