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boojuVancouverSince February 13, 200816 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)


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Suika1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Traditional Izakaya, but with some twists
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

Suika, meaning Watermelon in English, is the sister restaurant of Kingyo located Downtown. Situated on West Broadway, it is relatively easy to find, and parking is available along the street, though it might take a few tries along the block to find a spot. Like its predecessor, it serves Japanese Izakaya-style dishes. The dining experiences I had at Suika, on two occasions, were very enjoyable and I definitely recommend Suika.

Food (4): Let's get the bad stuff out of the way. Don't go for sashimi, since there isn't much to choose from and the quality is only average or worse. However, they don't charge an arm and a leg, so if you do insist on sashimi, it's still very edible but not recommended. The entire menu is not very big. Like Kingyo, they have the regular menu which contains stable items that will be served year round, and that in itself does not offer an abundance of items to choose from. Their seasonal menu is the size of an A4 paper (which also contains the sashimi items) and also is quite limited. That said, most items on the menu were very good, with a few exceptions. For one, their Ma Po Mochi was too salty, exhibited no depth in flavor and generally was just a disappointment. Avoid at all costs. Their pressed negitoro roll was another disappointment, though I could see signs of their creative approach. The sushi rice was too mushy, the tuna and green onion portion too dull, and the homemade sauce had a distinct sour but unpleasant flavor that practically ruined the dish. Moving on the good, which includes regular izakaya items like chicken karaage, ebi mayo, tataki and carpaccios were all very good. Even grilled dishes like the hamachi kama didn’t disappoint. Like Kingyo, Suika also threw a few twists to their menu, such as DIY sushi, which provided the seaweed, sushi rice, raw fish, mayo, and tobiko, etc, for customers to wrap their own sushi. It was surprising fun to assemble and quite tasty. Another fun item was the “shake” salad with assorted sashimi (tuna and salmon) which came in the form of a waitress shaking a jar of salad to mix up the ingredients and dressing and then serving it in a bowl. It was fun and gave us a chance to interact with the waitress. Some hit items among myself and friends were the grilled beef tongue steak and beef tenderloin cubes served on a hot stone plate. The beef tongue was very flavorful and grilled perfectly. The tenderloin was very juice and appetizing. Other items like the cha-shu torotoro (pork belly) and cilantro seafood batter were ok, though some friends found it very tasty. Overall, the food was quite good and hopefully they’ll come up with new items soon.
Service (4): Very attentive and friendly service. However, some items came late and had to be brought to attention of our servers. Otherwise, we were pleased with the service overall.
Value (4): Value is on par with similar establishments in the lower mainland. It is comparable to Guu, but slightly cheaper than Hapa and Zakkushi. The portion is fair, but don’t expect to be stuffed in any tapas-oriented restaurant. Our party found the bill cheaper than expected.
Ambience (5): They put in a lot of work and creativity in the décor. You can tell they are leaning towards the more casual atmosphere, and they succeeded in doing so. The sake bottle chandelier is a highlight, and they earn bonus points for not looking like other joints in Vancouver. One thing to mention though is that ventilation is quite poor in the room in the back, as our party found it quite stuffy in there.
Suika is a unique izakaya restaurant that caters to the younger crowd through creative offerings in their menu and appealing décor. It is a worthy addition to the izakaya scene in Vancouver and definitely a must-try for foodies who are into Japanese food.

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Negative Space Chinese Restaurant8888 Odlin Crescent, #1030, Richmond
Negative Space - Odd Name, Unique food and a "Positive" Experience!
Submitted Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

Located in Central Richmond on Odlin Crescent, Negative Space Chinese Restaurant offers a wide variety of Chinese food, ranging from traditional, tapas-style to fusion dishes. Food quality and creativity are outstanding, with good service and ambiance to boot. I recommend this restaurant to food lovers for all occasions.

Negative Space... yes, that indeed is the name of the Restaurant. Usually owners want to creative a positive vibe, but perhaps it is part of a marketing scheme to attract the attention of potential patrons. Nonetheless, the name did not affect my experience and the rating in this review.

