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bongerVancouverSince August 18, 200623 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2.5 (2.6)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


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Asakusa Sushi4729 Kingsway, Burnaby
No Sushi Garden
Submitted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Surprised at most of glowing reviews as this place being a Sushi Garden alternative, I thought I'd give it a try after driving by seeing yet again the big lineups at Sushi garden.

I was suspicious and reluctant to go here, knowing that cook/staff is Vietnamese and almost there were NO asians eating here.

To make a long story short, I should have trusted my gut feeling. Sushi was not horrible, but not even close to being good, and most of all not even close to being authentic Japanese and would not come back again.

Chefs just couldnt' help to "vietnamese" the sushi....big, big, big, rolls cut different sizes, not authentic ingredients, and my sushi tray came with "substitute fish"....I thought I was back in Hakata Sushi (read my review) or Samurai on Cambie.

Even my hot saki arrived just warm....they probably even dont' have an authentic saki warmer and just nuked it for me.

People giving this 4-5 stars is confusing quantity with quality. T&T has better sushi.

There are positives about this place, good, fast service, ingredients mostly fresh and no waits with easier parking out front.

Sushi garden has big lineups for a reason...and still the Sushi champ of Burnaby.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Line up here, not on Dave St.!!!
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Felt like Greek food, wandered in here by accident because of proximity and saw the Gazat rating so decided to give it a try.

To make a long story short, I was very happy with everything from appetizer to mains.

First of all, Tzakiki was the best I ever had, home made, flavourful and not just "mass made" taste.

Calamari was perfectly fried, puffy, crunch and not oily.

Portions were generous and the roast lamb, beef, chicken all done perfectly (not overcooked, but with good bbq/roast/seared taste and still remaining tender.

Even the rice had spinach instead of typical peas/carrots. Only small criticism is roast potatoes a little small and dry.

Server was attentive and most of all, bill was very reasonable...a little more than what you would spend on Davie st...but you know where the money went.

I was pleasantly surprised and going here from now on.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Posers Eating Asian food
Submitted Monday, August 23, 2010 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

Was in a private room for a bachelor party for 10 people of half white guys & asians.. Food was from a set menu for $50 that includes appetizer, main & desert.

Both me and my buddy's chicken was not fully cooked, flavours reasonable, but nothing was outstanding, with small portionsl. Ambience was good, restaurant was full, but full of pretensious, posery people overpaying for Asian food.

Service was solid for a busy night and only redeeming quality of the place.

Make a long story short, we all went out to eat again afterwards.

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Deer Garden Restaurant3610 Westwood Street, Port Coquitlam
Possibly the Best Chinese Noodles in GVRD
Submitted Friday, August 6, 2010 - 12:41am [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant on after a friend raved about it and was not dissappointed.

Selling point about this restaurant is that one can choose soup base, noodle type & toppings + drink for $7.50. Make a long story short, I was pleasantly surprised about quality of all ingredients and taste of food. Portion was more than enough and menu had a good variety of other foods.

Yes, service a little slow during busy times like previous reviewer mentioned...but what do you expect they are working at 100% capacity due to high demand. But to give this restaurant a low rating due to slow service despite solild food is being heavy handed and short sighted.

Not only is this place possibly best chinese noodles place (I've lived in GVRD for 30 years+, it'll go against best Pho, Ramen, etc, noodle shops.

Highly recommended.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
Not This Keg!
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

12 of us came here couple of months ago and ALL left dissappointed. This not a knock of KEG, but this KEG location.

From appetizer to mains, all of the dishes had something "off" with it.

Here's why:
steaks we ordered (same way cooked at other Keg locations), just didn't taste the same...they just weren't cooked properly...WTF? This place is a steak house...every steak ordered was consistently overcooked by one notch. Maybe if ONE person complained about their steak...it was an off day...but 6/6 steaks overdone and not properly seasoned! My impression is that they are so busy, business is sooo good, they simply didn't give a rats ass and just pushed out the food.

