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EatsFatsVancouverSince April 22, 2007321 Reviews
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Legendary Noodle4191 Main Street, Vancouver
Small tasty surprise
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 12:26am [Dine in]

I came expecting a real dirty hole in the wall, but to our surprise, they seemed to have cleaned up stuff and redecorated. It's quite nice and gives a good impression a tiny noodle ship in Asia.

Only 1 waitress that night and despite a near full-house, between her and the kitchen, they easily handled everything. We got our orders quite quickly, and nothing missed.

Food? Haven't had good Chinese noodles in a long time and it was a great reunion! Had their beef noodle and also lamb noodle. The noodles are handmade fresh in the shop there and the taste and texture was absolutely spot on. Great stuff. The broth was light yet tasty. The lamb noodle was noticeably different from the beef one. The meat pieces were simple.

This style of cooking is quite clean and simple and epitomizes the clean taste of the individual ingredients. If they used MSG, I didn't notice it. We polished off both bowls of soup (yes, it was good) and we're still feelin' fine. Know what you're getting here. This isn't the super-strong Taiwanese beef noodles or the extra rich 'n fatty ramen type. If that's what you've a craving for, don't head here.

Inexpensive and hits the spot. you can get various types of noodle soup, not just pulled noodles, but also cut noodles. Beef, lamb, pork. Wet or dry, even vegetarian. Thumbs up on this one. Worth at least a couple of trips back. Nice change from pho or ramen.

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Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe1511 Anderson St, Vancouver
Sometimes the best just isn't good enough
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 12:15am [Dine in]

Went here on a bit of an impulse. Very small place and packed. Nothing special about the place, it's reasonably clean and that's all I can say about it. Not disappointed though, since I don't expect much more from a place like this.

I'll cut the service a bit of slack. Place was packed and the only waitress was friendly but very busy. As a result, she (or the kitchen) missed one dish and messed up the order on another. But oh well.

The food? Well, we ordered a daily special and a fish burger. Okay, the caesar salad was actually very decent. The clam chowder? Also quite good. The fries were just okay. Coleslow, not bad at all. The cod I had with the fish 'n chips was quite good, possibly the best in town, maybe even better than Go Fish nearby. Better than any I've had in Steveston too. Better maybe than Mr. Pickwick's.

So why am I only giving it 2 stars for possibly the best in town? Because (I'm so sorry), we had fish 'n chips and also various chowders in Nova Scotia. I apologize profusely again, but you've not had fish 'n chips until you head over to Murphy's in Nova Scotia. If I give this 3 or 4 stars, I'd have to give that one 8 stars. Maybe 9. That's how good it is. The chowder (and it's not just Murphy's, it's like that all over Nova Scotia) is at least twice as good, if not more.
Sorry, Vancouver, you're a global city, so you'd have to be marked on a global scale.

If I really had to have fish 'n chips in Vancouver, this is where I'd go. But I'd rather save the money and fly over to Nova Scotia. Honestly. It's that good. Put this on the list of things to do before you die.

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Burrito Bros. Taco Company, The2209 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Decent Tex-Mex, but try the Columbian food
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

For a "hole-in-the-wall", it's quite clean and organized and seems to attract quite a few regulars. (Don't worry, the w.c. is in good condition).

On a tip, we went here on Saturday...you'll see why ....

Normally, this place runs as a "Tex-Mex" place with your standard burrito's and taco's. We chatted with the chef / owner and found out she had just bought out the previous owners about a month ago. She is definitely clean, we noticed that she always washed her hands after handling cash or anything else non-food related.

We had some soft taco's while we waited. These were decently sized and had pretty good flavour. We liked that it wasn't that greasy, yet still flavourful.

Now the Saturday thing...it turns out the new owner is Columbian and we had a tip from another person that she serves special Columbian dishes on Saturdays only. Yes, it's true! As we munched on our tacos, she whipped up the special for the day. It was something resembling a seafood risotto or paella, but not like anything we've had before. Plus it was loaded with fresh shrimp and scallops and was DELISH! The fried plantain that it was served with was (so far) the best in town. She also whipped up some guava juice for us (from pure, frozen guava pulp I guess), which was very refreshing and tasty.
What gets served on Saturdays is unknown, she said she decides in the morning and picks up whatever ingredients are good I guess. Last weekend was a special soup, and indeed, as we were chatting, somebody actually called to try and order the special soup. (So sorry, not this weekend!)

