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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Fire Pizza1918 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Loads of toppings
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 12:54am [Dine in]

I've come here several times already and it seems to be the newest favourite on the Drive.

Like any usual pizza place, takeout is king with some seating along the wall. Lineups are orderly which makes for snappy get-in-get-out transactions.

My gf and I have yet to sample the entire array (most of their choices are great) but the beef and blue cheese and the spinach and feta are our preferred selections. Toppings are generous (especially the meatball where the toppings are literally heaped on) while the base sauce is mellow and complimenting rather than overpowering. I am a bit of a snob about the dough/crust and to me it's somewhat inconsistent and lacking. It's a noticably thinner crust than your typical pizza but it lacks flavour and the slight greasiness (therefore crispiness) I generally prefer. We've had this a handful of times and the crust seems to vary in doneness each time. The thinner crust coupled with the amount of toppings will cause some structural integrity issues when eating - folding or propping up with your other hand will probably be required! All in all, it's a good slice and I personally think their thin crust pairs itself best with one of their vegetarian variants.

Service is friendly and relatively orderly. We've had different staff help us each time and it has been good each time. It's hard to find consistency like this nowadays.

If you like toppings both in quantity and quality you will definitely like Fire Pizza.

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Taste of Paradise1399 Commercial, Vancouver
Good chicken shawarma
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 12:36am [Dine in]

I supplemented our poutine from the counter over with a shawarma here. They ran out of lamb (special of the day) but the fellow there assured me the chicken was a good option. My gut said go with it. Neatly assembled and wrapped before going into the press for a few minutes which I don't see too often. While the chicken was a touch on the dry side it did have great flavour with a crispy, salty, slightly-charred bits on the outside chicken pieces. To make things simple everything was loaded up (sans hot sauce) and whatever dressing that was squirted in provided a nice, rich compliment - if it wasn't tahini or tahini based, it was something akin.

Again, the space is nothing special at all. I surmise it's mostly a takeout affair.

Service was sufficient. Counterperson was friendly but if he's the lone person dealing with cash and food, I'd hate to see how it is when there's a lineup.

Meat wrapped up in bread is always a good choice and Taste of Paradise seemed to fit the bill.

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Brado Pizza1399 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hefty poutine portions
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 12:26am [Dine in]

Late night munchies brought us here recently. I had heard of some decent praise regarding their poutine - nothing fancy but filling. It was enough for me. The rest of the menu mostly consists of the freezer to fryer variety so not much to gloss over.

Brado shares the space with a couple of other food establishments. It's certainly not a date place but the few tables in the center and at the back make the best of what's available. As with a lot of Commercial Dr. eateries, the takeout and eat while you're walking mantra is probably your best bet.

We ordered the large poutine to go, housed in the big, square syrofoam takeout container. It's packed to the brim with hot fries, loads of hot gravy and a generous heaping of curds. I am not a fan of poutine but it definitely hit the spot for my gf and I. Fries look to be frozen, but I'm not going to discount the crispy outside and relatively creamy innards. The gravy was on the salty side but I suppose if you're eating this you'll want to chase it down with a Coke.

The staff were hiding away in the kitchen at the time but nothing a quick gesture couldn't fix. Otherwise the older fellow there was incredibly friendly and we had a quick chat before leaving. I suppose food always tastes a little bit better when the people serving you are pleasant.

Truth be told the poutine here really isn't anything special but we had it nice and hot, a large portion to boot and at a reasonable price. Good enough for me.

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Bella Pizza2525 Hemlock Street, Vancouver
Worst Bella location?
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 1:50am [Dine in]

I've had Bella Pizza at a couple of different locations already and none of them so far have lived up to the hype my girlfriend instilled in me. Hemlock was next.

Typical pizza-dive with a small front counter and bolted down tables and chairs (a la 90s McDonald's vintage). It doesn't make me flinch, however. This means the pizza should be good, right?

I order a couple of mediums, an all meat and a double cheese. You get a good amount of toppings but I'm more interested in the dough and sauce, the key foundation for good pizza. The dough was overly chewy, bland and lacked the overall outside "crisp". The tomato base was almost laughable, acidic and bland with resemblences to a can of Hunts. We really had to rely on the saltiness of the toppings to coax a little flavour on our palettes. Mediums run small, but they seem to run small everywhere else these days. At $29 for the 2 mediums, it was rather pricey for what we received.

