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ballin_eaterVancouverSince August 24, 200934 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3.2)
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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Not a typical cactus club or earls experience
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner with my beloved which a reservation was made so we were seated promptly with almost no waiting.

Food: We ordered a poutine and halibut tacos for appetizer and shared a pepperoni/mushroom pizza. All of the food was incredible, the possible not too good was the poutine which tasted different from fast food places like kfc or ny fries, probably had to be less gravy and it was a little salty for my taste. We chose the halibut to be pan-seared which I find it very flavourful and filling. They seem to specialize with pizza and it was thin crust but the toppings were sufficient.

Service: Our waitress was very accomodating and personable even though the whole restaurant was very busy. Orders were done correctly, drinks were refilled and of course the check for how was your food.

Value: very reasonable prices for the food. Worked out to be around $40 with 2 iced teas and we were totally stuffed.

Overall: Incredible experience, can't wait to try their other specialty pizzas next time. 8.5 out of 10

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Crepes & Gelato380 Robson Street, Vancouver
Flies everywhere, should have ordered takeout
Submitted Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

After a long stroll, me and my mate decided to have some dessert. Had a coupon from a value web site for the special crepes. When walking there saw I think was the owner about to close shop for the night but was very inviting. He decided to have us inside and stay open. They close at 9pm.

Food: We ordered the strawberry crepe and the banana/nutella crepe and a scoop of blueberry/watermelon gelato. All the dessert was wonderful. The crepes can be as good as cafe crepe.

Service: the staff was very nice and pleasant even though he was supposed to close.

Ambiance: Unfortunately, there were flies all over the place cuz of the sweet treats. We were basically batting them with our hands every 10 seconds.

Overall: I would suggest you try this place but make sure you enjoy it outside patio rather than inside.
2.5 out of 5

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Gf's birthday dinner
Submitted Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Arrived roughly at 7pm on a friday night and it was packed, luckyl we didn't have to wait as we opt'd for the non-table seats. The staff are pretty attentive being a busy place.

Food: Ordered potato butter, tiger mayo, salmon carpaccio, 12 oysters and ocean red sushi. All in all, the food is very fresh and solid. I believe the food turnover is very good.

Value: The bill came to under $70 for the both of us and was stuffed so it isn't the best but can do.

Ambiance: Busy busy tapas and seating can be great if you call ahead and make a reservation.

Overall: It was a memorable birthday dinner. 3.5 out of 5

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
A burger craving...this place isn't it
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

This is the second time being here, the first time was a year ago with a friend when we finished climbing the grind it was ok experience. Had a craving and wanted a burger an milkshake, kinda regretted not driving to new west for a better burger.

Food: Ordered the regular splitz burger with an expresso coffee milkshake. The burger, very nice and juicy and was on par with vera's, the bun however not so good, it was a teeth shattering hard kaiser bun (presumibly not fresh), the toppings, NEVER get the lettuce as it was turning brown but tomatoes, onions pickles were fine.

Service: very efficient, as the cook (looks like the manager) made my food and came over to deliver to my table. Was during lunch time and it wasn't too busy. I would say it is pretty attentive.

Value: Here's the thing, I know it is supposed to be quality over quantity if you rate it over fast food joints but the price is pretty steep for what I ordered so quality does come at a big price. The damage came at $12 and I didn't even order a combo.

Overall: If I had the same money to dine at this place or a fast food place, i'd have better food and have change back to the fast food joint. So no, i would not recommend if you have coins in your pocket itching to come out. 2.5 out of 5

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Sunflowers Cafe5125 Joyce Street, Vancouver
Discovery lead to good food and service
Submitted Friday, June 25, 2010 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Me and a friend came here last week and stumbled to a taiwanese bbt and food joint. Curious to go we went in the early afternoon only to find that us and one other table were the only customers. I was kind of wary but don't really mind.

Service: server and cashier were working in the front and was greeted very attentively. Food order was simple and very quick to deliver.

