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bubbaVancouverSince September 16, 201017 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Displaying 1 - 17 of 17 Reviews Found
Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
New Vision for the Vancouver Dining Experience
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 9:58am [Dine in]

My other review on Vij's Rangoli voiced a level of hope yet incompleteness about the restaurant. And it turned out the hope was fulfilled and completeness came to fruition at Vij's. Expectations were low as most fancy well known restaurants usually leaves me hungry or broke after the experience. Not Vij's! Wow, no one told me about the complementary appys, they were so good and frequent that I didn't pay attention to their names.

I am not one for service, as I find most fine dining ventures to be uptight and pushy. I think Vij's gets around that by not having just only one server throughout the night, Vij's servers work together as a team creating a dynamic community. As a result, I never felt pushed to order more, yet always felt warmness from the staff. The special aura one feels as a result of the appys and the new approach to service, my wife and I really felt special and part of a new brand of dining experience.

Ok, the real deal, food. Many of my South Asian friends have told me the food is only average and overpriced. For those less informed, like myself, I thought the spices were well balanced and prepared with care. I believe the reason Non - South Asians love Vij's is that the competition out there is quite weak. Most Indian restaurants do themselves disservice by making their curry too liquidy. I have tried Indian food at my friend's house once and it was amazing. The main reason is that it was NOT mushy (i.e. slopped with cream or yogurt), so the veggies, spices, and meat really stood out. Curry is actually a blend of spices (which are in solid form, not liquid) and not what we think of as a mainly liquid texture. Imagine a good home cooked chicken soup full of flavor from the chicken, veggies, and other textures vs. a cafeteria chick soup where there is only 2 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces of frozen peas inside. My goat dish and my wife's veggie curry dish were solid.

Coming, coming, coming back!!

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Chez Meme Baguette Bistro4016 Hastings St., Burnaby
A Standout!
Submitted Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 12:08am [Dine in]

Affordable, not pretentious, a neighbourhood experience, and great great food. It is solid. Please don't change the prices. $16 for Duck Confit that is better than most other French places? Are you kidding me? Great daily soup and if you wish for lunch, have some fine wine as well. Standing room only here.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Looks and taste like inconsistency
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2012 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

I realize that dine out is not the best time to judge a restaurant. But aside from the obvious organic and earthy approach to food, I did not find any other distinguishing element in the food. The salmon was dry with no innate nor added flavor, the pork was not bad, but dry by the 5th bite. The dessert was the best, but still nothing special. I really would like to know what the critics love about this place? Again, I don't eat service.

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Vij's Rangoli1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
I don't eat the service
Submitted Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

I am not South Asian. For me, this place was distinctive because it is modern, clean, and great service. It is a professional venue in its shell... but the heart and soul of the food is only fairly good overall.
For Granville street, I should not expect more in terms of price, so I have to stick with that, but I was expecting a bit more even for lunch at $15.
I have heard from most South Asians that this restaurant though fair, is not authentic enough.
So check it out, it is worth a visit, but I am still trying to get to Surrey to try the real stuff!

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Penang Delight Cafe3885 Rupert Street, Vancouver
Great for non-Malay; so so la for Malay
Submitted Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

I am not Malay.

Hence, it is good food for me for sure. I have heard mixed reviews from real Malay claiming that the restuarant is able to hit the ball out of the park, but just stutters short of that because of not enough spices. The spices are there, but not enough... logically in hopes of delighting the less discerning clients. Which is me. So I am sold on the restaurant, and I would go back for sure. Knowing that there is a lack of good, solid, Malay food that costs an arm and a leg, this is a reasonable choice for central Vancouver. I am not driving to New West for Malay food no matter how fine.

The staples are here, the satays are generous and delightful. The laksa is dependable and I have heard from Malay, good. There are lots of other choices that won't break the bank. And for an Asian restuarant, thoughtful decor and friendly staff. Good choice.

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Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant8100 Ackroyd Rd, #120, Richmond
Good "MIDDLE" of China Food
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Shanghai is mid China. I just want to remind those that Shanghai is middle of China, and there is NO hot food in Shanghai.
And sorry, TANTAN noodles is not Shanghai food, nor is beef wrap. So before one critiques the quality of the Tan Tan noodle, please reassess. Tan Tan noodle and Beef wrap is like Sichuan food or Taiwanese food. Shanghai food is soy sauce, oil and sugar. If you goto this restaurant, order the Shanghai food, not the Cantonese idea of Shanghai food.
As for the Shanghai food, it is good, not outstanding, but good. Service is acceptable. I am there!

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Bueno Taco Righto!
Submitted Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

I love Mexican food, ok, I love real lime (or lemon as Mexicans call it) on home made taco with any meat or fish!
Bring it on!!! The first time I went to this place I thought I was in heaven, the soul of the cook in my mouth yumsies. Real tortilla, real meat, and none of the American salsa and 'guacamole' stuff.... with real salsa bar!...THEN I started missing some of the standard thoroughfare, which actually gives Mexican stuff flavor. For some reason, after awhile the food here taste the same, I think variety is in order. I understand this stuff is home cooking, and I am so down with dat, but for some reason, it just needs some more bite, more spice, more variety and creativity. But for those wanting REAL Mexican soul food, check it out man!

