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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Good thin crust pizza
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 6:39am [Dine in]

I've only had the opportunity to come here a couple of times over the years. Pizza doesn't seem to be a thing for me to brave busy crowds for even if it's to die for.

They are known for their brick oven thin crust pizzas. They keep its rustic character with the nice charred areas throughout the underside of the crust. Toppings are a not too much, not too little balance and work well. The calzones are OK, although I should've gotten something else other than the ham filling for a better opinion. I rather like the balsamic vinegar and olive oil that accompanies your meal.

It's regularly busy and rather noisy. Crowded more since space is tight. Our large group the first time there taxed the service quite a bit and left servers running all over.

Marcello is on my list for future visits, but they are deep down that post.

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4 Brothers' Pizza1914 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good pizza
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 6:27am [Dine in]

My girlfriend ordered a couple of pizzas here after her family was hankering for some greasy food. We decided to try this place. We ended up with 2 mediums, mostly vegetable toppings. A little different with this place than other joints I've had; they use cornmeal on the bottom of the crust and sesame seeds on the crust perimeter. Pretty good. Toppings lean towards the generous side and are fresh. It's true the blue cheese dipping sauce is fantastic and reminded me of the times I use to go to Panago.

The people there are friendly but the ambience is like most other mom and pop or family run pizzerias - small, dirty and the token off-white lighting.

It's a little more expensive, though the blue cheese sauce seems to justify the cost.

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Diplomat Bakery6111 London Road, #110, Richmond
Steveston's sweet secret
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 4:41am [Dine in]

I came across this place when I was driving down Dyke Road one day. I looked for it before but didn't know they moved so suffice to say I was glad I stumbled upon this little gem.

Although the location seems remote for the time being as the area is being redeveloped, it's a stone's throw away from the core of Steveston, and is a calming place to spend a sunny day.

The window displays draw your attention, and I've had several cakes and cookies because of it. The Tiramisu is a delightful piece of heaven. It's light, with strong undertones of coffee/expresso and a perfect sponginess with the soaked ladyfingers. It's also noticably taller than other tiramisus I've had - height equivalent of their other cakes. Their Blueberry Cream Cheese layer cake is a nice balance of light and richness. The cheesecake layers are mixed with layers of sponge cake - a great combination. The European Cheesecake is a lighter version while the Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cake was the complete opposite: dark, dense, and rich with chocolate. Portions are big enough to bring back home and prices are very good.

There are several small tables and chairs to enjoy them with. The servers there are friendly, but a bit too casual. On my last visit I clearly stood in line to order yet was bypassed by other customers. Although the other customers barged their way past me it was noticeable I was waiting to be helped, however an isolated incident.

Worth a trip..or more.

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Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant4989 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Inexpensive, fresh and good quality - dim sum at it's best
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 3:35am [Dine in]

I've come here many times since they changed from Wong Gok and the difference is mostly remarkable. Decor is refreshed, menu items are leaps and bounds better and the prices are just as good. Service continues to be their sore point although mostly typical in my experience for chinese restaurants during the dim sum hours.

It's menu list style and there's plenty to choose from. For whatever reason we invariably end up ordering many shrimp dishes, or many of their dishes substitute shrimp in them, for example the Siu Mai. Dishes are fresh and steaming hot. Very generous sizes to boot.

It's always busy during dim sum and the kitchen and bussers bog down quite a bit during those times. Unpleasant when you're waiting in the wait area and if you're starving but just enjoy the tea while you wait if you have a table already. Unlike other places, I'd say this place is worth waiting in line for, all things considered.

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Sweet Revenge Patisserie4160 Main Street, Vancouver
As if Grandma opened to us her secret room..
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 3:10am [Dine in]

I was finally able to come here after repeated attempts before only to find out they open only 5-6 hours a day and when they are open there is usually a lineup outside.

My girlfriend, a friend and I scampered in at around 7:45pm Saturday night. It was full but a server quickly told us it would be a 5-10 minute wait. I scanned the room and it was certainly like a page out of the past - a cross between a tight, but intimately decorated Boudoir and grandma's secret living room in the basement. Deep reds, a melange of mix-n-matched tables, gold rimmed tea cups, a nicely upholstered sofa backed up against a wall, individual candle lamps on each table along with many photographs and artwork from the past (including a generous dallop of media reviews on the establishment) was only an indication of what was next.

