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gallivantpleaseVancouverSince October 20, 200520 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Montri's3629 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good, but not great
Submitted Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 12:26am [Dine in]

I agree with a previous poster; Montri is good, but not something I consider as praiseworthy as it seems to be. I went with 5 friends of mine, so I got to try many dishes, including a couple Chef signature plates, curries, and the proverbial phad-thai. They were all flavourful and tasty, but nothing exceptional. More to the point: I've had the same quality dishes and at cheaper prices. The ambiance is fine and warm. On the walls hang a variety of posters, ranging from Van Gogh to old photographs. Not really Thai in any sense, apart from one Buddha statue I saw.

The service was friendly and prompt. Food was served promptly, if not too much so...It's not terribly expensive, but I was let down given all the hype, and won't be making a second visit.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Nothing spectacular
Submitted Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

I'm ambivalent about coming back a second time, meaning I probably won't. The place is neat and hip, but too loud and overpriced for my taste. Worse, the music choice is inexplicable (retro 80s played the night I was there). The food is good, but not memorable. The server informed us that they've changed the menu a few times since their opening, which is fine, but the resulting menu consists of common dishes, which also happen to be their most popular foods. I can get phad thai and calamari anywhere, not to mention better tasting and at a cheaper price, for that matter.

Service was a bit slow, even though the restaurant wasn't totally full. People seemed to be enjoying themselves, however, so I give them props for the mood setting.

I did enjoy my experience there, but this restaurant does not strike me as special, but a safe choice for Asian food, if you're willing to pay a bit more. Perhaps I'll come back, but sit at the bar instead.

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
Specialty rolls a must!
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2006 - 11:58am [Dine in]

I've only been here once, but can't wait to go back again. Their specialty rolls are truly special and mouth-watering. Really neat textures and combinations. We also had the special of the day, some sashimi, of which I forget the specific name. Nonetheless, it was really, really good. The food comes fast, but the service had to be reminded to refill our tea and to bring the bill. I believe they have some 7.95 specials after a certain time in the evening, but I'd definitely suggest trying some of their more unique stuff.

It's a really small place, with nothing extraordinary about the ambiance, but I enjoyed it. In any case, the sushi's the highlight worth trying!

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WaaZuBee Cafe1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
A great default place on Commercial
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2006 - 11:47am [Dine in]

When you have no particular cuisine in mind and feel like some beers are in order, this is a great place to meet with several friends and chill. Their burgers are great and the pita-hummous plate is wonderful to munch on while sipping drinks. My Tequila sunrise was short of tequila, but it was still good.

The service was courteous and the prices are reasonable. What's great is that it's a fairly large place, but still reasonably quiet so you don't have to shout when conversing. And by the looks of it, people of all ages come here, which is nice to see for such a place. I'll definitely be coming back.

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Clove2054 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Good for just drinks
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2006 - 11:39am [Dine in]

Were the plates better, I'd give it a higher rating. The food should be the strength of a restaurant, and here it's definitely not. We were treated well, but to be informed that two special courses were sold out was somehow displeasing. What the heck?!

The menu consists of largely Thai and Indian dishes. We ordered the Thai beef salad and some chicken curry. The salad was good at first, but then the beef strips started tasting much too soggy. The chicken curry sauce was great, but there was too much of it and not enough chicken. The dry martini my friend ordered wasn't porportioned correctly (too much vermouth), but it was still okay.

Its strengths lay in the ambiance. The music and decor are comforting. Lighting is great. Unfortunately, I won't go back.

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Tantra Lounge & Grill123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
A surprising treat!
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2006 - 11:30am [Dine in]

Such a wonderful feeling; to have an amazing view complemented with amazing food. Not expected with this grill and bar. I don't know how to describe the decor; it's like a high class sports-bar, with little sofa chairs, fireplaces, big screen TVs, and wooden tables. Also features a heated patio, where you can drool doubly well with the view and food. The mango spinach salad was delicious. I had the grilled chicken breast, simple but also delicious. Drink specials looked good, but were too fruity. However, the blueberry tea with cognac was great. A must is the banana cheesecake for dessert. My lone complaint is the music (gangsta-rap) they played while we were there, but after all, it is a sports grill and bar.

I definitely reccommend this place!

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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Could be so much better
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2006 - 11:22am [Dine in]

I like jazz, and I like food, but I don't much like Capone's. We arrived feeling hungry and music-listening ready. We got our food and our music, but neither was worth the price. Being a lover of steak, I naturally ordered their lone steak offering. I asked it to be cooked medium well, but it was still closer to rare, and the marinade was nothing special. With it came sub-par mashed potatoes and oily veggies. The best part of the meal was the appy my friend and I shared...some sort of smoked salmon-zucchini tower. The berry creme brulee for dessert was strange, and I only ate a few spoons.
It's really a shame, because they have such a great venue. Perhaps we were there on the wrong night, but for me, a good restaurant is good on all nights. Won't be going back.

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Tsunami Sushi1025 Robson Street, #238, Vancouver
Not worth a second visit (nor a first)
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2006 - 11:16am [Dine in]

A friend and I were looking for some quick sushi downtown, so we settled on Tsunami. The decor looked neat and neither of us had dined in a moving sushi-boat setting. Sadly, the sushi did not live up to our hopes. They have no special rolls, only standard California and tempura. The gyoza is a joke. To end our meal we grabbed the fruit plate off one of the boats, and it tasted old and soggy. One plus is the service; friendly and always keeping tea cups full. Otherwise, I advise you to stay away from this place...the fish made me feel a bit ill afterwards and the quality does not merit the prices. Dissapointing, to say the least.

