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dleefVictoriaSince February 9, 20087 Reviews
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1.5 (1.6)
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C-Lovers Fish & Chips1061 Denman Street, Vancouver
C-Lovers Average at Best
Submitted Monday, September 5, 2011 - 10:10pm [Take-out]

It was Labour Day and stopped by C-Lover's for some Fish & Chips so I can enjoy while sitting at English Bay. Here is their report card:

Service: B- , For a takeout order, it was definitely on the long side. I was standing for my order for over 12 min. Not sure why it should take so long when all the guy has to do is dump some battered fish into hot oil. In any case, my fish didn't get dropped into the oil until I had already been standing for over 8 min. Wrapped my order in wax paper then newspaper (nice). However, they forgot to package napkins and forks. Thinking back, there was a stand where I could have gotten that, however, I think it is common courtesy for them to TELL me to get my own napkins and condiments if they aren't going to pack it for me. No lemon wedge was given to me. They also charged me 99 cents for tartar sauce, which other places give for free.

Food: C+ , Very average and pedestrian tasting fish and chips. The positives are it came hot, the fish was moist and seemed fresh. Negatives are that the fries were undercooked (it was a deep yellow color instead of golden brown and crispy, 2 more minutes in the fryer would have solved that), the fish batter fell right off the fish as soon as you bit it (did not pat dry the fish before putting it in dredge then batter), the fish batter was only 5/10 on a crispyness scale (should be around a 7-8 IMO), and the fries were severely underseasoned with salt (you can add salt afterwards but it should be added straight out of the fryer or else it won't stick).

Grade: C+ , Overall C-Lovers barely gets a passing grade. When you make something as simple as Fish & Chips, it has to be PERFECT. This was far from it. It's OK if you just want a quick bite near English Bay, however, don't expect it to compare to some of the better Chippery's in town. I've also heard that this location is especially worse than the others, but I haven't been to the others to compare. I won't go back anyways, there are better options nearby (Raincity Grill also does a takeout fish n chips for $10, and doesn't charge for tartar sauce).

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Mediterranean Grill1152 Denman Street, Vancouver
Wouldn't go back for a free meal or if the only falafel joint in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 11:08am [Dine in]

We went to this place because it was late (~2am) and the trusted nearby Babylon Cafe and Falafel King was closed. Against my better senses we gave Mediterranean Grill a shot. MISTAKE #1

ORDER: We ordered the falafel plate because I wanted something fresh and fried to order and crispy, since at night most of the food tends to be leftover from earlier in the day. MISTAKE #2

ATMOSPHERE: We noticed a row full of microwaves right in front, where the operators were openly microwaving everybody's food order. If I hadn't paid already I would have left. I despise seeing microwaves in ANY food establishments (I hesitate to call this place a restaurant). If I wanted microwaved food, I would have simply went home and dived into my freezer. MISTAKE #3

SERVICE: Servers were unfriendly and borderline rude. No smiles,- just blank stares and business. Despite all the food being already "made", and only needing to be reheated in the microwave, it took about 7 full minutes of STANDING before they got around to assembling my plate of pre-made falafel. Never asked me what kind of rice or sides I wanted, they just chose for me. One girl overheard my snide remarks about the microwaves, and told us to sit down and we will bring the food to you because you don't like microwaves (WTF does that mean anyways? will you not bring me food if I like microwaves?) MISTAKE #4

FOOD: Easily the worst Falafel and Falafel plate I've had in my life. I have tried all other places downtown. Their falafel was soft (from being microwaved), spongy, and tasted solely of breadcrumbs. Was like eating a washing sponge after cleaning a falafel plate. Could not taste any chick peas, Tumac, or mediterranean spices. Used a filling of mostly breadcrumbs to cut back on chickpeas (and they are cheap anyways!). Never knew greek salad was made of iceberg lettuce and no feta until I came here (hint: cucumbers and feta are 'expensive' ingredients). Hoummous and Tzsaziki sides were too thin and watered down. Boiled potato was hard and had no seasoning - bland, flavorless and lifeless. Best thing on the menu was the 'saffron' rice which had no saffron taste anyways - basically white rice - be really, who can screw up rice. I'll give them credit for that, this place can make rice, but not anything else.