We were seated at the center dining table that we shared with another group. Each of us attentively looked through the menu and decided on the following: the White Chocolate Cheesecake, Creme Brulee and the Chocolate Pudding Cake - all best sellers as indicated on the menu. My friend ordered the Spiked White Hot Chocolate and my girlfriend and I shared a cup of Flower Blossom tea.

A short wait and our order arrived. Portions nearly scream dwarfism but it's deceiving. I feel it's an ideal serving size and allows room to order more than one item if you so desired to wow your tastebuds. The creme brulee had a welcoming, tart rapsberry linger and had a fairly creamy texture. The cheesecake was excellent and markedly different compared to most cheesecakes elsewhere. There's no crust and was more light on the palette than dense. It was topped with a seasonal strawberry sauce. My pudding cake was good but I had better. It looked like a scoop of ice cream and it bordered lukewarm. Cake was a tad dry and I could've used extra chocolate sauce but it had the perfect sweetness, several leaps easier on the teeth. Our tea had great aromatics - it was served in a coffee press. We sipped away as I saw my friend snarl in disgust to see his $7 dollar spiked hot chocolate was nothing as advertised. It came in a small martini glass with chocolate shavings; and no alcohol flavouring in sight. I suggested he eat it with a tea spoon.

There is a 1.5hr seating time when busy and there is a $6 minimum order. There was a lineup outside when we left.

I came in with higher expectations and although I wasn't satisfied, it warrants a second visit to try the pie. Great place for an after dinner date.

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Avenue Grill, The2114 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Decent little Italian place
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 2:30am [Dine in]

Came here for dinner on a weekday evening. Didn't know what to expect until we stepped in the door. Italian..OK. It's a small, quaint dining area that was dimly lit. I had mixed feelings with the ambience and decor. On one hand it felt cosy and casual, with the board on the wall stating specials, but the menu seemed to branch a few strokes over to more mid-scale dining with seafood offerings however I will digress.

My girlfriend and I were seated in a small table by the doorway. We quickly ordered as both of us were hungry. I ended up with the Soup De Jour and the Sausage Tomato Penne and my girlfriend had the Veal Cannelloni. We ordered the standard soda and ice tea.

The soup was a Minestrone type. Pretty good but alas only warm to the tongue when it arrived. The Cannelloni was good with a nicely minced filling and amply portioned. My penne was only decent. The sauce was a touch sour, and the sausage was scant. I would've preferred the outer casing on the Chorizo to be removed as it made chewing through it a unpleasant. Pasta was more overdone than I would prefer.

Service was adequate. It would meet expectations for this kind of restaurant but seems like a couple of the waitresses I saw could benefit from better (or more) training.

This place is pretty easy on the wallet and would be worth considering to drop in for a meal if you were in the area.

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Grind & Gallery Coffee Bar, The4124 Main Street, Vancouver
Rustic, dank, yet homey
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 3:19am [Dine in]

It's easy to mistake this cafe as a tiny place from outside. Once you come in and get a big waft of humid air at the door and take a peak over the counter, you'll find a large space waiting to be filled with anxious students at 4am.

I came here a few times to study during my post secondary days and other times joining my fellow minions to keep them entertained while they tried to stay awake before next days due paper or exam. I haven't gotten much outside the baked goods and their caffinated drinks. Even not considering that they're open 24 hours, it's pretty good. Prices are OK too considering these types of places usually charge a little more, albeit discretly.

It's rustic and worn in. The woodfloors creak, the walls covered with ads, the wooden chairs and heavy, school tables are uncomfortable, it's cold inside and the place sometimes reek of urine in the back but you get free WiFi and the counterperson doesn't bother you.

This place certainly pays homage to a pit, but I can't help but think this is exactly what the owners are going for since this place has looked exactly the same for years. It's no dive and the coffee's and cookies are pretty good so I'd be willing to say I hope this place never changes.

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Calhoun's Bakery Cafe3035 Broadway W, Vancouver
24/7 hours deceiving once inside..
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 3:04am [Dine in]

I haven't been here since some time last year when my girlfriend was hungry for something in the late hours and we decided to trek in to see if something was palatable. Before that time I hadn't been in there for a few years. After that last experience I won't be coming back.

