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hungryjoVancouverSince June 11, 2006175 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
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Pink Peppercorn Seafood House1485 Kingsway, Vancouver
Hidden Gem, Incredible Food
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

I was here few years ago and it was alright. It could be because it was the person I was with and what I ordered.

This time around, I'm a brand new person with a positive outlook of life and with a great partner.
It was close to Xmas and I wanted to have a nice, delicious dinner with my man. I decided to give this resto another chance b/c I see great things in this place. Also I was craving for black cod and black cod is almost impossible to find in other resto. Surprisingly I was able to make reso few days before Xmas. The person on the phone was super friendly; I'm assuming it was the owner. When we arrived for dinner on a chilly Saturday evening, we were welcomed and greeted. We sat on our table and our lovely server was awesome throughout the whole night. My partner and I had a great time joking and chatting with him. We received our complimentary bread and lobster oil w/ balsamic vinegar. Yummy. For entres, I ordered smoked black cod, ofcourse. My partner ordered today's special which was a special fish that I've never heard before. But boy was it fresh, tasty and mm mm. My black cod was nicely and lightly smoked, not too strong like smoked salmon. The vegetables and everything surrounding it looked beautifully and edible-ly delightful. We ordered some wine and the server wanted me drunk. Haha he's so funny. We had a very lovely evening at Pink Peppercorn. I would love to go again.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Awesome Wedding!
Submitted Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

I had a wedding here in the Summer and it was my most memorable moment thanks to Beach House!

This place is a hidden gem and only works best for small weddings. I had around 50 guests attending the 2nd floor of the restaurant plus the outdoor balcony. Incredible view of the ocean!

We chose the buffet dinner and I've been to a lot of weddings. Beach House is different because every item was DELICIOUS! The first bite took me away and I was shocked how generous they were to provide me such quality food. We had salads, fish (fresh and tasty), beef (which tasted like filet mignon) and chicken (which was surprisingly moist!). I was SO happy because I LOVE food!

Service was great! There was always someone available to refill water and wine. I was able to get my concerns dealt with immediately. Everything went by so smoothly!

I would do it all over again!

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Disappointed! Maybe didn't order the right items.
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2013 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

I've been wanting to come here for many years due to their consistent almost-5 stars reviews. Every now and then I would visit their website and drool on my keyboard from looking at their menu.

So finally I got a chance to take my partner for dinner last month (December). Maybe I should've picked a different time of the year because it was so busy that it didn't feel like we were at a fine dining restaurant. It felt like I was at the bustling Cactus Club. I didn't like the noise, very un-romantic and too hectic for comfort. I just wanted a nice quiet dinner with my love but it was nothing like that. The restaurant was nice and decorated with Christmas festivities and the booth seats had pillows on them which was a nice touch. When we were seated, it took more than 15 minutes to get in touch with our server to place our order. She was running around like a headless chicken. I had a lobster bisque to start and my partner had wine. The lobster bisque was good but not fantastic. Compared to the one I had at Herons, Herons' was memorable and delicious. For entres, I don't remember the specifics. I had a sablefish with fettucini and my partner had a Roasted Fraser Valley duck. My dish was average and kind of tasteless. But my partner's dish, according to him, was a wow factor. It was tender, fatty and flavorful. As for dessert, we had a souffle which tasted like another other souffle out there. At the end of our dinner, we received a trio of complimentary crocodile-shaped chocolates.

My friend and my cousins have been here and they were praising about this place. Too bad for me, I am quite disappointed with my experience. The only thing that was good was the duck. But the duck is good no matter where you go. It doesn't have to be a French Restaurant. I've had good duck at a Chinese Restaurant before.

I don't know what to say about this place. I suggest some of you to give this place a try if you don't mind spending abit of money. I guess I didn't order the right items.

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
Not bad for cheap buffet
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

We wanted to try their buffet this time since last time (2-3 yrs ago) we ordered off their regular menu. We went on an odd night (weeknight?) around 7ish and there was only another couple there. What we like about this place is that it's dirt cheap, I think it was $12 for all your can eat dinner. They also serve you fresh naan bread which I totally appreciate. They had I think 8 items? I only cared about butter chicken, jasmine rice and tandoori chicken. Everything tasted decent and I was enjoying myself. The butter chicken was good, the tandoori chicken was nicely marinated and cooked so well that the meat fell of the bones.Yummy. The only down side was that the food was abit salty, I was really thirsty when I got home.

