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miyumiyuVancouverSince February 2, 20103 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Hachibei778 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Authentic Japanese Cuisine
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

If you want authentic Japanese cuisine, this is the place to go.
That being said, don't expect the standard sushi roll, teriyaki mystery meat, "eedamamee" (it's eh-da-mah-meh by the way) fare.

Best thing going on here, like some of the previous reviewers have mentioned, is their teishoku sets. Although they have daily/weekly special sets, I would have to say that their yakizakana (grilled fish) teishoku is their signature item. Reasonably priced and absolutely delicious.

My only problems with this place are...

1.) They seem to run out of supplies/ingredients early (yeah, we just opened for dinner, but we're already out of [fill in the blank]) and the fact that they don't actually grill their fish (they probably broil it). The problem with broiled fish is that the natural oils in the fish don't "drop" out as they normally would in grilling, leaving the fish very oily.

2.) The servers try too hard to speak in English. Yeah, I can understand that most or if not all of them are here on a work visa to learn English, but I've noticed that Japanese women sound very butch when they speak in English (when it's not their first language). Also, the etiquette standards that you would expect from any restaurant get lost in translation some how and the servers are a little too informal. Since it's a Japanese restaurant, I'd rather be greeted with the traditional/standard "Irashaimase!" than a "Hey, Guys!"

3.) The levels of service are not consistent. I've gone on some nights where I've had an absolutely wonderful dinner and I've gone on other nights wondering what the hell is going on. And it has nothing to do with whether or not they're busy. I've been in there all by myself and had lousy service and I've been in there when it's absolutely packed with a line out the door and had terrific service. I just don't understand the inconsistency. There's only so many seats in that place that being busy or not really shouldn't affect the quality of service and "not having enough staff" can't be used as an excuse.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Why Settle for the Best of the Worst?
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

I find it hilarious that Kintaro is constantly reviewed as the best place for ramen in Vancouver. Kintaro definitely doesn't live up to the public opinion of "best ramen in Vancouver." I guess a muddy glass of swap water is still water when you're dying of thirst in the desert.

I've been here a couple of times now and I've never been impressed at all.

The service is what it is for a busy ramen shop, so I can't really say that it's bad, but I can't really say that it's good either. Too bad Dine Here doesn't have a "neutral" or "no comment" option. At least this is the only thing that it has in common with an authentic ramen shop in Japan.

Just for laughs, I've always mixed up my order varying the "fatty-ness" of the soup and pork. Every single time, I've gotten the same bowl of ramen. So offering up the "option to choose" is really moot point.

People rave praises about the miso ramen here and that's another laugh. Miso can kill the delicate nuances of a soup, but they can also cover up any faults as well. I think the miso ramen here falls into the latter category since the shio and shoyu ramen here are pretty bad. Pretty bad is when I can make a better bowl of ramen at home using one of those raw/frozen ramen packs that can be bought in a Japanese food store.

If you want to raise the bar and your own standards and have a bowl of "real" GOOD ramen, there are better places down the street or around the corner on Robson.

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Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill3800 Bayview Street, #112, Richmond
Great Patio With A View
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

Decided to come down to Steveston with the gang on a sunny Sunday afternoon (which is surprising for January). Ended up at Shady Island for a few nibblies and drinks.

Decided to sit out on the patio, which was packed with other people enjoying the weird January sun.

Ordered a bucket of beer. Great selection. Came out relatively quick.
Ordered some appies. Standard fare to be expected of a seafood place. Took a little bit longer to come out. The server was really apologetic and was on top of things. Couldn't be helped though as the patio and the restaurant were packed. Spent the waiting time watching people go by. Shady Island's patio is great for people watching since it's right on the boardwalk and everybody walks by. Great view as well of all the fishing boats and Vancouver Island off in the distance.

When the food did come out, it was nicely done and very tasty. All washed down with great tasting beer... Did I mention already that they have an eclectic selection of beers in bottle and on tap (they have a wonderful stout called "The Backhand of God")?

The only disappointing part was that (granted we were sitting out on the patio in the middle of January) when we asked for the heaters to be turned on, they didn't seem to be working too well. Maybe they need some servicing or they need to be upgraded/replaced.

Great brews. Great view. Great service. Solid food. Solid patio (for winter, more than likely awesome for the summer).

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