Ahi Tuna ordered stank!! This can only mean one thing...it wasn't fresh (my wife had to send it back to be fully cooked to get rid of smell). Most of all, don't even think they served sushi grade ahi tuna...it seemed more like the cheap pink tuna in low grade sushi rolls at the edge of rotting.

Chicken steak ordered was dry, salty and hard...you know where I'm going with this.

Make a long story short, I wouldn't go back there again, I really don't know why they are packed with lineups.

For the food we got and price we paid, I should have went to Costco to buy some rib-eye, giant scallops/prawns and had an awesome BBQ at my home. with money to spare!!

On the upside, service was perfect and without sounding like I'm dumping on the KEG. I'm benchmarking this food to other Kegs I have gone to (downtown location and usually walking out happy)

Go here if you are only too lazy to drive to another KEG.

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Araxi Restaurant + Bar4222 Village Square, Whistler
Incredibly Overpriced
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

Sorry, to go against the reviews, but I was vastly dissappointed & not impressed with the food here AND once you factor in the prices, I would NOT go back again.

Having just ate at the sister restaurant, Blue Water last week which gives me clearer standard to compare them with.

First of all, service/ambience was good, restaurant was full, wait staff was curteous, knowlegable & prompt and nothing bad to say about them. However, that's where the praises stop.

I ordered the bolognese pasta for $27 and left restaurant vastly dissappointed. Taste & portion size simply didn't pass. Sauce was bland, had plain ingredients & little cold (obviously, someone just "nuked it" warm) and I had about 6 mouth fulls of pasta and dish was gone...WTF?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not about giant sized portions, in fact I laugh at the 5 star giving Anton's crowd., but for $27, I can go to pretty much any restaurant and get top ingredients with stomach filling portions. To make a long story short, I CAN make a better pasta than the restaurant and that shouldn't be the case.

Ex. #2 my friend ordered the bone in rib eye, again, dissappointing, portions, presentation was good, but the actual quality, taste & searing of the steak cannot even match $10 cheaper KEG steak.

Perhaps, we ordered the wrong items, there were many tables with the seafood ice platters and people seem to be enjoying them.

I would have been happier eating at Earls...at least they don't try to sell themselves as highend.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Sit Down Prices, Take Out Ambience
Submitted Tuesday, July 8, 2008 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Checked out this place after a warm hearted recommendations from a chubby friend...should have known better...chubby people like everything so take their recommendation with a grain of salt.

Food is not bad, however nothing is really impressive and when you factor prices are restaurant sit down prices with plastic plates and portions small, I would not come to this restaurant again.

Ex. The "california rolls" of Singaporean/Malaysian food is Laksa...it's a benchmark, and for the same price with better ingredients, bigger portion I can go to so many other places.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Not This Kirin!
Submitted Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

Yup, have to agree with previous reviews on low star rating.

Having very much like Richmond & Cambie Kirin, recently had expensive dim sum with out of town guest and was severely dissappointed.

Food as not even as good as many East end dim sum joints. Good service, nice surroundings, that's it!...Most of all, way over priced for what you get.

Go to Victoria Seafood for downtown dim sum

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Fortune Restaurant650 West 41st Ave, #608, Vancouver
Free Salt Here!
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

Was here for birthday dinner and would not go back again, especially, with Spicy Court just across the street.

Like previous reviewer said, Crab claws was deep fried with fish ball instead of real crab...WTF?...you can get away with this if you had a Chinese restaurant in the Yukon...but not here in Vancouver.

This place sells itself as a sharkfin expert, yet when I had my sharkfin soup, it was gluey from too much thickener to hide the fact that it didn't have too much ingredients in the soup...again, WTF?

To make a long story short, every dish was highly salty...salty to the point it would sometimes burn your tongue and nothing was outstanding.

For a location of this restaurant, it should be 5 star quality, however the food doesn't even match the cheapest east end chinese restaurants.

It was friday night and restaurant was only 65% full, people in Vancouver discriminating eaters and are not stupid.

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Characters Taverna1103 Davie Street, Vancouver
Identity Crisis
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

Went here last night because friends from out of town didn't want to wait for Stephos line.