Most of the staff are surly but nothing out of the ordinary.

Next.

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
The menu looks good but..
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 1:34am [Dine in]

I was acting chauffeur for a few hours and as that ended us 3 ended up here for a quick late afternoon lunch.

Beyond the somewhat kitschy knick knacks on the wall I did find the space quaint. It opens up to the street and is in a pocket of Main St. where there is minimal foot traffic.

The menu is a bit of an adventure to look through but certain items stood out. We started out with a couple of their Jamaican patties. Pretty disappointing. Bland minced filling housed in a greasy though still flaky dough. The plantain chips were a nice touch but very bland. My gf ordered the jerk chicken breast sandwich. Bland with practically no discernable jerk taste. Our mutual friend ordered her usual tofu sandwich which she enjoyed. I ordered a staple dish, Ackee and Saltfish. It was my first ever experience and it was quite good. It's pretty high on the richness scale and was easily the best dish at the table. All the flavours seem to mash a bit too much for my liking as the creaminess overpowered the taste of the salted cod. It was served alongside a tangy vinegar-based coleslaw which helped take the edge off a lot.

Service is about par with Main St. restaurant standards. It's friendly enough with some hastiness, unintentional or otherwise.

The drink menu looks promising as they actually have cachaca and the endorsement of the Island Thyme Chicken from the previous reviewer should warrant another visit. Otherwise, it seems only a couple of dishes here are worth vying for.

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Good Choice Restaurant6007 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Solid dim sum
Submitted Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 3:06am [Dine in]

This little corner of Fraser and 44th avenue has always been some sort of chinese restaurant for as long as I remember so suffice to say a dim sum excursion would be a nice icebreaker.

The restaurant is small so the tables are rather cramped together. The seats by the front door do not add to the ambiance; it was a day of wind and rain and the draft was offputting to say the least.

The dim sum menu is on the small side but offers up the standard favourites. Ironically, I found the spring rolls with a hint of garlic, the stewed tripe with sizable chunks of tendon and the chicken feet to be the frontrunners. The shrimp dumplings (har gow) and pork and shrimp dumplings (siu mai) were plump, fresh and actually quite big on the whole and really every dish was enjoyed.

If you don't gesture a wave you'll likely be passed by the servers so get your arm ready. Outside of that they are friendly.

Debit and credit card machines are available here which is always a plus in my books. Worthy of a dinner appearance.

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Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant2991 East Broadway, Vancouver
Come for the food!
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

Really I have no idea how I missed all the reviews for this place. Didn't even know Vallarta existed and worse yet - I drive by here on a regular basis. Shame on me.

With various knick knacks on the walls, dim lighting, a couple of long rows of tables parked and a window case, decor is obviously of little focus. Surely this means the food must be good.

The menuboard is a little comical, looking just like a fast food outlet. The choices however are not. Tortas, pupusas, tamales! Finally, no gringo crap. The menu is small and simple but decisions were difficult in which case the fellow there chimed in for suggestions. I knew I wanted a couple of pupusas and my girlfriend wanted the torta but I went with his suggestion of the beef burrito. The pupusas were fantastic. They were filled with a blended cheese, bean and pork mix. The thick tortilla was fluffy and just crispy enough on the outside. My girlfriend's torta took a while but was filled with seasoned pork which had crispy fatty pieces - flavour! It was served alongside a heaping of rice and beans. My beef burrito was a behemoth in itself - as big as my forearm and spanned the diameter of the plate. Filled with a ton of seasoned beef slices (not ground beef here), rice, beans, cheese and who knows what else. It was topped with salsa and cheese and served alongside a basic shredded lettuce and tomato salad. Even the horchata was a nice touch and different from the usual horchatas we've had locally - this one with a prominent yet mellow tamarind flavour over the usual cinammon zing we get. Excellent meal for cheap.

