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AvocadoWest EndSince July 7, 20079 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Displaying 1 - 9 of 9 Reviews Found
Vij's Rangoli1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
An excellent alternative to Vij
Submitted Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Rangoli is attached to Vij and offers a pared-down menu and seriously casual atmosphere. Summers have patio seating. Service is awesome. The food is very good: the creative menu is delightful even if short. Some of the dishes are not outstanding but still well-executed. Others are outstanding. Such as the pulled pork. Try it, even if you are a vegetarian. The restaurant gets some extra points for (a) giving eco-friendly compostable take-away containers and (b) giving extra naan in my doggie bag---a nice surprise when I had the leftovers the next day.

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Capitol Hill Szechuan5527 East Hastings, Burnaby
Pretty good--in a city without much Szechuan
Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 2:13am [Dine in]

If you're craving Szechuan you can do worse than to come here. It's not mind-blowing, and the food was not as spicy as it should be. However, there is some chili oil on the table should you need it. Service was actually pretty good when we were there.

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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina1326 Davie Street, Vancouver
A gem for the West End
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Like Bin 941 in atmosphere, Lolita's is a much-needed spot in the West End. Personally I like the small, crowded, European-style places like these with festive, friendly atmospheres. Pure joie du vivre. If you don't like this sort of thing then do stay away instead of going there and emerging angry and disappointed.

The first thing that impressed me was the hostess and their policy of allowing you to have some drinks while waiting for your table. I don't at all mind waiting for a table if I can relax and have drinks. In fact, I prefer to extend the evening this way, first enjoying the beer/wine/cocktail/sangria on its own and unadulterated before shoving food down my gullet.

The hostess is adept at friendly attentive service for all patrons, and in such a crowded environment does a supurb job, which is why I offer 5 stars for service. The hostess also serves drinks, which makes her job twice as admirable.

The menu and food are great, just great! Ceviche appetiser is nice and pairs well with the sangria. However, the white sangria is very sweet and not to everyone's liking.

Another pleasant surprise here is the portion sizes. Huge. For Mexican food, portions do not even need to be big but they don't chintz at Lolitas on food or drinks (the sangria glasses are monstrous too). Good value for money, excellent ambiance, warm, cozy, we need more places like this in the West End!!

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All India Restaurant1188 Davie Street, Vancouver
Very good, what more can you ask for?
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2007 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

A previous user said something aboutu "Indian for the masses." That is precisely the kind of Indian food I like. As someone who is half Indian and has had the pleasure of eating at everything from thali stalls at the side of the road to high-end Mumbai restaurants with bills bigger than you'd have at Vij's, all I want sometimes is good, flavorful, no-nonsense Indian food and I found that at the Davie incarnation of the Main Street classic. Suspicious at first, I tried the buffet and loved it. They bring out fresh naan to your table (try the garlic naan!) instead of letting it get stale on the buffet. Another plus is the homemade mint chutney and excellent non-greasy samosas. Their house-made pickle is good too! The mixed veg curry is great. Some of the dishes are better than others but none will disappoint. It's nice having good Indian food in the West End and not having to go all the way to Main.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Come for the Beer (and the view!)
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

Since Sailor Hagars moved their brewing operations to Squamish's Howe Sound Brewing, Steamworks is bar-none the best Vancouver brewpub in terms of beer quality. Try the oatmeal stout, hefeweizen, and other seasonals like autumn's pumpkin and sour cherry ales. If you are lucky you can also sample the fine rogenweizen, made with rye malt and hefe yeast. As with many other local cliche beers like "pale" and "nut brown," Steamworks will not wow you but will certainly satisfy. The IPA needs a boost in the hops department to make it comparable to Sailor Hagar's. Nevertheless, any beer you order at Steamworks is leagues ahead of any of the Mark James productions (ie Yaletown, Dix, Taylor's Crossing, et al).

I do not come to Steamworks for food. In fact, I avoid eating here. If you are hungry by all means, but don't say I didn't warn you. Service might be the one thing at Steamworks worse than the food. I have been coming here for years (at least 8) and have never been impressed with either. Note that I have NOT eaten in the dining room, only the pub lounges and so it is possible the dining room serves superior grub. I do believe that their pub lounges could and should serve better quality food for the price they charge.

The place is huge and claustrophobics will be welcome. The view offers you a strong selling point when you need a reason to bring mom, out of towners, and anyone who doesn't even care that they brew on premises.

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Know what to order at Chili House
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 1:34pm [Dine in]

Chili House is a worthwhile Thai restaurant to try. The large patio on the seawall is one of the restaurant's strengths. Service tends toward excellent. However, food can be hit or miss. Many of the items on the creative menu sound better than they taste, including the tapas/appe-THAI-zers (sorry).

Chili House earns points for being willing to make their curries decently hot. The greatest weakness of Thai restaurants in Vancouver is their lack of aggressive chili even when requested. I especially enjoy the foil wrap with grilled enoki mushroom, chayote, fresh bean curd, and green curry sauce. This is an excellent dish. The green beans are also good: a Thai twist on the Szechuan specialty. Chili House also makes good solid rice.

Unfortunately, most of the other dishes I have tried have been disappointing. The seafood salad (Yum Rommitr Ta-Lay) is served on the bane of lettuce: iceberg. And only a few pieces at that. Raw onions and rubbery squid comprise the bulk of the dish, and ours contained only one quarter-sized scallop even though the menu clearly uses the plural "scallops." To be fair, the dressing is delightfully heavy on the nam plah, which tastes nothing BUT Thai! Some more crunch that isn't derived only from iceberg and yellow onion, and a wider assortment or greater quantity of seafood would make this salad great.

As with most takes on the ubiquitous Pad Thai, Chili House makes an average one. By all means AVOID the "New Edition" Pad Thai, which is made seemingly with bottled sweet and sour sauce. A shame. The traditional pad thai is fine in comparison, but will not blow your socks off.

Basically, Thai house is a good place to go if you are craving Thai and want to sit on the seawall. They deliver too, which is a boon for us who live in the neighborhood and need a fix of Thai curry.

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Teahouse Restaurant, The7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
A wonderful experience esp for out of towners
Submitted Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 1:49am [Dine in]

After hearing some accolades from friends I decided to take my parents who are visiting Vancouver. The restaurant is in Stanley Park, so there is nothing lacking in overall setting. The restaurant feels cozy like a mountain lodge, and coupled with the drive through Stanley Park makes the whole atmosphere peaceful and as close to sublime as a city restaurant can be. Service here is top-notch. It does not get much better, so I give a hearty 5 for service. I ordered the daily specials, and all were tasty. The mushroom soup on the regular menu is a definate thumbs up. Even the table bread is out of this world, and I wish I knew where to get it. So, I look forward to returning. This is of course not a cheap restaurant but for what it is, it is reasonably priced and well worth it. Go!

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
about the omelets here...
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 4:04am [Dine in]

Sorry to post twice but i many ppl here seemed disappointed with the omelets here. That might be because these are not the fluffy-spongy omelets. The Omletery makes crepe-like omelets that are lightly cooked. For me it is the only way.

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Jang Mo Jib1719 Robson Street, Vancouver
Come here for Korean food
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 3:53am [Dine in]

I don't know much about Korean food and have trouble with it as a (mainly) vegetarian but love this restaurant! Whatever I order is delicious, the menu is varied, and I enjoy the atmosphere tremendously.

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