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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)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 41 - 60 of 100 Reviews Found
Cafe Luxy1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
good pasta, great value
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 7:44am [Dine in]

Stopped in for dinner on a friday evening, and I was immediately greeted and seated.

I ordered the daily feature pasta, that being linguine with chicken, spinach and mushrooms in a garlic tomato sauce, served with a small caesar salad and garlic bread.

The salad was just right, crisp and tasty with a freshly made dressing, the garlic bread was good.

The pasta came shortly later, an enormous serving, piled high with freshly made noodles, and a fine sauce made from fresh plum tomatoes.

The service was quick, friendly, and inobtrusive.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria970 Smithe St., Vancouver
good pizza, not bad pasta
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 10:35am [Dine in]

Stopped in for a light weekend meal, ordering the pizza salsiccia (mushrooms, peppers, onions and sausage) and a half order of penne with scallops, prawns & mushrooms in a white wine & cream sauce.

The pizza was very good, a light crisp hand made crust with fresh toppings, baked in a brick oven. Unfortunately, the pizza did become a little soggy in the middle as the meal went on.

The pasta was good, but not the same level as the pizza. The penne was al dente and the sauce was light and tasty, the seafood cooked just right.

Our server was friendly and attentive, but a bit overworked, he was running around pretty hard.

The room is very nice, with warm summery yellows, dark brick and deep wood colors, with that nice loft-type dining area.

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Saigon Venture1310 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Not bad....
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 10:25am [Dine in]

I've tried this place about 3 times over the last year, usually ordering the pho.

It's not bad, but I found the broth a little ....bland? Not bland perhaps, but it needed something. Be it more seasoning, or perhaps more reducing. The noodles were inconsistent. Sometimes they're just right, sometimes, they're soft and overcooked.

The server was prompt and friendly though.

The room is small, and clean, but unremarkable.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
It is a good hotdog, but
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

seriously, it's still a hotdog.

I ordered the misomayo, and waited for about 10 minutes for my order to be prepared. Ten minutes is nothing when you're at a sit down restaurant, but this is a street corner hot dog vendor. Ten minutes is a bit of a long wait. I won't penalize them for (what I consider) slow service since this was during the lunch rush, and it was busy.

No arguing that it's a good hot dog, and the specialty offerings are fairly unique.

As for ambiance, little reality check here.... it's a street corner hot dog stand. Not sure how you can give 3, 4 or 5 stars for that. Only if he offered private seating. ;)

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Cactus Club Cafe357 Davie St, Vancouver
It's been a while, but for the better
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

It's probably been over a year since I set foot in a Cactus Club, the last time, was the Broadway & Ash location, but I've never been disappointed with CCC.

I went for lunch with a group of colleagues from work, they couldn't seat our entire group (of eight) at a single table, so they split us in two groups at adjacent tables near the bar.

I ordered the regular burger with a half&half of fries and salad (with lemon thyme dressing).

The burger was excellent, the salad and fries were both good.

Our server was pleasant and perky, and the room was the standard contemporary & casual expected from CCC, Earls and Milestones.

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Real1795 Pendrell Street, Vancouver
worth a return visit
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

I stopped in for a late weekend lunch. I was greeted immediately and shown a small table by the window.

Since it was a weekend, the weekday lunch specials weren't available, so i ordered off the regular menu.

I ordered the chowmein with chicken in blackbean sauce, and a small plate of hargow. Both were very good, as good as some pricier chinese restaurants in the downtown area.

The server was attentive, cheerful and polite.

The room is fairly small, but clean & elegant in a minimalist "zen" sense. The only odd part was the dixieland jazz piping over the stereo, odd to be listening to dixie in a chinese restaurant.

I think I'll be back again for the weekday lunch specials.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
decent japanese
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

Went to Ebisu for a going-away luncheon for a work colleague.

I ordered choose-your-own combo, picking the asari soup, garden salad, katsu curry and the strawberry mousse.

