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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Krispy Kreme7153 120 St, Delta
One or two on ocassion but their time has come and gone
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 5:46am [Dine in]

Incredible hype when Krispy Kreme was coming to the Lower Mainland. Too bad it had to be Delta.

I think it was once open 24hrs but that is no longer the case. Once the crowds and lineups dispersed so did their appeal.

I won't lie I really do like their Original Glazed. I could only eat a couple at one sitting. They always seem to taste fresh even if they're not. It melts in your mouth like no other donut I've had. Sometimes I crave it but it's still just a donut.

The inside is like something out of a TV show or something you'd see in the states. Very retro. It always looks spotless but I guess now because so few people come by there. Service is good (how could it not be) although on our last visit I felt bad for the counterperson standing there waiting for us to pick what we wanted. She was tired, not physically but of her presence in a quiet solitude.

I think many of us had that "to die for" notion when it first appeared in our backyard but most of it was probably founded on the hype. Their downhill descent was only fuelled with lifestyle changes for the mass and health/media sources damning the place and their products for it's high sugar, fat and caloric content. I'm sure it doesn't help either when they're so far outside the city's core.

Honestly though while backing out of my stall and driving away it felt as if their time is coming.

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
The next novelty to pass up on?
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 5:31am [Dine in]

I heard of this place in the paper after glowing reviews. I braved the 1hr lineups just for a box. I had to grab cash because they don't accept any other payment type. Like any other novelty food I'd figure it would wear itself out over time.

I don't really like cream puffs to begin with. These weren't bad but definitely not the hype it was. If anything they're freshly made with a milder tasting custard and definitely not what one would expect to find elsewhere. You could probably replicate these at home but they capitalized on a market unknown to these and made good on it. I mostly did like it for it's less dense texture and freshness. Their original flavour was the only thing you could order on the menu for a while and I haven't went back to try their other flavours and other items.

I've walked by many times since and the lineups are all but gone and they've finally expanded their menu. They're expensive and I'd maybe buy them once in a while for that cream puff craving.

Like Krispy Kreme, the novelty seems to have come and gone.

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Kent's Kitchen5659 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Hole in the wall with tons of value
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 5:04am [Dine in]

I haven't come here in a while but I had to mention this place. It's located in the London Drugs plaza next to McDonald's and steps to probably atleast another dozen restaurants.

It's takeout only and it's always busy. Most (including me) come here for their 2 Choices w/ Rice or Noodle combo for about $5 bucks. There's about two dozen choices to pick from so if this is a regular institution for you at least you can get some variety. Because of their prices the steam trays tend to turnover quickly (especially popular items) so chances are you'll be eating something that recently came off the wok. Quality is more than decent too with the usual grease and they are not stingy on the ingredients. The young servers there really pack it all into the styrofoam containers. Most times it's a mess before you take it out of the bag and open the lid.

They run things like an assembly line so be sure to have an open ear because you'll likely be standing while waiting for your number.

I haven't gone in a while so I don't know if they've increased prices amidst inflation and soaring gas prices but last I remember this place offers incredible value (cheaper than fast food) that's more nutritious too. Even if they've increased prices if the portions and quality remains fairly the same this place is ideal for people with an appetite and only a few bucks to spare. It's a dirt cheap, somewhat guilty pleasure for the rest of us.

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Pho Hong6348 Fraser St., Vancouver
A long time institution
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 4:49am [Dine in]

This little unassuming place seems to have been here for years. It really hasn't changed inside and out over the years.

I've been coming here on and off for years and it remains a consistent place.

Considering some of the dumps other Pho places I've been to this place is adequate (of course it could use some new carpet and other small cosmetic touches). Karaoke type music plays in the background with the nicer than usual decor.

I've basically stuck to the Assorted Meat Pho plus Spring Roll Combo shown underneath the glass on each table while sometimes venturing out and getting the Lemon Grass Chicken/Pork with Vermicelli. Typical portions and good quality. Don't get the Hot & Sour Vegetable Soup. I ordered that once and it consisted of coarsely chopped vegetables in a bland, watered down but somehow sour soup.

The Vietnamese servers are quick to take your orders but sometimes I notice the empty dishes from other tables take a while to be cleared. I guess sometimes the owners have their small children there either to do homework or to help out on the floor with cash and change to the customers.

Prices are near dirt cheap and with dozens of Pho places around town this is one place that is a safe bet. Nothing memorable but the place is not forgettable either.

