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EatsFatsVancouverSince April 22, 2007322 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
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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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Miki's Restaurant2106 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Yeah, it sucks
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

Somebody mentioned they had a decent experience at this place. For lack of a better suggestion at the time, we headed off. Should've checked here first.
Service was okay, but that was about the end of the nice things I can say about this place, which is basically your standard, greasy HK tea restaurant. This one tries to serve up a bit of everything. Some 'western', some Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Korean, etc.
Blech, food came out mostly lukewarm. Quality was passable, but on the whole, entirely forgettable. To top it off, it wasn't even that cheap, tax 'n tips came close to $13 a person.
I agree with the previous reviewers. Don't waste your stomach space, time or your hard earned cash here.

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Mochikas Peruvian Cafe1696 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Oh it could've been the perfect hidden gem
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

Okay, so this place is located inside an auto detailing shop. A garage. That's right, walk too fast and you'll miss it. Also, during the weekdays, it's just a regular cafe. Only on the weekends it magically transforms into a Peruvian cafe.

The chef/cook there seems to be real Peruvian and we ran into another Peruvian happily eating there, so it seems like it is the real deal. It's a real small place though, so don't be expecting any large parties and it is kitted out just like, well, a cafe.

Menu is pretty decent. Some appetizers, mostly in $4-10 range. The main entrees are about $12-15 or so. Not amazingly cheap, but not too bad. Quality wise, it is quite good. They do a reasonably decent job with the presentation as well.
But ... is it mind blowing? Hmm... sadly no.

If you're looking for really good Peruvian food, I would say El Inka wins hands down. Plus its cheaper and it has a larger menu (though occasionally mixed with Columbian stuff). And the hours are way more accessible. The only way these guys compete is i) El Inka is no where near here and ii) the stuff Mochika's serves is completely different than El Inka. There are almost no common items.

I'll give it a tentative thumbs up. I mean, I do get good food here that is relatively unique in this town, so it is worth a trip at least once and probably 2 or 3 times, just to sample the entire menu. But if I really had a craving for Peruvian after that, I'd go hit El Inka.

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Michael's Artisan Bakery & Cafe15578 24 Avenue, Surrey
Maybe it should be better than it shows
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

We were in the area and randomly decided to eat here to satiate our tummies.
It looks like just a little cafe, but with quite a sizeable area for the actual baking.

Ordered a couple of soup and sandwich/bread. Staff was quite friendly, though they are moving at a more relaxed pace. :-)
The soup, well, that was actually pretty good. Chicken noodle and a goulash. I have to give a decent thumbs up on that one.

The sandwich and bread? Well, it should've been a lot better than it was. The bread was fairly thinly sliced and toasted for some reason, so what ended up happening was the bread was lost amongst everything else. Come on, for a bakery and the enticing loaves of bread they have around, the bread should be at least half the highlight. Perhaps staff needs training? I dunno, they could do better.

On the other hand we were glad to have something like this in the area, which is mostly surrounded by stuff like ABC restaurant and the like...

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Wanoma Izakaya867 Denman Street, Vancouver
Highly ... decent
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

We had some hopes for this, and eventually we managed to hit this place for dinner.
It sure looks decent inside, but surprisingly not-so-busy.

Service, quite okay. No complaints there.
The food, well, aah, I guess tough luck to them that they have to play in Vancouver. Execution was good, it met our expectations, so maybe it is actually a little above average for the city. Creativity, they ar ealso okay. I mean, there is nothing that really blew us away, but each dish that we tried had a small twist on it that made it different than what you get elsewhere.

4 dishes came to about $45 without drinks, so I can't really give it amazing marks for "value".

Here in lies the problem, it offers solid food for decent prices, which unfortunately, can be had all over the place around town. The dishes are good, but just not enough "wow" factor to make it truly a destination. I mean, if I were hungry and happened to be in the area ... well, there's a LOT of competition. (e.g. next door). You could do worse and I certainly wouldn't be embarrassed to eat here.
Good try I say, just needs a little bit of work to push it over the top.