Food: I had the popcorn chicken in noodle soup and friend had the deep fried chicken leg noodle in soup. The popcorn chicken was really delicious and hot when in arrived, i believed it was used in fresh oil so it was super crispy and juicy when bitten inside. Tried my friend's piece of chicken leg and was delicious as well, the spices put in were more mild and tasted much different from the popcorn chicken. Since it was pretty early, we both just opted for tea so didn't try their bbt. But a further visit we definately will.

Overall: During the whole time, there was locals who come in and out for their takeout orders and by the time we left, the whole place was packed, definately a good sign that the turnover for quality food and drinks. This will be an alternative to stay in Vancouver instead of driving over to Richmond for taiwanese fare. 8.5 out of 10

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Ebei5701 Granville Street, #112, Vancouver
Mother's day AYCE
Submitted Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Decided here to come with the whole family including mom for the special day. Even though we had made a reservation days before, it wasn't much help due to the busyness of mom's day.

Food: Pretty typical japanese AYCE, but missing some vital items that was on the dinner menu. All the food was good enough for lunch, nothing special and nothing horrible at all.

Value: Lunch menu was at $12 a head so it was pretty good deal for a lunch AYCE, the bill came to $70 including tip for 5 adult with full stomachs.

Overall: All and all a pretty enjoyable experience. 7.5 out of 10

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Pho Hong6348 Fraser St., Vancouver
Perfect place to eat and sit and chat for a long time
Submitted Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

Went there just this past weekend with girlfriend and buddy. I kinda forgot this location because I don't normally come to this area except for my sushi fix. I always visit the Burnaby location and may consider changing to this place since it is a little closer.

Food: I always order the large pho with spring roll. Friend had the small pho with spring roll and girlfriend had just the small pho and split the spring roll with me. The broth was very deliciously consistent, very rich and flavourful taste. Spring rolls came out hot and crispy. No complaints as the food was very good.

Value: At $8.50 for the pho and srping roll, would say it is an awesome deal.

Service: The thing about this place is even though the place was packed with high customer/food turnover, never once the waitress asked us to leave or gave us the bill when finished our food. We talked for over an hour and even asked for tea refilled and was very polite and friendly.

Overall: A good place to have good viet food and friendly/polite staff. 9 out of 10

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Trixi's Crepe & Coffeehaus3306 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Came here for desserts based on rave reviews
Submitted Friday, April 30, 2010 - 9:52am [Dine in]

After some dinner and fun, we both decided to come here for some crepes and ice cream. We stumbled on to this crepes place so we went in.

Food: Lots of savoury and sweet crepes to decide. Since we found the one we wanted we opt'd for banana and nutella with a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Service: Just a few tables full and a very small place however not cramped, the service was prety slow but forgivable since it was the owner was working.

Value: My crepe and ice cream came in under $8 since we shared the dessert together it was really worth it.

Overall: Very pleased with the crepes and the selection, maybe I will return for the savoury crepes. 7.5 out of 10

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Wonderful memory of my past trip to Singapore
Submitted Friday, April 30, 2010 - 9:45am [Dine in]

Went there last night with my sig other and was pleasantly surprised by the low prices. We both shared the curry chicken on rice and the mee soto (noodle soup dish).

Food: Both of the dishes were very good tasty and full of authentic flavours. My only complaint is the curry part is a tad watery but still it was good spice taste. As for the noodle soup dish, it contained pieces of moist chicken, fish pieces and lots of veggies.

Value: Both dishes were under $6 and the portions were average.

Overall: Me and my date enjoyed it so will be returning to try the nasi goreng. 8.5 out of 10

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At Ease Taiwanese Cuisine8300 Capstan Way, Unit 1028, Richmond
Church's chicken type salty peppery chicken
Submitted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

After a year of not coming back we decided to come back for this place for dinner.

