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joshrVancouverSince June 11, 201411 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food4 (3.9)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance4 (3.9)

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Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cheese heaven
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

In honour of national cheese day, I came down to La Grotta for some delicious sandwiches. But not just today. Today was just an excuse to come. La Grotta del Formaggio is one of my regular stops whenever I'm driving by Commercial Drive to get a sandwich.

But it's not just any regular sandwich. There are a numerous number of toppings to choose from, and quite the variety of cheese that would drive any cheese lover insane. Whatever it is you choose, you can't go bad, because the quality of the ingredients, from meat, breads, oils and other interesting toppings is top notch.

Just the thought of a focaccia from here makes my mouth water.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Great for an intimate dinner
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Among the mid-level Indian restaurants in Vancouver, Handi is one of my favorites. Mid-level in terms of price, let me clarify. The atmosphere here is great. They try to keep the lighting low to set the scene for an intimate dinner. Perfect place for a date night. Usually for dinner there is a bit of a wait, now if only one could just show up and get seated right away? Not in Vancouver, at least.

My date and I started off with some pakoras and calamari. Off to a good start. I had the lamb with a side of garlic naan. She went for a chicken curry extra hot. Despite ordering different dishes at different spice levels, our waiter managed to not mix up the order.

We had a few drinks; just the standard, but there are some interesting ethnic drinks as well. The food here is something you can crave for, so it's always recommended.

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Boston Pizza3510 Blanshard St, #102, Victoria
Rather Disappointing
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:51pm [Take-out]

You'd think you could never go wrong with a pizza, especially from a chain like BP, but hey, I guess there's exceptions.

I ordered take-out when I was too lazy to go out for food one day yet insanely hungry in Victoria, thinking BP was a safe bet. The pizza and extras came rather quickly, only to find that is was cold and lacking in flavours. The Mediterranean barely had any toppings to it, and for over $26, I couldn't feel more disappointed. How could it be so cold if it had just arrived? And my cheese toast was so soggy that it gave me an uneasy feeling.

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Il Terrazzo555 Johnson St., Victoria
Only good if you are NOT a vegetarian!
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

Seeing the overwhelmingly positive reviews of this place, I had high expectations coming here. Il Terrazzo definitely has it's charm. At first, I thought the reviewers were right. The ambience is more romantic than anything, and the place has its customers. Lots of them.

I should have looked at the menu while we were waiting for our table (which was a good thirty minutes or so). This place was probably one of the nightmares for vegetarians or vegans, in which the only meat-free options available are salads. Luckily, there was something else for me to have, the melazane al forno which is pasta cooked in mushrooms, eggplant and spinach. The waiter gave me a strange look when I kept on asking him about whether certain foods had any meat in them.

Let me clarify that the food did not taste bad, just lacked variety of options for vegetarians to choose from. Hence the 3-stars. On the flip side, my friends did have a good time, and the food was fairly priced.

I'll leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions.

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Bubby's Kitchen355 Cook Street, Victoria
Now that's what I call excellent service
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

Strode into Bubby's for a meal in Victoria. This was actually the first place we visited here when we arrived farmished for lunch, and ended up coming in a second time before we left. The waitresses we had both times were very friendly; the one we got the initial night stopped by to check in on us and even remembered our names. Great sign of a keeper!

Food & price: prices were a little on the high side, but nothing we were not used to. I really liked their veggie burger ($13) and veg chilli.

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Baan Thai Restaurants1117 Blanshard St, Victoria
Overpriced and on top bad service
Submitted Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

Meh, just so-so. Don't know if Vancouver has spoilt me or something I expected much much more from this place. Came here for lunch with another couple when looking for a spot to eat and authentic thai and this one seemed to be a good fit.

Now, I don't know if this was a one time thing or not but the food was not what I expected. Also, a little on the high side for thai food. I had the macua pad tofu with spring rolls and wasnt impressed. I had ordered the macua mild and it was waay too spicy. When I asked for a change, the waitress had an attitude. She took forever to change my plate and when she brought it back it tasted bland, not to mention the eggplant smelled funny. If it weren't for the spring rolls, I'd be rating them less.

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Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant560 Johnson St, 5, Victoria
Vegetarian heaven in Victoria
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

For someone like myself, finding good, healthy options when you travel can be a hassle, especially if you are in the company of people who are not vegans or vegetarians themselves. So when I friend back home suggested this place to me, I didn't think twice.

I'm glad I came here, not once, but thrice in the time I was in Victoria. We came for the buffet and it was all self- service. The spicy bbq tempeh was a repeat for me, as well as the lentil patties and chickpeas curry. It was nice to see non-vegetarians buying and eating in this place in the city's Market square. Prices are determined by how much you serve yourself, so choose wisely!

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Agro Cafe1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver
Delicious fair trade coffee
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:55am [Dine in]

Although I have been to better coffee shops, I still make the effort to stop by Agro's every once in a while. They have the right work ethic at this place, which is what I like. They believe in organic food and fair trade practices, something I strongly believe in and advocate. I like knowing where the ingredients of my food is coming from so I will continue to support it with my pennies.

Enough of my rant, the coffee is actually quite good. Although I don't drink much coffee, especially in summer, I go for an iced tea and either a panini or a quinoa wrap. The prices are quite inexpensive for a place like this one. If only they would train and/or change their staff, then the place would be nearly perfect. The service is always quite slow and the orders get mixed up frequently. The attitude of the staff is also something that needs to be worked on.

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100% Healthy Desserts8291 Westminster Highway, #150, Richmond
Change the name
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:31am [Dine in]

When a place claims to be 100% healthy, and even flaunts it in its name (they used to be called 100% healthy desserts), I expect it to be so. I guess they kind of realized it themselves, as they changed the name to Sweetie Pink Desserts. Still not a fan of the name, but at least it’s not dishonest.

While there are some interesting flavors (they have deep fried ice creams), I find their desserts too sweet for my taste. I tried their cold tofu flakes and found it just okay.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Cool '50s restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I’m not going to lie, the reason why I chose to eat at The Templeton was because of its cool old school theme. Once you step in you feel like you are in the 1950’s (except for the people inside wearing modern clothing and talking on their iPhones)! It almost looked like you were in a movie set. I took several photos.

I ordered fries, quesadilla, soda, and a banana split, all for a good price, and enjoyed every bit of it! I noticed that they have a large variety of burgers, and many vegetarian options. The only downside is that The Templeton is always packed, which takes away from the whole dining experience. I wish the space was bigger.

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Shi Zen Ya985 Hornby Street, Vancouver
I like Japanese food now
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

Shizen Ya has really surprised me, it is very healthy (organic with no additives, with gluten-free options) and vegetarian-friendly. So if you are like me and worry about the nutritional value of meals, especially those that are not cooked at home, Shizen Ya is an ideal choice.

I had a quinoa and beans soup, an avocado roll, and spinach curry. It all tasted good, and had a very natural feel to it. Certainly puts the myth that ‘healthy food tastes bad’ to rest!

The venue is quite small (the restaurant probably seats 20 people, tops), but that was not a problem as we were a party of two. Despite its small size, it is nicely decorated and has a comfy feel to it. A word of warning for finding the place: it can be easy to miss, so be careful, you might just walk by it.

I will surely visit Shizen Ya again. It has made me fall in love again with Japanese food.

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