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FoodiebynatureVancouverSince March 20, 200914 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews Found
Wallflower, The2420 Main Street, Vancouver
Just average!
Submitted Friday, November 5, 2010 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

Overrated

I kept hearing about how great the food is at Wallflower, so I finally decided to go. Have to say it’s over priced and just average. I didn’t find the food worth raving about.

I had the turkey club sandwich. It was made with real turkey, nice thick whole grain bread, came with fries. Again, average. If you happen to be walking by Wallflower and you’re hungry, it’s fine. I wouldn’t make a special trip to eat there.

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Sushi.E2328 Cambie Street, Vancouver
If you like boiled left over....
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

chicken, this is the place for you!

I ordered the Chicken Teriyaki Box. The Miso soup was good, California Roll was a warm but then I realized they were pre-made and sitting out waiting to be ordered.

The first bite of that chicken I knew it was boiled and leftover. To be sure, I asked the young women working there if this chicken was boiled, she said “yes”.

I should have known better because it appears they don’t really have a kitchen.

Anyhow, NEVER AGAIN!!

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White Spot1476 Kingsway, Vancouver
A good choice.
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

White Spot restaurant is not my favorite but it’s definitely a good choice if you cannot decide where to go. Every time I’ve dined at this location it’s been great and last night was no exception.

The wait for a table on a Saturday night was reasonable. The wait staff was all friendly (my favorite waiter is Justin)! If you get a chance sit in his section, he’s great!!

The fish and chips came piping hot. The fish was very fresh and very crispy just the way I like it. I have no complaints, it was a great experience and I would definitely go back again.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Going downhill fast!
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

A friend and I went to Stephos this afternoon for lunch. There was no wait and my friend and I were seated as soon as we walked through the door.

My friend and I both had appetizers which arrived at snails pace which we could not understand as the restaurant was pretty much empty when we arrived.

According to my friend, she says her calamari was dry, flavorless and really not all that fresh.

We both ordered the lamb souvlaki for our entrees which came within a reasonable amount of time and was piping hot. Unfortunately, this is where things go downhill.

Stephos has cut there portion sizes. Everything is much smaller than what they are normally known for, no more plates of heaping food. The lamb souvlaki were like little nuggets on a stick; and because the cubes were so small they were overcooked and dry. The Greek salad was a green pepper salad with a little feta on it. Our potatoes looked good but were not cooked all the way through.

I’ve been a long time customer and at one time I would swear up and down that the wait to get into Stephos is well worth it. I would never even consider going elsewhere for Greek food. Now, I would tell people to consider going elsewhere. Stephos in my mind no longer stands out from the crowd. It’s not worth the wait in those long line ups, the food quality has gone downhill and the can no longer sell the value aspect as they’re portions size has diminished. It’s now become another run-of-the-mill Greek restaurant with the hopes of becoming more!

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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
Just Weird!
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2009 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

I have to say that this is by the far weirdest place I have ever eaten in Vancouver! The menu had no rhyme, order or reason. It was a combination of Chinese food and Western frozen food. I was told that this was apparently HK style but I cannot believe that this style would even have a name.

I had spaghetti with a weird white sauce/gravy. The little I did have was tasteless and the appearance was worst. I had the stuffed chicken which was actually frozen chicken cordon bleu.

Quite honestly, I sat down wishing I had brought my own utensils as the restaurant does not seem very clean. We were given wet chopsticks and utensils to eat…GROSS!

I would say if you are down to your last few bucks and are starving then this is definitely the place. Otherwise, I would not recommend it.

I rated the food and service as 2 but really that was far too generous.

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Not even close!
Submitted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8:19am [Dine in]

The Reef’s location is excellent especially if you are on foot. The décor I suppose is okay. The service is good; the wait staff is attentive and friendly.

As for the food, I would have to agree with Beckybee a few posts down. This is by far the least authentic Caribbean restaurant in Vancouver. The recipes have definitely been tailored to the Canadian palette.

