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diner40VancouverSince January 22, 200895 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
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Montana's Cookhouse315 West Burnside Road, Victoria
Was My Meal Rescued From The Dumpster?
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

Gosh what a disappointment dining at Montana's yesterday. I have eaten there a number of times and this was my first downer.

I arrived shortly after 4pm on a Sunday afternoon and I was literally the only customer in the place. I walked into the bar area and saw what turned out to be the entire staff congregating around one of the tables in the bar. Everyone looked up at me like I was Dad who just caught them all smoking a joint in the basement. What were they doing? I assume they were cheesed that they would have to do something.

I sat at the bar and had instant service. The girl behind the bar was pleasant enough so no complaints there. I ordered the small rib dinner with their bold bbq sauce a plain baked potato, nothing on it and that corn bread that they serve. They used to have a rib and chicken combo but have removed in from the menu. I wanted to order that but I am out of luck.

My order arrived in no time flat. Although the rib portion was fairly substantial
it was covered in a sweet sweet sauce. So sweet it almost made my molars ache. It was like eating candy meat. Not only that it wasn't nearly hot enough. The baked potato was another thing. It tasted like it was baked sometime in the late 1980's. It had that awful "been in a cardboard box down in the cellar for a long long time" taste. I love my baked potatoes but could only eat half of it due to the funky taste.

It was if the dinner was left over from the night before and they just nuked it for a couple of minutes before serving it up. I am sorry not acceptable for the price tag. The dinner with one beer just over $25.00

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Thai Son Vietnamese373 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Despite the weather The Son Shines
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2009 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Went to Thai Son on EB yesterday for lunch. The restaurant was packed at just after 2pm when we arrived but the staff quickly found us a seat.

Quickly ordered the Spring Rolls which arrived in record time. Very speedy.
The rolls came pipeing hot and quite tasty. The nice clear sauce with garlic and a splash of lemon juice added to the taste of these spring rolls.

For lunch my dining partner and me ordered the same thing, lemon grass chicken with egg. Very nicely done. A huge portion too by the time I was finished I was stuffed.

Everything came quickly , we were in and out of there in about 40 minutes.
The servers, althoug efficient could kick things up a bit in the smile department. Not much personality shown.

In the end a nice tasty inexpensive lunch that has left me wanting more.

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
No leaks in this Canoe
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

Had another great dining experience at The Canoe Club last Saturday. It was a rare sunny, mild day in Victoria and decided to take a friend here for lunch.

We arrived shortly after 1:30pm and wanted to sit outside on such a beautiful day. All of the tables seemed to be full however the very accommodating and friendly hostess took it upon herself to see what she could do to seat us outside. In no time we were seated outside in an area where server's were not working at the time but because we were there they accommodated us. Great service!!! The complete opposite to what we received at The Irish Times that same day, trying to get a table for six there around 8pm we were met with indifference and an attitude that it was just simply and absolutely impossible to find us a seat. We all left.

Anyway, i digress. At The Canoe for lunch I ordered their Veggie Burger, delicious. A generous sized house made patty with a bit of a curry kick that is always delicious, I have had it before. It came with a nice salad with their own dressing.

My dining partner ordered the Canoe Pub Burger. Huge with a couple pieces of bacon and cheddar cheese. I had a bite and again very impressed.

All in all if you are looking for a great meal, service and super view near the water you can't go wrong with the Canoe Club.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar812 Wharf St., Victoria
They Are Two For Two
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

Went to Milestones again this past Friday night as the previous Friday a group of ten of us enjoyed a fantastic meal here.

First Friday we were seated promptly at a nice table by the window.
Our server quickly took our drink orders and then came back awhile later for our food order. It was the $20.00 dine out deal and I must say I was very impressed.

My meal started with a very tasty corn/potato chowder. My only complaint is that the chowder was luke warm and really needed to be warmed further. It was tasty.

Following the chowder I enjoyed a very tasty steak. I thought for the price it would be a small serving but no way. A big piece of meat perfectly cooked along with a heaping amount of garlic mashed potatoes and some very nicely sauteed veggies like red pepper.

