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CaeraMain, VancouverSince December 14, 200630 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Displaying 1 - 20 of 30 Reviews Found
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Wonderful
Submitted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate a special occasion, and we were really impressed. We went for a late lunch, mid-week, and it wasn't that busy. We had a nice quiet table by the oyster bar.

The service was excellent. Our server's name was Gianfranco, and he was very attentive and pleasant. My boyfriend accidentally dropped his napkin and we had a clean one in seconds. I think we were lucky that our server was so professional, as we could tell by looking around that some of the others may not have been up to this standard.

The food was excellent. For an appetizer we had mussels, they were fresh and delicious. I had the black cod, my boyfriend had the halibut. Both were very fresh and cooked to perfection. The only small issue was that the vegetables on the side were inconsistently cooked. We had the creme brule, which was very tasty.

The only concern we had was that the bill quickly grew to $100, which was much more than we had initially expected to pay for a lunch. Unfortunately the small entrees did not appear to reflect the prices they were charging, but they were certainly good.

We would definitely go here again, when we have an extra $100 to spend.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Learning experience
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

Our visit to SSW was our first experience with dim sum chosen from carts. We'd had dim sum directly ordered off a menu from a few other restaurants, so we had a general idea of what to expect.

We arrived about 40 minutes to closing, which was our mistake. However, we expected they would at least have a decent amount of food left; it turns out that we were wrong. They had only four or five different savoury dishes and three desserts. We had the beef balls, mango pancake wraps, egg tarts, spicy deep-fried tofu, and BBQ pork rolls. We were surprised that they appeared to be completely out of steamed buns, no shu-mai or anything similar we had had at other places. The food in general was good, but the tofu was not freshly cooked, so it was soggy and full of oil. The mango pancakes were excellent and the egg tarts were warm and tasty.

The service was acceptable for the kind of restaurant it is, but several times they passed our table with carts and didn't offer us anything. We had to make a serious effort to flag down one of the servers to get water and our bill.

After this experience, we had initially decided that we would come back again, but early in the day to experience a better and larger variety of food; however, when we saw the bill for the small amount of food we ate, we decided not to bother coming back at all. We weren't even close to satisfied and the bill was $30. Not at all what we expected based on our previous experiences with dim sum.

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FigMint Restaurant & Lounge500 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Could have been better
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I have been wanting to come here since it first opened. It's a bit pricey, so we decided to come for lunch, which is a bit cheaper.

When we arrived there were only 2 other parties, so we figured service would be good and quick. Unfortunately, both of the people who waited on us weren't friendly at all. It's not so much that they were mean, but they didn't smile or phrase things in a polite way. Neither of the servers seemed to know what was available for drinks and one of them called my boyfriend's trout tuna when she brought it out. There was also a significant delay between the two courses, clearing our plates, bringing the check, etc.

The food itself was decent. It seems like the executive chef has good ideas, but the lunch time cooks struggle with the execution. My salad was overdressed and my chicken club just had too many different flavours to make it tasty. My boyfriend had their onion soup, which was an interesting idea and a neat presentation. However, they use imitation truffle oil that doesn't add much. The cheese in the rainbow trout salad was unwelcome.

The atmosphere is nice for that kind of restaurant. It was clean and simple but nice.

Overall, we might go back at a time when there are more people and give them another chance. Unfortunately the food wasn't as good as it should have been and the service was disappointing.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Excellent
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:10am [Dine in]

I've been to Toshi's five or six times, and I've never been disappointed.

As everyone points out, there is usually a line up, so the best idea is to get there at around 4:40 to be seated for 5, or come on the hour after that. People complain about the rules, but they are clearly posted and understandable. This is a restaurant that is open for only 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. They rely on quick turnover for their business. They're not going to let you save one of their very few tables for the rest of your party who may not show up for an hour. That is revenue lost. And, as someone else pointed out, it's not fair for people whose full parties stood out in the cold/rain/heat.

The service is always fine here. The waitresses are pleasant, but this isn't a place like Earls or Cactus Club where the servers go out of their way to charm their tips out of your wallet. I've never had any problems with the service. It's always fast and professional; no wrong orders, no rudeness. The previous reviews have said that the sushi chefs are stern-faced, which is true, but they are extremely busy. They work quickly and efficiently. However, we've spoken with them on a couple of occasions, and they seem very pleasant. A couple of them don't speak English very well, which might explain why people have difficulty.

