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schweetbBurnabySince July 27, 200611 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
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Tojo's Restaurant1133 W Broadway, Vancouver
Loved it!
Submitted Monday, May 30, 2011 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

My fiance and I went to Tojo's for our anniversary dinner and we had the 5 course Omasake menu.

Omg - I love Tojo's! I thought their service was top notch. Well, at least our server was very attentive to us. She was so friendly, and happy. On our way out she even gave us two complimentary shots, an extra dessert and a pair of chopsticks for us both. Just a few minutes ago, I received a phone call from Tojo's asking how we had enjoyed our dinner there. I mean...where do you get that kind of service?

The food was very good. There were a couple of dishes that were ok, but then there were also some dishes that we thought were delicious!

Some may argue that the quality of food is not worth the price; I would say it depends what you are comparing Tojo's with. If you're going to compare Tojo's with Sushi Garden or Hapa Izakaya or Sea Monster, then of course you're going to think that it's not worth it. You're comparing apples to oranges. If you compare Tojo's with say Hapa Umi or Kimura or Miku or Octopus Garden then I think there's a much fairer comparison. We did not like Hapa Umi or Octopus Garden.

We're definitely going back to Tojo's again and next time, we want to sit at the sushi bar!!

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McLean's332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
Sorry Kirk...it's a no goal or I guess in this case...you didnt save the goal!
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

Argh...I was soooo looking forward to trying out McLean's too!

My first impression of the place was that it had really nice decor! Everything looked and felt very warm and inviting. The servers, however.....did not. The servers just didn't jive very well with the overall gathering of the feel of the restaurant. They looked misplaced and unfitting for a comtemporary ambience. Nonetheless, they were 'friendly' but only because that's their job. I had one waiter come up from behind me , not up to the table, asking if I was finished.

The food was tasty...but nothing spectacular, like, 'omg it's so good! pple have to come here to try this'.
We ordered quite a few things, 2 appies, 2 entrees and 2 drinks....our bill came out to just over 100.00 after taxes. For that price....I think I'd rather stick with Joe Fortes or something. Heck...Five Sails always has their sesonal 3 course meals for 48.00....

I dunno...I really did wish for good things from this restaurant...I noticed too for a Friday evening around 8pm in Gastown...most places would be packed during this time...but they had plenty of empty tables. For a Friday evening....I feel for you.

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Happy King2800 E. 1st Avenue, #258, Vancouver
Extremely rude customer service
Submitted Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

I've never been so frusterated at any restaurant before this one.

I would consider myself as a regular customer at Happy King...despite some previous comments about the restaurant....I haven't had any bad experiences with their service. I guess it could be because I go there so often, the workers all recognize me.

So last night I went there for a late night snack with a friend. The food and service was ok as always...nothing spectacular or outstanding. Our bill comes and it was about under $20.00. Unfortunately, neither my friend nor myself had cash...we only had credit on us. Since the sign at their front counter clearly states VISA or CASH, I figured, oh i'll just pay with Visa. Boy was I wrong.

The owner's wife looks at the bill, then looks at me and says "You can't pay with Visa, your bill is under 25.00. You can only use Visa if it's over 25.00"

I was like, but you didnt' state that on your sign? It says Visa OR Cash. I don't have any cash... sorry.

Then she said, I don't just accept Visa for a measley few dollars...you come here often, you should know that there's a limit. There's a Scotiabank across the parking lot. You can get money out from your Visa."

I was so floored that she would say something so crude! Especially coming from her...the owner's wife! Is she trying to drive business away?!

I just said, Sorry, I'm not going to get charged interest just because you didn't clarify on your sign that there's a minimum charge to use Visa. And since you know that I come often, have I ever just spent a 'measly' few dollars here?! Apparently Happy King's business MUST be doing very good considering you're too good to accept just a measly few dollars for your business. Don't worry, I'll make sure I take my measely dollars to another restaurant next time!"

In the end, of course she had to accept my Visa payment....but my gosh I was very appalled by her rude customer service! Who fights with their customers in front of other people?!

Clearly they are doing too well to care about customer service standards since they have such a huge chip on their shoulders.

Definately will not go there again!!

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Gold Leaf Chinese Food Restaurant4330 Northland Boulevard, #4, Whistler
Fresh, Hot and Filling
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

Went up to whistler for a day trip and my boyfriend and I were craving for Chinese food. I know --- of all places to crave for Chinese food....Whistler!

Anyways, we were surprised at the limited choices -- we were lucky to find this great Chinese food restaurant tucked away just outide the village.

