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EatsFatsVancouverSince April 22, 2007321 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
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Adega1022 Main St., Vancouver
Decent, but a little underwhelmed...
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure, maybe I was expecting to be bowled over or something, but I wasn't fully impressed.
Okay, so it's in a not-so-nice part of town, inside, it's okay, like a clean little diner. Is this what it feels like in Portugal? I wouldn't know.
We had a potato & leek soup which tastes like ... well, exactly like you expect. Pass. Not wowed though.
Had a big clams & pork dish, it was very tasty, very sizeable. No real complaints, but again, I wasn't blown away. Others had a chicken sandwich, which was again very sizeable but only decent.
The highlight must've been the grilled large sardines. Oh yummy! 3 big, yes, big, sardines done very well, so absolutely no complaints here.
I think the sardines outdid Taste of Portugal, as did the quantitiy and price, that was hard to beat. But otherwise, I think the other place has a better "feel". Don't let that stop you from trying Adega though, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Maybe not wowed, but not disappointed. Maybe I should give it 2.5 stars...

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Berry Good8766 McKim Way, #1120, Richmond
Berry is really quite good
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 12:29am [Dine in]

You'd be forgiven for passing by this place. It's stuck in one of those many plazas in the corner somewhere. Small, not outstanding. Looks like another one of those ubiquitous HK/Taiwan bubble tea or dessert places.

Mais au contraire, mes amis! It seems to be run by a couple of Korean ladies (or maybe it's Japanese+Korean). That means, no bubble tea. You can get all sorts of coffee & tea variations (e.g. Korean Royal Palace Tea). I generally don't drink coffee, I don't like the after-taste. Not any variation of it (latte, mocha, etc). What possessed me to order the Dark Chocolate Mocha this time, I'll never know. But me 'n the missus agree. This stuff was _good_! None of that bitter/sour aftertaste that I get with most coffee's. I noticed the ground the beans on the spot, just for the order. Oh, and by the way, it's organic coffee.

Ditto for the dessert. It's all made in-house (we watched them work on one in the back) and they said it's mostly all organic ingredients. But where it really matters? Well, it tastes good. Not too sweet. The cheesecakes were solid, nothing amazing. The strawberry chiffon and passion fruit mousse, very good. The chocolate layer cake was probably the best, it tasted like dark chocolate cake, SO full of chocolate flavour, not too rich or sweet.

And the bonus ... heck, it wasn't even that expensive. If anything, it's a little less expensive than most other places in Richmond.
We will definitely be going back to try more of their vast selection (be warned, some of the most popular stuff runs out quickly, and it's made by 1 or 2 of them in the tiny place, by hand, so there's not a lot of stock for the day).

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Jamaican Pizza Jerk2707 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Decent food, menu's a bit short...
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 12:20am [Dine in]

Well, I've never been to Jamaica, but if it weren't for the rain outside, this might be what it would be to pop by a little restaurant there. Maybe.

Nothing fancy here, but the place is clean for sure, right down to the washrooms. I noticed the guy running the place (very friendly, helpful) always washed his hands before dealing with food. Everytime he handled money or anything non-food related, he washed. You won't get sick from poor hygiene here!

The menu was short 'n simple, not a whole lot to choose from. If you came with a party of 5 or so, I'm sure you'd be able to sample everything. I'm sure there must be more than this to Jamaican cuisine. Anyways, we had the goat curry and jerk chicken. This is a kind of spiciness that starts real slow, then builds and builds until you cry for mercy at the end. But tasty for sure. Non-spicy stuff, we had the garlic honey chicken wings, which were really, really garlicy.

Yeah, we should've tried the ackee & saltfish, but we were hankering for something more substantial. Maybe next time so we could compare to that other place on Commerical (Riddim 'n Spice I think?). Might be tastier here at the Jerk, but also SPICIER.
Worth a first trip here for some Jamaican food. Maybe even a 2nd trip. I wouldn't say it is super cheap, but it's okay.

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Garden City Hot Pot Restaurant8788 McKim Way, #1205, Richmond
Not that bad, but nothing special
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

Where can you get hotpot at lunch? Apparently here, though we didn't try that this time.
We got some congee and other assorted dishes. It's not bad, not really have any complaints about it. As expected, some dishes were too greasy and too heavy ... but what do you expect. (I still wish we'd get a healthy, "green" , local, organic Chinese place here, kind of like what goes on in our kitchen...)
There's really nothing to say here. No strange or exotic dishes that I could see. No mind-blowing dishes or execution. It's okay.