I had the Oxtail with rice and peas. The portion was satisfying but the dish itself was a disappointment. The oxtail looked like it had been cooked in ketchup; the dumplings were virtually non existent. The rice was mediocre; I’ve had far better elsewhere. It definitely did not taste how Oxtail should. My dinner companion had the jerk pork which consisted of pepper and to me what tasted like all spice. Very disappointing!

It’s unfortunate that this restaurant with their wraps, quesadillas, and salsas has chosen to rob Vancouverites of the opportunity of enjoying real Caribbean food. The only thing I can say is that if you are from the Caribbean I would not recommend this is not the restaurant. If you are someone who has never had authentic home-cooked Caribbean food then you will enjoy the Canadian/so-called Caribbean fusion.

I wish this establishment would stop representing themselves as Caribbean restaurant as it is CLEARLY not!

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
Not the best Indian in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 2:29am [Dine in]

I really don’t know what to say about Nirvana other than there are better East Indian restaurants in Vancouver. If you live in the Mt. Pleasant area it’s convenient.

The staff is friendly but are in no rush; actually they’re extremely slow. I would not recommend going there if you are on lunch break.

The food is inconsistent. There have been times I’ve gone there and the food was fabulous and other times it’s been sub-par. The prices are a little steep for food you could make at home. The portion sizes are again inconsistent.

I usually get the curry lamb which use to have good size pieces of lamb. The last few times I’ve been the lamb pieces were almost non-existent.

I wouldn’t say don’t go there but just expect the unexpected.

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Thai Son Vietnamese373 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Great Soup!
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 2:20am [Dine in]

Thai Son is perfect if you’re really hungry with little time. Service is quick, the staff is pleasant enough and the food is ALWAYS good.

The rice and meat dishes are almost heaping. The rice is always cooked perfectly and the meat seasoned and cooked well.

My favorite is the number 6 on the menu spicy. The well-done beef in noodle soup. This arrives in minutes of ordering it. It’s always piping hot and comes with bean sprouts, jalapeño slices and sprigs of bay leaves (I think?).

The price is right, great value for your money.

The ambiance is again basic. At times it’s been a little cold but after getting a large bowl of soup you warm up right away.

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Dallas Pizza593 East Broadway, Vancouver
Never again!
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 2:12am [Dine in]

When Dallas Pizza opened on Broadway years ago, that was the place to go for great 2-f0r-1 pizza. I recently ordered from them thinking it was how I remembered it and to my dismay it was not. As much as they say, it’s 2-for-1, it’s not. The second pizza is discounted by a few dollars depending on the size.

I ordered a regular cheese and meat pizza which took forever to arrive as the delivery man got lost. The pizza was average, definitely the worst pizza and now where near the best.

I guess I was just disappointed as it was not as I remembered it. Let’s put it this way, if you have no other options for pizza then I suppose this would be your best bet.

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Sushiyama371 East Broadway, Vancouver
Great Lunch Deals
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 2:02am [Dine in]

Sushiyama is a great place to go for a good deal and quality lunch. This place fills up quick so it’s best to arrive just before noon if you are going for lunch. The service is quick and efficient. They have recently renovated; I find it much warmer and inviting than what it use to be. There is also much more seating available.

I usually get the chicken or beef teriyaki box. The portion is spot on for a mid day meal; not too large and not too small. The food is fresh with the hot items hot and the cold items cold. The prices are reasonable and appropriate for the portion sizes. Perfect!

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New Maple236 East Broadway, Vancouver
Just sad.
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 1:53am [Dine in]

New Maple formally known as Ho Tak Kee use to be a great place to get reasonably priced flavourful Chinese food.

The décor is plain, ordinary, basic. If you are going there for an outstanding dining experience then you may want to go someplace else. The general feel of the staff is that they just want to get you in and out as soon as possible. This is good if you are on a lunch break.

Up until now, I would have recommended New Maple but with very recent changes, I myself who has frequented this restaurant for over 15 years will not return.

I went to New Maple this week to find that they have increased the prices some dishes were increased by a whole dollar. The staff is still the same with the exception of the BBQ man who apparently retired. The quality of the food is cheap and has gone down hill.

