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Good EatsVancouverSince January 6, 201117 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3 (3.2)
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Displaying 1 - 17 of 17 Reviews Found
Beatniks Bistro9194 Glover Road, Langley
Lax About Second-Hand Smoke but Otherwise Great...
Submitted Friday, August 9, 2013 - 11:06am [Dine in]

We ate here recently and will likely return again. The Roasted Pear Salad was amazing. A nice combination of flavours in every bite. The French Onion Soup was also quite good. The Beef Carpaccio was lacking, however. It was was too bland. It needs some livening up with either a balsamic reduction or a mustard of some kind or even capers. Just didn't do it for me. My partner ordered the Beatniks Breakfast and was quite content with everything. He thought the eggs were nicely done and the bacon was perfect...not burnt and just the right crispiness. All in all, this is a great place. The service was outstanding. The patio is fantastic for people watching. The only negative to sitting outside is that people smoke on the sidewalk in front of the patio and there's no escaping the second-hand smoke under their tent. One customer even lit up right on the patio in the grassy area adjacent to it which was right beside where we were seated and nothing was done about it. My assumption is that they don't have the same rules as in the City with regard to smoking?? Not sure but if you're sensitive to second hand smoke, you may want to consider sitting inside...which is very nice as well. If you're in Fort Langley puttering around, it's a nice place to have a rest and a tasty bite to re-charge your batteries.

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Pacifico Pizzeria & Ristorante970 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Online Menu Needs the Words "Dine-In Only" Added...
Submitted Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 12:59pm [Take-out]

My co-worker and I checked out the Pacifico menu online today and we decided to order take-out pasta combos that came with either soup or salad. The person who answered the phone did not ask whether we wanted soup or salad so at the end of our conversation I asked for caesar salads with our order, as per what's on the menu. The male call taker said, and I quote: "We only do soup and salad for dine-in customers." That was all he said. I said: "OK" and we hung up. At no time did I cancel our orders. We arrive to pick up our lunches and the woman who greeted us seemed confused and that immediately told us our order never made it to the kitchen. Again, the order was never cancelled. So instead of being honest about it and apologizing for the miscommunication, we were told it would be another 2 minutes. Not! We waited about 10 minutes. And then we find out we have to pay $14.00 each instead of the advertised menu price of $9.95 each simply because we are taking the food out and not dining in!!! Nowhere on the lunch menu does it state "dine-in only". As a result of the clear lack of care/concern for THEIR oversight, we won't be going back to Pacifico. I would also agree with one of the other reviewers about the attitudes of the servers here. Everyone seemed grumpy and put out. Thank goodness for Marcello's on The Drive.

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Caffe Vicente441 Campbell Street, Tofino
Chilling with Chili...
Submitted Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

We've been here for lunch...twice. Reliably good comfort food. Although I don't drink coffee, my partner does and said it was good. We tried Vincente's chili last year and have thought about it often since. Had to come back this year and have it again. You can have a half sandwich with soup or chili which is great for re-fueling for the afternoon. I had the roast beef sandwich which I highly recommend. Great bread and a good combination of flavours. Nice! My partner had the italian sandwich and complained that he wished he'd ordered the full sandwich LOL. Walk in, grab a menu and have a seat while you decide what you want to eat. Go up to the front when you're ready to order and then wait patiently while your food is prepared fresh and with care. Worth the wait. Enjoy!

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Tacofino1184 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino
Killer Kimchi...
Submitted Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

Pork and kimchi gringa is the bomb! Seriously.So.Good. My partner tried the fish taco recently at Tacofino, Tofino, and was wowed. He's hooked. Just a matter of time before he's begging to go to Tacofino in Vancouver. On this day, they were also offering deluxe mexi-tots smothered in cheese curds and other things. We weren't interested in the deluxe version so they made us plain mexi-tots. Perfect pillowy softness on the inside and crunchiness on the outside. Added some hot sauce and bingo. The lines can get long at lunch but that's the best indicator that you're about to be oh so happy.

