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ChasiubaoVancouverSince January 9, 201024 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Bad Attitude. Rude. Many rules. Not coming back.
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2012 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

The food here is good. We've only had lunch here twice and our favourites were Najib's Special, Lambe Kafta, Lamb Kibbeh and Chicken Tawook. The juices have interesting combinations, taste is fresh and really enjoyable.

If only the service could live up to the food. Basically, it feels like they are doing me a favour by allowing me to eat here. Super inconvenient if you are booking for a party of 8. Here are my reasons for never returning to Nuba:

First, no one answers the telephone when you call to make reservations. You are forced to leave a message. No one calls you back. I had to make 2 follow up calls to confirm my reservation.

Second, they want you to pre-order your meals. The reason, they said, is because your meals may not come out at the time and because lunch hour is busy. What kind of restaurant cannot handle serving a table of eight? It is a restaurant that is open for lunch and has operated for many years. One would think that they would already have worked out a system for handling customers during lunch or dinner!! We had done the pre-order last time we were here and it was super inconvenient trying to contact all my friends to select their menu items and the restaurant still managed to mess up our order. So, this time we decided against pre-ordering and asked if we could order when we arrive. The person taking the reservation was clearly annoyed with me and was rude on the phone.

Third, One of my friends called to cancel at the last minute after we were seated and so there were only 7 of us in total. We informed the server and she immediately asked us to move to another table because this table is intended for parties of 8 or more. We said "sure, no problem" but she then added a snarky comment, "of course, otherwise you would be obtuse". Hello? Not only was it totally unnecessary and rude but she clearly did not know what that word meant AND used a word completely out of context. We were polite and cooperative when asked to move. The server continued to act superior and was very rude by correcting our pronunciation when we proceeded to order from the menu!!!

Fourth, if you are paying by credit card, they insist that you settle the entire table with just one bill, i.e. pay entire bill with one credit card. Again, very inconvenient but it is obvious that customer service is low on their priority list AND they main reason is because they want to avoid paying the merchant fees for processing credit card transactions!

Fifth, they never did fill up the restaurant during the entire lunch hour so all that drama about moving tables and not pre-ordering was for nothing!

Sixth, on top of all that rudeness, bad attitude and mediocre service, they would've automatically charged us 18% gratuity if we had remained a party of 8. Thank goodness my friend cancelled and in this way we managed to scale back the tip. Honestly, she did not deserve a dime but we still left a small amount.

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Pizzeria Farina915 Main Street, Vancouver
Delizioso!
Submitted Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

Food: So good! Pizzas are about the size of a dinner plate, thin crust, slightly chewy and toppings are fresh and generous. Mr Chasiubao and I shared a Calabrese and a Funghi - both had deep flavours and good texture. The tomato sauce on the Calabrese was really flavourful and enhanced by olives (watch out for pits!) and soppressatta. Arugula on the Funghi was fresh, the mushrooms were plentiful and complemented by roasted garlic. The menu is simple - it's all about the pizza - with lots of vegetarian options.

Service: This is mostly a take-away pizzeria with a few small tables and counter seats. Self-serve if dining in Staff are pleasant, informative and low-key but show enthusiasm for and knowledge of their pizza. The pizza took a little longer than I expected but totally worth the wait considering that they are prepared fresh.

Value: I think the value is great because the pizza is delicious, satisfying and the toppings seemed fresh and notably generous compared to nearby establishments (Campagnolo comes to mind!) serving similar neapolitan style pizza. Mr Chasiubao was hungry and was able to finish an entire pizza. I took approximately 1/2 of a pizza home and it was almost just as good the next day (after heating it in a toaster oven).

Ambiance: Location is a bit dodgy but feels relatively safe and is a great addition to this "up and coming" area. Premises are small but clean, cozy and decor is simple, warm and inviting - exposed brick, piping and wood beams with some antique decorations and re-purposed wood accents and counter. "Look and feel" fits in with the neighbourhood. Plenty of parking in the area especially after 6 or 7pm. Can hardly wait to go back to try the over flavours!!!