Service is more of less self serve but dine-in patrons will have their food served to them at their tables. Their english is a bit pedestrian but the smiles and friendliness are genuine. A brief chat with the fellow there mentioned that the old lady doing the cooking is El Salvadorian while he is Mexican. Isn't this what you want?

There is no "Texico", "texmex", etc here and without any pretension either. I wish I knew more about Mexican cuisine but still...you know you'll always get good food when an old woman with her vault of home-tuned recipes is making it. Recommend.

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Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Dim sum or bust
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend's classmate suggested this place on account of the good dim sum here. With dim sum you can never get there early enough so of course on our schedule the front entrance was overflowing as we approached. Be prepared to claw through people to get the attention of the front of house woman to get your name down on the list. Fortunately we were able to get a table immediately. Unfortunately, it was right by the front entrance with hoards of hungry diners waiting.

The order sheet revealed much all the usual dim sum favourites. The chicken feet offered up a nice balance of savoury and a slight hint of sweetness. The tripe was servicable but lacked overall flavour. Shrimp dumplings were good as was the spring rolls but the beef rice roll too I found was a little bland. The stuffed deep fried pork dumplings luckily were good but on the whole, a bit of a hit and miss.

Service. Well, the biggest issue for us was getting the attention of the front of house woman as she paced back and forth to check for available tables. Since I've lost a lot of my chinese prowess in dealing with asian crowds it took several tries and about 20 minutes to speak over other hungry diners. Being polite here is a definite drawback. Actual table service was fairly minimal but typical; they even defaulted Jasmine tea for us without asking which usually means they assume we don't speak chinese but I digress.

It was one of the cheaper dim sum excursions we've had and we didn't even get the early bird discount. Still, there were a few misses and in reality, I've had similar or better elsewhere without having to scratch and claw my way through other customers just to get a table.

Note, they do accept debit/credit.

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Tentatsu2430 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cheap eats
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

First and foremost, Tentatsu is again much of the same sushi type fare you get in Vancouver so cross this off your list if you're expecting serious quality.

Its frenetic pace is a little overwhelming as you wait for a table and does get a little too cozy for my liking but once you're seated you go at your own pace.

Rolls are the popular choices here so obviously we load up on the usual schtick: Cali, scallop, spicy tuna, specialty rolls, etc. We topped it off with some chicken karaage and crab motoyaki. Rolls are of decent quality, not too big and the rice was good. I found the imitation crab on the bland side, lacking mayo (and I don't like a lot of mayo). Karaage was boneless and mouth burning but also too salty while the motoyaki was incredibly rich, though the little scallops they put in there were cold, contrary to the rest of the ingredients in there.

Service does require a quick hand gesture if you aren't able to order right away but by and large everything is speedy from floor staff to kitchen.

Prices are really good and the food isn't too bad. Good value for the non-sushi snobs.

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Dae Bak Bon Ga1947 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Servicable Korean BBQ
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2012 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I dropped on by to the W.4th location as she was craving Korean shortribs one night.

Perhaps we came in during a lull as we were one of two tables occupied that evening. Nevertheless food quality should never be dependent on the amount of dining patrons present. The space is typical of any Korean place and it was tidy and due to the lack of customers not gagging of smoke.

We went with the Combo B which included marinated short ribs, pork, beef and chicken along with the usual condiments. As with Korean BBQ you do have to do your own cooking though our server did most of the work for us, whether or not due to the lack of activity that night we weren't sure, nor would we complain if someone else was doing the grilling. Shortribs were good sized, tender and with good flavour. The spicy pork easily superceded the chicken and beef for flavour but a spicier than usual. Condiments are always a nice highlight as we likened the glazed potatoes and basic shredded lettuce sald with dressing best.

Service was more attentive than what we normally expect at Korean BBQ but it wasn't a bad thing at all. I imagine your mileage would vary though.

I still find Korean BBQ to be overpriced given what you get, but for what it is it is more than servicable.

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O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Safe choice in the heart of it all
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

My gf and I attended a birthday party dinner here recently. I had been here before a ways back and expected much of the same really..

The decor is not exactly understated but does mute it some and it actually works whether you walk off the street in jeans and a shirt or dress to the nines on a formal excursion.

