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jennkoVancouverSince February 17, 200886 Reviews
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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Awesome food without breaking the bank
Submitted Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

I came here last night with my bf after hearing so much good feedbacks for this restaurant. The place was a little dark for us but I guess that's the style of French bistro. We arrived a little past 10:30 pm and the place was about half full, I would say that it's pretty crowded for a Thursday late night. Since, I wasn't that hungry we just ordered 3 appies and an entree. We started off with: Onion Soup which flavour was great, not too heavy yet not too light either. My bf thought there wasn't enough onion in it though although I thought it was fine. The other one was escargoes which was a too bland for the both of us, though the bread underneath it was perfect after soaking all the garlic and oil. Next, we had the quail salad which was awesome, there was tonnes of beets, which is my fav. The whole quail was halved and it was cooked perfectly, so tender, the sauce was a little too sweet for me though. As for the lamb cheek, it was pretty good, very tender and tasty. We also ordered a bottle of my fav, Dr. Loosen's Reisling. The best part was the the price for the dinner cuz after tax & tips it only came out to $110. I would definitely come back again for more!!!

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La Bodega Restaurant & Tapa Bar1277 Howe Street, Vancouver
Great time accompanied with great food
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2009 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

I had a great time a couple of days ago with a couple of my mom's friends for dinner. This place was recommended by one of them. When we arrived, the place was half full and by the time we finished it was a full house. The ambiance is very cozy but the lighting is a little dark. The food is good but not that as great as what my friend mentioned. We ordered:
Squid ink with rice - pretty good, I would order it again
BC scallops in tomato sauce - perfectly cooked but lacking in flavour
Rabbit - pretty good but some parts of the meat were harder than others
(Pork) skewers - the meat is a little hard
Spanish rice - pretty good, it's flavourful yet not overpowering
Beef tongue - very tender and flavourful
Lamb shank - tender and it's pretty good according to my mom
Baby squid - it's not bad, pretty tender
The best is their sangria, it was awesome!!! It's very fruity and it's very addictive. :D
For a table of 7 people and we ate until we couldn't eat anymore and with 5 jars of sangria, the bill came out to be a little less than $300 before tips, which is awesome!!!
The food is great but it's not super good but the value for it is outstanding. So, I would come back again but not anytime soon.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Pretty good food with a decent price tag
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

I was here with my mom and bf for a breakfast at around 9 or 10 am. The place was kinda small yet cozy and the server was nice. Soon after we arrived she took our drinks order and our coffees came out almost immediately, which is good. As we looked through the food menu, there was lots and lots of selections of bennies and omelettes, so it took us a long ten mins to decide. The food took a very long time to come out though, probably like around half an hour. When they came out, the bennies were great, the yolk is still a little runny in the inside. The pancakes were good and fluffy. The french toast was not good though, it was somewhat dry. My bf's omelette was also not that fluffy and soft. N, the price for a benny or an omelette was like $10 or under, so it was pretty good deal. I will definitely come back again next time for the bennies and the pancakes but not the omelette and french toast.

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Michele Cake Shop6033 West Boulevard, Vancouver
What a dissappointment
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 3:24am [Dine in]

I ordered a b'day cake for my bf's dad last week because I've ordered here last year and it was definitely one of the best chinese cakes I've tried in town but I was totally dissappointed when I ate the cake last week. I ordered a 6" chestnut cake the day b4 the intended pick up date so they hv plenty of time to make a fresh one for me. When I had the cake around 2 hours after the intended pick up time, I was very dissappointed, the cake was not as moist and fluffy as I expected it to be and the chestnut was much less than before. I will never come back again for a birthday cake.

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Gingeri Chinese Cuisine5300 No. 3 Road, 323, Richmond
Great quality dim sum
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 3:15am [Dine in]

i came here with my mom and my gf last week for a dim sum. We were quite impressed with the quality of some of the food. Their salad on wonton wrappers with gold leaf sprinkled on it looked very appealing and delicate and most importantly it tasted good. Another food that's worth noted for its taste is the desserts, their honey or brown sugar steamed cake is very good cuz it's chewy and very tasty and also it's not available anywhere else. Another delicious dessert that's worth noting is the goji berries jello and it is very fragrant cuz i think they put some flowers in it. I'm not sure for the price of our meal cuz my mom and I were treated for lunch that day. But what we know is that the service was very attentive and courteous.