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Romer's Burger Bar1873 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Where's the burger patty?!
Submitted Monday, May 2, 2011 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Food: We ordered a Magic Mushroom burger and a Port & Stilton burger. The brioche bun is a nice touch - fresh and slightly sweet. The toppings were ok - I liked the arugula in the Magic Mushroom. The burger patty was disappointing both in flavour and size. The patty relative to bun ratio was really small and appeared to be only half of a normal sized patty. The patty also lacked flavour and relied on the toppings for taste. The toppings were generous and was basically the filler in the burger. Overall, good attempt on the burgers but missed the mark. The pomme frites were good - hot, salty and crispy.

Service: Good service all around. It was a quiet night...maybe 5 tables including bar. We sat at the bar and the server / bartender was friendly and attentive. When we told her about the small patty size her initial response was that all the burgers are hand made and look different but are measured by weighed for consistent amount of meat. When we insisted that the patty was really really tiny, she took a look and was very nice about agreeing to take the burger back to the kitchen for a fresh one.

Value: Good value in terms of service and good effort on the burgers but they lost points for the miniature size of patties and lack of flavour.

Ambiance: Appeared clean. Nice place...looks the same as when it was Pinky's.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
So good! Looking forward to my next meal here.
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Food: We were a large group of 10 and it was difficult to decide. The server suggested the Chef's menu and it turned out to be a great idea and made sure to ask if there were any preferences or allergies. We had heard good things but no idea what to expect and each dish was a pleasant surprise. It was a great way to sample a wide variety of dishes. Flavours and textures were complex and ingredients were fresh and of good quality. Something basic as pad thai so good with delicate tamarind flavour - finally, thankfully - someone has got it right! Not the usual and terrible sweet sour ketchupy tomatoey mass of rice noodle. There were too many dishes to name but all delicious and creative...creamy chicken soup, green papaya salad, steamed mussels, caramelized pork belly, curried pork shoulder, scallops, eggplant, lingcod.

Service: The restaurant is not big and we were a relatively large group. Even though we were the ones who were unorganized and called for a very last minute reservation they not only graciously accommodated us within the hour and they were apologetic about squeezing us into a tight corner! They also assured us that as soon as another large group vacates, they would move us into a more comfortable tables and true to their word, they came by to relocate us later on but we were having such a good time in our corner that there was no need to move. Service throughout the meal was attentive - water and wine refilled regularly. Food took a little while to arrive at first, which is understandable with size of our group, but the dishes arrived steadily once the kitchen got going. Servers gave us a brief description of each dish as they arrived.

Value: Excellent considering the quality and service and portions are just right for sharing. Highly recommend the Chef's menu.

Ambiance: The decor is modern and minimalist but very warm with the dark bamboo paneling and soft lighting. It is busy and has a great vibe.

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Shanghai Chinese Bistro1124 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Gone downhill.
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 11:01am [Dine in]

This used to one of our regular go-to places for Shanghainese food downtown. But this place has gone downhill and we likely won't be returning. Especially since there are far superior choices very near by.

Food: No longer as good as it used to be. In fact, some of the dishes appeared to have been changed to suit western palates. We were a party of four, one of us is sensitive to MSG and we requested that they hold off the MSG. Clearly this made a difference because flavours of each dish were definitely very bland. The chili wontons used to be a favourite - filled with mostly shrimp and some pork and the dish would be lined with spinach and then topped with a spicy chili and garlic sauce garnished with chopped spring onions. This time around, the wontons tasted ok but filled with mostly fatty pork, the chili sauce tasted watered down, no spring onions and no spinach. The classic shanghai fried rice noodle was burnt, somewhat bland and very oily. The steamed soup dumplings (another past favourite) was not what it used to be - no soup in the dumpling and the pork filling was bland, uninspiring and left much to be desired. Seasonal vegetable dish was basically stir fried veggies. Braised beef brisket in clay pot was meager - there was hardly any beef, not much flavour and the pot was basically filled with boiled iceberg lettuce! Towards the end of the meal, we were all feeling very unsatisfied and as a joke, we added an order for sweet and sour pork and it was fantastic - the bright orangy red sauce was sticky sweet and sour, the pork was deep fried to perfection! It was exactly what you would find in a Chinese-Canadian chop suey type of restaurant. For dessert, we had the dumplings filled with sweet black sesame paste in a ginger broth - this tasted good, was authentic and probably best part of entire meal.

