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DavidLeeRichmond, VancouverSince November 24, 200925 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value1.5 (1.3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)


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Grand Honour Hot Pot Restaurant5668 Granville Street, Vancouver
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Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 12:32am [Dine in]

Sorry I realized I was being overly generous with the ratings.

Value at $18 was regular compared to other places but at the cost of laying in bed all day and making all too frequent trips to the washroom it was definitely not worth it!

The ambiance was like most Hot Pot places, but just having to look at the rude, ignorant staff all night ruined everything!

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Jang Mo Jib5075 Kingsway, Burnaby
Very Bad Experience!
Submitted Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

Was driving down Kingsway and saw that they had a Jang Mo Jib here! I've always ate at the one on Robson but I was hungry so decided to give this branch a try... it's nowhere close to the Robson location, maybe except for the decor since the other location is very simple and this one is more fashionable.

Started off with a very rude waiter that I had to wave down (it was NOT busy, 2-3 tables max) and then he basically grunted through our entire order.

We ordered the Grilled Mackerel (decent), Kimchi Soft Tofu Hotpot (flavourless), Beef Short Ribs (Extremely Chewy) and then the Dumplings, which I ordered Pan-Fried but he brought me Steamed dumpling. Then he proceeds to tell me "You did order the Steamed, I repeated it to you, M-7" ... I was like "How was I suppose to know what M-7 was?", also the fact he mumbled through the whole process didn't help matters. He begrudglingly took it back and it took 20 minutes to get the Pan-Fried version, which was barely warm and soggy (makes me think if they even just fried the steamed ones I had). Also he brought the appetizers but he didn't get me the scissors to cut the kimchi (or the Short Ribs) I had to ask Twice for scissors, he brought them 10+ minutes later, it was all wet like it was just rinsed in the sink. My Short Ribs were all cold by that time.

It was a horrible experience! If it wasn't for the Robson location (much better food, friendly if inexperienced servers) I would totally write off this chain forever!

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Joey820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
All Show No Go
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

It was impressive from the start, 2 pretty girls opening the giant doors for you as you make you way down the walkway towards the restaurant. The restaurant itself looked very expensively decorated. The lounge side looked much more exciting (there were more people there too) but we were here for dinner so we were seated in the restaurant side which was poshly decorated but boring. A glance at the menu and I can see why they can afford to hire 2 girls for the sole purpose of opening the doors. $10 for Gyozas?! ... $11 for wings?! ... absurd ... so I skipped those obscenely overpriced "appies" and grabbed a Chili Chicken, also $10 (which was the best dish of the evening, the only saving grace of the Food rating not being 1 star)
Our entrees were the Seafood linguine and club med. I almost gagged and choked on the pasta because it was overloaded with pepper and was too salty. I added a wedge of garlic bread for $3 (gah) so my overpowering pasta was $20. My partners club med didn't fare much better, saucy to the point of drenching the bread. Greasy and soggy with a very dry chunk of chicken inside, imagine chewing on a wet towel.
Service was prompt, nice guy that kept my beer flowing and water topped, but I go to a restaurant for FOOD. I wouldn't even pay half the price for the quality I got.
Dissappointing, lower end cardboard cutter chain restaurant indeed.

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Puffy Delight!
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Just, Wow. I think this place alone is responsible for me getting so fat. They put a big sign up stating 'Only 274 Calories!' as if that is suppose to healthy? Regardless, they are still wonderful! Oh so soft and fluffy!
It's too bad the line-ups are so long. I'm not a very patient man to stand there for hours or I would be there everyday (I think that's a good thing)

If you compare them to the other popular food joint that has the super snobby girl (Deep fried Wings & Tofu) in the food court at Aberdeen their service is awesome. Cute and friendly japanese girls making the puffs before your very eyes and always smiling.

Ambiance - It's a stall in a food court to sum it up.

Do yourself a favour and try it.

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Not my cup of tea
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

My first impression is that everyone from the boss to the chef to the waitress are all vietnamese, take it for what that's worth. Wouldn't matter to me if the food was good, but read on.

Tea was lukewarm at best and tasted very bland, almost to the point of boiled water.
Moving on to the important stuff, the food.
BLEH! Ordered a few kinds of sushi and wasn't going to risk ordering any more. The salmon was off-coloured, not pink, not red. Looked very dry like it was left outside for a while. There was barely any fatty belly in the Toro, more tuna than toro. The chop scallop was very dry and the seaweed was disgustingly soggy, sticky and warm.

