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diningRLEast VancouverSince September 18, 200665 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 65 Reviews Found
Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Quality of Ramen Only Goes Downhill outside of Kintaro
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I can't believe how much worse the quality of the ramen here is compared to Kintaro, especially considering this place is on the same block as Kintaro!!

The only reason I tried this Motomachi is because Kintaro was closed on the Monday me and my buddy went to get some ramen. The noodles here are obviously not fresh/hand-made - they are packaged noodles. And yes, it makes a HUGE difference in taste, more than any other type of noodles in soup (pho, wonton noodle, udon, taiwanese, etc). The Shiro soup base was also overly salty for my taste. Also orderd the a dish of gyoza for appetizers and for $4 I got only 4 gyoza.. not really worth it in my opinion.

My advice: stick with the best (Kintaro), don't bother trying the rest.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Fit for a Student's Budget. Tastes Exceed Price Point
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

Every entree here is around $5-6. The portions are very generous, especially for the price.

As a starving student, I have been frequenting this place mainly for the price-point, but honestly, the quality of food is very very good. Hawker's is unequivocally better than any asian fast-food food-court place - Manchu Wok and the like - which costs about $10 and is greasy as hell! I would venture out to say that the quality is better than many sit-in restaurants as well.

I'm not Malaysian, but as an asian I can still tell between what's fake 'western' asian food (eg: sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, etc) and real asian food... this place serves up real asian and real good food without breaking the bank.

I would NOT bring a date here tho since it's really a sit-in place ;-)

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Wang's Beef Noodle House8390 Granville Street, Vancouver
Solid Late Night Eats in (Fragmentated) Vancouver Market
Submitted Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

First off, it's a drag to find a solid (inexpensive) late night place to eat after partying, clubbing, drinking, etc. The good places are either in Richmond, or are scattered all over the place.

Wang's is one of these places located in Marpole by the bridge. They're open until like 3 or 4 in the morning, so it's a nice option if you have a car and aren't completely wasted.

The food is just solid. Nothing really too surprising on either ends of the spectrum. The menu is quite large for the type of restaurant. They have items other than their namesake Beef Noodles. The prices are a little on the high side, but I guess they need to cover for the utilities for staying open late.

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Huang's Beef Noodles6940 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Best Taiwanese Beef Noodle in VanCity
Submitted Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

Heard about this place from a friend who kept insisting that I try it.

The restaurant is a small hole-in-the-wall family owned place. Location-wise, it's caught in between a 7-11 (not located at a busy intersection) and residential houses at the south Victoria Drive area - south of 49th Ave. Somewhat difficult for passerby to spot because of this.

Anyway, on to the review:

The menu is quite simple - several varieties of Beef Noodles and some small appies such as gyozas and pork tongue. The noodles are very very good. As a self-proclaimed noodles-in-soup connoisseur, I'm quite certain that they make their own noodles fresh from dough, as the texture and chewiness are different (in a good way) from packaged/pre-maid noodles. The portions are satisfying and the meat was very tender. Broth was to die for... warning, if you order super spicy, be prepared!!!

Traffic was constant - folks come in, eat, pay, go. So table turnover is quite high at a steady rate. Having said that, this place is tiny, so you may have to wait if there's a line-up. I'd imagine the weekday lunch rush is quite busy since David Thompson High School is just a couple blocks away. Not sure what time this place is open until, but I'd love to drop by late-night if they're open.

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Reno's151 East Broadway, Vancouver
All-Purpose Greasy Spoon
Submitted Friday, December 24, 2010 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

Came here because Chutney Villa next door was closed for the Christmas break.

This place is a solid greasy spoon that does everything - breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, chinese food, etc. The food is solid (and greasy). The pricing is quite good - ordered a mushroom burger platter with coffee and it came out to a little over $7. Service is pretty much non-existent, but what do you expect.

Will be back in the future.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Move along, nothing to see here!
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

This fast-food place is a huge rip-off. And YES, it is FAST FOOD. They're trying to imitate the food court teriyaki box places, but oh boy are they light years behind... And they charge 10-15 bucks for a fast food box of rice or noodles!

I ordered the coconut curry on noodles and it was the most TANGY thing I've ever had.. and for those of you who haven't had coconut curry, IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE TANGY!!

Anyway, I guess it's totally buyer beware at this place. It's smack in the middle of Kits, despite serving crap, it's surviving just because of the location.

