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cynBurnabySince March 2, 20077 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service2 (2.1)
  • Value1 (1)
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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Miya Japanese Restaurant1175 Johnson St, #360, Coquitlam
Don't Eat Here! Choked On A Fish Bone!
Submitted Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

My brother and I were in the area and decided to try Miya.
Horrible choice.

We walked in and found the place to be completely empty - not a problem as the ambience of the restaurant was nice. Very stylish inside, very clean - the restaurant looked promising.

We ordered:
-Noodle Combo B
-Negitoro Roll
-Chopped Scallop Roll

The noodle combo came with miso soup and a plain sunomono, which came first. The sunomono was standard - very refreshing on a summer's day. The miso soup was very bland and watery tasting - not impressed.

The rest of our order came out shortly afterwards. At first, everything tasted great and very fresh and we were enjoying our meal. Then I went and had a piece of the negitoro roll and everything went downhill from there. As I was chewing (and I'm a very slow and careful eater) i felt something sharp stabbing me in my mouth. I tried to spit out the piece but unfortunately, the fish bone came loose from the roll and got stuck in my throat! The bone went in diagonally in my esophagus, causing me to gag. I ran to the washroom and attempted to get the bone out of my throat but spat out spit full of blood. I was in obvious pain and discomfort from the fish bone and the waitress started to panic. She gave me some water to help me dislodge the bone and did the best she could given the situation.

The owner/sushi chef was not impressive. My brother was obviously concerned and very angry that I was experiencing pain because of the carelessness of the sushi chef so he went to inform the gentleman about the situation. The sushi chef started getting defensive and said that "it wasn't his fault". Well, if it wasn't his fault then who's is it? Me? For ordering it? I'm sorry but I didn't realize that when I ordered the negitoro roll, I was going to get fish bone stuck in my throat and puking out blood in their washroom.

The owner did not apologize once for the incident which made the whole experience that much more frustrating. If he doesn't are enough to take the onus of the situation, then he really shouldn't even be called a sushi chef.

I have managed Japanese restaurants before and every sushi chef that I've worked with, took great measure to separate the meat from the bone to ensure that such incidents did not happen with their patrons.The attitude of this man makes me believe that he did not get proper training to be a sushi chef in the first place.

Please do yourself a favour and avoid this restaurant - Miya does not deserve any business and I'm pretty sure people want to eat to boneless sushi.

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
Loved it!
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 8:05am [Dine in]

We were in downtown and had left our Entertainment Book in my boyfriend's car so we decided to check out the Georgia Straight to find a place for dinner. We chose Water Street Cafe since we've heard good things about it.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted right away and shown to a table. I loved the ambiance of the restaurant. It was very cosy and intimate and is the perfect place for people watching. Our service was pleasant and attentive without being annoying.

For dinner, I started with their mixed green salad which was tasty and fresh. For my entree, I went with the Prawn Linguini and my boyfriend tried their Potato Gnocchi. The food was so delicious! My prawn was succulent, the pasta was perfectly cooked and the mix of basil and roma tomatoes was a great blend of flavours! My boyfriend's gnocchi was delicious as well and their squash sauce could have been served by itself as an appetizer easily.

Overall, we enjoyed our dinner and can't wait to go back and try their other menu items

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Anducci's6011 Hastings St., Burnaby
Horrible server ruined the experience
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 7:48am [Dine in]

I went there a couple days ago with a few friends for dinner. Having been to the other locations before, I knew what to expect and was happy that they opened a location closer to home.

Walking into the restaurant, we were greeted in a timely manner. The restaurant was nicely decorated; loved the trendiness of the decor. The only drawback to their layout? The positioning of the tables were a bit tight so patrons were sitting quite close to each other and it was very obvious that the servers were having some time manuvering around them

The food was great as usual. Started with the Nona Simple Greens salad which featured very fresh, crisp greens but was drenched too much with dressing - will get the dressing on the side next time. The house bread was delicious! Thoroughly enjoyed my Luigi Luongo pasta and was too full to finish it.

Now the service... the hostess was great, the manager was great but our server was horrible. She took her sweet time getting things for us and they were simple things too like the martini menu. All she had to do was walk over to the bar and get it but instead she takes this super detour to the kitchen and from our table, we can see her chatting away with the kitchen staff before she went to get it. She made us wait for everything! I felt like we were waiting for her most of the night and when she did come, her attitude was so insincere and was almost like we should glad she came back in first place. I know servers have to kind of suck up to their customers but the way she was doing it, it was just insulting and annoyed me. And I hate when servers try to take away your food even before you're done and she did that! She could've just asked instead of reaching over for my plate. She was just rude and ruined the dining experience. She is a poor representative for the restaurant, especially one with a new location eager to impress and keep customers coming back in.

I'd probably go back but avoid her as my server.

