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vancouverpiggieburnabySince February 20, 200854 Reviews
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Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle4151 Hazelbridge way, 2800, Richmond
Over-Rated Beef Noodles
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2010 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

I tried this place today and i have to say that the restaurant and its food is blown out of proportion. The soup taste was alright but did not taste like champion level. If that kind of soup is champion level then i question the integrity of the contest which judged the merits of chef hung in the first place.

I know what good taiwan beef noodle taste like and that kind of level is definitely not champion.

and the price is not worth it.

i won't be returning to this place again, just over rated.

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Donair Delight4429 Kingsway, #2, Burnaby
Excellent Middle Eastern Fast Food Joint
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

I've been here alot and i'm surprised i haven't written a review about this place.

it's not a big place, but a little ramshack stuck inbetween rogers and some kinda crafts super mart.

the place is owned by a married couple - both from the middle east but i don't know which country to be exact.

everything is home-made and their sharwma is really tasty.

the portion and price is very fair and more than enough for the average person.

give this place a try, it's usually packed during lunch hours.

you won't be disappointed.

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Enigma4397 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Great Casual Dining with Fine Foods
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 2:40am [Dine in]

Tonight, i took my darling to enigma for the first time to celebrate valentines.

Enigma is a warm, clean and simple place with sleek designs and a musical atmosphere.

Upon entering the place, we could sense its casual atmosphere and laid back crowd. the boss was very accommodating, quickly seeing if we had reservations and so forth - as it was a packed night.

Although we were told that we had to leave by 7:30pm by the boss, this was later accommodated as our server felt it was just wrong rushing the customers. He held it up for us so we could enjoy our meal at our own pace, which made us very happy.

To start, we both went with the valentines special - 40$

it included a appy, main entree, tea or coffee, and dessert.

we thought all the food was fantastic and the pace of which each course came were also very well timed.

Our first course were the appy. appies were overall very well made, fresh and full of rich flavors.

2nd course were the steaks and duck breasts. the steaks were excellent - medium rare - and the duck breast was well done. my only discomfort were the tomato like mixed condiments that came as a side as they smelled slightly like airplane food.

our last course, desserts, was excellent. i loved the chocolate mousse :)....

i would definitely visit again as the price is reasonable and portions are definitely just right.

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Kishu Japanese House Restaurant538 Seymour Street, Vancouver
For the Value Seekers
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice, all after 8pm and I will admit that this place is about value.

The food's freshness, if you don't order anything fishy, than it will be alright. As with many value restaurants, I don't rate it according to a normal system because value normally drags everything else down quite alot. If you're seeking a place to fill up your tummy without blowing a wallet, come right here. Freshness is decent but not great although the meats and veggies are not bad - just the seafood isn't the highest quality but hey, the place is not going to bid for the highest quality seafood when they're selling it at rock bottom price. There are no $2 caviars or $5 fine dining french cuisines in the world is there?

quantity of the foods are huge and will be more than enough for the average joe, enough for sharing most of the time between two people.

the menu has a huge selection so take your time. i normally order the daily specials.

40% off selected menu items after 8pm.

saturday nights are normally very packed as this is the time i normally go because they must serve something fresher than normal.

service is decent and prompt.

overall, i would return.

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SKP Restaurant4409 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
A small, cozy and beautiful italian restaurant.
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

I took my girlfriend here last week right after we had finished school - around 8pm. This place is unique, compared to most other restaurants in vancouver. Although small, rustic and warm in it's atmospheric design, the staff and their appearances are top notch and very professional.

We ordered a full course of appetizer, drinks pasta and desserts.

For the appetizer, we have boccoccini and tomatoes topped with herbs and drizzled in olive oil. it came cold to my surprise so personally i did not enjoy the dish too much as i was hungry for something warm. to be fair, the ingredients and dish are tasty and fresh nonetheless. $8

Our drinks which were two special house ales at $5 each, were very tasty.