Although I didn't order the meat dishes, the schwarma, chicken souvlaki, lamb, and donair, all appeared in the open either dyhradrated, or soaking in a bed of oil - disgusting.

VERDICT: I am convinced this place only survives because it is close to the beach to attract customers who want convenience over real food, or people who just don't know what good food is, and also because it is the only place open in the area during late night. I wouldn't go back here even if it was the only falafel joint, or even if they gave me a free meal. Give it a pass, you'll be glad you did.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
3 Strikes and you're Out!! Never coming back here again
Submitted Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

3rd time at Tropika on Robson.... I should have stopped after the 1st time. After living in Singapore and visiting Malaysia several times, I've always craved the food from there. However every time Tropika manages to disappoint and get worse each time.

Atmosphere here is the best part (sad but true). Good view of Robson, fairly modern decor. Ambience gets a 3/5

Service is fast and efficient, but missing warmth and friendliness. Seems like typical Hong Kong service. 2/5

The Worst part of Tropika by far however is the Food. Ordered a Combination dinner with Fried chicken, Shrimp and lamb curry. Cost is $16 which can't be considered cheap. Rice had some dried crusty parts from the pot.

Chicken was extremely dry, as it was a chicken breast that was twice cooked for some reason. From the texture of the chicken, you can tell that it was cooked once, then sliced through the breast, then fried again. I don't understand why they would do that..but the end result was it was dry and almost inedible. I suspect that it may have been 'old' chicken they refried again.

Shrimps were like eating rubber bullets. Deep fried and overcooked for TOO LONG. Also they were NOT DE-VEINED. After eating 2 I had to stop..couldn't handle it anymore.

Braised Lamb curry was the best of the three, the meat was tender, although the curry sauce was bland and underspiced. Center of the curry was cold, which indicates to me that it was made beforehand (possibly frozen) and reheated in microwave. Nothing special to write home about.

It's unfortunate that this is one of the few malaysian/singapporean restaurants around. I have lived in Singapore before and visted Malaysia several time. The food here does injustice to both countries. I would never bring guests from those countries to Tropika as they would think they are butchering their national dishes. I wouldn't bring any guests here period. I think the only reason they get business is from tourists on Robson Street. I will NEVER go back here again, I'd rather get a $6 Donair down the street.

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Shogun Japanese Restaurant595 Burrard Street, #502, Vancouver
Fast, Affordable, Sushi made by Children
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 7:00pm [Dine in]

Shogun is geared towards the Downtown Business Crowd lunch, and therefore, many businessmen are willing to sacrifice quality for speed at an affordable price.

Shogun delivers on those points. Services is fast, your order arrives within 10 min max, and your are given your bill quickly. You can have a made to order meal and be out in as fast as 20 min - something appealing to most of Shogun's clientele.

What Shogun fails to deliver is - Good food. Sushi uses very low grade seaweed that absorbs moisture and doesn't rip apart. Rice is uneven in the Nigiri and rolls, and cuts are imprecise and uneven. The Tuna/Salmon Rolls honesty have the fish slice the diameter of a Pencil! seriously. Nigiri is ultra thin. Unacceptable Sushi for any Japanese person on any standard...which probably is why the place is Korean Run.

The Ramen and Curries are a step up, but again they sacrifice quality for speed. Soup is missing a bit of depth that is supposed to be acquired from Konbu, Pork Bones, and dried Tuna. Corners were obviously cut in making the broth....but all in all it is still acceptable.

