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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)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

Reviews

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Taco Luis5300 No. 3 Road, #1040, Richmond
Flamboyant Owner + Huge Portions (Mexican Fast Food)
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

The owner definitely adds a lot of character to this place. He loves to talk and makes hilarious/sometimes annoying comments to keep the line interested. Very flamboyant and a genuinely friendly guy.

The food is anything but authentic, but for a fast food place, I personally think the quality of Taco Luis smokes Taco Bell. Taco Time, Taco Del Mar, and Red Burrito. The portions are pretty big, and you get quite a bit of tater tots/mexi fries in the combo + a drink. I usually order the 10 inch special beef soft taco combo and I believe it's in the neighborhood of $5.50 tax in. Value indeed.

I always make it a point to drop by this place when I'm in the area to run errands and the like.

I don't think the Ambiance score really applies here since this is a food court outlet, so I've given it a 3.

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Original Tandoori Kitchen689 East 65th Ave, Vancouver
Great Food-Somewhat Overpriced
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Have been to the Original Tandoori Kitchen twice.

The food was really good. Ordered the butter chicken, chicken curry, lentils, and lamb korma. The food rates in the upper tier of East Indian in Vancity.

As is the norm at every East Indian restaurant I've been to, the portions are extremely small - the above 4 items plus rice and naan barely fed 2 of us!! I found this place to be somewhat pricey (I believe the butter chicken was something like $14.95 without rice or naan). I mean, it's by Fraser and Marine Drive, so I cannot imagine rent being expensive. Also, I had dinner here twice and both times, the restaurant was very dead - takeout seems to be popular though.

This is a family owned place, so expect the service to be below that of a more contemporary restaurant.

Ambiance - see above.

I'd recommend anybody to try out this place. I personally prefer India Bistro on Davie for the value (9.95 lunch buffet baby!).

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Little Johnny's1485 Kingsway, Vancouver
Catch the Game/Fight + Bar-Type Appies
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

Came here to watch UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, as I noticed the Fight Night advertisement on their take-out flyer.

At first, I thought this place was an Italian joint, but it's more like a small pub/bar. They have ample plasma's so everyone gets a really good view.

Service was pretty much non-existent but it's expected from this type of place.

We all ordered a bunch of appies: chicken fingers, fries, and calamari - solid, but honestly you can't really screw up these dishes if ya know what I mean. Also ordered 2 large pizzas - sub-par at best.

Overall, I'd come back again to catch sporting events and grab some pub/bar food and a drink. I wouldn't order take-out from here, as there are a lot of better options out there.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Tremendous Izakaya!!
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

This place is excellent. I've been frequenting this restaurant for about 3 years now. I always bring the out-of-towners here to showcase some of the international (Japanese) flavors in Vancity.

Guu with Garlic offers tapas size dishes - more on the traditional side of the Japanese cuisine. Still lots of raw fish, just prepared and presented differently from sushi. You will appreciate the artistic presentation of almost all of the dishes in this place - a great added feature without paying fine-dining coin.

Extremely high recommendation. Expect to line up (it's worth it).

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Sound Quality and Value
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

I equate Stepho's to Anton's Pasta Bar on Hastings in Burnaby. Both establishments market themselves as offering extra large plates (more than you can eat in one sitting) of their cuisine.

The value is definitely there at Stepho's. Quality-wise, I did quite enjoy the food - al though I'll be first to admit that I'm not a Greek/Mediterranean cuisine expert. I had the chicken souvlaki and tried some of the lamb my friend ordered; both dishes were very pleasing, especially for the price.

It's a definite recommendation if you're in the downtown neighborhood. I've heard of long ques at this place - if this is the case, I'd try another place as there are several good value + quality restaurants on the Davie stretch.

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Showcase1122 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Business Lunch - Curry in a Hurry!!
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

This place is sort of a hidden gem. They're on the ground floor of the Marriott on Thurlow and Hastings, but no one seems to really know about this place unless they work/live in the area.

Great for a business lunch. Service staff are very attentative and the interior is very clean, welcoming, and relaxing/comforting.

The food is also very solid. For those who do know of this place, they are known for their curry dishes. The curry comes very quickly because its so popular. My personal favorite is Showcase's butter chicken. It's definitely a different take on the traditional butter chicken (a lot of different spices).

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Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant3388 Main Street, Vancouver
Pho is Pho
Submitted Friday, July 25, 2008 - 4:59am [Dine in]

There is very little deviation in the quality of Pho among Vietnamese Restaurants. "Noodles in Soup" (Pho, Wonton Noodle Soup, etc) is considered to be a 'fast-food-esq' type of meal in Asian Culture (Asians would NEVER host a somewhat important dinner at these places - they're only meant for quick bites when thy feels lazy a la late niters), therefore, the preparation and ingredients are very simple - hence, my assertion that quality varies very little between Pho Restaurants (Pho is Pho).

Having said this, there are 2 major determinants for people to favor one Pho Restaurant over another (whether conscious or unconscious): 1) Price, and 2) Quantity.

The pricing at this place is in line with most other places. Quantity wise, I'd say the portions are a tad more than the average.

That being said, Pho is Pho. Don't expect 5 Star Service, as this is basically a Vietnamese McDonald's - much like Wonton Noodle Places are Chinese McDonald's.

Accept it for what it is and rate accordingly.

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Wow in a bad way
Submitted Friday, July 25, 2008 - 4:33am [Dine in]

Had a veal striploin here and honestly, I feel like I've just been scammed - the meat was atrociously sub-par for any price. This has been one of the worst experiences at a 'chop house.' Your time and taste-buds would be better served going to your local White Spot (for steak) than here.

