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diningdandydowntown vancouverSince May 2, 200756 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Dont order regular stuff!!!
Submitted Friday, July 25, 2008 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

So i waited an hour to get into this place and yes it was frustrating especially with all the line drama of people trying to cut somehow but an hour later i was seated at a table. A lady in teh lineup had told us not to get the regular stuff you can get at other places and she was right, dont order the regular things you'd order at other restaurants like sashimi is the same anywhere you get it same with miso soup, tempura etc. So to make the hour line up worth it order all the different stuff you cant get anywhere else or else you'll end up whining about the mediocre food on this site, what do people expect from stuff like sashimi? Sashimi is sashimi anywhere you order it so be different to make it worth the trip. I got the tuna sashimi with sesame sauce, the spicey agedashi, some sort of eggplant with brown sugar on it, a mango and salmon roll, and a spider roll. Except for the spider roll everything else was unique and made it worth the wait. Are waitress was very attentive everything was very clean and i always like when you can see the chefs making everything so was it worth the frustrating hour long wait? Absolutly because the things i orderd i cant get anywhere else, the fish was fresh, the service was super friendly and it was a nice room and the value was very solid

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Moby Dick Restaurant15479 Marine Drive, White Rock
Fish and Chips the way it should be
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

I'm always suspicious of people who give bad reviews then recomend another place, (sounds like the one bad review on here is from someone who might work at another fish and chips place.) Anyways i owe everyone on dinehere.com who reviewed this place a big thank you because the second i tried the fish and chips at this place I was hooked. Reading all the great reviews on here i primed myself for some fish then drove all the way to white rock from vancouver just to try this place. It really is the best fish and chips!! I dont know how anyone could say that their fish came soggy since they bring it right out from the fryer for you. Mine was still sizzling when i bit into it. The portions were just HUGE! I ordered a one piece thinking i was going to get two tiny pieces (one plus the free one they throw in for every order) and i got two huge sized cod fillets that I couldnt even finish and i came in hungry! Ambience is great since its by the beach and the inside is so tacky its charming. The coleslaw is fantastic and i havnt had such great clam chowder since I was just a kid, they got it right! Service was friendly we were seated next to some pretty difficult customers and the waitress was just incredibly cheery and helpful. Our waitress was the same. Value is great me and my boyfriend felt bad because we'd orderd the one piece fish and chips (which is actually a two piece) and had to leave most of it because the portions were huge (And i hate wasting food.) What i loved the most though... the tarter sauce! home made delicious tartar sauce that compliments the nice fluffy batter. I was also pleased they had a wide array of condiments at our table (I loved that they had malt vinegar for my fries and sea salt) Anyways i'll definitly come back with friends and family because i really enjoyed this place. Value was just over the moon. This may just be the best fish and chips place in the lower mainland and you can tell the locals know it, all the other places look emptyish compared to the always busy moby dick.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Great drink selection
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Same review but with a value rating.

Great drink selection
I dont understand why the hip really cool places like Hapa have to have iffy frou frou food. Ive started to notice a disturbing trend where people rate the food by the hipness of a place. People! its ok if you like the restaurant but remember your recommending people eat at these places. Hapa has a really enjoyable atmosphere id definitly take my friends there to get drunk. I had a melon soda that consisted of Sprite and melon liqoure which was very tasty. We started out with the shrimp and avacado salad and it was pretty good a bit above par. Then we had there gyozas which were very tasty but for 7$ you get like one big gyoza thats been cut up into like 5 pieces although i did enjoy the lotus root in the gyoza. The last thing we had was dissapointing. We orderd there three kinds of Sashimi for 13$. We got 2 shrimp heads (Yes just the heads) 2 raw shrimps and 2 tiny cubes of tuna and two tiny cubes of white fish. It came well presented but its just raw food well decorated... the fish wasnt even exotic, terrible value in my opinion. But the noodles i saw coming out of the kitchen looked like good value if your looking to get filled up. There salad was ok value but come to think of it how much do noodles and lettuce cost a restuarant?. I think the reason people flock to this place is because yes the ambience is amazing and the waitresses are very attractive but if your a foody you will be dissapointed overall id take my friends for the outstanding atmosphere but maybe just for drinks and then head over to the gyoza king which isnt as hip but the food is very tasty and better valued. Oh and for the above mentioned meal with sake it came to 65$ with tip. Not bad but thank god i wasnt hungry.