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Sobo Restaurant311 Neill Street, #813, Tofino
Snaps In A Circle...
Submitted Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

We skipped Sobo last year on our stay in Tofino as the menu didn't really appeal to us. This year, we gave it a chance. Lucky for us! What were we thinking? Our recent lunch there was so inspiring, we returned for dinner that same night. For lunch, we started with the shrimp cakes. Wildly fresh, perfectly flavoured, great texture and served with a nice dipping sauce. They had our attention. For an entree, I ordered the duck confit pizza with blue cheese. Snaps in a circle on this creation. My partner had the killer fish taco and a bison taco. He was thrilled with both. Quite enjoyed the fruit salsa topping. While we lunched, there was a woman who did nothing but juice limes. Lime after lime after lime. We had to know and, as it turns out, they make fresh key lime margaritas of the 3 ounce variety (limit of 2...I'm not making this up). Sold!! We'll be back for dinner and made a reservation on the spot.

We arrived for dinner and immediately ordered a key lime margarita each. I can see why there's a two margarita minimum LOL. I remember wondering where I could get a sombrero after my first one. My dinner appetizer was the shrimp with cayenne tequila sauce, blue cheese and blue claire dipping sauce. I nearly wept it was so good. High five! My partner had the tuna spring roll with peanut sauce and we both thought it was excellent. For an entree, I had the linguine carbonara and while I thought it was good overall, I would have preferred that the parsley be left out to really bring out the creaminess of the egg, bacon and cheese. My partner had a salami pizza cause Sobo has got it going on with that wood stone oven. Even better, there were a few slices leftover for midnight snacking. Finished the meal with a slice of their key lime pie and there was no surprise at how well done it was. The whipped cream it was served with was top notch.

Treat yourself to a meal here when in Tofino. You won't be disappointed. Thanks to the entire Sobo team for the renewed inspiration and for two very memorable culinary adventures!

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Shelter Restaurant601 Campbell Street, Tofino
Nicely Done...
Submitted Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

Another night in Tofino and another restaurant to try. We chose Shelter. We had a good lunch there last year after a lengthy walk in the sun on Long Beach: shrimp sandwich for me, which is no longer on the menu, and ling cod with chips for my partner. It was tasty and we were quite satisfied. Dinner this time around started with a raspberry bellini for me and a glass of sparkling wine for him. The ambiance is a little more lively here. Many options for seating. We enjoyed sipping our drinks while people-watching. For an appetizer, and there's a theme here if you've read my other reviews LOL, I had the warm chèvre salad. The braised greens were surprisingly good! Bacon, onions, garlic, goat cheese...what's not to like? Again, serving this kind of salad with a nice, light apple cider vinaigrette is the key to showcasing the main ingredients. My partner had a couple of oysters and found them to be very fresh. My entree was the roasted chicken breast with potatos, parsnips, onions, bacon and jus. It's the epitome of home-style comfort food. Great job! My partner had the roasted lamb sirloin with squash, potato gnocchi, cauliflower and kale and was happily contented. Dining at Shelter was the perfect way to end a long day of walking in the mist on Wick Beach. Try it...you'll like it.

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Spotted Bear Bistro101 4th Street, #938, Tofino
One of Tofino's Finest Eateries...
Submitted Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

This was our second visit to the Spotted Bear in two years. Like last time, this was also a very memorable culinary experience. We arrived in Tofino and pretty much headed right there for an early dinner after a long drive. We were not disappointed. We ordered a pre-dinner drink...the SB Caesar. It has horseradish in it and there's simply no going back to a 'regular' Caesar from here on out LOL. Fantastically fresh and perfectly spiced. And I'm not just saying that as a loyal Pole. We decided to share the beet salad. It was brought out on two plates and we were pleasantly surprised at the portions. The citrus vinaigrette was a great choice to accentuate, not smother, the taste of the beets, greens and goat cheese. The pumpkin seeds were awesome to round out the texture and overall taste. My entree was the duck and as someone who is not typically a duck person, I could have easily eaten this every night while we were in Tofino. Expertly prepared with just the right amount of crispiness on the outside and juicy tenderness on the inside. Simply excellent. My partner had the braised short ribs which he loved. We were thoroughly satisfied and impressed although we suspected that perhaps the Spotted Bear was setting the bar impossibly high for our other dining experiences to come LOL.

