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aw81VancouverSince September 27, 200611 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value1 (1)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)


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Michi Sushi1513 West Broadway, Vancouver
Paying for the 'hipness'
Submitted Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

This sushi cafe just opened yesterday. Normally I'd wait 2 weeks before testing the waters with a new restaurant, but I saw the display of "square" cones (maki rolls, uncut) and decided to give it a go.

There are some very exotic rolls that's only seemingly limited to the imagination: beef sukiyaki, tuna gomae, chicken salad, etc.

I tried the tuna gomae and salmon with avocado.

It's $3.25 - $3.50 per roll. I could slice this maki into 6 small pieces, so its value would be judged upon taste.

Be prepared to chew...and chew some more. Since I don't know how long the sushi has been sitting in the display, the nori (seaweed) is extremely chewy (same effect if you leave leftover sushi overnight in your fridge). Meanwhile, the rice has taken on a very unpleasant gluey texture that gets all balled up in your mouth and overwhelms any of the pretty ingredients added to the whole thing. If I picked out an individual grain, it was crunchy and raw in the centre.

The rice was unable to absorb the soy sauce I sprinkled on it. It fell through the entire roll and ended up becoming a gluey, sticky mess when you get to the bottom of the paper wrapping.

Contemporary concept, great imagination and presentation, but in the end, it's all about the food...and this is a big fail as far as I'm concerned.

I might try them again in a month to see if they've tweaked anything to improve...

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Lan's Restaurant1481 W Broadway, Vancouver
Take-out is a big rip off...
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Unfortunately, they are the only pho place near my work, and once in a while, I need a pho fix.

I ordered the lunch combo special at $5.95. The bill came to $7.30. What the heck? PST at 7% and GST at 5% do NOT add up to $7.30 total!

When I confronted them about it, they said they charge a dollar extra for not eating the lunch combo sit-in. It is NOT advertised on the menu that you have to sit-in to take advantage of the price, nor does it say you have to pay a dollar more for takeout. Then they say it's for the takeout containers - HELLO, I have NEVER known any other restaurant to charge extra for the containers! If you want to survive and compete, you have to suck up that expense!

Finally, the owner says I'm getting a good deal anyways. From now on, I will get a "good deal" elsewhere. It WAS a good deal before they stick you with an extra buck just to eat their food and do the effort of going there to pick it up yourself.


Food: Spring rolls are light and crunchy. Pho soup stock is weak. Not very flavourful or strong, which is important. Makes the noodles tasteless and bland. Small amount of meat. Coworker ordered a grilled chicken (or pork?) dish; it was bland and not cooked through!

Service: okay time in between placing order and receiving food, but need to flag someone down for the bill.

Ambiance: just your average lil pho house...

Overall: AVOID. There are much more tastier, cheaper, and better pho places worth holding out for!

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Too hyped...
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

I've made cream puffs before...and so can you! It's simply choux pastry, which contains only butter, water, flour, and eggs. And how expensive is it to get those? The filling is whipped cream flavoured with vanilla, ingredients you can obtain easily as well. For the price they charge for a dozen, it's a complete rip off. You could buy enough of those ingredients to make dozenS more yourself AND customize them (I add chocolate as a finishing touch). It's not hard to make either. You need one pot, a wooden spoon, and a good non-stick pan.

If you're just really lazy, by all means, indulge in some from here. Hope you can withstand the lineup though.

My ratings explained:

Food - it's decent only because you buy it FRESH. That retains the lightness of the pastry (made ahead of time, it will absorb the filling and become soggy). Not too eggy, which is a good sign. Cream is just...vanilla whipped cream.
Service - long lineup, but their factory-line system seems to work as humanly possible.
Ambiance - shouldn't really apply...this is in a food court.

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Vera's Burger Shack1455 West Broadway, Vancouver
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

A bunch of coworkers decided to get burgers from Vera's after waiting a couple weeks after they opened, and asked me if I wanted anything. I decide to go 'easy' and request a veggie burger with onion rings on the side.