I ordered the garlic spareribs which use to be cut up into nice bite size pieces; now they give large slabs of dry over fried spareribs with burnt garlic. It was EXTREMELY disappointing.

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Martini's Restaurant151 West Broadway, Vancouver
Love Martinis
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 1:35am [Dine in]

Martinis is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. I have been a patron of Martinis for years and I really have no complaints. The food always arrives hot, the quality of food is great, and portion sizes are GENEROUS. The green salad with house dressing is always crisp, flavorful and most important fresh!

The ambiance is warm and welcoming but at times a little dark. The wait staff has been friendly and attentive each time I’ve been.

My suggestion is the Chicken Burger. This burger isn’t your regular run of the mill breaded burger. First off, the chicken is well seasoned and grilled. It sits atop a thick slice of well toasted garlic bread. The burger is then topped with rich brown gravy, well sautéed mushrooms and cheese. YUM!! To accompany the burger, they serve a GENEROUS portion of home-style fries which are lightly seasoned with a little salt and black pepper.

For an appy, I suggest the Calamari. The calamari is always tender, crisp, fresh and flavourful. The small calamari appetizer is almost a meal in itself and will be good for two people.

For those of you who live in the area, Martinis does deliver and the quality of food and portions are the same as what you’d get if you dined in.

You’ll never regret choosing to eat at Martinis…LOVE IT!

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Bert's Restaurant2904 Main St, Vancouver
Don't change a thing!
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 1:14am [Dine in]

What can I say about Bert’s? If you are looking for excellent service and fine dining this is not the place for you. Bert’s is your neighborhood, greasy spoon without the grease. The ambiance is homey and includes a color TV. Seat yourself by a window if available as this provides GREAT people watching along Main Street.

Patrons are definitely not high class; they’re just your regular Joes looking for a good meal at decent price. From what I can tell, this place is VERY popular among local senior citizens.

The food at Bert’s is basic. Good portions, great prices and a large variety of options. I suggest the Bacon Cheeseburger which is always good. Do not spend the extra $1.00 for the Angus beef as it tastes the same as a regular beef burger. The burger comes with a heaping side of original style French fries. No battered, no spiced, no crisp just regular French fries the way god intended it.

Dinner entrees come with your mashed potatoes and veggies. Please note the vegetables are frozen vegetables such as your peas and square-shaped carrots variety.
For dessert, check out the old time dessert fridge over the cashier.

I’ve been going to Bert’s for years; it’s friendly, cheap and clean. Great place for a burger or breakfast. By the way, on your way out check out bobble heads at the cashier.

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Earls901 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Consistent
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 12:54am [Dine in]

Love Earl’s but they need to return basics. The décor is too fancy for casual dining though very nice not necessary. As long time patron of Earls I’m disappointed at the price increase on the basics menu items and noticeable decrease in portion sizes.

For example at one time a Chicken Caesar was less $10.00, now it’s $10.00 for the Caesar salad alone and the chicken add on is $4.00.

I dined at Earls this afternoon during the lunch rush it was chaotic. Our server was nice enough but kept forgetting things such as cream for our teas and coffees. At times, she seemed confused as to what we were asking for and would bring back something totally different.

Wait, was okay, not overly long. The food came quickly, it was piping hot and as always mouth-watering. I had the Spicy chicken wings, which sadly were not that spicy but they were cooked well and they were succulent. My Caesar salad was crisp, fresh, with just the right amount of dressing…perfect!!

The dessert menu sadly is very sparse. Gone are the day of apple crisps, Tiramisus and THE EVER POPULAR Mocha Khula pie. Instead, it has been replaced with boring, uncreative selections such as NY Cheesecake with the gelatin blueberry compote, Gelato sundaes (gelato supplied by Mario’s Gelato on East 2nd) and some fancy French cream-puffs and the sticky toffee pudding (by far the best dessert on the menu). I’m surprised that a restaurant with such an extensive menu would offer only four average desserts…a shame really! My friend recommends that perhaps to get better dessert value you should go to Mario’s Gelato yourself.

Overall, I’ll still go to Earls but just on special occasions.

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