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bearpawWest End, VancouverSince February 16, 200723 Reviews
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2.5 (2.5)
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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Nice service, food acceptable
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

I went here for my father's birthday. The ambience in this restaurant is very nice, very classly but not modern or trendy. A relaxing place to have a meal. The waitress was very nice too, good service.

As for the food: they used to serve fresh-baked sourdough bread at the tables, where did that go? We got really plain bread, nothing special. The sourdough used to be a Keg signature! Everyone at our table was disappointed.

I ordered a Beef Dip, and was not happy with it. The au jus dipping sauce tasted overwhelmingly of rosemary, why was there any rosemary in it at all? The au jus is supposed to accent the flavor of the meat in the sandwich, but all I could taste was the herb as it totally overpowered the whole dish. It was pretty disgusting. I usually love beef dip sandwiches, too.

I enjoyed the french onion soup, and the curry-dipping sauce for the chicken strips is delicious, but you only get a few small strips for your money - too expensive! The Billy Miner Pie dessert is fantastic.

I would go again to the Keg, but I would either a) just have a steak since that's what they seem to focus on, or (more likely) b) just eat bread and french onion soup and then a Billy Miner Pie.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
Decent chinese - but a little oily
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

The dishes are very hit-and-miss, it's taken me many trips to find out which are worthwhile and which are just terrible. I actually think the menu is too large, it could be shrunk a bit to focus on improving the dishes. Also the dishes tend to be rather oily. The potstickers taste nice but they are far too greasy for me, I don't order them anymore.

The ambience is a loud cafeteria-style restaurant. The tables and chairs all line up beside each other so you're very close to the other diners. It's not my preference to eat this way, but I'm sure it helps them keep costs down.

The staff are quick and efficient. Very businesslike, not the most friendly, but they get the job done so I'm fine with that.

This is a good restaurant for a pickup order when I need a taste of Chinese food. But if I have more time or money, I'll sit down at another restaurant and get better food.

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Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
Trendy decor, but food disappointing
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

This place is a very pretty, well decorated. The bathrooms are clean and modern, with pictures of shocked women on the walls looking at me, very funny! But this is another one of the 'looks great but not much behind it' trendy restaurants popping up these days.

I went with a group of workmates and we waited a very long time to be seated. There doesn't appear to be much room there for any large group, I would suggest staying clear of this restaurant unless you're in a group of 2-4. Very slow service, too.

The food portion was extremely small, and I ordered a spicy stir-fry pasta dish. Considering the noodles and ingredients cost almost nothing, I was amazed to see the small portion. I was forced to eat some fries off friends' plates. Also, my food was too salty. I was warned by the waitress "the dish is a bit salty" and I didn't mind because I actually like salty dishes. But it wasn't a "bit" salty, it was overwhelming salty! I can't see how the chef could allow such a salty but otherwise tasteless dish to be served.

The salads looked decent, I'd try those if I ever had to go here again. But I would avoid going here ever again. It's too slow, and the portions too small. This restaurant is pretentious and thinks it's better than it actually is.

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Zin Restaurant & Lounge1277 Robson St., Vancouver
Trendy, pricey, small portions
Submitted Friday, March 2, 2007 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

This place is extremely trendy-looking, with hip decor and layout. It's right on Robson so I assume going for the rich shopper clientele. The service was nice and the food was too, but it seems to be "designer" food - small portions mostly concerned with how impressive it looks on the plate. I have a big appetite and a low tolerance for yuppie pretense so this place turned me off.

I am not a "trendster" willing to pay big bucks just to be seen in a supposedly cool place. It all rang phony to me, and I was not happy paying such large amounts for such small portions. I left there hungry. But for people looking for a snack before/after hitting a nightclub, this place might be fine.

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Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver
Slow service, missing dishes, lukewarm food
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times until I found a better place. The location here is great, right on Denman with a patio. Great summer location for lunch. The decor is fairly classy too, very bright and clean. But the food? No good.

Consistently when you order, you will lose 10-50% of the order along the way. So you order 5 dishes, you get 2 or 3 usually, and 4 if you're lucky. Friends I go with actually joke that we need to order more than what we actually want, since we know for sure that much of it will vanish along the way. Who knows what's going on? Is the waiter incompetent? Or is the owner purposely limiting what you get to try and minimize what you eat? Sorry but I know what I ordered, and will just order it again if you fail to deliver it. The organization system here is a joke.

The waiters also ignore you for loooong periods of time. Unlike Robson sushi (which is cheaper as well as being better) where you are often over-serviced for more water, more tea, more food. This place you have to grab a waiter most of the time if you want to order more.