Having warned them that this restaurant is not pure Greek, but has also, Indian (presumed owners), & Italian on the menu we went inside because it did look quite spacious & was promptly greeted by staff.

The food: everyone on our table ordered something different dish (greek, italian, indian) and we were all pleased at the quality & quantity of the food).

Only thing dissappointing was the Nan bread we ordered was just really PITA & basamati rice for our indian entree was the same greek rice on the roast lamb.

I can say withtout a doubt my roast lamb dinner is much better than Stephos (not exactly a hard feat to pull off, read my Stephos review), however it is 30-40% more expensive.

Service & Ambience:
no complaints about service, was always prompt & attentive without being smuthering. Ambience however can be improved, surroundings were clean, but there was annoying techno dance music played in the background (perhaps they want to be an after hours club also?).

Cooking is solid, perhaps they would be an ideal candidate for the show "restaurant makeover"

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Always Fresh
Submitted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

Sushi Garden is usually busy which means high turnover, and fresh food.

Sashimi and rolls have never really dissappointed, however hot kitchen can be improved with more choices.

Prices are reasonable however like what most people say...service is really, really non-existent. Servers are usually Korean students how don't really give a hoot because they aren't here for the long term.

With all that being said, Sushi Garden is is solid, fresh food, reasonable quantity for a reasonable price.

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Church's Chicken2103 West Broadway, Vancouver
KFC without the MSG
Submitted Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 1:59am [Dine in]

As previous reviewers said. Church's fried chicken is yummy and I crave it every once in a while. But what I've been really craving is their lightly salted crinkle cut fries.

What makes Church's stand out over KFC is the larger pieces of chicken and less seasoned (salty) chicken.

The ultimate combo: Church's chicken & friends with KFC gravy!!

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Do You Like HARD Meat?
Submitted Saturday, November 11, 2006 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times...and everytime it's the same...toooo much meat!!

Yes, it's fun to have BBQ all you can eat, but after a while all you taste is salty, hard, over cooked red meat. By far, best thing is the sausages.

Salad bar is OK, but nothing outstanding. Weekend entertainment gives restaurant some ambience. Go here at least once to know why you won't go here again.

People who gives this place 5 stars is the same crowd as the Stephos, Anton's, Costco crowd...quantity blinding you over the fact quality is just so-so.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
5 star for volume
Submitted Saturday, October 7, 2006 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

I used to go to this place in the 90's when I was a poor university kid....but I saw the light after going there a few times.

Take a look at the people who line up outside (same crowd as the Stephos cue)....the dude in his 20-30's...limited on budget, hungry as a horse and just starting to experience life and really hasn't experienced the finer things in life. Don't get me wrong, I'm not into snooty fusion food where you pay a lot and get small portions presented nicely to you. I just have to say Anton's is a big pile of Chef Boy Ardee calibre pasta given to you so much you have to take home and think you got such an awesome deal (which is true).

I'm sorry the say the demographics is the quantity over quality crowd...the Costco people.

Pasta is descent, but not even close to being awesome or outstanding. Obviously people giving it 5 stars has either really haven't been around too much or have low expectations.

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Good, but ultimatey Over-priced
Submitted Saturday, October 7, 2006 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

Took my wife here for her birthday. I was kinda expecting a lively place but at the end of the night it was just loud and little overbearing. This place is better as a hangout than for sit down dinner.

Food was overall enjoyable. Started with the raw oysters which were indeed tasty and fresh and was served with various hot sauces.

Mains ordered were halibut & a pasta dish...both were good, but at the end of the day, Rodney's is vastly overpriced. As much as I enjoyed the halibut, if you break it down, I just ate a glorified filet-o-fish with a few surrounding portions of veggies.. Pasta was good, but not worth $20 that I don't mind paying for in a real pasta joint.

When I got the bill, I was shocked raw oysters were $3 each....that's a lot of money to pay for someone to open it for you and cut some lemon wedges!!

This place is lively and packed, and yes not kid friendly as previous reviewer said...but what do you expect, it's Yaletown!.

As I said before, I would recommend for casual snack drinks but not dinner. Solid, not awesome.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
A Very Expensive Food Show
Submitted Friday, October 6, 2006 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Came here many years ago and seeing the 5 stars for everything baffles me.

