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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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Quamichan Inn, The1478 Maple Bay Road, Duncan
Really fantastic food from local ingredients
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 12:38am [Dine in]

We're tempted to maybe even give 5 stars on the food. It was that good. We were not expecting such a place in little ol' Duncan. The great thing is that they use almost all ingredients from the local farms or fishermen, and it's nearly all organic in the Cowichan Valley.

Quaint English/Tudor style place if you like that sort of decor. We stayed over as B&B guests.
The breakfast/brunch was very good. The hash browns are the best we've ever had, by far. It's elevated to something really fantastic. We're not the only ones, some other guests from UK also said the same thing.

Dinner was incredible. Onion soup was 2nd best we've ever had, the apple-butternut squash bisque was even better. The worst dish of the night was still really good. Wild mushroom & goat cheese strudel, the only complaint was that the goat cheese slightly overwhelmed the flavour of the mushrooms. Mussels were great, but I guess good mussels are hard to mess up. On to the mains, which we had elk with plum compote (very nice and innovative!) and a salmon steak special. 2 big coho steaks, smothered in fresh local clams. So good! The surprises didn't end there, the lemon tart & ginger ice cream was a big hit, especially the ginger ice cream. Didn't think we'd like ginger ice cream, but oh we were so surprised.
All of the food they cook is seasoned just enough to let the main ingredients shine through and nothing is very greasy/oily.

We were fully, fully stuffed, but it was perhaps the first time we were at that point and felt fine afterwards. The next morning left us hungry and hankering for more, which is a fine testament to the quality of the ingredients and the cooking.

This is worth a return visit, even from Vancouver. If you're from Victoria or Nanaimo, you'd be crazy not to make a stop. Just be sure to have a reservation.

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Schooner331 Campbell, Tofino, Victoria
Okay, but not for the price
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 12:28am [Dine in]

This is an old restaurant, but the decor has kept up well. Unfortunately, maybe the food has not.
We tried the smoked cod. That was excellent, the best smoked cod we've had maybe. But on the flip side, you'd have to be an idiot to really mess up cod. We also had their "Mate's Plate" which is a big seafood medley, and in the description, they said they've been doing this thing forever (30 years?) and have it "nailed". Really? It took me a long time to figure out the dark, dry lumps were actually fried oysters. The first time we've seen someone mess up fresh, wild salmon so badly. The shrimp and scallops were okay, the halibut was also just passable.

The dessert menu was entirely unimaginative, so we gave it a pass.
Sadly, the whole meal, which was just 2 entrees, costs us over $80 after tax & tips. No drinks even! Given that "shelter", just down a few blocks was much better and cheaper, it's hard to give this a good recommendation.

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Takarabune Japanese Restaurant6459 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Not too bad
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Well, no doubt about the rating for me here. A rare place actually run by Japanese I think. The food is very decent. Nothing super-outstanding, but not bad either.

Inside, well ... middle of the road. Nothing amazing here. Service is pretty decent, no complaints. And the food? Decent. Nicely done, not like some of those mass volume, ultra-cheap places. My one complaint is the house special roll, which tasted good, was well done, but it is GARGANTUAN! I mean, how are you supposed to eat this bloody thing? Kind of misses the point, doesn't it? Pretty good deal though.

It's not somewhere I'd go to get "wow'ed", but if I'd a craving for sushi and I was close by, this is probably the best choice in the area. Good value, good food.

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HK B.B.Q. Master4651 No. 3 Road, #145, Richmond
Master? Maybe ... but it's pretty good
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

This place only does one thing ... HK/Chinese style BBQ stuff (which includes roast duck, BBQ pork, roast pork, soya chicken).
Most people probably just do take-out, the place is much like a small food court stall almost, so forget about ambience.

Oh, but the cha siu and roast duck were pretty damned good (haven't tried the other ones yet). You can get a rice plate with 2 for $5.99 and with 3 choices for $7.50. You can get soup too (which is home-style, slow cooked Cantonese type and NO MSG).

Is it the best, is he really the BBQ Master? I'm not sure. We'd have to do a pretty good blind taste test to determine. But it is really good and well, factor in the price, you can't really beat it.

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Chada Thai Fine Cuisine2991 Lougheed Hwy, #107, Coquitlam
Might be the best in town ... but could improve
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 12:54am [Dine in]

It's a tiny place, but very well decorated. Very clean and , well, feels like you're in a Thai restaurant.
Both the waitress' and the chef are very friendly, very nice. Offered a lot of helpful advice regarding the food and came around to chat with the customers. No complaints there.