Fortunately we were still able to order off the regular menu; my gf's sablefish was complimented with gnocchi, seaweed, squash and brussels sprouts swimming in a shitake mushroom broth. It was noted as good while my misnomered duck breast confit was actually a pappardelle pasta with a small amount of actual duck breast confit (certainly not equalling a full breast) tossed with it's au jus and mixed with arugula and shaved parmesan. The combination works really well as the arugula was a much needed element to cut the heaviness from the confit. The pappardelle was a little underdone, however.

Service was pretty straightforward given our group of 12 though one of the servers dealing with another party at the table was rather "as a matter of fact" after a mix-up with an order.

I'd say the experience was pretty predictable but O'Douls is starting to get long in the tooth.

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Sushi Nanaimo350 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
It's good, but let's not overdo it
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

A sushi roll craving lead a few of us to try out Sushi Nanaimo over several other options in the area.

Unnecessary to go into details about the decor. It's about the same cookie-cutter appearance as most other outfits. It's clean but neighbouring tables are a little cramped together.

Menu is right about standard for the typical sushi restaurant. There's an interesting item called a sushi pizza which looked tempting but instead we settled on what really were the usual popular choices. No surprises with the rolls as with the sashimi though I found the size of the sashimi on the large side. The rice was also a hair underdone for my tastes.

Service is probably the high point of SN. They loudly greet you while the servers are right on the ball with table service without much delay.

There's really not too much to gloss over here. The prices are really good offering good bang for the buck without resorting to the low-end offerings available out there. This is not a knock but Sushi Nanaimo fits the mould for what it is, a typical sushi restaurant.

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Cazba132 W 16th St, North Vancouver
Middle Eastern comfort food
Submitted Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

My gf has been bringing me takeout from here for nearly a couple of years now and only recently did I finally make my way here to dine in with her.

The location is tucked away off Lonsdale but from what I've been told, it's almost always extremely busy. They have more floorspace next door so larger groups can dine without bumping elbows. At the main site, the tables by the front doors are quite cramped together to maximize seating capacity but the loud ambiance drowns out most nosy patrons. They do what they can with the space, but on a cold rather night it's a bit off-putting.

Even with the limited table space, we ordered quite a few dishes for the two of us. My gf's lamb shank (baghali polo) was braised to a fork tender and came with a lima bean rice scented with dill. I ordered a combination meal which came with one beef and one chicken kabob, served with grilled tomato and rice (bakhtiari). The kabobs were simply made with little seasoning and perfectly cooked with both our entrees chased with the apparently ubiquitous shallots and yogurt (mast-o moosir). In addition to that, we ordered an accompanying dish called fesenjoon, which was a pureed pomegranate and walnut mix topped over white chicken meat. It was an interesting mix of sweet and tang and was really a meal in itself. Portions are more than generous as you get a large amount of meat along with carbs.

Our server was one of the friendliest we've had in a long time, especially given the full house. It wasn't anything over the top at all, but he certainly made us feel welcomed.

Simply put, this is my kind of comfort food.

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Shack Eatery & Watering Hole, The3189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Dive bar status
Submitted Monday, January 16, 2012 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

I tagged along with my gf and her friend for a nightcap recently.

The place looks deceiving. On the outside, you'd expect something nice once you get in. Instead, it's your typical bar with a nice layer of filth on top. We sat near the back by the counter station, with a tray of Tostitos in plain view while the prepped onions, tomatoes and such sitting about behind it is probably best served as decoration pieces over actual food. There's a surplus of post-secondary/twenty-somethings around so it's almost a precursor of what to expect.

There isn't a drink menu as beer tends to be centre stage here, though you can rely on the overhead boards for drink choices. Stepping ahead timidly, we started with rounds of Caesars and a Tom Collins, chased with a yam fries starter to check things out. The drinks were horribly made, notably the Caesars which combined a taste of blandness and hints of bitterness throughout. My Collins didn't fair too much better. The yam fries were plentiful but mediocre at best. Judging from the other tables, beer is probably the safest choice here by far.

Our server was friendly enough but rather slow on return visits to take our order, drink checkups and even settling up the bill. I'm willing to let this slide given the kind of business this is a slide from a lot of other similiar "watering holes" around.

