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ryyeungRichmondSince July 20, 200735 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)


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Happy Sushi5632 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
New place that is close, if not, on par with established AYCE places.
Submitted Monday, October 4, 2010 - 11:26am [Dine in]

I came here around 1130am for a Sunday lunch with family. We were the only table there at the time, but it gradually filled to about 50% capacity when we left around 1pm. I guess Richmond people just eat late. This place has changed hands many times and it looks like this place just re-opened under new owners.

Food: We went with the deluxe lunch menu that was $13.95 + $1 for weekends. It included AYCE sashimi, so we thought that was good. The fish was fresh, and the stuff were all hot. Particularly good were the sashimis, the yam tempura and the chicken karage. The miso needed more flavour and some of the non-traditional AYCE foods were subpar.

Service: There was one incompetent young lady who just kept on looking at her feet and ignoring our request. But there were two males servers that were quite good, changed our plates, etc. We did have a bowl of miso spill on someone's jacket, but they were apolegetic.

Value: As a good-will gesture for spilling the soup, everyone got free pop and ice cream, for a total value of $4 per person. That is why I rate it so high for value. Otherwise, the pricing is exactly on par with the competition, so no complaints.

Ambiance: Standard Chinese operated AYCE sushi place. Clean, but ultilitarian.

Overall, a good alternative for AYCE if you are tired of the existing locations. Just set your expectations right, and you'll leave full and happy.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Lively place for birthday party
Submitted Monday, August 30, 2010 - 9:11am [Dine in]

Went here for a friend's suprised party. They don't take reservations, so you have to get their about 30 mins before to get a table. We were 16 ppl, so that is fully understandable.

Food: My partner and I shared a fajita and a mussel. The fajita was standard fare, with adequate sauce and a tasty steak and shrimp filling. It's hard to screw this dish up. The mussels were nice and plump, but the sauce missing depth and flavour. We also shared a pitcher of Pina Colada, which was rich, frothy and very tasty with the right amount of alcohol.

Service: I read the reviews below and was worried. But actually, the service was fantastic. The drinks were always refilled, never ignored, and no attitube problem. When it came time to pay with an entertainment book coupon, the waiter was very patient. So I was happy.

Value: It was $53 all in for me and my partner. The fajita was almost $20, so I found that overly expensive for a place of this caliber. Also the drinks were quite expensive, at 8-$10 a serving.

Ambiance: Perfect for our loud and large crowd. We didn't feel out of place. It has a nice Westerny feel to the place.

Overall, a good night out at Las Margaritas. Set your expectations right (they don't serve really Mexican), and you will come away happy.

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Tramonto8811 River Rd., Richmond
Great night out
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 11:10am [Dine in]

I read the reviews here and didn't expect much in terms of food and service, but was happily surprised with the nice evening. I put value at 4 stars here because I had an Entertainment Book coupon...otherwise, value would be like a 2 star as the items are quite expensive.

First off, when we entered the reception area, there was no one to greet us for about 5 mins. I thought the evening was going downhill from there, but luckily it improved greatly. It was just one absent minded hostess who was clueless. Otherwise, service would be a 5 star as our waiter was polite and always available. Water was refilled all the time, and nothing too pretentious.

Ambiance was good too. The dining room was clean, quiet with a good view. Again, worthy of 5 stars, but the blinds were broken, so until the sun set completely, it was blazing hot and super bright in the room.

Food - we skip appetizers and were given compliementary bread. Pretty decent - it was warm and the butter softened. I had a ribeye that was ordered rare, but came medium the first time. Waiter took it back promptly and a new one was made - delicious. Juicy and flavourful. The gratin potatoes were also fantastic. My partner had halibut and risotto and she reported it was good. Desert was a chocolate special and was decent, but not fantastic.

So all in all, a good evening, but not perfect for the glitches I mentioned above.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
Overhyped for out of town visitors - very mediocre
Submitted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 8:56am [Dine in]

I went here with my partner's out of town relatives. I guess since Sun Sui Wah carries with it a good name from being in business so many years, they were eager too try. I can't vouch for them, but I find this place very average compared to many of the higher end Chinese Restaurant (Sea Harbour, Jade, Kirin, etc.)