Food: I ordered the salty peppery chicken pieces on rice with a green tea combo, friend had the taiwanese saugsage on rice. Both were very good not too salty taste that makes you thirsty after. As mentioned, the chicken pieces tasted like from church's chicken not the usual taiwanese places of this original classic dish. The taiwanese saugsage was very tasty and flavourful, not too overwhelming.

Value: Both combos in the neighbourhood of $9 that includes a drink so it is considered as average.

Service: Not a big restaurant so service was pretty slow but very attentive when waitresses were free.

Overall: Would come back now and then but not frequent due to maybe other taiwanese establishments to try. 7.5 out of 10

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SushiBoy409 West Broadway, Vancouver
Sushi fix for a rainy night
Submitted Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Me and a friend decided to have sushi and found this place opened.

Food: We ordered the chicken teriyaki bentobox along with 18 pieces of sushi and a spicy tuna roll. They both came with miso soup which is self serve. Overall the food was really good (maybe we were really hungry). The best item was the spicy tuna which is very fresh. All the food prepared were made before our eyes which is a plus.

Value: All in all, the total bill was under $20 includes tip for 2 people stuffed.

Overall: Although the chef was japanese, I think it would kinda mainstream sushi and nothing to wow me to come back. Also, being in lower mainland, there are tons of sushi joints I have yet to venture. 6 out of 10.

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E2 Pasta House8580 Alexandra Road, #2015, Richmond
Barely filling meal but very filling price
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Visited this hidden place over the weekend with a friend and boy, it was a bad bad decision.

Food: Friend ordered the tomato linguine and I ordered the prime rib. Friend's pasta was very tiny and was told the pasta was not good. My prime rib came medium rare but more on the rare side which wasn't bad. The rib itself was sliced very thinly and tasted extremely bland with absolubley no flavour to it.

Value: No value here whatsoever, my prime rib was $10, which I would be happier if I went to some other place for steak. $13 for friend's pasta with $3 added for one tiny dinner roll, small bowl of soup and honey lemon tea.

Verdict: Not in a lifetime will I return. 1 out of 10

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Ayce Ayce Baby
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Had all you can eat with the whole family last night. Haven't had ayce in a long time.

Food: We had the usual suspects, ie. miso soup, various nigiri sushi, tons of sashimi, tempura, gyoza, oysters, korean bbq. Nothing really spectacular as it was ayce.

Value: Roughly $25/head to eat like crazy.

Service: Nothing to write home about when people are lining up and food is being ordered. Typical ayce place mistakes are orders are always incorrect which doesn't bother me much.

Verdict: Eh, nothing special, pass, 7 out of 10.

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Beefy Beef Noodle House4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Taiwanese food convenience
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Stopped by to this place a couple times but only for drinks but yesterday finally tried the food.

Food: Me and a buddy both had the crispy pepper chicken with noodle soup, special milk tea and lychee slush. The pepper chicken was plentiful as we can't finish it all, the noodles in the soup was very chewy and delicious however, the downside was the soup, was very bland, basically didn't have much taste and it tasted a bit watered down. Both drinks ordered met out satisfaction and will continue to visit there for food and drinks.

Value: Very competitive prices with others.

Service: Servers were very attentive and very courtious, not hurrying you up to finish and get out. This place has a lot of family based customers which I don't mind at all.

Verdict: Will come back once in a while if craving taiwanese food but not having to drive to richmond or bby. 8.5 out of 10

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Ken's Chinese Restaurant1097 Kingsway, Vancouver
Best baked pork chop on rice ever
Submitted Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

A frequenter of this HK cafe place for sometime. Decided to get my pork chop fix for lunch a couple days ago.

Food: rated one of the best baked pork chop, probably the other one is cafe glocester. Just right portions with 4 pieces of savory pork chops, tomato sauce on a bed of baked fried rice with cheezy on top. Describing it makes me want to have another one now! Their milk tea used to be bland but these days are really tasty and would recommend it.

Value: Value is very good here anytime but the best is to be had during 2:30 to 5:30 their happy hour time where my meal and a milk tea was under $6.

