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bottomlessArbutus Ridge, VancouverSince November 11, 200418 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Long's Noodle House4853 Main Street, Vancouver
My mom said the shanghainese waitress is intense
Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

The drunk chicken is very juicy, and unusually served warm when it should be served chilled. Very suculant nonetheless. I love the soy milk, both the spicey and sweet versions, which they strain themselves in house. And the spicey wonton, xiu lung biaos, and san chin biaos. The real tastey stuff is on the chalkboard in Chinese only. So make sure you go with a chinaman who can read it to you.

Try asking for the "Four streams beef noodle". Four Streams (Sei Chun) is what the area around Shanghai is called.

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Szechuan Garden Restaurant1133 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Feels like you never left mainland China
Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

I heard the chef here used to cook in Beijing for the superior communist dictotors. Maybe not too well, and he is now a refugee in Canada fleeing punishment for undercooking duck.

The tan tan noodles here is absolutely the best in town. No MSG, and so robustly tastey and spicey with a hinted nutty aroma, you'd snort this shit just to get as much out of it as you can.

Other recomended dishes: Lion's head meatballs, and long roasted pork hock (order 2 hours ahead of time) that used to be a famous poet's favourite dish. The drunk chicken was a disappointment though, so beware.

Oh, don't mind the streak of blood on the waitresses arm. She's a multitasker, and was probably chopping up a live chicken in the back before serving your food.

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King's Head, The1618 Yew Street, Vancouver
loooooow brow
Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

The chicken wings were straight from Chernobyl: mutated and doused in gasoline for flavour. Only $4something for a dozen. Share with a friend, and laugh about it later.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
I want my money back
Submitted Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 10:27am [Dine in]

I was very unimpressed when they sent the busser over to serve our food, and he spilled vinager into my beer as all the dishes almost slid off his tray. He didn't apologize and just took off with our food, and we jsut sat there looking at each other. I then told our waitress, and she was so lacking the ability to deal with my complaint. She was quite rude in telling me that there's no way that vinegar can fly into the tiny beer bottle opening.

Okay, so did the food make up for it? NO WAY. We ordered some game meat, elk and wild boar, but it was served covered in BBQ sauce and hoisin sauce. I know this restaurant falls into the fusion category, but the chefs really should learn that the Chinese cook their meats straight up, no thick sauces or gravy, as with any real ethnic gourmet, whether it be french, italian or asian. Real chinese chicken is served white. Not covered in sweet sour sauce.

I really hope someone at Wild Rice reads this, because you guys really suck (except for the bartender). I will never go back.

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Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
Province not Provence
Submitted Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 10:14am [Dine in]

I've only been here for brunch, so this review might not be credible. The menu didn't look too french. More west coast if you ask me.

They do, however, have a great take-out stand. Lots of antipasto and greasy salads, at very reasonable prices.

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Homer Cafe892 Homer Street, Vancouver
Unlikely in Yaletown
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2005 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

This place is God sent. Expect to spend less than $5. Or splurge on one of the daily lunch platters for $6: clubhouse with a side of chicken fly wice and daily soup.

The decor is cleverly dirty. Plastic bonsai plants on the window sill of every booth. Coffee company supplied "Nabob" mugs are nostalgic of small town life. Sechelt. Danger Bay. Molly's reach. Check out the kitchen when your'e there. They use one of those classic double door yellow fridges from the 70s.

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Yuji's Japanese Tapas2059 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
My heart yearns for Yuji . . .
Submitted Saturday, January 8, 2005 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

. . . almost as much as my stomach.

Here's a haiku I wrote just for the chefs:

I be such a fool.
Tight pony tail hermi serves my food
The thought of pork cheek hot pot with chinese mushroom makes me drool.
Swirl broth on tongue
Warm sunset on my brow

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Chez Faye Cafe1168 Hamilton Street, Suite 101, Vancouver
A world on it's own.
Submitted Wednesday, January 5, 2005 - 12:13am [Dine in]

Do you work in Yaletown and are looking for something more agreeable to your underpaid wages? Do you like variety? Do you need to escape the world of boring Starbucks patios, metrosexual half indecisive fags, and posh prosti hoors who can't be bothered to clean up the shit that their accessorie poodles leave behind on the sidewalk? Then you need to escape to the world of Chez Faye.