Food - the only good thing was the honey garlic sparerids which were crispy and tender. We had crab which was overcooked, duck wrap with lettuce, where the lettuce piece were not a good shape, the cod with soya sauce which was overcooked. Overall not what I expect from a place like Sun Sui Wah.

Service - it was Monday night, and super quiet. But our plates were not cleared, request took a while, the people serving food seemed disinterested. I will give them credit that while we were here dimsum, the service was quite good. I should also mention that although the dimsum was not superb, it was definitely above average.

Value - I didn't pay, but I think it was around $150 all-in for 6 people, so about average for dinner.

Ambiance - restaurant is bright and clean, though the same can't be said about the washroom. Otherwise, no complaints.

Overall, I can't recommend this restaurant. There are just too many better restaurants out there in the same price range.

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Aoyama Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 1008, Richmond
Solid alternative to HK style cafe
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 10:33am [Dine in]

Decided to try this place with a friend and my fiance. It's is located in the old Starbucks at Aberdeen center so the ambiance is quite nice and spacious.

Food - I had the seafood curry with rice, and like the reviewer below mentioned, it tasted like pre-made curry. Nothing wrong with it taste wise, but at a restaurant, I expect a little bit more, considering it was $13. My fiance had the baked unagi rice casserole, which was very fantastic. The unagi was flavoured properly, and the melted cheese with rice was very good. The friend had seafood pasta, and she only said it was OK.

Service - Pleasantly surprised by how friendly the servers were. They also walk around with a smile, and truly want to understand how we liked our dinner. They even asked how the food was. So thumbs up for that. I do agree the servers are a bit inexperienced, but nonetheless want to please. They are not proactive in filling waters, getting utensils, etc. But a simple buzz and they will come.

Value - on their website, there is a $5 coupon. So I think the dinner for two (me and the fiance) was about $25 all in. I think that is very good value for the food and ambiance.

Ambiance - big and spacious. Relatively clean. I just didn't like how the chair had no backs, so I couldn't lean back.

Otherwise, very solid place, and you get treated like a customer unlike other cafe style restaurant. Recommended, and I will definitely be back.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Great hang out place
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

This is probably my new fav place to have drinks, esp. since I got a $20 VIP card, that entitles me to 15% off food only, sorry no drinks! Anyways, I have dining with 3 other companions this night. We had just finished Hapa, and decided to come here as well.

Food - we had nachos, chicken karage and yakiudon. The nachos were pretty standard fare, I really like the karage. It was cripsy, large pieces, with a good dipping sauce. The yakiudon was perfectly cooked with just the right amount of roe.

Service - all request handled properly. The server did forget to check on us for last call, then said we couldn't order anything else, but quickly retracted that when she realized she made a mistake. Otherwise, I was happy. I see some reviewers were disappointed, but I was not.

Value - it was about $20 per person all in, and we had a pitcher of beer and two sake. So I was quite happy with what we paid. Also, considering the location, the drinks don't have a ridiculous markup.

Ambiance - we got some great booth seats. It's noisy here, but that's what you expect. Great place just to hang and talk.

Would def be back. Recommended.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
They stick with what they do well - GREAT RAMEN
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

I came here with a friend after indoor climbing so we were both pretty famished, and that could have made the ramen extra tasty. I just wanted to disclose that before going further.

Food - I think this is the best ramen in Lower Mainland. I've been to many other places (Benkei, Menya, etc.), but I think this is the king. I got ton ramen with extra fat. I know some people think it's salty, but that's their own fault for choosing ton with fat! Anyways, I thought the soup broth was full of depth, and delicious. The noodle texture was bouncy and fresh, as were the other condiments.

Service - They were "japanese" polite and all request were filled. No complaints.

Value - I think for $6-7 gets you a BIG bowl of ramen with some meats and fixings. That is very good value. I was left feeling very full, yet satisfied at the same time.

Ambiance - the place is pretty run down, and the washroom is pretty gross, but whatever, I'm there for the ramen. We sat by the bar, which gave us a good view of how the chef cooked the ramen, which was quite interesting.

So in summary, go here for the food - ramen. Just beware that like other reviewers have stated, the soup is a bit thick and salty if you get full fat.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
Pretty Decent for AYCE
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

Note this review is measured against AYCE sushi places. I know quality is not as good as a Japanese run place, but this is more than made up with the wide selection ang quantity.

