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GidgeVancouverSince July 9, 200693 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3)
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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Going to Paris minus the airfare
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

Thanks to the folks that brought us Go Fish and Jules for bringing this french gem to the Eastside. We sat at the bar during our first visit and enjoyed very friendly service from our bartender. Had great conversation with our bar stool mates while we savoured our pate.

Food: well made country french fare like cassoulet or duck confit.

Service: attentive, non pretentious hosts/hostesses and servers. they warmly welcome you and give ample time to enjoy your meal.

Value: incredible value for entrees, most items within the $15-$20 range. Good portion sizes but don't expect any take-homes.

Ambiance: this is where LFB takes the cake. The vibe is an authentic mix of Parisian chic meets casual west coast. Great place for friends and family.

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Red Star Seafood Restaurant8298 Granville Street, Vancouver
A Safe Choice for Dim Sum
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

Context: Been here about 10 times for weekday dim sum with co-workers, a mix of both Chinese and Caucasian. Make reservations every time because they do fill up by 12pm. People must not work in Marpole...

Food: consistently well prepared, quick and fresh. No push carts here, everything is ordered off a menu card. Har gows are well made and of a decent size. Standard dim sum fare plus a few different items like almond covered shrimp balls or fish maw and shrimp puree (very good). $4.75 for large; $3.95 medium; & $3.25 small. Pricing is a little on the high side, but worth it for the quality and fair sizing.

Service: consistently attentive, quick and professional. For a Chinese restaurant, I have to commend them for honouring our reservations every time, sometimes taking priority over their regulars. We rarely need to wait for more than 10 minutes and we're usually seated in our usual spots. Within minutes, tea is offered and food normally comes out within 10 minutes of placing an order. Empties are quickly cleared and tea is always refilled without repeat requests. All staff (captains, servers, bussers, hostesses) have been very efficient and they don't give you the dirty eye when splitting between several credit/debit cards.

Ambience: The decor is very nice, with chandeliers, comfortable chairs and real table cloths. Depending on where you sit it could be a bit cramped and noisy, but we've been very lucky as they've seated us in corners. Good mix of clientele: HK ladies doing lunch, seniors, work lunches, and some (few) non-Asians. Not sure how it'll look on weekend brunches though.

Overall: Safe choice for good dim sum to take out non-Chinese friends, in-laws, out of town guests and work mates.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
My favourite hole-in-the wall
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 12:24am [Dine in]

I hope that hawker's stays the same, offering fan favourites at low prices. They've recently renovated the place and replaced the tables, chairs and utensil holders. They repainted the walls and chose the exact same guady colours - Jamaican yellow and green! I've come to actually appreciate the tacky colours and kitschy posters of SE Asian countries. So soothing enjoying a tasty bowl of laksa, while listening to Teresa Teng classics blaring in the background.

All dishes are between $4.50 to $6.00. Awesome for a quick lunch fix and take out dinners. You pay cash at the front and they bring the food out to you if you're sitting in. There's no full service (greeting, seating, taking your order) but I think it's commendable that they offer 'half-service' with no expectation for tips. I always leave a loonie out of appreciation.

One caveat though. Don't expect super high quality ingredients or excellent prepration for the price. Enjoy it for what it is and you'll leave satisfied. I will come back for years to come.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Great Choice on Main
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

Had several work lunches and 1 dinner experience so far.

Food: The food is consistently great and fresh. The selection is decent ranging from pulled pork sandwiches, crab cakes to cobb salad's. Lunch and diner menus are almost identical except that you have a few more entree items to choose from for dinner. I could sense that the chef places great care into the design and preparation of the food. Awesome value for bistro pricing!

Service: usually very quick, unpretentious service. Once we had a surly waitress but that was a one-off. Everyone is friendly and easy-going and that puts the guests at ease. Professional, yet warm. Occasionally the head chef comes out to greet and chat with the guests - a very nice touch.

Ambiance: small dining room area with about 38 seats so the tables are packed quite closely. About 8-10 inches between tables. Personally, I don't mind this but it's not the place for that private, romantic dinner. The decor is simple, yet sleek. Dark coloured chairs, tables and paint colour. Huge black & white paintings/artwork on the wall adds dimension to the space.

Overall: great place to take a few friends, no more than 4 because the wait can be crazy on weekends. Hope it's here to stay!

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Disappointing for a Top Rated Restaurant
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

Just came back from a disappointing Chinese New Year dinner at SSW and I'm not surprised to read the numerous luke-warm recent reviews from other diners. The level of service and food has definitely diminished over the years. Been here six times: 2 banquets, 2 dim sum and 2 family dinners. Tonight has to be the most disappointing, service wise.

