Gokudo Shabu Shabu Hot Pot – Richmond

Update: Highly recommend making reservations because it can fill it very fast and they have limited seating to give you the ultimate experience 🙂

I’ve been here before right after getting picked up from the airport only because I heard about it from @yvrnomswidlindu…then I went here again with my friends but with a groupon.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – WOW!!!! I feel like you get so much with the Groupon or my appetite is just really small… but we still had meats and some vegetables leftover…

Service – 9/10 – Our servers were really nice and friendly and patient. Plus she took more than one photo and automatically offered to take a photo for us without us even asking…. They were quick and tried to be there for us even when it was really busy.

Taste – 9.5/10 – the base that you get with the groupon was okay. My friend and I who sat on the same side got one miso and one tom yum base (paid extra $3). We decided that miso would be too ‘bland’ so we mixed the two together and it ended up being really spicy…….. oops LOL. Everything else was really delicious and I drank 1.5 cups of the milk tea (because it was unlimited). The dessert was also really good (it’s jello and not tofu dessert woooooo!)

Atmosphere – 8/10 – it was dim and if you are a group of 4 or prefer the tables, there are only 2 (i think). Everyone else has to sit up at the oval bar which is really cool/nice i guess. You face the servers inside who help/serve you in and out etc.

Reasonably Priced – 9/10 – for 17.50 each ($45 groupon but discount code bringing it down to $35 which is $17.50 per person plus tax) it is DEFINITELY worth the buck!!!!! Highly recommend you try this place especially with the groupon. Make sure you get the dinner one if you’re going for dinner (because there’s also lunch time).

Overall, I would definitely be coming here again!~

3779 Sexsmith Rd Unit 2133, Richmond, BC V6X 3Z9

yours truly,

tb ❤

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1886 (#DOVF) – Vancouver

Located at the new PARQ place, a high-end Chinese restaurant. Since our group didn’t want to eat anything except Asian, we ended up choosing to this place because 1) it was new 2) it was affordable due to dine-out menu 3) it was Asian. Definitely a once in a ‘lifetime’ kind of visit for youngins’ like us. *rolls eyes*

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – They have Dim Sum, typical Chinese dishes, soups, meat dishes, vegetarian options, seafood, etc. Anything you can think of in the Chinese cuisine.

Service – 7/10 – The service was phenomenal. He was friendly – tried to make conversations with us. Tried to educate us with the history and the name of the restaurant and what not. HOWEVER, we were NOT impressed that we were getting charged for water. It would have been fine if we were NOTIFIED that we were getting charged for water. They kept refilling out cup instantly even though it wasn’t even half empty yet. Because of that, they opened 3 bottles themselves which we had to pay for (without knowing). Not impressed – seems like a violation but we didn’t want to make a fuss about it at the restaurant.

Taste – 7/10 – My favourite was the Peking Duck Salad (which seemed like it was just some lettuce you can grab at Walmart in a bag) but the dressing was delicious. Then they slapped on 3-4 pieces of Peking duck. My second favourite dish was the dessert. Fruits in a watery yoghurt base with ice cream half melting … LOL. The main course was disappointing. The THREE CUP CHICKEN CLAY POT was so mediocre. Quite bland and dry. First bite was good(ish) and then the rest were meh. The sweet and sour pork (it had a slightly different name) was VERY basic… Nothing special or different about it but the original price was probably overpriced. The SZECHUAN CHILI PRAWNS looked pretty lame. Overall everything was basic and we had higher expectations for the MAIN COURSE.

Atmosphere – 9/10 – very boujee, very classy, and everyone is well-trained for providing excellent customer service etc.

Overall, I would not come here again.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Ramen Gojiro – Vancouver

Heard this place was popular so we decided to come here for a late-ish lunch. Wow…. The line outside the door speaks for their popularity.. Regardless we waited…

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 8/10 – It’s a Ramen place so expect there to be 80-90% Ramen choices. There are salads, other deep fried things like chicken and gyoza etc.

Service – 7.5/10 – I guess because it was really busy, the service wasn’t the greatest. It would take long to wave someone for water or get a box etc or take our order. However, once you get their attention, they move really fast.

Taste – 9/10 – The salad I had was realllllllly good even though I could smell and semi-taste the flakey octopus thing.

Atmosphere – 8/10 – I guess most – if not all – Japanese restaurants have that culture where they say something when someone gets seated and when they leave (I think it’s welcome and thank you / good bye / see you again – I wouldn’t know considering I practically failed Japanese lol). That whole thing makes the atmosphere fun and lively.

Reasonably Priced – 8.5/10 – You get A LOT for the price you’re paying for. Definitely worth it.

Overall, I would not come here again UNLESS I am sharing with someone. I couldn’t finish my own bowl .. and there was A LOT left!!! So wasteful… Maybe the chicken and salad prior to my Ramen made me really full… oh welps.

yours truly,

tb ❤

YEW (#DOVF) – Vancouver

To be honest, I really wanted to try this place because they had Tiger Prawn Ceviché. I’ve heard of this restaurant before and I knew it was popular and usually expensive, so why not take advantage of the Dine-Out Festival (a 3 course set menu with options for the price range of $30 – $40). Super glad we still decided to go here despite a few negative comments about how YEW sucks during dine-out…. They definitely turned the table around this year though!!

