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badgerbalmpretentious yaletownSince December 15, 200737 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Elbow Room, The560 Davie St, Vancouver
beware of being ripped off
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I have been going to the Elbow Room for the past 5 years. After a year's hiatus, we decided to take his friend out for some post-Grind brekky. Their so-called "abuse" is tame - if you want to call being addressed as "Princess" an abuse...

Food is so-so, but was forgivable as it was once rather affordable. My last experience was anything but.

Our order included two breakfasts with eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, toast, with sides of baked beans, and one with eggs, hashbrowns, and toast. We all had tea, and one had orange juice. Our bill was $57.00. Yes, FIFTY SEVEN DOLLARS.

We looked at the gibberish on the bill, looked at the menu and discovered they charge $2.75 for a bag of leaves in hot water and $5 for orange juice. We swallowed the hard pill and left $64 lighter in the wallet.

I couldn't give up the fact that something was wrong, so I went back. The guy admitted he overcharged me for my breakfast by $4. When I got home, I told my boyfriend what a rip off that they charge $2.75 for beans when he said on the menu it said $1 to add beans.

So, the moral of the story boys and girls, is that you should question what's on the bill because the guy purposely writes in chicken scratch and overcharge you. They just hope we're too full and stupid to question it.

They lost a customer in me.

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House of Dosas1391 Kingsway, Vancouver
Not bad at all
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2008 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

Went to try this out after driving by it a million times.

The food was tasty and the service was more than adequate. My only complaint was that they really need to spell things out more for the non Sri-Lankan/Indian folks. We're not all conversant on the difference between a dosa and a paper dosa. And what is the Uttappam? us honkies don't know!!

Anyways, I settled on the Mixed Veg Dosa, and my friend had the Meat & Mixed Veg Dosa (chicken). We were surprised to see this baseball-bat like things on a plate.

The dosa is very tasty, and while we pussied out and got "mild", the soup was stinking hot and the curry was sweat-inducing. We're not spice-shy, either, so if you're really not good with spicy foods, you're not going to have a good time.

Ambience was meh, but whatever. Value wasn't the best, though I hear they have cheap Mondays, which is probably the best time to go.

All in all, it was a pleasurable meal, and I will likely go back.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
better than most
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Love it or hate it, Hon's is probably the best Chinese fast food restaurant out there. It's clean (relatively, just don't look at the walls), and I love how they have separate kitchens, especially the vegetarian one.

Our usual staple is the chicken with pickled ginger and pineapple, special fried rice, singapore style curry noodles, and some pot stickers. Always hits the spot. I also love the Buddhist's vegetarian feast.

Service is promt and quick, and I've yet to experience any mix ups. They also use biodegradable bags now, which tickles me pink.

The value is hard to beat, considering we always get two meals out of it. I even like the "buzz" of the cafetaria style. I prefer this location over one in Chinatown, it's almost like a completely different restaurant. Richmond is okay, too, but Robson location is the best.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
my how things change in 3 weeks
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

this is an update to my previous review. No two visits can be so different. Last time, both the service and the food were excellent. This time, they both sucked.

I had to flag a server down to put an order in. We ordered one lunch special (black bean sauce with chicken with rice), and noodle with tofu and vegetable in soup. The soup from the lunch special never arrived, so we had to ask for it. The food took about 15 minutes to arrive, later than our last visit.

The soup was luke warm and pitifully bland. There was a pretty thick oil slick on the top, too, so I'm not sure what's going on with their soup. The black bean chicken was nothing special; they do use poor quality chicken and more than half the pieces had gristle or something gross I had to spit out.

We asked for forks and one of them came with old rice stuck to it.

How can two visits be so vastly different? it was like I went through some wormhole and came out in a polar opposite place.

I likely won't be back as today's food was sub-par to mall cafetaria food.

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Pallas Athena1250 Dominion Ave, #101, Port Coquitlam
great Greek
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

I SWEAR I added a review of this place a couple of months ago, yet it's not here, so maybe I was in a parallell universe. I'm adding this again, as my other Greek restaurant review was compared to this meal.

