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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
Asian fast food
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

Hon's isn't one place I go to often anymore but sometimes places like these really hit the spot.

A few of us checked this location out for a mid evening dinner.

The menu is pretty varied with all the usuals you'd find, including select dim sum dishes. We quickly ordered. My friend the Beef Brisket and Wonton with Rice Noodle and my gf and I the Preserved Egg and Sliced Pork Congee, the Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple and the Pork Potstickers to share. None of the dishes jumped out and reminded me of food court dining. The congee was clearly a step below many places as was the sweet and sour pork, which tasted like the deep fried pork had being sitting a while already cooked before being mixed in with sauce and the vegetables. My friends noodle soup was reported as ok also. The potstickers aren't worth raving, in my opinion.

Service was a delightful surprise. The wait staff was quick, friendly and could handle english patrons with ease. Polite too.

They were still a few hours before closing but I had a bird's eye view of their open kitchen. There were a group of employees cleaning up the burners and exhaust vents, pretty diligently I must say. Made for a nice impression that some asian restaurants do care about sanitation. I found it a little unusual that along the perimeter of the restaurant there were stations marked: bbq, potstickers, vegetarian, etc, etc. A bit unusual but I'm sure it helps for takeout customers.

For what it's worth, it's comfortable, open fairly late and the food is decent enough.

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Incendio2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Pasta the way it should be
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

Came here in the evening to dine with some friends. Wasn't sure what to expect but I was glad I had made reservations ahead of time.

I hadn't planned to order much but instead came out with belly cozied up with such menu selections. Our friends ordered the Frutti De Mare and Smoked Salmon pasta while my girlfriend and I shared a medium Bianca pizza (Fresh Basil, Mozzarella and Garlic) and the Aragosta (Lobster) pasta. We all shared the Drunken Mussels and an order of Focaccia. The pizza had a thin (but not so thin) crust best eaten with your hands as it was a bit tough to cut and chew. Nice fresh toppings although a bit oily with the cheese with a very mild tasting tomato sauce lingers in the back of your mouth. Our pasta was truly amazing, one of the best I've had out. Our Tagliatelle pasta was cooked el dente and the orange chipotle sauce was a creamery ensemble of rich, yet not too heavy goodness. Clearly made from scratch. Our friends reported exacting excellence with their dish. Portions were good and can be shared between 2 people if you don't plan on filling yourself up to the brim. The mussels were OK but more of the fact that I'm not sold on using beer as an ingredient for food. Mussels themselves were nicely sized. The focaccia bread was fresh but much to my chagrin we paid $5 for 1 piece cut into 4. Surely I hope it was just a misorder.

Our waitress was polite but not the talkative kind. She looked a bit out of steam and later on told us she was quickly scarfing down her dinner in the back in between trips. At any rate, she was courteous, and checked up on us many times throughout the meal. Kitchen speed is slow however although the ambience keeps patrons in check while they wait. Definitely not the fastest service but not the slowest either.

The ambience is welcoming to anyone. Looking around there were business types to dinner dates, to older groups doing the wine and families all together. Nice and comfortably casual but you wouldn't look out of place if you dressed up a little.

Seriously, try the pasta.

Recommend.

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Taco Luis5300 No. 3 Road, #1040, Richmond
Nothing spectacular, but better than most
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 5:19am [Dine in]

I come here on and off (and out of my way) during lunch since it's pretty consistent and inexpensive.

I've had the hard shell tacos, burritos and soft tacos - decent but consistent flavour and your choice of "fixins'", including odd choices like shreaded carrots and diced cucumbers. Their tater tots which are mostly ordinary are addictive in their own right.

Prices are very competitive and considering it tastes a whack more fresh I feel it offers great value.

Service is like a well oiled machine and runs fast. Be sure you know what to get before you line up.

It is part of the food court so what else can I say about the ambience?

Don't let the pseudo Mexicano name fool you it really is fast food disguised in sheep. However, judging by the amount of self-proclaimed Mexican-type restaurants around town that has yet to prove it's worth this food court quality grub can easily surpass those places in flavour and value, without the pretentious flare.