Food: We were a group of 13 and were seated and greeted promptly. Food came out quickly, if not a little too quickly - but that's not the problem. Food was decent: some dishes (ie. soup) were tasteless and the crab claws were undercooked, but on a whole fresh ingredients were used. In consideration of the price and star rating of SWW, I really expected spectacular..well at least above average food for a place that claims to be "the Best Chinese Restaurant". Nice try on a very busy night, though.

Service: Once again, I hold SSW to a different standard than to a typical hole-in-the-wall Chinese joint. Our dishes were never once changed, servers were hard to get a hold of, and repeated requests had to be made. Case in point, it took five requests before we finally got an extra plate of lettuce for our beef lettuce wrap. And to add insult the injury, they charged us $5 for the "extra" plate of lettuce. If I cared to go back, I would've brought this up to management, but $5 is not worth creating a ruckus over, and especially not on Chinese New Years.

Ambiance: The decor and location are the only two good things going for this overrated restaurant. I liked the clean white lines of the ceiling and the lighting was good. A bit noisy but that could be because it was Chinese New Years. The chairs are decent, but I have to admit that the setting and utensils are not comparable to those at Kirin's.

Overall: Not going back; rather spend good coin at Kirin, Fisherman's or Red Star (on Granville). Perhaps you may have better luck.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
Honkin huge prawns!
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 12:34am [Dine in]

Went out for a casual birthday dinner for 6 people tonight and chose this restaurant because it offered easy parking.

Food: Ordered 5 dishes: gailan with scallops, walnut prawns, seafood something with tofu, fish hotpot and shredded crab soup. The dishes came out very quickly, a little too quickly, as four of the five came out all at once. The dishes were all well prepared and what caught my attention were the huge tiger prawns. Even after they're cooked, they still average about 2.5 inches in width. The walnut prawns were very interesting...never seen prawns cooked in mayo before. Gailan was a bit bland but that could just be my preference for more flavoured veggies. Freebie red bean soup made with tapioca as a dessert. The fish hotpot and seafood dish were slightly above average but nothing to write home about.

Ambiance: newly renovated decor, very well lit and has the appearance of "clean" which is always a good thing in a Chinese restaurant. Comfortable chairs and had real table cloths.

Service: prompt and courteous. All the servers wore gold coloured vest and seemed professional enough.

Total bill: $87 including 2 beers and 4 bowls of rice (yes, they charge for rice here by the bowl).

Would I come back here again? Sure!

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Tanpopo1122 Denman Street, Vancouver
Oh God, why did I eat here?
Submitted Saturday, October 7, 2006 - 1:52am [Dine in]

Very bad choice tonight. After years of avoiding all-you-can-eat places, we unwittingly decided to try Tanpopo's late night AYCE menu for $12.95. Great value if you have no taste buds and have low expectations. Boy, did we suffer at every bite.

Overall: not as good as they used to be. Change of ownership? Catering to one-time tourist crowd? Not recommended for locals who should know that better sushi places exist elsewhere.

Food: Ranges from horrible to decent. All the maki rolls are pre-made and refrigerated. Only the hand cones are made fresh. The fried stuff like tempura and gyoza came out quickly and luke warm so you know that it's been sitting under a heat lamp. Sashimi tasted bland and lacked any fatty texture to it. Japanese spring rolls was the only decent tasting dish.

Service: Very prompt and courteous. Nothing spectacular but nothing negative either. The server came by 3 times to take re-orders and filled our tea twice.

Ambiance: looks worn down yet appears clean. There was a good crowd tonight so the mood was lively. Too bad the food couldn't match it...

Will definitely not come back again.

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Big Fish Sushi3311 East Broadway, Vancouver
Much Improvement Needed
Submitted Monday, July 31, 2006 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

After months of driving by this place, we decided to drop by for a weeknight dinner. At 7:00pm, we were the only customers there, followed by another couple.

Food: bland, weird tasting sushi rolls. The spicy tuna and scallop rolls were sweet and the house roll covered over battered prawn tempura. The avacado envelope was over rype, mushy and browning. The salmon sashimi were uneventful and were not thawed properly. The quality was akin to all-you-can eat joints minus the portion size. The nigiri was barely edible, thin pathetic slices of poor quality fish over funny tasting rice.

Pricing: would have been reasonable if the food quality were better. $2.95 california roll, $5.95 for house roll, $4.95 for 5 piece sashimi. Total tab for two (no drinks) $31.00.