As a Tex-Mex place, it's okay. If you're in the area and have a craving for a burrito, seems the place to go (a lot of regulars dropped in and out for takeout when we were there). If you can swing by on Saturdays, you could be in for a treat. You'll have to ask her as there is no mention of the Columbian specials on the menu or anywhere else.
Recommended destination. We'll be back to see what she makes next time!

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Golden Pita Lebanese Restaurant9630 Cameron St, Burnaby
Forget the pita, try the falafel
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

This joint is basically a take-out place to me. There's a handful of tables and that's about it. We did sit in to eat and it's okay, but forget about the ambience. That's not why you're here.

The couple running place at the time was super friendly. It seemed like the place was full of regulars and everyone was on first name basis. The guy certainly seemed to enjoy making the food.

We went with the special of the day, though the beef got substituted with the chicken as they'd run out (end of day) and also had a veggie combo. Everything was very tasty, top notch stuff. What was really over the top was the falafel. To date, possibly the best falafel we've ever had. The chef put it down to good ingredients and being made on the spot. Nothing premade and nuked to warm up here! It's hard to describe, but the outer crust is very crispy, yet not tough. The inside is light, moist and fluffy, yet it does not crumble apart. Very, very delicious!
The price, well, it's not super cheap, $10 for the big combo, we didn't leave hungry, but was not super-stuffed either. Also sprang for some of the sweets. 2 big thumbs up for the walnut version of baclava!
Would definitely go back again to try the falafel (again!), the baclava (again) and some new stuff like the kebeh, chicken wow and others.

Worth going, definitely recommended.

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Taste of Paradise1399 Commercial, Vancouver
Strange setup, but the food is okay
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

This place is a bit confusing as noted before. It's almost like a mini-food court as there's more than 1 "restaurant" in that space.

Nothing special about the interior here, like I said, pretty much like a food court. No style, expectedly grungy. We opted for take-out because at the time, there was 1 customer in there and boy, did he ever SMELL.

Proprietors seem like nice people, not exactly the most efficient workers but I trust 'em to do their best.

So then, the food. We had their special plate and a veggie plate (which is almost the same thing). Considering only a few set items and most of it is pre-prepared, it took strangely long time to get it to us. The picture showed dolmathes in the combo, but when we got home, we realized neither of the plates had it, mistake? Or minor change in the menu?

Anyways, I thought the food was pretty decent. Not the greatest I've had, but given the place, location, price, I think it met expectations. If I were on the Drive and had a craving, I might go back. Or maybe try the other places. As for the "all-you-can-eat", let's just say the combo's we had left us very anyways, so I'm not sure the extra $1 or so will buy you that much unless you have a really big appetite.

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Sciue126 Davie Street, Vancouver
Some good snacking here
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 1:14am [Dine in]

Never saw their first location, but glad they opened up in Yaletown. Place is a nicely done "typical" cafe for Yaletown.
Service? Well, come on, it's like Starbucks or something. You go up, order your stuff and they'll plop it on your table when it's ready. Okay, honestly, it met my expectations for this type of place so I'm not complaining.

This location seems to be packed full all the time, there's not a lot of seats inside, so bring a good coat and use the ample outdoor space.

They claim to make "Roman Street Food". Okay, whatever, as long as it tastes good. The pastries, I'm not sure they make there and I would give it a pass. Not horrible, but nothing amazing either. I suppose a better sell is the panini and their "pane romano" (sort of like a pizza thing, but zillions of different toppings including cold salad). There, they do knead and make the base bread from scratch. It's a bit different because it is sold by weight (ask for however much you want), not for fixed sizes. Good idea, I think, though a little work-intensive for the servers.
The bread base was delicious, big thumbs up on there and they've got so many topping varieties, you'd be crazy if you couldn't find one you liked. Makes for a great tummy filler for when you don't need a big meal.
Also tried the drinks (lots of selection of coffee), I'll warn I'm either not a big coffee fan or have exceedingly high standards. I would give it a passing grade here, which is high marks for me. The only better I've had was at Berry Good.