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Finch's Tea & Coffee House353 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Hidden Gem
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

The first time i walked by this place i went in and they were out of baguettes. Today i tried there grape and Bri baguette. Delicious. At first i thought it looked pretty tiny for a baguette but the second i tasted it i could tell where my money was spent. The ingredience were so fresh i think i may go get another on ebefore they close. The ambience is nice it reminds me of a cafe in France. I love the area, I'm a 21 year old girl and im not afraid of the area even after dark but if your from the suburbs or some other boring place like that you may not appreciate the funky crowd and the homeless people you see all over the downtown area. The service was ok. It took ten minutes to get my baguette but i never go to a place in a hurry so it was fine. Definitely a must try.

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Snow Garden Restaurant469 Richards Street, Vancouver
I orderd flavour with that?
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

I'd been curious about this place since i moved into the neighbourhood and i finally got to try it today... i wasnt impressed. There room is nice but the reason i only gave it a two was A) no music and it was empty so all we could hear were people angrily yelling in the kitchen B) Lighting was dark C) The dishes on the table were very very old. The other thing that botherd my was the pricing. Downtown restaurants are always more expensive because of rent and stuff but 15.50 for a small bowl of chili garlic pork ... get real. We also had the egg rolls and hot and sour soup (alll 1 order shared) All came to 31.50... The soup and pork that were supposed to be spicey but it seems they forgot to add the hot sauce in the back. The spring rolls werent bad but they came with 4 packages of plum sauce. Packages of plum sauce just dont go with a restaurant, They could have at least put them in a little bowl for dipping since they charged the amount of a higher scale chinese food place but give you packaged stuff. Our rice was not included with the entree and was hard in the middle (A sign of reheating old rice) The whole meal tasted like food court food and now im so thirsty it feels like i need a giant drink just to get the salty after tase out of my mouth, Im so sad... i really wanted to like this place, but now i see why its always empty

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The532 Main, Vancouver
My first honey dew cake
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:13am [Dine in]

This is the first place i ever had a honey dew cake slice at... that summer i spent alot of time at the gym to work off all the delicious creamy pastries i;d become addicted to. Foods very solid but their bakery deserves an applause for being very solid. Their cakes are made daily and are all very reasonably priced. Service is always friendly and not rushed though theres usually a crowd. Anyways outstanding cake. Never over sugared, very light and very nice icing and made in store not frozen or pre packaged like some bakeries. I usually take home around 5 or 6 things for like 10$ so its all very reasonably priced and generously sized servings... there mango cheese cake will make you melt, there honey dew cake is flavoured with fruit.. even the cake is green from honey dew fruit mized right in. I love this place.

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Oji778 Robson Street, Vancouver
Bubble tea?
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

The food in this place is above solid but between solid and outstanding i would say its closer to a 4. I came here on a sunny day when i read the sign outside that said bubble tea. Looking for a sugary fix and some light dim sum i strolled into this place with little expectations. From the outside this place looks like a hole in the wall kinda place but when you walk in its pretty big and surprisingly nice. I orderd the shrimp dumplins which were above par and came with a nice plum sauce, wonton soup which was very good and chicken skewers that were cooked perfectly and came with a peanuty sauce then i orderd bubble tea. The waiter looked surprised. "We dont have bubble tea here." he said. I was kind of shocked because after the meal i checked their neon sign and sure enough it said bubble tea. I almost wanted to go back in and say something but i figured i should just leave it be. Im going back today to see if that signs still up but overall very good dimsum and very nice waiter. The prices seemed fair for a downtown restaurant im sure you could go out to richmond and find cheaper dim sum but keep in mind when your eating downtown things that arent a commercial chain will always be a bit pricier because of the more expensive location.

