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iariesvancouverSince September 4, 20086 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


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Shabusen Yakiniku House755 Burrard St, Unit 202, Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Title and rating pretty sums it up.

We had a party of 13, and was crammed into a room in the back. The setting wasn't that bad, but the surprise was that there was no BBQ for lunch. Only Sat, Sun and Holidays. It was kind of disappointing as some others said this place was pretty good.

Sushi selection was very limited compare to some of the other all-you-can-eat lunch specials. The spicy sashimi (salmon and tuna) wasn't very tasty nor spicy. Everything else was very typical. Although their gyoza was better than a few of the places I've been before.

For $15 (with tip), there are cheaper places with better selection, but the ones come to mind isn't in DT core.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Second time at the Sandbar
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

Last time I came here and went away with a great memory of their sable fish (black cod) dish off of their fresh fish list. This time I wanted to try something different. I had the Mahi mahi as the waitress recommended it if I wanted something spicy.

I also forgot about the small portions, but this time I had a bowl of clam chowder for appetizer. First of all, the clam chowder was watery, and did not have a pleasing texture as I've had at some other restaurants, it was mediocre at best and wasn't worth the $7 price.

The main dish came with usual small sized fish, with a scoop of rice, and some veggies for sides. The fish it self was VERY dry, I'm not sure if it was due to the type of fish or due to our large party, (8 people) but the skin underneath was also burnt... unlike the sable fish where it was a nice crispy burn and very tasty/edible. The spicy sauce was great, good mixture of flavor and can still give a zing to the tongue.

I was there for a birthday, and the waitress brought a free desert with a candle. The service here has always been excellent.

I will still recommend this place for people to go, and probably try a different fish myself.

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Firewood Cafe, The3004 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tired of all those chain pizza places? Try Firewood!
Submitted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

A friend of mine was craving pizza, and not the fast food kind. Found Firewood on DineHere thats quite close to where I live.

My friend and I ordered a large Chicago Pizza, and it was delicious, especially just arrived steaming hot. very tasty. We both were hungry, but still had 3 slices left. I'd give it good value.

Since I live so close, I plan to go back and sample some other dishes that peaked my interest.

FYI, although there are about 5 tables, and we dined in, I think it's mostly a takeout or delivery place since we paid when ordering, not after eating. almost forgot to tip. My friend and I were talking that for dine in customers, they should do it the normal way... waitress/ whole restaurant can probably make a bit more in tips. Just a thought.

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Golden Ocean Seafood Restaurant2008 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Great dim sum, good for a gathering
Submitted Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

this is my first time here, and second time at a dim sum place.

overall experience was great, but i was with a group of people (9) so that might contribute to the mood. i would go back and try it with a smaller group (2-4), but i dont think it matters much.

food was good, although typical for a lot of the dishes. i've always liked the beef spare ribs, and i tried the bbq pork dim sum, which was very tasty. chicken feet was good too.

i'm not into shrimp in dim sum, but the stick rice wrapped in leaf had both pork and shrimp. after a bite with shrimp in it, i started taking them out. but that's just my own preference, everyone else i went with loved it.

i dont have the receipt, so i cant say which dishes we got. the dishes were on carts and we ordered as they rolled by our table. it was a new experience for me, but apparently typical for morning dim sum places.

i was told to go early, 9-10am-ish to get fresh food and good table. i got there around 10am and the place was about half filled. when we left around 11:30, there were people waiting for tables to open up.

the total came to $78.xx, a friend's mom contributed $50, and each of us payed about $5. so i cant really judge the price. i gave it 3 for average.

good place for chinese breakfast.

i'd go back again.

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Ouisi Bistro3014 Granville Street, Vancouver
tasty gator
Submitted Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

i heard a lot about this place and finally had a chance to dine there. it was not a let down.


Gator Bites ($14)
- very tasty, tough meat, but i think that's because its reptile. very well seasoned. i could've had it for an entree, with some sides.

Portabello Mushroom ($11)
- relative to the gator, a bit underwhelming and for one mushroom it was pricy.


Creole Beef ($18)
- sides were assorted veggies and mashed potato.
- great mashed potato, but its hard to screw up that dish.
- the actual beef tips was tender and tasty as well. however its not so different from a couple of asian fusion restaurants i've been to. price for the dish was average and comparable to similar dishes in other places.

Southern Fried Catfish ($23)
- i didnt order this one but had a bite to taste
- same sides as the beef i think
- it tasted ok, but the texture was almost creamy, but maybe its the fish, or i'm just not used to catfish. i've tried the sable fish at a couple different places and thats my standard for judging fish dishes now. and its a bit let down from the catfish. $23 also seemed a bit steep for the quality.


Vanilla gelato (3.75)
- typical

overall, i think its a good place to frequent. not sure about authenticity as i've never had "real" creole/cajun food from down south. i would definitely go back for more of those gator bites.

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Pondok Indonesia950 W Broadway, #202, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

went for lunch with co-workers. lumpia ($4.5) was pretty good, the main dish was a spicy chicken and rice dish ($8) with mixed veggies on the side. it was ok, however, none of the food on the plate looked freshly made; neither were the dishes my co-workers ordered. for the price, it wasnt filling, but maybe it was because i was hungry.

the location was clean and over views broadway, but for a 15+ table restaurant, there was only 2 other parties when we went in, and only one other party came in when we left.

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