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kellsyaletownSince January 17, 200927 Reviews
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3 (2.9)
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Szechuan Chongqing Seafood1668 West Broadway, #205, Vancouver
Fun Sunday Brunch
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

I went here with a group of six and found it to be quite enjoyable. The place was busy on a Sunday morning with a diverse ethnic mix (always a good sign). We had dim sum so the service is just what you'd expect (i.e trolleys going past with food at regular intervals). There was no stand out dishes although one prawn dish and one bean dish was quite tasty. One of the people I was with who eats dim sum very frequently thought it was a bit oily and wasn't very satisfied.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Another visit might make me love this place
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend wanted to try this place out as he'd heard that the gyozas were the best in town. We visited with a friend on a Sunday afternoon with the intention of having a quick snack and then heading home for dinner. We arrived and fortunately were seated quickly however we took the last seats in the house which were quite cramped near the door to the bathroom. The server didn't speak very good English but she conveyed the message that we should order quickly as the food might take awhile. She did not explain why it might take awhile but we waited around an hour (after ordering) for a few servings of gyozas to arrive.
The quality of the gyozas was high however there was still no explanation as to what the wait was and when I had been trying to ask where the food was the server didn't seem to comprehend what I was saying. I understand I had been warned but when you're told there is a wait you think perhaps 20 minutes at the most. The other issue I had was that the server didn't know which gyozas were which. This would have been okay as we were all sharing except that I'm a vegetarian and preferred not to eat the meat gyozas.
The reason I would like to go back is that the atmosphere was very cosy and made me feel like it would be a fun place to idle away a few hours eating, drinking and talking. I also see the mark of a good restaurant when you're in a Japanese restaurant and almost everyone eating there is Japanese. The final thing I liked was the disclaimer on their door "we do not sell sushi but we will introduce you to lots of other great Japanese food" or something along those lines.

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
Decent value for lunch
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

I had been here about 12 months ago and while the food was delicious and the service was friendly and professional I hadn't gone back as Vancouver has an abundance of cheaper sushi restaurants. I went for lunch in my lunch break the other day and as another sushi restaurant had an hour long wait I decided to re-visit Kamei Royale. After spending many a lunch in cheaper Japanese venues Kamei Royale was a welcome relief as it is quiet and soothing rather than hectic.
The lunch menu is perhaps slightly more than others in the area but still good value for money and does have a higher quality of service and perhaps a slightly higher quality of food too. There's also a decent selection of drinks.
The layout gives all diners a sense of privacy and comfort.

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Sciue800 W. Pender St, #110, Vancouver
Cafe for lunch
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

My rating probably makes this place look like it is terrible and by all means it is decent but 2 stars only is decent and this place is only decent. It looks quite nice and it was busy but not so busy that you couldn't get a seat or had to wait long for food.
The idea is a good one, you order at the counter and select the pizzas you would like, they then weigh the pizza and you pay by weight. The ingredients in the pizza looked really tasty however when I got to the front all the ones I had in my mind were gone and I was going to have to wait awhile so I nominated to try the more plain ones that were left.
The servers weren't terrible however my server was quite rude to the customer before me and while she was okay to me I could tell she'd had a bad day and wasn't afraid to show it.
I paid about $8.50 for the pizza and with a drink my meal came to almost $12, it wasn't the worst value for money but considering I was ordering pizza that then had to be heated while I waited and didn't get table service then it was pretty poor value for money for lunch.
Although it wasn't great it was decent enough to go back as the toppings are certainly tastier than what you'll get in any of the other by the slice pizza joints.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Fun night but would rather return another night
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is an example of twitter promoting a venue. I had heard a bunch of people rave about Irish Heather on twitter so my boyfriend and I thought we'd check it out while his cousin was visiting. It was a little hard to find as the entry is quite tiny and the numbering didn't make sense (or perhaps that was just us). There was an okay amount of people in there on a Friday night but it was by no means a happening place. The boys had bangers and mash which they said was good (and very very generous serving) while I just settled for dessert. The dessert was very tasty and came from the venue next door (salt room...???).
This experience itself didn't make me go back but I have since heard that going on a Friday night was a no-no and the right time to go is for lunch on a weekday or a weekday evening (local gastown workers are apparently what make the atmosphere great).
One thing that would make me go back anytime was that they sold Bulmers/Magners. I hadn't had this cider since the UK/Ireland and it was always a favourite so was certainly happy to have one again.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Almost perfect
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

