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Food123EastVanSince June 16, 200811 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
Deacon's Corner101 Main Street, Vancouver
OK Lunch
Submitted Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

I've only eaten breakfast at Deacon's, but this time it was a late Saturday lunch. No line ups like at breakfast; so I guess lunch is not as popular.

Service was efficient and our meals came promptly. My pulled pork sandwich was weird, as the coleslaw is inside the sandwich, as opposed to being on the side. While the amount of pork was substantial, I did not care for the bun that came with it. I don't eat white bread, but it just had no substance and was overpowered by the pork. Poor bread needed to be more substantial to balance out the pork. Aside from the bread, I enjoyed it, as did the other person having the same thing. Don't know that I would have it again though.

Atmosphere is low key, although I really dislike TVs in restaurants. I can't place my finger on it, but the place seems to lack warmth when it is not filled to the brim with people.

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Slickity Jim's Chat 'N' Chew3469 Main Street, Vancouver
Good with the not-so-good
Submitted Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

This was a first visit to this restaurant, having avoided the long line-ups at its previous location. For four of us, we waited about 20 minutes on a Sunday closer to noon.

I liked the interior; it was casual and the mismatched chandeliers helped create a great atmosphere. We sat in a booth, but really, they were not made for 4 people; maybe school bus seats, meant for kids. I guess sitting nearest to the kitchen doesn't help either, especially with the wait, when one notices all the food coming out but not ours!

Menu is extensive, with great titles to describe them. Once we ordered, we waited and waited. Drinks came, but I really did not care for the coffee. With a full restaurant one would think the coffee would taste fresh, but to me it didn't and even lots of milk/sugar did not make it more palatable. A smoothie ordered by one of my party was deemed very good.

Now, on to the food. I don't even remember what I had, except that it was some version of a benny and had artichokes in it. Bland, bland, and more bland. The potatoes seemed like last night's leftovers, and while no one needs more fat in their diet, these were downright mushy and gross. Sure, they had their skins on them, but that wasn't enough to save them from mediocrity. The bread was not toasted, so soft and unappealing. And the proscuitto was paper thin, one extremely thin slice. Everything I ate seemed soft and mushy.

Not one member of my party said ONE word about their meals, and we all had different items. Very telling. The friendly service didn't balance out the less than stellar food.

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Flying Swan Coffeehouse1724 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Good time!
Submitted Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

We were a group of 8 today. Served promptly and there were so many choices for breakfast! The blueberry pancakes with fresh blueberries were fabulous--the best I've had! Everyone in our group seemed happy with their choice, and the prices were very reasonable. Friendly service and laid back atmosphere. Cool biker theme. Will definitely visit again.

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Sushiyama371 East Broadway, Vancouver
Time to pass...
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a number of time in the past, but really don't believe bigger is better. Now that they've expanded, there seem to be more problems with service, and I believe the quality of the sushi has gone down. Our experience on Thursday confirmed my sentiments. Restaurant was very busy, but there was a table for 2 immediately. Unfortunately, it was right beside the back kitchen area, so very unappealing, with boxes piled about 2 feet away. Felt like we were dining in the storage room. Although we got a closeup view of how they serve out the bowls of rice and soup!

Bento boxes are OK for value, but they don't have that 'special' something that would make them rise above being just OK. I would gladly bad much more for a good bento box. One of our boxes arrived in a timely fashion, but one we ended up waiting for until the other person was almost finished eating. Definitely an issue in the kitchen. With all the takeout service that they do (saw long lineups for takeout), I believe that dining in the restaurant is sacrificed in order to meet takeout demands. Table beside us had to ask when their food was coming as they had waited a long time.

I don't feel too enthusiastic about coming again, and will probably look elsewhere for my next sushi fix.

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Very good!
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

First time to this restaurant, and first time to this location at Hastings/Cambie, which has seen many other restaurants here before. Inviting space, a bit dim (but not so dim that one couldn't read the menu!) and very busy for a Wednesday night. We came without reservations, but were greeted with a big smile from the host and seated very quickly. Great start when one truly feels like a wanted guest. Service was good throughout.

