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girl_in20sVancouverDishing out some honest reviews so you can avoid surprises!Web siteSince January 16, 20117 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance4 (4.1)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Applause Japanese Restaurant8269 Oak street, Vancouver
Applause for Applause (yah, I said it!)
Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

I was surprised how great the food and ambiance was, despite loud and polluted Oak Street being right outside the window. Once you step in, order, and take a bite though, you come to realize why you need a reservation here on Sunday nights!

The food is well above par for the price point - especially the sushi. The rice has that yummy sweet flavour that a lot of sushi restaurants seem to have phased out. It was also the first time that I've ordered three rolls and had to leave one of them behind (I'm a big eater too!)

The Yakisoba was delicious and had a unique smoky flavour - and the portion was more than enough. My spicy tuna roll was great since for one, the spicy sauce wasn't BBQ-flavoured or any of that Americanized pizzazz; second, the chili sauce was actually mushed into the tuna, rather than just slathered on top of a regular tuna roll, which so many lazy places seem to do. I also got a Futomaki roll (vegetarian - and it had egg in it, finally!) as well as an Alaska roll (with the reddest salmon on top you ever saw!)

I definitely think this is an authentic Japanese-owned sushi place- and if I'm mistaken, well then, I've been fooled (and I just don't care!)

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Weekday Buffet: Come Early
Submitted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

While I've never eaten there off of their regular menu, I can attest to the value and scrumptiousness of Maurya's weekday lunch/brunch buffet (11:30am until 2:30pm).

I won't go into lengths about the great ambiance and the great variety of the buffet menu (garlic naan and tandoori chicken are high points).

However, I must suggest that you try to arrive early (around noon) because some of the (best) dishes are gone by 1pm, which makes the $12.99 all-can-eat a little less valuable, and the dinner a little more redundant.

In an ideal world, you'd arrive at 11:30am and have the best choices available (seating included), and fresh food steaming in the serving dishes. Unfortunately - and more realistically - it's pretty tough to digest curry that early in the day and "all you can eat" really isn't all that much.

So, either get up really early and fill your morning with enough activity to make the all-you-can-eat buffet worth it and enjoyable by 11:30am (i.e. go there during your lunch break or after a morning run); or, risk eating lukewarm butter (sans) chicken at a more reasonable time for Indian food.

That said, do try it! It may be quite possibly the best place in Vancouver to go and try out different Indian dishes before you let loose and order straight from a menu written in a foreign language you may not understand.

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Yamato Sushi616 Davie St, Vancouver
Sushi Craving Destination
Submitted Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

This is a *very* solid, no-B.S kind of sushi joint. The food is always fresh, affordable, and fast.

Many people may say it's cramped, but I gotta admit, it adds to its 'Tokyo'-ness of this little gem in the wall. Having never been to Japan though, I did a Google image search; what I found was a bunch of pics of places that were strikingly familiar to Yamato Sushi's size and energy.
It's always bustling, which also always means fresh fish and pleased patrons.

It is, however, not the greatest choice if you're bringing a party of more than 3; otherwise, it's cozy and well-lit (i.e. dim enough that you look good but bright enough that you can still see).
It's also always a bonus when you don't have to listen to the top-40 in the background, but instead just a gentle noise of chatter and friendly staff cooking away in the kitchen.

If you're lucky to grab a seat (and you can bear to wait because the turnover is relatively fast), you'll be quickly offered hot green tea (with steady refills) and a menu filled with awesome $5.95 sushi combos (that come with miso soup and a salad), $7.50ish Bento boxes (that come with 2 pieces of tempura shrimp & 2 yummy dumplings too!) and an extensive a la carte menu (their Yakisoba serving is huge!)

It's definitely my go-to sushi place in the downtown core. Try it. I dare you (to go anywhere else ever again).

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Sobo Restaurant311 Neill Street, #813, Tofino
Best on the West,
Submitted Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

SoBo is my favourite restaurant on the island - and if it were on the mainland, it still would be.

