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wannabfoodieVancouverSince February 11, 20073 Reviews
Average Rating
1.5 (1.7)
  • Food1.5 (1.7)
  • Service1 (1)
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Cho Sun Korean Restaurant3486 Kingsway St., Vancouver
Not what I expected from the reviews
Submitted Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

So I use this website when I'm back in town to look for restaurants that have received mostly good reviews. Since my friends and I had a hankering for Korean, my search led me to Cho Sun.

From the reviews, I had pretty high expectations of this place. Boy, was I wrong. We were seated very promptly, but other than that, everything else was pretty bad.

We ordered the seafood pancake, jap chae, BBQ beef, Kalbi, and bibimbap. The seafood pancake was ok, but not as good as others I've tried in terms of savoriness. The jap chae was sub par as it was overcooked. I felt it had a somewhat roasted flavor, probably due to the overcooking. The bibimbap was fine, but then again, it's pretty hard to screw that one up. My biggest gripe is in the two meat dishes - each was extremely small portioned for the price and the biggest offender was they were not even marinated. They were simply chopped up, put on a dish, and then drizzled with marinade sauce. When we BBQ'd it, there was hardly any flavour in the meat and we ended up having to dip it in some separate marinade for taste. WTF?! The panchan was extemely limited in the variety and once all our dishes were served, that was the end of service until we asked for the bill. There was no one giving tea refills unless you flagged down a waitress.

There were 5 of us and at the end of the meal, we were still hungry, which is a first, considering we've ordered the same number and type of dishes at other restaurants and walked away with bloated bellies. Guess I'm just spoiled with some of the Korean restaurants which I've sampled in the San Francisco bay area, which are simply to die for in terms of the food, variety, and quantity.

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Kitsilano Sushi3105 West Broadway, Vancouver
What are you guys thinking?
Submitted Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

I eat a lot of Japanese and cannot fathom how some of these reviews are giving this place anything more than 2 stars in all categories. I went here tonight only because one of the persons in my party had an Entertaintment book coupon to use. Could that have played a part in getting crappy food and service? I hope not.

We ordered a bunch of boxes which had the usual fare of tempura, salad, california rolls, and it was sub-par at best. We got one order of prawn tempura and my guess is that the oil used to fry them needed to be changed. The sushi plate was average and the noodles (nabeyaki and chicken udon) was rather plain. The chicken which they used in my nabeyaki tasted like yesterday's leftovers, not to mention there was hardly any other stuff in my pot unless if you consider spinach and an egg a substantial offering. After a couple of pieces of the chicken, I just ate the noodles since that tasted better than anything else in the pot.

Oh, about the service. Twice, the waitresses would bring us food that was order by another table. No one ever came around to refill tea, and getting the bill was itself an exercise in patience. And no, they were not jam-packed full of customers to warrant such a long wait for a paying customer.

One word to sum it all up - bleaagghh!

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Rakuraku Korean Cuisine5278 Kingsway, Burnaby
Don't know what the big deal is
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 8:54am [Dine in]

So a friend's friend said that this restaurant was not only cheap, but good. That's a combination that I like, but I'm reserved about it until I actually try it out myself, which is exactly what I did, woohoo!

First thing which surprised me about this place is that no panchan (those little, side dishes which are practically ubiquitous amongst all Korean restaurants) were served. No panchan - arrrgggh!!! No biggie, I'm a big boy, but I must admit that part of the joy for me in Korean food is the panchan *sniff* *sniff*

On to the stuff we got - jap chae (tasty, but I thought the noodles were a lot gooey-er than other places I've had), the beloved seafood pancake (very good), bulgogi ribs/kalbi (good, but what's with the massive bottom layer of onions? Oh, I know, it was a ruse to make the dish seem bigger than it really was, i.e. not too many pieces of meat were on the plate), kimchi stew hot pot (very good. one of my favorite dishes since I find sour, spicy dishes always whet my appetite), and seafood yaki udon (very good, but not something I would regularly order).

Like another reviewer said, I found the service to be sub-par. We found ourselves twice going up and getting chopsticks and bowls ourselves.

Would I go back to this place? If it was closer to where I lived, a hesitant maybe, but since it's not, then no, especially since my beloved panchan went missing.

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