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EatsFatsVancouverSince April 22, 2007321 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Milestone's Grill and Bar1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Decent but predictable
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 1:06am [Dine in]

Seems kind of sad to be giving this a middle-of-the-road passing rating here because if this restaurant were located somewhere else other than Greater Vancouver, it would likely be much higher. On the flip side, it's great we have such high standards here, even for usual "chain" restuarants.

This is newly renovated and I think the new decor is a big hit. Better than the old place. Most of the tables are now much smaller for groups of 4, only a few for 6 though there is a central area in the back that could be booked for larger groups.

Service issues have obviously been ironed out. Waitresses and servers are suitable friendly (though a little fake/forced?). Checked on us often enough, but not too often. Food came out quickly, nothing was ever missed.

The food itself was good, but absolutely no surprise. We had a tomato soup which was very, very good. Breakfast fajita was decent, quite tasty. A burger was also quite large and packed with stuff, the beef was reasonably juicy and tasty. Curly fries...meh, it's okay. The only real let down was the salad which partially seemed like it had been sitting around too long.

That about sums it up. If you want a reasonable, dependable food for not a lot, and no surprises, you can stop by here. Looking for any amazing surprises, go look elsewhere.

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Ocean 6 Seventeen617 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Good stuff ... but not for the price.
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 1:14am [Dine in]

This place has a nice location, very cozy layout (it is a small place), so it has expectations just arriving at the place.
I don't really have much to say about it, no complaints but no stunners either.

Service was decent, maybe above average, but again, not particularly amazing. I think what they do is fine, though improvements never hurt. I do have complaints about the menu. It's not always clear what it is. For example, many in our group had the mushroom appetizer. We were quite surprised to find when it came that it was actually mushroom SOUP.

Now to the food. It's very capable, competent stuff here...if it were 25-30% less expensive. The starters are ~$9-19. We had the charcuterie ($10), which was duck liver that day. 3 measly bread crisps and small cornichons and pickled onions. The duck liver itself was way too salty and nothing special Oyama on Granville Island easily has better. The squid starter was just an extra twist on calamari with black ink chili sauce. Nice, but I swear I had better calamari at the Mad Greek just last week. More for less!
For mains, the trout (~$21?) stuffed with crab was quite good, especially the potato sides, thumbs up on that. A bit tiny. Also had the halibut ($24?), which definitely does NOT make our top 3 ever. Overcooked a bit. The sauce was decent, but very predictable saffron tomato base. Another of our party had the salmon and they actually turned that back to the kitchen (must've been really bad).
Finishing off with apple crumble, which was really crispy but slightly too sweet.

You can get better food, more food for a lot cheaper at Salade de Fruits, and several others. There are almost no surprises or discoveries here. Add in the price and .... well, it's not worth a return trip or even a first visit. Either up the creativity, increase quality or lower the price

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant7900 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
Good dimsum & stylish place
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2007 - 1:00am [Dine in]

Been here a long time ago, seems to have been much improved.
First off, the place is nice, really nice, especially for Chinese dim sum place. Seems a bit better maybe than the Coquitlam one. Even the menus themselves are so beautifully done up.

Service is acceptable. Hardly any of the big Chinese places I've been too are what you call warm and friendly and this is no exception. The restaurant was packed, but I'd still expect a little quicker and more efficient than this. However, that's not saying it's bad. I've just had better. Something to improve on.

The food itself, very good. We had a bunch of the usual standbys and some other interesting stuff. Each of it was quite tasty and usually not too greasy. Though we quite stuffed ourselves, we walked away without feeling really bloated or thirsty. A welcome change from the norm.
We had about 9 people I think, had excellent variety and more than enough to eat (leftovers to pack). Came to about $17 per person including tax and tips. $17 for a good meal at a good restaurant, no complaints there.

Recommended for sure if you want good dimsum in Richmond.
Make reservations for sure if you're going on the weekend, else don't expect to get a seat.

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Kimbab Cheonguk341 North Road, #3A, Coquitlam
Good cold noodles (naeng myun) and kimbab
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 12:59am [Dine in]

This is a eccentric place, located in the mini-plaza right behind the Greek restaurant at the corner of North Road and Lougheed. Somebody who is fluent in Korean please correct the name of the restuarant if it's wrong!

