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GritsVancouverSince October 6, 20103 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

Reviews

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Bad food, bad service.
Submitted Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 10:15am [Dine in]

The space is nice for a late night rum, and they do have some nice ones, if you can get the attention of the pretentious hipster waiter or bartender. But don't bother with the food. Form over function, style over taste. We'd had such a mediocre experience the first time that when we were forced back with a group, we decided to just get a beef pie. Good grief. I assumed they got them from Cisco or something, but these weren't even that good. Hell, the ones from the costco freezer are better.

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Long's Noodle House4853 Main Street, Vancouver
The best XLB; impressive service
Submitted Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 10:01am [Dine in]

First, I'd like to say how welcoming the staff is. Long's is run by a woman who does it all. She cooks, busses tables, answers the phone, takes orders, you name it. Plus she's friendly, and downright gorgeous.

Yesterday she was making the XLB, on their menu "steamed pork buns." I'm new to this world of the soup dumpling, but they are life altering. I've tried several around town, and they're always a letdown after Long's. The beautiful thin wrappers, with a magical strength. I will never understand how something so lucious and tender doesn't fall apart when you pick it up with chopsticks, but it doesn't. The broth is ample; light, and rich at the same time, around a te der morsel of pork. The best.

The beef rolls are great, too. We've tried them elsewhere, but they're greasy and bland. The roll has a lovely chew to it, and isn't greasy at all. The beef is salt cured and flavourful, and is perfect with the hoisin and cilantro. The pea shoots are fresh and garlicky.

We usually try a different entree each time. None have ever been super memorable. She recommended the tan tan noodles, which were okay, but I have never much liked that dish anywhere. The noodles were great, though. Also I prefer the overly salty, overly sour hot and sour soup of bad Chinese American restaurants, so though long's wasn't my favourite, I blame my palette.

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Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant4136 Main Street, Vancouver
Our favourite Vietnamese place, my friend
Submitted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

Although there's a neon sign in the window that says Cambie noodle, it's actually called Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant. Go figure. I have no idea why some of the reviewiers had poor service. Ours has always been lovely and friendly, bordering on the ridiculous. The food has always been wonderful, no matter what we've tried...the pho is flavourful but subtle. The raw beef is our favourite pho, as it cooks in the broth at the table. The wontons are a must-try. The Vietnamese coffee is a perfect finish!

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