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EatsFatsVancouverSince April 22, 2007321 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
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Anatolia's Gate Restaurant7084 Kingsway, Burnaby
Different, tasty, Turkish!
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 12:03am [Dine in]

A fine restaurant this is not. It's easily missed even though it's right on Kingsway as it looks like yet another take-out pizza joint. In fact, it might be geared more towards take out since there are only about 4 tiny tables there and no washroom! No problem though, everything still seems clean and new.

The proprietors are quite helpful and friendly though the older guy (the father?) can seem quite gruff. Maybe it's the language barrier, I'm not sure he knows English.

Very surprised by the food! Oh my gosh, you have to try their lavash which is made right there and baked in their (modern) stone oven. Wonderful! Several dishes features their special sauce which really is special, so delicious, like nothing we've tried before. They have dishes which we've heard of, and eaten, at some other Middle Eastern places, but these are a different twist on our previous experience. This one thing which is sort of like a cheese-less pizza thing on lavash was terrific as was the chicken iskender dish.
I would hardly call myself a Turkish food expert (only ate once before ... and it wasn't even in Turkey), but this is by far the best. The food is nicely prepared, I would day say with a small tweak in the look of the dishes and bowls, this would look right in place in some fancy Yaletown location.

Authentic or not, it was good food. Would I go back? Hell, yes! And it's been a long time since I've said that about any restaurant.

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Vera's Burger Shack2922 Main Street, Vancouver
One of the best burgers in town so far...
Submitted Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

We were on a burger hunt and got tips that the Main location was the place for it, ranking above Splitz. So we were off for a burger sampling.

What do you expect from a burger joint? Just like it should be, so don't be expecting any fancing dining here. I'd say it was reasonably clean, nothing for me to worry about.

We seemed to be the 1st customers of the day at the time and noticed all the employees gnoshing on their own grub, which to me is always a good sign (or at least not a bad sign!). There's no fine service to be had here either, a bunch of young guys running in a very relaxed (to be generous) atmosphere. I've no problem with that since they got their work done efficiently, when it came time to do our order and cook, they got serious.

The burgers (and yam fries)? Good. Very good. We had a beef and a chicken one with all the fully loaded fixin's and the "usual". It's quite a decent value given the taste, size and all. I'm only giving it 3 stars because I remember everytime we make burgers at home, it is even better than this.

We've been to fast food crap and everything in between (McD's, Jack-in-the-Box, In-n-Out, Carl's Jr six dollar burgers, White Spot, Earl's, Red Robin's etc). I would definitely rate this near the top, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Still, I would say this is easily above the old Moderne Burger. There's still a few more places in town to check out, but if I had another burger craving, this would be the place I'd hit right now.

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Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Not that bad, but wish it were more...
Submitted Saturday, September 13, 2008 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

Second time I've been here for lunch with my coworkers, cause they all like this place.

First, this place seems huge, but thankfully also new and clean (including the w.c.), so I hope that extends to the kitchen. Huge plasma TV's adorn various corners of the place for some reason, though sadly, no Korean TV shows.

What they say about the service, well, it's true. Don't expect to get in and out quickly here. I'm going to cut them a bit of slack because the waitresses always seem earnest and they're trying ... they're just not as sharp as they should be, but they're doing the best they can. Don't hesitate to ask about tardy food or be shy about getting their attention, else you might be there a while.

The food? Honestly, not that bad, not in our experience yet. (Have not tried the BBQ there). The menu is reasonably large and they have a couple of unique items there, but it is more or less the same old thing. A disappointment, having been to Seoul, we know how much better it can be.
No, it is not amazing. If you are bowled over, you should get out more. But it is decent food (okay, maybe I should give it 2.5 stars) and more or less reasonably priced.
Wouldn't regret eating there, but neither would I make a special trip to sample this place either. For Richmond, not bad, but there is better Korean food to be had in GVRD.