Value-wise, the prices are high for the quality. I believe my veal was slightly above $30 for about 6 oz of meat - which I don't mind paying at all if the quality is there.

Service was poor. The servers all meet the 'appearance standard' however they were all socializing with one another near the entrance for most of my stay.

I would not recommend anybody to visit this place. As I mentioned above, your money is better spent elsewhere for steak.

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Elephant & Castle385 Burrard St, Marine Building, Vancouver
Solid Addition to DT Business Core
Submitted Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

This place just opened up on the main floor of the heritage Marine Building. The ambiance and character of the restaurant definitely match that of the art-deco office building.

Food wise, I had the Ahi Burger, which was solid. My colleagues had Fish N Chips which they rated better than average, however, it only comes with 1 fish fillet. No one tried the more traditional 'British' dishes, so can't comment about that. The food is the on par or better than the typical pubs.

The service was quite poor, but I'll overlook that because the place is still working out its kinks.

Overall, it's a great addition to the downtown business core. Another place to get a pint after work or have some good happy hour times!!

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Always a Safe Bet!
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Never had a bad experience at any Kirin Restaurants. Kirin is recognized throughout North America as the premiere operator of Fine Chinese Cuisine. My last visit here was for a father's day dinner. Food was excellent as usual. They have many unique dishes with their own twists. Service was a bit sub-par (considering it's Kirin), but still great. It's a bit on the expensive side in terms of Chinese food, but it's definitely worth it.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
The Ol' Faithful!!!
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

Excellent food... as one of my buddies puts it "great seafood, but you don't feel like you're paying premium." I'd highly recommend Cardero's for almost any occasion. This is a MUST for tourists imo. I always bring my friends from afar here as it sorta showcases what the West Coast Vancouver is about - great seafood, scenic moutain backdrop, and the water.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly Good
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Surprisingly solid fusion chinese place. Food is nothing to boast about as it is comparable to other good chinese restaurants. Value is surprisingly good considering the location of this place. Otherwise, everything is rock solid.

Worth checking out unless you have to wait. If there's a line-up I'd recommend you going elsewhere.

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Congee Noodle House141 E Broadway, Vancouver
Good Late Night Eats
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

Inexpensive place to grab some chinese grub - noodles, rice dishes, or congee. Everything's quite solid at this place and the pricing is really cheap compared to other similar establishments. Love the fact that it's open late. Service is actually better than the typical fast-food-esq chinese restaurant. Definitely a recommend!

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Sunrise Pizza949 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Very Solid Eats
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

Small mom n pops establishment serving Italian and Mediterranean food. The pizza, pasta, and greek food are all solid. Haven't tried the ribs or chicken, but the tables around us ordered both and they looked great. Will definitely try these on my next trip.

Open late, so it's a great place to hit up after a sporting event.

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Urban Fare305 Bute Street, Vancouver
Nothing Special
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 8:07pm [Dine in]

Typical cafeteria like (Bread Garden-esq) food. For all the hype, I found it to be quite the yawner.

It gets quite busy because it's close to all the condos and a few office towers, so both the residential and the business crowd frequent this place.

Service is horrendous. I know it's not a restaurant, per se, but the kitchen is quite adamantly staffed, so flagging someone to take your order would seem to be an easy task - however, the servers tend to be standing in the back chatting or pretending to do work each time I've been here.

Value-wise, it's quite expensive for pre-maid food that they heat up for ya... probably a location thing, but still, I'd prefer a places like Bread Gardens, Capers, Choices, or the like.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Must Visit Lunch Spot in Yaletown
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Unbelievable that you can get a $8 or $9 dine-in lunch in Yaletown without sacrificing food quality. This place does just that. They have a bunch of set meals in the 8 and 9$ ranges. You get a spring roll, some chopped up lettuce (salad), rice, and the main. It's quite filling and the curry is extremely rich. I always dine at this place whenever I'm in the area.

Not sure of the authenticity of this place but the western staples (curry, pad thai, etc) are all good.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Best Indian Restaurant Hands Down
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

All the dishes are great at this place. I'd go only for the lunch buffet as the value is awesome - I believe it's something like $11 per person or something. Selection of items is decent and the Butter Chicken is yum yum yum!!! I believe the Naan is unlimited as well - at least we've never been told there's a limit.

I would avoid dinner as it can get pricey. The portions are smaller than the typical East Indian Restaurants, which are pretty damn small to begin with, so you'd definitely need to order like you're ordering tapas dishes.

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Mill Marine Bistro, The1199 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Go 4 the Outdoor Patio, Not the Food
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

Food is typical pub/bar style, so nothing stellar... just lower your expectations. You definitely go to this place only for the outdoor patio as you get a gorgeous view of Coal Harbour and the mountains. Service is always superrrr slow every time I go there. But it's definitely worth checking out in the Spring - Fall seasons..

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Ogenki Sushi4342 Main St, Vancouver
Good Take-Out Sushi on Main
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

Solid sushi at this joint. The staple sushis (maki, nigiri, and sashimi) are quite consistently good. Only sub-par item is the Teriyaki which is very bland. Value-wise, it is quite inexpensive, and if you're ordering a bunch for take-out, you can use the discount/coupons on their take-out flyers. This place totally smokes Sushiyama on East Broadway - in terms of both quality and value.

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Goodfellas Cafe1078 Pender Street West, Vancouver
Great Casual Eats Downtown
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

Great place for a casual lunch in the downtown core. A bit too casual to be having a business lunch - but just right to have lunch btw colleagues and friends.

The food is solid - nothing over the top. As someone already mentioned, it is quite heavy (very greasy)... heaviest jambalaya I've ever had. Good value for the food and portion.

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