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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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Uncle Fatih's Pizza1685 Broadway East, Vancouver
They're busy for a reason
Submitted Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 4:48am [Dine in]

This little jem does what they do fairly well. I don't find their pizza amazing, but for a "by-the-slice" outfit, it delivers on a good slice of pizza with a generous amount of toppings for peanuts. The crust can get a little inconsistent but they run those toppings right to the edge, so crust lovers like me are put out. Until last night, I hadn't come here in a long while and little has changed in their pies, though the slices appear smaller and the prices have crept up.

Service is hardly worth mentioning, but you ought to know what you want or move away from the line, it's tight in there and many are regulars.

This is strictly a takeout place, hence the abundance of waste outside their premises.

Loyal Fatih followers aside, their pizza is better than the norm here, and there are plenty of them out there to pick apart.

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Joey820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
The power lunch crowd
Submitted Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 4:27am [Dine in]

This location is the most recent Joey's visit, and the most hip of them all. The design itself is all Downtown influenced and is void of almost any resemblence of the comfortable feel-good Coquitlam location. In spite of this, the style is first rate.

While the ambience draws you in, the food portion of the restaurant seems overshadowed by the drinks and wine selection (at least that is what the decor reveals to me). The food is consistent across the board but I wouldn't consider this their bread and butter location. A soup and salad, 2 sirloins and the kobe pasta among a list of sides made for a good, but not so memorable meal. The egg wrapped mash potatoes were an interesting touch but the kobe meatballs in the spaghetti were disappointing. As a chain restaurant however, consistency is number one and seems they've pretty much nailed it on the head.

One waitress tended to us the entire ordeal. While friendly and completely on the ball I sensed a bit of awkwardness on her part, but what do I know.

While this reincarnation is the norm now for our fair city, this Joey's is completely void of it's original character. You're really here to be seen.

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Nor Boo Korean Restaurant1536 Robson St., Vancouver
Good enough food, but appalling service
Submitted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

Our entourage of 6 entered here for, what we were expecting, good eats. Place was busy but they were able to get us seated immediately. The ambience is bustling and borderline chaotic but that's about given at any Korean place I've been to.

We ordered both the spicy pork and beef soup in addition to a few sides including water dumplings and the seafood pancake. Good broth in the soup though all around us, all the dishes were smaller than expected and some were scant on ingredients. The somewhat lower prices I suppose reflect the portion sizes.

They are understaffed severely, with what looked like 2 main floor people and 1 or 2 people that appear from the kitchen to drop off dishes. Unfortunately, flagging them down is not enough to get their attention since we were balked at several times before we even were able to order. Expectations here with the service require utmost patience.

Considering the area is plagued with Korean outfits, I am in no hurry to come back here, despite the decent enough food.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
For what it's worth..
Submitted Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 4:44am [Dine in]

My friend and I were hungry and he balked on my typical comfort food choices so we settled on trying this place out. We actually showed up at a little past nine, but feeling cheap we waited the extra 20 or so minutes to do late night dining for $12.95.

Busy as heck we waited roughly 15 minutes before being giving the choice of dining at the bar or continue waiting. We chose the bar. Compared to the rest of the establishment, the bar was pretty crappy. The rest of the restaurant looked pretty nice and considering the hoards of people, it wasn't noisy at all.

We ordered 2 rounds off the order sheet with the typical lineup of cones, rolls and cooked items. Other than some small quips on a few dishes, the rest were pretty good, actually better than expectations.

Service is near non-existant, mostly because the staff are so busy with taking and serving orders and cleanup. In spite of this, they are quick at clearing out our dishes at the bar and were polite when we interrupted a server going the other way for a teapot refill, so be prepared to wave someone done for anything. A decent enough job in my books.

Not a bad place for the hungry hound glut.

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Fujiya912 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Takeout sushi that can surprise you
Submitted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

After a day of errands, I wanted something cheap and satisfying after seeing my gf pick this up several times before. It's basically a Japanese grocery store that includes ready made meals made in house for low prices. Surroundings are that as such but there are a few choice seats by the entrance if you don't care where you eat.