I was debating with myself whether to get the Nabeyaki udon or Ramen. Should of went with the Udon but not sure if it would have been with better results anyway. The ramen tasted like plastic, no flavour at all and just a smorgasbord of vegetables that didn't look fresh. Zucchini was rock hard, broccoli was yellow, eggplant was black! Ick! I've had better from the instant bowl ramen.

I also got the saba, which didn't look anything like the picture, it was overcooked to the point of burnt and very dry, chunks of it were overly bitter as well.

I didn't finish any of the dishes. (which I rarely do)

Atmosphere was typical. I found it odd how they have traditional musical going on in the background AND they have the football game volume up as well. Doesn't mix.

Sorry but there's simply too many other places to choose from in the vicinity to ever have me wanting to come back here again.

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Can't go wrong with Fresh Oysters!
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

I have to agree with a few of the reviews here, the prices do seem to be a bit on the high-end even though they make the place feel as if they shouldn't be charging as such.

I dropped in today for their Low-Tide special which is a much better deal. I personally feel they should be retaining those prices for the regular menu. Much more reasonable, not overly cheap but not eye-poppingly expensive either.

The oysters were great! Nice and fresh with a tray of special sauces to apply for different tastes! I also had the Garlic Prawns which had a nice subtle garlic butter sauce that was perfect for dipping my bread!

Servers were all very friendly if not too casual but that was the style they were going for. I applaud them for their approach towards customer service rather then the uptight servers at other restaurants in the neighboring area known as Yaletown.

Setting-wise they had this whole ocean theme going with nets and boats hung about which was quite unique. Felt like an indoor docking bay.

Overall a pleasant experience.
I would be reluctant to come during regular hours if my bill was going to be much, much higher whilst the same food, service and atsmosphere.

My ratings would have been all 5 stars IF they charged Low-Tide prices all the time, but for what most patrons are paying at regular hours it doesn't justify the food or service.

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Uncle Willy's Restaurant6411 Nelson Ave, #100, Burnaby
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

Having not been here for 10+ years it's interesting that this place still running!

Fortunately AND unfortunately this place hasn't changed much since then either! The prices are very reasonbly, coming to under $13 per person after tax (don't need to tip) for dinner! 99% of Vancouver serving Buffet/AYCE is at LEAST $20+ nowadays.

The food isn't exceptional or anything, but hey for about 10 bucks, stuffing yourself on 4 heaping plates of Deep fried chicken (can't go wrong with those), Roast beef (a tad dry), pasta, mashed potatoes, ice cream and many other little goodies is well worth it!

The place itself looks very old, tacky teal benches, worn out chairs, but I guess that's how they keep the cost low! It's actually not too bad!

I wouldn't bring a date here or anything but for a quick, cheap, plentiful meal near Metrotown with friends. I would be here in a heart beat! Sure beats the food court!

I used to goto the Richmond location but that is gone now. I hope this place stays for a while!

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Northern Dynasty8391 Alexandria Road, #1170, Richmond
Explosive Steamed Dumplings!
Submitted Friday, July 13, 2007 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times now for lunch and both visits have been great!

They really deserve the title "Best steamed dumplings in Vancouver" because they are absolutely delicious! The juices literally explode out of the dumpling when you bite it so it's best that you toss the whole thing in your mouth so that the juices can gush around your mouth, otherwise your partner might lose an eye! Haha be warned though when it first comes it's piping hot so don't eat it right away of you'll regret it!
Every dish was good as well. Hot & Sour soup, Sticky Rice, Fried Donut, most of it was excellent! The only dish I didn't devour was the Spicy Wonton, which wasn't spicy, a little bit disappointed but who cares when there's so many other mouth-watering dishes on the table!

Service was nothing special, they didn't really bother talking to us other than ordering and we had to call them over more than once for water and other miscellaneous things but they were there when we needed them so it's not too bad.

The place wasn't too classy or anything, just what you would expect from a good chinese restaurant.

Our bill came up to less than $30 for 2 people, but we eat a lot so it was very reasonable! Usually our bill averages to be much higher at various other places.

Highly recommended! (Next time I'm gonna try the King Crab!)