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – n/a – again, with dine-out, the selection is limited to 2-3 choices per course; thus, no rating was given for this category

Service – 9.5/10 – our waitress was super friendly and was super cool (because she took more than ONE photo and tried different angles as well!!!!) she was super helpful and chatty but not TOO much .. just the right amount. The only negative thing about this experience was that we noticed they took the jacket of the girl in front of us but did not offer to take ours *shrugs*

Taste – 9/10 – for my dishes, they were all delicious! The tiger prawn was REALLLLLLLLLY sour. Even though I like sour things, this was just WAY too sour but somehow I still enjoyed it thoroughly… The Beef was SO TENDER. MY GOODNESS. It just falls apart when you try to poke at it/separate.  The Earl Grey mousse dessert was a little weird though. It had the nice earl grey taste, but then it would get kicked away but the tangy orange taste .. I don’t know if i enjoyed that one …

Atmosphere – 9/10 – Everyone and everything is so boujee (extra fancy). The interior was really nice and everything just screams “high-end” (even the ceiling was quite high….). The dim lighting created that “ooh-lala” atmosphere.

Reasonably Priced – 10/10 – for the $40 dineout menu, this was definitely worth the bang for your buck!!!!

Overall, I probably would come back here for a special occasion or dine-out next year. I would recommend those who had a bad experience with them to try it again next year!!

yours truly,

tb ❤

ARC (#DOVF) – Vancouver

We decided to go here for DINE OUT because it was close to the hotel and I didn’t want to walk very far… 🙂

V-STAR Rating:

Variety: n/a – We did dine-out so we were not looking at the main menu.

Service: 9/10 – Our waitress was nice, but when it was dessert time, she let someone else cover for her and they gave us the wrong dessert apparently (because she came by after and said my plate was supposed to say Happy Birthday but the other girl gave it to someone else).

Taste: 7.5/10 – the tuna tartare was okay. I wish there were other things to accompany it with. The taste was a lil too fishy for it to be eaten alone. The Braised cheek was pretty good, except the flavour was too much after half-way through the dish. As for the dessert, it was SUPER RICH. Dark chocolate was very strong, so it was something that I couldn’t finish on my own. The whole thing was just too much.

Atmosphere: 9/10 – the ambiance is very classy, dim, soothing(?). Interior looks very nice.

Reasonably Priced: 7.5/10 – super expensive but it is a high-end restaurant and I am not too sure if the quality of the food is worth the money. Since we did dine-out, it was dine-out portion… The Tuna Tartare was not what I expected and that was my most anticipated dish…  Regardless, if you like classy expensive things, Arc is the place to try out at least once?

Overall, maybe I need to come try this place again and order things off the menu. It is quite pricey though so .. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

Kurumba Restaurant – Port Moody

I was going to get my car fixed at the Open Road Autoshop, so I quickly googled restaurants nearby. We ended up choosing to go here because it was a fusion of different Asian Cuisines.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – There were a lot of dishes to choose from: Noodles (different flavors and styles), Rice (different flavors and style), Soup based, Bread, and more (can’t remember).

Service – 8.5/10 – There wasn’t much. She was nice? She took our order? And left us alone which is nice? LOL I don’t know what else to say about this.

Taste – 8/10 – The Roti Canai was really good – probably one of the best I’ve had. The “Mee Goreng” dish was good. Not too oily. The other seafood dish was meh. I didn’t like the flavor. It was too strong in seafood. It was slimy texture but also stir-fry noodles? Half wet-half dry – It was confusing. I wouldn’t get that dish again if I were to come back one day.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I would say you get A LOT for the price you’re paying for so definitely worth it!

Overall, I would recommend and come back to try different dishes!

Yours truly,

tb ❤

Tuc Craft Kitchen – Vancouver

Blindly  chose a restaurant near Portside and this was one of the top restaurants according to TripAdvisor/Yelp etc.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 6/10 – To me, there wasn’t must selection. Everything was really pricey – especially for the portion size that you get. I wasn’t too pleased with the selection so I chose something that I THOUGHT WAS FISH & CHIPS!!!!!!!!!! (But it wasn’t close).

Service – 7/10 – The staff was friendly and nice. Not that quick since we were upstairs, but that’s no excuse. Not much to say since there was very little interaction.

Taste – 6/10 – The dish that my friend and I both ordered thinking it was Fish & Chips was disgusting. It felt like I was just eating deep fried batter and not the “fish skin” or whatever they claimed it to be. I was hoping for legit Fish & Chips.  The whole dish itself was disgusting and needless to say, I was starving and barely touched that.

Atmosphere – 8/10 – yes, this is a bumping place to be at it seems. When we arrived and when we left, it was busy at all times..? The music’s alright. It’s dim…?

Reasonably Priced – 5/10 – again, I think it’s overpriced for the portion you get, for the quality you get, and so forth. I don’t think they justified their prices enough.

Overall, I would not come here again. Not my thing.

yours truly,

tb ❤