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I-like-piesVancouverSince September 1, 200923 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Reviews

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Osaka Teppanyaki1788 W Broadway, #103, Vancouver
excellent service from all staff!!!!
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

Went there yesterday without reservations but somehow managed to get seated with two other parties to make an entire table for the teppanyaki chef. Was surprised that they fit us in. It was like everything clicked and we all got seated all at once, even though we all arrived at different times. It looked like there wre only 3 chefs for the 7 or so tables, so we had to wait in line for our turn as the chefs moved from table to table to do each set. No worries though, the wait was very short.

The waitresses and the concierge guy all helped us out and made sure we were all served and all helped out during the meal. Even the teppanyaki chef was very friendly and was easy going.

We were in a group of three (one member was 4 years old and did not have to pay, but the chef made sure she got a little bit of something on her plate each time as well). They even gave us an extra bowl of rice for her.

It was a wonderful experience, the filet mignon was extremely fresh and tender.

Teppanyaki is a lot more expensive than a typical entree you would normally order off the menu (this place does not offer that), so the bill can add up pretty fast especially with drinks. It was $60 for two people and no drinks, just Japanese tea.

The only thing that I didn't like was the fact that the exhaust fans didn't seem to work all that well. Smoke was filling up the restaurant each time the chef was at work, and my clothes, body, hair all smelled like dinner all night long.

We were planning to go earlier this year, but decided against it because I wasn't into the teppanyaki thing at the time, but glad I went this time.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
always excellent calamari
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

I only go there for lunch and always order the meal size calamari. At $9.50, it's a real steal.

Humungous portions and oh so tender. Not fishy smelling, not hard, not rubbery, but very fresh. Melt in your mouth, but not like pasta -melt- in- your mouth. The plate was so big they didn't even fit the greek salad on there. I remember the greek salad used to be on the same plate. Now,it comes in a separate dish.

The roasted potatoes were done just right and piping hot. The greek bread was also on a side dish too. The greek salad had ripe, fresh meaty tomatoes and a good amount of feta cheese on it.

For $9.50, you can't complain about the meal. Service was very good too, but it wasn't busy at lunch, and they still had two waiters on duty. Not the best of ambiance, but it certainly is better than others.

I notice alot of big groups go there for lunch, as the last time I went there (Feb) there were also large groups, as was just recently.

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Simply Vegetarian Restaurant8291 Ackroyd Road, #135, Richmond
food okay, wait staff a bit condescending
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Food is okay, but a bit bland without much spice to it. Not even salt, I don't think.

One of the waiteress staff (the older one with the "engineer's hat" on was a bit condescending, when we asked about the special rice. Instead of explaining it, she said "oh, you won't like that rice". She shuffles her feet in slippers across the floor too. The younger wait staff were better, but when busy they choose to ignore you.

I went there a second time on the invite of a couple of friends and the same "engineer's hat" wearing waitress was wearing the same hat, still shuffling her feet in the same slippers, still being condescending.

Next time someone suggests this place, I'd suggest Bo Kong in Vancouver instead.

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Yokohama Japanese Restaurant12251 No.1 Road, #140, Richmond
good, but the teppanyaki is expensive
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 11:53am [Dine in]

We only go their with the entertainment coupons, because the teppanyaki can be as much as $45 per person without any add ons, which are around $10 extra per side dish.

Last time we went there there was a huge b-day party and all the waiteresses were serving them instead of us who ordered off the menu. It took us forever to get our order and then even longer than forever to get some service during and after the meal. We were a bit of an afterthought kinda like " oh yeah, we forgot about you. What would you like"

Don't go there when there is a huge dinner party eating the teppanyaki. YOu won't get good service. The first time we went there, the service was a bit better though.

I don't prefer the mulitple pictures of the same shots of Gordon Campbell staring at me all the time though.

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54th Ave Cafe Restaurant7088 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Ordered in the dining area, got the take out food
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 11:43am [Dine in]

Last time I came here I ordered the curry on rice dish and I could have sworn the lady scooped it up from the warming trays used for take outs and just spooned it on to a plate and slapped on some rice and handed it to me.

It was the grossest tasting curry I've ever tried. It looked a bit dried out, gluey, and with too much corn starch!!!! The service is pathetic too. Will never go there again.

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Caffe Artigiano525 West Broadway, Vancouver
Very helpful staff
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 11:37am [Dine in]

Been there a few times, but only for lattes and coffee beans, not their food.

They were most helpful when I bought beans recently and asked to see several roasts one after the other without any issues of having the sales cashier going back and forth all the time.