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Kiyo Sushi11590 Cambie St., #110, Richmond
There might be good stuff there...
Submitted Friday, September 12, 2008 - 12:26am [Dine in]

Went here for a business lunch, unfortunately, I felt my hands were slightly tied as we were with some customers & the boss was paying, so I didn't order as much nor get too exotic.

The place was pretty busy, reasonably clean though nothing really special It's done up like any other number of Japanese places. (Certain Japanese magazines available there was a tip off that it might be Japanese run).

I guess it wasn't a unique experience in that the service was slightly slow, even though we ordered "standard" lunch specials. Not slow enough to stop me from returning, just barely fast enough not to be annoying, but noticeably slow.

Now the food and the menu. I would say for Richmond, this isn't the cheapest you can get. The lunch box I got was not bad in terms of quality, but nothing special either. I might rate this just slightly better than Matsuyama (for example), but a couple dollars more expensive too.
I scanned the rest of the menu and noticed a couple of potentially unique items like the Kyoto style chirashi. I'll be back for that.
As for the other teishoku items? Yes, it's nice to have but it's not that hard to find in Vancouver unless you've been hiding under a rock. Based on my lunch, I've a hunch that you could easily do as good or better at Tenhachi or Hachibei (or several other places) which have an even more enormous selection of grilled fish dinners and the like.

I'll forgo final judgement until I return. It's not bad, just not sure if it's a big thumbs up yet.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
Wouldn't take a chance on the bad food...
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 12:17am [Dine in]

We happened to go there for a wedding banquet. Nothing to complain about the ambience and environment actually. For a Chinese restaurant, it is quite decent. Organized, okay layout and even the w.c. was reasonably clean.

Now that was the highlight, it's all downhill from here. The service? Well, they did clear our plates quickly (maybe too quickly). The timing of the dishes was horrible (for a pre-set wedding dinner? Everything is known in advance!). Dishes would come out in bursts and we'd be left waiting a LONG time for others. Strangely, they were ALWAYS very keen, way too keen, to get rid of the prior dishes. Come on, let us eat in peace! The table will hold more than 1 dish! They made us feel very rushed and almost seemed like they want us to get out of there. (If so, then why so slow on some other dishes?). Come on, the whole place was booked for the whole night anyways, they coulldn't get any other tables in.

The food was a new low. The first cold platter was, shockingly, bad. I mean the roast pork tasted like it had been chopped up then reheated again. It was dry and tough. Some of the other stuff on the dish tasted like they were downright _spoiled_. That's unacceptable. The rest of the dishes ranged from okay, to just passable.

And if someone thinks this is what one should expect from Chinese restaurant, then you should get out some more. We've eaten our way around the world and just about every place in Vancouver. This is NOT standard operating practice for a decent Chinese restaurant. Sun Sui Wah might be trying to pretend to be a top-tier place, but that only goes skin deep. It is far from it. I've been to grungy little hole-in-the walls that might look messy and dirty, but dish out far better food and service.
(FYI, we recently had another wedding at the Main St. location and we did not have the same experience...)

I wouldn't waste my hard earned cash here and neither should you. You feelin' lucky that the time you go it'll be okay? There's no excuse to ever serve bad food or bad service.

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Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
Is this supposed to be good?
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

Aaah, I wish I read all this before we headed there. The place looks like a little hole in the wall, but clean enough.
We managed to beat the rush, but my gosh, was it slow. Even though there were empty tables, it took a while to get us seated because the hostess/waitresses just weren't on top of their game. Running very inefficiently and not terribly friendly either.

The food came ... okay, slightly on the slow side based on what it is. We had some halibut, clam strips, chips... So, the food was actually okay. The chips are decent, nothing to write home about. The coleslaw was actually okay too. The fish? Not bad and it was very generously sized and not too overly battered (though I could still do with less). A bit surprised by it actually.

Unfortunately, there's not much to choose between this place, Go Fish and Pajo's (or even Mr. Pickwick's for that matter) that I can recall. Unlikely to be returning, it just isn't outstanding enough and the service, well, sucky. In the meantime, still searching for really, really good fish 'n chips here...

