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hungryjoVancouverSince June 11, 2006175 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.8)
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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
Come here when u're almost hungry
Submitted Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 11:08am [Dine in]

First time we came here, the owner was all by herself. She was the server/cook/bartender. Because of that, the service was slow. But the food I guess, made up for the lack of service. It's not the best but my s/o loved every bite of it. It tasted very authentic. He ordered some beef dish and I had the fish in a pot.
Second time we came here, she finally hired some helpers. But the service was still slow and nobody asked us how we were doing. The food took a long time again and we were starving. The food was consistent. We ordered the platter for 2. Once again, my s/o almost ate my portion of it.
I don't think they really care about service b/c their business is doing well anyways. We went here on a long weekend at 5ish and there were people coming in constantly.
When it comes to pay for the bill, I decided to walk up to the bar. The service was so lacking that I almost helped myself to pay through my debit card. I even grabbed the receipt myself.

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Bland to the max
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

I was really excited to check this place out cuz it was new and it's always packed.
I came here on weeknight approx 8pm and the place was packed. When we went through door, I made eye contact w/ one the servers but she didn't greeted us or asked us how many ppl. I did showed her that there were two of us. After waiting for abit wondering if she knew we existed, we finally got to sit on the only empty table that was right in front of us.
I saw that every table had a set of dips and nachos. I was excited to see what they were. We got our menus and there was a good selection of items. If you're not familiar w/ Mexican food, there might be some difficulties deciding what to order. When we were ready to order, it was hard to get our server's attention. I don't think she has "peripheral vision". After a few mins, we finally ordered and she almost screwed it up even though we only order 3 items. I even pointed at the item on the menu but somehow she thought it was something else that was totally different. After 10 mins of waiting, I got a lil impatient b/c I was very curious about the nacho dip. My partner noticed that I was being a eager beaver, he helped me asked the server what those dips were. She apologized and told us that she will give us some. I got mad. Those were comp and she didn't give it to us until we asked! The other server gave this table their dips right after the menu was given. I felt somewhat discriminated. There's no way you could forget to give out comp nacho dips. It's like forgetting to give us water. C'mon. Anyways, the food (flautas, beef fajitas and beef taco) arrived and it looked good but it was disappointing. No taste. No salt. Bland. Boring. No spices. Just covered with sour cream and guacamoles. I don't call this authentic!
The service was terrible too.
I hope to believe that it was just a bad day for us but I will never come here again.

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Kakurenbou Japanese Dining793 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Beautiful and dark restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 10:34am [Dine in]

I was planning to grab a quick bite to eat until I walked by this place. I love Japanese tapas so I decided to check it out.
Came here on a weeknight at 5:30pm and the place just opened. It was nice and quiet. This restaurant was bigger than I thought. The decor was gorgeous with traditional wooden structures. It was dark and it felt like I was eating outside at night. I was greeted by a friendly hostess and my server was this pretty lady, very polite.
I was by myself so I didn't get to try too many things. In the beginning of my meal, I was given a complimentary green tea soba. Mmmm never tried anything like it. I ordered the salad w/ root chips, it was very tasty, but probably not worth the money. I also had the tofu steak, that was nice. For dessert, I had the tofu cheesecake. It looks & tastes just like a cheesecake but the texture is like firm tofu. Pretty good.
I would definitely go again.

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Royal Thai Restaurant770 Bute Street, Vancouver
Stop chatting!
Submitted Friday, March 13, 2009 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

When here for an early dinner and the restaurant was empty.
During the whole time I was waiting for my food, the staffs were chatting away like they're right at home. What an ambiance. It seems like every 10 minutes, there are more ppl joining their conversation. It was annoying. I just got off work and I don't wanna hear these chiiter chatters. I'm Asian myself so I kinda understand but please, you're at work, please do your job. Or maybe chat inside where I can't hear you.
I ordered the chili fried rice and it was tasty but the rice was soggy. I bet they were busy chatting and not paying attention so the rice was over cooked. I was hoping for some spiciness in the rice but instead, they gave me a side of hot sauce. How creative.
When it was time to pay the bill, I had to grab a napkin and waved around like a maniac in order to get someone's attention. I didn't want to leave a tip but I paid Interac so it was kinda mandatory.

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Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant736 East Broadway, Unit 5, Vancouver
Quiet day for a Friday
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 10:19am [Dine in]

This is our second time trying Ethiopian food and we wanted to compare this place to another.
I picked this place b/c of the amount of good reviews I read here on dinehere.
Unfortunately, we did not see the owner/chef like what other reviewers got to experience. I was hoping to learn more about the dishes. Our server was a nice lady that could speak limited English.
I don't remember the name of the dishes but we had a beef dish and a chicken dish. When they arrive, the dishes look very similar, both chopped into strips. I was a little hesitant. But once I put it in my mouth, I changed my mind. The taste is very good but it didn't feel as authentic as the other place we tried on Commercial dr. I was expecting some unknown spices or flavors. The taste reminds me of good Chinese food. My partner loved it though which is important.