The food is excellent. To be honest, I don't normally like sushi very much, but since coming to Toshi's, I've been able to eat much more of it than I ever thought I would. The freshness makes all the difference. My husband loves the tako, unagi, and some of their more exotic rolls. I usually stick with the california roll and teriyaki chicken, with the occasional bite of his food. Everything there is very fresh, and the sushi is made right in front of your eyes.

I think this restaurant is fabulous, but if you're the kind of person that doesn't understand that the restaurant has rules and you expect to be treated like a king or queen just because you're paying them $20 for food, I'd recommend you consider going to Cactus instead.

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Dadeo New Orleans Diner & Bar3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Not at all authentic
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

We were very disappointed with this place.

The gumbo had very little flavour and almost nothing in it. My omelet was supposed to have andouille sausage, but it was clear that it was a breakfast sausage or something similar. The food was bland, which is something cajun cooking should never be.

The only thing that made this place bearable was the service. However, it was clear that this was also hit-and-miss. Our waitress was pleasant, but the server attending to the only other table that was full was not pleasant at all.

We won't be returning.

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What you'd expect from an IHOP
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2007 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

We ate here for a quick breakfast today, after I had been craving waffles for days.

I had the belgian waffle with whipped cream. It was good, but I was disappointed with the strawberries. There weren't very many and they were soggy from being thawed from frozen. My partner had the pancake breakfast, which was decent. The food isn't fabulous or like your mom used to make; it's just very basic diner type breakfasts.

The server was very pleasant and efficient, and everything went smoothly.

I have to agree with the comment about the decor. It's just plain diner and there's nothing else to say about it.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Excellent
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 9:43am [Dine in]

This was our first visit here, and we were both very impressed.

We arrived around noon and the place was very quiet; only two tables were full. We were shown to our seats right away and the waitress was very pleasant. We ordered their lunch specials, which for $6-7.95 are an excellent deal.

I got the chicken pina curry, which is very similar to green Thai curry that I have gotten elsewhere, except with pineapple. It came with a salad, rice, and soup. My partner had one of the other lunch specials (I've forgotten the name, unfortunately), with pork, coconut milk, and chili peppers. It was good, but he was disappointed because it was advertised as being very spicy, and it was not. Neither of us enjoyed the soup, which was very sour and sprinkled with fish sauce, but the salad had an delicious mango and sesame dressing and was very tasty. I also had a colada mocktail, with pineapple juice, coconut milk, and vanilla ice cream -- it was to die for.

The service was excellent, but it took about 15 minutes to get our food, which is too long considering what we ordered.

The decor is wonderful and very modern. I was really impressed with the design of the furniture, the dishes, and even the bathroom. The whole restaurant was spotless.

We'll definitely be going back, especially for more coladas!

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Pita Pit, The995 Granville St, Vancouver
Good food, good value
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

I've been to this location several times, and I've never had a bad experience.

The food is delicious and the meats are of good quality. I particularly like the chicken crave and club pitas. They have lots of options for vegetarians as well.

The restaurant is usually clean, but there are only a couple of tables that are rarely wiped. The only thing I don't like about the place is that they frequently play very loud music, which forces me to take the food to go.

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Jolly's Indian Bistro2928 W 4th, Vancouver
Poor service, but decent food
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

The two of us went to Jolly's after reading a lot of good reviews on another site; we should have known to check here first.

When we arrived, there was a couple waiting ahead of us. It took them 15 minutes to be seated, and the servers didn't even acknowledge until 15 minutes after that. During that time, they set up the table, including menus, filling water glasses, etc, before even greeting us. I found this incredibly rude. From there, the service didn't really improve. I have to admit that they were very busy, and had only two servers. But given the previous reviews, this doesn't sound atypical.

The butter chicken was comparable to the ones served in other Indian restaurants where I've eaten. It was $10, which included a very small salad, a small portion of rice, a large slice of naan, and some butter chicken. We loved the naan and the mango salad dressing. Unfortunately, there were only 4 small pieces of chicken in the butter chicken; that doesn't seem like a great value.

My partner ordered the prawn vindaloo, because he wanted to eat spicy food. When he got it, it had no spice at all; it was like eating something seasoned with a bit of pepper. The coconut was not discernible, and there were only 4 prawns. We were also surprised that there were no onions, which are typical in vindaloo. He left feeling unsatisfied.

The atmosphere is very nice and clean, pretty table cloths and lovely cloth draping from the ceiling.

Although the food was decent, we probably wouldn't go back because of the service and lack of authenticity in the vindaloo.

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Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant3068 Main Street, Vancouver
Good quality food
Submitted Monday, August 13, 2007 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I aren't vegetarians, but we thought we'd try out this place just for a change.

