Still the best place for a healthy lunch in down-town!
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 12:51pm [Dine in]
Cuiscene is probably one of down-town Vancouver’s best kept secrets. It is awkwardly hidden on the fourth floor of the Sears store.
I've been going there for lunch on & off for a few years now.
Some colleges have shown me the place a few years back. Since then I try to go there when I have to work down-town. I've been told that they make almost everything form scratch which seems believable. All the times I've been there they have been serving consistently excellent food. Their daily specials are always interesting. I had the trout special the other day and it was outstanding. Prices are very reasonable. Almost everything is under $10.00. It's hard to find a deal like that down-town these days.
Too bad they don't have any windows. The restaurant itself is a bit drab, especially for this time of year. Sometimes we end up getting our lunch in a take-out container to take back to the office or find a place outside to eat. Service is usually friendly and pretty quick. I’ve bee told the will be closing by the end of summer, along with the Sears store, which is unfortunate. I will be back a few more times before then.
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Still my vavorite cake place, but sliding somewhat.
Submitted Friday, May 11, 2012 - 12:39pm [Dine in]
Diplomat bakery is still one of the best places in the Vancouver area to by high quality cakes, for any occasion. Having said that, I am a bit disappointed that the individual portion sizes have gone down in the last year.
Prices have been pretty stable though, so I guess they raised their margins by getting more pieces out of a cake. Prices for whole cakes have remained the same for a long time though, so you're getting the best deal buying whole cakes.
Here is my only real peeve: The tiramisu cake, long time my absolutely favorite and exeptionally good, is now cowered with some sugary fondant icing which really messes with the great flavour of the cake below. I've actually stopped eating the tiramisu now.
If they would go back to doing the Tiramisu cake the way they did before and not put that horrible icing on it, it would again be my favorite.
Service is a bit hit & miss, but pretty good most of the time. Only if you're there towards closing time the servers behind the counter really show they'd rather close shop now and get out instead of serving the last few starglers coming into the store.
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Submitted Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 12:58am [Dine in]
Took my wife to Aladdin's in Nanaimo last weekend. She's vegetarian so I was looking for something interesting down that line. She had the falafel wrap and I had the lamb wrap. We both had the curried lentil soup to go with our wraps as a combo. We shared the rose pudding for dessert. All of the food was very good, fresh and nicely prepared. My lamb was quite good and I'd probably have it again. But then I had a bite of my wife's falafel and must say, it's the best I ever had. She said the same thing. Needles to say, I'll skip the meat next time too. The soup was a little bit spicy, as we like it, and nicely seasoned. All in all the food was great. It took a little bit longer then we expected, for the food to come. There were only two other tables with customers. However we got there quite late (about 9:15 PM) and were told they had a very busy service earlier. They may have been running out of steam or some supplies and had to make extra for us. No big deal. Service was otherwise very friendly and helpful.
Only bad thing I can say about the place is that it really needs a good scrub down. All the furniture looks very worn and grimy. So does the floor.
Prices were reasonable for the quality of food.
We will probably be back at Aladdin's on our next visit to Nanaimo.
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Submitted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 5:23pm [Dine in]
We have been going to Nao quite regularly, since we first tried it about a year ago.
First thing we noticed was that the prices are just a little bit higher then at some of the other suhi places. Not by much though. There are many cheap sushi places around. Some quite good, some not so good. At Nao, we've eaten up & down the menu somewhat and I must say the meals we had there were superb. The fish was very fresh, well cut and portions were generous. Any of our dishes that required seasoning were very well balanced and tasty. So for just a little more money you get a very good meal, every time. So it's well worth it.
The place is usually very busy, which means I'm not the only one who likes it. Service can be a bit slow at times but for us it was always friendly and we were looked after quite well.
I recomend this place and will be back again soon.
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Submitted Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 6:22pm [Dine in]
We went here a few times now. First try was by chance because a place next door we wanted to go to was closed, so we gave this one a try.
The menu is quite extensive, but most of the dishes have the same sides.
Most dishes come with freshly baked lawash bread which is really good and worth ordering some on the side, if your dish doesn't include it.
The place is not fancy. Has kind of a take-out pizza joint look.
But it does lend it some authenticity. When I visited Turkey many years back, most reataurants looked like this one. Open storefront look with glass display fridges where they display there wares. A seating area off to the side or in the back. The seating area here is nicely kept and the whole place is extreemely tidy. Service was prompt and genuinely friendly.
Our dishes: Veggie Curry (very spicy), Lamb Shish, Beef Shish were nicely prepared and very tasty.
The dishes are quite simple, Some nicely seasoned meat, savoury sauce, rice and a few simple salads to go with it. Some prices are perhaps a little bit high consodering the simplicity of the dishes. But all was very well prepared and the uniqueness of the flavours are well worth going there once in a while.
I recomend this place and will be back.
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