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Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
Awesome & Cheap Lunch
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Yesterday my bf treated my mom and I for lunch at Ichiro cuz my mom was craving for sashimi. So, all of us had the chirashi from the lunch menu and it was great: very fresh and generous portions, just as great as what I had 2 or 3 months ago. We also get either soba or udon in soup for a low price of $9.99, which is totally a steal. The soup base was tasty and the udon was chewy but the soba isn't as good. My mom also wanted to order baked saba (mackerel) and it was very thick and meaty and perfectly done with thin and crispy skin for only $7sth. We'd definitely come back for more & would recommend everyone to come try it out esp for the cheap lunch.

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Room Eighteen2042 West 4th Ave., Vancouver
It's alright
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

I came here yesterday to have an early dinner at 5 sth pm before my dance class. So, my gf and I decided to come here since it's on the way to our dance class. She ordered a steak which was alright, she asked for medium rare but it came out as medium, so it was a little overcooked and hard for her. The rib eye was also full of tendons so she couldn't eat the sides of the steak. The steak also came with mashed potato that was just ok and pan fried zucchini and carrot that looked and tasted like it was prepared long time ago and just reheated. As for me I ordered salmon entree which was just a little overcooked but it's still way better compared to the salmon in "Hell's Kitchen" that was super dry. But the salmon is definitely bad compared to "14981 Fusion Cuisine" as it's the best salmon I've ever had.
The service in here however was great. Our server was very friendly and he showed us how he balanced a toothpick perpendicular to the rim of a glass with a pair of fork and spoon. It was amazing, my gf and I were taking pics of it.
As for price it was cheap, none of the things in the menu was over $20 but the food wasn't good so the value is just average.
I don't think I'd come back again as I'm not that impressed with the food despite the awesome service.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Good food
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

I came here today with my mom for brunch. We were seated immediately and we each ordered an Oeufs Cocottes and Les Boulettes. The Oefs Cocottes is actually whisked eggs with cream / milk roughly mixed with small slices of smoked black cod ( which is a little fishy) with potato bits and crumbled feta and baked. It's served with asparagus salad and foccacia bread. The baked eggs were pretty good, the egg mixture was smooth and the fish not being too fishy. My mom's Les Boulettes is actually 2 poached eggs with 4 moroccan meatballs ( a little dense texture and spicy) smothered with spicy tomato based herbed sauce and it also comes with yogurt and grilled focaccia on the side. This tasted pretty good also, a very different way to incorporate poached eggs into meals and it was successful, just a bit filling for my mom. Afterwards we ordered a plain waffle for take out so that we can enjoy later on for snack as our stomach couldn't contain anymore food. When we had the waffle 3 hours after, it was good, a little heavier than the waffle at "patisserie lebeau" on burrard st but very good. N, for all these good food and my mom's enjoyment the damage to wallet was $40 inc. tax & tips, which is not bad. I'll definitely come back again for more.

When we arrived there around 12:30, the place was almost full house and by the time we almost finish our meal today it was fully packed. I guess this place is like the only place where people can have eggs cooked in a non conventional way, not just omelettes, scrambled eggs, & bennys. My only complaint is that the tables are too close 2 each other and it was difficult to get in and out from the tables.

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Church's Chicken15318 Fraser Highway, Surrey
The best fast food fried chicken
Submitted Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 1:50am [Dine in]

My bf & I came here this morning at around 10am and we were the only customer there, I guess it's because of arriving too early in the morning. So, we ordered 8 pc of dark meat with 4 being original and another 4 being spicy. The crust was crunchy and not too much battered. The chicken was very tender and super juicy, the juiciest chicken I've tasted. It's still bursting of juice when it was warm only, meaning wasn't piping hot. The spicy ones were very good for both of us though we both think that lots of people wouldn't b able to handle the spicy level. And, all 8 drums and thighs came to slightly over $10. I think they increased the price by over 10% but hey it's all worth it as it made our day. :D Can't wait to do it again.