Next came the main course, our pastas. We both had the daily specials - red snapper and seafood w/ fettecini, roast lamb shoulder with feteccini alfredo. delicious, delicious, delicious! $19+$22

The dessert was the house special some kinda cheesecake. Not exactly sure how much their dessert costs but the cheesecake was mediocre.

overall, a splendid experience and will surely return for more!

PS - very large portions and excellent free, refillable breads!

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Posh1788 W Broadway, #101, Vancouver
Solid Sukiyaki AYCE
Submitted Friday, September 19, 2008 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

I had dinner here last night with 4 friends and the first thing that came to my mind when i walked into the place was - modern.

This would be my first time ever eating sukiyaki, and being a fan of hot pots of all kinds, my expectations were high.

Posh did not disappoint, but they did not make me remember anything in particular.

At $16 for dinner, the food item selection were decent. About 30-40 items in total with 2 being meats and the rest all veggies. Vegans aloha, visit here!

I'll break down this review in categories, starting with service.

Service - i personally found the service too attentive, pretentious and annoying. The waitress would come by every 5 or so minutes to collect empty plates, which was fine by me, but every time she came, she would continue asking how the food was or if we were enjoying ourselves. It really breaks our conversations and so forth when everyone has to focus on her and her pretentious attitude - perhaps it was just that one particular waitress. Other than her, service is fast, efficient and good mannered.

Price - Price is fair in accordance with freshness. I would have liked a little more selection on meats as pork and beef got boring after awile. Since this is sukiyaki, perhaps they can have a more expensive menu for seafood lovers...

Food - meat lovers may find this place lacking in meat selections but vegan lovers won't lack vegetables as this place has quite a few good selections of fresh veggies. I personally liked the pork more than the beef as the beef had too much fat - on average, every stripe of beef had over 80% fat. I felt like i would have grilled them like bacon.

Drinks - they will push their drinks special hard on you but i wasn't really too disappointed with it as it was very tasty. They gotta make money from something :)...

Overall, i will return again to this place as i found it to be quite special.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
A Japanese Gem
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

I am always in burnaby and this place has got to be one of the regular places i visit when i eat out. this place's high merits lie within it's traditional, everyday japanese cuisine that japanese IN JAPAN, would normally eat. this place's cuisine is one of those types where family moms in japan would cook up for their family to eat and also make bentos for their husband and kids to take to school and work. it offers hearty food at extremely good values - and the authenticity is definitely there. due to this restaurant also acting as the primary cook for the old people's caretakers home apartment complex, the restaurant's food is light and low in sodium - although their miso soup is at times a bit salty for my taste.

anyways you must try this place to realize the difference of this place and the hundreds of Japanese restaurants that are opened in gvrd.

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Taisho Japanese Restaurant4700 Kingsway, 15E, Burnaby
Just barely passing...
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant quite often, and it's not for the food, but the convenience. If it didn't have a good location, the business would be closed pretty fast with the way things are going. Luckily, this place is right beside Silvercity Theaters and with it's enticing, yet semi-clean setting, it's like tempting a baby with candies - or in this case, many babies.

Although I've been to this place many times, like I said, I am going to write a review for it this time (don't think I wrote one for it yet lol)

This review will be based off of its ordering menu and not buffet. I will add the buffet part in part two.

PART ONE - First the pros -

#1 - PRICE - price was fair for its location and the amount of food given, but did not justify the quality. I had a hard time choosing whether to place price within the pros and cons section but seeing how most of the people who come here are young and, pardon me for saying this, 'inexperienced or lenient' japanese cuisine munchers, i thought perhaps quantity was more important.

#2 - portions were quite enough, although not as generous as they used to be which i thought were probably due to the price of oil spikes.

#3 - spacious. the tables are nice and big for, normally, a party of 4.

PART 1 - Cons -

#1 - lukewarm food - the foods seem to be heated up in the microwave, meaning everything is pre-prepared. Normally, single order menu items are better than their buffet versions but seeing how I tasted no difference, it was quite a rip off here.