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Angel Cafe5995 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Good local eatery
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 4:34am [Dine in]

I was a little dismayed when Taco Time (which use to reside here) closed up as it was a highschool hangout for my friends and I. After seeing Angel Cafe open up and seeing the steady flow of people inside I gave this place a try.

There isn't any other HK style restaurants on Fraser St. so the owners definitely caught on to an opportunity with the variety of cheaper dining on the strip but nothing like its kind. There's even a bakery attached next door.

Decor is nicer for this type of establishment. Seating is cramped if you dine in the middle sections.

Menu selection is large. I took a while to decide what I had wanted. My girlfriend and I settled on a Sizzling Beef w/ Black Bean Sauce Hotplate and a combination Beef/Chicken Chop dinner. Server was considerably more pleasant to give our order to compared to so many other asian places. Our dishes arrived quickly and piping hot. The chops where the usual. The accompanying vegetables were underdone, accidently or by design. The hot plate dish was quite tasty. The vegetables had a nice crunch to it however the beef pieces were smallish and skimp.

Service is quick and there was one employee (dressed in regular clothes) who was scanning the floor for empty plate and topping off your tea. Not bad.

A pleasant surprise in the neighbourhood. Definitely warrants future visits.

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Kam Do8391 Alexandra Road, #1140, Richmond
Large in volume, cheap on price
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 4:15am [Dine in]

I've come here several times to grab a quick cheap meal for lunch. It's just like most other typical HK cafes with a decent selection of menu choices (including a list of "combination" meals).

Everything here is standard fare and dependable. It's a little greasy but the food comes out hot and you get plenty of it. It's the epitome of what people who come here regularly like about it. The only thing that really stood out was that the cream soup tastes diluted and doesn't look appetizing either. The Pork Chops in Sweet & Sour Sauce were mostly fatty pieces.

Service is quick. Servers are neither polite nor rude but they get the job done.

Considering I've had worse experiences at other HK cafes this is another decent choice for super cheap food in Richmond. This place should quiet that hungry stomach.

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Anducci's Italian Kitchen9604 Cameron St, Burnaby
On the decline
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 4:04am [Dine in]

Like the other Anducci's I've been to this one is on the decline, and declining fast too compared to the others.

The wierdo purple lighting and christmas lights year round feel misplaced. On the inside this one also has the tired ambience aura around it. Feels somber even when there are customers at the tables. Maybe the incredibly dim lighting takes the edge off the diners too much.

Anducci's is still a place for volume - large portions with consistently mediocre food, just like the other locations. On several ocassions we shared one plate between 3 friends. I can't help but think this is how they want you to distinguish their dishes with other restaurants. A bit of an acquired taste if you like your pasta sauce to be "sweeter". Strangely enough other tomato based sauce dishes taste fine. Either way it doesn't taste fresh and it doesn't taste like it came out of a can either.

Service is also consistently slower and kitchen speed can be molasses on certain nights. Servers are nice enough but not much they can do to hurry up the food coming out.

Considering the inflating prices it's still good value for abundance but it's difficult to keep coming here unless you're in the area.

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Anducci's6011 Hastings St., Burnaby
Best of the Anducci's
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 3:35am [Dine in]

I've been to Anducci's sparsely over the years when I'm craving pasta and this name comes to mind on a few ocassions. Hard to find a reason to keep coming here really each time I visit.

This location is out of the way for many so it's hardly a surprise each time we come here when most of the seats are empty.

It's dark. Very dark. Music plays in the background but even that doesn't seem to liven up the place. Something about it makes the whole place feel awkward being there.

The servers do their best with the gloomy sight. They do what you'd expect when you eat out.

The highlight is always the fantastic house bread baked with balsamic vinegar. Oddly enough on my last couple of recent visits they didn't give us a loaf and instead it came sliced (and only 2 pieces) with the balsamic on top only.

Lots of choices on their menu but I've usually gotten pasta and the Breaded Veal once. I stick with the tomato based sauces but they're sweeter (almost tangy) and sometimes a bit oily for whatever reason. The pasta tends to be overcooked with the Gnocchi being especially overdone. The veal too was rather uninspiring coming out oily and fairly bland.

Prices seem to have gone up little by little over the years so it's getting harder to find the value in their food even though the portions are quite generous.

I'd say Anducci's would be a better choice compared to Antons but could easily be surpassed by most other pasta places otherwise unless you want to be really filled up.

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Cactus Club Cafe588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
For cool people only
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

Their new "Cafe" titled restaurants are only different in atmosphere.