Food - pretty decent AYCE fare. I like the fact teriyaki is served on a hot plate, though it could have a bit more sauce. Sunomono is good, noodles the right texture. Like most places though, they serve the oyter motoyaki on tin foil, which I dislike. Otherwise, not much to complain about.

Service - my partner and I went with the partner's brother and mother. We were there early on a Saturday, and was relatively quiet. I was quite impressed with the service, esp. considering past AYCE experience. All requests were promptly filled, they didn't toss food on the table, but rather served it. There were some smiles, and they even changed our plates. So pretty happy overall.

Value - it's 12.95 + $1 for weekends. This is about 2-3 dollars more than their competitors, yet you don't get more variety. So if there was a complaint about my meal, it would be this.

Ambiance - Overall, pretty clean. Did not get to see washroom, so no comment there.

Summary - one of the better AYCE places. Set your expectations right, and you won't be disappointed.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
Disappointing experience
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 9:36am [Dine in]

I went to Chop for a friend's birthday and there were about 12 of us. We were seated in the lounge area of the restarurant, which was supposed to be a private room, but it was music from the lounge was overly intrusive. I did like the flat screen in the room though, as it helped pass the time of our 3.5 hour (slow) dinner. More on this later...

I'll start with the good stuff. I really like the modern decor of Chop. It's very wide open , with cool neat touches, like a 007 inspired hallway. The washroom is also quite lavish. Some in my dining cohort did not like the dark lighting, as they said they couldn't see their food. I don't really care how my food looks, and as a true food connisseur, I see with my tongue.

We share an appy mussel between 5 people, and it was quite good. I think it was like ginger cream sauce, and the mussels were the most plumb I've ever see, like they were on steroids! They also have a promotion that when you order a steak, you get 1/2 lb crab legs for $3. The crab was juicy, but a bit on the salty end. That was the good of the food.

I had the porterhouse, and was cooked rare. The part furthest away from the bone was tender and juicy, but closer to the bone, it started really tasting like a low quality sirloin, so I was a bit disappointed. They have a good side, which is the scalloped potatoes and the seasonal veggies were quite good. However, the chef was a little heavy on the salt all throughout the meal. For $39 for the steak, I expected a little more. So the value rating takes a hit, but is partially helped by the $3 crab legs.

Now the worst part. Our waitress was either retarted and stupid, or simply did not care. She had an attitude problem from the very start, and checked on us every 20 mins or so, and would disappear the rest of the time. Appys were served even though we still had these huge ass menu's floating around. Simple tasks like getting water or the bill would take forever, or not be done at all. Finally, she served the bday cake from the box, then told us at the table she had no candles...idiot.

The 15% mandatory gratuity really described our waitress: T-otally I-ncompetent P-issy S-erver. The host finally talked to the manager about the crappy waitress, and he comped everyone at the table with a free appy. I don't know if I would return even with that freebie. I gave it to my parents and they can choose what they want to do with it.

Overall, a really disappointing experience. Would not recommend, especially if you are seated in the lounge area with a blonde server.

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
DOV 2009 Review
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

My companion liked to try these fancy high end restaurants, so I complied and that's how we ended up at Five Sails.

First off, this place is located inside Canada Place, so parking underground is quite pricey at $7 for the evening. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were promptly greeted and that was good.

The view would have been nicer, if it weren't for the enormous pillar stupidly placed throughout the dining area. Which stupid architect designs a waterfront restaurant with huge pillars...??? Anyways, end of that rant. The restaurant was tastefully decorated otherwise and very easy to have a conversation in.

I had no complaints about the service. Server and busboy were courteous and always available. The server did give us the bill without being asked. Normally, I'd be peeved at that, considering the restaurant was empty. But I was wanting to leave anyways...

Food: My partner and I both had the ravioli appy. The sauce was rich and creamy (good), but the shrimp and scallop were overcooked and tuggy! For the main, I had the salmon, which was nicely cooked. My partner enjoyed the duck wih a foie grais addition. Like the poster below, I've really only had Chinese Style BBQ duck, and I admit I like those better than the duck we had. The foie gras was OK I guess. It tasted very oily though. For desert, we both had the tart. The ice cream paired with it was good, but ridiculously miniscule. There was a nice presentation with the "maple syrup spider web", but it hurt to eat!

