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funkybumpkinVancouverSince August 29, 200814 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4 (4.1)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance4 (4.1)

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Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews Found
Osaka Island7615-7617 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Awesome sushi place in Burnaby!!!!
Submitted Friday, November 30, 2012 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

Went here with hubby sans baby for a nice romantic lunch.

Didn't expect good sushi in Burnaby, but was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant.

Ordered the following:

agadashi tofu - YUM! Cute little bite sized pieces, excellent sauce, more tofu than expected. Great value!
sashimi - fresh and tasty
special rolls (one was with eel and another with salmon tempura) - both were exceptional. Great flavour combinations!

Staff were attentive and prompt. Sushi chef was friendly and cheerful. Restaurant was clean and had nice decor and booths.

Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience. I would definitely come back.

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Edible Canada at the Market1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Edible at the market - Granville island's best kept secret from locals
Submitted Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 8:27am [Dine in]

This new venue (right across from the market) is a beautiful restaurant that satisfies both taste and ambiance needs. It's menu is fresh and local, it's casual and fun, and more then any other neighboring restaurant, it gives you a real Granville island experience since you're in the middle of all the hustle and bustle.

Most importantly, it's delicious!!!
Highlights:
The lamb papardelle pasta - AMAZING!!!! Usually, too rich, this dish was incredibly light and fresh. Loved the chard and mushrooms in it!

Lemon ricotta gnocchi - light and crispy, we had it with the chicken which was perfect. Again, it had a great balance, the sauce was tasty and the veggies perfect.

Chai creme brûlée - best one we've ever had. Consistency was great and the flavor combo? Out of this world! Chai flavor should always be paired with this dessert.

Wasn't too impressed with the blueberry sorbet or the chicken appetizer, but that's okay. It was still a memorable dining experience.

Also, the sous chef was charming - not to mention - easy on the eyes. Definitely going to come again. Heard they have sangria! have to try it.

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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
Wonderful View, Service and Food!
Submitted Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went to Fraiche for our special Christmas dinner. The restaurant is in West Vancouver with a view of the city. It was a clear night and the view was breathtaking. We were a little early for our reservation, but that was no problem and we were seated by the window at a nice table for two. The service was very nice from the moment we entered the restaurant.

We are foodies and were looking forward to trying many items on the menu. For appetizers we tried the Locally Foraged Chanterelle Mushroom Veloute, Qualicum Bay Scallop & Lobster Salad and the Pan seared Quebec Foie Gras The mushroom soup was delicious with a nice mixture of textures and flavours. The Scallop and Lobster Salad was nice and fresh. The foie gras however, was one of the highlights of the entire meal! It was the best foie gras we have ever had! Cooked to perfection and bursting with flavour!

On to the main courses... The Sous Chef recommended the Nicola Valley Venison Duo and the Roast Loin and Lasagne of Rabbit. We were also lucky enough to try an item not on the menu, pork belly with scallop and lentils. This was the first time we have tried rabbit, and we definitely enjoyed it. The loin that accompanied the rabbit lasagne was cooked to perfection and very juicy. The venison duo was delicious with wonderful red cabbage and green mashed potatoes. The venison was one of my husband’s favourite dishes as he loved the red cabbage. The pork belly was a great combination of flavours and again cooked to perfection. The presentation of all of the dishes was simple and very appealing to the eye. A good use of colours to make the plates look tasty!

At this point we were extremely full, but really wanted to try some dessert. Our server never rushed us and gave us time to digest before we shared another highlight of the dinner, the Warm Sticky Date Pudding. It was accompanied by a caramel sauce and vanilla gelato made in-house. We have tried many bread puddings and this was by far the best. There is nothing worse than a dry bread pudding, but this was moist and delicious!

I almost forgot to mention the bread. Everything at the restaurant is made from scratch including the bread. There were two types of bread, served warm and in bite size buns. So delicious we asked for an additional serving.

