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foodfanaticSouth VancouverSince August 26, 2005286 Reviews
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3 (3.2)
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Joey550 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Gotta love Joey's!
Submitted Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

Love their pitchers of Bellini. So peachy and not at all watered-down. Tasty food. Comfy sunroom area. If it wasn't located so far away, I'd be frequenting there more often.... They may very well be a notch above Moxies, but very similar to Moxies/Cactus all the same.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
One of the best!
Submitted Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

Very busy! Be sure to make reservations and then make sure you're punctual and they KNOW you're still standing around waiting for them to seat you before they start seating the later walk-ins. Private rooms, etc, available for larger parties in both tatami style and regular chairs and long dining table. Shabu shabu combos are plentiful in portion and inexpensive in price. The deep fried chicken wings are noticeably better here than at Nor Boo albeit, a dollar more in cost and a wing fewer. It's even just as delicious reheated the next day (just not so crispy by then)! Apparently one of the chef/owners was a former chef at Nor Boo. That aside, they're only getting a 4-star for food from me because they need to master the seafood pancake dish! :) That's what I avoid ordering whenever I'm there--it's too thick and doughy and not as tasty as, say, Koreana on Robson or Jang Mo Jib. The bulgogi jap chae and such are delicious! The spicy tofu soups are superb! The spice doesn't mask the taste of the tofu and meat flavours at all! That's how I like it... A dish with heat but not just drowning in chili's and hot sauce masking all hints of flavour or there lack of.

Keep in mind though--they are almost always BUSY! The little parkade for the plaza does not provide nearly enough parking to house all the patrons of this fine establishment--not that it's taken up by the Pho 99 next door as they don't tend to fill up much (but they, too, are good). Largely, an Asian clientele--plenty of Korean origin and a mix of Chinese.

On a side note, I believe I saw Insadong listed somewhere as having WiFi available for patrons though I have not tried nor inquired about it yet myself.

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Golden Bull Sea Food Hot Pot Restaurant Ltd8500 Alexandra Road, 140, Richmond
Spacious but dirty.
Submitted Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

It's alright for a place that opens late into the night serving pitchers of beer. All-you-can-eat is always a nice attraction. It's not the cleanest of places as is imaginable by the fact that they serve hot pot around the clock with sauces and the like making spills, etc. Their chopped up little chilli peppers seem to be consistently browned and reused--so if you don't finish your little dishes of condiments, pour the rest into the pot of soup or something so that maybe the next guy there will get some fresh ones. That's just what it seems like to me, as I did not investigate further to see if it was actually a fact. So don't take my word for it. It is an alright place but they do not give complimentary sauces in the variety and quality the way the one on Garden City does, as well as the service, decor, and cleanliness.

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Go for selection, not taste.
Submitted Tuesday, February 7, 2006 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

For an all-you-can-eat dinner, they offer quite a generous selection without restrictions for the most part. Everything tasted clean, if cleaniness is a flavour--otherwise, it's just plain bland. This is the case no matter how many times I return, so I don't find myself returning often or at all anymore. It is, however, one of the few decent choices for all-you-can-eat for variety on Broadway or simply, around the GVRD. As long as you love your soy, this is the place to go.

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Henry's Kitchen904 West King Edward Ave., Vancouver
A little gem.
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2006 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

I absolutely love every dish Henry has had to offer so far--although I have yet to order the pasta on the regular menu. The daily menu is always so appetizing. The foie gras is delicious! Yummy, tender leg of duck confit. Juicy steaks, surprisingly light Chocolate ganache cake. Amazingly low prices for such fine dining courses. Great quality, great value, great taste! All in a fairly casual, clean, albeit tiny establishment. Be sure to call in advance for reservations!

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Kolachy Co.888 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Easy to pack breakfast, lunch, dinner PLUS dessert!
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2006 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

Have a scrambled egg with meat variety stuffed into a pastry bun for breakfast--all in the size of the palm of your hand. Then for lunch, have a pizza-ish filled kolachy pastry/bun. For dinner, take a steak variety kolachy, and then to finish it off, have an apricot or other sweet variation kolachy/turnover-ish choice. To make it better, actually, might be to it/them into a bowl of soup or stew. Then wash down all that yeasty dough with a bottle of Boylan's Birch Beer or Cream Soda! They sell the perfect beverages to go with your favourite kolachy.

The more you buy, the more you save. All this can fit nicely into your lunchbox, if you use one... or even a picnic basket. Great food for on-the-go as they do offer to microwave it for you--though it would probably be even better if you take it home to heat it up in a toaster oven.

