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JamesOKLangleySince May 16, 20097 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Caffe Artigiano574 Granville Street, Vancouver
Gone downhill?
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2009 - 11:50am [Dine in]

I'm a bit of a pretentious wank when it comes to coffee, and Artigiano's always been a place where I expect the best.
However, in the past couple weeks, when I've been here, the service and quality hasn't been up to par with my expectations. Maybe I'm just getting new staff?
My macchiato from my first visit would have surprised me for its quality from a run-of-the-mill cafe, but by Artigiano standards, it was in rough shape. Foam was a bit bubbly and just spooned on; and the shot seemed a bit under-extracted. Anyway, nothing too much to whine about.
The next time I went was a bit of a disaster. I ordered coffee in a press. The cashier didn't know they had french press and tried to sell me a clover cup. I had to point out the presses on the counter behind him, and he had to call over another barista to help make it. Neither of them seemed to have an impressive hold on what they were doing and it was quite a while before they figured it out. They were having problems with their till, and I stood around for a good ten minutes while they tried to figure it out until they finally gave up and offered it to me free of charge. Nice of them, so I did leave them a tip, since they seemed so agitated, but I was embarrassed of the lack of professionalism.
Will I be back? Of course, I'm not going to let a bad experience ruin a shop for me. But I wish that Artigiano was still living up to my boyhood nostalgia.

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Sweet Cherubim Natural Foods & Restaurant1105 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Delicious, but confusing?
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2009 - 11:39am [Dine in]

I went to Sweet C's for the first time yesterday, after having heard many good things. I'm a Vegan and my girlfriend has a Wheat intolerance, so it was great to see that everything was labeled re: our dietary concerns. There are so many signs and notices all over the place that it's a little bit of a whirlwind to figure out how to order, what food is available, and how it will be served. Loads of redundant information and confusing crossed-out labels makes it a bit tough to get one's bearings. (Maybe I'm just dense?)
The best way to describe it, is, I guess, a cafeteria. The food is on display in hot-holders, etc., you go up and pay for it, and then they call you when it's ready.
I got the Buddha's feast and a Potato-Pea samosa and my girlfriend got a fried rice salad of some kind. They looked much more appetizing once they were on our plates, as opposed to in the display. I was generally quite satisfied with the food.
My feast was considerably larger than her salad, but that suited our respective appetites. Food was a good price for what we got.
(In general, there seemed to be an overabundance of tofu in the menu items, though. I love love love tofu, but a little variety would be good?)

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Sejuiced1958 W.4th Ave, Vancouver
Great place for food
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

Don't be fooled by the name and decor - this is not just a quick-stop juice bar.
I encourage you to try the food here; it doesn't seem like a dining environment, but it is a great place to sit down and eat, strictly for the quality of the menu. Perfect for breakfast or lunch. Based on the quality of their menu, they could remodel for more of a dining ambiance, but as it is it is a great causal place to relax in an almost cafe-like setting.

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Radha Yoga & Eatery728 Main Street, Vancouver
A Real Gem
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

If you are seeking amazing veggie food and a classy environment, this is the place.
The ambiance is significantly more upscale than most veggie restaurants, but without coming near pretension. Fine dining, but not high-pressure.
The seating is somewhat limited, so next time I will make reservations; we were close to not getting a seat.
Our server was super friendly and had lots of suggestions when we asked.
The menu is not gigantic, but it changes with the seasons, and everything served is fantastic, and beautiful-looking as well. Lots of innovative dishes that are exciting to eat. I really recommend the nori rolls- they are to-die for and aren't your typical sushi. The portions aren't huge, but the quality is through the roof.
Overall, one of the best dining experiences I've had.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A Classic?
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

The Naam was my favourite restaurant when I became a vegetarian. Since then, I have discovered many other excellent veggie restaurants, but I suppose that since this is my first fave, it has a nostalgic place in my heart?
The decor is great, and the place has such wonderful character. I have generally received good service even when it's been insanely busy (and it does get quite busy!).
If I had only one complaint, I would say that even though the menu has a wide variety of different types of food, most of it has a very particular overall flavour. Perhaps they use a lot of the same spices?--and of course, the shredded carrots and beets which come with every dish.
That said, it is a great comfort-food flavour and one that I crave often, so it works out fine. But I'm not in the mood for it all the time.
I took my omni family here once and everyone found something they enjoyed, so it was a hit with them, too.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Great place, niche vibe
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

The first time I went to the foundation, I was immediately enamoured with the revolutionary quotes scrawled graffiti-style on the walls, the loud socialist hip-hop music, the retro furniture, and the delicious food!
That said, I can see how many of these elements can divide people. It's perfect for what I'm looking for, but it's not the sort of place I'd expect, say, my parents, to enjoy.
The food is generally amazing, but there are a few dishes which are considerably less exciting; I guess it's a matter of figuring out which ones you like? My girlfriend got a sesame spinach quinoa dish that was quite bland (though they were very accommodating about her wheat allergy), but everything else I've tried here has been excellent, and there is a great variety. A lot of veggie restaurants have a sort of 'samey' quality that can be tiring, but the foundation has enough variety to keep me coming back; and most of the dishes are quite healthful-seeming.
One other thing is that depending on where you're sitting, it can be quite dark if you come in the evening. They don't use lamps, but instead give every table a candle. To me, this is a nice touch, and impresses my environmentalist sensibilities, but to some it has been a turn-off.
All-in-all I would definitely recommend it if you are in to the sort of environment I have described.

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Budgies Burritos44 Kingsway, Vancouver
Great, convenient place for a snack.
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

To be honest, my motivation in writing this review is to counteract some of the more negative ones posted here. That said, I have tried to be objective and fair in my ratings.
The food is great, and the prices are great. My favourite burrito is probably the Jamedog (with roasted potatoes!), but this is possibly just because my name is James. Who knows? It's tasty.
The hipster staff, who many have complained about, can be a bit scatterbrained at times, but they have never been rude, and their chill attitude and sense of humour completely makes up for it. Maybe it would be off-putting in a fine dining situation--but it's a casual burrito place! Just right.
It's pretty tight in there; often I've wanted to sit down, but it has been full. So usually it's the sort of place I drop by and get something to go.

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