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EatsFatsVancouverSince April 22, 2007321 Reviews
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Dash Bubble Tea Restaurant1239 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Finally bubble tea in Yaletown ... and it's pretty good
Submitted Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

We've been wondering when anyone would actually open one up here. Looks like finally someone got the hint. This looks like a family run place, they're all very friendly and helpful there.

Inside is new and clean, but like typical bubble tea decor I guess. There's only a handful of tables, though I'm not sure why there would be a lot of people sitting there. They offer, as of right now, maybe 2 kinds of "munchies", which basically looks like fried chicken 'n fries (I think) and something else quite similar. Otherwise, it is bubble tea, shaved ice, coffee and ice cream.

We tried a standard tea and a fruit slushy. Hey! Surprisingly good! We requested to go low sugar on the tea, to which they complied nicely. Easier to taste the tea itself, which seemed quite good. I watched as they freshly made the honeydew slushy from ... .... actual fresh chunks of honeydew. No mystery powder here.
I hope they have more "snack" food, not everyone wandering the area is always keen on dressing up and blowing $50 a person on a meal...

Yeah, sure, it's just a bubble tea joint. But then Starbuck's is just a coffee joint. This is an unfilled niche in Yaletown and they do a good job of it. Will be back for sure to try the shaved ice and anytime we get a hankering for bubble tea. No need to drive to Richmond to satisfy a craving, never mind that it beats 99% of the places down there anyways.

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Madras Dosa House5656 Fraser Street, Vancouver
The spot for dosa's and other tasty Indian eats
Submitted Friday, July 2, 2010 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

I basically concur with the previous reviewers. For a dosa house, this is probably my current favourite, way ahead any of the others in town.

For starters, they do a good job of keeping the place looking modern-ish and clean. Very unlike most Indian dive's in the nearby neighbourhoods. All the tables nicely arranged with plenty of space.
The waiter was prompt and reasonably helpful, but unobtrusive. Perhaps a little unobtrusive for some tastes, but no complaints. The food came quite promptly too, but then again, in a mid-week night out, there were only 2 tables during a late dinner.

We ordered a variety of stuff, including, of course, 3 different kinds of dosa, a chicken dish and a lamb biryani. The others were good (chicken especially, quite unique. spicy, yet retaining flavour and taste not enough to kill your taste buds), but this is a dosa house, so let's evaluate mainly on that. They do have fillings that are perhaps not as common at other places, which is a nice bonus. It comes with a daal, and 2 kinds of, I guess it'd be a chutney. Both were really, really excellent in my opinion. Fresh tasting and good, unique flavours which are different than most other places I've tried. The dosa itself, great texture, has that nice crisp on the outside and then a nice bit of chew and seems to be properly fermented.
Stuffed myself pretty full, but didn't go away feeling bloated like many other joints. Heck, even let the baby eat some of the dosa, which he happily chewed on with no ill effects afterwards.

If you want a dosa, I would highly recommend this place.Of course they have other dishes there too that look like they are worth a return visit. I would definitely want to come back.

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La Belle Patate1215 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good junk food, is it good poutine?
Submitted Monday, June 28, 2010 - 12:13am [Dine in]

Well, let's start with this. I'm no expert, but I do know poutine is absolute junk food, so you can only grade it as such.
We popped in early, despite what I heard, inside it's actually pretty nice. The dude at the counter is friendly and helpful, authentic chubby Quebecois. Order was delivered quickly.
The menu? Vast, incredible selection of poutine & other goodies. I can't believe they have all you can eat for $25. Seriously? Who can eat that much? We had a classic and all-dressed. Thankfully & surprisingly, the taste was unique between the two. Total came to about $16, you decide if it's worth it or not. Quantity wise, it's okay for the price.
The poutine, salty, lots of gravy and good amount of squeaky curds (which I'm told is authentic). Never will it be mistaken for fine food, not the way it is done here. Tasty? Yes. Worth a trip? Yes, if you've never had poutine, this seems like a good start. But does it stand up to other eateries? Hmm... Tougher call. I could get cheaper eats at Donair Dude for sure, as well as many others. Go farther and you could score at Mr. Kumpir, if you've got a craving for potato. At the end of the day, I'd say a worthy addition to the area, but not sure it'd make me a regular or a poutine fanatic.

