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jimmycurNUBC, VancouverSince August 31, 200616 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Value3 (3)
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Displaying 1 - 16 of 16 Reviews Found
Ramen House Restaurant2893 West Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent Szechuan, Misleading Name
Submitted Friday, June 28, 2013 - 11:42am [Dine in]

Many of the negative reviews you see of Ramen House I think are based on the expectations set by the misleading restaurant name. This Ramen House has nothing to do with Japan. It is a Chinese restaurant specializing in the Szechuan style. They make fresh noodles and that is probably where the name comes from.

The food here is excellent! My favourite dish is the spicy Szechuan pork (twice-cooked pork) - essentially bacon, dry tofu, cabbage, and garlic scapes with lots of chili oil. The Kung Pao chicken is great too, we order it every time.

It's kind of dark in there and tends to be muggy - the atmosphere has some drawbacks. It's not 100% clean and the service is just acceptable. There tends to be one waitperson covering the whole restaurant.

But we've never been disappointed by the food. Give it a try, just set your expectations to spicy Chinese food and put Japanese ramen out of your mind.

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Green Leaf Sushi3416 W Broadway, Vancouver
The Food Is Great, But I'm Done
Submitted Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

I live close by and have eaten there many times, on the premises as well as take out (phoning in the order and ordering in person). The food is really great, and I get the feeling it's because the guys who make it put a lot of care (maybe love too but it sounds cheesy) into it. Consistently fresh and delicious.

I should mention that they make heavy use of (good) imitation crabmeat salad. And if you eat on the premises, you will smell the grease on yourself the rest of the day. The deep fryer is essentially in the same room with you.

But I won't be enjoying their food anymore. I've had it with the hostesses actively discouraging me from ordering. My wife, when calling in an order, was told they're really busy and asked to call back later! The last three times I've gone in person, I've been met with a warning about how long it's going to take (a half-hour, an hour). The way it's expressed, it's clear she doesn't want me to order at all and is surprised when I do (did). It's outrageous.

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Madangcoul Korean Restaurant847 Denman Street, Vancouver
Consistently delicious for years
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

I have been eating at Madangcoul for several years. There have been periods when I ate there a few times a month but usually it's just once or twice a year. I ate there tonight - with some trepidation I might add after reading a few bad recent Google reviews.

I've got to tell you, Madangcoul hasn't changed a bit. The food is outstanding, price is about average for local Korean restaurants, service and atmosphere - well, you need to downplay your expectations at this kind of restaurant. I'd say it's equivalent to a diner.

You can't bbq there but it's nice that you can order individual portions of bbq, and the way they cook it is pretty good. The banchan are my favourite in town. The best potatoes the best bean sprouts. (2nd place on the bean sprouts: Royal Seoul House on Broadway.) The kimchee is the fermented kind, which I prefer. And they almost always have served bean jelly (nokdumuk), it may be their signature. Typically I will get a soup there, like tteokguk or tteokmanduguk. Damn.

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Cafe Regalade2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great bread and butter
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2012 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

The bread was so great - assuming it's baked for them, I wonder who does it? It's not as dense as say a typical Terra bread. The butter was richly flavorful, despite being served ice cold.

We had a reservation but the place was packed. We were seated in what turned out to be a less-desirable corner on the way to the washrooms.

The food was explained beautifully by our waitress but it turned out to be disappointing. Something like 'barabjan', fried dough pillows stuffed with spinach and cheese, served with a kind of mayonnaise. Not bad. Endive salad, sliced with precision, but very bitter with not enough to cut the bitterness (a few grapes and candied nuts). So just a little of that was needed.

Service was pleasant but not particularly attentive.

I didn't appreciate the flavours of either main dish: pork tenderloin with a mustard sauce, the pork was cooked to perfection but I didn't enjoy the tarragon in the sauce. The chicken fricasse had a thinner liquid than I expected and it was sweet and citrusy. At first I thought it was the duck a l'orange. Weirdly, a few minutes into the meal, they brought out some stewed tomatoes in cream.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3236 West Broadway, Vancouver
Nothing fancy but decent, cheap, pretty much healthy food
Submitted Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

We've been going to the GTE - really we call it the Vietnamese place - weekly for the past couple of months. Actually it may be primarily Cambodian since that comes first on the menu.

It's a really good value and we enjoy going there. The tea's good (for a cheap Asian restaurant), the portion size is ample for the money. The quality is good, lots of variety, the vegetables are fresh.

The pho is ok - soup didn't taste homemade. I really enjoy the bun thit nuong - BBQ pork on cool rice noodles with these fried peanut bits sprinkled on top, alongside the ubiquitous cucumber and carrot. They don't make the food too challenging for delicate palates - not spicy, very light on the fish sauce.

Friendly service. No rush, no pressure, but not slow. The fruit and cookie at the end is a nice touch.

There are TVs on at a tasteful volume that provide a nice distraction if you're dining alone.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine4530 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Pretty good!
Submitted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

We've lived in the area for years but just went in for the first time this evening. Based on the reviews, we were a little squeamish, but really, the food was good. The service wasn't bad.

Now don't get me wrong, this place does not give off a "clean" vibe at all. The bathrooms are not for the faint of heart, and even the menus reeked (spilled fish sauce?). Let's hope the kitchen is cleaner.

The regular pho was as good as any, and the satay pho was interesting - same noodles, but in a kind of tom yum broth.

All in all, good meal at a good price.