Now the food ... I'm only giving it 3 because, well, damn it, I've had some better stuff back over in Asia. But I'll reserve judgement for the 2nd time around.
I have to say the Thai iced tea they have there is probably the best in town, maybe the best I've ever had. We had the "spring roll" appetizers, which is really quite nice, highly recommended. The soup (coconut seafood) was possibly the highlight of the meal, it was really, really good. A bit pricey, but quite a bit of volume, enough for 2 people and comes with a small side salad and rice, it's enough for a meal in itself. It was very spicy (even though we asked for mild), but surprisingly the flavours still easily shone through. Pad thai was probably the best in town, noodle texture was excellent and it was loaded with big prawns/shrimp that actually tasted like shrimp. The biggest let-down was one of the chef's special, which was a fried chicken, sweet 'n sour thing. What? For a chef's special, there was nothing special about it. It was done okay, but not particularly creative and it lacked that "wow" factor, except maybe for the plate.
We were really, really full, had to pack stuff back. We'll try to make it back in case we ordered the wrong dishes. So far it's either the best or 2nd best in town. (Arroy on Cambie is pretty damn good too, but the service was absolutely, absolutely horrible).

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Pink Pearl1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
It's not that good ...
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 12:53am [Dine in]

... why on earth Vancouverites still go there is beyond me. This is no place for even average-taste Chinese customers.
Interior is your average greasy Chinese restaurant, nothing to write home about. The location is just crap, it's hard to get much worse.
There's nothing innovative about the food, the quality is just passable. The few times I actually got sucked in, I've regretted it. It hasn't been good for _years_. The people who regularly patronize this place under the auspices of good dim sum should really get out more! It's a waste of stomach space. You won't die, but there's too little time in this life to not eat well.
Oh wait ... maybe if you can't be bothered to expand your horizons and try a different place in search of excellence, maybe you should just stay at Pink Pearl and lessen the lineup at the other places for the rest of us...

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Jade Seafood Restaurant8511 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Pretty decent almost upper-end Chinese stuff
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

We've been here a couple of times recently. First of all, it gets 3 stars for trying to play in the higher end of the Chinese restaurant place. If I were mark this considering ALL Chinese restaurants, I'd probably have to give it 4 stars at least. Oh and unlike the other places on Alexandra, at least they have tons of parking.

The interior is quite nice. Very clean, sort of modern-ish almost and decently arranged. It isn't your average greasy el-cheapo Chinese diner.

Service was more than decent. Given our consistent experience a couple of times, either someone at our table paid them off or they listened to the comments regarding bad service. Someone was always around to refill tea, water, change our plates, anything.

Food ... it is more like Cantonese/HK style Chinese food. Most of the time it is pretty good, though they do experiment with new stuff and sometimes miss. Gotta give 'em marks for trying. I definitely wouldn't go here for a daily eats place (unless you're really loaded?), but it's worth at least 1 try and for those few semi-special occasions. Though we did really stuff ourselves last time, we did not go away feeling really bloated or thirsty, so it's generally a pretty good indicator that they didn't use too much oil (it was noticeably less greasy than other places) and went light (or none?) on the MSG.

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Guu in Aberdeen4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2790, Richmond
This location is okay...
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 1:31am [Dine in]

...but not great. I still think the Thurlow location is the best. This particular one seems to have a more substantial sushi menu and less of the izakaya stuff.

Ambience is very Guu, but it is a bit different since it's (relatively) such a large and airy location.
Service was nice, but it's not the usual Japanese girls running around, so it's not the same as the other locations.

The food was pretty good, but nothing special if you've been to the Guu downtown. I would say if you're in Richmond and need an izakaya hit, here's a dependable place to go. But if you've the time, you could do better heading down to Thurlow (which I think is better than the Garlic location on Robson).

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Yan's Kitchen2408 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Okay but nothing special
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 12:12am [Dine in]

This is your average greasy Chinese neighbourhood restaurant.

Inside, well, what do you expect, slightly run down, slightly dirty place, nothing unexpected.

Service was definitely not great the night we were there, barely passable.

