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148julesQuebec & 18thSince June 11, 200633 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
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Cafeteria2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Closed :-(
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2012 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

Served last dinner on Sept 15th, 2012
If you never went you missed out big time!!!
I'm surprised that it only lasted two years on Main Street. Maybe the location is a curse as the previous restaurant PINGs didn't last very long as well. Hopefully it won't turn into another coffee shop!

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Cafe Kathmandu2779 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
A very pleasant surprise!
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2012 - 2:33am [Dine in]

My partner is not a big fan of Indian or anything too spicy or out of the ordinary. So we went sort of mainstream with the menu: momo (Nepalese dumplings) with pork and 3 delicious dipping sauces - tomato, cilantro and tamarind chutney; lemon sesame potato salad with toasted rice flakes and goat curry (medium hot).
We enjoyed each dish which were a nice complement to each other.
We shared the 3 dishes and washed it down with beer and chai tea which was absolutely smooth but unsweetened therefore flat tasting so needed some sugar which helped enhance the spices.
Will definitely head back there soon to try other menu items!

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Spicy Szechuan Restaurant8151 Anderson Road, #100, Richmond
My new favourite Chinese restaurant!!!
Submitted Friday, December 4, 2009 - 1:22am [Dine in]

The only thing odd about this place is the name! The menu features more Northern Chinese and Shanghainese cuisine than Szechuan ... maybe there are new owners who didn't want to change the name??!!

The food is outstanding. I've been twice in 2 weeks and very impressed with the quality and taste of the dishes. The shredded duck with preserved vegetables and 2 kinds of noodle dish on the lunch special menu is VERY GOOD!

The Steamed Shanghai dumplings are one of the best I've had in town - very tender and light dough with broth and meat inside - really exquisite. The crepe/pancake roll with pork is also amazing.

Service is excellent for a Chinese restaurant and that is saying a lot!!! Highly recommended!

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
The Boss Rules
Submitted Friday, December 4, 2009 - 12:33am [Dine in]

I was more than pleasantly surprised at this restaurant. My friend and I wanted a simple meal of noodles and wonton and such. We ended up ordering 2 dishes from the combo meal menu for $7.95. Fried rice noodles with Beef and Onions in soy sauce, Baked Seafood Rice (these two came with a basic drink each) and a half order of kai lan. The portions were more than filling.

The quality of the food is outstanding. The comment below reflects that dishes come out whenever they are ready and it is a shame because it is a Chinese restaurant and the food is served family style - so if you're ordering your entree you better tell the server that you want them to come out at the same time!

The service is basic ... nothing special but not bad in anyway. The servers spoke English so not a problem for non-Chinese speakers. Some of the menus could use new covers as the ones we got were not in good shape.

And the room is very modern and comfortable. Unfortunately like many Asian restaurants there is too much crap here and there and takes away from the excellent decor.

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Biercraft Bistro3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Disappointing :-(
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

I guess I am comparing Stella's on Cambie to the one on Commercial and the Cambie branch is aiming for a different crowd.

Food is good but not spectacular. Eating mussels in a fine dining space when I expected the funk and casualness of the other Stella's was thoroughly disappointing. The ambiance although elegant was so dark and off putting.

I am not planning to hurry back even though I couldn't wait for it to open earlier this year.

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JJ Bean House of Coffee3010 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent coffee house
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 1:13am [Dine in]

A funky coffee house that needs more attention to details such as cleanliness and upkeep.
Toilets are not very clean and tables and chairs are not wiped as often as I'd liked due to turnover. Side counter is a mess most of the time!

Food selection is okay but not much to choose from. Coffee and tea selection is excellent.

I do prefer this place over Starbucks across the street.

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Ajisai Sushi Bar2081 West 42nd Ave, Vancouver
My new favourite sushi restaurant!!!
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2008 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

What a find! I've walked by a few times before and finally tried Ajisai - was I ever impressed.

The sushi is exquisite. Not too much rice and packed with flavour.

The only downside is not enough seats so expect to line up or best yet ... order take out in advance and get a 5% discount (I'll definitely be ordering take out next time).