PS Our entrees for our first visit were spaghetti carbonara which, regrettably, has been taken off the menu...and the lamb shepherd's pie. Both entrees had the wow factor and if on the menu when you visit, are highly recommended.

Inspiration renewed...

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Breakwater, The4330 Island Highway South, Courtenay
Brunch Perfection...
Submitted Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

Hands down, the best Sunday brunch we've ever experienced. The Chef and his team have spared no expense. From the moment you enter the chilled buffet room, your eyes can't help but pop out. Once you get beyond the beautiful presentation, you begin to realize the overwhelming variety of offerings. House-smoked fish and shellfish, pickled herring, lox, pate, baked ham ready for slicing, salads, veggies, cheeses, cold meats, quiche and spinach pies with a really tasty tzatziki dip. They also have traditional breakfast fare like perfectly fried bacon, sausages, potatos, scrambled eggs, eggs benny with outstanding hollandaise sauce, waffles, yogurts, grains, nuts, fruits and juices...and I'm sure I'm forgetting things. We were lucky enough to have some stuffed sole drizzled with a red sauce that had just a touch of heat and we couldn't get enough of it! On top of all this, there is someone on hand to prepare fresh, custom-ordered omelettes. And the desserts are plentiful and delicious. The pave is a must-have. The crust, the lightness of the filling and the hint of espresso was other-worldly. Best money ($30/Person) we ever spent. Culinary talent, ambiance and value in variety and freshness is what's happening at The Breakwater. Kudos to the Chef and his team! Top of the list. We'll be back.

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Long Beach Lodge Resort1441 Pacific Rim Highway, #897, Tofino
Mediocre Cuisine at Best...
Submitted Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

1441 Pacific Rim Highway
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0
(877) 844-7873
Long Beach Lodge Resort
Category: Hotels
4/10/2013
We've stayed at the Long Beach Lodge twice now. The Lodge itself is incredible. Beautiful views from the deluxe beachfront room. The bed and pillows are divine. Spacious bathroom with a view to the ocean although the shower stall is awkward and small. The only complaint is being woken up at 6AM because a neighbour is showering and it's so loud it's as if they're showering in our room. Otherwise, truly wonderful and the reason for the four-star rating.

The cuisine, unfortunately, is mediocre at best. The high prices lead one to believe that you're in for a culinary adventure. There was no adventure here. We've sampled the continental breakfast which is the same old, same old every day and gets a bit boring for a five day stay. We've ordered off the menu at breakfast and while the poached eggs were nicely done, the bacon was overcooked and the potatos were saturated and soggy. The dinners we've had in the Great Room have been the priciest on each of our trips but certainly not the best tasting and have left us disappointed. While the ambience of the room itself is unmatched, the food does not keep up. We had the beet salad with chèvre and it was odd. The balsamic reduction was overpowering and did not compliment the beets nor the chèvre. Something lighter would have been more suitable and there needs to be another element added to really round it out. For an entree, I had the pappardelle with mushrooms in a thyme cream sauce. While the pasta, itself, was good, the thyme cream sauce had no discernible thyme flavour. With a broad noodle such as pappardelle, you need something that can power up the flavour. It was a bland and boring dish. The last time we were here, I had the tuna and scallops which were also bland and unmemorable. The sushi we sampled last time was also unremarkable. We have yet to be dazzled by anything we've tried and feel a bit ripped off when we get the bill.

