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GidgeVancouverSince July 9, 200693 Reviews
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3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
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Displaying 41 - 60 of 93 Reviews Found
Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Lemon Sorbet
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

Amato's (aka Mario's) is the only place that we know that sells frozen lemon sorbet in lemon shells. Seconds are sold in the sale freezer for $2.25 each or you can purchase the 'good one's' for $3.50. Personally, I can't tell the difference so would gladly pick up the 'rejects' for the 1.25 savings. Why not? The taste is sweeter and not as lemony as I would have liked but still very refreshing. A healthier alternative to fatty ice cream.

Service was standard counter service: they ring up the price, we pay, we get change, we get bag and leave. I can't recall if the lady smiled but it doesn't really matter to me.

Value: good value if you buy the sale items but I think the regular priced freezer products are pricey for quantity. As for the scooped ice cream, it's been awhile since I purchased these (much rather eat at Dolce Amore or revisit Tuscany for real gelato). The single scoops were $3.50 and additional .75 for waffle cone.

Ambiance: modern interior with stool seating or nice patio chairs/tables outside. Right now the view is crappy with all the construction going on. Once that clears up, the outdoor seating is quite nice.

A good alternative to La Casa.

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Tentatsu2430 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Sub-par Sushi
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

Our usual sushi joint closes on Sunday so we decided to venture out to this neighbourhood resto based on positive reviews on dinehere. As the saying goes, to each his own, and this is one run-of-the-mill Chinese owned/operated pseudo-Japanese resto that I will not be frequenting in the future.

Food: Massive menu. Ginormous rolls especially the dynamite roll which consisted with- not two- but THREE battered prawns. The size was definitely impressive but the taste was all prawns and lack lustre. The tempura was heavily battered and possibly fried in semi-hot oil as the taste was greasy and pieces were hardened. The low grade sushi rice defined the sub-par meal. It was mushy, tasteless, and unfortunately used in over abundance. So much rice was used in the maki's that it overwhelmed the taste of the fish or any other ingredients. The toro sashimi on special was fairly good for its price point ($5.95 for 5 pcs) but lacked the creaminess found in higher grade cuts. Of all the dishes that we ordered, the most enjoyable was the agedashi tofu - perfectly fried yet retained its silky smooth interior.

Service: Solid, yet there wasn't anything extraordinary to note. The female servers were attentive, courteous and efficient. About 10 minutes between order time and the arrival of our first appetizer. Food came quickly and dishes were cleared. Hot genmaicha green tea was served. We were in and out in 45 minutes.

Value: great value if you're into rice filled, enormous maki's. The dynamite roll was a meal in itself and quite the steal at $3.25. We were over stuffed and doggy bagged the rest home. $35 including tax and tips for two people. Definitely cheaper than AYCE, with equally comparable quality. If presented with either choice, I would choose this place because you're less likely to overeat and the service is much better.

Ambiance: uncomfortable banquette seating on the main side with some private 'tatami-esque" private booths on the opposing wall. Three 4-seater tables with new looking chars situated in the middle of the dining area. Splashy walls lined with Japanese prints, yukata's and fans criss-crossed throughout. No sushi bar. Quite a few families in tonight and they seem to specialize in brisk take-out business. Restaurant seats about 60 patrons.

For the undiscerning.

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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House1537 West Broadway, Vancouver
Chinese Soul Food
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:43am [Dine in]

We were immediately greeted upon entering the premise and seated at a round table for 6. The menu's were simple and offered extensive selection of northern Chinese appetizers with plenty of larger dinner choices. I made the mistake of ordering way too much food, not realizing how large the portions were. Oh well, more take-away for snacks later.
The xiao long bao's are the best that I've tasted in a while --large, perfectly steamed with plenty of sweet (umami not sugary) broth. The honeyed prawns were delectable, crunchy without being overcooked or sugary. The hot and sour soup was not overly spicy and heartily filled with pork slices and other preserved veggies. Huge portion to boot. The service was very courteous, friendly, and attentive...an unexpected delight especially at a Chinese establishment. It was like eating at an aunt's place. Tea was always refilled and they responded to all my questions and requests. Great value for tasty and large portion foods. The xiao long bao's were $5 for 6 pieces and most dinner menu items hovered between $10 -$12. The ambiance was simple, reminiscent of a HK casual cafe with some larger tables but mostly square tables of 2 or 4's. Good place to enjoy a casual meal with friends, co-workers. or your family. Good, wholesome Chinese food....num.

