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beeteeBurnabySince July 16, 20104 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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La Taqueria2549 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Excellent Tacos, Poor Value
Submitted Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

I've been to La Taqueria a couple of times now because I think they have the best tacos in the city, but they are also the most expensive. The tacos here are tasty two to three bite affairs packed with great Mexican flavour. They've got your standard choices like fish tacos, asada and carnitas. Plus they bring something different to the table with beef cheeks, beef tongue, and chicken in a chocolate mole sauce.

You order your food from the friendly server at the counter, and a waitress will quickly track you down to deliver your food. There are a variety of sauces and pickles that you can help yourself too. The tacos here are simple and really let the main meat ingredient shine. The restaurant is small, clean and smells delicious. The walls are adorned with pop bottles and there is pretty good music playing. They have an open kitchen which lets you see your food being prepared. This place is packed if you come at lunch time, and you'll probably have to wait in line to order for 10 - 20 minutes.

My only gripe with this place is the price. They have four tacos for $9.50, but keep in mind that these things are tiny. Too me, the four tacos here are just a snack. That's really all I'm looking for in a taco though as I don't think that they alone should make up a meal. Although, there are certainly worse deals to be had around the city.

I recommend this place for the excellent tacos, but some people may feel they are getting a pricey snack, so don't have the expectation when coming here that you will get a filling meal.

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Cafe Calabria1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great Ice Cream and Decent Espresso
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

Calabria bar is heavy on the Italian decor, almost over the top, but the ambiance and service are exceptional for a cafe in Vancouver. This is a family run business and every time I have visited the service is efficient, friendly and without pretentiousness. The espresso and espresso-based drinks are made on two super-automatic machines which may turn off some coffee snobs, but they produce solid and consistent espresso which is better than that of many cafes in this city using semi-automatic machines. The gelato here is excellent for Vancouver. Full of the flavors they promise, no cloying sweetness and very smooth and creamy. Overall this is a great place to grab a snack and/or a coffee while enjoying the comfortable atmosphere.

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S & W Pepper House4500 Kingsway, #1812, Burnaby
Solid Change of Pace
Submitted Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 11:27am [Dine in]

S & W Pepper House is a small restaurant tucked away in the middle of Crystal Mall and lacks most the typical cliches you'd expect from your regular Cantonese style Chinese restaurant. There is no sweet and sour pork or house special chow mein on the menu here. Instead, the flavours are bold, sauces are not made gummy with corn starch, and the presentations are very rustic. Chilies, Szechuan peppercorns, garlic and pickled vegetables are liberally used throughout the menu. Solid dishes to me are the boiled beef, beef shank and tripe in chili sauce, chopped chicken in chili sauce, shredded pork in chili garlic sauce & the beef with cumin. The only disappointing dishes I've tried here are the kung pao chicken and deep fried duck. Some of the dishes can be quite oily, but I'd recommend eating them with steamed rice to soak up the sauces.

Service is what you'd expect from a Chinese restaurant in this price range. Always need to wave the server down to get something, but on the plus side they are never rude and usually don't screw things up.

The restaurant is fairly cramped and kitchen supplies are pouring out into the dining area. I appreciate how there is a distinct lack of Chinese kitsch decorating the place.

This is a solid authentic Szechuan resturant. Don't go here if you want healthy food or more familiar Cantonese flavours.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Definitely Not Worth the Wait
Submitted Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

Upon arriving at this little shack on the waterfront I was greeted with a slowly moving line-up 20 people deep. I heard good things about the food so I decided to wait it out. The conversations in the line-up indicated most the people waiting were tourists which I should have taken as a bad omen. After waiting close to 40 minutes to get to the order window I ordered a salmon taco and oyster taco, tacone on the menu, and informed they were out of the daily soup. Yes they were out of soup only 1 hour after opening. I should mention at this point I could have finished a meal at any other close by establishment and downed a few pints while sitting on the patio and enjoying the view. The total for the two tacos and pop was $12.50. The food came 20 minutes later which brings the total wait time to 60 minutes.

The salmon taco was dreadful. It's a measly portion of salmon drenched in a chipotle mayo tossed into a tortilla with some slaw. The beautiful wild sockeye salmon they brag about using gets murdered in this preparation as all you can taste are the raw red onions in the slaw and the mayo. The oyster taco was slightly better as the taste of oysters just peaked out of the filler it had been wrapped with. The coleslaw on the side lacked salt and any refreshing sour flavor.

This is one of the most disappointing meals I've had in my life and I can not believe I waited standing 60 minutes for this mediocre food. I feel bad for any tourist that gets sucked into visiting this shack. The food cooked here is a good example of how not to cook the wonderful seafood found on the west coast.

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