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Looking4foodVancouverSince May 8, 20076 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service1.5 (1.5)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


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Sweet Revenge Patisserie4160 Main Street, Vancouver
Grab bag...it's a surprise.
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 2:13am [Dine in]

In terms of the desserts, drinks, service: think the 'grab bag' game in mario party. Pretty much a hit or miss.
I've been to this place on 2 separate occasions, but with the same group of friends. The first time we came, all of the desserts were fabulous. The server (I think he was the owner) was great at explaining the drinks, and what dessert would complement them. The drinks were great, the food was great, and we definitely had a great time!
On the 2nd time there was a much older gentleman,who i'm assuming didn't exactly have alot of experience in the service. I had asked him about this one particular tea, and he abruptly left to seat another table. Then after serving 2 other tables, he comes back but is unable to answer my question. Then I proceed to ask him about a different tea and he does the same thing and didn't KNOW the answer! On my THIRD attempt, he makes a big fuss about the place being busy and him being the only one there. Okay, stop right there. I've worked in the food service industry and yes, I know how crappy it can be if there are 20 ppl who demand your attention. But buddy: KNOW YOUR FREAKIN' PRODUCT. I can't stand it when ppl who are in sales that know absolutely nothing about the product they are selling. I don't even see the point of selling a product if you don't know it, or even believe in it. At least he could have given the illusion of knowing it, and just randomly picked the best seller as his favourite. Bloody hell!
I eventually ordered the spiced chai (btw, this is the nastiest drink ever) and the choc. mouse cake. The rest of my group ordered the wh. choc. cheesecake, and two super moist choc. cakes with this warm choc. sauce on top. Except he f**ked the orders and didn't put the second one in. We rec'd this one about half an hour after the rest (this totally POed my friend because we saw this other table --WHO WERE SEATED MUCH LATER--get the same dessert way before she did).
I don't think I'll do this again.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
Just don't make it a bad habit...
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2007 - 1:12am [Dine in]

If you read my previous review, we sauntered over to Habit right after the Cascade room fiasco. There weren't alot of ppl at first, and got seated right away. We ordered the Chicken Wings, Mezzo platter, veggie lasanga, perogies and the anti pasta platter for 4 ppl. All of them were very good, and I absolutely recommend the carrot and brie perogie. They were to die for! By the time we had finished our second plate, the place was getting packed, with patrons waiting both outside and inside. I loved the ambiance, the lights and the retro feel *comfy seats*.

What I would like the comment is the wait staff. We had a lovely server, he was very nice and explained each of the dishes. I suppose for a newbie, it's nice to know exactly what you are eating, but I can see how it would be annoying for the 'regulars'. Our server did a 'thorough' job, like wiping our table several times, refilling the water without asking, changing our plates and silverware twice. The service WAS slow, and waited about 15 mins for the bill and about 10-15 mins between each course/plate. But there were only 2 servers, and 1 busser..not enough for a high turnover.

It was a good meal, but a tad bit pricey. I'll be back, but won't be making it a 'habit'. *mind the pun*

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Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #1218, Burnaby
you have been warned!
Submitted Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 2:00am [Dine in]

First bad part: We arrived during the dinner rush but I figured since we are the 3rd group, we'd get in within 15 minutes--unfortunately this turned into a full hour. What happened was, the waiter kept bumping people in front of us! (like WTF!?!) We were a group of 4, and all of the tables are in rectangles, there should be no problem seating us, right? WRONG. He first put three groups of 2 in front of everyone, because the only tables that were available could only fit 2 ppl...fine I can live with that...THEN he put another group of 2 where a group of 3 had left. This was a stupid move because the first 2 groups in line were a group of 3! Then he does it again! So, if you are counting, he just bumped up 5 groups from behind me. THEN he puts the 2 groups in front of me into the bigger tables that should fit 4. After that, we see a couple getting ready to leave, and right beside them is another couple waiting for the bill. Guess what? THE STUPID DUMB A-- WAITER SEATS THE 2 GROUPS OF TWO BEHIND ME. So in total, he let 7 groups of people in front of us... unbelievable.
Second bad part: They totally mess up our orders and then proceed to blame us for the mistake. Excuse me? We spoke in English, but we ordered in NUMBERS, AND POINTED AT THE DAMN POT. AND I SPEAK BETTER ENGLISH THAN HIM!
Third bad part: We had to ask for tea three different times before we actually got a refill (note: by the 2nd time, everyone was leaving and the restaurant was half-empty). When the waitress did come, she took our cups WITH HER FINGERS INSIDE THEM, refilled it, and then TOUCHED THE RIM OF THE CUP TO GIVE IT BACK TO US!
Fourth bad part: This is really disgusting food. The noodles were soggy and limp, vegetables had sand in them, and one bowl of soup was lukewarm!
In a nutshell: stay the hell away from this place. I don't care how cheap it is, you honestly get LESS what you pay for. You have been warned!