While there are plenty of choices, I grabbed the super standard Califonia and chopped scallop rolls. I wasn't sure what to expect considering the generous portions (9 and 8 pieces) and bigger than average roll sizes but the initial bites set me to rest. The sushi rice was good, though you could discern between takeout and made-to-order varieties. Fillings were ample but I did find the scallops seasoned a little too salty. For takeout, the quality is better than some of the dine-in restaurants I've been to. Excellent value for what it is.

Again, strictly a self-serve enterprise though the cashiers will bag your items with chopsticks and napkins.

Nothing amazing, but it's a lot better than one would think for takeout.

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Fresh Slice500 West Broadway, Vancouver
"The home of Vancouver style pizza"
Submitted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

I met up with a couple of friends at this location as it was close to their work. While it is mostly a takeout operation there are quite a number of seats available for dine-in patrons. Surroundings are minimal and is self serve at best. Cleanliness is decidedly based on the last customer at the tables.

The pizza is by and large based on quantity over quality. If you order by the slice, chances are the pizza will have sat under the heat lamps for some time, with does alter the goodness of the pizza itself. A couple of our slices were oil soaked sponges with lots of droop while our standard pepperoni was pretty good as was the crust. For value, pretty darn good.

Though I won't write off this place entirely, but if this constitutes as Vancouver style pizza, I am mostly embarassed, unless Vancouver style pizza means cheap, mediocre fill for the gut.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Oh those ramen noodles!
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 4:01am [Dine in]

A small group of us headed towards Downtown looking for an early dinner. Kintaro was too busy so we headed around the corner here, where we were seated promptly.

Lovely decor; couldn't assertain as to its authenticity but they definitely spent the time to make it look regional to what one would expect. The ambience is rounded off with the ubiquitous Japanese staff yelling back and forth.

Most of us ordered the miso with one spicy miso and I believe a brown broth based bowl called shoyo thrown in. The ramen noodles were fantastic with excellent bite coupled with a flavourful soup base for the miso. The ingredients feel skimpy to me with is unfortunate, with only a few thin slices of pork and a boiled egg. While the pork is tender, fattier pieces would be preferred as they were a bit lean. There are many choices for toppings for an additional price if you so desired. However, as it is, it's excellent ramen.

Service is spry and efficient. Constant water top ups and bowl clearing make for efficient dining.

The buzz around is that this is one of the best places for ramen, and I can surely agree.

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Tony's Beef Noodle5710 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tony's on to something
Submitted Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 1:59am [Dine in]

I met up with a friend for lunch here at his request as it was a place worth checking out for myself. It's a small hole-in-the-wall joint that's about as minimum as it can be with its cramped quarters, subpar cleanliness and dreary surroundings overall. Luckily, the food speaks for itself.

Both of us opted for the house special beef with thick noodle, my friend a large regular and me a small spicy with a side of beef pancake. Very good, light broth with fantastic tender pieces of beef with some fatty bits left on. The thick noodles appeared handmade and were cooked perfectly, and alongside a garnish of pickled condiments on top it was a rather fulfilling bowl of noodles. The pancake was wrapped with thinly sliced beef and green onions, a little on the greasy and heavy side but a great side dish to the soup. The difference between my friend's large and my small appears mostly in excess broth, rather than the rest of the good stuff.

Don't come here for the service as it is mostly arbitrary, but our server was friendly if not a little lacking in basic table service refinement.

Good find.

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Bella Pizza4624 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Dismiss the first impression
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

My gf had raved about this franchise so when dinner hour set in and pizza was the preferred choice, I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

Though strictly a takeout joint, there are a couple of chairs and tv strewn about if you decide to wait it out in a mostly dirty waiting area.

The Bella chicken appeared to be the favourite however the toppings were really heaped on for our beefeater and vegetarian gourmet pies. The beefeater was an interesting choice as it came with sliced beef (akin to the beef you'd see in a donair) rather than ground beef. We also tried our hand with the garlic fingers, basically a jazzed up form of breadsticks in pizza form. Their pies look small (their large looks like a typical medium) but really fill you up. Also, they are very easy on the tomato sauce which gives it a bit of that authentic Italian feel. Crust lean on the thicker side which I liked, but the dough lacked the quality of an excellent crust. It was a combination of being slightly underdone and lacked the little bit of grease needed to make it taste "right".

