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beentheredonethatVancouverSince March 29, 200812 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value4 (3.9)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Paul's Sub Shop4608 Imperial St., Burnaby
Forget Toasted! Grilled subs rock!
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2010 - 1:13am [Dine in]

Besides the ever dwindling Fresgo Inn and Docker's (a former Paul's Sub that still serves Paul's Subs), Paul's Sub is one of the few places that offer grilled subs! Not toasted, grilled! You order what meat and toppings you want and they grill said meat as well as the onions, mozzarella, mushrooms and the bread. Best of all is the granddaddy of subs, the Super Sub, which has extra everything! There's a secret to the extra tastiness of the subs told to me by Paul himself that I won't tell, but there's no sub on earth I know of (other than the aforementioned) like these!

You want light and healthy? Forget about here! This is the place where greasy lives and has built a home. I can't understand why there aren't Paul's Sub Shops strewn throughout North America. Maybe it's just our little secret. Tell people though: it would be a tragedy to lose this place to lack of publicity!

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Pink Pearl1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Pricey, but still good!
Submitted Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 2:12am [Dine in]

Maybe we have gotten spoiled by all the western-influenced Chinese restaurants that we have forgotten what old school Chinese restaurants are like. When I was a kid, my mom would clean the chopsticks and bowls and plates before handing them to the rest of the family. I never knew why, but I would assume that the dishwashing skills have not improved over the years.

I have been to dim sum places like Pink Pearl since before there was a Pink Pearl. I have also been to Hong Kong to have their dim sum and I have to tell you that Pink Pearl is better than most. I'm not faithful to it. I am always open to other places, but Pink Pearl offers a lot of variety that is not offered without special order at other places. I don't know of any dim sum place that offers shrimp toast anymore. The food is greasy, yes, but 90% of dim sum is greasy!

If people say the food has gone downhill, then they must have had incredible food when I wasn't there. To me, the food has been quite consistant. The service has actually improved over the decades in politeness, but is still lacking in execution (not all the carts get to all the tables all the time).

New school places like Kirin and Sun Sui Wah are way overrated. I've been to both and was never impressed. The prices are high at Pink Pearl (the last time I went with one friend, the bill came to $67 before tip!), but I don't mind paying a lot if they keep it old school.

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Tony's Beef Noodle5710 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Awesome Hot and Sour Noodle Soup!
Submitted Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 1:30am [Dine in]

I don't know why nobody ever thought of it before, but if Hot and Sour soup is so tasty by itself, why not add noodles? Even better, order some crispy fried chicken and twirl a piece into each bitefull of noodle. Heavenly! Not full yet? Try their beef in pancake! They are sometimes "blackened", but I like it that way. Warning: bring cash! Cards of any kind are no good here.

As for the service, it's what you expect from a small, traditional Chinese culture restaurant. Either the servers are the owners or the obedient children thereof, at which point, the service is usually stellar and attentive or the servers are more distant relatives or hired help and you'll have to bear with it. Nobody goes to such character places for the service: they go for the excellent food. On the day it is no longer excellent, one should stop going. The food portions may suffer while the RAV line is being built, but I'm hoping they will be back to normal when the streets are the same.

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Pie R²6138 SUB Boulevard, Vancouver
Good to Go!
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 1:56am [Dine in]

One of the best pizza by the slice places in town! Imaginative topping combinations, almost hourly topping changes, not to mention a killer bacon, potato and cheddar pizza, keep this place hopping and buzzing! Make sure to get the dipping sauces because the crusts are sooo thick you can duct tape two of them and boomerang muggers with them! Anyway, it completes the UBC pizza experience, especially if you top it with the provided chili flakes and parmesan (gasp! illegal use of the word! I mean "grated cheese product").

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Ragazzi Pizza Co.2996 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver
King in its Class!
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 1:46am [Dine in]

In actual fact, there is no bar none best pizza in town, not because there aren't any excellent places: it's just that there are so many styles of pizza that it's impossible to compare the best orange with the best apple. Ragazzi is king of its class: real italian thin crust pizza.

What caught my eye the first time I sauntered through its doors was the caption on the awning: REAL Italian Pizza. That caption almost made me jam my brakes right through the car floor! Who would dare write something like that on their awning?! Real Italians, perhaps? I had to try. I'm glad I did.

My friend described to me what pizza was like in the area of Italy he visited on a work trip. Thin crust, light toppings, a generous amount of olive oil and just a light amount of cheese. This is certainly not your typical Canadian style pizza with the thick, chewy crust and the cheese so thick you can bounce a loaf of bread off of it. Ragazzi Pizza is subtle and altogether a beautiful thing to eat.

My favourite so far is the Rustica: Salami, Bacon, Potato, Onions --heaven on thin crust! I would love to try them all, but I'm going on a diet soon. So many pizzas, so little time! They also sell very decent pizza by the slice (usually veggie, pepperoni, and hawaiin which is not on the regular menu) and will take the time to warm it up in the oven before they send it your way.

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Koon Lock Restaurant6270 Fraser St, Vancouver
Still One of the Best Chinese Restaurants!
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 2:03am [Dine in]

Koon Lock is not as popular as in its heyday, but it is still a good place compared to a lot of places in the Lower Mainland. The food I had from it recently was from a doggie bag that my family kindly left for me when I couldn't meet them for dinner and I still think it's great! I don't have low standards either. My mom is the best Chinese cook in the world, so I know good from bad.