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Tokyo Ichiban3380 Lansdowne Rd, #170, Richmond
Hot Pot Beef anyone?
Submitted Friday, June 15, 2007 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

Went here a while back, been trying to block it from my memory ever since. Hands down one of the worst Japanese restaurants (if you can even call it that) around town!

Everything we ordered was pretty horrid but the one dish that stood out most was their 'Beef Sashimi' .. it came out completely frozen and it was the wrong kind of beef! It looked exactly like the kind you would buy from T&T for a Chinese Hot Pot! Straight from the freezer, pull off the ceran wrap and flop it on to the plate with a clunk!

I was scared to complain as we had other food coming and the waitress already looked like she wanted to spit in my food, fiery eyes an' all! I had a Nabeyaki Udon as well and the noodle was mushy with barely any chicken or other goodies.

Haha I actually attempted to dip the beef sashimi in the bowl to cook it just to show the server how bad the food is! What a dump this place is, why is it still operating?


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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Downhill & Beyond
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

Atmosphere was regular, nothing special, at all.

Food was alright, if it ever came in the quantities that we actually ordered. That was the biggest issue we had. 5 of us went there for dinner on Monday, the place was about half full.

Dishes that stood out were the beef ribs, prawn tempura, the sushi/sashimi were fresh enough. Even though a lot of the more 'pricier' items were 'sold out' (Toro, Amaebi, unagi, etc.) So that was quite a turn off. Also the fact that I order 9 salmon, 4 chop scallop & 3 tamago would somehow be interpreted as 2 salmon, 2 chop scallop and 1 tamago is really beyond me. I guess you also order chicken wings by halves since I ordered 6 and I only got 3. We ordered our 3rd round and since that's the pattern they were going to use. We wrote down 15 pieces of salmon sushi, surely enough 3 pcs came. C'mon there was 4 guys and 1 girl, we were still pretty hungry, we order 15 and we get 3? I was furious and complained to the manager. He gave us an ugly smirk and barely acknowledged us then walked away. Then a whole bunch of food we didn't even order came.I guess 'compliments of the manager' (uh, it's AYCE, thanks?) We didn't eat any of it since we were worried he might have done something to the food considering the attitude he gave us.
The oysters were disgusting, the 'fresh' oysters weren't very fresh, warm and barely any meat. Invest in some bottles of Tobasco, they didn't even have any, at least that would have killed some of the bad flavour of the oyster. The baked ones were so dry.

No discount or anything on the bill. Left a couple dollars tips on a very disappointing $130+ bill.
I am never, ever coming back! Much better places down the street!

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Guu in Aberdeen4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2790, Richmond
Better than most Izakaya in Richmond!
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 12:42am [Dine in]

So I got the chance to try this place yesterday, here's my review.

I never been to Sushi-kan (previous owner) but the place looks bright & clean!

Our waitress was really nice, always smiling, and well trained. Pretty good service all around.

Beef Sashimi, I felt the mustard overpowered any and every other flavour on the dish, but a new idea and it's not too shabby.
The Ton Toro (Pork Cheek) was sooooooo unhealthy but sooooo damn delicous! Haha sooo tender and crisp with fatty flanks, YUMYUM! My fave dish!
Ebi Mayo - It was kinda fried then baked? .. with cheese and potate? Kind of like a gratin, never had Ebi Mayo like this style before. It was guuuu'd!
Beef Tongue and BBQ Duck, both overcooked so it was a bit tough. Okonomiyaki had a bit too much flour. Grilled Scallop really was just a Grill Scallop, 1 piece, with a pile of mushrooms and onions.
I was always under the impression that Chicken Karaage was bone-LESS deep fried chicken. What I got was a couple of wings and even a whole drumstick! Kind of weird, and not japanese style fried, kind of like Nandos. The snow crab was the only dish I didn't like too much. Not even sure if the crab was fresh, very fishy.

Then on to the dessert! The sundae/parfait thingy was pretty cool. The other dessert I had was the Banana Gratin, kinda funky, warm baked banana with chocolate sauce. Not bad, but not my kind of dessert.

In conclusion, this new location is sweet and is on par with the Guu name, but I'd rather go to the Robson or Thurlow location for the authencity. If I am in Richmond and craving it then at least I know I can go here rather than drive all the way back to Downtown. It's a no brainer where I would go if I was craving izakaya in Richmond.

