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gyromiteFalse Creek, VancouverSince April 29, 200811 Reviews
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Save On Meats Coffee Shop43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Great Burger
Submitted Friday, September 19, 2008 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

The burger hunt continues... After hearing much talk about Save On Meats and after Bourdain took a visit there, I quickly had to sweet talk a friend into joining me for a burger. Bourdain didn't really describe the taste burger so I wanted to try it out and review it.

We walked into East Vancouver hungry but after walking the atmosphere of East Hastings we slowly became less hungry. I used to volunteer on Columbia and Hastings , so the site wasn't new to me but it is still not very comforting. This area at night reminds me of playing the video game Resident Evil.

We sat down at the counter in Save On Meats and there were two other people eating burgers there. The service was friendly and very attentive. We opened the menu and ordered, I had the burger with cheese, bacon and mushrooms ($6.50), and my partner had the buffalo/bison burger ($7.00). It took about five minutes for our burgers to be ready.

The burgers were made from ground beef, not frozen patties and the fries were fresh cut . The fries were great, fresh cut with potato skin on the sides, and none were hard in the middle. We ordered a side of gravy which was also tasty, thick with a peppercorn taste to it, really enjoyable.

The burgers were a little greasy but really good. The crazy thing is that you get double patties, so two burger patties between your toasted bun. I recommend the buffalo burger because it was a leaner meat and had a better taste. Both burgers are really solid, a bit greasy but sits high on the burger rankings in this city. They could use a little more lettuce but the mustard and the onions really add a nice taste to the burger. The atmosphere in Save On Meats is tolerable but the walk outside can be difficult for someone who is not used to East Van.

Save on Meats
43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Tel: 604-683-7761

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It is not just a cheap burger it is a dam good burger.

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Ten Hachi1125 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
A Ten for Flavour - Tenhachi
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

Back to Tenhachi again. This place is so dope, I came back here because I wanted to show more people how good it is. I ordered the miso saba ($13.00) and it was fantastic, my friend order the amberjack neck ($17.00).

All the Japanese food is great here. My miso saba tasted so good, it just melted in my mouth, such an incredible flavour. The miso soup is the best I have ever had, containing a variety of ingredients (this time it even had broccoli bits in it).

Judging by the crowd, Tenhachi is still a hidden gem but there does seem to be more and more people here each time. This time we had some strange dude that thought I was committing espionage by taking pictures of the food. I wonder if he is some conspiracy theory guy. Big brother is watching you eat your fish and chips.

The atmosphere as I have mentioned before is a little un ordinary Tenhachi is located in the bottom of a bed and breakfast / hotel. Here is a picture to better describe what I am talking about. Note the bags of chips at the counter. There are lots of other weird things in the restaurant as well, like a mannequin of a sailor that greats you at the door.

Bottom line - the food here is great, not your typical Japanese food but really flavourful. I haven't ordered the rolls here because they are very pricey but I will have to try them.
If you really want to show your foodie friends a place to undiscovered place to eat, take them here.

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
They even have a stamp card.
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

Benkei Noodle Shop has been around for a short while and has been giving competition to the previous Vancouver ramen king Kintaro (located a half block down the street). This is the fourth time I have been to Benkei and the flavor of the broth has improved significantly, way tastier than the last few times. At Benkei, you have a choice between three types of ramen broth, miso, shoyu (soy sauce) and shio. There are some other types that are on available at lunch on Saturday. I ordered a side of gyoza and a bowl of miso ramen and added corn, extra bamboo shoots and a boiled egg.

The soup tasted pretty good, I wasn't blown away but it was a tasty cheap meal. The ramen costs $7.30 and it is 50 cents more for additional corn, or bamboo shoots or for the boiled egg. I love a pop with my ramen and a coke only costs $1.00 here, the finger goes to all those places that charge me $2.50 for a can of pop. I know you got to get yours but come on $2.50 for a non bottomless pop, thats just greedy. Karma, jerks!!!

The atmosphere of the restaurant is great, decorated with exposed wooden beams and Japanese paraphernalia. The restaurant is small in capacity and you can expect a line.

Benkei Noodle Shop
1741 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC

They even give you a stamp card, 10 stamps and you get a free bowl. Subway needs to bring their stamp game back.
The real question: Is Benkei better than Kintaro?
This time Benkei was better, last time Kintaro was tastier. Atmosphere is way better at Benkei.

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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Vancouver's Best
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

Oh my goodness, this meal was incredible. My buddy Josh was leaving town and I thought I would take him out for a good lunch as our last meal.

Cioppino / Enoteca in Yaletown has always been one of my favorites. If you drink wine then you are in luck because they have a huge wine list.

My buddy decided to rinse the pennies out of me and decided to order a salad. I guess he is one of those guys that when you say you will buy him lunch he decides to order an appetizer with his meal and an expensive drink although you never seen him eat an appetizer before. The salad was great, not oily, and really fresh tasting. It was a baby lettuce salad mixed with herbs, pear, stilton and honey lemon dressing for ten dollars. A perfect starter. I didn't want the bill to run up so I decided to sit awkwardly while he ate in front of me.

For lunch I ordered the pasta for 30 dollars, it was a garganelli in a red sauce with lobster and crab. This pasta blew my mind, so good!!!!!! There were large pieces of both crab and lobster, and the red sauce was amazing. The sauce was rich but so flavourful.