Food (5): A glance down the menu will leave most unsuspecting first comers a bit overwhelmed, as was the case with our first visit. The menu is packed with all kinds of food, from cold appetizers to tapas to grilled bbq skewers to seafood mains and hot pot, just to name a few. Worried about the "jack of all trades, master of none" syndrome, we asked for the waitress to make recommendations. First we had a cold tofu dish, which was simply tofu served cold with bonito flakes and sauce. It was refreshing but nothing spectacular. Next was spicy clams which came with a burner underneath. The clams were huge, very tasty and fresh, in the sense that the flavoring was strong but overpowering. What followed was the deep fried tiger prawns, and oh my were they delicious. Cooked and seasoned to perfection, the shell was so crispy and flavorful that it didn't make sense to peel it off. The flesh itself was very juicy and had a good texture to it.The seasoning used had a distinct but unique flavor that kept me wanting more. Moving on to entrees, we first had the whole lobster with cheese sauce. Again, the lobster was cooked perfectly, retaining its juices and texture. What made this dish special was the cheese sauce, which was rich yet delightful, full of aromas and surprisingly went very well with lobster. The marriage of cheese and lobster makes this a one of a kind dish. Up next was the award-winning spicy crab, which was highly recommended to us by the waitress. The entire crab sat beautifully on the dish, covered with spices and seasoning, creating a feast for our eyes... then our noses were penetrated with a complex and mouthwatering aroma. It looked like a sichuan dish, as it was covered with dried red chili, peppercorn and sesame, but I don't recall ever tasting a dish like this in a sichuan restaurant. The flavor was complex and intense, but easy and enjoyable to ingest. The spiciness is not overpowering and plays a nice complementing role to the crab which, again, was cooked to perfection. To sum it up, the ingredients were fresh, the creativity is inspiring, and the execution was flawless.

Service (4): We were attended to by the manager who was very helpful throughout the ordering process. The waitress who served us was prompt, friendly and overall quite useful. Not much to comment here other than that the service was a positive and didn't take away from the dining experience,

Value (4): There are many ways you can look at value. For what we enjoyed, I think the value was more than fair. It's much cheaper than higher-end establishments, but the bottom line is that you pay for what you get. I'm sure you can have a $10 meal here if you want, but you can also spend much more if you want to enjoy their seafood and alcoholic beverages, which I might add, are fairly priced.

Ambiance (4): There is a black and white color scheme and some decorative touches throughout. The decor is nicely done, kept clean but leaning on the small side. Might be an ideal place to host parties or gatherings of 35 people and less. Casual and lay back setting.

What more can I say other than to go and try it for yourself. Contrary to what the name suggests, you might find yourself having a positive experience at Negative Space.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Better than most in Richmond
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Tapenade Bistro provides a fine dining experience in a casual, relaxing environment. The menu is a relatively small one that undergoes changes seasonally while the wine list offers some rare, quality finds at very reasonable prices.

Food - 3 - Probably somewhere between a "solid" and "outstanding". The food is good, and sometimes even memorable, but for the most part it is just above average. This is quite a feat in itself if you consider the rest of the dining scene in Vancouver, especially since they've been doing it consistently for quite a few years now. Definitely a gem for residents of Richmond like myself.

Service - 4 - The staff is friendly and efficient. No complaints in half a dozen visits.

Value - 4 - Pricing is very good for both food and wine. Entrees are less than $30 and the markup on wine isn't ridiculous like some (Loden, Yew, etc). Value goes up for folks in Richmond if you consider how much you save on gas and parking by staying in town.

Ambiance - 3 - No view to speak of, but the setting is very traditional and provides a comfortable and casual atmosphere. Nothing special here.

Overall I feel that Tapenade is definitely worth a try, especially if you're in the neighbourhood.