Recommended.

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Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant3432 Lougheed Highway, Vancouver
Massive Har Gows
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:15am [Dine in]

We came here for Labour Day brunch and were surprised to see a line-up out the door at 1:30pm. Fortunately, the wait was only about 15 minutes and we even scored a 10-seater for the six of us.

Food: good selection of your usual dim sum items. The har gows were massive and filled with something I couldn't quite detect...tasted like floury shrimp paste. Although it was tasty, I don't enjoy mystery ingredients used as filler. The mini sticky rice wasn't mini at all - 3 large rice wraps filled with lots of rice and minced pork. Usually that would be appreciated but the taste factor fell flat. The rest of the selections were at par with other mid-line dim sum places. Steam pork buns, chicken rice, chow mein, cuttle fish...all tasted fine.

Service: quick tea service and the server ladies were quite friendly. Tea pots were refilled several times and the server returned with requested items like extra cups, chili sauce, etc. No issues/attitude when we paid by credit card.

Value: great value if you're into volume. Pricing wise, it was about $3.50 -$4.00 for the majority of large items. The specials were reasonably priced as well. $70 bill for 6 of us.

Ambiance: comfortable chairs and real white linen displayed. The restaurant looks recently updated with fresh paint, chandeliers, and decorative curios wedged in corners. There was a flat screen TV place above one of the serving stations for those who like to watch Chinese soaps while eating. Free and easy parking outside is a nice convenience.

Overall, it was an enjoyable dim sum but easily forgettable. Based on on the convenience factor, I may return.

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Blowfish Sushi2828 East Hastings Street, #107, Vancouver
Solid all around
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 1:30am [Dine in]

Small sushi restaurant in a nondescript plaza on Hastings and Renfrew. We were at PNE and wanted something different than the usual fair food so it was a toss up between Dijo's or this new, unknown Japanese restaurant. Upon arrival, there was one other table and then us.

Food: good selection of your usuals: bento boxes, nigiri's, rolls, tempura, udon's and rice bowls. The bento boxes were reasonably price and were quite filling for one person. We selected the salmon teriyaki box and the salmon used is the same stock as the salmon sashimi...yum! Box came with teriyaki and rice, miso, salad, 4 piece tempura, and 8 pieces of california roll. Ordered three additional rolls: house, dynamite and negitoro. The dynamite had double prawns and the house roll was massive and was filled with several kinds of seafood such as salmon, tuna, imitation crab, and scallops. My only knock on the food was the sushi rice. It lacked flavour and was not the Japanese short grain variety.

Service: one server and two kitchen staff. We were immediately greeted and chose our own seats. Hot green tea was served (real sencha tea, not the Chinese variety) and menu's were simple to read. Food came out quickly and server came by for tea refill. Prompt and courteous.

Value: For the items that were ordered, the value was very good. $24 for both of us, including tax and tips. Bento box ($8.50), House roll ($4.50), Dynamite ($3.75), negitoro ($2.50). Some of their menu items seem too pricey for this neighbourhood like Rainbow roll for $11 or Chirashi Don for $16.50. If you're a big eater, the size of the rolls will not disappoint.

Ambiance: very small establishment with 6 tables that fit about 16 patrons. It looks fairly new and clean. Tables of two or fours lined along the walls and plenty of spacing between seating. Simple decor with Japanesesque lighting fixtures hung above the sushi bar area. No sushi bar seating though. They have online ordering and offer delivery within 5km.