Overall the experience was one of our best dining experiences ever. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. The view was breathtaking and the overall atmosphere of the restaurant was perfect for a nice romantic dinner. The food was beautiful on the plate with great flavours. The quality of the ingredients and the skill of the kitchen were present in every bite. We found ourselves looking forward to the next plate more and more as the night went on.

Will definitely visit again!

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Our Place Cafe2205 Manitoba, Vancouver
Wonderful Service and a home cooked meal
Submitted Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 2:14am [Dine in]

Food: very fresh, tasty home cooked meals. My husband had a rice bowl and I had the breakfast quesadilla. Lots of fresh veggies and cooked to perfection.

Service: For a cafe, the service was warm, attentive, and upbeat. The owner, Powell, was the server and chef. Our tea was always filled up, he asked us how the food was, and took time to explain the type of food he served and was very helpful when asked about private functions.

Value: Prices are very reasonable for what you get.

Ambiance: The cafe is a renovated home in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It's bright red, very cosy, and a warm place to dine in. In the summer there is room on the patio.

Powell is very friendly and flexible. He was a french chef and has no problems tailoring meals at your request. It's definitely a great place to try even if you aren't in the neighborhood.

We will definitely be returning.

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Salmon n' Bannock Bistro1128 West Broadway, #7, Vancouver
True West Coast Food Done Right!!!!
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:42am [Dine in]

We decided to try something totally new and visited this cozy restaurant last night. It had a really warm west coast vibe - clean, modern, but with gorgeous native art and sounds of water around.

More impressive was the menu, which was simple, but filled with really yummy tasting dishes (exactly how I like it!). My fiance and I had the indian platter dish, which had salmon mousse, indian candy, bannock, and clam fritters. LOVED it! We also shared some indian tacos, which were fresh and more than enough for two to share. Very generous portions for the latter dish.

Can't wait to go back to try the deer stew and buffalo chili. Or go for breakfast, which also had some great and interesting egg dishes.

I'm bored of chains, most white places are overpriced and pretentious, and I love asian fare, but sometimes it's enough, so this was a pleasant change.

I'd highly recommend going for both the interesting and delicious dishes and the cool cozy atmosphere.

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
Hands Down Best Sushi Experience Ever - Good enough for the Twilight crew!
Submitted Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I went a few months back and meant to write a review, but got lazy. I have to do it though because it still puts a smile on my face.

The server was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about the food.

The food itself? Unbelievable. Fresh, excellent presentation, delicate, but tasty sauces, and unforgettable. The best was the aburi style salmon. Heaven.

Do what I did...let the waitress choose the dishes...and you will be one happy customer.

Not cheap...but memorable in the best way possible. I live for gastronomic experiences and this one was worth living for.

The waitress informed us that they had the Twilight crew come in when they were filming in town. Well, if it's good enough for Edward and Jacob...

Just to keep it real...they could use some improvement in the tea (should be hot) and desserts (not memorable), but don't let that stop you. Trust me! :)

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Toyama757 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Very Satisfying AYCE
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

Came here with a bunch of friends after volleyball and pigged out. We were going to pay the full price, but the host cued us in to wait a bit and order from the late night menu, which is $11 or so versus @20.95!!!! SWEET!!!!!!!

Great menu, fresh fish, beautiful atmosphere, and it wasn't busy on a Thursday night since they just recently opened up. Absolutely perfect.

Only gripe is that they forgot a few ordered items, but we were too full and happy to care. Better quality than most. Give it a try!

P.S. The udon is yummy. Love the noodles.

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3G Vegetarian Restaurant3424 Cambie St, Vancouver
Yummy Addition to Cambie Village
Submitted Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

This new vegetarian restaurant on Cambie Street is a great addition to the Village. It has a calming atmosphere and a gracious hostess. Food was yummy! Chicken with cashews and veggies was good, sticky buns was perfect, shortribs with soba noodles was my favourite and juices were okay (not too outstanding).

Also, they have to stop the risotto dishes. They're not risotto, but rice with cream of mushroom sauce.

The menu is fantastic, so I can't wait to try more. It was pretty busy for a Tuesday night, so maybe the word is out, but even if you aren't a vegetarian, you should give it a shot.