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Torarenbo8191 Park Rd, Richmond
Disappointed, twice
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 8:00am [Dine in]

I dined at Torarenbo on two separate occasions; both times I left unsatisfied and disappointed. It's unlikely that I will be back for more.

Food - 2 - We tried a few rolls and they were average at best, and their cooked items didn't fare better. We also gave their sashimi a try and they ranged from good (sockeye salmon) to just okay (amaebi) to downright awful (uni). In fact, the uni that we tried was the worst that I've had in my life, and believe me, I've had my fair share of both good and bad uni or any sashimi. Not only was it not fresh, but it also tasted of freezer stink and rotten fish. We had to return it as it wasn't anywhere near edible. Minutes later the manager brought over a new plate of uni for us to try, and again, the same result. By this point we felt embarrassed for the restaurant and wondered if they even tasted their own food.

Ambiance, Service - 3 - The usual service one would expect from a Japanese Restaurant. Not great but not too bad either. Decor is just okay.

Value - 2 - Food is not expensive but I feel that my money could have been better spent at Hachi or Seto.

Consider yourself warned.

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Maruchu Japanese BBQ Dining4580 No. 3 Road, #2065, Richmond
Excellent Japanese BBQ! Go for the food!
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 3:17am [Dine in]

I've dined at Maruchu on many occasions over the past two years and I've got to say that it's one of my favourite dining spots in Richmond. Maruchu is a Japanese-run restaurant offers authentic, cook-it-yourself Japanese BBQ that is only open for dinner. I've tried everything on the menu and am confident enough to say that the food here is terrific. However, as the my rating suggests, service and ambiance can be lacking at times. Overall, Maruchu offers a solid dining experience.

Food - 4 - Patrons come to Maruchu for one thing and one thing only: the meat. That said, they do offer appetizers such as daikon salad, seaweed soup, beef tartar, etc. They taste okay but my advice would be to skip all that and go straight to the meat. I recommend four "must have" dishes, as follows: 1) salted pork belly, 2) karubi with green onion (ribeye beef), 3) premium kalbi (beef short ribs) and 4) the "really" spicy curry chicken (warning: hot!). Each dish contains about 8 to 9 pieces, which means that the four dishes above can feed anywhere between 2 to 4 people, depending on the diners' gender and appetite. Their other dishes are also very good but not as memorable as the four "must haves". Oh and their beer is served in ice chilled mugs which is always a plus.

Note: One advice that I would give is to avoid ordering multiple quantities of one dish. From experience, you will get less than you should if you don't take this advice. Instead, order once and re-order it again when you are done. My other advice is to pay attention to the cooking because the grill is very hot and you'll burn your food is you aren't careful.

Service - 3 - Friendly when available, but generally invisible. Menu comes in both English and Japanese but the staff is more proficient with the latter. A simple point of the finger will overcome any language barrier.

Value - 3 - Meat dishes range from $7 to $12 if I'm not mistaken, which averages to about $1 per piece. That might sound expensive, especially if we're cooking ourselves, but for the quality and taste of the food, I think it's fair.

Ambiance - 2 - This place stinks, literally. It's to be expected, but it makes you wonder why they even bothered installing ventilation when they don't intend on using it. Prepare to walk out smelling like smoke and what not, but it's the price you pay for good authentic Japanese BBQ. Decor is simple and the place is clean - enough for a passing grade.

Despite the seemingly average ratings, I recommend Maruchu to all BBQ and meat lovers if you could careless about service or ambiance. Drop by when you're in Richmond, follow my advice on food choice and ordering, and you'll have a dandy good time!

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A Rare Solid DOV Experience
Submitted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

It's hard enough to review a restaurant at any one occasion, but it's even more difficult to judge one based a DOV occasion. Speaking from personal experience, most aspects of the dining experience is downgraded when the phrase "Dine Out" is involved. With that said, I will attempt to give you some facts and opinions about my DOV experience, but take it with a grain of salt.

