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AzusaBurnabySince December 27, 200638 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2 (2.2)


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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Decent lunch
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

A friend of mine wanted to visit this place for lunch so we went to this place for lunch. At first, it felt *strange* (for the lack of a better word). It was Friday afternoon and it was not packed full. As a result, we were a bit hesitant about the place. Anyway, we decided to give it a try.

We were seated on a table for four with an induction stove. As a result we felt a bit strange as it was such a large table. Anyway, we decided to order from the sheet they gave us. We ordered a bit of everything and then waited...

The food didn't take long to arrive. I will assume they were pre-made and just waiting to be served. Most of the rolls were OK, nothing to comment about. However, the cones my lunch companion ordered looked good (and, as a result, I "stole" one from her!). Other usual all-you-can-eat-sushi fare (teriyaki chicken, gyoza, et al) was OK. One item I did like was the gomae. Sashimi was limited to 8 pieces. We ordered tuna and salmon - salmon one was OK but tuna was a bit gross (imagine a cream/pink slab).

Service was mixed. Although there were smaller (and empty) tables, we were seated on this huge table so conversation was a bit difficult. But, otherwise, tea cups were filled constantly so that was not an issue. Re-ordering wasn't difficult either. We just had to flag one of the waiters/waitresses and they quickly grabbed the ticket.

Ambiance was odd. They have quite a good view, compared to Go Go Tea. Also, there was a lot of natural light flooding in (then again, it is almost summer). However, music was horrible, loud and out of place. Did I mention we were seated in a large table and conversation was difficult?

Overall, it is quite decent if I compare it to other "well known" all-you-can-eat places like Kingway Sushi and its brother (and going downhill) Richmond Sushi. For lunch, the menu was a bit small, though was enough to entertain us (Kingsway Sushi is better on this category). I might come back for dinner to try the hot-pot.

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Good eats but that is about it.
Submitted Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 12:36am [Dine in]

I asked a friend, who happened to be from Latin America, if he could suggest some Latin American type food. Although he is not from Mexico, he said he was interested in trying this place. So we went.

Being a weekend night, I was slightly surprised it was not full. Now, the other customers were Spanish speaking (Mexican?) so that was at least a good sign. We were seated soon and given a small dish with chips. The tacos are $1.75 each ($2.25 if you want cheese), so we settled for an assortment (OK, there is no such "item" in the menu, rather, we order several tacos).

Our order came out in about five minutes. Unless my tastebuds are wrong, I had a lamb, carnita and longaniza. To go along, I had some tomatillo, peanut, mexican and avocado salsa. Overall, they all tasted quite good, probably with exception of the peanut salsa - rather than a roasted peanut flavour, it was more of a raw peanute flavour. Probably acquired taste?

Ambiance was mixed. It is a small place and, as have already being noted by others, the music was way too loud for such a small place. And I don't care it is Juan Gabriel they are playing (according to my friend, he is a famous Mexican singer - regardless it didn't work for me). Parking was problematic. You can park on the street, if you can find a parking spot, that is. We had to park a couple of blocks away. Not fun.

Service was bare. The waitress didn't check on us (to those who care about this - not that we cared, though) but the one thing that did bug us was that, although we ordered drinks (pop), we weren't given glasses of water by default. That is a new low...

Overall, the food is quite good but that is about it. The fact the portions are small (but relatively cheap) allows you to order just a couple or a lot several tacos, depending on your appetite, is a plus. However, I might not want to eat it. If I drop by, I think I would rather have take-out.

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Bombay Se7500 120th Street, #201, Surrey
Good food - will come again only if I am in the area
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

To the point of almost begging from a British ex-pat craving for good butter chicken, a small group decided to go to this place in Surrey for Indian food. I never heard about this place but given their insistence, this place must be good. So we went.

Unless you were aware of this restaurant, you will not have know it is there, as it is tucked inside a corner in a strip mall (same block as Future Shop). It was just 7:00 p.m. when we arrived and the mall itself was deserted. Not necessarily a good sign at this point. However, when we opened the door, it showed the place was well known to others - it was almost packed. Fortunately, we were able to get ahold of a table for four.