Also when I wanted to learn how to make the nice leaf designs on the foam, they let me watch and showed me how it's done, with some very helpful tips on foaming.

As for the coffee. It was the best damn tasting latte I have ever had.

The store is tucked inside the new London Drugs, so don't expect ambience, hence only 3 * for it.

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Unforgettable Pizza & Pasta450 W 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Good deal on pizza slices on Wed and Friday
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 11:29am [Dine in]

This place has been around ever since the new condo development was builit, but have never really tried it out till just recently.

Was told about it by some friends who tried out their pizza specials. It's two slices plus a drink for $5. on Wednesday and Friday. It's not gourmet pizza, nor is it bottom end chain store pizza that is cheaper by a buck a slice. (ie Fresh Slice). They have other specials on other days, but clearly, pizza is their main business. Some outdoor seating is also available. The seating inside is nothing special, but you're there to eat pizza, not to enjoy the ambience. They do have some nice pics on the wall, though.

The crust is actually pretty good. Better that the other place already mentioned. The varieties of pizza is nothing special, just the standard fare, plus always a vegetarian pizza or two.

The owners are really friendly and appears to be a family run place. They seem to have a loyal client base as he is very chatty with some of them. My first visit they made me feel like a regular already.

Two slices will give you a light lunch. Three will definitely put you over the top on pizza for lunch.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
good for the buffet
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

Went their twice once for their buffet and once for their menu order.

The buffet is probably the better deal. Some really good choices there and the Naan is not bad. Always busy at dinner time. Seems to be connected to the pizza place on the other side, so don't know what's up with that.

I've been to several Indian buffets and this one is actually near the top of the pile. They have good selection of meat curries, so it's not all veggie stuff, which makes it cheaper for the restaurant to make.

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Dino's Place for Ribs22641 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Not the Dino's I remember
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

Went there after a long weekend camping trip and decided to try it out as I remember this place being rather nice.

The calamari was downright fishy smelling and was chewy with a mere pittance of a batter, and not even hot. The greek salad that accompanied it had raw, semi green tomatoes in it and I don't even think they used feta cheese. They used white onions instead of red onions and the onions where huge chunks, making it inedible.

The lasagna and ribs didn't fare much better either. The ribs were basically soup bones with 75% bone matter, 15% fat, and only 10% meat.

Thank God we used the Entertainment book coupon, because it sure ain't worth paying full price for this awful meal.

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Pho Hoa2257 Kingsway, Vancouver
very rude waitress. On my BAN list
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

Last time I went there was a couple of years ago and still haven't gone back because of the extremely rude waitress.

We sat down and then proceeded to order. The waitress then proceeded to TAKE AWAY the bean sprouts before we finished ordering and we asked why and she said "because you are not ordering the pho noodles, you don't need this" WTF??!!??!?!?!?!

How did she know that we were NOT going to order that? We asked for it back and she just rolled her eyes and mumbled a "hmphhhh" under her breath.

We did not leave a tip and will never go back. We tell everyone who wants to hear about a good pho place about our story when they mention this restaurant. So far I've told about a dozen people so far.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3320 Kingsway, Vancouver
The waitress rips you off on the bill!
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

We went there when they had the 10% off plastered all over their awning and even asked if the 10% off applied to our meal. They said yes.

The food is nothing to write home about. But when the bill came. She gave us the regular price. When we asked about it, she didn't even acknowledge the mistake and took it back with a revised amount and STILL got the total bill wrong. This happened TWICE! FALSE ADVERTIZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We paid our bill with the 10% off price even though it was not the bill's total, and didn't leave a tip. Will never go there again.

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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
good for quick cheap meal
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

I usually go there and order either the two larger dishes or the three smaller dishes combo. It usually comes in around the 20$ range.

Very good portions, and of course, comes with rice and tea. I think if you order the larger dishes it comes with some basic kinda soup too. They even have a HongKong style cafe menu as well.

Never really had any problems with the food or service. Just an all round good value for the meal Chinese restaurant. Loads of choices to pick from. We have been there at least a dozen times or more already.

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Pad Thai Cuisine132 E. Broadway, Vancouver
always busy at lunch, must arrive BEFORE 12:00
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

We always make the long walk here for lunch and it is always busy, especially on a Friday.

But the food is excellent and the waitress always comes out quickly with the food.

YOu get a mini veggie spring roll with it and tea (if you as), otherwise you get water.

The Pad Thai noodles is so much I have to bag it for dinner sometimes. The doggie bag is a self service kinda thing. Once you go there often enough, you kinda just grab the styro containers youself. The waitress doesn't mind, as she is too busy anyways.