My buddy ordered the veal, I wasn't loving it but he said he enjoyed it. My pasta kicks his dishes ass, too bad I had to pay for them both.

Bottom line, if you want to spend a bit of money and have a nice meal, this is the place to go. The food is insane. Never had or heard a complaint from all the times I have been there. It has to be one of Vancouver's best.

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
1133 and 1129 Hamilton Street
http://www.cioppinosyaletown.com/

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
What A deal
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

The atmosphere isn't the best but the value makes the sit worth while. Pretty much all dishes here are about 5 bucks each.

Today, I ordered the Hainanese Chicken Rice, a prawn noodle soup and a flat rice noodle dish. Everything was tasty and from my understanding the tastes were true to how it would taste in South East Asia.

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Spices3346 Cambie Street, Vancouver
A nice Pho spot
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

Can a pho restaurant ever rate as outstanding?

ased on a recommendation went to Spices again for Pho. The food was good with a tasty broth, added the premium meat to make it better. Pho is a real good deal, but it all tastes pretty good to me, I have not been able to tell the difference between good and pretty good pho.
I can tell the difference between the ones with stinky tables and cockroaches and the ones that do not have cockroaches and stinky tables. Spices has the nicest interior for a Pho spot and good service and non stinky tables.

One of the best pho places in Vancouver

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
There are better places out there, like Cafe Delite
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 1:26am [Dine in]

I decided to take some of my friends who love that cold chicken to Prima Taste. The place has a decent decor and was very busy (usually a good sign). We ordered a few dishes for us to share, however it took over 45mins before the dishes started to arrive, I remember because I had to put more time in my parking meter.

We ordered the pratas, curry puffs, chicken platter (which had the Hainese chicken and the crispy chicken), laksa friend rice and mee goreng noodles. The pratas were really good, a nice tasty appetizer however the mee goreng noodles tasted like something that came out of a can and was expired two years ago. The laksa friend rice was a little more tasty but I really wasn't into it. Curry puffs were good but the ones at Anna's Cakehouse are better.

The Chicken.
First off, the value here was horrible, all this chicken for 15 dollars!!! The cuts of chicken were not the best and they did have the bone. My dinner partners said the hainese chicken was good, a close second to Cafe Delite however the price was way more, and they had the bones on them. The crispy chicken was good but so little pieces that it was just a tease. So, without contention my friends give Cafe Delite the title of best in the city. But we plan to visit Tropica again.

Prima Taste
570 Robson Street, Vancouver
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Finch's Tea & Coffee House353 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Good Healthy Sandwich
Submitted Monday, May 5, 2008 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

One of my best friends took me out for lunch to Finch's. I have had brunch(poached eggs) there before and was not feeling the spot that much other than the fact there are tons of hot girls in there. My friend was insistent that the sandwiches are the best in the city. This guy knows how to eat, you can tell by looking at him and he has revealed a lot of dope food spots in this city to me.

I got the prosciutto sandwich with olive oil and edam cheese and he got the bocconcini sandwich and paid a little more and got prosciutto added to it. The sandwich were simple and were really tasty and I mean really tasty, soo fresh and the fresh baguette was delicious. I even ate the tomatoes in the sandwich and I don't like tomatoes.

Finch's sits on the top five list of best sandwich spots in the city for me. Definitely worth a trip if you are looking for a good sandwich, it is not the cheapest sandwich in the city but definitely one of the freshest. The atmosphere is nice but seating can be limited at lunch. Also be warned it is not the quickest spot if you are looking for a sandwich with the speed of a sandwich artist from Subway you might as well go to Subway.

After the meal, I felt great like I just ate a good salad. The price of the sandwich was about eight dollars.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Peaceful
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

I have been frequenting this place since it appeared on Broadway a few months back. The menu is huge, prices are very reasonable and there are many items that I have not normally scene on many mandarin restaurant's menu.

On this visit, we ordered the Cat Ear noodle stir fry (like a gnocchi) , the spicy cucumbers, and their legendary beef roll. Everything was really tasty and that beef roll is just amazing(a must order). The total for the three items was less than 22 dollars. This place is on my regular list so make sure you check it out. Talk to the waiter and he won't steer you wrong if you are looking to try some new things.

Their noodles are handcrafted and I would definitely pick Peaceful Noodle over Shao Lin Noodle (three doors down).

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Great Dea;
Submitted Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 1:08am [Dine in]

This is an authentic Mexican Taco spot, I think they have 6 different types of tacos (pork with various spices, chicken, beef and lamb), they have some other Mexican dishes that are dope as well. When you sit down, you get a plate of nachos/chips to test out the ten different homemade salsas they have, this is your opportunity to find out what you are going to want to put on your tacos.

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Angel Cafe5995 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Hainanese Chicken
Submitted Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

The Hainanese chicken was traditionally prepared as you find it in Asia. The price was 10 dollars which is a good value for half a chicken. The chicken was colder than it should have been, kinda like it just came out of the fridge. The taste and texture was good but Cafe D'Lite easily has the victory especially because Cafe D'Lite serves the chicken de boned and with a tastier sauce. You can even get the chicken a Cafe D'Lite without the skin.

Try their brisket on noodles, its amazing.

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