#2 - quality was definitely not good. I'm not saying you'll get stomach aches but what I mean is the quality of the ingredients used. Sushi rice falling apart, wrong or wrong portions of rice vinegar, and overall fastfood quality japanese cuisine.

#3 - sanitation was moderately clean, some areas having moldy corners and sticky floors are common - missed a spot perhaps?

PART TWO - pros

#1 - amount of selection on the menu

PART TWO - cons

#1 - price - this place's all you can eat is very high for the quality of food you get.

#2 - quality - poor, sashimi tasted lukewarm...and there the color was wrong

#3 - presentation - not good, looked messy and sloppy compared to other AYCE

#4 - taste - this place's taste are saltier than most other places, which requires you to drink lots of water.

#5 - service - bad, inattentive.

#6 - gratuity - definitely does not need to be automatically added especially when their service does not match up to it.

I will not come here again (repeats to self again and again) but seeing how it's a convenience after a late night movie, it's very hard to not get tempted.

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Mongolie Grill8400 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Fool me once, won't fool me again
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

This place is a rip off.

the quality does not match the price, especially when everything is weighed by THEIR standards. if you come here, you will be ripped off big time.

it's hard to put these into actual facts or examples unless people know the cost for mass imports of ingredients into a restaurant - which is actually 50% cheaper than their menu price - remember " whole sales selling to business buyers will always be cheaper" <----so why do I say this?

This place's menu weigh ratio / price is ridiculously high for the quality of food and cooking that you get and not to mention it's a 'cafeteria style serve yourself' thing. What you do is you pile the raw ingredients onto your metal plate along an assembly line-like thing like in a buffet place of some sort than you bring it to one of their many inexperienced, drop out look-alike chefs and they do a horrible job of cooking.

This place is ripping people off at 3-4 times the norm - and that calculation excludes their profit margin estimations so you can guess how much this place is really ripping off at people.

Service, almost none.

Place looks dark and stuffy.


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Gourmet Chinese Restaurant221 Ioco Road, #350, Port Moody
What can I say?
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

My friend lives in port moody, right up Ioco road mountains and whenever i visit him, we order or eat in at this place because to put it bluntly - we're lazy to go anywhere else, especially since it's port moody...no offense to moody residents!

Knowing real, authentic and delicous chinese food, i'll definitely say and agree with other reviewers that this place is a disgrace to authentic chinese cooking. however it's good as a westernized version of chinese food and since i've lived in north america for nearly 22 years, i don't mind eating it lol...

ingredients aren't exactly the freshest and i sometimes keep wondering why i would eat more it the next time around - maybe because the place has not given me any stomach aches yet because that's normally my red button for trashing and forgetting about a certain restaurant.

price and value seem to be a bit on the above average side, especially when u consider it's location and demographics. oh well, perhaps it's because there are no other chinese restaurants nearby.

the restuarant in itself, when u step in, is moldy, stuffy and depressing. the decorations are bare and mono-like with no warmth or human spirit. staff seem bored because the place doesn't seem too busy but there are still a couple of tables full.

oh well, i don't visit that friend TOO often, except perhaps once of twice a month anyways lol...

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
Excellent Value and Food
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

Seeing how i put value first rather than food, first in my title, i'll let you know that this place has excellent value, followed by excellent thai food.

I've eaten in and taken out at this place a couple times already and i will say that this place is a gem within the world of cheap eating. not only is it a gem in value, it's also authentic with a dash of contemporary flavor.

I took my girlfriend there a week ago and i will say that the food is still very good from a month ago before that :)... (we can't always visit one restaurant everyday ^^;;)

we ordered a lamb curry, chicken curry, sweet and sour fish and pad thai noodle. noodles were delicious, soft and fresh with lots of yummy ingredients like shrimp (or u can ask for none), and my favorite of the bunch - peanuts sauce!

all of the food came one and followed closely after the other, and all came piping hot and steaming. i have nothing to complain there. taste wise, food was not too salty but instead, leaned towards the sweet and sour side - as with most southern / polynesian islands. (although thailand isn't exactly there yet, more like in-between)

servers were competent and attentive and actually looked like servers and waitresses who knew their stuff - not your usual sexy and racy, inexperienced female waitresses in higher end, horribly valued restaurants.

i always revisit this place from time to time and this time is no exception!

