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itosomaSince February 26, 20076 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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La Taqueria322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
fantastic tacos
Submitted Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

finally, i don't have to head to the states to get really tasty, authentic tacos!

i tried the carne asada, al pastor, and fish.

all were really tasty, and i agree with the previous reviewer - the salsa with the fish really added a dimension - and the pineapple and pork, which i sometimes don't like as much, also worked really well.
i'll definitely be making a return visit to try the rest of the menu.

and it's nice to see veg options that are actually tempting, not just an afterthought.

the downside is, the place is bare bones - no points for ambiance, that's for sure. and the value isn't really fantastic, but considering the quality and taste, it's worth the price - a good light meal for 10 bucks.

highly recommended when you're in the area, and definitely fills a niche in vancouver that's been missing.

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Salam Bombay755 Burrard St, Suite 217, Vancouver
yes, it's indian. and so good
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

i was hyped up by the reviews i read below. after 2 years of searching for an outstanding indian restaurant in vancouver (sorry vij's, but your modern fusion never blew me away), i was excited at the possibilities.

first off, the room. a very classy, airy, white table cloth kind of place - it feels like a fine dining room but not stuffy.

next, the service. to say they went above and beyond wouldn't begin to encompass it. they explained how they're still just testing a very limited menu, and there's a couple new chefs coming from india before they open for dinner with a full menu.
after our meal, the manager took us through the kitchen and introduced us to the chef, showed off his tandoor oven... basically made it feel like he was honoured to have us in his establishment, which is a feeling you rarely get in this town.

and the food.... yes, it's definitely edging more towards the fusion side of things, with dishes like elk for offer. but there's also plenty of traditional stuff, all with a more southern indian palate. i felt like i was eating what the chef would cook for himself, not what he thought an unadventurous public would want.
lots of new flavours, not overly oily like so much indian, very nice presentation... and damn tasty. and the portions left me stuffed.

definitely the best indian meal i've had in vancouver, and beyond that, one of the most positive restaurant experiences i've ever had.

they do have an extensive, rather expensive wine list, and will obviously be attracting a higher end clientelle, but i can't wait to go back once the kitchen is in full swing to try their dinner menu.

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Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
great new main st spot
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

"grub" has some good things going for it.

first is the design, which is all bright colours and artsy doodled wallpaper.

next is their cocktail list. i've had a few in the couple of visits i've made so far, and i find them tastier and just as inventive as those at "cascade room", that much hyped main st hangout. plus, they have punch in bowls, which is a first in a restaurant for me, and gives the place a fun, unpretentious feel.

the food is solid, with a constantly changing "fresh sheet". none of it is overly complex or surprising, but it's executed well.
so far, their desserts have disappointed, but maybe that'll change in time.

all in all, a great new addition to the neighbourhood, and a good alternative to the always packed and rather stuffy "crave" down the street.

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La Bodega Restaurant & Tapa Bar1277 Howe Street, Vancouver
don't bother
Submitted Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

the atmosphere is nice, in a homey, comfortable kind of way.
the tapas is, for the most part, good - nothing to get worked up about, but solid.

We ordered our tapas, and bread and wine, all at once. the tapas came within two minutes - a sign that it's all sitting in the back in big pots, waiting to be spooned out. fair enough, i guess.
the wine took at least ten further minutes to reach our table, and when we inquired about the bread, we were told flatly it would be another minute.

now i don't know how it takes longer to slice a white baguette than to get a plate of beef shortribs, but apparently it does. and i'm not a big fan of eating half my meal before my glass of wine comes.

the kicker was the "cheese platter" though. slices of orange american chedder? and mozzerella from iga?? i thought this was a european restaurant, that would put at least the slightest effort into finding cheese somewhere other than the bargain blocks at the grocery store.
a really distasteful end to a rather negative dining experience.

not recommended.

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Aurora Bistro2420 Main, Vancouver
fantastic experience
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 8:21am [Dine in]

i was rather skeptical going to aurora, having read the negative reviews of service and attitude here. but i have to say - probably the most professional and accomodating service i've encountered. even with a large party taking over 2/3 of the restaurant, we had stellar service and recommendations and were even allowed to change seats to a quiet corner.
the food was quite good, although the starters were far superior to the mains (the salmon was rather disapointing).
a nice atmosphere, especially for main street - even the way the setting sun was filtering through the windows and lighting up the space was nice.

as for the "pretentious" review - you will never get a proper experience of either the food or the service if you go anywhere during dine out - end of story.

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Arroy-d Thai3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
great first time
Submitted Monday, February 26, 2007 - 7:57am [Dine in]

this meal was good enough to warrant my first post on this site.

like others have noted, the purple exterior of the building hides a very serene and spacious interior, with plenty of natural light. we were the only people in the restaurant, a bit strange on a sunday night.
the meal was worth it solely for the thom yam (sp?) soup - the thickest, spiciest, most flavourful version of it i've had so far.

the other dishes were all solid, the service was very friendly and professional, and there's not much more to say!
if you're looking for a good thai meal, brave the cambie construction and head here.

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