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Dozo Izakaya9020 Capstan Way, #120, Richmond
Hope they learn fast!
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 12:31am [Dine in]

Ambiance: Looking at the place from the outside it was pretty decent looking, went inside, nice decor. Looks like they spent quite a bit & did a pretty good job considering this place used to be 7-Eleven. Modern looking with some neon lights, but the glass ball display looks a bit tacky.

Service: It was decent considering they are pretty new, but they had way more servers on the floor than necessary. Tea and water was flowing fine (No liquor license). Most of the servers didn't know much about any of the dishes. Also they were ALL Taiwanese. I kept hearing them speak Mandarin to each other which kinda throws off the whole 'izakaya' feel.

Potato Works - Since they only cared to write descriptions in chinese. I could only assume this was some kind of baked chunks of potato (izakaya-style), but what came out was a poor version of a Burger King poutine! Fries topped with hardened cheese and some ground beef! Funky & overpriced.
Spicy Chicken Wings - The sauce was so strange, and way too much loaded on, the wings were dripping with it! Also it was NOT spicy and a bit too salty. Maybe even sweet?
Ebi Mayo - What, the, heck. So soggy, tasteless and the prawns looked like they went through a dishwasher!
Salmon Carpaccio - raw salmon marinate. No idea what it was marinating in as it was quite bland.
Beef Sashimi - Pretty good, taste and price! One of the better dishes and values on the menu.
Rack of Lamb - Soo dry and chewy! It was like eating week-old pork chop! No sauce either.
Chicken Heart - This was the only bbq skewer I ordered and I had to have it sent back. It was burnt, shriveled and bitter. At least the server said she would take it off my bill and make me a new one.
Chikuwa cheese - They were HUGE! I could barely fit one in my mouth, took 3 bites. Since they made it so big, the cheese wasn't even melted ... *shudder* ..

They don't have any desserts. None at all.
Oh and did I mention no alcohol?... bleh

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Sandy Oysters & Lukewarm Seafood
Submitted Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

Went there on a Monday evening after reading all the previous reviews about $1 oysters and I love oysters!

Got there at about 8.
Our server came by promptly the first time to take our drink orders, but that was about it. I guess they were understaffed for a 1/4 filled restaurant, there were only 2 servers running around. I was particularly irritated by the fact that I had to ask for bread. I didn't even know they served complimentary bread until the 2 tables that came after us were seated nearby and they got some. Oh I had to ask the hostess for it since our server was nowhere to be seen.

They only had 1 type of oyster left, which was a bummer. So I ordered a dozen of them along with my first drink order, note that they had many beers sold out as well. Took a long time for the oysters, about 2 out of 3 were very sandy, huge turnoff. Then we got our bread AFTER our other appetizer, the Crab Cups, wasn't that good, the shell was soft and cold. Already polished off 2 cocktails and working a beer, so I estimate it to be about 30-35 minutes.
Then our main dish came, just in time for breakfast, the Seafood Sampler for $77. We just sat, and sat, and ordered more drinks, a bottle of white, then sat some more ... and after an hour, we finally got ... the melted butter for dipping! Then not so shortly after we finally got our platter. Everything was lukewarm at best.. the rest closing in on what you would expect if you left it out overnight. All of it was overcooked. Clams and Mussels were 'ok' and the crab was pretty sweet. We were going to order more oysters but they sold out, total bummer, how/why do you sellout on specials? That's why people come on a slow Monday night.

Atmosphere was not bad, dark and sharp, but we ended up being (waiting) there for so long that we were the last table and I hate that feeling. Very awkward, the cashier counting the days sales, everyone wiping everything except beside you.

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BC Sushi2126 W Broadway, Vancouver
Great Selection! Grumpy waitress!
Submitted Tuesday, April 3, 2007 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

They have quite a large selection for their AYCE! They even serve Red tuna & Sockeye sashimi which is uncommon. Their lobster sushi was gross though, tasted really powdery and even moldy. The Shark Fin sushi was nothing but jellyfish and abalone felt like rubber. My opinion would be to not even serve it if your going to make it that bad, and it was their 'special' too. Shown on the stand by the table. Other than that the rest of the food was as good as an AYCE can be.

The first server that came by to take our order looked really bored/tired/bad mood or whatever as she groaned & grunted her way through our orders which was really rude and annoying. If it wasn't for the other servers coming by every once in a while I would have really complained and give this place 0 stars if I could for service.

