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BonkaVancouverNoshing here, noshing there.Since July 23, 2007Favourite List (36)Try List (2)464 Reviews
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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Quite possibly the best option for Japanese AYCE
Submitted Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 3:24am [Dine in]

Three hungry souls met up for some smorgasbord dining recently. We opted for the regular menu over the deluxe but by no means were the choices second rate. All of the usual items are found here and more; we tore through the choices over several rounds.

Dollar wise, you're paying nearly $10 more for something regularly known for its cheap fill, but what a difference in quality. All of our items were made to order, coming hot and quick. No single dish ruled our flavour palettes but the quality paralleled something you find outside the a buffet strip; we ordered many dishes multiple times and the consistency stayed true. The nori used for the cones and rolls were some of the best we've had in memory; a crisp snap without the jaw gnawing.

Service was at a frantic, yet fairly friendly pace. No more than a minute after our order was taken, some hot dishes had already begun to arrive, and came hot. A couple of missing items and slowdowns at the end but otherwise something we didn't expect. Even a few checkups were made when passing by our table.

The space is clean and bright, with lots of stretch room.

Not a particular fan of all-you-can-eat, but this one has me sold.

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Pho Van3370 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Old reliable
Submitted Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 4:50am [Dine in]

Teaming with hunger my gf and I decided to visit this staple on Fraser St. It has the same decor and wierdo lighting but the music is toned down some. Pretty clean but still nothing to write home about.

Two bowls of pho dac biet and a spring rolls on the side set the pace. The broth was clear and clean in taste though it left us both especially thirsty afterwards. Decent cuts of meats but I found the tendon too gelatinous. There are lots of noodles and frankly, it's been the biggest bowl of pho we've both had in a long time. Spring rolls are also some of the largest I've had, with a good minced filling that included what looked like shredded black fungus. The thick rice paper skin was my kind of texture, a little chewy after biting through the crispy outside but I would say it could stand to sit in the oil bath at a higher temperature.

The service was perfunctory at best but it's fast and straight to the point.

Reliable and fairly consistent over the years, you'll find inexpensive, good (if not undistinguished) fair that satisfies the stomach and keeps the wallet heavy and the same time.

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East is East3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Flavours abound
Submitted Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 1:33am [Dine in]

A small group of us gathered here for a Sunday evening get together. Not knowing what to expect we were thrilled with the outcome.

Its soothing decor takes you away from the traffic of Broadway with warm colours that leaves you with a sense of calm. Right down to the furniture details everything feels authentic, including our tree slab counter; it's concave nature made for some cautious maneuvers. Really, the sense of authenticity.

The menu is kept simple, really only 2 entree choices: the stuffed roti rolls or the Eastern plates that offer various small dish samplings. It was easy to forget that most of the dishes are vegetarian while I enjoyed my potato and cauliflower roti and the fantastic Dhal soup and especially the various nibbles off my gf's plate, which included Afghan rice, Saag Paneer and Chicken Masala. The portions here are not the hefty North American servings so it can be a bit of a shell shock, but this is where good flavours and textures overwhelm you and truly where less is more. The complimentary teacup of spiced chai also hit many notes on the tongue once we were seated.

Our server was friendly, cheerful and full of zest. A bit tardy on the ball once the dinner rush really got going but worked through the grind with poise.

Delicious.

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Dairy Queen2601 West Broadway, Vancouver
Soft serve fixes all
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 12:37am [Dine in]

A few of us gathered here for an after dinner treat of sorts. Like all the other DQ locations it provides minimal but clean enough surroundings and the promise of the proper cool treat, so as long as the staff has the smallest bit of workplace pride.

This is another location to pencil in. Our gang ordered their various soft serve offerings, from Blizzards to a simple dipped cone. Generous on the addons and well mixed through and through.

Service was brisk, but with enough enthusiasm to perform their signature upsidedownright move before handing you off your order.

A Blizzard fan.

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Empress Bakery & Cafe662 Kingsway, Vancouver
One step back
Submitted Friday, October 2, 2009 - 2:57am [Dine in]

I was in the area and needed a quick bite. It's outside appearance left me suspicious before since I couldn't usually tell if it was a sinister place. I drive by there often - the door is usually open yet I don't see any foot traffic.

