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darthphaidraEast VancouverSince April 15, 200813 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Tastey bites, good wine choice
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2011 - 11:32am [Dine in]

Used the coupon in the entertainment guide to drop in on a Saturday afternoon after the beach. Sat in modern armchairs facing TVs, nice and comfortably. Has been remodeled since I was here last, although entrance is weird, I like the levels and changes overall are much better. Food has also dramatically improved from a place I would never go again to a place I would come back.

What a surprise to find Tantalus Riesling on the wine list! I was delighted that someone had taste enough to showcase one of BC's finest!

T ordered a Caesar, nothing special. We got the steak entree and Siamese Dream pizza. The steak was a good baseball cut, but it came a little bloody rare instead of medium. I was appalled at the 4 bean pods that was suppose to be a veggie side, but T liked the micro-cob of corn and big home-made macaroni dish on the side. He said these were all his Dad's favourites, and it felt like home--which probably trumps my carb-counting.

The Siamese Dream is the best thin crust pizza I've ever had. Soft but crispy, awesome peanut drizzle, roast peppers and chicken. It was so savoury, I could have eaten the whole 18", but I was satiated at half and happily relived the memories for breakfast the next day. Microwaving was fine, not soggy. Probably would have preferred bias-sliced chix instead of cube, but that's a personal preference.

Perfect end to a day at the beach.

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Winking Judge Pub, The888 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Judging the cheese
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2011 - 11:17am [Dine in]

Having time to kill before a cheap-night Tuesday flick, T & I decided to hit the patio across from the Scotiabank Ctr instead of Diva at the Met. We had a choice of a couple outside or inside tables on a sunny day, though the pub was full from happy hour. The decor is decent--heavy stone tiled tables outside. Fun bathrooms.

The patio was a little noisy next to the traffic, but the people-watching made for great convo. Decent menu with English pot-pie fare, ok beer selection, and mediocre wine selection. I ordered a Stanley Park on tap, but it came to the table a little flat. Same with the 1516 and Moosehead T ordered, though they were more lightly carbonated than mine. I was a bit jealous of the people next to us who wisely got kronenbourg blanc and blanche du chambly in bottles instead.

We went with crab cakes, a standard burger and the veggie pastry entree. Crab cakes--perfectly soft and slightly crisp, with a chipotle mayo. small to medium puck-size, about what you would expect for the reasonable price. Nothing terribly remarkable, just a good ol' crabby patty. Same with the burger. Absolutely standard and satisfying.

My roasted veggie pastry with fried goat cheese was the big surprise. The goat cheese was about 1cm thick and the diameter of a fist--quite generous! AND the flavour was strong. We split up the patty and added it to the side house salads--superb. It made a regular pub experience stand out. Pastry was perfect. Entree was light fare--felt healthy. Fair prices--a nice change from the Donnelly group standards.

Service was standard. We had our server visit us for drinks, menu selection, delivery, second drink order, third to quality check, fourth for the bill. It was at a leisurely pace. Don't go to a pub for a rush job, folks. Take it easy, or hit the bar for self-serve drinks before sitting down.

Not bad for a littl' place in the heart of an expensive neighbourhood.

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Red Burrito1700 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great Fast Food in Van
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2011 - 10:53am [Dine in]

After reading a couple of the most recent reviews, I decided to weigh-in as another long time patron myself.

In my experience with multiple visits over the years to both commercial dr and robson red burritos, yes, the size of the burrito does vary. It's hand-made, with real ingredients. I still can't make a burrito that big without it breaking at home. Most of the time I don't care, since when they are enormously stuffed, I know I am overeating anyway. Even a moderately stuffed burrito is enough to completely fill me, and is a godsend when I don't want to cook, as it warms up my hand within 5-7 minutes of walking in the door.

Most Mexican joints are skeezy and give me the creeps--not Red Burrito. Clean (except for the garbage left from lazy patrons), well decorated, and welcoming is this small local chain.

