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bananyVancouverSince June 18, 200737 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 21 - 37 of 37 Reviews Found
Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Boring
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 6:04am [Dine in]

I was a fool when I went to Bridges and ordered steak at a seafood restaurant. I was on a high from a tenderloin I had a Rex Rotisserie the same week (I'm a striploin girl so the fact that a tenderloin impressed me was a miracle). I went ahead and ordered the tenderloin at Bridges. BAD IDEA! I knew I shouldn't have done it too. I even told my friend ordering steak at a seafood restaurant is just wrong, but I couldn't help myself. It was boring, very very boring. So boring that I can't even remember what my appetizer or desserts were. They don't even have proper steak knives! I asked the waitress for a steak knife and she said the knife I had was a steak knife. I've eaten at Gotham's and Morton's many, many times and I know what a steak knife looks like and what she gave me wasn't a steak knife! She said she'd check in the back and let me know. Well, she never did let me know which is why I say the service was just decent.

Normally I'm not picky about service, but I didn't appreciate her telling me she'd check in the kitchen and let me know, but never did!

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Szechuan Chongqing2808 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
It was great the first time but not so much the second time
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:59am [Dine in]

The first time I went was for a large group function. The old people ordered all the dishes and we ate it. I'm a slow eater so I don't get to eat much in a group setting, but from what I did eat I really enjoyed it. The crab was great. However, my second visit was not so impressive.

We went at lunch and they have lunch specials that are a decent price. I was feeling ambitious that day and wanted to eat a crab. So we ordered a crab and I suspect that the crab they showed us after ordering was not the same crab that was presented after cooking. The crab we got had some weird black spot on its shell, which made me leary as it might be a sickly crab. I proceeded with caution and it wasn't even close to what I had the first time.

I won't be go back because my two experiences were drastically different and I don't want to take the chance that another visit will be like my second one.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
Despite the perpetual lineup it's just ok
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:54am [Dine in]

Sha Lin Noodle House always has a lineup outside during dinner, but I'm not sure why. Not to be racist, but generally the restaurant is patroned by a lot of white people so maybe they get caught up in the handmade noodle hype. I've eaten plenty of handmade noodles are different places in my life so it's nothing spectacular to me. Honestly, I don't even like handmade noodles that much. I like consistency and not all handmade noodles are created equally.

I'll go back again because I want to try the pan friend dumplings. They only offer those at dinner and we went for lunch. Go early or you'll be waiting outside!

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
The place to go when you take your parents or inlaws for Chinese
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:51am [Dine in]

Sun Sui Wah is a standard for visiting when relatives are in town. The food is good, particularly the seafood and quail. I've only been to the Vancouver location three times, but have visited the Richmond location many times. Overall, I don't really notice a difference except the Vancouver location is freaking loud when busy. Definitely make a reservation if you plan on dining here on the weekend. Even if you make a reservation expect to wait. Dim sum here is madness, but the food is good.

Once we went on a Monday evening and there were only two other tables so the service was really good. The way to get good service is to go with older Chinese people who will chat with the servers and then the servers will be good to you. I don't speak Chinese so I'm useless for this function.

The last time I went was when they were offering Alaskan king crab at $13/lb. It was really, really good. This was my first time having Alaskan king crab outside the Bellagio buffet, and it was delicious. My favourite course was the second one where they bring out the joints the part where the leg attaches to the body) and they were deep friend and salty! My group went crazy over the third course of rice in the crab shell. It had a cream sauce and I'm not a big fan of cream sauces so I didn't have much, but everyone else wiped it clean.

If you go, definitely try the quail. The Peking duck is good too, but I don't like how the prepare the second course of duck lettuce wrap; something tastes off. The last time I went we also ordered fresh fish, but the fish was tiny and very expensive so I wouldn't do that again. The texture was bad as it was so crumbly and difficult to eat.