The food is often lukewarm, even bordering on cold.

You pay a premium for the location here, and it's not worth it. The owners need to get more organized and service the clientele better.

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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips1007 Denman Street, Vancouver
Friendly staff, odd atmosphere
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

It's a basic fish-and-chips joint, my friends and I had a fine enough time. The staff was nice, the chef was this odd little man in the back who smiled at us. I had a fried pickle, not sure why, it tasted just like a fried pickle. The whole menu is mostly just fried stuff, which is fine since it's a Fish-And-Chip joint. If you want fish n chips, this suits the bill. Decent price.

The ambience was very strange, I'm rating it a 3 since I don't know if it was good or bad. We could see easily into the kitchen, which I'm not sure is a good thing since it's just deep fryers back there. The decor seemed old, run down, and cheesy - but was this because they're trying to be an English fish n chip shop in London or something? I would rather have had a more up-to-date eating environment than sit in something that doesn't seem to have been fixed up in decades.

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Delany's Coffee House1105 Denman St, Vancouver
Lovely neighborhood coffee house
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

There are 2 locations of Delaney's, West End and North Van, I've been to both and enjoyed both. The staff is always very nice, as most coffee shops. The ambience is usually interesting, with crowds of people reading papers and chatting. Lots of gay clientele with their dogs waiting outside - I love that, because it's such a neighborhood-type place, unlike Starbucks which is more generic and corporate. That said, I do enjoy Starbucks coffees a bit more than Delaneys . But the closeness to my apartment and the ambience make this place a frequent stop.

The muffins can be a little dry though, and the desserts aren't top rate.. but I usually found coffee shop food a little second-best no matter where it is.

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Nakornthai401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Went once, that's enough
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Pretty "blah" food. When I went for lunch (I work around Broadway) the place was full of white folks like me who were also on their lunch break. I enjoy Thai food a lot, but this place didn't deliever. I guess this place appeals to western folks who don't know much about Thai food, and that would explain why the dishes were so bland and tasteless. It was just weak Chinese-type food. Go elsewhere.

The restaurant seemed quite run-down too, the tables seemed dangerously unstable.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty hand made noodles
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

I frequent this place quite often. I do enjoy watching the chef making the hand-made noodles, he's very skilled! Pulling and tugging, twisting.. then poof, he has noodles. He's behind a glass wall so you can watch him do his magic.

I enjoy the stir fried noodle dishes, make sure to get it "spicy" when they ask - it's not actually spicy at all, just more flavorful. They have another option for cumin-flavor to the dish, I tried that once but didn't like it at all.

The soups tend to be rather flavorless to me, the broths are fairly boring. I avoid the soups, but I am out of place there because soups are the main thing here and most people order them. I guess I am not a broth fan - but they are very nice, and very inexpensive. You can get a huge portion for $8-10.

The dumplings are very delicious, the steamed dumplings are tasty and soft. The fried dumplings are tasty, but (as another reviewer said) the bread is too thick and doughy. I prefer the steamed since it's less fattening and tastier to boot.

I recommend this place for a tasty, inexpensive, and entertaining place to go. It's almost always packed, a great sign of quality.

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Curry Point514 West Broadway, Vancouver
Watery curry
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

This is another get-lunch-quick place on Broadway, but there are much better choices out there. The curry is too watery and tame. This is as decent as a Food Fair place you'd get in a mall - fills you up if you are desperate for a quick curry, but nothing memorable. It's cheap too, lunch specials you get a free pop. But I don't drink pop, I just want a good curry. This ain't it.

On the bright side, it's a very clean, organized place. Looks very new. And the staff were nice.

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Kedah House1652 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Awful food
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

I can't compare this "new" restaurant to the old one that people talk about. All I can say is that the food was quite horrid. I ordered a chicken and cashew dish. The onions in the dish still had the outer skin on them! Totally inedible! I have never had anyone try to serve me this tough outer skin before, let alone a restaurant. Also, the chicken was overcooked. The cashews were also burned so the taste was ruined. It was one of the worst prepared foods I have eaten.

Horrible, horrible restaurant. I will never return. They did seem like nice people and the decor was pretty, but the restaurant is about the food.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1465 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Nice BBQ
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 11:40am [Dine in]

I went on a Monday night when I tried this place, and it was fairly quiet with not many people inside. To order, you walk up to the bar and talk to the barman/cashier. It was very easy, he was a friendly man. I enjoyed the ambience, it was unpretentious and cozy. I had to try everything so I got a "Memphis Feast" to go. It fed 2 as me and a buddy are big eaters but it could easily feed 3 or 4 smaller eaters. It was $32.95 before tax.

