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cocoeatervancouverSince February 16, 2007323 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
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Siena1485 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Great dinner place
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 8:50am [Dine in]

Went on a weeknight and restaurant was half full. I like the many specials on the chalkboard to compliment the menu. Tried most of the specials including daily brushetta of smoked duck - just ok not much duck, fried risotto balls - very good, cod cakes - nicely fried over pea shoots, burrata salad - again more pea shoots, leek and bacon ravoili - great texture and best dish, putanesca pasta - very good. The appies prices ranged from $7-$17 with the high being the burrata salad. The pastas were in the mid to high teents. Tried a few of their desserts including strawberry tart and fudge brownie, both were good. The service was very good with a small but good wine list of mostly Italian and Spanish wines. Overall good value. Place is quite casual which is fine for the area. Would come back.

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Po Kong Vegetarian Restaurant1334 Kingsway, Vancouver
Hits and misses
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 - 8:57am [Dine in]

Went on a weeknight for dinner. I think they just changed the name from the old Bo Kong on Main street as the menu is identical and it looks like the same owner/manager. First thing I noticed was the cheap plastic disposable table cloths. For what this restaurant is charging and trying to be, this does not match. Tried the gluten in 4 flavors, not bad - an appy, fried fresh shitake - very good in a sweet/sour type of sauce, spinach noodles with various mushrooms - very good, hot and sour soup - not the best and on the bland side, fried taro and milk - taro was ok but the milk was still cold and hard inside. This was replaced but still the same problem and they took it off the bill. Overall dishes are in the teens and this seems a bit high for the cost of the ingredients. Nice place to try once but wouldn't go back.

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Great lunch spot
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2012 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

Right on Lonsdale near 12th right beside Bravo Cuccina. Went for lunch and had the roasted beet salad ($11) and sampled the calamari ($10), both were really good withthe calamari a bit of a Asian twist with some chilies. Then had the fish duo ($16), salmon and tuna. Both cooked perfectly on top of an chinese blackbean type of sauce. It came with a piece of fried squash, almost tempura like as well as 2 bean curd egg rolls. These are very much like the fried ones you would get a a chinese restaurant at dim sum. It may sound odd but the Asian style and fish matched. Great service even though waiter was buy himeself with 4-5 tables occupied. Value is decent for this level of food and nice a bright restaurant. Would return.

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Thai Food4820 Kingsway, #348, Burnaby
Avoid at all cost at Food court - Metrotown
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2012 - 8:46am [Dine in]

Went for a quick bite before the movie and there are lots of choices in the food court and I made a big mistake in picking Thai Food. They have already prepared foods plus some made to order noodle soup. Went for the prepared food. The pad thai was awful - pale, overcooked noodles with no taste. Had the assorted veggies - overcooked and limp with no taste and finally their spicy fish - fried but was sitting out too long so no longer crispy. Under $10 but not worth it. Rather go to Vina or U Grill or even a burger at A&W. Just stay away.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
High End Seafood
Submitted Friday, August 17, 2012 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

I would say this is the Joe Fortes or Coast of North Van. Great spot with unobstructed views of the water. 2 floors with the bottom floor and patio normally open as the restaurant. Went for lunch on a weekday and the patio was full with a few tables inside. Tried the oysters which were good, beef carpaccio was just ordinary. Then had the salmon which was good, but a bit underseasoned. A wide choice for lunch with the appies in the teens, burgers/sandwiches in the mid to upper teens and the mains in the $20 range. I think this is the same pricing level as fine dining places downtown. Service was efficient but a few hiccups like forgetting cutlery and slow in clearing tables but overall good. People will come here for the view and with the food being pretty solid, a good place to go. Just a bit on the expensive side if it's a weekly place. Would come back and enjoy the patio.

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Portland Craft3835 Main Street, Vancouver
Some hits and misses
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 11:19am [Dine in]

Went on a weeknight and surprised how busy it was. The entire downstairs was full by 7pm and they don't open the upstairs except for the busier Fri and Sat. Menu is divided by price points, under $5, under $10 etc. Tried: Hazelnuts - very good with a sweet coating, cheese/meat plate - not bad but a bit on the expensive side at $18, chicken and waffes - not really that great, the chicken was over cooked and just didn't like the maple syrup and gravy combo, pork belly - more like deep fried thick cut bacon, potato and pork was too salty, lava cake - chocolate didn't ooze out and ice creem was spearmint flavor and just didn't match. Overall food was so so. They do have a good selection of Oregon beer on tap and service was very good. Nice place to hang out and have some drinks and maybe stick to the basics on the menu.

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Isami Sushi4603 Kingsway, #6, Burnaby
Good alternative to Sushi Garden
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2012 - 10:17am [Dine in]

Tried this place on a weeknight as Sushi Garden always seems to have a wait, I guess for the perceived value. The entrance is just off kingsway. Ordered the tuna/salmon sashimi - good but dissappointed they serve farmed salmon (no choice given), chopped spicy scallop roll was good, dynamite roll - just ok, ika karage - not good as it was overcooked, tempura - very good, agadashi tofu - very good. Overall pretty solid place with prices a bit higher than Sushi Garden but seems a bit higher quality. Prices for rolls $4-$6, appies around the same. Small place with basic decor, overall would return.