The design was nothing special, very bland and boring looking with an awkward entrance way.

I don't eat AYCE often but if I do I would consider coming back as long as I don't get that waitress that feels like she walked through a car wash.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

The best word to describe them is what I stated in the title.
Considering that they have only been open a little over a month they already have their act together.

Our waitress was very friendly, always had a smile & came by often to ask me if I needed another drink to which I eagerly obliged. She couldn't recommend any specific dishes for me though as she said the menu is way too diverse which can be a good and bad thing. I was quite overwhelmed by the variety of cultural items.

The restaurant was contemporary but nothing that really stood out. They had a seperate bar and a sushi bar, also an upstairs that I didn't get a chance to check out.

The food was good, not great, but for the range of food they served they did a commendable job. Looks like they couldn't focus to make any 1 type of food to be 'excellent'. Most of the dishes I ordered were what I expected and some actually surpassed. The beef sashimi was a bit bland, but maybe it was because I had the very potent Sour & Spicy soup just prior. Also the fried beef noodle was a bit too salty, but maybe that's just my delicate palate. I really liked the drink menu.

When I watch a movie at Paramount I will definitely come back here to eat before/after. Sorry Earl's.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Unbelievably Expensive!
Submitted Friday, March 16, 2007 - 12:07am [Dine in]

So I took my SO to this highly touted seafood restaurant.

Here's the food review.
We ordered a lot of food. Not because it was THAT good, it was because it was THAT small, and very, very overpriced.

Beef Sashimi - It was yummy, a hint of smokey flavour, but $20 for 7 paper-thin slices? It was good but I could have easily got 3 orders of 'also pretty good' Beef sashimi at most Japanese restaurants for the same price, that's a lot more beef.

Wild Prawns - Wow they were the biggest prawns I've ever ate, very large and quite juicy, but was it sitting in salt water too long? It was a bit salty even though the oil/sauce they used for this plate wasn't salty. 4 pieces for $17, you be the judge.

Ahi Tuna - I felt that the toppings didn't mix very well with the tuna. The tuna itself was flattened so much I couldn't really taste it that well.

Swimming Scallops - Tasted pretty good. It had a little bit of bread crumbs(?) on top, good texture, quite a fine dish. Only qualm was, once again, so much for so little. $15?

Fresh Oysters - Can't really mess this up, very fresh 'n clean. It had a very refreshing sauce to go with it too, not sure what it was, some vinegrette and shallots?

Lobster - Quite juicy, this dish was very good albiet a bit rubbery but maybe I'm just overly picky since I eat out a lot.

Dessert was not very memorable, except for the fact that it was 10+ dollars.

The white that the waitress recommended to us was actually quite enjoyable. She was also fairly attentative to fill our glasses quiet promptly.

Ambiance was nothing spectacular. I like how they put up a TV at the bar showing what's really going on in the kitchen + sushi bar.

Overall the night was pleasant but holy what a dent in my wallet! The bill was over $300 for the 2 of us!
Don't get me wrong I am definitely not 'cheap' but it's just that I've ate at many places and I've had much better for much cheaper.

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Earls905 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Very trendy design!
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

First off, the parking is insanely expensive, makes me feel like I'm paying for a meal in itself, it's about $18 to park for a movie and a quick lunch! If you park meter you would have to go out after 2 hours to refill the meter, be it in the middle of your movie or eating.

Now with that aside. I was pretty impressed with the decor of this Earl's, quite different from the casual atsmophere they use in the other locations. Starts off with dual sliding doors at the entrance, then a slick spiral staircase that takes you to the washroom (which is quite annoying actually, 15+ steps up the stairs just to wash your hands!) They have a very posh looking bar at the lounge (which is actually bigger than the dining area), very high ceilings. Lookin' good.

Food was very average, not much different from the other locations, kinda throws off the ambiance. The salad barely had any dressing which = no taste & the fries were a bit too salty for me.

Service was not bad, but not very good either. They would come by every now and then to ask if everything was ok, but they kept forgetting to get me things I asked for. (Napkins, water, etc) Usually I would rate them higher depending on how busy it is and cut them some slack, but it was pretty quiet since it was early afternoon.