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Five Point, The3124 Main St., Vancouver
Yuppies Trying to Watch the GAME!
Submitted Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

An interesting mix of ppl that definitely could not care about sports with 2 pretty large TV screens glaring at the crowd ... whilst playing loud bar music. So it's like Milestone meet neighbourhood pub meet Main street artsy scene. Which describes Main street now adays anyways. I see couples in there drained out from the sports and the loud music... but overall the food is pretty darn good, and great service.

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
New- to the Ba?
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

It is good. Good food, can work on the ambience, the basement thing is a bit harsh.
However, great service. The clientele is quite a mosaic of people from the tree huggers to
the executives from all walks of life. So it is certainly loved thruout.
The food that night could have been a bit more flavorful and firery, so I think a bit of more spicing up
is in due order, or maybe have the option.

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
MEC
Submitted Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 9:33am [Dine in]

Make sure you got your tattoo on before you eat here. I think I was the only one that didn't have one in the restaurant. That's all good. I felt like the people just left MEC on their bikes and went straight to the restaurant for a convention. Lots of treehuggers, that's all good. Oh yeah, that;s right vegetarian. The food is quite good. Probably the best vegetarian I have had. Solid stuff. Do recommend it for sure!

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Oyasato Japanese9040 Blundell Road, #150, Richmond
Good favorite
Submitted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

They had a makeover, so check it out. Real Japanese owners, I believe through generations, so it is authentic. I would say it is a good choice overall. I am all about supporting o'school good Japanese owned sushi joints. The food is the regular stuff, so it is pretty good and fresh.

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Master Hung BBQ Restaurant8780 Blundell Road, #140, Richmond
I am the first review! yeah!
Submitted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

I don't know if the clientele of this place reads these websites, but here we go. Really awesome roast duck, and good chicken. Good Cantonese soul food all around, good choice. Definitely the roast stuff that will get people back. Nice people as well. Pretty comfy seats, sorry, haven't seen the bathroom. But good value!

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Uncle Fatih's Pizza1685 Broadway East, Vancouver
Not sure if ambience should be even a variable here, but the food...
Submitted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

... is Awesome!
Never get it by the slice. But get the whole pizza. You see, when I was kid (ok, 4 years ago)... ... the small pizza was $3.50, no HST included back then. And I am telling you that small pizza was the next best thing to sliced escargot. Now, I think it is like $5 or so, double check that. It was greasy, but man, the flavor was amazing! There is stiff competition in the pizza market, so this place is awesome.

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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
a) Grease b) MSG c) all the above
Submitted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

The usual thoroughfare:
1) grease from the floor does end up on your food
2) tea cups that are as orange/yellow as the tea
3) good deals keeps some people going back esp. for late nite cravings.

It serves a purpose, but unfortunately the taste is just average at best, and to be honest, when they first opened like 15 years ago, it was a lot better. Not sure if they still have it, but the french toast is a keeper.

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Cafe D'Lite3144 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Lotta Laksa!
Submitted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

First off, all the servers speak perfect English, major plus!
Secondly, love Asian culture and restaurants, we can jam as many people in as possible (I mean this in a good way, i.e. feels really authentically Asian).

- Laksa is really quite good, great flavors, good variety, authentic.
- Hainanese chicken is different, it is boneless, and has the "I am coming back" flavors.
- Worth the drive, and pick up a latte on the way home on West 4th.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I can eat 3 of the main dishes
Submitted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

Great food, depends what you order of course. We had the tenderloin, and the fried basil fish with 4 spices (this one would have been just enough for a 2 year old toddler), hence the 3 main dishes pls. But the flavor was exquisite, the best Thai so far outside of Bangkok. Snobbish, yes; but hey Vancouver + 4th Ave = aforementioned.
So yeah, check it out, but you may need fries with that (plus ketchup with the Pad Thai?) .

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
Best enviro, best pho
Submitted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

Most Vietnamese restaurants can use a fixer uper or two, this one does not. It is solid, comfortable, and I would say even nice. The cups even are like you are being cared for... they are the big ones that Starbucks uses. Most Vietnamese places either has too much bad Karaoke going in the background or so greasy that you wanna just eat and "slide" outta there, not this one.
Back to the food, it is great, it is really wonderful. Just the right flavor, not greasy. The beansprouts are fresh, crispy, and white, NOT yellow, soggy, and creepy. Food sometimes is simple to judge, when you have tasted the best, you just know. The pho is better than Phnom Penh, but it doesn't have the variety. The special (pre-order) menu looks good, should be good for a family dinner. Prices - Asian, 'nuff said.

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