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Singapore Restaurant546 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Good food, but nothing special
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:43am [Dine in]

I decided to visit here as I had read good things about it in Vancouver Magazine's annual review of restaurants. At first I thought I had the wrong place, but I knew it had to be place because I live in the area and walk by it regularly. No one was inside, which I thought surprising as it had reviewed really well. Proceeding with caution we went inside. It wasn't so much a Singapore restaurant as much as a Malaysian one. The food was similar to what you would find at Banana Leaf or Tropika.

We wanted to order some chicken appetizer, but the waiter/owner (I presume) said they don't make it anymore so instead we got roti canai. The sauce was really, really good and had a nice spicy kick to it. We each ordered a combination dinner as we figured this way we could try a few things for only $10 each. The portions were really small and although I enjoyed the food I didn't feel satisfied. One reason could be that I don't really like sayur lemak (curried vegetables) because the vegetables are very mushy and the sayur lemak occuppied much of the plate.

I'll go again because I want to try the crab special they offer on Wednesday; a crab for $20.

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Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant355 Burrard Street, #180, Vancouver
Great food and great service
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:37am [Dine in]

I love, love this restaurant. The food is just as good as Sun Sui Wah, but the service is much better. Sun Sui Wah can get really loud and obnoxious, but that doesn't happen at Imperial. The interior is gorgeous and not like a Chinese restaurant at all.

I usually order the 7-course set meal. It includes a soup of choice, two course Peking duck, crab (even if it's only two people you still get a whole crab!), prawns and chicken in black bean sauce, vegetable medley (asparagus, baby bok choy, broccoli, snap peas), fried rice or noodles, and mango pudding.

What I really enjoy about the set menus is that they serve all the food to you. They bring out the food and divide it up into equal portions for each guest. It's quite nice. If you order for three people they bring you portions for four people, which is nice.

Only once did I order off the menu. I got corn and crab soup, fresh prawns, and some other things. I don't remember the other dishes because the prawns were incredible. They were presented split in half and had been cooked with a delectable garlic sauce. I never saw the biil, but I expect they were expensive.

Overall, I make sure to visit this restaurant at least once a year. So far I have been twice this year and also went twice last year.

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I Cafe2525 Heather Street, Vancouver
Good Hong Kong cafe style food
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:29am [Dine in]

The food is very cheap and they have a lot of variety. They have a few specials, which are reminiscent of the HK style cafe as you get an appetizer, entree, dessert, and drink. They have a couple of large screen TVs so it's good during your favourite sports season. All in all, I like the place.

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good lunch deal
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:27am [Dine in]

I've eaten here for lunch and dinner on multiple occassions and I would recommend it more for lunch. They have $5.95 lunch specials, which includes a choice of soups. The entree selection is pretty good and they bring your food out quickly. After having the lunch here I'm more reluctant to pay the dinner prices, but the peking duck is really good, which is what brings me back. They cut most of the fat off the skin, so it's skin with a very thin layer of fat. I know some people more like fat, but I like it this way. The skin is very crispy, which is nice too. The only problem is that the pancakes are too thick. With the thicker pancakes and less fat, the taste become diluted, but I still prefer the thinner cut. We ordered the crab once, but it wasn't very good as the crab wasn't fresh. He was an old crab! The pan fried rice noodles are pretty good, but the chow mein not so much.

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East Ocean777 West Broadway St., 108, Vancouver
Blah
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:22am [Dine in]

I've only had dim sum here and I didn't think it was very good. For a Chinese restaurant it wasn't too rowdy and obnoxious, but that's really my only compliment. They don't have carts so you order the food and it's delivered to you. I like the carts, but it's not a big deal. The food was too greasy and even though Chinese food is supposed to be greasy, this food was too greasy. For the price, which is on the higher side, the dim sum was a big let down.