Everyone at our table seemed to enjoy their respective meals and there were no screw up's in the kitchen, everyone got what they ordered in good time. There were absolutely no complaints.

For dessert I had the butterscotch pot de creme. Again a nice serving and tasty.

What a deal. This huge meal with a beer for $32.00 total.

I was so impressed that this past Friday I brought my sister here visiting from Vancouver. Again I would not be disappointed.
Even though the restaurant was packed our table was ready shortly after entering the restaurant. Our server was prompt and efficient.

I order the exact same thing however this time they were out of the steak, lamb was served instead. What a nice surprise. Two huge perfectly cooked pieces of delicious lamb accompanied by some roast potatoes and sauteed spinach and bok choy. Fantastic meal at a fantastic price.

As far as I'm concerned this Milestone's is doing everything right!

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Curry Express4820 Kingsway, #352, Burnaby
Really, I Love Their Food
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 11:08am [Dine in]

Wow, what a privilege to be the first to review Curry Express.
I don't make it a habit of reviewing food court style restaurants but I must give two thumbs up for this Curry Express at Metrotown.

I have eaten there numerous times. I find the curries to be very very tasty. I usually order the Spicy Chicken Curry, it really does pack a punch as well as the Yogurt/Veggie Curry. This one has a very nice flavour, you can really taste the yogurt in this dish.
Everything is always fresh and consistent. Even the naan bread is
good.

I must say I have eaten at Viji's, it was good, but if I am looking for a good curry , lot's of it and dirt cheap I will stop at Curry Express everytime.

Their dinner special consists of rice, naan, two types of curry and a drink for $6.99. Sorry Viji's just can't do this. As for ambiance , well, it's a food court no place to take your special date however if you do it probably will be your last.

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Two And A Half Licks Out Of Five
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

Had dinner at Saltlik last night. The room is quite nice. Very roomy and impressive, I really like the decor here.

As for the food, nothing to write home about. I am thinking that maybe my choice of entree was not the one I should of had.
I ordered the grilled chicken breast with caramalized cauliflower, romesco sauce and grilled romaine. Sounds fancy shmancy, it really wasn't. Two very small pieces of chicken breast with two small pieces of el dente cauliflower with a dab of sauce. I could make this at home. If I can make it at home in my small space what the heck am I doing ordering it at a restaurant. I should of selected something else from the rather limited menu.

Along with the meal my two dining partners ordered caesar salad, french onion soup, skinny fries and the double fisted cheddar burger.
I had a bite out of the cheddar burger and in retrospect that is what I should of ordered . As for the skinny fries well they were fries and they were cut skinny. They tasted ok nothing really specail about them.

Our server was just fine. There when we needed him, the meals came in a reasonable amount of time.

Our meals came with two beer, two glasses of wine and a martini, total just over $115.00.

I like this room, it was hoping at just after 5pm on a Friday with what looked like a fair contigent of "beautiful people".

I will come back to try something else in the future maybe even a steak.

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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
A Big Ole Slab Of Lamb
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

Went here New Years Day for a big lamb feast and was not disappointed. Takis cook up a delicious tasting roast lamb.
A huge , tender portion no knife is needed to eat their lamb.

My roast lamb dinner came with the usual greek potatos that I love and that greek rice that is the same no matter what Greek Restaurant you go to.

My potatos were good but I have had better. They tasted fine but sorta looked like they may of been sitting around for awhile.
My dining partners enjoyed their dishes as well the Calamari and Chicken Souvlaki.

Our server was quick and efficient and gave just the right amount of service.

Takis needs a makeover though, the decor looks very ratty, old and worn.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Much Better The Second Time
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Gave Trattoria Kitchen another try the other night and I must say this time they get a thumbs up. My dining partners and I decided to go for the pasta.

We began our meals with a very delicious beef carpaccio, incredible. Very flavorful. After the carpaccio we were treated to three big kobe meatballs on the house. A very nice touch.