I immediately dig in when they return so as not to lose the warm temperature of my meal. I gag - the burger was a tasteless mass of bread and veggie patty with an unwelcoming mushy texture. Not wanting to waste my overpriced meal, I finish it off anyways, as I have nothing else to eat. I turn to the onion rings - a mushy heap as well. No crunchy, battered texture to offset the greasy, slimy, chewy onion inside (by my standards, an onion ring is satisfactory if you can bite through it cleanly). It was as if I licked the wire basket it was cooked in. And this was supposed to be a Vera's?

My coworkers didn't fare any better. One had to pull out the meat patty and nuke it in the microwave because the insides were red and it was dripping blood everywhere. Another coworker threw hers back in the bag and stormed back to Vera's - the hamburger bun had moulded over and was sprouting! They wouldn't give her a refund but ushered two coupons onto her for 'next time' (same thing they'll do after you wait 45 minutes for your order). Are you kidding me? This was three strikes out in one swing! Why come back here and poison ourselves?

Avoid, avoid, avoid!

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Bawan's Donair & Pizza1453 West Broadway, Vancouver
Get take-out
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

I found this to be the closest Greek take-out place near my work, and for the past year and a half, I keep coming back for their chicken souvlaki lunch special (call them and ask what the lunch special is). For $5.95, you get a skewer of plump savoury chicken (or beef, or lamb), fresh greek salad with a wedge of lemon, half a roasted potato done al dente, a bed of tasty rice (looks plain, but full of flavour), whole pita (flatbread kind) and some thick, creamy tzatziki. I can never finish the whole thing, even though I want to.
The baked spaghetti is GREAT. The meat sauce is a bit spicy; just enough to give your buds a tingle but the well-blended flavours of meat, sauce, and spices make you want to scoop up more. The whole thing is topped with browned cheese that you need to mix well quickly before it hardens again. Great stuff for you cheese and pasta lovers...very filling!
Roast lamb is soft and tender and flavourful, almost fragrant (which is good, cuz I hate that 'gamey' taste lamb has). Great deal for lamb for just $10.95 with all the sides as well.
The restaurant looks a bit like a hole-in-the-wall...best to use it as take-out. They advertise delivery and catering available as well, but haven't used that yet. Have seen some regulars come in to sit down, but you might have to wait a while, especially during lunch rush. Since it seems like it's just a family doing all the work, service can be crunched (they are very nice people though). If you don't like sitting in a small restaurant, again; get the take-out.
Will try their pizza next.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Wonderful birthday dinner!
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

3 course peking duck, honey garlic spareribs, szechuan beef...I can't remember everything, but I picked out the menu with the waiter helping me and making thoughtful suggestions. It would be a difficult table to feed, full of picky eaters, I explained, but he was patient and flipped through the menu with me.
In the end, a fantastic meal. I couldn't get enough of the honey garlic spareribs. Everything was balanced; nothing overpowered another flavour. Instead, you get a wonderful, mellow, nearly 'melting' pleasant feel in your mouth if you let it just sit a bit. That didn't quite happen with my boyfriend, as he nearly inhaled the beef (and he wouldn't do that unless he REALLY liked something).
The peking duck can be a tad dry, as mentioned before;they remove a lot of the meat and fat off the skin. But just pile it on the pancakes, and help yourself to the green onion and hoisin sauce, sit back, and enjoy!
All throughout the meal, servers would look over frequently, refill your teapot, clear the plates, ask if anything else was needed, but without feeling like they were in your face all the time. I think the major domo seemed pleased that we all had a very satisfied look on our faces at the end of the meal, which I thought was not enough thanks for such a savoury dining experience.
Ambiance - from the outside, the place looks really small, being part of the Holiday Inn with its own lil awning. But once inside, it opens up to a tall dining room with crystal chandeliers. It might just be my preference, but I like simple styles with accents that complement and balance. The room felt very open and not so crowded, noisy, and stuffy like a typical Chinese restaurant.
I'd love to try their lunch menu. My family was thoroughly impressed with my choice. It was a great birthday dinner for me.

