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curmudgeonDowntown VancouverSince November 23, 2006Favourite List (1)100 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Reviews

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Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
decent fish
Submitted Monday, November 30, 2009 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

Went back to Dave's for the first time in many years.
It's exactly as I remember it.

Ordered the 2 piece cod & chips, a cup of the new england clam chowder, a green salad and an order of calamari.

The fish & chips and the clam chowder are pretty good, the salad was decent and the calamari was okay (could be a little crisper).

The service is quick and friendly.
The room is dated and could use a refresh.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
weekend lunch
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Stopped in for lunch on a Saturday, we were seated immediately, and given menus.

Between four of us we ordered, the roti, chicken satay, deep fried oysters, oxtail soup, pad thai, penang curried beef and the green papaya salad.

All was quite good, but the penang curry was the stand out.

Our server was excellent (pleasant, friendly and attentive).

The room is bright and understated, with bamboo accents.

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All India Restaurant1188 Davie Street, Vancouver
lunch buffet
Submitted Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

I stopped in for the lunch buffet on a lazy saturday.

The server immediately seated me, gave me a menu and asked for my drink preference. I chose the lunch buffet, and no beverage.

The selection was 3 curried veg dishes (potatoe & cauliflower, green beans & carrots, and chick peas) basmati rice, onion pakoras, tandoori chicken and butter chicken. Also included was a choice of naan, garlic naan, and roti. I chose the naan.

I found all of the buffet fare was decent, but not especially remarkable. The naan was very good though.

The room was clean and adorned in rich purple and grey.

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Khai Thai Cuisine2020 Oxford Connector, #203, Port Coquitlam
good lunch specials
Submitted Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

I've enjoyed lunch at Khai Thai on two occasions. The first time I ordered the Pad Praram, and the second I ordered the Pad Prik Khing.
The lunch special includes a salad (basically a simple green salad with thousand-island-like dressing) and a vegetarian fried spring roll. Both a decent, but not memorable.

The Pad Praram was good, but the Pad Prik Khing was better.

The service is respectable, but a teensy bit slow during the lunch rush (even though the restaurant was under capacity at the time).

The room is quite nice, with lots of south-east-asian ambiance.

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
fabulous
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

Celebrated a birthday dinner at Market.
I arrived early and although I was given the option to be seated at my table immediately, I chose to wait for the rest of my party.

Once arrived, we were immediately seated in the main dining room and the server took our drink orders.

For dinner, I had the seared scallop appy, the sable fish main with a side of grilled asparagus, and cheesecake for dessert. All of food was absolutely perfect (I nibbled a little of the lamb off my companion's plate and this seemed to be the favorite among our group).

Our server was excellent, attentive, helpful, and warm.

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DB Bistro Moderne2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
mostly good
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 11:46am [Dine in]

Stopped for an early dinner on a saturday with a party of four.

The restaurant had just opened and were still getting ready for us, so we had to wait briefly before the server took us to our table.

We ordered the alsatian tarte flammbe appy, the steak frites with peppercorn sauce for a main (with an added side of sauted spinach), with the napolean of raspberries for dessert.

The tarte flambe was quite good, but not especially noteworthy. The steak was ordered medium-rare but it was probably more medium and medium rare. That said, it was still a very good steak and the fries were excellent (hot crisp and tasty). The side of spinach was very good. The napolean of raspberries were good, but again not especially noteworthy.

Our server was excellent, attentive, and pleasant.

Room/ambiance is comtemporary but casual.

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Nat's New York Pizzeria1080 Denman St., Vancouver
good pizza
Submitted Friday, July 31, 2009 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

Having visited NYC and enjoyed the real thing, I decided it was time to try Nat's and see if it compares.

Nat's pizza is very much done in the NY style, and they do it fairly well.... big slices, thin crust, crisp on th edges, slight chew to the dough, light toppings.... quite tasty and well prepared.

It's not quite the authentic thing, since most of the old NY pizza places use charcoal fired brick ovens (Nat's appears to be using gas ovens)... so the light char and slightly smokey flavour of NY Pizza isn't quite there.

Service and ambiance were decent considering it's really a takeout establishment (as opposed to a formal restaurant).

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
weekend brunch
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

reserved a table on the patio for a sunny weekend brunch, and had a fabulous time.

Between my friend and I we split the manhattan seafood chowder, Dotty's Chopped Salad and a King Crab omelet. All were prepared with love and precision. I particularly enjoyed the crab omelet with asparagus and a creamy goat cheese.

Our servers were friendly, and attentive... And on a sunny day, the rooftop patio is like a relaxing oasis... comfortable, elegant but accessible and inviting.

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Wallflower, The2420 Main Street, Vancouver
simple fare, done right
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 8:00am [Dine in]

stopped in for dinner on sunday and ordered the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and veg, while my dining companion ordered the meatloaf wellington (also with mash and veg).

The fried chicken was very good (if a somewhat modest portion), the veggies were done just right (al dente, if its possible to apply that term to vegetables), but I though the mash potatoes were a little damp (they appear to be using red potatoes to make it.... while theres nothing wrong with that, I like my mash potatoes on the fluffy side).

The meatloaf was excellent, great taste, with that flaky puff pastry crust.

The server (and the room) were very casual, and friendly.

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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
superlative dining
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Made reservations for a thursday night, arrived on time, and was seated immediately.

The server was superb, polite and attentive.

We ordered an appetizer of diver scallops on barely risotto with romesco sauce.

For my main, I ordered the pasta with spotted prawns, dungeness crab & cherry tomatoes, and my dining companion ordered the daily feature item of seared halibut with vegetables. Both were absolutely exceptional.

