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foodfanaticSouth VancouverSince August 26, 2005286 Reviews
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Marble Slab Creamery1184 Denman Street, #103, Vancouver
A learning experience... $8 for an ice cream cone x_X
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

I most definitely felt robbed. But it was something I had to try 'else I'd always be curious about until they're no longer around & then I'd be full of regrets wondering how it might have tasted...

Went there one cold evening while we were doing the usual evening stroll after dinner out. Walked by and couldn't help but to satisfy my curiosity.

Luckily, we decided to share a cone though we almost ordered two items but as with a lot of things, I might find myself less inclined to finish it after trying the first bite. Well, it was okay. The rocky road mix they have on their menu along with an extra topping and predipped cone. It was... well... ice cream on a sugared waffle cone... I think I'm better off getting myself a little tub of Ben & Jerry's fancy flavours to enjoy instead and then there'd still be enough change leftover for a box of 12 cones at least.

It's nothing special. If it's convenient for you to buy hard ice cream from them then do so, if you don't mind that you're not getting a good value but life is not always about deals, I guess, lol.

All in all, I won't be wandering back into there, but if someone else was treating, I wouldn't mind eating it again as ice cream is ice cream and there was nothing particularly bad about it.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
The only hotdog stand I frequent!
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

Terimayo is by far my favourite one of the 3 Japa styles they have to offer. I have yet to try their regular dogs as I find myself always craving the Japa ones and have no room to eat more! I love getting the terimayo then squeezing some of their wasabi-mayo sauce to spice up my already juicy dog! The oroshi dog is the next best one. Very juicy as well, but it doesn't make me dream about eating it again! It's still tasty enough though. Misomayo turkey dog is the least favourite but still good for those who prefer the bird protein. I've only had it once out of curiosity though others (non-beef eaters I know) claim to love it.

It's conveniently located away from the Robson shopping crowd. It gets the pre and post threatre ppl as well as regular shoppers lining up here. I like how you're not stuck in heavy pedestrian traffic while waiting for your order.

The only regret I have is that I haven't tried them out sooner! I've only started buying from them this spring in spite of my curiosity having been around for as long as I've spotted them there as I tend to love most things Japanese & love food in general but was boycotting hotdogs for the longest time. I made an exception for these guys.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Savoury chicken soup base.
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 1:05am [Dine in]

About 4 choices of noodles. Then side dishes & toppings for a premium. Listed 1st is the shoyu ramen. Its savoury chicken soup stock is very good. They focus on chicken stock soup base for all of their ramen offerings as is indicated by the written referral a couple of doors down at Kintaro's. I suppose Kintaro makes a pork stock for their soup base. The soup here is less greasy & the single slab (unless u order the most expensive option that has an extra pc) of bbq pork you get is thicker, less fatty, more meaty than Kintaro but you get next to no greens. I wouldn't call backyard "wild" pickings "greens" & they're the dry weed variety. I'd hate to call them herbs for their total lack of flavour & aroma. It's more of a decorative item. $10 +/- 5-95cents. If you want veggies, more meat, seaweed (a little sheet of the dried sushi rolling type--I felt cheated paying extra for this!). The last ramen option on the list--I forget the name--is much heavier due to the black bean taste/content added to make it a dark green/black soup. Both were served w/ half a cooked (quail?) egg & some bamboo shoots. That was interesting with its strong flavours but masks a lot of the best thing about it--the savoury chicken soup base.

Walking by the very busy Kintaro, I couldn't help but zoom in on the beautiful batch of leafy "bak choi" (?) a girl was enjoying. I remember corn in Kintaro's ramen. I glanced at the prices... $6.95+... $4 less than my bowl of, albeit tasty & not as greasy, noodles but w/ much more barebones except for the thicker slab of meat (a little on the dry side).

Definitely trendy modern & great for the ramen experience but a little more laid back & less rushed than Kintaro. Not sure if it was the mood set by the decor or the fact that there's little to no line-up here in this tiny place in comparison.

Will I be back? Maybe 1-2 times a yr when introducing others to tasty expensive ramen but I'm not sure I'd be willing to fork out more $$ to try their sides.

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
They've improved a lot since opening...
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2007 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

When I first visited near the early months of their opening, I was not the least bit impressed by their xiao long bao's, tan tan noodle, Shanghai fried rice cakes, spicy wonton, and their oversized single order/pc soup bun (too hot to drink out of a plastic straw). Their other dimsum items were decent. Better than Dinasty a few blocks away, but still nothing exceptional. I was not eager to return esp. to fight the crowd.