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Cats Socialhouse1540 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver
A small step above fast food
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

I'll say that since I am nearly on Granville island everyday due to both school and work, I see this place often. It's not packed except maybe during it's wednesdays where beer and pizza are on special (that's from what i remember the last time i visited but they change it often). on other days, cat's meow is modestly busy. dinner time is when this place normally shines especially the norm of fri-sunday.

first of, this place's food is nothing to rave about. simple dishes are offered at an above average price. i normally come here for their pizzas and beers because, economically speaking, those give me the best value. at $15 (including tip) i can have a full dinner of pizza and beer when i'm modestly hungry. although when i am actually hungry, it costs me at least 23$ and these are on specials night. so as you can see, this place's value is decent but not at the fair mark as i would like to put it - than again granville island's rents are expensive so i don't blame them.

service is your regular upscale western style racy and sexy waitresses in black. young and soft, most have no experience other than to show off their breasts alwmost falling out of their low v-curve top. as i would like to say again, most of us these days only care about sex hmmm? even when eating we need sex ya?...right

cleanliness, this place is not too bad - and i have nothing more to add to this part lol...

the location is cozy yet also serene. the restaurant is good for small parties of 4 or less and for those who like casualty. restaurant is quite big but the way they stack together the tables and exterior / interior seating arrangements, 4 or less is best for optimum comfort.

the best things here, in my opinion, are their desserts.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
Excellent Chocolate and Desserts
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

This is, in my opinion, the best chocolate shop Vancouver has to offer to visitors and local residents. The chocolates and the way they're made are definitely deeply rooted from Belgium's 'Ganache' style. Ganache is soft, not so sweet, creamy and high in flavor. Rarely do we find chocolate that is high in flavor and low on sugar because to do that, the pastry chef MUST have excellent knowledge and know where to find the beans of both cocoa and coffee.

Personally, the reason I visit Thomas Haa's place is for their desserts because it's packed with flavor and not just sugar. In fact I find they use flavor to make the desserts taste good rather than most places who put a heavy emphasis on cream and sugar and hope those dual ingredients will carry them to stardom - although those two ingredients are essential nonetheless.

This place is aimed at high class folks so don't expect cheap stuff here. For what you spend and what you get, the value is almost at the fair mark. Most of the essential ingredients that they use are indeed imported and I can taste it. Don't expect to get anything cheap at this place.

Service-wise, since this isn't a restaurant, but a patisserie and cafe, I'd say service is mediocre although they do try their best to make you feel special - ex, calling you by name and always giving out that very superficial smile...

The place decor is also nothing to remember about, simple, clean and lots of metallic minimalism.

I've been a avid and long fan of Thomas's creations so I always return for more - both for the traditional and the new.

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Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
Contemporary / Sexy Design / Mediocre Taste...
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here today with a friend and the first thing I noticed was the minimalistic design of the building, both exterior and interior. Definitely, this place is aimed at and caters towards the upper, young class citizens and middle aged businessmen. Waitresses were dressed provocatively but also with a conservative undertone where needs be, kind of like telling prospective girl hunters, "You can have me, but before you do, you better be able to bite a bullet or two" - and all in black. Anyways perhaps I was over analyzing the servers at first because passively, this place forces you to since beauty and sex sells and is more eye-catching.

The first thing that I thought was kind of off was the servers did not know where my friend was sitting, since she got there before I did and was already seated. After searching along with the usher for awhile, I gave up. Seeing how the usher looked bedazzled and lost, I let her off the hook and told her I'll look for my friend by myself. Already, for a upper class restaurant, this is a no-no... but not a serious one.