This place is nowhere a restaurant should be, yet it was busy so you know they're doing something right.

We started out with kalamari, and while I'm not a huge Greek fan, I felt it was the best I've had. It was hot, and the batter was light and crispy.

I had the spanikopita and my friend had the lamb souvlaki. The spanikopita truly was the best I've had, it was fresh and crisp. And unlike others I've had, it didn't have that slightly bitter taste from the spinach/feta combo. The spinach was a fresh green as opposed to the dull green you see in others where they use frozen spinach. Phyllo truly was crispy.

The rice and potatoes were good as well, and the steamed green beans were done perfectly. I didn't care too much for the Greek salad, though, but I'm just not a huge fan of Greek salad.

We were urged to try the ekmek, as the hostess herself made it (owner's daughter). I've never had ekmek before, so it was a nice surprise, it was sooo good!!

The service was good, though our server was a bit of a Barbie robot, but the hostess came around frequently to counteract the lack of expression on Barbie.

Ambiance is a bit on the kitschy side, but really, I'm not too fussed about ambiance as long as the food is good.

As I've mentioned before, I'm not a huge Greek food fan, so if someone like me can rave about the meal, I urge you to try the restaurant if you're in the area.

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Kerkis Greek Taverna3605 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
mixed review
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

I went for dinner on Friday, and while it was good, I felt sick afterwards so it's clouding my judgement a bit.

We started with a grilled calamari - never heard of grilled, so we tried it. It was about half a dozen squid grilled in butter. They were whole, as in not sliced like the usual calamari. Didn't like it too much as it tasted a bit on the fishy side, so either not terribly fresh or frozen. This is probably what made me feel sick afterwards.

I had the spanikopita dinner and my friend had the lamb souvlaki. Started with the Greek salad, which was a nice balance of cucumber, tomato, onion on feta. The spanikopita came with rice, potato, and some freshly steamed vegetables. Spanikopita was nothing special, it was likely a frozen variety, and slightly overdone. Rice was good, the potato was good, and the vegetables were probably the best of the dish.

My friend's lamb souvlaki was eaten quickly and without complaint.

Rounded off the meal with coffee and ekmek, which wasn't that exciting.

Service was excellent, she was attentive without being in-your-face, and coffee was topped up without asking.

Ambiance was nice, a big, circular room with plenty of space.

I can't help but to compare with Pallas Athena in PoCo, as the prices are similar. Their spanikopita was superbly fresh and light. Ekmek was to die for. The only problem is they're way the hell out in the boonies for me to go there.

Overall, I found the experience to be just OK. I likely won't be going back as it does seem a bit steep to pay $18 for a spinach pie with some vegetables.

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Sweet Revenge Patisserie4160 Main Street, Vancouver
yeah, not that great
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

I just wanted to pipe in with the "not that great" review of this establishment.

I took an out-of-town guest there a while ago. We obligingly waited, and after about 45 minutes, we were the next ones up for a table. There were quite a few people behind us, and I was flabbergasted when the owner/manager took 4 of his friends who just came in before us! Talk about preferential treatment. He made no excuses, just told us that they were his friends. At least make it look like they were there before and were inconvenienced or something. Any old excuse is better than the outright "they're more important than you", even if it's true.

We finally were seated, and we ordered chocolate cake and apple crumble. The portions are really small. My a la mode was nothing more than a teaspoon sized dollop. It didn't taste bad, or particularly good. Tea selection is decent.

Ambiance is good if you're into the garage sale furnishings with mish-mash china in a space smaller than Mariah Carey's shoe closet.

The long wait, inconsistent service, and ho-hum food/drinks really won't have me rushing there anytime soon.

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Foo Lai Ho Restaurant3048 Kingsway, Vancouver
ok dim sum
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 11:03am [Dine in]

My family's been going to this restaurant on a fairly regular basis for the past couple of years. We do their dim sum quite often as 5 adults and 2 children always leave stuffed for under $60 with tip.

The dim sum dishes are often hot and fresh unlike some places that keep re-circulating the same thing. They do tend to have a lot of deep fried dishes, but like the previous reviewer mentioned, it's probably safer.

