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sarina50vangroovySince August 22, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2 (1.8)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill4075 Main Street, Vancouver
Sadly disapointed
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 2:30am [Dine in]

Having had a fantastic experience and food at Zakushi before, I thought it would be a great place to go for a low-key dinner with my sister to celebrate my birthday. Unfortunately, other than the great ambiance of the room, we were sadly disappointed in everything else.

I want to preface my review by saying that it was an unusual night, there were 5 birthdays being celebrated and very large groups of people. However, I don't think that should affect all the other smaller tables in the restaurant.

After being seated, we waited almost 15 minutes for someone to acknowledge us at our table and take a drink order. It took us asking the host directly if there was somewhere to put our coats as we were in a small single seated booth. After that, the servers pretty much disappeared for those of us in the 2-seater booths.

Food wise, our tofu salad and the grilled garlic shoot with pork skewers was excellent as always, but that's where it ended.

Parts of our order were forgotten, parts came cold and we literally had to go find servers to get water or make additional orders. The chicken kaarage came so undercooked it was almost raw. As experienced foodies, it's quite rare (excuse the pun) for either of us to send food back to the kitchen unless there's a serious problem, but what made it even more unusual was that our same uneaten plate came back five minutes later! We were told that the chef was properly trained and that in the chefs professional opinion the chicken was cooked appropriately. When we explained, then demonstrated to the poor 'stuck in the middle' host that the outside was still white-beige and the inside raw pink, it was obvious he was uncomfortable and could only offer to cancel this dish from our bill. Nothing was offered to take its place and there was no apology. I know they were busy, but in all my varied restaurant experience I've never had a chef send back the same plate of food that had a complaint.

During dinner I was joking with the host about how many birthdays they had because they shut off the music and lights and there is a jovial "happy birthday" song sung by the staff at the table. I mentioned that it was also to my birthday celebration and got the 'oh, happy birthday' and a nod.

While I'm not someone who usually goes in for the happy birthday song or aknowledgement, I thought it would be kind of fun after seeing how they do it. But it was probably a good 40 minutes after we finished dinner with plates still on the table, and foregoing desert, before we finally gave up and asked for the bill.

Considering they had already had birthday celebrations I guess I kind of had my hopes up. So, this was an unfortunate experience which left me sad and disappointed...and without dessert.

I'm not sure if I'll ever go back, but it definitely won't be on the weekend.
Darn. Was so happy to finally have Izakaya in the neighborhood.but I'm going to have to rate this restaurant as total hit or miss. After tonight, I say miss it.

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Copa Cafe4036 Cambie Street, Vancouver
okay, but they nickel and dime you to death
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

Been here a few times as it's a neighborhood place. The food and pricing are OK - you get what you pay for. they do offer a great deal with their many set menu, but you have to be prepared to eat before five and after nine.

Some dishes are great every time (roasted chicken on Rice noodles which always has a great Smoky flavored sauce and seasonal vegetables added), others are frightening - avoid any pasta with the "white" sauce.Some are hit and miss, like the seafood with pan fried noodles. One time it was great, the other time the seafood was on the verge of rancid.

Here's the clincher though, you will pay for ANYTHING additional - or not exactly as it is set on the menu. I still think it was incredibly strange to discover an extra $1.00 on my bill because the waiter asked if I wanted my milk tea cold instead of hot! It's an extra $.50 for pearls in your bubble tea (although that seems to be standard in Vancouver now), and you have to pay extra for takeout, and condiments.

Like the food, the service can vary from very attentive to being completely ignored. Because it's a new restaurant, it has a clean, fresh modern design and depending on the time of day or evening you go, I can be calm and quiet or packed to the gills with frenetic conversation. Overall, it's an okay place but I'm not sure it would go out of my way to eat there if I wasn't in the neighborhood.

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Bon Cafe4909 Main Street, Vancouver
Don't have high expectations
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 1:03am [Dine in]

Like other reviewers, I love good Vietnamese lemongrass chicken and while I'm loyal to the restaurant a block away, I'm always up for trying new restaurants. So I tried the lemongrass chicken with spring rolls over vermicelli at the Bon Café this evening to see how it would compare.

Now, I have to say I was neutral going in because after all, both these restaurants are low-cost and high turnover. Exceptional ambience and high quality meat cuts are unrealistic expectations. But that said, lemongrass chicken should actually taste like lemongrass!

I don't know how the chef did it, if they were in a hurry or what happened, but I ended up with a serving of chicken that was overcooked and dry in one place yet still raw and pink inside in another. And again, I'm baffled how the majority of it was flavorless other than a bit of sugar and a lot of powdered peanut. Maybe they forgot to put these ones in the marinade? I'm also going to mention that my chicken was also incredibly fatty, or perhaps flabby is the word because it was not crisp and grilled but rather flabby, soggy and without flavor. But I'm of the school that traditional Vietnamese lemongrass chicken has to be somewhat fatty because that's where the flavor is. Or should I say, is supposed to be.

Were it not for the spring rolls which were okay but fried in very old oil, I would have given the restaurant a food rating of poor.

Service was adequate and friendly and nothing more than what you would expect for this type of establishment. The server was occupied because family came to visit and I found it amusing that after waiting 15 minutes, I was finally offered a cup of tea literally 30 seconds before my take-out order was ready to go.

If I were to go back, I would never order the same dish and I would probably try one of the pho’s instead. I would also take care of that any meat I was served was sufficiently cooked.

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Tonina's Deli & Cafe4125 Main Street, Vancouver
Good quality - but watch the order size!
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

The quality of foods and consumables here are really great and I like that they're brining in a wider variety of organic meats. I also like that as a non-pork eater they have many choices in turkey from the delicious turkey kelbassa to turkey pastrami.

The owner is a great guy who knows his stock, is willing to try new items and likes to take his time with customers. However, (and this is what prompted me to write a review) he is a bit hard to communicate with sometimes.

1 time I went in excited to try some new things and while his suggestions were great, somehow my request for enough cheese for two people as an appetizer turned into a 69$ order! Whoa! How the heck did that happen?

When I explained again that I meant 2 not 20 (I thought maybe I was misheard), he defended his extra-thick cuts and wasn't pleased that I asked him to downsize. That was uncomfortable and unpleasant in front of the crowd there to say the least, and I almost didn't go back. But I like their selection.

Now I know, when you order a piece of cheese from the owner at Tonina's it's gonna be generously cut -start with 1 slice!

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