They have plenty of other brunch options and given the convenience, price and above all, tastiness, I would say this is worth a stop. It can be light on your wallet and stomach, so if you don't like it, not too much wasted there. Give it a try.

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Decent ramen, lucky there's no competition though...
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 1:01am [Dine in]

Nice place, I'm pleased to see they put some thought into the interior rather than just whipping together the cheapest interior they could. At least it gives the impression they might be serious about this business...
(Yes, they are 100% Japanese run).

Anyways, we happened to go on a quiet weeknight, so with so much staff milling around, we had no issue with service. The food came reasonably quickly too. Pricing is inline with expectations. If memory serves, it is same or slightly cheaper than the ones downtown. (You can get one for less than $7)

We had the ramen set with the Nagahama and added a seafood champon. The sides with the set was okay. This is a ramen place. The Nagahama ramen used much finer noodles than other places in town. It's not my preference, but they managed to avoid being soggy while being in the broth, so thumbs up to that. The chashu pieces were a bit on the thin side, but by far the most soft and tender of the ramen places we've been too (so it sounds like they have consistency issues). The broth, I would rate as light. This is no where near as fatty as Kintaro's normal broth and it is not as salty either. The other one came with much more substantial noodles (just a preference thing), but this one the broth was much stronger in flavour. We had a split decision on both, so really it came down to preference. Both were good.

Going head to head with Kintaro, Benkei and Motomachi, well, Motomachi is in another league altogether (that includes price). I would probably give the edge to Kintaro or Benkei, so it's a good thing they're far away.
If I'd a craving, I wouldn't bother making the trek downtown if I were in the area. If I were half-way between, I'd probably pass on Menya.
But I'll say that this is probably personal preference. The food is good quality and is a recommended ramen destination. You should go to see if it's to your liking since it does serve a different style of ramen.

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Famous Hakka4200 No. 3 Road, 190, Richmond
Decent food, but looking for more...
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

I guess this is a relatively new place, so the interior showed (i.e. it was still clean and not beat up). Time will tell if the staff could keep this up or it will degrade to just another one of those Chinese restaurants.

So, the selling point here is that it isn't your usual Cantonese, Taiwanese, Shanghainese cuisine that is making its rounds these days. No, this is supposed to be Hakka style and we're always up for something new.

Had a peppery pig stomach soup (was okay), a couple of pork dishes, a rice cake dish and a bamboo shoot "stew". Nothing to write home about regarding the pork dishes. Bamboo shoot dish came out unexpected, the way they described it and in the picture, didn't seem very soup like, but it actually came out like a soup in a bowl. The low-light was a sweet rice dumpling where the peanuts had got rancid (ick!) the high point being the rice cake dish which had big, chunky rice cake blocks that somehow they managed to make very soft and tender.

Service is expected for this level of Chinese restaurant, fast, efficient but not terribly personable.

I'm going to cut them a bit of slack the first time around about the food. To be fair, we asked them about their specialties and goodies, but we didn't order it (hey, I wasn't in charge) and it wasn't what everyone else was having either. (On the flip side, if it isn't good, don't put it on the menu)...
And, despite being quite full, I didn't go away feeling bad & greasy like at many other Chinese places of this level.
I would like to have a 2nd try, and for newcomers, go and have a try since they have some unique stuff on the menu not at other restaurants. Be warned that they were quite packed when we called for reservations and when we arrived, so that's probably a good sign. Hopefully they'll straighten out the glitches and rise beyond the mediocrity in the area.

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Elbow Room, The560 Davie St, Vancouver
Big stuff, okay food ...
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

Yes, we know what this place is supposedly famous for, and I concur with the previous reviews. That sort of "edge" just didn't quite seem to be there in the quantities we were expecting. However, that's not a selling point for me anyways and I imagine it would start to wear thin after doing it day in, day out for so many years.

So let's get right down to the food. Portions large? Yes. The 6" pancake was for sure larger than 6" and it was pretty good. Menu is loaded with all sorts of standard breakfast goodies, eggs benedict, omelettes, pancakes, etc. Based on what we've read on their menu and how it tasted and how we felt post-meal, they used good quality, healthy (relatively, I mean how healthy are slabs of bacon?) ingredients.