Given what it looked like on the outside and the name of the place, the food was surprisingly decent. I mean, it does have authentic dishes, if you know to order it, and they do have a lot of variety and I guess it is inexpensive to eat there.
Unless you really can't go anywhere else and have a big, big craving for Chinese food, there are plenty of better places to fill your belly.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Just expected
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 12:05am [Dine in]

We've been here twice now, both Sunday for the $7 pizza's. And that's about it.
Typical brewery-type restaurant, but nothing special. The pizza is okay for the $7, but I can't imagine anyone paying full-price for it. It's a decent thin-crust pizza, fresh and tasty, but the base feels like it is mass-produced, machine made frozen. (It's not bad, but I've tasted much better).
The other fare is decent, but not sure about the salad. We ordered one and the lettuce was already SOGGY! (Tasted like it was sitting overnight in the fridge?)

No problems with the service, it's quite decent.

I don't think we'll return unless some friends really get the hankering to drop by for "cheap" pizza's. There's nothing really special here.

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El Inka Latin Deli3826 Sunset Street, Burnaby
Good Peruvian & Columbian
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 12:00am [Dine in]

The story is apparently this: Place used to be run by Columbians, it was bought out by Peruvians who were instructed on how to keep up the Columbian food. And according to a local Columbian here, this is authentic stuff. We've had Columbian before, in a town far, far away (much too far for a return visit). This is no where near as "classy", but the food is at least as good. We were the only non-Spanish speaking people in the place.

I'm giving it 4 stars until we find a better Peruvian/Columbian place in town, but it is most certainly NOT a fine diner! Drive by too fast and you'll miss this little gem which looks like the average tiny diner on some obscure side-street.

Owner is super nice and friendly. Looks like a total family run restaurant, his kids help out and take the orders sometimes.

Food is definitely unique (it is NOT Mexican!), fresh and tasty. The big fried tilapia dish was wonderful. The seafood cerviche, also recommended. Sure, presentation loses marks, but taste is wonderful. I recall having similar about 1/4 the size in a tiny martini glass for the same price in some fancy restaurants.
Biggest surprise of the night was a special the owner brought out for us to try. Not on the menu, but it was so tasty we ordered a dish. BBQ beef heart. Yup. Wouldn't have guessed it. You have to ask for it special, and it's only available on weekends, but this is a must try.

There's still a few other interesting things to go back and try. We had a good experience, it is worth a repeat if we can find the time.

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Taste Of Vietnam, A1016 W Broadway, Vancouver
Great for what it is...and clean!
Submitted Saturday, September 1, 2007 - 10:11am [Dine in]

It gets 4 stars not for being a 4 star restaurant, but for being one of the best Vietnamese places that we've tried in town so far ... and a pleasant surprise. Near closing at 10pm, there were still a lot of people rolling in, a good sign.

For starters, the place is modern looking and clean. I can feel safe in there :-)
The hostess/waitress/owner(?) is very friendly and helpful. Food came very quickly too. She took our order (lots of stuff) without any pen or paper and hardly missed a thing.

We tried a ton of stuff, but no pho. Papaya salad, sweet & sour soup, steamed rice cakes, mango roll, etc. Everything came quickly, it was a lot of goodies for 2 of us. All was very tasty and "clean" tasting.

We had a lot of good variety of Vietnamese whilst in San Jose, CA and one of our top picks was Vung Tau II (off the Dixon Landing exit on I-880), but that's 16 hours away. This is the one place that could satisfy my craving. The menu is very decent size (though not quite as big as the aforementioned), but more importantly, the food quality and unique dishes was at least as good or better.

We're probably going to make a return trip (that's rare for us!) to try the Vietnamese sandwiches and other goodies.
Definitely worth a trip for you, but just be sure to be a little adventurous and go for more than pho.

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Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken1475 Prairie Ave, #101B, Port Coquitlam
Amusing experience...
Submitted Saturday, September 1, 2007 - 10:03am [Dine in]

This thing is way out in the boonies. It's a tiny, tiny place with most tables being fit for 2 people only. We never saw anyone actually sit in and eat (besides us). This is definitely not a place to hang out. Strangely it didn't smell like fried chicken in the place.

Service? Typically pimply faced teen boy shuffling around and some old Asian dude back in the "kitchen". It's like watching a bunch of snails work, so you can't get mad at them, that's just how fast they can move. It took so long for them to get us the stuff, I swear they were making it from scratch...(probably not though).

Food? It's a bit on the salty side. We had the regular, so not extra crispy. For sure, I think it is less greasy than KFC or Church's as I recall. However, to say any fried chicken is non-greasy would be a miracle I think. The chicken didn't have super-thick, clingy layers of batter that I'm used to at KFC. Wasn't dry, but neither was it moist. Flavour is pretty decent. Skip the fries if you can, they suck. The chicken, well, we didn't go away feeling a bit sick and bloated like it usually happens in the pre-no-trans-fat KFC days.