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Topanga Cafe2904 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Ordinary
Submitted Friday, December 19, 2008 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Came here tonight to catch up with some friends I hadn't seen in a while. Hoping the reviews were legitimate but surely they jest.

The frigid cold was maybe why it wasn't too busy as they do not take reservations. We were seated quickly and slowly made our way to order. Our friends ordered the Prawn Burrito, Chicken Enchilada, the Burrito and Enchilada Entree, while the girlfriend and I shared the Taco and Tostada Entree. We ordered some soft drinks, beer and their Nacho Supreme to start. I found everything to be bland, especially our tostada. The dishes were indeed fresh but even for Cali style Mex I expected it to be packed with some decent flavour. The Nachos were OK, the chips looking and tasting like it came out of a Que Pasa bag. The house salsa was excellent however, fresh with a little bit of kick. The chicken in the tostada was dry, and mostly buried under a mound of slopped on lettuce. Our beef taco was soggy on the bottom however the rice was pretty good, although it too was buried under lettuce. My friend's burrito had a kick to it, but seemed they just sprinkled dry spices over the meat. I will note that the portions are extremely generous and my girlfriend and I hard trouble finishing our one entree. Maybe it was the beans. At any rate, I think I'm being a little generous with my value rating all things considered.

Service was good. Our server was casual but polite and very friendly. She checked up on us regularly.

The restaurant was a lot smaller than I imagined and very casual cafe style. There aren't too many tables and it was a bit cramped. Table space is tight.

Overall, it was an underwhelming experience. Very good bang for the buck if you like filling up on fast food quality Cali Mex outside a fast fast joint.

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Hometown Pizza1408 57th Avenue East, Vancouver
Oldie
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 4:37am [Dine in]

This was my family's go to pizza takeout place for years until I found another place that superceded their pizza crust.

We've mostly relied on delivery with the odd pickup somewhere. Pizzas were always consistent, with the same thick crust and same amount of toppings with every order. The crust is quite the gem, pretty thick compared to every other pizza place I've been to around town. Best eaten fresh so it's still chewy. They have the usual complimentary items as well with their sub sandwiches, pastas, and bbq chicken.

This is one of the few independent pizza joints that has seating available for dine in patrons, although it's been long since I came in so they might've changed that. I found it out of character to see planted foliage inside. Otherwise it resembles the small pizza joint one would picture.

Delivery drivers have always been friendly as are the people manning the fort when doing pickup orders.

Prices have slowly crept up over the years and last I saw them they were a $2-3 dollars more expensive than similar joints.

I wouldn't say that this place would distinguish itself apart from many other small pizzerias, but you can expect something that would fit the bill nicely.

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Earls5300 No. 3 Road, #304, Richmond
Like a broken-in pair of shoes..
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 4:13am [Dine in]

Nowadays I rarely make the trek out of Vancouver to dine at a chain restaurant but this place continues to be pretty reliable over the years.

You get everything they offer from the best Earl's location, with the ambience turned down a few levels. There's something about this location where everything feels a bit understated - from the servers right down to the dining patrons.

Food is almost guaranteed good, circumspect even. I invariably end up ordering a burger here - one I can count on for a burger fix.

Service isn't over the top, but meets expectations, while yet to exceed it.

'Ol reliable.

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Cats Socialhouse1540 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver
Enough with the Meow
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 3:47am [Dine in]

Came here for a birthday dinner and it was through and through an exhaustive meal.

Reservations were made but we still had to loiter in the parking lot for a solid 40 minutes before our table cleared. It was packed that evening and we couldn't even maneuvre through people going sideways. Our table was horribly cramped and any space available to loosen the gap between us and the table was denied as we'd be bumped by people walking by. Need to step away from the table? Better play telephone with the diners in your row so they can clear a path for you to get out.

