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artfuldodgerFalse Creek, VancouverCritic of Life in VancouverWeb siteSince December 19, 200730 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
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MacFalafel3601 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Those Greasy Balls
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 10:42am [Dine in]

I hope nobody out there reads ALL of my reviews because I must sound like a broken record sometimes, repeating my mantra and proselytizing: "order and select food with a contextual perspective"

In fact, this does not just apply to food...it applies to all services. Whenever you enter a commercial transaction, know what you want to get out of it as a consumer.

A quick once-over of Mac Falafel should reveal that it is a poor place to order falafel. One look at those sad, rancid little croquettes should communicate the fact that some little garbanzos have definitely been mistreated. Mac Falafel does offer some fresh and pleasing items, you just have to scope things out first. Their *chicken* donair, spinach pies and chicken buns are cheap and fresh. Their beef donair, cheese pies and falafel are pretty terrible, I admit. If you are disappointed in something here, let them know! This is a local, family-run hole-in-the-wall that needs your support and will appreciate your feedback. Really.

Try Mac Falafel, just avoid putting those neglected greasy balls in your mouth. This is just good advice, in general.

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Refuel Restaurant1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Refuel Needs to Reconnoiter
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 10:40am [Dine in]

I still regret that I did not dine at the original, unadulterated Fuel. The prices set by the cocky yet capable Alberta-bred ownership were too steep for Fourth Avenue, and definitely too steep for Fourth Avenue during a recession, so the restaurant was revamped in December, 2009. With a shift towards comfort food and charcuterie, ReFuel has a diverse and undeniably creative menu, but every dish that was ordered at our table was a bit "off".

First, the Aged Beef Burger was raw and cold in the middle, despite a request for a "medium" yet "cooked-through" patty. This was brought to our server's attention and she assured us that there were no health risks based on the way that the beef is ground and prepared in-house, but cold ground beef is *never* pleasant in texture or consistency.

Second, the ingredients in the Seared Albacore Salad (which I ordered) were unusual and complementary, but my fish-to-greens ratio was off by a few degrees. The chefs were generous with the tuna, which I definitely cannot complain about, but I did not have enough blood orange and crushed picholines to tame these ginormous slices of fresh fish. I actually left some of the tuna (gasp!) because I sensed a seafood overdose coming on and really felt that I needed more greens to resolve this "f-issue".

Third, the Hangar Steak Salad was elegantly presented (deep reds of rare beef juxtaposed against lush arugula like rugosas in a Tuscan garden) but contained an overpowering amount of blue cheese. A sprinkle would have tied the room together, but this downpour of Devon Blue left the room flooded and inhospitable. Lastly - and this only counts as a quasi-criticism - the Buttermilk Polderside Fried Chicken basically consisted of an entire (!) chicken, with a teeny dish of slaw and a tiny jalapeno biscuit. Again, appropriate ratios would have been appreciated, by our palates and arteries.

Yikes. I hope I haven't been too mean to ReFuel. Robert Belcham and company definitely have crazy skills...and the service was attentive...and the food was well prepared, but - like the mismatched and random decor - things didn't quite click. I don't think I will go out of my way to dine here again, but if I do end up at ReFuel in the future I will focus on the playful and rare starters, such as the Roasted Bone Marrow and the Foie Gras Croquettes (which I ordered as my appetizer and was highly amused by).

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Max's Delicatessen & Bakery3105 Oak Street, Vancouver
Vancouver's. Best. Deli.
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 10:39am [Dine in]

I have been to New York three times, and frequenting the legion of Jewish and Italian delis in the Big Apple is one of my favourite things to do while I am there. Other cities that I have visited, including Montreal and (surprisingly) LA, also contain an impressive spattering of shops selling charcuterie, coffee, tea, artisan breads, sumptuous salads, sandwiches and snacks, which provide the public with a cosmopolitan alternative to sit-down restaurants and grocery stores. The delicatessen concept appears to have befuddled Vancouver entrepreneurs and restaurateurs, as the city seriously lacks in these essential dining establishments.

