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cocoeatervancouverSince February 16, 2007323 Reviews
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3 (2.9)
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Dan Japanese Restaurant2511 West Broadway, Vancouver
Japanese food the old fashion way
Submitted Friday, October 25, 2013 - 8:54am [Dine in]

The restaurant is on a quiet commercial block near Macdonald, beside Modern Burger. It seems to be run by a Japanese husband and wife with the help of 2 other employees. Went on a weekday and they have a good local following, also saw Tojo sitting at the sushi bar one night. Tried the uni - from BC and tasted very fresh, Big Eye Tuna - very soft and red in colour, egg custard - don't know the japanese name but very delicate and creamy, pine mushroom udon - not really udon as more like thai pho noodles, baked seafood motyaki - very tasty and not overly creamy and smothered in sauce, and scallop roll - pretty basic but done perfectly with the right amount of rice. Overall it's known for their sashimi and sushi but they have a good cooked food menu that does the basic japanese food properly. Price is on the high side but quality is very high as well. Good service with plate changes and quick clearance.

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Farmer's Apprentice, The1535 West 6th Ave, Vancouver
Great food
Submitted Friday, October 25, 2013 - 8:48am [Dine in]

Visited this newish restaurant twice. Once with a wine pairing and most recently with a group of friends. Small approx, 30 seat restaurant between granville and fir. Menu is everchanging and has a good variety of items and is intended to be shared family style. Tried their oxtail and egg on spatzle - very good but the egg was a bit over cooked and the yolk was not runny but very tasty, liver parfait - very light and airy with some granola, raw oyster with lemon sorbet - very good and could of had a dozen, scallops - raw with cucumers and was very good, octopus with unagi sauce - this was the best dish with very tender octopus, dry aged steak - large steak which is good for sharing, steak was good but I wouldn't come here to eat the steak. Wine selection by the glass is limited to 4 reds and 4 whites and some bubbly/rose, some reserve bottles but that can get expensive. Would suggest you ask for some sort of tasting menu and provide a budget and even better with a wine pairing. Overall a great spot, a bit hot inside as they need better ventilation. Good value for the food. Would be back for more.

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Green Leaf Sushi3416 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good sushi on Broadway
Submitted Friday, September 20, 2013 - 8:42am [Dine in]

I think this is the best sushi place among the many on Broadway between Macdonald and Alma. There must be around 10 and all mostly operated by non-japanese. This is a Korean run resto. They have many rolls with funny names just like the Eatery across the street. Started with their special of the night, appy tuna/wild salamon sashimi - very large pieces and good along with a spicy shrimp tempura roll. The combo was $15. Enough for 1 person. Added a seaweed salad ($5), just ok, the same one you can buy bulk at costco. Added another fancy chopped scallop roll ($8ish) which was pretty good. Then had an amebi (sweet shrimp) which was really good and they deep fried the head for you to eat as well. Was really fresh. Also a chopped scallop nigri which was fully packed. Think the nigri was $3. Resto was busy for a weeknight and service was spotty. Place is nice and bright but pretty basic. Overall would return for takeout or dine in.

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Baru Latino Restaurante2535 Alma Street, Vancouver
Food below expectations
Submitted Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 9:01am [Dine in]

Went during the week to this resto on Alma near Broadway. Wanted to try Latin/South American dishes. Started witht the trio of cerviche ($30), good way to sample all of their choices. Cerviches were very good and came with a nice banana chips. Ordered the halibut tacos ($13). I didn't like the mango salsa and actually prefer the fish tacos at the major chains (Joey's Earl's) and Tacofino. A bit on the sweet side. For the main, order Paella, it was too wet and reminded me of Portuguese style seafood rice where there is more liquid. Served in a bowl versus pan and liquid was still at the bottom when we finished. Flavors were good as well as there was plenty of seafood inside. The flat bread that came with the rice was not needed. Service overall was very good so I'll give it one more try. Prices were on the high side considering the portion size/food quality.