Recommended as an alternative to greasy PNE food. I may return if in the neighbourhood again.

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Legendary Noodle4191 Main Street, Vancouver
Adequate
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

Yup, it was 'adequate'. For the lack of better description, this quaint little Shanghainese resto only meets but doesn't exceed my expectations. I went for lunch so didn't sample huge selection of dishes, but the two that I consider the litmus test for northern chinese food proves to me that the other foods can't be that more different.

Food: ordered the noodles in peanut sauce. Sauce was good but the noodles were boring. It definitely lacked oomph, perhaps because it was missing peanut bits. Second dish was the siu long bao (steamed juicy pork dumplings). The juice was non-existent and they made the error of making the filling with lean ground pork, which probably explains the lack of juice and flavour. The sizing could have been larger but at least it seemed prepared on the spot and freshly steamed.

Service: friendly little old lady was the server and two kitchen staff in the back. Tea was promptly served and dishes cleared away.

Value: pricier than what I expected for SoMa. $6.50 for 8 siu long bao's and noodles were about $8. The portion size was about average. Compared to other smaller Shanghainese resto's, pricing is definitely about the median. If the food was superb, then it would've met the value mark.

Ambiance: simple, clean decor. I really enjoyed the cozy, quaint feel that they were able to recreate with relatively few furniture pieces and knick-knacks. Dark wooden tables and banquette chairs covered with red cushions for seating. Rice paper lined Chinese lanterns hung above each table. Tastefully hung art from China. Reminded me of casual mom n'pop eateries in Shanghai..that's why I gave it higher than average marks. On a busy evening, the vibe would be awesome.

Strictly for food, I probably would bypass this place. However, if you're looking for a quaint spot for friends and a casual meal, then it's not a bad choice.

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Dijo's Pizza & Panzerotto2838 Hastings St East, #116, Vancouver
Solid Pizza for an Independent Pizzaria
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 2:35am [Dine in]

Late Saturday order. Ordered two pizza's for pick up: pesto and bruschetta.

Food: the crust was good with a nice crispness to it yet not overly crusty. Bruschetta topping (tomatos, garlic, and herbs). The garlicky taste was little overwhelming with bits of garlic throughout. Aroma was great but I thought it added too much "bite" to my liking. Pesto pizza was very good, adequate pesto to tomato sauce ratio. Pizza's were hot and not overly greasy.

Service: seems family owned with friendly enough service. The pizzas weren't quite ready when we arrive for pickup and the cashier was very apologetic about the delay.

Ambiance: typical hole-in-the-wall pizzaria with a few small tables and chairs for casual dining. Some bar stools along the side counter. It's primarily a take-out place so don't expect full service.

Value: Price wise it's more expensive than your average pizza from a chain restaurant but makes it up by providing ample toppings and fresh ingredients. $24 for two medium pizzas. They also sell pizza by the slice for $1.75. Not a bad deal if you're at PNE during fair time. Since they're blocks away, it's convenient and local.

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Fishermans Terrace Seafood Restaurant4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3580, Richmond
Dim Sum worth waiting in line for
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 1:57am [Dine in]

Even with reservations, we still had to wait over half an hour on a busy Saturday afternoon for our table of eight. Very bustling restaurant filled with families, small and large groups. Seats about 250.

Food: ordered about 25 dishes and all were served fresh and piping hot (except for the cold dishes of course). My favourites were the wrapped sticky rice and shredded pork rice rolls in soy sauce. Hargows were large and flavourful.

Service: quick and very transactional....what's expected in a Chinese restaurant. I don't care for idle chit chat and tea service should be fast fast fast. I have no qualms about their service and the predominantly male waiters were attentive in clearing the empties and refilling the tea pots.

Value: on the pricier end but I think the quality deserves this price level. The bill came to a very reasonable $125 (about 17 pp). For the amount of food and selected dishes ordered, this would've been more expensive at Kirin or Fortune House.