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Gelarmony1222 Robson Street, Vancouver
Affordable, Great Variety, and Awesome Flavour
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

My friend and I shared a mondo sized (largest) cup, in which you can put up to 6 different scoops. All were delicious. Unique flavours include (but not limited to) whiskey, green tea, and latte. I'd go back any day of the week. A real treat for gelato and ice cream fans alike!

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True Confections3701 W. Broadway, #6, Vancouver
Overrated
Submitted Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

I heard only praise for this dessert place so I came in with much expectation which only deepened my dissapointment. I had the chocolate pecan pie and my friend some white chocolate type cake. While both good, I could get the same quality in the frozen foods section at Safeway. My friend also ordered hot chocolate and ended up having just one or two sips. It was lukewarm and tasted dreadful. Its only plus was the presentation. Service was kind but a bit slow.

Maybe it was just an off-night and I didn't order a specialty of theirs so I might return to give it another try, but I doubt it.

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Nyala Ethiopian Restaurant2930 W 4th, Vancouver
a definite treat!
Submitted Monday, January 23, 2006 - 12:21am [Dine in]

Foodfanatic stated it pretty well in the previous review. The host was indeed friendly and welcoming. We had the appetizer platter, featuring squid, veggies, hummus, and bread, which were all delicious. For the main entree, my friend and I shared shrimp and lamb. All the dishes are full of flavour and very filling.

A solid dining experience all around, though nothing mind-blowing. Prices reasonable.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Juicy, Tasty, Perfect steak!
Submitted Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 12:53am [Dine in]

These guys really know their steak. I had the new york steak, which is the best of both worlds (tenderness and juiceness), medium well done. I could not help but savior every bite! Our server was delightfully energetic and helpful. The ambiance was nothing special, but still definitely a nice place to enjoy a dinner. It was quite full, especially for a Tuesday, but the quality is so great I am not surprised! Will definitely come back. Worth the price.
Excellent garlic mashed potatoes as well!

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Banana Leaf3005 W Broadway, Vancouver
Pricey, but delicious!
Submitted Sunday, December 4, 2005 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

I went here with a large group, so we ordered quite a few different dishes (mostly appetizers) to satisfy our palettes' curiousities. Before I write about those though, it should be mentioned that reservations are a must here and this new location has wonderful decor and lighting.
Anyway, back to the food. Go here for the seafood.. My favorite dishes were a tofu plate and a noodle dish with squid&shrimp. I don't remember the names of the other plates, but everything was really good, though not breathtaking. The food is like a fusion of Chinese and SE Asian delicacies.
Their signature dessert, a fried banana with ice cream, was dissapointing and left much to be desired, so I'd get dessert elsewhere (eg. Calhoun's is right next door, a 24 hour haven of coffees and snacks).
Portion sizes are good, but everything is so tasty, I doubt you'll be leaving with styrofoam. Service at times slow, and I hear can be a bit dodgy, but overall it seemed okay. To minimize cost (because it is pricey), go with a large group.

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SKP Restaurant4409 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Standard Italian with an intimate setting
Submitted Monday, November 14, 2005 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

The evening began dismally, as we had to wait for tables to clear, even though we had reservations! Hungry we surely were, and thankfully the portions were large enough to satiate us. I reccommend the pasta plates, especially the fettuccinne. The cream sauces are pleasing to the palate and very filling. Amazing bread and garlic butter is served with all meals. Service is solid, ambiance is lively. Extensive wine list. Prices are very reasonable.

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Maria's Taverna2324 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Delicious, full of flavor
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2005 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

Decor is lovely, service wonderful, and great value! The souvlaki plates come with the traditional Greek salad (topped with delicious feta cheese!), finely baked potatoes, and very filling rice. I had the lamb, and it was delicious, especially significant since I'm not too huge a lamb fan. My friends had the meatballs and prawn dishes, all very tasty and with just the right amount of butter. The fried kalamari appetizer is also good. Pita bread soft and chewy. I'll definitely come back!

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New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Nothing too special, but good pastry
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2005 - 10:56am [Dine in]

The actual restaurant, or "diner", as it has been appropriately dubbed in a previous review, is nothing unique nor extremely worthwhile. The food is standard, but for what you pay, good value. Pastries are cheap and tasty. As mentioned, avoid the sponge cake here, as it's not the best.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
never dissapointing, good value
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2005 - 10:34am [Dine in]

Not the classiest of places nor does it hold the best of service, but for the price, it's one of the best values. Huge portions, varied menu, and good, solid Chinese food. No wonder why it's so popular.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
worth a minimal wait only, but cool ambiance
Submitted Saturday, October 29, 2005 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

I dined here with a few friends, and we came at a time where we knew the line would be minimal. A few minutes into our meal (approaching noon hour), a significant line already formed. The food is decent and the menu features some unique plates. I reccommend the Middle Eastern wheat meal. Perfect for oatmeal lovers!
Service is standard and the decor is the main attraction. A lovely place to chill out. A bit on the pricey side (10 dollars per meal).

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Death by Chocolate1598 West Broadway, Vancouver
M'eh, looks nicer than it actually is
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

The name and entrance sign are deceptively enticing. As such, I was looking forward to a delicious dessert here upon arrival, but felt a bit cheated upon departure. The place itself is cozy with decent lighting, but it's old-looking and lacking. I had an espresson gelato smoothie, which left more to be desired. My friend had some sort of berry sundae, which was alright. Pricey for the quality, but it's an alright place if you have nowhere else to go.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great Value
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

I went here with my Dad and younger brother. We're all fans of sushi and were more than pleased with the selection and quality for an all-you can eat place. The Korean BBQ had excellent flavor, and while the service was a bit slow, it was diligent and kind. Worth the 30 minute wait (no reservations taken at lunch).

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