As for food, I'm always finicky when it comes to Western Cooking because, to be flat honest, it boasts more than it can flavor and woe you - especially contemporary Western cooking. This is of course for the majority as I'm a huge fan of traditional worldly cooking, especially French Cuisine. The first thing I noticed was the menu had a scattered selection of East and West. This to me, from my own previous dining out experiences, is normally a bad start because the expertise will be sort of diluted and spread thin. To be on the safe side, since this was a western canadian establishment, I ordered a Lobster Raviole and my friend had a Rotisserie Chicken.

First the bad. I had a taste of my friend's dish and at nearly $20, the chicken was dry, bland, and mediocre. steamed beets and some other bland vegetables hardly made my flavor buds jump in joy.

The good part about this lunch was my lobster raviole, it was actually tasty - but forgettable. Huge pieces of home-made raviole, stuffed with tons of fresh lobster, crab and shrimp and ricotta cheese - each bite was very nice but not amazing. As always, the cream sauce tastes all the same...although it says ' DILL LEMON SAUCE' I couldn't taste the dill and lemon was just sour...maybe it's just me since dill normally has a low flavor to begin with.

I'll admit, my favorite part of both meals combined were my grilled cherry tomatoes and a huge generous slice of crispy garlic bread - yes sad but true...I enjoyed those two items the most.

Servers were busy, mediocre and came around kind of slow. We didn't get asked how our meal was now that I think about it and normally at a restaurant with high pricing, I felt somewhat neglected. Servers, were however, nice and never rude.

I left the place full but definitely with no memories except the girls. WHY IS IT ALWAYS THE GIRLS??? lol...we need more good food so people will stop remembering only the hot servers. Restaurants are so superficial these days...tsk tsk tsk...and same goes for the visitors lol...

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Seto Japanese Restaurant8460 Alexandra Road, #155, Richmond
Authentic Japanese Cuisine by Japanese Chefs!
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 3:02am [Dine in]

I've been a regular eater at this place for 5 years and the quality has never changed, if not became even a bit better. this place is authentic japanese dishes by real japanese chefs - not chinese or korean or etc.

the portions are not big so don't expect to be fed huge portions. the portions, however are passable and will get you to the 80% full mark.

service is humble and conservative - japanese waitresses.

price is probably a little above average if i wanted to compare it to the majority of japanese restaurants in vancouver.

no questions here, food is fresh fresh fresh...

place is not very new, a little worn down even because of time but nonetheless, very clean.

this is one of the few gems in vancouver in terms of japanese restaurants.

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Dinesty Chinese Restaurant8111 Ackroyd Road, #160, Richmond
Contemporary | Traditional | Authentic Chinese Cuisine
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 2:48am [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a couple times now and i have to say i like this place. first of all, i am critiquing this place from the point of view and merits of chinese cuisine and habits.

I've ordered, overall, about 20 different items on their menu to date and i've been satisfied with 15 of them. to make a long review short, i'll pick out the relatives points of my judgments.

this restaurant is clean, not just for a chinese restaurant, but restaurants in general.

this restaurant prices their food very fairly in proportion to the amount that is given in each dish. chinese ingredients, especially the exotic stuff, can become quite expensive - ex think of saffron in middle eastern and some european dishes.

the service is not passionate but not unwelcoming. being serviced by young adult girls, i sorta get the feeling of inexperience yet attentiveness is there nonetheless.

the place in itself is well designed and simply laid out, with lots of space. the only downside is the washroom go in single order - meaning only 1 at a time.

now onto the food.

chinese cuisine is huge so when you first judge it there are basically 3 things that you look for - freshness, balance and color. chinese are not too big on form or 'haute' like the french :)

i can definitely taste the freshness and as for flavor, not overtly salty, but i do find some dishes to be a little bit on the sweet side. color is perfect therefore i know the dishes are cooked correctly.

my favorite dishes are the tofu in crab sauce and pork stew and tofu in brown sauce :)...of and also the little 'xiao long bao' - always a must if you want to taste one of the brand dishes of china.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Delicious and Hearty
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

I'm not too knowledgeable with German Cuisine but seeing that so many people gave it good reviews, i thought i ought to give it a go.