Ambiance: very presentable and a nice place to take your guests. Depending on where you're situated, the layout can be a tight squeeze as they cram one or two too many chairs at these tables. The chandeliers are nice as are the floor to ceiling windows. Relatively modern decor.

Recommended for dim sum. Call ahead though to cut down your wait time.

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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
Solid Lunch Menus
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 12:44am [Dine in]

Co-workers and I have been here several times for lunches and they are usually very quick, friendly, and serve up great selection of lunch menus. For about $8.95 you can choose from a variety of standard dinner menu items, except in smaller portion size with a side skewer of chicken satay and 1 vermicelli-filled spring roll. For lunch, I find the portion size more than sufficient and actually easily shareable with table mates. We ordered the green curry with beef, chicken cashew nuts & veggies, and one other noodle dish whose name I can't recall. All the dishes were served within 15 minutes of ordering and the quality and taste were great. Curry was not as spicy and aromatic as I had hoped but that could be the presumption that we couldn't handle the spiciness. Service is consistently friendly and professional on every visit. Our server gave us good suggestion when we were indecisive about our selection and came by several times to refill our water. For lunch, the entire meal took about an hour. The value is fairly good for set lunch menus although other places may charge about $1 less per set, but factoring in the convenience and comfort of going to a known entity, I much prefer sticking to what I know. Ambiance has improved with new paint, chairs, and tables. The layout of the restaurant is still much in tact with a seating area in the front under the skylights, and another dining area in a darker area towards the back. Service is equally good in either area so it doesn't matter where you sit.

Recommended.

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Thai House Royale Restaurant4600 Kingsway, #115, Burnaby
Decent curries, everything else was 'meh'
Submitted Friday, July 17, 2009 - 1:36am [Dine in]

Food: ordered the green curry with chicken served in a coconut shell and that tasted fine. Everything else tasted bland such as the sauteed prawns with veggies or the eggplant dish (I counted 9 slices of eggplant). The aromatic bouquet of spices and flavours typical of Thai cuisine just wasn't there. Pad Thai was not good, very tangy with a vinegary-ketchup-y taste. Although the curry was good, its portion size was paltry.

Service: Overall solid service. We were greeted, shown to our seats and given menus right away. They came by to take our order, served water/drinks, and in 15 minutes or less our first dish arrived. The entire order came within a 10 minute span. No issues or attitude given when we handed in our coupon. They even said "thank you, bye" when we exited.

Value: Mains were mostly between $12 to 18 dollars and I found the mediocre taste coupled with smaller portion size of only decent value. With the coupon, the cost per person was relatively low ($16 per head) but the food itself was quite ordinary so I will not be in a rush to return with so many better Thai restaurants in town.

Ambiance: spacious and simply decorated with Thai and Asian ornaments and artwork. The overall look is a bit dated (reminiscent of the mid 90s) but the restaurant is well maintained and appeared to be clean. The ladies' washroom was pretty clean. Fairly busy for a Thursday evening with about 75% of the restaurant occupied. Very mixed clientele ranging from young families, older couples, groups of younger folk, etc.

With ample free parking and convenient locale, I may return but only with a coupon.

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Boston Pizza2850 Bentall Street, Vancouver
Tastes like Cafeteria-style food
Submitted Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 12:28am [Dine in]

Pretty standard food, pizza, burgers, ribs, the usual stuff from a chain restaurant. We patronized this location out of convenience prior to a Walmart run. The restaurant was about 1/3 full so it wasn't a bad turnout rate for a Wednesday evening.

Food: We ordered two individual sized pizzas and split an onion soup and Thai chicken bites. The onion soup was likely pre-made and all they had to do was bake it in the oven. Taste was akin to beef broth with some sherry. Chicken bites were sliced friend chicken fillets over a bed of humdrum crispy noodles. The pizzas were good, but not spectacular. They were too skimpy on the toppings where the topping area only composed about 60% of the total surface area. Do not recommend the Cajun shrimp pizza - very bland tasting and lacking in mozzarella. The Tuscan specialty pizza was much more flavourful.