Service: 2 servers, one kitchen staff and one sushi chef. Being the only customers, we were immediately greeted and showed to our seats. The overly friendly server directed our attention to the "special's menu" and read line by line everything on promo. I was almost embarrassed for him for his amateurish attempt to upsell. Our tea was always filled and they even gave us avacado nigiri's on the house. Kudos for wanting to please, just need more training.

Ambience: being on busy E. Broadway Street, we felt stressed with the constant traffic causes by noisy semi trailers and buses. The decor is simple with functional tables and pastel coloured "lawn chairs". The only saving grace was the little fountain in the corner.

Overall: I hope they improve on their food quality or face closure.

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Hamaei Japanese Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #620, North Vancouver
Decent Japanese Fare
Submitted Monday, July 10, 2006 - 12:24am [Dine in]

Based on another review board, we decided to try this place tonight for a casual dinner out. Hamaei is located in the Westview Plaza off #1 highway and is easy to get to if you have a car. Operated by real Japanese people, the service and food quality are good-outstanding, about a 3.5 star out of 5. Upon arrival, we were greeted by several servers dressed in yukata's and immediately given hot cloths to cleanse our hands. The tea was awesome and could've been a green tea/barley mix. The menu offered a varied selection of the standard Japanese fare: teriyaki, udons, tempura's, sushis, dons, etc. The prices were reasonable, although a bit pricey for some of the nigiri items. We ordered:
Adegadashi tofu ($3.75) - sub-standard, didn't have any taste or toppings
Miso Eggplant ($4.75) - good, but a bit salty
Appetizer tempura ($4.95) - standard, tasted fresh but also "doughy"
Negitoro roll ($3.25) - good
Dynamite roll ($4.25) - very good
Toro Nigiri ($2.75 ea) - good, but had better. Not melt in your mouth
Saba Nigiri (2.25 ea) - sockeye. good
grilled black cod ($7.95) - tasty although a bit dry

Dinner for two $65 including tips. Not bad but not spectacular food either. The food was well prepared and came quickly but somehow lacked a "oomph" to the palate. A good recommendation if you're in the North Shore and require a sushi fix. Based on service alone, I will come back.

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Pho Van3370 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Fresh Bowl of Pho every Time!
Submitted Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:57am [Dine in]

Consistency is the key. I agree that their quality has waned a bit since their early days, they still do serve up fresh and generous portions of pho, and quickly too. For the past 7 years, my family and I have frequented this place even though we're equally as capable of making our own pho. For the amount of work brewing a nice pho broth (3-4 hours for the real deal), Pho Van is the easier choice, offering large portions and great MSG laden broth. A good pho is as good as its broth.The place buzzes of people and tacky neon lights. Definitely not a first date kind of place, Ample parking in the back too.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Home Style Cooking...Japanese Style
Submitted Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:32am [Dine in]

If you're looking for sushi, move along. Hi-Genki operates on the first floor of a senior's home and the decor is functional, even reminded me of a hospital cafeteria. The menu for dinner is quite limited and when we arrived there at 7:30pm, half of their items were sold out. They offered combo's with something fried like chicken karaage or fish croquette with a few sides. The portions were large and the food quality was decent. However, being a sushi fan, I would probably not come back. If you like Japanese homestyle cooking, then you may enjoy it.

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Bay Sushi Cafe678 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Great Sushi for Lunch
Submitted Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 1:17am [Dine in]

Located behind the Bay, this is one of the better take-out sushi places in downtown for lunch. They offer a wide range of sushi including rolls, nigiri and sashimi, all for a decent price. Their udons are delicious and for $5.25, it's a steal for a huge bowl noodles. They also have a huge selection of well made Korean favourits such as bibimbap and bulgogi. To get the freshest sushi, do not order the pre-made sushi rolls. They've been sitting on the counter for awhile, although I have to admit it is much quicker.

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Japone8269 Oak, Vancouver
Major Rip Off - don't bother
Submitted Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 12:51am [Dine in]

I've been here twice: once for lunch and the other for dinner. Their lunch menu had a good selection and was reasonably priced. The servers were polite although the food came out rather slowly. Having had a satisfactory lunch experience, I went for dinner only to find that they offer a ridiculously expensive dinner menu. The average price of sushi rolls was $7.50, with $9.50 being the most expensive. Get this, I was charged $4.00 for a piece of nigiri tuna belly sushi. They sold sashimi by the piece. Good, but not worth the exorbitant pricing. Who do they think they are....Tojo's?? The decor is simple, trendy, and casual. When comparing to Toshi's (Main & 15th), I wouldn't bother with this joint again. The food was above average but I felt rather ripped off when I left. Don't bother, go to Toshi's even with their crazy wait times.

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