There are some fantastic establishments in town that provide menus with more reasonable prices and deliver on the wow factor. The Spotted Bear makes an incredible beet and chèvre salad with roasted pumpkin seeds. They also make an outstanding duck entree. I'm not a duck person but I ordered this and could have eaten it every night we were here. They are very well known for their lamb shepard's pie and my partner thoroughly enjoyed it. We return to the Spotted Bear every year and are always dazzled. And you must try their Caesar (the drink) with horseradish. Ding!!!! Sobo is a must. We quite enjoyed the shrimp cakes, killer fish taco and a pizza with duck confit and blue cheese. So good was it for lunch, we returned for dinner the same day! Another place we enjoyed dinner was at Shelter. A livelier atmosphere and the food here was nicely done, lower priced and still better tasting than at Long Beach Lodge.

I think from here on out, we'll be not spending our culinary dollars at the Lodge although we will likely stay here again because the room is outstanding. We're content to have afternoon drinks in the Great Room and admire the view but we'll venture away from the Lodge in search of the foodie wow factor.

PS Vincente's Cafe and Tacofino are highly recommended for lunches.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Best Gnocchi Ever...
Submitted Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

I've been here four times for lunch with family and friends. All my visits were pre-renovation but we're planning a birthday lunch in the next couple of weeks to check out the renos. I think this is one of the best places on "The Drive" for Italian-style fare. My regular order is the Pomodoro E Cipolla Salad to start and the Gnocchi Ai Quattro Formaggi as an Entree. This is my version of Heaven!! I love the flavour combo of tomato, onion and gorgonzola dressing for a salad. The gnocchi is always fresh and practically melts in your mouth. There is always some leftover to take home (just re-heat it delicately). Others I've dined with have often ordered the pizzas and there have never been any complaints and there are often repeat visits at later dates. I've also sampled some of the Antipasta offerings and everything has been very fresh and quite delicious. I've never had any complaints about the service and we've never been rushed out the door after our meals have been finished. While the ambiance was nothing to write home about, I should note...I'm not there for the design architecture...I'm there for the consistently good food. Although the prices are a tad high, in my opinion, I don't think they're out of line with comparable restaurants. Looking forward to visiting Marcello's again very soon for another great lunch.

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Original Tandoori Kitchen7548 120 Street, #2, Surrey
In a Word...Fabulous
Submitted Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 12:27pm [Take-out]

My husband and I have been going to Original Tandoori Kitchen for at least 10 years, likely longer. It was recommended to us by one of my husband's Indian co-workers. We mainly do take-out but have taken friends here to dine in over the years. The food and service is outstanding and it's what keeps us very loyal. On one of our dine-in occasions with a large group of friends, they quietly added a discount to our bill simply because one of the people involved with this restaurant (owner/co-owner) recognized my husband through their mutual friend and from all the times we've been in grabbing take-out. In addition to every single one of our guests raving about the quality and flavour of the food that evening, they were even more impressed having been given a discount...especially for such a large group. Some of the items we'd recommend would be Gobhi (Cauliflower) or Fish Pakora, Garlic Naan, Pulao Rice, Shahee Paneer, Chicken Biryani, Lamb Tikka, Chicken Vindaloo and you MUST try the Butter Chicken. Whether ordering by phone or in person, you will be asked what level of spice you'd like for your dishes so you get maximum enjoyment for your personal tastes. We would highly recommend this restaurant, and have, to anyone who is on the hunt for some very tasty Indian food offered up by some very talented and friendly people. We remain loyal to Original Tandoori Kitchen as do friends we've introduced to the place.

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Ole Ole Mexican Deli831 12th Street, New Westminster
Ole!!!
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2012 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

Authentic Mexican cuisine at its finest. To be perfectly honest, when my girlfriend introduced me to Ole Ole about 12 years ago, I did not expect much from this hole-in-the-wall restaurant. I could not have been more wrong. I was a fan after the first bite on that first night. The Chilaquiles ("Broken Sombrero") are out of this world. Raul's refried beans are some of the best this side of the border. Whatever you're craving...tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, quesadillas...Ole Ole has got it and then some. The place is small but very welcoming. The service is always friendly and often times the owner will share some humour. Try a Mexican soda while you're waiting and be sure to save room for the Flan. You won't regret it.