We ordered lamb curry, chicken and spinach curry, a Biryani and, well, the butter chicken. We also had some garlic naan. All of us ordered beer, except our desginated driver who ordered a lassi. The drinks came after five or so minutes followed shortly by the lassi. And we waited, waited and waited for the food. We were almost done with our drinks when the food finally arrived, almost all at the same time (except for the biryani which took another couple of more minutes).

I wasn't terribly excited about the food. The lamb was slightly gamey (as expected) but I thought it could have been slightly more tender. The curry sauce of the chicken and spinach curry had a good consistency but lacking heat (they are not to blame, though, my friends are not real fans of spicy hot food). The butter chicken was creamy and slightly sweet; unfortunately, the chicken from both the chicken dishes was a bit on the dry side. Finally, the biryani was so-so - I have done better rice dishes.

The service was hit or miss. As mentioned above, the timing was a bit off. In their defence, in the menu, they did mention dishes might take 20 or so minutes to come out after they were ordered. Water wasn't refilled after glasses were empty and had to ask for them a couple of times. The same happened to the bill. To those who care, they did check on us a couple of times.

There is a huge opportunity for improvement regarding ambiance. The layout of the restaurant is basically a box with tables. There is nothing separating a table from the next and when things get loud, it gets really loud. The walls have pictures of Bollywood movie stars but it is not something I care much about. The place was a bit dark to my liking. You could see the food but, unless you knew what was on the table, you might not be able to differentiate some dishes from others (which happened to us with the lamb and chicken and spinach dishes).

Overall, it was OK, it might be better than some Indian restaurants in Vancouver (after all, it is Surrey!). I would drop by again and try some other dishes (I wished we tried some of the sizzling plates, as described by other reviewers) if (and only if) I was in the area. Might not do so if I had to drive all the way down there.

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Ajisen Ramen4380 No. 3 Road, #1190, Richmond
Odd decoration, decent taste, small portions
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

Based on the feedback from a blogger in Richmond, a co-worker chose this place for Friday lunch. So it was a matter of getting there before the lunch rush! After going through the crazy roads in Richmond (mainly due to construction), we got there to find a packed full parkade. Fortunately, there was a car leaving, so the wait wasn't terribly bad.

At this point, knowing that parking spaces were at a premium and seeing a full parkade, I thought this mall must be doing quite well. Wrong, to an extent. The strip mall was sort of empty and the restaurant itself was not packed full (it was noon sharp when we entered). So, we sat and our really friendly (and over enthusiastic I must say) waitress gave us the menu. I settled for a spicy BBQ pork ramen, while my coworkers had similar ramen dishes. Our drinks came after a couple of minutes. In the meantime, the place was still empty. The side orders arrived first - I had the agedashi tofu and was surprisingly good. Grated radish contrasted quite well with the fried exterior of the tofu. Just as we were about to finish our side orders, the bowls of ramen started to arrive. I must say I was totally disappointed - I was expecting the ramen to be fresh but some of them in my bowl were still stuck to each other - as if they were refrigerated and re-warmed. Not necessarily bad but I would have expected they have had a bit more care to ensure the noddles didn't end up "glued" to each other. The soup was tasty but I have had better. The biggest disappointment was the BBQ pork. Imagine four or five slices the size of a loone each but almost paper thin. That was all the pork it was in the whole bowl. For some reason, I felt cheated (and it wasn't as tasty as I hope it was going to be).

Service was excellent. Our waitress dropped by to ensure everything was OK (to those who care) and glasses were full. The ambiance... Well, the colour definitely didn't work for me (too much pink).