Here's a RULE OF THUMB for those of you not familiar with Asian food - apparently these kinds of ppl exist in this city! - if the person cooking the food isn't Asian, prepare yourself!!! FYI, the guy who cooked my meal was a 17 year old black kid... I'm sure this kid did what Jaden Smith did in the (new) Karate Kid and went to China to learn the traditional arts of his trade when he was 11 and is now back home showing off what he's learned

;-)

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Our Town Cafe245 E Broadway, Vancouver
Just Drinking Coffee... WILL YOU WATCH ME?!?!
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

Okay, I'm sorry but I thought this place was a utopia from the reviews below...

I really don't see too much of a difference between this place and the Grind further south on main (near 25th). The decor at Our Town is probably more upscale, but food, coffee, and service-wise, they are essentially carbon copies of each other... but this can be said of every self-proclaimed 'hip' independent (non-chain) coffee shop, but I digress...

I have to agree tho with a couple of the previous reviewers who pointed out that a lot of pretentious (annoying) ppl camp out at this place. I'd say tonnes of pretentious ppl hang out here... reminds me of this scene from Family Guy:

Chris: Meg you're like those ppl who sit in Starbucks and publicly write on their laptops.

(scene of Aholes in Starbucks writing on their laptops)

AHole 1: Hey getting some writin' done their buddy?

AHole 2: Ahh... yp, sitting right up here in public so everybody can watch me type my big screenplay.

AHole 1: Me too!! All real writers need to be seen writin' or otherwise what's the point, right?!?!

AHole 2: YOU SHOULD TOTALLY WRITE THAT DOWN!!!

AHole 1: OKAY, WILL YOU WATCH ME!?!?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12JTDp6xm18

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Mui Ngo Gai2408 Nanimo Street, Vancouver
Nothing Special - Can't Stress This Enough...
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure what's up with the two reviewers below, but with all due respect after reading them, you'd think this place is a fine dining establishment...

This place is a Pho house! There is absolutely nothing special about this place. It's what you'd expect from a typical pho house - ie: no need to go out of your way just to try this place if there's a pho restaurant in your neighborhood.

Food and service wise, it's consistent with the typical pho house in Vancouver. I didn't get the TLC, mom n pop's service that the previous two reviewers claim they received, but no worries, it's not expected at these places. I found the serving sizes to be very small tho, which is why I gave a 1 star for value. The large pho noodle I ordered is an easy medium at most establishments, while the ribs on rice dish my friend ordered came with the least amount of rice I've ever seen come with that specific dish... the rice basically looked like garnish when it was beside the ribs...

Nothing more you basically need to know that that I guess..

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
WHAT Happened???
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 11:15am [Dine in]

I've been here a million times over the years... have no clue why I haven't submitted a review but I digress.

Moderne was THE BEST... I'd say the quality started going down hill 1-2 years ago... gradually but still noticeable on each subsequent visit. It's gotten to the point where I don't think I'm coming back.

The burgers here WERE juicy, and flavorful. I don't know what happened.. it's still juicy (oil and fat), but there's absolutely no flavor. They either changed the quality of the meat they used or just don't season it anymore, or both and then some. The patty literally has no taste!! The mayo and topics could not make up for it.

During my last visit, the only saving grace was the baconaiise mayo dipping sauce for the fries... secret home made recipe my butt LOL.. anyway, it was the saving grace because the burger itself had no taste, so the dipping sauce's flavor was amplified 10-fold.

As a long time customer, I'd say Moderne warranted at least a 4 back in the day... sad to see how this place fell since it's been around for a long time and I love the retro 50's diner feel.

Can't believe I'll be choosing Vera's, Fatburger, or Splitz over Moderne from now on....

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Ragazzi Pizza Co.2996 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver
Overpriced... But if you Got $$$ Go for it!
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 11:01am [Dine in]

Decided to try this mom and pop's place after seeing it briefly featured in the Globe and Mail, as well as all the positive hype on DineHere.

Well, the pizza is definitely very very good. I'm torn between whether I like this place better or Lombardo's... no doubt that Ragazzi's in the upper tier of pizzerias in Vancouver.

My problem is the pricing... First off, they only have two sizes: small (10 inch) and extra large (17 inch). Would kinda be helpful to put in an intermediate size in between to cut down on the disparity. Anyway, the pricing is a bit on the high side for what essentially is a take out only place. There are seats for you to dine-in, but I would not classify this as a dine-in restaurant... thus the price premium they charge is not warranted. Their cheapest large pizza is 20$ and goes up to 24/25 for one pizza.

