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redpandaVancouverSince January 16, 200826 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)


Displaying 21 - 26 of 26 Reviews Found
Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
OK, but not special
Submitted Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

Went here recently for an AYCE lunch with some friends. Maybe most of the other glowing reviews are for dinner, because I found that the place was OK for lunch, but not special.

The food was OK - not too many choices. I liked the ebi sunomono the most. The zaru soba wasn't bad either. The sashimi was OK, but nothing special (and limit 2 orders per person at lunch).

Service was OK - they weren't rude but they weren't super-friendly either. The food came reasonably quickly for an AYCE place.

The price is similar to other AYCE places - 10 on weekdays and 11 on weekends.

Ambiance was not too bad as the restaurant was reasonably clean (including the washrooms) and had a view of Aberdeen center.

The tiny mall it's in has very little parking, so it can be pretty frustrating finding a spot. With so many other restaurant choices that have better parking, I'm not coming back.

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Le Bistro Chez Michel224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Worth the drive to North Van
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Hubby recently took me here for my birthday so we could use up an entertainment coupon. We were welcomed and seated immediately by the host. Just as he requested, we were seated at the best window seat - with a view of the sunset. Since the restaurant is on the 2nd floor of a building and part of it is across from Waterfront Park, we could see the twinkling city lights after dark. Those twinkling lights played perfectly off the icicle lights encircling the long window that stretched all the way across the restaurant. The decor of the restaurant was comfortably classy without being overly flashy.

The service was incredible. We had a waitress who was bubbly and genuinely friendly. She made sure our food was OK. She recommended a great entree for me and really made my day when we had trouble deciding between two desserts - she gave us both and comped the cake because it was my birhtday! To top it off, the host came by before we left and chatted with us for a few minutes, even though it was our first time there. There were other first timers and regulars sitting around us and he took time to chat with everyone.

They just got a new chef who introduced a fall game menu. Being adventurous, hubby tried the elk, which was OK (good sauce, though) and not that different from beef, so at $32 was probably not the best value. My seafood provencale was very tasty with large prawns and scallops, so it was a better deal at $24. The strudel for dessert was tasty came with Vanilla bean ice cream (although given that it was $8 it wasn't exactly a steal).

Although the drive is a bit far for us, we're looking forward to coming back for another special occasion.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
Now I remember why I don't go there
Submitted Friday, September 19, 2008 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

Decided to escape the 30-degree heat at Metrotown one summer Sunday. Mom and dad wanted Chinese food, but not dim sum. The Boss was the only option. After an extremely long wait we finally got in.

The place looks better since they renovated it (hence the 3 stars for ambiance). Unfortunately, only the looks were better.

Service was just as bad as before. When we sat down they were trying to push us to order ASAP because they didn't want us to take advantage of the afternoon tea special (which would start in less than 30 mins). After we ordered, they practically ignored us except to give us the food and put the bill down right away (before we even have the chance to start eating). We spent a long time trying to flag someone down to refill our tea, and when we finally got someone, she went off and forgot about us.

The food tasted "just OK". The "chicken and seafood" baked rice had about 2 tiny pieces of chicken and seafood. The portions were all so tiny, but the prices were more expensive than other HK cafe places where your portions are twice the size. What poor value - I guess they can get away with it because they're the only HK style cafe in Metrotown. When we left, we were still quite hungry.

I wouldn't go back unless I was desperate.

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Steveston Seafood House3951 Moncton Street, Richmond
Wonderful birthday dinner
Submitted Friday, September 19, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Went here for hubby's birthday based on the good reviews. We weren't disappointed. In our online booking I mentioned that it was his birthday and that we wanted a seat by the window. Our friendly host showed us right away to the one and only 2-seater by the window. Both the host and our server wished hubby a happy birthday even before we ordered. Our friendly server checked to see if our food was good, which is an easy job because the food is good there. Our water glasses were also kept full.

I ordered the salmon and hubby ordered the smoked black cod. Both dishes were delicious and came with an interesting assortment of side vegetables. The dishes had good visual appeal too.

The highlight of the evening was when our server rolled out the dessert cart and asked hubby to pick a birthday dessert. We were pretty full, so she suggested a mango mousse. The mouse tasted sinfully delicious - like mango-flavored whipped cream. She brought it out with a candle - a nice touch. When the bill arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to see that dessert was on the house! Maybe we'll go there when it's my birthday and I'll try one of the other tempting desserts like chocolate mousse...

The restaurant has a nice ambiance, especially if you can get the window seat. Too bad the restaurant isn't right on the waterfront, though. (They are one street in.)

All in all, this is a great place to celebrate a memorable birthday or any other special occasion.

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Osteria Napoli1660 Renfrew St., Vancouver
OK food, floor needs a renovation
Submitted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Went here with my husband earlier this month on a weeknight. From the outside, the tables looked nicely decorated with white tablecloths and candles at each table. When we walked in, the place had an "old musty house" smell (the building was kind of old) and the floor on the front half of the restaurant looked grungy - the grout between the (vinyl?) tiles seemed to have some black stuff stuck to it. I give the ambiance a 2 because of the nice table cloths - otherwise I would give it a 1.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to stay, but since there were no other customers, we felt it was rude to walk out and go to some other (cleaner-looking) restaurant. At least the food and service were better than the ambiance.

Their complimentary bread was nice and warm - great for a rainy night. Unfortunately, the butter was almost frozen. We had eggplant in tomato sauce for the appetizer. The tomato sauce was reasonably tasty and we soaked it up with the bread. For our mains, I had fish in a tomato sauce (with capers) that was a bit on the sour side. The fish was cooked to a good texture, though. My husband had the lamb chops in brown sauce. The lamb chops were cooked medium (that's what he asked for) and I thought the sauce was just OK. We didn't feel like dessert that night. Portion sizes were reasonable. All in all, the food was solid, but nothing to write home about. There was no "wow" factor to it, although it's nice that the food came out hot and fresh and both entrees came at the same time. I've had food that was about the same quality at other restaurants for a few dollars less, so it wasn't the best value (then again, it wasn't the worst either.) Drinks were also pricey - we both had juices and they were $3.50 each for a tiny glass.

Service was polite and solid - nothing outstanding but nothing bad either.

Overall, I'd give this place 2.5 stars if I could (but barring that, I'll give it a 2). Unless they renovate the place, I won't be going back.

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
Now I don't have to drive to Whistler
Submitted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

Went by Main street recently and was pleasantly surprised to see that Splitz Grill opened a new location in Vancouver. Apparently they just opened last week.

I've enjoyed their mouth-watering lamb burgers whenever I was in Whistler. This time I decided to try the vegetarian lentil burger. The patty was huge. There were so many toppings to choose from. I chose the hummus (chickpea) and baba ganoush (eggplant) sauces. The burger was so big that I almost couldn't fit it into my mouth. Not only that, but the burger smelled good and tasted even better. The Indian-inspired spices in the lentil patty played off well with the two sauces I chose. I can't wait to try their other burgers, now that I don't have to spend hours on a winding road filled with construction to go to their Whistler location.

The restaurant is clean (obviously, as it's less than a week old). Since it's a burger joint, it obviously doesn't have the ambiance of a nicely decorated special occasion restaurant. Nonetheless, it is very comfortable (hence the 3 stars for ambiance). Although it is not sit-down restaurant service (and I wouldn't expect that from a burger joint), the people behind the counter (including the owner) are friendly and polite. (I would have given 4 for service if it was a sit-down restaurant.)

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