I didn't look back and went in to the terribly lit, somewhat run down space. One lone younger staff on hand as I took my time to decide. They have various baked goods that seem to be all over the place, from loaves of bread on the racks to turnovers to butter biscuits and croissants to cookies. Instead, I ordered a Vietnamese sub. For $2.75 I thought I couldn't go wrong but one look and I knew it was going to be different. Bread was crusty, but tasted day old. The cold cuts were bland in parts and extra salty elsewhere while the vegetables lacked a crisp, fresh crunch to them. They have the basic drinks to go with your baked goods.

Strictly a take out place, mostly catering to the local folks. Service is best described as indifferent but she looked helpful if you posed a question.

I should've picked up a few other items to get a better idea of their wares, but first impressions are lukewarm.

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Pine House Bakery5870 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
The usual bun place for mom
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 2:44am [Dine in]

The title says it all. My mom usually comes here (most likely because of the proximity to home) but it's certainly good enough to visit on a regular basis. She brought these buns home again recently with standard list of bbq pork, chicken, curry, coconut, pineapple and the odd egg tarts. Unchanged as far as I could tell with size and filling portions and prices are still solid.

This store is particularly less appealing compared to the other Pine Houses. Narrow space and it has the vibe of a chinese meat shop.

I probably don't expect to come here anytime soon, but I will shamefully enjoy them if mom brings them home.

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Pho Linh325 East Broadway, Vancouver
Dirty place with good dishes
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 2:34am [Dine in]

My gf and I came here for dinner after hearing some positive word of mouth. It took a couple of yanks on the door to get in; the door's been dented before, maybe more than once. Tiny restaurant, very rough looking with a portable A/C unit on a chair with the duct running through the ceiling. We sat at a very small table by the corner with what I hope was just airborne food missiles splashed along the wall. Our table was dirty as was my gf's sticky tea cup. This place is a borderline dive. Subsequently, first impressions weren't looking good.

We ordered a couple of bowls of our assorted meat pho with the must have spring rolls on the side. Good dark broth though I felt it lacked depth and body and I felt the beef was too lean for my tastes. Good portions overall considering our smalls. Happy to know they use rice paper wrap for their spring rolls which made them all the better; middle of the road was the best way to describe it.

What superceded the meal was the ultra friendly lone server on the floor. Not only did she check up on the tables a couple of times without being overbearing, she went around the room topping up our tea regularly even though each table had their own teapots. She even chatted it up with neighbouring tables. Such small things like this warrants extra points.

Good food overshadowed by surprisingly friendly service.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Above average, but not by much
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 2:13am [Dine in]

My gf and I walked in on a Sunday evening for a late dinner. We missed the rush hour influx and were seated immediately.

We ordered 10 dishes total, including whole mackerel, saba miso and a few other fried delights, but what stood out to us were the softbone chicken joints and the beef tongue skewers, both of which we ordered twice. All were tasty but there were negative aspects of each dish. The chicken joints were too salty while the beef tongue, which had a simple but addictive light marinade, was quite a tough piece, even for beef tongue. The spring rolls were typical, as were the takoyaki balls and the salmon marinated sashimi didn't work too well with the sauce, altering the texture of the salmon too much. My gf noticed right away how this location is tailored more towards the area. Also, you don't get water or tea!

Service was ultra slow, both servers and kitchen speed. Seems to be a synonymous with Izakaya dining if not a coincidence. We didn't get any checkups from the staff but I will say that when you do get their attention, they are amazingly friendly. Minus another point for service in relation to number of dining patrons.

Pretty ratty on the inside, but the norm for an asian outfit. Table space is tight so respect your neighbours.

Overhyped? Yes. It's good but not great. Still, I would come back.

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Cafe Xu Hue2226 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good banh mi too
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 1:52am [Dine in]

Well I didn't come here for their noodle soup, as mentioned by the previous reviewer and other word of mouth. Instead, I got a Vietnamese sub as I was craving one. It seemed there was only one choice, but it definitely came deluxe, with cold cuts and bbq pork nestled in between a toasted, crusty bread. The pickled veggies were a touch bland on the zing but all in all, a tasty sub for $3.50.

