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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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Okra Asian Bistro1440 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Tasty malaysian fare
Submitted Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

I've dined at Okra a couple of times over the past couple of months.
Although it bills itself as an Asian bistro, the malaysian influence is very strong.

I've sampled the hot & sour soup, the crispy veggie spring rolls, the chicken curry, the beef curry, the braised pork belly and the deep fried banana dessert. All were very nice and well prepared.

The servers are generally very prompt and attentive. On my first visit, the restaurant was quite busy, and the servers seemed to be in over their heads... but on my second visit, it was a fairly quiet night, and they were on top of their game.

The room is nicely done, somewhat dark. More of an intimate setting.

I'd like to give 3.5 stars across the board, but since I can't, I'll split with 3s and 4s.

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Elbow Room, The560 Davie St, Vancouver
More of an experience than a meal
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 11:31am [Dine in]

I walked into the Elbow Room for breakfast, fully aware of it's reputation for surly and/or abusive servers. So I was actually a bit surprised.

The service was not nearly as bad as I might have expected. But I was also surprised by the food. I guess I had higher expectations, given their reputation for service, I expected better fare.

The coffee was good, by the eggs benny and the side of hashbrowns were just okay, granted the portions were fairly generous.

For that reason, I'm thinking that the Elbow Room is more a place for a dining experience than a great meal.

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Browns Socialhouse1165 Mainland Street, #102, Vancouver
nice casual dining
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

Had lunch with some coworkers.

I ordered the blackened fish sandwich, which was quite good. The fish (halibut) was done just right, the fries are freshly cut and the coleslaw was decent.

The servers were prompt, pleasant and attentive.

Room is nice enough but the theme is confusing. The 70s picture portraits seem out of place. I get the feeling that I'm supposed to recognize those faces, but I don't. The portraits seem to clash with the otherwise, rustic wood finish off the walls and tables.

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Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not bad for AYCE
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 10:07am [Dine in]

I've only tried the weekend lunch AYCE deal. and as these things go, it's not bad.

I liked the crunch roll and the tempura roll, but didn't care too much for the salmon or tuna sushi.

It was very busy on this occasion, and under the circumstances, the service was quite prompt and friendly.

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
yummy creative sushi
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for lunch with some friends from work and, despite making reservations, we still had to wait quite a while to be seated. It's a busy little place.

I ordered the chicken teriyaki bento box and the gomaae appy. While the teriyaki and the tempura was all pretty good (and the gomaae was very good), the sushi my friends ordered was excellent (yeah I picked a few piece off their plates). I'll probably stick with the sushi on subsequent visits, since this appears to be Kadoya's forte.

The servers were friendly and attentive, and the decor is colorful if not inspired....

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Hon's Wun Tun House4600 No. 3 Rd, #101, Richmond
good food, great value
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2007 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

When you're hungry and just wanna fill up, Hon's is awesome. It's generally good food at a great value. Generous portions, served quickly and efficiently (which is my standard for most chinese restaurants).

Having eaten here many times, most of the food is good, but there are some misses on the menu. I recently stopped in for some of the congee, salt & pepper chicken wings, and the mixed seafood and veggies in a potato nest. All very good. (Not a fan of their chow mein, though).

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Mui Garden Restaurant1610 Robson Street, #105, Vancouver
malaysian curry
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2007 - 10:01am [Dine in]

I stopped in for a quick lunch and asked for the curried brisket in noodle soup. The curry is indeed quite good.

The server was prompt and attentive. But the atmosphere won't impress anyone... this little place is defiantly about the food.

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
Love the soup buns
Submitted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 10:30am [Dine in]

Having driven past Shanghai Wonderful on numerous occasions, there always seemed to be a line up at the door, so I had to give it a try and see what the fuss was about.

Had to wait for 30 minutes for a table for a weekend lunch sitting, but I think it was worth the wait.

The soup buns are fabulous, and the potstickers are excellent. Also had these (chicken & turnip baked in pastry shell) which were surprisingly tasty.

The service (by my standards for chinese restaurants) was acceptable.

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Oji778 Robson Street, Vancouver
A change for the better, I think
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 10:27am [Dine in]

Oji has gone through a couple of menu changes since it opened in the the summer. It started off as a pan-asian restaurant, but it's since gone to a mostly chinese menu, and I think it's for the best (most pan-asian restaurants I've tried turned out to be mediocre at everything).

I've tried the beef & seasonal greens with rice, the brisket and noodle soup, and the chow mein, all of which were pretty good.

The room is a curious mix of dark wood, deep red and black with lighting that feels like it belongs in a art gallery rather than a restaurant (the lighting should be more subdued and closer to the tables rather than beaming down from the high ceilings), but I'm probably kinda nitpicking about this.

The service, by the standard of most chinese restaurants, was attentive and courteous.

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Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe1511 Anderson St, Vancouver
good fish
Submitted Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

Its been a year or more since my last visit to Tony's. The fish is different from what a remember, which is actually a good thing. I seem to recall they used to prepare their fish in long large strips with a fairly crunchy batter. Now its a lighter crisp batter, which I prefer.

Fries were golden, hot and crisp. Coleslaw was acceptable.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
love those chicken wings
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for a late weekend lunch, and it was still packed (line up at the door).

