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DaveEyeMt. Pleasant, VancouverSince October 22, 200713 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2 (2)
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Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
No crave for Crave
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

I went to Crave based on a food review in the Georgia Straight which raved on about the food quality and value. I had been on a restaurant tour of Main St. restaurants at the time so how could I pass this one up? I was really looking forward to trying this place.

First off, we were greeted warmly and seated promptly. I felt right at home here from the word go. The ambience was good and I felt it was tastfully decorated and comfortable. Our waitress came over to us with a big smile and she was warm and friendly throughout the night. She got the orders right and the food came hot and in good time.

Oh if only the food was close to the service. I don't think I've gone to a restaurant where the food and service were so inversely proportional. I got the 'gourmet' organic burger with blue cheese and I was sorely disappointed at the small size of the burger itself and the tiny side. Although the flavour of the burger was good (not great), there simply wasn't enough of it to enjoy. My wife ordered the chicken brie melt and again, poor serving size and just so-so taste.

All in all, I don't think I would go back to Crave unless it was on the boss. What is it with Main St. restaurants? They seem to think that just being cool and hip will win the day, but for dining out lovers that just doesn't cut the mustard. I don't crave for Crave anymore.

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East is East4413 Main St, Vancouver
What?..no bang lassies?
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 11:47am [Dine in]

I had past by this little hole-in-the-wall quite a few times and thought at first it was only a kiosk for quick take out and tea. A friend called to invite me here so we gave it a go.

I really did like the decor, but it will take a few minutes to become apparent as your eyes become accustomed to the darkness. In fact, you may want to bring some lighting with you so you can read the menu! The seats are really benches and wooden stools, so take advantage of the cushions (or bring one) or you will suffer 'plank-ass' in record time. I think they really should have considered floor seating with big cushions in the first place.

Our waitress was, shall we say, a bit spacey but seemed competant enough to get the order right. Perhaps she was indulging in a back room "bang lassie". Unlike other posts here, she told us while we were ordering that you could get a refill on the main dishes, but not the rotis. The chai is excellent, but it's quite steeply priced if you order a glass - not worth it for the serving size (around $3.50 per).

The mains are worth it IF you get the refills - they are also overpriced at $17 considering the ingredients used. I orderd the rotis and they were excellent as were the accompanying sauces. I can't comment on the lassies as we didn't order them.

So overall, I would go back when really hungry to get the refills. I would recommend East is East to friends as well.

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Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant3388 Main Street, Vancouver
Go For The Pho
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 12:23am [Dine in]

I've been to this location quite a few times now and I go for one reason, and one reason only - the pho. I've tried a few menu items, but they never impress, especially the spring rolls. For the love of all that's good, avoid them like the plague.

My favourite is the rare beef pho and I have to admit it's always good. Is there MSG? Only the shadow knows. You can choose from two sizes and it's cheap given the huge bowls you get. As far as the interior goes, well let's say I go for the pho. It won't blow you away and it won't make you want to wash your hands either.

As for the service, it's always an adventure. They have always been nice, prompt and efficient with me, but I've witnessed most of the horror stories you've read in the other posts. The waitresses must have watched the Soup Nazi episode on Seinfeld. If you get the old gal serving you - well, let's just say she knows your fears. If you can make her smile, you should be opening for Cosby.

So to get the most out of this place, make no sudden movements and just go for the pho.

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Solly's Bagelry368 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
I Guess It's Solid
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 12:08am [Dine in]

Popped in with a friend for lunch, but unfortunately for us it was the real lunch hour. Big lines and I have to agree with the other post that there seemed to be no system to serve who really should be next. The girl taking the orders was very uninterested in her job and never looked us in the eye once.

The food took forever to come, but it was quite good. The herb bagels with sundried tomatoes were delicious, and the lentil soup was very good as well - and it should be for the price they charge. Portion sizes were definitley not proportional to the cost. The food to go section is horrifically overpriced!!

The interior is nicley arranged, but there are not enough seats for the throngs that come here. It's best to find a table and then get in line (or have your partner do it while you wait in line). The construction outside definitely takes away from the ambiance, but thankfully it's temporary. Next time I go, it will be outside of the traditional lunching hour.