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Taisho Japanese Restaurant4700 Kingsway, 15E, Burnaby
Why is this place still open?
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

This place was actually decent 4-5 yrs ago, but it's gone down hill from then. The place looks decent with the Japanese style art, but the washrooms are horrid. Food is typical.

Don't get the AYCE. The selection is minimal. As for the food, you don't know how long the food been going on the conveyor belt. For those adventurous enough: if you want to order it, best bet is to seat near the start of the belt and keep an eye on the fresher plates the chefs put out.

Service from the wait staff is hit or miss.

I went with my sister for a late lunch during their cut off time for lunch/lunch AYCE specials. The hostess was unwilling to seat us and told us to wait at the benches at the side, saying there were no seats available (total lie-the restaurant was about 1/3 occupied). My sister called her out on it, pointing to the empty seats. Then another hostess comes out to speak to us trying to cover the 1st hostess by saying that there wasn't enough staff (wait and/or chef) at the moment and that their lunch special was not offered. We countered by saying that were going to order from the regular menu and that there were at least 2 wait staff present. Still she wouldn't seat us, and was trying to make more excuses. We left promptly.

Not going there ever again...I suggest everyone do the same. It's not worth your hard earned money or time.

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Kura Japanese Restaurant4300 Kingsway, #2, Burnaby
Need more staff
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

I've always loved this restaurant, especially since it is run by a Japanese owner and Japaneses chef. The food is fresh and tasty, but a little pricy (worth it) with a huge selection of choices. As for the space, it's very open with an industrial feel. There's plently of drawings/picture of Japanese art. It's very clean and the staff are very friendly. It gets pretty busy on the weekends.

I've never had a problem with Kura before until: I went out with the family to celebrate a belated mother's day, a couple days ago (weekday evening). We ordered the sashimi combo, deluxe dinner combo, and sole (sashimi & then they deep fry the bones-tasty). Since there were only 2 wait staff (usually at least 3), the service was extremely slow, but polite. A usual dinner would have taken about 1-1.5 hour tops, but this time it took 2.5+ hours. After being seated and given tea, we waited for 20min before the staff took our orders. Our tempura came out 30mins later, slightly cold, with tepid miso soup and shrimp sunomono. The chicken tempura tasted off. We spoke to the waitress about it and she notified the owner. But then she came back and said that the chicken was fine. (I work in poultry wholesale and I can TASTE when chicken is not fresh and is turning bad). Another wait of 30mins for the sashimi and the remaining dinner combo. (How long does it take to serve sashimi? Did they have to go fish it?) Again another 30mins for our sole sashimi to arrive, at which our server immediately took the fish bones in to deep fry (it takes about 15mins for the bone to cook). Waiting for the bones took about another 30mins, during which my parents left, tried of waiting.

It's a shame the whole experience left a sour taste in our mouths. Would I go back?...probably yes, but later down the road. Hopefully they'll have fixed the staffing problem.

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Ohako Sushi1414 West Broadway, Vancouver
Worst All You Can Eat
Submitted Tuesday, May 8, 2007 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Went out with the family for AYCE. We heard rave reviews from friends for their AYCE menu.

Food: The selection from their expensive menu was pretty good, but the food was bad. The sashimi was old and mushy. The shrimp smelled off. Their noodles were soggy. Their tempura was greasy and cold.

Service: They lost/forgot our order and we had to remind our waitress several times, then reorder. The serivce was so slow. We had to ask 3 times (different people each time) for tea.

Never going back there again.

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