Hmm...I wouldn't say it is worth the drive out to PoCo especially if you're not familiar with the area. It's not _amazing_ chicken. I guess if you really need fried chicken and you're in the area, you could certainly do worse.

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Transylvania Flavour2120 West Broadway, Vancouver
No young urban vampires here ... but still good
Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 11:11am [Dine in]

Hey, I didn't make up the theme. Just look at their vampire-themed cocktail list. Kind of weird since they can't quite decide what they want to be.

Their sign says home-style cooking, but I think that is doing them a big disservice. Yup, it might be the type of food served at home (I wouldn't know, never been to Romania), but they've certainly elevated the cooking and presentation well above the average home. Maybe it's from Vlad's castle...
Interior is very clean, somewhat modern, definitely not old-style.

Service was very good, despite having only 1.5 servers, the hostess/waitress (mom?) was super-attentive and immediately zipped over before we needed to ask for anything.

We had the knight's platter sampler and cabbage rolls. I think the biggest hits were the cabbage rolls and their special meatballs. Everything was tasty, relatively light but not bland. Not greasy at all. 3 people came to ~$20 per person after tax, tips and dessert (no drinks). You could probably do better, plenty of dinner dishes in the $10 range.
The only complaint, they might want to work on their dishwasher a bit...

Pretty convenient location, so I think it's worth a try. Maybe even a return trip.

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Dragon Palace45 8th Street, New Westminster
Pretty decent and clean too
Submitted Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 12:23am [Dine in]

I was a bit skeptical when I was told where the big dinner was going to be, having frequented the area many years ago. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is quite clean, new, well organized, especially for a "cheapy" Chinese restaurant.

If you think this is a premium place, sorry, you need to go out and eat more. But for what it tries to be, it is plenty fine. We got stuck in a private room (2 tables) and service was very reasonable for this kind of restaurant. (Come on, don't expect them to be persistently hovering just out of the corner of your vision awaiting your every whim. Not for this price).

The food was definitely a pleasant surprise, most of it was surprisingly well done. I'd rank this above your daily dining type of restaurant (though you really shouldn't be dining out daily), but not quite a really special occasion one. However, I wouldn't be embarassed to be caught in a place like this for some celebrations, so that's pretty good.
Some of the food is a bit greasy than my preference, but most of it is on par or better than most Chinese restaurants. Not sure, but it seems MSG is less present than other places (not sure if it is completely absent).

We had plenty left over even being very stuffed and it cost ~ $15 per person, including tax & tips.

If you're caught in New West and got a hankering for Chinese food, this is a good place to drop by. Not qutie sure if it is worth a special trip out there to exclusively try it though.

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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill823 Denman St, Vancouver
Good for little munchies
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

This place is probably best for drinking and eating, not really a "full dinner" kind of place. Tasty little bits of grilled food.

If you have been to Japan, these are very common restaurants and specifically for this purpose. Just tasty, small dishes, perfect for hanging out and having drinks with friends (even if I don't drink). You won't be super-impressed (or you shouldn't be!) nor is it home-cooking that's for sure. But the food is different.

It is a bit pricey (nearly $50 for 2 of us after tax, tips, and we don't even drink). Whether it is worth it to you is pretty subjective. If you have not tried these places, you should go at least once.

There are other similar (but not identical) places around town. All the izakaya places come to mind, but not exactly. This one here is definitely decent, but not as good as the ones we remember in Tokyo and Kyoto. But it is a lot closer...

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly quite good
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 1:33am [Dine in]

Well, we have eaten at the Prima Taste in San Jose, CA a couple of times and also in Singapore itself and now we hit Vancouver.

Vancouver is easily the most upscale looking of the restaurants and the service also matches (back in Singapore, it is almost like a Hon's/food court type, the San Jose location is almost just like any semi-clean Chinese place in Vancouver).

