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gotta_eatSoutheast VanSince April 25, 20075 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)


Displaying 1 - 5 of 5 Reviews Found
Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Best ever ramen? No, but it's still pretty damn good.
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

Kintaro is one of those places where you go for the food, not the ambiance, so let's get that out of the way first. With that in mind, you should expect to sit down, place your order, eat and get your bill all in about half an hour's time. It's in, eat, out, next customer!

If you're on a budget but still want something satisfying that's not junk food, then Kintaro is a great choice. There's 3 types of pork based broth: shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt), and miso. Every bowl comes with the same noodles and couple slices of pork, aside from the vegetable ramen. You have to tell them if you want your soup light, medium, or rich (meaning they actually had grease to it if you want it medium or rich - some people swear by it). You also have to tell them if you want lean pork or fatty pork.

I've been twice now, and the first time I got the regular shio ramen, light soup, lean pork. It comes with sauteed bean sprouts, a hard boiled egg, bamboo shoots, and green onions (which I opted out of). The broth was really tasty and for lack of a better word, porky. If you like your food on the delicate side, with not a lot of salt, then you might not like this, as the broth is bold with lots of flavour and salt. The lean pork (it's slices of pork roast) was on the dry side, but then again, I chose lean pork.

On my second visit, I chose the chashu ramen, with shio broth. You get more pork that way. I got light broth and decided to try the fatty pork. Good lord, that was heaven in a bowl. It wasn't a huge chunk of fat like I worried it might be - it was more like very marbled meat, which made for melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. The noodles were good - very springy with a nice chew to it. On a cold autumn day, there is nothing more satisfying. It's the best $10 you'll spend. I can't go back to instant ramen anymore!

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Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub4320 Sundial Cres., Whistler
Great food, great atmosphere
Submitted Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I ordered a guiness burger with a cup of clam chowder instead of fries. This was hands-down THE best clam chowder I've ever had. It had a kick to it, unlike the usual clam chowders, though it was still rich and creamy, but not too thick. I tried some of the fries off of my friend's plate and I was wishing that i could've had both soup and fries in addition to the burger. And yes, the burger was hand-made, thick, juicy and a really nice flavour to it.

This place was busy but not super loud, and I love that families are welcome. UK-style pubs are much friendlier that way, and the pubs aren't just full of drunken frat boys all the time. The decor was very traditional, but comfortable. And the service was quite attentive and friendly as well.

I definitely want to go back there again and again. If I could just have a large pot of the clam chowder, that would be heaven!

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Kelong Singapore Cuisine4800 N.3 Rd., #130, Richmond
Good stuff!
Submitted Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

I regularly went to Kelong for lunch over the 2 years that I worked nearby in Richmond. I just revisited it recently after 3 months away from it. Oh, how I've missed it. I've never been to Singapore, but I get the sense that this is pretty authentic. I'm a big fan of Malaysian and Thai food, but there's not too many places with specifically Singaporean food.

I've had the curry beef (brisket) with rice many times. The brisket was so tender, and the sauce had a great complexity to it. I've also ordered the curry fish with rice, which consists of a good-sized deep fried filet of fish covered with curry. The curry sauce with this is the same as the curry beef, but there are vegetables added to this dish for extra texture and contrast. You'll find cabbage, broccoli, carrots, onions and even eggplant.

One other favourite of mine that I crave now and then is the Sambal Chicken with rice. This dish is definitely not for anyone who doesn't like spicy food. I, however, LOVE spicy food, so this is right up my alley. Thank god it comes with plain steamed rice to cool off your burning tongue! The sambal sauce is unlike anything I've tried before, and the chicken is always juicy and tender. There are a few green peppers and onions that come with it, but this is probably the only disappointing element of the dish, because they look like they were thrown in the deep fryer to save time in cooking. However, one part of the dish that i found surprising the first time I saw it was a deep fried hard boiled egg covered in sambal sauce! Yep, that's right - I said deep fried egg! Strange indeed. I don't know if they do that in Singapore, but an egg never hurt any dish!

If you're into SE Asian food, I definitely recommend giving Kelong a try. And if you're not into spicy food, don't worry, there's plenty of non-spicy dishes to choose from.

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Kostas Taverna1133 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Pleasant Surprise
Submitted Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

Some friends and I were craving Greek food, and we happened to drive by this place, so we thought we'd try it. It was busy when we got there at 6:30 on a Saturday, but luckily there was one large table left, which was perfect for us.

The decor is great - bright, sunny, very nice Mediterranean feel - not gaudy at all. It was pretty loud, but hey - it's a greek restaurant! What do you expect? We ordered the grilled calamari to start, and I got the roast lamb. It was so tender, juicy, and succulent. Plus, the portion of meat was quite large. The potato was a bit too lemony for my taste buds, but my friends thought it was great. All depends on your personal taste. The rice was nice and fluffy with some carrots and celery mixed in. Tzatziki was fresh and tasted home-made, and the salad was just perfect with the right amount of feta. Pita was nice and warm.

The only downside was that our calamari came after our entrees, so we didn't get an appetizer so much as an extra tidbit with our meals. The calamari had a distinctively smoky grill flavour to it, which was a nice change from the usual deep fried calamari. I wouldn't order this again, but it was good to try it.

Great place - I'd definitely go again. My friends had lamb and chicken souvlaki and they were all pleased with their meals as well.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Good, But Should've Been Better
Submitted Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

Had lunch with a group of 12 last weekend. It was my first time there and I was impressed with the gorgeous surrounding views outside the windows. The service was excellent, especially considering our large group. They even allowed us to bring in our own dessert (cupcakes) and they served it for us too.

A few of us ordered one of the specials, the shrimp salad sandwich served with organic greens. The sandwich had great flavour - but for reasons unknown to anyone, they decided to only serve a HALF sandwich. I have no idea why you would serve half a sandwich, especially when the salad was pretty measly as well. While it was tasty, it wasn't special. I mean, it was pretty standard for shrimp salad. While I was technically full, I just wasn't satisfied.

My friend sitting next to me ordered the Cajun Lingcod entree and it looked pretty good - much better than my sandwich. I'd like to go again to try a proper entree. I don't want to judge just by a sandwich at lunch. The menu is very similar to Sandbar, which is owned by the same company, except that it doesn't have as much selection as Sandbar.

The prices weren't bad, but I just didn't feel that the menu was reflective of what a good seafood restaurant should be. The Cannery is so much more satisfying, and it even costs more. I guess I just expected so much more from a restaurant in bling bling Coal Harbour.

Overall, it was a nice experience, even though I was a bit disappointed. But I'd love to come back to give it another chance.

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