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CailinVancouverSince June 6, 20096 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Seb's Market Cafe592 East Broadway, Vancouver
Who messed with the prices?
Submitted Friday, May 13, 2011 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

Wow...The most expensive thing on Seb's menu is $13...who messed with the prices and why? Poor Seb's.

Anyway, I like this place a lot. I've had the banana bread french toast (yum!), the spinach onion and chevre omelette (very good) and scrambled eggs. It's always reliable, always hot, quick and tasty. They also have a very good tofu scramble for those of you who are vegan out there. The staff is competent and civil, if no enthusiastically friendly, but that's okay, because sometimes you just want to get your food promptly, be checked up on and not have to be falsely social with someone you don't know. I don't know, it works for me. There's only so much of the security guard at Bon's that I can take.

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Bodhi Choi Heung Vegetarian Restaurant3932 Fraser Street, Vancouver
I Should've Stuck To Bo Kong or 3G
Submitted Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 10:07pm [Take-out]

Intrigued by the reviews online I decided to get my veggie Chinese fix from here tonight instead of my usual stalwarts 3G or Bo Kong (aka Whole Vegetarian). What a mistake!

My family and I ordered the 'Sweet and Sour Pork', 'Stuffed Bean Curd and Mixed Vegetable Hot Pot', 'Deep Fried Dumplings' and 'Steamed Buns'. the 'Sweet and Sour Pork' was probably the biggest letdown. It turned out to be a gross wonton like deal with a thin, flavourless sauce, not a hint of fake meat in sight. The 'Stuffed Bean Curd and Mixed Vegetable Hot Pot' was is hilarious because it ended up being tofu instead, as if we couldn't tell the difference, in addition to it being drenched in another thin, flavourless sauce (this time Black Bean), the Steamed Buns, were again, flavourless. The Deep Fried Dumplings, were the only redeeming feature of the meal. This stuff wasn't cheap either for Chinese and very poor quality at that, all around $10-$13 a dish apart from the appetizers which were reasonably priced at $2.75. I don't know what went wrong; the place was pack and another person waiting to pick up their food said it was their favourite vegetarian Chinese restaurant. Did we just order the only horrible dishes on the menu? Doesn't matter as there's no way we're ever going back.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Great Food, Great Value, Not So Great Customer Service....
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

Even as I write this I realize reviewing Foundation is futile. It doesn't matter what anyone says about this place. It's a huge success. It's always full and I don't think anyone who goes there has ever bothered to look up a review. It's an institution. But just in case someone is unfamiliar with it, or curious, here you go:
I've always had amazing food here. My favourites include the Final Option, which is a nice, balanced, creamy curry, the Molten Tofu, which is an incredibly flavourful tofu and broccoli combo served with spinach and black bean sauce over rice and the Spicy Peanut, which contains tofu, cauliflower, spinach, spiral pasta and sesame seeds served with a wonderful peanut sauce and flat bread. All entrees here are around $9.75, which is crazy considering the high quality and the huge portions. If you are there with friends I definitely recommened sharing some nachos. The small nachos at $8 are a bit of a mis-claimer because they are HUGE. They come with freshly made salsa, which could be a bit spicier but is still quite nice and sour cream. You can pay extra for guac. I don't like guac, but my friends do and they say the guac here is awesome. The nachos are loaded with cheese and toppings. Corn, black beans, onions...you name it, it's on there and it's delicious. They also have nacho specials where you can enjoy such toppings as sun-dried tomato and roasted garlic (yum!) and mango, corn and black bean. For $2 each four people can leave satisfyingly full off of a plate of small nachos. I don't know anywhere else that offers that.
That said the customer service, as many people have commented, leaves a lot to be desired. It isn't always outwardly rude, though on one occasion for me it was. Most of the time it's just absent and slightly dismissive. My last visit there I found a chest hair in my Spicy Peanut. I was pretty disgusted and although I had already ate most of it, I mean come on, should I be charged? It isn't my fault the chest hair was located at the bottom of the plate. I showed the waiter and he didn't apologize at first. He just went "Oh," and disappeared. When the bill came he did apologize and give me a 50% discount though I'm surprised I was charged at all. I guess I could've complained, but we were rushing off to see a show and didn't really have time.
A nice touch though is how you get campinos instead of mints at the end of every meal.
Long story short I guess, come here for great food and great deals, but don't expect to be wowed by the staff. Don't worry, everything else makes up for it anyway.