The complimentary green tea is also the real thing.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
Excellent sushi!!!
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

It's been over a year since I last ate at Zipang - partly because of the very limited menu when it opened and also the fact it was not licensed. Well the menu now is actually too big (which is a good thing) and Japanese beers, sake and plum wine among other alcoholic beverages now available.

Service: has vastly improved with more attentive servers. The delivery of food items is still slow and badly timed as the hot kitchen dishes and cold items from the sushi bar come out whenever they are made regardless of appetizer or entree.

Food: Sushi is a must! Incredibly fresh and well presented. The garnishing of the platters is impressive with daikon wrapped tea lights; petit carrot flowers and coloured roe!

Price point is excellent. I do not find it as expensive as others have suggested - it is comparable to Toshi Sushi and Shiro's; and cheaper than Hachibei - all Japanese owned restaurants in the neighbourhood.

Ambiance: The art work on the walls need to be rearranged or changed as some seem to be sold and not replaced. Upon arrival the room was very hot and uncomfortable and A/C is desperately needed. I had to open the front door to allow for cross breezes to cool the room - it definitely helped!

I will definitely return for another tasty meal!

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Liberty Bakery3699 Main Street, Vancouver
Shame about the service :-(
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 3:25am [Dine in]

First of all the food quality is EXCELLENT!!! Many wonderful freshly delicious baked goods and quite reasonably priced.
The lemon bundt cake and custard coffee cake are two of my favourite items. The pastries are also exquisite.

The space is charming - folk art inspired. And 2 or 3 outside tables.

Sadly it is the very poor service that makes me think twice about going back. The last few times I've received horrendous service esp from the Caucasian woman who manages or owns the bakery - she has to get rid of her scowling attitude and be thankful that people are coming in! She seemed perturbed that customers wanted to be served one hour before closing time when she had wrapped most of the baked goods for the day!!!
The counter staff in general don't understand customer service and the very slow and incompetent service is very painful to watch. Definitely AVOID coming in at lunchtime ... you are warned! Or order ahead and hopefully your order will be waiting for you by the time you get to the counter.

All the tips go to charity which I think is generous but maybe the tips should go to the counter staff as incentive to provide better and speedy service.

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O Thai Cuisine Restaurant1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Solid rating - neither outstanding nor poor
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

Yes overpriced like other reviewers had already mentioned but the quality of the food is very good.
The food is more fusion Thai than authentic.
I had planned to order the duck entree but was suggested by the server to try the duck/ribs combo which would be a better value considering that I would be getting 2 entrees for $5.00 extra. However was mildly disappointed as the portions were really small and I wondered if the original entrees would have been the same size! My partner and I ordered a few dishes to share and it was not outstanding.
Made an online reservation and showed up at 5pm the opening time but the restaurant did not open until 5:30pm! Will not rush back anytime soon.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Impressive prix fixe menu!
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

Room is very trendy and stylish. Music could have been toned down a bit and should be chill out music esp at 5pm.
Our group ordered each item from the prix fixe menu so we had a chance to try it all. Food was amazing. Portions were not skimped on.

Starter: I highly disagree with the comment below about the Mustard Greens salad (it is definitely NOT a bagged salad) - the salad was fresh, had a zesty dressing, as well a good bite from the greens. The size of it was enough to serve 2. The Lemongrass Tomato Soup came with 2 chicken satays - again huge serving! A side order of Duck Spring Rolls were a bit overpriced ($13) for just 3 small rolls.

Entree: The Ling Cod was well prepared; the black bean sauce was very salty though and not a good match with the fish. The Sweet Potato and Pork Curry was very tasty - it came in a huge bowl but with no white rice - it should be offered without the extra charge!!! The Maple Soy Chicken was the highlight - very tender and again 2 large pieces of chicken - too much food.

Sides: Bacon Fried Rice was a huge hit. Yes it is like Chinese fried rice but a perfect complement to the main dishes. There actually is no need to order any sides as the entrees did come with some veggies.

Dessert: Ginger Creme Brulee was very subtle in ginger taste and excellent consistency. However the coconut tart was a huge disappointment - a very dry shredded coconut patty baked and served with vanilla yogurt and pineapple pieces on top. Definitely order the creme brulee over the coconut tart or something from the a la carte dessert menu.

