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FoodAdventuresVancouverSince July 25, 200914 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good Ramen Place in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

I finally tried Menya few weeks ago for the first time after hundreds of times that I drove by the restaurant. All the staff were Japanese, so I anticipated authentic taste. The ramen came quickly. My wife had the Kyushu tonkotsu ramen and it was delicious. The noodles were thinner than the usual ramen and had good texture. My son had the Nagahama ramen and he was happy slurping it all in. I had the Nagasaki champon and it had lots of vegetables. The size was quite large, considering it was almost $10 compared to all their other ramen at $7 to 8. We had the ramen set with the gyoza and rice ball. The gyoza had thin skin and the filling was tasty. The rice ball was just ok as it did not have much flavour. Our 3 different soup flavours were all good.

The service was attentive and fast. The waitress was friendly.

The value was reasonable and inline with other ramen places. Menya does give more noodles than other places. I have been to Kintaro once and have not returned due to their small portion and long line ups. We did try G-Men in Richmond and I found the soup is the best, but the noodle portion is small.

The ambiance is casual and decorated in Japanese style. The tree stump stools adds to the natural and simple style of the restaurant. I will go back to have hardy noodles.

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Megabite Pizza898 Granville Street, Vancouver
Excellent Pizza
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

A colleague treated me to a vegetarian pizza. I normally do not order vegetarian because I am a meat carnivor. To my surprise, I liked the taste of the toppings, as it was not greasy. B best of all was the crust, especially with sesame seeds at the outer crust.

I will definitely go back to try other flavours.

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Asakusa Sushi4729 Kingsway, Burnaby
Pleasant Surprise
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 2:32am [Dine in]

This past Wed was 34 degrees, so we decided to go out for dinner to escape the heat. We first went to Metrotown mall and wanted to try out a new Japanese restaurant by the same owners as Aji Toro. We didn't want their all you can eat section, so we went to their ramen side. While we waited for our table, a little girl had a bleeding nose and had to walk out of the restaurant to cool off. The ramen kitchen was right at the front so it added to the heat. As soon as we were seated, my 8 yr old son complained of the heat, so we left the restaurant before the server gave us the menus.

We decided to go across Kingsway and try out Asakusa Sushi restaurant. I was hoping they have good air conditioning. When we walked in, it was nice and cool, so we sat down and wanted some sushi. We ordered salmon sashimi, which was fresh and of large size. We had the Mexican roll, consisting of tuna and avocado and it was all right. We had a Vancouver roll and it was very good. The best item was the deep fried salmon head and belly, which was fresh and quite a big size. It was not overcooked, so it was moist and tasty. This restaurant is not owned by Japanese and neither are the cooks, but the food was good even though it lacked the authentic Japanese taste. We heard the staff speaking Vietnamese.

The service was attentive and fast. There were 2 waitresses and they were fast and courteous.

The value was very good, as our dinner came to $32 for the 3 of us before tax and tips.

The ambiance really had no Japanese decor, but the most important thing that hot day was that they had air conditioning.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Felt Like on a New Cruiseship
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 1:58am [Dine in]

I took a client out to lunch last Friday to check out their new location on Alberni St near Burrard. We were giving a nice table on the loft level overlooking the main level. It gave me an impression of sitting in a private balcony box to watch a live concert. I asked the hostess how much did it cost to build the restaurant and she said 3 million dollars. The center area had the bar and all the fresh seafood on ice. There were quite a few sections where the decor and views were different, so making your returning meals with a variety of ambiance.

We ordered the seafood sampler for 2 people. It came in a stainless steel bowl like a wok with dry ice to add that special touch. The sampler had half pound of lobster, 4 jumbo prawns, 4 giant clams, 8 mussels, half of crab, 4 oysters, and tuna roll. All the seafood was fresh and of good quality. It came with 3 sauces: seafood cocktail, tartar, and orange marmalade. I liked the seafood cocktail one the best with most seafood. For dessert, my client ordered the raspberry tart, which he said was all right. I ordered the local mixed berries with Grand Marnier and juice, and it was refreshing and delightful.

The service was good at the beginning, but as our waitress got busy with more tables, we saw less of her, especially when I wanted the bill. I had to ask one of the managers to get the bill.

The value was good for what I ordered. Lunch came to $98 before tax and tips. I will definitely go back to try other items on the menu.