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Biercraft Bistro3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Nice try for tapas but not yet accomplished
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 10:46am [Dine in]

I came here with my bf yesterday after reading so many good reviews about this place. We both thought that finally there's a pub near my place where they serve awesome tapas. But our hopes were crushed after the first dish and went even worse towards the end.
So, we arrived around 11pm and the place looked like any regular pub but just a little higher end, esp. if considering the stools and tables & sofas. The menu looked very appetizing esp. cuz both my bf and I love to eat tapas food, like 14981, Cru, & Chill Winston. So, we ordered 3 tapas & 1 appy for our late night snack. The appy was half dz of fresh oysters, and fortunately it was fresh so we were happy, but just the sauce was not creative at all, red wine vinegar with raw red onion bits. I mean even I could do better than that. As for the tapas, we had:
1. Fillet Mignon which interestingly came out to be 4 super tiny bits on top of goat cheese and on top of 4 (super oily) crostinis. Both of us didn't like it. We only ate the meat and the cheese and left the crostini on the plate.
2. Korean Style Short Ribs were alright, not dry and it actually smells & tastes like it was from a korean restaurant. It's definitely not the best one I've had but it's the best one that we ordered last night at Stella's
3. Diablo Mussels. This was plain AWFUL, the mussels were very rubbery. When we looked at it, we both were dissappointed cuz the mussels looked very tiny compared to the shell and it didn't look plumpy and juicy, so definitely it was overcooked. N, it was way way overcooked. It made us feel that we need to go to "14981" restaurant to have their curry mussels that is perfectly cooked, plumpy and definitely not rubbery at all. The sauce was not bad though, a little spice with some liquor.
The beer selection was huge and the beer that we had was pretty good but the food just ruined it so I wouldn't recommend anyone who wanna have some good tapas to come here. I won't even come here again, at least not until they improve on the cooking by A LOT.

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Pho Queen8368 Capstan Way, #1318, Richmond
Pretty good
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

I came here once after my friend bragged that this is the best pho in town. I thought that if this is good then I don't need to drive all the way to Pho Tam in surrey to eat what I think the best pho is. So, I ordered my usual bowl of rare beef with beef balls and it tasted good, meaning there's no MSG and the beef flavour is still strong but definitely not as tasty as Pho Tam in Surrey. I forgot about the pricing but it shouldn't be too pricey. I guess I'll come here if I crave for pho and don't wanna drive over half an hour to surrey.

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Pho Tam Restaurant10302 135 Street, #10, Surrey
The BEST Pho in Lower Mainland
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 8:48pm [Dine in]

After my bf brought me here last year, I couldn't stop to always wanting to come back. So, I come once a week and I live in Vancouver, which is over half hour away. I went again today for breakfast. I always have their med sized rare beef & beef balls in spicy soup for $6 and my bf always hv the combo A which is a large noodle soup with spring roll for only $8.50. Price is cheap but what's even better is the soup base. It's incredible, I don't think they use MSG, cuz I didn't feel thirsty at all after eating & drinking the soup. N, the soup was full of beef flavour, it's just the best one in lower mainland. N, I do like eating pho so I checked around for pho in Vancouver & Richmond area but nothing compares. I'll definitely come back here and would recommend everyone to check it out.

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Saint Germain Bakery4720 Kingsway, #1144, Burnaby
Fluffy Swiss Roll
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 12:05am [Dine in]

I passed by the store today after shopping at Metrotown and saw lots of people lining up to pay. So, after being ignored by the servers for ten mins, I finally asked them if I could b served, apparently the people behind me paid before I did eventhough I lined up in front of her. Crazy!!! Anyways, I got the chocolate hazelnut swiss roll and it was great, it was fluffy and not too sweet but the flavour was a little bland. Meaning, my bf didn't even know that he tasted chocolate in the roll. The cake base itself was very good, nothing compared to the birthday cake I got last year that tasted awful. I'll come back again to buy more swiss rolls.