Would I go back? Not sure. I go to dine out for the food. This was food done well, but on the other hand, it wasn't amazing and it wasn't something I couldn't whip up in our own kitchen. And when it came down to pricing? Well, you got large, large portions, but the prices also reflect that.
If you're hungry and need some great energy to start a long day and you're too lazy to cook, I could recommend this place, but otherwise, I probably wouldn't go back. You can't run on just attitude and reputation.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
More good food in Yaletown
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:20am [Dine in]

We also went for the Taste of Yaletown. Looks a little under-stated on the outside, which is why we've never been. Inside is a good, inviting interior, right up to the usual Yaletown expectations.
Our waiter was quite good, not up to the best in Yaletown, but no complaints here, we were well taken care of.

Started with the mussels and onion soup. I concurr with the previous evaluation that the mussels were at best average, at least for this level of restaurant. The onion soup fared much better. It was loaded with a lot of bread and cheese, so that took up a lot of the liquid, but the taste was definitetly one of the better ones we've had.
Mains were the sablefish with risotto (very good, risotto done practically perfectly) and the steak which was really, really good. We did ask for medium rare, we'd say it edged a bit on medium, but close enough. Oh so tender and a perfectly done sauce. It lacked that strong "beef" flavour we would've preferred, but that is probably due to the specific cut that was used, can't do anything about that.
Finished off with the lemon creme brulee (slightly disappointed, couldn't taste the lemon, tasted more like a steamed egg custard) and the gingerbread pudding with gelato. Yes, this was really good and quite generously sized.
For $35, I say we got a pretty decent meal here, were were stuffed full at the end and it didn't feel like they skimped out on portion size for the special event. (I would say though, if you ordered regular stuff off the menu, I'd be willing to bet you could get similar pricing for the whole lot).
Not sure I would say I saw anything really innovative on the menu, but lots of classics well done. I would recommend a go here, you get a nice dining experience for not a lot of money.

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Barefoot Kitchen1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great, fun restaurant with good food to boot
Submitted Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

This is a Japanese "family-style" restaurant, or at least that's what it advertises. Serves mostly Japanese style western food. So let's get that out of the way. It is no fine dining establishment, but for this type of restaurant, it's tops!

The waitresses are very chatty and friendly and also helpful with the menu. For Halloween, they also dressed up in costume.
The decor and ambience is great for this kind of place! Very well laid out and makes you feel very comfortable, though it is clean and quasi-modern. I should also say that for Halloween, they also went all out to decorate everything. Nice to see the effort!

Now, the food? They had some Halloween specials (we had a pumpkin saladin a bloody skull shaped cup, not bad) and we also ordered the Wafu Hamburg set, which was also very good (surprising!). Generous portion of hamburger steak, but it also had good taste & texture. The radish (daikon) salad was refreshing and quite interesting, haven't seen this at other places in town yet. Prawn gratin was a bit overly creamy, but otherwise not bad. The yuzu sherbert for dessert was very refreshing.
Came away quite surprised, there was no MSG thirst, and everything was very tasty and satisfying and the whole environment was just a lot of fun.

The portions are just right, not too much and you can easily come away satiated for under $10. Would definitely return. I would rate it a recommended trip.

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Pittsburg4500 Kingsway, #1687, Burnaby
Pure mediocrity, no reason to go.
Submitted Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

This is just another HK-style tea restaurant. There's really not much to say here.
The decor is a little bit better than average for this type of restaurant.
The service is okay, just what you'd expect for a tea restaurant.
The food? Yeah, pretty much what is expected here too. I mean, it's alright, but it isn't super cheap and I see absolutely no reason to waste your stomach space at this place.
And my gosh ... do they ever load up on the MSG ...

There are better places to plunk down your money to satisfy your tummy.

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Kakurenbou Japanese Dining793 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Good food in a fantastic setting
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 12:24am [Dine in]

Situated off-Robson, it probably doesn't get too many walk-ins. Out front looks like a pretty good Japanese restaurant. Almost reminds us of a place in Kyoto, right down to the salt piles by the door.

