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currypuffKitsilano, VancouverSince August 6, 200716 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Gorilla Food436 Richards Street, #101, Vancouver
Raw Vegan Virgin
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I don't know WHY I didn't discover this sooner.
I had heard about it, but had no idea where it was until
one day I was walking down Richards towards gastown.

It's located "underground" but the ambiance is very serene
and comfortable, important especially for those dining solo. They also have some unique art for sale whichfeatures water/ocean scenes.

After asking the server for her recommendations, I settle on thai fresh wraps and a choco gorilla almond shake. I was weary about the raw collards being used as a wrap, but I was blown away. The flavours were so fresh and tangy, with just the right blend of spices. Accompanied by some (date?) chutney, I wolfed the 3 wraps down in no time flat.

The shake was thick and rich without being heavy, if that makes sense.
Full of chocolate, banana, coconut and almond goodness.... it really hit the spot after a long walk downtown.

I can't wait to return and try some of their other items.

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Almost missed it
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

This place is a teeny tiny hole in the wall on McDonald just North of King Ed. I agree with other reviewers who say the room is a bit small and cramped, and rather cold as the wind really blows in whenever the door is opened. This makes for a rather uncomfortable dining experience. Also the place is far too bright and the tables too closely packed together. Irregardless, the food is very good. I had the beef tenderloin wrapped in parma with a mushroom sauce, celery puree, gnocchi and some veg. The steak was cooked to medium rare perfection. My only "beef" is that it was a teensy bit salty, and also my carrots were undercooked. The tiramisu also didn't have very much mascarpone/cream, which is what I enjoy most about this dessert. A place to return to!

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Don't eat here
Submitted Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

The broth was too salty and fatty, and the noodles just so - so.
Not to mention that for the price we pay elsewhere, the quantity is NOT enough to fill you up.

Usually I can only eat half my bowl of ramen, but here I ate the whole thing and was still hungry!

There was only 2 pieces of pork, and a few bits of veggie.... Very disappointing indeed. Will definitely not be returning.

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Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House3163 Main Street, Vancouver
Quality has dropped
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times for congee and other items such as rice dishes and noodle dishes. Typical Chinese fare.... nothing overly impressive or overly disgusting.

But WAIT... last night I had their "special" ling cod filet congee.. the fish was REALLY mushy-sign of a fish beyond its prime surely... and the chow mein with black bean spareribs was really really salty.

Looks like I need to start looking for a new congee place again...

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Notte's Bon Ton Pastry & Confectionery3150 West Broadway, Vancouver
It's not Paris...
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

Like Ratatouille, I just don't get this place...
I've given it three different tries and NOTHING at this place has impressed me.

My last visit, I tried a couple of recommended items, including the Canadian cheese and chocolate eclair. I'm pretty sure there was a short hair in one of my pastries YUCK.

This place is HEAVY on the cream and buttercream, everything is super sweet and sugary... maybe that's why the place is popular with the older crowd.

I've been to Paris a couple of times, and this doesn't even come close to comparing to any of the patisseries there (and trust me I've been to dozens of the best in the city).

Pair the disappointing small pastries with the price they charge... I swear I won't return.

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CocoaNymph Chocolates & Confections3739 W. 10th Ave, Vancouver
Hot chocolate to die for
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

The best hot chocolate I've tried in Vancouver (I've never been to chocoatl in Yaletown so.....), and the best thing is I live right around the corner from it!

They do a few different varieties, dark, dark & spicy, milk and white... must tries are the dark & spicy and the white...
Thick and syrupy chocolate goodness is both rich while at the same time, not overly sweet. How do they do it?!?!

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MacFalafel3601 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Maybe I had the wrong thing?
Submitted Friday, September 26, 2008 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

I've been craving falafel for weeks now so I finally stepped into MacFalafel.. you think with a name with falafel in its name would make a really good item right?

Wrong! The overall taste of the pita was good, with the sauce and the veggies, but the falafels tasted like they were fried (many hours ago...?) god knows when... especially the 2nd one.
Maybe they prep in the morning for the lunch rush or something. In any case, the falafel tasted like it had been sitting around for awhile. Flavour wise, not too bad however.

Maybe next time I'll try the chicken shawarma instead....
The place was busy being lunchtime, so service was efficient and curt.

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Jun Sushi3309 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best price in kits!
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

Craving a sushi fix, I swung by Jun for some take-out (my second visit ever). There is a large pictorial of sushi and meal combos on the wall which is very helpful in ordering. I settled on a lunch combo which included 3 pieces california roll, chicken teriyaki on rice, tempura, and a salad. All for only $4.95. I was blown away at the amount of food at this price. The salad is measly and not worth eating, but the rest of the meal was very decent. Will definitely return for more sushi, as they serve wild sockeye salmon, not farmed.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good eats at a good price
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

Went here on New Year's day for the first time as was craving soup noodles. We settled on the Yu Nan Noodle pot and beef roll. Reviews of the beef roll were spot on. Imagine peking duck, but much heartier, only with tender sliced beef and wrapper fried to a crisp. I had requested hand-dragged noodles for the noodle pot, but this was not available due to the length of time required to make the noodles (the soup already came, a bit of a mix up). Nevertheless, the meat broth was highly flavorful, with just the right amount of noodles, veggies and meat. Service was very friendly and helpful.