Being a non-chinese, I never would have ordered it if it weren't for my Chinese sister-in-law, but do try their deep fried salty tofu. The triangular pieces come stacked with sliced jalapeno on top. It sounds and looks disgusting, but it's savoury heaven on your tongue.

We've been here for dinner, too, and it's decent. It's not Sun Sui Wah, but they don't claim to be. And I believe they use MSG, so for those who are sensitive, you may want to avoid.

In summary, this isn't a place to take prospective business partners or to go on a first date, but do go if you're craving for dim sum and don't want to spend a fortune.

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Red Onion2028 41st Avenue West, Vancouver
fond memories
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

I used to frequent this place as a teenager back when Madonna was bemoaning about holidays and virgins. Ah, good old days of big hair, hoop earrings, and "Choose Life" shirts.

Back then, a chicken burger with fries was enough to make me burst. Some 20+ years later, the size of chicken has shrunken, but the decor is still the same, and I think the menu's still the same, too. I don't know too much of that as I only ever have the chicken burger.

Considering Madge is 50 now, and I'm older too (though not as old as her), I suppose it's only natural that serving sizes may change to reflect the times.

I still enjoy going there from time to time, reminiscing my lost youth. It's a greasy joint, but the food is freshly grilled and sometimes the service is a bit slow or not as attentive, but it's a worthwhile place to go (for me, anyways!)

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
double price for take out?
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2008 - 11:11am [Dine in]

this was a while ago, but obviously left enough of a bad impression on me that I have not returned to Nirvana. My one and only time there was ruined by the manager/owner's greed...

A colleague and I went there for lunch. The food took the whole lunch hour to arrive. There was another couple in the restaurant, but that was it. Once the order was taken, we didn't see the server again until the meal arrived. I do recall the naan being good, and the curry tasty.

Another colleague was unable to join us but requested a takeout. We decided to order when we got our food so she wouldn't end up with cold food. The take out arrived 30 minutes after we finished eating.

But the biggest shock was when we saw that they charged us double for take out! I've never seen that before or since, and we were both gobsmacked. We asked for an explanation and the owner/manager said take outs took more effort to prepare. Usually they're cheaper as they don't need to serve them to a customer, but charging double is downright extorition.

Had we known this was going to happen, we wouldn't have ordered take out. But nowhere on the menu does it state there will be a double charge for take out, and he certainly didn't mention this criminal billing practise when we placed the order.

We told him we didn't want it, he told us we were wasting his food. He must have known we weren't as stupid as he pegged us for and after a short argument, gave it to us for the listed price.

If you want to go for okay food served by an aspiring extortionist, this place is for you.

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Teresa's Cafe1005 Denman Street, Vancouver
you get what you pay for
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 9:54am [Dine in]

We originally wanted to go to Joe's Grill, but the line up was much too long for our starved state after the 'grind, so we went down the street and got lured into Teresa's by the cheap menu items. Plus there was no line up.

We stood by the entrance for a good long time, and even though there were 3 servers in close proximity, not one of them acknowledged us. Even a momentary eye contact would've sufficed, but not a thing. Finally one of them pointed to a table (again, no eye contact).

The cheap menu items are the ones posted, the other items are pretty much the going rate for brunch-y type of food. I settled on the Daniel, which was 2 eggs, 2 ham/sausage/bacon choice, hash browns, and toast. The price was reminiscent of the 90's at $4.50. My friend had the Adam, 2 pancakes, poached egg, and a meat choice.

We then waited. And waited. And waited some more. I had finished my second cup of tea when after 30 minutes the food finally arrived. By then we didn't care what was in front of us, we were so hungry we shoveled the food into our mouths. There was only one cook, and the 3 servers were just lounging around talking - you'd think one of them can go and help the poor guy sweating away (hopefully none dripped in the food!!)

The hash browns were the kind you get in the frozen food section, the thinly sliced ones. Toast was some bargain-basement bread I couldn't really enjoy. The eggs were ok, but you can't really mess up scrambled eggs. My friend didn't comment on his food, so I can't really say what his meal was like.