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EN Japanese Restaurant4422 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Good, but my was it sloooooow
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

This is our first try at the new location. The ambience is exactly like I remember it, almost like they just picked up the old location and planted it here. Nice, classy place that looks higher end.

Is this a Japanese restaurant? Hard to say about that. Yes, it offers sushi, but most of the main dishes are more like "Japanese inspired" western type dishes. Bottom line though, they really delivered on the presentation and preparation. Most of the dishes were done excellently. We had some sushi and it was solid as well. Just expect the prices to match the look. Most mains were $15-25 and were not large (to be fair, we did not leave hungry).

The biggest downside was the service. The waitress & waiters were excellent, friendly and attentive but perhaps lack of experience shows, not quite at the top level of the other places in town. The kitchen though? By far the slowest place in recent memory. It's an open kitchen and we see the 2 chefs in the back working away. Including us, there were only 3-4 tables, not more than 20 people for sure, far from being capacity. Not sure what the issue was, the guys in the back look like the old experienced guys, we didn't order anything special, they don't do take-outs ;-), yet it took probably more than an hour to get our food out...

Hopefully it was just a one night stumble, because otherwise it would be a good place for a minor special occasion, nice safe date place... worth a return sometime.

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Pondok Indonesia950 W Broadway, #202, Vancouver
Food's alright, but distinctly underwhelming ...
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 11:57am [Dine in]

Nice enough location, but as we went in (on a Friday night no less), we noticed it was pretty empty. Not usually a great sign, but we'll give it the benefit of the doubt since it had only been recently opened. Place is big, decently decorated and clean. Some reason gives the impression of being just dark rather than romantic ;-). Overall not very memorable.

We were seated quite promptly, generally no problems with the service. My only real complaint is that there just is this overall lack of enthusiasm that permeates the entire place and all the employees. But oh well...

Now the food, we picked out one of their special "rice plates" which is just really s sampler of a bunch of things for a couple of diners. Maybe that was a mistake. Quantity was decent, maybe we weren't hungry, but we left full, with more to spare. But it really came with 2 "packs" of rice wrapped in banana leaves (nice tough), some deep fried tofu, chicken and tempe along with a side of plain boiled veggies (cabbage, carrots, cauliflower?) and a soup. Nothing wrong with the food, just that for the price ... geeze, either it should have incredibly large volume or done a lot better than this, which was distinctly homestyle and more or less resembled a large appy plate.

The place is okay, I can't really complain. However, for a real food "experience", I'll probably plonk my hard earned money elsewhere unless they can up their game. If memory recalls, I've had Indonesian food at a few places before and it should get better than this!

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Momo Sushi375 Water Street, #6, Vancouver
A rare deal in this part of town
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

We stopped by here for lunch due to work and since Guu was closed. Seems like just another sushi restaurant, and it is. (Not sure if it is Japanese run, I thought I heard them speaking in Japanese, but I wasn't paying attention).

Service was very quick, prompt. Not super friendly, but who cares. It isn't unexpected from a lunch rush at a place like this.

Menu looked pretty standard. A bunch of special lunch boxes you can pick from as well as individual items. Wasn't feeling particularly hungry, so I just picked one of the specials and my colleagues also ordered the specials and other bento boxes.

The surprise was when my box came! about half a roll worth (not small), a couple of pieces of nigiri, 6 pieces of sashimi, salad, rice, soup ... all under $7. Okay, so it's not the best cuts of sushi ever, but it was at least fresh. For the price, I'm not disappointed given the quantities. So it isn't Samurai huge or Sushi King grande, but then I don't get too bloated or sick afterwards either ;-)

It's certainly not a destination (unless you count the slightly diner style decor) but if you're in the area or need a fast lunch, this is a good place to hit. They're fast, cheap and you won't leave feeling hungry.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Good variety, decent price
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 1:29am [Dine in]

Haven't been to this since the Broadway location closed a long, long time ago. Oh yes, this is quite possibly one of the crappiest locations in town.
Which makes it all the more surprisingly that inside is decently clean and organized and it was absolutely PACKED with customers!