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Cardero Bottega1016 Cardero Street, Vancouver
It's just a nice deli...
Submitted Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Look, it's just a tiny deli. It stocks some pretty good quality stuff, no doubt about that. However, it really survives on convenience only. Those who know will be heading to other places such as Commercial or Bosa for a far greater variety, and likely better prices.
Really the only thing you can get to munch right away, some olives, drinks ... and sandwiches. So, about them sandwiches. They're just sandwiches! Look, the bread isn't baked there. The stuff inside is not made there. The guy just slices stuff up and puts it in the bread. We picked 2 different ones for a trial. Sure, it's pretty good, but it's hardly mindblowing and it's nothing you can't do with a quick trip to a nearby market. It's not worth the $7.50 they charge for the cold sandwiches. For $5 tops, I might be satisfied. Maybe. Well, at least I'm happier here than Finch's, but compared to something like Ba Le, who bake their own, pretty darn good, bread and likely some of their own fillings as well? They have at least as good a sandwich ( comparing taste, texture, bread,etc), if not better, and most are half the price.
It's a good place, but not worth the trip unless you're one of those people who don't cook and can't even piece together an edible sandwich to save their lives.

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Rehanah's Roti & Trinidadian2518 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Yup, good roti's and that's about it
Submitted Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 12:04am [Dine in]

Thing is, this can't be all there is to Trinidadian cuisine, can it? I hope not.
Rehanah makes roti's (Caribbean style, not the Singaporean/Malaysian style nor the Indian style) and that's about it. The other option is the rice dishes, which is basically the guts of a roti on rice.

There are exactly 3 tables in this place with enough seats for maybe 6 in all of the store, so don't be expecting no ambience here. The "waitress" (hard to call her that given what's in this place) was friendly and enthusiastic. While we were there, a lot of locals continuously rolled by and they seemed to be on first name basis with Rehanah. Good sign.

It's a good thing then that the roti's are pretty darn good. Is it a "cheap" eats? No, not when you compare next door to A&W, but compared to a quality burrito place, it fares much better. The goat roti rolls in around $11 and the goat+shrimp is close to $14, but fortunately, if I recall, the others are much less, so comparable. It's also quite sizeable, so you will not leave hungry. The goat is really flavourful, and the shrimp, well, big. Really big, you're not getting shortchanged here. One tip though, it does get on the spicy side, so be careful what level of spiciness you ask for.

Worth a trip? Sure. But the only problem is what happens after the first trip? There's nothing to return to unless you get another hankering for exactly the same thing...or you feel like an excuse to chat with the waitress or Rehanah.

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Munch Family Restaurant1233 Lynn Valley Road, #143, North Vancouver
Unfulfilled potential...
Submitted Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

I pretty much concur with a lot of what the previous reviewers said.

It was a nice looking place, I did check out the washroom, it was clean. Overall it was pretty good, no complaints about that. The staff were helpful and friendly, also no complaints, but it's also clear they are not "professional", well, for this kind of restaurant, I've no complaints about that. This is not a fine-dining place.
Great idea, the play area was nice. It was clean enough, better than the daycares (but of course no match for home...).

So, what about the food? Fell flat.
Okay, the grown up food was pretty good (at least what we had), so I'm giving it a thumbs up for that. Portion size was decent, delivery was a little slow considering how empty the restaurant was. What do they need to work on? The menu size. Maybe a couple of trips would be enough to sample everything, so that's pathetic. The other thing is the price, which is a bit on the high side. Yes, I might pay a bit of a premium for quality ingredients, maybe the play area, but it still seems a bit much. One dish we ordered (the burger) was alright, the other, which was a tapenade, I would say was over-priced by about 3-4x
The kids menu? Also small, and not in a good way. The one we sampled wasn't that great either. The problem with the "kids" menu is that it seems targetted towards larger kids, with lots of teeth. But the play area was clearly designed for a lot younger kids too, who may be transitioning between baby food and "grown up" food. The kids menu was basically smaller portion, blander grown-up food.

Great idea, but I don't know if they'll last if they don't improve on things. As it stands, it's not enough for a recommendation.

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Romania Country Bread3680 Moncton Street, Richmond
Nice shop, crappy bread
Submitted Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 1:10am [Dine in]

Wow! I think I concur exactly with the first reviewer. It's a very good looking store, like you'd expect of a village baker.
The dude seems always cranky, not just to us, but other customer's as well. Never cracks a smile. It's not a cultural thing, I know other Romanians, and they're a hoot!

Yeah, like he said. The guy makes exactly ONE kind of bread, for the exhorbitant price of $10 (though I think he started offering half loaves at half the price). The bread is kind of ... crap. Even that day's 'fresh' bread seems like days old. The crust is tough, not crusty. Inside is, well, tough too, but not a nice chewy. And yes, after a day or two, it really is hard to eat without soaking it in something. Save-on-Foods has better bread. At half the price.
Don't waste your time here, if you want good bread in Steveston, head over to Damien's waffles on Saturdays. MUCH better bread. It's hard not to do better than this...if you gave it free to me, I'm not sure I'd eat it.

