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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3)
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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar11080 No 5 Road, #110, Richmond
Surpassed expectations
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

My gf and I decided to catch the Canucks playoff game here just to shake things up a bit and try something different. Ambiance is that of a chain driven theme but it was very casual and lacked the showiness. TVs were plentiful and at good locations mkaing for easy viewing.

Our salt and pepper wings were at best average. It was a little on the dry end and resembling too much like the frozen store bought variety with a thick yet finely coat of seasoning. We shared the Memphis rib plate and other than the tangy bbq sauce the ribs were pretty good for a non-bbq/rib joint. The rack was tender and with a fair amount of meat on them. The side of fries and coleslaw was also quite serviceable.

Service was a bit sparce and we would've liked a couple more automatic checkups for refills but our server was friendly. Again, whiffs of bar influence were present but they could've done a little better.

All in all it was better than expected and would be a decent place for a game.

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Charthouse Restaurant3866 Bayview St., #200, Richmond
Classic service over meagre food
Submitted Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

My gf and I had thought to try this place before, but it took a rainy evening to bring us here.

From the outside entrance at the foot of the steps, we expected a bar type ambiance. Upon entering, we found the 1980s. Tacky wallpaper and placemats were some of the hues that coloured the room. Still, I thought it was gutsy if not intended and charming.

The menu was fairly broad and aimed to please everyone. My gf started with the white clam chowder, with some doubt that it was forgery from a can. It offered up few actual pieces of substance, vegetable included. My unremarkable almost tangy french onion soup was edible but unmemorable. Both of us ordered fish and chips and while still hot the fish portion was completely bland. Fish lacked seasoning, batter lacked seasoning - lack goodness for the tartar sauce. Batter was too thick given the size of the fish. We finished with a rarely found peach melba, a dish showcasing the summer fruits of fresh peaches and raspberries. Instead, we recieved canned peaches and strawberries. The best item that night was the complimentary fresh bread at the start.

A very aimable greeter brought us to our table and our server was pleasant while another server tended to our water refills. I can hardly fault the service here it wasn't amazing but it was certainly better than just good.

A blast from the past, but the food won't bring me back.

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White Spot1476 Kingsway, Vancouver
A decent White Spot for once
Submitted Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

Having been so dissatisfied with multiple White Spot locations, our visit here was of a request from a friend.

The decor here dawns the usual WH motifs, but seems tired these days. Still, things are kept tidy and nothing says Canadian like a White Spot.

You are usually here for the burgers so you have to have one. Luckily, my bacon cheddar burger was probably the best WS burger I've had in a long time. Patty was juicy, visible sight of cheddar and bacon but I still hated and continue to forget to omit the relish. Whether legendary or not, their fries are the same mundane nonsense and mostly avoided. Soda was flat and if not coincidence, seems more common at the various locations.

The service offered up few words but made all necessary actions. This one especially had mostly school-aged teens on the floor but went without hitch.

I've lost my interest in White Spot long ago, but at least this location still has their all their peas lined up on the rack.

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Song Huong Vietnamese Restaurant1613 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Arguably one of the best
Submitted Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

Both my gf and I made our trip here about a month back, and since then it's been hard not to go. At one point I came here 4 times out of 5 days.

Decor is a mish mash, but very appropriate for a pho joint. Damaged seats, unkempt mint green walls, Sportsnet on the screens and the tinged scent of mold in the air absolutely must mean that the food is fantastic.

The specialty and usual pho dac biet comes with a rich dark broth with what I think is a hint of anise. The cuts of beef are good with several good chunks of tendon. Spring rolls here use rice paper. They are packed well and come out with a crispy skin and a great finely minced filling inside. Although deep fried they don't seem heavy at all. The lemongrass chicken is bone-in, a rare find with strong flavours with some aptly placed char. Portions are adequate but the prices are on the cheap.

Service is a bit of a sore point here, a little worse than a usual pho joint, likely because of the two divided eating areas but nothing a hand gesture to flag them down can fix. A nice plus here is that they accept debit/credit.

Song Huong hits the mark on the staple dishes, but I just can't seem to find myself giving them a perfect score for food because it's simple food, yet so satisfying. Easily one of my favourites.