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Sofra Mediterranean Kitchen2277 W. 41st Ave., Vancouver
Nice place in Kerrisdale
Submitted Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 9:00am [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant in Kerrisdale on W41st. Same ordering concept as Nandos, order and sitdown and they will bring the food. It's says Mediterranean but I think more Turkish as very little seafood if any on the menu. Tried the lamb kabobs and it was very good and comes with a few dips, rice and salads. They do pizzas but they also have Pide, some sort of pizza like pie with different toppings. Had the feta cheese and turkish sausage. All items were good and the service was fast and efficient. Prices were in the $10-$15 range with some plattes for 2-3 for a bit higher price. Overall, a nice place to visit and would come back to try the platters.

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Pint Public House, The455 Abbott St, Vancouver
Stay away
Submitted Monday, August 19, 2013 - 10:37am [Dine in]

Went to this place before a Lions game as it's relatively close to BC Place. On the edge of gastown across from Tinsletown. The interior is quite dark and dingy and the layout is a bit of a L shaped. It just seems old and rundown pub even though it's relatively new. The menu is wing centric with 40 styles but after a few tastes, they all taste the same over sauced wings. Tried the wrap and they use naan bread which crumbles easily. Service was good for a game night with quick and cheerful service, value for what we got was way below average. I don't think a below average pub can last in Vancouver as there are better options nearby. Won't go back.

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Sushi Hachi Restaurant8888 Odlin Crescent, #1278, Richmond
Great Sashimi
Submitted Friday, August 2, 2013 - 9:38am [Dine in]

I've heard about this place via various food bloggers and reviews. It's located in a 2nd rate Asian Mall in Richmond and fronts Cambie. It's run by a husband and wife and is only open for a few hours for dinner service. It's quite small with about 25 seats. When I arrived at 6pm, they had just opened and had a few diners inside already. The menu is sushi, sashimi, some robata, rolls and a few appies. They have some cooked food but really nothing substantial in that area. They are known for their fish so ordered a few items. Sockeye sashimi - smallish portion, small pieces but cut very nicely, toro - very soft and good, sweet shrimp - very good and nice portion. Overall the sashimi was very good but as others have noted, smaller pieces, prices were on the higher side ranging from $10-$14. Tried some rolls, scallop and alaska, there were very good and a good value in the $3 range. Tried the scallop sushi which was very good, about $3 a piece. Also had the grilled geoduck, sea snail and squid. All in the $4-$6 range, geoduck was the body part, not the siphon but good to try. Overall, the fish is very fresh and if you are a sushi lover, probably a great place to go. Service is good considering only 1 server and 1 kitchen staff. Would come back for the sushi. Pricing would be in the higher spectrum.

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Sushi Hachi Restaurant8888 Odlin Crescent, #1278, Richmond
Great Sashimi
Submitted Friday, August 2, 2013 - 9:38am [Dine in]

I've heard about this place via various food bloggers and reviews. It's located in a 2nd rate Asian Mall in Richmond and fronts Cambie. It's run by a husband and wife and is only open for a few hours for dinner service. It's quite small with about 25 seats. When I arrived at 6pm, they had just opened and had a few diners inside already. The menu is sushi, sashimi, some robata, rolls and a few appies. They have some cooked food but really nothing substantial in that area. They are known for their fish so ordered a few items. Sockeye sashimi - smallish portion, small pieces but cut very nicely, toro - very soft and good, sweet shrimp - very good and nice portion. Overall the sashimi was very good but as others have noted, smaller pieces, prices were on the higher side ranging from $10-$14. Tried some rolls, scallop and alaska, there were very good and a good value in the $3 range. Tried the scallop sushi which was very good, about $3 a piece. Also had the grilled geoduck, sea snail and squid. All in the $4-$6 range, geoduck was the body part, not the siphon but good to try. Overall, the fish is very fresh and if you are a sushi lover, probably a great place to go. Service is good considering only 1 server and 1 kitchen staff. Would come back for the sushi. Pricing would be in the higher spectrum.