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Cupcakes on Denman1168 Denman Street, Vancouver
Blue hawaii is the my litle piece of paradise
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

I didn't like their chocolate cupcakes very much but i just have to rave about their blue hawaii cupcakes. Especially the mini ones!
I put in an overall rating but the blue hawaii gets a five out o five though sometimes they can be dry depending on who makes them. I like to come on occasionallybut i just cant justify the cost its like 3.5$ for a large cup cake and 1$ for the tiny ones. For that you could just make great ones at home but like i said i cant get enough of their blue hawaii

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La Casita101 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Solid mexican
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

Vancouver isnt as known for their mexican as they are for their sushi so its nice to find a place that has really solid mexican food. Nothing was amazing but the mole sauce i had on my enchilada was very good and so was the cerviche... cervich? An appetizer that came with a ton of seafod in lemon sauce it was really good. I found it a bit pricey for mexican food which is suppost to be on the cheap side but still really enjoyed my meal. Service was nice and so was the ambiance

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Hamburger Mary's Diner1202 Davie Street, Vancouver
Not very good value
Submitted Monday, March 17, 2008 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

On a random night when everything else was closed i tried this place. This service was blah seems staff would rather visit with their friends that come into the place. I debated on trying the milkshakes but at 6.99$ i had second thoughts. My friend reassured me i wasnt missing out and that the templeton on granville had better 5$ milkshakes which we could later visit. My friend had the burger i had the salsbury steak. It arrived slightly warm an hour after i had orderd it but at least i receieved a quick "Oh yeah sorry we have a new cook." This place is also kinda depressingly dark with dimish lights at night. so ambience is a 2 because the old cafe style decor was right but the place still had a super depressive feel to it. (brighter lighting and happier staff would probably go along way) A salsbury steak aand a sprite came out to 18$ with a milkshake it would have brought my total up to 24$ that was about dennys quality but more expensive. I dont think ill be back. I think ill just frequent the temptleton for cafe styled stuff like that or veras seeing as my friend wasnt overly impressed with his chili burger and soggy fries either. But at least i finally tried this place after a year of living nearby and walking by it everyday. But overall i thought everything in this place was decent nothing wow but i guess at 1 am you cant complain.

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Old Spaghetti Factory53 Water Street, Vancouver
Blew me away... with great liqour!
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2008 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

I moved by this place just a week ago and decided to finally give this place a shot. I went on a saturday so i wasnt expecting much service wise (I never expect fast service in a crowded restaurant on a saturday, if you ask me thats a pretty big wish to get served fast when there at max capacity) Although our drinks came promptly and so did our appies so i was thrilled with my cesar salad. Not the best or anything but certainly on my top 5 cesars. I love there drink list, its very nice and very big. The ambiance and servcie blew me away. As soon as you walk in beside the door there is an old school weight scale and the mast of a boat as you walk in to the lobby plus a giant train cart that had travelled hundreds of miles through gas town. Im sure some people would find that unimpressive but it sure blew me away. Our waitress was just great and we got served in a timely friendly manner. The pasta was good not the best but again on the top five. I thought for what it was, it was very fairly priced food i mean it doesn't pretend to be a five star restauarant its really a family oriented / young group hang out place. They never rush you at the end of your meal no matter how full they are. Ive been there twice already back to back and my new fav drink is there aztec sunset with ice cream and kahlua! Definitly worth a try the only downside is at night all the weird hastings people wonder the streets pan handling but that cant be helped.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria970 Smithe St., Vancouver
~ Meat isnt a specialty ~
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

I would have given this place a 4 had there meat not tasted odd. It wasnt old or anything or even cheap meat but it was just to over marinated it seems like almost like they soaked it in to much vinegar and wine. I had the same complaint at the other place although people looked very please with there vegetarian dishes. There minestrone soup was kinda bland but came with good bread. There Ceasar salad was also just solid although my guest really liked his. I also had a lovely drink called a jail break which was a nice addition to the pizza. I was surprised they dont have a gourmet version of pepperoni like some nice pizza places do just salami and italian sausage and stuff like that over all this place is solid if the meat improves then it'd get a 4 because the service was great are waitress seemed to be on prozac and the ambiance is nice enough for a first or second date.

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Nishiki Sushi6501 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Bubble tea and sushi... its about time!
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 2:25am [Dine in]

This place was one of the first sushi places i tried in Vancouver and everytime i go to a new sushi restaurant i find it weird they dont have bubble tea because it just goes sooo well. After a whole bunch of sushi places i still find this the best california roll place in vancouver. I dont go much these days but when i do i always leave happy.