Service: This is one of the very few Chinese restaurants where you find decent service - we are all too familiar with the poor service (no service) levels at most Chinese restaurants in GVRD. Servers are generally attentive and food arrived quickly.

Value: Prices are quite a bit higher than average and the portions generally smaller but that used to be justified by superior service and high quality of food. But now that food quality has definitely deteriorated (or was it because of no MSG??) the high prices cannot be justified.

Ambiance: Again, most of us don't go to Chinese restaurants for ambiance. This place used to be one of the nicer Chinese restaurants with an upscale "bistro" feel targeting the downtown crowd. The view has improved significantly now that construction across the street at the Shangri-La and Market restaurant are completed. But the decor has been unchanged since the 1990s and is looking very dated and tired. The carpets are old and dirty and the entry way could use some freshening up.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Great cougar hangout...if that's your thing. Do not order Seafood Tower...total rip off.
Submitted Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

We had a bad experience booking a private room for a function for 15 people. The hostess who initially took the reservation insisted on a pre-paid minimum of $1000 to go towards the final bill in order to secure the room. This was in January when restaurants are usually NOT busy. We asked if they had a lot of reservations and nearing capacity? She said no but they need to ensure a revenue stream. Ummm...ok. She was totally unprofessional. We responded by saying the request for pre-paid minimum is unreasonable. For a table of 15 it is very likely that we would spend at least $1000 but there is no way of being certain and on principle we did not want to pre-pay for the room so we asked her to think about it or talk to her manager as we are perfectly happy to go somewhere else. The Manager called us back. He was courteous and professional and agreed to reserve the private room without conditions.

Food: Definitely mediocre. A few of us ordered Seafood Towers to share and what a disappointment! It had 1/2 a small crab, 1/2 small lobster, 6 little oysters, 6 prawns, a small handful of mussels. No flavour whatsoever. No butter for the lobster or crab, which didn't even taste fresh. Only tiny tin of shrimp cocktail sauce for condiments. The menu described it as something to be shared amongst 2 - 4 people but really there was only enough for one person. We ordered 2 sides of veggies...it was a tiny side plate of boiled cauliflower, carrots and celery...seriously! It was cold, no flavour and no seasoning. Really sad. Those who ordered steak or fish fared slightly better. At least their dishes were warm and had some flavour.

Service: 2 servers were assigned to the room and they were generally attentive and accommodating (it was a private room). They tuned in the hockey game on tv for us and readily added extra seating to accommodate extra people. Food arrived on a timely basis for the entire table and glasses of water / wine were topped up regularly. Overall, service was fine.

Value: Service at the restaurant (notwithstanding the not so smooth reservation) made up of for the lacklustre food. But it's still pricey for the mediocre quality of food. I guess people don't really come here for the food!

Ambiance: For people of a certain demographic, this place is hopping and probably a really fun for drinks and meat market activity. For others, not so much.

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Aki Japanese Restaurant1368 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Traditional Japanese food, good sushi and pleasant experience
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

Came here last night with friends for dinner before a movie. It had be a while since we last dined here and we were pleased to know the quality remained consistent. Unfortunately, we didn't have much time to try different things so we are definitely returning for more.

Food: Assorted Sashimi, Assorted Sushi, California Roll, Negitoro Roll, Chopped Scallop Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll and Grilled Black Cod. They are known for their Black Cod, which was grilled to perfection and delicious but my only complaint is that there were a lot of bones so one had to be careful! Everything tasted fresh, sashimi and sushi portions were decen . The nori was fresh not sticky or chewy. Everything looked and tasted good - no surprises, no fusion, just simple well prepared sushi.

Service: Reservations are accepted and we were seated immediately upon arrival. Attentive and friendly. Servers topped up our tea regularly. Black cod was the first to arrive and it arrived very quickly. The sushi and sashimi took a lot longer that we expected. When we inquired after our order, the servers were quick to respond and the rest of the items followed shortly after.