Service is pretty typical for a Vietnamese joint, not much in the visual emotion, but they seem friendly enough.

I felt a little awkward coming in as the dining patrons and restaurant on the whole were fairly quiet. I could assume that diners eating quietly means good food. I concur.

Worth coming back.

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Famous Falafel1605 Commercial Street, Vancouver
Does not measure up
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 1:45am [Dine in]

The big awning with the imposing letters caught my eye last time around but I went down the street instead, this time I gave it a try.

I took a while to decide but nothing jumped out. I went with the lamb souvlaki, which was at best mediocre. One small skewer of tough, semi-cold lamb chunks buried in a slew of veggies (your choice), including largely cubed cucumber and tomato pieces which made each bite difficult. Really it was basically a vegetable wrap with tzatziki and lamb topping. I ordered some falafel balls on the side, apparently made from scratch, and which tasted a little bland and dry. Not particularly satisfying through and through.

The service is amicable, friendly asian staff though strictly a take out, fast food type joint so they can easily get backed up.

Ordinary, somewhat grungy if not a little sloppy, it parallels what I ate. I didn't see any spits going. Microwaved all the way I suppose. Not authentic as according to their menu.

Sorry, won't be back.

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Best Falafel2013 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Irony in the name
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

While being far from the best because surely it is not, it's still pretty tasty. My gf and I shared a chicken shawarma wrap with all the usual components: re-heated grocery store pita, lots of crunchy veggies, meat from the spit and various dressings. The only quibble would be that the chicken lacked flavour. Shame the couple of falafel balls we ordered on the side sat in a plastic tray; it was nicely seasoned with a bit of a crunch but best compared to something else that has been left out for hours - it reminded me of those McCain frozen hashbrown things with the smiley face on them.

One staff riding the wave, friendly despite the abnoxious heat at the counter which he'd have to endure all day.

Minimal ambience - a tiny space with some seating set up outside but does the job.

Slightly below or at par with similar establishments. I can go either way.

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Trocadero Pizza & Steak House2411 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
A pleasant surprise
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2009 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Our usual small group dined here before the long weekend came to an end; we walked into a large and tidy space with 2 other occupied tables. The decor leans a bit towards the family restaurant look, with tvs and top 40 music going.

We ordered what would be our usuals, as we hadn't had that in a while. The homous was the biggest surprise and probably the best we've had. Ultra creamy with a strong, penetrating roasted garlic flavour that doesn't sting the tongue. The saganaki was fairly typical though some would balk as it does have a bland taste and texture akin to tofu. My friend's roast lamb was marvelously done, with a strong lemon and mustard flavour, perfectly seasoned and the familiar juicy, fork tender meat. The only qualm would be that I found the meat to be on the leaner side, though a personal preference. My girlfriend split the calamari entree. Lightly battered with the coating actually sticking to each piece it was tender and well received. What nearly stole the spotlight however were the roasted potatoes and the tzatziki side. The lemon flavour penetrated almost into the center of the potatoes while the tzatziki was a bit of a twist, it used shredded cucumber and had a fantastic whipped consistency. I am not a tzatziki fan and I ended up using all of it. We were hoping to finish our meals off with some baclava but alas they had run out and wouldn't be making it until the next day - good to know!

While the place was quiet for the most part, the service was friendly and on the ball, yet without the burden of constant checkups because it wasn't busy. I really liked how our server eyed the tables and made sure appetizers were finished before they brought out the entrees since it's normally a pile up at the table. We even got a bunch of goodbyes from the kitchen as we left.

I thought it was humourous to see the kitchen staff a few asian cooks, but I would definitely come back without hesitation.

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Blueberry World Frozen Yogurt1517 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver
Specialty frogurt
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 3:22am [Dine in]

Craving something cool and sweet during the sunny afternoon, we stumbled here since enough drive bys convinced me it was worth a shot.