Great looking decor with 2 levels, HIGH celings, lots of glass with the main floor crowded with nicely dressed (or wannabe) people; half who probably work Downtown.

We came in for an evening to hang out and it was a packed house. We asked to get a tab started so we could order drinks while we waited for a table. We had to dance around suits and servers alike. The bar area is overcrowded and could use some extra space. It was almost obnoxiously LOUD.

We were seated outside on the patio facing the kitchen. We ordered steaks and drinks. Meals were normal of what we expected from Cactus. Our waitress consistently came by to check on us and get us more drinks. Very friendly albeit you could tell she had a long day.

These new "Cafe" themed offshoots cater to the power lunch crowd as the place is just pretentious enough to attract the like. It's just another new hangout for the people in Downtown or to look cool. It's a good place if you're looking for a new place to try, safe menu choices and like a busy and noisy atmosphere (as my positive rating reflects it). I wouldn't bring a date here.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The11151 No. 5 Road, Richmond
Everything but the food
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

A large group of us came here to celebrate two birthdays at once. A poor showing for a couple of friends celebrating another year.

Decor is excellent and what you'd expect for a large chain. Dark colours and dim lighting for the casual-formal outing.

Servers here smiled regularly and were more than friendly without the haste on a busy weekend.

Food was the turning point and this is where chain places usually take their dive. We came maybe 1/2 an hour too late because the large group behind us ordered the last of the Prime Rib. By the time we placed our orders our server notified us that they had run out after she came back from the kitchen. It was early evening but still it should never of happened. Keg is best known for their Prime Rib (I personally wouldn't come here otherwise) and they had to run out. We placed a second order consisting mostly of steaks with a few fish and chicken/rib entrees mixed in.

What came out was appauling. They must've really had a busy weekend as the vegetables served on some of our orders were nothing but overcooked soft peas and onions while the rest of us had what was called on their menu "seasonal vegetables" - mostly a couple of aspargus shoots, squash and zucchini. Some of us complained to the servers that were met with apologies but not much else they could do, especially if they had nothing else left to replace it with.

The servers did do their best and we were given several appetizers on the house. Nice save. The waitresses did their upmost to please.

Not isolated to this location alone Keg seems to run out of Prime Rib at many of the locations I've been to. Unacceptable and a waste considering everything else was more than fitting. The servers shouldn't be spending the night apologying to customers when they are not at fault.

It would be best prudent to call in before dining in to check their stock.

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Athene's3618 West Broadway, Vancouver
Better than most
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

We've come here several times after positive reviews.

Ambience is what you'd expect out of a Meditteranean restaurant with the local music, blue/white colours and even the popcorn ceiling to boot.

We've had the same server each time and he is unassumingly personable and friendly. He always runs down the specials for the day and is easily called upon without much fuss.

The Lamb Chops are fantastic and probably the best I've had at a Greek restaurant. They are grilled well with excellent flavour and tenderness. It's a little on the leaner side compared to others I've had so it lacks just a tad of its natural juiciness. However still the best I've had. The Lamb Shoulder I've had a couple of times. The first time I had it with a crispy, seared outside which I love. Fork tender but saltier compared to what I'm use to. Second time was without the nice seared exterior but was similarly salty as well. It's probably the way they season it. It's more than tolerable but you can tell that the sodium is there. Portions are good although the sides are a touch smaller. Still we always leave stuffed and usually with a doggy bag.

Prices seem a couple dollars more per dish but compared to the list of Greek places we've gone to lately it seems all the same to me.

One of the better Greek restaurants out there on the whole. Other than the well seasoned Lamb Shoulder it's hard to give their food just a solid. I'd say it rates between solid and outstanding and with subsequent visits I feel it would closer align itself to outstanding for Greek.

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Earls901 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Good for a game
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 4:13am [Dine in]

We trotted down here for the remaining period of a Canuck game. Sometimes I prefer a chain place over a pub/bar style dig.

We were greeted with a hostess opening the door and were seated fairly quickly after the hostess checked to see if we could get a booth (which we did front centered to the tv). It was especially busy in the bar section.

I wanted something small so I ordered a Starter Caesar and Prawn Soft Tacos while the girlfriend got the Salmon Filet Entree. Drinks included a Coke, Glass of Keith's, a Caesar and we closed off with a Toffee Cake (it seemed a popular dessert item for the night).