Despite the few misses I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Good food but LOUD!
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 12:03am [Dine in]

The food is lovingly prepared and portions are quite generous. The presentation is also wonderfully presented as though cooked in individual pots and pans. Side orders of vegetables were not only reasonably priced but enough for 2. It is home-style eating where it is possible to share many dishes which the two of us ended up doing.

Do order the lamb shank - the most tender and tastiest I've ever had (and I've actually been avoiding ordering it lately because of tough and chewy lamb shanks from other restaurants). The onion tart appetizer was good a bit overcooked as the top crust was quite dark and tasted burnt. The arugula salad accompaniment had a dressing with amazing depth ... simple ingredients with very complex flavours!

A 3 course prix fixe is offered Sun-Mon for $25 - an incredible value. The New York steak with peppercorn sauce was very good. The starter was the salad. And dessert was a couple of generous scoops from the chocolate mousse bowl.

One negative point to declare: this is Definitely NOT the place to go if you want a romantic French bistro meal. The space is not well designed to absorb sound - the noise level from both patrons talking and cooking sounds from the kitchen was incredibly loud. When in the furthest toilet it sounded like you were in a very busy subway station! You could honestly not hear yourself think!!!

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Golden Harvest4818 Main Street, Vancouver
Excellent Dim Sum!!!
Submitted Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 1:27am [Dine in]

The dim sum selection here is excellent with interesting twists on some of the regular items.
The dishes are a little more pricey than other places but definitely worth it considering the presentation and the portion size. Try the pan-fried turnip cake - it is to die for!
The service is impressive for a Chinese restaurant. The servers listen and treat you as a guest (unlike so many high end Chinese restaurants where attitude reigns).
Linen tablecloths and replacing dirty plates and bowls are other factors that give this restaurant a high rating from me.
I am happy to see some of the same staff from Silver Palace. The new management made a point of talking to all the customers. I was more than impressed!

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Kishu Star1935 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Go after 7pm
Submitted Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 1:14am [Dine in]

It's 40% off certain items on the menu and that is what makes this place a cheap and cheerful place to eat.
Sushi is excellent as the turnover is high and the quality of rice is quite impressive for a cheap sushi joint.
I stick with the soba noodles in soup as it is one of the few Japanese restaurants that actually serve the buckwheat noodle type of soba. I am partial to tempura but the batter here is too doughy and the veggies are mostly starchy ones.
The service is mediocre: when they bring your food they pretty much drop it on the table without acknowledging you and have practically turned away before you can say thank you! Tea refilling is poor.
Ambiance is not the greatest ... feels like a cafeteria and when it gets busy it gets LOUD!
I wouldn't pay full price for what you get but at 40% it is quite the deal and doesn't hurt your pocketbook.

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New management
Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Excellent Pizza!!!
Submitted Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 1:00am [Dine in]

Definitely order the pizza from Hell's Kitchen (take out is Pizza From Hell).
Very impressed with the thin crust and incredible toppings. Tuesday is 2 for 1 and the best deal in town!!!
The service is quick and efficient with the young guys really on their toes and turning out pizzas for both restaurant and take out.
The restaurant ambiance is ok ... a bit dark and some chunky furniture. Layout is also awkward but did I mention that the pizza is excellent!?

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Most impressed!
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 1:59am [Dine in]

Dine Out (DO) is not the best occasion to review restaurants but this being my first time here (booked by someone else before the opera) I can't believe what I've been missing!!!

The DO menu had a nice variety (can't understand Warsaw's complaint below about wanting more seafood options!?!? as 3/7 of our party ordered the beef striploin). Portions were not small and the presentation was superb. They were not stingy with the bread rolls (other DO restaurants that were charging for bread or not offering the basket at all). I had the Seafood Trio of prawn, scallops and a crab fritter (yes it was flavourful); the Arctic Char was incredible (I took my time eating it as I wanted to savour it) and the Pumpkin Panna Cotta (a complex dessert of panna cotta, tahitian(?) angel food cake and ice cream) ... the dessert was the weakest link (the cheesecake was a hit with the others) but overall I had a fantastic meal. The rest of the party thoroughly enjoyed their dinner.

The service was impeccable! No attitude at all and the servers worked like clockwork bringing the various courses to the table. I was most impressed!

