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discerning_palatevancouverSince July 1, 200736 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 21 - 36 of 36 Reviews Found
Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The4800 Kingsway, #238, Burnaby
fried rice cravings
Submitted Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

We primarily go there when we need a fried rice fix. My usuals are the BBQ pork/shrimp fried rice, or the kimchi fried rice. This restaurant serves their kimchi rice with bacon but not all other establishments do and for me this makes a big difference because the salty bacon kind of mellows out the sour of the kimchi. Plus their kimichi isn’t too overpowering so that’s good. If your inclined I know some who like their salty fish fried rice but it’s too pungent for me. Otherwise overall their Chinese food is decent.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
decent place to meet
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

It never struck me as a memorable place but I needed somewhere convenient to meet again. Again, nothing special. It’s a nice pub, with decent food. The service can be a bit inconsistent, and yes I agree sometimes it doesn’t feel quite clean upstairs like the carpet and tables. The two servers who wiped our table just swiped everything onto the floor. We had various drinks, the pizza, the stuffed mushrooms and crab dip, all ok. The mushrooms were very tasty, if anything a bit too salty and pricey. It reminds me a bit like Earls, a bit boring but you go there out of convenience and because it's kind of tolerable to the masses.

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Solly's Bagelry368 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
Maybe best cinnamon buns
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 2:00am [Dine in]

We were walking in the neighbourhood and happened upon Solly's. It has lots of natural light and nice rustic wood tables and chairs. I have to say I haven't had their bagels in a while. The last time I had them from the Main St. location they were really too dense and chewy for me (try and compare with Siegel’s) so when I found myself in this location I had the pastrami on rye and cinnamon bun. The sandwich was very good and much more filling than it looks and the cinnamon bun was out of this world. I love cinnamon buns but when I buy them they often are disappointing. Here, they don’t use the goopy cream cheese icing to enhance the flavor but instead have the sticky sugar baked on them, but not too much. The key to their yumminess is that they are moist and they have very thin layers and therefore lots of cinnamon coverage per bun. Unfortunately the last time I had one at the Main St. location it didn’t seem quite as soft but maybe that’s just the batch.

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Flying Wedge Pizza Co.200 Burrard Street, #27, Vancouver
Not bad, some better than others
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 1:30am [Dine in]

The office will sometimes do take out from them. I remember when their crust was way to thick and doughy so I refrained from eating there for a long time after but in the last year or so I started eating certain ones. I usually stick with the spicy chicken and the cheeseburger. The spicy chicken has a bit of a kick to it, maybe a hint of tobbasco like flavor? I find the meat lovers one just uses that cheap packaged deli meat you get at a supermarket so I hate that one. While the dough is much better than I remember, it's not as thick, it's still a bit doughy and I prefer white over whole wheat which is what they use.

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
good steakhouse
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 12:46am [Dine in]

The five of us had a good experience. We had cheese bread coming out of ears, an entrée, dessert, drinks (some alcohol some not) and it only came out to 60.00 per person. Personally I had the decadent cheesebread, New York tip (medium rare), baked potato with all the fixings, Caesar salad, a cocktail, red wine and Crème brûlée. My tummy was so full I didn’t eat a meal until about 24 hours later but I couldn’t resist. Everything was very good. Steak was very tasty and done to order. The Caesar was made fresh in the dining room right by our table beside us. One qualification was that one of us did ask for her steak to be done medium well to well done and it still came back medium to medium rare. Even when they re-cooked it, it was still a bit too pink for her. Also, while I liked the crème brûlée I liked the one from Cassis Bistro better. The ambiance was very old world and we had conversations about feeling like we had travelled back in time and the spooky eerie feel of the place where the eyes of the portraits seem to follow you. Have to be in the mood for that kind of thing though.

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Cactus Club Cafe575 West Broadway, Vancouver
Pretty Good
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

I had heard several decent to good things about this place so when we made arrangements to go I had to have all the recommended items, bellini, which I was told was better than Milestones, the wing special before 6:00 pm and the burgers. All were pretty good. I was expecting better and more wings, but they were not bad. Probably won’t order them again. The Bellini was a nice smooth consistency, not too granulated with a nice distinct peachy flavour. Better than Milestones? Probably. The side Caesar salad had just the right amount of dressing and freshly grated cheese for me. The burger was nicely done, juicy and substantial with the right amount of condiments. I’m not partial to veggies and pickles on my burger but I’ll eat them separate if they are really good but these ones were a bit substandard so I put them to the side. The flavour of the pickles were just vinegary not tasty and the tomatoes weren’t quite ripe so they were just watery. My friends had the cedar plank salmon and they were pleased with their choice. The waitress was nice enough to warn us the dessert platter was made up of very small samples but since we were stuffed we ordered that and shared. The chocolate lava cake had a nice slight crunchy texture on the outside and the inside was filled with warm fudgey goodness. I’ve had better cheesecake but that’s ok. The apple pie was good too. The ambiance was nice, not as loud as we had anticipated, and we were most surprised and impressed with how clean and nice the washrooms were.