Overall, I am disappointed by this place. Sure, it was a cheap meal (around $10, each ramen bowl), but there was no wow factor. In fact, I have had better bowl of noodle in some food courts.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Decent experience, though inconsistent
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

A friend of mine has a really odd craving: once in a while, she wants some sushi and it does not matter if it is the real stuff or some place ran by Chinese people. So, I was the "volunteer" to go with her to try Kingsway Sushi since it was near her place. When we arrived (around 1:30 p.m.), we were told last call will be at 2:00 p.m., since they close at 2:30 p.m. That's fine, we thought, we should have ordered everything we wanted to eat by then...

The oddity was that the place was not packed full, given it was a weekend. Was it timing? We didn't care so we started ordering a bit of almost everything in the menu. As expected, most of them were pre-fab/pre-assembled so it was more on the lines of picking them and serving them. Despite knowing that fact, my friend thought some of the dishes were quite good. The so-called shrimp ball (it was more of a shrimp fritter) was a hit to the point we ended up re-ordering several more pieces. Most of the sushi was similar to most of the other AYCE places, though we agreed the tai sushi (snapper) was a winner. Some other hot dishes were hit or miss: tempura was almost room temperature and not crunchy, chicken teriyaki was literally two pieces (not complaining here, I am sure they did it that way so people won't end up wasting food), oyster motoyaki was hot and served in a shell and the seafood motoyaki was an oddity due to its curry sauce. We only had one more chance to re-order (last call was actually around 1:50 p.m.) and re-ordered what we like most from our initial "sample".

Service was OK but more on that later. Ambiance was also OK, given that it is "new". In the end, we received our bill and paid on our way out. Stomach full, of course.

After all that, my friend convinced other people to try it. So we went the following weekend and a bit earlier to ensure we would be able to re-order if necessary. This time, however, it was a bit more full and, as a result, service suffered. Despite we were seated pretty quickly, nobody dropped by to take our order. In fact, we had to make signals to the people behind the sushi bar. Since we knew what to order and given the drop of service level, we decided to make a huge order. Everything arrived (surprise!).

Overall, the place is OK, if you know what to expect from an AYCE, specially, if you had been to Richmond Sushi or Top Gun (New West). The question now is how long it will take to go downhill (of course, being sarcastic here, since the reviews shortly after they opened were quite positive). On the other hand, if you want the "real" Japanese stuff, though, look somewhere else.

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Wally's Burgers2703 Kingsway, Vancouver
At least I said I had one of their burgers...
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

Was watching the news in CTV the other day and, on their Where We Live segment, they mentioned it would be closing soon. Mentioned this to a friend and she was surprised I haven't had one of their burgers yet. So we went there today.

Ambiance is minimal. A couple of tables and that's it. Not much service to talk about either. You make your order, wait for it and that's about it.

As for the food... I ordered a mushroom burger (one patty, mushroom, slice of tomato in a bun) while my friend ordered a chuck wagon (two patties, onion and cheese in a bun). We also ordered some onion rings. The order, without drinks, was just $10. We had to wait for several minutes for our order - at least they are not almost pre-made (McDonald's? BK?). We sat down and started eating. Size-wise, they are good for the price. The meat itself, well, not much to talk about. They look like burger patties you could get in the supermarket. We could taste the other condiments, though (specially the onions). The high note (?) was the onion rings. Light batter and rested before serving.

Overall, I will have to say I didn't miss much by not going there before. For the same $$$, I would have rather gone to La Grotta Del Formaggio for one of their panini (a full focacia sandwich would have been around $10, as well). So, since they will be closing by the end of March 2008, next time somebody mention Wally's, at least I will be able to say I tried their burgers.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Good eats; staff trying too hard, though
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 12:00am [Dine in]

A group of friends agreed to have lunch here so we made reservations for 4. As soon as three of us arrived, one of the waiters walked to our table and greeted us. I appreciate that, but I will also appreciate if you could wait for the whole party? Thanks...

All of us order the specials, in my case, I ordered the Sala Thai Rice Special, which is basically a fried rice with a (literally) fried egg on the top. It wasn't even sunny side up; I won't complain as the menu said it was fried. Oh, well. My friends ordered the daily special which had a spring roll, curry (green beans and chicken) and rice.

