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eedeeMain, VancouverSince July 3, 200726 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
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  • Value2.5 (2.3)
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Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Eight 1/2? Not out of 10.
Submitted Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Loved it as Soma. Now, not so much. The wine pours were skimpy. I ordered the beet salad (without the blueberry dressing) and it was room temperature and mealy because of the overcooked potatoes.Disgusting and my friend agreed. Sent it back (no one asked how the food was) and got the roasted veg. pizza instead. Better, but a bit greasy for thin crust, but the flavours were good. Always had to ask a server when we wanted more drinks, not the other way around. The atmosphere was good-busy, nicely lit, but there was no hot water in the ladies room!!! Isn't that a health code violation? Won't be back.

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Earls901 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Vegetarians Beware!
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

Ordered the Hunan Kung Pao as it was the only meat free main that wasn't pasta. Found a piece of chicken and than was told that actually all their main dishes use chicken stock, even the ones without meat. I know this is commonplace, but most chains have notes on the menu saying that dishes can be made vegetarian or are veg friendly. Earl's says nothing anywhere. I always prefer Cactus Club as they have better food, a better menu and are more accommodating for vegetarians and kids.

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Flying Tiger, The2958 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Fun and Yummy!
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

I love tapas so went with a group of 7 for my birthday. Tried lots of dishes and most were hits. The fry bread was delicious and the szechaun beans. Papaya salad was tasty, but a bit overdressed. Only misses were the spring rolls and chicken satay. Great drinks-(great twist on a ceasar), great service, fun atmosphere and not overpriced. Nice to have lots of variety in the dishes too. Will definitely be back!

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Viva Don Guacamole's!
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

I had heard good things and am so happy to have tried it and to finally have Mexican better than Las Margaritas and Primo's. I had never seen nopales (cactus) in a mexican restaurant so I had to try it. It was amazing. Great texture, flavours and spice and served with tortillas to wrap it in. Not greasy or oversauced-just fresh and delicious. Also had the stuffed chiles and the same again-soo yummy. I am dying to go again and try more. My only complaint is the second serving of free chips and salsa after we had our food. It was just too much and since we didn't eat it, I'm assuming it went in the trash which is such a waste of food.
If you go to the other "Mexican " restaurants I mentioned, please try Don Guacamole's-it's so much better and more authentic. ( Lots of Spanish speakers eating which is always a good sign!)

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Alpha Global Sushi & Bar1099 Richards St, Vancouver
Don't Bother
Submitted Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 11:23am [Dine in]

Went here after Gyoza King was closed. The menu gimmick was lame (printed on a Time Life book) and the decor was dark and kind of dingy. Ordered a lot of different dishes to get a feel for the food. A couple dishes were good enough to order again (which we did), but overall, nothing memorable. When we got the bill I was fairly shocked at the price. After going to Toshi, Zipang, and Gyoza King regularly, this place doesn't have the quality, atmosphere, food or prices of those much better restaurants. Won't be back.

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Primo's Mexican Grill1509 W 12th, Vancouver
And I Thought Las Margaritas was Bad!!!!
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 12:06am [Dine in]

I had tried this restaurant once years ago and because it was convenient decided to give it a try again. I should have learned the first time. The free chips and salsa were nice, but my meal was disgusting. It was supposed to be a sampling of 3 different dishes-rellenos, enchiladas and tostadas ( I think). The reason I'm not sure is because it was all covered in a puddle of sauce and melted cheese causing it all to be one indistinguishable mass. It looked as bad as it tasted. There were no identifiable flavours, no varieties in texture and it was almost impossible to know what you were eating. I had to dig and scrape to see what was what. No wonder the place had three tables when we arrived and one when we left. There was also no hot sauce offered or any options of varying degrees of spiciness and the food needed as much help as it could get. Did I mention this plate of slop was $20?
PLEASE!!! Don't give them any business. Places like this should not be able to survive for decades in a city with so many good restaurants.

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Akira Sushi1069 Denman Street, Vancouver
Blech!!!
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

I used to go here when the kitchen staff were Japanese and it was good, so I stupidly assumed nothing had changed. ( I was desperately hungry) The menu is a mess, literally and figuratively- mine felt sticky and dirty. I ordered the gomae which was a big mistake. The spinach was gritty with dirt and sat atop a blob of sickly sweet sesame. It was inedible. Next came my sushi. (Did I mention the tea wasn't even lukewarm?) I had ordered the inari roll and a veggie roll. The inari roll tasted like nothing but sugar and had an awful texture and the veggie roll used the cheapest, nastiest veggies and was falling apart (I wish I could be more specific, but I just remembered how bad the food was and had to write even though it was about 3 weeks ago.) I hardly ate anything and when the server asked, I told her it was the worst Japanese I had eaten of course to no avail. Regardless of the cuisine, don't go to a restaurant where the kitchen staff are not from the same country as the food. I have never wanted to dine and dash more in my life.