Yes, I'm giving it a 4 star service rating. Not because it matches the finer places in town necessarily, but given how busy they were, the hostess & waitresses are REALLY on top of their game, they don't have the luxury to go at a leisurely pace yet they never miss a beat.

Now the food...vast, vast menu with Cambodian stuff and some Vietnamese stuff. Not sure how authentic the Cambodian is, but it sure is tasty! EVERY table ordered the deep fried chicken wings, they are not to be missed. They are possibly the best fried chicken wings in town. There's many other things on the menu including a lot of noodles & soups. Some are quite inexpensive (as in pho type pricing, packed with noodles), while some specialized dishes are more pricey. We're glad not to have experienced an extreme MSG thirst afterwards, so if they use it, they kept it light.

Yup, for something inexpensive and a good change of pace, should definitely hit this place. I'd be a bit wary about hitting this thing after dark, but that just adds to the excitement. Sure hope to be back...

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Nakodhar Sweets & Restaurant6560 Main Street, Vancouver
Cheap ... and bad
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 1:20am [Dine in]

I don't know why it bothers advertising Indian, Western & Chinese. It's really just some AYCE Indian place.
It was kind of clean and they quickly serviced us, no complaints there. Yes, the naan came out quickly and tasty relatively okay (though it is far from the best in town).

The rest of the food? Blech! I was surprised none of us got sick afterwards. Both the rice tasted slightly "off". The okra dish was far from fresh. That's saying a lot given how much spice goes into these things and covers stuff up. The paneer was barely passable and if there was aloo gobi, I sure didn't recognize it. The meat dishes were marginally better, though the lamb was, ick, lukewarm so that the fatty bits were still semi-solid. And no, that is not the best butter chicken in town. Yes, they do have pakora, but this isn't the only place I've seen it at. Strangely, no raita!

For only $9.95, it _still_ wasn't worth it! The $9.95 lunch buffet at Saravanaa Bhavan is WAAAY better. Not sure if it's the best on Main, but I sure hope not. Either way we won't be headed back. There's plenty to choose from that are much better. It's been a while since I've felt like this, but I wouldn't eat this stuff even for free...

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Mango's Fusion Bar572 Davie Street, Vancouver
Waaaay over priced for what it is
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

We've walked by this place many times and it was always empty, not a great sign, but one day we decided to give it a chance anyways.

Nice interior, very small & cozy with loud jazz music in the background. Hey, maybe not so bad. Seated promptly. Checked out the menu, looked maybe promising. Oooh and then it was downhill from there.

We had some appies, tako+wasabi thingy. Very tasty even though I'm not sure it was tako (maybe the baby ones..) but it was incredibly small. Less than a mouthful worth and it was over $7. It didn't get better. The server or maybe owner/chef recommended the ebi mayo. Yeah? 5 shrimp with the thickest layer of batter we've seen anywhere, including KFC. To their credit it was fresh and crispy and surprisingly not that heavy, but am I eating batter or shrimp? The "seafood" platter was a "no-cook" affair with some slices of smoked salmon arranged with some seaweed salad, a few pieces of shrimp and maybe a spoonful of rice/soy beans. All for over $13. And it was _tiny_. It also used this sauce which was basically a spicy Chinese plum sauce. We also had some "deep fried" ika tentacles, these would've been okay (except for the price/quantity ratio) but it was absolutely drowned in the same spicy plum sauce. The lowlight of the night was the mintaiko udon which was horrible. We've eaten it and made it ourselves many times before so we know very well how this should go.
We had 1 tea, 1 main + udon and a couple of appies and it came to just under $60 for 2 people. I would've been happy, maybe at $20, though not sure.