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Orange Corner Tea House6230 McKay Ave., Unit 140, Burnaby
The better one?
Submitted Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

After a little shopping we stopped for some drinks, and ended up ordering some food for an early dinner.

The space is open and tables are spread apart with the standard bubble tea decor wafting throughout the room.

We went with a seafood hotpot, a crepe, a beef roll and a wonton noodle with various drinks. The green onion pancake was a thin variety, lacking enough surface area to sop up the hoisin sauce, which overpowered the sliced beef. The wontons were the dwarf species but had a nice mix of pork and vegetable. Noodles were a homemade beef noodle style rather than the usual, a nice surprise. My slush was about average for a slush.

Service is slow but expected for this type of dining. We didn't see our server again only until her shift was over and wanted to settle up. Again, expected.

We may have to stop going to their Kerrisdale location after this visit.

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Ebisu on Broadway601 West Broadway, #12, Vancouver
The lacking..
Submitted Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

Wanting to grab some quick drinks and avoiding the DT mess we settled up here. This location is off the main street buried under highrises so perhaps consequently the interior looks a little drab despite the actual decor being pretty indicative of the other locations.

The menu was the biggest surprise, with many omissions compared to the Robson and even Richmond locations. This made our choices easy as there are few worth getting. We ended up with the thunder fries, some gyozas, a couple of rolls, various desserts and what we could muster up for drinks. Quality is on par but we felt a little shafted having been familiar with them. Tea appears to be extra too.

Service was organized and spry, probably the best of them all which was refreshing to see but was overall only good.

While the dining excursion met without disappointment Ebisu Broadway was hardly above and beyond.

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Leisure Tea & Coffee8391 Alexandra Road, #1110, Richmond
Expensive drinks
Submitted Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

A group of us came here to go over event plans. Like many Richmond drink/dessert places there's importance given to decor; this one went with a more traditional look with dark woods and bench booth style seating.

I passed on the food while the others at our table ordered their well known and well received waffles under ice cream and some deep fried items with thumbs up all around. My usual measure of lychee slush was a tad too sweet for me, with no accompanying lychee chunks but overall it was average. Given the quality I thought many of the drinks seemed on the expensive side but the food prices looked ok.

Service was the usual native language in these parts but our young server was english fluent.

I think I'll try the waffles if I make my way back here..

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Sun Ying Chinese Restaurant5763 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Rejuvenated
Submitted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 2:59am [Dine in]

This was the old Golden Sparkle location, recently re-named, re-opened and refreshed.

It's your popular inexpensive casual chinese/hk cafe restaurant. You'll find your baked pork chop, combo meals with drink and the chinese version of the borscht soup. Our friends ordered baked rice dishes while the gf and I shared the 3 meat (chicken-steak-pork chop) combo. Typical pricing, portions and quality but would've preferred to have the gravy on the side as opposed to on top.

As with many newly opened restaurants, service didn't miss a beat and there were constant tea refills, quick dish clearing and the staff were smiling, a rare sight in a chinese restaurant.

Finishings were still new so there weren't any worn out sections on the booth seats, stained grout..the usual visual characteristics of these places..yet.

While hk cafes are a commonplace nowadays this local revival is welcome.

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New Oxford, The1144 Homer Street, Vancouver
Notoriously trendy
Submitted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 2:44am [Dine in]

A few buddies and I dropped in late for snacks and a nightcap. The space runs deep and the bar basically divides the front from the back and carries a lot of the same styling cues of other Donnelly owned establishments.

You have your expected trendy menu; ordering poutine, nachos and shortribs which were neither inspiring or offending. Beer made the rounds but wished the glasses came cold.

We ended up getting a few servers waiting our table, with many of the staff on hand chatting it up with friends or regulars. Despite that service didn't suffer for us.

Word is some of the Canucks make their way here after home games but otherwise Oxford is merely the usuals.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Yaletown throng
Submitted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 2:34am [Dine in]

A few of us ended up in Downtown merely just walking around and many turns later brought us here.

Like practically all Yaletown eateries, the ambiance is the focal point and once again it is exactly what you would expect. We beat the dinner rush but the music nearly overpowers any chance of normal conversation.