I took my darling there tonight around 7pm (Sunday) and the place was pretty full :). First impression, the architecture of the home from the outside to the interior felt very little town German. All I cared about was whether people were ordering everything and seeing how as I stood at the entrance and having waiters and waitresses wissing by from left to right with plate after plate full of food, i felt relieved.

Food - I personally thought the food was delicious. My darling had the seafood appetizer, black forest schnitzel and i had the ..i think it was called the combination dinner. at $16 for the schnitzels, i thought the price was fair and the portions were fair as well. For a girl, such as my darling, she couldn't finish even half the plate but for a normal sized male adult, it will be just right. as for me, i'm larger than normal so i ate my own dinner plus half my darling's and i was stuffed.

the black forest schnitzel, as seeing how this restaurant specializes in schnitzels, is good only if you eat it with the sauces as the breaded pork in itself can appear a bit bland to some. red cabbages, potatos and fried dough noodle thingys were all staple condiments and side dishes that came with the schnitzels, bratwursts and some other kinds of sausages that i have no idea of.

the only downside tonight for us, in terms of food, was the appetizers as the value was just not there.

Cleanliness - very clean, from utensils to the bathroom.

Service - warm and caring service although i do have to say that the place could use maybe 1-2 more waiters and waitresses, especially on weekends. however, for what they have, they did an excellent job in my eyes.

one of the things that makes this restaurant shine is that it's European Cuisine at commoner's price. Most European restaurants are overly priced and expensive but this place offers a fair and full meal at a very fair price - especially the alcohols. you can easily order a bottle of red wine for two at $20-25 and that is cheap in my mind.

A second winning point for Bavaria house is it's architecture, I'd simply come to this place just to bath myself in it's romantic and cute northern european style atmosphere.

Will surely return in the future.

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
Mixed Feelings...
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 1:34am [Dine in]

party of 8 tonight

before...i review the food and services and values, i will need to talk about this place's cleanliness...

Ok...now....I may not...be mr.clean himself....but I am definitely not going to let a baby cockroach spoil this review or my dinner...although i did see one right under my chair the first thing i noticed when i sat down. than again, if you compare this place to places in asia, they got it way worse and hey, the people there aren't doing too bad - proportionally and ratio-wise.

sure....the place is not clean, floors are sticky - which is about the only thing i noticed that posed a health (not serious but normal) hazard towards those with an 'extreme cleanliness mentality'. one thing though, the bathroom was decently clean, which i was surprised.

second thing that i checked to make sure if things were decently clean were the utensils and glasses and they were indeed clean...which is all that matters to me. if i happen to unknowingly ingest cockroach dung or insect body parts than..oh well...the chances are that it won't kill me. ya most of you are probably thinking, "what kind of home environment and life do you live amongst!?" and i would normally reply, "please be reasonable"

now on with the food and value...

for a downtown location, this place is good. the price and portions are very fair and the menu is pretty big - especially on the selections of all the different kinds of fusion and contemporary rolls.

tonight we had ordered 9 different kinds of house rolls, a salmon teriyaki dish and a soft shell crab.

the rolls were all delicious and decently portioned - ranging between $7-9 / roll. teriyaki had good portions too and came with a bowl of rice. soft shell crab was mediocre and i seriously wish they wouldn't add extra fried tempura batter to the bottom because it doesn't make the dish look any bigger or prettier - just a waste of ingredients.

one complaint i would say about the rolls is the taste were all only slightly different. most of the time, mayonnaise, rice and avocado were the 3 dominant ingredients i could taste - despite each roll having vastly different other ingredients. but this complaint isn't big enough for me to not come back for more because i like this place.

service was good, waitresses were attentive to our needs and frequently came to our table to refill our cups of tea. definitely not rude but not top-notch - just normal and that is exactly what i would expect from this level of eatery.

value = 110$ including tips all together which i'd say was decent.