Inside, the place is easily the most well-decorated places we've been to in recent memory. We could be at any restaurant in Kyoto if it weren't for the ceiling height. Almost worth checking out for the interior! (Yes, the w.c. is very nicely done too, and clean). We were greeted at the door by an elderly lady in a kimono-like outfit (yes, just like in Japan).

Service was very, very good. Waitress was very attentive and took care of everything except for a minor glitch where she disappeared for about 10 min. or so. I'll assume it's a necessary break, cause it was exceptional otherwise.

Now on to the important bit, the food. I have to admit I had high expectations, maybe this will colour my evaluation, because unfortunately, it turned out to be "another izakaya" place. I guess we were hoping for something more different like the fare that we sampled on the streets in Kyoto near the riverside. Forgetting about that for now, the place actually has quite a few dishes which are quite innovative and different than that offered by other izakaya places (like tofu skin "sashimi", tasty daikon salad and a soy broth pork shabu). They don't really do sushi on the usual menu, but do have specials. I was disappointed that they had Atlantic salmon sashimi that day and not our local Pacific species (which I prefer).

For seven of us, the total bill after tax and tips (no alcohol) came to just over $30 per person. (Keep in mind for our group size, they automatically tacked on a gratuity. No problem in this case due to the great service).
I would say this is a bit on the expensive side compared to some of the other places (like Guu and others), but it is quite a different atmosphere. Given that they do have unique dishes, done well and the fab service, I would say this is a recommended trip. Just not a regular destination unless you have deep pockets.

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Lhy Thai7357 Edmonds St., Burnaby
Distinctly underwhelming...
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure what's going on with the raves here. We went there on a recommendation from someone I know who said this was pretty good.

Well, it's a hole in the wall in not the greatest neighbourhood. All will be excused if the food is up to snuff! Inside, well, I'm afraid it _looks_ like an amateurish family run joint. Only about 12 tables (and I mean 2 person tables), so not a large place. Seems okay clean, I wouldn't worry about that.

Service? When we went in, it was only about 65-70% full and they were a little bit behind the ball already. It's another one of the places where I can give them credit for trying, but they really got to get organized.

Didn't see anything super interesting on the menu that we haven't seen before. We ordered a soup, stuffed chicken wings, a "cold" seafood mix dish and the seemingly vaunted phat tai. First out, strangely, was the chicken wings and that took a looong time. What happened to the soup? Are they making it from scratch? It finally came, then the "cold" dish (which was merely lukewarm). We had to ask for the rice after waiting (another long while) for it and the waitress seemed surprise that we wanted it now. Finally, another long while later, the phat tai came.

So how's the food? Well, the stuffed chicken wings were okay. Quite decent, though the way it was done, it seemed like they were unsure whether they wanted to leave the bones in or not (certainly they didn't intend to have fish bone in there, right?). The soup was a little too strong and salty but I would give it a passing grade. The cold seafood dish had 3 pieces each of clam, shrimp, squid and fish and then a bunch of tomatoes. A bit interesting, but nothing to be amazed about and a bit skimpy. The phat tai (with shrimp/prawns), well, waaay to sweet and a bit too salty at the same time.
All in total it came to $40 for 2 people with tax + tips, so not exactly a great deal, though we were not hungry.

This is far from the best Thai place I've eaten at. Heck, not even close for Vancouver. Would I go back? Unlikely. It's not bad food, but for the service, quality and price, it's just not worth it. There are better options in town. Solidly not recommended.

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
Interesting experience, decent diner food...
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

Okay, don't kid yourself. This is a diner. Don't be expecting anything other than diner food or diner service.
We came there for a late dinner one weeknight, fairly empty as expected only a couple of tables, but one large party did come in after us.

Service was suitable, we didn't have to wait long for anything and it's got quite a quirky atmosphere.
I guess the big selling point here is the organic beef? Well, it doesn't matter if it doesn't taste good.