Final Verdict: The atmosphere is good an' all but the food is the same as any other Earls, add that to the rip off parking and I'm sorry but I'd rather goto another Earl's. I might drop by for a drink if I'm in the area watching a movie.

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Boston Pizza4680 Kingsway, #104, Burnaby
Competitor much more Busy
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2007 - 7:36pm [Dine in]

There must be a reason why Red Robin's just 10 steps away is much more popular than the Boston Pizza at Metro and now I think I know why.

Food: Compared to the Richmond (No.3 & Akroyd?) location, the food is not very good. The cactus cut potatoes were decent at best, all dip. We shared the Beef Dip and Smokey Mountain Spaghetti. The portions were huge but the quality was seriously lacking. The beef in the Beef Dip was so tough that we practically had to rip it apart with our hands rather than bite it. The spaghetti was way beyond al dente, it was practically soggy.

Service: It was pretty much empty and there was a cashier(?) and a waitress working, they were just busy talking to each other. I had to ask for refills and flag them down to order. Not cool when there's only like 2 tables in the restaurant.

Ambiance: Once again there was nobody around us and oddly enough they had no music and only 1 of 3 TV's were on so .. felt completely dead in there. Awkwardly quiet and we could hear pretty much the entire conversation between the 2 staff and the occassional clank of pots/dishes in the kitchen.

Sorry but with Red Robin's bustling about a minute away and many other restaurants nearby (Cactus Club, Sammy J, TGIF, Daimasu, Taisho) I don't think I would come back here even if I was hungry and in the area.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Submitted Monday, February 26, 2007 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

I came here a while ago because my friends told me this was a very popular chain/name. I was fairly impressed with the decor, the place is huge! Lots of open space, probably one of the bigger restaurant I've seen. The spot used to be Safeway.

But that's where it ends. I was greeted and seated all without a smile or a word, just a quick motion of the arm and we were to follow to the table and get the menu's plopped down in front.
It took FOREVER to get us some tea and water, but it actually took even longer to flag someone down to GET the tea and water. Then once again it took a good deal of time before someone came to take our order .. and took a long time to get my food. I was getting increasingly irritated because I actually saw like 20+ staff around but they were all doing their own thing ... sorting bowls .. wiping spoons .. whatever .. but paid no attention to the customers.. talk about bad training.

So then my food arrives ... and it's wrong .. I ordered the rice bowl with BEEF .. and it had no beef .. so I had to get up and find someone to come to my table and look at the bowl with no beef. I can't even remember if the guy apologized but it doesn't even matter anymore because I was fuming. Anyways he takes the bowl away and (here's the quickest moment of the dinner) .. he comes back with my bowl ... the exact same bowl (because I mixed around the rice to see if they put the beef at the bottom) .. and all they did was toss some pan-fried beef on top of the bowl, no seasoning or sauces. The beef was hot but the rest of my rice was cold. I ate a couple bites because I was very hungry by then and that was it.

Never going back. Many better Korean places that actually pay attention to the customers.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
New Hot Spot on Robson!
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

After the old Hooters location was vacant for quite a while I was surprised to see somebody has taken over this location. The same company that runs Kamei Royale and Kamakura (it's shown on the business card) has decided to totally revamp this place into a very modernized izakaya style restaurant lounge outfitted with Plasma TV's, huge projection screen, great music and a vibrant energetic atmosphere! Very comfortable with a great window view of Robson and high spacious ceilings as well.

I had fairly high expectations considering it's the same people that run Kamakura and they are known for excellent food. I was definitely not disappointed. Everything was fresh and tasty, from the oysters, sashimi, thunder yam fries to the rack of lamb, oh the rack of lamb, it was so tender and juicy .. makes me drool just thinking about it now! They definitely need more BBQ items to compliment the cheap beer & sake they sell. (only $9.99 a pitcher?!)

I was there on Saturday night and it was completely packed! I had to lineup for almost 25 minutes so I'll be sure to make reservations next time, but the wait was worth it. Quite Surprising since me nor any of my friends have heard of this place prior to this. I'm guessing the staff didn't expect it to be that busy as well as I felt they were understaffed that night but they still did a great job attending to us, our beers were left empty for a bit longer than I would have liked but I'm sure they will improve on that little tidbit since they are pretty new still.

All in all this is a great new welcome addition to the Robson strip and I'm sure they will become a big hit in the near future. I'm already sold and will be back a lot more often!

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