Further, they charge $3 for a small bottle of water??? It's self-branded but come on! The bottle was 455ml... definitely left a bad taste in the mouth.

Like the title says, if money isn't an issue, then go for it!

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Victoria Restaurant6482 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
This Place is Really Good!
Submitted Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 11:47am [Dine in]

You know what? This place is surprisingly good.. no, it's GREAT! It's a small, dark hole in the wall, but it doesn't pretend to be anything but that!

They do the typical breakfast food (eggs, bacon, sausage, omelets, etc), but they also do sandwiches and chinese food to boot. Breakfast food wise, this place is definitely on par with WhiteSpot and the chains, but at less than half the price. Chinese food is the typical HK cafe style, but prepared with a little more TLC.

This place is owned by the asian woman server and I believe her husband who cooks in the kitchen. The lady is a joy and makes a genuine effort to connect with her customers - many whom are regulars. Been to this place twice, so I'm definitely not in the regular's club yet, but from what I saw, in between serving tables the lady would be having pretty lively small talk moments with the regulars at the front. It's just a nice genuine touch of good service that's definitely missing from the chain types and a place like Sophie's in Kits.

Value-wise, it's great! Portions are big - can't compare to Bon's off Broadway because I've never been - but this place offers satisfying greasy spoon food at great prices. Traffic wise, you probably don't have to wait as both times we got seats no problem.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
A+ Pizza... All else subpar
Submitted Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

The pizza is excellent at Lombardo's. Love the thin crust style and their use of the traditional stone oven thing... sorry not sure what the technical name is... BUT the pasta was horrible! Had the penne alfredo and the penne was very hard for some reason. Alfredo sauce was nothing to brag about. I was very indifferent wrt the calamari appetizer.

Service is horrible. Could tell that the waitresses didn't really want to be there... at least pretend!!!

Anyway, the pizza is definitely 5 star, so I recommend just ordering this - definitely skip the pasta! Not sure what they are thinking with their pricing scheme... $15 bucks for a medium and $25 for a large??? Very uncommon price tiers, but I digress.

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Suggestion: Go Elsewhere... Not Worth the Try
Submitted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

I'm a HUGE noodles in soup fan. Ramen, pho, udon, rice noodles, wonton noodles... as long as they're in soup, it adds a kick that's good in my books.

Anyway, this place was honestly a huge disappointment for me. Ordered the chasuramen and my friend ordered the ton ton and both were very bland. Not horrible, but the noodles just lacked that tenderness that you get from freshly/well made ramen noodles.

The portions are also very small compared to other ramen noodle places. I'm not expecting the same portioning of noodles compared to a Large Bowl of Beef Pho noodles, but the 'one-size' bowl of noodles here is quite small... and @ 7.50 - 9.50 a bowl very pricey for what you're getting. I'm smaller than the average person and was not full at all.

The service was the only bright spot... a couple of really cute servers work at this place... but unfortunately not cute enough for me to come back :-(

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
My New Default East Indian Food Destination
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

Had a craving for some East Indian food, but didn't want to travel to downtown to my usual place - India Bistro on Davie - so the crew decided to try Maurya. We were all glad we did!!

The ambiance is very nice. Took a peak at the a la carte menu and the prices were on the high side... we ended up doing the lunch buffet @12.99 - a great deal considering the quality, ambiance and service.

They had a good number of entrees available... I believe about 10-12 entree items... a few more than the typical East Indian lunch buffet - I believe India Bistro usually has only 8 items. Anyway, the butter chicken had just the right spice and tang for my palate! I'm typically just a butter chicken guy, but I tried all the other items. They were excellent and fresh as the traffic was constant and the kitchen pumped out small but frequent amounts to replenish the entrees.

Anyway, for lunch, this is a definite recommend! The norm East Indian lunch buffet is $10-13 per person. Maurya is easily gourmet east indian and well worth the price!

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
Excellent Addition to Coal Harbour Area
Submitted Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

This is such a great addition to the area! Came here for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The ambiance is extremely modern and gives off a very 'fusion-esq' feel to it, but definitely not the bad fusion a la "Wild Rice." I believe all their chefs are from the Tokyo and Kyoto area and the company itself apparently has a strong brand in Japan.