All in all, it was cheap, but you get what you pay for. The slow service and the cheap quality of food won't have me going back there. Joe's Grill is far and away better. I would rather pay a few more dollars and get something good. And that is why there was a line up there and not at Teresa's.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
go for bad service and overpriced food
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Excellent place if you want poor service (or in our case non-existent), and/or if you want overpriced food.

Like other reviewers have said, this place packs them in, then do their best to make you wait. And wait. And wait some more.

We went to the bar, and nobody came to acknowledge us. We actually seated ourselves, and waited about 10 minutes. Still nobody even knew we were alive, so we gave up and went and ordered our drinks at the bar.

We wanted to have something to eat, so waved down a server and ordered pizza. $17 for a thin crust pizza, and and even though it tasted good, split between the 3 of us, we were still rather hungry afterwards.

All in all, I highly recommend this place if you want to serve yourself, and if you want to waste money on food.

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Sala Thai3364 Cambie Street, Vancouver
good, but slipping?
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 10:37am [Dine in]

I used to live just around the corner from here so I dined there quite often. Since I moved 6 years ago, I've only gone there a handful of times. The last time was a couple of months ago, and it kinda slipped.

We went fairly close to closing, so seating wasn't a problem, and food came out quickly. We had the satay and spring rolls as starters. The rolls came out just a tad bit overdone, but oh well.

We ordered one of the green curries and the pad thai. For some reason, the pad thai seemed quite bland. It's usually quite flavourful but this time it seemed lacking. While they never was big on quantity, it just seemed even less than usual. Maybe I'm just used to bigger quantities, not sure. Since I'm not a huge coconut milk fan, I only had a couple of bites of the green curry. Boyfriend ate it all up, so it must have been good.

The waiter was really interested in my boyfriend, so he got attentive service; I think I was in the way :p

Decor is getting tired, it needs sprucing up a bit. Overall, it's still one of the better Thai restaurants, but the last meal there lacked the wow factor it used to have.

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Granville Island Tea Company1689 Johnson St, Public Market, 117, Vancouver
excellent tea and service
Submitted Friday, July 11, 2008 - 11:28am [Dine in]

There is something infinitely comforting about a nice cup of tea.

On Canada Day, when it was a gong show at Granville Island, my friend and I decided to stop for some iced tea for her and a hot tea for me. My friend had a fruit-based iced tea which she said was very refreshing.

I'm a bit of a tea snob, so I wanted to try one of their more bolder black teas, and she gave me a golden assam to try. Since I'm a green crusader who carries her own mug, this amazing tea was only $1. ONE dollar! Some places charge $3 for Red Rose and try to pass it off as tea, and this fine, single-estate tea was only a buck.

The lady who served us is likely the owner, along with the fella who I'm assuming is her husband and co-owner. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. She at one point asked my friend if she wanted a top-up (free, and if you bring the container back, you can get a refill for $1).

While the ambience is busy-market, I suppose that is one kind of atmosphere.

Sometimes all it takes is about an hour of thoroughly enjoyable drink and company to make the experience wonderful.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
cheap and fills the hole
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

Not the kindest of words to describe the place, but it's true. It's dirt cheap, and fills the hole.

Since I don't know what Malaysian or Singaporean food is supposed to authentically taste like, I can't say if the Mee whatever I had today was up to snuff, but my taste buds approved. I do like that they have about 10 vegetarian items. The food came within 10 minutes of ordering and piping hot.

The service is the pits, but whatever, for a meal under $5, I'll even take abuse (which I didn't get). My friend asked which of the dishes (3 choices) was the best, and she bit his head off saying they're all good.

Since I hate paying money for crappy food that a child can make better, I will gladly take poor service and bland ambiance for cheap-but-pleasant-to-the-mouth food. I will definitely be going back to explore the menu some more.

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Joe's Grill1031 Davie Street, Vancouver
brunch without attitude
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 11:10am [Dine in]

I wish this site would revise their rating system. I hate putting "outstanding" for breakfast fare, but 3 stars seem a bit paltry for "solid", and "outstanding" seems a bit much...