The service was typical food court style. You place your order and sit down. The servers and owner brings out the food to you.
We ordered a Seafood chow mein, Stir fried Veggie dish and Wonton Soup. Both portions of the dishes were really big! The amount of seafood you get was wonderful! They don't cheap out that's for sure. The wonton soup was absolutely amazing! When I heard from some of the local diners that were in the restaurant that it was the 'best in town', they weren't kidding!

The pricing is your average Whistler price. It's a bit expensive compared to Vancouver pricing, but not too far off considering it is Whistler!

The bathroom and dining area is really clean and tidy. The owners even took a moment and asked us if we were enjoying our food and what not! So friendly!!

One down fall - how can a Chinese restaurant not serve Chinese tea?! Oh well....

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Dot. desserts5556 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good...not Great, could be better~
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

So with much long anticipation of trying out DOT. Desserts, myself and a few friends were able to check it out Saturday evening.

The ambiance was very modern, clean and simple. I wished the tables and chairs were a lil bit more comfortable tho -- my friends and I thought the high chairs and bar tables were a flimsy.

Although it was a Saturday evening, it was pretty quiet inside and not busy considering it was 9pm. The plus side was that our desserts arrived prompty after our order was taken.

The dessert crepes were pretty good, in fact, my friend said that it's one of the best crepe she's had in a long time. =) The parfaits were nicely presented...very colorful and it looked yummy. However the taste overall was meh - it was good, not great....nothing really spectacular. Depending which flavour you ordered, your parfait would have corn flakes, sponge cake, jello, red bean, berries, ice cream etc. The icecream flavour were pretty regular. Like any other icecream you'd find from Internationals or Mario's Gelato.

Considering the concept is Japanese parfait, I wish that the ingredients were more authentic. I mean it's pretty typical to find hard icecream, sponge cake and corn flakes inside a parfait....how is that Japanese?

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Comforting, Cozy and Relaxing
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend had taken me to this wonderful French restaurant for my birthday.

The food was fantastic. I know on their website the portions looked a bit small, but that was not the case when we were there at the restaurant. Their portions were perfect! For a three course dinner, from appetizer to dessert nothing was cut short or minimized.

Unfortunately I don't remember what we each had ordered but the food was fresh, great tasting, clean and appetizing.

The service was great and friendly. The atmosphere was unbelievably romantic and comforting. I would definately give this restaurant another visit.

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Strawberry Cones Pizza & Pasta4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3180, Richmond
Seriously, nothing special~
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

So there's another japanese infused trend that's taken place at Aberdeem. Of course just like every other curious food lover, my boyfriend and I went out over the weekend to try out this new food craze.

To my amazement, we couldn't place our pizza order until 6pm...not sure why they have that procedure, but we were interested to trying out regardless so we hung around the mall. When we were able to, we order half hokkaido tuna and potato and half premium lobster pizza plus the fishermen's pasta. The wait time for everything was approximately 25mins.

The pizza - the crust was chewy and crunchy...the texture wasn't too bad. The toppings, definately something different and not your 'typical' pizza topping. But overall it was just, mediocre. The tuna and potato pizza tasted like a sandwich toppings baked on flat bread...and the lobster pizza tasted like some sort of creamy pasta sauce slathered on the crust. Neither tasted bad....but it didn't taste good either.

The fisherman's pizza was definately a regret for us to have ordered. The shrimp and squid was bland and tasteless...the marinara sauce that's usually red was brownish looking and clumpy. The pasta tasted something like left over pasta that's been sitting in ur fridge over night and you've just microwaved it back up.

Overall....we wouldn't try it again....but people should try it out for yourselves and make your own call on it.

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La Villetta Ristorante3901 Hastings St., Burnaby
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

I went there last night for my friend's birthday.
We weren't too big of a crowd -- and not too demanding either.
There were approximately 17 people or so. They placed us in their semi private party room that seated two separate long tables so that gave a nice intimate feeling.

The decor and feel of the restaurant seemed positive. The servers service was average...nothing you wouldn't expect out of the ordinary.

Unfortunately the food was a different story. A few of the dishes were quite bland. I ordered the shrimp scallop risotto dish that came last because the server didn't bother making note which of th two tables had ordered what dishes. So when she brought out the food it was basically whoever answered first, claimed the dish.

That resulted to a few people missing food and we had to wait for our orders to come up again. When my risotto had finally arrived the rice was particially cooked. It was gritty and hard. I sent it back to the kitchen - the waitress was questioning at first but brought the dish back in and later informed me that the chef would 'cook it some more'. One thing I didnt quite understand was that, my risotto was in a cream base ...why would they garnish it with wedge of lemon?? Would it taste better if I curdled my cream sauce?!