Value: Prices are comparable to most Japanese restaurants and a bit pricier than the plethora of hole-in-the-wall sushi joints around downtown Vancouver (and there are alot!) but excellent value considering quality of the food, service and overall pleasant experience.

Ambiance: Decor is traditional Japanese - nothing fancy or edgy - and definitely not pretentious. Focus is clearly on the food, not appearances. Chefs are Japanese and so are the servers. Majority of diners are also Japanese. Not noisy but they do get busy and there was a queue when we left.

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Characters Taverna1103 Davie Street, Vancouver
Avoid.
Submitted Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

Shall not be returning. I am amazed at how this place can survive with so many easily superior alternatives nearby.

Food: This place is definitely not Greek. Hello...Curries, Spaghetti Bolognese, Chicken Cordon Bleu, NY Steak, Quesadillas with Tandoori Chicken, Caramel Apple Cheesecake?! Agree with one of the reviewers - this place definitely has an identity crisis. Menu is extensive with multiple personalities. Last time I checked, India or the US were nowhere near Greece or part of Europe for that matter. We regretted the moment we were seated but felt bad leaving after perusing the menu. We ordered something we hoped would be "safe" - 2 souvlakis - lamb and chicken. Both were dry and chewy. Flavour was smokier than I liked and it was clear the grill had not been cleaned in a while. The sides were bland - rice pilaf was plain rice with frozen veggies, lemon roasted potatoes were dry and lacked lemon flavour. Food did not seem very fresh - how can it be with such an extensive menu of disparate dishes?! Food inventory and turnover is worrisome with such an extensive menu - a little bit of everything on hand just in case there is an order for Baby Back Ribs or for Tikka Masala Chicken or Miami Penne!

Service: A little bit slow and disengaged but no major complaints - again, the menu explains it all.

Value: Although prices are comparable to similar menu items elsewhere, value is contingent upon overall experience and quality of food - so I would have to rate this as poor. Especially since one can hop across the street for decent Greek food or up the block for Indian food (note, distinctly Greek or Indian - not some crazy mashup).

Ambiance: This place is tired and didn't seem very clean. Trying very hard not to think too much about my dinner...

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Miura Waffle Milk Bar2521 Main Street, Vancouver
Yummy waffles but no ventilation in restaurant...kinda smokey inside!
Submitted Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Food: We tried 2 different savoury sandwiches - the bulgogi and the pork - both were very tasty and the ingredients seemed fresh. Would like to come back to try the sweet but...

Service: Run by what I think is a husband and wife team. Friendly and relatively quick. We ended up sitting outside on the narrow patio and our sandwiches were brought out quickly to us.

Value: Good value considering the quality of the waffle sandwiches. Do not be deceived by what appears to be small portions - the sandwiches are very satisfying. The prices are not outrageous since you're getting something different from most sandwich places.

Ambience: Small restaurant and clean. However, there is no ventilation inside so the restaurant gets kinda smokey. We started out sitting inside but moved to a table outside even though it was cold. By then, I already smelled as if I had been sitting in a smoke house! That is the only thing preventing me from returning to this spot.

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St. Regis Bar & Grill608 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Terrible food. Terrible service.
Submitted Friday, August 27, 2010 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

We were a group of 12 for a work lunch and what a disappointment! None of us will be returning. How is it possible that there are positive reviews for this place?!

Food:
When the food finally arrived, it was so not worth the wait. The cobb salad was a mix of wilted spinach, romaine and baby greens with brown edges, bacon bits were dry and hard, hard boiled egg was overcooked with a greyish hue to the egg yolk, grilled chicken was dry, cold and tasteless, except for the grill marks, which tasted like charcoal - clearly the grill had not been cleaned in ages, crumbled blue cheese was suspect. The steak sandwich isn't a sandwich. It is a small steak on a potato cake surrounded by fries! The steak was not cooked to order even though the servers ask you for your preference. Consensus around the table was that the food was generally terrible.