Service - 4 - What stood out the most was the outstanding service we received consistently throughout the night - friendly, attentive and unpretentiously genuine. There was no prolonged delay between each course, and they made sure that our water and wine were topped off all evening long. What seemed weird to me was that the entire staff worked as a team in providing service to our table, in a seamless manner I must say.

Food - 3 - For appetizer, I had the Sweet Onion Veloute which I though was very good. The cured bacon and croutons in the dish harmonized with the sweetness of the soup. My date had the Organic Green Salad which she thought was just okay. From the looks of it, it didn't have enough dressing but the greens looked very fresh. For entree, I had the 36 Hour Pork Shoulder with shiitake mushrooms and spinach. The pork itself was flavorful but not tender and juicy enough in my opinion. The holandaise sauce did nothing for me and the sides were quite boring. This dish was a bit of a disappointment. She had the Wild Chum Salmon which we both found very delightful and refreshing. The salmon meat tasted like it was raw (in a good way) because it was so tender and delicate. The seaweed wrapping the salmon played well with the fish and added extra flavor and texture to each bite. The wasabi sauce brought the whole dish together and in a weird but good way it felt like we were eating sushi instead. Very tasty and innovative dish I must say. Lastly for dessert, we ordered the Chocolate Fondant and Goat Cheesecake. Both were very good so no complaints here. Overall I felt the food was very good but could have been better. I saw glimpses of brilliance and I definitely feel that a return visit is needed to realize Gastropod's true potential. As for wine, I felt they had a decent wine list. We went with a BC favourite, the Black Hills Nota Bene. Yummy!

Value - 4 - Pretty good value considering that it's only $38 for a 3-course meal. After taxes and gratitude, the total bill came to $209 for the two of us. This included a $85 bottle of wine and a cosmopolitan.

Ambiance - 4 - Simple yet attractive. It was buzzing but not too noisy, and the music was quiet and not intrusive.

I would recommend Gastropod and I'll definitely be back.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Pastry with a bang! Wow!
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 3:00am [Dine in]

I visited Ganache Patisserie on a weekday afternoon looking for something to tame the inner sin that is the love for chocolate and sweets. I've read all the great reviews and as a result have set the standard very high even before I step foot into the place.

I was glad that I had my phone and google map on me because Ganache Patisserie is not the easiest place to find. Outside, the small sign sporting its name doesn't do enough to catch your attention, so make sure you get your partner to look for it diligently otherwise you might miss it while driving by. Once inside, you feel like you're standing in a pastry store rather than a warm, welcoming cafe. Granted, there were 3 or 4 small tables for patrons who decided to enjoy their pastry on site, but I still felt that the whole atmosphere of the place projected a sense of "buy and get out" attitude. The display cakes however did a good job of capturing one's attention and luring critics into taking a seat. By now I'm itching with curiosity and is determined to find out what all the fuss is about.

I glanced over the 2.5" individual offerings and was impressed by the unique and artistic flare that each piece exhibited. With our very limited ability to burn off calorie in any capacity, I decided to ask the server/cashier behind the counter to recommend a few pieces for us to try. The Chcolate-Banana was indeed very rich and delicious, without being overly sweet or bitter. It had layers of chocolate on top of the best banana/sugar/pastry thing I've ever tasted, which itself rests on a very yummy biscuit base. It was so good that I had to pack a few home for later enjoyment. Next was the Chocolate-Fraise (?), which was white chocolate cake with layers of strawberry in between. The cake was moist and soft, unlike the spongy and dry ones that you might find elsewhere, though I feel that it lacks in creativity even though it was executed flawlessly.
Needless to say, the food itself deserves a standing ovation for its taste and presentation.

Even at $5.25 a piece, I felt that it was worth every penny, but I wish that I had been able to enjoy it in a full cafe environment with better service and ambiance; a large selection of beverages won't hurt either. For your information, 6" and 8" cakes on display were about $26 and $37, respectively.

