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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


Displaying 461 - 464 of 464 Reviews Found
Red Onion2028 41st Avenue West, Vancouver
Overrated burger joint
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2008 - 5:13am [Dine in]

I've eaten here many times over the years and every subsequent time I've gone since their burgers haven't tasted as good. In fact it seems to slide a little each time I go.

I generally don't order burgers when I eat out unless it's a fastfood joint or Whitespot (and more Whitespots seem to be serving Triple-O sauce burgers nowadays) so this place was the only burger joint I came to. I brought my girlfriend here months ago (since all our friends rave about it) and what a disappointment again.

We got the works (cheese, bacon, sauerkraut) with fries and pickles on the side. Our patties were grilled for too long with noticeable charring on both sides. The patties were also drier than what I remember. It was a little charming that it came in baskets and it was a good thing that the burgers were wrapped in foil; it was a mess. Prior visits yielded similar but less disappointing results.

The decor remains the same and suitable for this type of establishment.

I think whatever hype this place earned has been lost over the years. You can get a better burger at chain places.

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Jaguar Lounge & Restaurant1796 Nanimo Street, Vancouver
A little different type of HK style
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2008 - 4:52am [Dine in]

We dined here Sunday evening for dinner. I've been craving the cheapo hk style restaurants as of late and took to this after some reviews on here.

We arrived at around 6pm and it was quiet with only one other table occupied. Shortly after other diners started filing in.

There looked to be only one server on the floor but she promptly seated us.

The surroudings were nice. A dark/white cladded theme was clean and resembled more of a large bubble tea place rather than the typical HK cafes you see.

We gazed through the menu and noticed it was a little different compared to other HK style restaurants. The menu was smaller, there was no 2-3 meat entree combos, there was an emphasis on their drinks and the prices were a couple dollars per dish higher. After we amused ourselves with a few mis-spellings on the menu (it seems to show up predominately at chinese restaurants :)) the young server took our order. We got the Alberta Ribeye and the New York Steak. They were dinners so it came with soup: she got the Cream and I got the Borscht.

Our soups came first. The Cream soup was surprisingly good. Similar establishments tend to run them down with water. This one was creamy and hot. My borscht was standard fare tomato stock base with large chunks of vegetables. It was piping hot just the way soup is suppose to be. I noticed they used orange peel in it. No meat in sight. That's ok.

Our main dishes came shortly after. With usual HK cafes their beef "steaks" are cheap cuts doused in some corn starch/meat tenderizer to make them palettable. I was hoping with the slightly higher prices they would use better quality meats. Sure enough the steaks were un-touched. Both cuts were juicy and tender. I did notice that they didn't season the steaks. That's ok though because the garlic sauce that was on top was a good complimenting flavour which provided the seasoning. The plate also came with a few steamed vegetables (3 wedge slices of carrots, 1pc cauliflower and brocolli floret and 1pc of yellow and orange bell peppers) and a generously sized bowl of packed rice.

I was looking around at the other dishes and they too looked quite tasty. We didn't order any of their bubble tea/specialty drinks but from looking around they looked like they were prepared well and it came in large/tall glasses.

I'd say this place is definitely a step above the other HK style restaurants. Hopefully they don't start to skimp on the steaks that would be a shame. The other dishes on the menu also don't look like the typical chinese greasyspoon items.

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SKP Restaurant4409 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Hidden gem
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2008 - 4:21am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I came here last Sunday since she was craving pasta. I had heard good things about this little place.

We arrived late in the evening so it was fairly quiet. The place is quaint; there are 2 levels to dine and specials are written up on wide chalkboards by the kitchen. I'm note particularly fond of dim lighting but this place is noticeably brighter than Anducci's. The server was friendly and polite and followed up on us throughout the evening.

We gazed through the menu to find some standouts. I wanted the meatballs but they ran out so I chose the Chorizo Sausage. My girlfriend got the Scallops Entree.

I started off with the Caesar Salad. The romaine was past it's freshness - the leaves were a little tinged in colour and water-soaked (probably to liven up the crispness). I always look forward to the croutons but there were only a few to be found. The parmesan was generous and the dressing was flavourful.

Our pasta dishes were generously sized. My girlfriend's Scallops Entree had full pieces of medium scallops (nice since we're use to getting baby scallops) and the pasta (spaghetti) was done perfectly. The scallionsin cream sauce was a touch runny and bland for my palette. My Chorizo Sausage came with large slices of chorizo that blanketed the plate. It was cooked just right with a little bit of kick. The penne was also cooked well a little past al dente which seems to be the norm when dining out.

We'll be coming back here again to sample some of the other items (like the meatballs!). This is a great place for tasty, no-nonsense pasta and the prices are right in the thick of other pasta places.

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Morton's of Chicago, The Steakhouse750 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Impeccable service; solid steakhouse
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2008 - 3:53am [Dine in]

I haven't written any reviews on here so I'd figure it's about time I started submitting them.

I brought my girlfriend here for our 1st anniversary back in mid June. When calling in to make reservations the hostess asked what occasion this was - I imagine depending on the event they would have different menus with a nice congratulatory message at the top. A nice touch.

We were pleasantly greeted upon arrival and had our jackets hung. Our table wasn't quite ready yet so we had the option to mingle in the lounge/drink area. Just as we sat down our table was ready.

The hostess introduced us to our servers for the evening. They were very polite and shuttled us to our table. Just as we arrived our server pulled out the table and seated us before bringing the table back in. I have never seen this before and definitely set the tone for the evening.

The ambience is unique; no windows, dark woods and very busy with a mix of every type of diner. Lots of servers were around hustling back and forth from kitchen to table.

We started off with a couple of Martini's. What we got escapes me but the price didn't. Almost $20 per. Pricey but nicely balanced. We started off with a couple of appetizers: the Shrimp Alexander and Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cocktail. The shrimps were cooked perfectly and the white wine butter sauce complementing it was delicious. It was certainly one of the best appetizers I've had. The crabmeat came in large chunks but was otherwise standard fare.

My girlfriend decided on the Porterhouse while I got the Bone-in Ribeye after one of the servers came by to take our order and introduced us to the different cuts/entree selections. He had a serving platter with the different cuts to show. We accompanied our red meat with the Sauteed Mushrooms, Lyonnaise Potatoes and the Australian Jumbo Lobster Tail. Our steaks were thick, nicely grilled and seasoned perfectly. Unfortunately we had wished we had gotten it grilled medium or medium well for best flavour (as oppposed to rare/medium rare). I enjoyed the lyonnaise potatoes but it was heavily salted and they put in the onions in too early so we were left with a lot of charred slices. The mushrooms too were heavily seasoned. The lobster tail was enormous however I could definitely tell it was of frozen variety. A little disheartening considering it was over $60 for it.

We closed off the evening with chocolate souffle. I was expecting individually sized servings but it came out in a large ramekin and halved served with fresh whipped cream. We were already stuffed by now but found a way to finish it. It had the right amount of sweet-bitterness to it and worth a try.

All in all it was an excellent evening. The service was the first rate; perhaps a little too good. I will give this place a future visit based on the service alone although I'd like to know if the over seasoned side dishes were just an abberation. Some might stray away because of the prices at steakhouses but considering the size of their cuts one can share their steak with another and you can have a great experience. Recommended!

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