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artfuldodgerFalse Creek, VancouverCritic of Life in VancouverWeb siteSince December 19, 200730 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Sala Thai3364 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Thai to Go? No No No.
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 12:17am [Dine in]

I'd say that I am split between the reviewers on this page, so far. I believe that Sala Thai serves solid, dependable Thai food. I would not go out of my way to patronize this establishment, but I do prefer it to Thai Away Home (Take Thai Home?).

The first thing that strikes you when you enter this particular Sala Thai is the dated, casual ambiance. I first thought that the restaurant needed a makeover, but after I sat down and looked around I decided that the stale atmosphere and South East Asian tack reflected the restaurant's reputation as a comfortable, casual place to eat.

The service was impeccable, and the food was satisfying. We ordered the ubiquitous pad thai and the green curry with eggplant and chicken. I have had better pad thai (Montri's, Thai House) and better green curry (Chao Phraya, Tropica) but everything was fresh and flavourful. The prices are right too.

I recommend Sala Thai, especially if you are in the hood, yo.

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Slickety Jim's Chat n' Chew2513 Main St., Vancouver
Lotta Eggs, Little Coffee
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Right off the bat, I must state that this is a great breakfast joint and that I highly recommend it. I have given it average ratings because it did not meet all of my needs as a breakfast aficionado.

First, the breakfast/brunch menu is predominantly savoury, as opposed to sweet. I need a restaurant that can offer pancakes, crepes, muffins, etc in addition to egg options. Sometimes I feel that egg-dominated restaurants are slacking, for it is rare to find a place that has both great eggs AND pancakes. Slickety Jim's has one or two French toast options, but these cannot compare to the restaurant's egg dishes.

Second, the staff were slow to refresh my coffee, and they weren't overly friendly. Unlike many reviewers here, we did not wait to get a seat, but we really had to harangue our server for coffee refills.

These quips aside, Slickety Jim's is like an East Side Sophie's with its wacky ambiance, creative dishes and strong, strong coffee. I will return!

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WaaZuBee Cafe1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Funk Don't Cut It
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 2:35am [Dine in]

WaaZuBee was uber hip like 6 years ago: the menu was accessible but playful, the layout and decor was unlike anything else in Vancouver (except for maybe Sohpie's Cosmic Cafe, and the service staff was...just plain cool.

I ate at WaZuBee's two night ago and was disappointed. One might even say "uber" disappointed. First, the menue hadn't changed in 6 years. Second, the food was very, very average. Third, the staff consisted of weird, old people and way-too-casual hipsters. And lastly, the place just felt dated and dirty.

There are sooooo many good places on The Drive, like Bouzyos and Cafe Carthage and Havanna. Don't bother with WaZuBee's unless it is late and you are desperate. Really.

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Oyaji Zushi1542 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Native Art and Wild Salmon
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 2:26am [Dine in]

I have been going to Oyaji since it opened a year and a bit ago. I originally found it after shopping at the amazing Lattimer Gallery near Granville Island and was blown away by the fresh fish and the owner's passion for healthy ingredients. This is the only sushi etablishment in Vancouver that offers brown rice sushi! I wouldn't order this, mind you, but it is great that they have this option.

The last reviewer mentioned that they only serve wild salmon, and this means a lot to me in this day and age. I often buy the salmon sashimi. Their mango-crab roll is interesting too.

The ONLY criticism I have is the ambience. This wee sushi restaurant is located in the Waterfall Building, which is very concretey and angular. This architecture does not lend itself to the character of Oyaji.

Give this place a try if you are in the neighbourhood, or if you have just finished shopping for beautiful First Nations art at Lattimer Gallery!

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Solly's Bagelry4071 Main Street, Vancouver
Sailing on Bagels and Buns
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 2:02am [Dine in]

Sailing on Bagels and Buns
I agree with the review by Squirrel below: Solly's does not deserve the inappropriately negative reviews it has been receiving on this site, but it does need to improve to remain successful.

I have been buying and enjoying Solly's cinnamon buns for ten years now. I honestly do not think that any other baked good goes so well with a cup of hot, strong coffee. Solly's bagels are great too, but customer service is really the problem.

The staff turnover is high, the young cashiers are rude and disinterested, and both the Kits/East Side locations need to be tidied up. I also know that the owners have a poor, negative business approach (one of my close friends applied to Solly's and was really offended by the aggressive, blunt manner of the female interviewer).

Go to Solly's to buy babkas, cinnamon buns and bagels, but let the owners/managers know about poor service or disappointing products...I know I have.