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Babylon Cafe716 Robson Street, Vancouver
Gone Baby-lon
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 2:11am [Dine in]

This place has the best chicken as far as lebanese meat on a rotating stick goes. The sides are great and you get large portions for about 6 something a plate. They have alot of vegetarian options as well. The place is tiny and not pretty to look at but there is always a constant stream of people which is a good sign because it means the rotating meat doesnt stick around long enough to get old. I would suggest getting your food to go since the seating isn't comfy at all. The service doesnt come with a smile but they get the job done. The one thing that blew my mind is they didnt have any shwarmas just plates of food hence the name gone baby-lon (gone baby gone) Because the whole time i was wondering where are the shwarmas? Overall a must try if your in the area.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
100X tastier then Ebisu
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2007 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

Ebisu could learn a thing or two from a place like Gyoza king.
The food is fresher, tasier and even though the place isnt as trendy i dont go to a restaurant for the ambience i go for the taste. Ebi Mayo was the first thing i got and though it was small i can still taste the creamy slightly hot sauce that came ontop of 5 mediumish batterd prawns. The Tuna sashimi was fresh. The gyozas were packed with filling (I got pork, chives and shrimp)
And i had a udon dish which was buttery and came with mushrooms, i hear this is the place all the chefs from neighbouring restaurants come after work since its open late so thats always a good sign. For two people it came to about 35$ pretty good deal to fill us up. Some dishes are small but i came for the taste and didnt mind if you want bang for your buck get the udon dishes which are large and filling. The Ambiance is solid and looks like it needs a new look but its still cozy non the less and the servcie was great and are food came quickly and politly. Definitly a new favourit spot!

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Jade Dynasty Restaurant137 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Worthy Dim sum
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2007 - 1:28am [Dine in]

I thought this place was very reasonably priced unfortunatly we went a few nights ago when it was packed. I found there dumplings delicious and there won ton soup was pretty good over all i think this is an above solid place to go if your passing by china town. Ambiance is plainish not terrible not pretty either and since we went when it was full service was a bit slow.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar1145 Robson Street, Vancouver
Mild milestones
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2007 - 1:17am [Dine in]

So Earls was completly full so me and my guest made our way to Milestones which is always pretty solid. I though there Seafood pasta was pretty great and the Cesar salad was solid. Overall everything was solid and the service is prompt even though it was very busy and i think the place is pleasant and has a warm and inviting ambience.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Good place to get plowed!
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Went here for dinner and i noticed it looked like a fun place to get drunk with friends but the food was only decent. My guest had noodle box #1 and he said the rolls that came with the dish were bland he also had a noodle soup and tempura. He said the soup was good but the tempura was "Blah". My meal was a tofu miso with a sashimi salad with spicy sauce and some sort of beef thing with green tea ice cream. It was alright nothing special. Like i said great place to get plowed but blah food. Nice servers and looks really clean.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great Lunch Hot Spot!
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

The place feels unique,
It's been around forever and the first thing i noticed that i loved
about this place is they have a huge fresh and yummy
Cesar salad. I was lucky enough to get to try there Ahi tuna and have to say its better then the Fish house's Ahi tuna. It has a really unique flavor and it was still tender when i asked for well done (Sometimes tuna gets chewy when its over done) you also get your choice of 2 sides with the dish so i went with their Cesar salad (of course) and their thai chili sauce and i wasn't disappointed. My partner had the soup of the day and a great milk shake, it was a pretty good meal and i'm happy to say i've found a new favorite lunch spot. The place fills up quickly at dinner time. I'm keen on trying the burgers and sandwiches. People looked pleased with theirs. This place has been around forever and i can tell by how busy the place gets even on a Tuesday night that there gonna be around for a long time, by the way instead of mints at the end of your meal you get a piece of double bubble gum you know the old school gum you get with a joke comic strip inside, oh and music was great we got some neil young and tons of other great oldies.

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Strike 3 your out!
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

I take back what i said in my previous review,
This place is hit or miss which its never been before
but i went there three times in the last month and have been
extremely sorry. The Ahi Tuna comes over done now to the point where its burnt! Same with the creme brulee, it came with a black top instead of the regular brown. Everything else is an inch above par. I can imagine they've changed staff quite a bit i never really see the same staff twice, it looks like they've hired very underage servers. The waitress who took my order had purple hair and looked 12 (A true sign of class folks) I wouldn't have had any problems though had my meals come within an hour of being seated. I'm sad to lose this place its called the fish house but the fish now comes burnt and with attitude when you ask the servers to replace it. I wont return or recommend.

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