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harihariVancouverSince April 9, 200911 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Superb except for the beer selection
Submitted Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

French classics. Simple dishes but perfectly done. Service en fran├žais that knows its wines and food. Great simple decor and a lively but not overwhelming atmosphere. French food at these prices doesn't get any better.

Only downer is the four-beer tap. In a city-- and province-- with this many excellent microbreweries, there should be more-- and different-- brews on tap.

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Alibi Room157 Alexander St, Vancouver
Superb beer & food pairings
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

This is a big, open-spaced place. Noisy/lively. Great ambience-- stone walls and floor, long tables, etc. A pretty cool mix of casual and fancy.

The read deal here is the food and beer pairings, and the staggeringly deep beer list. They have a small but excellent menu-- everything from basic Italian hors d'ouevres to platters to a superb elk stew-- and the servers know their stuff. There are probably fifty beers on tap-- no bottles-- from all over the world. Belgium, Oregon, Quebec, B.C., Germany and California are all represented. This is also the only place where you can get superb Steamworks beer (brewed by Conrad Gmoser) outside of Steamworks.

What sets this place apart is the owners' idea that beer-and-food pairings can be as sophisticated, yummy, whatever, as food&wine pairings. The servers know their beer list, and will make excellent recomendations. Where else are you going to find Deschutes' Inversion on tap in Canada, and have it served with,say, curried chicken? Weird..and awesome. Go, and try a beer you've never had!

For beer lovers, this is the best place in Vancouver (with Steamworks a close second), and it's a great dining experience for anyone.

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Wimaan Thai Restaurant1063 W. Broadway, Vancouver
above most of the rest
Submitted Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 10:25am [Dine in]

This is solid value, real Thai food. That means no ketchup sauce for the pad thai, no going overboard with the chillies, and fresh everything. These guys are not in the gourmet stratosphere but they are reliable, tasty, fresh,e tc, plus they are nice people and the service is laid-back but also efficient. This is MUCh better than most Thai places, with their sugary sauces and overloads of coconut. Recommended.

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Excellent trad. steak-- go there!
Submitted Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

I loved everything about this place. The staff are old. The coat-woman at the door must be 70 and knows everybody by name. No annoying 22 year old waitresses in tight pants saying "Hi! My Name is Jody! And I'll, like, be your server? like tonight?" Instead you get smooth, professional, knows-when-not-to-barge-in-on-your-conversation service from people who appear to be able to read your mind. No music, no TVs, yet a lively atmosphere. You want veggies, you ask for 'em-- this place serves MEAT.

The steak is excellent. I am told they have their own farm in Alberta. Good ribs, too, and they make a decent Caesar salad at your table. Massive wine list. Beer selection not as good as it could be-- come on, Hy's, how about some of Crannog's Back Hand of God stout? Or some Begbie IPA?

Overall, this is solid but $$ fare-- expect $150 for two including wine. Oh, and lest I forget, great martinis. All this place needs is a cigar room and Marilyn Monroe.

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waste of money
Submitted Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Italian food, being ubiquitous in North American home kitchens, has to have some major zing to impress diners, and this is where Cipriano's falls flat on its face. $18 portions of lasagne that i could have made twice as well, and for 1/3 the cost, are not a good deal. The pizza is totally average and I have frankly had better at Panago.

The restaurant looks homey, the elderly owner is friendly, but the food is bland and totally average and seriously overpriced for what you get. Oh, and in a city with some of the best breweries in the country, the beer selection is atrocious. Italians drink beer too...why not offer some decent fresh local stuff? The wine list is far from all-italian...

Thsi is the kind of place I would LOVE to love...but I can't,

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
AAMAZING beer
Submitted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Beer geek here. This place has a lively atmosphere, decent pub food, etc, but the real reason you want to go there is their sensational beer, IMHO the best in the Lower Mainland.

Steamworks seems to have a pale ale, an IPA, a nut-brown, a lager, a Pilsener and a wheat beer on regular tap, and they also have seasonals-- raspberry in fall, a winter porter/ale, an AMAZING espresson stout, and a "highly poundable" ultra-light but well-hopped summer pilsener.

My favorites are the IPA, the nut-brown and and the espresso stout. I've had beer all over the world, and I can honestly say that theirs ranks with Deschutes, Begbie and Crannog breweries. If you like the beer...buy a 2-litre growler to take with you. You won't find fresher beer anywhere. And, no, I don't have any personal or financial connection to the place. I just really apprieciate decent fresh beer.

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Big Ridge Brewing Co.5580 152nd Street, Surrey
loud...but the beer is decent
Submitted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

I'm a beer geek...and I must say big Ridge passes muster. While the brew here is not as good as at the amazing Steamworks in Vancouver, it's pretty decent. I like their IPA and their nut-brown a LOT. Service-- pretty good. Food-- average pub fare. A good place to watch a game, but a bit loud for dinner or conversation.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty, quirkya nd good value
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

After a long-ago visit which disappointed, my recent dinner he made me very happy indeed. We ordered rice, the spicy green beans and the kung-pao chicken. The rice, whatever; the beans-- excellent; the chicken-- to die for. Best kung-pao I've ever had and probably the best chicken I've ever had in an Aisian restaurant. The service is quick, the atmosphere is laid-back but not deadening and food is good value.

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
great cheap eats
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Hawker = street vendor! Expect tasty, quick and filling eats, not exquisite service or luxurious atmosphere. This is dirt-cheap and delicious Singapore-style street food, with hot tea. My favorite is the dried noodles dish, and the other options are generally good as well.

A great meal for under $7; the cramped quarters recall those weird and awesome meals you ate while on your epic mid-20s round-the-world backpacking trip. Do it!

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Tasty Sweets & Restaurant12047 80 Avenue, #103, Surrey
oddly light Indian food
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

Good value here-- typical Northern Indian food that manages to not put you to sleep with masive amounts of oil. I especially like their curried goat and the butter chicken. Veggie dishes are also well done.

Now...in India, the lowliest chai-vallah can make amazing black or milk chai on a charcoal burner, tea which is thick, spicy and sweet. Why can't Canadian Indian restaurants do the same?

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East is East4413 Main St, Vancouver
little food; less service
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

A friend recommended this based on her experiences with the other East Is East. I'll stick to the facts:

a) the waitress took far more time on her cellphone, texting, than she did in helping us.
b) We ordered two mains and an appetiser. The mains were a joke: about four mouthfuls each for $13 each. At the end of my $20 meal, I was starving. Thank God McDonalds is just up the street.
c) Chai was unavailable because "we don't make it ourselves." Black tea-- water + teabag-- was also unavailable. When I pointed out how ridiculous this was, black tea (Twinnings tea bag) came. The waitress' cell-phone, however, was certainly available to her.
d) The ridiculous tables mean you cannot sit facing each other-- can you say "neck cramps"?
e) The food was...twice the price you'd pay in Surrey for Indian food, half the quantity, and about equally tasty.
f) In India, the lowliest chai-vallah cooking with charcoal on the street can produce a magnificently spicy and thick glass of black or milky chai. This restaurant barely managed to throw a teabag into a cup of water.

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