- The chicken (game hen?) was dry, I agree with the past reviewers. We didn't enjoy it much.
- The sausage was tasty but way too salty. I love salty food but even I couldn't handle the sausage and we left some of it uneaten.
- The ribs weren't my favorite, they were a little fatty and not much meat to pick at. The rib ends had some nice meat on them, I always liked end-cuts of meat.
- The brisket was nice, it would be great in a sandwich.
- The pit-beans were too sweet, my friend said "way too much ketchup taste" - but if you love the sweetness of ketchup you'll enjoy them.
- The coleslaw was much too creamy. I always hated creamy coleslaw, I like vingeary slaw better - but that's a personal preference.
- The pulled pork was very tasty, we bothed loved it.
- The cornbread was the best I've ever had, I could have eaten a whole meal of the cornbread.. mmmmm!

Overall, decent place. We will go back one day when we feel in the mood for BBQ meats. But we'll stick to the things we thought were done well, the pulled pork and the cornbread. I'll try a sandwich next time, I hear they're great.

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Simba's Grill825 Denman Street, Vancouver
Nice place, but overpriced
Submitted Monday, February 26, 2007 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Decent curry dishes, very flavorful. But not very hot, and when we asked if we could have it very spicy, since we like that, the owner flat out refused, saying that if we want it spicy we can add the sauce on the table. The sauce was a sweet-and-hot sauce, it was pretty nice and gave a kick, but I didn't want to add it since it's too sweet! Why couldn't we get a spicier curry made from the kitchen?

The appetizer was some deep friend won-ton filled with minced chicken. It didn't have much flavor at all and we had to load it up with that sweet-hot sauce. Not worth ordering that.

Also, the clincher was that with our meal we were served with rice, and we were charged FOUR DOLLARS for a little heap of rice?! Rice that must only cost a few pennies at most! And we ordered a side of Naan bread which was nice, but ended up costing another four bucks? The menu seemed to say it was 99 cents for an order of Naan.

I feel ripped off by the overcharging of accompanying dishes. My friend wondered: if we wanted to save money and didn't order a side of rice or bread, the curry would have come with *nothing*! How can you serve curry by itself? I would expect a restaurant to include, free of charge, rice or naan bread to eat the curry. Just like if you order a steak somewhere you usually get a salad or veggies to go with it, you wouldn't get a steak by itself with no side dish.

The ambience is very nice, African-motif. Very pleasant surroundings. The owner was there, and he was running things smoothly, but he seemed rather grumpy and a little scary even. When he gave directions to his pleasant Asian lady staff, he had a "if looks could kill" stare at them.

Overall, it's a ripoff, and we will never go back unless we have those 2-for-1 coupons you see in Entertainment books (and maybe newspapers?). It's waaaaaaay overpriced for what you get. Even with the coupon it'd be a fair value, not a good one. There must be better spicy restaurants out there.

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Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant736 East Broadway, Unit 5, Vancouver
Decent food, friendly folks
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

A friend and I went to this place last week. Very nice atmosphere. Small little place, with Ethiopian/African pictures and items hanging on the walls. The lady who greeted us seemed rather amused that we had never had Ethiopian food before. She asked if we needed a fork, since I guess she didn't think we'd want to eat with our hands, but we politely refused since we were up for the adventure. Most of the clientele that night were Ethopian/African, including a really big group. There were 2 girls in the restaurant who were helping out so it's really a family affair. They were extremely nice folks, I really enjoyed the ambiance. As we were waiting for our meal to arrive a woman came out with a hot ladle of roasting coffee beans. I'm not sure why she brough them out, waving it around as if it were some sort of incense ritual, but it smelled nice. The actual experience of the visit is memorable, if the food isn't.

The food was decent, the vegetarian appetizer selection had some good dishes (the ginger cabbage and the chick-pea mash were good), but some of it was not to my liking.

The pancake-type bread used to eat the dishes was also not my favorite. It was served cold, I think it'd be better warmed up. The bread texture was also fairly rubbery, very odd. The lamb curry we were served was too mild, even though we asked for it to be served spicy. Not very exciting food, I expected something hotter and more challenging.

We were pretty much ignored for quite a while after finishing our meal, as the owner hobnobbed with the other guests or was otherwise in the back kitchen. We got fed up of waiting and hunted someone down to pay so we could leave - not a good way to end the meal.

I would not go back. I would rather go elsewhere to get similar dishes and tastier bread. A good Indian place with Naan bread is easily preferable.