Their always open 24/7 hours are deceptive. Yes, the door is open, but wait, you might not be able to order certain things once inside. Last time we were looking at their chalkboard menus and their refrigerator display windows to see what was decent. My girlfriend decided on a sandwich. Alas, none could be had, then again, it wasn't like it was a bad thing. Counterperson told us they had closed the sandwich bar after 12am after he finally showed up to take our order. His mind was floating elsewhere methinks. So we take another look at the display windows only to decide to leave since everything looked at least day old (perhaps thawed even).

Years ago I came here with friends to hang out since it was one of the few places we knew that was open late and where you could grab a bite. Suffice to say what was available then was passable as was the experience with my girlfriend. I've stuck to drinks when I did buy something, which were expensive.

With the dim lighting, I wouldn't even advise students to come here to cram the night before an exam.

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Panos Greek Taverna654 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
If it was in a better location..
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 2:45am [Dine in]

I live near here and many friends who also live in the area also come here since the next closest Greek place is at least a 15 minute drive.

The location is on busy Marine Drive tucked in the corner of a mixed-use building. There's not much street traffic so it's not like one would stroll by and drop in.

Decor is warm and the servers are welcoming and friendly. I've exclusively stuck to the Roast Lamb here. It's melt-in-your-mouth delectable. Seasoned well and fork tender with some fat it's a sure fire pleaser for lamb lovers. It's been a while since I've come here but last I had it I remember it had a nicely seared outside and was bone-in. Lofty portions. The homous is also a safe bet with the nicely toasted pita. Calamari is fried well, crispy yet tender and light on the stomach.

Kitchen service is a little on the slower side but the servers are friendly. I have come here as part of a larger group on several ocsasions and they are up to snuff.

Prices are reasonable and I can't help but think their prices would be higher if they were in a better location.

Don't let their location and first impression fool you. It's good to know there's a solid Greek place in my neck of the woods.

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Me & Julio2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Solidly overrated.
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 12:04am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I just came here tonight after decided attempts to try Mexican-style.

It was busy but not a full house. We scampered in and stood for a minute or so before someone finally asked us if we needed to be seated. Several servers had already walked by us at that point. It was nice they were able to let us choose a more desirable 4 seater table over a cramped 2 seater.

The decor is interesting. There was Hawaiian influence with the tiki-styled bar it mostly resembled a mix of various canteens. The seemingly mandatory dim lighting and loud music in restaurants these days set of the ambience for the night. The slippery floor was rather unflattering, but not as much as the paper on the front door warning dining patrons to beware of it.

Menus were already on the table so we sifted through the drinks menu. Both of us decided on the Rosehip and Hibiscus Ice Tea, her's sweetened and mine not. We had another server wait on us and she took our drinks. By the time our drinks came we were almost ready to order, but she disappeared and didn't bother to check up. We waited a good 10-15 minutes before she finally came back to ask if we were ready to order. We started with the Guacamole Classico, which was guacamole and black bean dip with tortilla chips. My companion ordered the Guacho Steak (flat iron steak with corn, mashed potatoes, and onion rings) and I the Enchiladas with rice and organic greens.

My companion's entree was generously portioned but wrought with inconsistency. The steak was ordered medium but was clearly done medium rare. The steak knife provided was inadequate to cut through the fibers like butter but she managed anyways. After wrangling a piece on the fork it was tasty. The mashed potatoes were nicely done and I quite liked the roughed mash which I don't see too often anymore. The corn and grilled peppers were on par however the onion rings were mostly garnish. They used red onions and a buttermilk batter but was cooked poorly with some parts uncooked but mostly an oily mess.

My entree was rather disappointing. The enchiladas had a nice filling of various cheeses, eggplant, zucchini, peppers and tomatoes. It was fresh tasting but they were very meager in size. The rice and organic greens were very ordinary, the rice was Greek style while the few leaves of greens were soaked with vinagrette.

Both of us really liked the tortilla chips from our appetizer. The chips came in a heaping mound over a basket and were made to order. They were crispy, light and was a little thicker than other tortilla chips and was delicately seasoned with salt and pepper. It was disappointing the guacamole was bland as was the black bean dip. Welcoming size and good to share between 4 people easily.

The other highlight was the Rosehip and Hibiscus Ice Tea. The parasol stuck to a wedge of lemon on the rim was cheeky but was refreshing to start. The difference between the unsweetened and sweetened variety was negligible.