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Hakkasan2188 No. 5 Road, #110, Richmond
An interesting approach to traditional Chinese crusine
Submitted Monday, December 8, 2008 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

As someone who has been exposed to Chinese delicacies all over Asia and around the world since an early age, inevitably, I have higher standards and expectations than the average person when dining at a Chinese restaurant. I made dinner reservations for six the day before, and was immediately introduced to their new seasonal tasting menus on the phone. The catch was that I had to pick one for my entire party by the end of the phone call, which I reluctantly did. Since I have never eaten at Hakkasan before, I made a conservative choice and opted for the $42/person offering. To give you an idea, their seasonal tasting menus (7 or more dishes) ranged from $39 to $98 per head, after the 50% promotional discount. Their signature menus can go upwards of $168/person, as their website later reveals. To be fair, their more expensive menus does include such exquisite items as abalone, shark's fin, foie gras, etc..., but I will touch on value later.

The restaurant is located in an industrial part of town, but quite easy to spot thanks to the dullness of its surroundings. Surprisingly, the place was quite packed considering it's a weeknight and we are in the middle of nowhere. The ambience is very nice; chic and modern yet unpretentious and traditional at the same time. All of a sudden you forget that cars were getting their oil changed just hours ago next door.

Now, having prepared myself by reading the reviews here beforehand (as I always do), I knew what I was getting at Hakkasan - a modern take on authentic Chinese cruisine. I give them full credit for sticking to the theme, but clearly the food was spotty in the taste department. Some outstanding (Hakka chicken; garlic lobster), some very averge (soup; pork with rice; steamed egg) and others just downright awful (appetizer trio; braised tiny abalone; kobe steak cubes; creme brulee). For your information, the steamed egg and kobe steak were a la carte items we added on top of the tasting menu items. To complicate matters, half the table were served uncooked lobster, but what troubled me the most was the fact that they served all hot items on cold plates. The manager came to apologize and the rest of the table got their cooked lobster, on cold plates.

The food came at a slower and less-than-optimal pace, with some long gaps in between dishes. However, the service was attentive and friendly; definitely much better than your typical Chinese restaurant. As for value, I can rate it based on my particular experience. For about $70 per person, which includes the 7-course tasting menu, 2 a la carte items and a bottle of mediocre BC white, I would say it is decent value for its quantity but not quality. For a similar price, you can find a 3, 4 or even 5-course meal on 4th Ave or elsewhere and recieve better quality and tasting food on most occasions. Heck, you can even dine at top Chinese restaurants and eat excellent, tasty abalone, shark's fin soup with crab meat, and crispy pigeon all without paying a penny more. That said, a 7-course meal is a lot of food and variety at $42 per person, and value points should go up if you know what to order and what to avoid.

Hakkasan breathes new air into the very traditional world of Chinese cruisine through presentation and style rather than fusion of substance. Not without flaws, it can still be impressive at times even for my picky Chinese palate (yum Hakka chicken), but there is definitely room for improvement. They should begin by refining the menu, and start serving with warm plates, at the very least. Perhaps I will try their signature menu next time, which might do the restaurant and its chefs better justice, but only when a discount is available to justify the cost and mitigate the risk of a bad meal. To those of you still reading, Hakkasan is worth trying out.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill823 Denman St, Vancouver
Solid Izakaya
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 6:44am [Dine in]

I've dined at Zakkushi on multiple occasion, so I'm just going to sum it all up in one review.

Food - You'll find most of the common izakaya items (ebi mayo, beef tataki, oden, udon, etc), but Zakkushi's focus is on robata, specifically skewers. The chefs here have added a twist to the traditional skewers, like adding cheese to chicken, among other variations. Though creative, this didn't always translate to good taste. I found most of the items in the menu very one-dimensional in taste since ingredients were often served alone and the chefs didn't go beyond the salt or soy sauce in seasoning the food. However, one might argue that this is the traditional of japanese robata.

Service - Nothing much to say here except that service is as you would expect at any izakaya restaurant. Prompt and friendly when called for, but otherwise non-existant.

Value - Same as the other izakaya restaurants in town. For the quality and type of food, it is fair.