Typical green, red, yellow curry fare. Then you get the stir fry stuff with Thai/Chinese sauces.

Lunch menu is 5.95.

There used to be a similar restaurant with pretty much the exact same menu close by, but that place closed down due to Skytrain construction. Glad this one is here.

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
not what I expected given the hype
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

Ordered the one piece halibut and chips and a pop, and a coffee at the end.

The halibut was one long piece, but the batter wasn't crispy. It was a bit soggy actually. Don't know what all the fuss is about with the place. I've even MADE better fish and chips at home.

All in all, it was a $20 lunch for one. Too much for one piece of fish and chips, even if it was halibut.

On a side note, though, I did go there previously to this review and ordered from their take out menu the cod and chips and it was much better. Maybe because they have their own deep fryer and staff just for take out and you know the cook is not busy wasting time and energy on other people's menus. You see him batter it up, dunk it in the hot oil and take it out just for you.

In the sit down restaurant, you never know what is happening behind the kitchen.

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
pretty good for a heavy donut
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

I've had the really light air filled donuts such as krispy kreme, but these are the total opposite. Heavy, filling, and with a honey glaze or crunch to the outside. Very filling, but still manageable to down two plus a coffee. I've had similar donuts before, but this one seems to be a treat, especially in Deep Cove. Always a nice trip out there anyways.

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Kanpachi457 West Broadway, Vancouver
very good as a daily lunch
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

Been there three times since they opened up earlier this year. They took over the old Rasputin Russian restaurant, and did quite a good job remodelling. Nice eye candy on the waitresses too.

I always go for the bento boxes. You get either salmon chicken or beef. The salmon used to be a good sized chunk, now it is two pan fried sashimi-like pieces. Nevertheless, you get a soup with it and a good amount of tempura and I believe, two prawn tempura is included. Always busy at lunch time.

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Ro Sushi Japanese Bistro542 West Broadway, Vancouver
good for a cheap inexpensive daily lunch
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

The lunch boxes are standard typical bento box fair. Good value. They used to have an unadvertized dashi tofu box, which was a vegetarian bento box for 4.95, but they don't offer that anymore, only the Large dashi box, which is still a good value, but a bit more and includes the chicken teriyaki.

It used to be called Mo Mo Ta Ro long time ago, now it's just Ro.

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Kam Do8391 Alexandra Road, #1140, Richmond
good value for the money
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

Been here several times, even when their cheapest set menus used to be 6 or 7 bucks.

Went for their 11.98 set menu and comes with free cold drink, champagne bubbly (most likely pink ginger ale), appetizer, three main courses, and a dessert.

Thought they gave use someone elses menu as the food kept on coming.

Was way too much to eat, so we had to pack one completely untouched main course item.

They only take cash.

The re-instituted their bottomless cold drinks. Before they wouldn't let you do that but the waitress said that we could refill for free, so why not!!!!

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
have had better ramen before
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

Nothing special about this place, but at least Japanese staff present.

The noodles weren't all that great either and the soup was a bit bland compared to some of the more famous Ramen noodle places (ie in Downtown and Rmd). I didn't like the wooden stumps as seats as I like to lean back sometimes.

Been there three times, not because I really like this place, but because it is the only place around here to have ramen at lunchtime. Wouldn't make a special trip to come here though. there are better ramen places around.

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G-Men3778 Sexsmith Road, #1101, Richmond
very good for only two noodle selections.
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

First time we tried this place the wait was too long so we abandoned our spot. Went back again this week and finally got in. With the seating, you have to have everyone present before you get seated, so make sure if you are meeting friends there, that everyone is present.

We ordered the only two noodle dishes available. I know that there were some rice dishes, but we didn't bother to really look at them. Also order the chicken wing appetizer.

Food came out rather fast. I figured it should, as there wasn't much thinking to do from the ramen chefs as there are only two bowls to prepare all night long. Very flavourful and very Japanese tasting. Compared to Kintaro, this restaurant is actually pretty good, considering only two choices. Kintaro should be the standard in which all Ramen joints should be compared to, I think.

As mentioned, the good thing about this restaurant is that they are staffed by Japanese, not Chinese masquerading in Japanese.

The chicken wing appy was steamed. I thought it would have been the deep fried type, but in the end the wings turned out quite tasty.

I like the decoration in there and I like the references to the old vintage Honda motorcyles in there, especially the Honda Cub and the Honda CB400SF in the back.

Personally if they added at least two more noodle dishes to the dinner menu it woud warrant more visits more often. They had three additional lunch time summer noodle dishes, but we went for dinner.

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