Service is slow and too casual (like many other Commercial Dr. eateries). The vibe I got from a couple of the servers (including ours) left me thinking they felt forcibly confined and seemed to lack some interaction skills with patrons. Considering the small space we felt invisible from entering to leaving. Not a welcome or goodbye.

Prices are a little steep in my opinion since I'm not too sure what I'm paying for. I won't mind coming back and checking out some of the other menu items but alas I would've liked a good first impression.

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Denny's2050 Marine Dr., North Vancouver
If you have to..breakfast, please
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

OK I once came here more times than I should've, and to tell you the truth I've somewhat jokingly mentioned to others of wanting to come here at times in a guilt driven ponder of actually savouring their smorgasboard menu...but alas, I haven't succombed.

Service is slow and the servers themselves are usually unpleasant but I'd still say it's far from beyond reproach considering other, much more lamentable eateries I have had the disfortune to dine in.

The menu is large and resembling that of a family restaurant. I've mostly steered myself away from much of the menu except their breakfast section. It's good value but if one was to nitpick, most of what fills you up consists of the starch groupings of toast, hash browns and hotcakes. Breakfast has always gone down well and stayed down just fine. I have had friends assume unsettling stomaches (and subsequently outright bans from coming here) with the other menu choices they've had, most notably the "Sampler".

The safest bet? Stick with breakfast.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
The Keg standard
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

Have come here a couple of times and this location is clearly the best Keg I've been to in terms of consistency. The location is unusual; I didn't even notice they had one there until I drove up Willingdon one day.

I almost never order anything at Kegs other than steaks or prime rib. They are consistently made (usually a touch underdone so order medium if you want medium rare). They're a tad underseasoned as well. Cut sizes are meagre in thickness (and in general size) and prices don't necessarily align itself with what you're getting.

Service is typical Keg although this location ranks somewhere in the middle versus all the other locations I've been to.

Over the years I've noticed that the value here has decreased however this location seems to be the only one that somewhat shines a dim light over what it once was. It's definitely a safe place to bring friends or to host a party but nowadays the food here is easily getting overshadowed by the ambience.

If you're wanting something better than decent on your plate, go elsewhere. They're priced and marketed as a higher end chain restaurant, but without any quantifying substance behind it.

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Szechuan Chongqing2808 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Good lunch time option
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

I've come here a handful of times for lunch and have always ordered something with beef in it, be it the Mongolian Beef, Ginger Beef or the Beef & Black Bean, all accompanied with an order of steamed rice. Great flavours and consistently made. Spicy actually means spicy here and leaves a fiery, yet unintrusive linger tempting your tastebuds.

The place could qualify for a dive. It's dirty, smelly and drained of all exuberance. The lunch time crowd seems to be sparce, as on a couple of ocassions, there are more employees there than patrons dining. Service is decent enough.

The location is a sore point but it's been around for a while and time has taken it's toll on the establishment, but the food still speaks for itself and has people (and me) coming back.

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Golden Ocean Seafood Restaurant2008 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
If you have the time
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

Came here for dim sum on a weekday with a few other friends who took off early for lunch. Luckily I arrived here first to get an idea of how long the wait would be so as to not have my friends spend most of their lunch hour standing in line. It was about a 30-40 minute wait before we got seated.

This place was cart style, and in a time crunch we ordered whatever carts came our way. The staple Har Gows and Siu Mais were the last dishes we got before we asked for the bill; we found several tables walking up to the cart and self-serve themselves and rightfully so, as we had noticed certain carts disregarding the route by our (and surrounding) tables. I would've liked to get some of their "in-house" dishes. Nevertheless, all the dishes were hot and the steamed dishes were of expected quality. The fried dishes were only decent (on the oily side).

Decor needs to be refreshed. Tables are uncomfortably cramped together and servers were hard to flag down, but they were quick at refilling the teapots.

Honestly, I had somewhat higher expectations before coming here and although I wasn't disappointed overall, nothing yelled at me to come running back here.

Other than being in the area I would find it hard to come here. I don't mind the long wait if the quality and choices are markedly better, which this place does not qualify for.