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Cinco De Mayo Mexican Grill200 W Esplanade, #102, North Vancouver
North Shore Mexican Food
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2012 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

This place opend up a few months ago and was waiting for an opp to try it. Went on a weekday for lunch. Pretty simple menu, soft tacos, burritos or quesadillas. Tried the soft tacos which came in corn tortillas with your choice of meats. The beef tacos were ok, a bit underseasoned and you get to customize with the staff putting various sauces, lettuce, corn in. The size is small and you would need about 3+ to be full. I prefer the places that have a salsa bar so you can self-customize your toppings. 3 tacos was approx. $7. Overall food was average with the normal service. Probably try it one more time but wouldn't go out of my way to go here.

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Chau Veggie Express5052 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Small Vegetarian Resto
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2012 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

Came here on a weeknight and noticed how small it was. Basically one long common table down the middle of the restaurant that seats 12. Then some bar seats along the wall and front window. It's a self serve restaurant where you go up to order/pay, they deliver your food, then you have to clean up your own table. It's Asian/Thai themed. Tried the Bun Choy - vermicelli (dry) with spring roll, veggiies and herbs - not bad; tried the salad rolls - very good; green papaya salad - very good and the coconut shake - good. Overall the food is good but a limited menu. Didn't get to try the soup noodles (pho style). A bit too small of a place for large groups and you would have to share a table. Prices are a bit on the high side, noodles around $10 and appies in the $4-$7 range, given the decor/level of service and cost of food ingredients. I don't like the self service aspect. Probably not return.

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Pink Pearl1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Retro Dim Sum
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

Came here on a weekday and the first time after it reopened after a fire/renovation. It was like being transported back to the 90's as they have push carts. I can see why they get their fair share of the tourist and infrequent Dim Sum diners as it's pretty order friendly. People can see what they are getting before they commit. I prefer the tick sheet as I know what I want and don't want to wait for that cart to come around. The dim sum quality is like the 90's as well, very crude and not very good. The shrimp dumpling fell apart, loose skin and loose shrimp paste. Other items like the rice roll were mushy, fried noodles were too wet, overall very average. Some of the items were luke warm as they were on the push carts. The female owner/manager berated a staff member in Mandarin in front of the customer which turned off the experience. Many of the staff commented on her behaviour afterwards. Place doesn't look much different except for a few flat screen TV's. Wouldn't come back as there are many better places further east on hastings.

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Mac Shack, The5395 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Good Concept
Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 8:52am [Dine in]

Tried this place on a weekday and it was quite busy. Menus are projected on a screen above the kitchen/order area. They have make your own mac and cheese or some of their specials. You order and they give you a number, much like Nandos. Tried their lobster mac - not bad but not much lobster, chicken pesto mac - very good and creamy, and hambruger mac - good. The dishes come in 3 sizes with the smalls ranging from $6-8 (more for lobster mac) and large in the low $20's. The smalls can feed one person. All of the dishes come in a iron dish which is different. But the best thing I tried was the westcoast salad, lots of mushrooms, pecans, carrots. Quite reasonable price for the portion. The service was a bit lacking but it was busy, but it's not a full service restaurant. Decor matched the food and was quite nice. Overall would come back. I can see this place being franchised as the concept can be replicated.

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Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Great Experience with a tasting menu
Submitted Friday, June 22, 2012 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

Called ahead and had them organize a 6 course tasting menu along with wine tastings for each course. Had the Buff mozzarella, spinache, grilled porcini to start - very good; then the roasted veal with tuna aioli - excellent; ravioli in butter and mint sauce - very good; sockeye samlom on lentils - good; grilled steak - excellent and finally a rhubarb type of mousse - not a big fan of. Wines came with each meal and were expertly explained by the GM. Service was fantastic. Room is nice and cozy. This was a special meal so price may not be reflective but generally they have starters in the $10-$15 range with the mains in the high $20-$30. Would recommend the in-house made pastas. They have a 3 course special dinner for $39 that I would like to try. Would come back again.

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Fable1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Great food but too loud
Submitted Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 8:43am [Dine in]

Tried the new restaurant opened by the runner up to Top Chef Canada on a weeknight. Did family style where we just ordered a bunch of appies and mains. Dishes that were great: Spagh and meatballs - a duck meatball on top of some noodles, canned tuna - olive oil poached and served in mason jar (best dish), chick pea fritters, halibut. These were all appies and priced between $8-$11. The mains included the duck breast - very good, gnocchi. The misses were the sea bream - a whole fish which was a bit undercooked and difficult to eat/share, flank steak - pretty standard. Main prices were in the hight $20's. Portions were a bit on the small side. Servcie was good until a large party arrived which increased the noise level where you couldn't hear the person in front of you. Really wouldn't want to go back if there is a large party. Overall food was good. PS: The need to get their website to work.