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Siegel's Bagels1883 Cornwall, Vancouver
So far, best bagels in town.
Submitted Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 12:53am [Dine in]

Not surprisingly, they do pretty much just bagels. Good thing then that they're pretty good at it. So far, hands down the best bagels in town. Maybe because they're cooked right. Stuff at your local supermarket or Timmy's don't hold a candle to this. Nobody else has the proper crust & chew.
The staff has always been pretty good, ok friendly, but always willing. No problem if we request one of the bagels fresh from the oven.
No complaints about the place. I mean, fine dining it ain't, but it's just like every other cafe, I don't worry about my health eating there. Sometimes it does get hot in there, but come on man, it's a bakery!
Back to the food, we also have tried their bagel 'sandwiches' a couple of times. Pretty good, but a bit pricey. It isn't McD's level for sure, but more in line with Jewish deli prices. I'll just stick with the pure bagels, which are much more reasonably priced. (And they keep quite well in the freezer & reheat nicely). The fresh bagels out of the oven, even the plain one, is just so darn good, it amost seems a waste to taint it with anything anyways.
Big thumbs up on just the bagels. Will return many times for them.

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Cake Ya2415 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Great deal on Japanese style baked goods
Submitted Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

It's just a tiny shop in the middle of no where. Doesn't look fancy. No glam here. Walk in, and you notice it smells like a proper bakery.

Selection seems to vary slightly depending on what they feel like baking or what gets sold out.

Top picks:
* Honey castella: Way better than anything you buy at the markets. You can taste the honey, but not too sweek
* Custard / puddings : Try the royal milk tea. Or the black sesame or any of the other 6 varieties.

They always have a wide variety of samples to try every time we went. The baker/owners are very friendly and helpful. And to top it off ... things are cheeeeaaap. The cakes are only in the $5 range, much less than what you would get at T&T for the same size. Only downside is the shortbread (Okinawa style? I think they said). Way too sweet.

But otherwise, totally worth the drive out here. Would highly recommend and come back.

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Joy Lunch Station4600 No. 6 Road, Richmond
Ain't no joy here...
Submitted Saturday, May 8, 2010 - 12:05am [Dine in]

Lunch station? Hmm... looks like grandma's messy kitchen. Even with just 2 tables eating (3 customers), the place was a mess. There's at least 2 staff in there and only 1 cooking, the other one couldn't clean up?

The menu is a mess, all over the place. There's no numbers, sometimes it's hard to figure out the name of the meal, what they heck should I be ordering?

Okay, so what is it? It's basically a slightly disorganized food court stall in a business complex. That's about it. The food, I wouldn't say it's bad, but "good" is not a term I'll be throwing around much here. For the price, the volume is pretty decent.
One saving grace... at least they do cook up the food on order, it's not sitting around in some warming tray somewhere. And food cleanliness/quality seems to be passable.

You get in, fill your tummy and get out, that's about it.

Okay, so if I absolutely needed to eat lunch at work and I could only walk around the block, then yes, I might return. Otherwise, oooh boy, so many better choices within 5 min. drive. It might beat the nearby Quizno's, that's about it.

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Shalizar Restaurant1863 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
They could be good in here...
Submitted Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

We came here by `accident`. It was a little bit concerning because it was absolutely empty. It was only tempered by the fact that it was Sunday.

Inside was quite nice, looked new and well appointed, though it wasn`t what I expected from a Persian restaurant. The waiter did everything `right`, but seemed a bit too withdran and nonchalant. Hmm... I think used care salesman comes to mind for some reason.

Didn`t really have high hopes. Grabbed a koobideh and fesenjān. Each main came with a soup (which wasn`t mentioned on the menu), wasn`t mind-blowing but seemed okay. Clear evidence that the base was house made chicken stock.
Then the koobideh. My! It was actually tender, juicy and flavourful. Then the fesenjān. Oooh! That was really good too. In fact, it didn`t taste like any fesenjān we`ve ever had before. It was one of those things that you discover `Oh! So this is what it should taste like!`. We could taste each of the individual ingredients that was used.

I`ve seen up-and-down reviews for this place, so maybe we lucked out and we were on the up. The food was certainly up to par and better than I remember from Kashcool.
Yeah, I would give it a thumbs up.

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Kei's Bakery2351 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Finally up and running reliably
Submitted Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

Seems they have had a rocky start due to new baby, but I think they've finally got regular hours going. This is a "Japanese" style bakery. Offers breads, pastries and other goodies.