Much much later, we've gone back seeing as how busy they still get & with the hopes that maybe the food has gotten better & we had a Shanghai craving. I'm glad we did! It got a whole lot better. The xiao long bao's, though the skin/wrap is thicker than some places, 7/10 times now it doesn't taste doughy. I think that's a good ratio. The soup stock itself is really tasty! They've improved on the flavours giving it a golden savouryness that not many ppl could master except the once exceptional Northan Dynasty on Alexandria Rd (since gone downhill :( did the kitchen staff change?!).

Their dinners are a good bargain, too! They have a section of entree dishes that go for $8.88. The portions are pretty impressive especially for being under $10. The other items are good, too. Love their dessert of black sesame sticky rice balls in wine soup. Can't have enough! Their lettuce wraps are tasty too though I always order the duck meat option, they do offer it in chicken, beef, and pork as well.

They are always packed full during the usual meal hours so it's best to book in advance & get their early or on time!

Cash only as is the case with most Shanghai cuisine restaurants these days.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
No longer a favourite.
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2007 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

They've since gone downhill after being absent for several months, we decided to return for an overdue mid summer visit. It was not a positive experience.

6 of us were crammed into a tiny table (sure, 2 of us were elementary grade kids but they too needed a full sized chair!) located at the lower level of the restaurant. We were told the mid sized round table across from us was reserved. About an hour later, an old couple totalling TWO ppl were seated there. They must be regular enough... there were only 2 table settings so they weren't expecting more guests. In the meantime, while our table was crammed with food & later required a separate stand next to my seat to place some of our dishes, those two were still casually sipping tea on their mostly empty table...

More recently, last month, I figured they're due another trial... could have been a bad day, busy and all, and it wasn't the usual cheery manager who led us to that tiny table & refused us the larger one. Albeit, our server was one of the usual ones we got before. Well, this time around, other than the same bunch of managers in suits, the rest of the servers & bussers changed! There were more women around & the guys who used to be there nearly every day (as we've dined there on weeknights & weekend day & evenings) were absent save, maybe, one. I know they do sometimes have the servers help out at the busier locations (Richmond, etc) as they've told us in the past, but I can't help but wonder if maybe they all quit... maybe. But in either event, service was slow to absent & forgetful when we did get it.

It's no longer the same experience. I find no reason to return except maybe after the Shangri-La is up & running, I'll be back to see if they've gone back to the good old days of superb service w/ quality food though not as much variety in dimsum options, what they offered, they did well enough.

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Cactus Club Cafe1530 W. Broadway, Vancouver
A good location.
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2007 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

One of my current favourites for a consistently tasty slab of filet mignon or new york steak. The regular sirloin is not as good but that's not the fault of the cook(s). So far in the past couple of months, I've been back just under 10 times for a juicy flavourful piece of steak cooked perfectly to medium-rare. There were a couple of times they overcooked it, serving it at medium but were more than pleasant about rectifying that the one time we spoke up & even removing it from the bill & offering a salad or other such prefered side on the house while waiting for a properly made one. The server handled it so well that during another visit when it was a little too cooked again, we didn't bother to complain as we know they try. The NY's are packed with flavours while the filet mignon has a good smooth texture as the cuts should be. Certainly much better than the Keg... The mashed potatoes are tasty without being pasty for the most part. Preferable to Joey's mash as far as these chain restaurants go.

I've got to say that they have come a long way from what they used to serve. The food wasn't so impressive back then and this applied especially to their steaks. Of course, I didn't come JUST for the steaks. The bellini's are one of the best here. Isn't watered down at all & remains consistently fruity & slushy.

The yam fries makes for a good starter or snack. The salmon khalua (sp) salad is a good entree sized portion. No complaints there. Love their other salads as well. The burgers/sandwiches are alright except when I had a fairly cold one from their Coquitlam Schoolhouse location (will not return to that one).

All in all, I just find myself going back quite often now for their steaks while dropping by other steakhouses to compare. They are fairly consistent with the size & flavours. The service varies from okay/typical to exceptional depending on your luck. But overall, I prefer the service here over the other Broadway location at Ash.

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Nick's Spaghetti House631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Fine dining prices in a not so fine establishment.
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2007 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

Upon reading the most recent review, made the mistake of dining there last night.

