Green Leaf Cafe – Burnaby

WAHOOOOOOOOOO! A new location closer to home! Finally got to try this hyped up sushi chain.

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – There’s a lot of variety with some Korean vibes to it. Sushi, Udons, rice, kimbaps etc. check out the pics

Service – 9/10 – They’re super quick and super friendly. Nothing bad to say about them, but nothing that was above and beyond.

Taste – 8.5/10 – The aburi was really tasty. I actually enjoyed these ones. The udons were really tasty and saucy. The only bad thing that we had was the kimbap. It was really disappointing. smh.

Atmosphere – N/A – cute interior, cute dishes..

Reasonably Priced – 7.5/10 – For some things, it was pricier than what you’d get… example: the “gimbap” (which i call Kimbap) was $5. I was expecting some awesome gimbap. However, all that was inside the Bulgogi gimbap was Bulgogi. If you were to buy this at the Korean Kimbap place on North Road or Hannam Mart, there would be radish carrots and other things inside the kimbap!!! D:

Overall, I would come here again if I had to be somewhere else in Burnaby as well.

yours truly,

tb ❤

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Hapa Izakaya – Coal Harbour Vancouver

Modern Japanese Cuisine. It’s unfortunate to hear that this location is closing down sometime this month… 😦

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 8/19 – A lot of things you could get! Rice & Noodles, limited Tacos, Sushi, Salads, Sashimi, cold Tapas, hot Tapas,

Service – 8/10 – The servers were friendly and quick. Everyone looked nice – literally.

Taste – 9/10 – Majority of the things we ordered were quite delicious!

Atmosphere – 8/10 – ambiance is nice there – probably because of the view of the water.

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I think it’s reasonably priced especially during happy hour! You can try and share many things during happy hour 🙂

Overall, I would come there again but they’re closing down this location so I probably wouldn’t make my way to their Yaletown location unless I was already in the area.

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 ❤

Suika – Vancouver

Went to this place for a friend’s birthday. All I knew about this restaurant was that it was a Japanese Restaurant with a lot of tapas – which reminds me of quite a few other restaurants like this.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 7/10 – The selection was alright. To me, the cooked vs raw selection was 40/60 respectively. There wasn’t much on the menu that appealed to my eyes and also based on the price and the amount you would get. Meh.

Service – 9/10 – for a large group, their service was really good. They were quick and nice. Super friendly and made a couple jokes about how we already finished the bottle.

Taste – 8/10 – Most of our dishes were really good except for the duck. Was not expecting that at all and I definitely did not like that peanut sauce. Yuck. Everything else tasted fine/normal but they came in small portions.

Atmosphere – 10/10 – the whole customers entering/leaving and the employees would shout something in Japanese. The atmosphere was lively even though I didn’t understand. Their birthday song/singing got me really hyped even though it wasn’t my birthday. You can see their employee/restaurant culture is strong.

Reasonably Priced – 6/10 – For the portion that you get, it is really expensive. I don’t know if there are other costs placed into consideration when pricing these dishes, but wow, it is definitely not the bang for your buck!!

Overall, I would not come here again. I feel like their chain in Toronto is a bit better (Kingyo)

SUIKA VANCOUVER
1626 W. BROADWAY
VANCOUVER, BC, V6J 1X6

yours truly,

tb ❤

Guu Garden – Vancouver

Went here for a buddy’s birthday and was pretty excited. I enjoy these type of restaurants where they welcome you beyond the average.

“V-STAR” Rating:

Variety – 8/10 –
There’s a lot of different tapas that you can get. fried. seared. raw. cooked. soups. noodles. Majority of the options are more appetizers in my opinion – or sharing dishes.

Service – 7/10 – It was really busy, but even so, maybe they should hire more staff for the weekends… The service was slow but the staff was friendly… so .. I guess it somewhat balances?

Taste – 8.5/10 –  everything was really tasty & flavorful – even the semi-raw stuff was good (even though I don’t like raw…)

Atmosphere – 7/10 – it’s loud so everyone kind of speaks over each other. The area we were sitting at is a little cramped because we were a large party with tables lined up. the staff is always shouting things because that’s the style of their restaurant.

Reasonably Priced – 6/10 – definitely not worth your bang for the buck. the portions are PUNY. They need to reconsider what a “large” is because the portions they are giving that is considered a large is like a small… insane.

Overall, I wouldn’t come here again unless I have to (for large birthday gatherings).

 

Address: 888 Nelson St M101, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H2

yours truly,

tb ❤

Nomé Izakaya – Toronto

Bumping place to eat at. Atmosphere is lively. Music is good. Staff is friendly.

“V-STAR” – Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – A lot of things to choose from. Tapas. Full Entrees. What’s nice about this place is that you can order a lot of dishes to share so that you are able to try more than just one dish..

Service – 9/10 – quick. friendly. nothing to complain about.

Taste – 9.5/10 – everything was sooooooooooo goood!! again, i don’t like raw food but i had the sashmi salad … and wow. It was delicious. Probably because the sauce covered that raw texture/taste/feeling.

Atmosphere – 9/10 – lively. bumping music. not too bright so your flaws aren’t exposed.

Reasonably Priced – $$$ – there are 4 of us and we ordered a lot of dishes including oysters. drinks were cheap too and we got a jug. Only paid $20 per person!!

Would highly recommend and definitely come here again.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Kinka Izakaya – Toronto

Super fun place to eat/hang out at! Every time someone leaves, the staff will say arigato -something something- in unison! Every time someone enters, the staff will say something else in Japanese.

“V-STAR” Rating: 

Variety: 9/10 – lots of different things to choose from… seriously : http://www.kinkaizakaya.com/menu/

Service: 8.5/10 – everyone was quick and fast. For some reason our waitress neglected us more than the other people?

Taste: 9/10 – everything we ordered was really good except for the matcha cheese cake … and the black tea ice cream .. LOL

Atmosphere: 9.5/10 – the staff makes the atmosphere lively and exciting with the Japanese greetings

Reasonably Priced: 8/10 – I would say you get the bang for the buck! Super good food for the price.

Kinka Izakaya 
398 Church Street,
Toronto, ON, M5B 2A2
416-977-0999

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

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