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Flying Pig, The1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Some Hits and Misses
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 8:50am [Dine in]

Went on a weekday and got there before 6pm as they have a policy of no res and no seating until all of your party has arrived. Did our own family style dinner and shared multiple dishes. Clam and Mussels - very nice in a tomato and capers sauce but the matchstick fries were not crisp, shortribs - very good/tender, pork chop - very good but came with poutine which was just average, seafood pasta - very good with lots of seafood and big wide pasta, tried some of their sides including rissotto - very good, bone marrow bread - more like just cheese bread as couldn't taste the marrow, mushroom gratin - just average. The service was very good and dishes cleared/glases changed for wine quickly. Place is very casual and the prices are reasonable with the mains in the mid $20's and the sides/appies between $5-$10. Wine selection is a bit limited with about 6 reds and 6 whites to chose from in the $40 range. Would come back to order the hits and try some of the other items.

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Aria Pizza & Donair112 West 12th Avenue, North Vancouver
Dry Chicken, OK lamb
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 12:45pm [Take-out]

Tried this restaurant twice for lunch and had some mixed results. It's on a side street, about 1/2 block in from Lonsdale. More of a delivery and take out place rather a sit down place but they do have some small tables. First tried their lamb platter. Basically minced lamb over rice with some hummus, salad and pita. Pretty tasty lamb and well seasoned rice. Hummus was average. 2nd time tried the same platter but with chicken and the chicken seem to be shredded and very dry. Not like the chicken they carve from a roasting pole at other donair places but it was already in a tray. Would avoid the chicken. Cost is average at under $8. Service was quick and cheerful. Would only go back for the lamb. They have pizza and other items as well.

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Modern City2106 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Good Northern Chinese Food
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 8:57am [Dine in]

Was walking in Kerrisdale and noticed this newly opened Shanghainese restaurant. Seemed fairly busy for 1pm with 2/3 full and mostly Chinese. A check off style of dim sum menu on the weekdays and ticked off the steamed pork soup dumplings (XLB's). They were very good with ample soup. Had the Tan Tan noodles, just average but I prefer a less paste, more thin soup. But I think this is the traditionaly way. Had the cold duck which was very good. Great service, they do speak english but also Mandarin and Cantonese. Prices are average with the dumplings in the $6 range, noodles about $10 and many main noodles dishes below $10. Would come back at night to try their Peking Duck at $39 for 3 course.

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Nuba3116 W Broadway, Vancouver
New Location
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Checked out their new Kits location during the week. Restaurant is quite large with upstairs and a back area. On this weeknight, the front area was full but the remainder of the restaurant was empty. Tried their grand fest which is a few grilled items such as prawns - good, lamb - good and chicken - avg. Also Najib's special - great and a some dips - pretty standard. Then ordered off the menu and tried the lamb belly - very good with lentils, grilled octopus - good but a bit on the small side and their mince lamb - just all right. The only sub par item was actually their pita bread, it was very had and seemed almost day old. You would think they can get or make better bread. Grand fest was $50 which should feed 2-3 people, other mains in the teens. They added the standard tip which I don't like as we had 8 people. Service was good and also a good selection of wine. Overall, a great addtion to the area. Would return.

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Local Public Eatery2210 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Menu changed, gone downhill
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Went to have some food and drinks on the patio on a weeknight. Very busy but able to get a table outside, probably one of better patios in Vancouver. A review of the menu indicates they have changed some if the items. The fish tacos now come a la carte at $4 per order versus the previous 3 tacos with rice and beans. They also changed the tacos by replacing the corn tortillas with flour. The breading on the fish was also a bit thicker. Overall not as good. The tuna poke (cost in the low teens) was also a failure, small portion with unripe avocado. Chips were served in a big pasta bowl, unappealing. Service was solid but overall the food has gone downhill.

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Su Hang Restaurant8291 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
Good northern Chinese Food
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:20am [Dine in]

This restaurant is located across from the Price Smart in the same strip mall as Nandos. Lots of parking so ideal versus many other richmond restaurant locactions. Nice ambiance with table cloths and a more quiet setting versus your typical dim sum restaurant. Had the XLB's and they were very good, spicy wontons - good, daikon pastry - not as flacky as Shanghai River, steamed veggies dumplinig - very good but big, chive and shrimp dumpling - nice with some egg inside. Overall a great experience with good service. Value is about the same at about $12-$15 per person for dim sum. Would return.

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New York New York Greek Restaurant6361 152 Street, Suite 301, Surrey
Good local greek food.
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:16am [Dine in]

Went out on a friday night to visit this greek restaurant and seems like your good neighbourhood family run greek restaurant. Most areas need a place like this. Was very busy with locals but made reservations so seated right away. The restaurant is in your typical surrey strip mall, nothing exciting and the decor matches. Doesn't look like they have had any renos in a decade or more, typicaly 90's style. Started off with the calamari and very good. Then had the roasted lamb shoulder. Very good, tender and a bit on the fatty side but expected wtih the shoulder. Came with your normal greek salad, rice and potato. Tried some of their desserts, cheesecake - average and tiramsasu - a a bit bland. Service was excellent with a waitress that really seemed to enjoy her job. Prices were in the low teens for the appyes and high teens for the entrees. Would return.

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