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Miya Japanese Restaurant1175 Johnson St, #360, Coquitlam
Relaxing Meal
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 12:31am [Dine in]

Family wanted to go to Copa Cafe for lunch, but we didn't want to wait after few other parties filled up the entire waiting area. We were going to go to Sushi Town and walked past Miya and decided to give it a try. The decor was very nice and had a zen feel to it. The music was relaxing and the sound system was of good quality. We sat in a booth and felt more private. We got there a little after 1 pm and there was only 2 other tables with customers.

The waitress was prompt in getting us the tea/water and menus. I ordered the bento box with nigri sushi, tempora, house roll, calif roll, salad, and orange wedges. My wife ordered the noodle combo with the chicken udon, calif roll, tuna roll, salmon roll, salad, and orange wedges. Both meals came with miso soup and ebi sonomono. My son had a BC cone and tobiko nigri sushi. He said it was the best cone he ever had, so we ordered another cone for him. My bento box had tempora with really good batter that didn't taste oily. I normally do not like calif roll, but theirs was tasty. My wife enjoyed her food as well. The raw fish was fresh and presented well.

The value was pretty good compared to other Japanese restaurants. We spent $26 before tax and tips and we were all full.

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Pita Fresh757 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Take Out Food Better Than Most Restaurants
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

The food is so tasty, fresh, and healthy. They have baked chicken, lamb kefta, chicken swarma, and chicken souflaki for about $6.50. Most items includes 2 sides, which I usually get the Greek salad and pita/humous. They usually have a daily special for $5.50, but with one side item. The portions are big.

The great taste and value explains why they always have the most customers. The wait is never more than 2 mins, as they have 2 cashiers, 2 cooks, and 2 servers working.

This place is located inside Sinclair Centre, which is an architecturally beautiful building. Often, there is live music played during lunch time.

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Cactus Club Cafe575 West Broadway, Vancouver
Waitress was professional
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

I took my 2 young boys last Sunday for lunch. I was surprised the restaurant was not even 30% full. I usually have to wait during the weekday lunch time. The hostess brought us to a large booth and had plenty of room for my 2 boys to stretch out and elbowing each other. The ambiance is very modern and it definitely made me feel more relaxed.

The food we ordered was done pretty good. I ordered the halibut soft tacos and it was tasty. The fish was not try and had plenty fillings. My older boy ordered the quesadilla with yam fries. It must have been good because he finished it before I could finish one of the two tacos I had. The yam fries were the best. He had to keep it from me by putting a fry into his mouth first and then dipping the sauce to smoother over the rest of his yam fries. I guess this is how the animals mark their territories.

My younger son had the chicken strips with regular fries. The chicken was nice and crusty on the outside and moist inside. He couldn't finish because there were 5 or 6 pieces and each piece was about 5" long.

The best part about this meal was seeing our waitress handling herself professionally. She accidentally dropped her tray of glasses and dishes while she was already at the dishwashing station. At first, she looked a little upset, but when she came around to our table, she was cheerful as if she didn't have the little accident. She was able to keep the negative feelings to herself and not pass on to her customers. However, I was not pleased to see her colleague not helping her clean up the mess. She had to drag out the broom and the mop by herself. Other servers were carrying out their own business as if they didn't even notice. I felt like talking to the manager to encourage some team spirit. With one or two more people helping, the cleanup would have been much faster.

The value was alright for a family meal, considering the quality is better than other places offering kids menu.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Always Enjoyable
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

I took my colleague there last Saturday night. We ordered the Okra, green beans, eggplant, and prawns with the samba sauce. It was what my palate was craving for. The other dish we ordered was the jumbo scallops with surprisingly, the same vegetables as the other dish, done in a curry coconut sauce (and plenty of it). This dish was not as tasty as the other dish, but the scallops were about a loonie size and cooked to the right firmness.

This restaurant is always busy, even when we went there at 9:15 pm, but the waiters and waitresses are very efficient and responsive. The value is not bad. The vegetable dish was $12 and the scallop was $20 and we had left overs to take home.

The restaurant is decorated with singapore and malaysian artifacts. The walls are painted with nice colours that would stir up your appetite. I must have come here more than 30 times and I have always had wonderful experiences here. I can't wait to go back.

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Goldies Pizza & Beer Lounge605 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Tasty Thin-crust Pizza
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

Ordered some thin-crust pizzas last Saturday night. Most of their pizzas are done with wholewheat dough. When I come during weekday lunch time, they have 5 or 6 types, but this last visit there were only 2, so I waited for another flavour. I ordered 2 slices of pepperoni, 3 slices of mushroom, and 2 slices of Hawaiian pizzas. The size is one-eighth of a 16" pizza and for $2, it is good value over the 99 cent or $1.50 pizza places. My favourite is the chicken with a bbq sauce they drizzle on after they take out from the oven. There is a window from the sidewalk that you can order from and you can see them roll the dough, spread the toppings and put in the oven. Most people order take outs, but you can sit in their beer lounge or there are outside tables. Worth the try for thin-crust pizza.