Food came quickly. I Caesar Salad was one of the better ones I've had as of late but the croutons were different from the last time I had it here. The Prawn Soft Tacos were an interesting touch. It was savoury, sweet and a touch sour with the Avocado and Lime sauce. Steep as $10 only got you 2 pieces. Generous with the shrimps though. I had a few bites of the Salmon and it was decent. A touch overdone with the fish but the mashed potatoes were delicious. The Toffee Cake was a first for us and it was something you'd expect. It was hot, gooey and nicely presented with a brown sugar nest for the scoop of Vanilla Gelato.

Atmosphere was there. It was buzzing but never overly noisy until the Canucks scored in OT. Service was at the top of their game (seems to be for a chain place when everything clicks). We had a few servers wait on us for the evening and they were all polite, friendly and one was especially helpful when were flagged her down and asked her for a rundown and recommendation for the desserts.

We must've gone on a night where everything worked together and with great success. The food never steals the show (as you'd expect) but the service was excellent and with the Canuck win alongside the ambience, a great time was had.

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Boston Pizza1333 West Broadway, #190, Vancouver
Nachos and pizzas only
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 3:42am [Dine in]

Alright so the girlfriend and I came to this location the very next evening after enjoying the pizza at the Ackroyd location.

I also heard great things about the nachos so we ordered that along with a small Spicy Perogy Pizza again (unfortunately I guess I wasn't finished enjoying it from the previous night).

The server seemed awkward during our meal service. Usually service and kitchen speed is slow at this location however this time it was fairly quick.

Our nachos came first. The menu mentions they use their own in-house made tortilla chips. They were thinner and slightly crisper than typcical nacho platters. The toppings look stingy at first but seems the perfect balance for even distribution while preventing the chips from going lumpy from a too generous amount of toppings. I won't lie I would've like more toppings on it. Enjoyable otherwise.

Our pizza came to the table hot. Crispy crust with the right thickness with a good helping of toppings. Our server forgot to bring the Parmesan and Chili Flakes Shakers which I didn't even notice until we were finished. Good just like the last time.

I had the Spicy Italian Penne the last time I came here and it was forgettable. I think I'll come to BP exclusively for their pizza and nachos though.

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Boston Pizza8100 Ackroyd Road, #50, Richmond
Good pizza to sit down for
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 3:23am [Dine in]

I am not a Boston Pizza fan overall (mostly because of the food and service at the Metrotown location) especially considering a former classmate got food poisoning almost immediately after eating there (Alfredo) while we were trying to crunch through a term project deadline. They did have a large menu and I've always heard good things about their pizza so we came here.

It was the middle of the night and a few of us convened for some grub. We ordered a small Spicy Perogi and a medium Greek. Service has always been spotty at BP and this one was no exception. They're always a bit slower and kitchen speed varies.

The pizzas were a pleasant surprise. They definitely did not look like the pizzas you'd get at pizza joints. Toppings were generous and I especially liked the crust. The toppings on the Greek were a bit underdone which I liked it. The Spicy Perogi was my favourite though. It was a nice balanced of chili infused potato slices, sour cream, green onions and bacon bits with a large dollop of sour cream in the middle. It was unusually spicy considering when most restaurants say it's spicy it really means they put in an extra dash of pepper. It should be fine for most folk who can take a little spice.

Pizzas are pricy encroaching on gourmet prices. Considering that you can eat it in a comfortable booth with drinks and tv arounds I'd say they're worth it.

I've had other items on the menu before and I wouldn't leap too far from the pizzas now that I've finally enjoyed it.

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Kalypso Restaurant & Tapas Bar1323 Robson Street, Vancouver
Meager offering
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 3:04am [Dine in]

Came here Sunday evening for a later dinner after trying to decide which Greek place in downtown we should try.

Weird they had an employee sit outside on the street at a booth handing out coupons for a free appetizer with entree purchase. It's located upstairs.

The place was quiet with a few people scattered throughout. An eldery gentlemen behind the bar greeted us before a waitress seated us to a table by the window.

Although there were hints the decor didn't "feel" Greek and felt like it was made to flow with the look of Robson St. I thought it was cheesy to have the tables lined with disposable paper placemats on top of a clean white table cloth.

Looking for a lighter meal we ordered the Taramasolata, Homous with 2 orders of Pita Bread and the Lamb Chops between the two of us. We mostly had a waiter table us but we felt rushed as he came to take our orders not 5 minutes after we sat down. He really did only give us a few more minutes to decide before he came back and we placed our appetizers first.

