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ediblewomanMount Pleasant, VancouverSince April 25, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance1.5 (1.7)


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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Vegetarian heaven
Submitted Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

Having recently made the shift to pescetarianism, I'm always interested to try out vegetarian restaurants. Bandidas had been on my list for awhile and my first experience exceeded my expectations.

Let me get the criticisms out of the way first. There isn't a convenient place to stand while you wait for a table, so you're always semi-hovering over someone's table. The stools are right in front of "The List" where the host puts your name down, so you're constantly in the way. And the decor needs some work. It seems like something's missing that would pull the room together. Maybe if the walls were painted something other than white? They're obviously going for an eclectic, homey feeling, but it felt cluttered to me. However, these are minor quibbles, and they do takeout so the ambiance isn't a dealbreaker for me.

Onto the food. I was thrilled to learn you can mix and match tacos because I wanted to try several. I settled on the Ronny Russell (roasted yams) and the Leona May (chipotle tofu). Both were stellar, if a little messy to eat because they are generous with the fillings. Be sure to get the "beautiful side salad" (the house salad). My boyfriend and I agree the pepitas and guac make it something special. I sampled his Dave's chipotle tofu burritos with mole sauce, which finds the right balance of sweet and spicy.

Our server was friendly and helpful. She even commiserated with my distaste for cilantro and made sure they left it off my salad. It's nice to find a Mexican restaurant (even if it's not authentic Mexican) that gets that some of us have the cilantro=soap gene.

I like what you're doing here, Bandidas. Keep it up.

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Would benefit from a Gordon Ramsay "Kitchen Nightmares" overhaul.
Submitted Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate his new job. I felt like I'd heard good things about it from friends, and we decided to chance it after reading the some of the negative reviews on this site because it sounded as though the food was decent.

The food was just okay--not memorable. Large portions, but nothing is particularly fresh or well prepared. Definitely overpriced.

However, the ambience and service are what made this a truly uncomfortable and unpleasant dining experience. The server (I believe he is the owner) repeatedly bumped into and jostled our table (partly because the tables are all jammed together) and was brusque in his manner. A mom and her son walked in without a reservation and the first thing the owner said was, "I need the table back in an hour." And she looked a bit taken aback and didn't say anything, and he said, "Well, can you do that?" And this other table ordered some bread and the immediate response was "It's extra." I would have tried to ignore all this except he was loud and again, the tables are close together. Also, we could hear kitchen staff yelling and arguing in the back, including profanity.

It's as though they just don't understand or care about the customer experience. It was so uncomfortable, I couldn't wait to leave!

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Sullen, laconic service
Submitted Friday, April 24, 2009 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

Went here with my boyfriend for lunch as he had never been and was dying to try it. I'd told him about the nachos and when I asked if they were available at lunch the server gave a blank look (as much as is possible without making eye contact) and replied curtly, "After 4:30." My boyfriend wanted to know if they had veggie juices: "No." I didn't expect profuse apologies, but where most servers would exhibit some show of human engagement in their remarks, e.g., "Unfortunately we don't, but we have ____, which is similar/also good/my favourite," the Foundation seems to settle for apathy. I don't expect the cloying cheeriness of those chain restaurant servers, but I also don't think anyone should have to accept sullen, laconic service as par for the course just because it's an indie establishment (ooh, oxymoron) on Main Street--no matter how good the nachos are.

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