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foodmonkeyVancouverSince June 18, 200615 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Reviews Found
Bon Cafe4909 Main Street, Vancouver
A regular
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

We started going here when it opened mostly because Au Petit Cafe a half block down was too hard to get into. Now we're almost regulars here. The soups are really flavourful and big. The sandwiches are as good as Au Petit's. Service is always very friendly. It's hard not to feel like we're cheating when we have to chose Pho Bon or Au Petit over the other. Fortunately, both seem to be doing quite well.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great quality food
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

Four of us ate here and we all enjoyed the meal. Appetizer calamari and saganaki were very good. The half-order of calamari was quite big! The fried cheese was perhaps a little too salty but I suppose that's not the cook's fault and I'm sure there's always going to be variation in that. Entrees were all very good and large enough for leftovers. I'm not a huge fan of greek meatballs (too light and airy), but the flavours of all dishes were spot on. The only negative is the bread served with the meal is some whole-wheat pita which was dry and bland. Will return, though.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Eggs Benny!
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2007 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

My first time here. Ride my bike past it every day and still never knew where it was until I went in the front door! Had eggs benedict for the first time ever and it was really good! Better half had moules frites and enjoyed it. Great food! Going back for sure!

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Nice
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

First time here. Had heard a few good reviews of it. You should seriously consider the valet because parking doesn't exist and finding a spot in the West End is very difficult. Considering the $$$ you're going to spend on dinner, the cost of the valet really shouldn't trouble you. Service was really good. The waiter knew the dishes very well. Didn't have to wait too long for food to arrive even though the place was packed. Unfortunately, the dishes all around our table were consistently tasteless. Even the pre-meal bread was devoid of flavour. The mid-meal freebie sorbet had some bite (finally!) and the dessert was very good. $49 for three dishes. Not cheap. Add tax and tip and it was $140 sans any drinks. Yikes! Really too bad about the lack of flavour in the dishes because this is a place I would have liked to like.

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Second try, still good
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

This was our second visit to this place; again at lunch. Only two other tables occupied. Again, the prices are jaw-dropping: cheap, cheap, cheap. $2 for a salad roll or a california roll! Both quite good. Other sushi was good, agedashi tofu was good, even the salmon sashimi (farmed) was good. Prawn tempura was tasty. It's so cheap, you can't help but expect something to go frightfully wrong. So, mark us down as pleased x2. Oh, but don't venture to the washroom -- that was truly, truly frightful.

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Kisamos Greek Taverna3420 Moncton Street, Richmond
Great kalamari
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

First time here. Had kalamari and saganaki for appetizers and then a chicken foccacia sandwich. The kalamari was great: lots of it and the batter was light and they were crispy. The saganaki -- fried cheese (non-fat, ha ha ha...) -- was pretty good; not the best we've ever had but still pretty good. We didn't leave any in the pan. The sandwich was a monster and came with a heaping pile of caesar salad. Clearly, one is not supposed to eat this AND appetizers. I, however, was up to the task. The sandwich was really good and the salad was nice and cheesy and garlicky.

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Ogenki Sushi4342 Main St, Vancouver
I'm baaaack
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 7:04pm [Dine in]

Back again to this local sushi joint after several months away. Same ridiculously friendly staff, corny decor, and great sushi. 2 people, $20 bucks. Bonus points for consistency. Can't recall ever being disappointed here. The takeaway tray pile is getting treacherously high so business must be good.

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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts1505 W 2nd Avenue, #101, Vancouver
Great food
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

Been here several times for lunch and once for dinner. Food has been excellent each time.

Service is usually good but not great -- they're students. I would actually prefer (expect) a higher level of service quality to match the food. This is supposed to be fine dining to some degree.

Bakeshop at front is a frequent source of lunch for me. Excellent sandwiches and cheap. Sometimes you hit the jackpot with an over-stuffed sammy for $4. Puts a smile on your face.

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Takarabune Japanese Restaurant6459 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Good quality
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

First time here. Recommended by someone who frequents the place. Regular sushi place ambiance with strangely large chairs in the booths. Food was very good overall. Cali rolls were well-stuffed with crab. Deep-fried mashed potatoes were excellent. I didn't care for the chopped scallop (bland) roll but two others at the table did, so they win 2-1.

Very good if you're in the neighborhood. Not a drive-across-the-city destination, though.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Too bad
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

First time here. Have read and heard great reviews and the menu reads wonderfully. We hit it on an off night or our taste buds were on strike. Four meals, two were good, two not well-liked. The warm buns side order was a bust as the scones were neither warm nor tasty. Not inexpensive either, so it will likely be a while before we try it again.

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Browns Socialhouse1165 Mainland Street, #102, Vancouver
Can't go wrong?
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

Been here 3 times now and each time the food has been excellent. Service took a bit of a hit this most recent time but hopefully that was an anomaly. I've had a salad, a burger, and a sandwich and all have been really good.

This is definitely a place that can be counted on to deliver a very good meal that will impress.

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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great sandwiches & cheese!
Submitted Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

We've been coming here for fennel crackers for a few years and the occassional chunk of cheese. We tried the sandwich today -- a nice big focaccia with capicollo, grilled as it should be. Not even remotely disappointed. This is a great sandwich! Not the cheapest in town at $9.50 for the large but it was worth it. As others have said before me, this is a must-try. And grab some cheese while you're there; it's cheap.

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Kalvin's Restaurant5225 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Melt your face off
Submitted Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

We ate here two or three years ago after reading about it in the Georgia Straight. Strangely, absolutely nobody else was in the place. It was in desperate need of decorating, I do remember. It seemed that the family that ran it were at a nearby table, sometimes tending to us and mostly eating and talking and watching us! Nice people, I recall.

Now I like spicy food but spicy as in flavor, not necessarily heat. We ordered a couple of dishes, none with maximum chili, and I remember it almost bringing me to tears! It was freakin' hot -- chili hot!!! Some of you will love that and that's great for you (bad for your innards, though). It was good food, I just happened to overwhelmed by the heat. We took the leftovers home and I think it took me two more days just to get through the cashews that were part of one dish -- I couldn't finish the veggies or noodles as the heat was just murderous.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Losing its appeal
Submitted Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 10:16am [Dine in]

Went for lunch. No line-up and there were empty tables but still the staff ignored us for a few minutes, then decided to greet the people coming in after us first! We almost walked out then.

Got seated and some lukewarm water was delivered - this the hottest day of the year so far - thanks a bunch. Ordered a chicken wrap and a salad and then waited, and waited, and waited. It took about 25 minutes to receive these - almost walked out again - and, surprise!, the wrap was soggy and the fries were soft. Gee, I wonder if it had been sitting on the plate for a long time already... Apparently the salad was good.

Over the years, I've been to this place a couple of times and I recall the breakfasts are good but I'm afraid lunch appears to be an afterthought. It will be a long time before I go back.

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Asiana Sushi Japanese Restaurant750 Terminal Ave., #100, Vancouver
Why?
Submitted Sunday, June 18, 2006 - 9:39am [Dine in]

The food was passable but not exactly fresh. There are so, so many better choices. Unless you happen to work very close and are very hungry, go elsewhere. At $12.95, you have to be very, very hungry to eat enough of the so-so food to make it worthwhile. Zero atmosphere. Waitress was friendly. Sushi is one of those food types that, if it isn't fresh, it just isn't good.

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