Friendly and helpful people run this small enterprise so extra marks for their disposition.

I would definitely try it again though it does seem a little overrated at this point, based on our trial meal. Maybe I'll be wowed the next time.

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Fraser Court Seafood Restaurant3489 Fraser Street, Vancouver
An old institution, reborn
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

As the lone male tagging along with the gf and her friend for lunch, we wanted dim sum and thought the reincarnation of the old Flamingo restaurant here warranted a visit.

We ordered 8 dishes in total with the usual lineup including the increasingly hard to find taro dumplings with curry. We also ordered our other standards including shrimp dumplings, beef rice roll and chicken feet alongside a tofu with shrimp paste dish and soft bone chicken cartilage. We splurged our appetites with the flakey durian pastry and tapioca and pumpkin pudding, which wasn't spectacular, but a not too guilty indulgence. Portions are plentiful, easily justifying the prices, which are starting to become the norm. We received a 10% lunch discount, promo or otherwise a delightful surprise.

Service is brisk and timely first, and all else secondary. We had regular teapot checkups even without the obligatory lid tilt.

They've mostly kept the same layout as the old institution, but refreshed and lit up. The relatively minor touchups completely changed the feel and worthy of high marks.

The revamp hits most of the right notes, and we'll be back for sure.

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Cafe Gloucester3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Warrants future visits
Submitted Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

Came here for a early lunch with a couple of friends. We came early enough to avoid the busy lunch hour rush. The space is surprisingly clean and updated (especially for HK cafe standards).

My friend ordered a chow mein, diminuitive in size compared to the competition but was reported as tasty. My other friends' noodle soup with various processed meats, fried chicken wings, blanched vegetables and a fried egg on top was definitely the loser at the table, served with instant noodles. A truly westernized bowl through and through. My south asian style laksa was quite good actually, with perfectly cooked shrimps, fish cakes and puffy tofu combined in a rich broth. It was far too much for me, only having finished half. Seems most if not all the items come with your choice of drink.

Servers are friendly and brisk, though somewhat minimal by western standards but they do top up your tea regularly as they round the floor, so it's already better than most HK cafes out there.

Overall good dishes, better than expected service in a clean environment. Too bad it's cash only.

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100% Healthy Desserts8291 Westminster Highway, #150, Richmond
Silly name; at least the desserts are good enough
Submitted Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

My gf and I tagged along with friends here for a late evening sugar rush. It's your typical Richmond milieu with all the stereotypes, from the crowd to the decor.

The menu seems extensive but much of it is repetitive; invariably all of us ended up with something that included mango and sago. Tasty for what it is but overall portions feel a little skant, given the prices. I would surmise that most who come here know exactly what to expect, again for what it is, it's at par with the comparables.

Service is far too leisurely, but just barely good enough to avoid a poor rating. Poor english coupled with what looks like confusion makes for a lengthy experience.

Not expecting a return visit, but I would know what to expect if I came back.

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Kishu Star1935 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Inelegant, but satisfactory for the area
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 2:48am [Dine in]

My gf and I drove out into the area for dinner earlier this week. I was avoiding Richmond for some inexpensive sushi so we took our lumps and gave this place a try.

The menu had the usual items, and common with the area, included several "westernized" rolls that incorporates ingredients like cream cheese. We had our fill with some rolls, nigiri, oyster motoyaki and spring rolls. The rolls were of expected quality as was the nigiri though I found the rice too easy on the rice vinegar, if it had any at all. I didn't try the oysters, but my gf mentioned that they were overly rich and buttery, a different style than what she normally sees. The spring rolls were basically a Vietnamese style - made sense as the restaurant was Vietnamese run.

Servers are friendly but do not do checkups or top-ups (unless you ask) but are quick to clear dishes.

The space was clean, with a rather interesting pseudo-sky, but was dim, dim, dim.

Middle of the road is all I can say.