We weren't even that hungry, so that makes our favourable impression even more surprising.
The roti prata was really quite good, as light but not as chewy as the ones from Tropika. It's still no match for the ones we had in Little India, Singapore. The chili mango salad was also a hit, cold & spicey at the same time. Laksa with prawns was probably the biggest surprise, might have been the best laksa I've had in town. Unlike most where the broth just ends up tasting like curry and being super spicey, this actually had unique flavour & heat. We actually drank all the soup, which was a first. The noodles were pleasingly "boinky".
The hainan chicken rice ... very authentic, just like what we got in Singapore (though to be honest, I think the Hainan chicken in Vancouver in general is easily as good or better than Singapore, and we've had the best and most expensive there). It has the proper thicker soy sauce, it was completely de-boned. My only complaint is that the chicken was perhaps a little too tender for my preference. The accompanying chicken rice was very good and the light soup just like Singapore.

One big bonus we noticed was that the food wasn't greasy at all, at least not the dishes we picked. Much less than Banana Leaf or Tropika for sure.

Big thumbs up here, definitely worth a return trip, as it wasn't even that expensive. Came out to about $15 per person before tips. (Alright, it would've been 1/3 of that in Singapore, but....)

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Pretty good, pretty pricey
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 1:19am [Dine in]

The first thing that struck us here was the level and quality of service. It's easily head and shoulders above the usual joints in the area. The only one I remember that was as good nearby is Cioppino's.
The glasses were also impeccably, flawlessly clean (you can tell when condensation forms). The only other place I recall seeing this is at Lumiere.
Our waiter was pretty good. Friendly and knowledgeable, very useful recommendations and suggestions.

Now the part that matters, the food! The menu is chock full of local ingredients, which is great to see. It's given much more prominence than any other restaurant I've seen. Also they use sustainable, wild fish stocks only if that matters to you.
The portions seem a tad small at first, but a starter and main will easily fill you more than enough such that dessert would be a tough call.

One of us had the sablefish, which he said was amazing. Also had the halibut cheeks (or cheek rather), which was nice, but I think over-priced a bit. Nothing mind-blowing, but decent enough. Seafood chowder was much better. My grilled salmon was very good, but tempered by the fact that ... how can you mess up fresh BC salmon? The Brazilian lobster burger (using a toasted brioche) was loaded with thick, huge slices of tasty lobster, the only downside was that the lobster was slightly overwhelmed by everything else. No complaints about the food at all.
As to value/price? You'll have to figure that out for yourself. With a starter & main, figure for $40-50 per person before drinks.

We think it is worth a try, it's certainly not an every day place. The servivce & ambience is just about enough to justify the price. Almost.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Casual fine asian style?
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Like the previous reviewer, we also stopped by on a Friday night because it was conveniently next to the theatre. We were also seated upstairs.

The staff was very nice, the waitress seemed a bit slow upstairs, but she never missed any of our requests. We were short on time and she did get everything to us _very_ quickly. A pleasant surprise.

I didn't have high expectations for the food, so we were pleasantly surprised. It was actually quite good. I mean, for what it tries to be. I think it is sort of like "mid-high-end HK tea restaurant". Sort of like iCafe but a little more polished. And with prices to match. There's some Thai, some Japanese, some quasi-Chinese stuff. A little bit of everything. Maybe it's an Asian-style Milestones?

It came to about $50 for 4 of us. We weren't stuffed, but we didn't go away hungry either. Normally, expect to drop more at this place for 4 people. The tom yum soup for 2-3 was more than enough for 4 of us. I recall we also had some kind of mango salad, which was very nice.

The only complaints is that it is slightly on the pricey side and the boneless Hainanese chicken was not boneless at all (and rice is extra). But it did taste pretty good.

The food is good, it's certainly not bad. However, if you're in the area and can walk a few minutes and have a hankering for some Asian style stuff, I also recommend the suggestion to head to Hon's or Prima Taste, it'll be cheaper and at least as good. (Though Hon's certainly doesn't have the ambience). If you're in a rush for a movie, this would seem like a decent place to go.

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Torarenbo8191 Park Rd, Richmond
Really nice find
Submitted Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 12:10am [Dine in]

It's not in the most prominent location, but this one is definitely worth a go. Although it looks like any other Japanese restaurant in Richmond, run by Chinese, the chef is actually Japanese with years of experience and it shows.

The menu and creations definitely have a different spin/flavour than the other places. Quality is very good, I would say pretty good innovative design too. There are many dishes that you won't see elsewhere. The sushi looks pretty fresh, but you should really try some of the rolls and other creations.

I think the service is a bit hit and miss, maybe because it's so busy or they're a little disorganized, but they try. At least they're not rude.

This one is definitely worth a trip to try it, and a return too! It's pretty reasonably priced. It might be pretty packed though, so be sure to make a reservation if it isn't a weeknight.

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