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JeNoodledowntown VancouverSince May 15, 200710 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

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Vij's Rangoli1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
rude and rushed
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

A group of us was going to a play around the corner at The Stanley, so we decided to have dinner at Rangoli before the show. We arrived around 6, and were seated right away. We ordered our dinner, and it arrived about 15/20 minutes later. The food was delicious. The service was terrible. The serving staff is pleasant and attentive before you order and while you dine, but once you're finished, if you don't hurry up and get out as soon as you finish your meal, the attitude factor kicks up to fifth gear. We came close to the end of our meals and wondered whether or not we should get more drinks and dessert; we were asked once, and said we were undecided. After that, it was shite service. We were presented with the bill (two minutes AFTER we'd said we hadn't yet decided whether or not we'd have dessert or a digestif), so, disgusted with that, decided to pay, but finish up our remaining drinks and food. Our money certainly was taken right away. Each time one of us put down a glass or finished a last bite, a server was standing there to sweep up our glasses/forks/plates/bowls right away (as in, one of us put something down, and it was snatched up less than ten seconds after it was put down). Not cool. They were obviously trying to send us a message to hurry up and get out. By the time that happened, our party had been there for slightly over an hour; not a long stretch by any means. When we pay at least $30 per person for dinner and a drink or two, I expect that we won't be rushed. I don't care if there are people waiting; we were there before them, and expect to enjoy a meal, unrushed, especially at an establishment or name that prides itself on its service. WE'd already paid the bill, so the tip had already been submitted, but at least two of our party wanted to request the tip BACK because they were so rude, hovering about and sending non-verbal messages to leave. After moving as slowly as possible to finish up our remaining food/drinks, we sluggishy got ready to leave...but not before noticing that one of the servers asked another table of two to please leave because other people were waiting. UNBELIEVABLE. We'd all been to Rangoli before and experienced nothing but great service, but this last visit has indelibly imprinted itself in our minds, and we won't be returning. There are plenty of places for Indian food in Vancouver, and I have never been rushed or made to feel unwelcome at any of the other Indian restaurants I've been to...not even at a $10 buffet on Main Street. I hope the bosses or managers talk to the 'service' staff at Rangoli, because there's no such thing as service there; it's all snot and attitude.

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Ragazzi Pizza Co.2996 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver
Best East Side Pizza!
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

Ragazzi Pizza is the best pizza place in East Van (for the West Side, my vote's for Brick Oven Pizza on Dunbar).

I 'discovered' this place last year during the Euro Finals; after the Azzuri won a game, during the ensuing parade up and down The Drive, I saw an old Italian car, painted green, white and red, driving up and down the street. The logo on the door said 'Ragazzi Pizza', so I looked it up as soon as I got to a computer, and tried it the next day.

They serve yummy thin crust pizza (I've tried the vegetariana, marinara, and the margherita) and none have disappointed me. It's VERY inexpensive, too; a large margherita was 12-dollars.

On a side note, this place is VERY Italian (as my family's Italian, I notice these things). First of all, there's a sign that says something like: "parking for Italians only; all others will be towed.". The icing on the cake, though, is the guy who shows up everytime we're in there; he drives a Ferrari, wears an Azzuri track suit, comes in, orders an espresso, and then vrooms off. I feel like I'm hanging out at Satriale's.

It's delicious, inexpensive pizza in a very unassuming location. Go!

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Brick Oven Pizzeria4265 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Best West Side Pizzeria!
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Brick Oven Pizza is my favourite place for pizza; in my opinion, it beats Lombardo's for taste, consistency, quality and price. The service is prompt, and I've never waited more than 15 minutes for the pizza to arrive at the table (from order time). Usually, it's about ten minutes from the time I order until it arrives on the table. It's a real brick oven, too, not a gas one. For a large pizza, average price is $20 (which beats most other brick oven places). It's got a nice, family-run feel to it (I think it's owned by Italians, but run by Romanians...and might I add that, on a number of occasions, there have been many hot Romanian guys hanging out there!). It's simply decorated, with red-and-white checked tablecloths, framed pictures, and wooden chairs and tables (reminds me of one of those old school Italian joints).

Another bonus is that parking is abundant and free; no meters or parkades to worry about (not yet, anyway). I've also turned my family onto this place, and they're quite a distance from it.

I'll be voting for Brick Oven Pizza as 'best pizza place' next time the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards call for nominations comes out.

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Tandoori King8017 Fraser Street, Vancouver
They Called Back!
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

I had to write this after reading the review from the person who'd written that she'd been chased into the parking lot by the waitress saying, "we're open, we're open!"

We looked for Tandoori King's website online; it wasn't working, so I called the restaurant to ask what they had in the way of vegetarian options. We couldn't decide what to order, so told the person on the phone we'd call back soon. We started watching a movie and forgot about food. About 45 minutes later, our phone rang; the call display said 'Tandoori King'. We didn't answer it, but couldn't stop laughing. Since we didn't answer, and they didn't leave a message, we assumed that they were calling back to ask us what we wanted to order (either that, or 'why the hell haven't you called back!).

