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honorberrykits, vancouverSince September 14, 200943 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
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Sushi bar Maumi1226 Bute Street, Vancouver
Reluctant to share but this place is an experience
Submitted Friday, May 27, 2016 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

First off, if you are considering going, don't dilly dally- make a reservation. There are 3 seatings and certain rules/expectations. All is explained when you reserve and you really should as there are only 10 seats huddles round the counter while you watch the chef dazzle. There is no soy sauce, alcohol, rolls.

You can order à la carte but the omakase menus are the way to go. We tried both the $40 and $60 menu delight. All sushi is prepared right in front of your eyes and there is a process. Chef brings out the pieces of fish in a certain order to allow for room temperature and then the magic happens.

He slices the fish with such skill that there are no knife marks in the 'chopping' board. The rice is prepared authentically you can essentially taste each grain. The sauces and condiments are added to perfection - nothing else is needed. His wife is on hand at the start to take your order, provide hot hot tea (yay) and at the end when you get your bill. It's a very tight knit operation that flows well.

I would say that if you have time, go for dessert - a little something is needed to round off the meal.

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Longtail Kitchen810 Quayside Drive, #116, New Westminster
So long(tail), farewell, it wasn't worth the trip
Submitted Friday, May 27, 2016 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

Longtail has been on my list of 'must-try' for a while and perhaps perusing the website had boosted my expectations higher than they should have been.

Whilst I wasn't disappointed with the flavours, I was with the portion size, and cost. I half expected the prices to be on par with Granville Island or Lonsdale but they were closer to fine dining without the service and ambiance.

Ordered a pad Thai with prawns - flavours and texture meshed well. The three prawns were just three prawns and well I wanted more. Considering it cost $12, and you're eating out of a paper container, I don't think it's too much to ask for. We also had the roti with peanut sauce for $5, not bad, peanut sauce was better than anticipated. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I not seen the same person taking my cash, then immediately touching the roti to fry.... Wings were good and the tea from the tea is pretty good.

The skinny on this place: great flavours, small portions, high price.

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Bistro Wagon Rouge1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
ce n'est pas Paris jolie but close
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

Bistro Wagon rouge is an unpretentious bistro located by the port (Powell + Victoria). The food is pretty good. Slightly lacking in flavour for the variety of dishes we tried-saying that, I would order them again.

They don't take reservations but are pretty good seating you as soon as they can and they are realistic as to the length of your wait. It is very bistro like in the sense that you are elbow to elbow with fellow guests.

The bread came out warm and was perfectly accompanied by the pâté we shared. The hangar steak was cooked well, and bigger than expected. The mussels were slightly underwhelming but the fries and homemade mayonnaise made up for it. They had bruschetta type appetisers that went down a treat. Our friend really couldn't get enough of the beef tartar. The duck special was a pleasant surprise.

Service is great considering the restaurant is as busy as it is. The kitchen staff are friendly too and not scowly at all when you have to go past them to get to the washroom. Despite the space limitations, it is run really quite positively.

A definite recommendation to try.

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Cafe Zen1631 Yew St, Vancouver
Some secrets are meant to be shared.
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

I don't understand how this place has escaped my glutenous attention. Seriously, it's a lovely brunch joint that specialises in Bennies.

There wasn't a line up when we arrived, just before 10 (Sunday) but the place filled up quickly. Seating space is a premium. Squeeze in, it's rather tight.

Service was good. We had three separate wait staff to ask for our order and quite happily gave us more time because we couldn't choose. They were speedy, to get your order, bring the food etc. The place flowed well even when it was packed.

The menu is pretty comprehensive. One bonus is that if you can choose which benny you want, you can get a half and half order. The hash browns were hot and toasty. The benny was really well done. The muffin was perfectly toasted - crunch yet soft enough to mop up the yolk.

I'll be back for sure.

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Saigon Venture1310 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Came, ate, won't be back again
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

Came out of curiosity, was looking for something close and despite the reviews ( here and on yelp) I was quietly optimistic. Well, you know what happened to the curious cat...

I guess depending on what type of lenses you're wearing this place can be described a hole in the wall, a gem, a place for cheap eats. I saw it as run down but was willing to give it a go.

Greeted by the owner, she seemed friendly enough. Unbeknownst to us, she is also the chef, the server and the one who mans the phone and till.

We ordered a #6 (beef pho) and a pork on vermicelli with spring rolls. The food came pretty quickly and there was a good selection of veg. Granted the soup for the pho was hot, it was rather bland tasting. It tasted more like hot water with a sprinkle of meat fat flavours. There was an adequate portion of meat/tripe etc. The spring rolls were thinner in diameter but were tasty, as was the pork vermicelli.