Our entire menu consisted of a mish mash of burgers, pastas, salads and a steak/fish entree or two. The food was good and of chain enterprise quality. Safe but nothing that screamed.

Service was especially slow. The completely bogged down kitchen slowed everything down the line but the servers themselves who seemed a stone's throw away took forever to fulfill requests. Their uniforms were more playboy bunny-like, with cute faces to match but that's about all the attraction. No service is no service, therefore no good.

The decor was, politely said, eclectic. It looked like a collage of castoffs from someone's attic, complete with dustmites.

Now with the merger to Browns, hopefully they'll clean up their act.

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Kingston Taphouse & Grille755 Richards Street, Vancouver
All bets are good
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 3:15am [Dine in]

Came here last night to watch the Canuck game with the pre-game Linden celebration with my girlfriend and a friend. I made reservations just in case it was busy.

We were seated promptly and slowly perused the menu, specifically titled "Event Night" menu. The lady and I ordered the mini-pitcher Margarita to start while we took some more time picking our entrees. Basic pub menu items with complimenting nuances. We ultimately ended up with snack food: the nachos, a caesar salad and the molten chocolate cake shared between us. My friend who arrived late ordered the Prime Rib Burger with fries and side caesar and double JD and coke. The nachos were a heaping mound nestled on top of a basket tray, easily shared between 4-6 people. It came with the usual guacamole and sour cream and a cajun style salsa with roasted corn niblets and red beans. Alas there was no ground beef. The caesar was standard but skimp on croutons. The molten cake was just chocolate cake with chocolate sauce poured in the centre. My friend's burger looked a bit overdone but was fine otherwise. Drinks were good.

I was surprised it was pretty tame for a game night, but most pub patrons who would otherwise be here were probably able to score tickets to the game for Linden's formal farewall. It's more upper echelon pub with the decor and would definitely be buzzing on a full house. Floor area is spacious. There's a lower level as well which I suppose were reserved for bigger groups that night. There's also a patio somewhere too for summer evenings.

Our server was all over the floor but he was easy to flag down and quick with orders. Casual but professional, pub inspired attitude. Perfect.

On a regular busy night, this would be the place to be for a game. Although the name is a bit of a misnomer, sounding more chain derived and executed, everything about it feels comfortable, as a pub should be.

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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
The breakfast and lunch location
Submitted Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:24am [Dine in]

I rarely visit this place nowadays as breakfast and lunch time meals are more often than not an omission by me.

I've always found the food to be consistent. Excellent breakfast menu. Not too overwhelming in terms of selection, just the basics, and that's all you need. I frequently order the Spot Traditional or Nat's Hearty Breakfast. The Egg's Benny isn't bad either. Really hits the spot.

Service again is an afterthought here. It's satisfactory, but it wouldn't hurt if they put on a smile or even cared to check up on you during your meal.

It's located in Oakridge Mall. Many elderly folks frequent this location, which makes for a feel as if I was eating with my family and out of town relatives at home on a late Sunday morning during the winter holidays. Only difference here is that there isn't the screaming and yelling.

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White Spot5880 No. 3 Road, Richmond
What a Whitespot should be
Submitted Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:12am [Dine in]

Not a frequented location but certainly the best, by far, that I've been to.

Decor is like the other locations, however this one feels more comfortable to dine in. Service is good and the floor staff are friendly and attentive. Welcoming smiles during check ups.

Food quality is much of the same, but a step, two steps better. Burgers are still heavy on the sauce (I really believe this is a deliberate move) but much more enjoyable and without the greasy feeling afterwards. Fries are still only ok at best. Very generous on the colesaw, which is fantastic, in my opinion.

Finally, a good location.

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White Spot2518 West Broadway, Vancouver
Glorified diner?
Submitted Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 2:55am [Dine in]

I thought I would give this location a try but more or less the results were the same. My girlfriend and I came here on a sunny day a few months back and I drove out of my way to try this place out.

It was busy, and we had to wait a good 15 minutes for a booth. In hindsight, being a hot day we should've just taken seat outside on the patio, as it was sparcely occupied.