I had been meaning to go there for awhile but never got around to it. I usually try to steer clear of the Yaletown strip as I find them a bit dull (although tasty) however as this has a set menu for $25 between 5 and 6:30 I was keen to give it a go.
I was very happy with everything, we got seated quickly and the ambience of the place is really nice (didn't look like a bachelor pad as many Vancouver restaurants do). There was five of us and we all settled for the three course menu and between us we tried all the starters and all but one of the entrees. Everyone was very happy with the service and we had two people in our party from abroad both of whom were impressed.
One thing I liked and which I find many other venues around town lack is that the servers were very efficient, pleasant and natural. They didn't have any of those irritating fake smiles and ahomogenous way of greeting you that many other venues have. My one gripe was that all three courses were slow to come out, this fortunately wasn't a problem as we were a chatty group of five but if I was with people I didn't feel as comfortable with (ie trying to make conversation) or looking to be in and out quickly then I don't think Goldfish would do the trick. Fortunately for them food kept coming out just as we were starting to look at each other and say "where is this food?".
Drinks aren't cheap and I spent as much on two glasses of wine as I did on food. The main courses also aren't cheap but I think for the quality they're what you would expect to pay.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Nice pub, nice restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

I had been to the pub a number of times but never actually eaten there before. The new extension/renovation on the patio has definitely improved the ambiance of the place. We arrived at around 10pm and while there was hardly anyone in the restaurant we still had to wait around 15 minutes for a table as they were yet to clean the tables from previous guests. We sat in the bar while we waited for a table (too busy and noisy to eat in pub). The servers were two of the best I have come across, they were amusing, professional and knew exactly how to respond to our friend who has a sense of humour not all servers can respond to with such a good sense of humour.
I just had an appertiser as I had already eaten but the prawns were really tasty and everyone enjoyed their meal. It isn't somewhere to go for a special occassion but definitely worth eating there if you're in the area and fancy a casual place with good food and drinks.

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Hon's Wun Tun House268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
2nd time was a winner
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

I had heard this place mentioned a bunch of times but when I tried it last year I didn't really like my meal and walked away unimpressed (although my dinner companion walked away happy). Despite being disappointed last time I decided I'd be willing to give it another go. This time I had a tofu dish that was really tasty and definitely had me wanting more. My only two suggestions though are to go with a large enough group to share everything. The first time I went was with only one other and on my second visit there was only three of us, this isn't enough people to get a good sample of the food (especially when I don't eat meat). I would also suggest going on a day when the Chinese night market isn't on, it is really hard to resist all the food at the market and actually get yourself to the restaurant.
The servings are large and definitely for sharing. Service is mediocre but the server was very helpful in explaining "westerners don't usually like that and usually go for this instead" and for the price you can't expect fantastic service.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Okay but didn't live up to expectation.
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

I had heard good things about Joe Fortes from a number of different people and it didn't quite live up to the expectation. I had salmon from the prix fixe and while it was tasty it wasn't any tastier than the many other restaurants in Vancouver that serve tasty salmon. One thing I liked was that the decor wasn't the minimal, black shiny type restaurant that is so popular in Vancouver and reminds me of a bachelor pad.

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Old Spaghetti Factory53 Water Street, Vancouver
Tasty family friendly cheap food
Submitted Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

This food is always good when you want a quick and cheap meal. It is a chain and from what I gather they're the same everywhere but the service and value is always good. You can get a salad, entree and icecream for around $12. I don't have kids but if you're with a family it is family friendly, if you don't have kids then you needn't worry about families getting in your face.

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Browns Socialhouse11660 Steveston Hwy, #1020, Richmond
Everything was fine but a bit generic
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I had a tuna dish and while it sounded delicious it didn't quite live up to the description, the cowgirl salad that went with it however was rather tasty. My friends were mostly disappointed with their meals, once again it wasn't that it was terrible it was just not that great. The service was fine although there was five of us and the table was a bit cramped but the next size up was a table for ten so we opted to be squashed in.

I wouldn't say not to go there as the menu did sound nice however there just wasn't much character as it had the same feel as a lot of other similar restaurants in the area.

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Salam Bombay755 Burrard St, Suite 217, Vancouver
Very tasty but overpriced for lunch
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

I went here awhile ago with a friend for lunch. It felt a little strange as we were the only women in the restaurant and I'm not sure why this felt odd but there was something a little un-nerving about being there that day.
I didn't try the buffet but I have heard the buffet is tasty and good value. The main reason I didn't give it a go was because there wasn't many people around so I was unsure how quickly the food was being replenished and therefore how fresh it was.
The service was very polite and prompt, the server knew the menu well and when I ordered something that was also on the buffet he gave me the option to take the buffet instead.
It is quite a formal restaurant and the setting and food prices are better suited to dinner but if you don't mind paying a little more for lunch and want to get better service than a lot of the quick and cheap sushi restaurants or the many food courts in the area then this is worth it.

