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black_sirenMarpoleSince January 20, 200816 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Displaying 1 - 16 of 16 Reviews Found
Smoking Dog Bistro, The1889 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Always a pleasant experience
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

Have been here several times and have always received good service. There is live music some nights, a nice patio and the servers are always welcoming. We went in to ask if they were closing one night (it was pretty late and there were only two people in the restaurant) and they welcomed us in as though it were the start of their dinner service.

The pepper steak is fantastic, but everything is good. The specials are always great and occasionally surprising (meatballs last time - they were delicious!).

Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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Flying Swan Coffeehouse1724 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A bit dark, but good overall.
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

Have been here twice and both times were pleasant. The food is good, reasonably priced and the service is friendly.

The restaurant itself is a little dark, and doesn't look like much from the front, as it was once called "Blue Moon Cafe" (the sign remains on the side of the building). The decor is entirely aimed at motorcyclists, and cute little toy motorcycles hang from the ceiling. Still, the diners are always happy, and the Flying Swan seems to have quite a devoted group of regulars already.

Definitely worth a try; will be back.

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Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
Worth trudging through the construction
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Went for brunch here on Saturday with a group of 6 and they gave us the benches in the back of the restaurant.

Had an omelette which was delicious, but not anything special. Perhaps I should have ordered something more adventurous, as everyone else who dined with me seemed fairly happy with their orders. There was a kind of chicken sandwich with an artichoke? soup that one person particularly enjoyed.

It was also nice to have coffee served in a French press, so you could decide how strong you wanted it. The service was very friendly, and we got our food in a reasonable amount of time. I will definitely try to make it back for dinner one night, as I have heard good things, but also because my experience was quite a good one.

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Enigma4397 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Glad we tried them out
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

Went here for brunch yesterday and ordered the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benny with a side of South African Sausage. The Eggs Benny were done very nicely, not overdone like some of the restaurants I've had them at. The sausage was delicious, but I think that my eyes may have been a bit bigger than my stomach, as the eggs benny with accompanying hash browns and little side of fruit would have been plenty of food on its own.

When we were seated, there was complimentary banana bread on the table, instead of the usual cut up baguettes. I felt that this was a very nice touch, especially as it gave us something to eat right away while waiting for our food.

The service was quite good, though once the bill was deposited at our table, our server did not return for quite a long time afterwards (around 20 minutes maybe?). Still, our coffee/teas were refilled promptly, and our food came within a reasonable amount of time.

I would say that Enigma is a safe bet for brunch. The space is quite big, and is mostly naturally lit by the big windows along two walls. Overall, a pleasant experience - also, ideal for groups if you enjoy dining with more than one friend.

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Alibi Room157 Alexander St, Vancouver
Such a great space
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 2:08am [Dine in]

Have been here for both dinner and brunch, but this is a brunch review.

The Alibi Room has a very welcoming, comfortable feel during the daytime, thanks to an abundance of natural light and the unique layout of long rows of tables.

I had the chorizo omelette, which contained some of the tastiest chorizo I have ever had. I also had a taste of the waffles with brie and strawberries (delicious!) and the portobello mushroom sandwich? (so good - it even sounded great from the menu and was my second choice).

The service was good - very organized and reasonably friendly. It wasn't too slow or notably fast.

I will definitely be back, both for brunch and dinner. This restaurant has never disappointed me.

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Locus, The4121 Main Street, Vancouver
Good for brunch (I agree)
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 1:44am [Dine in]

Reserved a table for 7 the day before, but four people dropped out by the time I got to the restaurant. The servers were very good-natured about the whole thing, and seated us promptly at a smaller table.

I had the benny special, with a side of lamb sausage. The food was quite good, (the sausage was great, actually) and the coffee was delicious.

Oddly enough, the service started out really well, but slowly deteriorated into a bit of a mess. I had to ask for a refill of coffee from four different people; one told me to ask my server (fair enough), two took the order but never came back, and the man who so kindly seated us was the one who finally brought it within two or three minutes of me asking. Not sure if this was just when the servers were getting busy, but that is why the service was a 3 instead of a 4 in this review.