The menu is also as expected. There is something for everyone but we went with the average at best shortrib sandwich with side salad, their house "backyard" burger with bacon and cheese (middle of the road and lacked beefiness) with onion rings (greasy and bland) and what ended up being the best, my gf's portobello mushroom burger. Add a round of drinks and it made for an expensive early dinner.

I thought our server was fine, but the drop-bys were inconsistent except for those timely drink order checks.

Considering we passed by many better restaurants to dine in that day, we'll be walking past this one from now on.

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Neighbour's Restaurant & Pizza House6493 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Solid pizza
Submitted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 2:20am [Dine in]

My gf and I were up late and decided on something quick and greasy. I had a recent menu from them come through the mail and thought to give them a try.

We went with a couple of large pizzas: one with pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms the other a double cheese. At their price point these weren't cheap at all but the toppings were generous enough, the crust had a nice crispy chew to it and overall taste was pleasing. On ranking, this was certainly one of the better pizzas I've had compared to the throngs of small pizza joints in my area.

My gf picked them up and service was about typical for a small local restaurant. She made a comment about the rather drab finishings so I'll take her word for it as she usually makes no mention of it.

Strangly enough, Victoria Dr. doesn't boast too many memorable non-asian restaurants so for pizza at least, I'd make note to come back.

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Prince Chinese Seafood Restaurant2881 Grandview Highway, Vancouver
Eastside Dim Sum
Submitted Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

Sunday morning dim sum with friends brought us here. We were lucky that our table of 4 walked in with immediate seating.

The menu sheet offers all your usual dim sum entries so the usuals were ordered: chicken feet, deep fried pork dumplings, har gows, siu mais, egg tarts, beef rice roll, spring rolls, durian pastry and a refreshing though typical lychee gelatin. The egg tarts and durian pastry were standouts, flaky pastry with a delicate and mild custard and durian filling. The shrimp dumplings were a little disappointing with the subpar texture of the wrapper while the poorest dish overall was the afterthought rice roll.

The servers were friendly enough with automatic refills and dish clearing but you'd be otherwise getting your standard efficient, no-frills yet hasty chinese service.

Overall quality came with a couple of misses but prices were on the higher end of the spectrum throughout. Ordinary at best I'd say.

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Pita King Mediterranean Food4567 Lougheed Highway, #732K, Burnaby
A Brentwood Finalist
Submitted Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

My gf and I did our usual routine of driving around looking for food and unfortunately our indecisiveness brought us to Brentwood Mall's food court.

While Mediterranean, you can't mistake the food court touches with the plastic flatware, syrofoam plates and table trays. Menu items are cheap enough for food court standards so I went with the donair plate. Mine consisted of a melange of Greek salad, rice and donair meat piled together with a small cup of tzatziki on the side. The salad was a little worse than typical of Greek salad these days, this one with mostly cucumber with shredded feta coming out of a shaker. The donair meat was recooked on the griddle, loosing most of it's juiciness while leaving lots of crispy bits instead. The carb filler of rice is what fills you up and it was not without it's charm, as was the odd green pea. Still, it's probably one of the better choices here.

It looked to be a family run outfit and I was greeted with genuine smiles and left with genuine thank yous. It's enough to lift up the service rating a notch.

While I wouldn't make a habit of coming here it's better than burgers or greasy noodles.

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La Piazza Dario Ristorante3075 Slocan St., Vancouver
Rustico Italiano
Submitted Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

My gf and I met up with a friend for a late evening dinner, something along the lines of comfort food and made our way here.

Dario's is free from any semblance of a haut restaurant - it is strictly Italian family authentic. Decor is a dated classic feel but you couldn't mistake it for anything else with the lingering music almost carrying a depressive tone.

Specials were introduced so we went with the fantastic mussels with a fragrant tomato sauce to start. My gf's gnocchi in a light red sauce was nicely done and paid homage to a traditional dish, while our friend went with a more basic alfredo penne. My veal double chop special was a well cooked and tender though lacking a bit in flavour. We ended with a St. Honore house cake and a Zabaglione, a simple and light finish to the meal.

Service is also strictly Italian with the owners gabbing with customers while the other staff tended with a restrained feel, a little uncomfortable but not the first time I've seen.