If you really take a moment to think what you are eating and the price it costs, Kobe is just a glorified Japanese food fair stuff.

Think about it, Japanese food fair cooks their food on a hot plate and you can eat it for $5.99.

Kobe does the same thing, of course ingredients are superior and good, but what you are really paying a premium for is the show....for them to toss the food in the air and cut it up infront of you.

So if you want to see your food juggled and cut to very nice pieces go to Kobe, if you want really authentic Japanese food, this is not the place to go.

I remember asking the chef if he was Japanese and he answered he is Chinese and learned his "art" from local community college.

Take a look around the room and check out how many Japanese customers you see???

Nevertheless, this place has a nice ambience, fun and definitely worth trying at least once for an experience.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Style Over Substance
Submitted Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

Japanese tapas & Korean restaurants are all the rage ons Robson St. now.

Hapa was one of the early japanese tapas and argueably has the best ambience on Robson. But I have to detract from people's 4 & 5 star food rating of this restaurant.

I'm sorry to say this restaurant is a little more style than substance. People who go here are trendy ("the beautiful people"), maybe a little pretenious young asians and the white guy tourist from out of town where only Japanese food they ate was california rolls...etc.

So....food indeed is good, I like this place, has a variety of different dishes and most of all beautifully presented, but ultimately a little over priced for what you get. Confused by the nice ambience & presentation of food, customers can forget how small portions are and actual calibre of cooking....good, not great. Still a great place go for a late night snack or a date.

Still not much cheaper, I say walk a few blocks down Robson, check out Gyu(s), Gyoza King, Zakkushi and you'll know what I mean. These restaurants are less showy (people & presentation) and but food is definetely more of a focus, offers more value as opposed to just beautiful surroundings.

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
One of the Bests!
Submitted Friday, September 22, 2006 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

Came here for "dine out" Vancouver when it was super busy. Expecting poor service and a watered down menu, I was pleasantly surprised.

Food & service was first rate and depite the high volumes of people staff was curteous, prompt and timing of food was perfect.

Each dish I had was cooked to perfection with excellent presentation.

I want to go back again and was definetely impressed one of the better restaurant in Vancouver without overly snotty prices like "C"..where it's more show than substance.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Deal & More Deals
Submitted Monday, September 11, 2006 - 12:21am [Dine in]

I've eaten at Samurai for almost 10 years now and still enjoy going there for run of the mill Japanese food. If you want high end authentic this is not the place to go.

Pro's: Quality of food is good but not ever close to being outstanding or high end, but doesn't claim to be either. Fish is fresh due to high turnover, portions are large and you never feel ripped off. Prices are reasonable to cheap compared to what you get elsewhere. Menu has wide variety of rolls, sashimi and cooked food. Cheap, cheap bEER!

Con's: busy, not too authentic (probably pandering to Chinese crowd (give me more mentality). Samurai on Cambie is downright disgusting & laughable at the sametime.

Many Japanese restaurants can compete with Samurai on food quality, but once you factor in price & portions they are hard to beat.

I'm still gonna get my take out and late night from this place for years to come.

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Morton's of Chicago, The Steakhouse750 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Everything Done Right
Submitted Monday, September 11, 2006 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Was invited here for a company dinner a few months ago and left highly satisfied.

Morton's food is not too fancy in presentation, overly complicated like snotty pretenious "fusion" restaurants. What you see is what you get, good portions, you understand what you are eating and it is prepared perfectly.

Everything I ate from salad, steak & desert was just A+. Salad was perfectly and evenly tossed. The steak of course was big, perfectly seasoned and cooked as I asked it to be. Too many places overcook your steak by one notch over what you request.

Ambience is a little old school "classic" and not contemporary like the KEG....a place I really don't understand why they could hang their name as a steak house...highly overrated.

To top it off, they have a wonderful selection of wines which only served to enhance an already enjoyable dinner.

Only possible concern about this place is the money...this place ain't cheap to eat, but I'm willing to spring money to go to this place again.

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