Quick and easy finger food. Avoid a messy meal.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Tasty fresh springy ramen.
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2006 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

Love the miso ramen. The shio, shoyu, and forest fire ramen are okay. Rich soup with lean meat (typically 2-3 slices and varies depending on the order, with or without a hardboiled egg, etc.) or medium soup with lean meat is the way to go for stronger flavours. The old guy seems to be absent of late, probably in the new Richmond location in a little narrow plaza on Westminister. The standard shio/shoyu/miso ramen are priced at $6.95 per bowl, as is the Saturdays-only Special Forest Fire Ramen. The BBQ Pork shio/shoyu soup ramen is about a dollar more (with about twice the amount of meat given). A bottle of beer is just under $5. There are also a few side dishes one may order, such as gyoza.

Usually a line-up during typical meal hours. Each sitting seems to range from 15-20 minutes max. Usually, what takes up 5-10 of those minutes is the wait for the noodles to be cooked then served to you. It's a place to slurp up your noodles quickly then get up to do some shopping, etc., to walk off all that pork fat while you let the next hungry guys have their turn.

Tables and the bar isn't the cleanest since it's usually a quick towel through before the seat gets a chance to cool down, it's occupied once again. Bowls and tables are oily due to the constant contact with fatty oily soup and equally oily fingers.

The ambiance is perfect for a quicky noodle house. It may be deserving of 4-5 stars for setting the mood precisely for the type of cuisine and service you're going for--grease and all (of course, it's not as bad as it might sound!). A must try and see for yourself! :)

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Adonia Tea House2057 West 41st Ave., Vancouver
Has there been a changeover?
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 2:05am [Dine in]

The pastries and the fruit teas served is completely different from my previous visit. Admittedly, it has been a while, but I never forget whether it was good or stale-awful and same with the others in my party. The same group of us revisited the place and felt the same way. A different older woman attending the kitchen/counter area while an even younger duo of girls are assisting/serving. Some of the biscuits were noticeably stale, I mean, my companion has weak taste buds and even he can taste it. The once aromatic peach tea has become a somewhat "bastardised" version, all of us present agreed upon that observation. There was a mixture of red apple and pineapple with the peaches that brought about a "watered down" version of the original peach tea that was enjoyed at Adonia previously within the first quarter of their grand opening. None of us cared enough to inquire whether or not the previous bunch retired/gave-up/sold-out, etc. since it was so disappointing an experience, we couldn't bring ourselves to care either way... So there's always still Secret Garden down the street otherwise, time to hunt down a new high tea establishment since the craving is starting to hit me again especially once the weather clears up a little.

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Kettle of Fish, A900 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Love the decor!
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 1:49am [Dine in]

Attentive, friendly service. Beautiful decor. Great for large parties. Would go back for those alone. Appetizers are delicious! Entree's are mediocre. The trio of creme brulee is nonee of it made to my liking, though it was a highly recommended item by my server. Whole dungenous crab... I wouldn't recommend that for anyone unless you can't live without your daily crab. Be prepared to have to work, and work hard it is, for your dinner--at the end of it, you may forever be scared off of anything crab-like on menus. By whole crab, you are served it whole, you must do your own cracking and tearing and cutting, and digging of your own... on the plus side, at least the only "sauce" (plain melted dipping butter) that is given to compliment your plain steamed/boiled (can't ever be too sure) crab is kept warm with the little candle heater. Portions are adequate so long as you are sure to order plenty of appetizers. Even so, you will definitely be left with room for dessert. Any of the other desserts are actually pretty well made and tasty. :)

I will definitely return for the ambiance alone, not so much for the food nor the value as I can't really say that entree-wise, the former quite stands out, nor is the latter necessarily present. Dinner for 7 with drinks, after tax and tip, was just under $700.

Dress up or dress casual--whichever way you please. Try finding free street parking, otherwise, it's meter park or pay park at the parkade near/behind the restaurant.

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Nor Boo Korean Restaurant1536 Robson St., Vancouver
Didn't meet expectations.
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 1:23am [Dine in]

Maybe because I've read so much about the greatness of the spicy pork bone soup from various review sites/forums, it brought me expectations to a level that couldn't be met. Prices, for the most part, are reasonable except for the soup hot pot orders... more specifically, the spicy pork bone soup. For a small order, it was a little over $20, and, sure, it came with a pile of bones with enough meat wrapping around for you to tear off without, hopefully, too much work. Though the meat is softened, it's still a slight workout. It also leaves a game-y aftertaste from the bones/soup that I find myself averse to. It is not worth 20-odd dollars for a pile of bones, imho. The fried chicken wings were well priced for 7 or 8 pieces at $3.50 (or thererabouts). Large and juicy though a tad strong in vinegar (shot right up my senses). Insadong in Burnaby/Coquitlam makes better deep fried chicken wings with a similar recipe/style (sprinkled seeds and all)--more crispy, soaked in a little less vinegar. The jap chae, though tasty, had way less beef and much more vermicelli/rice noodle than I'd have liked--again, in this sense, Insadong wins hands down.