While on the expensive side it's a nice find to keep in the back of your pocket.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Valentine's Dinner Date
Submitted Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

While I normally abhor prix fixe dining, offering mediocre menu items at flagship prices, Mistral seemed to fit the bill for a dinner date with the gf.

The decor speaks of an understated elgance yet casual enough that walk-ins in jeans and sneakers would not offend. Tables are a bit cramped together but the ambient noise drowns out any chance of overhearing conversations.

The simple 3 course menu at $55 provided good value. My gf started with the wild mushroom soup with truffle oil and garlic confit foam. It was a rich starter but perfect on a cold evening. My duck plate consisted of a medallion of foie gras terrine, a rillette and a caillette complimented with a poached pear to offset the unctuous duck innards. Going with the steak frites was any easy choice. Though the ribeye cut was no more than 1cm thick, it was cooked a perfect medium rare while the french fries came hot off the oil, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The desserts were your basic fruit salad with sorbet and biscuit and a chocolate mousse and cake over vanilla ice cream.

While the maitre d' had an air of aristocrat about her, the wait staff balanced between casual and formal making for a comfortable experience. If you're expecting snooty and uptight, we didn't see it here.

I do declare that subsequent visits are in order.

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Wally's Burgers2661 East 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Wally World!
Submitted Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

We followed the demise of the original Kingsway location to the temporary (?) location out on the North Shore which led us to this location one day after a short indecision of what was for dinner. Both my gf and I live close by so it was hard to avoid.

Service was aimable, efficient and proactive. Upon entering, the friendly lady staff mentioned that the chuck wagon buns were sold out and that only the regular buns were available and made sure we were ok with that before we ordered. She was genuinely happy to greeting customers, a sight becoming more rare these days.

We ended up with a swiss and mushroom burger, a beefy boy with cheese, a basic chicken burger, fries, and onion rings. The burgers looked a little small, but it more than filled us up nicely. It's quite a mess actually with their special sauce seeping through the bun and paper but the greasiness seemed to make the burger taste better. Do note that these are not gourmet but they do exhibit that homemade flavour. Fresh cut fries came in a bag - nice and crispy while the battered onion rings had a fantastic crunch - normally not found in the battered varieties.

Only benches and stools are available for dining in with a few signed autograph athelete portraits dawning the walls but the overall space is ultra clean.

It's probably not something I would indulge in regularly but it's nice to know that a stand alone burger joint is in our neck of the woods.

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Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano656 West Broadway, Vancouver
Surprisingly disappointed
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

Former Amarcord owner opened new digs and a recent meal to catch up with some friends brought us here to his new restaurant.

The restaurant itself is quaint and rustic but something about the look seemed out of place, perhaps as it is void of pretentiousness, something that I've come to expect more often than not dining out as of late. Tables are a bit squished together though as the floor staff tip toed between chairs to get to your place setting.

The menu features core Italian dishes including the famous "Veneziana", the whole lobster over a bed of spaghetti carried over from the Yaletown institute. Any high expectations ran out of steam once our orders arrived. The caesar salad starter was bland but my potato and leek soup opened up the meal nicely. Several of us including I ordered the gnocchi with four cheese sauce. While we're not gnocchi connoisseurs all of us disliked the texture, which was akin to repeatedly reheated mash potatoes or severely overcooked pasta. Some pieces completely deteriorated with the first fork puncture and was probably best eaten with a spoon. The rack of lamb was reported as overdone and dry while the primavera and the Alaskan cod served over chickpeas was said to be the best of the lot. Desserts were also hit and miss with the tiramisu being easily the best with a lovely coffee, rum, masala undertone, the chocolate mousse cake being average and the not really cream brulee (but really a flan/creme caramel) was somewhat ruined by the caramel sauce that had too much of a burnt/bitter tinge. The olive oil/balsamic mix at the beginning of the meal accompanied the house bread, unfortunately coming out as it had been sitting in the cooler which was a little appauling.

Service, aptly put is quite slow, from order taking to kitchen speed. Water refills however were surprisingly brisk after waiting over 30 minutes for our initial drinks. We were a little over 3hrs from begining to end with much of the time spent waiting. A nice added touch was the owner Manilo Mocchi being busy on the floor, from bussing tables, to ordering to gabbing with patrons and everything in between.