Verdict: My visits will be very frequent to this joint. 9.5 out of 10

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Ramen was delicious
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

Came here with a friend a couple days ago looking for some ramen action. Was in d/t around 11am and this was the only ramen place opened so we went in.

Food: Ordered the miso ramen and friend ordered creamy ramen with rice ball chasu. Miso tasted the best out of both ramen. I requested for extra noodles for a dollar extra which wasn't bad value. Soup was rich and full of flavour. The pork pieces were 3 slim but really tender to compliment the chewy noodles.

Service: the restaurant wasn't full so the service was very attentive.

Value: Prices comparable to other d/t ramen joints which was good.

Verdict: Overall a really good place to go and good value in d/t area. Highly recommended 9 out of 10.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Authentic bowl of ramen
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

I usually frequent Kintaro with friends and never had a bad experience.

Food: Ordered the Miso ramen medium broth and lean pork and it was very delicious. The broth was really tasty being a bit on the rich side. The toppings includes bamboo shoots, corn, green onions and 3 good-sized lean pork was extremely fresh.

Service: When entering the place was packed but was lucky to find a seat in the afternoon. The watiress was very attentive and friendly and refills on water were given when asked.

Verdict: This place is my primary place for a ramen fix when in d/t but just make sure that you should go off peak periods on which the linesup are long. 9 out of 10.

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Deli Nippon3913 Knight Street, Vancouver
Ramen fix
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Had visited this place once before because of the recommendations and was definately worth a return visit.

Service: Although it was a small restaurant, the waiter greets very promptly. He recommended the daily special which was a good deal on sushi, although I wanted my ramen.

Food: Ordered the chashu shoyu ramen which was very delicious. The broth itself was very clear and tasty, no sign of MSG. The noodles were very consistently chewy with 5 thick cut (not thin) slices of chashu. All in all it was very satisfying but the only thing wasn't good was the soup wasn't extremely hot, it was in between lukewarm to not quite boil.

Value: This is the place for ramen that offers bang for the buck. Total cost was $7 plus $1 tip.

Verdict: The waiter came over and offered japanese burn rice tea and it was very tasty. Menu with nothing over $10, i'll be a regular and will try their sushi in the future. 9.5 out of 10

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Pearl Castle4380 No. 3 Road, #1380, Richmond
New pearl castle location
Submitted Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

Friend informed me that they finally opened the new location inside richmond centre so we decided to try their drinks. I always was a fan of Pearl Castle but haven't been cuz of the line ups in the other location.

Drinks: Ordered the pearl castle milk tea and friend ordered jap green tea. My drink tasted kinda different from other bbt locations and it wasn't too bad, not overly sweet as I always order to get the true taste.

Service: This place opened not too long ago (maybe 2 weeks) and it was very busy location with people crowding to get a table so it was all filled in a matter or minutes. The waitresses were very attentive with our order and service would be rated very high to deal with the crowd.

Value: I would say the drinks are set at a premium but you are paying for quality and I guess the convenience for being at a mall.

Verdict: Would likely to return to try other drinks when i'm at richmond centre. 8.5 out of 10

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G-Men3778 Sexsmith Road, #1101, Richmond
Finally see what the hype was
Submitted Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

Me and a buddy tried going here a lot times but was unsuccessful because they run out of soup base or closed but this time was the charm.

Food: Me and a friend ordered Shio and Shoyu ramen and a side of gyoza. The noodles were chewy and the ingredients were fresh. However, the amount of ingredients and the noodles were far less from other places like Kintaro or Benkei. The gyoza weren't the best as I found it rather bland, would recommend Gyoza King for better gyoza of course. The meat were slim and all were given was just fats so kind of a downer there. The soup base was a little salty for my taste.

Service: Although it was very busy with the line ups and all, the service was quick but the delivery of the food had to wait at least 15 mins.

Value: Not much value to be found at this place as it was $8.50 for a bowl.

Verdict: I could finally say that I tried this place, gave me a positive impression, however, I choose not to deal with line ups. 8 out of 10

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