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Marulilu Cafe451 West Broadway, Vancouver
Neat little breakfast eats
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

Okay, so this little place is not exactly what you'd think. Is it Japanese? Well, sort of. I mean it seems the proprietors and cooks seem to be. Does it serve Japanese food? Hmmm...

Some. There's a Japanese-style breakfast, just like you'd get in all sorts of mid-priced traveller's hotels over Japan. There's omelete rice, there's a tonkatsu sandwich. And that's about it. On the non-western side, you get the usual assortment of soups, sandwiches and what not.

We sprang for the Japanese style breakfast and the tonkatsu sandwich. The breakfast, well, it's alright. Just as I remember I might get from the cheapy business hotels. The tokatsu sandwich? Came with good soup (was a chowder) and it was pretty tasty. It was not on the level of Bonqula good, but then again, it is also about half the price.

The place is spotless and well decorated, the staff was very friendly and efficient, though the cafe was hardly full when we came in.

I wouldn't say there is anything special that would make it worth a trip out here, but if you're in the neighbourhood and need a fast breakfast or light meal, they do a pretty good job. You'd do better here than hitting most places within a block or 2 of this thing. Recommended, but not a for a special trip.

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Bo Laksa King2546 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Definitely some unique dishes here.
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 1:21am [Dine in]

I mostly concur with the previous reviewer. Except that the menu is hardly skimpy. You can view it here
There is one catch, this is the dinner menu, which you cannot have there, you must take out or have it delivered.

Yeah, it's a hole. It's a grocery store with like a few chairs. But they do a good job on the food all things considered. The assortment of dishes we tried were definitely unique, most you could not find elsewhere here I think. Like the fermented tea leaf salad. Big thumbs up on the roti canai and laksa as well. Don't miss the mohingar. The biggest miss was the satay. Probably will give that a pass next time.

For $65 all included, we fed 6 people and still had tons of leftovers.

Do yourself a favour and do the dinner takeout if you can, else you may miss a lot of the good stuff.
It's tough to compare to anything else we have in town here and they do a good honest job of the food, so for that reason, this gets recommended.

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Grill 73331 Viking Way, #7, Richmond
What's this doing in a warehouse?
Submitted Friday, February 12, 2010 - 1:04am [Dine in]

Went here for lunch. It's in an industrial area, pretty much looking like it is one of the warehouses on the outside. I was expecting the "usual" cafeteria style.

Wow. I was so wrong. One step inside the door and I thought I've been transported to some little joint on the edge of Yaletown or some place more hip than a warehouse.
The decoration is very nice and modern, it looks like they spent quite some effort in it. Yes, you could take business clients here and not be embarrassed.

Waitress was very efficient and friendly. It didn't take too long for our food to arrive, but the place wasn't too full either.

The food? Hey, not bad! They do the usual burger and pasta type stuff, very much in the style of Earl's, Cactus or whatever. Quality is quite decent. Price is much better, many things for $10 and I don't think I saw anything over $12.
Okay, so I wouldn't make a trip out of it, but if I had a business lunch or needed a quick bite during work week, I would certainly return.

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Mr. Kumpir1162 Denman St, Vancouver
Turkish Potatoes comes to town...hey, they're pretty good!
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 12:52am [Dine in]

So supposedly this thing is a fast food "chain". Although with apparently only 7 locations world wide, and this being the only one in the America's, this hardly qualifies. But be warned, this is primarily a takeout joint, though there is a short counter you can sit at. It is quite clean though, and you can get a view of the beach.

We went here on a lark, not expecting much. Baked potatoes. Really. They even tell you how they make it in 5 easy steps, which hardly sets my mouth watering.

Being lazy, we select one of the "specials", Turkish and the Ocean. Hmm, they top in at just under $6, so it isn't cheap. However, the potatoes are pretty big.
Surprise surprise, it was actually pretty good! What actually happens is they have these roasted/baked potatoes, they cut it open fresh, then basically you get a nice mashed potato (the skin is the bowl). Then it's slobbered with all sorts of generous toppings. I think the potato flavour may have gotten lost in all those other ingredients, but it made a decent meal anyways. Sort of like a "rice bowl", except with potato.