Service:
We were seated at least 20 minutes before the servers took our order. Granted, it was lunch hour, but hello people! It's lunch hour and this is a restaurant in downtown Vancouver serving, guess what...lunch! Why so unprepared??? We arrived before the place filled up but our orders were taken well after all the tables that arrived after us. The food did not arrive until at least 30mins after placing our orders. In fact, it took so long that when the server brought out the first 2 dishes, he actually asked if there was anyone else he missed, i.e. he thought the rest of us (10 people) had finished eating and he was serving the last 2 dishes. Shocking! The food came out in a haphazardly. The servers were totally disorganized - did not know who ordered what, made mistakes, mixed up orders and brought out dishes that were never ordered. One of us didn't even receive his lunch. A colleague had ordered steak and the server brought him a steak sandwich after everyone else had been served. The server tried to convince my colleague to take the steak sandwich by saying the steak will take a long time and did not offer to comp the meal to make up for the mistake. When the steak finally arrived, the rest of us were just finishing our lunches and the restaurant was empty except for our table.

Value:
The prices are actually reasonable - if you get what you ordered within a reasonable time frame and if the food was edible. But since that did not happen, the value is poor.

Ambiance:
Classic pub style with big screen tvs. This could be a fun place to meet friends, have a drink and some snacks. But ambiance doesn't mean much when food and service are so bad. The people who run this place have a lot to learn about the food service industry.

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Hamburger Mary's Diner1202 Davie Street, Vancouver
Sad.
Submitted Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

Hamburger Mary's is one of the few original establishments on Davie Street. Sadly they have not kept up with all the changes. I left with doubts over cleanliness and quality of the food. I shall not be returning.

Food:
With a name like that, how is it possible that the burgers are so bad? The patty was dry and bland, topped with soggy lettuce and tomato, sandwiched in a big doughy bun. Fries were dark and greasy - the oil clearly needs to be changed. The only good thing were the milkshakes.

Service:
Mediocre at best. Hardly surprising why the servers appeared bored and disengaged considering the environment in which they work. I don't think the owners (not original) know very much about running a restaurant and probably had no idea what they were getting themselves into with a burger joint.

Value:
Poor considering the low quality food and mediocre service. I could get a better burger for $6 down the street at Urban Burger and it include fries and a soft drink!

Ambiance:
This place is sad and rundown. Windows were dirty, floor did not appear to be washed frequently, i.e. every day! Menus were tattered and slightly sticky. Tables were also a bit sticky. I was afraid to touch anything and to think we have eat burgers and fries with our hands! Do not want to think about what the kitchen might be like and there was smoke coming out of the kitchen.

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Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie163 Keefer, Vancouver
Very hip...good cocktails and great service!
Submitted Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

We heard so many good things about Bao Bei that we finally (and excitedly) got to try it tonight.

Food.
We ordered 5 items: Crispy Diakon Cake, Mantou, Shao Bing, Duck & Mushroom Wontons in Mushroom broth and Fried Rice of the Day. The Mantou (3 little steamed buns with tender tasty braised short ribs) was delicious and was easily the favourite of the evening. The Duck & Mushroom Wontons was a close second. The Crispy Daikon Cake was a deep fried version of the daikon cake, which is normally steamed then lightly pan fried. Unfortunately it was too salty. The Shao Bing was a much larger serving than expected and although it was good, I couldn't really tell if if was pork or chicken. The Fried Rice of the Day (ground beef, pineapple and oong choi) was yummy but I'm biased since I love fried rice. Although I wasn't wowed, the food is good and ingredients tasted fresh. The sometimes creative combination of traditional and not so traditional ingredients or cooking methods yielded chinese food with a twist geared for non-asians. The cocktails were impressive with creative and interesting flavours and definitely worth going back for more.

Service.
Spectacular. If only more restaurants could follow the example set by Bao Bei! Although it is casual dining, the service was professional but warm, prompt and very attentive. There was no pretension. Our water glasses were kept filled and our drinks and food arrived quickly (keeping in mind that we were dining well before the evening rush) and the server was friendly and attentive, he knew the menu well and gave us an informative overview of the menu and the daily special.

Value.
Although not cheap, the value is good considering the excellent service, good food and, in my view, decent sized portions for sharing.

Ambiance:
Great ambiance and vibe. The decor is funky and hip with a mix of old and new, industrial and classic. Small tables encourage intimate but fun dining experience. We were glad to arrive early and beat the rush because the restaurant filled up very quickly and a queue formed by the time we were ready to leave. A slight downside to the evening...too many tourists given the location (Chinatown) and being summer. I shall wait until fall before returning!