All in all, good restaurant. A bit pricey though I warn you. The coffee was $4.75 and the virgin caear was $6.00, which IMO is a rip off. Otherwise, the meal was of good value.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Great AYCE quality food - servers suck at math
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

First off, some people on Dinehere think they are sushi conniseurs when they eat AYCE sushi and complain it not authentic. Please....AYCE is for decent sushi at a good price - it's obviously not going to compare to what you get at say Tojo or something similar.

The food here is one of the best I've had at an AYCE place. The dinner menu, esp. the deluxe menu is expansive and a good deal at $23 per head. The sashimi is fresh, and my fav. is the fresh oyster, which comes out cold and fresh as well.

I really have no issues of the decor or anything. The only issue may be parking. If you get there during peak period, be prepared to wait around for a spot, or park across the street at Aberdeen.

However, my biggest gripe about this place is the indifferent service and the fact they are a place that doesn't count properly. For example, order 20 oysters and they give you 13 or order 10 sushi and they give you 15. Basically they think 2+2=5. Other times, for more pricey items (i.e. oysters, toro sashimi), they will forget the order completely.

But then again, this is AYCE so I don't expect the greatest service anyway. If you want enourmous amounts of decent sushi, then I highly recommend this place.

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
My partner enjoyed it!
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

I took my partner here for our annual Xmas dinner after she was all egg-cited after reading the menu and the reviews on Dinehere.

The restaurant looks like a villa decor, and is very warming and inviting. While the restaurant was fairly full, I never felt like I had to yell to be heard. I also felt comfortable with our server, who was helpful without being intrusive. He made good recommendations and just had a good aura about him.

My dining companion chose a 7-course sample menu while I had a shrimp appy and the rib eye. I was very happy with the shrimp as they were large and crispy to bite. Very delicious. The rib eye was cooked to my liking (rare), but I felt the sauce served with it was overly salty and detracted from the taste of the meat.

The sample menu included a small cup of soup, which I also tried but was disappointed as it came out cold. Other notable items on the menu was the calamari, which was fried nicely, light and crispy served over blackened risotto. There was also a buffalo mozzarela salad, which she really liked.

Overall, a very pleasant dining experience. Prepare to drop around $200 per couple, even without alcohol, so save this restaurant for those special occasions.

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
Nice Japanese restaurant
Submitted Friday, November 7, 2008 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

I have been here many times for lunch - it definitely serves to a Downtown lunch crowd, so service is prompt and courteous. No complaints and overall pretty happy. For my first dinner here, I came here with my partner just before a Canucks game around 530 on a Thursday night, so they weren't too busy. We were seated at a nice booth by the window.

Service: The waitresses are always attentive w/o being intrusive and plates are always removed and tea is always refilled. Much better than the Chinese owned AYCE places....

1) Sashimi salad - the dressing was delicious, the veggies were fresh, and the sashimi was tasty. My only complaint is the small portion size. This was supposed to be my dining partners my course, and she was upset b/c I took some of it.
2) Chicken Karage - For $10, there was only 5 pieces of chicken not much bigger than a McNugget. However, it was fried perfectly and still moist on the inside. They don't usually serve it with an Ebi Mayo sauce, so you have to ask.
3) Crunch and munch roll - One of their specialty rolls. The filling was good, but not enough CRUNCH.
4) Kameshi rice - Somewhat disappointing, but could be due to my fault. Usually, the rice is cooked with a crunchy shell that should fall off the bowl. However, it was stuck on mine! We were in a rush for the game, and perhaps not let the rice cook long enough. Also, the dish was a bit bland compared to what we had before this.

Atmospehere: Pretty clean. The washrooms have a funky smell though and should be cleaned more often.

The price came to around $50 for the two of us before tips. So I think this price is a bit hefty for what you get. But I guess you pay for better service and ambiance compared to AYCE places.

My companion says she wants to come back and have the sashimi salad herself w/o me taking some of hers, so I will probably return. I also had a good experience.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Taste of Yaletown
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

I came here with my partner and a couple of friends to try their menu for Taste of Yaletown, $25 for a 3-course meal. In hindsight. since we came on a Sunday, they had pizzas on sale for $8, which judging from 80% of the restaurant having it, looked very good. Nevertheless, we agreed to have the Dine Out menu...