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Chow3121 Granville Street, Vancouver
Best Neighborhood Joint
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2008 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Went there for an anniversary dinner and ordered from the early prix fixe menu ($38 each). The ambience and decor are perfect. Not too minimalistic, but sleek, cool, and comfortable.

Was blown away by how fresh everything tasted. The cucumber gazpacho with watermelon and crabmeat was amazingly good (my favourite!). It was tasty and refreshing. If summer had a taste, that would be it to a T. The bread was warm and delicious. My ling cod with gnocchi, bacon, and veggies was perfectly cooked. The fish was flaky, juicy, with a crisp exterior and bacon just makes everything taste better. It irritates me when fish is overcooked, so this was excellent.

The only thing that didn't overwhelm me was dessert. I shared two desserts with Caesar and even though they were pretty, the taste wasn't anything to remember. I've heard that the chocolate bar is really good, but there was a mix-up and by the time anyone realized this, we were too full to try it.

Overall, I love this place and can't wait to go again!

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Great atmosphere on a Wednesday night
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

Went here to celebrate Caesar's b-day. Was surprisingly busy and lively on a Wednesday night with live piano playing and a full house. Unfortunately, the weather prevented us from being on the patio (which I'm told is the BEST rooftop one around), but still had a fun night.

I thought that the calamari was yummy and felt guilty eating so much (it's a really generous portion!). The pasta dish with duck and veal stock sounded amazing so even though I don't usually order pasta, I did anyway. It was a tad rich, but was tasty nonetheless. The pasta was not fresh enough for me, but I think I'm spoiled on that front since I love fresh pasta from Granville Island.

All in all, food was great, but not outstanding or memorable. And I will definitely be back for the atmosphere.

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
My favourite Tapas Place
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

This is, without a doubt, my favourite tapas place in Vancouver.

Cons: Long wait, small room, sometimes the music is just too loud

BUT the pros: unique fun room + exceptional food more than make up for it. The Navajo bread is incredible and the mushroom risotto is sublime (not so much the pea one). These two things alone make the restaurant perfect to me since I'm a serious risotto lover. Creamy texture, but not too rich and perfectly cooked. You'd be surprised at how many places get it wrong.

The chocolate fondue dessert is also a stand out menu item. Yummy chocolate and best selection of things to dip.

My fall back place when I'm sick of being disappointed by others.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Bread Trumps Steak Here
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

First of all, I really liked the ambiance here. Tall ceiling, rich colours, gorgeous rooms...
The waiter was pleasant, but not around enough.
I'm not a steak lover, but my filet mignon was good. Not melt in your mouth memorable, but delicious at the time. Spicy mushrooms and onion rings stood out, but the bread is what I remember the most. It was a big, hot, round, onion sour dough loaf and it was perfect. Soft, flavourful, fresh tasting, it was everything a restaurant bread should be. I would go for the bread alone.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
A Unique Dining Experience
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

My friends and I were offered the cushion room due to a cancellation, so that was a fun and unexpected surprise. The room is cozy, colourful, and inviting. I could almost believe that I was out of the country.

The alcoholic drink I had was not very aloholic at all, but tasty. Maybe I'll just order a virgin drink next time and save myself a few bucks.

The ravioli was tasty, the kebabs adequate (some were a bit dry), but the potatoes and rice were yummy! Carbs rule!

Will come back if I need a cool atmosphere to be in or if others suggest it, but probably wouldn't initiate a visit anytime soon.

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Nooru Mahal4354 Fraser Street, Vancouver
A Pleasant Dosa experience
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

At first glance, I wasn't expecting much at Nooru, but the restaurant was recommended highly from a friend and I always take those very seriously. The veggie samosa appetizers were delicious! Not too spicy or greasy, but really flavourful. My companion, Caesar, had a shrimp dosa and I had the lamb and eggplant one with a medium spice request. Both were bursting with flavour (particularly the shrimp sauce) with just the right amount of kick. Although I wish the atmosphere was a bit more warm, the staff was friendly and the bollywood videos were entertaining. Will definitely be back!

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