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Solav Souvlaki & Donair4902 Joyce Street, Vancouver
Cheap and Delicious!
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

I consider myself a bit of a falafel expert. Not to brag, but I've had a lot of falafel, from authentic Israeli falafel in New York, to gross bag mix falafel from random wrap places in Surrey to Opa's food court sad excuse for falafel using fava beans.
This means I'm very picky and precise about the way my falafel is made. Truly delicious, authentic middle eastern falafel is fresh fried, not pre fried and then microwaved or pre fried and then thrown onto a grill. FRESH FRIED! This is the first major rule of falafel. Luckily, this is something that Solav Souvlaki and Donair understand. I used to live in Vancouver, just a ten minute bus ride away and frequent this place all of the time. Now that I live further away, I still manage to make my way there every month or so. It's so good, it's entirely worth a trip, even, if like me you're forced to take transit.
$6 gets you a falafel wrapped in a nice, warm pita with perfect tzatziki sauce and spices. The falafel is crunchy on the outside and then melts in your mouth. The man who works there (who I think is the owner) and his wife are always polite and it is always consistent. I have never had a bad falafel there.
My mother recently tried the chicken souvlaki plate and said it was delicious as well. She called the chicken succulent, with just the right amount of marinade and spices.
It's easy to walk by this place, it really doesn't look like much. It's sandwiched in between a jeweler and a starbucks by the Save-On at Metrotown, and there's only a few seats and sometimes it can be so busy you have to go sit on the planter boxes by the movie theatre. But it is completely worth it! Best falafel I've had in this city. Seriously.

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Jimoco Cafe1046 Austin Avenue, Unit A, Coquitlam
2 for 1 Pasta in Coquitlam
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

I recently went to this newly opened pasta place on Austin Ave in Coquitlam. The restaurant had a nice, dark, sleek ambiance and we were seated immediately by a very friendly waitress. They offer 2 for 1 pasta, and with each dish only around $10 to $12 the deal seemed too good to be true. My partner and I ordered the pasta primavera, with creamy tomato sauce. His mother (who adores this place) ordered the Bombay style Linguine with prawns. It arrived promptly with complimentary garlic bread which was done quite nicely.
My pasta, however, left a lot to be desired. It was bland, the sauce was strangely oily and thin, barely coating the noodles with a pool of it left in the bottom of my dish. I had to add a lot of salt and pepper to add flavour, as did my partner. The vegetables were a mish-mash of conflicting, inappropriate choices. Whole baby carrots, huge chunks of cauliflower, smaller florets of broccoli and teeny tiny, barely there sprinklings of zucchini. It was quite puzzling and not at all like any other pasta primavera I'd ever had. We were also offered powdered parmesan cheese, which to me is always a sign that either it a)isn't authentic Italian food or b) the owner's simply don't care about authenticity. (North American's love that Kraft Parmesan Powder, don't they? Ha, not in a restaurant....)
My partner's mother loved her dish though, and upon tasting the sauce my partner concurred that it did taste quite nice.
On my way to the washroom I spotted a huge open pot of tomato sauce left on the floor in the kitchen, which kind of perturbed me. How long had it been sitting there? Isn't it Food Safe 101 not to store open containers on the floor?
In the end I guess you get what you pay for? And at around $5 to $6 a dish it may seem odd to complain, but I'd much rather pay an extra $4 to $9 and get tasty pasta then something I could probably muster up from a package of noodles n sauce and some frozen California mix veggies.

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Joey550 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Ruined the Surprise
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 1:14am [Dine in]

Today was my friend's birthday. His girlfriend had made reservations, yet as the party started showing up they said they had no record of the reservation. They told us it would be a two hour wait for our party of ten. After we went back in to complain they claimed we had arrived late and this was the reason we no longer had a reservation. This wasn't true, as a friend of ours was there right at 6:30 and was greeted by a baffled server who said they don't take reservations on a Friday night. They didn't offer us any sort of apology or compensation. It wasn't until my friend called up and yelled at them in sheer frustration that they were suddenly magically able to give us a table.
As we were waiting for our table to be set up they offered us drinks. The drinks turned out to not be complimentary either. Horrible, horrible customer service. When we finally sat down and ordered appetizers they forgot an appetizer and it ended up arriving after most people had already finished theirs. And to top it off they gave my friend chop sticks to eat his salad with. Who does that?
Another friend had to wait twenty minutes for his drink, they finally remembered and offered an apology, but he was still charged for the drink. My food arrived cold, I paid $12 for a chicken souvlaki and fries that I could've picked up at Solav at Metrotown for $8 and it would've tasted a thousand times better, and more importantly would've arrived warm, by this time I was too exhausted to complain. I just wanted to leave.
The server was polite, but everything else was a nightmare. Definitely do not recommend.

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