Overall, a happy experience. Will keep this one in mind for the future, as it seems like a safe bet for a good brunch.

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Slickety Jim's Chat n' Chew2513 Main St., Vancouver
Amazingly speedy service
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2008 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant for breakfast with a party of 6. From what I'd heard, I was expecting a long wait, but it really wasn't too bad - maybe 15 minutes.

The service was attentive and fast. The restaurant was so busy that they'd run out of water glasses, but we got our coffee and tea right away. I will also agree with monja (below) - the coffee was very good. We got refills on everything (water, coffee, tea) very promptly, and our two servers(!) were perfectly friendly and came to check up on us regularly.

I had an omelette with chorizo and mushrooms. Quality-wise, it was pretty standard. The portions of all of the dishes, however, were quite generous.

The ambiance of the restaurant is probably the big draw here. The busy, bustling atmosphere is not for everyone, but I can see why people enjoy being surrounded by it.

I would return, and probably will some day when I'm not with five other people.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Another Saturday morning, another crappy breakfast
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

This restaurant seemed to irritate my friends more than me for the following reasons:

- we asked the waitress for water three times, and got it an hour and a half later, when our meal was almost over
- someone requested a 'veggie burger' without egg, and though they did come out and say that yes, they could do that, what he got was the equivalent of a hamburger bun with a slice of tomato and a tiny smattering of fried peppers. Maybe it would have been nice to let him know that the egg was the whole filling of the burger?
- our food took a full 45 minutes, but the guys who sat down next to us, mere minutes after we were seated, got their food about 20 earlier

My food wasn't bad and the coffee was quite good. Unfortunately, the service was so bad that I think that everyone who was with me vowed to never come back.

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Szechuan Chongqing Seafood1668 West Broadway, #205, Vancouver
If I say 'One', I don't secretly mean 'Two'
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant for both dinner and dim sum. The dinner was nothing special, but the dim sum was quite an irritating experience.

There were 6 people in my party, and we were seated under a loudly vibrating air conditioning fan, at a table for eight. My friends said that the waitresses were so pushy when they first arrived that they started ordering food right away just to stop them from continually coming over with the same dishes.

When I sat down, I found the waitresses excessively pushy, often-times rude and worst of all, they forced items onto us that I did not ask for and actually turned down. I heard them grumbling to themselves under their breath that I 'was not ordering enough food' but the reason for that was that we had people with food allergies at the table and some of my friends shook their heads at certain plates. Despite whatever I asked for, the waitresses would toss down more than what I ordered, stamp out two spots and just storm off.

The food itself wasn't bad; just standard dim sum fare, but the constant battle for what I actually wanted to eat really ruined the meal for me.

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Two Chefs and a Table305 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Great space, delicious breakfast.
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

Went to Two Chefs and a Table this morning for brunch. The space itself is beautifully lit, and though small, the giant windows add a feeling of airy open space.

There isn't a huge selection to choose from in the brunch menu but everything that we ordered was wonderful. My friend and I had the smoked salmon benedict, which came with eggs that my friend declared were absolutely perfectly cooked. Coffee came in a French press (they leave you the entire pot) and our server was extremely attentive and prompt with our various orders.

I am definitely looking forward to returning, hopefully to try out their dinner menu!

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
A fantastic place for breakfast
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 12:16am [Dine in]

Went with some friends to Cafe Medina a few weeks ago. There was about a 20 minute wait, but it was completely worth it.

The restaurant itself is beautiful. If I lived closer to this area, I would try to make it in at least once a week. I ordered an omelette with sausages, potatoes and goat cheese - I believe it was a daily special, as I cannot find it on the menu. At any rate, it was delicious, and presented (as were almost all of our dishes) in a piping-hot mini cast iron frying pan. I also ordered a Lavender Mocha, which was perfectly rich and a nice balance of chocolate/milk/espresso.