Food: The curry soup and salad were both very average. The soup was like rice drenched in curry sauce. The salad was plain, but the veggies were nice and fresh. The main course was either a flatiron steak, or salmon. Both were tasty and comparable to more expensive restaurants. The desert was your standard raspberry or coffee cake, which I found overly sweet.

Service: Nothing to complain about. Water refilled all the time, plates cleaned. Pretty competent overall compared to other sports bar style restaurants.

Value: For $25, it's a bit steep, especially when compared to the $8 pizzas we could have eaten.

Ambiance: I like casual dining environments, and Yaletown is no different. Nice HD TV screen broadcast all games, EXCEPT the canucks game that night for some strange reason :( Otherwise, I felt comfortable.

I would definitely return on Sunday just to try the pizzas...

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Nice place - bad service
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

I went here with a group of about 15 people seated at a table meant for 10 people. This was our fault for not booking enough space, but we were cozy and the restaurant decor was good enough.

The restaurant looks modern and fairly clean (except the men's washroom - more on that later).

The menu looks very appetizing, though the prices are quite steep for what you get. I had the roti with curry sauce. It was good, but places like Tropika and Banana Leaf make it better. I also had the shrimp in lobster sauce, which was quite appetizing. But the rice came seperate and cost $1.75 a bowl!!!

Now the bad part: The men's washroom was quite disgusting as the floor was completely flooded from a plugged sink. I'm surprised no one cleaned it up.

Also, one of our waitress was completely clueless and was not helpful. Here's the situation: it was a busy Saturday night and my partner and I ordered mostly sushi items, as we heard good things about it. We waited >20 mins as all our other dining companions got their hot/cooked food, yet we kept waiting for our sushi. We checked with our waitress and then she only tells us after 20 mins of waiting it'll be another 20 mins of waiting. WTF??? Why didn't you tell us we had such a long wait!!! Then she kept saying she couldn't do anything about it. Yes you could have - tell us if you only have one sushi chef so we can plan our ordering accordingly....

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Chow3121 Granville Street, Vancouver
I want to find out what the hype is about!
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

So after endless hours of nagging from my partner, I finally gave in to her request to try Chow out. My first experience here met my expectations, but didn't really exceed them like a restaurant like Hon's or Congee Noodle House would. Guys - I'm just curious whether you chose the restaurant, your partner does, or a 50/50 split? I usually allow my companion choose since she's the pickier one.

Food: I had the prix fix dinner for $38 dollars. I forgot what I ate for appy, so it probably wasn't very memorable. I had pulled pork for the entree and was very pleased with it. Very tender and the pee puree was just the right texture and consistency. The desert was a apple tart - a Safeway pie with plain vanilla ice cream would be more satisfying. My partner had deep fried pull pork nuggets, which was overfried and tasteless without a sauce. Her main course of pan seared scallops were quite tasty tho. I also had a caesar that was a bit disapoiting - it was more of a shake than a cocktail.

Service: Our waitress was very helpful with our dinner suggestions, especially with the entree which were both delicious. Very attentive, drinks always refilled. The only complaint I have is the time gap between serving. Seated to drinks: 5 mins, drinks to appy: 10 mins, appy to entree: 25 mins, entree to dessert: 5 mins, needs more consistency IMO.

Ambiance: Nice and clean. Artwork I think is real oil paintings. The washroom wallpaper is a nice style too. Can't complain. I just wish they played some music tho.

Overall, not a bad restaurant. Heard they try to source locally ingredients, so that's good too.

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Ebisu in Richmond8111 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
Great decor - food and service NOT on par
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

I came here with my partner hoping to enjoy some fancy Japanese fusion food, but left disappointed.

Food: We started off with a dozen oyster for $14.95 which was a great deal. The quality of oysters was on par with most AYCE places - not bad considering I love oysters. We also got a free appetizer of 4 salmon sashimi with a coupon (more on that later). My partner also had a oyster motoyaki, which was a bit disapointing; why was it served with bread??? The oyster chucks were small, rather than one juicy oyster. Then we sampled one of their specialty rolls with imitation shark fin, but that was not on par with the kinds we tried at Kamei Royale. We also ordered a boat of lower grade sushi to fill myself up and save money --- unfortunately, dinner all in still costed ~$55. I should have gone to AYCE. Perhaps their lunch specials are better at $8.80 a set.

