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dorkasaurusOkanaganSince April 27, 200712 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (4.1)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Sweet Carrie's Dessert Shop123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Excellent Pavlova
Submitted Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 11:06am [Take-out]

This "stall" in the Lonsdale Quay Market serves a variety of sweet baked goods, but the reason I go there is the amazing pavlova. Light and sweet, with a generous helping of whipped cream and fresh fruits (kiwi, strawberry, peach), I can't get enough. At about three dollars for the "individual" size, they're a bargain for a great dessert. The service is decent, and if they don't have it ready in the display cooler they will prepare it for you while you wait.

There is also an "eat in" option in that there is common seating down the hall which is shared between all of the food booths in the Market.

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Cheshire Cheese Inn123 Carrie Cates Court, #218, North Vancouver
Reliable, Delicious Food
Submitted Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 10:59am [Dine in]

Living in a culinary wasteland, I need to choose my dining wisely when I have the opportunity to visit the lower mainland. The Cheshire Cheese is a standard go-to for such visits, because I know I will receive a delicious meal at a good value. Shepherd's Pie may not be the fanciest of dishes, but this place does it very well, which is rare for a restaurant. We have yet to try something here that isn't delicious.

The service is adequate to good, but we're pretty low-maintenance diners without any special needs or requests. The view is lovely, I like the decor, and, most importantly, there are no televisions in the dining area (perhaps there is one over the bar, but I do not recall). When the place is busy, it can feel a bit crowded due to the restaurant's odd shape, but it seems to suit the atmosphere.

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Poncho's827 Denman St, Vancouver
Average!
Submitted Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

I know that rent is high in downtown Vancouver and as a result restaurants tend to be a little costlier, especially the sit-down ones. But eating at Ponchos I really can't help but feel just a touch ripped-off at the comparison between the price we paid for our meals and the quality of the food and service. The food is standard Mexican fare, nothing special and certainly nothing to write home about. The service is, also, average at best. If you've got a hankering for Mexican food and you're in the area, it'll serve that purpose, but there are many better (and better-valued) restaurants in the area if you're just looking for a bite to eat.

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Curry Express4820 Kingsway, #352, Burnaby
A hidden gem
Submitted Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

Okay, maybe it's not hidden, but it sure gets lost in the sea of food available at the Metrotown food court. Still, the food served by this place was an amazing surprise. It tastes a great deal better than many other "nicer" Indian restaurants in the area, and the value is great. Don't overlook it in favour of one of the bigger-name chains in the mall! If you like Indian food, you won't be disappointed.

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La Salsa Mexican Deli4140 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Delicious, quick service
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

This convenience market and deli is a common stop for me on my grocery run. There's not a lot to say about this unassuming little place, except that the food is good, quick, and cheap. My meal is almost always a bean and cheese burrito, which comes with rice, salsa, and sour cream, and the portion sizes are generous enough to fill me up if I'm starving, or to serve as two meals if I'm not.

This is a great stop if you're looking for a good meal to go.

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Mi Mexico Restaurant3853 Hastings Street, Burnaby
A good eat-in Mexican restaurant
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

It's kind of neat that there are now two Mexican places within a few blocks of eachother in this neighbourhood. This one is definitely the more "upscale" of the two, being a perfectly viable option for entertaining friends. It's got a great view if you get a spot by the window (and it's usually not so busy that there isn't a free table), and the food is quite good if not quite on par with "true" Mexican food. The dishes are fairly authentic in preparation, and the fresh salsa is fantastic. The portions are quite large and I always have had leftovers to take home afterward.

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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips1007 Denman Street, Vancouver
Lovely fish, good portions
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

I must say I'm surprised to see the poor reviews below, and can only assume that the place has improved considerably since they were written.

I found the fish to be just right, in slightly-larger-than-average portions, with a great balance between batter and fish. The fries were so-so, but they were acceptable and I don't go to these places for the chips. I enjoyed the mushy peas as well. I have yet to give a try to the "themed" specials (based on regional specialties from India to Australia), because I'm so attached to my unadorned halibut, but they look quite fascinating.

Overall, this place has stolen the crown from my previous favourite fish-and-chip place; it's too bad parking's so difficult to find!

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Uncle Fatih's Pizza1685 Broadway East, Vancouver
I can't get enough
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

I haven't had better pizza anywhere. Granted, this is the West Coast and I've never been to New York, so I might be "easy to please." Still, the surprising array of toppings, the low prices, and the fantastic taste of this pizza keeps me coming back whenever I have junk food on the brain. I would never have thought to sprinkle sesame seeds on a pizza, but it adds a very unique and enjoyable flavour to these pizzas. I can't get enough spinach and mushroom pizza from this place. Uncle Fatih sometimes delivers the pizzas himself if it's a slow time of day!

A word to the wise: only TRUE garlic lovers should go near the garlic lovers' pizza from Uncle Fatih's. My place still smelled of garlic two days afterward.

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Wild Garlic Bistro792 Denman St., Vancouver
No Smooches is a Small Price to Pay
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

I haven't been to the other location, but this one was a great experience. A friend and I were visiting the area while house-hunting, and we went for a walk in the morning to find a bite to eat. I had Eggs Benny over spinach and tomato, and it was absolutely fabulous. As the name implies, quite garlicky, but deliciously so. The service was attentive and friendly, and the price wasn't painful, either. If I were nearer to the area, I would be eating here regularly! The entire menu is fascinating and bears repeat visits to explore more fully.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
Lots of Pretense, Little to Show
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

This isn't your average Indian restaurant, and it shows before you even enter the building. The exterior is very expressive of the pretension you'll find inside. It's quite expensive, and the waiters and waitresses have been inattentive and dismissive each time I've been there. The food itself is of average quality, and I have certainly had better at more mom-and-pop Indian restaurants. The cost is quite high for the quality of food, and since the service isn't stellar either, I guess you're paying for the dimmed lights, faux candles on the tables, and art pieces on the walls. I'll take chintzy decor, cracked paint, and fantastic, authentic Indian food over this any day of the week.

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Cafe Dolce Nonna3790 Hastings St, Burnaby
Great food, so-so location
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

A little cafe, not really in the midst of anything. It's pretty laid-back, and at its busiest has one or two people in line. I understand it's due to its location, but I go out of my way to get the veggie panini at this cafe. Their gelato's quite good as well, although occasionally the texture is a little bit off - I think because the outer gelato has thawed a little bit due to the opening of the freezer display unit. The coffee is generally fantastic, and when not in use the cream, in the usual thermal jugs, is actually kept in a cooler just to make sure. The service is always great. There is not really enough seating available, only a few tables, and that is probably my only complaint: if you show up with a few friends for a lunch of sandwiches and coffee, there's a good chance there will be nowhere for you to sit. To-go isn't a bad thing, but if you're picking up gelato for dessert you're going to have to eat it first!

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips6574 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good mushy peas!
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

I admit I'm no connossieur of fish & chips, but I look forward to hitting up Cockney Kings when I can. It's inexpensive and very tasty. Either eating in or out, the staff is friendly and quick! Several weekdays they have an all-you-can-eat cod and chips special for under ten dollars.

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