Place is clean enough, service is "blah", pretty much expected for most Chinese restaurants, they were efficient, but don't expect any friendly chit-chat.

Well, if you're really hungry, feel free to drop by, but I wouldn't rate it to be worth a first try. You're not missing anything.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Good noodles, simple menu
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

I think this place is done up more nicely than Kintaro, more of a "you're in Japan" feel (though still much more roomy and bigger than the real thing).

The menu is very simple really. The fatty pork broth, the lighter (they said chicken) version or a mix. You can add extra sides, but I'm not one to mess around. I'm here for the noodles and the broth. The rest is just kind of fluff. (Well, okay, we did get some gyoza as well, but nothing special).
The cha su they have, I like it much better than Kintaro, but by default, you get 2 small pieces. Still, you will not be left hungry, especially with the thicker pork broth (which, if I recall, is in between Kintaro's choices of lean and super fatty). The lighter broth version was good too, it just depends on what you feel like at the time.
The noodles were sufficiently "boinky", thumbs up on that.

I've not been to Kintaro recently, but even at it's peak, I think this one is comparable. Either one would be a good choice, unless you've a craving for Kintaro's forest fire ramen or the cold noodles.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Good stuff and good deal too!
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 10:31am [Dine in]

We went in, noticed all the stuff about the local, free range meats, organic blah, blah, environmental fee, yada yada yada. I was expecting a bunch of "snooty" green food at high prices and small portions.

Au contraire! Very friendly service, and very, very kid/family friendly restaurant. I like it! (Even though we don't have kids).
Now on to the all inportant food. We ordered the lunch combo, which I think is $12 for a choice of salad/soup and pizza. We were expecting a tiny cup of soup and small pizza, but oh no, the soup and bread side alone would have been a nice light lunch (delicious by the way) and the pizza was very decent sized by itself. We ended up packing home half of each of the pizza's. And the pizza? Wonderful! Good, fresh ingredients, not too salty or cheesy. Best pizza I've ever tasted? Probably not. Best in Vancouver? Maybe.

For a pizza place, it's worth 4 stars. I think this would be my new favourite pizza place.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Nice, inexpensive change of taste
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 10:26am [Dine in]

Good, reasonably clean Chinese place, it seems nice I could actually peer into the semi-open preparation area.
Service was good and they are well-equipped to deal with non-Chinese customers, which is a nice thing to see.

Food is not your usual HK-style tea restaurant or Cantonese fare which is very refreshing. More of the northern style stuff which is very different. We wimped out and asked "mild". oooh boy, I can only imagine the "spicy" setting, this would rival the killer stuff from the Korean and Indian places.
Yeah, their beef rolls are not bad, but I've had more than my share around town so I'll hesitate to call it amazing. It's a contender though.

To top it all off, it's very inexpensive. Good food, good price, good service, what's not to like? It's not a fancy place but with the extensive and different menu, you could easily squeeze out 3-4 trips to this place to sample everything.

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Kusshi Japanese Restaurant4260 No. 3 Road, #180, Richmond
So ... incredibly ... slow
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 10:20am [Dine in]

Inside this place is pretty promising, looks very nice and much better than many other Richmond sushi places.

We went for the all-you-can-eat lunch. The food is okay, better than Richmond Sushi, but not amazing.

The service is the really killer item. It's friendly, sure. But it's deadly slow. There were only 3 tables (including us) in there and it took about 2 hours to get everything out. A few of my co-workers had gone previously and they said they were the ONLY table at that time and it was still just as slow.