I think this is a good place to try for first timers.

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Urban Grain Pizza1914 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Not worth the $2 I paid for
Submitted Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

I can't believe that I walked an extra 4-5 blocks to eat here where I could've enjoy a cheap and filling pizza at Uncle Fatih's.
I had high hopes for this place but I was left disappointed and wanting more. I expected a few things from this place: whole wheat crust, lots of toppings, and organic ingredients. I was right about whole wheat crust but everything else..well...not really. I went here today with a very hungry tummy. There were a few selections but all of them did not look appetizing. I had no choice but to pick ham & pineapple. It was cheap looking. For $2 I really could've went somewhere near broadway stn. My first bite was unimpressive. It didn't give me this yummy feeling like most pizza do. And the place was dirty. Nobody cleaned up the tables. And the cashier, after he gave me change, he went back to making the pizza. I wasn't sure if he washed his hands or not. I couldn't see him behind the folded wall.
Overall, disappointed and not recommended It was raining today and I sacrificed myself to try this place.

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Ogenki Sushi4342 Main St, Vancouver
Below Average
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 10:53am [Dine in]

We wanted to try something new. I read a lot of good reviews here so I decided to give this place a try. Boy was I disappointed.
Food: We had the house, spicy salmon and veggie roll. Presentation was good. Taste was below average. Something didn't taste right, maybe it wasn't fresh. We couldn't finish everything which was rare. I felt gross half way.
Ambiance: Take-out style with 4-5 tables. Didn't feel comfortable. The chef was coughing without turning away from the preparation table, I felt so disgusted.
Service: Only came by to take orders.
Value: It's reasonable I guess.

I don't recommend this place. There are so many other sushi places to go to.

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Scoop! Frozen Yogurt2050 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

I don't think this place belongs to w.4th; it's kinda ghetto, no offense. When I step inside this shop, it didn't give me this fresh and hip feeling.
If you've never been to this place, the yogurt is charged by weight. Kinda weird. And the toppings are placed out in public so if anybody has a cold or cough, the germs will be all over the food. Also the fruits didn't look that fresh b/c it was left outside for so long. It wasn't placed under or inside a cooler.
Even though everything didn't look that appetizing, I still gave this place a try. The yogurt tasted light or diluted. And the fruits were small. I prefer blueberry (on robson) or yogen fruz.

Not recommended.

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Gain Wah218 Keefer Street, Vancouver
MSG overload
Submitted Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

Been here twice. Once was for wonton noodle soup, it was good and cheap but very small. Any human being would need to eat 2 bowls to be full or satisfied.
Second time I was sick and was craving for congee (rice porridge) and to my surprise, the congee was full of msg. I could barely eat it but I really wanted something plain and hot.
As for service, you can't expect much at a Chinese restaurant. But I did noticed that a few staffs there speak fluent English which is a bonus for tourists.

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Strawberry Cones Pizza & Pasta4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3180, Richmond
This is only a snack
Submitted Friday, February 13, 2009 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

You should not order this when you're hungry. They said it's going to take 15 mins but we had to wait 25-30mins for one pizza, that can only feed one person. If you share it, you'll leave feeling unsatisfied and ripped off. It's about $8 per pizza and for that price, I could get a bowl of noodles,a drink and still have some money left for dessert.
It's a good one time experience but I wouldn't go again.
As for taste, it's good but maybe b/c they put mayo in it. There isn't much topping though. This food is for fun only, not to feed a tummy.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
Lovely experience
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

We always pass by this place and curious to see if they're good or not. The decor from the outside is quite attractive, so we decided to try it for the first time.
Went there around 5pm and the place is still kinda dead, which was nice. I like quiet. The decor inside was simple and nice.

As food and drinks, we had Butter Chicken & Tandoori Chicken w/ rice, a side of garlic naan, ice tea and chai tea. The butter chicken looked small but it did had a good amount of chicken in it. Also their butter chicken sauce is sweeter than other places and tomato-ey. The tandoori chicken had 4 big pieces along with a little fresh salad.

For the first time, we received some top notch service. It was consistent and our server kept on checking up on us.

The price is average, it's usually around $10-14 per dish.

Recommended.

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Copa Cafe4036 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Interesting
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

I think this place is still pretty new, probably less than a year old.
Fortunately I had a pretty a good time here but the other tables on my right and left had a few problems.
I'll mention the good first, my friend brought me here b/c he told me that they serve huge portions. And he's right. We ordered the seafood on rice w/ cream sauce and chicken on rice w/ portugal sauce. Both were delicious and huge! We could've shared one. As for appys, we had cream of corn and lobster bisque w/ pastry. Mmmm...yummy. I was happy with just the soup. The service was ok but it was hard to find someone to help us order in the beginning.
The bad part was, the table on my right complained about a piece of plastic in their meat w/ rice. The table on my left had a cold "baked" potato and their noodle soup took so long that her partner was done with his dish.
Overall, I had a good experience and I was glad that i did. I would go again for some more soup.