Food aside, Nor Boo does provide for a nice lively atmosphere--just be prepared to be seated elbow-to-elbow with your neighbouring tables unless you manage to get a hold of one of the few booth seats available or if you go during a less busier hour, etc....

All in all, not worth the line-ups, in my opinion, but worth revisiting during slower evenings.

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Savory Coast1133 Robson St., Vancouver
Casual and pleasant.
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 12:36am [Dine in]

Attentive service though nothing outstanding. Tasted the Dine Out Vancouver 3-course menu with an extra a la carte dish that ended up being packed as it wasn't really necessary anyway. The veal tasted like a well-muscled leg of a small bird (not quite duck, but not exactly tasting like chicken either... close, but not quite). Felt overcooked, perhaps it was marinated a little too long resulting in the slight toughness of the meat, and bordering on dry. The fish was cooked well enough but on the salty side, but it had a nice firewood grilled taste and aroma to it. The steak was requested as medium-rare, but came medium-to-well, leaning on well, more than medium. Angelhair pasta with shrimps, etc., nice and light. The Flourless Chocolate Cake was very much a decently tasting brownie. :)

Cocktails are mainly $6.50-7 per, sparkling bottled water (sold at IGA this week for $1.78, last week, $2.39) costs *cough* $8 at Savory Coast. I'd recommend you go the alcoholic route as a matter of principle even if you don't usually drink. :P

It's a fairly noisy room due to the low and non-sound absorbant, possibly, poorly insulated ceilings, but definitely not caused by any one table shouting across the room.

I would return just for their regular menu for a casual dining experience in a prime location on the 2nd floor overlooking the bustling Robson Street. I'll just be sure to avoid various overtly marked up drinks... like water....

On a side note, it's rather amusing to see how their firewood oven is, in fact, decorated on the outside with what appears to be a glued sheet of cheap imitation laminate bricks... haha. I think the kitchen is in need of a makeover if it wants to keep the open kitchen concept. Even the tiled walls are of the cheapest starkest white variety. Practical, I suppose, but lends little to the ambiance, as a matter of fact, it definitely works to take it down a few notches.

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Nan Chuu8391 Alexandra Road, #1160, Richmond
Great service. Mediocre dishes.
Submitted Saturday, February 4, 2006 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

It's the usual dark oak/wood decor. Nicely layout of tables without ever feeling crowded--no elbow bumping with neighbouring tables and you needn't feel as if you're sharing your conversion with strangers. Service is friendly and attentive. Food--fish and meat--all seem relatively fresh. Nice menu with plenty of small plate selections. Prices are reasonable/standard--bill came to $112.xx after tax, before tip (includes 1 virgin, 3 alcoholic.... beverages).

The yakiudon and various other grilled items were brought to the table just barely luke warmed. Though the bbq onigiri came steamy hot inside, the outter parts of the riceball was chewy and burnt on various parts. It's a far cry from the bbq onigiri I LOVE so much from Zakkushi (where the black parts just has a nice crisp taste to it) while Nan Chuu's just tastes like the ashes of burnt food one experiences from overcooking on a pan. The steam/smoke coming from the hot insides of the riceball just smelled burnt and left a similar aftertaste. The grilled fish was fine--better than everything else. Don't even attempt the black sesame pudding dessert.... Maybe it was an off-night on a Sat., though the kitchen didn't seem "swamped" it was still mostly a fullhouse.

This gets a "solid" rating from me since the service is great; the food is fresh--just not very stimulating. May give it another shot when I'm in the area and want to look for Japanese izakaya since there aren't many of those around the more bustling part of Richmond.

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Provence Mediterranean Grill4473 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Brunch was so-so.
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

Have yet to try their dinner menu. Maybe for larger parties (of 7), it's "normal" to have most of the eggs served cold? Cold omelettes, cold benedicts, and at best, luke warm. The potato frites were served nice and toasty hot. The service was courteous, pleasant, and varying depending on the server. One was just disinterested, aloof, and quite brisk. It was amusing to overhear the servers discussing over the cash register about how undertipped they felt they were by a table of few that had wine with their brunch. :) I don't usually witness such discussions unless it's on waiterblog or some such. All in all, I did like the atmosphere, just that my party was disappointed by the cold eggs they were served.