The drink (beer) specials look good, and probably the only reason to come.

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Ap Gu Jung Restaurant1642 Robson St., Vancouver
Ultra cheap lunch specials!
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 5:45am [Dine in]

I met up with my financial advisor here for a quick portfolio rundown and most importantly, lunch. He suggested this Korean outfit as it was close to the office and was one such I haven't yet been to.

AGJ is dressed up like most other Korean restaurants, however we were seated by the front doors. It was a bit offputting given the unusually cold ambient temperature but nothing worth going nuts about with the rain that day.

Lunch box specials are to be had, with 3 choices available. Both of us went with the beef and comes with your choice of side. It arrives like a bento box with various bits of everything: beef, rice, kimchi, potato, salad, soup and even one of those little sour milk drinks. All in all, quite tasty and filling.

Lunch time dining tends to be spry and seamless, so it's hard to tax the service. Still, they did checkup for drink refills and the like.

For $6, it's great value for a healthy lunch meal. Hard to argue that and it's better and in these present times, actually cheaper than McDonalds.

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Indian formal
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 5:35am [Dine in]

My gf and I were invited to my friend's graduation dinner with his family recently. I have been to Maurya several times for lunch before and had always felt it was lacking, especially given the fact that I had watched Maurya appear on Opening Soon and the overall hype at the time. This time around (and for dinner) it was a complete difference in dining experience.

The room is stunning. It's understated yet loud while table settings are formally decorated. Even the floor staff display formal elegance with serving food, etc. The only negative I find is that depending on where you sit, the tables are cramped together.

We went all over the menu with dishes including butter chicken, lamb korma, lamb roganjosh, eggplant bharta, chicken chettinad, kalonji chicken curry, vindaloo, rice, many orders of their fantastic naan and several starters and desserts. It's hard to say whether it's leaps and bounds above some of the standout Indian restaurants in town but a top 3 ranking would more than suffice.

Service is a notch above the cut as it balances between formal and casual, whether or not by design or the lack of formal dining training they have it doesn't seem to matter. Checkups are timely and different floor staff appear with different tasks assigned. I find that the service at Indian restaurants in town are consistently good and yet they to take that to another level.

Dinner service certainly redeems itself from the lunch portion and personally I don't think there is any better endorsement that Maurya is worth visiting than an Indian family who suggests to go there.

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Cafe Regalade2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great small bistro hotspot
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:53am [Dine in]

I met up with a friend here for a brunch encounter before the holidays knowing he would likely enjoy the visit.

The space resembles that of a cafe, complete with display case but with tables strewn about. It is no more spacious than a typical coffee shop and the tables are cramped together. Still, the buzz in the room meant that overhearing your neighbours isn't much of a concern. I felt like we lucked out with an available table shortly after entering.

The menu is tidy with good brunch choices. Both of us opted for fairly basic fare. My friend's blueberry pancakes aren't the flapjacks you get Denny's. They're fluffy and light and teaming with fresh whole blueberries. Even though it's mostly carbs, you can easily pay far more elsewhere. My quiche was of re-heated variety as was located in the display case up front but the richness of the bacon, cheese and flakey crust made me forget about the fact that it could have sat for a couple of days. The small side salad was a nice counter balance to the savouriness as it was tossed in a light vinaigrette with croutons.

The service appears to be good with varying degrees of minor misses as you get deeper into your dining experience, which almost seems omnipresent within bistro dining. The initial service was perfectly fine up until we started waiting for our orders to arrive, which required patience - reheating a quiche, pancakes and a simple salad should easily take less than 30 minutes. Flagging a server down also requires timing however drink checkups are unusually spot on. I had to ask another server upon leaving to grab my doggy bag, which happened to be replaced as they threw out what I didn't finish.

While I have no experience with the dinner service, both brunch and dinner menus look promising so if you don't mind some minor service quibbles, it's worth coming. I will be returning myself.

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Hard not to like
Submitted Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:19am [Dine in]

When we dine out for Indian food, the only problem that arises is portion control as we always overdo it. A spur of the moment excursion to Ashiana gave way to much of the same.