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Mexicali4424 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Casual Cali Mex
Submitted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 2:04am [Dine in]

Recent dinner here was more of necessity, exacerbated with hunger rather than cravings for Westcoast tex-mex. I had heard good things through the grapevine but was left somewhat lukewarm with the experience.

Menu is simple, but the appetizer/snack section offers seemingly better value than the dinner/combo meals. Our friend ordered off the former section with a quesadilla and mexi-fries and a supersize "blatino" burrito while my gf and I went with dinner combos. The dinners were proportionate in quantity and price, but mostly looked like reheated refried beans and rice. My beef burrito came with shredded beef which was a dry, though ample filling. Our friend's order was the victor and made me wish I ordered the same.

Service is inadequate. A what appeared to be a 1 man staff manned the cash, order, cleanup and possibly even the duties of the cook. Surprisingly it didn't feel too slow but clearly an extra body or two would help. The lone fellow was friendly but obviously pressed.

Decor consisted of mash of mural paintings and a corner between the entrance and cash already prepared with Christmas decorations. Even with the music and tv going, the space felt cold and timid.

Though the food is probably more akin to a 2.5 grade, the appetizer/snack (or is it lunch) section is what you're here for, as per reviewer. I'd coming again...(for lunch).

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Burgers for bucks
Submitted Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 2:44am [Dine in]

I had heard of this place before but never managed to venture to until recently. It's a bar themed visage with the usual overhead music and background televisions, yet it doesn't feel like a bar. Neat and tidy everything is up to snuff.

We ordered burgers all around with a homous and garlic cheese bread starter. Their homous is not for the easily offendable, with a sharp, pungent zing of raw garlic; a tasty yet eye-twitching foray for the tongue while the garlic bread with melted cheese was a melt-in-your-mouth pleasure. The burgers covered all the food group bases: tomato, onions, cheese, hand pressed beef patty on a toasted kaiser bun. Well seasoned and charred it had the good kind of greasiness and meaty flavour. The "spuds" on the side was a healthy alternative to french fries as was the amply portioned house salad, which was by no means second string. Portions are daunting but the prices offer superlative value, I don't remember seeing any item on the menu over $10.

The service is brisk, if not a little hasty. They're all business, and are quick for water top ups, table clearing with a unexpected checkup in there for good measure.

For a better than average burger'n'spuds'n'salad and soda for less than $10, you can consume a hungry man's meal for peanuts.

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Honolulu Cafe4288 Main, Vancouver
Value inspired meals
Submitted Saturday, November 7, 2009 - 2:06am [Dine in]

A couple of friends and I dropped by for dinner tonight looking for value conscious grub. There wasn't the usual dinner rush so we were able to be seated promptly.

We went with the dinner combos which choices of meats, namely the rib eye, panko breaded sole filet and chicken cordon bleu sans the breadcrumbs. Uninspiringly flavourless for the most part, especially the steak, which was not finished by any of us, a rarity for us thrifty folk who do not like wasted food. The other items were decent at best. Portions are ample; Honolulu is the only HK cafe I know that includes french fries alongside the usual array of soup, bread and drink. Prices are actually a couple bucks more than a carbon-copy assembled meal elsewhere.

Service is mostly absent but they are friendly enough, just don't expect checkups.

Space is bright but feels dingy. Our sightline from our booth to the little opening from the kitchen is a little unsettling; mostly for sanitary concerns but I digress.

Not exactly rock bottom prices for a meal, but it should fill one up nicely is this is their go.

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Congee Noodle King3313 Kingsway, Vancouver
Pass the salt
Submitted Friday, November 6, 2009 - 2:05am [Dine in]

Late night dining with my fellow foes in tow, we opted to try the sister location on Kingsway.

We went with the tried and true preserved egg and pork congee and the seafood chow mein. Our noodle dish was as expected, complete with the thick gravy and aptly sized chunks of vegetables and seafood. Our congee used sliced pork instead of shredded pork, but nevertheless, tender and generous. The surprise was that it was completely unseasoned (intended or otherwise), so we did the salt shake thing ourselves, no biggie. I could detect MSG so go figure.

