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kawaiiVancouverSince December 1, 200751 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Saigon Fare Cafe203 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
excellent viet subs
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 3:56am [Dine in]

This place has apparently been around for a few years, but I just came across it a couple of months ago. It's super clean, but the look is really simple and functional.

I've tried a few things on the menu, and they're all good. But the regular cold cuts sub is the best, with great, soft, chewy bread that's crispy on the outside. I also tried the 5-spice chicken, but I don't think it suited my taste. I overheard a lot of other people ordering it though. The salad roll is nice and fresh, comes with prawns or chicken. Couldn't quite figure out the sauce...was it peanut or hoisin? Whatever, it was tasty.

People there are friendly and helpful. Great place for a quick bite to eat.

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Finest at Sea4675 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
the best fast food ever
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

So it's more of a seafood shop than a restaurant, but it's still nice. I think the food will probably be the most expensive, but the best, fast food style meal you will ever eat. They make it in a super-clean kitchen at the side of the shop, you pick it up self-service style, and eat at these pretty little picnic tables. I am not a fish and chips lover, so I'm probably not the best person to critique, but I thought it was okay. Wasn't that big on the soup either, just too much fish. But the crab cakes were nice, came with a big salad. Pricey but good.

I am a person who loves to cook, which is why I love this place. They have all these specialty foods and spices...I spent $20 on a tiny half-jam jar of pink Hawaiian sea salt. They have lots of spice rubs and organic olive oils and pasta sauces...if you enjoy cooking and like browsing for interesting, different food ingredients to make at home, then this is a good place to go. Mainly people come here to buy seafood to cook at home, and they've got an excellent, expensive selection. But the seafood is environmentally conscious, no chemicals or dyes, and it's very very good seafood. The scallops are as big as my fist. They've also got a lot of deli foods that you can take home and eat immediately.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
luscious sashimi
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

I love love love Gyoza King. I always start with the tofu salad, and I'm not that big on tofu...but they put it in a miso dressing which the tofu absorbs, and it ends up tasting so good.

All their sashimi is awesome. So luscious...just had the sashimi with cucumber marinated in a citrus-soy vinagrette, wrap the salmon around the cucumber, amazing. All their sashimi is excellent, very fresh. Their fish dishes are good in general...had some kind of fish in a miso sauce once...I think I just love their miso sauce.

Their gyozas are ok, a good filler, but nothing too special. Tried their...I forget what it's called, obek-den?? Different things like fishcake, radish, tofu, etc. that you can get in some kind of broth...didn't really understand the appeal. Maybe it's nice during cold winter nights. Last time my friend had the udon, this time he wasn't particularly interested, so maybe it's not that good...I don't really go to gyoza king for noodles in soup anyways. Also did not like the raw squid or octopus, couldn't even finish the dish, but that just might be personal preference since everyone else finished it for me.

Also, hear the deep-fried prawns are good...the ebi-mayo prawns...but since I swore off deep-fried foods and mayonnaise, I wouldn't know.

Prices are decent for those small plates. Wouldn't say it's exceptional value, but compared to other similar style restaurants, it's pretty good.

I like the service here. Fast, friendly and efficient. I agree the place could use a facelift, but cute atmosphere...they've always got good jazz playing in the background. A great place to snack and sit back.

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Ping's Cafe2702 Main Street, Vancouver
lovely room, nice enough food
Submitted Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Beautiful, beautiful room…I love the look of this place. I could barely hear any music though, that definitely would have added to the feeling of the space. The lights are amazing, and they have these chairs that are great to look at but apparently are not the most comfortable.

The food was nice, but it didn’t match the look of the room. It came out in really odd plates, I was expecting some very minimalist Japanese style plates with clean lines, and instead the plates looked like something a British grandmother would serve food on, very Victorian-esque. Odd choices. I was not crazy about serving wine in these intricate-looking glasses, although pretty, I would have preferred real wine glasses. And the food was fine, well-presented, but nothing spectacular. It was typical prices for Vancouver these days. I would go back just because the room was so stunning, and the food was good enough.

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Kiss Yo Mama4926 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Delicious food, cheerful restaurant
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2008 - 7:51am [Dine in]

This is not the most authentic Jamaican restaurant, I actually haven’t found an authentic Jamaican place in Vancouver. But her food is good, she just puts her own take on it. So I wouldn’t go in expecting the real deal, but it is delicious, and it is certainly much better quality food than most of the Caribbean restaurants around town which tastes like they got their sauce out of a bottle. People may have differing opinions about the authenticity of her food, but to say that she can’t cook…the woman can obviously cook, and she does an excellent job of it.

Inside it is pretty, a nice bright yellow color, it does kind of take you back to the Caribbean a bit and make you forget you’re in Burnaby. I don’t think the prices are over-the-top, but there isn’t a wide variety of prices points on the menu, and there aren’t any appetizers, so it seems like everything you order is $15. You get a good deal for that money, but it would be nice if she had more of a selection, or a half order, for people who don’t want to spend $50 for 2 people some nights.

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Anatolia's Gate Restaurant7084 Kingsway, Burnaby
Brilliant Lavash Bread
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 1:38am [Dine in]

I have only had one thing there: the chicken donair. But I had to write about this place. I have had a lot of donairs throughout the Lower Mainland, and I thought some of those places have actually been pretty good. Now that I have tasted Anatolia's lavash bread, I know what donairs are actually supposed to taste like.

