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ultramontanistDowntown, VancouverSince November 26, 20073 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)


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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
One of the best dining experiences in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 10:37am [Dine in]

We went here in the summer for an early dinner. (If you get there before 6.00, you can get the prix fixe set menu, which is a great deal -- 3 courses for about $50). The service was very good, but could have been more attentive considering the place was fairly empty when we arrived -- it took about 20 minutes for my beer to show up. That was the only flaw in the service, though.

The food and drink were great. My friends ordered some non-alcoholic drinks and they were beautifully prepared and delicious, invented on the spot by the excellent bartender (who, I understand, has won some awards). And even with the limited selection from the prix fixe menu, each of the dishes sounded great, so it was hard to choose. When the food came it was indeed superb -- some of the best I have ever had.

The ambiance is incredible -- excellent lighting and design.

Highly recommended, even for those on a budget -- go for the prix fixe!

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Mediocre food and indifferent service
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 10:27am [Dine in]

Decided to go here the other week with a couple of friends for AYCE (but not late night). Had to wait a while for a table but we didn't have a reservation so that's OK.

The ambiance is fairly nice except the benches extend underneath the partitions so my girlfriend had to worry about her purse. We had a very distracted waiter who missed about five of our orders, and one of the servers nearly spilled a dish on me and barely even apologized ("Oops," said in the most disinterested voice you could imagine).

The sashimi was decent but we were given very small portions,which is stupid since it's AYCE anyways -- why hassle the customer by making him send in a second order? The rolls were dry. The deep-fried wontons were pathetic creatures -- soggy and with half a teaspoon of filling, if that. Remarkably, I had a gyoza explode on me (!!!) as it seemed to have sucked up all of the normal gyoza liquid. Never had that happen before!

Wouldn't recommend this place, especially not for full-price AYCE dinner. It's probably OK for late night if you're in the area, but there are better places.

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Does NOT honour reservations
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 10:17am [Dine in]

Knowing that AYCE places like this are usually packed for late night, I made a reservation for 9.30 on Saturday for 3 people. We arrived at 9.25 and there was already a large group of people waiting around the entrance. No problem, I thought -- *I* have a reservation!

Well, the rather harried-looking guy up front put us on the "reservation list" and said our table would be ready in "10 minutes". I have never seen a "reservation list" at any restaurant (including AYCE places), and I've been to lots! We were the fourth or fifth party on the "reservation list". They were adding new groups without a reservation to the normal waiting list and also giving them the "10 minutes wait" line.

By 9.50 we had not been seated and were still third on the list, so we asked the front man how much longer we had to wait. "I don't know," he said. We asked him about their reservation policy and he was rude, so we decided to cut our losses and leave. He was still telling new parties without reservations that they'd only have to wait "10 minutes". Unbelievable.

What's the point of a reservation if I have to be put on a list and wait a long time? They are clearly overbooking this place to increase $$$. Extremely poor service. It's also extremely noisy (again, worse than other AYCE places I have been to) but it looks nice enough. The food is decent for AYCE (I actually managed to get a table on a previous visit!) but nothing special. I won't ever be going back, though.

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