We had the roast beef dinner and the Skookum Chief Burger, which is basically everything but the kitchen sink burger. The roast beef was surprisingly (at least to me) came in multiple thin slices. Which was dry...failing grade. But it did come with mashed potatoes and nicely done vegetables which were significantly better, above average for a diner I would say and almost as good as the casual fine dining joints.
We were really here for the burgers. Now if you're a fan of "plain" burgers, stay away from the Skookum. It comes with onions, lettuce, organic ground beef patty, Yukon bacon, egg, aged cheddar cheese, wiener, tomato ... it is impossible to fit in your mouth unless you're a mutant. The burger seems to be a bit lost in all that. Flavour-wise, it's a pretty good, if messy, meal, but as a _burger_, it's just okay. The patty and burger are a bit smaller and dryer than what you would get at Vera's and I would say Vera's makes a better burger, with much less "fluff" hiding the burger.

Might be worth checking out for the experience (I heard Bryan Adams used to wash dishes there and it has been open since 1926...), but maybe not worth the trip for the food alone. I'd drop by only if I were in the area and had a craving for diner food. I'm not sure how often that would happen ...

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Seven Korean Bakery1163 Pinetree Way, #1148, Coquitlam
Do one thing and do it well, the only place for Korean rice cakes.
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 1:00am [Dine in]

This is a bakery. Just a bakery. Do not expect any cafe or seats or anything. You go in, get your rice cakes and get out. It only does Korean style rice cakes.

Now, normally this wouldn't be deserving of a review, but this one is different. Oh believe me, we've had our share of rice cakes, Chinese, Japanese, Korean. When it comes to Korean types, we've had plenty from all the Korean markets in this town and others on the continent. None of them have satisfied.

That is, until we actually went to Seoul itself and got some stuff from the specialty vendors near NamDaemun (that is until it burned down). Back in Korea, as is typical of many Asian places, there are often shops that just do one thing. These rice cake vendors do it well, very well. Absolutely delicious! The stuff in North America, I would say not worth eating.

Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon this place in Henderson Plaza (otherwise a dead mall) that is pretty close to what you can get from Seoul itself! This stuff is tasty! The lady running the shop is quite friendly, but English is not her strong point. Admittedly, if you're not acustomed to rice cake desserts, (kind of like Japanese mochi) it may not be your cup of tea. But that's because all you've tried is from the local markets here, you owe it to yourself to venture here and have another go. It may change your mind.
Two important rules:
- Never put this in the fridge unless you want to make a hockey puck.
- Eat it within a day or 2 at most. Highly nutritious with no preservatives so it will go bad quickly.

Worth repeated return trips. Highly recommended if you like rice cakes.

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Mandala Iki Asian Bistro2394 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
It's brown rice sushi. And it really is that good.
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:26am [Dine in]

Very good feel to this place. It was busy on a late Friday night, but no waiting for us luckily. Felt very cozy and comfortable.
Servers are sort of helpful, not that friendly (but not stand-offish), but they are on top of the ball here. No complaints, they just don't make you feel like family :-)

The food? Yeah, let's talk about that. I'm not a brown rice, whole grain person. I'll eat it, but I 'm a firm believe that I'm well enough nutriated.
The scary sounding tofu fibre roll came out first. Surprisingly good. No, I wouldn't order it again (though my other half definitely would), but it was quite tasty, easily palatable. The salmon chowder wasn't so much a chowder ... but it was very fresh tasting and delicious. Good comfort food. Along came a soba salad, which was good but not outstanding. Then they finished off with a couple of highlights. The halibut cheek was very sizeable and nicely done. Given the size of the thing, it was quite a trick to make sure it wasn't over-done and stringy. Would eat it again in a snap. Also ordered a crispy artichoke roll. Yes, it was all brown rice, but WHO CARES? The taste, the texture ... my gosh, I don't recall the last time I've had such a great tasting dish. This thing was a huge innovative surprise for us in both the flavour combination and the texture. I don't think I've had a dish this innovative from _any_ restaurant in recent memory. Also had a couple of nigiri sushi, the sockeye was lip smacking good.

We would easily go again, brown rice be damned. Yeah, this thing is even better than any other white rice sushi we've had recently. (For the finicky, you have a choice, but you'd be losing out if you don't try this version).
Highly recommended, definitely worth a trip. We expect to return.

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Casablanca1102 Davie Street, Vancouver
I wish it were better
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:12am [Dine in]

Oh, how promising it could've been! Looks like a decent little place, probably run by Mexicans featuring a mostly authentic menu.