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East is East3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Solid Restaurant
Submitted Monday, May 26, 2008 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

Went here tonight with 3 other people and I am quite satisfied with the place. Since my pros happen to be more than my cons, i'll start with the cons.

Cons below

#1 - small tables - i'd say 90% of the tables seemed to be made for people under 5 feet (no offense) because they are really just that small. Combine that with a large party and people will start fighting for elbow space.

#2 - lukewarm food - the food are all pre-made so they came lukewarm not hot which is usually what foods "should" be at.

that's basically all the cons :) nothing too serious so now onto the pros!!

#1 - generous place - FREE REFILLS of entrees. This is going to be their number 1 selling point and customer grabber.

#2 - generous place - FREE UNLIMITED SAMPLES OF DRINKS. Another big sell off because you can practically get 4-5 samples in 1 swoop and that'd be enough for you free loaders :) of course I tried both samples and also ordered :P.

#3 - mostly organic ingredients - the use of organic produce in this restaurant is one of the reasons I will return for more.

#4 - pretty waitresses - hehehe

#5 - semi-authentic with a dash of contemporary flavors = creativity

#6 - the drumming upstairs got me anxious because I couldn't eat up there tonight :(...they're only open wed- sunday for upstairs entertainment and buffet.

#7 - fair price - for the amount of free refills and sample drinks i'd say the price is more than fair for this place, even if entrees start at $17 a pop it is actually only half that because you will definitely have room for more. Take your time :).

I'd definitely return tot his place because i love the drinks and their watiresses @[email protected]

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Sauce Restaurant & Lounge1245 Wharf St, Victoria
Another Over-Rated Western Restaurant
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

First off, don't get me wrong, I am not a racist but sometimes I do find that western restaurants seem to be on a completely different rating system compared to other cuisines - especially when it comes to north American or eclectic and new age cuisines.

The food my friends and I ordered tonight were nothing to rave about - except for the (not sure if I remembered the name right) beef short ribs with strawberry sauce?

The foods we had were caramel salmon, the beef short ribs and 2 16 oz steaks. To end it, we ordered 2 chocolate pates and 1 mellow monk cheese cake.

We'll start with food and the one word that pretty much sums all of our orders is, PLAIN. Sure the way the menu described each dish seemed like a michelin star, award winning cook book description but when the actual dishes arrived, I could make all of it myself in an instant! Flavor-wise, nothing to rave about either, except the short ribs, because i'm sure all these contemporary young chefs would say in defense of their in-experienced, bland cooking methods is, "oh simplicity and freshness is the new lesson around the block!" BS. If you're going to charge me $23 for a pathetically small-sized piece of salmon, 2 small slices of grilled bell pepper and cheap brown rice that tastes like airplane food than please don't open a restaurant. To top it off, the taste was mediocre and nothing mysterious - felt almost borderline of amateurish.

Again, the steaks were nothing to rave about either, bland and boring, accompanied with rice and bell peppers and coming at a whopping $55. Now I truly understand Gordon Ramsay's profit of (x 4-5 the original costs) and I'd truly agree with those remarks if i actually had excellent food.

The desserts tonight also were nothing to rave about, Chocolate pates with whipped cream tasted like just concentrated blocks of chocolate with more fat than the usual. The mellow monk cheese cake, however, was not bad but I couldn't really call it a cheesecake as the weight of the cake had me thinking i was eating some kind of a souffle - rather than your usual rich cheese cakeyness.

Service was slow, took nearly 15-20 minutes for us to get our drinks and another 10 minutes before our server came to take our orders. If I had not told them that we were in a hurry, I could not have imagined just how long our main entrees might have taken.

Servers are beautiful and very polite. Overall restaurant seating design seems to be very tight and hard to maneuver around - could not even get out of the place if I did not ask people to move while they were eating.

Total of our bill came to about $130 + 15 tips and etc and I don't think I got my values worth. Take off another $40 and the restaurant would be more fair in its level and pricing.

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