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CopiousWest End, VancouverSince September 15, 200612 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Cafe Il Nido780 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
'Decent', but no more.
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

Went there on a Friday at 7pm. The entire restaurant had less than 10 people including the two of us. The service was prompt. The lady that sat us was somewhat friendly but spoke and so softly and hesitantly that it made us kinda wonder if she knew what she was talking about. Normally I don't expect waiters to be [fake] cheerful, but the man that took our order was VERY cold and had zero personality, not a hint of friendliness, and certainly someone you wouldn't want to cross. I'm paying well over $20 for an entree, I would like to see the service to be a lot more polished.

I understand it's Italian food and it's a type of restaurant that most people would want to sit around for, but the food was still SLOW. We went through two and a half rounds of complimentary bread before we saw our meatball appetizer. It took another 15-20 minutes before our entree showed.

I was recommended the salmon, and my company picked the chicken. Our dishes looked very similar except for the protein (obviously) and the main sauce. Most of the accompanying items were identical in construction. The plate was presented well, but seeing two almost identical plates make the chef look lazy for such an uninspiring combination. My fish was good but slightly overdone. My company's chicken was really tiny for the price you pay ($27), good thing we were full on the bread earlier. Overall, the dishes were good but nothing special, it felt flat and boring, and it was difficult to point out the Italian in it. My company was more lenient with his chicken dish.

With so many good restaurants in downtown, Il Nido offers very little to compete. Unfriendly service, uninspiring food, and high prices for the quality makes Il Nido a bad choice for upscale dining.

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Barefoot Kitchen1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good food, good value.
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

Most West Enders remember the shady-looking Chinese restaurant that used to occupy this subterranean location. So it was refreshing to see something new and bright in its place.

Barefoot Kitchen (BK) is one of many Japanese/Casual restaurants that's been quite popular around here (Yoshokuya, Ebi-ten, Dae Ji). They specialize in fried items (tonkatsu, seafood, minchi katsu..etc), curries, and in the case of BK, also a small selection of pasta and stir-fried items.

BK was clean and bright, somewhat utilitarian but not too tacky. I had a 'hamburg' served on a hot plate and my partner had a tonkatsu plate. The food was presented neat and clean, it had all the expected side dishes and condiments. My hamburg wasn't as 'fluffy' as it could, but it wasn't bad. The tonkatsu was done well, side dishes were tasty. Portions were what you would expect for the price - very reasonable. Most curry dishes were ~$9, and other 'entree' dishes can go as low as $6.50. The average hungry person should be quite satisfied for about $10-$13 including taxes and tip. All kitchen and waitress staff were Japanese when we were there; very friendly as expected.

Overall, BK's food is simple, accessible, and young. It's a great alternative to Yoshokuya and Ebi-ten on this side of WestEnd.

Please note my star rating is based on other similar restaurants.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Really Average food
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

It's always silly to see people line up for this place, knowing full well the food is just average.

Went there for lunch the other day, the plastic table cover was ripped, chair next to me had a huge ripped hole with foam sticking out, dirty cutlery (had to take one from another table), the place was dark and dirty (even for daytime), didn't even want to see what the washroom looked like.
As for the portion size, let's take the popular chicken souvlaki for example. Sure you get a great amount of food, but the quality is just average, rice is really bland, potatoes were good, and you can't really screw up the greek salad, and the chicken was standard....nothing mind blowing. The whole quantity over quality thing induces images of mindless farm animals wolfing down low-grade feed. As for the price/value, well, you get what you paid for.

Bottom line: there are PLENTY of excellent greek restaurants in town, but don't fuel the hype and line up for this one.

Please note a 'two star' rating is considered 'Decent' (average, passable), not 'Poor'.