It's ridiculous, we did not ask for difficult items and even if there was only 1 guy in the kitchen, it shouldn't be this slow. I'd stay away just for that, the food is not amazing enough to justify the trip

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Brock House Restaurant3875 Point Grey Road, Vancouver
Hits 'n misses on the road to perfection. So kickme already.
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 1:14am [Dine in]

The place looks like it hasn't changed in many years, however, it seems well-maintained so it has a very nice, quaint old "inn" character. Not like Yaletown at all.
Friday night, only 3 tables present. Usually doesn't bode well in Vancouver. Fortunately, it seems just a matter of being an under-rated, hidden delight. Service was very good. Lacks compared to top restaurant, but I prefer not to be constantly watched & monitored.
Breads would've have been perfect with a few more minutes in the oven.
Starters: prawn cocktail, stuffed mushroom tops & smoked salmon with fried wonton crisps. (All ~$10-12). All very well done. Perfect for a starter as none were too heavy, greasy or strong tasting.
A reasonable selection of soups & salad. Odd that 2 of the salad's seem identical except for the dressing, but otherwise, no complaints. Nice light dressing with a nice selection of greens. Had also the soup of the day (carrot & ginger), which was promising but fell short for being too heavy on the ginger, light on the carrot & slightly too thick. Nice nonetheless.
Mains are about $20-30. The lamb chops (really sliced up rack) was almost perfect, if the nut-crust hadn't overwhelmed the flavour of the lamb. The vegetables & mash potatoes were done to absolute perfection (even by Chinese standards). Black cod was again, almost perfect. Outside was slightly too salty but was otherwise as close to perfect as you could expect.
Dessert? We shared a selection of 4. Again, very competent. Still no wow though.
I've no doubts about the technical skills in the kitchen, what is lacking is a little bit of creativity, that "punch" to make me really sit up & take notice. However, no regrets here. Solid, comfortable food that is excellently prepared with PROPER portion sizes (even with all we ate, we were satisfied, not bloated. And nothing was very greasy).
Definitely worth a 1st try if you're willing to spring for a slightly special occasion.

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Very nice food in the neighbourhood
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Went there for brunch. Nothing surprising about the setup, standard little cafe place, but very clean and nicely done. Quite cozy.

Service is very friendly, absolutely no complaints there, but, of course, I cannot say it is mindblowing.

It's not cheap, (about $13-18 if I recall), but it is food WELL done and it is RIGHT sized. Had a grilled salmon open faced sandwich with tomato soup. Tomato soup was very competent, though not the best I've had. Sandwhich/salmon was very, very nicely done. Not over cooked. Very tasty and not greasy at all. It was perfect for a light lunch.
We also had a vegetable lasagna, done sort of "freestyle". Again, very nice, would be highly recommended dish. My only "complaint" is that it is slightly heavier that I would've liked for that day, but I would definitely be very happy with this for a more satisfying lunch or dinner.

For dessert, I'd say skip it and hop next door for exactly the same thing without the premium.
I'm not sure there's anything amazing or stunning about this place, but it seems to be a dependable place to go for a quality, nice light brunch.

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Saravanaa Bhavan955 W Broadway, Vancouver
Decent food, nice change
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

This place always seems packed, but on 2nd try, we didn't have to wait too long, maybe only 10-15min.
Restaurant is still new and clean, the washrooms are definitely cleaned up from when it was the Cambodian place (that's a long time ago).

Servers are all very friendly and they certainly try, but they're horribly inefficient. Well, not the worst I've seen, but they really need to get things in order, that would clear up some of the lineup/waiting issues.

Food? Hey, well, it was quite good. The dishes seem to be quite small, but I recommend trying to limit yourself just 1 per person, maybe you can share another with 3-4 people. Because the dishes are deceptively filling, you just have to wait a bit for it to kick in. We ordered 4 dishes for 2 people and we were really, really stuffed afterwards. Fortunately, it is not expensive at all. I think nearly everything is under $10 and most are like $5-7.
Most of the stuff there is well prepared, but very, very spicy (though I'm hardly a spicyiness fan). Yes, and it is completely vegetarian. No meat there.

What can I say? Decent South Indian "fast" food in a nice clean restaurant. It's worth a 1st trip. Depends on if you're a fan of South Indian, it might be worth a 2nd trip. Me ... I might pass, kind of prefer mid to North Indian I think...

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Solly's Bagelry368 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
Slow & expensive...
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

Nothing amazing about this place, kind of disorganize and no "theme" at all to the decor, but I wasn't expecting anything fabulous from that end.

The food is okay, but not great. I would say Siegel's has waaay better bagels. No reason to go to Solly's. Now add in the cost and it's almost enough to kill it off.