Oh, and if you wait an unreasonable amount of time to use the bathroom, it's probably a member of the staff who's in there. Apparently she does this on a regular basis - 'this' being makeup application. Go figure.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
Sha Lin Delivers
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

I really like the food at the Sha Lin Noodle House. I come here at least twice a month and seem to order the same thing again and again - the Sha Lin noodle special with dragging noodles and BBQ pork. the pork and chive dumplings and the fried pork that comes with soft shells (which I believe are made of rice). Did I mention that I like pork?

Do not come here expecting anything whatsoever on the ambience front - it's less then spartan, loud at times and the bathrooms are an experience. The place is usually quite clean though. The waitresses are always friendly and smiling and are efficient at what they do. The food always comes quickly and is always hot.

As for the food quality itself, I really do love it. Yes it's dough and carbs, but that can hardly be helped. The portions are big and the tea just keeps on coming. As for comparing the price between here and China - you must be kidding. Of course you're not going to pay $1 for the dish. The prices are completely in line with what you'd pay at other places in Vancouver. My only complaint with the food is that the dragging noodle special can be very oily at times- I asked for less oil last time and got what I wanted.

So go and try the Sha Lin for yourself. I will continue to go back time and again because they always deliver the goods.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Sophie's Allure? I Just Don't Get It
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 12:49am [Dine in]

I've been to Sophie's twice now; once for dinner and once for brunch. Why did I go? Urban legend. Friends told me about this 4th ave institution, so I felt I should go and give it a try. I have to say, I just don't get the allure of this place. The ambience is great if you like the 'junk yard/yard sale' look and if you like it very, very loud. It never struck me as clean and the bathrooms drive that point home in a big way.

What can I say about the food? Way, way overpriced for the quality, presentation and imagination. This is definitey cafe food alright, but priced at a better bistro's level - maybe to reflect the rents in the area? If it's just simple gut-filling food you want, why pay this price? Both meals I had were poorly prepared, had no real flavour to speak of and in one case, served a tad too cool for my liking.

The service was not very good either. This isn't a big place and there seemed to be enough waitresses on staff, so why the poor attention? If you're going to serve food like this, you better make up for it in service. Here's a little suggestion - smile at and be pleasant to the people who are going to tip you!

My final thought is to give this place a pass. You can do way better for the money elsewhere. I certainly won't be back.

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Bert's Restaurant2904 Main St, Vancouver
Bert's is what it is..
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

Since moving to Mount Pleasant over a year ago, I had never ventured into historic Bert's. An article in the Georgia Straight's 'Best Of' gave me the reminder I needed to wander in for breakfast and finally check the place out. I must say that my experience was just fine given my expectations.

Bert's doesn't try to be anything other than what it is - a greasy spoon diner with a clientele in the blue hair range of things (you can almost smell the Old Spice!). The interior is kitchy and tired, but again, it's a greasy spoon people, so don't come here expecting any Main St. 'sheik'.

Our waitress was a grizzled veteren of the diner scene and her charming roughness was just that - charming. She was attentive, funny and did her job very well. The food came quickly, the coffee cup was always full, and she had a smile for us every time. I ordered the big breakfast, whose name escapes me, but it came with eggs, toast, coffee, bacon, pancakes and a small glass of juice. Everything was well prepared and the serving size was fine. The pancakes were especially good as was the syrup to go with them. The coffee, however, needs a serious upgrade in quality.

I will go back to Bert's again.

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Cafe Zen1631 Yew St, Vancouver
Zen Cafe just OK
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

Popped into the Zen for a bennie fix of the egg variety. Even though we were third in line, we were seated quite quickly. The interior could use a serious retrofit and an identity in a hurry - there is no character whatsoever and people are just crammed together. The tables and chairs are a hodge podge and look just terrible. Are they trying to be a funky Kit's eatery or just a diner? The bathroom location puts you in harms way with the kitchen and wait staff, so keep your eyes open lest you be the recipient of a coffee or bennie bath. The music was unbelievably loud and we had to ask the waitress to turn it down. An oddly placed deck makes for some very cold drafts if you sit near it as the wait staff won't close the sliding door behind them we they go out that way. It shouldn't be that difficult to wipe down the tables, but apparenty here it is (as my elbow stuck somewhat firmly to the table will attest to). The potatoes on the floor didn't do much for me either.