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Homer Street Cafe894 Homer Street, Vancouver
Roasted Chicken
Submitted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Went to this new resto that opend up at the begining of July. Normally would give it a month or two before trying but they had space on opentable so booked for a Sat night. Great space inside the renovated heritage building which the developer has nicely restored. Nice cafe part as well as a more formal dining area wiith a nice semi private dining area behind the bar. Nice clean look. Started with roasted chickpea dip which seemed to taste like hummus minus the garlic. It came with a few crostini but as usual it's not enough so we asked for more complimentary bread, dip was just average. Tried the fried chicken skin which was just OK, tasted like chicken wings mostly. The terrine was good as it came with some nice mustard. The restaurant seems to be famous for their rotisserie chicken which they feature on the menu but two out of the 3 items on their special menu were sold out. I'll chalk that up to being new and not knowing but would be a downer if this happens regularly. Chicken was good but can't help to think for $36 for the whole chicken and one side (smallish), it should be outstanding. Nandos does a good job. Also tried the shortrib pie which came out like shepard's pie, was just average. Tried a few desserts with the honey roasted dates as being superb but the brownie being dry and average. Service was great. Overall a bit overpriced for what we received with the appies in the mid teens and entrees in the low $20 range. Would come back but try different items.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
$19 Burger
Submitted Monday, June 17, 2013 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

Went to Bridges to check out one of the best patios in the city. Great views as usual between the bridges. The food has never been great out on the patio but looked at the prices and $19 for a beef burger, $24 for nachos as an example of prices. To me it looks like they are trying to gouge unsuspecting tourists who won't return for a 2nd visit. This is a pub/bar menu but with these prices and average quality, I'm not returning soon. So many other patios to go to. Service was average but the 15% min grat for 6 or more people was a bit surprising.

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Lily Mae's12 Powell Street, Vancouver
Good food but just too slow
Submitted Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 8:43am [Dine in]

Came on a weekend and they were just cleaning up after a big group had taken over the restaurant. Reservations for 7:30 but didn't get seated until closer to 8. Nice small restaurant with a great ambiance, small 2nd floor overlooking resto. Sat on the main floor which is just Ok. Ordered appies right away and had the pate - very good, crab cakes - just OK as not much flavor. However the order tood about 45 mins to arrive. We ordered the mains before the appies arrived and that took over 1 hour to arrive. Tried the rib eye - very thin cut, overcooked and chewy; stuffed chicken - average just OK and the mussels - very good. The manager/owner and server came to apologize for the wait and even took the steak dish off. Just the fact the kitchen couldn't push the food out fast enough, I would not return. Prices are pretty good but overall, lots of other places to go without having to wait for average food.

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Lily Mae's12 Powell Street, Vancouver
Good food but just too slow
Submitted Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 8:42am [Dine in]

Came on a weekend and they were just cleaning up after a big group had taken over the restaurant. Reservations for 7:30 but didn't get seated until closer to 8. Nice small restaurant with a great ambiance, small 2nd floor overlooking resto. Sat on the main floor which is just Ok. Ordered appies right away and had the pate - very good, crab cakes - just OK as not much flavor. However the order tood about 45 mins to arrive. We ordered the mains before the appies arrived and that took over 1 hour to arrive. Tried the rib eye - very thin cut, overcooked and chewy; stuffed chicken - average just OK and the mussels - very good. The manager/owner and server came to apologize for the wait and even took the steak dish off. Just the fact the kitchen couldn't push the food out fast enough, I would not return. Prices are pretty good but overall, lots of other places to go without having to wait for average food.

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Wildebeest120 W Hastings, Vancouver
Set menu night
Submitted Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 8:53am [Dine in]

We had a group of 7 so they suggested a set menu for $55. Started with some smoked olives - awesome, then some beet salad - very good, foie gras poutine- really good, beef short rib - could of cooked the fat off a bit more but very tender, pork osso bucco - this was a failure as the fat was over 50% of the pork shank, finally roast lamb - the best I've had at a restaurant. Lots of food and the service was great. Some great mixed drinks and a good beer selection. Value wise, for the amount of food it was a fair price. Would come back to try some other items.

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Strike3217 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good Taiwanese food in Kits
Submitted Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 8:44am [Dine in]

I'm not an expert on Taiwanese food but tried this place a few nights ago. The beef noodle was pretty good with large amounts of beef and good chewy noodles. The soup could of been a bit more flavourful. The dumplings seemed pretty standard and couldn't tell the difference between them and gyozas. Also had some of their fish tofu, mushroom and tofu stewed in soy sauce. Would come back and try their sizzling plates as that seems to be their speciality. Price for 2 was under $30 and service was good. Open until 11pm.