From the moment you step in, everything looks and feels bare bones. There's an uncomfortable sterile feeling to the scheme as if I was inside an Apple product. But I digress, we leaned into the window case to gawk at the menu, limited choices to be had - plain or green tea and sizes. Topping choices are formed from a select group of fresh fruit or sugary bits, we ordered a couple of small plains with 3 different fruits. The frogurt melted quickly so we ravaged it quickly. Smooth and creamy, almost soft-serve like but with the familiar sour frogurt tones. The fruit was fresh, not frozen though it didn't help seize the melting. They served them in wide, low container type cups which had to be eaten with some finesse. Portions were average.

One lone staff at the helm, friendly and gave us a brief how-to, good enough to give a worthy thumbs up for service.

Location is a little off putting for foot traffic business, and there's not much selection when you walk in, but a good product nonetheless.

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Fortune Garden Seafood Restaurant1475 West Broadway, Vancouver
East side quality, west side pricing
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 3:05am [Dine in]

My gf and I met up with a friend for lunch during the start of the week. The lack of chinese restaurants on the Broadway strip made this choice easy.

Typical chinese restaurant decor, right up to the colours. It feels a bit drab but loads nicer than the usual chinese place. The lunch menu included a small section for dim sum which covers most of the favourites. The highlights were the Shanghai steamed dumplings (siu long bao), shrimp and scallop dumplings and the taro and scallop dumplings filled with curry. The potstickers used a thicker, bun type wrapper while the chicken chow mein was a few shades too easy on the salt. The non dim sum items are a tad small especially our noodle dish, which also had no more than a baby's handful of shredded chicken. Prices rise a dollar or two more per dish but I guess it's the westside so they win!

Our server greeted us quickly and all the staff seemed to have a good grasp of english. However visits were sparse during our meal and we had another server wait on us rest of the way; our original server chatted it up with our neighbouring table quite a bit - regular customers.

Good enough food, but heavy on the coin.

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T & T Supermarket4800 Kingsway, 147, Burnaby
Smorgasbord selections
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

I usually come here for when I'm in the area and starved for food, but over the weekend I actually went a little out of my way to get here, mostly because I didn't want to go home yet. It's their deli/bakery section off the registers and there is a multitude of selections to choose from hot, ready made dishes to pre-assembled cold items. The buns are good (we had the shredded dry pork and seaweed buns) with a soft, chewy texture, so soft in fact that it could probably outlive styrofoam. The Vietnamese sandwich was more akin to a basic submarine sandwich while using Vietnamese cold cuts and pickled veggies. The bread was certainly not fresh but overall a filling compromise. I've sampled many of the other items here before and more or less it's either hit or miss, many of which are overpriced factoring in quality.

Service is like any other chinese outfit - if you know someone working behind the counter, it's an advantage of sorts. Otherwise expect to be harried by other customers who claw and yell.

While entirely a supermarket setting, they actually have a small area of seating for dine in patrons, good enough for a mildly comfortable dining experience.

The convenience factor here is through the roof.

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Pita House6196 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Tasty donair
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

I came by the other day for a quick nosh since it was in my neck of the woods and I didn't have to go out of the way. It's a new-ish restaurant that tends to blend in. Empty when I came in so I was able to order right away.

They have a smallish menu consisting of various donairs and entree plates. I opted for a beef donair; thicker slices of beef shaved from the spit, combined with the usual vegetables and dressings nestled in a warm and soft pita. Well seasoned, juicy beef offset the crunchy veggies and the cool and creamy dressings. It made for a great on the go snack.

Service was apathetic for the most part, but the lone lady staff there did squeeze out a couple of genuine smiles and was no nonsense.

Nice big windows for good glimpses from the outside but ordinary, somewhat cluttered inside with stacks of bulk beverages along the walls.

Good alternative on the Fraser St strip.

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Iki Japanese Restaurant2756 W Broadway, Vancouver
Average Japanese fusion sushi
Submitted Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

We came here the other night looking for some grub and the gf mentioned this place. It was pretty busy and we were lucky to get the last booth available. The room is dimly lit with lots of wood accents around and opens to the street front. Feels a little drab.