Service: Very slow - took them forever to refill the tea and had to be constantly reminded. The only saving grave was that the waitresses are quite nice. However, remember back about the free coupon appy. Well, I thought the web printout from the Richmond Review would be ok. However, they said they did me a "fabour" to accept coupon and that we should really use the newspaper copy --- Question to Ebisu managers: please take down the coupon on the Richmond Review website if you don't plan on accepting it!!! Thanks for your time.

Ambiance: I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the restaurant was decorated. Very cozy and clean - also had a TV to watch the NHL playoffs. This location used to be an old A&W!

Overall, not recommended AT THE PRICE POINT (~$30 per person). You have many option for Japanese fusion at that price.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Very impressed
Submitted Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

Contrary to some of the previous reviews, I was very satisfied with my dining experience at Goldfish. My dining companions and I were here on a busy Saturday and was seated in a nicely decorated room.

Food: I'm not a big fan of Fusion, and you can probably tell from my previous reviews that I admire the cooking skills of greasy spoon Chinese restaurants. I started with the mussel entree as my appy, since I have a bottomless stomach. The mussels were nicely cooked, but the curry sauce was too watery. My partner enjoyed some pan-seared scallops, which I must admit were quite tasty. I was disappointed that bread was not served with the meal though. For my main course, I had the black bean ling cod, which was ok; nothing great, but nowhere as bad as the halibut I had at Le Crocodile. My partner had the arctic char, which I really didn't get a chance to try cuz she ate it all.

Service: Very professional. Dishes were clearly promptly, drinks refilled when needed, etc. With a large group, the waitress seperated the bills correctly, and even with most of us paying credit card, she was ok with it. Nice change from the usual b*tchy attitude at some places.

Ambiance: Very nice; like I mentioned, we were in a private room. It was not too isolated, so I can get some outside crowd atmosphere, but quiet enough to carry on a conversation. However, I do agree with some previous raters that the atmosphere would be lacking if the restaurant wasn't full, as this place is huge.

Overall, highly recommended. The bill for me came to a little of $100 for two people, which is great compared to the $200 spend at Le Crocodile for crap food. Sorry, I'm still a little upset at the robbery of that "high-end" French restaurant. Thanks for reading.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
OK, but came here expecting a lot more
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 2:21am [Dine in]

So I came with high expectation after reading the reviews here and hearing from some friends who all had praises for this restaurant. However, I left disappointed. Perhaps it was their off night, but for almost $200 for a couple, I doubt it.

Food: Wasn't satisfied with the so called French cuisine. We had the pan seared foie gras, which was pleasant and didn't have too much liver taste. Also had the steak tartar, which tasted like the sandwich paste I make at home. I was most disappointed with our entrees. Halibut with linguine was overcooked and very dry. Beef tenderloin medium rare was also dry, and needed to be eaten with an overly salty jus. The side vegetable presentation was sad (what'd I'd expect at a low-end restaurant. It was served with maybe 5-6 veggies on a plate not bigger than a coffee saucer. The only saving grace is the deserts, which were well presented and tasted delicious.

Service: Good. Drinks always refilled...nothing to complain about.

Ambiance: Again, clean and tidy. The dining room is nicely lit and tables well spaced apart so you can comfortably carry a conversation.

If you do come to this restaurant, I suggest you really read the menu to see what is good, cuz we took the recommendations of the day and left disappointed. Many other restaurants in Vancouver in the 30-50$ range to try out....

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Nice and quick place for weekday lunch
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Came here on a busy Valentine's day for lunch and was seated within 5 minutes in the bar areas upstairs. Restaurant is very narrow, so no much seating room.

Food: Had the mushroom risotto. Well cooked with enough flavour. My partner had the wild salmon cooked medium rare, so that it was still juicy. We also had a complimentary desert, which was a raspberry torte with vanilla ice cream. Very well done.

Service: We were seated in a busy traffic area, so it was not too comfortable. Luckily, a gentlemen who is either the owner, matire d, or manager, made an effort to get us better seats even though we had no reservations. Since he didn't get us better seats, he took care of us with a delicious desert. Can't complain about the other parts of service; we were seated at the bar so service was right in front of us.

Ambiance: The decor is very modern for this restaurant. However, like I said, the restaurant is very narrow, meaning you sit back-to-back to the other patrons.

This place is great for lunch. They've obviously perfected serving the Downtown lunch crowd as we were in and out in 1 hour. Recommended.

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