This is the one next to the restaurant that says "Mexican Chicken", even though it is a Korean restaurant. There's no English on the sign, but has a big picture of a bowl of noodles.
It's a really small place, but was about 1/2 full of Korean aunties there, so that's a good sign. Feels like a little diner in Seoul. (Yeah, we been there before).

Thankfully the waitress speaks English and the menu does have English translation, _except_ for what is possibly their "signature" item! (Do these guys wanna do business)? The 3 items that are not translated are the "naeng myun" or cold noodles. As near as we can figure, the 1st one is "mul naeng myun", which is the "usual", the 2nd one should be "bibim naeng myun", and the 3rd is much more pricey, must be good, I can't remember, but could be "seoul naeng myun".
We had the "mul naeng myun", which comes with a light cold broth with cucumbers, pickles, sliced beef, the usual. Very tasty. They'll also automatically serve you a teapot full of hot soup (some kind of sul lung tang or beef, I think) that you drink from the teacups. We had the soon dae, very nice, odeng was tasty, but otherwise sort of a let down, the cheese kimbab was delicious! Made fresh and probably one fo the better kimbab's we've had.

Don't be scared and have a go, this is one of the better Korean cold noodles we've had in town. And it's cheap, under $10 for almost everything.

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Mad Greek7260 Westminster Hwy., Richmond
Very competent, very tasty
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 12:31am [Dine in]

They moved to a new location with better parking? That's what I here, but when we got there, parking nightmare. Very few spots, most of it reserved for the karaoke place next door. We ended up at pay parking a block away at the senior center.
Place is done up very nicely, no surprises or complaints there.

Service, well, we had a large group, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now. Okay friendly, but definitely slooooow. Nothing more to say about that.

Some people have raved about the pita. Huh? Well, to be fair, it was good, but not amazing. I've had better. The calamari was very good, as advertised, very light batter. In addition they also had some sort of roast or fried squid with no batter. I think this was even better. Keftedes, very competent, as were the usual tzaziki, homous, etc. We had a big appetizer plates and were not disappointed
Portion sizes are not huge, but as usual, the Greek food is very stuffing, and you will be stuffed easily. I had the moussaka, and, to be very frank, it may be one of the best moussaka I've had.

Very, very competent place, my only complaint is that there was nothing special to knock my socks off. If you're in the mood for Greek, this is a great place to hit.

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Ten Hachi1125 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Excellent Japanese home-style .. fish flown fresh from Japan!
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 12:25am [Dine in]

This place opened up in June 2007 and I heard the waitress say that it is the same owner as Hachibei (which recently changed hands, so I don't know if it is the new or old owners). But the style is very much like Hachibei or Hi Genki. In addition, you can get other Western dishes, including breakfast pancakes, even if it is 8pm in the evening! (But don't let that put you off). The kitchen and waitresses are pretty much all Japanese.
It's in a most unexpected place, (just like Hi Genki), bottom floor of an old hotel. Decor looks like it hasn't changed since the 1970's, but it is at least clean and maintained.

When we were there, looks like the kitchen got swamped, but service was always friendly and attentive.

Now the food...Japanese home-style. There's a menu with mostly organic ingredients plus fresh stuff flown in from Japan. If you want sushi, you can call ahead with any special order so they can book it on the next flight. The fish meals are just like the Hachibei home-style combo's with a fish, some pickles, small side dishes, miso soup, etc. for about $11-14. Get the dinner combo's! Not the other ones! It's not clear on the menu, but the combo's are the ones that feature fresh fish flown in from Japan. I had the yellowtail and it was significantly different from every other one I've had before (because I've never had fresh yellowtail). Rice was noticeably better than most (they use Tamaki Gold). The saba was also fresh, significantly less of that usual fishy smell, also the "barracuda" (that's what they called it, but unless it was a baby barracuda...). Also had monk fish liver (yum!) and a unique yamaimo-mozuku dish.

Definitely worth a return as it's currently the only place we can get some rather unique fish FRESH, not frozen.
Very nice!

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Quite the cream puff!
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 12:11am [Dine in]

We waited 10min. for this thing, which I guess is short. The service was very efficient and friendly, but of course since they fill the puffs fresh, it is not the quickest.