All of us received a cup of soup (Tom Yom soup?). It was OK, though I think it had a bit way too much fish sauch in it. The entree arrived not long after the table was cleared. I am not sure what rice was used; it had the texture of glutinous rice but looked more like jazmin. Regardless, it was quite good. My companions said their lunches were good as well and no complains at all. Now, whether it is really authentic I can't say but, regardless, it was good eats.

We were seated near the window and couldn't really see/hear what was going on in the rest of the restaurant, which, in its own way, a good thing. We could chat with each other without having to shout or being overwhelmed by the echo/background noise. Decoration was functional and not too intrusive.

Back to service, other than that encounter we had at the beginning, it was kept to the basic/functional side. Glasses were filled when they were empty, dishes were cleared after we finished and we weren't pushed to leave, despite it was the lunch rush.

Overall, the food was good and ambiance was functional. Will certainly return in the future.

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El Taco738 Davie Street, #3, Vancouver
Simple, home-style food
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2008 - 12:07am [Dine in]

Went there with a fried for a quick bite before going to the Orpheum. The place was smaller than what I first thought. It was empty, which is usually not a good indication but, the manager/owner already noticed us and we didn't want to back out. Anyway, we decided to place our order and hope for the best...

I ordered the tamale platter and my friend ordered the burrito. Our dishes came out not long after and we digged into it, but not before taking some salsa (as in sauce, not the "dip"). The tamale was not what I was expecting, specially considering a (Latin American) friend once served me their version and it had more spice in it. Now, don't get me wrong, it was good, just unexpected. The corn masa wasn't too seasoned, however, the beans and other toppins along with the salsa made up for it. Too busy eating my dish and didn't have a chance to snip a bit of my companion's dish. However, it seems he was quite satisfied with his dish.

Service was bare minimum. They ask for your name after you place your order so that they can call you when it is ready. You pick up your own fork/knife/spoon on your way to pick up the salsa. As described by another reviewer, the place feels more like a cafeteria than a sit-down restaurant.

Overall, I would come back for take-out, not necessarily eat-in. And there will be a next time since food was good.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Dine-out: Good value
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

Went with a girl friend to enjoy a night out and we agreed a visit to Chambar was long overdue. We made reservation in advance since it was Dine Out Vancouver.

We arrived just in time for our reservation and we were directed to our table right after they took away our coats. The place was packed and it seems, to handle the volume, they added extra tables. As a result, our table was a bit too close to the next table, to the point it felt we were snooping the other table's conversation (not to mention, the table next to ours kept looking at ours!).

We ordered the following: roasted corn and crab soup and carpaccio as appetizer; braised beef and mussles as entree and pot de creme and waffle as dessert. For our drinks, we ordered beers (hey, it is a Belgian restaurant, isn't it?).

The soup was so-so. It tasted more like corn chowder, as neither one of us really tasted the crab. The carpaccio, on the other hand, was really good! The braised beef was excellent - tender and juicy. The mussels was so-so for my taste, although my girlfriend like it. I should mention, the portion was huge (even for DOV!). The desserts wasn't too sweet but good enough.

Service was mixed. Granted, they were not too intrusive and our water glasses were never empty; however, they took our beer bottles without making sure we already poured all of it into our glasses (we haven't).

Ambiance could be better. Aside the tables issue, the dining room was too noisy and, more than once, I couldn't hear my girlfriend.

Overall, for $25, it was quite good. However, I do have a complain: entrees have almost no side. What is described in the menu is exactly what you get. For example, the mussels didn't have some bread/toast. Granted, they could have been ordered as a side, yet, I wasn't advised. Will most likely drop by again, after DOV madness.

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Baba Sweets & Restaurant7561 6th Street, Burnaby
OK samosas.
Submitted Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

I wanted to grab some samosas for myself and some friends who were visiting me and remembered this place, mainly for the "Samosa Nazi" reference. So, I came here to grab some.