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Closed, and for the better
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

I brought a Valentine's date here last year and hadn't bothered to review it since it was a forgettable experience and I was a little embarassed in the end for choosing this place for dinner considering the reviews at the time seemed good enough to warrant a visit, then again it was not a top 3 choice since other preferred places were booked solid.

It was a set menu and we ordered 2 appetizers. The notable Crab Cakes to start, mostly resembled pre-packaged frozen breadcrumbs. Their golden brown colour was the beginning of the end when you bit into dry, chewy and rather flavourless morsels. The date had the Salmon while I had the Sablefish. Both entrees were actually well prepared and and pleasant surprise. Portion was rather abysmal, only to be outdone by the equally abysmal startch side. Prices are one big notch too high.

It was rather sombre (albeit busy) that night considering the casual, bar-like decor. I could not help but notice the other tables occupied with like-minded Valentine's Day dinner dates who didn't look quite comfortable being there.

Service was lackadaisical and further cemented my notion that this place was burrowing itself in sheep's clothing. It seems too good to be a bar, yet too bad to be a mid-scale seafood restaurant.

This place was closed soon after my visit and glad to say, I won't be missing it.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Great dogs!
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2008 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

OK so I finally made my way here for a Sunday late afternoon snack after hearing about it and walking by the stand for the last year. I had promised my girlfriend for a while now, and since we weren't certain when they would close for winter we brought a friend as well so we could all share the dogs.

We ordered the usuals everyone gets: the Terimayo, Misomayo and the Oroshi. They also had the limited time "Okonomi" dog that we ordered as well. It consisted of a Kurobuta sausage with Bonito Flakes on top. The wait wasn't long at all and the 2 fellows working the stand were incredibly friendly. They were nice enough to half all our dogs.

Very tasty! I had a hard time picking a favourite - they all tasted independently unique. Dogs were done well and could easily be devoured on spot without scalding your tongue. They have the regular dogs which are the same dogs minus the Japanese toppings. I normally don't like toasted buns but they were exactly how I liked it with the slightly crispy exterior and the soft, warm bun once you bite into it. My girlfriend liked the Terimayo so much she ended up ordering another one for herself.

I found prices to be excellent and on par with almost all other stands and considering there's nothing else out there like this it offers great value.

Highly recommend.

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Boston Pizza11662 Steveston Hwy, #2000, Richmond
More sportsbar than restaurant
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 4:19am [Dine in]

Came here with the girlfriend and a friend to catch the last period of the Canucks game. We seated for mostly drinks: Heineken, Keith's, Ice Tea, a Mudslide and washed it down with a plate of nachos. The Mudslide was really a milkshake disguised in a thick layer of froth and would be suitable for minors considering the absent taste of Kahlua. The nachos were what we've expected from the past - this location is far more generous with toppings, however.

Service was slow considering most of our orders needed only the working of the taps. Even though it was HNIC this location felt more akin to a sportsbar than an eatery so it can get loud during games.

All of us got a huge gust of pungent garlic spread from our entrance to our booth; a neighouring table having ordered what looked like the Appie Platter. It was a reminder to stick with a narrow window of menu items here.

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Pho Hoa8500 Alexandra Rd, Richmond
Barely passable
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 4:09am [Dine in]

I've come here several times, always when my other Pho alternatives are closed. Other than the name and their hours of operation they have little to look forward to.

Ambience is tired even though it's brightly lit. It's usually sparce with customers when I've gone, yet servers are virtually non-existent. When visible, they're either busy cleaning or clearing tables to pass the time, eating during their break or hiding somewhere inside the kitchen when they're not taking orders, serving or cashing.

I like to order my large Pho with Flank, Steak, Tendon, Tripe and Fatty Flank. Sometimes I accompany it with a Spring Roll. Noodle portions are clearly smaller and is mostly compensated with their mediocre MSG flavoured stock. Sometimes the broth is lukewarm and can barely cook the pieces of rare meat. Their spring roll is mediocre as well, always hot but oily. Several instances I've ordered 2 cans of soda to quench my thirst during my meal.

Food is adequate (I've had worse Pho) but it's a deep descent from what you can get at other places for similar price and better portions. If you can go for their rice or vermicelli dishes instead.

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Hamburger Mary's Diner1202 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good food with passable service and lost nostalgia
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 2:46am [Dine in]

So a couple of friends, my girlfriend and I came here over the weekend for a 1am food fix. Having been here before it's a pretty safe bet for food.

