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foodmakesmehappyVancouverSince November 22, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value4.5 (4.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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SushiBoy409 West Broadway, Vancouver
Sushi - Oh Boy!
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

I was pretty shocked to read the previous reviews. I'd only eaten at Sushi Boy a few times in the last year, and always had a pleasant experience. What compelled me to write however, is a result of my last two visits in the last two weeks, which were very satisfying.

What I love about this place is that it's quirky. The owner is quirky and the hand drawn art that adorns the walls is full of quirky character. Yes, the owners nails are a bit dirty, and the place is not spic and span, however, the food is pretty tasty stuff, and is worth the visit.

Most recently, I had the b-b-q pork belly don. The meat in this dish was delicately stewed in a delicious sweet and savory dark sauce. The meat was perfectly tender, and there was lots of it. What is usually meat and rice in a don, was instead also packed with a generous helping of fresh mixed greens and a dollop of ginger (the kind that is not dyed in pink!) Truly delicious. My companion had the unagi (eel) don and was equally satisfied. The negitoro roll is what I usually go in for, and it is always fresh, and tasty.

On my last two visits, I noticed a few changes to the place, which has improved my already favorable opinion. First of all, there are real dishes which have replaced disposables. Secondly, when dining in, miso soup is on the house. Thirdly, he has hired extra help and it has made for a less harried atmosphere, and a more hospitable one.

On top of my list of tops, this place uses no MSG in its food. A rarity in Japanese fast food cuisine.

So to all that I say, "Oh yum."

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Sake Maki1414 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Rolls are Wacky at Sake Maki
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Call me biased, but I like my sushi made by Japanese folk. All of my favourite sushi joints are run by Japanese proprietors, and the quality of the food is consistently tummy rubbing yummy. My litmus test for passable Japanese is how well the miso and green tea are made. At my faves, these are never too watery, nor MSG-y. Sake Maki is not Japanese-run, but with their creative and oversized Chef's Roll's, it don't matter who runs this joint. I've been there five times and each time, it's been all about the Chef's Rolls. If you love sauce the way I do, and love your sushi just as much, this restaurant is it.

On this menu of over 20 different specialty rolls, you can have yours filled with many things raw (like tuna, salmon and scallop - often in combination) and spicy too if you like. Each of these rolls could stand alone as they are. However, the roll is then topped off with another ingredient to add an extra dimension to each delectable morsel. The toppings range from wakame seaweed to tempura-coated yam. Yum. If that weren't enough, a succulent sauce is drizzled all over the top. These vary from gritty black sesame to smooth and peanuty. Wacky, wonderul, and quite beautifully presented - they taste great. There are vegetarian options also, such as the Gomae-Ae roll filled with deep green spinach, and they are as flavourful as the non-veg.

The wait staff do leave a little to be desired, though once in awhile, the chef makes a brief appearance as a server, and he is top notch. But for the amazing value of $7.95 for each of these rolls, it makes the lack in service easier to dismiss. I am usually a sucker for good service though, so hiring some trained staff for front of house would definitely elevate the experience. And however amazing the rolls, the green tea and the miso could use a little work.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Nothing faux about the Les Faux Bourgeois
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

Everything about my experience at this restaurant was genuinely wonderful. Upon stepping into the restaurant for the first time, I was welcomed by a warm, candle-lit room, and the lovely French accent of the host. The seating arrangement was cozy but not claustrophobic. I had not made reservations, but being before 6pm, I was lucky to get a stool at the bar. The wine and food came quickly, and the bartender who served me was busy yet still very attentive. The chicken fois gras appetizer was distinctly homemade with its course, ground texture. It blended perfectly with the grainy mustards. My main of sliced lamb on a bed of cauliflower and beans was more than satisfying, and I was impressed by the substantial amount of meat. The sauce in particular was so tasty, I wished I could of licked the plate. For a dinner made with skill and quality ingredients, combined with an elegant and comfy atmosphere, it was great value. The only regrettable thing about the experience was that there was no room left for dessert. The creme brule looked delicieux.

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