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I Cafe2525 Heather Street, Vancouver
Fail.
Submitted Monday, August 16, 2010 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

My friend and I were craving HK style chinese food one evening and stopped in i-Cafe. What a mistake.
We both ordered from the combo dinner menu.
Started with the soup, I had creamed corn while my friend had borscht. Both were awful - watery and not much flavour. The creamed corn could have passed as gruel with a few bits of corn floating around and the borscht was what one might expect to eat if exiled in Siberia.
We shared the mains: yeung chow fried rice and seafood chow mein. The fried rice consisted of bits of ham, egg and frozen diced veggies...yes, you read that right. Frozen veggies out of a bag. No flavour except for the salty bits of ham.
The chow mein was a little better because it some flavour but some of the seafood was a little suspect and I don't think the shanghai baby bok choy had been washed. Thankfully, no belly-ache later that evening.

Even my hong kong style milk tea was disappointing.

Value at $15 each, which includes a soup and a hot drink, is poor considering the quality. Service was slow and nothing happened unless you waved down a server.

I can't cook chinese food to save my life but even I could do better. Not returning...ever.

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Uncle Fatih's Pizza1187 Denman Street, Vancouver
Disappointed.
Submitted Monday, August 16, 2010 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

I thought the pizza would be just as good as the East Broadway location, which was a number of years ago. Things have definitely gone downhill. The BF had a slice of pepperoni pizza while I had a slice of veggie pizza - both were sadly lacking in cheese and sauce. The resulting texture was dry and reminiscent of cardboard.
I suppose that's what you get for $2 a slice! Not going back.

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Atithi Indian Cuisine2445 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Just ok.
Submitted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

We were a party of 3 and ordered 2 appetizers and 4 vegetarian dishes to share. Unfortunately, the veggie samosas were sold out so the server recommended the jackfruit pakoras along with fried cauliflower for our appetizers. The jackfruit pakoras had a different texture - slightly starchy - compared to the usual pakoras. Tasty but a bit over fried. Same with the cauliflower, tasted ok with the spices but it was also over fried with the result being too dark, almost burnt.

The portions for the main dishes were just right. We had a chana marsala (chickpea in tomato base curry), alu gobi (potato and cauliflower), paneer and jackfruit in a tomato based curry and one other curry dish but I cannot recall the name nor the flavours.

We had difficulty distinguishing the flavours between dishes as they seemed to share a similar base for the curry. The non-curry dishes were deep fried to the point of being almost burnt, the potatoes and veggies were not a roasted golden colour, but brown, which overpowered the delicate flavours of the spices and veggies.

Service was friendly and attentive. While we were being seated, the owner/manager noticed what appeared to be a few sprinkles of ashes on the tablecloth and replaced the tablecloth immediately. The server was attentive and explained the dishes to us. We originally ordered 3 entrees but the server made a mistake with one of our orders (hence we could not remember the name of the 4th dish) but she quickly brought us the correct dish and did not charge us for the error.

The value is average only because the food was average. Ambiance is typical for the size and type of restaurant. It is small, cozy and appeared clean. Nothing to write home about.

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Panz Veggie1355 Hornby, Vancouver
Good option for vegetarian
Submitted Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

Food has a "clean" taste reflecting the fresh ingredients and simplicity in preparation. Flavours are simple but good without the greasiness commonly associated with Chinese food.
Seasonality of veggies means not all menu items are available when you order, which we found out one night and was a bit disappointing.
Not much ambiance here. Most of the furnishings, decor and layout of the restaurant are leftover remains of the predecessors that occupied the space (a high end italian restaurant - name escapes me).
Service can be a bit slow because there is usually only one server in the entire place. This is a small operation.
Value appears a bit on the expensive side for Chinese food and the modest portions but justified by the quality.