It's a simple family operation, the mother is baking in the back, father up front and daughter keeping an eye on the till and the customers ;-)

As you would expect, it has good honest baked goods here. Nothing terribly fancy, but filled with a lot of heart. The matcha pan and other pans are good. The savoury stuff has its own unique twist, nice change for breakfast if you've had too many sweets.

Is there any other bakery like this in the area? Unfortunately, no. I guess there is a lot in Chinatown and T&T which are similar, but, man, those are pretty mediocre quality and there's just no love in those buns.
Would definitely stop by here on a regular basis if you have a need for the "Asian" style baked goods. I hope they survive and prosper, they deserve it.

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Sushi Mori2565 Barnet Hwy, #26, Coquitlam
Good for the 'burbs
Submitted Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 12:09am [Dine in]

Way out here, I wasn't expecting much, but we were lured in anyways. True taste of Japan? Really, we know true Japanese restaurants probably wouldn't say that and probably wouldn't be out here.

We were almost right. Inside, nicely done. Could've almost fooled us, but we soon figured out it was a Korean run joint. Nothing wrong with that, because they do a surprisingly good job. They had a few daily specials out, most of which are pretty unique. We tried the "rice" burger, which was quite good. Had a bento box and some other stuff. I gotta give 'em credit, they did a pretty good job of it. Everything was well done and the sushi was of good quality.

Their specials were certainly a good effort. Some half-way unique stuff here. Gotta give em points for execution and effort. I don't think I would be embarrassed to get caught eating here.
Is it worth a trip out here? Emphatic NO. But if I lived out here or got stuck out here and had a craving for sushi, I can't think of a better place at the moment.

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Salmon n' Bannock Bistro1128 West Broadway, #7, Vancouver
Surprising eats, good honest food, hoping for a bigger menu
Submitted Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

They did a good job inside here. Nothing fancy, but they have a clean, fresh look inside. Not too cramped, just right.
The server was very friendly, but not terribly on top of his game, but we'll give him a break for all his enthusiasm and effort.

The menu looks ... tiny. Blah. We just ended up picking a salmon burger, soup + bannock and some "candy salmon" plate.
Well, the plate came out. The salmon mousse, very good. 3 kinds of bannock, all good. The candy salmon? Very generous portions. In fact, the only complaint is that maybe they should have chopped up the candy salmon in smaller pieces.
Next up, the salmon burger. I was expecting the usual. I was disappointed in that regard, because it turned out really, really good. Salmon was near perfectly done, not overcooked. Very moist, tender and fresh. They took care not to overwhelm the salmon, which remained the highlight of the dish. A rare feat for a salmon burger! Of course they did not use the usual bun, but their own bannock.
Last up was soup and bannock. Very simple concoction, very inexpensive, and done quite well. Soup was tasty, not too salty, you can tell it's just the plain taste of all the ingredients, no MSG, nothing fake here.

It was a nice eye-opener here. Be prepared to take your time, because they made virtually EVERYTHING from scratch when we ordered it (except the candied salmon). But it was worth it. Well made food here, you can tell the kitchen cares. My only wish is that they expand their menu, otherwise I think a couple of trips here would easily exhaust the menu.

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Gyudonya500 Robson Street, Vancouver
Fast, decent food.
Submitted Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

Look, as far as I know, this is pretty "low-end" food in Japan, akin to McDonald's, so don't be expecting anything fancy. Even though, I gotta give it to them, so far it is spruced up nicely and the service is top notch, far beyond what you'd expect at a fast-food joint.

What this is ... is basically a food-court stall out on the street. Honestly. They have only a few staple items, all variations on the same thing, a simple rice-bowl.

The beef bowl? Well, it sure doesn't look like the poster outside, let me tell ya. It's really, really, really, thinly sliced beef (of the fatty variety) and slapped on top of a bowl of rice. Also tried the short-rib bowl as well.
They taste okay, maybe better than food court food. I didn't feel sick after wards, not too greasy....

Look, it's cheap. It's $4.95 for the basic beef bowl and it'll fill you up good. Fine dining it ain't, I've whipped up better leftovers. I wouldn't _not_ recommend it, it's good for a lark now and then and it is cheap and it makes me feel better than a couple of Big Mac's. However, I would say perhaps Ebi-ten down the block is better, and the Kushi box next door is far more interesting.

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Sweet Chili Cafe5438 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Indonesian goodies here...
Submitted Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

It's a tiny, cramped restaurant. No, it's not fine dining, so let's dispense with that straight off. It's not going to be marked in the same league as, say, Lumiere. Not in a million years. Frankly, it's a bit like walking in grandma's kitchen in many ways.