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Solly's Bagelry2873 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Sailing on Bagels and Buns
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 2:01am [Dine in]

I agree with the review by Squirrel below: Solly's does not deserve the inappropriately negative reviews it has been receiving on this site, but it does need to improve to remain successful.

I have been buying and enjoying Solly's cinnamon buns for ten years now. I honestly do not think that any other baked good goes so well with a cup of hot, strong coffee. Solly's bagels are great too, but customer service is really the problem.

The staff turnover is high, the young cashiers are rude and disinterested, and both the Kits/East Side locations need to be tidied up. I also know that the owners have a poor, negative business approach (one of my close friends applied to Solly's and was really offended by the aggressive, blunt manner of the female interviewer).

Go to Solly's to buy babkas, cinnamon buns and bagels, but let the owners/managers know about poor service or disappointing products...I know I have.

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Dining Disconnect
Submitted Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 2:11am [Dine in]

I recently celebrated by birthday at la buca and was very happy with the experience. This was in large part to the company I was dining with, but the food and service was outstanding as well. Like the individual who wrote the review below me, I had the lamb shoulder with morels and was blown away by the elegant yet rustic presentation.

While most of the seven meals ordered were excellent, there were some misses. The homemade cod ravioli were much too salty, the short ribs were tender but rather bland, and the seafood linguini lacked any unexpected or memorable ingredients.

The one thing that really irritated me about la buca was the disconnect between the quiet, Kits environment and the slightly haughty, overpriced persona of the restaurant. It seems as though la buca wants to be a neighbourhood establishment, for it is small, warm and creates comfortable, seasonal meals. However, it is pricey, and the clientele is a bit stuffy. I will not go back to la buca because it cannot compete with Vancouver's elite eateries and it is too expensive for a neighbourhood restaurant.

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Lee's Donuts1689 Johnston St, #122, Vancouver
Another One Bites the Dust
Submitted Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 1:51am [Dine in]

I have lived in False Creek for most of my life. As a child, I loved to hit Granville Island for snacks and desserts. Up until about four years ago, Lee's used to be a highlight of Granville Island. Their donuts used to reflect their family-run image.

The changes at Lee's began with their staff. Owner-operators were replaced with lazy, rude teenaged girls. Then, fewer varieties were appearing on the donut shelves. Thennn, the donuts themselves began to taste greasy and slightly burnt. THEN, I stopped patronising this establishment.

Vancouver's donut scene is dismal. I was recently in New York and found a life-altering donut shop: pistachio, mandarin and toffee glazes...fluffy dough...crispy, non-greasy exteriors. We need better donuts.

I used to be able to brag about Lee's, and now I only disavow it. Let Lee's know how disappointed you are!

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Wicked Cafe1399 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Icky Crowd, Average Food, Great Drinks
Submitted Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 1:21am [Dine in]

I have been going to this cafe for the past few years, one or two times every two weeks, out of convenience. Before I list some of Wicked's drawbacks, I must state that the owners and baristas take their tea and coffee very seriously. I respect this and am a loyal customer because of this.

However...the crowd always seems to be comprised of curt business people, haughty hipsters and tech geeks. Weird! There are also the regulars who simply lounge around because of the free wi-fi. The food is very average: dry muffins, tiny selection of cakes/pies and dry waffles. Why waffles anyway? One more peeve...they only put out cream and skim milk for their beverages. This is bad for tea drinkers, and I like 3% for my coffee.

This cafe could be so much better, and should be more than simply "convenient". If they obtained some good baking (see Solly's and Grounds of Coffee for some hints, guys) and changed a few little things, it could be outstanding. Oh ya, fewer douchebag customers would help too.

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Helen's Grill & Restaurant4102 Main, Vancouver
Rare, Reliable Greasy Spoon
Submitted Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 12:38am [Dine in]

I cannot stand people who post inappropriate reviews. Helen's is not a trendy cafe, nor is it a commercialised family restaurant, nor is it hot brunch spot...it is a greasy spoon. Thus, it should be reviewed as such. As a family diner - a local restaurant serving decent meals at a decent price - it is great!

Helen's has ambiance: tableside jukeboxes, waitresses with attitude and those old, slippery plastic booth seats. The breakfasts are worth going back for. The pancakes are cinnamony and fluffy, there is plenty of syrup at every table and the service is fast.

You will not find poached eggs, outstanding French toast or lattes here. You will find good prices, reliable food and greasy utensils. Love it.

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