Anyway, we've gotten food from there since then; it's standard Northern Indian cuisine (no surprise menu options; the usual suspects, like paneer makhani, chana masala, eggplant bharta, mutter paneer and palak paneer - just listing the veggie options here). The food's delicious; I order from them from time to time, and will continue to do so.

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Konnichiwa1320 W 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
Good vegetarian selection...or is it?
Submitted Monday, June 1, 2009 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I finally tried out Konichiwa after hearing about it from friends. They told me they had a great vegetarian selection (it's often hard to find veggie choices at Japanese/sushi places).

The menu is very extensive and colourful; each 'vegetarian' selection is indicated by a little head of bok choy next to it (shanghai bok choy, to be exact). Vegetarians and vegans take note here: YOU MUST INQUIRE ABOUT INGREDIENTS! Their tofu teriyaki sauce has chicken stock in it, their miso contains bonito flakes and seafood, and many other choices are topped with or mixed with bonito (dried fish flakes), or meat/seafood products.

Since I'm used to asking about anything I order in all non-vegetarian restaurants, same went for this one. They were slightly reluctant to tell me what ingredients were in their agedashi tofu sauce; all I got was "You can eat it; it's vegetarian." I had to persist and ask for the actual ingredients. Apparently, it's soy sauce and sugar (at least that's what they told me; I'm hoping they weren't just saying that so I'd order it).

We ordered a few different rolls; the vegetarian dragon roll (minus the mayo and crunch topping) is delicious! It's shiitake mushroom, asparagus, carrot and spinach in an inside out roll, topped with long, thin slices of avocado. Delicious.

I'd go back, but I think I'd stick to the maki; good selection of vegetarian rolls. I could do without the snippiness when I inquire as to what's in the food, and whether or not it's suitable for me to eat.

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3G Vegetarian Restaurant3424 Cambie St, Vancouver
3Gs stands for greatly overpriced
Submitted Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

portions are small for the prices. if, for two people, you order 3 dishes at Bo Kong, you have plenty of leftovers. three dishes for 2 people at 3Gs = no leftovers. the prices are similar to Bo Kong's, but you get far less than what you pay for there. and what's with the 'cult-of-juice'? another thing: i grew up in a chinese family, and we went out for chinese food all the time. at none of those restaurants were we ever charged for tea...unlike at 3Gs.

we know what the 3 Gs do NOT stand for:

-generous portions
-good prices
-going back

3Gs definitely not the number one choice for these vegans.

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Mirchi7964 Granville Street, Vancouver
Glad I stopped in
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

I've driven by this place for the last year or so and have wanted to try the food, but have never thought of it when I want Indian food (either dine-in or take-away). I'd read online reviews from a variety of people, both local and from ones as far away as Glasgow and Milan, all noting its excellence. We finally tried it the other night, after our usual place told us it'd be a 45-minute wait (at least) for take-out. I remembered Mirchi, called them, and asked what they had (didn't have a menu). The woman on the phone was so pleasant! She outlined their veggie dieshes, and I chose two. All dishes come with rice and naan. The food was/is fantastic. It's not oily/greasy like lots of Indian food, nor was it heavy like many Indian places. We tried their saag paneer and their eggplant curry, and both were the best we've had in months (and I eat LOTS of Indian food). We grabbed a take-out menu, and saw they have $5.95 lunch specials, and also a weekend special of biryani. I'd definitely go back again and again, and can't wait to dine in the restaurant next time.

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Casa De Amigos8718 Granville St, Vancouver
Where's the good food here?
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 9:55am [Dine in]

I was qutie excited when Casa De Amigos opened up. I read good reviews and couldn't wait to try it. Went in over the Christmas break and was very disappointed. We watched the hockey game there; ordered the nachos. I've had better nachos at pubs and non-Mexican restaurants. They were about ten bucks for a small plate, and the cheese wasn't even melted; in fact, most of the tortilla chips were cold. How disappointing. Go to Topanga Cafe on West 4th instead; their food rocks.

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House of Dosas1391 Kingsway, Vancouver
$5.99 Dosa Mondays!
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

i was introduced to south indian food by a south indian friend; i'd only eaten (and cooked) north indian cuisine before. thought i'd hit it up on a monday night, since all dosas on the menu are a mere 5.99. first of all, i'd never tried coconut chutney before, and oh my, it's like eating rich, creamy dollops of thick coconut. yum. i recommend the paneer masala dosa; a dosa filled with indian cheese (no, paneer is a north indian food staple, but it's sooooo good), with red bell peppers, potatoes and onions in a spicy mixture. also, not on the menu (and recommended by my friend) is the dhai vadai; savoury indian doughnuts submerged in a bowl of yogurt. perfect for sharing. two can eat for $16, tip and tax.

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Picnic3010 Granville St, Vancouver
let them eat cake!
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

i walked by the window and was beckoned in by the half-metre piece of cake...all chocolately with pink icing. it was chocolate cherry; i wasn't disappointed. $7 for a piece of cake is pricey, yes, but i'd rather pay the $7, eat half or a quarter of the piece, take it home and eat it later, than buy a whole cake and feel the guilt and sorrow later.

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