And really, it kind of is. The owner/waitress/cook is some kind of Indonesian granny, who is more than friendly and willing to drop by and have a chat.

The food? Good, honest home-style Indonesian cooking. Really tasty for sure. And you can tell she loves this job. She confided in us that she whips up different specials regularly, whatever she feels like making at the moment, so you might get lucky.
Food was tasty, not too spicy, and every dish we ordered had distinctly different taste. She even makes her own tempeh (which she'll happily sell you) and you can taste the difference.

If you have a craving for Indonesian eats in town, and you have no access to an Indonesian granny, this is the next best thing. Waaaay better than Pondok. I would recommend this over any other one I've been to so far.

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Donair Dude1172 Davie Street, Vancouver
Yup, just like Halifax...
Submitted Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

We walked in here on a lark since they advertised "Halifax-style" donairs. Well, it just so happens yours truly has in fact been to Halifax and sampled what is reputed to be one of their finest donair joints. We'll see who's foolin' who!

It's all set up kind of like what you'd expect a donair shop to be. Fortunately, everything is still new and clean. Hopefully it stays that way. Very friendly server on call there. She quickly whipped up our order and we walked out happily with our treasure.

First bite? Yeah. Not bad. Really not bad. It's been a while, but it sure tastes like Halifax to me. Is it even fresher and better? Not sure, but who's complaining? It's a cheap eat when you need to fill your belly fast.

Thumbs up for this one. If I had another donair craving, yup, I'd stop by here.

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Trees Organic Coffee1391 Richards Street, Vancouver
Best cheesecake ... errr.... letdown
Submitted Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 12:19am [Dine in]

They had a big sign outside. The Granville location sure got good reviews. So, we brought some to the Big Cheesecake Shootout. On call were the blueberry, almond & New York style. The contender's came from Thomas Haas, Pappagallo's, (don't laugh) Earl's & Nick's Spaghetti House. We also had Thrifty's on our mind from the week before, which was a surprise hit.

Those people who think this is the best need to get out more. We had a pack of 6 judges,all eaten all over the place. We universally ranked Tree's dead last. By far. We didn't even bother finishing it. All 3 flavours are essentially NY style (YES, i have eaten it in NY) so there is nothing light about it. The almond was waaay too sweet, the blueberry was sort of missing in action, and they were all too 'goopy' and didn't taste great either. 'Wooden popsickle stick' came up a lot uring the evaluation.

Let's not beat around the bush here. It wasn't good. Factor in the price and it downright sucked. I would rather eat Thrifty's own cheesecake (which is not to dis Thrifty's, it was surprisingly very good). Even if Tree's halved the price. Don't waste your stomach space on this one.

BTW, I also tasted their feta spinach scone, nothing to write home about either. Maybe they should stick with the coffee ... or maybe not ...

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
A great standard
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

Upon sitting down, we could immediately tell that these guys are serious. About their food, about running a great restaurant. It's the attention to detail and carefully maintained.
Service was as expected for a restaaurant at this level, very good, no complaints.

We went specifically for their 'king of bento', a limited edition lunch. $16. Also had the ginger ale,excellent, and the melon soda, good.

The bento? A steal and a half. Good bowl of rice, miso soup and 10 other dishes. Each one was meticulously prepared, good presentation and each one had unique taste and different preparation. Their own pickles, geoduck, pork, chicken, tuna, salmon. Many of them had unique eye-opening taste. Come on, at that price, would I eat at Cactus, Earl's, etc? Not on your life.

Highly recommended. Will be back for sure to try some of thie other fare. Haven't hit a place this 'surprising' in a long while.

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Clubhouse255 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Interesting place
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

Stepping in here feels to me like I've been taken back to a 70's diner. Definitely not what you'd expect for a Japanese restaurant. However, it seems the look is very deliberate. Yes, right down to the period high chair for babies.
Sure, it might not have been a busy night, but still, service was very attentive & friendly.
The menu? Well, it's a bit unique. A little bit sushi, a bit izakaya, a bit good ol' comfort food (Japanese style). There's some pretty interesting stuff, such as a baked avocado (much better than it sounds). The okonomiyaki, large, was really large. Good enough to feed 3-4 I think. Too bad it doesn't fit on a plate, so they just chop it in a few pieces and pile it into a giant mound. Tasty though.
Overall I give it a thumbs up. Good place to hang out, eat and maybe even push back a few drinks. They even have a couple of unique things to make a trip of it.

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