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Need Vancouver Ethnic Restaurant for 10 on short notice

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Help! Need a Vancouver ethnic restaurant for 10 (including a couple of vegetarians) for this coming Sunday. Any recommendations? We originally had reservations at Kingyo, but then one of our party said that reservation would not work because he needed to eat earlier and leave town. He then made reservations at Banana Leaf in Kitsilano. I had a horrible meal at Banana Leaf on Davie last year. Is the Kitsilano branch as bad?

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Thanks. How Banana Leaf gets such good ratings online is beyond me. Never been to the place you recommended. Will give it a try, whether the group goes or not. Thanks.

      1. re: Sam Salmon

        We go to Biiru Bin about once a month. Cramming in 10 comfortably around the center table (only option for group of that size) would be very tough if not impossible.

        1. re: Sam Salmon

          I'd suggest (if Japanese is shortlisted) Sushi Loku, v. good quality at reasonable prices:

          (old space of Seb's):

          Space can accommodate 10 if you tell them ahead of time so they can do some minor tables-rearranging. Ambiance is dark, laid-back and quiet.

        2. What part(s) of town work best for you and your group ?

          1. Zakkushi on Main could accommodate a larger group and would be sorta like Kingyo. You can get 2 hour resos.

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            1. re: grayelf

              OP - if you're focused on the downtown/West End areas, there's also a Zakkushi on Robson:


              1. re: LotusRapper

                Ahem, that would be on Denman near Robson ;-). I like that Zakkushi best of the ones that are left but it doesn't have A/C so I don't recommend it in the summertime as it can get hellishly hot with the open grills.

                1. re: grayelf

                  Right you are, GE. Thx for catching the flyball.

            2. what is "ethnic"? By which I mean... what does that mean for your group? How about Ethiopian, or Indian, or...?

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              1. Thanks, everyone. Italian would work too. Whatever is good and reasonably priced. Any part of town is OK. Even if we don't get to your recommendations this time around, it's very helpful for future trips to Van.

                  1. Phnom Penh. call them and see if they have availability.

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                    1. re: quddous

                      I didn't know they take resos at PP.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        They do but only for larger groups.

                    2. I am glad I read this thread because I wondered if it was just me - Banana Leaf is awful (service, food, venue, noisy, crowded, dark and old dirty looking place, incl bathrooms etc) - we went to the one in Kits - and wondered why our host had invited us there. end of that story.

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                      1. re: Georgia Strait

                        There are a few locations locations of Banana Leaf and they are all quite different. The newest location on Robson and Denman is modern and new. I have been to their Kits and Broadway/Oak locations and I have never felt either to be dirty.

                        The location on Denman does look too dark. I don't know about the cleanliness.

                        A business shouldn't be faulted for being busy. A busy business means that the owners are doing a good job.

                        I agree that the food at Banana Leaf could be better at times but I do like their food overall. My biggest complaint about their food is that they use thin cuts of meat in some of their curries; they overcook this meat which gives it a rubbery texture.

                        1. re: quddous

                          I've only been to the Banana Leafs (Leaves ?) on Broadway/Willow and the one in Richmond. At both we had decent eats, but when we're seeking Malay/Singapore we tend to go to Tropika and Penang Delight.