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Mak ManRichmond , BCMak Man...Mak Man...Mak Man...na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na...Mak ManSince December 4, 20129 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.2)
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  • Value4 (4.2)
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Saboten4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3180, Richmond
Tonkatsu + Rice
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

Saboten is one of the specialty places to eat at in the Aberdeen food court, and their Tonkatsu definitely gives high end Japanese restaurants a run for their money. I ordered the tenderloin curry set, first of all because I like Japanese curry, and secondly, it's called tender-loin. The set was a little on the expensive side compared to others in the same food court, mainly because it doesn't come with a drink, but comes with miso soup and cabbage salad.

The curry sauce was delicious, it was a little salty, because it was meant to be mixed with rice and tonkatsu and not meant to be eaten alone.. The curry was thick and rich with flavor. It went very well with the rice and fried tenderloin.

The tenderloin was very crispy on the outside. The batter they used was a combination of soft and crispy, it didn't have an exceptional crunch. If you just leave the batter in your mouth, it will melt. I like that soft feeling of the batter, which doesn't hurt the inside of your mouth when you bite into it.

The tenderloin itself was very....tender. I didn't have difficulty when I bit into the meat, it was juicy, but not greasy, and chewy which I enjoyed very much. Definitely one of the best deep fried porkchops I have tasted in a while.

Two recommendations:
1. Try the sandwich! I didn't get a chance to, but I will be going back to do so. I don't remember the name of it, but they sell out pretty fast and they only make very little each day.

2. Eat the salad with your set. Surprisingly, the cabbage that comes is very fresh and refreshing, compared to some dry and brown veggies you get at other places. The vinegar dressing goes along well with the cabbage and serves as a good appetizer.

Saboten is in a foodcourt, so I'm not going to rate the service and ambiance. But the food is great and value is good, even though it's a little pricier than it's counterparts in the foodcourt.

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Banzai Sushi House8251 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Low on Cash at the End of the Month?
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

Let's make this quick, like dining at Banzai.

The food, not so great but mainly due to inconsistency. You won't get stale food or anything bizarre, it's mainly a little too much mushiness, or unfrozen sashimi. Nothing that would make you sick or kill you. Sometimes I think it's pretty okay when it comes to taste or flavor.

The price, awesome. You get every penny's worth, and possibly more. A sushi roll can cost just around $3, and it's a huge roll. Could it be that they haven't read the paper or have been out of the store? Do they not understand inflation? Is that why the prices are maintained at the level it was at 10 years ago? Just joking. I admire them providing decent food at extremely low prices. Even more admirable is that they keep the place clean. If I were running Banzai, I would say, "You expect service and cleaning? We charge you half of what others do. You're lucky there's a roof."

Kudos to Banzai.

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Boiling Point4800 No. 3 Road, Unit #130, Richmond
Good, Fast, Hot
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

One of the better personal hot pot joints you can find, for sure.

I went in with a few friends, all of which ordered a different pot. I don't have any special recommendations, but I can safely say that all my friends were satisfied with the portions and food quality they got.

Beware of the spiciness options though. The little spicy option on a kimchi soup would be spicier than a miso soup with the same spicy option. Keep that in mind.

Be sure to try the sauces they have set on the table! They are great additions to the hot pot you have. I especially liked the garlic sauce, it was so flavorful the garlic lingered in my breath until the next morning.

What they use as a stove was quite annoying though, it burns way too fast and the soup dries up very quickly, before you can come close to finishing. I felt it was like their subtle way of telling us to eat faster and leave.

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant8111 Anderson Road, Unit #110, Richmond
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2012 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

AYCE hotpot and sashimi at $20... need I say more?

The food isn't incredible quality, but it is a notch above any other AYCE hotpot places. Factoring in the price, I will say that it's one of the greatest deals you can find.