The food is rich and fills you up, and I don't object to the price raise of 50 cents to $1--gas is outrageous, the HST sucks, so what do you expect? Shwarmas are 6-7 bucks with additional toppings, so a larger burrito for the same is fine with me--I think the value is MUCH better. Perhaps these people can make a little more than min. wage, even. I can't speak to the cuke-guac, because I haven't seen it and I always get guac. Even if it was cut with cukes a little, no big deal. It's incredibly fattening and probably doing me a favour!

I rank the quality of the burrito as #1 beef, #2 pork , #3 chicken. (If you like chicken, do yourself a favour and get a shwarma instead.) Soup is very cheesy, but I wouldn't order it again. Dos Equis Dark is a real treat to have available--can't get that in McDonalds, or most other restaurants in town, either.

Service is quick and efficient. I'm not asking for fake-smiles in this fast food joint, as long as my food is made right (the glass windows on line make this a breeze). I like that they support hiring Spanish-speaking people in the Vancouver community who probably need some help with ESL. Still, I have had no problems with the staff, ever.

This isn't Las Vegas, folks, this is East Van. We're a long way from Mexico, but Red Burrito is a stand-up joint, and practically healthy compared to other mass-market fast food options. (For a truly authentic experience, try the Mexican joint beside Mr.Sub on Renfrew and Broadway) Ole!

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Nick's Spaghetti House631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tiramisu 2 Die 4
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

This review is for the Tiramisu at Nick's ONLY

For 5.99 you get a generous portion of the home recipe, with a delicate hint of liquer. Light and rich. Best slice I've ever found.

Agree about the run-of-the-millness about the pasta after 2 trips. It's nice to support the long-standing Vancouver establishments, but I will be ordering the Tiramisu only, and I do pick it up regularily.

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Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe3292 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Brunch Satisfaction
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 12:55am [Dine in]

Those have a palette for quality breakfast foods, rather than sub standardized chain houses, will notice the difference.

Consistently delivers my most sought-after breakfast not too far from home.

. The staff ask you if you've had your picture taken, and come with the camera to induct you into the wall gallery!

And hola, a giant mocha with kalhua & baily's is sure the way to start the day off right!

You can seat yourself, the staff are friendly and down to earth. It's a special place in the city that can be a little crowded and yet your un-rushed table conversation will not be interrupted by an abrasive and noisy setting. Instead, monk chants abound.

Savoury. A class above the rest.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Better soon forgotten
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 9:57am [Dine in]

Went there for my birthday with family, hot pot was bland, my sounded-amazing-strange-name menu item was some rice in a wrap with a couple veggies. My heart SANK at the first bite. I can make 5 star stirfry at home and the rice was a paste and unflavoured. The drink menu was EX-PEN-SIVE and I don't know how anyone can afford to eat or drink here on a Saturday night. Service was pretty slow for 4:30pm on a Sunday. Took 30 min to get the food. No birthday dessert offered, so we ordered some. I actually thought my finger-size cake thing was disgusting. Never to return.

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Cambie, The300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Excellent home-made Veggie Burger!
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

With Pesto & Swiss and a plate of fries, came to 7.95. Modest for the portion and ever so satisfying!
I've gone down to the Cambie for the veggie burger with unstoppable cravings on several occasions.

So what if they jacked up the Monday jug special to 9.50?
Hola! for $20 tip included I can drink a pitcher and have a burger & fries. WICKED!

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Best HOMEMADE Veggie Burger Ever
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

Smooth and contains beets, a delightful tasty treat!
Can't wait to have another one!! Giant!!

Hash browns: Ew! Whatever that spice was, take it Away! I'll have fries or salad next time.
Asked for mustard on side, seemed to be a big ordeal tracking any down in the place.

Busy for a weekend breakfast. Lots of nostalgia to look at and the time passed nicely. Will return...for Veggie Burger Heaven!