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Siegel's Bagels1883 Cornwall, Vancouver
Best Montreal bagels in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

So far they seem to be the best Montreal bagels in the Lower Mainland. For the savory try the Onion with cream cheese, for the sweet I like cinnamon raisin. Their consistency is nice and chewy, but not so dense it hurts your poor jaw.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1465 W. Broadway, Vancouver
If you like brisket you gotta try
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

Overall this is a nice restaurant to just hang out, listen to music and enjoy the food. You do have to get there early to avoid line-ups. Because it’s so small you could end up sitting by the door and having people hang over you while their waiting for their table. It can get a bit drafty too on a cold day. While the commercial drive one is a bit bigger, it doesn’t quite have the same ambiance and the one time I went the food wasn’t as good. It seemed re-heated and dried out. At the Broadway location the best dishes are the brisket and pulled pork. The brisket is succulent and the pulled pork nice and moist and yummy. The ribs are a bit drier than I like them and the chicken and sausages are decent too. The consistency of the corn bread perfect, not too cake like and not too dry and crumbly. The beans are flavourful, but maybe too sweet for some. My greatest disappointment is the fries. Their fries are done well, fairly crispy on the outside and moist on the inside but I would much rather have them plain instead of covered with all those spices, they just compete and not in a good way with the rest of the meal.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
exceeded expectations
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

I had only heard one review about it on Shaw TV but it looked interesting so we took a chance. Together the variety of dishes we tried the Coq Au Vin, Bouillabaisse, Daube De Boeuf, Lemon Tart, Creme Brulee. We all enjoyed our tasty Coq Au Vin, and liked the Boeuf, but the Bouillabaisse was really disappointing because there was hardly anything seafood let alone variety in there. But we were happy with our appetizers and loved our desserts. The tart was nice and tart and sweet. The crème brulee was dreamy and light almost light as a mousse. Very good. After going to Jules Bistro, this is hands down the winner.

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Connie's Cookhouse2135 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
good Cantonese fare
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Connie's is good for typical safe Cantonese fare and yes it’s probably one of the best in the neighborhood because there just aren’t that many. I used to wish there were more Chinese restaurants that specialized in different regional food in Kits. It looks like that’s kind of happening with the Japanese food where it used to seem like every establishment was a sushi house.

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New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
turnovers good/buns great
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

I absolutely agree with the person who talked about “Apple Tart Mystery Solved!!!”. The apple tarts at New Town aren’t bad. I probably would like them more if I hadn’t have been spoiled with the old recipe from the owner’s of the Hong Kong Café. We used to know one of the proprietors and he would make them and they would be brought over as a gift when a family member visited us. They were a real treat because they were such a rarity. The ones at New Town are like puff pastry, like a regular turnover. But the HK café pastry was like a cross between pie crust and puff and the filling was homemade.

Yes, New Town has the best BBQ pork buns. What makes it is their filling and the moist and slightly sweet dough. I think the dough is yeast risen, not the baking powder type. The key to the filling is in the sauce and in the cut of meat. It’s not as good if it’s only lean meat. You have to have a bit of fat in there too. I had it once with lean meat and was turned off but I tried it again and it was back to normal. In general the menu is solid.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Go West
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

Went to West for Dine Out earlier this year and had a great experience. I don’t go to the high end restaurants very often but it was well worth it and I have gone another time since. After I read in the Sun that Feenie dropped out because Dine Out customers weren’t repeats and not worth it, kind of sealed the coffin for me on his restaurants. At West, not only did the food taste good, but the nuances in flavours and innovation in textures in our meals were crazy especially their desserts. Now I know why some people will pay as much as they do for a meal like this.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Didn't like it, oh well.
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

OK, I was anticipating a great experience with recent reviews but was disappointed. We ordered appetizers, and most were not bad except the pate had all this salt on top which made it extra salty. Oh well, it's just an appetizer. I wanted to like this restaurant. Then my Cassoulet came. Funny thing is that the meats were not tasty (as another reviewer pointed out) but the dish was salty as heck, and I have a higher tolerance to it than most. We all had small samples of each others and the steaks and seafood were decent but we could have had better at a westcoast restaurant like Horizon's for about the same price. Try Cassis Bistro on Pender.

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Curry King Cafe4250 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Good HK Cafe
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

This is the kind we go to when we can't think of where else to go. It's kind of the staple that's in the area yet far enough away from the crowds of Metrotown. Lots of foreign born get the western meals (pork chops, steak...) but if you're used to good steakhouses I would recommend you not get those dishes here. But their curry dishes are nice and mild tasting, and most of their other asian dishes we tried are pretty good too.

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Nat's New York Pizzeria2684 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Better than Lombardo's?
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

I was a regular at Lombardo's years ago but I've been going to Nat's now for about 6 years. While not fancy I love the Margarita and Pepperoni. Why can't more places make pizza like them. Thin crust and the proper proportions of cheese and toppings with a nice tasty sauce?

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
from great to so so
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

The first time I went for lunch in summer '05 it was great. The service was great and so was the food. So were the following dinners the following autumn '05 but the last time I went in summer '06 the food was just not good. I had raved to all how great it was so a party of us went and I was so embarassed. We ordered my favorites, the french onion soup which turned out to be sickly sugary sweet and the hamburgers which were spicy hot which they weren't before. I don't know if that was an anomoly but I wasn't about to try again after that huge disappointment. No second chances from me for a while.

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