Basic baked lasagna just cents shy of $18. Much smaller than a random pizza delivery place (it's $20 if you wanted meatballs...). W/ the excessive (canola?) oil coating the pasta & sauce, it couldn't taste any better than "ok" mixed in w/ a whole lot of what seemed like canola oil. Aweful oil aftertaste. Simply lost my appetite. Does NOT come w/ any sides of salad, garlic toast, etc. There's the questionable house bread served.

The spaghetti w/ meat sauce was a reasonable portion but just pennies short of $15... I've had better & more a few blocks back in the more populated Drive area. As it turns out, it was linguine that was brought to the table rather than the spaghetti that was ordered. Pasta is pasta at least it was the tomato meat sauce. You can still clearly taste the oil in this dish just not as obvious & less of an aftertaste.

It's in need of a cleanup (vacuum) & update--admittedly, no cob webs or otherwise spotted. The red carpet runs into the kitchen looking old & dirty. Upon entering & passing the kitchen area to get to the dining room, I already almost turned back around but figured I shouldn't judge a place by its decor... and even dirty kitchens may produce tasty food for a tough enough stomach.

The ribs another table ordered looked impressively huge. He probably got the full rack. But the prices are pretty steep.

The service, albeit w/ a slow kitchen, is pleasant and full of smiles but I wonder if that's what brings the regular flow of patrons coming through. I really don't get it. Strangely enough, the old carpet does not carry a dingy soaked odour. The place only smelled of an East Indian operation when it's clearly not.

Min. charge $10 per person. A side order of mushrooms $10.95. Various salads $9.95. Small spaghetti w/ smthing or other $15+. Nothing runs cheap except for the quality of the food itself.

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Vivacity Restaurant8351 Alexandra Road, #110, Richmond
A regular dimsum spot.
Submitted Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

I've come to really love this place. From my first visit many months ago, I've found myself going back frequently over the summer for dinner and weekend brunch. I've gotten to the point where this has become a minimum of a once a week visit for dimsum.

The interior of this restaurant has been completely redone from what used to be the Grand Buffet. From the outside, I had expected to walk into at most, a repainted hack job of the predecessor, but boy was I glad to have been proven wrong. It's so easy to forget what it used to be. It has a very relaxing decor in a somewhat typical Chinese restaurant atmosphere (noise level, etc, is not intolerable but typical).

The food is good whether it be at lunch or dinner. Love the braised pork (rib? not hock...) as it was less fatty than the usual stuff I get from other restaurants but just as tender, juicy and savoury. The prices are very reasonable though there's a tea charge of $1 per person which is almost the norm but at least it isn't watered down tea...

Service, I rate solid though some are really friendly & seem happy to chat but that depends on if you hit up the right person very much like most decent Chinese places.

Highly recommended!

(hit ENTER accidentally for earlier post! pls delete)

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Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant8888 River Road, #150, Richmond
Fast becoming a favourite!
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

In the past years, whenever I did give this place a shot, I came out disappointed and wondered what it was ppl saw in it whether it be for lunch or dinner. It's known to be a high-end Chinese restaurant (in price & quality) and yet the decor shouted of dingy old and unimpressive. With the more recent visits after a long while of absence, I've been back more than a handful of times in the span of a little more than a month (weekends, mainly).

This is now on my list for one of my favourite dimsum places (while, say, Kirin d/t has fallen from that list). I'll have to give a shot at their dinners soon! The variety is good, and service is pleasant. There seems to have been some renovations done. No more mirrors on the the wall. It's been updated though it's still almost a little crowded in seating but still better than some other places. Now, I go almost weekly but started to alternate to (re)try other dimsum spots.

Parking is good if you go for the first sitting right when they open at 10am.

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Italian Tomato8380 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Good portion of pasta for the price.
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

Though there is a minimum $$ order requirement, the prices seem fair enough. We each got to take home pasta that lasted another meal or two. There's actually plenty of noodle but not much in other contents (i.e., chicken, shrimp, sausages, etc.). I did not run into any fresh grated cheese or ground pepper problem from my server like some others experienced. When she offered them, I requested for plenty of pepper though I didn't try to ask for more cheese than she was grating...

The service was very professional. Checked on us a few times and smiled plenty. The only problem we saw was when we first entered the restaurant on a relatively slow night, the gentleman, I assume is the bartender and another guy standing just outside of the kitchen, was just glaring over at us (well, they might have been born with natural glaring features so they could just be blank expressions...) and even as we were led in by the hostess/server (she was the only one serving us for the night), they did not crack a smile in our direction. That didn't bother me too much since I'm sure it was nothing personal.

