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VanitesVancouverSince April 22, 20064 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2.2)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value1.5 (1.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


Displaying 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews Found
Gyudonya500 Robson Street, Vancouver
Very like the ones in Japan
Submitted Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

As many have stated - this is another variety of fast food. In Japan, you go to a place like this, order, and the food comes within about 60 seconds. The beef is usually thinly cut brisket which has been slow-cooking for hours - not unlike a brisket from a western deli - but in this case in a soy/onion mix that is akin to teriyaki.

When I gave Gyudonya a try, I had the basic beef bowl as a 'meal' with the miso and pickles. Now, on some reviews (not necessarily here) I've read people complain the 'meal' deals were not worth it because it's just some pickles and miso. But I disagree - the miso soup had actual shiitake mushrooms and green onion. The pickles were daikon, cucumber, and some other type of greens. I would argue that there is more food value in those small sides than a container of re-processed potatoes formed to look like french fries, and a cup full of high fructose corn syrup and soda water.

So if you're looking for a quick lunch downtown, give the gyudonya a try for some Japanese fast food.

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Broadway Station Sushi1638 E. Broadway, #101, Vancouver
Just not worth it...
Submitted Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

I live near this place, so decided to try it today for a quick meal.

The service was horrible. The person who seated me, and took my order, was probably one of the owners' children, and looked disinterested, tossing the menu on the table as I sat down. It also immediately worries me what the food will be like when none of the staff are speaking Japanese.

I ordered 2 simple things - a sockeye roll, and katsu-don.

The sockeye roll was ok, primarily because of the fish - it being in season and all. Like many places though, they don't understand what the "su" in sushi is - the rice had little flavour, and was even a little undercooked. The sliced roll segments didn't stay together on the plate either.

Now I figure katsu-don was something that would be hard to screw up. How wrong I was. It looked ok when it arrived, with what appeared to be a nice deep-fried pork cutlet completely covering the rice in the bowl. The aroma of the sauce was about the right balance of sweet and salty. However, as soon as I picked up a piece of the katsu, my appetite dropped. The pork scallopini inside was the same thickness as the batter, so you were literally eating twice as much batter as pork. I really just can't see any justification for serving such garbage, especially considering pork is a very inexpensive meat. It was, truly, pathetic... not at all what a katsu-don should be.

Those two items and a pop cost about $11 less some change. I think it was worth more like $5.

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Frenchies! Montreal Smoked Meat2546 E Hastings, Vancouver
Can't compare to Montreal
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I was actually looking for the Dunsmuir location, but am assuming this is a franchise.

$9 for a 4oz. smoked meat sandwich (maybe 3/4 of an inch high in meat), $3 for a basket of fries that was maybe 2 fries deep, and they charge you 50ยข for a boring Bick's dill pickle. This is not what Montreal delis are about. If you were to order a smoked meat sandwich platter at, say, Dunn's in Montreal, it would be the same price, but the sandwich would be STACKED so high with smoked meat you'd barely be able to get your mouth around it. You would also get a mountain of fries, and cole slaw plus a nice kosher pickle all included.

Sure the smoked meat may have come from Montreal (and it did taste good) but one usually goes to a deli for the value - this one simply doesn't deliver.

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Whip Gallery, The209 E 6th Ave, Vancouver
Never Again...
Submitted Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

I went to the Whip last weekend as a friend of ours had given us a gift certificate over the holidays. We had the poached pear appy, which was quite good, but the entrees were average, especially considering the price. When the bill arrived, we presented our gift certificate, and this is where the whole night went sour.

Apparently, the restaurant is under new ownership, and they will not honour gift certificates because the former owner won't reimburse the new owner for them.

Perhaps the new owner should take some basic lessons in business. First, the old owner is the old owner - s/he has nothing to do with the operations of the restaurant now. Second, if you buy a business, including its name and brand, you also now own all the debts that go with the business, unless you negotiate terms with the old owner at the time of the sale. Third, don't deflect the responsibility on your patrons, by having your staff blame me for not showing the gift certificate before ordering - I've used GC's at MANY MANY restaurants, and have never presented it ahead of time, and have never had a problem with that - ANYWHERE!

If this new owner doesn't want to honour gift certificates, perhaps they should consider changing the name of the restaurant. Either way, punishing your patrons because of your own lack of responsibility and accountability is pathetic. This is one restaurant I will never patronize again, and actively encourage everybody else to do the same!

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