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iopenerGastownSince September 28, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)


Displaying 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews Found
Joe's Grill1031 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good food, decent price.
Submitted Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

I had Sunday brunch this morning at Joe's Grill and wasn't disappointed. It was busy, but I only waited a few minutes to get seated. Dining alone, they were nice enough to seat me off to the side where I could sit in relative peace to read my paper, which I appreciated.

Sadly, no soy milk for my coffee. I am lactose intolerant and prefer not to drink my coffee black, but they didn't have an option for me.

My food came quickly; Eggs Florentine, poached medium (not soft as I like it, but I forgot to ask). They weren't stingy with the Hollandaise, which was great, as I find this an all too common occurrence. They also included a lot of spinach, which was fantastic. The pan fried potatoes were tasty as well. It was nice not to be served something deep fried at brunch, even if there was a lot of butter still involved.

What would have made this breakfast better? Soy milk as an option for my coffee, whole wheat English muffins (or the option for them instead of bleached white), and an option for (or additional) fruit/veggie on the plate.

All in all, a good brunch. I anticipate I will visit again. :)

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Momo Sushi375 Water Street, #6, Vancouver
Good food, good price, fast service.
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

I am a Momo repeat customer (I probably hit it up a couple of times a week), for a number of reasons.

First, the price is right; the meals include a lot of food and range from $6.95 for a generous small box to $14.95 for a huge one. I usually enjoy their spicy tuna rolls along with miso soup and tea (which they don't charge for) and can get in and out for $10.

Also, the service is quite speedy. They aren't super friendly, but they definitely get the job done (and that's OK with me).

The decor is nothing fancy, but it's clean. The food is solid; it's not amazing, but as mentioned earlier the value for what you get at the quality they do have is very worth it.

If you're in Gastown and you are in the mood for unpretentious sushi at a good value, I would recommend this place. :)

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Good food, small portions.
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Overall, the food was fantastic. We had brunch around 11am on a Sunday and found Cafe Medina had great flavors, and a breakfast menu that was untraditional.

The downside is that it is very small and very packed. We managed to eat outside (though it was a bit chilly to do so), and when we were finished, some of the folks who had been there before us were still waiting to be seated inside.

Not the traditional, huge plate brunch I had wanted (I was sad not to find eggs benny on the menu), but the food was great. They also didn't have brewed coffee (however, the Americano they served me in place of it was great).

I would recommend this place to anyone who likes a different type of brunch, and who (on the weekend at least) doesn't mind a solid wait. :)

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Davie Mongolian BBQ1161 Dave Street, Vancouver
You get what you pay for...
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

Generally speaking, I wouldn't go there again - but that is as much because of the experience and not because of the food/value.

With this place, you really get what you pay for. With all-you-can-eat for $11.35, a ridiculous deal, you can't expect much from the atmosphere. It was dingy, smokey (from the cook surface), and some of the sanitation was questionable. The sauces didn't have the zest they could've, but generally speaking the food was OK. A fantastic value.

Now for the experience. We spent about as much time standing in line waiting to have our food cooked as we did eating/enjoying it. The wait (while standing) was 15-20 minutes that we could have been sitting and enjoying ourselves (and instead we were packed in to a line-up beside the buffet).

It wasn't efficient, but it was a cost effective way to have a good meal. What ever you do, don't try this place if you are in a rush or if you are particular about super-cleanliness. :)

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