Review: Lime

by gigi on August 18, 2009

My brother and I took our parents and grandparents out for dinner one day. On my brother’s suggestion, we went to Lime on Commercial Drive. He had been there before with his girlfriend and quite enjoyed the food there. I did a bit of quick research online and found mixed reviews about Lime so I was quite interested in seeing how it stacked up to other Japanese fusion/izakaya restaurants.

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We started first with the Toro Stack. At $12.50, it certainly wasn’t cheap but the toro was very fresh and the raw egg provided a nice richness and smoothness to the dish.

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The beef rib ($18) came with some oyster mushrooms and veggies. I felt it was a bit heavy on the sauce, which tasted like a regular soy-based gravy. However, the beef itself was very tender. I think this dish would have been a lot better if served with a bit of rice.

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The assorted sashimi was comprised of tuna, salmon, toro, scallops, and spot prawns. It was all quite fresh and I only wish this dish was bigger. :) We had gone to Lime during the height of spot prawn season and I’m sure the spot prawns were still happily swimming around somewhere just a few hours earlier.

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My brother also suggested we order some hamachi wraps, which had some fresh daikon and watercress tucked inside. The buttery hamachi contrasted very nicely with the crunch of the fresh veggies.

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Since it was spot prawn season, Lime also featured some spot prawn salad rolls. They came wrapped in a thin sheet of daikon and the prawns were simply presented with some mixed greens. Taste-wise, I really enjoyed this but felt it was on the expensive side at $8 per roll.

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The dishes above completed our first round of ordering. Since there were 8 of us, we were all still quite hungry so we decided to get smart by ordering some rolls and noodles to fill up. :)

The dynamite rolls were a bit bland and at $8 per roll, I really felt was not worth the money. The menu also alluded to spicy mayo being used in the dynamite roll, which I could not taste at all. The spicy tuna looked interesting enough and although the tuna itself was very fresh, there was hardly any spiciness to this roll.

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The snow crab roll sounded really interesting but when it came, we were all quite disappointed to see it was basically a California roll with snow crab instead of imitation crab. The crab was also a bit on the chewy side – we speculated that it might have been overcooked. As a whole, the roll was also quite bland.

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I don’t remember the name of this next roll, but it was the best roll that we had that evening with unagi, asparagus, tobiko, and cucumbers. It came quite warm though and I think it would have tasted much better if it had been allowed to cool down first before serving.

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The chopped scallop roll was also a bit bland for me and I would have liked there to be a little more scallop.

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We also ordered the mixed tempura for $14. The tempura had just the right amount of batter and was very tasty. However, I didn’t feel it was worth the $14.

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The food that we ate at Lime was all quite tasty with the exception of the bland tasting rolls and I liked how the raw bar items were all very fresh. However, we all agreed that a lot of the dishes we ordered were overpriced for what we got. The service at Lime was also exceedingly slow. Although we were there on a weekend evening, there were only 4 tables filled and we spent most of our time there waiting for the next dish to arrive. We were all interested in dessert but were afraid of waiting even longer so we just asked for the bill, which took over 20 minutes to arrive.

Details:
1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tel: 604-215-1130

Summary:
Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:1.5]
Price: $$$

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