If you are looking for a speedy "decent" lunch in the downtown area, come here. Avoid the Sushi - stick to the cooked items. However, if you have any sense of food pride and want a meal made with care...than avoid.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
If this is Vancouver's Best, I"m going back to eating Meat- seriously, disappointing
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

Hippie Love...Hippie Love....
The reason this place is so highly rated is because of the Hippie Love it receives, sure ain't the food.
I think the staff should spend more time learning how to cook instead of singing campfire songs and preaching the wonders of organic farming.
Took over 35 min to get our order of a Veggie Burger with pre-baked fries, and potato/peas curry that was premade in the afternoon....but its fine... forgiven in the presence of Hippie Love.
Veggie Burger fell almost instantly with some pressure. Fries were baked but had alot of issues - some were almost burnt and some had no color, something is wrong with their oven and the cooks don't care about consistency. Who needs quality and consistency when there is Hippie Love in the Air?
Thought the Curry would be decent seeing as the back is full of Indian woman... Peas were cooked to the point they lost their color and looked like mud. Curry was dry as the potatoes released all their starches as it was cooking all afternoon. Served on a bed of dry white rice. Who needs a good sauce on dry white rice when their is Hippie love though?

Ambiance felt like any college dorm room. Took a peek inside the kitchen and is about as clean as a kitchen in a college dorm room. I'm glad I saw the kitchen AFTER I ate my food.

After eating here, seriously, I had the urge to go get a real Hamburger. I was full but definitely not satisfied.
But its alright, you don't need to know how to cook when there is Hippie Love. Who needs to pay for good food when you get Hippie love in return?
Will I be back? Unfortunately I'd rather goto the Keg before I come back here...Hippie Love Yall!!!

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India Gate616 Robson St, Vancouver
First and Last Time
Submitted Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

I only went to this place because I wanted Indian Food Close by and had an entertainment book Coupon.

Even with a Coupon, I'd never come back here.

The only Bright spot to the evening was when I asked the Waiter "Is the Fish Fresh?" at which point he honestly told me "No". I then decided to order the Lamb, at which point he didn't tell me it was pre-cooked frozen lamb that reheated in the microwave.

My Girlfriend had the best meal, unfortunately, it was $15 for a small bowl of Potatoes and frozen peas tossed in curry powder, on a bed of rice. Not exactly screaming Value, as the ingredients probably cost less than $2 for her meal.

The restaurant was nearly dead, on a Sunday night before a holiday. I wanted to leave right when I got in, but didn't want to make a scene. However, next time I'm not going to hold back and leave right away when a place looks as crappy as this.

The food prices are quite insane for what you get. I can't believe they charge $17 for some pre-cooked frozen lamb chunks, reheated in the microwave in some sauce and rice. For that price I expect something fresh and made to order. There was also no atmosphere whatsoever, old tables, chairs carpets. That means the money is not going into the decor, but directly into the owners wallet.

This restaurant needs to shut down, or seriously wake up and turn things around. India Gate - First and LAST TIME, NEVER AGAIN!

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Ezogiku Noodle Cafe1329 Robson St, Vancouver
Mediocrity Defined
Submitted Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

When I go to a place for the first time, I usually get the house special as a chance to let the chef "show me what they have" and wow me. They suggested the Miso Ramen, and boy was I surprised, but not in a good way.

The noodles were overcooked, soggy and had no 'bite' to them. They weren't dried noodles, but definitely not made on site, probably brought in frozen - a big 'no-no' for a so called Ramen place.

The broth had no depth whatsoever. It was very bland tasting, and needed more sharpness from onion, and ginger. I put in 4 tbsp of Chilli powder to wake it up, but nothing can save it. It was uninspired, just a scoop of Miso paste and some soy sauce basically. It was not braised for hrs using pork stock like it should be.

My ramen bowl was huge, but it was 50% sprouts and cabbage and carrots, not exactly top of the line veggies here. It was obvious that the place just wanted to provide me with cheap filler. Oh, the best part was that there was ONE, yes 1 piece of braised pork.

After visiting Japan several times, and seeing the front of house here was Japanese, I was excited because Japanese usually have high standards for food quality and precision. I dont know what went wrong here, its obvious whoever runs this place now just does so to make a buck, and not to make a great Ramen. Sure, they made $8 for my bowl of ramen and tip, but you lost me as a repeat customer, however I dont think anyone there really cares.

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