The final straw is the service. They had like 6 to 8 people working the counter/kitchen and the place was not even packed. Yet we waited ~30min. for soup & sandwich! It took so long they popped the soup back in the microwave because it got so cold. Absolutely ridiculous, they are seriously over-staffed compared to any other restaurant I've seen ... umm... ever. I wouldn't care if the service weren't sssooooo SLOOOOW.

So that's it then, not worth a return nor even a 1st trip. Go to Siegel's instead.

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Zest2775 West 16th, Vancouver
More good stuff tucked away in the corner
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is not very prominent, hidden away in a very small corner mall. The food style I would say is kind of Japanese fusion / izakaya. Similar to Bonqula or Sai-Z maybe, but this one leans the most towards the "traditional" side. You can even get a kaizeki (24hrs notice I think).

Place is very modern decor, very clean, nice and pleasant. Service is what I would expect for this place, very good, but no surprises or complaints.

The food? Well, it looked a bit pricey at first (we went for the set tasting and dinner menus), but as it turns out, the portions are not small and it is very well done, so I think it is worth it. Next time we may just order a la carte, as the rolls and everything else look to be quite sizeable portions.
Presentation was good, very good, but not innovative. Still no complaints.

If you're looking for cheap eats, you won't find it here. But I think it is food very well done and good value for the money. It's worth a second visit to sample the other fare on the menu.

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Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan3219 Kingsway, Vancouver
Pretty interesting and unique stuff
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

This is some sort of Indian style African (Kenyan?) food I think. After reading all the reviews here, we were all prepared for questionable service.

Luckily for us, no such issues. We got pretty decent attention, given what kind of place it is, and it wasn't empty. Didn't have to wait too long for anything and they took our orders quite promptly and responded to our requests. Hopefully our experience will not be unique in the future.

The place is, well, it's no fine diner, but it's decent enough and relatively clean.

The food, hey, can't complain there! It's quite satisfying and the stuff we ordered, well, we haven't seen in any other restuarant in town yet. There's a lot of meat type dishes (steaks, ribs, etc but it is not North American style) and some, what would appear to be African style Indian curries? Who cares, it's all yummy anyways.

It's definitely worth a 1st trip and probably a 2nd and 3rd just to be able to sample all the goodies.

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Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant2717 E Hastings, Vancouver
Just okay, nothing special
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Outside it also says "Spring Roll House" special or something. Inside, for a spring roll specialty place, they sure don't have any choice really. (Large? Or Small?). They were okay, but not amazing.

Pho was okay, but nothing great. Can't remember about the bun bo hue too much here. That stuff IS good, but was not great at this place, certainly not memorable. (Not bad, just not great).

Overall, I'd say if you're in the neighbourhood and have to have pho, it's okay, but not a destination. Of course, there are many other places up and down Hastings as well....

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
Umm... kind of ... sucked
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Went there for the dinner, looks like buffet only. $15 now.
Told "no water". What??? Excuse was the turbid water lately. Huh. Didn't seem to stop the other places we went to that week. Even if true, they had the gall to charge $2.75 for cheapy bottled water. Service...uh...not that friendly, but not rude either.

Food, most of it was okay actually. For a buffet. But not for an Indian buffet at $15. Decent food, not good value for sure. Selection isn't that amazing, since about half of it is a kind of salad bar + jello and stuff which is not even Indian.
They didn't even have cups/bowls for any of the watery stuff. Not sure where the cutlery went, especially the small dessert stuff. (Look, you just can't eat goopy rice pudding with your hands). They had some apples, oranges for fruit, some of the oranges were mouldy already.

Restaurant is actually okay clean, that's about the best I can say. There are much better Indian places to go. Wouldn't go back.

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Best Dosa Palace1284 Kingsway, Vancouver
Pretty good dosa and other not-so-quick snacks
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2007 - 1:36am [Dine in]

There's a big sign that says under new management. Well, we don't know, first time we've been there.
It was lunchtime on weekend. Very quiet. Place is unusually clean for an Indian place (and doesn't really feel Indian). No idea why they also serve a handful of Malaysian/Singaporean dishes. The 2 guys working there don't sound like they come from there. Only a few things like mee goreng, char kwai teow and other usuals.