Vancouver didn't always used to be this way. Prior to the city's conventional, "No Fun" persona that was inexplicably embraced during the early Nineties, Vancouver's small town feel, commercial diversity, and multicultural roots were amplified by the various Italian, Jewish, Greek and German delis around town...many of which were along West Broadway and 4th Avenue. While Starbucks, Blenz and Subway have replaced most of these independent, idiosyncratic eateries, a few do still exist, including Max's Bakery & Delicatessen on 15th and Oak.

I think that Max's (which also owns the stellar Stuart's Bakery on Granville Island) is the best deli in Vancouver. From BBQ'd ribs to crema-clad espresso to seasonal baked goods, Max's is a comfortable and casual deli with a huge array of fresh dishes and items. While I frequent Max's about once a fortnight in order to read my Library Studies texts (yes, Library Studies) over a 16oz Americano and peach-raspberry tart (made with Okanagan peaches), I also adore their mini pumpkin pies, their caramel-apple cheesecake, and their mille-feuille. As you can see, I am a sweet-tooth, but they also have dozens of savory dishes to choose from, including an invigorating broccoli salad, a hearty butter chicken, and traditional cabbage rolls.

As if the outstanding food weren't enough, Max's also offers Wi-fi and outdoor seating. I urge everyone to seek out these types of places. Max's is the best, but there is also Ploger's German Deli at 1st and Cypress, and Parthenon Greek Deli at Broadway and Balaclava. It is important to support the small businesses of any city, and to punish those peddlers of corporate mediocrity, such as Starbucks and Blenz.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Les Faux Service
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 10:38am [Dine in]

It was my dad's 65th birthday last week and I wanted to plan a meal out with his friends. He and his posse get together on the first Friday of every month to drink, laugh, carouse and - of course - eat! In addition to planning a nice dinner out with the family, I thought it would be cool and memorable to plan a night out for the dudes - a Boys Night. With assistance from one of my dad's epicurean pals, we created a shortlist of restaurants that could accommodate our group of 12 and that we have both wanted to patronize. In the end, the winning restaurant was the highly-touted Les Faux Bourgeois, which I had been rejected by twice over the past year due to its popularity and small capacity. I really like Jules too, which is also owned by Stephan Gagnon.

I want to give this restaurant a good review because I love the space, the food was well-prepared, and they *tried* to provide good customer service. To clarify, it will not be the food that I remember from this night, but rather the inflexible service. I believe you will sympathize with me, my fellow foodies, when you consider the following examples of mulish, uncompromising management.

When I originally looked at the menu online, the two dishes that caught my eye were the Cassoulet and, of course, the Duck Confit. To my surprise, I received a call from Les Faux two days before our reservation with a request that our party select one of the two prix fixe menus. I said that we wished to order a la carte, and then the maître d' - en faire tout un fromage - rebuked my stated preference by explaining that groups over eight *must* order from a set menu. I described that the set menu would be problematic for our group due to allergies and inclinations toward the standard menu. Even with this appeal, the maître d' (who I disappointedly discovered was Stephan, the owner) rejected us.

I was further disenchanted when we were at the restaurant and were informed that they had run out of a bourbon requested by the Birthday Boy, as well as the only dairy-free dessert on the menu. I know that I cannot condemn a restaurant for lacking Buffalo Trace or lemon tarts, but it was very disappointing considering the importance of the evening and the poor effort of the wait staff to make this let-down up to us.

Lastly, every other restaurant I have (ever) been to has provided groups of 10 or more - who are easily going to spend over $600 - with a freebie of some sort. Whether it be an aperitif, digestif, or dessert, most respectable restaurants offer a culinary bonus as a thank-you for accumulating such a massive bill. We received le diddlè squat.

From the set menu that was forced upon us, we consumed Lamb Bourguignon, Scallop Mornay, Saumon à la Poêle, Beef Tenderloin and a Tarte Flambée Alsacienne. As mentioned above, all of these dishes were flavourful and skillfully made, but the Confit at Jules was better.

To end on a positive note, you will be hard pressed to find a better French meal for the price in Vancouver. With most entrees in the $16-$20, we all agreed that the prices were more than reasonable.