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Awful Salad
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

I came here yesterday despite reading the bad reviews for this restaurant cuz I got an entertainment book coupon. So, my friend and I came for an early dinner and I ordered the Hell's Big Sunshine Salad, thinking it would be good as it's the priciest salad on the menu and I also added the wild coho salmon, a big mistake. My gf ordered their lobster ravioli. My salad came first and I admit it was an abundant amount but then the taste wasn't there. In the menu it mentioned fresh mango and strawberries and it came out to be frozen strawberries, because they were mushy and very not appetizing at all. The dressing was very watery, it was strawberry with orange juice I think but it was bland, thank god there's the feta cheese to keep me munching on the spinach. The salmon was AWFUL, fully cooked to the point that it was dry and hard, I think it's the worst salmon I've tasted in my entire life, and I had to pay extra $5 for it. Gosh... My gf's ravioli turned out pretty good especially if compared to my dish. The sauce was creamy and had some lobster flavour and nicely seasoned. The ravioli itself was the bigger sized ones and the filling were too pasty for me, there's no bite of the crab or shrimp in it, it was just a paste of who knows what. In the end, we had to pay $19.50 tax included and we left it at $23 for the tips. It was cheap thanks to entertainment book coupon but I won't come back again, the food was too awful.

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Gelarmony1094 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great birthday cake
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

My friend ordered an ice cream cake from here 2 days ago with coconut and mango flavours and it was awesome. Not too sweet, very satisfying but not too creamy cuz it's a gelato so it's made using cream. Will definitely come back again for more ice cream. I can't comment on the price cuz I didn't pay for it but my friend didn't complain on the price so I think it's reasonable.

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Fishermans Terrace Seafood Restaurant4151 Hazelbridge Way, #3580, Richmond
So so..
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

I think this is the 4th or 5th time of me dining in for dim sum here. Today, I came with my bf and his parents to celebrate the past Father's Day. The 4 of us arrived pretty early at 10:15 am and the place was very quiet so the service was not bad, though I have to agree with the previous reviewers that the servers don't smile. By the time it gets to noon, it was around 70 to 80% full house, which is not bad for a rainy weekday.
We ordered their special, the lobster congee that came in a wooden pot. It was a pretty big portion with a whole lobster, it's enough to feed up to 6 people. It came with only $19.80 price tag so it was not bad of a deal.
The regular dim sum like prawn dumpling (har gau), pork and prawn dumpling (siu mai), braised chicken feet, beef meat ball, pan fried taro, and prawn rice sheets were pretty good, not the best that I've tasted but definitely not bad. We also ordered the pomelo skin with mushroom, it was good just that the pomelo skin weren't braised long enough so it was a little hard. The last thing we ordered was shredded chicken salad (sau si gai), it was alright, not as good as some other places as there's no jelly fish, too little salted vegg, and not strong enough flavour.
I would come back again for dim sum just cuz I think every dim sum place in richmond is about the same and maybe I just don't know a better dim sum place.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
The best deal in Yaletown
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 2:05am [Dine in]

I made a reservation for my group of 5 tonight for 10:15pm after knowing that their kitchen closes at 10:30pm. Throughout the whole dinner, we were the only table in the restaurant which was surprising especially they are doing a June special for their sirloin. A whopping amount of 8 oz. Angus sirloin with veggies and mashed potatoes for only $12. Four of us had the special of $12 but my bf had the 20 oz. New York steak which they were out of so they exchanged it with 2 of 12 oz. New York steak (from the same beef) for the same price of $28 which was super cheap.
The food came around 20 mins after we ordered and during the wait times, we were served what I assume to be foccacia bread without the herbs and olive oil. The bread came with chipotle spread that was nice. We finished the bread within 10 mins and our server was nice enough to give us another plate of foccacia.
The sirloin was a tough for me eventhough it came out as medium rare, not like the sirloin at "Chop" restaurant in Richmond. And also, it was super lean, no marbling and no fat on the sides. I also ordered my sirloin with risotto on the side and it was not that great, mushy and I don't even think it's using aborio rice, very little cheese, but lots of asparagus though.
The new york steak was awesome, it was very tender and juicy and it was such a good deal, especially it's in Yaletown.
With awesome service and value, I will definitely come again but next time not for the $12 sirloin, probably for the New York. :D