We quickly ordered a couple of thirst quenching sodas before ordering: my girlfriend the Monty Burger while I ordered the Hot Chargrilled Chicken Caesar with Calamari. My girlfriend's patty was overdone and was heavy on the sauce, though juicy. The fries were pretty decent since they are usually awful at every location and usually taste (and look) like they've been sitting for a while. Either our server or the kitchen staff forgot the main part of my salad, the chargrilled chicken. It was fine otherwise.

Our server did about the minimum acceptable service, typical of most WS locations. Had it not been for another server coming by to check up on us I would be somewhat inclined to rate the service lower. An issue either on the HR end, the training protocol, the servers themselves or a combination.

Nice, warm decor. Fitting for what a Whitespot should be.

Lukewarm all around. Think I'll continue looking for a better location.

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White Spot1126 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
Not quite the buzz
Submitted Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 2:36am [Dine in]

This is an odd location for a Whitespot, but it is one that still has the drive thru (as far as I know). This location is not one I would prefer to come to; feels like a truck stop than a family restaurant.

However, I have come here at all times throughout the year, including Christmas Eve. Food is predictable on taste, portion and quality. The Calamari is tender, although the batter doesn't adhere well. Caesar salad is a safe bet here , as are the burgers, although diminishing in size nowadays, and particularly heavy on the Triple-O sauce. I've had the Tuscan pasta here - it was alright.

Service is somewhat impersonal, with servers having little personality, although you can tell there's some friendliness under all that.

It's usually not busy when I come here; something about this place feels gloomy, be it the lighting, design, colour tones, or everything in between.

This location feels like a refined roadside diner.

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Stuart's Bakery1689 Johnston St., #123, Vancouver
Wow!
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 7:04am [Dine in]

My only dislike for coming here is trying to narrow down my choices. Located inside Granville Island's marketplace there's always a temptation to buy something when you smell the lingering perfume of baked goods.

I've purchased a gamut of items here from the individually portioned cakes (cheesecakes, tarts, profiteroles, tiramisu, biscotti, pies, breads, cookies) to whole portions for parties or to indulge with friends. I easily spend $30+ here even with restraint. Quality is excellent and the prices are fairly reasonable as well.

There's always a lineup wrapping around the corner so I'm usually antsy in hoping someone ahead of me doesn't clear out a tray of goods. The brightly lit marketplace and display cases work in unison making their creations look divine.

The employees there are friendly and keep their calm well with the sometimes snooty customer. Since they're so busy it's hard to get their attention for more than a minute.

Even though I wished there were more places like this I am glad there are so few around, which makes this place all the more special.

Come often.

**They also just recently opened another (but smaller) location inside the Oakridge food court.

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Bellagio's Gelato3075 Main, Vancouver
Looks good but short on quality
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 6:44am [Dine in]

I thought it was pretty exciting when they opened another gelato place without a familar moniker, and closer to home to boot.

The decor is almost fun, with the display booth circling the centre of the store. There aren't too many flavours to choose from, and they don't seem to bring out more when flavours run out so it's probably better to come in the day to get a better selection. Cookies and Cream was nice but the Green Apple was awful for gelato. Icy, chalky texture. It was definitely exposed to water and/or freezer burn. It's the risk I like to take as I don't like to sample before I buy. Looking beyond the taste, the flavour was only ok and I wouldn't care to get it again.

Service is fine nothing I would complain about.

Would come again to get a better idea.

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Amato Gelato Cafe5951 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Mario's done it again
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 6:36am [Dine in]

I don't frequent this location but like the other one in Vancouver, their gelato is very good. Again, I keep to the same few flavours the times I've come and it's a great refreshing sugar rush in the summer. It's true this location for whatever reason is a lot more stingy on the scoop size, either deliberately done or not. Surely they don't have a problem charging the ever increasing prices, though.

Still, the namesake is backed up by the product but I would stay with the Vancouver one.