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Marulilu Cafe451 West Broadway, Vancouver
Cute lil Japanese Cafe
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I've heard of this place from a food blogger but I didn't think much of it. The foodie was reviewing about their Jap style breakfast which I have no interest of. Then one day I was near by so I decided to try this place out. They have their cute sandwich board posted on the sidewalk and it's nice to see what their daily specials are. They basically offer Jap or Western style breakfast (all day, which is awesome), waffles (yummy), rice, udon, Jap style pancakes, sandwich, muffins, etc. As for drinks, they have coffee, tea and my favorite white chocolate matcha (is to die for). Oh yeah, they also serve alcohol like kahlua mixed drinks, etc. I normally order their eggs benny. Somehow I really like their hollandaise sauce. Can't explain why, maybe they're home-made? The people at Marulilu is generally nice and helpful when asked. They're all Japanese, including the owner. I really like them. Sometimes they greet you in Japanese too. A lot of times when I visit, which is once a week, the place is quiet because I go in at odd times. But on Sunday around noon, the place is full. You would see everyone ordering their fave breakfast combos.
Yes I recommend this place especially knowing that you're supporting small business owners.

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
Went there with high expectations maybe? Beautiful location though.
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

We were on a mission to find a good indian buffet restaurant. An indian friend recommended this place so I had high expecations on my mind. I've eaten lots of indian food but I'm no expert. But I do know what's good and what's not.
This place was a little tricky to find, nestled inside a plaza. You will have to go inside the plaza, it's not on the outside where you can see them from Broadway. I must say, the restaurant is gorgeously decorated. The view is breaktaking if you sit further in on the booths. You could see the downtown bulidings/lights and BC Place. As for food, there were so many varieties that make me very excited. I'm so used to small indian buffet selections. They have salads, veggies and jello. For entre, there was at least 6 different curries, pakora, samosa, spring roll, curry veggies, lentils, etc. For indian dessert, they had sweet rice and gulab jamun. A reviewer was raving about their gulab jamun and I was kind of wondering what's the big deal until I tried one myself. It was a little bit chewy (like cheese consistency) and lightly sweetened. Ok, so I tried almost everything but lamb curry. I really appreciate how there are so many choices of food but I think they are lacking a little quality. Everythings tasted just ok, not phenomenal or memorable. I was abit disappointed with butter chicken because I LOVE butter chicken. The sauce tasted like neither butter nor tomato-y. The naan bread was flat and abit dry. But their jasmine rice was very fragrant and nice.
If you like chai tea, they're additional cost but refills are free.
Weekend prices for buffet dinner is $16.95pp. Not a good deal for me since I don't eat that much and they're not flavor worthy.
Service was average; they're always around to clear plates. Also I noticed that they're quite strict with health and sanitary regulations which is great.

3/5

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Skyline Restaurant & Lounge88 West Pender Street, #2015, Vancouver
Second chance?
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

Ok, I feel bad. I don't like giving bad reviews unless it's traumatic. I didn't rate their food "poor" is because I'm not sure if it's just me or the food is really that poor.
The thing about me is that I love trying new restaurants. Out of all my friends, I'm the brave one. I will try new places even when there are NO customers inside.
I'm always in Tinseltown (International Village Mall) and one day I discovered that there is a new restaurant! I'm usually by myself when I'm in the area so I don't normally eat at restaurants. I didn't think much about this restaurant until I saw a coupon for this place for $20 (you get $40 worth of food). I was tempted to buy but then I thought, there is no way for me to order $40 worth of food to feed myself. I didn't buy it. I guess it was a good decision.
I was checking out their website and they seemed decent. The prices are reasonable and they serve pasta. Me love pasta. They are an Italien restaurant.
One day, just recently, I finally caved in and decided to try this place out for dinner. I was curious. They had good reviews on Yelp.ca according to the coupon website. But when I go to Yelp.ca website directly, the reviews I read were not there. Uh oh. So anyways, I was craving for pasta with cream sauce. Nothing can go wrong w/ cream sauce, c'mon! It's practically fool-proof food! When I got there, there was NO one. It was around 6pm on a weeknight. I was greeted immediately and the service was good. I was starving so I was ready to chomp up the dish. When the dish arrived, it came in a huge plate with shrimp, fish and baby clams. I took a big bite and almost choked. The sauce was very tangy. I thought I was hallucinating. I was in denial for awhile and was trying to figure out why it tasted like that. It was quite strong but there was no bad smell. I was thinking, maybe it's the cheese or pesto or white wine? I don't know but it was almost unbearable. I was afraid to complain. I actually don't normally say anything when the food is bad even though I know I should. I wasn't sure if the cream sauce has gone bad or maybe I'm not used to "authentic Italien" food? I'm still in denial right now. I didn't get diarrhea at least.
I might give this place another chance.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
It used to be a hidden gem
Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