I really do hope our experience was a one off, after basing our visit on the good reviews. We'll be making a return visit to try their "flagship" dish but hope regulars and first timers get better results.

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
"Creative" really means "westernized"
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

So the holiday week met with a sushi craving so we ended up at this location as the Denman one was closed.

This is one busy restaurant with tables literally cramped together and as long as you don't mind overhearing your neighbour's conversations or having rear ends butt your table you'll survive the experience. The neo-blue tinge and chilly ambient air means some will be dining with their jackets on.

Despite our small table we ordered quite a few dishes including your basic Alaska and dragon rolls which where at best mediocre - run-of-the-mill taste but the wet tobiko and even wetter innards leaving a small pool of water on the plates was off putting. The shrimp spring rolls used whole shrimpbut was douced in a sweet and sour sauce making it all the less appetizing. The ika karaage used a panko-type crust leaving an oily and heavy coating ruining the nicely cooked squid rings. The wild salmon and toro nigiri was easily the best items of the meal and dare I say stick to the nirigi instead. By the way, tea is extra here but the refill is free. Brown rice can be requested here. Depending on what is ordered it seems certain prices on dishes raises some eyebrows for me.

The service is minimal so do expect to flag down servers for tea refills but they do clear dishes fairly quickly.

Very average and with the plethora of sushi restaurants in the area I would not prioritize coming here especially if I had to wait for a table again.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Authentic Kitsilano Experience
Submitted Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

On the request of a friend we came here for a late evening dinner. It was my first visit here but I knew what to expect before walking in.

The decor is a mash of Andy Warhol with some strange and loud new wave music in the background all the while a visual art video discretely looping on the tv screen. Complete that ambiance with beat up furniture and you have a classic Kitsilano flavour through and through.

We shared a sushi platter called the Last Samurai, a mix of various rolls with over the top names like Viva Las Vegas and Drunken Monkey. If you've ever had westernized rolls with the smoked salmon and cream cheese, these would be it. Though tasty, there is little distinction between these and what you can get elsewhere. The nori wasn't chewy though I found the rice to be bland, perhaps by design. Complimented with a draft sake and we were good to go.

The waitresses and service resembled more of a pub/bar style aura but fitting for a place like this. Our server was quite friendly though we probably caught her off guard when we asked for menu recommendations.

Like most casual Kitsilano restaurants there is equal (if not over the top) emphasis on being hip, and putting it on a little thick for my taste. Luckily, the food is good is up to par.

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Golden Phoenix Chinese Seafood2425 Nanaimo, Vancouver
Sales "Force"
Submitted Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I joined in on some afternoon dim sum with my mom and my aunt. My aunt chose this place as it's close to her home. We've come here before for dinner eons ago so it was nice re-visit. during the daytime hours.

Decor is nothing special and the restaurant is smaller for it's type. Despite it's overall cramped quarters, space between tables don't feel too cramped.

It is more of a traditional cart-style system, but most of the carts are replaced by servers carrying various dishes on trays instead - perhaps due to the lack of maneuverability between the tables. We ordered the typical dishes including a couple that spoke to the elders. They include chicken feet, radish cake, deep fried pork dumplings, shrimp cake, scallop dumplings, etc. Portions are a smidge bigger than the norm and overall taste is good and par with any half decent dim sum place. The scallops tasted a bit "fishy" - for the lack of a better word and the skin was a little too mush for my taste. They do have an early bird discount but I don't think we made it in time.

Service is a mixed bag depending on which side you stand. My mom ate it up (I think) but I found the servers (one in particular) to really sell her dishes to every table, with more force each time she came out with new dishes. She's a sweet-talker too so depending on your comfort level it's a love-hate kind of thing. I was neutral but found it intrusive to the dining experience. Western culture would probably agree - I even overheard a few guys leaving mentioning about the good dining experience other than the pushy servers. Still, I think it's worth extra marks despite overdoing it.

Pretty solid find. Good dishes, good variety and portions and they accept credit cards/debit. Other than the (over) attentive service...

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