We ordered a mash of their special rolls (rainbow, star, avalanche, fire tower, philly) sprinkled with our usual salmon and toro sashimi and a few hot dishes. The rolls were well made, with what I believe to be the perfect amount of rice (some would say stingy). Flavour wise the rolls were very mellow, almost bland - even the vinegar in the sushi rice was hardly detectable but a quick reminder of the area and I can see that it's done by design. The kara-age was tender and juicy but again fairly bland, and the chicken pieces itself were not particularly fresh. 8 smaller than chicken nugget sized morsels at $7 was grossly overpriced in my books. The best item on our table were the tempura yam fries with house sauce. Spicy, crispy, delicious. We received glasses of water with a tiny quartered sliver of lemon instead of tea - it's extra.

Service was good enough - we didn't get any checkups which didn't bother me since it's hit and miss and we had to flag the waitresses done to get water refills and subsuquent orders but they drop whatever they're doing to follow up. Friendly, smiley bunch so a pleasant experience overall.

I figured sushi was pretty healthy already but for those going the extra step for brown rice, this might fit the bill. Can't say I'll avoid coming here again but I'm definitely going to try other outfits in the area first.

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
Good, honest pho
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 3:20am [Dine in]

My friend and I dropped by during the lunch rush; we aren't too picky with seating so we were crammed into the corner table by the wait area.

We both ordered pho with a share plate of spring rolls. A rich and hearty broth with the usual body found in a well prepared stock. Good lean slices of beef though I felt the tendon in mine were a little stingy. The spring rolls were fantastic - though they weren't appreciably different from most other spring rolls I've eaten in terms of taste, it was tightly packed, with just the right amount of crispiness, chewiness and easy on the oil soakage with a finely minced pork filling inside.

We encountered both the servers on the floor, both incredibly friendly but both were clearly overmatched by the lunch hour crowd. It took about 10 minutes before they came to take our order and I didn't particularly like how we received our spring rolls half way through our noodles. They could surely use an extra body on the floor.

While the entrance/wait area is nothing to look at, the actual eating area is nicely up-to-date, with dark, engineered floors, nice wallpaper and noticeably clean.

One of the better pho places in town - I will surely make subsequent visits.

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Rosie's on Robson298 Robson Street, Vancouver
English pub grub
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 5:06am [Dine in]

Monday night dinner rounded up the usual entourage and this selection was met without resistence. We had been here years ago so it was nice to reminisce down memory lane. It's joined with the Rosedale Hotel but completely pub like, but a little nicer for sit down dining.

Though we took advantage of the sharing plate special (3 items for $16), all of our entrees were house favourites. The bruschetta and yam fries were sideshowed to the jumbo pub pretzels with hot mustard sauce, a simple yet must get. Hot, chewy and with the familiar coarse salt spritzed on top it was totally addictive. The chicken pot pie was said to be decent at best and comparable to the frozen box variety while the bulk of us ordered the more robust roast beef yorkshire pudding. An astonishing portion typical of english food, the roast beef was a bit overdone for my tastes but the caramelized onions and rather good gravy gace the lifeless meat life. Sides were a very simple and clean tasting red potato mash with blanched string beans. We hit the wall with the desserts, a very berry crumble and a moist bread pudding that would normally be portioned out to 3 people.

Service retained some of that pub feel, though our server didn't miss a beat, which included several checkups and beverage refills.

A couple of small quips with food but otherwise simple, classic English dishes made without needless flair. Just bring the appetite.

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Mrs Fields Pretzelmaker4820 Kingsway, #308, Burnaby
Pretzel bites, pretzel bites!
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 1:55am [Dine in]

My last several visits at Metrotown have included equal visits to Mrs. Fields for their pretzel bites. Shopping really does exert some physical activity and my gf and I needed a pick me up before dinner.

Tiny, tiny storefront with a small display case showcasing their specialty, cookies. We ordered a large cup of sour cream and onion powdered pretzel bites and a dozen miniature "nibbler" cookies while we waited. The bitesized morsels were soft, a little chewy and totally addictive. The freshly made pretzel bites were their usual goodness, slightly crisp on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside, and warm. The powdered stuff had a hard time clinging to the bites and most ended up at the bottom of the cup, while the flavour itself was on the timid side. Total cost was just a hair under $10, steep for snack food, and we didn't even get their somewhat gimmicky cookie cake.

Very friendly asian staff, and they deal with the lineup as quick as they can, though wait expect to wait as much as 10-12 minutes depending on what you order.

Expensive, but I haven't said no to it yet.

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