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Moxie's Classic Grill808 Bute Street, Vancouver
One of the better locations.
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

This is my favourite location of theirs though I sometimes do go to the Broadway one for easier parking, and in the hopes of a lighter crowd. The best service of the two will have to be the Robson one. The Broadway location, Ive found with the last couple of visits, tend to be slow and forgetful. Love the garlic smashed stuffed potatoes--one of the best! I prefer their food over their counterparts (Earls, Cactus, Sammy J's, Keg, etc.). But that's just me. The rating I give to Moxie's is only for comparison with other chain restaurants of its class. I am not, by any means, comparing it to higher end restaurants/steakhouses, etc.. It's just good at what it does for the market it's aiming for, as far as casual, noisy, trendy, youthful, ppl-watching places go.

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Kat's Bubble Tea House6519 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Really flavourful green apple jelly!
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 2:43am [Dine in]

After reading the previous review on this place, I dropped by there tonight to try the peach slushy drink with green apple jelly. Can't really say much about the peach slush except that nothing seemed wrong with it though nothing really stood out about it either. The green apple jelly was so flavourful that it overwhelmed the taste of the fruit slush. I will go back just to try all the other jelly flavours they have to offer--especially repeat trials of the tasty green apple one that has fast become my favourite :). The egg puff dessert was too soft and not as good as many of the other ones I've had. It just ended up tasting like those egg rolls you get from a tin from the supermarket. I'll be trying some of their many other desserts offered when I have the time to sit-in to enjoy them (I see various desserts like deep fried banana, crepe, tofu puddings, ice bowls and so on and so forth that tempts me to return to try them out). The hours of operation looks veryyyy promising in bringing me back if nothing else--Fridays & Saturdays open until 2am! That can't be beat for a late night craving! All the other days, it's opened until midnight, if I recall correctly. The fruit slushy drinks are $3.75. Pearls and/or jellies are an additional $0.50 each. Milkshakes pre-pearl costs $4 and so on.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Large portions.
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 2:32am [Dine in]

That's about all there is to the place. For under $15, you can stuff yourself with pasta with plenty to take home. The flavour isn't all that or all there necessarily. Length of lineups varies depending on time/day/luck. :) I haven't gone back since my teenage years simply because it's all hype, really. Decent food, large portions, decent price. I prefer better service, average portions, flavourful... and little to no lineups, except if I'm going to somewhere like Vij's. :)

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Average. Relatively inexpensive.
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 2:07am [Dine in]

The food was average. The dessert too rich or too sweet--nothing manages to really just "hit" the spot for me. The service was pleasant. Will return for another casual dining experience since it gives the feeling of being a slightly more upscale White Spot--in speed of service, of course, it already beats White Spot, in food, it's by far much better.... The ambiance/decor pretty much feels like I've walked into a sister restaurant though. Definitely a very relaxed and casual dining experience here to be had.

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Spotted Prawn Bistro, The1055 W Hastings, Vancouver
Good location. Spacious.
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 1:30am [Dine in]

Sticky/dirty tables and chairs--no, it was not the patio I was experiencing. The fish was steamed to perfection. If it wasn't for the sticky tables and indifferent service from the manager/host and his bored expression except when he slaps one of the 2 fine waitresses' posterior, I might consider returning for a visit to give it a fair chance. The wait for the food takes forever even though there were few tables to serve. One of the only 2 waitresses also must act as the bartender between serving dishes and taking orders and cleaning tables and getting slapped on the backside. I don't know how it used to be, but it must have gone downhill since then.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Delicious appetizers. Impeccable service.
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

The candied salmon is delicious, amongst other appetizers. The entrees are tasty--none of it was overdone during my last visit. The view is beautiful. The service is excellent. Though it didn't turn out to be as good as I expected, I have no complaints about the appetizers, service, and atmosphere. :)

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
Best mango drink by far!
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

You can even taste the real slime that can only be found from eating a real mango. None of it preserved, etc.. Best prices by far! Still only $3.xx for a fresh fruit drink! Choice of tapioca pearls, cocojelly, and/or grass jelly additions are charged separately. For pearls, I'd prefer other locations like Yuen Yuen Bubble Tea, or elsewhere, but for the fresh fruit drinks, Dragonball is one of THE BEST! And by far, they have one of the lowest prices in town. Call in advance to order your drinks for pickup, that way, you may avoid some of the lineups they often have in that tiny little store.

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