Just as another reviewer mentioned, this looks like a 7-11. The ambiance is nothing to talk about and, most probably, you would only grab takeout. What threw me off a little bit (and despite being there for less than five minutes) was the smell. Was that (fried?) fish smell? Anyway, the smell was a bit odd and made me want to leave as soon as possible.

As for the samosas itself, when I arrived, I noticed there didn't have any there. When I asked, they mentioned they had some "fresh" ones in the back. They were warm but, how fresh were they, I can't say for certain (in other places like All Indian Sweets in Main Street, at least, I have seen them bring out samosas every 15 to 30 minutes). The samosas were, well, nothing out of the extraordinary. They were good but it didn't stand out, compared to other samosas I had before.

Didn't encountered the "Samosa Nazi" lady as described by other reviewers. But one thing did change: old days of 2 or 3 for $1.00 are gone. They were $0.60 a piece. At least, they are still cheap.

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
One of the best, if not the best fish-and-chip restaurants in the Lower Mainland
Submitted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

During the weekend, a friend asked if I would drive all the way down to White Rock for fish-and-chips. At first, I hesitated. Driving from Vancouver to White Rock just for fish-and-chips? My friend managed to convince me when other two friends said would join us. So, we hopped to the car and drove there...

We arrived just before 7:00 p.m. and the place was packed! This was a good indicator, as every single restaurant on that street had fish-and-chip signs; but they weren't full as Moby Dick. So, we asked for a table for four and were seated after a couple of minutes.

We ordered some onion rings as appetizer and each one of us ordered the two piece fish-and-chips. The onion rings were on our table 5 minutes after we ordered them. Unlike other restaurants, they let the onion rings rest before serving them. We were able to taste every piece without having to worry for the onion to "squeezing" it out of the batter.

Almost when we were done with the onion rings, the fish-and-chips arrived with a large serving of tartar sauce and lemon wedges. To my surprise, on each plate, there were three pieces of fish! I asked if there was a mistake, and was told there wasn't any: you get what you order plus an additional piece!

At first, the fish was slightly under-seasoned. But I think I found out why: to not overpower the tartar sauce, which was one of the best tartar sauce I ever tried. Yummm! Unfortunately, the fries were a bit of a let down. I felt it was slightly undercooked (my friends thought it was OK, tough).
Service was fast and courteous. No complain here. The ambiance, on the other hand, was odd, as it had a kitsch feeling (glasses, for example, were plastic mugs).

The only “major” complain I can think was the fact there was no pop refill. But, putting that aside, the trip was all worth it. Next time I want fish-and-chips, I will definitely come back here.

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Thai Son Vietnamese4501 North Road, #201, Burnaby
Solid Phở
Submitted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

I was in the area with some colleagues and it was lunchtime. None of us was in mood for Korean food (nothing wrong with Korean food!) so, as an alternative, we came here.

The restaurant was halfway full but we were able to get a table quickly. Some ordered dishes while others ordered phở. As for myself, I had the rare beef and tripe phở. Food (including the bean sprouts and thai basil) didn't take long to arrive.

The phở had a good balance of noodles and meat, although there was more beef than tripe (not that I am complaining but in that case, it won't be beef and tripe phở, right?). Anyway, the slices of beef tended to stick together, which made the meat look like chunks rather than slices. But it was still quite tasty. The "good" thing is that, unlike a lot of other places, I didn't have the MSG aftertaste! I might have been fooled but the fact I didn't have to drink glass after glass of water was a good indicator. My colleagues enjoyed their meal.

Ambiance is, well, not much to comment about. It was functional not much to talk about. The table closest to the cashier was used by the staff to prepare some of the ingredients (in this case, they had a full bucket of garlic). Some people might be off by this; it wasn't an issue to me.

Service, well, there isn't much to talk about. We were given two teapots and food, as mentioned above, arrived quickly. We didn't need anything else and we weren't bothered during lunch ("is everything OK?").

Overall, it was a decent experience. I might drop by next time I want phở!

