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gastropodVancouverSince October 20, 20117 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House4887 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Fresh and Fast
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

Tucked away in the corner of Kingsway and Nelson is Kettle Café (HK style café), Tomaya (Japanese fusion) and Lao Shan Dong. All 3 were fairly packed but we decided with Lao Shan Dong because it’s perfect if you want to eat and go.

They boast that their (Taiwanese) noodles are “worth the drive across town” and it’s comparable to Shaolin’s (Vancouver) but with less variety. The menu is relatively simple: (spicy) soup or dry noodle with a few appetizers. My companion ordered the braised beef flank with noodles in spicy soup. It looked like everyone in the place was having the same. I wanted to try something new but after learning the dry noodle with meat sauce was only “meat” flavored and had very little meat, I buckled and ordered the soup. Small serving for $6.95 is actually quite filling. Order the large ($8.95) if you’re sharing and ordering a few appetizers. We also ordered a plate of steam vegetable and pork dumplings. They were alright but only 10 pieces and small.

My companion really got a kick at the server fielding all my Q's (hey don't ask, don't know) but once the order was placed, within minutes, we were eating. If you’ve never been to Lao Shan Dong, order the soup because the broth is delicious and good to the last drop. It reminded me of the kind Mom made to restore our health/immune system. There was a pregnant lady there slurping up her bowl. The dry noodles are not fried and very little oil is used. Next time if you’re in the Metrotown area, make the trek and skip the food fair.

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Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House3163 Main Street, Vancouver
And the Critic's Choice goes to ....
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

My companion and I were in the mood for Chinese food and popped in Kwong Chow for a quick bite in late November.

We noticed the 2010? Critic’s Choice (Chinese Restaurant) Award for HK style beef congee hanging on the wall so naturally we ordered it with a dish of noodles. The restaurant wasn’t particularly busy so it’s hard to explain why we were served burnt congee. You could smell it was burned before it even touched the table. For a signature dish, it was disappointing that that no care was taken to ensure quality. We politely mentioned it but our server didn’t say a word. She took our bowls and dumped everything into the congee serving bowl. Maybe she was having a bad night or couldn’t speak English but it looked like she was in charge and should have handled it better.

For the second dish, we ordered rice vermicelli with pork and shrimp. Can’t recall because there was hardly any meat – just a big, wet sloppy dish of noodles and bits of sui choy? The dish was $11.00 and looked so unappetizing. If you’re looking for good bowl of congee or noodles, head a few blocks down north on Main & Broadway and hang a left.

In times like these where (new) restaurants come and go, it’s hard to imagine that this place is still in business. They must have established a loyal clientele who either enjoy the convenience or value but I won’t be coming back any time soon.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Gastown Treasure
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2013 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

Locals in Gastown have a good thing with Medina, Dirty Apron and Chambar at their door steps. The DOV $38 menu was fabulous opportunity to experience Chambar and their standby favorites.

For starters, my companion and I ordered: (i) Carpaccio de Thon Rouge Charred yellow fin tuna Carpaccio, shiso & sesame pesto, shaved Parmesan, Meyer lemon & jalapeño vinaigrette and (ii) the Cappuccino de Champignon Forest mushroom soup, truffle foam, herb goat cheese croquette. Beautifully plated and servings are small but appropriate for rich food with lots of flavour. The tuna Carpaccio is as good as any I’ve tried. The soup is poured at the table so the croquette stays crunchy. Pretty fancy comfort food!

For our entrees, we had (i) Duo de Boeuf Moroccan braised beef short ribs, chick pea charmoula, grilled kabob, spiced zucchini, mint & cilantro salad and (ii) L'omble de L'Arctique Crisp Arctic char, curried risotto, pickled cucumber, yogurt & eggplant caviar. The short rib came with the bone removed and quite tender in reduction juice. The lamb with humus was “gamely” but not overwhelming. Arctic char is like “salmon” but I loved the crispness of it. The risotto was a tad undercooked and salty (maybe it was the caviar?) but nothing a drink couldn’t wash down.