Went to Joe's on Saturday around lunch after doing the 'Grind. We had to wait a bit for a table to be cleared, and it took a while for our order to be taken, but they were busy and when the waitress did come, she was very friendly.

As I said, I wouldn't say scrambled eggs and bacon to be "outstanding", but it was hot and the hash browns were one of the best I've had in a restaurant. Bread was supposed to be sourdough but tasted just like wonderbread, so not sure if I got the right bread.

One thing I don't understand about brunch restaurants around town is, why they never taste good. Scrambled eggs and bacon are hardly difficult items to cook, yet so many taste horrible. This place at least cooked it right and tasted good.

So, although I wouldn't actually say it was mind-blowing and outstanding breakfast, it surpassed almost all other breakfast-y places, and for a plate full of food for $6, it's the best value around.

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good food, good service
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 11:11am [Dine in]

We went on a Friday night around 7pm. The place was busy, but there was a table available so we were directed to it, except there was only one chair, so we had to stand there looking awkward while they went to the back to dig a chair out.

It took some time for our order to be taken, my SIL eventually had to wave to one to get her attention.

Once we ordered, the food came out quickly and piping hot, so it was great. We ordered a yellow curry and tamarind pad thai, and both were excellent.

One little note on cleanliness: we had to wipe our plates as both of ours had greasy smears. I didn't go to the toilet to check out the cleanliness there.

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Solly's Bagelry368 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
bad all around
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 9:29am [Dine in]

I've been going to this location since it opened, and I must say the service has been consistently bad. I'm not sure if the requirement of the staff is to be surly, or they become that way due to circumstances working there, but I have yet to have good service there.

It's common to stand there and wait for them to take your order, even if there is 3 or 4 of them behind the counter doing nothing but chatting to each other. Then when they take your order, you'd think you're asking them to kill their pet dog.

Last time I was there, I ordered a strudel and wanted it heated up. It was barely warmed up so I returned to get it heated up some more. The girl took it and nuked the eff out of it.

Probably my biggest pet peeve about this place is they never post the price of pastry. Probably because everything is over priced for what they are.

Since it's further to travel from work, I will probably just shorten my trip and end up at Edge up the street for better service.

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Legendary Noodle4191 Main Street, Vancouver
pretty much a three star rating
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

A friend of mine raves about this place, so I finally had a chance to experience what it was about yesterday for lunch.

For something to be handmade these days, it's saying a lot. Sure some of the noodles were a bit on the hard side because they were thicker than the rest, but I would much rather have that than something that they took out of a package to boil.

As I'm not huge on meat, we shared the hot and sour soup with noodles and pan fried dumplings. We saw the noodles being made, and came out within 5 minutes of ordering. Dumplings followed about 5 minutes later.

I would say that overall, the food isn't outstanding, but solid and very good value for the money. Service was par, we ordered, got our order, and we paid for it. Nothing special, nothing horrible.

For me the selling point is the noodles being made on the spot.

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Continental Seafood Restaurant11700 Cambie Rd, #150, Richmond
fresh and clean
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2008 - 9:51am [Dine in]

I'm glad that a lot of the Chinese restaurants in Richmond is starting to put in some effort to decor and cleanliness.

I've been here twice recently for dim sum with the folks. Both times we were late so my parents had seats by the time we arrived. I would suggest making a reservation for the weekend as yesterday was just a zoo. I'm sure it being Mother's day was partly to fuel the rush, but I would hate to wait in that without a reservation.

My mother likes restaurants that bring the cart out so we can see, and the food is always fresh and tasty, not like other places where the same food goes around and around and is cold and soggy by the time you take it. If they don't have what you want, they'll order it for you and it comes out promptly.

I haven't paid either of the times, but I don't think it's terribly cheap. But you get what you pay for, and I would rather pay more to have something decent and tasty.

Customer service was excellent, actually. Our tea and hot water pots were topped up continuously, and empty dishes were taken away as soon as the last bit of food was taken from them. Soy sauce was given when asked, not like other places where you have to literally beg and plead to get some.

It's very gwailo-friendly, too, which is a bonus.

I haven't had their dinner menu, but I can wholeheartedly recommend going there for dim sum.

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