Their fish and chicken tacos are to die for (really, to DIE for), filled with complementary flavours that are hard to describe. It's like a mouthful of every great taste you can imagine (from mangoes and rosemary to lavander and basil). They even make cilantro taste good (and I can't stand cilantro).

Their Ahi tuna is seared to perfection and their chowders and soups are hearty and absolutely scrumptious; (you can eat them with a fork.) The way they fuse spices and ingredients together is simply a product of the miraculous.

It's the best place to relish in the flavours of the *true* Westcoast cuisine.

I was introduced to SoBo back in the day when its location was in the Botanical Gardens. I must admit I preferred that location because it was in the midst of nature (which is why most people visit Tofino); however, the new location's floor-to-ceiling windows do the trick, too.
SoBo stands for "Sophisticated Bohemian", so after all, the new location is just as fitting, really.
(And the sea cucumber on the men's bathroom door is a testament to their undying bohemianism!)

I recommend going there for lunch - unless you're a wine-o!

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Guilt-free, filling, AND flavourful!
Submitted Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

The Naam is one of my favourite restaurants EVER, and probably one of the most unique (and oldest) in the city.
While I do love my meat, a meal at the Naam well outdoes any vegetarian joint and makes you realize you don't really need meat to feel satiated (even my carnivorous boyfriend says so).

My favourites on the menu include:
- Any one of their soups (their daal is amazing) [esp. as a soup combo with bread/veggie butter + salad]
- Chili burrito (or as a platter. People love the miso gravy - though it's not my fave)
- Croissant melt
- Santa Fe enchilada
- Naam salad (*disclaimer: the Naam dressing is an acquired taste so be careful when ordering. I always go for the poppyseed dressing instead - delicious!!)
- Noh Pie and apple crisp (though you can't go wrong with ANY of their desserts)

The ambiance is fantastic (rustic, great live music, boho paintings on the walls, and very cozy).

You may read reviews below saying the service is slow and the servers are lazy and/or stoned. However, this is one of the appeals of the Naam. It's one of the few places where you can sit for 2 or 3 hours chatting with your friends without feeling rushed. You never get a manufactured smile and you always feel like you're dealing with real people (even if they are reminiscent of the 60s, when the restaurant was first opened).

I recommend trying to arrive before or after the dinner rush. And the line always looks longer than it is, so don't get discouraged and do give it a try!

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Always a Pleasure: the noodles are eggcellent
Submitted Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 11:56am [Dine in]

This place is one of my favourites to go when it's rainy and cold and I need comfort food! The ambiance is fantastic and very authentic. The servers are all Japanese and are very friendly and helpful - especially if it's your first time ordering there.

My favourite broth is the Shoyu, and the serving portions are very filling - especially for the price (around $7).

Don't be disappointed when you see only a couple of pieces of meat in your dish though, (it's the authentic way of preparing it).
My friend claims "that the chicken could've survived" losing a bit of meat for a bowl of ramen.
("just a flesh wound!")

I also recommend asking for the chicken broth instead of the pork broth (I don't think it's written on the menu).

They also have stamp cards. Booya!

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Nyala4148 Main St, Vancouver
A Rip Off
Submitted Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 11:39am [Dine in]

The portion size was surprisingly small for the price. I felt horrible spending 19 dollars for a small skillet of beef with some onions and peppers strewn about. While the food was maybe not my kind of thing (and that's not why I'm leaving a negative review), I know I would have definitely enjoyed it more had it been cheaper and had I left full.

My boyfriend and I split an appetizer platter with another couple and ordered ONE beef dish; We spent $37.00. Had it not been for the sour crepe (injera) to dip into the chutney sauce, I would've left completely famished.

The service was quite poor, which surprised me. The waiter was wearing a baseball cap, baggy jeans, and an untucked oversized dress shirt. He wouldn't split our bill (there was about 15 of us) and forgot to bring back the debit machine a number of times, making things really confusing. However, the other staff was pretty nice.

If I HAD to come back, I'd order the appetizer platter ($20) to share - and that's it, though I'll probably avoid coming back. I don't know how they can charge what they do.

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