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Nice Cafe154 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Very Nice Breakfast on Main
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 10:36am [Dine in]

I was surprised to find this little hipster diner because a) I am literally obsessed with all-day breakfast (I want to name my unborn children Huevos and Hollandaise) and b) I live in this neighborhood.

I was over-my-hammie about this place the second I sat down and ordered because: there was jam on the table (something I always like to have at b-fast joints), the hash browns were shredded (ahhh yaaaa), the coffee was flowing like water, they offer sourdough (another thing I always look for in a breakfast establishment), and pretty much all prices for breakfast items were under $7.00.

When you are on or near Main Street and are needing an all-day breakfast to cure your hangover/hunger, forget Reno's and The Sunny Spot and Helen's Grill...try the Nice Cafe. Note that I placed a qualifier in this last sentence: the Nice Cafe is good for *breakfast* but I would never eat here for lunch or dinner, as their greasy-spoon meals cannot compete with the diverse fare available north of Broadway.

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Tang's Noodle House2807 W Broadway, Vancouver
Avoid It - Even For Takeout
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 1:39am [Dine in]

Tang's is an enigma: a convenient and oft-disappointing enigma.

I have probably eaten at this Broadway mainstay ten times in my life. Of those ten dining experiences, I had three great meals and seven bland, average meals. I don't know what is going on in the kitchen, but I am assuming Tang's has been operated by numerous different families over the past few years...this is the only explanation I can come up with for the inconsistency.

I would only eat here if you are in need of quick, affordable, hot veggies. Dishes that seem okay over the long-run: eggplant and tofu in garlic sauce, beef and tomatoes, spicy beef and tofu.

We need some good Asian restaurants in Kits...besides Montri's.

Note: avoid the noodles! Ironically, Tang's noodles are pretty poor.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Break That Fast...ALL DAY
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 1:34am [Dine in]

Some points of interest:

1) ALL DAY BREAKFAST. ahhhhhhhh yaaaa, boyyyyyyy!

2) It's "9th Avenue Grill" not "Nineth Avenue Grill"

3) This family-run hole-in-the-wall provides quick service, not-so-greasy greasy spoon fare and fairly-priced fare (yikes...that was an awkward sentence...almost as awkward as that salty dark chocolate I tried last night).

4) This place beats the crap out of corporate Denny's, which is just up the street along Broadway.

5) I had one of the best omelettes of my life here. The ingredients, preparation and presentation of this Greek omelette weren't out of the ordinary, but the ratio betwixt the feta, spinich, tomato and egg was perfect. The chef (or produce supplier) also removed those pesky spinich stems too, which I dislike chewing.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Bring Your Own Chopsticks (BYOC)
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 1:30am [Dine in]

I had never read a review of this little nugget, but I had walked and driven by numerous times and noticed groups of people milling about outside. I had never heard of Toshi (and I have crazy foodie friends), so I wrongly assumed that these crowds were accumulating due to the lack of good Japanese restaurants along Main and/or cheap prices. Well, I ate there last night and am thoroughly happy and excited to report that Toshi's is always busy because IT IS FRIGGIN AWESOME!

My posse ordered: salmon/toro sashimi, gyoza, the house roll (prawn, cucumber, avacado, roe), negitoro maki, miso and a bowl of udon. I adored everything but the gyoza. They are deepfried, and I hate deepfried foods (except for Mars bars...and halibut...and doughnuts...and hot wings...and......).

My fellow Dinerhere-ites all agree that the food is great here, but I would like to emphasize how wonderful the staff are. First, there were five servers, and only about ten tables. This is a 2:1 ratio! Second, Toshi always has at least three sushi chefs working together, in addition to chefs in the back prepping hot dishes. Our items were at our table within five minutes of ordering.

I was also coddled by several of the middle-aged female servers because I whipped out my own chopsticks, along with their sleek bamboo carrying case. Little did I know that these cases are primarily used by schoolchildren...I really couldn't tell whether these jolly Japanese ladies were laughing with me or AT me ;)

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Aki Japanese Restaurant1368 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Down With Yamaimo
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 1:28am [Dine in]

Before I get started: do...not...order...the...yamaimo (sticky yam).