Ambiance - Though small and often too crowded, this place radiates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone here is looking for a good time and with alcohol in the equation, most people leave happy.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Awesome value, but that's about it
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 6:14am [Dine in]

Food - Just average. The ingredients were fresh, but taste was bland and not very interesting for the most part. Highlight of the menu is definitely the kobe meatballs, but even those weren't very impressive. The food sharing concept of the restaurant does deserve a some credit. The menu offers great variety and encourages sharing. I guess they're trying to overcome poor quality with quantity and variety. For those into wine, don't expect too much in this department.

Service - Again, just average. The waitress did enough to pass but I wasn't impressed with the hostess, who wouldn't let us sit at our table until our entire party has arrived. Apparently, it's first come first serve at Trattoria (since they don't take reservations), with no regard to customer service.

Value - Great value. I don't remember a single dish that was over $20 (except for the platters), which is rare in Vancouver. Great deal for average food, service and ambiance.

Ambiance - Very simple and clean decor, but no personality. Nothing about it spelled Italian but it's not too much of an issue. However, I do feel that they were trying to fit too many tables into a small space which made it a little too crowdy.

Not eager to head back here, but won't mind it too much either.

To sum it up - Average food and presentable setting at a great value.

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Will be back, but for steak and wine only.
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 5:43am [Dine in]

Food - Great steaks, but that's about it. Started off with the cheese toast ($6) which was tasty but a little bit too greasy. Next was the caeser salad ($11) which was poorly presented but edible, though not very good. The french onion soup ($9) gets full marks for presentation but was way too salty and we had to send it back. With all hopes down, our entrees came and we were pleasantly surprised. The steak and lobster ($50) and 14oz "only" new york strip ($37) was worth every penny as both were cooked to perfection and one can actually taste the high quality of the meat, which were succulent, tender and flavorful. Only downside is that the strip that came with the lobster was a little on the thin side, and the "only" sauce is no more spectacular than any bbq steak sauce you can buy at the supermarket.

Wine - Hy's wine list is incredible. One of the best in the country I'm sure. Great selection of both New and Old World reds from BC to Napa to Australia to Bordeaux to Italy, etc... Price is fair and reasonable. Tonight we decided on Penfolds Bin 389 Cab-Shiraz 2006 ($77) which was quite enjoyable, and paired well with the meat.

Service - Very professional in every aspect of the dining experience. Our waiter was knowledgeable and accomodating and made sure that our glasses weren't empty throughout the night. Seemed to show some genuine interest in our opinion of the food and wine and didn't hesitate to send food back to the kitchen when something went wrong.

Value - I would have given a rating of 4 or better if the appies were on par with the rest of the menu. Great value for wine and steak, but not so much for the other items.

Ambiance - I loved it! Busy but not too crowdy or noisy. Decor was fitting with the medievel castle theme of the restaurant. I found the portraits were a nice touch and gave personality to the dining room. I think anybody who walks in here will be impressed!

I'll definitely be back to have more steak wine, but nothing more. Recommended!

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Excellent steaks and oysters
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

Joe Fortes, amongst a selected few, comes to mind when one craves the combination of a good steak and fresh oysters. That's about all I order at Joe Fortes, or any steakhouse for that matter. As such, my review doesn't pertain to the other items on the menu when it comes to food.

Food/Value - 4 - Great cuts of steak cooked and seasoned with command solidifies Joe Fortes as a legitimate steakhouse. Portions are as you would expect, though the sides lacked chemistry with my palate. Oysters of course are a must when you visit Joe Fortes. Many varieties, all of them fresh... what more can I say? Don't expect all the toppings you find at Rodney's, but what they provide is plenty enough to kick your oysters up a few notches and more. Value is decent considering the quality of food and service that you receive. The bill came to a little less than $100 a person but that included plenty of oysters, a main course each and 2 bottles of wine to share between the 4 of us.

Service - 4 - Solid all around. Answered a few questions with regards to the menu and wine list with patience and never rushed us once. Water and wine glassed topped for the most part, and really nothing to complain about.