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Local Public Eatery2210 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
A major improvement from the old Malones
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

Definitely an improvement from the very dodgy Malones that used to occupy that space.
Nothing special about the food - decent but generic - the same as what you would find at Earls, Joeys, Cactus Club, etc.
We sat at the bar so the service was consistent with what one would expect at the bar - friendly but not necessarily attentive.
Value and prices are also comparable to other chain restaurants.
Glad to see the servers wear normal outfits for uniforms instead of the try-hard too tight too short low cut dress style that is getting reeally old! I think the management made a good choice in terms of uniforms for the servers - t-shirt and jeans or jean shorts - very appropriate for the casual beachside vibe.
The atmosphere is great. It's busy, the patio is perfect for people watching. The bar area is well designed so that your view is not obstructed by glasses, beer pulls, coffee machines or other bar paraphernalia. Booths and tables occupy the rest of the space, with dark wood accents and black pleather seating. The style and ambience are similar to the other chain restaurants but overall much more comfortable experience compared to the sticky dark dank Malones of the past.

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Urban Burger1067 Davie St, Vancouver
Good burgers. Good value.
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

Good formula for a burger joint. Streamlined burger menu with basic toppings, fries and soda options.
The burgers are tasty, simple but satisfying.
The fries could use some improvement - they seem almost soggy. Could be just me - I prefer my fries crispy.
The service is friendly and very prompt.
Good value, especially if you order the Combo $5.99 and you get a burger, fries and soda.
Ambience? It's a burger joint! The place is spacious and clean.
This is our default choice for burgers on Davie.

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Transylvanian Traditions1111 Davie Street, Vancouver
My favourte place to buy dessert!
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

A small local bakery run by people who work hard and take great pride in what they make.

Food: They use good ingredients and their cakes and breads are made fresh and you can definitely taste the difference. Everything we've tried so far is yummy. Not too sweet and not greasy. Our faves are the Kurtos colak, which the owners bake in this barbeque contraption, resulting in this cone shaped bread/cake, hollow inside but outside is carmelized and lightly covered in finely chopped nuts. Then there is the cremes cake with layers of creamy custard separated by light phyllo pastry topped with fresh whipped cream or the boema cake with a light chocolate mousse layer over chocolate sponge cake all topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Of course, they also make the best tiramisu I've ever tasted.

Service: Great service. The owners are friendly and neighbourly. The BF and I purchased dessert to go late one summer evening. After carefully packing up our dessert, one of the owners (the husband) realized he did not have sufficient change and we unfortunately did not have any change. So, he smiled and said "...no problem, why don't you come back tomorrow to pay. Enjoy your dessert!" We were floored! Of course, we returned the very next day to make our payment and to purchase more goodies. We now go regularly and have stopped buying dessert anywhere else.

Value: Good value considering the skill, service, fresh ingredients and delicious final product!

Ambience: The bakery is tiny but clean. The owners' friendliness and warmth more than makes up for the basic decor.

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La Belle Patate1215 Davie Street, Vancouver
Disappointing.
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

Was looking forward to trying out La Belle Patate. Now that I have, I do not understand why there are so many positive reviews about this place.

Food: The menu portrayed a number of intriguing combinations of poutine but the product left much to be desired. The cheese curds were bouncy, slightly synthetic tasting and did not melt. The gravy was uninspiring "just add water to powder". The steamie was just ok. As suggested by its name, the mystery meat hotdog and bun was steamed, topped with what I can only guess is their idea of coleslaw.

Service: The guy behind the counter greeted customers warmly and provided friendly service. My concern was hygiene...or lack thereof. The person taking the order and dealing the cash was the same person preparing the meals. He did not wash his hands after preparing another customer's food order before taking our order and cash. Nor did he wash his hands afterward our transaction. Troubling.

Ambience: This is not a place to go for ambience. You go because you want fries with gravy. Very little was done to renovate the space previously occupied by a Chinese restaurant before it became La Belle Patate. The restaurant is run down inside and out. The exterior is mustard yellow and ketchup red with a dodgy front door. Interior is dark containing furnishings from the original Chinese restaurant. Not to mention everything - the aluminium containers, paper plates, plastic cutlery - is disposable. The place is really a hotdog stand in a building.

Value: Not great considering that for $5.50 all you get is a small aluminium container of fries, gravy and squishy cheese topping while the steamie was $2.50. Thankfully, this was shared between 2 of us to minimize the damage.

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