My partner and I discovered this place way back when it first opened. We didn't know there was a restaurant inside until we were curious and peeked through a tiny glass window.
Our first experience was memorable because it was our first time having Jap Tapas. The owner and their staffs were very good looking and the atmosphere was unique. For the past few yrs, I order pretty much the same thing such as Saba fish where the server torch the fresh fish in front of you. I also enjoyed their stone bowl rice.
But lately, I realize that experience has changed. After they have expanded, they've changed their menu and the place became too packed for comfort. Their food is good but that's because it's salty. And their sushi rolls are small and tasteless. I think this place works well with groups of people who love to drink. Because after you drink, anything tastes good! And their food is salty so it goes well with beer. I want to comment on the service. I think the server have too much on their hands. My server had to take care of 5 tables, 2 large group and 3 couple. She was busy running around that she barely gave us any attention.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Yummy! but avoid lunch hours
Submitted Friday, August 12, 2011 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

This place is kind of small, probably fits 25-30 ppl. I've been here at least 5 times.
First of all, I know a lot of people compare all new ramen places to Kintaro. I don't think that's really fair because there are so many different kinds of noodles and soup base. From angel hair to those common thick curly ones. There are fatty soup base to light pork soup. After trying all the ramen places I could think of, Santouka and G-men is the best according to my stomach. I just went to Santouka and I'm in love again. Their shio ramen is super tasty and creamy. It didn't make me very thirsty in the end which is good sign. Yes, their bowl looks very small but the amount of noodles they serve is just right. Just enough to satisfy your craving. If can order more or less for a different price. It's abit more expensive at $9 a bowl if you want good & savory ramen, this is the place to be!
Service is ok because they're so busy. There is a line-up to eat and a line-up to pay.

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Osamu2764 Barnet Hwy, #201, Coquitlam
This will be the only place I'd go to for Sushi
Submitted Monday, April 11, 2011 - 11:36am [Dine in]

I moved to Coquitlam not long ago and I'm always craving for sushi. The problem is, there are sooo many sushi places to choose from. I hate eating bad sushi so I always end up going to the ones inside the mall. One day, I decided to be a lil adventurous and starting searching for some good ones on dinehere. I narrowed it down to this one, Osamu. It was a lil tricky to find but it was worth it. This restaurant had a bar atmosphere to it because of the tv, stools and booths. I didn't mind; I thought it was unique.
When I looked at the menu, boy, it was super expensive! But the taste and freshness made up for it. Their nigiri's are $2.50+. I don't normally pay more than $1.50-1.75 at other places. Their specialty rolls are to die for.
I tried the trio taster (the one w/ volcano roll, etc) which was a real treat. Super yummy!

This is the place to be if you want great and fresh sushi. There is no where else.

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Incense Tea House3618 Kingsway, Vancouver
So far so good
Submitted Friday, March 18, 2011 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

I've tried all the new BBT places on Kingsway and this is the only place that I believe is a keeper.
This place took over Honey Dessert and now serves a wide range of food selections and drinks. Their tofu pudding has more fruits and topping. I like their BBT, it's always up to par.
I enjoy eating here because it's kind of quiet. Not sure if it's a good thing though.

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Golden Phoenix Chinese Seafood2425 Nanaimo, Vancouver
Splendid
Submitted Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 11:25am [Dine in]

I normally go to Top Cantonese or Prince Restaurant so I never know what's better or worse out there.
I was at Golden Phoenix awhile ago and it was a good experience. We got our table and tea almost immediately. After that, the food kept on rolling in. Some ppl might find the servers (the ones holding the dimsum on the tray) abit pushy but they're just doing their job. All of them were friendly. If you go no or no thank you, they'll just walk away. Surprisingly, I find most of them polite! If you need something, simply ask and they'll grab it for you. If you order something and the dimsum takes too long, they'll go, "the chef is making it fresh, just few more mins." I found that a nice touch.
The dimsum tasted above average and they were huge which I like. Between the 4 of us, we ate a bunch of stuff and it was less than $15 inc/ tips! It's a clean restaurant too.