I guess the old Dem Bones look suits them well enough. It's functional. I wouldn't hesitate to return for another meal, but I'd still be on the hunt for a good pasta place that's not too stingy on the protein.

Browsing through the prices for the alcoholic beverages, it does seem a little up there for this type of restaurant especially. I just stuck with water and didn't try the bakery goods they order in for dessert....

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Great AYCE weekend lunch deal.
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 6:23pm [Dine in]

They don't serve everything in huge portions for the AYCE so it wouldn't result in wasted food and lets you try a bit of everything. The chicken in the tom kha gai is a little overcooked probably as it's left simmering the entire day but since it's in soup, it doesn't get intolerably dry to eat. The calamari and wings are indeed tastily deep fried with a sweet dip on the side. The pad thai's alright but it wasn't worth ordering again when I went back to try their regular dinner menu.

The steamed tilapia for dinner was tasty enough only if you pour or dip into the citrusy little bowl of sauce/soup and add the chilli's to get what you normally get pre-added/done during the preparation process in other Thai restaurants. Since we had too much food & had to pack to go & neglected to mix in the citrus sauce/soup, we ended up with a somewhat boring leftover steamed fish to eat the next day (tasted of a light veggie broth). The red curry duck typically served in a coconut was tasty enough except for the excessive fat. More fatty parts than there was meat. But that was alright just to have tasty curry sauce to go with rice. The satay is okay. The prices are good and not especially high for Yaletown. But overall, I think I'd be going to Chilli House by the water (their sister restaurant that's part of the Samba group?) over returning to this place as it wasn't anything special though not bad either.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
No longer a favourite.
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

Went back recently for a late night meal and came out quite disappointed. The whole atmosphere is different as is the food and menu selection. I understand the seasonal changes but some old yr-round favourites disappeared and the flavours of those still around such as the mentaiko udon is lacking and the skill of preparation has declined. Even the dessert has suffered!

I like the old batch of servers better. There are fewer brilliant (real or faked) smiles and fewer eye candy on the floor. The kitchen is staffed with more females now and a couple of young guys who don't give off that feeling of imported hip & skilled straight from Japan--they could very well be, but maybe the more introverted variety, I dunno. I've decided to move on especially having been impressed by an old yaletown hip spot for izakaya I've only just recently gotten around to trying out and having left impressed both by the attitude of the chefs & the creations they've come up with.

I'll probably give the new Hapa location a test run (wasn't aware there was another until I just read it on here--haven't logged on for months! :().

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Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly good for the location.
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

About a door down from a funeral home, it's just outside of some of the worst parts of Chinatown on Hastings. Since it was more on the way of where we were heading for the day & I have previously read the good reviews for this place, I decided to give it a try as I was craving for dimsum but didn't know of many dimsum places en route that wouldn't have scared me away even before entering.

To both of our pleasant surprise, even after what must have been a 15 min. wait for 2 (w/o a reservation), we experienced pretty decent dimsum! I really enjoyed their baked durian flake pastry while their deep fried bitter melon rice ball was bordering horrid in flavour, not in freshness. The staple steamed pork & shrimp dumplings were flavourful w/ a good balance of mushroom juiciness, shrimp & pork fattiness. The gai lan was steamed well while the fried soy sauce rice rolls were too greasy (still best at d/t Kirin). The steamed egg custard bun was interestingly filled w/ steamy liquidy egg yolk inside when served--it was pretty good as you can taste the salted egg pretty well in it & not too sweet either. Later the same day, after the takeout cooled down, it became the usual pastier custard typically served by other restaurants except this is less tasty when cold in comparison.

Nearly all the items were in the $3-range & overall came out to be pretty cheap tho, the next day, doing brunch at Fisherman's Terrace, I noticed a lot of their dimsum was in the $3-range as well so they're all about average, I suppose.

Definitely a place I'd consider returning to for more as it's currently still clean (no weird carpet odours, etc) & food is brought out steamy warm/hot & price is very reasonable.

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Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe3292 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Great breakfast spot overall!
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

After reading the 1st 2 reviews, in search a breakfast spot w/ possibly shorter lines than Joe's Grill on 4th, I quickly gathered my dining companions & ran over there for a nice brunch the next day. A great way to spend a long wkend discovering new old places to dine at. Joe's still has better value/portions, but I like this place for the variety of pretty much typical breakfasts & pannekoeks served every which way.

The service varies depending on the server you get. They charge extra for real maple syrup, but they do provide the standard stuff, so it's all good.