The puff itself, not bad, we liked it, but not super amazing (even though it may be the best we've had ;-), the "cream" (actually apparently a custard/cream mix) was something else though. Really, really good. Light, not too sweet. YUM!
We had some left over 1 day, 2 days and even 3 days after. Still awesome, still probably better than most places.

This is worth at least 1 try. Maybe a bit pricey for regular consumption though!

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Pho Tam Restaurant10302 135 Street, #10, Surrey
Quite good, not yet amazing
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 12:08am [Dine in]

The area is certainly been cleaned up a bit, though the little plaza its in, not so much. Parking is tough.
Inside, it's what I expect of a pho place in GVRD. Nothing amazing, and certainly not the cleanest nor well decorated pho place in town.

No problem with the service, same thing, inline with what I expect from a place like this but nothing amazing.

We had the house special pho and a bun bo hue. The bun bo hue was just on the border of being too spicy (we're wimpy) but was quite tasty. Pho had a good, unique taste to it, very good stuff. The noodles in both were elasticy, good texture.
Our only complaint, both bowls were loaded with lots of stuff (more than most places), but short on the noodles itself.

Would probably return if we were in the area and had a pho craving. Not quite sure it is enough to make the drive out from Vancouver for regular tries though.

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Jonker Street Restaurant1128 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Not sure why, but just ... ok
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

We've been there 3 times now. Each time was good, but for some reason never felt stunning.
Place is standard Yaletown modern-type decor, don't expect a "Malaysian style" theme.

Service has always been decent and friendly, nothing much to say about it.

The food...hmmm...not sure why but there's not much to complain about, but no spark either. Always felt a little "heavy" afterwards so perhaps they use a lot of lard (trans-fat?;-) in their cooking.
The biggest disappointment is that they are always serving single-combo servings, which is very unusual for Asian places. Not a great place for sharing. The second disappointment is that there is nothing really "special" on the menu and it's not that varied either.

If you have a craving, and there's only 1 or 2 of you, then you might want to hit this place. Otherwise, i think we'd prefer to walk a few blocks and eat at Prima Taste instead.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Worth a visit...
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

First time we hit a hot-dog stand in Vancouver, but it was worth it. Had the dog with the shredded daikon which offset the greasy sausage perfectly.

Service was friendly, reasonably quick. Place was, well .... it's a hot - dog stand!
We quickly munched that one down and did not regret it. Could've had another if we weren't headed for more food already.

I wish other hot dog vendors would follow the lead and add interesting twists to their 'dogs. Probably the best hot dogs in the area.

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent clean place
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

Considering what kind of restaurant it is, unusually "nice". Very clean decor and finishings inside. Very clean, you can feel comfortable hanging around there.

Service was pretty quick and friendly. Maybe a little too friendly, almost "used car salesmen" like. Hmmm...

Food presentation is above par for Vietnamese places in Vancouver. By far. Fortunately, it also has the taste to match. We had a lot of stuff, broken rice dish, thin noodles, spring rolls. Just no pho that day. Some stuff was slightly on the greasy/oily side, but was otherwise done quite well. My only disappointment is that the menu selection is pretty much "the usual", nothing new or really interesting like I've experienced at other places (i.e. not in Vancouver).

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Congee Noodle House141 E Broadway, Vancouver
It's actually ... decent?
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

I was a bit skeptical before heading in, but I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, let's get this straight, it's not a "fine" restaurant. It's a your standard HK style noodle/rice/congee place, so don't be thinking about it otherwise.

It is surprisingly clean, even the washroom. The decor looks renovated, nothing falling apart, no water stains on the ceilings ... it was ok.

Nothing to complain about the service. The delivered quickly, got everything, helped us pack the left-overs. Not super-friendly, but it is on-par for this type of place.

Now to the food. Huh! It's good! We had a couple of congee and it was done properly! Nice texture, good flavour (and different for each type) and each was loaded with lots of ingredients. A veggie dish was done acceptably and we also had some honey pork ribs (not "authentic", yes, but we had a hankering). Quite cheap for 2 people and had enough left-overs for 1 more meal each.
And the final surprise ... we did not even feel really thirsty afterwards, so good sign they went light on the MSG (or not at all?). Usually it is quite obvious to us if a place has loaded up on the MSG.
Nothing really impressive, but if you need a quickie dinner, this is a great place to hit in the area.