When it came to settling the bill, the waitress set everything all on one bill. I understand if the restaurant was busy sometimes it's easy to over look these types of errors, but we were the only tables in there aside from a few extras .... and we weren't at all demanding or high maintenance for the servers to always have to get stuff or fix stuff for us.

Overall I didnt appreciate the lack of organization of the servers and the food. The servers didn't serve us our food properly or write it down appropriately and when the bill came everyone had to calculate their own meals because they couldnt separate by table.

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Sushi King House8176 Granville Street, Vancouver
Alwasy my favorite~
Submitted Monday, August 21, 2006 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

When it comes to eating sushi I tend to lean towards an all you can eat restaurant - I like variety. However, for the days I crave for sushi but not all you can eat...Sushi King is always my first pick.

Their restaurant and location maybe a lil tough to get around, but their food makes up for it. The sunomono is generously portioned with real prawns - their sushi rolls are out of this world. The size and the amount of filling they add into their sushi rolls are outrageously huge. Their sashimi are fresh and well sized. Try their homemade spicy sauce - it's so good....not your typical viet chilly sauce most jap restaurant uses.

I wouldn't recommend going with a too large group as their dining area is quite limited. Sushi King has been consistent with their service, food and cleanliness - - good enough for me to keep returning^^

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Jap food gone wrong....
Submitted Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

As most reviewers have already mentioned; The Eatery is definately not your typical average Japanese Restaurant. The ambience is more "Pub-like" -- if you're looking for quiet meal, then you've definately gone to the wrong place. But if you're up for an adventure....then you should feel right at home.

The waitress acknowledged us and seated us at to a table fairly quickly. However, our table was cramped and lightening wad dimmed...even if the candle on our table was lit. My boyfriend and I ordered 4 rolls --- Andy Worhal, The Beautiful, Viva Las Vegas & Spicy Tuna roll.

We waited about approximately over 40 mins before our food had arrived. It had taked our waitress over a half an hour before she realized that we were still waiting for our food, and had apologized for the long wait. The table next to us waited at least over 25mins for their appetizer, which was Edamame Beans....and we all know how long those take to cook!!

When are food finally arrived, my first thought was, "I waited almost an hour just for this?!"

Since The Eatery was labelled as "not you're ordinary Japenese food", I was disappointed. The rolls tasted bland and boring. It was definately not something worth waiting that long for.

Not to mention the ladies washroom was disgusting. Paper towels & toilet paper were everywhere, there was a wooden stick used to hold the paper towel in tact to the dispencer, there were these white streaky smears all over on one side of the red painted walls.

As well I noticed their kitchen was hidden away in the back. I actually enjoy watching the Sushi chefs make my sushi behind the sushi bar. I can honestly say I wouldn't go back to the Eatery ever again. After you know what people say: "To see how a restaurant's kitchen looks like, all you have to do is take a look at their bathroom."

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Ho Yuen Kee6236 Fraser, Vancouver
1st time hit...not sure about a 2nd...
Submitted Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

After reading about all these raving reviews on Ho Yuen Kee, my boyfriend and I decided to go there for dinner. As suggested by one of the reviews I had called ahead to make reservations; good tip by the way. When we arrived for our 7pm booking, the restaurant was packed!

I'm not sure if it was normal, but the restaurant that day felt like a sauna! There was no air conditioning and pretty much everyone in the restaurant was fanning themselves with napkins.
We ordered the steamed crab with sticky rice, half an order of the crystal 'something' chicken and 1 lb of fresh water prawns boiled which was accompanied with dipping sauce.

Everything was fantastic. The crab was hot and fresh, the rice was very flavorful, the prawns were succlent and sweet and our chicken dish was nicely seasoned and tender. After we were finished our waiter handed us red/green bean dessert which was yummy!! Service was mediocre...nothing really outstanding or bad. They brought us things when we asked, they changed plates for us. But these things are general.

One thing I do have to comment on though is that when I asked about ordering a Jellyfish appetizer, the waitress tried to rip me off by telling me I had to order another appetizer to go with it. Sort of like a combination. And that it didn't come by itself. Well if the Jellyfish platter didn't come by itself then why is on your menu as an individual dish? You have the option to combine two appetizers on the menu but does not say you are obligated to.

Anyways, over all it was a good experience. I'm not sure if I would go back again though. It's one of those one time trials for me. I think it's a little too extreme for me, after awhile the novelty just kinda dies down.

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