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Won Ton Noodles Restaurant1991 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
The old standby
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

This is a great place to go late at night. It's never too busy. Service is friendly, speedy and efficieent. The food, while greasy at times, satisfies those Chinese food cravings. The best deals are the meal combos. You choose 2 or 3 dishes to share with a couple people. The meal combos include rice, chicken wings, and soup, along with your chosen main dishes. My favourite dishes here are the eggplant hot pot, salted fish and chicken fried rice, and black bean clams. Ambience is horrible, but what do you expect from a cheap Chinese restaurant? At least there's television....

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Simply sublime
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

Not having dined often in fine dining establishments, I was welcomed with open arms at Le Crocodile. From the sommelier, to the hostess, to the waiter, service was top notch. My dining companion had the tasting menu, which included halibut salad, mushroom soup with truffle oil, venison medallions with spatzle, pear sorbet and a raspberry chocolate tart. All outstanding. I had lobster bisque and grilled sea bass. Fish was cooked to a delicate flake, melding with a creamy, tomato-saffron sauce. The bisque was the best I have had in this city. My only complaint is that their main dishes are rather lacking in vegetables...

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House of Dosas1391 Kingsway, Vancouver
Definitely take out the next time
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

They were shortstaffed last night, on a very busy Friday night. As a result, we waited a long time to get menus, an even longer time for food. Never been there before, had no idea what a dosa was till I tasted it. Crispy, paper-thin and slightly sour, the dosa was a real treat. Fillings were tasty too. I had eggplant alu dosa, and my partner had mixed vegetable dosa. Both were excellent, at both mild and medium "heat" levels. Veggie pakoras are some of the best I've had. Chai tea and mango lassi rounded out the meal nicely, helping to tame the spiciness. Ambience is really lacking... no music but definitely the sound of the fan from the kitchen in the dining area. Lighting is poor too.

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Baru Latino Restaurante2535 Alma Street, Vancouver
Not sure if I'll return
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 10:32am [Dine in]

The food was quite tasty. My diner and I shared 3 courses, the beef tiradito (carpaccio), baru ceviche, and a tomato coconut seafood bouillabaisse as the main course. The beef was a little on the oily side, as it was doused on with a heavy hand. It was tasty enough though, with the right amount of saltiness to make eating raw beef okay for most people. The ceviche was top rate, with subtle fresh flavours that didn't overwhelm the shrimp and halibut. The main course was incredibly fragrant... we were wanred that we would "really have to like coconut" but I didn't find it overly coconutty. There were mussels, halibut, shrimp and the odd squid, all very fresh. The coconut rice was nutty and brown... not sure how they did it but it matched perfectly. The only problem is yes the service is a bit slow... you have to keep asking for all the things you want (water, bill, more bread). It seems as if our server walked out in the middle of her shift... not sure what that was about. Nothing was ever explained to us, and the girl that was previously running food was now taking care of us (she was trying really hard and they were short staffed).

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
We need more of this in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

The desserts are absolutely sublime. On my first visit, i had a matcha exotique and on my second visit, I had a rum et coco. The green tea mousse in the former was just what matcha should taste like-delicately perfumed but not cloyingly sweet at all. The latter was not quite to my liking. The cake part and the milk chocolate mousse were excellent, but I didn't think the lemon curd filling was quite the right fit for my taste. Overall, I think Chef Peter Fong has done a wonderful job with the pastry shop. The desserts there look almost too good to eat! Although they do charge around $6 for a small single serving cake, it is more than worth it. The time, care and effort that goes into each and every artistically presented dessert is evident from the very first mouthful.

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Hello Sushi Japanese Restaurant3659 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Stick to the sushi
Submitted Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

This Korean-run sushi place opened a couple months ago (under new management presumably). I've ordered from this place several times, and the quality of the maki sushi has always been very good. Fresh and tasty, with good size portions. They do have a good selection of special sushi rolls as well, my favourites being the double dragon roll and over the rainbow roll. The one time I did order cooked food-yakisoba, it wasn't up to snuff. It was on the small side and the noodles were too drippy and soggy, not to mention the lack of meat and vegetables! For $8, I expected just a little more.
Note: They are not open on Sundays!

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Iki Japanese Restaurant2756 W Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent little neighbourhood sushi joint
Submitted Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I tried this place on Friday night due to the rave reviews I read on this website. I ordered a Kits roll and a Spicy Chopped Scallop Roll. Both were excellent and offered a refreshing twist on the usual. The fish was fresh and the rice was perfectly seasoned (taste-tested without the addition of soy/wasabi). Although a bit on the pricey side and with smaller than average portion sizes, I will definitely return. Servers were friendly and helpful and food was ready to go in under 10 minutes even though they were quite busy.

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