Service: Server was attentive and competent, however it took about 30 minutes for the appies to arrive. Service is decent for what we come to expect from servers that work in franchises or chain establishments. I don't understand why food takes so long when it's simply reheated, prepped together or thrown into an oven. I wouldn't be surprised if the mass produced food is also served at large institutional cafeterias.

Value: It wasn't an expensive meal at all, but there wasn't sufficient value or "wow" factor for me to return. $45 for two of us.

Ambiance: comfortable banquettes and sturdy tables in the dining area. The sports side had a nice bar and furnished with high tables/chairs. The restaurant layout was pretty nice and considering that it's only 4-5 months old, the place looks very new and fresh. The color scheme is similar to other BP - the autumn themed colour scheme. Lots of flat screen TV's at various corners so awesome place for the sports junkie to catch the game. Crowd was mostly young families and small groups of 20 somethings.

Recommended for drinks/appies to catch your favourite sports game...not so much for good food.

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Golden Swan Restaurant5380 Victoria, Vancouver
Sunday Dim Sum
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

We arrived at high noon for Sunday brunch and waited for about 20 minutes before being seated. It's been awhile since my last visit and the dining area looks nicely updated with modern looking chandeliers and muted beige-y wall colours. The chairs and carpet appear to be new looking too. Now onto food.

Very happy to see that push carts are still used. We ordered hargow, scallop dumplings, chicken feet, beef tripe, sui mai, and few other dim sum items. Hargow was large and perfectly flavoured as were the scallop dumplings that boasted thick scallop slices. The chicken feet were tasty but I wish they didn't cut them in half. Sui Mai had good texture, not slimy like how some restaurants serve them and contained good balance between port and shrimp. Tripe was flavourless. Menu selection was a bit limited but offered your usual dim sum favourites.
Value was good despite the higher pricing. $3.75 for medium and $4.35 for large plates. Service was adequate, tea pots were refilled several times, empties were taking away, and the cart ladies came around enough for our selection. Although seating was a tight squeeze in some areas, I think it offered enough comfort for a nice Sunday dim sum with the folks.

Recommended (for dim sum)

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Pajo's Fish & Chips3500 Bayview Street, Richmond
Painfully slow
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

It was a beautiful Friday evening so perhaps the larger than average crowd was unexpected but man, it took them over an hour to serve one order of large halibut fish and chips. If we hadn't already paid, I would've walked out at the half-hour mark. Fish chips were good, not great, but decent for a small establishment. The fish size were smaller than what I'm used to getting at C's or at Go Fish. The batter was average, not light and crispy nor heavy and greasy. The chips are over friend and tasted saltless. The value was mediocre at $13.79 for 2 and half pieces served in a newspaper cone. One thing that I did like was the near limitless supply of tartar sauce that they hand out. For a touristy place, the pricing is fair. Ambiance is the one thing going for this Pajo's location. Great views Steveston Wharf and ample seating on and nearby the floating concession stand. Unfortunately, this poor experience coupled with less-than-stellar past experiences have reaffirmed my belief that it's all show, no substance. I'm going to Dave's next time.

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Quaint little spot on Main
Submitted Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

A little restaurant that can easily be missed save for its bright yellow awning. I've been here a few times for lunch and always appreciate their simple, yet courteous service. The server is a cute little old lady with limited English. The menu has a large assortment of northern Chinese dishes and of course the staple item: siu long bao. The sui long bao's are smaller here but very good and fresh. My personal favourite is the beef roll wrap, perfectly flavoured beef with fried flour wrap...num! The value is reasonable but not 'cheap' by any standards. Ambiance is very simple with rectangular tables for groups of two's, four's, and sixes. Smallish place with a capacity of about 40 seats. Very commendable for a quaint mom 'n pop place that is conveniently located.