The 4 Americans at the table next to us were impressed, but that's not saying much. Blow your money elsewhere. For that kind of $$$, you can get WAY better food anywhere in the neighbourhood, Japanese or otherwise. There's a reason this place is always empty.

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Hakkasan2188 No. 5 Road, #110, Richmond
Good food, just need to twist your mind a bit...
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2008 - 11:25am [Dine in]

We were really confused by this place, but maybe that's our fault. Expecting some "authentic" Hakka cuisine but instead found, hidden in some industrial area in the middle of nowhere, some restaurant worthy of being in Yaletown or some fancier part of town.

Yes, that's right, this is pretty nice, "modern" decor here and yes, you could bring a date here. It's not your usual Chinese place, and in fact, that's the problem. Erase from your mind that this is a Chinese restaurant before you go in. There. You'll feel better.

There's a lot of "combo" style dishes and a la carte. Now get ready. Expect to easily go over $20 a person for a Chinese restaurant. Yes, you heard me, well over $20. We picked the cheapest sampler at $22 / person.

Blown away by the first dish, which is a "triple" appetizer with soup, some baked whelk and jellyfish/imitation sharkfin salad. Presented in cool "western" style. Food was very good, but the big hit was the unexpected presentation. That sort of set the mood and left the older generation at ease, who previously had been extremely grumpy about the pricing. The rest of the sampler (and I believe this may change at the chef's whim) was very tasty and well done. I don't recall any MSG thirst, it was not too oily or salty. Very nice.
Now, for $22/person, you will defnitely not go hungry. Having recently been to Milestone's and Earl's, I'll say I'd rather have the meal here, since the prices are quite up there at those other places too.

Service was great and absolutely exceptional for a Chinese place.

So that's the thing here. Don't think of it as a cheapy Chinese restaurant. Just pretend you're dining in some hip new place downtown and you'll be fine. The decor is to match, the prices are inexpensive in comparison and the service and food are there as well.

Our only gripe is that if you're ordering the combo/set meals, the ENTIRE table has to order it, which pissed me off a bit. (Understandable after the meal once we figured out how they serve, so it would totally mess with the pacing).
I wish them luck. It's a horrible location and a tough sell, but it's good food and good service.

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Kam Do8391 Alexandra Road, #1140, Richmond
Yet another HK Tea Restaurant ... nothing special
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

Been here a couple of times for lunch with coworkers. It's your average HK tea restaraunt and it's exactly as you'd expect. The usual decor along with the "usual" service (which means ok, but nothing to write home about).

Large variety of dishes, many combo's at quite cheap prices. Quality is okay and so, well, value? Well, how can I give it a great value rating when every other place like this in Richmond is the same.

Now, just a word about the previous review from another poster. If he/she really does hail from Sunnyvale, well that explains it. I spent many years working there and for the standards in Silicon Valley, yes, this would be worth 3-4 stars easily. But this is not Silicon Valley, this is Greater Vancouver and you have to work much harder. I feel sorry for their kids that they don't get to sample finer fare during their time here.

As for locals? Well, as I said, this is just another one of more of the same. There's not special reason to hit this place versus other places. Parking _is_ horrible there during peak hours. If you need to eat at one place, then sure, it's not a bad choice, but there's just no reason to come back again and again.

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Tequila Kitchen1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Started great, ended great
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

Not sure whether I should be tough or lax on them. On the one hand, I applaud them for what they're trying to bring to town. But on the other, Yaletown is a tough market.
Wasn't really sure what to expect of this place, but the hostess warned that this wasn't a "taco & burrito" place. (That's okay, we've had plenty of those before, especially down in San Jose). Inside was nicely done, but it is typical of nearly all Yaletown places, even Milestones. Nothing stands out here, but it is clean and comfortable.