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Anatoli Souvlaki5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Gone downhill, go elsewhere
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

Weak food, but nice ambience. Several years ago, this place was the best Greek restaurant around. Excellent flavors, nice service. Since then, the prices have gone way up and the quality way down. I agree with a prior reviewer that I have gotten dry souvlakis served to me. Sinewy-tough chicken souvlaki? No thanks!

They have excellent tzatsziki and pita, that's the best part about this place. If I have to go back, I'll just eat the free pita and order tzatzsziki (the cucumber/garlic/yogurt sauce).

Great decor though, greek music playing, nice wood tables. Great environment, too bad the food isn't the best.

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Andales Mexican Restaurant1175 Davie Street, Vancouver
Weak Mexican
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

I have been twice, and been disappointed twice. This is the kind of flavor one would expect if you went to Safeway, bought all the packaged "Mexicasa" food, and cooked it yourself. Mushy beans, sauces were way too watery, the tacos and burritos were soggy and very bland. Cheesy mexican themed decor does not equal a good restaurant.

I am still looking for a good Mexican restaurant in Vancouver, this is not it.

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Solly's Bagelry368 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
Great Coffee Shop/Deli
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

This place is just a block off of Cambie, and has an established clientele from the area. The staff are very quick to serve. I suspect they are friends and family of the owner so they have their quirks but they get the job done.

Like most places around Broadway, try to avoid going at noon-1pm since the Lunch Crunch from the business around there makes it very crowded (the past reviewer may have experienced this). At other times it is a normally busy cafe, nothing to worry about.

The bagels are fresh and nice, the cream cheese spreads are tasty. The veggie sandwich is a little bland, but the chicken salad bagel sandwich is delicious!

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Robson Sushi Japanese Restaurant1542 Robson St, Vancouver
Solid Sushi
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I visit this place often. For all you can eat for under $15, it is very worthwhile. What you order almost always arrives promptly, and the staff have always been helpful and quick. I always have my tea and water filled consistently.

The rolls are a little bland but they are still fine. The veggies are crunchy, the tempura is light. The gyoza are delicious!

There is no flawless all-you-can-eat Sushi restaurant, and there are much worse (Tanpopo on Denman is overpriced and you get only 50% of what you order!). It is rather unrealistic to expect top of the line service for what this is: a solid stuff-your-face place for budget-conscious eaters. You are paying for unlimited food, they know this. If I were to order a-la-carte each item I eat when I am there I am sure I eat much more than the price charged, so I am happy.

I recommend it fully!

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Gelarmony1094 Denman Street, Vancouver
Best Gelato in West End
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

This is undoubtedly the best place for gelato in the West End. There is often a large lineup there, but there is a reason for that. The flavors are sharp and concise. Often with gelato shops (but not this one), you get flavors that are too milky and muted, like ice cream. Gelato should have powerful flavors, undiluted by ice-cream milkiness. This shop offers the best. The grapefruit flavor is tangy and sharp. The chocolate flavors are like eating a creamy chocolate bar. Sure there are hit-and-miss weird flavors like "rose" that taste like soap, but some people like those, and it's all in the adventure!

The clerks are very good looking and always very pleasant and friendly. I am amazed at how well they keep smiling even when the place is packed! You can have unlimited samplings of the gelato. I think it's very generous of them. You get two-scoops when you order a "single" so you can sample two at once.

I would not waste my time going to another shop. One of the other shops recently went belly-up. Another one has insufficient freezer strength so the gelato is melting as it's served to you, and another competitor is inconsistently open, I assume it's about to close down.

As my best friend said once, "I've been to Italy and had lots of gelato there, but this is the best gelato I've ever had!"

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Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant705 West Broadway, Vancouver
Superb Lunch Value
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

I work in Kitsilano and eat at this restaurant all the time for lunch. I cannot comment on the dinner menu, other than to say it seems rather pricey.

As for the lunch specials, they are $5.95 and a bargain! If you dine-in, you get unlimited rice and the dishes are quite large so you can eat like a champion. Take-out dishes are large as well.

The staff are very organized and swift, even during the crazy time of noon-1pm (don't go at that time!) when the VGH and Broadway workers are coming in for lunch. The dining room is crammed full of tables so it's rather a crowded dining experience, get a seat by the window if you can. The owner is very focused on running a tight ship, he is often barking orders at his staff in Chinese. It might seem a little harsh at times, but it does the trick: the staff are always running around. And they're always willing to get more tea or water.

I must admit that twice over the years I have found some metal shards in my meal, I assume it was from a cleaning mistake. Other than that, it's a great restaurant - just avoid the noon-1pm rush!

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