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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Victoria Sushi – New Westminster

We wanted to try something new but we didn’t want to go too far away from home.. M googled and have heard of this Sushi place and it had good reviews for their aburi… (don’t get too excited).

V-STAR RATING:

Variety – 8/10 – They have a fair variety. It’s not just all sushi. You can also get don bowls and stuff other rice/noodle dishes.

Service – 6/10 – not the greatest service and it wasn’t even crowded. It took time to get our order in place

Taste – 7/10 – TBH, I prefer Sushi California’s aburi better. I have yet to try to Miku aburi but this one just doesn’t cut it … It’s very popular but maybe I was expecting too much because of the hype and ended up getting disappointed? Who knows. You can always go and try it since it’s not far and doesn’t cost much!

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I guess it is considering you can afford the aburi here.. LOL

Overall, I would probably come here one more time but not if it’s out of my way.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Ancora – Downtown Vancouver

I literally googled “top restaurants for birthdays” and this was one of it AFTER I modified the query to have “Vancouver” in it. Originally, the top choice was McDonald’s. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#V-STAR Rating

Variety: 8.5/10 – There’s a lot of variety for seafood stuff. I believe there were one or two meat dishes that you can get. You can get basic steak for your entrée but everything else was practically seafood (except for the Beef tartare

Service: 8/10 – The host was quick to help us and seat us. Our server was super nice and friendly. It took some time to get our things or order – possibly because our server was super busy with other tables (it was quite packed). We were thinking maybe the atmosphere or style is supposed to be slow because you’re supposed to enjoy your drinks and scenery?

Taste: 9.5/10 – I am NOT a huge fan of raw food. I probably should have done more research and read the menu properly, since a few of our dishes were rawer than I expected. To my surprise, they were all really delicious.

Atmosphere: 10/10 – The patio is super pretty. The view outside the patio is amazing. You can watch the sunset. You can look at the calm water (ish). The inside is very white/modern/clean look. The upstairs is so elegant-looking. Just magnificent…

Reasonably Priced: 7/10 – Super duper over priced. Very high end. But I guess you are paying for the quality of the food? I don’t think the 6 pieces of sushi rolls was worth $14. Again, I think the fancy setting, atmosphere, service, quality of the seafood is taken into account for the price… *shrugs* ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Overall, I would not come here again but I would highly recommend you come here at least once. If I were to come here again, it would be more to enjoy the scenery/sunset etc. Or if I had rich friends, I would want a birthday dinner here because of the pretty private room they have upstairs. 🙂

https://www.ancoradining.com/

yours truly,

tb ❤

Rolltation – Toronto

This place is similar to the whole poke experience in Downtown Vancouver – just another franchise.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety:  6.5/10 – you can choose 4 pre-made bowls/rolls or you can create your own and pay extra for the better ingredients. There’s a limit to each category that you can have in your bowl/roll if that makes sense ..

Service: N/A – you just order at the counter and you follow the line to have someone add ingredients into your bowl/roll…..

Taste: 7/10 – if you’re creating your own bowl/roll, it will be a hit or miss with the many different ingredients that you’re slapping onto your order.. the protein tastes fresh .. the sauce is alright .. there is nothing amazing about this place in terms of the taste.

Atmosphere: 6/10 – super duper small. there’s only 4 seats available and they are usually occupied. you can’t really eat in this place and should always expect to go elsewhere and eat this ..

Reasonably Priced: 6.5/10 – pricey because of the salmon/protein I guess. You get a lot but it is a lot of inexpensive ingredients.

Overall, this was a one time experience and I would not go out of my way again to come here.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Pokéritto – Vancouver

AT LAST! We finally made it to Pokéritto! It’s such a struggle to travel downtown where all the good food places are at. The hype was real over this place so I just had to visit.. Please note: I AM NOT a fan of raw fish or anything raw… So the review below kind of says a lot..

“V-STAR” Rating: 

VARIETY: 7.5/10 – You can have a salad bowl, rice bowl, or in a burrito shape. You can have the signature options (I think there are about 5) or you can make your own from scratch. There a lot of sauce options, side options, raw fish/seafood options. Of course it costs extra for avocado..

SERVICE :  9/10 – The staff is super friendly and nice. They’re quick because they know they’re popular and quite busy so there’s no time for dilly dallying.

TASTE: 9/10 – Ok, for someone who doesn’t even like sushi or raw food, I thought the Salad Bowl w/ Atlantic Salmon Sashimi was really good … with the house sauce and the other toppings I picked. I didn’t taste the rawness and I didn’t feel the icky slimy “raw” feeling of the salmon. That’s probably the top two reasons why I HATE raw food, but having the salad bowl @ Pokéritto made me actually like it .. JUST SLIGHTLY…

ATMOSPHERE: 8/10 – There’s only side seatings against the wall or nearby the windows. It’s quite popular so there’s always people going in and out and looking for seats. We lucked out and got a seat right by the door/cashier area. We finished eating within 15-20 minutes and left quickly so that other people could take out seats because after we came, a whole bunch of people came in after..

REASONABLY PRICE: 7/10 – From what I remember, there are two prices: Regular is roughly $10.50 and Large is $12.75. If you want Ahi Tuna or Avocado, it’s an extra dollar each. It’s a little expensive for avocado considering the amount you get.. Usually it’s an extra 50 cents or 75 cents.. but hey, you can’t complain about that these days…

I would definitely go here again ONLY if I’m in the area. Now that I know what it’s like, I wouldn’t go out of my way to travel down there (I don’t live in the heart of Vancouver).

https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/327148794339727/

Pokérrito is located 558 Dunsmuir and is open 11am-9pm Monday to Saturday.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Sushi California – Surrey

Newly opened in Surrey – so new that you can’t find the phone number online or the address online! This venue is 1-2 stores beside the new korean bbq/restaurant on the same street as ICBC Claim Centre in Guildford.
V-STAR Rating:
Variety – 9/10: a lot of variety and different sushi combos; they even have fresh oysters on the menu! (not that I like them)
Service – 8.5/10: Turnover time is quick, everything is quick. They clean quick, cook quick, etc. Speed is their specialty unless my company distracted me from noticing how long it took to get our food …
Taste – 8/10: I got the chicken cutlet roll, gyozas, and green salad. They’re very generous with the sauce for the green salad. I didn’t really like the chicken cutlet roll. Gyozas were good and I liked the gyoza sauce (most important component).
Atmosphere – 7.75/10: It’s a little dim and it’s quite loud. There’s big benched tables.
Reasonably Priced: 9/10: Very cheap for good quality food!!!!!
yours truly,
tb  ❤

Sushi Train – Surrey

Small little sushi place beside the newly opened Hangry Bar. Not much to say about this place..

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 8/10: There’s a lot to choose from and they offer different sushi combos and even creative sushi that they designed like “Hot Surrey Night” (lol….)

Service – 8/10: Friendly staff and pretty quick.

Taste – 7/10: Rice in Bento box was a little soggy. Beef Teriyaki was alright .. I’ve had better.

Atmosphere – 7/10: Small and cute – there’s not much to say.

Reasonably Priced – 8/10: Pretty cheap compared to Akasaka

Sushi Train
Address:
15380 102a Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 7K1

Phone:(604) 580-8802

 

yours truly,

tb ❤