I've been back a 2nd time since then to try their poffertjes (sp) dessert which looked more interesting than it tastes. It's simply pancake (batter) balls topped w/ icing sugar. Yet more pancake after a breakfast of pancakes/waffles, etc. The pannekoeks here disappointed as I actually found myself preferring the one I had at De Dutch (lightly caramelized at the edges while the ones served here are more eggy & less savoury). For the sausages, bacon, etc, I love it here!

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Cafe Luxy1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good portions, reasonably inexpensive.
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

It's an alright place to drop by for a pasta dinner, but avoid the mussels. The mussels I had for starters was overcooked, dry, mostly chewy the way frozen packaged stuff tends to get. The penne itself though sizeable in portion was quite pasty--maybe a result of a poor pasta making recipe or the way it was boiled or a little bit of both, just that I've had much better quality and texture in most other places that have daily "fresh" house made pasta. The luxy penne was served with well processed white chicken meat and because of this, the large & plentiful chunks were never dry, however, I prefer the unprocessed variety if I had to eat chicken at all. The tiramisu was nothing special. A little on the sugary light side, but still okay overall. Much smaller than the usual cut of tiramisu but served in a dessert cup, it fit just right.

Not a place I'm eager to return to but will definitely go back to try a few of their other sauces as it is conveniently located and inexpensive in pricing and generously portioned.

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Incendio2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Pasta's alright. Pass on the pizza.
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Gave them a shot for dinner last month & seeing as how they offered a 3 course meal for $17.95 each, we gave that a go.

The caprese salad consists of shredded basil, tomato, purple/red onions, capers, cheese, and olive oil. Very simple but tasty all the same as dressed up tomatoes are always good. The duck sausage spaghetti was a generous enough portion, and the sauce packed enough flavours and spice. However, the pizza was quite disappointing. Aesthetically, it's very thrown-together--the few pcs of goodies were spread out to unsuccessfully mask the fact that they're too stingy with the toppings. Few & far between. The few toppings it did have caved into the centre (had the salami, ham, artichoke pizza). This probably happened when they were checking on it while cooking but didn't take care not to mutate it so it cooked & set in a semi-curl--folded up.

The tiramisu was, well, tiramisu. Nothing particularly wrong or exceptional about it. The Devil's Tower was only a "tower" because they flipped the regularly sliced Belgian chocolate cake on it's back/side so it stands in a vertical triangle. It might as well have been store-bought. Not very interesting.

I'm also amazed at how that little kitchen can pump out all the food to serve the entire restaurant. I went on a slower night so I really wonder how they manage to keep up on busier ones. I prefer my pizzas from elsewhere, however, their pastas are alright with a good variety of interesting combinations to choose from so if I ever find myself returning, I'd just stick with the pastas & perhaps pass on the salads and definitely not bother with dessert.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House2748 Lougheed Highway, #200, Port Coquitlam
No real deal to be had here.
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

After all these yrs, finally managed to get myself to trying out one of the De Dutch locations. It's a nice family restaurant serving decent pancakes, and service & speed of service-wise, likely preferable to all IHOP's out there as the latter has been consistently slow. But it ain't cheap here either. For the pannakoek I had, it was tasty enough. Nice crisp edges, and perfectly sweetened dough without tasting at all doughy. Especially good to use to wrap the bacon & sausage, etc, with. However, it is not worth the price tag. I'd prefer the Dutch Wooden Shoe over here by far at that point. Still, portion-wise, it was disappointing, however, their classic strawberry milkshake was pretty good. I recently tried out ABC's and realized that it is possible to mess up a milkshake. It's still not as good as White Spot's, but good enough nonetheless with chunks of strawberry present.

Their burger with a fried egg was pretty tasty though the patty looked smaller than they claim it to be. It was flavoured like a White Spot burger, surprisingly. A definite better value than their pannekoeks (sp).

I will be back to a De Dutch if i had no other choice as nothing is especially wrong with it so I now know I needn't avoid it altogether, but it's nothing special.

Ambiance: Giving it a "2" b/c the floor is unswept/vacuumed & the booth has stuff tickling my bared legs... had to relocate to middle of the room boothless.

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Vij's Rangoli1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Tiny tables & chairs, but tasty food nonetheless.
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Went for a 1pm lunch and the place wasn't packed full yet so we started off with the tables on either side of us empty though later a pair sat on the one side. It is a little close, but it didn't seem to bother me as much as I thought it would have as the type of place is still cafetaria-like but upperscale & they serve you at the table. Also, they're careful to just bring out one course at a time so as not to overflow the surface of the tiny table.