Overall the dining experience was great. The place was clean, which is rare considering the traffic and pace the servers are constantly at. The place is very comfortable, good seats and there is nothing you can complain about. At this price, you'd expect to be sitting in a worse decor. The service was good and fast, they attend to you quickly and are always on top of things like adding soup to your pot. Of course, at the speed they were working at, you can't expect them to be super friendly and attentive to just you.

I would definitely come back, and would try their desserts section of the store too.

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Jang Mo Jib4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3200, Richmond
More Than I Could Handle
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2012 - 5:59pm [Take-out]

I ordered the set combo no.1, which is the Beef ribs combo. The set came with rice, along with sides such as potatoes, kimchi, bean sprouts, and deep fried dumpling. On top of that, the number of beef ribs they give is astonishing. I could barely finish all of it, and I'm a big eater. In terms of portion and value, they are great.

As for food quality, it can still improve. The beef ribs are way too salty, the sauce makes it impossible to eat. I ate a few pieces then I couldn't take it anymore. I can take salty more than most people I know, but even I couldn't handle it this time. It was the first time I had to wash a piece of meat off with water to make it edible. The sides were good, nothing extraordinary, just good.

The service is great, the lady at the counter was very friendly and always smiling. Good experience, I would come back again, hopefully they toned the sauce back a little.

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Bauhinia Restaurant8360 Granville Avenue, #120, Richmond
Rich for My Blood
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 3:27pm [Take-out]

I live right across the street, but I have not tried this place once since I first moved here. Finally, I gave this place a shot, after exhausting all my other dining options in the area. I didn't eat in because I'm all alone...so just take out. After reading through their menu, I found that they offer higher end dining than most HK style restaurants in Richmond. They had a lot of food that you couldn't find elsewhere, and they cost significantly more. At the end I ordered the Hainam Chicken with rice combo. It came with Rice, Chicken, a side of veggies, soup and a drink. It was a filling meal, at $12, a decent deal.

The Hainamese Chicken was not so decent though. It was mainly bones, with very little meat to spare. Most Hainam Chicken joints' chicken are all meat, here it was maximum bones, minimal meat.
They do compensate with the amount of veggies though, the largest portion out of everything. The rice was good too. It was the classic Hainam Chicken Rice, cooked with oil but not too greasy.
The soup that came along was nice too. It was rich with flavor, didn't taste like MSG.

When I went in to pick up my order, the waitress wasn't very friendly though. She wasn't rude, but you get a sense that she doesn't want to be there.

Overall, the meal was average, mainly because the chicken was a major disappointment. Everything else was good. I probably won't come back as much, as $12 is a little too much for a meal of this caliber.

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Silver Tower Cafe Restaurant8500 Alexandra Road, #100, Richmond
Late Night Go-to?
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Came here a little after midnight, after an intense school project marathon. There weren't many choices in Richmond at late night, so we settled for Silver Tower.

The decor was kind of 'scary'. The lights were dim, and most of the tables were hidden in the high walls of the stalls. At first it was a little uncomfortable, it was a little too secretive and you don't know what's going on around you. Eventually, I grew to like this, gives us a little peace from what's going on around the restaurant. I was in a better mood compared to being in a busy restaurant, even though it was hard to get the waitress to notice me.

Service was mediocre at best. This was Wednesday after midnight and there was only one waitress in the whole restaurant. I understand it's not very economical to have so many servers during non busy hours, but it did get a little frustrating when you have to raise your hand for 5 mins for it to get noticed. The waitress was a little rude to my friend also...

I ordered the mix and match set combo: Lamb chops + Beef Ribs on Rice with Garlic Sauce, it also came with a Soup (Cream or Borscht) and a drink. The food came in big portions, I was surprised at how much beef and lamb I got. In other dining experiences I sometimes got very very pieces, especially when I order beef ribs and lamb chops (because they are expensive ingredients?). All this came at $10, Outstanding deal.