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Arroy-d Thai3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Just okay overall
Submitted Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 9:57am [Dine in]

Decor inside is nice, but that's the highlight.
Service is ok. Not really warm and friendly, usually not too many major slipups but I would say it is average to below average to what I'm accustomed to around Vancouver.

Food is ... decent. As someone mentioned, the curry seems a bit watery, though the taste is good. In general, the taste of the food is pretty good, but I've never been left amazed and there isn't any real "unique" dishes that I can't get elsewhere.
What really bothers me is the money factor. They charge for regular tea, they request minimum charge for sitting in the "nice" cushion area, they ding a service charge for 6 people or more (come on, every time we've been there it is practically empty). The dishes are a bit on the small size for what they charge, the soups, while good, are single serving (and not big) at $4-5 EACH, with no option of a large serving for the entire table.
For 5 people, no alcohol, we ran up a tab of $120, before tips. I didn't leave hungry, but I was a bit shy of being completely satiated.
They don't have anything unique or amazing enough to justify that kind of price.

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Bonqula8460 Alexandra Road, #165, Richmond
Still good ... excellent food made with care!
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

We went for a return trip to check, and I'm happy to see they've expanded the menu to include other items. Looks like very tempting dinner sets for cheaper than the full sets. Time to re-evaluate.

Tried the full set dinner again and most everything except the mains were all different this time around. It's all somewhat French style with a fine Japanese touch. Almost like a kaizeki ...
Service got a little slow this time with only 1 waitress and just the chef in the kitchen. But she was very nice and personally came out to chat with us and gave us a nice basket of her hand-made cookies afterwards too.
Must've been something like 6-7 courses and we were REALLY full afterwards!

It's too bad it's hidden in the corner, this is quite a gem.

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Bon Cafe4909 Main Street, Vancouver
Tasty pho and more
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

Tiny little place that is relatively clean. Ambience is nothing to write home about but on par for most pho places in town. It feels safe and clean though. Waitress has always been very friendly. Service (even with 1 or 2 tables) is a touch on the slow side, but we'll deal with it as it seems the delay is because they're actually cooking the food when we order, not just scooping it out.

There is more than just pho here. The pho is decent, though a bit lighter tasting than most, we're going to cut it some slack because just as importantly, it doesn't seem like they use MSG in this joint. We always feel fine afterwards, no thirsty-ness or bloatiness.
The sandwiches are pretty okay as are several of the other non-pho dishes we tried. And it's cheap too!

Convenient location, clean and friendly service. Cheap and apparently no MSG. Worth a return if we get a hankering for Vietnamese. Our 2 choices to go at the moment are probably this or the Taste of Vietnam near Broadway & Oak.

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Riddim & Spice1945 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Tasty & friendly
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

Place was unexpectedly clean, even the washroom. The chef/cook was quite friendly.

Jerk chicken tasted good. I can't tell you how authentic it is, but it was yummy. (It most certainly did not have BBQ sauce on it). Also had the ackee & saltfish which was an interesting experience. Wasn't amazing, tasted very familiar, kind of like having scrambled eggs with the other stuff ... until we found out ackee is actually a fruit.

I'll withhold full judgement till we sample more places like this, but tentative thumbs up, worth a visit, though it won't knock your socks off.

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Fishermans Terrace Seafood Restaurant4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3580, Richmond
Not very inspiring
Submitted Monday, October 1, 2007 - 12:50am [Dine in]

We were there for a wedding banquet, so I would hope this is at the least be representative of the regular food and service. (If not, that's not a smart business decision).

The place is certainly nicely done, looking a little more upscale than most places. It serves pretty much Cantonese/HK style food.

Unfortunately, the decor seemed to be the highlight. The service was okay, not poor enough to generate any complaints. However, the food came in bursts and the way the waiters served, cleared dishes, etc was certainly not in-line with the expectations for a place that looks like this. (To be fair, none were rude, all came when asked and they did seem to genuinely _try_, but that's not enough points for a place like this). The problem is there are several places nearby in Richmond that do the job much better.