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Good expensive treat
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 6:26am [Dine in]

This location is part of their manufacturing building, so the surroundings are a bit sketchy, with little foot traffic. Still, they manage to survive.

Their gelato is very good, although I like to play it safe and stick to certain flavours which are always a hit for me. I've taken a couple of risks at trying more unusual flavours like the Black Sesame and the Rum Raisin. Can't say I liked it or hated it.

I've always likened the service here and haven't had any instances of bad attitude from the staff.

It's starting to get expensive but being a seasonal treat it helps keep the wallet heavy for the other half (or 3/4 for Vancouverites) of the year.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The532 Main, Vancouver
Not much to it
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 6:03am [Dine in]

Came here before for a late afternoon/early evening bite. A friend and I caught up with another friend leaving work to dine here.

Not much to say, it's a bakery up front with dine in patrons in the back. HK style menu we ordered the Special Chow Mein, Salty Fish Fried Rice and a Rice Noodle Soup. The fried rice was nicely done. Few clumps of rice, even distribution of salty fish and nice balance with the chopped lettuce. The chow mein was overly oily - felt a little disgusting afterwards. The noodle soup was reported as alright.

Service is the substandard, get in, get out type. Don't mistake this for rudeness as it is a commonplace among inexpensive asian restaurants but you do have to get use to it.

There's better alternatives elsewhere in Chinatown.

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Red Robin4640 Kingsway, #112, Burnaby
Meh and bleh
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:53am [Dine in]

I use to come here a lot before I had my driver's license; a stopover before or after shopping at Metrotown. It's exactly what the common teenager wants and doesn't break the bank too badly.

Having gone there the first time a decade past and coming here now their food has pretty much tasted the same. Standard fare vanilla offerings I did often enjoy their burgers, quesadillas and the odd pasta, although now I know their versions are in hindsight only satisfactory in taste but good on value. A few years ago while still in school a couple of classmates and I came here for a lunch break. One of them ended up with food poisoning soon after finishing off her Alfredo. We should've heeded her suspicions when she noticed the sauce tasted "funky". Instead, she spent most of the time in the washroom back at school while we were resuming our group project.

Servers are a bit shady here. We've had a few male servers who's demeanor suggested they might've kicked back a couple of doobies during their break.

Haven't come back and don't plan to. Yikes.

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Earls1601 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Go to the other one down the street
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:42am [Dine in]

Amazing how 2 exact restaurants are on opposite parallels.

I've come here twice. First time was disappointing, and a second, possibly redeeming time only justified my initial impressions.

Either the kitchen staff is newish, or they just plain stink. Ordered the strip steak both times. A bit turned off as it did not appear to be 10oz. Even more turned off when I cut into it. Well underdone. Big surprise. Sent it back. Came back not much better, maybe left on the hotplate? Who knows, but I ate it anyways, considering the price. Second time was markedly better, although it felt like eating choice cut rather than prime. Under seasoned a tad.

Service needs improvement. Waitresses both times spent a lot of time by the bar and kitchen area laughing it up with staff, with the odd glance over tables to exchange crook eyed glares from would-be diners looking for a server. Funny a tip is generally assumed when one steps in the door.

Prices have slowly risen over time. Can't kick inflation in the face but seems the quality (perhaps even quantity) has come down as well.

That's it for this place.

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Cactus Club Cafe1530 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Living in up on Broadway
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:25am [Dine in]

With the abundance of Cactus Clubs around town there's always a couple of locations that are favourites. This one is one of them.

Food and drinks are about the same quality as the other locations. Predictably made, if not to the point of safe. I like to come here for drinks in the evening - it just feels right, what with the ambience and all. Martini's flow on those ocassions.

Service has regularly been one step better than the other locations. Good enough to notice. It certainly isn't over the top but in a day and age where chain restaurants have seemed to forego the notion of consistency it's nice to know I can come here expecting much of the same as the last visit. The servers I've had have always been professional and courteous and make quality check ups.

Yes to this locale.

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