When I go to Koon Lock, I like their crispy skin chicken and their hot and sour soup which is always at the heat and spice level that optimizes flavour. Their honey garlic spareribs are second to none. My mom says the quantity has gone down along with some of the quality, but she's almost impossible to please, so it's hard to say whether the place has truly gone downhill at all or not. If it has, it has only gone down slightly. This will happen when you have a rival restaurant with better ambiance just two doors down competing not only for customers but also parking space!

I have found taste going down for some Chinese restaurants as they seem to follow the anti MSG movement (this is a good thing, but it comes at a terrible cost in taste). Even the best of restaurants would have troubles recovering from the loss of good taste that MSG provides (all the fast food restaurants would die immediately if they stopped).

MSG aside, the remedy for this place is just good old fashioned local support! I've been to the rival restaurant and although their quality and freshness are good, they have typical Cantonese cuisine and lack the imagination and flair in food that Koon Lock has. I really hope that Koon Lock will prosper in the near future as people realize this!

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Lions Den Cafe651 East 15th Ave, Vancouver
Great Place for a Sunny Afternoon!
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 1:43am [Dine in]

First off, this is a great place to sit, eat and read a paper. The service is usually warm and kind (like all small establishments, the people have their bad days but they always do their best under the circumstances). There's decent food at cheap prices and there's usually no rush to get you out the door. I like the curry roti, the double decker grilled cheese and the breakfast sandwiches. The Japanese okonomiyaki is great. If you're looking for Gordon Ramsay fresh (with the Gordon Ramsay high prices) this is the wrong place (look at the prices for heaven's sake! How much can you expect?).

This place may not be professional ethnic restaurant level authentic, but the recipes are followed faithfully from the owner's grandma and although it might not be slick in presentation or even quality sometimes, I daresay it's probably what you could find on a real Jamaican's or Japanese person's table any given day of the week! This is a place to warm the heart, body, soul and stomach, which is rare to find in any city!

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Best Place for Pasta, Bread and Steamed Clams!
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 1:21am [Dine in]

This place has the best pasta that I have ever come across. The owners really care about the food and its preparation. They just quietly keep churning out the best pasta in town and I DO mean quiet! Unfortunately, nobody seems to know about this little gem and if they do, they are keeping the secret to themselves. I believe that the establishment is a victim of bad location.

No matter how empty the place is, they still make the best in town. They have a good variety of sauces (carbonara, red clam sauce, a to-die-for white clam sauce, pesto and probably 10 or so more choices --I've tried them all and, though I have my definite favourites, I can't really say I dislike any of the ones that aren't my favourites) and a nice selection of pastas to put them over (spaghetti, linguine, penne, fusilli, and for an extra charge: gnocchi, tortellini, ravioli). They have really great bread (when it is eaten the moment it arrives at the table) and steamed clams in a garlicy tomato broth (save the broth for dipping with the bread --order more bread if you have to!). Finally, they have a great fried Italian cheese that is breaded and served with lemon (it tastes just like the best grilled cheese sandwich you have ever had!): it's no longer on the menu, but you can still order it if you call ahead.

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Viva Sue Pizza5059 Canada Way, Burnaby
Best Pizza in Town!
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 12:59am [Dine in]

When it comes to crowning the best pizza place in town, I'm not a faithful person. I call the best, the best and if I find a better place, I will call that the best! If you like pizza with full cream mozzarella that bubbles crunchy onto the regular-sized crust, this is the place for you! I find it best to order as simply as possible (with the fewest toppings) so as to let the cheese shine through. I could be right beside a regular pizza joint, but would still travel miles to go to this place instead!

This place is not for people who like trendy, gourmet pizza or who think that they can eat pizza and not gain 12 pounds the next day (not that there's anything wrong with people with such preferences... it's just that I doubt you will like this place then).

This is the best place for good old fashioned Canadian style pizza with a crunch crust and cheese thick enough to hinder the view of the tomato sauce! (what's up with the American pizza I see on TV?! I can actually SEE the red of the tomato sauce! Yuck!) For those who like it as just mentioned, come home to the best pizza you've ever tasted!

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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar2525 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Great Place for Ribs and Wings!
Submitted Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

Still exploring the menu for the place, but the food is great if you know what to order. Their salt and pepper wings are second to none in the city! Their beef bones are a steal at a buck each on Sundays and Saturdays. There are specials every day of the week. The view is great and there's TV for those who aren't looking out the window. The other parts of the menu so far are average, but nothing I would call bad.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
East Meats West (pun intended, sorry)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 12:04am [Dine in]

Tired of the everyday runofthemill frankfurter? This is the place to be! The Japanese may have unconventional ideas when it comes to matching of tastes (e.g. sugary salty crackers), but I find that they can be trusted. I tried the Terimayo hot dog and it tasted like someone dropped a Salmon Roll into the bun, but in a good way! The briney taste of the julienned nori along with the subtle taste of Japanese mayo and the teriyaki sauce meshed nicely with the perfectly cooked hot dog. Definitely worth going again!

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Golden Dynasty Seafood Restaurant8360 Granville Ave, Richmond
You Get What You Pay for
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

At $2.38 a dish, what more can you ask for? With prices this low, this place is pretty good. Dim Sum is labour intensive. With variety will come fresher, hotter food, but also bigger crowds (to keep the food moving and fresh) and higher prices. So take the low variety and low heat with the low prices or go someplace else and be prepared to pay much more.

Golden Dynasty is good for what it is: cheap, reasonably good Dim Sum. For better chances at food while it's hot off the cart, be seated in the back area (located to the left of the bar). That's where the carts come out on busy days. The food stays fresh if it keeps moving, so if you want hotter food and possibly better variety, go on a busy day i.e. the weekend when the dim sum is flying off the carts and they have to keep replenishing with more hot food.

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