We had their thick corn & tofu soup and the three-mushroom with vegetables on rice. Both were excellent, and we'll definitely go back for the soup.

The service was great and our waiter was very attentive, even with a large table nearby.

The only negative comment I can make is that the restaurant's decor is very dull. The walls are white and bare, and the tables have no decoration.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Probably wouldn't eat here again.
Submitted Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

The decor is very charming and the pizza oven is a sight to behold. However, that's where the good comments really stop.

The server was pleasant, but whenever we asked her questions she would stop and stare at us like a deer in headlights for a full five or six seconds before responding. She must have returned ten times throughout the course of a meal to refill our glasses. While I appreciate having water, it just got disruptive.

We each got the verde salad, which was okay, but I don't think it's worth $5 -- it's just romaine lettuce and their dressing. We split a pizza (I can't remember the name at the moment) with ham, mozzarella, salami, and mushrooms. The toppings were very nice, but they left the crust too thin and cooked it at too low a temperature. The pizza was crispy around the edge of the crust and soggy in the middle. By the time we got to the second piece each, it wasn't enjoyable due to the wetness.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good experience, okay food
Submitted Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

We went here very early in the evening, around 4:30-5. We were the only ones in the restaurant, so needless to say, we got more than enough attention. The wait staff was very patient with us when we took forever to make decisions on food or drinks.

We ordered the lobster dip and the charcuterie platter. I agree with the previous reviewer who said to stay away from the lobster dip. It was very rich (made with tons of sour cream, I believe) and the cheese on top does nothing for it. It had a strange aftertaste that permeated into my other food. The fresh chips that came with it were great.

The charcuterie was very good, with fresh cheeses and meats, olives, pickled onions, fruit, and crispy bread. We could have eaten two or three trays of this stuff.

For dessert we had the chocolate melt cake which has a type of beer in it and sour cherries. It was very nice, and the beer really brought out the deep chocolate flavour.

The atmosphere was nice, we sat next to the open window on a nicely sunny day, which made it very pleasant. It helped that we were in a quiet corner in an empty restaurant, which is the kind of atmosphere we enjoy.

We'd definitely go back for the charcuterie and the service.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good food, decent price
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

This was our first time dining here, and we were impressed.

The servers are friendly and efficient, although the food was a little slow. My partner ordered first the roasted lamb shank, but was told that they had just sold the last order. They were also out of the quail. He eventually settled on the lamb souvlaki, which was nicely cooked. To our surprise, our waitress managed to find a small piece of lamb shank and included it on the plate. It was excellent; very tender and flavourful.

The kalamari was cooked well and not chewy or rubbery. The cold garlic potatoes were excellent -- tons of garlic!

We'll definitely return, and hopefully they will have more of the lamb shank or quail.

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Vera's Burger Shack2922 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent, but questionable hygiene
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

I've been to Vera's a few times, and each time the burgers have been decent. They generally overcook them, leaving them a bit crusty on the outside, and very well done on the inside.

The good thing is that you can pick from a wide variety of toppings, although a lot of them cost extra. The burgers are usually $7 or so with even the most basic toppings. It doesn't seem worth it to me. The burgers are large, so you don't need sides, usually. Which is a good thing, because an order of french fries is over $3!

The last time we were there, the hygiene of the servers was really awful. They picked stuff up off the floor and wiped the counters and didn't wash their hands before they touched our food. At least four different people touched our food without gloves.

The atmosphere is lacking. The restaurant is small with only four or five tables and it takes them an abnormally long time to make the food, even when they aren't that busy.

The food is decent, but not really worth the price, and the lack of hygiene is off-putting. I'm not sure I would go back again, even if they are only two blocks from my apartment.

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Hermitage1025 Robson Street, #115, Vancouver
Very pleasant staff, good food
Submitted Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 12:15am [Dine in]

My friend and I went to this restaurant because we had the Entertainment Card for a two for one entree. Normally this is a bit above our price range, but with the coupon it was more affordable.

We had the fois gras which wasn't very appetizing. It was a bit runny and made the brioche underneath soggy. We were expecting something a bit more like pate, which may have been our error in misunderstanding the menu. I had the lobster with saturnes and grape cream sauce, which was fantastic. The sauce was rich and sweet and a perfect compliment to the lobster. The side vegetable, which I've never seen before (I'll have to research it) was very delicious.