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Cafe Deux Soleils2096 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Vegetarians go elsewhere
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

Nothing special about the breakfasts, wraps, veggie burger or soups.
Tried many menu items a bunch of times, never felt satisfied.
Boyfriend loves swirly rye bread, for some reason.

Some homemade muffins good flavours, but ALWAYS dry.

Very tasty smoothies.
Good price on local stout beer from Storm, the "Black Plague." Not for lager lovers!

Only return for ambiance and to collect personal thoughts. Good place for writers when not too busy.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Best Value, not for the sqeamish
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

We always call in for pick up, and it's hot & ready when we get there in 20 min, despite the line .

Yam roll-best deal in the city
Avocado roll-see above
Spicy Tuna-decent, coulda been a litl' more spicy
California roll- Giant but thinly cut (too much mayo for me)
BC roll-I could never see the appeal of eating salmon skin anyway

Salmon Nigiri- Never seen a bigger piece anywhere. Tasty fresh. Savage!
Tuna Nigiri-you will taste the Omega-3 there is so much. Savage!
Unagi Nigiri-not always freshly heated
Tai-a bit rubbery (I think clam always tastes like that)
Red Snapper-average

Free self-serve tea while you wait to pay.

The price is right for the value you get, just don't expect to impress your date with the outrageous faces you'll make putting the giant rolls in your mouth! However it can be a fun bonding experience.
Been here over a dozen times.

Note also: of course some of the rolls will fall apart if you try to bite them in half! (It can be done gracefully tho, and the nigiri is no problem.)

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Szechuan Chongqing2808 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Vegetarian & Meat-Eater find heaven close to home
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

Our preferred close-to-home Asian place.
We go for:

Ginger Beef-perfectly cut & tender,-best ever according to my boyfriend

Spicy Eggplant-melt-in-your mouth zap,-one of my top 3 vegetarian dishes of all time

Also have had:

Large selection of Drinks
ChiChi & Mai Tai: excellent and the right price for 3.95-5.95

Won ton soup-savoury
Hot n Sour soup-average & satisfying

Spring rolls- average, could do better without them

Vegetarian Chow Mein- average, but good compliment to the specialty dishes if you love chow mein

Rice for 2- fair sized portion

Jasmine Tea-revitalizing

Atmosphere-some fish tanks

Service-only once in 6 times we've been there have we waited long to order. Food comes quickly.

Take Out-seems to be a slightly reduced portion

One of the best ethnic food places in the city. My boyfriend and I have ordered there well over 10 times and his work also gets delivery quite regularly.

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Havana Restaurant1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Return for Mohitos on the Patio, Not the Food
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

Mojito jugs 24.99
Strawberry Mohitos with Ginger Ale 24.99
Fantastic if you have the money to drop.

Got a good buzz on, bathed in the sun by the park.

Veggie burger-asked if it was homemade, still looked like a money's mushroom burger, and grilled to a dry texture-the cranberry sauce only covered up the taste of PURE BLAND! CULINARY FAILURE.

Baked Brie- Needed more bread. Chutney not that interesting. I've got ginger rhubarb jam at home I'm more fond of.

Yam Fries- Pass but are a rip off for a small basket at 7.95 leaving 2 people hungry for more.

Service slow to order drinks even though we knew what we wanted when we sat down. Food came to us quickly and hot.

Left Mediocre tip. Will return for Mojitos as I am addicted to the drink, but only when I feel rich enough to say goodbye to a fair chunk of change.

Cuban fare=seafood
Havana=Commercial Drive Fare

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Marble Slab Creamery1184 Denman Street, #103, Vancouver
Novel concept, Rip-Off
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

Ice cream just not that amazing.
One of our friends prefers it over gelato because it's "more creamy". I thought it was bland, even for ice cream.
Had double-chocolate with resse's pieces, in a chocolate & coconut dipped waffle cone. Meager portion of ice cream in comparison to the 7.64 I was charged. One friend only got half a scoop of Reeses pieces.
Wasn't that chocolatey. Staff quickly and efficiently ran through a line that was trailing out the door.
Will not return.

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