Keep in mind these things were quite large. We shared each potato between 2 people and it made for a good snack. If you're a hungry single, just one order would make a decent meal.
At least two of our party gave it a big thumbs up and said they would return. I'm sort of on the fence, but I certainly wouldn't mind going back. I would recommend having a go anyways, just for fun.

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Kushi Box520 Robson St., Vancouver
Promising addition to the "neighbourhood". Needs to expand.
Submitted Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

It's tiny. Really. I'm not sure if there is even 1 chair in there. This is strictly a take-out place, which fits in perfectly with the area.

There is no sushi to be had here, rather just some grilled items and oden. On the surface, this is a really promising concept. Basically there is grilled meat on a stick, so how can you possibly go wrong with that? It's hard. What is missing is the execution.

First, the good stuff. Yeah, it's tasty food and the quality is pretty good, much more than you expect from a place like this. Did I mention it is tasty? No complaints here. It's "fast" food, but it is also fresh. It's not instant, you do have to wait for them to cook as you order it.

What's not so hot:
The limited menu. If you've been to Japan, you know there's more to it than this and the menu seems dinky. One stop and you'll probably already try everything. Elect for the rice combo and you get a bit more food, but not necessarily more variety.
Then there is the pricing. I'm kind of on the fence about it. I mean, for the rice combo, it's a bit higher than "food-court" prices, and the volume is a bit lower. On the other hand, the quality is quite a bit higher. It's also pricier than a BK or McD's combo meal too, but then again, it is also much tastier, healthier, just overall so much better.

There's really nothing new to sample here if you're a foodie. It's a great place to stop by for a quick snack. Would I go back? Hmmm....well, I keep an eye on their menu, but after the 1st time, I've pretty much tried all they have, so what's the draw?

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Fortune House Seafood Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #2199A, Burnaby
Wow. How do these guys do it? Stay alive that is...
Submitted Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

Okay, so I had one good dinner. Maybe because the hosts paid the restaurant really, really well.
But right now I'm just wondering how these guys stay in business. We went for dim sum and the food is ... well, crap. I suppose it is no "dirtier" than other dim sum places, but man, the food is the worst dim sum I've had since ... since I moved back to Vancouver. It was really, really poorly done. I would highlight in particular the deep fried squid, or was it cuttlefish? It was hard to tell, there was neither taste nor texture. It sucked.

I may not even be happy if it were half the price. I'm not sure I have much to say. I wouldn't be going back, certainly not on my own dime, and probably not even if someone invited me.

Highly recommended to stay away.

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Nick Sushi2953 West 4th Ave, Unit #1, Vancouver
Nick is Nice! Some great sushi to be had here.
Submitted Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

It's a tiny little joint and hardly anyone eats in here it seems. As we found out, that's because most people do take-out, it's not because the food is bad.

I don't know what it was like before, but they are certainly keeping a clean ship here. Everything is nice and new and clean, and they have some really nice pictures of the food up now.

There are 2, maybe 3 people working the restaurant. All we saw was the waitress and the sushi chef out front. Originally my hopes were not high for this place, but we stopped by on a bit of a recommendation. I'm so glad we did.

There are a few items on the menu that are mildly innovative, but otherwise, you won't find too much that looks unfamiliar. Good ol' standbys. BUT, the big BUT, is that they do it right. The presentation is very nice, not just slopped down on the plate. The ingredients very fresh, the fish at the right temperature, not frozen or too warm and a good balance between all the ingredients. You won't find giant slabs of fish hiding a tiny ball of rice, nor huge rolls that are chock full of rice to fill you up.
You can tell the chef cares about the food. I've certainly eaten at more fancy/expensive places that didn't do nearly as well.

Oh man, the neighbourhood is so lucky to have this place nearby. I would easily go back to eat more at this place. Highly recommended.