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Applebees Neighbourhood Grill & Bar7155 Kingsway, #145, Burnaby
Alternative to TGIF, Kelsey's, Bennigan's, etc.
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

Was on my way home on the long weekend and stopped by Highgate Mall to do some grocery shopping. When I turned around to go the parking lot, I couldn't believe I haven't noticed Applebee have been there the whole time! Following the "never shop groceries with an empty stomach" policy, I stopped to get something to eat.

Since it wasn't full, I was seated almost right away. The menu is somewhat similar to most TGIF/Kelsey's/Sammy J Peppers type restaurants, though it looked more interesting. I settled for the garlic and mushroom sirloin tip steak ($15.00). It took about 10 minutes or so for my sizzling entree to arrive.

From my experience, sirloin tips tend to be a bit chewy; however, in this case, it was quite tender. What a surprise! The mushroom was OK, though somewhat salty. The steamed vegetables were the usual vegetable medley fare, though wished the veggie portion was a bit larger. The mashed potatoes was, well, plain (not their fault: I was asked if I wanted to have chives, sour cream, bacon bits, etc with it). However, if you have them with the slightly roasted garlic from the sirloin tip, the experience is completely different! The bread is not worth talking about, just an almost tasteless herb buttered/toasted slice of baguette.

Service was neither good nor bad. I did not encounter the (bad?) service issue described by other reviews, although they made a mistake on my bill. The mistake was quickly fixed after I pointed that out to the server.

The ambiance is your usual fare. However, I was not seated on the chairs area; instead, I was seated in the booth section. It was somewhat uncomfortable. So, if I drop by next time, I will ask to be seated on a different section!

Overall, the place is an alternative to the places listed previously, as the menu looks quite decent. Not fine dining but a workable solution. Will give it a try again.

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White Spot5550 Kingsway, Burnaby
Well, it is White Spot...
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

A friend and I was looking for a place to have a bite after watching a movie in Silver City (Metrotown). We decided to stop here as it was on our way back. Since it was early dinner time, we were seated promptly.

My friend ordered the Veronica Salad and I had a double double. For drinks, we had a bellini and pop. The pop, of course, was for me. Remember, no drinking and driving! They arrived after a while (a bit longer than what we wished but not too long that we would start complaining).

My friend said the salad was good. In fact, I might order that next time. However, if I do so, I will have to make sure they really toast the cashews (despite what the menu says, they weren't toasted). As for my burger, I was a bit disappointed with the bun (not really a well made Kaiser bun). The O-sauce was dripping out of the burger but didn't have to use more than one napkin. Not a sign of a juicy burger. However, the biggest let down was the fries: they were soggy. It was slightly oily (which, to an extent, is OK to me) but it lacked the crispiness of well made french fries. Just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, I asked for additional fries (and mentioned the first batch was soggy). Unfortunately I was disappointed again...

Ambiance was better than what I expected. I thought it would be more of a worn down place yet it kept its charm.

Service was good. No complains here. When they checked on us, they did that without interrupting our conversation. Kudos for that.

Although I gave just a "decent" rating, it wasn't that bad. I did so because I am biased, i.e., just because it is a White Spot, I automatically gave a -1 to the overall rating. It is the fact that it is so ubiquitous, you would expect the food to be "better" than average. Wishful thinking, I guess.

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Richmond Sushi8388 Capstan Way, #1488, Richmond
It is alright, if your expectations are low.
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

I was in the area and my friends wanted to have sushi. Based on that whim, somebody said "Richmond Sushi!". Since nobody had an objection (I myself haven't been there before), we went there and arrived just before noon.

When we got there (group of 4), we were told there was no table available but was given the option to sit at the bar. Since we were hungry, we didn't mind... (more on this below). So, we were seated, given the menu and started to order after a couple of minutes.