Ambiance - 3 - The place wasn't embarrassing, but it wasn't spectacular either. A little outdated in my opnion, but the main focus should be on the food.

Recommended for those who love a great steak and fresh oysters.

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Tapastree1829 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great place for tapas
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 6:04am [Dine in]

Dined here Monday evening and was generally quite satisfied. Service and ambience were outstanding, while the food was less impressive but still decent.

Value - 4 - For the two of us, we ordered a total of 4 tapas and 2 drinks, which came to about $80 after tips and was enough to fill the both of us. Relatively good value I must say.

Food - 3 - Hit and miss. The seasonal tomato salad was fresh and tasty, and the miso sablefish was simply to die for. However, the sauteed prawns were much too salty for anyone's palate, and the fried chicken did not come close to raising any eyebrows. Maybe we were unlucky, but 2 misses out of 4 choices won't score higher than a 3 in my opinion.

Service/Ambience - 4 - Excellent service throughout the entire experience. Our waitress did all the necessary things and did them well. The decor complimented the kinds of food being served and gave us a casual and relaxing atmosphere that was also romantic and cozy at times.

Recommended for casual dates or gatherings.

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Hapa Izakaya1516 Yew St, Vancouver
Great service, decent food
Submitted Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

Food - 3 - Some items on the menu were fantastic, notably the king crab roll and salmon carpaccio. Unfortunately, the amount of bad items on the menu was so overwhelming that it's hard to ignore. The ebi mayo was too salty and the lotus gyoza a little bit boring. My suggestion would be to dine here with somebody who knows how to order.

Service - 4 - For such a busy place, the service was excellent. The server for our table was friendly and attentive, and the host was on top of the waiting list and making sure the wait wasn't too long.

Value - 4 - The portions were quite large for an izakaya restaurant and the prices were kept low. Great value.

Ambiance - 4 - Dining on the patio by the beach is to die for on a hot day at Kitsilano. Nice view, good looking people... if you are into that kind of stuff.


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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
A solid backup with decent food and décor.
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

A solid backup with decent food and décor.

I say backup because it's never a first choice when it comes to dining experiences. However, when I do dine at Saltlik, I'm rarely disappointed partly because my expectation has been lowered, but largely because it's always been a solid performer.

The good...

- Large dining area with tables of different sizes. Great for all occasions.
- Great atmosphere (half-lounge, half-restaurant) with attractive employees and clientele.
- Good variety on the menu and above-average food. Excellent desserts.

The bad…

- Small wine selection.
- Service is inconsistent and lacking at times.
- The presence of TVs might be great for sport fans, but can be disturbing for diners.

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Yew will be impressed.
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

If the rating system allowed for half-points, then my actual rating for each category would be as follows:

Overall Rating - 4.5
Food Rating - 4.5
Service - 5
Ambiance - 4

My experience at Yew was very good one, but there are some faults worth noting, as follows:

1. Raw oysters with no kick – At Yew, they serve them with homemade and frankly bland sauces which I didn’t enjoy at all.
2. Deceiving Wine list – Twice they came back to tell me that the wine I wanted was not in stock.
3. Older crowd – The dining crowd consists of business executives, older couples and tourists. As a young professional, I was hoping to see a younger mix.

Now the good…

Food: Excellent. I mentioned oysters already, but we also began with clams, scallops and mussels, which were all very good. For entrée, I had the pork (tender and juicy) and the others had beef (best item on the menu – everyone’s favorite!), seafood paella (fresh and tasty) and salmon (perfectly cooked). Everything came in larger-than-expected portions and the price was fair.

Service: Close to perfection. The kitchen was fast, and the waiter was very attentive but not too intrusive. To top things off, we were given a plate of delicious chocolate free of charge when we stayed after dinner to finish our conversations.

Ambiance: Yew’s décor will impress anybody who walks into the restaurant for any occasion. No complaints here.

Highly recommended. Will definitely visit again.

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