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Piknik1075 Howe Street, Vancouver
Not For Me...
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 3:07am [Dine in]

I've now tried Piknik 3 times and, regrettably, haven't been impressed. Tried the eggplant sandwich with basil and feta and found it very bland and didn't bother finishing it. The next time, I tried the pulled pork sandwich. It, too, was very bland. The meat had virtually no BBQ taste to it and seemed dry without any sauce to liven it up. My co-worker had the same sandwich and had the same complaint...it doesn't have any flavour. I then had the opportunity to sample the kale salad a friend ordered and we both agreed that kale should never be the main ingredient in anything. As a result, the salad was sadly tossed out. However, their Thai yam soup was very tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed the yam and coconut milk flavours and there was a nice, light spice to it to keep me interested. Unfortunately, the soup isn't enough to keep me coming back. I'm more likely to walk
2 - 3 blocks north of Piknik to visit one of many lunch trucks parked around the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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Tacofino800 Robson St, Vancouver
My New Addiction...
Submitted Friday, June 15, 2012 - 2:26pm [Take-out]

Just tried the orange Tacofino truck parked outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Howe Street between Robson and Georgia. I couldn't resist after having eaten at the original Tacofino truck in Tofino in April. The product coming out of these trucks is simply DELISH!! In Tofino, I ordered the Kimchi/Pork Gringa and loved it. Great combination of flavours. Today in downtown Vancouver, I tried their Fish Taco ($4.50) and it was outstanding. I had to return to the office after receiving my order and by the time I got back and sat down to eat, I was happy to find that the fish still had great crunch. It was not soggy or greasy at all. The chipotle mayo was a great alternative to tartar sauce! As I was waiting for my lunch, I noticed that many people ordered 2 tacos or gringas because they're just that good. The prices are very reasonable for downtown Vancouver. Congratulations to the crew at both Tacofino locations I have now visited for their warm and friendly customer service and wonderfully tasty food offerings. Wishing you much success...not that you'll need it judging by the line-up of drooling customers.

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Pig on the Street700 Howe Street, Vancouver
Bacon Should Be Its Own Food Group...
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 3:12pm [Take-out]

My first visit to Pig on the Street and it was fantastic! They were very friendly and took the time to answer a few questions I had. The food was so tasty that I went back and bought a second sandwich to take home to my husband. I had the Piggy Blues and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves blue cheese. What's not to like? Congratulations to both the owners and I wish you much success with your new business. The "Westy" is outstanding...as is the food!

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
This is Our "Go To" Eatery...
Submitted Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Love Tapenade in scenic Steveston! This is a favorite spot of ours. Food and service exceed expectations. We can always count on a delicious meal. If I were to make one small suggestion, it would be to serve a softer/lighter bread with the shrimp sandwich...which is excellent. Kudos to the entire Tapenade team!

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Relish888 Nelson St., Vancouver
There's Better
Submitted Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

The Caesar Salad with Chicken was not reminiscent of any Caesar Salad I've ever tasted. It might be more appropriately called "Pepper Salad". I simply didn't care for it. No tangy garlic flavour, just peppery. Also, it was small considering the price was $13.00 ($14.56 with tax). I presume the high menu prices in general are in order to accommodate the closure for renovations and an increase in rent. For regular working people, the prices on their lunch menu are not going to bring in alot of business. No complaints about the service. However, should servers in a restaurant environment be permitted to wear overpowering perfume? The perfume could be smelled through the entire restaurant. With a significant number of people nowadays affected by scents, not to mention people making conscientious choices to not wear toxic scents because of the petroleum ingredients and hazards to their health, I feel it is an inappropriate personal application in a public environment. Especially if the scent is taking away from the taste of your food. Overall, I don't think I'll be visiting Relish again even though it is very close to where I work. It used to be a weekly spot for me. I preferred the older menu which had more variety and more reasonable prices. Both times I've visited over the noon hour, the place has been virtually empty.

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