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unisushiVancouverSince June 30, 20106 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Matsuyama8500 Alexandra Road, #110, Richmond
Late-night cheap eats are a good deal!
Submitted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 12:27am [Dine in]

I like Matsuyama and I go often. They have good deals for their late-night menu. So good that you're guaranteed a 15-20 minute wait around 9:30pm or so. Reservations may not be fulfilled in a timely manner due to how jam-packed it is.

But the service is efficient, the servers are friendly but they are busy busy busy! It's hard to find them sometimes cause they're running all over the place fulfilling orders or cleaning up.

The food is solid but I've had my fair share of mediocre experiences here (e.g. fish scale in the sashimi, food not coming but ending up on the bill, really off chopped scallop, lukewarm noodle bowls) but it's cheap and busy!

Value is great for late night! $1.99 for cones and good Sashimi combos. Check the door for a special of that day (which is pretty well priced) you will often find items not on the late-night menu there but at a reasonable price (e.g. soft-shell crab).

The ambiance is loud. There's TVs going (often playing sports games) so it's a hit with Hockey fans and constant loud talking over the general noise.

They take Visa, Mastercard and AMEX.

Parking is horrendous here as it shares the spaces with several other restaurants.

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Costco Restaurant605 Expo Blvd., Vancouver
Cheaper than a Hot Dog vendor, that's for sure.
Submitted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 12:17am [Dine in]

I got a hot dog post-Costco shopping last week. Note that there may be a parking fee associated with coming here if you're driving. The parking downstairs in the Costco parkade is $2 for 2 hours (reasonable), there's metered parking right by the Costco entrance and some free parking available 2-3 blocks away.

It was $1.99 for my hot dog and pop.

*That* is ridiculously cheap.

I enjoyed my hot dog which I filled at the condiment counter with ketchup, mustard, relish and small cup of onions. The soda was okay - not too watered down.

So the bad thing is, that the napkins weren't stocked. They were there - like all 10 of them - but they were in such a disarray that I wasn't sure if it was a garbage bin or whatnot.

I went back for a $2 ice cream cone. It was delicious.

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KFC2190 Kingsway, Vancouver
Toonie Tuesday madness - but surprisingly well-handled...
Submitted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 12:05am [Dine in]

Oh my goodness.

Toonie Tuesdays.

It's probably the one day where this place just gets hammered, but you know what, they surprisingly handled it well.

First, I went around 7pm, thinking that the dinner rush would be over. But when I walked in there was a line of 4 people. Now if you've been to this KFC, you may know it's depth is not that big, but it's wide with a seating area on 1 side and a drink machine on the other of the counter.

Okay, so the line up actually moved quite reasonably and they got all the orders in. The wait for my chicken was about 10-15 minutes. In the meantime I saw a lady come in who was doing the deliveries loading up her bag for the next one and more customers.

Then these 2 big guys walked in who ordered a $100 worth of chicken after they were done.

That's right, one hundred dollars. They had supposedly come from the other KFC across town down by Knight/49th as the line up at that location was "out the door"! So the cashier unfortunately got confused about inserting some stuff so some team member had to help her out from the chicken. Meanwhile, the line up is building to the door.

But it only built up to the door. Sure, there was this 1 guy who saw what happened and left in a huff with a bunch of swearing cause he saw what type of order was going down, but other than that, it was okay.

There were flies flying around and someone had spilled stuff on the floor. The second till also didn't open.

I enjoyed my sinfully delicious KFC.

They take Visa, Mastercard and AMEX.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3320 Kingsway, Vancouver
Ordered takeout, it was solid
Submitted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

I was looking for a solid meal and got one for take out. Food was standard Pho in takeout containers - the nice thing is that they separated the Soup (with beef balls) from the Noodles/partially cooked meat/other items. The soup was piping hot and cooked everything in the other bowl nicely.

The bad thing is that you end up having what appears to be slightly less Pho than in the restaurant...

We also ordered that fried Spring Rolls which were pretty good and solid.

Overall it was a solid place for when I needed some solid food at home.

But where was my mint...?! Sadly, despite lots of bean sprouts and lime, the mint didn't make it into the takeout bag!!

This was picked up around dinner hours on a weekend, they were very busy in the restaurant though!

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Benkei Ramen3217 West Broadway, Vancouver
Delicious Ramen now available at more locations!
Submitted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

So I tried the Benkei over at W Broadway after months of seeing it under construction. It was pretty okay. Standard Benkei fare, it wasn't busy like the downtown one so it definitely affected the busy ambiance I'm used to. The table I sat at was particularly close to another table so I didn't feel like I had a lot of privacy.

There was a sign on the wall that advised customers to as for the garlic and red chili sauce. I can attest to the garlic (being freshly pressed) was good and welcome in my bowl of ramen.

I ordered the Shoyu ramen and added an egg (50 cents) and added a side order of chashu. Unfortunately the side order of chashu arrived first, and cold. It was rest on some bean sprouts, soy(?) and had some green onions on the side. I was expecting something warm - but it was okay...

The Ramen was pretty good when it arrived. Lots of noodles and the like and the chashu was hotter than the appetizer that came earlier. Iced water was provided and servers were available to take your request as needed. They do the Benkei ramen loyalty card here too so I will be back when I need something in that area but I like the downtown branches (esp. Thurlow) better!!!

So here's where they lost marks:

Food: the cold side order of chashu, the 7 spices that was missing the black sesame seed (was it so finely grated that I couldn't see...?)

Service: Waitresses ready and waiting but I waved my hand in the air for 10 seconds before someone saw me in a restaurant that only had 4 tables in use and 2 waitresses. But that was the only hiccup...

Value: Same prices as downtown (I believe) - not sure. If you want something cheaper, go to the McDonald's nearby :)

Ambiance: Okay except the area by the window has some tables which are closer together (less privacy) and it doesn't feel like busy and authentic Japanese like usual.

Yeah I'm picky.

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Sushi Oyama5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good priced sushi, great service
Submitted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I've been to Oyama several times before but this is my first review of it. They have consistent, friendly and speedy service. The sushi is fairly priced and the ambiance is different. I've heard that Sushi Oyama is actually situated in a former funeral parlour but it's the best looking sushi restaurant I've been to.

However, the sushi creations are unique with names like the Oyama Roll, Awesome Roll, Rainbow Roll to your normal sushi fare Chopped scallop sushi, Assorted sashimi you will be satisfied.

They have a lot of options on the menu and the sushi is well priced.

The Oyama Roll, Awesome Roll, Rainbow Roll with approx. 8 pieces each, a full-size Asahi beer and the Deluxe Assorted Sashimi (24 pieces) came to approximately $52 after taxes. This was dinner for two that night, breakfast in the morning for 1 and lunch for two the next day.

They take Visa and Mastercard. The Takeout menu advertises 5% off for pick-up for advanced orders of 1+ hours, minimum charge of $15 and cash payment.

Here's where they lost the marks:

Food: It's actually Korean people making the food but I'm not biased i'll try anything. However, the sushi came out with warm rice and it crumbled apart really easily.

Service: They were speedy and friendly but when it got busy it was difficult to get in contact with them. Certain seats in the restaurant also create great difficulties in reaching servers.

Ambiance: It's alright but it still feels like a crowded restaurant with lots of people. They've made use of every little space here. Plus if you're by the party room it can get loud!

One complaint I have is that the women's washroom especially is very tight. There isn't a lot of space to maneuver around in the actual stall. It's like the toilets weren't sized properly for the stalls.

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