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Pho Tam Restaurant10302 135 Street, #10, Surrey
Best pho ever!
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:15am [Dine in]

I have been going to this place for 8 years, ever since my uncle took me. I no longer live in Surrey so I only get to go if I'm out visiting my mom. The pho is so delicious. The portions are massive and I never ever finish my bowl no matter how much I try. They give you lots of noodles and lots of meat. The broth is amazing; best I've had anywhere. For awhile I wouldn't eat pho anywhere else, but now that I'm in Vancouver I've had to find alternatives. They upgraded the interior which is nice as it was very basic before. Plus, your food comes out so quickly. If the restaurant is quiet you wait about 2 minutes; if it's busy you wait about 5 minutes! The only negative is that it's cash only.

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Taste Of Vietnam, A1016 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good food with good prices
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:11am [Dine in]

I wouldn't recommend this place for the pho, but the combos are good. The brochettes will always be very fatty, but that's okay. The people are nice and I like that they give you a fruit treat at the end. The food is cheap and it's a regular on my rotation.

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Pho Hoa2257 Kingsway, Vancouver
Dependable
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:09am [Dine in]

Pho Hoa is a place you can count on for decent pho. It won't be outstanding, but you won't be disappointed. The only issue I have with this particular location is that it always feels dirty. Something just isn't right. I've been to other Pho Hoa locations and they don't have that same dirty feeling. Overall, I like the franchise.

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Pad Thai Cuisine132 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Pad Thai should change it's name
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:04am [Dine in]

I haven't actually been to Pad Thai, but I ordered delivery so I gave it a 3 for ambiance since I don't really know. For a place called Pad Thai you'd think they would have really good Pad Thai. Well, it wasn't good. The noodles were sticky and there was an overwhelming ketchup taste. The portion sizes were generous, but the food was just okay so what's the point of generous portion sizes if I don't want to eat it!

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Wimaan Thai Restaurant1063 W. Broadway, Vancouver
I'm more or less indifferent
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:02am [Dine in]

Wimaan wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. I really don't like the interior as it has a warehouse feel. The food seemed very ordinary, which is why I wouldn't go back. With many good Thai options, I feel no incentive to visit Wimaan even though it is near me.

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Simply Thai1211 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Snobby servers
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 4:59am [Dine in]

I went to Simply Thai a few times, but stopped because I couldn't stand the service anymore. The servers are definitely snobby. If they don't think you have a fat wallet they won't even be courteous to you. At my last visit I went with a fellow student and we were dressed casually in jeans and hoodies. Little did the waitress know that I had a pricey Gucci bag behind me. So, with the waitress thinking we're poor, she barely talked to us even though she passed by the area many times to check on adjacent tables. At one point she was refilling water and refilled the water for tables on either side of us, but completely ignored us. The food used to be okay, but at my last visit the fried foods had a metallic taste and I suspect they desperately needed to change the frying oil. The food is overpriced and the service stinks. I wouldn't go back!

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Montri's3629 West Broadway, Vancouver
I love Montri's
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 4:54am [Dine in]

Montri's is probably my favourite Thai restaurant in Vancouver, but there's an even better one in Seattle. I visit Montri's on average once every two months. I love the yellow chicken curry and the "special" on the last page of the menu of prawns and spinach. The sauce on the prawns and spinach is freaking delicious. I used to like the masuman curry too, but now prefer the yellow curry. I always get Pad Thai as well because the first time I had it there I was blown away, which is a hard result to achieve with just Pad Thai. However, recently the quality has declined. The appetizers are just okay and kind of overpriced. Overall, Montri's has great food, but it is a little pricey for a Thai restaurant.

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Thai Terrace2872 West Broadway, Vancouver
Very disappointing
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 4:50am [Dine in]

After reading some goods reviews on here my boyfriend and I tried Thai Terrace. I thought the food was bland and poor value. We ordered a few dishes and couldn't tell the difference between the sauces, except for the obvious yellow curry. It can't be a good sign if you order different dishes and they taste the same. The portions were really small, which is why I say it's poor value. We live near Thai Away Home on Cambie and it's much better. I would not go to Thai Terrace again with so many better Thai options.

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