My girlfriend felt the portions for the Tarama and Homous was smaller compared to other places we've had. The Homous was fine although the Tarama was not creamy all the way through. The Pita (albeit toasted) was only halved as we would've preferred them to be quartered. Just nitpicking.

Whereas most other Greek places you can split an entree the portion for the Lamb Chops entree was a little smaller. The 5 Chops themselves were a smidge smaller than other places but they were juicy. We asked medium well but we got medium rare. There was some fat that many others would preferred to have trimmed but I liked it attached. The rest of the plate however was substandard and stingy in quantity and flavour. The rice was nicely done but the grain used reminded me of instant rice. The Greek Salad consisted mostly of cucumber and onion. The potato was bland and was nothing more than a roasted wedge.

Our waiter took until the end of our meal to ask us how our food was. We felt rushed with our meal from beginning to end. I'm not sure if they're inferring that constant table appearances consistutes good service.

Prices are several dollars more per dish compared to many other places without the quality (or quantity) to show for.

Maybe for the unsuspecting person who thinks everything on Robson St. is good I probably won't give this place another try unless I wasn't able to head over to Davie St. or Denman for other Greek eateries. Having a great location and charging just a few bucks enough to make people think they're getting something better seems to be popular nowadays. The food wasn't bad but it was far from good. A tourist sucker perhaps. Disappointing overall.

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Room Eighteen2042 West 4th Ave., Vancouver
Ambience is all they have to hang on to
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 5:09am [Dine in]

I've actually come here about a half dozen or so times however as mentioned in other reviews they are consistently inconsistent. Oddly enough the last couple of visits was with a friend who knew the chef, bartender and DJ.

The place is fairly small and there aren't many tables. It's dark and probably doesn't look as great if the lighting was brighter. There's a fireplace and some sort of a sit down area complete with sofas. There are a couple of TVs behind the bar and a smallish projection on the far wall (either my eyes are bad or it's blurry). Atmosphere is always loud, even when there are only a few people.

I haven't really gone outside their starters menu since I come here to wind down with a drink or two or catch a Canuck game. Their starters don't wow me and almost every time I've ordered the same dish they come out different each time I order it. Strange since their starters are quite vanilla in taste and preparation. My most recent visit consisted of a couple of drinks and 2lbs of their wings. The staff there boasted about their "Exorcist" version which apparently consisted of 7 or so different kinds of chili in some type of chunky chili sauce so we had to try it to see what the fuss was about (apparently it was the hottest many have ever had). No fuss really. The wings themselves were actually quite meaty and generous in size but that's about where the boasting stops. If you're trying to sear your (or your friends') stomach lining I'd pass on this. Not saying that it wasn't hot, but if it wasn't smothered in that goulash of a sauce the wings would've been much better to enjoy. You had to dig through the pile to find a wing on the plate and when you did find one you'd best be spending your time scraping most of the sauce off so you actually get some morsels of meat. Without the sauce it tasted like it wouldn't have any kick to it at all. Sorry but you can do hotter elsewhere, without the big glop of mess.

Drinks are made well and consistent, however.

Servers are friendly and it's busy during the dinner hour so be prepared to yell.

I don't know about this place for food. Everything feels a bit contrived. Basic menu items seem like a problem so I'd hate to know what their entrees entail. Their namesake confuses me as each time I come here I'm more convinced this place is better suited as a drink lounge than restaurant.

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Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House3163 Main Street, Vancouver
Cheap prices with equally crappy food
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 4:38am [Dine in]

Strangely enough I've come here a few times (at different times during the day (or night) and always out of the respect of good friends who seem to like this place for whatever reason, probably because it's dirt cheap). ANYWAYS, I've driven past this place so many times before but never thought anything of it. It's another place now that I will go out of my way for considering much better options close by.

It's open late (something like 2am) and that's about all it has going for it.

I've had a few menu items here as well as their Preserved Egg & Pork Congee several times. Prices are slightly cheaper with their congee (the large order) very inexpensive at around 11 dollars (a good 6-7 dollars atleast cheaper than other places). Their Chow Mein is oily, their noodles in their Fried Rice Noodles with Beef are soft and broken up and their Congee was burnt the first couple of times I went there. The Chinese Donut (which is actually decent) seems a waste with the lousy congee to accompany it. You'd figure with chinese food which relies on consistency with their simplicity can still have it screwed up.

Service is decent and food comes out fairly quick although servers seem hurried and their demeanor suggests they don't want to be bothered too much if you have any issues but they do top up your tea.