Overlooking the dirty water filled mop bucket surrounded by the flies from the garbage filled recycle pop cans in the toilet was one thing. I mean the toilet itself was clean, there was soap and an abundance of bleach and disinfectant on the shelves. Whether they are regularly used are clearly another matter. However, finding three separate black short hairs in the pho confirmed that the likelihood of us returning is nigh on slim.

Seems a shame to be honest, as other customers came in, they seemed to be regulars and were willing to overlook the minimum food health standards I'm quite partial to. The owner remembered the regulars' orders. On another table, one guy was saying that he frequents this place at least once a week - to each their own we say.

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24 Train Express Noodle House550 Nelson St, Vancouver
Adequate, if you don't have expectations.
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2015 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

**cash only
Discovered this place last week and decided to give it a go. It is actually quite spacious inside (approx 12 tables and is eclectically decorated. There are several neon signs hung on the walls that surprisingly don't draw your attention as well as a mélange of wall art. Tables and floor appeared clean and tidy.
The soup that came with the pho was rather sweet and the accompaniments that came with the pho were sparse. We also ordered the marinated pork vermicelli. We were expecting marinated pork belly but got marinated grilled ham - so you can imagine our disillusionment. Overall, I would say the food is alright. Definitely nothing to write home about. 2 stars in general seem harsh, if half stars were available, I would bump them up to 2.5.
Service was ok. Swift and efficient.
I don't think I'll be going back soon, I'll give it another go in a couple of months. Perhaps.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Le Croc - 'nuff said'
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:42am [Dine in]

Le Crocodile continues to be an oldie but a real goodie. They're consistent in terms of food quality, plating, and service. They are also active in trying to accommodate requests.

Our most recent experience was for a birthday celebration. It seems that many people were celebrating that evening, at least 4 of which i was aware. We chose the tasting menu and as the previous reviewer said, nothing was 'taste bud' blowing, BUT only because everything was spot on.

Granted we are slow eaters, conversation and wine flowed; our experience was 3 hours of pure enjoyment. We were stuffed after the saffron pasta with chanterelle mushrooms. We soldiered on and persevered through the exquisite complementary dish combinations.

The only reason i allocated a '3' rather than a '4' for value is for the Sommelier and the wine. The list of wines is overwhelmingly long and we didn't feel the advice we got was sincere. It was a sales push in earnest. Despite this, our dining celebration was a definite hit.

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Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
Provenance Provence
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:16am [Dine in]

I'm apprehensive about praising 'Provence Marinaside' purely for the fact that i know once the secret is back out - i'll have to wait for a table. The renovations are finally done and the place looks amazing, very sleek yet Provence still maintains their laid back style.

Came for dinner, left happy, full and wanting more - in the sense of when is my calendar free so i can come back? The menu choice was varied, portion size was pretty good and our server was amazing. She was professional, friendly, and not too in your face.

I do wish i had known about 40% off a bottle of wine at the start of the meal though. The server recommended a couple of 'bite size' dishes - all delicious. 2 'tapas' style dishes for $10 AND on Monday, the dishes are available for $3/each.

We shared a variety of appetizers that included quinoa salad, seafood salad, squid and clams. We probably ate too much bread due to the yummy sauces that we mopped up without hesitation. Our mains consisted of crab, halibut, pasta and bouillabaisse. In all honesty, the plates when back to the kitchen 'clean'. #impressive

This should be a go to place for everything! - for brunch (also really good), business lunch, out of town guest dinner, casual dinner. Just go!

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Living up to its name ... 'poor Italian'.
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

This wasn't my first dining experience here but will certainly be my last for a long while. The difference in the quality of the meal surprised me. I was so disappointed that I felt bad for raving about the restaurant and dragging my party here.

The only foods that stood out were the calamari appetiser and lasagna. The other dishes ordered braised beef ravioli with sage butter - lacked flavour and was not filling in the slightest. At $20 a bit more food was expected. Each dish we had, missed the mark - either due to the small quantity and/or flavour. Which was a shame.

Unlike previous reviews, service today was good. Granted we were waited on by 3 different servers, none of them were too intrusive. Our main dishes were served at different times - I understand the kitchen may have been busy but common sense people, bring everything out or nothing.

Perhaps when the memory fades will I try again, highly unlikely but you never know.

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Morocco West795 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Gone too far west?
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Morocco West was featured in a local magazine promoting Vancouver's local fare. This place caught my eye, I'm always up for trying new flavours and cuisines. At the end of the meal I was left wanting more, not more food but more gumption.