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New Asia Deli Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Road, Unit 1113, Richmond
It's highly passable
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 1:13am [Dine in]

Went here at lunch, the place was nearly empty. Usually not a great sign as the other restaurants nearby are normally quite full.

Proprietor was friendly enough, okay for this kind of place. At least it looked somewhat clean and neat in here.

We all had noodles. Definitely okay, though I didn't really see much on the menu here that was outstanding. Decent portion size though, especially since price seems to include all taxes.

I would come back if I needed some munchies during the workday or something, but I don't think I would bother making a special trip out here.

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Dynasty Seafood Restaurant777 West Broadway, #108, Vancouver
Bonus marks for creativity
Submitted Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

At first this looks like just another one of the "usual" Cantonese style restaurants that are all over town. I understand that they restaurant has received all new staff, including in the kitchen, so this might differ from previous experiences.

The inside is nicely done (I dunno if this has been renovated) and looks quite clean and new, including the washrooms.

Service is okay, but the they stumbled badly when the restaurant was really packed and busy, which I will chalk up to the inexperienced staff. They still put on a good face and tried, so I won't hold it against them ... yet.

Now the food ... we've been there a couple of times and every dish was different from the "usual" that we get at other places. Idea behind most of them was very good. Some of them didn't quite turn out as expected, especially they ones where they try to make individual "western" style plates. I fully applaud them for taking a chance and creating relatively innovative dishes. The quality level is standard for this type of restaurant.
I dare say that with a bit of practice, and IF they were willing to up the quality level as opposed to just churning out massive volumes, they could have something really going here.
Also both times we left without the "MSG thirst", so nice to see they either left it off or went light on it.

This is one to watch and I wouldn't hesitate to go back. I am hoping they will up their game and set a new standard for Chinese food in town. (Though to be honest, that is not a short way off).

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Silver Tower Cafe Restaurant8500 Alexandra Road, #100, Richmond
Bleh. More of the usual.
Submitted Friday, December 25, 2009 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

It's another HK tea restaurant. The service is pretty good, the waitresses always seem to be on top of everything and orders get delivered quickly.
The interior is not bad, about what is expected. Parking really sucks around lunch hour, so be warned.

Now the food...well, typical HK tea restaurant food. It's reasonably big portions, greasy, probably not good for you. But you do get an expansive menu.

Look, there's nothing special here. If you really want to hit an HK tea restaurant, there's far worse, so this isn't a bad choice. But as for filling your stomach with something nutritious and innovative? Well, best look elsewhere.

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My Chau1715 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good Pho Ga in an amazingly clean place.
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 11:40am [Dine in]

Outside, it looks like a little hole. We've passed by many times and ignored it. But we finally decided we had to go see what their pho ga was all about.

Let's get this out of the way first. The place is clean. The washrooms are so clean, I could almost eat in it. Almost. Then I came out and looked at the rest of the place. Yup, dishes, clean, walls spotless. This is the cleanest Vietnamese place I've ever been in. Cleaner than any Chinese joint too. I feel safe about the food.

Reasonably decent service, but I'm gonna mark 'em up for being so clean :-)

Now, the food. Pho Ga (chicken pho). Is it the best I've ever head? Sorry, no. But the better place is a 16 hour drive across the border.
We had the special, it was good, clean chicken pho, and I'm pretty sure no MSG. We also had the "fried chicken" version, which was plain pho ga with a side of fried chicken. The fried chicken was the "standard" Chinese-style fried chicken, which is to say, damn good and leagues better than KFC.

In light of no better place in town (that we've found yet), I'd recommend a little trip here if you're a fan of pho ga.

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Italia Bakery2828 East Hastings Street, #104, Vancouver
The best Italian pastries in town... ?
Submitted Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 12:07am [Dine in]

Sure, they have sandwiches. Nothing special there. Also their own frozen pasta for take-home. They also bake their own bread, which is pretty darn good too.
But what takes the cake are their cakes and cookies. Crostoli, canoli, amaretti, oh my gosh, I can hardly list them all and the selection always seems to change once in a while.

