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sakurayuyBurnabySince August 20, 20095 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)


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Aki Japanese Restaurant1368 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Not Bad, Not Great
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 2:55am [Dine in]

Went here during the Olympic rush on a Thursday night pretty late in the evening.

- Nice atmsophere (dark wood furnishings, japanese deco, clean washrooms)
- Staff speak Japanese
- Large menu with many authentic Japanese dishes not commonly found in Vancouver
- Lots of dining space = very little wait time

- Took a long time to find waitress to order/get bill etc.
- Food came out at random intervals (although this is common in Asian restaurants) that had three out of four in my party eating with the last person waiting a long time for their order
- Waitresses are Japanese, but this means that their English isn't great, so it's hard to communicate with them
- Maybe it was because of the Olympics, but the waitresses seemed more focused on helping the 'tourist-y' looking customers
- Two of our party got tea/table settings and we had to flag down the waitress much later to get another two sets
- Prices a little higher than most Japanese places of this type in Vancouver

The food was pretty good despite service issues. Two of my party had different types of udon - which arrived piping hot with plenty of ingredients and was eaten quickly and happily. I had the katsu-curry, which arrived on a big plate with plenty of rice, curry (with large chucks of beef in it) and deep-fried katsu. My only complaint with the katsu-curry was it was a bit salty and came lukewarm. The last order in my group, a chirashi-don, came quite a while after the rest of the group's dishes but was very prettily presented with many different types of sashimi. Only complaint with this dish was that it was on a small side and the person who ordered it didn't feel like it was work the $16+ price tag.

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Kam Do8391 Alexandra Road, #1140, Richmond
Typical, Old School HK Cafe
Submitted Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is your typical, old-school HK-style Cafe. The place has become a bit run-down over time and it shows - the booths and tables are faded, the floors are a bit sticky and the menus are tattered. Service is pretty typical of a HK-style cafe: they'll come once to bring you tea, once more to take your order and a final time to bring the bill. As with most places, they only take cash.

I was there with a few friends on an afternoon between lunch and dinner. I had the baked spaghetti w/seafood (tomato sauce) and my friends both had variations on the baked chicken/pork chop w/Portuguese sauce (creamy curry sauce). All of our order came with drinks - we all had iced milk tea (they didn't charge us extra for the ice like some places). The food came at almost the same time and hot from the oven. Food was decent, nothing incredible, but very solid and still tasty. All of our meals were very cheap - around the $7/8 range, including the drinks - so good value there!

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East is East3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Unique, Fun and a Good Value
Submitted Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Went here in early January for a friends birthday with a group of 6. Surprisingly, although my friend had called ahead and made a reservation for dinner, the restaurant had somehow lost it! But, they were extremely accommodating and rushed to find us a table. In the meantime, half of us crammed into the tiny restaurant to wait while the other half waited out in the cold on the street - but the restaurant was nice enough to serve us some complimentary chai! Very nice gesture, and just the thing to warm us up while we were waiting.

A short while later, we were seated. The atmosphere inside was lovely. The walls are covered in Persian rugs and there were low hand-crafted tables and benches with lots of pillows and cushions. There was even some traditional music being played live in the background. Now, this is something worth mentioning, as they had rushed to find us a table, they ended up seating us at a table with a couple who were just finishing their meals. This means that the seating is basically communal style - and if you come with a group less than 6/8, you're likely to get seated with another couple of people if it's busy. This wasn't a problem for us though, the other couple was pleasant and recommended some dishes to us.

There are basically only two entree options: an eastern platter (includes rice, soup, bread, salad + 2 choices of mini entrees - like curry) and the roti rolls (sort of an eastern style burrito + soup, salad). I had the eastern platter w/baked salmon + chicken masala. The platter was huge! All of the items on the platter were small in portion, but after eating a little bit of everything, you begin to feel full. Some of my friends (college-age guys), however, finished the platter easily - but the great thing with East is East is that they offer complimentary refills of all the items on the platter (you can even try a different entree from the 2 you originally chose!) - so everyone is happy. Both of the entree options are a little under $20 bucks - not incredibly cheap, but for the amount of food you get and the variety, it's a good value.

The servers are cheerful and quick to bring refills/top off water. The only issue we had was towards the end of the night. The restaurant was less busy, but it did take a long time to bring out the birthday cake and even longer to get the bill. However, I would definitely recommend East is East; as it provides great atmosphere, unique food and all of that with happy servers and good value.

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Sushi California501A North Rd, Coquitlam
Tasty with Value
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 2:54am [Dine in]

Diners shouldn't expect Sushi California to be a fine dining restaurant. It's basically a cheap, tasty local joint with big portions and low prices.

Food: Solid Japanese fare (though not completely authentic, as the restaurant is Korean-owned) - with all the standards of tempura, sashimi and California roll. I recommend the Spicy Tuna Roll/Sashimi, as they use a spicy sauce that is Korean-influenced and is both spicy and almost sweet. The Alaska roll is also different, as they put a yummy miso sauce on top of the standard avocado and salmon. Pretty much anything on the menu is safe - most of it delicious - and there are plenty of set combos for those who want a bit of everything.

Service: All the waitresses are high school students with very little training, but their service is passable. Dishes tend to come randomly and sometimes take a while - but the reason for this usually is because of how busy the restaurant gets. The restaurant almost always has a huge line-up in the evening and there are usually too few staff on hand. They do run a really good take-out service though.

Value: Very cheap with huge portions. You can be full and happy for less than $10.

Ambiance: The restaurant is very small with minimal decor - but usually quite clean. The tables are fairly close to each other as well and when the restaurant is full, it gets very noisy. But really, at Sushi Cali, you're not there for the ambiance, you're there for the cheap food.

Overall, a good place to go for good Japanese food while spending very little.

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Maruchu Japanese BBQ Dining4580 No. 3 Road, #2065, Richmond
Delicious & Worth a Try
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 2:40am [Dine in]

This little restaurant is tucked away behind No.3 road and delivers a solid Japanese yakiniku experience.

Food: It's yakiniku, so expect to be doing a little cooking yourself. But the meat is tender and well marinated - recommend the tontoro, pork belly and kalbi. Cuts can be a little small though, so for bigger eaters it may be better to order a big more as one serving only comes with about 8 slices. Seaweed soup, salad and kimchi are pretty standard, it's really the meat that stands out.

Service: Waitresses are Japanese, so you know the place is authentic. Very polite and helpful. Our waitress actually asked if it was our first time (it was) and recommended several dishes and helped us order the right amount. She also helped us with tips on cooking/eating the dishes as well. Only problem was that they never came to refill tea or change the grill until we really waved them down.

Value: Dishes run about $7-12. There are a couple 'party menus' which offer a good range of their best dishes - good for first-timers. However, big-eaters may need to order more to leave the restaurant full.

Ambiance: Clean and modern. Bathrooms were very clean as well. Ventilation is a problem - but I find this is the case with most BBQ places, you'll end up smelling like your dinner when you leave.

Overall, definitely worth a try for something different and authentic - and you'll leave happy

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