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House of Dosas1391 Kingsway, Vancouver
Great food, vibe
Submitted Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 12:03am [Dine in]

First time tonight, have seen it for years driving by and always wanted to stop in. Didn't disappoint, very friendly service, we really felt wanted there in way that is very unusual in Vancouver. I had the Madras masala dosa, it had these finely chopped red onions inside that really made it nice. I had tea, seemed like everyone else was having tea or chai too. Very highly recommended!

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Kiyo Sushi11590 Cambie St., #110, Richmond
This is it.
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

This is among the top few real Japanese restaurants around. Always crowded at lunchtime, arrive before noon. Closed Mondays, that has led to a couple of disappointments. The sushi is good and authentic, and you can find things on the menu like a grilled fish teishoku (set lunch) - regular food in Japan but elusive in the Western world. As another reviewer remarked service can be slow but everyone is working hard so it's hard to know who to get upset with. Maybe they need more help.

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BBT Cafe5979 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

I was skeptical but this place really is something a little different for this area. I've never been to Taiwan, but it must be like China with a strong Japanese accent because this place could be right out of Tokyo. At least the atmosphere. The food was simple but satisfying, we had the meatball appetizer which was like a large round rice ravioli with a meat filling, in an orange-coloured sauce. I had sweet and sour fish on rice, it was great, nice side dishes came with it like cucumber and tofu. My wife had the beef noodle soup and she was not too impressed (she is Taiwanese) but loved everything else. It's relaxed and comfortable in there, all in all a place we'll return to.

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Hime Sushi4463 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
WTF?? The food was great though
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 12:08am [Dine in]

Heard this place was good, finally got the chance to drop in just before 6 on Valentine's Day. There were two other parties seated. The staff seemed busy with takeout orders.

Well, while we were looking at the menu, they decided the restaurant was closed and turned the sign on the door. We were still served, but parts of the order were forgotten.

It was a strange experience. People kept arriving and being turned away. The phone kept ringing and they'd answer and say they were closed. Then I heard them tell a caller they were out of food, and that resonated with what another reviewer said on this page. Seems like something odd is going on there.

I have to say that the food was really very good. The quality of the fish was very high and all the food was skillfully prepared. Hime is a lot like a lower-end family-run sushi restaurant in Japan. They emphasize the basics. It's not a place to go for an Extreme Fusion Combo Roll. In fact the staff may be Japanese, but they spoke Korean amongst themselves.

I would go back on the strength of the food, my wife would stay away because of the service and weird vibe.

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Baru Latino Restaurante2535 Alma Street, Vancouver
Good food, nice vibe, poor service
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

The food was pretty good, the ceviches were memorable. Service was not great as there were three "waiters" who shared all the tables. The place is small but still it was hard to get their attention. At the prices they charge the service needs to be something more special. Pretty loud in there too.

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly not so great
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 1:49am [Dine in]

Having looked at the menu beforehand, I really had my hopes up. At these prices I expect a special experience. I mean, any restaurant that employs a sommelier I assume is taking it seriously. The views are nice. The atmosphere is ok if you're into the nautical theme. But the staff seemed to have this air of unhurried indifference. It was quite a while, between standing at the bar, moving to a cocktail table, and finally being seated, given menus and water, before we were offered a drink. We didn't do much to attract their attention but we felt that we shouldn't have to at this level of restaurant.

The lobster oil was really great, also the Manila clam chowder was outstanding. Generally though the food was bland, underseasoned, and boring. I had a much better experience last month at Ivar's in Seattle, at 2/3 the price, and this is basically the same kind of restaurant.

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Dae Bak Bon Ga1323 Robson Street, #201, Vancouver
Fun place to eat and drink
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

From the signs outside, this place looked like a Korean version of an izakaya, and that's pretty much what it was inside. Great place to drink beer with a group and have some Korean food. The food itself was not remarkable, the service wasn't either, the atmosphere wasn't bad, but we had a good time. I'd eat there again if I were in the area and wanted Korean.

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O Thai Cuisine Restaurant1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Nothing to get too excited about
Submitted Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Really nice decor, inviting place. The food was pretty good, but the service was strange. No waitperson assigned to you, but a rotating cast. My drink order was forgotten in the shuffle. I guess the perfunctory service was the biggest turn-off.

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
Great BC food, cool as hell atmosphere
Submitted Monday, September 25, 2006 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

Sunday night, party of three arrived at 7 without a reservation. They couldn't have been more accommodating or welcoming. They explained clearly that there would be a wait but we'd be able to be seated at around 7:30. Actually it was only about 15 minutes before we got a table.

There were a lot of featured items but we all started with the shiitake and button mushroom soup, which was a milky puree, no mushroom pieces, but presumably tons of spores... topped with a garlic foam and truffle oil. It was incredible. I will crave it.

I had the ahi tuna sandwich, the tuna was a bit overcooked - really it was grey all the way through but with a cool center. It also had a little guacamole on it and was it shiso mayonnaise? It tasted really good.

The others were happy too with the steak (came with frites) and the sablefish, it was all excellent.

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Wang's Beef Noodle House8390 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great first experience
Submitted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

I just went there tonight for the first time. I was concerned about the service based on the other reviews so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was fine. It took a while to get the waiter's attention for the check but it was busy.

The beef noodle soup was outstanding, second only to my mother-in-law's. I will definitely go back.

What else... it's on the east side of the street. It's not expensive. Cash only. Good food.

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