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DriveGuyVancouver (Commercial Drive)Since January 11, 20124 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Sushi King1431 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Change of ownership?
Submitted Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:02am [Dine in]

It pains me to write this review because this place used to be my favourite sushi restaurant on the Drive. Although it is small, it has always had quaint, friendly and accommodating staff. I frequented there in 2009-10 and the friendly manager always showed her appreciation for your patronage by giving you free miso soup, salad, edamame, and even a sample of the chef's special. No matter what you ordered, you always left full.

Since the end of the summer of 2011, things have changed completely. They renovated the inside and I must admit it looks more tidy now, but the business practice has changed. The complimentary side dishes have vanished, and the rolls have become smaller. You can tell that the staff, while friendly, are now more concerned with the business status quo than with warm welcoms.

Maybe it's because the economy has taken a turn; maybe it's because rents have gone up or the HST has hit them hard; or maybe it's just because they decided to stop offering free stuff. Whatever the reason, Sushi King has changed and it's kind of sad.

I still give it a good rating for service. The staff are very nice. I also think the food is standard for the most part. It's just the lack of appreciation that I notice the most now. Please revive your old practices!

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Havana Restaurant1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Not worth it
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

I've eaten there three times now because I really wanted to give this place a chance. I think it's great that they integrate a restaurant with a studio so that there can be some community focused content. My problem is that the food is really just not that great. I think it's the kind of patio place where people go to socialize and be outside when the weather is nice - I do not think it's a fine dining experience.

Every time I have gone the food has been slow to arrive, and the food itself is not justified by the high prices. The staff don't have the greatest attitudes, but it might be because they are overworked. One time I was there it was a full house but there only seemed to be 3 people working the floor. (My server got a sympathy tip.)

Aside from the social ambiance, I really don't understand the draw that so many people have to this restaurant. My observation is that it tends to be people coming from downtown to have a novel "Drive" experience. All of my local friends who live in East Van never eat there, and feel the same about the food quality vs. price.

I've never been to Cuba so I can't comment on the authenticity, but I HAVE been to many restaurants so I recognize quality when I see it. The service and food quality is more reminiscent of a bar atmosphere than finer dining.

I would only go to Havana if you want a lively, social atmosphere and a nice patio. The food is not worth it and neither is the attitude of the staff. Just my two cents.

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Britannia Sushi1016 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
There are better sushi places on the Drive
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

Where to begin...

There was attitude from the waitresses the second I walked in the door. If you hate your job so much, just quit already. Don't make your customers endure it! The lethargy and obvious displeasure of the staff just cast grey over the whole place. The fact that they're all this way makes me wonder how they are treated by the management. I know waitressing can be a tough gig sometimes but they were truly dismal.

The food was served promptly but some of the rolls were falling apart. This is a big no no if you want to be a reputable sushi place. Judging by the number of people in there though, they seem to be indifferent to the quality; but for someone whose favorite food is sushi, I know the difference. I also ordered a tuna donburi and the rice it was served on was not fresh or even hot, some of it was even somewhat dry. They obviously used the same rice that they use for making hand rolls in the donburi, which is sheer laziness - and they shouldn't be using such stale rice to make rolls anyway. Does the concept of vinegaring your rice not factor in, Britannia? Your rice is like eating glue.

Price is standard. If you live at that end of the Drive it's probably the most convenient sushi place to get to, but it's definitely not among the better ones. They offer brown rice now as a replacement, but judging by how their white rice was falling off of the rolls I have my reservations.

The management of this place also owns "Broadway Sushi" and the layout, quality, and bad attitudes are basically the same. Please improve your service before you branch out, thanks!

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Red Burrito1700 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Quality has declined
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:13pm [Take-out]

Their chicken is skin and fat, basically no actual meat in it. I don't think I have ever been served chicken of this poor quality before, except for in Chinese restaurants where they actually eat chicken skin as part of a normal meal. The sour cream is also very watered down, and the burrito is mostly filler - rice and beans.

Being charged extra for cheese and guacamole shows what the owners think of their customers. I've been to other Mexican restaurants and they would never dream of charging you extra for ingredients that are part of a standard Mexican dish.

Charging people 25 cents to use debit on top of the $10 for the burrito is a substandard practice for chain restaurants, especially one as established as this. This is clearly a cash grab. Not to mention they have a tip jar out. Who wants to tip if you're already being so overcharged for a substandard product?

I suppose a lot of people eat there because they don't know the difference. Canada isn't known for its diversity of Mexican food stops. I can forgive Red Burrito for offering a cheap version of Mexican - what I can't forgive is the price gouging for the poor quality.

At least the staff were friendly.

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