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espressomaticVancouverSince March 15, 20064 Reviews
Average Rating
1.5 (1.3)
  • Food1.5 (1.3)
  • Service1.5 (1.5)
  • Value1 (1)
  • Ambiance2 (1.8)


Displaying 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews Found
Bentei Sushi2893 Grandview Highway, Vancouver
Worst Japanese food experience
Submitted Monday, February 23, 2009 - 12:04am [Dine in]

Not sure how such a dive has managed to stay open so long!

Salmon Kama was hard fried on the outside, raw on the inside with fluid blood!

Gyoza were old and oily, the skin was rehydrated and chewy ~ but the server insisted that he SAW them being made fresh.

Teriyaki sauce likely came straight off a store shelf, and it wasn't good either.

Chicken yakisoba resembled a stir fry, served on a warm metal dish ~ not sizzling. After a few minutes, the moisture from the vegetables turned the whole platter into a soupy mess. Gross.

On account of the salmon kama, the entire meal was taken back. I ordered the assorted tempura. These tempura pieces were cooked in a batter coating more appropriate for pub-style fish & chips. To make matters worse, the vegetable pieces were old and partly dried out.

Sushi rice was too sticky, the sushi pieces themselves were loosely packed and fell apart upon attempts to pick them up with chopsticks.

These people take no pride in their product whatsoever, and should be ashamed of the trash they serve. Properly prepared dishes can be had for less money in the West End and the West Side.

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Good Deal Restaurant5183 Joyce Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

The place seemed like many other mom n pop eateries in the area, and I was in the mood for Chinese food, so I didn't think twice about eating here.

Okay, so the establishment didn't give an impression of being super-clean or well-kept, but the same can be said for numerous other eateries. I came for the food anyway, right?

There were several groups eating in this small establishment, so I took this as a good sign. I was eating alone, so I was seated at a small table just outside of the kitchen service entrance. I got to see them cook.

As I ordered my food, a nearby table with a group of 7 or 8 people were getting up to leave. The waitress went about clearing the table. I noticed that a couple of the plates had their food untouched. Strange. Even more peculiar, the waitress was being very careful about removing these plates, so I watched her. She brought these plates back to the kitchen, and then proceeded to PUT THE RICE BACK INTO THE RICE COOKER. Is something wrong with the garbage can???? She seemed careful not to get any sauces into the cooker.

I couldn't believe what I was seeing. What's worse, a minute or so later, my order came up, and I watched the waitress scoop this "recycled" rice onto my plate!

Now, I don't know if the stir-fried meat and veggies were "recycled" as well, but why take the chance? I paid the bill and left without eating. The waitress seemed kind enough and asked if I didn't like the food. Obviously not.

I shouldn't have paid and should have gave them hell. But they probably needed the 7 bucks more than me, and I doubt the waitress could comprehend what she did was wrong.

I'm wondering how the hell VCHA's Environmental Health Dept could issue a food service permit for this restaurant in the first place. Nice to know FoodSafe certification is taken so seriously. Typical government enforcement.

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Iki Japanese Restaurant2756 W Broadway, Vancouver
So the week begins badly....
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

My friend and I had been here before several weekends ago, and were happy with the food so we decided to return for a late lunch. Now, the service wasn't great then, but at least it was sincere. Today, our waitress was practically ignoring us. One of the gentlemen who worked there (a cook?) ended up serving us for the most part. Strange, considering the place wasn't particularly busy at the time.

We both ordered lunch boxes: my friend had the salmon; I had the misoyaki black cod; we split an appy of agedashi tofu. The tofu came first, but we had to wait to eat though, because the waitress neglected to give us chopsticks or plates. We were unable to get her attention. The gentleman brought us the rest of our food in short order, along with chopsticks and napkins. The food tasted all right.

However, by the time we left (about 45 minutes later), I was feeling a bit queasy. About five minutes later, I wasn't feeling so well. My friend felt the same way. Two hours later, we're both still feeling it.

Based on taste, I would have given the place a food rating of 3. But since we walked away with mild food poisoning, I'm only giving 1. Sorry, I won't be back.

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Topanga Cafe2904 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Way overrated
Submitted Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 2:01am [Dine in]

I ordered the Prawn Norteña, which tasted pretty good. The portion size was decent as well. That’s about all the praise I can scrape up. The plate itself was too small, so the presentation suffered. The food appeared to be just piled on in a glop, and the prawns—the feature of the dish—were buried under a heap of salsa rather than highlighted. What was the chef thinking??

Complimentary nachos were served with a watery salsa. If you guys aren’t going to put in an effort with first gustatory impressions, you’re better off just 86ing this altogether.

The ambiance: it’s a family restaurant with old upholstery and walls covered with kitschy coloured versions of their menu cover. Also, the bar/server station is too open, too brightly lit, and imposes too much on the dining space. That screaming industrial blender lets everyone know that someone has ordered a drink. Nobody else in the restaurant seemed to notice. I guess they're all regulars.

The servers, who didn’t look the part, were slow and seemed inexperienced. Our server seemed eager to get us out of the restaurant ASAP.

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