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jamesbDowntown, VancouverSince July 25, 20063 Reviews
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3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
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Savory Coast1133 Robson St., Vancouver
Probably not again
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 12:04am [Dine in]

First time here last week with my girlfriend. Service was efficient but fairly cheerless. We had calamari and crab cakes for starter. They were both fairly small - my girlfriend's disappointingly so - one smallish crab cake. They both tasted good though. Main course, we went for the trout fillet with risotto, and rigatoni with beef and spicy sausage. The trout was a smallish portion but the dish was generally reasonably tasty. The rigatoni was a BIG disappointment. Couldn't recognise what the meat was supposed to be, and the dish reminded me of a TV dinner. Desserts were better, a flourless chocolate truffle cake was good though too rich by the end, apple tart was very good. Overall, food was reasonable but the overall experience was disappointing and overpriced. First and last time, I expect.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Decent Thai at a good price
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 9:41am [Dine in]

The menu is comprehensive and includes plenty of pictures, which I like. We chose fish cakes, and steamed tapioca dumplings to start, followed by a green chicken curry and a traditional pad thai.

The fish cakes arrived first. They were a little larger than I expected, and had a pleasant soft texture, without being too chewy as some can be. The sauce accompanying them was particularly good - a sweet chilli sauce with crushed peanuts which was very tasty. The steamed tapioca dumplings were slightly scary on first encounter. They looked like a giant lump of frogspawn. The texture was a little weird too -I didn't find it unpleasant, but the combination of appearance and texture put off my girlfriend. The filling of minced chicken and other ingredients was sweet and peanuty. Overall they were pretty good.

Main courses arrived in reasonable time. The portions were very generous, especially the pad thai which could easily have fed two people! The balance of flavours was certainly not perfect in this dish, and could have done with a little more chilli and a little less peanut. However it was enjoyable, and did not skimp on the shrimp or tofu (although the shrimp were a little chewy - perhaps overcooked). My girlfriend's green curry was good - perhaps a little too creamy, but spiced just right. There was plenty of chicken, and the quality was good. With an ample serving of rice, this dish defeated my girlfriend. Neither of us finished all our food.

Service throughout was minimal, but decent. No real problems though, and no long waits. The bill came to $42 which we thought was good value for the quality of the food (and the quantity).

Overall then, decent Thai food to enjoy at a very reasonable price. Not going to blow your socks off, but probably not going to disappoint if you go with reasonable expectations for the money. We'd go back.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Great food on a budget
Submitted Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 9:01am [Dine in]

I tried this place last night with my girlfriend. On a Monday evening at gone 9pm the place was still packed, but we only waited 5 minutes for a seat at the counter.

The atmosphere is similar to Guu on Denman but maybe even louder. Sitting at the counter is entertainment in itself, as you can watch some of the dishes being put together. Everything we saw leave the kitchen looked great, but we had to make choices :)

We plumped for the vegetables and seafood pancake, pork belly, saba grill (mackerel) and one of the specials - tar-tar chicken thighs. The pancake arrived first, and was delicious. The flavours of the pancake were subtle and worked very nicely with the tangy sauce. The pork belly was fantastic - the pork beautifully tender and coated in a sweet barbeque sauce that I couldn't get enough of. My favourite dish I think.

The mackerel was an unusual dish, combined with onions and slices of lemon to give it a bitter citrus flavour. To be honest it didn't quite do it for me, but my girlfriend liked it a lot. The last dish was the only slight disappointment - the tar-tar sauce was a little too rich and reminder me of cheese, mayo and salad cream mixed together. The pieces of chicken were cooked perfectly though.

Service was fine, but that might have been partly because we were at the counter and got most of our food handed to us by the chefs :) With a couple of portions of rice, the whole meal came to $28 for the two of us (no drinks), and we were stuffed. An absolute bargain! It's hard to fault this place when you look at the quality of the food and what it costs. Highly recommended!

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