We ordered a bunch of dishes to share around. The ceviche got a big thumbs up (though I think El Inka is still way better). Crema de frijol was something new and something good (if you want to know, try for yourself). It turns out they do have tacos de pescado, but it's not what you think. Generous topping of fresh fish, lightly battered. Very lightly put together so the freshness of the ingredients still stood out. The rest of the appies were also very good.
The main, supposedly one of their specials was the big let down. It was a "messy tablecloth" (really, that's what the menu says) kind of pork dish. Idea? Thumbs up. Aroma? Big thumbs up. Taste? Oh yes, it was there. Where they stumbled was in the pork itself. Too dry and too tough and lacking in much flavour.
Luckily, the dessert redeemed them. Crepes with caramel. Sounds so simple, but wait till you taste it! The caramel was (not normally my other half's favourite stuff) amazing. Not too sweet, not gummy and all and did not have the sickening sweetness that lingers in your mouth. Left us craving for more.
And the cocktails? Yeah, real tequila and oh boy, you better hope you're not driving home.

Oh, and the service? Yeah, I was thinking of not giving it full marks, but ... what could I complain about? Pacing of the dishes was _perfect_. Though we only ordered 1 soup, they kindly split it in separate bowls for us without asking. The waiter was always there exactly when we needed him, never imposing though.

It isn't cheap, but it's a different and great taste. A few minor kinks to work out, but definitely worth of your patronage. (My wish is for them to expand their menu to more exotic and authentic dishes).

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Octopus Garden1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
As it should be...
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

I feel I should be tough on this one given what it aims to be, yet I don't want to give the impression that this is a lousy place. Far from it.

Very tiny and cozy, almost feels like it could be one of those places hidden away in Japan somewhere. If you're looking for that "fine dining" feeling, this is not the place, in both the decor and service (which is friendly and much less formal feeling).

Being a rather special occasion, we sprang for the big omakase. So, what can the chef bring for all that $$$? A lot as it turns out. The variety was top, all sorts of different flavours, textures and presentations. Quantity? We were stuffed to the gills, so we cannot complain about that. The food? Well, I'm a bit torn about that. All but one of the pieces was excellent. One of the rolls came out, well, suspect. The rice seemed very dry & old, I might give it the benefit of the doubt since it was also a deep-fried roll (but it's not my first time I've had one). Either the quality or the execution fell flat on this one, and for the quality this place is aiming for, one miss is one too much.

Service and the _attitude_ (if not the actual execution) about attention to detail was absolutely superb. It's the kind of attitude I've also seen at Nobu (but unlike Octopus, they actually carry it out consistently). Of course, at a price and place like this, I would expect no less, but it doesn't make me any less satisfied.

Would I return though? Well, yes. Given how everything else was carried out, I'll give it a free pass this time. Until Tojo brings his game back, I'd probably turn here instead.

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Tandoori Kona11700 Cambie Road, #170, Richmond
Well that was a bit of a surprise
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Got hauled out here for lunch by one of our vendors. Didn't have high hopes as it looks like a little hole in the wall in a strip mall.

Surprise #1: It's actually very clean and cozy inside. Dare I say it, but it's Indian but not Indian :-). It's quite small actually, don't expect to be handling very many large groups here.

We were seated very promptly. It's not on my tab and still not prepared for anything better than mediocre, I sprang for the "special". Surprise #2: This place is faster than McDonald's. The waiter went in the back and we could barely chat before he came out with the set metal plates again.

Surprise #3, the best of all. My gosh, the food tasted ... well, good! And fresh. Quantities were quite generous (we were definitely NOT hungry afterwards). Spicy but not too spicy even for a chili-wimp such as myself. We even got a big basket of fresh naan which was pretty good too. And best of all, I didn't really get that heavy, bloaty feeling I get from most Indian places.

I say don't underestimate this place, give it a chance and you'll be most pleased.

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Lime Restaurant1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great sushi & possibly the best soba. Ever.
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

Right near the quieter end of the Drive. Walk inside and I swear it belongs in Yaletown or the swankier sides of town. Maybe it's a misfit for the Drive, but who cares?
Service was fabulous. Very friendly and also attentive without being intrusive. The waitress anticipated all our needs.