Anyways we arrived and it was pretty busy but we were seated promptly in the middle of the diner. The server just left the menus on the table and scuttled off to wait on the other tables demanding his attention.

We all took a while to decide what to get; I totally forgot that they had a pretty large menu (with all day breakfast) but we all finally settled: my friends ordered the Cajun Chicken Burger with Fries (Gravy & Cheese) and the Works Burger with Fries, my girlfriend had the Fries with Gravy & Cheese and the Beef Dip & Au Jus with Fries also. My friends stuck with a pitcher of beer while the lady had a fountain soda and I a glass of juice.

Food came quickly enough before the server quickly took off to another table. My friends liked their burgers were pretty good, but nothing over the top. My girlfriend felt her fries were only decent, which I agree. Portion were large but they were stingy on the cheese (which was grated and not curds). My beef dip rather simple, but with roast beef you don't want to mess with it too much. It came on an untoasted hoagie with the insides lined with Au Jus. I'm glad they didn't toast the bread and used garlic butter which many other places seem to like to do. Nevertheless it was enjoyable.

Service is spotty. With the loud background music and the voices of late diners filling the room it's hard to attract the attention of any servers. They are all over the place bussing tables and running back and forth from their setup area. They don't say much (if at all) and it took until nearly the end of our meal for our server to come by to check up on us. I had asked to doggy bag the other half of my dip and they ended up throwing it away after waiting for it to arrive and then finally asking what happened to my bag. They did replace it for me so they dealt with it well. One of my friends wanted dessert and the other wanted more drinks but our server assumed we were done and just handed us the bill. Service reminds me of a chinese restaurant, which is not what this landmark diner would want to achieve if they're advertising as such. The sodas and shakes are expensive but they're easily shareable between 2 people.

Decor is getting tired. It definitely looked worn since the last time I came here. Lighting is dim, tables are close together (actually the whole place feels cramped) and the music overpowers everything so expect to yell.

Even though they're open until 4am, they're lucky the food is pretty solid. The servers there need training on etiquette. Seems they just pulled people off the street and tied an apron around them. The ones that waited our table were curt and the other ones I saw pounding the floor weren't decidely friendly while they were zipping all over the place and weaving through tables.

In the end we all felt rushed to leave so I won't be running back too quickly.

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Kam Wah Long Chinese Restaurant1363 Kingsway, Vancouver
Not bad at all
Submitted Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 5:36am [Dine in]

I've come here twice for dinner within the last couple of weeks on the request of relatives. It's easy to pass by this place since it feels a little inconspicuous even though it's on a busy street and it's hard to miss the long, big yellow awning. I have heard good things with their dim sum (especially compared to other similar restaurants on this strip, but that's for another review).

It's somewhat smaller for a chinese restaurant and the decor is dated but it is nicely lit (I noticed they used energy saving bulbs) and has been busy each time I've gone.

With a group of 6-7 people, we ordered 8 dishes this time after finding out 5 dishes were a bit short for us larger eaters. I didn't do any ordering but most everything ordered was fairly typical: Sweet & Sour Pork, Cold Drunken Chicken, Deep Fried Shrimp w/ Rock Salt & Chili, Beef & Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli), Spicy Green Beans, Tofu Hotpot, Shrimp & Scrambled Egg and a Bittermelon with Pork dish I believe. As usual for combo orders it came with soup and dessert (Red Bean Soup).

Dishes came out quickly. Good portions and equally tasty too. The Sweet & Sour Pork was abundant on lean pieces of pork with hardly any fatty pieces. The pineapple seemed a little blander than I'm use to but overall the dish wasn't "bright red" as one would remember and without that sharp, tangy zing once it hits the tongue. Vegetable dishes were cooked perfectly with the kind of crisp, crunchy exterior you'd expect coming off a hot wok. Meat pieces were small on the Chicken & Cashew and Bittermelon dishes, however.

Service is surprisingly quick and it's easy to flag down a server. They're all quite a bit younger (and all seem to look the same to me) but they hustle back and forth and are friendly and polite.

A quick glance at the menu showed a lot of the prices were reasonable so I can't imagine too many dishes being priced apart from the pack.

For a quick, tasty and filling dinner I wouldn't have any problem coming back if I was in the area. I'd want to make a morning appearance to try their dim sum in the future.

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