I appreciated the fact that there was a limited ala carte menu as well as many items from the fresh seafood bar. I will definitely be back!

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Silver Palace Seafood Restaurant4818 Main Street, Vancouver
CLOSED! a shock!!!
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 1:37am [Dine in]

Excellent dim sum joint always packed and busy.
Service was top notched and now this place is closed??!!

The items were more interesting than the regular dim sum fare.

I wonder why as it was doing so well.

Now called Golden Harvest.

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Perfect Bistro setting!
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 1:42am [Dine in]

Had a fantastic dinner the other night. Ordered the table d'hote (limited 3 course menu): mushroom soup du jour w/ truffle oil, fillet of trout ala grenobloise (lemon/caper sauce) and chocolate mousse. It was all wonderful and delicious; perfectly prepared. The creamy soup was possibly the best mushroom soup ever. The trout was fresh (not fishy at all); served with baby potatoes, asparagus and green beans. The chocolate mousse most likely was prepared earlier in the day but it arrived slightly cool just right temp ... velvety texture and all of it way too rich! I will be back for lunch where the table d'hote is a third cheaper!!!

I was blown away by the transformation of the space from what it used to be. Now it has an elegant, posh, warm and very cosmopolitan ambiance (more London/NYC than Paris but it works). The curtain at the front door covers only half of the whole entry way & every time the door opened a cold draft blew in (it defeats the purpose of having one there).

To top it off the service was first class! All three servers were courteous, friendly and unassuming. They worked so well together - I was MOST impressed.

Just a perfect addition to Cambie Street!

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Service??? More like SELF service!!!
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2007 - 12:43am [Dine in]

AMBIANCE: The room was well decorated and appointed. The only negative was the pop/rock music. Jazz or standards would be more suitable to eating in this elegant railway station restaurant to enhance the glamor and period of railroad travel. Our table was not the best setup for our party and we should have asked to move but we decided to stay put so that was our problem.

FOOD selection is great: something for everyone. Starters of ginger beef, sirloin tips, and yam fries were excellent. Entrees of Salmon Wellington, Ahi Tuna, Lamb Shanks were well prepared. Prices were reasonable especially the drinks! Retro classic drinks mixed properly were a nice surprise. Wines by the bottle were also very good value.

SERVICE started off okay but gradually descended to being non existent. There were so many small things like the server pouring wine in only 2 of the 5 glasses - we had to pour the wine ourselves; asking for cutlery, waiting a while and then having to go to another table ourselves; server spilling drinks on the table and not wiping it up so we had to use our napkins to mop up the mess; not asking everyone if we wanted coffee or tea with our desserts; waiting forever for the bill that we had to ask someone else to find our server ... oh yeah the Canucks game was on so most of the staff was in the lounge/bar watching the game on the TV; trays of glasses dropped and breaking on at least FOUR occasions!!! These small things added up to all of us shaking our heads in amazement at the amateurism of the staff. The manager was pleasant enough but the rest of the staff need to be better trained in the finer aspects of serving. On the way out we were asked how we enjoyed our evening and we did give the manager an ear full!

Sadly despite a well designed space and good food, I would not go back for a special occasion (as we did tonight). I would go again for lunch or a burger by myself but would subject my friends to such inferior service.

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Mui Garden Restaurant4265 Main St., Vancouver
Average Chinese diner
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2007 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

Not impressed with the dated '80s interior.
The price point is high for this type of Chinese restaurant. Practically $1-$2 more per dish than similar Chinese restaurants on Main Street.
My standard order in these restaurants is Beef Brisket & Tendons with Noodles and I was terribly disappointed here. The rice noodles were clumpy, beef brisket very fatty, tendons very chewy (not melt in your mouth as I prefer) and broth quite bland. (Hard to believe that you had to pay a surcharge if you wanted instant noodles!!!!!!!)
The service was good - nothing special. I noticed that they were very attentive with regulars and also of the fact that they would discourage customers from sitting in the booth close to the drafty door.
As I went with a friend to talk mostly, the food was more of a distraction and nothing special to write home about. So my overall impression is just okay. I wouldn't rush back any time soon. There are similar if not better Chinese restaurants on Main Street to go to.

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