We ordered the usual suspects of a sushi AYCE, including some items you don't usually find, like fried scallops (tasted OK, though a waste of scallops), scallop roll (OK, though almost at room temperature) and spare ribs (again, OK). As for the usual suspects (California roll, motoyaki, chicken karrage, chicken teriyaki, miso soup, et al) were usually OK in a general sense, though with some small issues. Things that could be piping hot (teriyaki chicken, motoyaki), were room temperature. Likewise, items that could be "cold" (rolls, sushi, et al), were, again, room temperature. As another reviewer mentioned, this most probably means they were pre-made and just waiting for people to order.

Service was OK. Dishes were remove soon after we finished them and then they asked us if we wanted to order anything else. Most of the dishes took a while to arrive at the bar; and one item was "lost" in the queue. What puzzles me is that, if items were pre-made (otherwise, how they could be "room temperature"?), why it takes so long?

Ambiance, well, not much to talk about. We found out the hard way it is not a good idea to be seated in the bar as the people waiting for a table kept looking at us, almost drooling. Not fun...

Overall, it is a slightly above average AYCE sushi place (that does not mean much, though). I might go there if my friends want to go; however, it is unlikely I would be the one making the suggestion.

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Kiss Yo Mama4926 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Won't be kissing her
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 12:40am [Dine in]

Had a friend over for a movie at my place during the long weekend and, instead of eating out, we decided to get some take-out. This place was chosen based on the reviews here. Since there was no need for both of us to go, I went there on my own. I was greeted by an attendee and Lisa herself.

Ordered two Jamaican patties, jerk chicken and goat curry. The bill was just under $40. When I arrived home and opened the bag, I thought there was a mistake. A paper bag with the Jamaican patties, check. Two dishes, check. However, inside, the portions were extremely small! Two (small) chicken tights made up the jerk chicken. The goat curry was about a cup or so. For both dishes, there was some rice, salad and a bun.

The rice was a big letdown. It was a bit lumpy despite being long grain. The salad looked like the bagged salads you could get from Superstore. The bun... Let's not get there. The goat was OK; the chiken was a bit salty. The patties were still warm but were too oily.

Overall, for the price, simply it wasn't worth it. Won't be back.

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Infinity Dining Experience819 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Good experience but different from other reviewers
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 12:18am [Dine in]

I went with my girl friend to Infinity Dining a couple of weeks ago, as I owe her a dinner. Since I heard a lot of good things from this place, I thought it would be really busy so I made reservations two weeks in advance for a Saturday night. To my surprise, when we arrived, there was one couple dining on one side of the restaurant. We didn't want to interrupt their romantic mood so we asked to be seated at the other end of the restaurant. The waitress was eager to comply.

Since I was driving, I skipped an alcoholic drink but my girl friend went for a Shiraz only to find out they ran out of that one. So, she went for the waitresses' suggestion. So we ordered the butternut squash fondue and cajun catfish as appetizer and BBQ sirloin (medium rare) and peppercorn sirloin (rare). In the meantime, some bread (focaccia?) with a shallot dip. I wished the bread was warm but it served to contrast the dip. The fondue was served with slices of toast. While it worked, we both agree the focaccia worked better. The catfish was pan-seared to perfection, though, for some reason, my girl friend said a piece was slightly chewy.

After clearing the table, the entree arrived quickly. Other than the sauces (BBQ and peppercorn), both dishes looked exactly the same. Talk about consistency? The BBQ sirloin was almost perfect; however, the peppercorn was made also medium rare, despite the request for rare. But even then, she really enjoyed it so no complains.

During our dinner, the waitress was attentive but not disruptive. No complains about the ambiance, though, because it is mostly open space, if it was busier, it would have been easy to hear next table's conversation (since it was empty, that wasn't the case).

In the end, dinner for two plus drinks for one and tips was less than $100.00. Overall, despite the minor issues, we agreed the experience was worth the price tag. Will definitely be back.

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Lennox Pub, The800 Granville St, Vancouver
Good location
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 9:55am [Dine in]

While shopping in Granville, I decided to try this place which I walked by hundred of times. So, there I am for lunch!