We went using a social shopper voucher. A pretty good deal. We shared a 'duck' starter, this was cooked well but the sauce didn't gel well in our opinion. I ordered the chicken tagine and MM ordered the recommended lamb cous cous. Both were adequate, nothing you couldn't make at home to be brutally honest. The dishes were lacking distinction in terms of spice and flavours. Nothing stood out. Saying that, however, the dessert helped to redeem our experience. We shared the lavender honey pannacotta - hit the spot nicely.

If we didn't have the voucher and had to pay full price, we would have felt hard done by. The starters and dessert are well priced, the mains were not.

The newly appointed server was great. She was friendly, attentive without being overbearing. It was nice to hear and see management advising/coaching their staff.

Atmosphere is nice (could do with a stronger extractor fan in the kitchen). It was quiet when we went during the week. I'm sure there is a lot more going on at the weekend. They also have happy hour during the week. I may give that a go.

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August Jack, The2042 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Nearly but doesn't quite hit the mark
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

Went to August Jack for the first time during the week for an early supper. Was excited to try this 'new' restaurant. Has been opened for a year apparently. We used a voucher bought online.

The menu looks good, lots of choice but doesn't overwhelm in a good way. Price wise, it's hard to say to be honest. Some items were well priced and others were through the roof considering what we got. There are Tapas dishes and mains too. The only dish that stood out were the pan fried oysters, otherwise, everything was either bland and/or slightly over done.

The drinks menu is pretty extensive, some great taps to try. There is a $10 flight ; 5 beers in these cute 4oz mason jars. 20% off a glass of wine on Wednesday .

Each night, there is great music and some drink/food special. $1 oysters on Sunday compared to $2.50 when not on special.

Service is great, lots of advice or help when needed. The restaurant was fairly empty when we visited, ambiance was good. Has an attempt of being rustic but not, a clean wooden feel of a casual dining place.

We may pop back for a drink but unlikely to order dinner.

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Tapas 233941 Main St, Vancouver
distinguished tapas - closest taste to authentic tapas
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

Read about this place a couple weeks ago and it has been on my list of food places to visit. My party and I weren't disappointed.

It's a nice intimate dining experience; cool for 1, cool for groups. We ordered a variety of dishes. The paella, charcuterie plate, surf and turf and the pumpkin stood out. I'm a bit partial to pumpkin. We also ordered the 'bomba' - pork belly, onion rings, clams and the empanada - more than edible but I think we'll skip this next time.

Good choice of drinks

Our server recommended 2-3 tapas per person. I think 1-2 would be a more accurate reflection.

Give TAPAS 23 a go - you won't leave disappointed, you'll leave with a smile on your face and a very full tummy.

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Long's Noodle House4853 Main Street, Vancouver
mediocrity dominates this noodle house
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 1:02am [Dine in]

Went for lunch at the weekend. This place fills up quickly.
The only 2 solid dishes on the menu are the 'Xiao Long Bao' and the 'drunken chicken'. I believe i was more impressed with the 'drunken chicken' the first time. On this occasion, they were ok. They call themselves a noodle house - nothing spectacular from any of the dishes I've ordered. Very mediocre and to be honest, a little disappointing.

The one server (there is an army in the back - making the food) is fast and yes she does have a good memory but she is insincere. She has to have the smile and be quick-she's running a business. However, i must agree with one of the reviewers 'ssfoody - may 2011). Tipping is not obligatory and you tip according to how you felt the service was. This server thinks otherwise - she will freak out if you don't meet the 10% she thinks she deserves. She will shout at you and calculate incorrectly the change due to you and will never admit when she's wrong nor apologise. Be forewarned - a lot of improvement in the service is needed.

The place is small, but you also don't want to linger there to eat. It's not that kind of environment. The service is fast because they want you to eat quickly, pay over the odds and get out. The decor is functional and fairly clean. Oh and it's a cash only establishment.

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Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
pleasantly suprised
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

Came here last night - there was live music and to be honest, it was the service that blew me away.

It was past 9pm and food was still being served. They were doing DOV and offered us the menu. Simple and funky flavours. The dessert was the best, i would have been happy with half the amount. The apple sundae wasn't too sweet, great texture and was delectable.

Our server, was young, sincere, thorough and knowledgeable. She was great. We were very impressed. We tried a variety of drinks/cocktails. A good balance of flavours - it would have been perfect had the stems of each of the drinks not been sticky.

With the band being in, the space was at a premium - there wasn't much room to move.

Overall, a great night and a lounge not to be overlooked.