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Ding Hao Noodles House2773 Barnet Highway, #4, Coquitlam
Good BBT & noodles at the same place
Submitted Friday, December 10, 2010 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

Looking at the name of this place, I thought it was a wonton house but it's not.
This is a Taiwanese noodle & BBT house.
I've been trying to find a decent BBT place that also serves good food in Coquitlam. The only place I could think of was in Surrey. And now I don't need to drive that far anymore.
Ding Hao serves Taiwanese beef noodles and snacks. Their drink menu selection is huge. If you're not craving BBT, it's ok, they have slush drinks. Their noodle soup is flavorful (herbs) but I'm not used to it. My companion enjoys it though. Their beef is tender and in generous portions. Their noodles start at $7.95 so it's not cheap. I like it how they're open late till 9:30-10pm.
They are closed on one weekday but I forgot which day.

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Miura Waffle Milk Bar2521 Main Street, Vancouver
Cute place for waffles
Submitted Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

I had coupons for this place so I got to check it out twice. I don't normally hang around in downtown but I wanted to give this place a try. I love waffles so it's a good opportunity to see what they have to offer.

I've tried their veggie, tiramisu, strawberry flavored milk & blueberry yoggy milk. Their veggie was yummy but abit expensive @ $7. I love their tiramisu especially if you like dessert. The strawberry was ok. And their blueberry was yummy and not too tangy like the actual yogurt cup.

Overall, this is a cute place. Yes, it feels abit foggy or stuffy but after 5 mins, you don't even notice it.

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President Chinese Seafood Restaurant8012 Granville Street, Vancouver
Man, I should've read the reviews.
Submitted Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

Our family wanted to try something different one day. I was kinda excited because we've been eating at the same few restaurants for the past yr. My parents always go to Prince on Grandview Hwy for dimsum and we heard that President is from the same owner/partner. This restaurant was a far drive but we thought it'll be worth it since we expect President to have the same quality and service as Prince. We made reservation just in case. When we got there at 6:30pm on a weekend, the place was less than half full.
We ordered the lobster special which included lobster soup and lobster w/ deep fried vermicelli. Also, we had pepper salted pork chop, garlic pea shoots and half chicken w/ crispy skin. The lobster special was ok and not too salty. Everything else was boring and bland. I was disappointed.
As for service, they were doing their job but they barely spoke a word to us. When another family arrived, one of the server was super friendly to them. I didn't like that.
Price wise, I find it too expensive. Even thought they are located on the "higher end" side
of town, their quality and taste did not meet up to par.

I'm not happy with this restaurant. I give this place a FAIL.

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Phat1055 Mainland Street, Vancouver
What a disappointment!
Submitted Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 2:13pm [Take-out]

I bought a coupon online awhile ago and I think it was time to use it. I had to go out of my way to go to Yaletown. I don't normally hang in Yaletown but I wanted to give this sandwich shop a try.
First thing first, the menu was very hard to understand. You have to know what you want or you'll be standing there dumbfounded for hours. The menu on their website was easier to read but it's my fault for being unprepared. I was standing outside looking the menu and a friendly guy greeted me. I stepped in and looked at the menu inside, I still had trouble understanding what's going on. I remember reading "triple decker" on the sidewalk menu so I decided on that and a small hot chocolate to go. In my head, triple decker has 3 slices of bread, tons of ham, tomatoes, lettuce and bacon. I was looking forward eating it at home. When the sandwich was done, I took a quick peek inside the take-out box. OMG, I kinda laughed a lil inside, it was as flat as a pancake! It looked like grilled cheese with bacon. WTH, it had no meat! I was in total shock that I walked away without saying a word. I can't believe it. If it wasn't for the coupon, I would've paid more than $12! I've never had such expensive sandwich in my life! The sandwich was so ridiculously small that I finished it before I head home. Ok, the sandwich was GOOD because it had cheese and bacon but c'mon, I feel so ripped off. On my last bite, I found out that the sandwich had 3 slices of bread! Ooooohhhh.
So anyways, I went on their website again and found out that their triple decker is actually 3 slices of bread, 2 types of cheese & bacon. Sigh, don't call it a decker when there's practically NOTHING inside.