Had the Sashimi Salad, Miku Sushi Select Entree (which is a sampler of the Aburi Nigiri Sushi and some rolls), and Green Tea Ice Cream for dessert. The salad was a good little starter for things to come. Fish was really fresh and the sushi quality is great. The Aburi Mackerel and Aburi Salmon were both the highlights of the lunch - to quote Stewie Griffin "oh god [it's like] there's an orgy in my mouth!!"

I found the green tea ice cream, apparently made in-house, a bit too sweet for my taste.

The food is a bit on the pricey side, but definitely still a recommend. The Aburi style is definitely a niche that sets Miku apart from others. However, the sides like the sashimi salad were well prepared and tasted fantastic.

Having been to both restaurants, I believe Miku is on par with Tojo's. Looks like Tojo has some competition.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Best Dog Stand by Far
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

I'm not really sure what the previous poster is trying to convey, since anybody can make the same argument to fast food joints and hamburgers... I mean it doesn't take a Gordon Ramsey to make a decent hamburger. And, I'm pretty darn sure the reason people go to McD's/BK/Wendy's/etc. is for the "convenience" and "quick-stop" factors. But I digress...

The Japa Dog stand is definitely the best dog in town. I personally didn't pay 20$ for a dog as you would insinuate from the previous poster.. I paid $5.50 for one of the standard OriMayo-Seaweed dog and pop combo - I believe I have to pay about $5-6 for a tube-steak and pop combo at the typical stand. Compared to the market, I think it's worth paying since it's so much better than the typical Smokie/Tube-steak There are some of the more expensive dogs which can get up to 7-8 bucks just for the dog.

But of course, the make-it-yourself argument at home always tend to creep up... well, no one is stopping you from doing that, and it will probably come out to $2 for the combo home-made. But again, you ignore the very powerful convenience factor. Most people aren't willing to make their own hamburger/pizza/etc and are willing to fork out some of their hard earned money at an eatery that does the cooking for them.

Anyways, my bad for the bashing of the previous poster... must be PMS...

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Golden Oscar Cafe & Restaurant3868 Rupert Street, Vancouver
Good HK Style Greasy Spoon
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

Judging from many previous posts, I guess Oscar's signature dish is their baked pork chop on rice. No surprise, this is what I ordered and it was pretty satisfying. Pretty sure it's not the healthiest thing with all the cheese and grease and all, but if you're stopping by Oscar's or the typical HK style eatery, you're probably not thinking healthy eating.

Nothing to add on the Ambiance since it's pretty neutral. Service is not the greatest, but for $7 a dish, you can't hold that against them.

It's open late.

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Thai House Restaurant1766 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Best Lunch Deal
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 2:42am [Dine in]

Decided to try this place for lunch, and it was such an excellent decision!

They had about 15 set lunch specials for $7.50 and another 10 or so for a buck or two more. The specials include a spring roll, salad, soup, & the main - much like Urban Thai in Yaletown which is under the same ownership.

The three of us ordered the Green Coconut Curry Chicken, Chicken in Blackbean Sauce, and a satay(ish) Pork. The verdict?... they're all pretty damn good. Portioning is just right and the price is unbeatable for a lunch special.

Would definitely return soon! Go Coconut Curry Go!

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Excellent Authentic Experience
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 1:06am [Dine in]

My expectations were set quite high after constantly seeing the perpetual lineup each time I drive by Toshi's. This place does not disappoint!

The previous reviewer is spot on pointing out that the sashimi here is to die for! It's extremely fresh and the toro basically melts in your mouth. I found both the rolls and nigiri to be good as well, but the sashimi is definitely Toshi's main draw.

Ambiance is lackluster as the restaurant is tiny - hence the perpetual lineup. Table turnover is quite high though. On average, expect to wait 30 minutes.

The pricing is very reasonable. It's a bit more expensive than Seto Sushi in Richmond, but pennies compared to Tojo's!

As you can tell from my review history, I frequent Japanese restaurants quite often. For sushi, here's my ranking:

If price isn't a factor:
1. Tojo's
2. Seto Sushi (Richmond)
3. Toshi Sushi

Since this is the real world and price is a factor, especially considering the ridiculous prices that Tojo is charging, I'd highly recommend Seto in Richmond followed closely by Toshi.

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Golden Swan Restaurant5380 Victoria, Vancouver
Great Dim Sum + Dinner
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

Very good/solid chinese food - both dim sum and dinner.

This east Vancouver establishment is more often than not extremely busy, especially during dim sum hours. The food quality is good and consistent and the portioning and pricing are very fair.

Service is above what is offered at comparable chinese restaurants.

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