When I walked it at lunch time on Sat and, though it wasn't full, the servers were a bit busy. I was told I could sit at any table so I did exactly that. I was given the menu soon after and, instead of going for pub fare, I decided to go for a lamb burger ($11) with a spinach salad (extra $2) as side. Now, the menu looked good, and I wanted to go for the stew, but, since it was my first time there, I wanted to try something "safe"

While I was waiting for it (which, I must say took quite a while for a burger), I was looking around. The bar was well stock (what do you expect, it is a pub!) and the TVs were tuned to different channels. However, there was a bit of smoke hanging around and found out later it was from the BK just beside it. Really weird.

The burger was open faced with a bit of feta cheese. The spinach salad had blue cheese (?), walnuts, slices of green apple and a balsamic dressing. It was an odd combo (the spinach salads I usually have are usually made with spinach, hard boiled egg, bacon bits, mushroom and a light vinagrette) but it was good. I have mentioned before that, to measure how good a burger is, just count how many napkins were used. Though the lamb burger was juicy enough, I didn't have to go beyond napkin one.

Service was, oddly, a bit slow for a pub. I wasn't asked if I wanted additional drinks until I finished my dish (I finished the drink way before). So why a five in service? It just happened the table beside mine was asking for a particular dish and, although they didn't have it, instead of just saying no, the waitress went to check where they could find it and gave directions to get there. Now, that's service.

Ambiance... Hey, what do you expect, is a pub!

Overall, despite the food could be improved, I must remember: this is a pub. So, next time I feel like going to a pub, I will have this in mind.

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Higashi West143 Chadwick Court, North Vancouver
Good eats
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 9:37am [Dine in]

I was in North Van to meet some friends to watch the fireworks on that side of the Burrard Inlet. But, arrived a bit too early and my stomach was growling. Just outside the Seabus station, towards Lonsdale Quay, is this small place. When I have a small menu, instead of thinking "that's all?", I usually think the chef would rather be good at what he does.

I was seated at the bar and was given the menu. Unlike the other reviewer though, I was given a sheet with the specials. Probably they learned from that comment? I ordered lemon chili squid ($5), Bok Choi ($3) and okonomiyaki (think a savoury vegetable pancake - this was a special - $5). Since I was seated at the bar, I was able to see the chef/cook prepare the dishes. Again, I will agree with the previous reviewer: since there is only one (yes, one) person in the small kitchen (cooking area is similar to a 1 BD apartment kitchen), it took a while for him to prepare the other dishes already in the queue.

The squid was season as soon as it was out of the fryer and plated. It tasted as it should be: a light batter and not chewy. The mayo matched the squid very well. The bok choi was simple, as it should be. The okonomiyaki arrived a bit latter. Compared to other okonomiyakis I had before, I found the sauces and bonito flakes balanced the whole dish. It was really good. My only complalin would be the temperature of the dishes. I usually like my dishes sizzling hot. But, since it was a bit windy outside, I won't blame them.

Just as the previous reviewer mentioned, they only have that many people so the service was a bit slow. However, I didn't care much about service speed. I was there for the food! As for ambiance, I will say it is simple but functional.

Overall, the trip there was worth it. Will definitely come back and try other dishes.

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Pho Number One1120 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good Phở, questionable size
Submitted Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Was in the downtown area for the Jazz festival and was a bit hungry. So, since I haven't had Phở in a while, I decided to go to the West End to one of the places I have gone a couple of times (but, then again, you only have this place, Saigon and Vina).

I noticed that the people behind the counter weren't the same so that confirms what the previous reviewer mentioned. I ordered the rare beef Phở which arrived in about 7 minutes. Of course, it came with the usual bean sprouts, thai basil and a lemon wedge. The broth was tasty and the slices of beef melted in my mouth like butter!

Service was fast, non-pretentious and friendly. Nothing to complain about. The ambiance, well, it hasn't change much in ages but it is functional.

Now, if the food was good, why such low rating? Two words: portion size. While I will always go quality over quantity, the fact I was still hungry after having eating my bowl was disappointing. In fact, unless I miscounted, there were only 5 or 6 small thin slices of beef. Not sure if I will be back.

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