I'm never going there again.

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Panda On Pender105 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Snacks & beverages
Submitted Monday, September 13, 2010 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

This place is interesting. They're open early and close late. They have a cafe and a lottery booth.
The snacks they have are hotdogs, instant noodles, sandwiches, fruits in a cup, chips, nuts, etc. For drinks, they have coffee, hot choco, flavored BBT, bottled drinks, etc.
Their prices are abit on the pricey side but I understand cuz they have long hours.
This place is clean with small tables that can fit 2 chairs. They have a big screen TV that plays random channels. During FIFA, they were showing soccer games.
This is a neat spot to get a snack but not to have an actual meal.

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Everything Cafe75 East Pender, Vancouver
Eh! vrything
Submitted Monday, September 13, 2010 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

I was really excited when I saw a new cafe being opened. I wonder what they serve? They must sell lots of varieties or else they wouldn't call it Everything, right? Um...
On their grand opening week, I walked by this place a few times and peeked at their board menu. Wow, so Typical. Just coffee, some sandwiches and soup. They should call it Typical Cafe.
So finally, one day I gave in. I should try this place before making any negative judgements. After work, I decided to grab a snack. I wanted some fresh and yummy sandwich cuz I'm sick of the other coffee shop's weeks-old panini. I was craving for something cheesy that day so I ordered Grilled Cheese. Nothing could go wrong w/ cheese. The guy that was working that day was very friendly. He greeted me immediately when I stepped in. I made my order, paid and sat down w/ a newspaper. The food took a long time. I heard that they don't have a kitchen cuz they don't have a vent. So strange.
When the food arrived, I almost laughed. I paid $8 for a dinky size sandwich. It barely had any fillings inside. I wanted lots of cheese and I wanted it grilled w/ butter. But it was toasted! I may be wrong but it looked like it. I felt so ripped off. The taste was ok; they used Carlsberg cheese. I don't know what that is but it taste like regular white cheese to me. I personally prefer cheddar cheese. The thing is, even if the sandwich is their own creation and it's ok to use different ingredients, but it didn't satisfy my craving.
I might go again to try their soups. I think they deserve a second chance.

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Qoola4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Not that Qool
Submitted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

I heard a lot of excitement about the first location on Denman St.
I was at Aberdeen the other day and I finally got a chance to try out Qoola. For $5 in/c tax, I got a small frozen yogurt w/ 2 toppings (strawberry & mango). The yogurt was light and boring; can not compare to Blueberry World Frozen Yogurt. The strawberry was sour and the mango was nice and sweet. For $5, I think I'd rather buy BBT.
Will not go again.

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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House1537 West Broadway, Vancouver
So so dumplings
Submitted Monday, June 7, 2010 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

I'm a big Shao Long Bao fan. I saw Bob Blumer in the Food Network learning how to make them from the chef @ Lin's. I thought to myself, I gotta try this place! I've read their reviews and I heard that they've won a few awards. Mmm can't wait!
I decided to take my lovely family to try this place out. Parking here was kind of awkward because they're located in such a busy street. The meter parking nearby was obviously full. We had to park several blocks away. Knowing Vancouver, it rains all the time so it wasn't very convenient for us.
I made reservations at least 3hrs ahead for the 6 of us. When we got there, they didn't have our name in their book! The restaurant was practically packed! Good thing that there was this one table left for us to take.
We love to eat so we ordered a bunch of stuff such as shao long bao (obviously), green onion pancake wrapped w/ beef, Shanghai noodles, tan tan noodles, dow meew veggies, etc. Ok, the shao long bao was a disappointment. Yes, the skin is thin, I don't care. I care about the insides. Yes, it was juicy but not delicious. Overall, it was average. My fave is the one at Great Wall.
Within minutes, the restaurant was packed to the max. The restaurant didn't provide a comfortable setting. Everybody is crammed together. I couldn't walk to the washroom without tipping someone's chair. I think they had too many ppl in the restaurant; it is definitely a fire hazard.
As for service, there wasn't much cuz they were so busy! It's obviously that they are understaffed. It seemed like they just opened not long ago and don't know how many staffs are needed for one night. This place definitely can afford an extra staff.
Overall, an ok place. I wouldn't go here again though. It's so crammed and the food was average.

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