The soup was good, the salad was excellent (I loved the combination of asparagus, snow peas, cucumbers and leafy greens, with the sweet miso dressing). The curry was tasty (as japanese curries go) but I found the pork cutlet a tad dry. The strawberry mousse was decent but unremarkable.

The service was prompt but I found the servers a little terse and aloof.

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Moxie's Classic Grill1160 Davie St, Vancouver
pretty good lunch
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

Went to Moxies for a company lunch meeting (always nice to get a meal on the company tab :) ).

I ordered the blackened louisiana chicken club sandwich, with a spinach salad (with bacon dressing).

The service was a little slow but perhaps expected since we had a party of twelve and they tried to get everyone's orders out at the same time. All the while, the servers were pleasant and prompt.

My sandwich was very good, although it certainly wasn't "blackened". That said, it was still very tasty, the chicken breast moist and flavorful. The salad was excellent.

The room is pretty nice, typical of the cactusclub/milestones/earls catagory of casual restaurants.

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Guu in Aberdeen4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2790, Richmond
noisy bustling place, decent food
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 7:50am [Dine in]

Having dined at the DT location, and several other izakayas, Guu in Aberdeen was a pretty familiar experience.

We waited for about 20 minutes for our table and were seated by the window by a most pleasant server.

We ordered:
yakiudon
grilled oysters wrapped in bacon
grilled pork cheeks
bibimba (korean rice dish in a stone bowl)
karubi (korean short ribs)
popeye salad
misomaya (grilled black cod w/miso mayonaise)
grilled beef tongue

I didn't care for the yakiudon, I found it wetter and saltier than I like.
The salad was also a bit salty (combination of the crisped bacon and the soy in the salad dressing).

But the beef tongue, the misomayo, karubi, oysters, porkcheeks, and bibimba were all excellent.

The kitchen seemed a little bit disorganized (we received half our dishes in the first 20 minutes, then our other half slowly trickled out over the next 40 minutes)

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Joey820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
good location, good ambiance
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

The food and the service are a little behind the location and the ambiance.

I went to Joey's for lunch with a group for lunch. Even though we arrived slightly before noon, there was already a line waiting for seating. We were offered some nice samples of drinks (a lychee ice tea) and a sample of one of the day's feature dish (lobster ravioli).

I ordered the club med sandwich, substituting the fries with green salad. Our group ordered a plate of the habachi wings as an shared appetizer.

The wings were very spicy and tasty.

The sandwich and salad were pretty good.

Points lost for what seemed like a slow lunch service.

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Le Gavroche Restaurant1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Food was very good, service was a bit off
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 10:34am [Dine in]

Decided to try the prix fixe menu, ordering the Salad Alberni (basically a green salad with crumbled bacon, shaved guyere and a light vinegrette), the Sole Colbert (breaded and seared sole served with greens on a bed of risotto), and finished with a lemon tiramisu.

The salad was decent, the sole was excellent, and the tiramisu was good (even though it didnt taste especially lemon-y).

The service was a bit slow, and confused (they admitted that there were several trainee servers working that night).

Room was nice, warm but a little dark (I suspect intentionally so), and surprisingly boisterous for nice french restaurant.

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Vinada Vietnamese Restaurant1260 Robson Street, Vancouver, Vancouver
one of the better viet places downtown
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

I've been in this little place a couple of times in the last month or so, sampling the pho and the grilled pork brochettes, and both are pretty good.

The service is acceptable and the room, well, it's clean if a little garish (not a fan of the bright neon).

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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
pad thai was my highlight
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 10:31am [Dine in]

Stopped in for dinner on the weekend, curiously enough, it went from nearly empty to packed-house in all of 30 minutes.

Ordered the pad thai noodles, the pad spinach, the flowered dumplings stuffed with chicken and gai yang. Of the four dishes, the pad thai was my favorite (a little on the wet side, but I like that way) but the spinach seemed to be the favorite among my dining compatriots. The gai yang was decent, and the dumplings we ordered just for curiosity's sake. They were purple steamed dumplings shaped like a carnation, stuffed with minced garlicky peppery chicken.

