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momochanVancouver, BCSince November 28, 20085 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)


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Tea Works5695 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Location is the only good thing about it
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 2:37am [Dine in]

Ever since it opened, I've been to Teaworks quite frequently. It used to be packed because there wasn't a BBT/Taiwanese snack joint in the 41st/Vic area. The food wasn't great before but the location was convenient of me and my friends to meet up.

Recently (as in the past 6 months), I noticed that it's barely half full when I go during prime time hours. This will be a summary of the 5 times I've visited in the past 6 months which were consistently bad.

Service - barely any even when it's empty. It's clear that the servers are students and not the owners. It doesn't seem like they care to work for good tips and it shows like they don't really value their job. Drinks and food come so slowly that one person can finish their drink and food before the other person gets their drink (which happens quite often)

Food and drinks - Cold drinks have lots of ice and has become quite unflavourful. Food isn't bad all the time, but the quality is inconsistent. Curry is watered down and bland though I've been told that Taiwanese curry is like that (even the Glico stuff is better). Hotpots are hit and misses. Fried chicken with noodle is not bad.

Decor - is the store sinking? The tables by the windows along 41st have such a strong slant that soup spilled once when the server put the Kimchi hot pot on the table. We checked the table and realized that there are cracks along the tiles on the floor by the window (closer to the washroom). Other tables have wobbly legs.

Overall, I have noticed a declined of everything with TeaWorks.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Brunch Review
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

My friends and I waited for 45 minutes in the rain to get a table. When we were called, we were seated promptly. The space was really cramped with 5 of us at a 4 person table (the restaurant is small overall so they did the best they could) Our server was nice and quick to order our drinks. We had their organic office, smoothie and an alcoholic drink. Drinks came quickly.

The food was a little disappointing for the price that you pay.

We ordered the Turf and Eggs, Crabcake benny and smoked salmon scallion croissant (I don't remember what the other 2 guests ordered). The smoked salmon croissant was okay. I felt like the salmon was taken straight out of a package because it had a slight hint of the "package/plastic" taste. The crabcake benny was blah. The hollandaise sauce was quite bland. The portions were small.

I would not return for brunch, but I would go back to give lunch and dinner a try. I'm disappointed at the value but the brunch food was decent with lots of room to improve.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Let me say it again, PRETENTIOUS!
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

I love Japanese tapas spots and last week I went to Hapa for a brithday party. If you have more than 12 guests, you are forced to order a set menu that is $30 per person. Luckily, the confirmed party was less than 12 people.

My pregnant friend and I were the first to arrive and they quickly seated us at the round table right by the door. We were asked to take off our boots and climb into the seats. Other tables were just regular tables which didn't require patrons to take off their shoes. But the server was adamant about us taking off our shoes after I mentioned that my friend is pregnant (I have a big belly so I could pass off as pregnant too) and that I had a foot injury (which my foot was wrapped) and I was comfortable with taking off my shoes. The server insisted that we did and my friend was struggling to take her shoes off in that small hole where you put your feet. I said "You're making a pregnant woman struggle!" Finally, the server gave us a table upstairs.

Our party had ordered about 20 different varieties from the menu. If you want to have something in your tummy, the rice and the noodles are the way to go with other tapas. Ordering mulitple tapa dishes on its own will leave you hungry for sure.

One couple ordered only tapas and their bill was $130 for 2. My friend and I ordered one rice, one noodle dish, 2 drinks and shared a gyoza tapas for about $60 for both of us. So your bill really depends on your ordering common sense.

The drinks were yummy, and costs an average of $8 per drink. They are not large but it's delicious. The servers will ask you repeated if you need another drink when you still have a quarter left. If you say yes, they will take the drink with the quarter left so say no until you have finished your drink.

If you haven't noticed the music, after awhile, it will get to you. I'm used to the clubbing scene and even the techno/rave music and its volume will get to you when you're trying to have a conversation (perhaps being upstairs mean we're closer to the speakers). My friend said he feels like he's shopping in a boutique or something.

The tea service was exceptional, they kept topping my tea with hot tea. Probably because tea is $1.50 each.

The waitresses are very friendly, and some dresses quite provocatively to get the male patrons to return.

For the value, I would go to another Japa tapas establishment and not return to Hapa unless someone is having another birthday there and has to be a good friend.

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Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant4989 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
I am a Regular Take Out Customer for Dimsum
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

I agree with other posters that it is very cramped in the restaurant and luckily, they do take out orders. You call in your order and pick up in about 15 mins. This review does not apply to dinner service, only Dim sum.

"You get what you pay for" applies to Western Lake. They are not "everything $2" so you don't get Ha Gaus (shrimp dumplings) in a form of over steamed paste. You get actual shrimps!

The portions are generous and it is not overly greasy (there will be some grease) and I have no complaints so far about the way they packed my food.

If you dine there and ask for hot sauce, they will ask you if you want XO sauce (hot sauce with dried scallops and shrimps). XO sauce cost about $2 for a dish but they give so much that it's worth it and it's pretty good, not the cheap 90% oil XO fake sauce. Mustard and chili oil are free of charge.

Other recommendations are spare ribs, sticky rice, scallop dumplings, siu mai (pork dumplings).

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Shima-Ya5589 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Food is Good and Fresh
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

I visited Shima-Ya on a weekday lunchtime to get take-out. I ordered 1/2 order of tuna sashimi and 1/2 salmon for $4.50 each, california roll, and negitoro roll. I was already warned that the pieces are small. The reviews are right, they are small! However, I've been spoilt with other restaurants where they are known for their large pieces and realized that fresh fish should not be a just a big piece of raw fish (ie. big orange salmon pieces). The salmon was small, darker in colour and very naturally flavourful. It made me think whether those larger pieces from elsewhere are farmed salmon. Nonetheless, it's something different, better and a bit more expensive.

The lady was very pleasant and for the 20 mins that I was there, I realized the restaurant had about 4 different customers in and our eating or take out and all of them spoke Japanese. Must be a good sign.

Even though the size was smaller, it made me try to enjoy my food more and I was still full. I would come again.

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