Our main courses arrived in good time. I had the lasagna, a huge portion and very tasty although it would of been nicer had it been warmer. My dining partners enjoyed their spaghetti with kobe meatballs and hand rolled gnocchi in a basil pesto pecorino sauce. Both really enjoyed their respective dishes.

It was a Friday night around 6:30pm so it was busy. We waited in the little waiting area for about 40 minutes enjoying a glass of wine. For me that is a reasonable wait on a busy night for a popular dining spot. A woman waiting next to us for a table for two was quite put off with the wait time and expressed this to the staff, she had been waiting for about twenty minutes. If you must absolutely eat in record time I suggest you should really opt for a stop by a McDonalds drive through. Be reasonable.

Had we stuck with just our meals and not ordered the two bottles of wine with dinner our wallets would of come out in good shape.
Wow, what a mark up on vino. Example, a bottle Evolution #9 from Portland, Oregon is $80.00 at Trattoria Kitchen. It is $25.00 at the liquor store. That is a ridiculous mark up to me but that is where all restaurants really make their money.

Overall I was quite happy with this second visit. Our server was pleasant and prompt. Now looking forward to visit number three.

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Old Spaghetti Factory703 Douglas St, Victoria
What A Pleasant Surprise
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

Ate here last night or should I say late afternoon. My first thought entering the restaurant was, 'should be no problem getting a table for myself and my two dining partners, who the heck eats dinner at 4:30pm?". Seems half the city eats early , the place was packed with plenty of people already waiting on the wooden benches. Go figure. My dining partners hadn't arrived yet so I requested a table for three then grabbed a beer at the bar. It wasn't long before a table was ready for me. Shortly after sitting down our server arrived with some of that OSF bread, quite nice. My friends arrived and we quickly ordered our meals. OSF is not a fine dining establishment but a family place sort of the McDonalds of Spaghetti. The next table over there was a seven year olds birthday party taking place, what seemed like 60 girl guides at another part of the restaurant. You get the picture.
You wouldn't bring a special date or celebrate some sort of milestone at the OSF. You hunker down at your table and get ready for a carbo-rific time. I ordered the minestrone soup and was very pleasantly surprised with the flavour. Not tasteless but very hearty and flavourful. For my main course I ordered the meat lasagna and again it was very good. I was sort of expecting a somewhat tasteless, ho hum, lasagna dish something to fill me up but this was very good also very hot. We all wound up our meals with that signature OSF spumoni ice cream plus coffee. If you are pinching the pennies but still want to get away from your own kitchen from time to time you can't go wrong with the OSF.
You talk about dirt cheap. Non stop bread, soup, lasagna, ice cream and coffee plus a half litre of house red for under $25.00 bucks, bargoon.

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Siam Thai Restaurant512 Fort St, Victoria
Tasty Thai!!
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

Went to Siam this past Friday. I have been a few times and always enjoy what is offered. On Friday my dining partner and I started with the crispy thai spriing rolls, the only disappointment of the meal. They were greasy and I thought had sort of a funky/fishy sort of taste. I'll pass on those next time.
We shared the veggie curry and veggie phad thai. Both were very good. The portion size was just right for the two of us and although I would of enjoyed a bit more heat we ordered both dishes medium. Great service, although the place was packed at around 7pm on a Friday night they found a table for us in no time and our order was taken promptly. Victoria has a few very good Thai Restaurants Siam is one of them.

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Sauce Restaurant & Lounge1245 Wharf St, Victoria
Since I wasn't paying it was GREAT!!!
Submitted Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Went to Sauce this past Sunday for a staff function, my boss was paying a real bonus.
There was eight of us, I ordered the coconut prawns to start.
The prawns were rather tasty and came with a nice curry sauce that really kicked them up a notch.
For my main course I ordered the Lamb Sirloin. The dish arrived with some rice pilaf and various veggies like roasted red pepper.
I asked for medium rare but for the most part the lamb was on the rare side and quite tasteless. The veggies were crisp and nice the rice was , well rice.
For dessert I ordered the hot fudge brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce it was very very good.
Although our server was friendly enough I had to look over my shoulder more than once to give one of those 'where the heck did she go' looks.
Overall not that memorable a meal but not bad either just very average. I will try it again in the future nothing was so bad that I won't come back.