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Milestone's Grill & Bar1210 Denman Street, Vancouver
View is the only thing more than decent
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

I took a client out for lunch today and sat in the patio. It was nice that the patio was shaded and the view of English Bay was just fabulous. I ordered my usual fresh OJ, but the glass was not as icy chilled as I like. The service is always good at any Milestones. The waitresses are friendly and cheerful. I ordered the sea bass and it came with rice and vegetables. The sea bass was a little overcooked, but was not too dry. What I didn't like was the oil used for panfrying the fish was soaking into the rice and vegetables. My client ordered the chicken Ceasar salad and it looked dry, but he said he still liked it.

I find other than sidewiches and salads, other items are not that great of a value. I can get much better food for steaks, chicken, and fish and pay less.

The ambiance is the best feature at this restaurant. The view of the water is very nice, especially sitting in the outside patio. I will only go there if the weather is nice and sacrifice a little for the food taste.

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Yoshi Japanese Restaurant689 Denman Street, Vancouver
Authentic and Delicate
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

I had lunch with a client last Monday. I have been there 3 times in the last few weeks. It was a pleasant discovery of a restaurant that serves authentic Japanese food. My client and I both ordered the Kaiseki, which consists over 20 bite size items. Unlike many other Japanese restaurants in town that big portions, Yoshi has authentic sizes that makes the food tastier the way the food sits on your taste buds. The time it takes to make these items is like an art that needs patience and delicate hands. The higher price is worth the quality and taste. I can't wait to go back.

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Social Restaurant & Lounge332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
Soak in Gastown
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

I had lunch last Tuesday. The mussels are one of the tasty dishes in town. They have 3 flavours and my favourite is the one with figs in a light curry sauce, which I dipped the bread into because it was delicious. For main course, I had the grilled beef striploin with a mixed greens salad. The beef was tender and every bite was to savour for. My guest had the chicken pasta and he said it was a very tasty and a good size.

I have been there many times, but it was the first time that they removed the large windows so it made it very open to the outside. They have an open patio on the sidewalk. Great place to catch the ambiance and activities of Gastown. I felt like a tourist with many tourists walking around with their cameras.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Felt like a VIP guest
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

I took a client last Thursday for lunch. My client is a GM of 2 downtown hotels and was his first time at Le Crocodile. He was very impressed with the food, service and ambiance. I have been there over 20 times and they always make me feel like a VIP guest. This is a place to bring your date, spouse, and clients to have excellent food and be treated special. They always give out complimentary petit sampling appetitizers and desserts just to eliminate the waiting for your appetizers, main course, or dessert. My client and I both ordered the Express Menu consisting of fresh mushroom soup with truffle oil and the main course was sable fish with rice and vegetables. The soup was incredible and the sable fish was cooked just right with a bed of cream sauce. We both ordered fresh raspberries with Quincho liquor and raspberry sherbert. It was tasty. I was like the end when they give you the bill with the dark and light chocolate in the shape of crocodiles. They is such a nice touch and enforces the name of the restaurant. This restaurant is a regular place for me where I can expect a great dining experience.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
Fresh Hand Made Noodles
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I had lunch last Friday with a friend and was surprised to see 2 other similar restaurants on the same block having hand made noodles. Sha Lin is the original one and had line ups in the past, but now with 2 other noodle restaurants, they are no longer having line ups, which is good for hungry stomachs. I have always liked the food here, but will eventually try the other 2 noodle places.

The servers were quick to greet me when I walked inside and they came right away with tea and the menus. Different types of noodles (dragging, cutting, etc) are made from the same dough that they knead behind this glass enclosed room you can watch them. Dragging noodles are like spaghetti and are good for soup or dry with a sauce poured on top. The cutting noodles are good in soup and stir fried. We ordered the Sha Jiang dragging noodles which is a dry noodle with a pork/bean paste sauce and cucumbers. I found the sauce by itself was a little salty for my liking, but mixed with the noodles and cucumber, it was just right. We ordered also a curried beef fried cutting noodle. The beef was very tender and the hint of curry flavour made the dish very tasty. It also had brocolli, carrots, green and red peppers.

I wanted to order the fried dumplings, but they only make them for dinner or in the weekends. I guess I will be back soon for dinner or in the weekends for those yummy dumplings.

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