I had heard good things about them and when we entered, I felt a little tentative seeing the lack of customers, amplified by the fact that it's a larger capacity floorspace. Lighting is dim, and the decor feels a little 1980's despite the little ethnic touches everywhere.

As for dishes, hardly original choices but without regret. The lamb tikka easily the best dish. Grilled cubes of dry seasoned lamb over a sizzling plate with some sliced onions on the bottom. While tender, we focussed on the great flavour. The eggplant Bhartha was a great meatless compliment with a nice balance sweet balance from the onions, peas and tomatoes. The butter chicken was a different take for us. It had a bright yet mellow tomato base over the usual rich, cream base. It was welcomed though we found the chicken chunks too small. Combine these with the ubiquitous rice, naan and raita and a great meal was had. I thought their naan was on the "thin" side of naan, which made many parts more crispy and blistered while lacking that little bit of chew.

Service is surprisingly attentive despite basically the lone woman on the floor, with the odd kitchen staff coming out to bring orders. I wouldn't want to know how they would cope with a large party or busy night.

Ashiana makes things hard not to like, a good find for Indian food in an area buried with Vietnamese noodle joints.

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American Cheesesteak Company, The781 Davie Street, Vancouver
It took long enough..
Submitted Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

As vast as Vancouver is in terms of cuisine choices, foods like this always take an agonizing time to get here, if they do at all. Finally, we have a standalone Philly cheesesteak joint.

Its location is just off the high foot traffic path of Granville and honestly it's a bit inconspicuous from the outside. Once inside, there are hints of showiness throughout with the deliberate chalkboard menu, vinyl stools and exposed brick accents. Still, the place looks great.

To get a bit of everything, my gf went with the small 6" Bifteck which added caramelized onion jam, brie, arugula and dijon. We found the hints of jam and dijon lacking as the richness of the brie did its best to manhandle the copious amount of shaved prime rib. The drizzling of balsamic over the arugula was a nice touch and helped back off the heaviness of the sandwich as a whole. I went with the classic Philly which was simply beef and provolone. Personally, we found the shaved beef underseasoned but the fresh rolls they used were fantastic with a soft and slightly chewy texture. Portions seem scant but they are actually quite generous as fullness and satisfaction creeps up on you. We also picked up the onion rings which had coarse salt sprinkled over the top - a great idea but too salty overall. The onion rings themselves were quite crispy for the battered variety while the ACC fries tossed with garlic, parmesan and parsley were mostly forgettable. They lacked crispiness and the additional ingredients provided no added punch. Prices seem expensive, but in the end it was comparable to the price of a couple of burgers, fries and drinks.

They run a numbering system which is orderly and while it is distinctly self-serve on the whole if you dine in, the staff do try to bring your order to your table and will clear off empties regularly.

I will defer from commenting on how authentic these cheesesteaks stack up to the ones from the city of brotherly love but if you like sandwiches, especially ones with a pile of meat, little to no vegetation on fresh bread with that touch of greasiness, you'll enjoy American Cheesesteak.

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Top Gun Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #2228, Burnaby
Are you a hotpot fan?
Submitted Friday, November 25, 2011 - 3:17am [Dine in]

I am not a hotpot fan, however the odd excursion out to steep your own meat in flavoured broth does lend itself to a good time with friends and family. A group of us settled in here to catch up.

Although we arrived late, I gathered that you would pick the soup base of your choice, while ticking off an order sheet with goodies like sliced lamb, fish, noodles and various vegetables. One of the highlights include the wide array of sauce options to dunk your hotpot items in. Plates of sliced beef, sliced lamb, fish, chicken, various types of meatballs all look to be of serviceable quality as did the non meat items: tofu puffs, udon noodles, leafy greens, the works.

Service unfortunately takes a big hit here. We had several wrong orders, missed orders and had quite a few issues trying to flag down a staff member, and it got worse as our dining lapsed. They are quite quick to top off the stock pot but the rest was less than ordinary.

Ambiance is spry, lively and frantic while the space is large and comfortable with the booth seating. Great for larger groups.

I find hotpot a smidge gimmicky as it is difficult to eat much when you have to cook your own food. If one values the price to food quantity ratio you'd best be speedy. Still, Top Gun provides a nice alternative over all-you-can-eat sushi.

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