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Thida Thai1193 Davie St, Vancouver
Great Thai Food & You Won't Go Broke Eating It
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

I have been going here for a couple years now and have never been disappointed. The food is very tasty. I always have the Thai Yellow Curry spicy, it is truly delicious. They also make a very good Pad Thai. Start off your meal with an order of the "crispy wonton's" forget the actual Thai name but they are a great start to your Thai meal.
The service is excellent always prompt and friendly.
If you are watching your wallet you won't go wrong here. This is not a fancy place just a little Mom and Pop restaurant however for great Thai food at a reasonable price head to Thida Thai

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Vera's Burger Shack1030 Davie St., Vancouver
Like they say, You Can't Beat Vera's Meat
Submitted Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

Hey, what's up with these bad reviews for Vera's? IMHO Vera's have the best tasting burgers in Vancouver. Miles ahead of McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's. I have been numerous times and can report A-1 experiences. I doubt I am that lucky because I have yet to win the lottery. Their burgers have that true bbq grilled taste loaded with your favorite toppings, yes they are a little more expensive but I think worth it. My last trip to a Vera's last month on Davie I had great service a very tasty burger and fries, although the fries were a little on the greasy side. A small note to all restaurant goers, there is a bit of an employement problem in Vancouver/Victoria right now. Too many jobs, not enough staff therefore you run into employees who just don't give a crap and sometimes they show it. This problem is dominant particularly at the fast food places, young staff who could careless about the customer and this isn't just a problem you find at Vera's although on my visits to the Burger Shack I have been treated well.

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Fernwood Inn1302 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria
Very Nice, I like
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

Went to the Fernwood Inn Friday night for a wee bite my first visit since the reno. Nice relaxed ambiance, the patio is a decent size and if we were wearing warmer clothing I am sure I could of convinced my friends to sit outside. The menu seems to be varied, the usual burgers, some tapas, fish and chips and bigger dishes like pasta. For me there is more than enough variety.
My halibut burger arrived promptly along with a nice side salad with their own raspberry vinagrette. Very good. The burger was lip smackin' good although my piece of halibut was a little on the small side, didn't need a big net to catch this one. The burger was more than enough however and tasty along with that nice salad. My friends enjoyed their wings and turkey burger made in house. Our server was good, didn't dazzle us but efficient enough. It's a great addition to an already funky little area of Victoria and we'll be back. My burger plus mineral water, had the large one at $6.50 ouch, was under $20.00

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Reef, The533 Yates St, Victoria
Pass the hotsauce Mon
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:09am [Dine in]

Enjoyed a nice dinner at The Reef last night. Great value, my dining partners all had the three course special for 20.00. I had the curried chicken. The dish arrived promptly. A heaping plate of curried chicken on a bed of rice with a nice coleslaw on the side.
The curried chicken was tasty however I like my curry spicy so I had to kick it up a notch with some house habanero sauce, that did the trick. Our server was very good, filled my water glass a number of times and had a good sense of humour. All in all a pleasant visit to The Reef. Watching my pennies and waist line I didn't have a beverage or dessert so my evening was ultra cheap,
9.45 plus tip.

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Fort Street Cafe742 Fort Street, Victoria
I agree, this Fort is good
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

I just read the review about The Fort Street Cafe and I have to agree. The gang down there at this very unassuming place whip up a fantastic lunch. Try their roasted tomato soup with a homemade scone absolutely delicious.
A very cheery bunch working there as well. Looking for a good, healthy , inexpensive lunch in Victoria you can't go wrong with The Fort Street Cafe.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar1145 Robson Street, Vancouver
New & Improved
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