I have always loved Japanese food; partly due to the fact that the compartmentalized, fastidious preparation and presentation of Japanese cuisine suits my obsessive compulsive tendencies, and partly due to the wide variety of flavours and textures available. There is such diversity and complexity in this cuisine that I religiously select at least one unfamiliar item from every Japanese restuarant that I patronize. I saw that Aki had a "yam and egg" appetizer, which sounded pleasant enough, so I ordered it. I (we) also ordered the beef tataki, hamachi nigiri and the agedashi tofu.

Everything was prepared with a home-cooked feel and was thoroughly enjoyed...BUT the "yam and egg" appy was the most disturbing, unappealing, mucusy dish I have ever consumed. When it arrived - with a raw egg casually lounging atop its pale, slimy constitution - my companion and I just sat and stared at it, in shock. We didn't know what to do, so we called our waitress over and she whisked our sticky yam with soya and wasabi, and brought us some rice to eat it with. Laughing at our polite attempts to ingest this supposedly "wholesome" dish, our waitress explained that yamaimo is an oldschool comfort food, like congee...or jook...or bread pudding. This poor choice seemed far from wholesome OR comforting.

I will return to Aki, for sure...and I will never eat yamaimo again, for sure!

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More Please...Cafe1650 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Take That, Starbucks!
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

I am disturbed by how thoroughly happy I am with More Please... Cafe opening right near my place of work. For two years, I have been forced to consume the corporate caffine that Starbucks siphons to the masses at 2nd and Anderson, at the entrance to Granville Island. Like a sucker, I slogged down to Starbucks day after day, dreaming of a better life involving independent coffeeshops and variation in my daily snack time.

Well, my friends, let me tell you that there is now a spring in my step as I hit the sidewalk every coffee break, for More Please... and its owner Coco have provided a gastronomical oasis from Starbucks, with its bulk roasting and mass-produced baked goods.

More Please...is affiliated with Absolutely Fabulous Foods (aka AbFab Catering) and it offers espresso-based drinks, filtered coffee, panini, hot entrees (shepherd's pie, mac n' cheese, lasagna, etc), soup and great baked goods. Baked goods are incredibly important to me, and I am impressed with Coco's chocolate zucchini loaf and silver dollar cookies.

Reasonable prices + independent operator + freshly baked treats + convenient location = freedom from The Man

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Mmmmm-nam
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Wow. The reviews for this hot new Thai restaurant are unusually thoughtful and detailed. Perhaps this is because Maenam is the revamped incarnation of trendy Gastropod, or perhaps people are slightly let down by the purportedly "world-class" menu (in which I found a typo upon initial inspection).

I must say that of the six entrees our table ordered, I was blown away by two (Panaeng Beef, David Thompson's 3-Flavour Fish), fully satisfied with three (Pad Thai, Mussaman Chicken Curry, Grilled Prawn Salad), and disappointed with one (yes...the Siamese Watercress). The flavours in the Panaeng were bright and aromatic ...the fresh lime leaves and tamarind literally started a party in my mouth.

What else should I tell you? They have great cocktails, no draft beer (boooo!), slow service and a fairly casual vibe. I actually got semi dressed up to dine here, fully aware of the sterile, prim atmosphere that Gastropod exuded.

I should also note that they charge for roti and condiments. This, combined with the slow service and freakishly salty watercress and lack of draft beer (again: boooo!), left me mildly disappointed BUT I was very happy with my experience overall.

It was such a smart move to axe Gastropod, especially with Fuel next door.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Pan Asian, Pan Shmasian
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 12:50am [Dine in]

Ohhh man. I'm in a situation that I'm sure many Dinehereites have been in: I shouldn't like this restaurant, but I do and I must write a positive review.

If somebody said to me, "Hey ABCD, would you like to dine with me at a faux-hip and slightly overpriced pan-Asian establishment on hoity-toity South Granville that serves ubiquitous, Westernized standards such as Pad Thai and Kung Pao Chicken?" I would probably respond with, "Ummmmmmmm...no."

While the Red Door's menu is cautious and PF-Chang-esque, the food is expertly cooked and extremely well seasoned. I took my mom here because she loves eggplant and green papaya, so - needless to say - we ordered the Green Papaya Salad and the Fiery Eggplant...in addition to the Shaking Beef and Lobster-Crab Cake. I enjoyed everything, including their Kappa Rain Mojito (sake instead of rum...oh yes, I said sake).