To end the night, we had Americano coffee with (i) Le Fromage a selection of BC cheese and (ii) Parfait au citron frozen lemon soufflé, coconut dacquoise, toasted meringue, pie crust ice cream. The cheese was gobbled up before I could taste much of it but comes with pear, blueberry jam, in-house crisps and sampling of nuts. My lemon soufflé had a light coconut crust base and complimented well with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and almond slices. You don't realize how rich it is until you're finish.

The service was attentive and we finished our 3 course meal within 1.5 hr. The atmosphere was cozy and casual. The room is small, retaining the old world charm of Gastown (brick & mortar) but has nice modern touches. Check it out if you’re in this historic part of town and want to try European cuisine.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
The Other "East is East" on Broadway
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

My companion and I finally tried Akbar’s Own for dinner the 1st time. For starters, we had the mixed appetizer platter ($10): Aloo tikki, vegetable and chicken pakoras. It was served with tamarind and mint chutney and complimented nicely with potatoes and spices especially the chicken pakoras. Pakoras are similar to fritters or croquettes but these were not greasy.

Make sure to try Nann bread with your meal to enjoy the (curry) sauces. We had the Aloo Naan ($3.00) stuffed with potatoes and spices as well as Palak Paneer Naan ($3.00) stuffed with spinach and cottage cheese. They were fine but my companion felt he had better; they could have been more generous with the paneer. If you never had nann, it’s like a pita bread. I enjoyed the leftover again at home with my own stuffing.

For our entree, we tried the lamb rogan josh ($13) and fish goa curry ($15). My companion enjoyed most of the lamb while I was quite taken by the fish curry. It had a wonderful tangy taste and coconut curry flavor which simply made me want to come back. Some may consider the serving relatively "small" compared to North American dishes but it's the flavour that will satisfy your tummy. The service was attentive and the restaurant atmosphere is relaxed. The menu has a good selection for vegetarian and meat lovers and prices are reasonable compared to Chutney Villa and East is East.

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Slickity Jim's Chat 'N' Chew3469 Main Street, Vancouver
Hat Trick - 3X Hits
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

I've visited the "new" restaurant twice since it reopened and have been pleasantly surprised. If you're indecisive then it could take awhile to read through the menu. Expect to wait awhile and maybe even refill your own coffee but this usually happens when they're short staffed over long weekend. I always come back for the food because I don't care for the breakfast menu options at other restaurants. The Mango salsa salad is excellent; the salmon portion is not skimpy for under $10. Over the spring break, I went for brunch and tried their beef burger with wild mushroom and Gruyère. Lovely for someone who normally prefers fish. Try their ice tea; it's brewed and not the sugary stuff from cans. I had their cranberry lime ($2.50) and will be back the next hot day in Vancouver. Interesting observation - they always have "HELP WANTED" sign so someone apply and help Slickity Jim feed the SOMA crowd.

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Charlie Don't Surf15011 Marine Drive, White Rock
Charlie Don't Have Squid
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

t was the first sunny weekend so we couldn't pass out trying out Charlie's favourite (cod & chips). The portion of cod was good ($12.95) but didn't care for the fries. Should have opted for a salad or substituted for yam fries. Definitely had better fish & chips at "Go Fish". The calamari appetizer ($9.95) was disappointing. It was essentially a bowl of crispy batter bits with tomatoes and green onions topping - really pitiful. Not knowing the area, it was nice evening on the patio under gorgeous sunshine but the food really short.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Will be back.. for be burger
Submitted Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Was really looking forward to checking out Crave but made a mistake in ordering pan fried halbut w/ asparagus and corn. The portion was small and over seasoned. The stuff gnocchi was nicely done but for the price, I wished I ordered the halibut and chips. Saw next patron get a 2 huge pieces of halibut. The pulled pork sandwich was nicely seasoned but felt like you were eating a "sloppy joe". Still alot better than the pulled pork served at White Spot. Dessert offering is standard; toffee pudding cake is worth a try but you can get better desserts for $8 at other places. Service was prompt and ambience had neighbour pub feel, quite cosy and intimate. If I come back, I would stick to casual fare like the burger, pasta and salads. Worth a try if you are in SOMA.

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