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Hon's Wun Tun House268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Great frozen food
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 2:46am [Dine in]

I always come here to buy their pork and peanut dumpling in the frozen department. It comes in 6 big pieces per package and only for less than $3.00. I always steam it for $12 mins and it always taste awesome. 2 days ago, I also bought bbq pork to go and since I asked for lean one, the person gave me lean one and it was soft and fine. Not bad, price was also very good. I wouldn't wanna try eating in though, esp after reading so many bad reviews on this resto.

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Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries2611 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
Awesome Mango Cheesecake!!!!
Submitted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

I came here yesterday to pick up my order of triple berry mousse for my uncle's birthday as I called in earlier for the order. When I arrived, I realized that they packed the wrong cake for me, they put mango cheesecake instead of the berry mousse and wrote the happy birthday on the cake already. Unhappily, I told the server that it wasn't my cake and I demanded the triple berry mousse. But then after asking about the sweetness level, the server told me that the mousse would be as sweet as the mango cheesecake so I just settled with the wrong order of Mango Cheesecake. Price is not bad, $29 for 6". The best part is that the taste was awesome. My uncle cut the cake at almost 10 pm and all the 5 of us loved it. It was very moist and full of mango flavours, simply awesome. Definitely a nice surprise for the wrong order. I will definitely come back again for more.

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S & W Pepper House2044 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Spicy bold flavours
Submitted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant many times in the past and yesterday night I went again with my aunties and uncle. The food like usual is very good. We ordered:
1. pea shoots and another type of vegg that was stir fried with garlic. The flavours was alright, the good part is that they didn't use much oil.
2. Pork strips that we actually can wrap in a prepared crepes. I find this to be alright only. Though my aunties crave this all the time.
3. Spicy fish fillets with vegg soaked in red chilli oil. The fish fillets were very tender, soft, and silky. The flavours were bang on. Just the right amount of spicyness which gives it the bold tasty flavours. It's perfect for me cuz I love heat in my dishes. People who don't like it spicy should ask for non-spicy, though I dont' think they make it.
4. Spicy Lamb stir-fry. This has more Sechuan's peppercorn so that it would numb the tastebuds a little. But, it's also very tasty and flavourful and definitely one of my favorites.
5. Deep fried whole duck. It's not spicy so more people can eat this. It's crunchy, tender, and flavour was good. Not too salty but needs a little more sugar and pepper to enhance the taste a little I think.
6. Pork intestines in a pot. It was alright, the flavour was pretty good and spicy but I just wasn't a big fan of pork intestines.
7. WuXi Pork Ribs. Braised pork ribs in somewhat sweet and salty sauce on blanched spinach. The spinach was cooked well, not over cooked. N, the pork ribs were super tender, fall of bones softness.

Last night when we were there, they only had 2 servers for over 6 tables of 6 or more people. I understand that 2 servers can't serve all tables at the same time without waiting, but it isn't an excuse to give us an ignorant attitude. Our table asked for 6 glasses and we waited for 15 mins but the server hasn't arrived yet so we asked again and that same server answered annoyedly that she's very busy and still didn't give us the glasses until another 10 mins after. When we said that we have been waiting for the pork intestine dish for over an hour, the server argued that it wasn't put in the order cuz we were arguing whether or not to order it. I mean, how hard is it to say sorry and keep your customers happy. Service is crazy here!!!
I will still come back for the food despite the bad service that I experienced last night. And also cuz I know that the owner was actually trying to make the service better by rushing the servers to provide me with what I needed (I heard this cuz I went to the cashier to find my server and the owner was there to rush her).

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