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Merchant's Oyster Bar1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Dine Out - Not that great.
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2013 - 9:31am [Dine in]

Went here on a weekend for dine out and reservations are a must during this event. Inquired about the buck a shuck they advertise on website and was told this was not being done during dine out. Wish they would of updated their website. Upgraded to a dozen oysters (+$13) to start. Good variety but a bit chincy on the horseradish and lemon. Then had the tuna poke - was good but maybe needed some avocado mixed in. Then upgraded to the steak (+$3). The steak was tender but the portion was very small and came with some greents. That was the $28 set menu which was very small and left hungry. Shared 2 desserts and again the portions were very small. I would say to pass on this place during dine out and only go during their oyster specials. Service was hit and miss with a few hiccups including incorrect wine being poured, incorrect food being served. Ambiance was ok, rather go to Chewies or Rodney's.

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Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Lunch Visit
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2012 - 9:35am [Dine in]

Went here on a weekday and the place looks great. The wood fired pizza oven is right by the entrance with an open kitchen to the side. Long bar in the back with some sort of wine storage system for opened bottles. Great renovation job since the last resto. Seated by the window and place is not that big, they have some large tables made out of large timbers and some outdoor seating. They have a few big screens for the sport fans. Ordered an arugla salad with bacon, blue cheese, nuts - very good, then shared a meatball ricotta pizza - good with the thin crust but gets a big soggy if left for a bit and shared a meat sauce pasta - good but would of preferred fresh pasta instead of the dried. Service was great wtih attentive service and frequent checks. Would come back to try the other pizzas.

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Edible Canada at the Market1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
November Fall Feast
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2012 - 9:41am [Dine in]

Visited the resto on a weekend and reservations are recommended. It's on Granville Island, just outiside the market. Their theme is sourced ingredients from Canada and they have a 4 course meal for $30. There are a few items on the menu that have added $$ supplements so I would really expect paying $35 for the 4 courses. Started with the Beet and Barley soup - very good, nice and clean flavours. Then had the seared tuna ($3 supplement) which was excellent as it had some tuna confit on top. Had the braised pork shoulder - a bit on the dry side but good flavors. Finally had the creme brule was was very good. Service was good and they have a good choice of BC and Canada wine with some on tap as well. Would come back to try their set menu as I understand they change it monthly.

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Amici1747 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Good Italian food
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2012 - 8:43am [Dine in]

Went on a weeknight and it was fully booked. Good thing we had reservations. Small table by the window. Had the Buffalo Mozz salad, a bit small and the tomoatoes were not ripe enough. Tried a taste of the marco polo pasta (chorizo mushsoom) which was very good. Then had the smoked black cod which was very good but the portion was a bit on the small side. Assorted sorbet to end the evening which was very good. Overall food is very good. Service was good given they were very busy. Place is rather small and with large tables, noise can be loud. Pricing is a bit on the high side with pasta just under $20 and mains in the high $20's.

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French Table Bistro, The3916 Main Street, Vancouver
Old Style French Resto
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2012 - 10:05am [Dine in]

Went on a weekend night and it was very busy with 2 seatings fully booked. Went for the 7:30pm seating. The place looks a bit dated even though its only been there for 1-2 years, small restaurant with average decor, nothing fancy or even professional about it. Tried some starters - Duck Terrine - very good and nice portion, escargots - dissappointing - very small and tasteless, sweat breads - not very good, small diced up pieces. Had the Duck Confit - very one note and heavy as it was on some beans. One colour and looked boring, didn't finish it. The desserts were just average as we tried the Creme Brule and the lemon tart. Prices for the appies were in the $10 range with the mains in the $20 range. Service was a hit and miss, some very long periods of no attention. Spilled water on glass table with no wiping, just not professional. Many other french bistros around to spend your money at.

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Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant11660 Steveston Highway, #1060, Richmond
Solid AYCE
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 8:46am [Dine in]

Didn't know until we sat down it was an AYCE restaurant. Was a bit hesitant but after taking a look on the menu, it seems to be a cut above your normal AYCE Japanese restos. They have about 5-6 sashimi choices including wild sockeye and Toro (Tuna). The rolls were not packed full of rice with the Negitoro and chopped scallop rolls being very good. The wait staff were available quickly and the food came out at a good pace. The hot food were pretty good especially the tempua and terriyaki. The only suggestion would be to indicate how many pieces per order so customers can adjust their orders. Would come back if I did AYCE more often, dinner was $22 per person which is pretty standard.

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