Try it! Not over Vij's or West or Bin 942 or Chow...but try it!

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Ping's Cafe2702 Main Street, Vancouver
More Ping, Less Pong
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Yes, I gave Ping's three-to-four stars, but I do think the reviews in print and online for this hole-in-the-wall establishment are a tad too favorable. I believe that these gushing reviews can be explained by the fact that the restaurant surpasses expectations, when considering its drab exterior.

I love spring, lemurs and jogging, but not as much as I love tapas...and Ping's has some tasty tapas (yoshoku = Japanese comfort food). Most of the small plates at Ping's are priced between $5 - $9. We ordered seven of the small dishes and highlights were the agedashi tofu and the squid with wasabi tartar sauce. They also have Sapporo on tap! I agree with others however...this is probably a better place for a snack and beer than for a meal.

The only things that bugged me about Ping's were the mismatched tableware and boho servers. I know it's a trendy spot and it's on nouveau-hip Main St, but the supposedly blasé vibe came across as unnecessary affectation.

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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Yet Another Boutique Bistro
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:43am [Dine in]

To recall an observation from one of my previous reviews, La Brasserie is one of the "many small, boutique restaurants" in Vancouver. They are popping up all over the place (La Buca, Grub, Crave, Jules, Bin 941), and they are doing very well. Speaking of Bin 941/942, La Brasserie has chefs and staff from these two popular tapas bars. Clearly, they have brought their passion and creativity with them to La Brasserie.

La Brasserie has a small, well-rounded menu based on southern German and classic French dishes, and an emphasis is placed upon weekly specials: Wednesday, for example, is Bouillabaisse, Thursday is pork schnitzel and Sunday the house takes a diversion to England (whathehuh?) for a traditional roast.

When I ate there last week, the place (all ten tables) was packed, so me and my peeps sat at the bar. Not only did we not mind sitting at the bar, but we would recommend it...especially if you are by yourself or a party of two. We nursed pints of draft Kronenberg 1664 while we watched the three chefs create almost every dish on the menu. I selected the schnitzel - based on what I saw coming out of that teeny, tiny kitchen - and it was amazing.

I would like to take this opportunity to comment upon the famed La Brasserie onion tart. Many reviewers from sites such as Martini Boys and Dine Here have been raving about the onion tart starter. I ordered this as an appy, and I was impressed, but it is not life altering. The $10 duck confit starter, which a member of my group ordered, seemed to be a better value and quality.

I do love this restaurant though. I would eat here again...nice and early to avoid a line-up...like a senior. Just like a senior.

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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House1537 West Broadway, Vancouver
A Round of XLB for my Friends!
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

I had no choice but to dine here after reading reviews in both the Courier AND the Georgia Straight, raving about the dumplings. Based in the space which used to house the dearly departed Galing Galing Philippine restaurant, on the corner of Granville and Broadway, Lin's is pretty blah from the outside. In fact, before I had read the reviews in the aforementioned publications, I dismissed Lin's because of it's bland and tacky facade. Don't let the inkjet-printed images of featured entrees taped up to the front windows of this hole in the wall deter you from giving it a try and basking in the culinary joy that is XLB.

Xiao long bao, or juicy dumplings, or Shanghai dumplings, are made with a combination of diced meats and gelatin, which is usually derived from a broth made from duck, chicken and pork. The dumplings are usually prepared just prior to steaming, and during the steaming process the gelatin preparation melts and creates a warming broth inside of the little dumpling. The XLB at Lin's are friggin' sweet (not literally, but colloquially). I recommend consuming them in this order: pop, suck, bite, chew. Do not jump forward to the third step in my complex procedure or you may not be able to use your scalded tongue for a few days.

My crew ordered 8 dishes at Lin's, including the house noodles, the spicy tofu and eggplant, and the lettuce wraps, but nothing compared to the flavour and texture of those kickass little XLBs.