Service is really slooooow and inefficient (though they are somewhat friendly and earnest). They need to take some lessons from Chinese restaurants...
Pleased that they bothered to ask how spicy we wanted it.

Roti pratha was pretty darn good, we got the one with the "gravy", which was actually a mini lamb stew I think. Not as good as Little India in Singapore, but for Vancouver, for the price, it's one of the better ones. Of course, also tried the dosa, which were pretty good. Nice texture and flavour, though presentation maybe wasn't the best. Structural integrity was a bit on the weak side compared to others we had. Some other side dishes were nicely done too. No complaints. We definitely heard them start the cooking up right after we ordered, so we know stuff hasn't been sitting around. It gets done when ordered.

I'm a bit surprised this place is so quiet when the competitors across the street seemed so busy when we were there. Clean restaurant, decent food. Only let down is the slow service (the other guys weren't so fast either). If I were in the area for a dosa, I'd rather hit this place.

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So Gong Dong House Of Tofu Soup595 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Good, inexpensive tofu soup
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

Location is not the greatest, but what do you expect for a cheapy place like this. Inside is okay, your average little diner, not too dirty, but not super clean either.
Seems like the place is now run by a bunch of young-ish guys, so they're not match for the usual Korean aunties at these restaurants, they're a little slow and not entirely on top of the game, but at least they seem earnest.

Food...well, it's more or less just tofu soup. Maybe a bibimbob, a grilled fish and paejun and that's about it, so don't go around expecting anything more. They conveniently list out some vegetarian tofu soups (I don't know if their base is absolutely "clean"). If you've never had this stuff before, you can also ask for the menu with all the pictures of everything. Very considerate.
The tofu soup, fortunately, is done quite decently. Nothing mind blowing, but just good, tasty, filling tofu soup. Nothing memorable about the side dishes, but perfectly fine.
(If you have 2 people, recommend the "helmet" tofu soup. it's a big mix of everything, and while slightly pricier, it seems quite a larger portion as well).
Good cheap food to warm you up, that's about it. Keep it simple.

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Sa Rang Chae435 North Rd, #24, Burnaby
Competent place, not too many surprises
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 11:58am [Dine in]

This is a nice, clean little Korean place. No BBQ, but your usual "stew", bibimbob, bulgogi, that sort of thing.
Service was pretty okay.

Menu was okay too. Pretty decent variety and fortunately, they also provide a "spicy" rating so you know which ones to avoid or go for.
Sun dae was maybe one of the better ones we've had in town, not bad. Had a little more choice of "jang myun" than usual, had the seafood one, which was very nice actually. The LA galbi was tasty, but quite oily. Beef soup (ga tang?) was also decently done, but not as good as other places.
The side dishes are okay, you get about 4-5 of them and they all taste quite good, but it's the "usual". We had enough food for 4 people and the bill came out to under $40 before tips.

I'd say it's worth a trip to try their various offerings, maybe some of the noodle dishes. It would be a good place to stop by for eats when you're hungry (but keep in mind many choices in Korean restaurants in that area). Nothing super amazing to find yet, but competent.

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Dadeo New Orleans Diner & Bar3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Pretty good food...authenticity questionable
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 1:17am [Dine in]

Either we got lucky or they have the growing pains out of the way. This is the old Tomato Cafe, so no real surprises from the layout or interior decor, looks like they did a minimal amount of work here.

Service was okay, nothing to crow about, but easily passable.

Cajun catfish salad was quite decent. We're hard to impress, so we'll leave it at that. It was more than edible. Another member had the jambalaya, which was tasty but very spicy. Obviously have consistency issues as they had eaten that previously and it was barely spicy. Also had steamed mussels, which were okay (but is it very Cajun?) but weren't the best we've ever had. The sweet potato fries were also (spicy) passable, but again, nothing to be really impressed about. The ribs, well, again, I'll give it a pass rating, but nothing unique here. Taste more like it's heavily baked or boiled in ... not much marinade and then slathered with sauce. The fried chicken was much better (though I question the authenticity). It was relatively juicy and had a pleasant light crust. Is it very good? I think so. The best ever? Probably not.

All in all, it's not a bad place. They provide reasonably capable food, decent prices and service. It might be worth a first visit, but I'd hesitate for return trips as it's lacking any sort of real "punch" or uniqueness to draw me back.

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