All of the dishes that my friends ordered were declared excellent, and the portions were perfect, as everyone went away completely full.

My only little complaint was that I ordered a waffle with raspberry caramel topping, which never came. Aside from that, the service was perfectly cheerful and welcoming.

I am already looking forward to the next visit.

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Fish on Rice1414 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Surprisingly bad
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

I'd heard good things about this restaurant, but my most recent experience was pretty awful.

I'd been in previously, but we were dining only half an hour before they were closing so everyone was in a rush but the food was decent that time.

THIS visit, we ordered a few things; toro sashimi, spicy agedashi tofu, some sushi and goma ae. The food was nothing special, but the service was just abysmal. Our waitresses tossed dishes onto the table haphazardly, and though there appeared to be many servers available, it took quite some time to flag someone down for some more tea. When my friend managed to get a server's attention, she turned her back on him to enter something into their computer and replied without ever giving us a second glance.

It's in a good location, so I can't say that I'll never go back, but there are definitely sushi restaurants in Vancouver (charging similar prices) with better food and infinitely better service than this one.

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Helen's Grill & Restaurant4102 Main, Vancouver
A great greasy spoon
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Wasn't sure what to expect with the bad reviews this place has gotten in the past, but my experience was more in line with the more recent reviewers.

Went here with my friends this morning. I had a ham omelette with mushrooms and cheese which was quite good. My friend said that she got the best french toast she'd ever had, and overall, we had a laid back, cheerful breakfast.

The service was prompt and friendly, and the restaurant (including bathroom) was clean. If I lived closer to this neighbourhood, I would definitely be a regular here.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Good for a leisurely meal
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 1:42am [Dine in]

Though the service at the Foundation is occasionally slow, I have yet to have any surly or rude servers. However, they are busy, and I think a lot of them make the most of pretending not to see diners trying to flag them down until it is absolutely necessary to stop.

In the past, I have had very delicious nachos, yam 'paste' with warmed pita chips, and a burger or sandwich, but the dish that stands out for me is the spicy peanut pasta. The food is always good, and the portions are usually big enough for leftovers.

One thing I will say of this restaurant is the food is always served fresh from the kitchen. Tonight, my friend and I even had the pleasure of having our dishes served practically from the chef's frying pan to our table, which was a nice change from seeing it sitting under a heating lamp for 20 minutes, like at some other places.

So if you have quite a bit of time to wait for some very delicious food, (and don't mind loud music - the people who mentioned this is previous reviews were not exaggerating) I would definitely recommend the Foundation.

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Szechuan Chongqing2808 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Consistently excellent
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

Have been going to this restaurant once almost every week for two years. Every experience has been a good one, the food is always delicious and perfectly spiced. The staff is friendly and service is generally prompt.

I would definitely recommend the Deluxe Tan Tan Noodles, General Tso's Chicken, Spicy Deep Fried Tofu and the Pan Fried Green Onion cakes to soak up any leftover Tan Tan Noodle soup.

This is really the epitome of Asian 'comfort food'.

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Mirchi7964 Granville Street, Vancouver
Fresh food, poor service
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Have been in this restaurant several times in the past and have always left feeling good about the food but disappointed in the service.

Ordered the eggplant curry and samosas. The curry was a little on the oily side, but the samosas came with a delicious meaty-chickpea sauce that I'd never had before. The wait time for the food is always longer than one expects (30-45min), but they are adamant about their slow service. They even have a sign in the window declaring that they make everything fresh and that is why it takes such a long time.

The server (it appears to be a mom and pop kind of establishment) is a bit on the surly side, and was not too keen on packing up my leftovers to go. She brought the naan near the end of the meal, which was kind of disappointing as it was so perfectly crisp/soft and warm but I didn't have any room for it at that point.

In all, not a terrible experience, but nothing special, either.

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