The waitress came quickly and so did the bennies. She was attentive and friendly and got us what we asked for when we asked for it. The food and coffee were o.k, but they won't rock your world by any means. The hollandaise is obviously from a mix and the potatoes were just o.k., but one positive is that the portion size is very good

All in all, the food is just o.k. for a gut-filler, but that's the best I can say about this place. I won't be back unless i'm close to starvation and there is no other alternative.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Urbane Bistro Indeed
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

We wondered into the Urban Thai Bistro on a damp and cold Sunday night and were greeted warmly and promptly by the staff. I was immediately struck by the wonderful interior that blends the Yaletown warehouse look, with a hip, Thai art-influenced decor. I really liked the layout of this restaurant. The menu lists a plethora of different dishes, but is quite hard to read with the distracting Thai flags splashed on every page.

One beef I have with Thai restaurants in Vancouver is the overall poor quality of the Pad Thai. I've traveled a fair bit in Thailand and never did I sample a tomato-based, over sweetened Pad Thai which seems to be all the rage here. Unfortunately, Urban Thai serves up the same old thing and it was a disappointment - ample serving size though. Our beef in green currey was excellent and was enough for two people (as was the rice order). The last dish was chicken with green beans and it was outstanding as well - this portion size was also more than enough.

The service was extremely friendly, attentive and prompt. Everything came piping hot and was well prepared and presented. I would definitely recommend the Urban Thai to anyone.

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Red Robin1001 West Broadway, #200, Vancouver
The Road House Rules
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 1:35am [Dine in]

I've been to many burger joints in Vancouver, and Red Robin is one of the best. Their classic cheeseburger is big, delicious and very reasonably priced. The fries (or in my case the caesar salad) on the side are great too. The service is always cheerful, prompt and efficient. The patio here is nice too in the summer with some good views of the city. The only downer for me is the severe lack of quality beer on tap and the garish interior. But, this is a road house restaurant and I'm just here for the burgers.

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
Slim Pickins'
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 1:20am [Dine in]

I've tried Nirvana a twice, mainly because it's close to home. That trend won't continue however. The ambience is fine with nice music and intimate lighting. My beef with Nirvana is the portion size - way too small for the price. The butter chicken portion was laughable - 4 small dry pieces of chicken in a small bowl and the quality was poor. The Bharta and the Alu Gobi, however, were very tasty but again the portion size was too small. Each person will get a serving of rice with their meal and you'll need it to fill up.

Our waitress was stern and thoroughly unpleasant and it took ages to pay for the meal. The chai was ok, but not great. If just ok is good enough (and you don't have a big appetite) then give nirvana a try, but you can definitely do better elsewhere.

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True Confections3701 W. Broadway, #6, Vancouver
Sugar Me Sweet
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 12:58am [Dine in]

I have been to this location on a few occasions and have learned a few things. First, don't bring a date here as it's about as intimate as a shopping mall food court - the interior is cookie cutter at best. Second, come as a pair as the seating plan is geared for tables for two. Third, the lineups can be heartbreaking so keep that in mind during the weekends.

I go for the cheescake because they are dense and very tasty. The Belgian chocolate mousse is wonderful too. The cakes, however, are ridiculously sweet - the exception is the devils food cake. The service at the Denman location is superior - the staff here can be blase and uninterested. All in all, a solid (but not great) place for dessert.

One last point is that they have instituted a $8 per person minimum charge for table service. Nice touch seeing as the cheesecake is $6.95 - better learn to like coffee!

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Slickety Jim's Chat n' Chew2513 Main St., Vancouver
Bennie the Sheik
Submitted Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 2:28am [Dine in]

Ah yes, the wait is the thing. We showed up on a Sunday for Main St. sheik and the famed bennies. The funky interior blends very well with the Main scene - tons of eye candy on the wall and old bus seats for some of the tables. You'll get lots of time to check out the style while you wait and wait (35 minutes on this trip) for a table. The waitress was pleasant, the coffee was excellent and the menu was a refreshing read. Our bennies arrived in 20 minutes and none of us were disappointed. Good portion sizes for the money and the eggs weren’t drowned in hollandaise - very, very tasty. The potatoes could use a bit of work though. I will definitely go back, but will try a weekday next time.

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