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ambiance_adviceVancouverSince July 14, 20095 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (4.1)
  • Food4.5 (4.4)
  • Service4 (4.2)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance4 (3.8)


Displaying 1 - 5 of 5 Reviews Found
Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar2054 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
I am super impressed with the freshness and quality
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

I am super impressed with the freshness and quality of their food. It is the best I have had on the east side, and better than most everywhere else in Vancouver too. I have been there four times so far.

I don't even need to stray from their bento boxes — they are so good, varied, and a great deal for the amazing quality. But I do stray: everything I have had has been excellent. I particularly like their Unagi stone bowl lunch special — it comes piping hot and generous!

The service is attentive. The atmosphere is calm and lovely. Kishimoto has ruined all the other Japanese restaurants in the area for me!

I highly recommend it — but don't make it too busy for me! I hate line-ups.

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Merchant's Oyster Bar1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great service, interesting menu, super fresh
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

I have only been there once, but I already love it. I am going again tomorrow with another friend to try more of the menu.

Great service actually makes food taste even better, I am convinced of it. The server was also a partner there, and he was great! Passionate and attentive.

I had the Tagliatelle. It was excellent.

Such a great addition to the Drive.

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Koko Japanese Restaurant2053 East Hastings St, Vancouver
Truly a hidden east van gem.
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 9:10am [Dine in]

We have been going to Koko for many years. Once we discovered it! it took a while because we didn't know it was there. We call it the Japanese tire store because it kind of doesn't look like a restaurant from the outside — which is why I think it is a hidden gem. No one knows it is there! But it has been around for over 20 years. The sign kind of looks like a tire store sign.

The food is always great. They have great big private booths, which is fantastic because you can have privacy while eating. Their are always super friendly. The sushi is always great quality. Example: the BC roll is still hot when it comes out. I highly recommend it. It is our go to place and we are never disappointed.

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Cafe Calabria1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
The best coffee in the city — and hot enough
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 8:50am [Take-out]

I just came from Calabria and enjoyed my coffee (which is still hot even now!) and felt compelled enough to sit down and write a review. A rare occasion for me. I am shocked to see poor reviews! weird.

I just started drinking coffee again and have been trying to find the most reliably delicious and hot enough one. This is a remarkably difficult thing to find. It is so disappointing to get a poor one. But the Calabria is consistently awesome. Really amazing. And hot enough without having to ask for it to be extra hot, like I have to everywhere else. I would highly recommend them.

The other reviews of poor service are a big surprise to me because I have always found them great: friendly, accommodating, down to earth, welcoming. I have been going there on and off for years.

Besides, when it comes to coffee, I would prefer to have great coffee and ignore the service, rather than good service and crappy coffee.

(There are quite a few of the poor reviews that sound very similar, I wonder if they are by the same person?)

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Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Needs attention to detail and improved food
Submitted Friday, July 17, 2009 - 11:41am [Dine in]

Wow. When I read a previous review I was excited and planned for twelve friends to go to this new spot. It was a big disappointment. So disappointing that I am writing a negative review for the first time, ever. I won't go so far as rating below 2 though, because I think it has great potential.

The first bad sign was the fact that the TV over the bar was on during the dinner seating, and that they were playing The Wedding Crashers. When it ended they played the DVD menu screen for about an hour, before the replayed the movie. Lame. The space is so nice that I was surprised they would cheapen it like that.

The music was all over the place. Music should really be curated to fit the impression a restaurant is going for. The music did not match the nice space and stylish branding.

When one person ordered a classic gin martini it came without olives. Odd.

The food was, well, not good. Cheap. The pizza was thick and doughy. The Margarita pizza had one piece of basil on it even though that was listed as one of the main ingredients. The ceviche was very over done. Too bad we ordered three orders of it. No one was very thrilled with their food.

The place felt like it was run by teenagers.

A few good things: The server was great, the space is excellent, pretty good bathrooms (but not maintained through the evening). Lots of potential. But they shouldn't play the TV unless there is a good reason — it brings the level of the place down. Maybe that's what they are going for, and I had overly high expectations.

For a place just off Main it should have been packed, and could be if they raised the level of food and paid a little attention to some ambiance details.

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