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Milestone's Grill & Bar1210 Denman Street, Vancouver
Pretentious, Pretentious, Pretentious
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

Was there on Valentine's day with a friend of mine, the waiting area was full of people waiting for a table, but the restaurant had more then enough empty tables to accommodate everyone waiting. Explanation was that everything was reserved for the special day....apparently there were a lot of no-shows, the restaurant never filled up during the time we were there. Oops!
Doorman dressed in black opened the door for us, and we were promptly greeted. Decor was nice, they're going for the upscale thing with fewer and darker colours, with wood and slate. It felt dark and totally not casual (at least in the evening). The restaurant felt much louder because they opened everything up.
Service was really pretentious, our server assumed since it's Valentine's day, every couple that came in (regardless of age gap and gender - not there's anything wrong with that) must be lovers and we were greeted accordingly and offered a Valentine's day 3-course meal....the server also said something that was way too presumptuous....must be his off night, note I still rated Service as 'Solid'.
This restaurant chain like to upsale food items, our server offered drinks, appetizers, extra dips for my dish, and desserts...Milestone should be proud of our server....he did everything by the book. (to restaurants: it's annoying and very car-salesman like, and it doesn't work on everyone....might even backfire.)
For the price you pay, the food was fully within expectations and good, they were presented nicely and my meal was hot, no complaints. A chicken pasta dish will set you back $18, a chicken salad was around $14, burger and fries were in the $13 range. Popular appetizers were easily over $11.

I'm sure it'll continue to be a very popular place, especially given the location, but you won't see me there during dinner hours anytime soon.

BTW, don't EVER get the booth that's right in front unless you want to freeze to death in the winter (pretty unhappy people in that booth tonight).

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
There's a new Ramen place in town....
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

I consider myself pretty picky and a bit of a gourmand, but I'm not Japanese and not a ramen connoisseur, but if you are, please ignore my review and go experience it yourself.

This review will be more relevant if you've been to Kintaro, where many people consider to have one of the better/best ramen in town.... (although my Japanese friends wouldn't be caught dead eating there.)

Benkei basically have the same menu as Kintaro; pick your soup base, pick quantity of noodles, pick lean or fatty pork, and pick your toppings.

The presentation wasn't very flashy, at least Kintaro makes some effort of stacking the toppings a little. I picked the miso soup base; the ramen was cooked nicely, not too mushy and had a good bite. Soup was bold and rich, but it was slightly on the salty side for me. You get two pieces of pork by default. I wasn't sitting by the kitchen, but I'm pretty sure the pork was grilled over real flames to give it a smoky flavour. Although the pork had a wonderful flavour, my 'fatty' pork pieces were pretty darn chewy (not sure if it's prepared like that on purpose.)

The interior was very nicely decorated (as you would expect for a new place), miles ahead of the utilitarian and grungy state of Kintaro. I was at Benkei around 2.30 in the afternoon on a weekday, and the place was buzzing at 80% capacity. Staff was quite busy, so don't expect to get a second or third round of water without asking. (they're still hiring)

Benkei's food quality is pretty much at par with its closest competitions, but its clean and new setting puts the whole dining experience beyond them.

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Knight and Day Restaurant1061 Denman Street, Vancouver
Predictable and safe food...that's not a bad thing.
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 10:37am [Dine in]

Visited the restaurant for dinner shortly after their official opening (mid-Jan 08), so their hours are not the expected 24 hours as of this writing. There was a sign that said they'll open later (9pm) in the near future.

Staff were in an extra cheerful and friendly mood (must be from the new paint). KD's menu items are not very adventurous and would remind you of Denny's selection; salad, soup, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, 'Italian', and breakfast. That's not a bad thing, sometimes you just want some simple food that you don't have to fuss over. I had a chicken sandwich and my partner had breakfast. Food presentation was nice. Our meals were good (for what it was) simple and honest, almost like you cooked it yourself. I should note the service was a tad bit on the slow side when we went, but I suspect it was due to the new opening and they didn't have the full compliment of staff.

This is certainly *not* a place you go for food that'll blow your mind, but if you just want simply prepared and familiar food that's more exciting than fast food, KD is just the place.

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New Age5411 Kingsway, Burnaby
Food tastes great! Thanks to MSG.
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