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Pad Thai Cuisine132 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Cheap and Tasty!
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I have eaten in once and have had takeout once. The portions are huge -enough to feed 5, so with only 2 people you don't get to try much unless you want leftovers for days. We haven't had the pad thai so I can't comment but you MUST order the papaya salad! (without the shrimp) It is sooo yummy. Refreshing and delicious with a wonderful crunch. The food is fresh and really good. My husband loves the cashew chicken and he is really picky about his poultry. Just don't eat in unless you don't mind a drafty, cheap and bland room. Also kudos on the recyclable containers and not using styrofoam (although the traditional Chinese food containers are greener)

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Abigail's Party1685 Yew Street, Vancouver
A Party Worth Going To
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

I was surprised by all the negative reviews because that is not what the critics have said. I am a picky eater, as is my husband and our party of four were all very satisfied. It may be because of a new menu or improvements as most of the dishes mentioned previously are not on the menu now. I started with the winter salad and it was fresh and delicious. Spinach, dried cherries, pear, pecans and a great blue cheese and the perfect amount of dressing. I can't do it justice, but it was the best salad I've had in a while. I had the Tuscan Gnocchi and the olives were not canned and the gnocchi was neither frozen, nor deep fried as a previous reviewer said. I know - I've made gnocchi from scratch. The flavours were delicious, just a little more tomato needed for more moisture as there was really only goat cheese, tomatoes and herbs for the sauce. (My mother in law had the same but hers had more tomatoes so maybe just bad luck) My husband had the cheeky ravioli - crab ravioli with halibut cheeks and a cream sauce and enjoyed it. We ordered the coffee creme brulee with mini doughnuts and it was a lovely change from the usual dessert dishes. It isn't easy (or common) to have 3 great courses at a great price in a cute little neighborhood spot. We'll definitely be back.

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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina1326 Davie Street, Vancouver
Actually go south for Mexican, not here
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 12:53am [Dine in]

This was the third time that I've eaten here. The first two were quite good, but this time- not so impressed. I think they've changed the menu which I am all for as most restaurants keep the same menu for WAY too long. However, this doesn't seem to have been a positive change. Our appetizer (something con queso) was delicious, but not enough tortillas, but that was easily remedied with more. I had enjoyed the tacos before but the only vegetarian one was - wait for it - butternut squash and wild mushroom. OK I love both of these vegetables, but in a TACO ?? I think that fusion can work, but that is not a combination that should ever be in a Mexican dish. Needless to say I didn't order it and went for the salad instead. Not bad flavours, but all it was was butter lettuce, a quarter of an avocado and four pieces of grapefruit for $13 and some of the lettuce was wilted to the point of being inedible. My husband said his stuffed chicken was good, but didn't seem to have any Mexican influence to me (it came with rapini which is Italian). My other beef about this restaurant is the lack of spice. No options on the menu to make anything spicy and nothing is spicy! As I wrote in another Mexican review, I have never been to Mexico, but I know what it is from plenty of authentic cookbooks and it should be somewhat HOT! At least give customers a choice. My choice is not to go back for more boring psuedo Mexican.

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Cactus Club Cafe575 West Broadway, Vancouver
The Best Entree Salads Hands Down
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

I avoid chain restaurants but whenever I want a big salad I go to CC. Not a fan of the trampy servers but I guess that suits most of the clientele. The edamame and Sezchuan beans are yummy starters. They have 4 or 5 entree salads to choose from and the Raincoast Greens is really good. The last time I had it it was amazing. Crispy spiced pecans, delicious strawberries (usually not a fan of the all too common berries in salad) a whole avocado-sliced, egg, peppers and the perfect amount of dressing. Yummy!! Also, another reason to support them is all their fish is Oceanwise- approved by the Aquarium and sustainable. If only a sushi restaurant would do the same.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Some Food with your Oil?
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

I don't know why this restaurant has 3 and a half stars because it deserves two max. The server mumbled and asked what we wanted to drink after about 1 minute of being seated. (This is my pet peeve!! I haven't even opened a menu-how the hell do I know what I want?) In the rice section, every dish was fried. In the vegetable section, every dish had "shrimps" in it or shrimp paste. You can ask for it without, but why every dish? We ordered a veg. dish of eggplant, okra and beans which could've been good, but was a bit greasy. We did find a rice dish (Nasi Goreng) in another section of the menu which wasn't fried so we ordered that. It was supposed to have tomatoes and tofu and it came with 3 pieces tofu and 2 pieces of tomato which were both from the core. I have had this dish at another restaurant and it was far better there. Who wants to pay $10 for a crappy oily dish of rice with some veg scraps thrown in? My friend also ordered the chicken satay which looked deep fried. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone unless I knew they liked grease. The decor also seemed dark and cold although it does depend on your seat. Ours was probably the worst.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
White person's Mexican
Submitted Monday, December 31, 2007 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