Recommended

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Another great Guu experience
Submitted Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

A very happening place at the end of Water street. Generally I would visit the Robson location but I think the experience at Kitanoya has converted me over. Great food, great service, great vibe. Only crappy side is the lack of decent street parking in the area. I especially like how they start off the dinner service with a hot towel and presented to you with two hands...how Japanese! The izakaya experience feels very authentic here with some westcoast touches like bricked wall and wooden beams. The servers are polite, professional yet casual. We ordered the sashimi salad (very yummy), yaki-udon, baked creamy rice, yam fries, agedashi tofu, and a few other shareable plates. The value is very reasonable for the portion size and they don't cheap out on ingredients or quantity just because it's "tapas". The crowd was diverse and lively. Great place to hang out with friends or for that casual date by the bar.

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Dolce Amore1588 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good gelato, good times
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 1:02am [Dine in]

Hot sunny Saturday afternoon on the Drive called for some gelato. Dolce moved to the store front next door and no longer provide the outdoor wrap around terrace outside. Instead, they look much trendier and have upgraded their freezer to keep their gelato cool. No more soft ice cream they used to serve on hot days.

Food: I thoroughly enjoyed my guava mango gelato. It tasted sweet and tangy and possibly made with real mango. Not quite as good as what you can get in Italy but it holds its own in Vancouver. They spend the effort to whip into peaks and swirls to create that Italian authenticity.

Service: very quick counter service. The young ice cream scoopers were friendly and gave huge portions for a single scoop...it seemed like two full scoops to me. No issues or attitude when we used our entertainment book coupon.

Value: $3.50 for a single scoop is very reasonable. It was an even better deal when we got two-for-one using a coupon. And they use real wafer ice cream cones without additional charge.

Ambiance: newly renovated with the sleek look. Similar to Mondo's. Would've been a 4 if they kept their old location with the outdoor seating. I think they've lost that rustic, charm that worked so well on the Drive, in attempt to appeal to the trendier crowd.

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Osaka Today8180 No. 2 Road, #168, Richmond
Decent Sushi from Plaza Mall
Submitted Friday, July 3, 2009 - 1:28am [Dine in]

Another run of the mill Chinese owned and operated Japanese restaurant specializing in pretty much everything: bento boxes, ramen, nigiri, rolls, you name it. I met up with a friend who lived nearby otherwise I would not think of eating in such a nondescript eatery in a suburban plaza mall.

Food: satisfactory. I ordered the chirashi bowl and the chef was able to tailor to my request for toro sashimi. It was a sizable bowl with lots of rice and ample portion of assorted fish. My friend's chasiu udon was good but her chasiu was not of the Japanese variety despite our attempt to verify this before ordering.

Service: the waitresses were nice but they need to beef up their knowledge of the food that they're serving. Several times she had to defer to the kitchen staff to simple questions like, "what's in a chirashi bowl". A tad unprofessional with lots of milling about and chatting amongst one another. Our tea was refilled a few times though.

Value: I didn't analyze the menu but the prices seemed reasonable and I wasn't sticker shocked at anything. My chirashi bowl was $11.95 and my friends udon was $7.95. I think they're at par with various similar restaurants in the area.

Ambiance: simple booths along the side with a few tables up in front. I would say this place seats about 45 patrons, no sushi counter seats. I can't recall any deliberate attempt to jazz up the place so the decor was very simple, if not plain. Busy for a Thursday evening so the locals must frequent this place.

It's an alright place, can't say I would recommend it nor would I advise against it.

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Abigail's Party1685 Yew Street, Vancouver
Cozy dining experience
Submitted Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

Just came back from an intimate birthday celebration dinner and tried Abigail's for the first time. They have a very nice patio up front situated on a slope (15 seats) and about 20 seats indoors. Very cozy place with dark furnishings and simple design. They have a pretty extensive menu considering how small their kitchen is, but you can order your steaks, fish, and burgers here. We split the poutine (average( and Abigails salad. Salad is salad...lightly dressed with vinagrette dressing and grapes were added as the wow factor. I ordered the baked halibut and the taste was nice, unfortunately mine was over-baked so turned up dry. The sides, roasted potatoes and yellow beets, were nicely done. Dishes served on rectangular plates and care was put into the final presentation of the garnishing. We passed on dessert to save tummy room for gelato.

