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schrutefanEast VancouverSince January 7, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value4.5 (4.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Bon Cafe4909 Main Street, Vancouver
Mighty Tasty Sandwiches
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

Bon Cafe has excellent Pho, but not quite as good or cheap as my favourite place, Thy. But wow, the sandwiches - they are fantastic, easily the best in East Van. They pack em with lots of meat and the shredded pork in particular is to die for.

The ambience is okay. It's small, well lit and clean, but the tables are too close together and the chairs are too big. The main seating area consists of 6 four person tables placed side by side in pairs, so if it's crowded, you might be sitting next to another party.

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Thy5497 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Almost Perfect Pho
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

Thy is a small mom & pop Vietnamese diner. They have the best Pho I've ever had in Vancouver. Good noodles, quality meat, excellent broth and generous portions ($7 for a large). There is very little MSG in their broth. At most Pho joints I can feel the MSG on my tongue all day - not so at Thy. The sandwiches are decent too, but the Pho is the main attraction.

The ambience is actually pretty good with interesting music and decorations on the walls. Deducted points because it's not the cleanest place. The bathroom is abysmal.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House755 Burrard St, Unit 202, Vancouver
Love or Hate
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 12:42am [Dine in]

Shabusen is a nice mix of japanese and korean BBQ. Once you've been there you will either love or hate it - there doesn't seem to be an in-between. Some, like myself both love AND hate it - I love the value and I hate how I feel afterwards: BLOATED. If you're a proud meat-eater you owe it to yourself to go here at least once. If you're a salad-nibbler, get far, far away. Vegetarians will swear they can hear the tortured, disembodied cries of various animals being slaughtered in the back, though it may just be starvation talking - there isn't a whole lot on the menu for them.

Everything I describe applies to the lunch menu, as that's when I normally go. For dinner, I don't think it offers as much of a value as I find the selection of Japanese items to be poor considering the price. Lunch is only $13. Dinner is $10 more. $1 extra on the weekend if I recall.

The ambience is kinda cool - for larger groups there are boat-shaped tables that you can scoot into. For smaller groups (3-4), it can suck because sometimes they will stick you with another group on a larger table - it's especially crappy if they put you on the inside. As it is a BBQ joint expect plenty of smoke. Also, it would probably be good if one person in your group can actually grill with some proficiency.

Service is average. It can be slow at times and they will forget to bring items on occasion. During a typical outing you will end up re-ordering things a couple of times. Ordering is done on little sheets of paper to avoid confusion. It's also very convenient for the servers. Note that if you put down 1 on the order sheet you will literally get 1 piece of said item.

The food to be honest, is nothing spectacular. It's of good/average quality but there isn't anything on the menu you should avoid, sushi-wise. I usually start off with miso (which is sometimes a bit too salty, like most places, but that's what green tea is for) and have two or three servings sunomono and gomae throughout the meal to cleanse my tongue of all the meat.

For lunch, the only sashimi available is tuna, but it's not too bad. It sometimes is served too cold, but rarely. The usual sushi suspects can be found on the rather limited lunch menu - basic rolls, cones, teriyaki, tempura, and tofu. I usually get plenty of salmon nigiri sushi because I love salmon, and I keep the rice to go with the BBQ meat.

The BBQ adds an element of fun to the meal. There's nothing like ribbing your friend about that blackened piece of chicken you can't seem to get off the grill. You have three choices for meat on the lunch menu: beef, chicken and pork. The chicken is always good but the beef is hit and miss - sometimes you will get a lean batch which ends up being a bit tough. The pork is to be avoided in my opinion - it is always too lean. You'll be picking it out of your teeth for days.

Grilling tips:
1. Give the meat some time on the grill before flipping/moving it. If you pull it too early, it will stick.
2. The heat may not be even so rotate the grill often and move the meat from the center to the outside and vice versa.
3. Scrape off the chunks of meat stuck to the grill as best you can between sessions. If there's too much, don't be shy to ask a server to replace it with a new one.
4. Don't be afraid to turn the heat down if it's too hot for you to handle. A slow roast can be just as good as a fast sear.
5. Soak some tuna in soy or the dipping sauce and put it on the grill briefly. That's right, make your own seared, rare tuna - why not?

Overall the food is good, not great, and the service is okay, but you can't beat the pure AYCE value. $13-$14 won't buy you this amount/quality of food anywhere else in the city.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
AYCE Can Be Good
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 12:00am [Dine in]

I had the pleasure of dining at Kingsway Sushi last Friday night with a group of friends. We ordered from the standard AYCE dinner menu which was about $20. For some reason they charge 50c for ginger which is ridiculous, but they forgot to add it to our bill. The various menus are available on their website, so take a gander if my review interests you.

I don't really notice ambience myself (I focus on the food) but the restaurant was clean and nothing popped out to me that seemed misplaced or discouraging. The larger tables are in separate rooms (with no door, sort of like a nook), two tables per room.

Service was fairly good. The waiter takes your order using a PDA device, so it's probably best to have one person take charge and do the ordering reading down the menu and counting hands rather then having random people shout at the waiter. We received are food promptly, though they occasionally missed an item or two. It was still far more accurate than most AYCE joints I've been to. By the end of the night however, it took 10 minutes before a waiter would take our order. During the last half-hour the manager kept peeking his head into the nook, presumably to check if we were ready to leave yet. It seemed like they wanted us out of there, but we weren't budging til we got our last call. We arrived at 6pm so by that time it had gotten quite busy.

The food surprised me in two ways. First, it was actually pretty good, especially for AYCE. And secondly, there wasn't anything bad on the menu and we sampled pretty much everything. I can't count the times I've had AYCE where the tuna was half-frozen and/or turned to mush in my mouth (I usually avoid tuna for AYCE because of this), but it was pretty good here. The sashimi was unlimited (salmon, tuna, red snapper, and surf clam) and of fairly good quality. The snapper and surf clam were less chewy than most places.

We had a lot of deep fried scallops and shrimp which were delicious but after awhile it became a bit too much. There wasn't a whole lot of light items to help cleanse the palette - just miso, edamame, green salad, and sunomono (no gomae which I was craving).

They had an interesting set of "sundaes" on the menu - basically roll sushi with unique toppings. The tuna salad and creamy salmon sundaes were topped with a scoop of basically sandwich filling - it tasted like canned stuff to me. The scallop pearl sundae had chopped scallops and a lychee on top - very weird, but somehow it worked. The hawaiian flame sundae had chopped tuna with bits of pineapple in it.

Items I particularly enjoyed include the teriyaki new york steak, salmon belly, beef short ribs, lamb chops, and chicken wings. Mango pudding was on the menu for dessert and thankfully it wasn't watered down like most places. We treated ourselves to a second helping to finish off the night.

It didn't surprise me to find out that Kingsway Sushi is part of the Top Gun group, I very much enjoyed the few times I dined at Top Gun. Overall, I think Kingsway Sushi is a perfect balance of quality and price for AYCE, at least for dinner. I will definitely come back if the opportunity arises.

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