I am white by the way, but this food is BORING and comparable to a restaurant version of Taco Time. The service is good, the ambiance is good, but the food is not Mexican and the servings are super sized which is a waste and just adds to the obesity problem. Where is the spice? the Mexican flavours? They bring 4 kinds of hot sauce to the table and not even that makes up for the lack of kick in the food. I cook a lot and have plenty of authentic Mexican recipes and they all taste better than this nondescript crap. People come because the servings are huge, you get free chips and salsa and they are not going to be challenged in any way by something that is different or authentic. At least Lolita's is interesting.

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
You'll regret it!
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 12:32am [Dine in]

I have been here twice and have given it its final chance. The decor is cheesy, (fake plants - gag) the music is beyond awful and impossible to ignore, the service is sloppy and slow and most importantly, the food is awful! I had the eggs benedict and the coagulated hollandaise definitely came from a package. Actually, I think they said it was a cheese sauce, which is not what eggs benny should have. After waiting for the server to bring hot sauce, I got up and got it myself. My husband also wasn't happy with his food. Don't waste your time or money.

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Crescent Beach Bistro12251 Beecher St., White Rock
Crescent BEACH Bistro, not Crescent Street Bistro!
Submitted Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has been named incorrectly in dinehere, so don't get confused if you can't find a place with this name. Anyway. Went here for my mother in law's birthday. Upon entering I thought it was a good place to take someone's mom or grandmother as it is decorated like Grandma's. An intimate little room with flowery tablecloths and landscapes all in muted tones. Not a trendy hot spot for sure, but good for the older set. The older French waiter even gave her a kiss on the cheek for her birthday. The service was great. The waiter knew his stuff and when to be around. All the food was delicious , salads, mains and desserts, and I am not easily impressed. I tried to stop eating my pasta because I was full, but I couldn't! Everyone in our group of six was pleased and would definitely return. There was only one negative. The glass covering the tables had chipped on some of the corners and had been covered with duct tape. Hideous! Granny would not be pleased. The beach is also within walking distance so you can walk off some of the calories after.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Overrated!
Submitted Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here a couple times and as beautiful as the views are, it doesn't make up for the mediocre food. Their "big" salad is neither big nor good. Boring dressing on bland greens with an egg, one baby potato, 3 olives and probably half a beet. I can make a better salad any day and I didn't go to cooking school! My husband had the olive and feta ravioli. The tomato sauce was too sweet and there was not an iota of olive flavour in it. Upon inspection, the pieces of olive were smaller than a peppercorn. No wonder you couldn't taste them. I'm sure the seafood and steaks are good, but it takes more than that to make a good restaurant. Also, the wine prices are a tad ridiculous. $30.00 for a half litre of Blue Mountain. If it weren't for the location, would it be so popular?

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Ama-no!!
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 1:07am [Dine in]

I don't know why people give this place a good review. The service is always rude-if you ask for a napkin (why should they be behind the counter anyway -it's ice cream-it's messy!) you get attitude. The prices are high for what you get and most importantly the gelato is bland and uninspired. The tiramisu was a disappointment and my husband's After Eight was like eau de mint. I have been to almost every gelato joint in town and if you want the best, go to Mondo not Amato.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
La Crap Gelato
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2007 - 1:28am [Dine in]

Really the only thing this place has going for it is the number of flavors. The service is unfriendly and the pay first thing is annoying. The gelato is lacking flavour, creaminess and is just blah. Go to Mondo Gelato instead-who needs dill pickle ice cream anyway!

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Blissful brunch, but lunch?
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

I go here for brunch almost every weekend, so I feel justified in saying that it is great. I consider myself somewhat of an eggs benny connoisseur and their veggie benny is one of the best. Add a mimosa (or two) and the shaded back patio and how can you not be happy?! The service has always been fast and unobtrusive with nice presentation - no unsightly ketchup bottles. I have never had a bad experience at brunch, BUT lunch has been a bit of a disappointment and I have no plans to go for dinner. My advice is go for brunch and be ready for a line, but skip it for lunch.

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Soma151 E 8th Ave, Vancouver
New and improved!
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

After enjoying the cafe, I had to give the restaurant a try. Love the decor - simple and soothing. We had the tasting trio -pureed white beans, fig tapenade and olives with baguette. Delicious. The wine list was good although I only drink BC, so I can't speak for the other bottles. The chevre cheesecake and chocolate mousse (can't remember exact name) were to die for. Everything was wonderful and had a great time! (Just wished the servers hadn't been dressed for a Sunday at home on the couch.)

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