Service was unpretentious and casual. We actually had two servers and they were able to coordinate between each other to provide a seamless meal. No hitches, yet nothing spectacular occurred. I was just happy that drinks arrived, hot food was served at once, and the bill was correct. We completed our meals within 2 hours.

A good spot if you're in Kits.

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Red Robin4640 Kingsway, #112, Burnaby
Sends you back to 1995.
Submitted Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

1995 was the last time I stepped foot in a Red Robin and fast forward 14 years later, I found myself at the Metrotown location for a late night snack with old friends.

Food: Similar menu but of course the pricing has gone up. It's very similar to Boston Pizza next door but lacks the comfort food selection that I enjoy at White Spot. The fries are flat wedges and perfectly fried...yum. The soup tasted canned and the caeser salad was overdressed. My banana milk shake was pretty good.

Service: we lucked out and got the older male server who seemed experienced and relaxed. Very casual,friendly service and he even remembered orders despite our constant chair hopping. He threw in free fries on the house when they ran out of onion rings. Service checks were made and he offered to bring separate bills, a thoughtful gesture I always appreciate. Food came out relatively quickly and hot. One minor negative point was that the inexperienced hostess took about 10 minutes to greet and seat us, even though the restaurant was only 1/3 full.

Value: I remembered RR being a cheap place for teenagers to eat in. Maybe I still have 1995 pricing etched in my memory but I found the pricing higher than what I expected for a causal burger/shakes joint like RR. For value, I rather go to White Spot for burgers/fries or pay a few extra dollars and go to Earl's. Or...my new favourite, Les Faux, which is on par with their mains.

The ambience is still very much intact - red furnishings, uncomfortable chairs, and booths scattered throughout - of course with a modern twist with flat panel TVs and modernized bar. The crowd was young (under 20) with groups of young families. For a Monday evening, it was surprisingly lively. A table nearby celebrated a birthday and I got to hear the "Do we have a birthday here?" song..it was nostalgic.

I came in expecting passable food and service but I was pleasantly pleased my old highschool haunt didn't disappoint. I may return one day to order clucks and fries.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
$12 Steak Dinner
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 12:28am [Dine in]

We heard about HSG's 12 year anniversary special and made reso's for a group of 6 for a Saturday evening. We each ordered an 8 oz sirloin with garlic mash and veggies for $12 with other sides and appies for sharing.

Food: Sirloin is not my favourite cut but they did a good job of making it taste flavourful and my steak came med-rare despite the uneven shape of the slab. Garlic mash was creamy and the side of veggies were brussel sprouts and carrots. Ordered a side of spotted prawns in garlic sauce which was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. The gorgonzola "fondue" is not really a fondue at all but a bowl of melted gorgonzola cheese as dip for crispy bread. Taste was a bit strong but I was mostly disappointed that it wasn't a true fondue.

Service: Our server was attentive and casual. He demonstrated good timing and brought out the necessary drinks, breads, plates at the appropriate time. From start to finish, our meal took about 1.5 hours and we lingered an additional 30 minutes without any hassle.

Value: $12 for a steak dinner in Yaletown is incredible value. However, their regular menu is only about average with dinner items ranging in the low $20's; appies in the $8-15 range, and limited but reasonably priced wine selection. Comparable to the Keg for their steaks.

Ambiance: Simply adorned with faux Toulouse-Lautrec prints along the walls; dark stained tables and chairs; banquettes along the middle and sides of the restaurant. Spacious enough seating. The crowd was mixed that night with mostly groups of friends in their 30-40's. I don't remember if music was playing so it was probably very muted and conducive to a dinner conversation.

Overall a good experience but I don't think its differentiated enough to draw me back immediately. I would not protest if anyone suggested this as a dinner choice. However, with stiff competition literally at every corner, it may take another innovative promo to entice me back.

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