New Age caters mainly to people that appreciates traditional Chinese and Taiwanese dishes. Everything on the menu should look familiar for most Chinese/Taiwanese people, but if you're the type that order Sweet and Sour Pork, then you should fully expect to see something new. I've been there a number of times, the service was always exceptional for a place such as this; staff was attentive, very quick and efficient, and used very polite language (something that actually seemed outta place for a Chinese restaurant).
I'm sure they have a Star Trek Replicator running in the back, because the food is served VERY quickly; presentation is plain, functional, but as expected. Most dishes hovered around $10, and the portions are reasonable.
The food always tasted great; from "Three-Cup Chicken", "Pork Blood Soup", "Beef Tenderloin with Garlic and Black Pepper", Dry Squid and Pork Stir Fry"".
However, the excellent taste comes with a price. I was there couple of days ago, and we ordered the Beef Tenderloin, Fish Soup, Tofu/Veg, and Chinese Squash; they all tasted great, but the MSG got to me pretty bad. I got *very* tired, *very* thirsty, and a slight headache. Symptoms lasted for the rest of the evening. Too bad my last visit has prompted me to reconsider going back, unless i remember to specifically ask them to cut out the MSG (assuming they can do that).

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Yoshoku-Ya Restaurant774 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great place that you want to keep to yourself!
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 11:31am [Dine in]

I've been going to this place for many years, this restaurant serves Japanese versions of north american/european dishes (steak, hamburger, gratin). They specialize in deep-fried items like tonkatsu and hamba-ga (deep fried pork and hamburger, respectively). The food and its presentation is *forever consistent*, and very good. This place is well known in the asian (japanese, taiwanese, korean) community, white people are usually accompanied by their asian partners...they might get looked at a little. Front of the house is usually ran by a high-strung lady, she's direct and efficient, but certainly not warm and caring. She's a cross between the Soup Nazi and Miss Swan from Mad TV. It's fun to see her in action, and you should not be offended if she does anything that seems impolite in a regular restaurant - don't bug her, she's busy! This is one of those places where you don't really want to tell everyone about, because the food is of great value, and you don't want the place to be busy. Expect to wait in line during peak hours on weekends. Bottom line: just go, try anything, and it'll be great!

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
Nice food, will go again!
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 10:39am [Dine in]

Service was prompt, simple, and met all expectations. We ordered Phat Thai, Yellow Curry, and Stir Fried Green Beans with Shrimp (not very exciting, i know). It doesn't take much to notice these particular dishes were not authentically Thai, however, they are quite tasty if you don't think you're supposed to be eating Thai. Our Phat Thai dish lacked a bit of flair and colour, presentation overall wasn't anything special, knife work and food prep could use more polish, (chicken and peppers were cut up lazily). Looking at the menu, you'll notice a lot of the dishes are in the 3-pepper spicy range (out of 4), but don't let that scare you, if you can eat Korean Kim Chi without problems, it's all good. Portions are quite generous compared to places in downtown, expect left-over if you order three dishes between two people. Always look for coupons in the Georgia Srt. for 2-4-1 entrees. Will certainly go back to try specialty dishes that's not so pedestrian. For hassle-free parking, park at Save-On Foods and walk over. Thank you for reading my review.

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Marble Slab Creamery1184 Denman Street, #103, Vancouver
poorly trained employees
Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

employees are too young and inexperienced. don't have any idea what they're doing. i witnessed one staff not sure how to use the whipping cream container, and ended up pouring liquid heavy cream over someone's dessert. everyone except for the two adults there were severely undertrained and inexperienced, i see staff going back to double check the recipe manual for assembling instructions.

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Law Courts Restaurant800 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Totally Overlooked!
Submitted Friday, September 15, 2006 - 1:19am [Dine in]

If you're looking for a quiet place to eat in the heart of downtown, this is the place! due to it's location, it's totally overlooked by the tourists and the locals alike (unless you work in/around the law courts). We were there for lunch, both of us had the soup/sandwich deal....the food wasn't overly fancy, but it was definitely good (solid above average) and it was certainly good value.
Probably because of the obvious clientele, the service was very good, and it certainly had a fine-dining, but relaxed ambiance.

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Gelarmony1094 Denman Street, Vancouver
Overrated!
Submitted Friday, September 15, 2006 - 12:52am [Dine in]

First of all, matchalatte is completely wrong when it comes to "You can get two scoops for the price of one -- something that the other places on Denman don't offer." As of today, ALL of the gelato places on Denman offer two flavours for the basic price.

Anyway, there are four gelato places on denman, and this one is definitely over-rated! There's simply no reason for 15+ people waiting in line to get their fix. All of the other three places on denman offer indistinguishably good gelato. Yes, they have a great variety of funky flavours, but if you're the type that like to play it safe but don't like to wait in line with indecisive people, try somewhere else.

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