They are amazing. Always fresh, not too sweet and amazingly tasty. The vast selection will never leave you feeling bored, unless you're already dead.

Do not miss their own panettone (though they also sell stuff imported from Italy). It is the best I've ever tried to date. By far. Every time we take it to a dinner party, it's gone in minutes. You may not be able to find it because it usually sells out. If you see it there, best to snag it immediately. Otherwise you will have to call in and reserve one.

Go see what real Italian pastries should taste like!
Highly recommended.

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Moccia Italian Meat Market2276 East Hastings, Vancouver
Great eats for those who cook...
Submitted Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

Hmmm ... not sure if this qualifies as a restaurant. I mean, it's really a meat market (honestly, that's what it says). Most of the food needs to be cooked first (at home).

They guys in there really take pride in their food. Their own salami is very tasty but mild. They'll happily let you sample the version you want.
We also picked up a cotechino, which they have a semi pre-cooked version for you. Awesome. I dunno if cotechino is supposed to taste like this, but if it gets any better, I might die.
Oh, did I mention the bacon? This is tied for the most amazing bacon I have ever eaten. Anywhere. (Surprisingly, the other is Anton's bacon at the Fraser Park Restaurant). It's not too salty, very fragrant (honestly, hard to describe if you've never had a "fragrant" bacon before) and very surprisingly, not that fatty. The leftover grease amount was so much smaller than any other bacon we've tried, we could just go ahead and cook with it (hmmm.....bacon...)

Reasonable prices, great food and guys who take pride in their craft. I'll be back for sure.

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Pepper Roast1985 Powell street, Vancouver
Good Honest Chicken...
Submitted Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Okay, this place is basically a takeout joint, though there are a couple of stools and a table. No problem, it will be judged as such.

So, is this the best chicken I have ever tasted? Nope, sorry, not in absolute terms. Is this the best chicken in GVRD? Nope, not that either. Is it really tasty, well-cooked chicken? You betcha.

We ordered a bunch of things. Chicken wings, meh, okay, they're wings. No better or worse than others I've tasted, though they seemed "fresh and clean" compared to similar joints. I'm not complaining.
The oven "fried" chicken? Yah, I could see how this could be a revelation. Fried chicken it ain't, but it is really, really good. Moist and tasty inside, its got KFC and Church's beat hands down for sure. It's as good as the current top cluck at Happy Day Metro (which does fried, not baked). I would come for this again easily.
The Baja chicken came with roast potatoes. The potatoes are actually pretty okay. Tough call. So, it is no RedBro, but again compared to its peers, hands down better than any roast chicken you can pick up at any of the takeout groceries. The meat around the bone was moist and juicy, near perfectly done. My only complains is that some of the outer meat wasn't as good as the oven-fried version (hence lacking...) and flavour wasn't quite there.

The dude running the place, very friendly and helpful. No complaints. And the pricing? Most excellent value.

Oh we were so full afterwards, but never felt sick. More than I can say when I ate KFC or Church's. I would go back again easily. Come to think of it ... for this style of chicken, Pepper Roast & Happy Day are at the head of the pecking order.

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Choon Ha Choo Dong36 East Broadway, Vancouver
Lone standout in the area
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

The entrance is a bit iffy, but upstairs, all is well. Certainly looks clean enough.

It looked kind of empty when we went for dinner, but soon after we were seated, the crowds came. I guess people eat late here.
The waiters are on the friendly and helpful side, no problem with them whatsoever.

Food? Surprisingly good, especially for the price! It has a bunch of your usual BBQ combo's, but also other soups and hot pots and things. To finish it off, this is probably the only restaurant in recent memory that came out with the sweet fermented rice drink. That stuff is sooooo good, I dunno why the other restaurants stopped. (Okay, I can guess. This thing is really labour intensive to make).

Price came out to less than $15 per person with everything in, and we were full.

It may not be the best Korean restaurant I've ever been at, but it is pretty decent, good service, good prices and there's hardly anything else nearby. I wouldn't doubt a return is in the books for me.

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