The room is warm if slightly dark, the dining area in the wine room is amazing.

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Urban Burger1067 Davie St, Vancouver
simple but done well
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

There's nothing fancy or offbeat about Urban Burger. It's a basic hambuger, chicken burger (or veggie burger) served with fries and a softdrink or a milkshake.

But they do it well. The burger seems to be fresh (not frozen), the bun lightly toasted, and all made to order.

The service and ambiance are as you might expect at a diner, prompt and efficient.

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Pho Central1161 Davie Street, Vancouver
Teeny tiny place, superb pho
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

This tiny little place (just 8 small tables and maybe seating for 20 in the entire restaurant) has some splendid pho.

I've been in several times, sampling the pho and the grilled chicken/pork/etc vermicelli dishes and all have been excellent. Freshly prepared, well made, and quick and inexpensive.

The servers are pretty prompt and attentive, and try their best.

The room is cramped and plain, nothing to rave about, but at least it's clean.

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
DOV2009
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Went to Saltlik for my only DOV outing of 2009.

Arrived a couple of minutes early before our reservation but was seated immediately. The DOV menu was not offered until I asked for it.

I ordered the skirt steak (medium-rare) with roasted fingerling potatoes, roasted tomatoes and micro greens. It came with the crab cake appetizer and a creme brulee dessert.

The steak was excellent, prepared just right (although the roasted potatoes were unremarkable). The crab cake was very good, as was the (very large portion of) creme brulee.

Our server was prompt, attentive and courteous.

The room is fairly typical "casual steakhouse", not unlike an Earls or Cactus club (black leather, red ambient lighting, TV screens and loud music). Actually, I found the music a little louder than I liked.

Otherwise a very solid experience.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
yummy pizza
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 10:23am [Dine in]

Stopped in at Marcello's for a weekend lunch.

We were seated immediately, and given our menus and prompted for drinks, which we declined.

We ordered the pizza contadina, and the baked canelloni stuffed spinach and ricotta. Both were very good, albiet the pizza was a little soggy in the middle.

Our server was quite pleasant, and prompt. The room is very bright and warm, but I imagine it being very noisy and cramped when it's busy.

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Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant551 Howe Street, Vancouver
pretty decent
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

This would appear to be a family run business.

From the outside looking in, it would appear to be a soup & sandwich place with an all-day breakfast. And it is. But their forte seems to be vietnamese cuisine and the customers seem to know this as well, since 90% of the customers are ordering the pho, or the lemon grass pork on rice, etc

I've sampled the pho and the lunch special stir fry and both are quite solid. Tasty and fresh.

Given the cafeteria style format, the servers do a respectable job and fairly quick.

It's extremely busy during lunch hour, so be prepared to wait, or visit outside of the noon-to-one-oclock stretch.

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
super
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 10:32am [Dine in]

Made reservations for 4 at Pied a Terre for dinner on a Saturday evening. We were seated immediately (with us seated, the restaurant was full).

I ordered from the "TABLE D'HÔTE" menu, selecting the salade verte, the steak frites onglet (with roquefort & mustard sauce) and the chocolate mousse.

The salad was fresh and crisp with a sharp mustard vinegrette. The steak frite onglet was a medium rare hangar steak (done expertly and the roquefort mustard sauce was superb) served with creamed spinach, roasted tomato and pomme frites (all of which were excellent... the frites were fabulous).

The chocolate mousse was very good.

It's noteworthy that, by the standard of french restaurants, the serving portions here are quite generous.

The service was attentive and prompt without being obtrusive.

The room is very simple, white walls with black & white photos of Paris. varnished dark wood tables... not unlike the simplicity of the sister restaurant, La Buca. The room is somewhat small and a little cramped.

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
not bad
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 10:00am [Dine in]

Came for a going-away dinner for a friend (it was his favorite pig-out place).

The food is pretty good for a buffet, but not remarkable. The naan and the butter chicken are solid, the lamb curry, curried vegetables and chili chicken are okay.

The room is clean and bright, and service is pretty much as you'd expect from a buffet (self serve, with bussers coming by to pick up your dirty plates).

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
tropika
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 9:02am [Dine in]

It's been a while since I went to any of the Tropika restaurants, but we had a sudden craving for satay, and drove by the location on Cambie.

Had to wait about 15 minutes for a table (on a friday night).

We ordered the satay combination (that included the sweet & sour pork and the curried vegetables), an appy of the Roti Kanai, and the "homestyle chicken". Tropika's satay is still one of the best I've had (although the peanut sauce that comes with it is just okay). The roti was soft and sweet and delicious. The sweet & sour was decent, but not particularly noteworthy.

The highlight was the homestyle chicken, a sweet marinaded chicken that's cut in pieces and deep fried. Absolutely fabulous.

Service was snappy and efficient.

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Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
Mmmmm yummy
Submitted Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for lunch and this little place was just packed. Waited about 10 minutes for a table.

I ordered the grilled lemon grass chicken with veg and noodles, while my friend ordered the beef stew with rice. Both were very good indeed.

Service was pretty good given how busy the place was.

Room is clean and functional (and a bit cramped), but given that this is value dining place, ambiance is not a biggy.

I need to come back to try the pho.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
pretty good, excellent noodles
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Having dined here a couple of times, I've ordered the "Peaceful noodles" (stirfried thick noodles with prawns, bbq pork, thin carrots and green veg), the beef roll (northern pancake with thinly sliced beef, green onions and hoisin sauce), the potstickers, the soup buns, and the soup noodles with pork chops.

All of which were pretty good, especially the fresh hand made noodle dishes.

Service was, by my standard for chinese restaurants, very good.

The room was bright, but otherwise unremarkable.

Worth a return visit.

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