Grabbed a bite today at the newly renovated Milestone's and was very impressed. I ordered the turkey club with coleslaw. I am not a fan of even a bit of cilantro, it's one of those things you either love or hate, I happen to hate it. I asked if the slaw came with cilantro and our server said that she didn't really know for sure but would check. When my meal arrived the slaw came without cilantro, something they did especially for me...I was impressed. The sandwich was good same with the cilantroless coleslaw ,quite tasty. My dining partner had the Thai wrap with those curly fries and reported back that it was good. Not mind blowing but consistently good food at Milestone's. The renovations look great, it was closed for what seemed like about three or four months. I have to give kudo's to our server, Ashley. Outstanding service. Very friendly , prompt and a pleasure to have as your server. I will be back.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A trip to Mexico for my burrito?
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

Went here last night prior to heading down to watch The Fireworks.
Needless to say the place was packed and very loud in fact I've been to High School cafeteria's at noon time that were quieter. I was waiting for my dining partner who was still working but along shortly so ordered a pitcher of their Sangria. If you enjoy your Sangria sweet, sweet like Kool aid you may like this. Not impressed with the Sangria and for $25.00 a little on the steep side. Dining partner finally arrived and we ordered our meals, I had the Burrito my partner two taco's. We ordered at 7:10pm, the food arrived at 8:00pm, granted it was busy but how long does it take to slap some already cooked Mexi-rice, refried beans and a smallish burrito plus two taco's on a plate? Our meals weren't exactly huge and for the 14.00 price for the burrito , pricey. I figure they probably spent about 3.50-4.00 making that meal so there is plenty of profit margin. My dining partners taco's were reported to be good. Our server was busy but a very pleasant person who came by a couple of times to give us the countdown to the arrival of our meals, she did a good job and I tipped accordingly. I must admit Mexican food is not really my first choice. To me it all tastes the same no matter what you order, a burrito tastes like a soft taco, tastes like an enchilada etc. etc. etc. Just slop on a plate all mixed together and LM's slop on a plate pretty much tastes like everyone else's. Overall just okay
no ewww's or ahhhh's like at the fireworks and in my opinion not really a good bang for the buck.

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Would You Like Some Attitude With Your Steak
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

This review is a little on the tardy side as I went to Hy's a year and a half ago for New Year's Eve dinner so my apologies but scanning the reviews have the memories of my visit flooding back. My dining partner and I decided to go here for New Year's Eve dinner thinking it would be a great place to ring in the New Year. The room is old and dark some might say gloomy. For starters we both ordered shrimp cocktail , as memory serves me they were nice plump shrimp. I had a steak, my dining partner the ahi tuna. I enjoyed my steak but I must say the ahi tuna was really a stand out. The food was good not mind blowing good , but good. My big grip about the evening was the service. I got the impression that our server was a lifer at the place , been there and done that. Basically eat your meal and be on your way. He had no personality whatsoever.
Did not kibitz, did not take any interest in us, did nothing but take our order and bring our food. I am sorry, if you are dining in a place like Hy's , which isn't cheap btw, you want to be a little entertained or
at least feel a little special and keep in mind this was New Year's Eve. This server made us feel like we were at Whitespot and there was a family of four waiting for our table.
Our meal plus a bottle of wine was around $250.00 and for me that is a little on the pricey side. The food was decent however the service has left a bad taste in my mouth so much so that I haven't been back since.

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Browns Socialhouse2296 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Pizza & A Pint = Great Deal
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Dropped by BSH yesterday for a quick bite and a brew. My friend and I were quickly greeted by a very cheery girl who took us to our seat outside on the patio. Moments later a server came by to take our drink order, moments after that another server came by to take our drink order, already ordered but thanks just the same. We ordered one of their pizza's to share the "spicy sausage" pie, it came in no time flat.
Quite nice, just the right amount of sausage and banana peppers, it was very tasty. Oh , by the way, yet another server came by with the pizza for us. I think we may of met just about all the staff now with the exception of the cook, next time. In all honesty I was very impressed on my first visit. Very friendly staff, good eats and dirt cheap. Turned out Sunday was their pizza special. Two pints and a pizza, $21.00. We'll be back.

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