The place is a sty even for a chinese restaurant. The walls are dirty and most of the floor is slippery.

There are always at least half a dozen other tables occupied when I've come here and I have no idea why they would come here other than the fact that it's cheap and it's open late.

Sorry but the drive-through at McDonalds gets my business way before this place.

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HKYK Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant4260 No. 3 Road, Richmond
probably my worst meal ever
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 4:18am [Dine in]

Perhaps it wasn't all their fault. My friend and I were hungry very late at night and we've already driven around Richmond for a bit. Too hungry to venture further we came here. I've seen the sign off No. 3 before and it usually looks busy so how bad can it be.

We strategically sat right by the kitchen entrance so we wouldn't be missed on such a large floor but a server still took a while to come. We only ordered a large bowl of Chicken Congee with 2 orders of Chinese Donut and thank goodness that was all.

Our order took a little longer than I'd like, with the congee coming first. Expecting something fairly decent I was shocked at how it was prepared. Either they ran out of ingredients to make it, the cook was in a fit, or something even more unsavoury that I wouldn't want to know. The chicken was nothing more than a half order of Soy Chicken that was skinned and poorly trimmed of meat and dumped into a large serving bowl. The congee portion was terrible as well. It was clearly burnt and the lingering aftertaste only confirmed it. The consistency looked as if they used leftover rice and watered it down and then have the cook run off somewhere while it was charring away. If that wasn't enough there were speckles of burnt congee scrapings throughout as if the cook then went out of his way to scrape the pot clean as if it was their heroic (and ironic) attempt to save all the "good" stuff.

The donut was equally appauling coming out cold and soaked in oil. We politely asked one of the servers (when one finally came out of hiding) to reheat them only to have it come back out none the better than it went in.

We maybe ate a couple small bowls before we gave up and paid so we could leave. For those who are wondering why we didn't complain. Well there are several reasons but firstly it's the kitchen's responsibility to control how the food is going out. Secondly if our food initially came out like this already I personally wouldn't want the same people to "fix" it.

This really was the only time I can remember where I didn't leave a tip. Really the only saving grace for any hope in this place would be the decent surroundings and tea.

I don't know how their hotpot and dim sum are but my experience is enough for me to never come back to again. Customers dining at late hours are no excuse for food to be made like that. Prices aren't even good either they're a few bucks (per dish) more than other places.

RUN!!

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
It's alright but not worth the wait
Submitted Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

I came here a couple of times with a small group of people. Luckily both times we were able to make reservations I couldn't imagine waiting in line for a "cheap" eats place.

It's small, dark, cramped, and noisy. Wait times I've heard can be over an hour.

Servers are good for a place that has high turnover. They are friendly and fairly perky.

Food is OK. Food court quality. Most recently I had the Lamb Souvlaki and Spanakopita. Nothing special that jumps out at you. Their Chicken variety is a bit drier. Portions are big but deceiving.

I'd go elsewhere for Greek it's not worth waiting in line to save a few bucks. The atmosphere is too huried to feel comfortable staying in for while you are trying to enjoy your meal.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
Best bubble tea around
Submitted Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

Bubble tea was nothing I had gotten regularly when I was young but it's something that I frequent quite a bit more now since it's a nice way to get together with friends.

It's a small place in retail/residential building on the corner of King Ed. and Oak. It's definitely scrub on the inside compared to many other bubble tea joints but they clearly have the best bubble tea around. My choice by default would be the Lychee Slush with Coconut Jelly and no milk. It's blended well so there aren't small frozen bits of ice and they actually use lychee chunks in theirs compared to most others. The coconut jelly is also noticeably sweeter compared to the bland stuff they use most elsewhere. They seem to be generous in using ingredients in their drinks. I have tried many sips of other varieties including their House Milk Tea w/ Pearls, Passionfruit, etc, etc. Pearls are nicely sized and good texture.

Service I find to be a little suspect. Until recently did I know that you could place orders by phone and pick up otherwise I would've done that. There's usually a short lineup but it's always quick to move. the time between making your order and actually getting your drink always varies from quick to rather slow. A couple of times I've waited 20 minutes to get it.

It's cramped so I would rather not stay in. They have the usual food menu items if you're hungry.

This place is no frills and not like many other joints that have sprung up that try to mask their inferior quality with a nice decor, hip music and cute looking female servers. For consistently excellent bubble tea come here. It's worth the wait.

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