I've eaten Lebanese food before so knew some of the items on the menu. Good shared 'little feast', with enough pita to match the quantity of hummus and baba ghanous (other restaurants you'd have to ask for more bread; this was just the right amount). The hot mezzos sizes weren't large, but with a glass of wine each and an assortment of shared dishes, we had only a little room for dessert. Dessert wasn't elaborate (a cardamon custard, shortbread), but nicely finished the meal. We were very satisfied with the whole evening!

Only downside is that it can get very noisy and we had to strain to hear each other, especially later in the meal.

Definitely worth a visit!

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Panaderia Latina Bakery4902 Joyce Street, Vancouver
What's all the hype about?
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

Over the last few years, this bakery has made it to a number of 'best of' lists. I drive by quite often, but never took the time to stop. Well, I did recently, and while everything looked good, and I spend more than I usually would on bakery sweets, I was not that enthalled with the dulce de leche ingredient. It was way too sweet for me in almost everything, and after having a few bites of a few items, I threw he whole thing away. Just not my thing, and I would never order the sweets again. I might try the savories like empanadas, but you know, once you get turned off to something it takes a while to even consider going in the door again.

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Riz Sushi Bar & Catering2887 Broadway, Vancouver
Ok, but not great
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

I've driven by this place many times, and it is the reviews on this site that made me stop one day to buy takeout. I've given the place a low ambiance rating, because it was freezing inside. I could not imagine staying to eat in (and this was way before the cold spell we are now having!).

For the most part, the sushi rolls were good, although nothing exceptional or worth commenting about. My one complaint is that a favorite of mine - the yam rolls - was actually made with carrots! I kept doubting myself but and wondering if there were different yams, but no, they were carrot! I would have preferred they said they were out of yam, rather than giving a carrot roll as a replacement, at the same cost! Kind of put me off and I haven't been back since.

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Cafe Calabria1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Customer service = 0
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

Some of the previous negative reviews are right on. I was meeting a friend on the Drive for coffee and pastry and decided on Calabria, a supposedly 'authentic' coffee place, not like the "S" across the street.

When I arrived, my friend had already tried to get seated inside, but they would not until I had arrived. Considering we were meeting at a specific time, especially considering my friend walks with a cane and could not remain standing until I got there, they would not seat her! And, didn't seem to really care about us as potential customers.

Never again. Way too many places in Vancouver get good word of mouth, but provide TERRIBLE service! I have my own espresso machine at home, so I am not going for the coffee. I could make a good cup at home, but I do expect to be treated with respect, a place where our business is appreciated. It will never again be Calabria, no matter how much the anti-S crowd crows.

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Pen Cafe, The319 Governors Court, #101, New Westminster
Good homemade value
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 12:40am [Dine in]

Sunday brunch on a hot day. Lovely patio but not enough umbrellas so we decided to sit indoors in a cool but not cold air conditioned room. Service was prompt, and it always appeals that one can choose either breakfast or lunch items. Sometimes in a large group everyone has different needs, and all were very satisfied in our group. Good crab/potato soup, dressings for salads that didn't taste like they came from a bottle. Low key atmosphere and we could all hear each other. Not a hip trendy place, but noticed families with kids, lots of seniors and regular folks. Bill for five was very reasonable, and everyone in our group said they'd definitely want to come back again.

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Tequila Kitchen1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Tasty Mexican food
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 12:32am [Dine in]

Went here for a Sunday brunch with a large group. Service was a bit slow considering the place wasn't full, but it was Sunday and none of us were in a hurry. The food more than made up for it. Lots of positive feedback from the various dishes that were ordered. Food was fresh, home made and with just the right amount of seasoning. Some of us ordered breakfast type items, some ordered botanas (tapas type). All was good and we'd definitely come back again for brunch, and possibly even dinner.

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Caffe Artigiano4359 Hastings Street, Burnaby
I was expecting more
Submitted Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

I was excite upon hearing that there was going to be a cafe artigiano closer to home. I have always loved the ambiance of the W Hastings location. Unfortunately, this new location in Burnaby does not have it! It's more spacious, but colder. The piped in music is definitely a turn-off. It is almost impossible to find places where one can thing and talk to the person you are with! This cafe was not that bad, but the music still irritating. The latte was OK, but I remember the latte at their downtown location was just heavenly! My muffin was stale and tasteless. It put me off and I don't know whether I will ever be back. Could it be too much of a good thing for the owners?

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