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
If you're prepared to pay over the odds...wow
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 10:33pm [Take-out]

I wouldn't even say this place is a tourist trap, but i still do not understand the furor around Kamei Royale.
The profit they make must go into rent,wages or decoration as it's definitely not in the quality/quality of food.

Overrated, overpriced food, that's cut at angles to make you think that you're getting more than you actually are.

Avoid this place like the plague.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
coast along by
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

A group of us had dinner at Coast last night - I know i won't be going back and the general concensus is that yesterday's dinner was - poor.

Between us, we ordered: Salmon flatbread, clam chowder, salad, our entrees consisted of fish and chips, steak with the mac and cheese, Spanish mussels and the sushi tile. Granted it was Saturday night and DOV, but the quality of the food was below par. The flatbread is the only item that deserves a worthy mention. The other dishes were tepid, tasteless. The batter on the fish and chips were soggy, we had to return the mac and cheese.

The service, or rather, lack of - was the clincher. The final nail. I really can't remember the last time I have been so annoyed/frustrated with a server. Inconsistent, rude service, THEN, at the end, she had the audacity to say 'i'll just add the 18% tip to the bill'. I put my foot down at this point. We did tip but proportionate to the service we had to endure. "tipping =Paying a gratuity for services rendered".

Value - we were going to one of the Glowbal restaurants, so we knew what to expect. The Glowbal 'chain' are never cheap, but we go for the service, quality of the food and the ambiance. We were charged $2 for hot water. I didn't know they were flying their water in from across the world.

Ambiance - comfortable, aesthetically pleasing to the eye - like all the Glowbal restaurants.

I'll be staying away from Coast for the forseeable future.

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Edible Canada at the Market1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
hype not justified
Submitted Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

Went to Edible for lunch with a couple of girlfriends. Place was packed, child friendly with the 'usual' Granville Island clientele. The space has been used extremely well - open plan kitchen, with a shop in the back.

I have to say, the fizzy pops were the items that intrigued me the most. Combinations such as lavendar and lemonade etc fusion drinks that are now a firm favourite for me. As a group, we ordered the 'mushroom tuna salad, bison shortribs and fries, oyster sandwich, the turducken sandwich and a seafood soup'. The general consensus for tastiness were the shortribs. The other dishes we tried were satisfactory, nothing to write home about. The dishes were just the right size/portion.

It was busy during lunch and there didn't seem to be enough staff, but the staff who were on the floor did a great job accommodating everyone. The prices are 'market standard' - a bit overpriced for the food i think.

I'm not writing this place off - will go back for dinner to see if it's any better.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Take note - don't walk past it, go in!
Submitted Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

I can't count how many times I've been in the area and never noticed this wonderful little bistro. A spontaneous evening out found us at Jules. We arrived an hour before closing and were welcomed openly - they didn't pressure us to leave as they were closing, and let us finish in our own time. The live streaming of French radio was a nice touch.

We shared the octopus salad with shitake mushrooms - for my part, i enjoyed it, but would have prefered mushrooms that didn't come from a tin. For mains, we ordered the moules frites and lamb special - both were really well cooked, nice complementing flavours. The fries were so so, but the home made ketchup and mayo made up for the fries. Dessert was ok; not the biggest fan of dessert in general, but the flavours from the roasted pineapple were like a mini explosion in the mouth.

Service and the ambiance were second to none. Very attentive serveurs but not intrusive.

Jules is worth checking out!

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Pita Works650 W 41St Avenue, Vancouver
skewer me!
Submitted Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 5:55pm [Take-out]

Popped into the Food court at Oakridge for something small to tie me over...

It was a choice between the new taco place that has just opened or the greek place. The Greek won, i however, after eating my chicken souvlaki pita - decided i had not won.

Even though there was no-one lining up, it took a while for my order to be taken. When my order did arrive, it was cold and drenched in mayonnaise. It was falling apart, not because it was filled with too much salad, but because it wasn't wrapped properly. Maybe a small matter, for me and important one. If you're going to do it, do it properly.

I suspect, eating in would be better. I wouldn't advise on getting take out.

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Senova Restaurant1864 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver
a little bit of Italy
Submitted Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

I've always liked Senova - not overly pretentious, good service, nice ambiance and the food is great.
There's even better value with half price pasta on Mondays and Tuesdays.

I've brought a variety of people here; clients, familiy and friends - all have had positive reactions to the food. They have a good selection on the menu and the wine list is good too. The dessert menu could probably do with some switching up, but to be honest, after all that food - there is very rarely any space left to indulge.

I don't have a food favourite, i try something different each time. Most recently, i've been impressed with their seafood linguini. The flavours complement each other nicely.

They're open for Brunch too - that's the next thing i'm going to try there.

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