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Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
I don't get it
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

This place is good but not outstanding.
I heard that this place has some awesome viet subs. And my partner likes their noodle soup but I still don't get it.
Their food taste average to me. I was disappointed when I tried their sub and noodle soup. I've had better.
They are closed on certain days so make sure you call them before you go.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Busy & Noisy DOV
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 11:10am [Dine in]

Every time I walk by here, it's always packed so they had to be good and it was.

It was a last minute decision to eat here on a weekend, so we didn't make reservations. We were seated by the bar which wasn't too bad b/c we were starving. We were more happy to find out that they had Dine Out. For appys, we had the tomato soup and onion tart w/ salad. The soup was diluted but I think my partner liked it. I had the onion tart which was huge and tasty. I was almost full eating that. As for entrees, we had the beef flank and trout. The flank was small and very hard to cut but my partner loved it. My trout was buttery and heavenly. As for desserts, we had the mousse and apple tart w/ ice-cream. The mousse was thick and the taste was overwhelming. The tart was small and nice. So overall, the food was great. But the service was non-existent. They were just soooo busy. I know they were trying their best and doing everything they can. So I'll try not to complain about it.

Recommended.

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Timbre Restaurant2068 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Dineout Fine dining @ Casual atmosphere
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Decided to try dineout @ Timbre b/c of the overwhelming positive reviews about this place on dinehere.ca. This place does not take reservations so arrive early. Preferably 4-5pm cuz it gets pretty packed after 5pm even on a weeknight.
We had the $18/person menu. We ordered the chicken noodle soup w/ garlic bread which was very yummy. For entre, we had the elk and pasta. The pasta was a little bland but the elk was made perfectly. As for dessert, we had the chocolate cake and apple pie. It was huge and delicious!
The reason I say it's like "fine dining" b/c the dishes are attentively made and the presentation was very nice. Their high quality food did not really suit this pub-like restaurant but I didn't care, the food was good! And the atmosphere is comfortable.
As for service, it was non-existent but not worse enough to complain. I had to ask for water refill and the server never asked how our food was.

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Well Tea4811 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 170, Richmond
Well...
Submitted Monday, January 12, 2009 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

This place is kinda hidden unless you drive by this street often. They are located right beside the dollar store.

We wanted to try something new the other day so we decided to check this place out. It was around 5pm on a weekend and it was kinda dead. The place is huge with decent decor. The prices were on the expensive side. Approx 4.25-4.75 per bbt. I don't normally pay that much. As for snacks, there were nothing under $5 unless it's toast. The drinks were pretty good, not outstanding. And the food was yummy.

Not sure if I would come again. It's nothing better than the other bbt places.

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Bowl of Stars3608 Kingsway, Vancouver
Satisfied
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 11:29am [Dine in]

Went to this place three times already. The first time was the first month of their grand opening. I ordered their noodle soup and wow, it smelled so yummy. Their broth tasted authentic and very savoring. I finished the whole bowl to its last drop! Also, it didn't give me this thirsty, msg-filled feeling in the end. I was surprised.
We've also tried their honey green tea and sesame milk tea. It definitely met my expectations. I've been to many bbt places before and I think this place is on my top 3 list.

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Kiss Yo Mama4926 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Mama's home cooked foods
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Mmmm...it was my first time trying Jamaican food and boy was I impressed! The owner/server/cook was Lisa herself and she was very friendly.
We had her famous jerk chicken and bbq chicken and it was full of flavors! The dishes were small but it comes w/ rice and salad. Yummy!
We also tried her fruit punch which is made from fruits of Jamaica. It was quite good.
Like the other reviewers, we want to recommend her pineapple upside down cake. I never thought I would like something like that. It was soo addicting! (DROOL)

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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
If you have no choice
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

I'd come here if the other 2 ramen places are too packed.

So..Benkei Ramen's ramen noodle is good but their soup base is not as good as Kintaro's. It seems like they're lacking something. I realized that it only tastes decent if I put a bunch of garlic in it. Their gyoza is small, tasteless and gross. Their onigiri is yummy.

Again, I'd come here if I have no choice.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Beautiful place, kinda expensive
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

A friend told me about this place so I decided to check it out.
Atmosphere: It definitely has some "sexy Arabic" feel to it, plus the romantic high ceilings.
Food: All the foods were tapas and it has some neat concept to it. If you order, for example, tuna, it will give you 3 small dishes of tuna, each are from North Africa, Asia and Middle East. The dishes were flavorful. I'm not used to some of spices so I might need time to appreciate it. Overall, the food was tasty and recommended. It's a little on a pricey side at $14/each. You'll probably need to order 3-4 sets of them to feed 2 adults.
Service: The service was acceptable, not outstanding. Our server seemed to be super busy even though only 3-5 tables were occupied. Some orders took a long time and he kinda forgot some orders.
Our bill inc/ 2 drinks and dessert was approx $100 (exc/tip). In the end, we were still hungry.

I think this is a good time one experience.

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