We're so sad it fell flat. Got the customary nachos as soon as we sat down, but the salsa looked like (and tasted like) it was straight from a jar. Not freshly chopped. That's not a great sign considering the alternatives in town. We had the taco's, chicken. Relatively decent, but compared to everything else we've had here and south of the border, it was just passable. Not helping that they forgot the lime and it was completely devoid of cilantro or onions. Needs that extra bit I think. (Wasn't just us, we noticed the other table with a couple of Mexicans also got the same thing. They got a bit fed up and asked for the lime). The horchata was also just passable, but way too sweet. In fact, it tasted like they used sweetened soy milk with chocolate powder and a bit of cinammon. Sorry folks, we've had our share of horchata and this has only a passing resemblance.

Pozole, was reasonably decent, but not as good as it could've been. Yes, it's passable, but also it is possibly the worst pozole we've ever tried. (Though it might be authentic ingredients, it is a bit of a turn off to find the upper eyelid of the pig in there, complete with eye lashes. And we're hardly squeamish, we've downed nearly every part of the pig in our culinary lives to date).
The taco soup? Okay, it failed. Perhaps most notably because we still tasted the Palmolive .... should've complained but we were also too much in a rush. Even without the noticeable soap residue, it was hardly the best we've had.

Not recommended. If you want Mexican, I highly recommend you take the walk down to Yaletown and munch at Salsa & Agave, where the perpetual lineup is well deserved. Casablanca is not Mexican cuisine's finest ambassador.

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Hue Cafe6620 No. 3 Rd, Richmond
Good and focused! Simple 'n tasty.
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Tiny little place here, but nicely organized and well kept (i.e. clean!). The staff here (well, I guess maybe it's the owners) are quite personable and friendly.

The menu is quite small, but perhaps refreshingly so. Instead of 20 different pho's (which to me have all be roughly the same), there's just one. A handful of subs, rice dishes and a version of pho ga it seems.

The subs were good, very good. Okay, it may not be the best in town, it may not be even worth a trip here just for the sub, but they won't disappoint. Had a special which was a Thai noodle salad. Right, so it isn't exactly authentic Vietnamese, but it is good. Highlight was the lemon grass chicken rice. Wonderful! The chicken was perfectly done and by far the best we recall from recent memory.

Definitely recommended. Maybe not for an exclusive trip (except, we may have to try the chicken soup and see if it is up to snuff), but excellent choice if you're in the area.

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Noodle Etc.4500 Kingsway, #1230, Burnaby
Cheap eats for a dumpling craving
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 12:21am [Dine in]

This place is about as close as you get in this town to a streetside eatery. Yeah, if you take a first date to this place and there's a second, he/she is probably a keeper. I mean, we got seated on some crappy plastic stools on a table with some cheapy plastic table cloth. Literally right at the door. Thankfully, it didn't seem _too_ dirty (w.c. was just passable), but don't take anyone here with immune deficiencies.

On the night we went, the small, small place (hmm, maybe 6-7 small tables) was packed. The waiter and waitress was very energetic and quite eager to respond to our every request. Unfortunately, they're not exactly on top of their game when it comes to scheduling and organization. Don't be surprised if they miss a few things :-)

Noodle etc.? Maybe it should be called dumpling etc. instead! They have xiao loong bao, various pan fried dumplings, steamed dumplings, boiled dumplings, fish dumplings, vegetable dumplings, meat dumplings...
We had a couple of boiled dumpling dishes and some appetizer vegetables. We noticed that the veggies were well cleaned and prepared, good sign! The dumplings were more than satisfactory. They were not too salty and the light filling flavours were allowed to shine through. I would prefer the skin to be more "elasticy" and substantial, but maybe that's a personal preference. Surprisingly, absolutely no MSG thirst afterwards either, Bonus! Add to that the price. Iit's cheap, dishes typcially run from $3-7 if I recall. Hard to complain at that price.

Well, I wouldn't say it's the best dumplings I've ever had, but for the price and the variety, this is a solid choice. And if you're a dumpling novice, great place for a good introduction. We might even come back.
Recommended, but just be aware of potentially spotty service when it gets busy, but they do try. 5 stars for effort anyways.

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