I wasn't crazy about being sharing a large table with other diners that I didn't know, but under the circumstances (busy), I did it all the same.

Ordered the beef noodle soup, the brochette and the fried chicken wings. The soup was very good, the brochette good, and the wings are outstanding. Best chicken wings I've had in a long time.

I'm sure I'll go back to sample some of the other noodle dishes.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
decent
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

YBC fits into that curious niche of "upscale pub" which makes it hard for me to judge.

Normally, I evaluate pub food by a different standard than restaurant fare. But most of the MJG restaurants are upscale from standard pubs, but certainly don't fit into fine dining either. I guess I have to think of this as a casual restaurant with a really big drink selection. By that standard, it's decent food, well prepared.

I've sampled their pizza, burgers, chicken club sandwich, and some of the appetizers and all were quite good.

I think the location is probably one of the key selling points of this place, transplant it into a less trendy neighborhood and it wouldn't do half as well.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
weekend lunch
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 10:23am [Dine in]

Went to Urban Thai for lunch on a saturday and decided that the ayce special was the way to go if we wanted to sample a little of everything.

Ordered an appetizer of beef salad, chicken wings, spring rolls and calamari. I like the beef salad and the chicken wings. The springs rolls were okay, but I'm not a fan of the bean thread noodles in them (I prefer just vegetables) and the deep fried calamari was good (even if I don't find deep fried squid to be very "thai" :p )

For the main course, we ordered a little of the pad thai, pad see iw, and the pork and spinach in garlic sauce. The pork and spinach were very tasty. The pad see iw and pad thai were.... just okay. Both were a little more "sauce heavy" than I like.

Overall the weekend ayce is a very good value, and a great way to sample the menu.

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Simply Thai1211 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Been a long time, but it's better than I remember
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2007 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

When I used to work in Yaletown, I ate a Simply Thai quite frequently. I recall the quality of the food varied from excellent at the start, to very average several years later. When I changed jobs I stopped frequenting the place.

I went back for lunch for the first time in about 4 years, and ordered the red curry beef. It's better than I remember. On par with what I recall when they first opened. The spring roll is nice and crisp and very tasty with that sweet chili dipping sauce, and the curry was fragrant, rich, and delicious.

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Nor Boo Korean Restaurant1536 Robson St., Vancouver
First experience with korean cuisine
Submitted Monday, August 13, 2007 - 10:01am [Dine in]

Being by first experience with korean cuisine, it's hard to judge the food. That said, I did enjoy the food, and had a pretty good meal.

(Apologies in advance, for any butchered spelling).

Ordered the

jap che (massive plate of thread noodles) which was very tasty

ghal bee (bbq short ribs) which was good, but I have had this else where before, and the taste was a little different... there seemed to be a sweet bean paste in the sauce. Not bad, but not sure that I like the flavor

be bim boop (rice dish prepared in a stoneware pot) which was spicy and delicious.

I'll be interested in trying some of the other dishes sometime soon.

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Atlantic Trap & Gill, The118 Robson St, Vancouver
As pubs go
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 11:32am [Dine in]

the trap & gill is a fun place. The food is certainly decent as pub fare goes, but I think the furniture could use some refreshing. It's getting a bit run down.

I enjoyed the fish & chips, and my server was very pleasant and attentive.

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Golden Phoenix Chinese Seafood2425 Nanaimo, Vancouver
better than I expected
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Mom's birthday was the backdrop for a large family dinner at the golden phoenix. Dinner consisted of a 9 course meal, although I don't think it was a set menu.

I loved the stir fried lobster w/ginger & scallions, as well as the pork chops and onions. The fried rice in lotus leaf was just okay, and I didn't care too much the stir fried scallops w/vegetables & cashews (the nuts were a little soft instead of crunchy).

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Earls905 Hornby Street, Vancouver
point for style, so-so on the food
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 10:48am [Dine in]

Actually, I'd like to give the food a 2.5, the service 3.5, and the ambiance a 3.5, but since we can't award half points, this will have to do.

I ordered the grilled chicken with brie and sauted apple sandwich, with a green salad. The food was good and nicely presented, and the servers were friendly and attentive.

The room is very nice indeed, and it would seem this, and the location are the key elements in this restaurant's success.

It's a bit noisy in there for my liking, but I suppose there's no way around it given the design of the space.... the sound carries around that cavernous open space.

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Majestic Restaurant & Lounge, The1138 Davie Street, Vancouver
I'm hopeful things pick up for them
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

I've walked past the place numerous times (during the day) and it never seemed very busy.

It's a shame since the food is actually pretty good. The service lost points because there was an error in the kitchen and they had to redo my order. The servers were prompt and pleasant enough though.

The room..... is bit a too brown, a bit dark. Needs some color contrast, or more focused lighting, to bring some life to the room.

The place does feel like a work in progress, like they're still getting their legs under them. I'll come back another time and see if they've picked things up.

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Tartine Bread and Pies770 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
very good pastries
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2007 - 11:03am [Dine in]

Stopped in for a quick lunch and a picked up a treat for later in the day.

My instinct is to think of this place as bakery first, and cafe second.

I ordered the soup and sandwich, and a butter tart and cranberry cream tart.

The turkey sandwich was very good, all fresh ingredients, and the minestrone soup was okay. The tarts were excellent though.

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