I had the whole wheat lavash, which is made in this beautiful wood burning stove and takes a few minutes, but it is so worth it. There's even sesame seeds sprinkled on it, which just adds this extra flavor. It's actually not much more than I'm used to paying for the prepackaged pita donairs at other take outs. It costs about $7 at Anatolia's, and I'm used to paying $6. It's also large and very filling.

They have also put so much thought and care into the interior, with lovely tables and chairs, nice granite tiling throughout the place, and that fire burning in the background. I give the ambiance a 3 because it still fells like a take-out place, but it is definitely above and beyond from the amount of attention they have given to the interior. Now I have to go back and try the other 40 items on the menu.

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Panos Greek Taverna654 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
delicious Greek food
Submitted Friday, May 30, 2008 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

I’ve been going to this place for awhile and I love it. The room is painted a really soft yellow, I just find it very cheerful and pretty, especially for a Marine Drive strip mall.

The food is so good, some days are better than others. On the best days, the seafood is cooked perfectly, and on other days, it’s still pretty good. The garlic prawns and chicken souvlaki are my favorites. I’ve had the salmon which is so tender, but I find kind of tasteless. A friend really liked the ribs, which are fall-off-the-bone. They also make a good, dark-roasted cup of coffee, but it depends on the waitress.

I have also had a couple of servers I haven’t been so crazy about. But the regular servers are fantastic, and the food is delicious, so I keep coming back.

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El Caracol5190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
amazing seafood soup
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has horrible decor. The overhead flourescent lights are just atrocious, and the orange walls that are supposed to be bright and cheerful...are just not.

My 4-star food rating is for some of the dishes, which are hit and miss. So some dishes I've tried and really not liked, but some of the dishes are amazing. My absolute favorite is the seafood soup, the large is $15. I just had to try a $15 soup, and I wasn't disappointed. It had mussels, squid, a crab leg, and so many prawns I left some behind. The taste...its like a coconut-based soup, so delicious. And they also have the seafood-coconut on rice, and that is good too, but I LOVE the soup. And it comes with rice and corn tortillas, so it can be filling.

I'm not a fan of the rice, which I thought they just didn't know how to make properly. But apparently, that's how they make it in certain places in S. America, and other people seem to like it. I really don't like it. Also, the salsa is ok...I feel like I could make better salsa at home.

The ones I don't like are the $10 meat dishes at the back of the menu, just not my thing. And the soft corn enchildadas and burritos are too cheesey for me, but that might just be personal taste, a friend orders the burrito constantly and loves the cheese.

The other dishes I get all the time are the Honduran enchiladas...it's chicken and red cabbage on a crunchy tortilla, it has a particular seasoning that I can't quite figure out what it is, but I really like it. For $5, a tasty snack. And the soft-corn tortilla chicken tacos, plain but good.

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Cho Sun Korean Restaurant3486 Kingsway St., Vancouver
good cheap korean bbq
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

It seems like a good place for cheap Korean bbq, if you’re looking to get filled up quickly. For a little over $30, my friend and I had beef, pork, chicken, prawns, squid and beef ribs. Nothing wrong with it, tasty, especially with the marinade dip. The ribs were a little bit too chewy though. Lots of side dishes, not the best I’ve ever had, but it was alright.

Everything was brought out quickly, lots of tea. I have no complaints. If you want decent food really quickly for a good price, I would recommend it. Just don’t expect anything spectacular.

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Uncle Fatih's Pizza1685 Broadway East, Vancouver
No more 99 cent cardboard pizza
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

Wow, this place is the best cheap pizza I've ever had. My favorite is th potato pizza. I will never go back to 99cent cardboard pizza.

And the counterpeople there are really great considering how incredibly rude some of the customers are. Some guy was complaining about how the only pizza with meat available was ham and pepperoni , and he made some comments about how people shouldn't be eating ham, and kept the poor woman standing there for 5 minutes as she nodded politely. He finally took off, and then she told me to hold on a moment and pulled a spicy chicken pizza out of the oven. Excellent.

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Thai Jasmine406 6th Street, New Westminster
Cute restaurant, good food
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 2:40am [Dine in]

This is a cute little restaurant…they have this delicious dish I think is just called “the red seafood curry”…my friend tried it and said it was good, but not a real curry…I don’t care, it’s hot, it’s got a bit of coconut flavor and lots of yummy spices…I’m in love.
I also like the Swimming Rama, because I’m a fan of peanut sauce. It’s basically chicken pieces over fresh spinach leaves, swimming in this lovely peanut sauce. If you get it as the special dinner entrée, it comes with a side of salad and some soup, and it’s only $8-9, a really good deal. I like it because of all the fresh veggies. The only complaint is that the chicken can be a bit dry sometimes, maybe if they used dark meat instead of white, but that’s just me.
I also really like their soups, they have the typical Thai hot and sour soup which is divine…and also a coconut soup, very spicy. And there’s this salad I like with lots of prawns, but I like the dressing on the side, because it can be a bit overwhelming the amount of dressing they add to it. It’s basically adorable, unpretentious and seems very healthy, at least the dishes I’ve tried.

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