Food Quality however, was lacking in many ways. The garlic sauce with my rice was cold. The lamb and beef were too soft... it didn't have any chew. It felt more like I was eating fish rather than red meat. The taste was bland, nothing to make me remember.

Overall, Silver Tower made me full with mediocre food, while at a cheap price. To have eaten the amount I have, $10 was a great deal. Too bad the food wasn't up to par. I probably wouldn't be coming back, unless for late night meals. During regular hours there are too many other choices and Silver Tower doesn't really match up in terms of food quality.

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Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle4151 Hazelbridge way, 2800, Richmond
Taiwan Noodles? Chef Hung!
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

Usually I'm not a fan of Taiwan cuisine, but after seeing all the reviews and ads about this place I decided to give it a try.

The decor of the place was great: clean, spacious and comfortable. Which wasn't a big surprise as all restaurants in Aberdeen are pretty outstanding in terms of decor.

We were served quickly when we stepped in and we got a table very fast. The service over the duration of our meal was a little aloof, but sometimes I like it that way. Sometimes over-friendly service disrupts my meal with friends. I wasn't treated badly or unfriendly by anyone at the restaurant, so I can accept it as solid service.

I ordered the Champion Beef Shank soup flat noodles and a side of Pan Fried Grounded Beef Cake. There was an option to make the soup a chili soup, but I'm not one that can take too spicy so I passed. The beef cake, on the other hand, was a rare item. I don't remember seeing a similar item in many restaurants, especially at this price, so I had to try it.

The Champion Beef Shank Noodles are the signature dish of Chef Hung, they have banners and ads about this dish everywhere. After tasting it, I believe it deserves the prizes and recognition.
The Beef shank was very tender and soft while maintaining a good chew. It's not like the beef where it gets stuck between your teeth with every bite. The thickness of each piece is perfectly sized, and the slices of the thinly cut beef are a delicacy on it's own.
The broth was rich with flavor, it had a subtle sting of spice in it. One thing worth mentioning is that the broth didn't have the film of grease/oil on top.
The noodles were very al dente. The chewiness and 'bounce' (as we chinese call it) was special. Many noodle joints fail in that aspect, as a result their noodles become soggy and stuck together. Chef Hung's noodles were different. Each strand was separate from each other, while maintaining 'dryness' as if it wasn't affected by being soaked in the soup. Great noodles.

The Pan Fried Grounded Beef Cake were outstanding also. Usually the crusts are soaked with oil and grease (think pork buns), but here it's minimal, you can barely see it. I think it's because it's made fresh and the grease from the beef won't have time to soak in.

I have to say that for this price ($10 -$15) per person, Chef Hung are giving away a great deal. I can't recall any dining experience (with noodles) that made me so satisfied. $15? Well worth it.

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West Lake Vietnamese Kitchen4800 No. 3 Rd, #105, Richmond
Good to Know
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

As a fan of Vietnamese cuisine, I constantly try out Viet restaurants when I see a new one.

It seems that West Lake has been around for a while, but I never noticed it. I guess it's because their logo looks more like one of a tanning salon.

The decor was a little different from your typical Viet restaurant. Don't know how to describe it, but it was generally different, like it's logo.

I ordered a set combo, which consists of one main dish (Pho or rice), one side (which most consists of two items), and a drink.

I chose the Special Pho (Raw Beef, beef balls, cow stomach), the bowl was a small size. The Pho had good texture, not mushy from the soup. The beef were tender and good tasting, but nothing extraordinary.

For my side, I chose the fried Spring Rolls and a Baked Garlic Oyster. The Spring Rolls were very crispy with a lot of ingredients inside. The oyster though, didn't really absorb any taste from the garlic sauce, which was a little disappointing.

Overall, the food was only a little better than average, but the portions make it very good value. My set combo came to 13 dollars before tax and tips.

The service was friendly and prompt, a bit understaffed maybe.

Overall the experience was good and I'm happy that there is a new Pho place on my list.

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