Let's get to the food. Fantastic! Haven't said this for a long time. Seafood sunomono is not like anything we've ever tried before. Must try. We had a sushi sampler, it was great. No fake crab in the rolls, the real thing. The nigiri was done very, very well (I'd perhaps prefer a little more vinegar in my sushi rice, but nitpicking here). We also had deep fried avocado, triple-mini burgers, saikyo sablefish. What can I say but YUM!
Now about that soba... the waitress mentioned that the chef is actually on a visa from Japan and her family had been soba makers for generations. I'd believe it, this is possibly the best soba ever. The texture is incomparable to anything in town. Or elsewhere. We have been to Tokyo where we tracked down the place that claims to have supplied the royal family for hundreds of years and while wonderful and exquisite, the noodles were not this good. It's pricey, but you have to try this once in your life to know what real fresh hand-made soba should be like.
Be sure to leave room for the dessert, which will not disappoint.

The only downside is perhaps the price. For our group, it came to $50 per person after tax and tips, without drinks. You might be able to do cheaper, but it'd be a trick to get under $30 I think.

Not your every day diner, but this is one of the rare must try places in town. Save it for a special occasion if you must, but do go.

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Radha Yoga & Eatery728 Main Street, Vancouver
(Probably) one of the best veg places in town...
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 1:11am [Dine in]

I'm a committed omnivore, but that doesn't mean I don't do veg once in a while (quite often in fact). One of my pet peeves is how most "western" restaurants make it such a big deal, yet provide such bland tasting ... crap. Head over to Indian or Chinese places to see what it should be like.

I was a bit skeptical about Radha, but I'm always up for an adventure. Fortunately, a good surprise. This place is way better than the Naan (I wouldn't waste your time there). The portions are quite sizeable here and preparation is unique and tasty. We had some some special rolls (sushi style), beet soup and some salad. All quite nice, especially the rolls. For mains, nut burger platter, some tomato+nut(?) "gnochi" and some tempeh.

The mains is where I'm a bit torn. On the one hand, it is tasty food. On the other hand (my gripe about vegetarian places in general), they tried to emulate the "real" thing, which inevitably begs a comparison, and in that regard, it falls flat. What's wrong with real gnocchi? Nothing, in fact, it's waaay better tasting. The tempeh? A tepid imitation of meat (chicken?) strips. And the burger? Anyone who's had a real meat burger and doesn't prefer it has a physiological problem (I'm not kidding, there are people like this).

Yeah, this is worth a try just to see what can be done with an all vegan place. But would I return ... ? Let's just say I had a bite of dry-aged steak tonight and I realize why I'm not a vegetarian, let alone a vegan. I'd rather live 80 years of more tastiness than 90 years of this stuff.

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Acacia Fillo Bar & Cafe1103 Denman Street, Vancouver
Something different, something good...
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 1:01am [Dine in]

Blink and you might miss it. It's a tiny place sandwiched between a couple of other restaurants. It doesn't help that the restaurant name is less than prominent. Look in and you'll think it's just another coffee joint.

Fortunately, it's not. The menu is small, there's basically 2 things (plus variations) on the menu. The filo stuff and the another thing which is kind of like a filo pie. It's hard to describe...
Started off with a cold cucumber soup, very nicely done. The filo (got the orange & duck) was ... a delightful surprise! Not heavy at all, very light and flaky. Duck inside was quite sizeable and juicy. Look, this is the right way to use filo, not like the ones at dim sum places or Chinese bakeries...
The other thing ... odd! You'll just have to try it yourself, it's kind of like a quiche but made with dough or filo rolls instead of eggs, or something like that. Quite yummy anyways.
The meal for the 2 of us came to just over $16, so not expensive at all.

Worth a first visit? Yeah, for sure. A second? Hmm... will have to think about that since the menu is quite limited, but maybe...

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