I'm not sure I'd be ok w/ paying $8.50 for 2 samosas anywhere else, but it seems very natural to do so here & the condiments that come along on the plate is very tasty as well as the beans covering the centre of the dish.

I really enjoyed the Jackfruit entree. It was really juicy & a delight to eat though I'm not sure how it was supposed to go w/ the little mound of chickpea curry. The stewed lamb is a reminder that I don't like lamb as it is too gamey for me, but the sauce seems tasty enough. I gave it a shot since I was amazed by their lamb popsicles (grilled rack of lamb) next door which changed my view on simply made lamb. Most times, it's just stewed lamb that might lose some of that gamey-ness I dislike.

The meeti roti dessert was pretty sweet but still a much better take to the oversweet but seemingly popular sugar-drenched deep fried chewy dough fluff served in most Indian sweets places. The chai is served nicely hot & refillable while the Mango Pineapple Lassi was pretty good without being either too much mango w/o pineapple or vice versa. A good balance overall.

Will undoubtedly be back for me but will still have to lineup next door for the full Vij experience.

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Long's Noodle House4853 Main Street, Vancouver
Amazing hostess
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

Her smile alone brought me back a couple of days later dragging along a few others to introduce to them the brilliance of an unbeatable smile & attitude as well as in the hopes of being impressed by smthing on the menu.

Visit #1: Typical Shanghai dimsum items ordered. Xiao Long Bao - soupy, but no stand-out in flavours while the wrap was a little thicker than I'd have preferred. The pork inside was fine but boring. The spicy wonton at least didn't have a glob of peanut butter & tho it packed some heat, the flavour was a little off. The Szechuan beef noodles in soup was awefully greasy, too soft & though it too packed some heat, it was also filled w/what seemed like thick bean paste sauce from those Lee Kum Kee jars. The specialty wine chicken was really salty but was made with great technique though the recipe could have been better and I wish it had more than just thigh meat. Different (not in a bad way) served warm. The sweet soy drink's good. (Food: 2-Decent)

Visit #2: The spicy wontons were once again a miss. So it is just the recipe for the sauce. The wontons themselves were fine. The salty soy soup was pretty good with seaweed & no chili oil premixed in. The tofu lettuce soup is pretty good. The fatty braised pork meat was delicious in flavour & texture. The stir-fried baby bok choy hearts were well picked & portion is good. The wine chicken, again too salted for 2 of us, but apparently, perfectly fine for the others. It was well made, just need some tweaking in flavouring as well as maybe insert some white meat for those who prefer such. (Food: 4-Outstanding)

The hostess is great w/ faces. She recognized us in spite of only having seen us once b4... she even remembered what we ate & how much we ended up packing by the end of our late meal.

It's amazing how the hostess can be the only server, cashier, answer the phone (on her bluetooth headset) & yet run the place so efficiently AND still keep up her charm!

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Kefi Greek Kouzina100 Schoolhouse St, #102, Coquitlam
Great whole wheat pita.
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

The restaurant has a very N. American chain-store feel to it which is good and bad in the way that the ambiance is typical wood but also typically boring. You wouldn't even know you're in a Greek restaurant except that it says so on the signage.

The sole server the evening I went a couple of days ago was really sweet. She seems to be the only one working the front but still does so well enough. Seeing as how slow the night was for them, I'm guessing the kitchen is lightly staffed as well.

The pita was surprisingly good! The wild salmon souvlaki was amazingly not overcooked so it didn't get dry like I expected it to. The vegetarian mousaka was surprisingly alright. I found myself eating that thick top layer of moist dough/bread when normally I'd avoid the floury stuff... this time it didn't taste doughy at all so it worked out somehow. The sides are a little off. The mashed potatoes that came with the souvlaki, of course, tasted of potatoes, but with garlic bits/chunks still mostly raw or boiled for the most part. It didn't blend well with the potatoes. Definitely a very different take from the usual garlic mashed if indeed that was the aim. It was more of a stirred in seasoning but of chopped garlic bits instead. The beans were also just broiled or sauteed with what seemed like some tomato paste along with sprinkles of basil. That just seemed to be a little thrown-together without having given it much thought. The beans themselves were fine. The ingredients weren't especially aged or what have you. The almond slices they sprinkled on top were nicely crisp and not a hint of staleness.

I can't see myself going back unless it's for convenience as it's located close to the Silvercity theatre. However, the food is not very exciting, except I do love their whole wheat pita, but I'd much rather try other restaurants even if it means another ~10 min drive away.

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