We sat outside, and it was around 5 o'clock and still sunny (this was August) and very pleasant. We were the only two in the restaurant from what I could tell, and we had the full attention of the very professional and friendly wait staff. They were extremely attentive and we left a very large tip. The coolest thing was that the waiter purposely didn't mark the Entertainment Card, so we could come back again for a two for one if we like. And we probably will.

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Favorito Pasta Trattoria552 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Excellent
Submitted Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 12:05am [Dine in]

I've come here a few times with my boyfriend and we've always enjoyed it. Most of the time we're the only ones there, so of course we have the full attention of the extremely pleasant and capable waiter.
The food is delicious and there is a wide variety.
The only complaint is that the tables near the window are quite close together, so when there is another couple there, it is difficult to relax and enjoy yourself over their conversation.

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Atlantic Trap & Gill, The118 Robson St, Vancouver
I really want to like it
Submitted Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

Some of the reviews so far have been the funniest ones I've read yet.

I'm originally from Nova Scotia, so a lot of the food on the menu appeals to me. But I guess the Mexican and Asian stuff is there to appeal to the more health-concious west coasters.

I've had the garlic fingers a few times, because they remind me of home and you just can't get them anywhere else out here. Unfortunately, some of them usually end up burnt, and they're just not what I'm used to. The fish leaves something to be desired, and most of the food is just not tasty.

The service is okay, the wait staff is friendly; although I have been forgotten, even when we're the only two people in the whole restaurant.

The fact that they don't take interac is ridiculous. I never use no-name ATMs when I can avoid it, and that's their only option. That's a big turn off.

This is really a place to get drunk and eat greasy bar food, and not a place to dine. I'm sure I will go back, but when I'm there, I'll remember why I shouldn't.

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Great Han Mongolian BBQ3043 Main Street, Vancouver
Inexpensive and tasty
Submitted Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

I go to this restaurant all the time as I live about a block away. The staff are very friendly, although I think the servers either have very poor English or are extremely shy.

The prices are great, especially at lunch. $5.95 for a large bowl is an excellent price. The all you can eat is much more, $10.95 all day, but it includes rice, a spring roll, some sort of chips with a lemon sauce, and soup. The soup is bizarre; it's always the same idea, but has different meats every time I try it. I swear one time it had pieces of hot dog in it.

The selection of food is good, with chicken, beef, lamb, and pork, and a wide variety of vegetables. The sauce selection is also nice with a helpful chart to assist you in your selection. I will say that if you are looking for something more interesting and exotic, you might want to consider the Mongolian Grill on Broadway. It has a larger selection with a wider variety of meats. However, there, you pay by weight instead of stuffing as much as you can into one bowl.

The only thing that bothers me is the cleanliness factor. It's not really that bad, but I'm picky about that sort of thing. For this place, I turn a blind eye to it. I'll still go at least once or twice a month.

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Death by Chocolate1598 West Broadway, Vancouver
Death of that restaurant chain
Submitted Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went there as a nice end to a romantic evening. It helped that we also had the Entertainment Book two for one coupon.
They have a lot on the menu, but the items are very costly for what you get out of them. We both chose the Trinity (I believe that's what it's called) which seemed to be the only item worth its price tag. It was excellent. However, I asked for a drink and was handed a luke-warm snapple lemonade. Apparently drinks besides coffee aren't a popular item.
The service was really poor and the staff were unfriendly and some even rude. The menus were sticky, which is really discouraging.
The only positive thing was that the food we had was good and inexpensive because of the coupon. The rest of the items seemed far from worth it, which is why I gave it a lower rating.

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Kim Phung Vietnamese Restaurant5764 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Excellent Vietnamese
Submitted Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

The only reason I even went to this restaurant was that the Chinese place down the street wouldn't seat us, saying they had no empty tables, despite that they had several visable. That said, I was very pleased that they did, because we discovered this awesome Vietnamese place. I have been to this place dozens of times since.

It looks like a hole in the wall, but it serves some of the most delicious Vietnamese food I have ever had. I always get the shredded pork noodle bowl and usually the person I go with either gets the lemon grass pork or beef noodle pho. They always include the freshest bean sprouts, lime wedges, cilantro leaves, and a chili pepper on the side. The spring rolls are delicious, and I could eat a whole plate bymyself.

The prices are extremely reasonable and the two of us could come out stuffed for $10-15 (although we usually splurge and spend $20!)

The family that runs it is very pleasant and welcoming, although I get annoyed sometimes when I have to listen to the daughter and mother shout at each other in Vietnamese across the very small restaurant.

I continue to go back on a regular basis, and I've recommended it to several of my friends.

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