The food itself is ... well, very uninspiring. To be clear, there is nothing bad about the food. Each dish was very, well, decent. From the starter cold meat dish, shark fin soup, shrimp & scallop, crispy chicken, fried rice, noodles, "dessert", etc. All were certainly passable, but there was no spark in any of the dishes. I think one of the best was the chicken was still juicy, relatively tasty, but nothing stood out. They did not mess up the fish (rock cod), so no minus points.

I'm betting this is not one of the cheapest places in town, and given the heavy competition, I think there are better places to spend my stomach space. However, if you really need a decent looking place with no surprise, it will do I guess.

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Salsa & Agave Mexican Grill1223 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Delicious Mexican in Yaletown
Submitted Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

Very clean, new looking place (but tiny) right in the middle of Yaletown. Fits right in with the area, but maybe not your average idea of a Mexican place (and I don't mean the Tex-Mex chains). Nothing wrong with the service, not bad at all, but do be expecting a "fast food" type of experience unless maybe the chef comes out to have a chat. She seems like anice lady.

As far as we can tell, really authentic stuff here, so don't be expecting anything from Taco Bell. They have small little (soft) tacos like Dona Cata, but I think the tortilla's they use are better. They're at least as tasty, if not more so. Served with a very intriguing hot salsa which was not only spicy but had a very interesting smoky flavour as well that we've rarely experienced.
The pozole (weekends only) was very tasty. Slightly short on the corn flavour, but otherwise well done and texture wise, it was better than our gold standard (Chavez, 16 hrs away). Torta was delish, slightly spicy but a very good, complicated set of flavours from the chorizo version.

All the food tasted very fresh, and was not greasy at all, nor loaded up with tons of cheese that hides the flavours of the other ingredients.

The eat-in menu is more extensive than the take-out, with some other specialties (Venezuela? Columbia?) that look very tempting. Given the taste of what we had for lunch today, we will want to be coming back to try the others.

Best Mexican place in Yaletown for sure (yes they do have burritos if you must) and so far, maybe even the best in town. We'll see. Maybe you should too.

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Yaas Bazaar1860 Londsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Good, quick Persian food
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 12:55am [Dine in]

This place is always packed and there's a good reason. It's just a deli section part of the grocery store, so forget about ambiance.

Despite that, it's still some of the finer Persian dishes we've had here (though the downside is that the menu isn't extensive).
The koobideh is very flavourful and juicy, maybe the best in town. Gormeh sabze is good too. After a few tries it got really addictive. Usually the roast lamb stew is also a good bet. And with those prices, it's a pretty fantastic deal. You can easily squeeze in at $6-8 and be quite full.

It's sometimes hard to get a seat there, so grab some takeout in that case. I'm just drooling thinking about their koobideh, sure beats a Big Mac meal anyday.
If you've never tried Persian food, it's a pretty non-intimidating place to have a go. We've found the server/cashiers always helpful and friendly. If yuo're a pro, this is still a great place to satisfy that hankering for some good Persian eats. Bakery there is not bad either!

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Thistle's Cafe3897 Cobble Hill Road, Cobble Hill, Victoria
Good casual food with your wine.
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 12:45am [Dine in]

Small little cafe in the middle of a vineyard. It's very new and clean and the service is pretty okay.

We stopped by for a quick lunch. As with, seemingly many of the restaurants in the Cowichan Valley, they all use fresh, local ingredients where possible. Here you can sneak in some wine tasting with your lunch and the view out the vineyard on a sunny day is hard to beat.
The shrimp & crab cakes were very big and loaded with these big whole prawns (at least the size of that you find in the dim sum shrimp dumplings) fresh from the local waters. It was paired perfectly with a fresh mango chutney/salad it really hit the spot.
The pork sandwich was also good, maybe not quite as amazing. We found the pork a little bit on the dry and light tasting side, but was otherwise very tasty. That had a salad with greens and sweet baby red beets which I really like. Dressing was light and not overwhelming allowing you to taste the freshness of the vegetables.

Maybe not quite enough to be worth a sole trip from Vancouver, but it is worth a stop over from Victoria or Nanaimo. Excellent!

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