Servers were quite prompt, attentive and efficient, but I found it odd that the dumplings (which were on the appetizer part of the menu) arrived last.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
superb fish & chips
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

Go Fish is a curiosity. It's a fish & chip stand, in a parking lot, next to a marina. But it does it really well, it in a upscale fashion.

The fish is fresh, and cooked in a light crisp batter, served with crisp fries and a small side of coleslaw. The coleslaw has a hint of sesame oil, giving it an asian accent.

We also ordered the oyster po-boy sandwich was served on a soft toasted bun, with carmelized onions, lettuce and tomatoes.

The service and ambiance? Well it's a take out stand. You stand in line for 15 minutes and place your order. And there is seating on benches around the establishement.

But the fish is hard to beat!

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Dineout 2008
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 10:22am [Dine in]

Went to Gastropod for the Dineout event.

We were prompted taken to our table and given our menus.

I order the:

Grilled Salad (clean fresh tasting... I probably should have asked for the oysters, but I needed the roughage :p )

Chicken Medallioins (expertly prepared, taste was clean and simple ie. emphasis on the taste of the taste of the chicken rather than sauces) with fingerling potatoes and greens.

Chocolate Fondant, which is apparently a molten lava cake with a tart fruit sorbet on the side. The cake was exceptional, moist, rich and delicious. Probably the best part of my meal.

Our servers were excellent, courteous, prompt, but inobtrusive.

The room's muted lighting and colors were just right for a small intimate dining experience, they appeal to my preference for minimalist design.

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OPA! Of Greece412 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good take out
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

When I'm pressed for time, Opa!s pita rolls and salads are terrific. The pita bread seems to be freshly made, light, garlicky and delicious.

Personally, I'm a fan of the chicken pita and caesar salad.

As for the service and ambiance, well, it's formatted as a take out place. It's clean and pleasant, servers are nice, prompt and efficient so as take out goes, it's pretty nice.

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
Very good Dineout 2008 experience
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 6:29am [Dine in]

I've been looking forward to trying Il Giardino for so long, and decided to capitalize on the Dineout 2008 menu to do so.

I started with the endive salad with pancetta and seared duck (very good), followed with the horseradish crusted sablefish with a vegetable medley (absolutely fabulous) and finished with white chocolate ganache cake (very good).

Our servers were attentive and prompt, and given the extremely busy Dineout event, they performed ably.

The room is a charming rustic italian in rich yellows and natural woods.

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Social Restaurant & Lounge332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
Great Deli
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 11:05am [Dine in]

This review only applies to the butchershop/deli.

Feels odd to be reviewing a deli, but this is no ordinary deli.
The sandwiches are fantastic. I bought the large roast beef with havarti, roasted veg, lettuce and tomatoes, and it's an excellent sandwich, and big enough to feed 2-3 hungry people... a great value at $10. And the fresh made potato chips are a nice touch.

The service is about as good as you could ask from a butcher/deli counter.

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
delicious
Submitted Sunday, November 25, 2007 - 9:59am [Dine in]

Celebrated a birthday with my usual dining crowd at La Buca.

The service was excellent... prompt, friendly, informative, polite and attentive.

The room is understated and simple, and rather small.

But the food was excellent. I ordered the vegetable anitpasto with grilled prawns for an appetizer (which was light and tasty), and the lamb shoulder with morels, prosciutto, tomato red wine and tuscan beans (which was lavishly rich).

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Jonker Street Restaurant1128 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
maybe I expected too much
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2007 - 10:07am [Dine in]

After reading about Jonker Street in the Georgia Straight a couple of months ago, I had to stop in and give it a try.

Ordered the char kway teow and the chicken satay. The satay was quite good, but I was disappointed with the char kway teow. The prawns seemed overcooked, although the flavors seemed to be about right.

The server was prompt and courteous. Room is small but nice with lots of deep red, brown and black.

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