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Incendio2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

Someone added their takeout menu to my collection of menus at the office. I had just come back from Calgary where a run-in with poor pasta left me hungering for something better. So I decided to start off with something simple but hearty. I asked for their rotini with ragu for takeout.
20 minutes later, I'm standing inside the super dark restaurant, waiting for a host or server or somebody. There were only 3 tables full; why would it take 20 minutes to cook (supposedly) fresh pasta with some reheated meat sauce?
$13.77 lighter, I'm handed a bag with a small black rectangular container and clear lid. $13.77 for 2 cups of cooked pasta and some simple meat sauce. Bearing in mind that pasta as simple as rotini can be bought from the market at about 25c/100 grams, I was already feeling ripped off. No fork, no bread (the foccacia is supposed to be "THE BEST!" they claim), no napkin...just the take-out tray and bag.
Back at the office kitchen, I spear some rotini and scoop some of the meatsauce up. A nice Italian spice flavour to it, but, well...I was hoping for better! I'm sure if I left some meat and tomatoes and a dash of Italian spices in a pot I'd have a nice pasta meal. It had nice depth, but for nearly $14, I expected WAY better.
I should have trusted my gut (literally) and gone back to Bawan's on the other side of Broadway. Their baked spaghetti is kickin'! (and for only $8.25 too!)
As for ambience...hope you like to eat in the dark.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
No MSG great, but...
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

I'm always skeptical of places (and products) that advertise no MSG...I don't get that much of a 'chemical' headache from MSG, but that means it must be substituted with something else for flavouring, and 99% of the time, it means more sodium/salt. This is exactly what the soup stock tasted like: saltwater. I ordered a bowl of the beef and beansprouts. The beef slices were amazingly seasoned and soft (I like it like that), but the beef stock was overpowered by a consistent salty taste. I tried to dilute it with some hot water, but just ended up with soggy, run-down (and still salty) soup.

So if they could cut back on the salt (and noodles fresh made, but probably include salt in the making as well) and just let the natural flavours of all the other ingredients mellow, it'd be SO much more better.

Service was quick for on-the-spot takeout request. In 5 minutes, I placed my order, paid the cheque, got my order, and was out the door.

Just cut back on the salt!

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Ogenki Sushi4342 Main St, Vancouver
Addictive yam rolls
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

My only regret is moving away from this neighbourly Japanese restaurant. I come here when I need a sushi fix, and for some reason, their yam tempura rolls keep calling me. Efficient and friendly staff; nice bright, open space that makes you feel comfy (instead of most other sushi joints that try to maximize seating space by squishing you in close to another table). The waitress recognizes me after many drop-ins that I get a 10% VIP discount. Now THAT'S loyalty, and well-deserved. Consistency, quality, and well-priced.

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Cactus Club Cafe575 West Broadway, Vancouver
Solid meal
Submitted Monday, October 2, 2006 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

The bf and I were in the mood to taste-test, and were up for steak. He ordered the chargrilled steak rare; I got the pasta alfredo.

Service was attentive and with a smile. The Caesar salad has a wonderful garlic taste to it, but not overpowering.

The steak tasted like half its description; chargrilled. I felt like I had just licked the grill it cooked on without a hint of Montreal steak spice (the other half of the description). It was, however, cooked to the desired rare stage, very tender, and extremely juicy...probably its saving grace.

The pasta was overcooked; not al dente, just mushy. The mushrooms in the alfredo sauce added a nice texture to offset it, fortunately.

Would definitely go back for the key lime pie. I think it's new, since it was on an insert inside the menu. It's not that cheesecake kind, so you get a lot of fresh lime taste with fresh whipped cream on top, and a nice, sugary graham wafer crumb crust for crunch. Took that horrid burnt grill taste from the steak out of my mouth.

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Capricorn Restaurant & Grill656 W Broadway, Vancouver
First experience became my last experience
Submitted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

Came here a couple years ago for Valentine's dinner with my bf and ordered the special. Took them 45 minutes to give us our appetizer, and another solid hour to get our entree which was supposed to be a kind of Yorkshire pudding. The meat inside was cold, undercooked, and tough; the pudding (pastry) was soggy...I couldn't eat it. The table next to us had changed three times; somehow we were forgotten. The place was super dark and smoky cuz of the open kitchen; came out smelling like we crawled out of a barbecue. Irritated my contacts.

And yes, they add 15% tip automatically to your bill. Got into an argument with them about it. Tip is a reflection of the food and service, and both were lousy.

Never eating here again. Scarred for life.

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