This joint is cheap, central and unassuming. Believe the hype.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Reliable Bistro Fare in the Ghetto
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

I heard about Jules from two people: my sister (whose friend's father owns the restaurant) and a co-worker. Both parties said it was a hip bistro with awesome food and an urbane atmosphere. I concur!

First, I love the size of the restaurant. It is intimate yet it avoids the slightly cramped feeling of, say, Pied-a-Terre or Grub. The design is cool too: exposed brick wall, mod furniture and woodiness.

Second, the food was great. Not perfect, but great. Our table ordered the foie gras spinach salad, the escargots, the duck confit, the steak frites and the salmon provencal. My one criticism lies with the salad: the fois gras was raw and did not add much to the dish, and the greens were much too salty. Avoid this starter. Also, I have to disagree with Sandy...the portions are average in size.

Third, the desserts are outstanding. Fairly standard bistro desserts, but all well made, rich and flavourful.

I was totally satisfied with Jules and would definitely recommend it, but I don't have the desire to go back.

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India Gate616 Robson St, Vancouver
My Guilty Pleasure
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 3:03am [Dine in]

I mainly like eating here because of nostalgia...this is one of the first Indian restaurants I patronized, and it has been around for-ev-er. Having said this, the food really is decent and the location is super central. I ate here a few days ago and they have unjustifiably raised their prices, but the prices are reasonable in the $15 range.

I particularly like India Gate's spinach dishes: panek paneer and lamb spinach.

Do not eat here if you are looking for memorable Indain food, but do hit this place up if you are looking for good, flavourful standards downtown.

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Apollonia1830 Fir Street, Vancouver
Reliable, But Not Special
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 1:37am [Dine in]

For years, Apollonia has been receiving outstanding reviews. I live in False Creek, and I have eaten here many times over the past fifteen years. My conclusion: it is reliable and just above average.

Try Bouzyos on Commercial or Mythos in North Van for great Greek food. Try Apollonia for good Greek food, if you are in the area or have never been here before. The moussaka is standard (made in a baking tray rather than a ramekin) and the dolmas are only okay. The souvlaki and lamb dishes are quite good though.

This is a family-run establishment, which means that the service can be a bit slack sometimes. The service staff is helpful, but they are often a tad too casual for my liking.

I apologise to Apollonia if I am being a bit harsh, but I do not want diners to eat here and expect the spectacular.

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Me & Julio2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
The Drawbacks of Ambition
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 1:14am [Dine in]

I really enjoyed my dinner here. From the experimental flavour combinations to the rare Mexican bottled beers to the fancy cocktails, Me & Julio will definitely leave an impression.

Unfortunately, it felt like the owners and chefs were trying a bit too hard to leave an impression. There was just too much going on in my mouth much of the time. Also, I am leery of menus that require deciphering...we had to ask about several of the ingredients because we had never heard of them (and we are self-proclaimed "foodies"!).

It was a sunny evening when we were there, and the place was a bit warm...and loud. And the fact that Me & Julio refuses to take reservations means that there is always a lineup...a lineup of people staring at you with impatient eyes while you masticate.

I am glad that I ate here, and I recommend this innovative Mexican joint, but I do not need to go back. PS...order the civeche!

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Cafe Zen1631 Yew St, Vancouver
Nay Yuppies! Yay Bennies!
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 12:52am [Dine in]

I love breakfast. So...I was shocked to discover that this little gem was unbeknownst to me, considering I live in the area. I have many points about this establishment, so I believe that "point" form is appropriate for this review.

The Good: split dishes (you can order half Freedom Toast and half pancakes or two half-portions of eggs bennie...AWEsome), prompt coffee refills, hot waitresses, daily specials, cute patio, fast turnover, pleasantly kitschy decor, fast service, pure Maple syrup option, large portions

The Bad: full of pesky yuppies, a bit stuffy and cramped, small portions of syrup (I had to ask for two additional little dishes of syrup), often a wait to get a seat, decor needs updating a bit, seemed overstaffed (yes... I am complaining about this because the incessant chattering of the hot waitresses was mildly distracting)

I will definitely be back. This local, idiosyncratic cafe beats the crap out of any large restaurant like Denny's or Malone's or freakin' Milestones for brunch or breakfast.

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