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La Salsa Mexican Deli4140 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Decent neighbourhood place
Submitted Friday, March 9, 2007 - 5:15am [Dine in]

Went here for the first time today to try it out. There's nothing fancy about the deli.. in fact it's fairly simplistic but i think it kind of worked for this place. Because it's a deli, you go to the front counter to order your meal and the employee takes the order and brings you the food when it's ready. she was pleasant enough but as soon as she brings you your food, she disappears to the back and you have to call her out if you want something else
I had the chicken quesadilla and thought it was good. for $7.50, my quesadilla came with rice, bean, sour cream and salsa. It's a decent price for a meal but could've been cheaper when you compare it to other Mexican restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Their salsa was very good.. very fresh tasting.. their sour cream was a little watery for my liking though..there was also no hot sauce available which kind of sucked.

Overall, it's a decent place for a quick meal

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Sushi Town5935 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Go there for the food
Submitted Friday, March 2, 2007 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

Sushi Town is probably the best place to go to for sushi in North Burnaby. Each time I visit this neighbourhood restaurant, I've always been satisfied with my meal.
I went for lunch yesterday with a friend after class and tried their Chirashi Don for the first time. For $9.95, you get this pretty generous bowl of perfectly made sushi rice and huge pieces of sashimi (3 Atlantic Salmon, 3 Tuna, 3 Amaebi, 2 Tai and 2 Hokkigai). The sashimi was fresh but due to the size of each piece, I had to break down the piece with my chopsticks into more bite-size pieces in order to eat it.
Other great menu items:
- Alaska roll - Their salad dressing drizzled on top of a avocado roll with a salmon piece on top makes this roll sooooo good!
- Tempura Udon - at $5.95, it's a great value and I always enjoy it even though I'm not a huge tempura fan
- Green Salad - It's really just lettuce and dressing but because their dressing is so good, I love ordering the salad.
- Their special rolls are innovative and delicious.

Didn't like their Chicken Teriyaki Roll because they use this strong cinnamon flavoured sauce that didn't particularly complement the roll.

Service can suck sometimes. It's very apparent that the owner has all his friends working there with him so sometimes the waitresses are busy chatting instead of working - very unprofessional. You get better service if there's only a few of them as opposed to a whole group. Like all Korean-run places, they do tend to have that double standard of treating Korean customers better but I think it's a cultural thing and something they don't realize as being problematic. Besides, most Korean customers have a tendency to expect exceptional service if the place is Korean so servers kind of have to treat them better or else deal with super annoying customers.

Other than that, Sushi Town is a great place to get your sushi fix at a great price

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Buu Dien Vietnamese Restaurant1800 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Always had a good meal here
Submitted Friday, March 2, 2007 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

Me and my boyfriend tend to come here a lot partly because it's close and because it's quieter and not as busy as Bao Chau.
Their pho is pretty good but there has been times when it's been a bit too salty for my liking but that maybe because I was getting the bottom of the pot soup. Their salad rolls are good and always fresh. I think they serve some of the better rice and noodle dishes in the city.
They sometimes have this great pickled jalapenos side dish available which is such a great complement to the bun dishes.
Other than that, Buu Dien is a modest restaurant and while it's true that the manager sits with his laptop at a table near the cash register, we never really notice him or pay attention to him. They have a great projection screen but instead of playing the big game, they have it on this discovery channel which can sometimes make you lose your appetite depending on what it is they're documenting. The only annoying thing about this place is that they allow solicitors to come in and talk to the patrons. This is happened once and was so annoying!

Other than that, I like Buu Dien.

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Jiro315 East Broadway, Vancouver
One of my favourite places for all you can eat!
Submitted Friday, March 2, 2007 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

After reading many reviews on this site pertaining to all you can eat places in Vancouver, I noticed that no one remarked on Jiro. Perhaps it may be because Jiro is kind of tucked away, in an unnoticable location of the upper level of building in a sort of shady neighbourhood around Kingsgate Mall... and despite its location, it is definately a place to visit.

There's free parking available either on Broadway or in the underground parking of the restaurant.

Jiro doesn't have an extensive menu as other all you can eat places but it's decent enough and patrons do find all the classic menu items available.

What makes Jiro one of my favourites is that it's consistently good. I visit here maybe twice a month and each time, I leave happy, full and satisfied. The food is pretty fresh and comes out in a timely manner. The layout of the restaurant has spacious tables for smaller groups in the middle of the restaurant and private rooms for larger parties along the exterior of the restaurant.

Sashimi is fresh and a generous size.
The oyster motoyaki is to die for as is the ika karaage. The chicken and beef teriyaki actually comes on the grilled stone plates that are often associated with a-la-carte orders rather than the typical plastic plates. The cones (they only offer: Spicy Tuna, Negitoro, and Chopped Scallop) are pretty good too; just enough rice and filling. Gyozas and Tempura is yummy too. They also offer a few dimsum items (har gou and sui mai). Their udon is a generous portion rather than the miso soup bowl serving other places offer. They also offer Shabu Shabu with the dinner menu.

If you want more menu items to choose from, then perhaps Jiro isn't for you. But you want to fix that Japanese food craving, especially from a place that seems to put care and attention to the food they serve, then Jiro is definately a place to try.
This is a place that I'm a regular at and will continue to be.
I strongly recommend this place.

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