Know this acronym: CFCH (Chez Faye Club House sandwich, is so bombastic you'd shit yourself just thinking about it). This place has everything that Yaletown has to offer, in one convenient location, and at half the usual Yaletown rip off prices: pasta, sushi, bowls of rice, bowls of udon, bowls of ramen, massive sandwiches, soups, pastries, cake, salad (including korean spicey kimchi minced beef salad with fried egg).

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Shabusen Yakiniku House755 Burrard St, Unit 202, Vancouver
sneaky
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

Lunch all you can eat is $10.95 with a very expansive selection ranging from sushit to hotpot to Korean bbq. But sometimes service sucks because they pretend to forget the more expensive items you order and hope that you forget after getting too full on the fillers. And they charge you for what you waste! So if you find yourself in the predicament of having ordered too much and not being able to finish it all, wrap it up in a knapkin and stuff as much of it as you can into your pocket and then dump it in the toilet when no one's looking. Also, if you don't want bad food poisoning, make sure you cook the meat well done in the hot pot or bbq. and don't go with a pack of hungry guys with oinkish and impatient appetites.

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Bin 941 Tapas Parlour941 Davie St, Vancouver
notable skills
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

Great roasts and game meats at the Granville and Broadway location. Mussels are kind of sketchy though. I really like the prices and portions. Easy on the wallet and the waistline.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Last time I ate here . . .
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 7:00pm [Dine in]

a man came in with 4 of his kids. And one of them asked his father, "Daddy, is this the whole in the wall with cheap food that you were talking about?"

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1465 W. Broadway, Vancouver
gluttony
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 9:30am [Dine in]

I'm not really into heavy BBQ sauces or massive carcasses of meat that's drenched in thick gravy, so I can't really say that i'd eat here again. The portions are way to big. And quite frankly, too much overcooked brutish meat doesn't sit well in your stomach after, especially if your a Vancouver native. I did enjoy the pulled pork though. And I highly recommend it.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
go to greece
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 9:24am [Dine in]

Great kletika. The greek salad is the best I've had in the city, served un-tossed and layed out in the bowl in a pretty pattern.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Lumberjack breakfast . . .
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 9:21am [Dine in]

. . is the most comprehensive breakfast grease fest. But not entirely a greasy spoon, the breakfasts are surprisingly light and fluffy yet genourous. Pancakes could use more eggs in the mix though.

I like the service there because it's down to earth and honest. Can't stand fakeness that early in the morning. You can avoid line-ups if you show up early before all the Kits hipsters wake up. Or invite friends and make them line-up while you show up fashionably late. Bring your out-of-towners. They'll love it. Especially if they're from Ontario.

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Copper Onion Currey Bar1331 Robson Street, Vancouver
Jip
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 9:13am [Dine in]

This place uses Glico instant curry which costs $2 a pack at the Japanese supermarket up the street. They throw in some cubes of Costco chicken and then charge you $7 bucks for it. You can get the same meal up the street for $3.50.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
The hostesses are total snobs, but sometimes the servers are nice: in a stoopidly cute way
Submitted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

Whenever I'm at Sandbar, I only sit on their patio, so my experience with the food is limited to the snack menu. On the rare occasion, good timing will allow you to sit at one of the tables on the northwestern edge of the patio. The view and ambience under the bridge with outdoor fireplaces is quite lovely. The food on the other hand is quite lacking in talent and distinction. The most interesting thing on the menu is probably the seafood club sandwich. The burgers seriously suck. And i think the only thing i would order at Sandbar is the oysters because they don't involve cooking.

The dining room downstairs seems packed a lot of the time. So maybe their dinner menu is much better. Either that or people in this city have bad tastes in cuisine.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Over-rated but still good
Submitted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Good reputation for their pigeon/quail. Dim sum is good, but overpriced for what it is. There are way better places to have dim sum, but if you prefer ladies pushing dim sum carts around and showing you what you can order, then this is the place for you my friend. This joint is popular with the non-chinese crowd for some reason. Never quite figured it out.

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La Bodega Restaurant & Tapa Bar1277 Howe Street, Vancouver
another pitcher sangria please
Submitted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

The difference between fusion tapas and the real thing is that the latter is a lot greasier. I like La Bodega because they keep it real there, however, that means some heavy dishes. Two dishes per person is ample. I reccomend the garlic prawns and house special patatos, if only they had better bread for dipping. Stay away from any of their seafood which tends to be not fresh, and their game meat which is often overcooked or cold. The paella was somewhat lacklustre but I don't know of any other place in Vancouver that makes it. Go for the sangria. Go late in true spanish fashion. If you don't pig out, it's possible to keep the tab under $20 per person.

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