Service is brisk and welcoming. They regularly circled tables for dish clearing though we did not get any automatic tea top-ups.

Space is brightly lit and spacious for a smallish restaurant, and fairly clean too, but the ambient temp was south on the mercury stick.

Omission of sodium aside, it's good, simple food for cheap.

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Pho Hoa2257 Kingsway, Vancouver
Contrary to the reviews..
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

I met up with some friends here today for lunch since it was close by; I've mostly avoided this franchise based on heresay, and my one and only visit here was a good 15yrs ago which I've all but forgotten.

Our round of pho alongside a couple of spring rolls and drinks were more than adequate. The broth was steaming hot and although somewhat liberal on the MSG it had better than expected body and flavour, though leaving me thirsty still, about 5 hours since eating. Generous slices of lean flank and rare beef but a tad stingy on the fatty tendon. Portions are typical though perhaps a little misleading with what seems to be a lot of soup hiding the good stuff. Spring rolls were good, a touch greasy and used regular egg roll wrapper instead.

We didn't mind the minimal, cursory service but the inconspicuous layout requires you to hail down someone for service (typical) and our anxiousness of whether our orders would come out correctly as our server tested her mensa skills rather than pen and pad. The space is fairly clean and minimalistic but there are many tables conveniently hidden away from servers so be prepared to ruffle your arms to get attention.

Rather than a bottom feeder, this is about par with a lot of other pho places around.

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Thida Thai1193 Davie St, Vancouver
Battle at the top
Submitted Friday, October 23, 2009 - 4:21am [Dine in]

I wanted something light after eating some unsettling fast food in the morning as a pinch during work. Naturally, Thai came to mind even though their rich flavours are synonymous with their cuisine. Restaurant was not busy and not particularly fancy - a bit on the scruff side actually.

Our table of three settled with four dishes and coconut rice. The notables were the pad thai and the green curry. Subtle yet strong enough flavours compliment and bring out the essence of both dishes without the overpowering grandeur of a sloppily rushed dish. The noodles for the pad thai was perfect, with good bite and without the glop of jumbled noodles during the toss. It was arguably the best green curry and pad thai we've had in town. Our clear soup and sauteed seafood and vegetables were completely left in the dark - good in their own right but a toss over sideshow. Their Thai ice tea mellowed out the simmering heat from the food. Other than the pad thai, the portions are smallish and those with a quantity over quality attitude will be dismayed.

We had a younger server table us, quick with table clearing and a timely water top up but a bit dreary and quiet. The owner was the more outspoken of the two and noticed she offered suggestions for neighbouring tables.

Among the expensive, pompous downtown area and its restaurants, their food truly does all the talking.

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Sapodilla Restaurant967 West Broadway, Vancouver
Family style comfort food
Submitted Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 3:47am [Dine in]

The gf and I again had a difficult time deciding on a place to eat for a midweek dining excursion; ultimately a diner type restaurant fit the bill.

A little disheartening to see only 2 other occupied tables but we were happily greeted and was offered a seat anywhere. The drab yet clean interior made the rainy day feel somewhat despondent, though I'd say is mostly due to the dim lighting and low customer turnout.

My gf's bacon, mushroom and cheese burger hit the mark for her. Big juicy patty, thick, crisp bacon and a lovely toasted bun marked the feeling of satisfaction. The straight-cut french fries were crisp, golden and rounded off a pleasing meal, all for less than $6, so amazing she mentioned it several times over. My veal cutlet wasn't quite what I expected, looking and tasting either like a really good piece of chicken-fried steak or a decent utility grade veal chop. Whatever it was, I still enjoyed it. It was nice to see that the toss-in peas and carrots at least looked to be better than frozen bag variety, the carrots angle sliced versus the usual uniformed cubes. My entree also came with a fresh dinner roll and salad, quite a bargain.

We didn't quite get the cozy service the other reviewers seem to have gotten, perhaps an off day, but they sure did look friendly. She did come by to go over the specials but we were otherwise balked for checkups. Again, we'll assume an off day but the service rating is a bit of a stretch; 2.5 rather.

Two tasty entrees and two cokes for $21 and change is pretty remarkable. I say yes.

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