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cheap, tasty and nice ambience
Submitted Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

I have a friend who goes here a lot and he'd said good things about it.

I thought the place was great, I just shared a couple of mezze plates and they were all cheap and very tasty. One of my dinner companions had a few things go wrong (substitute fish, missing mezze plate, unsatisfactory dessert) but it didn't seem to ruin the night and the staff were quite apologetic and dealt with the issue appropriately.

The ambience was nice and it was just the sort of place I could sit in for a few hours with good friends snacking and drinking.

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Didn't live up to the hype
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

In the last week I had heard stumbled upon a few rave reviews about this place including the West Ender last week. We heard it was busy/popular so we were prepared to line up but the food and service was not worth the wait (over an hour on a Wednesday night).
The food was okay and I like Mexican food but am by no means an expert and it didn't seem any better than other Mexican food I've had in both Mexico and other parts of the world (It was my first Mexican meal in Vancouver though). The server knew the the menu very well and when one of my friends was unsure what to order the server expertly guided my friend through the menu. This however was about the end of the great service, it wasn't terrible as such but you did have to chase them up to get water, top up of the chips and even had to chase them up to pay a number of times.
All in all I wouldn't write it off as so many others have said great things about it but I'd suggest to only go if you don't need to line up.

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Better for drinks not dinner
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

I had heard good things about the Reef and when I visited recently I left a bit disappointed. While I could find no fault with anything in particular it just didn't quite live up to my expectations. I think if I returned again I would skip having a main meal and just go for drinks and appertisers. It looked like a great place to sit down with good friends and talk your way through a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

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Thai House Restaurant1116 Robson Street, Vancouver
Convenient work lunch
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

I've been here once for take away and a few times for lunch. The proximity is excellent (close to work) and the lunch time deal for $7.50 represents great value however if I was going out for dinner or to suggest a great Thai place to someone I would probably not suggest this one.
I can't quite put my finger on it but the meals don't quite have the same depth of flavour that I find in a lot of other Thai dishes but the staff are always pleasant and the food comes out quickly.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria970 Smithe St., Vancouver
Good pizza close to home (and the cinemas)
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

I had a friend recommend this place as it was a favourite haunt of hers. The food was really quite tasty and I could not find any fault with anything however it just sort of seemed like a lot of other restaurants in Vancouver (Earls, Cactus club, Joeys). It has the same sort of decor and while everything is very polished and tasty there is nothing especially unique. One of the pizzas was burnt and they were very apologetic and compensated us accordingly on the bill.
It is close to home, tasty and good value so I would go back.

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Lux At Caprice965 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great dinner
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

I had dinner here on a Monday night so as far as ambience goes it is hard to rate as we were the only ones in there but the staff and the food was great. The design of the restaurant is really stylish although perhaps not everyones cup of tea. My boyfriend had the chicken which he thought was incredible, I had some halibut which was really tasty and the peanut butter and chocolate mousse/fudge/pie that we had for dessert was delicious. They currently have a three course meal deal for $25 which represents good value. The alcohol was perhaps a bit overpriced and I imagine on a busy night it might get a bit noisy and that they music might get turned up too loudly but for my dining experience it was really enjoyable.

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Nyala4148 Main St, Vancouver
Tasty African food
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

I have only had Ethiopian food once before and this was definitely a much better expeience. The server was very helpful explaining the different dishes to everyone and suggesting ideas.
The food was tasty and the ambience was nice, mine was relatively inexpensive however my partner did think his meal was overpriced.
If you're first definitely ask about a sharing platter as it was really really tasty and had a good variety of food.
I would go there again but there would probably be other places I'd try first.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Love the kitsch
Submitted Friday, February 20, 2009 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

I loved this place - I have walked past it a number of times and wanted to check it out for its kitsch value, as our other dinner plans fell through elsewhere we thought we might as well check it out.
I thought it was great - the server was friendly, casual and efficient. I also liked her honesty, when I ordered fries as a side to my calamari she advised me to wait as she thought it was too much food. She was correct I have never had so much calimari in my life let alone for only $8.00. The calimari was really tasty, my boyfriend had a burger that he was happy with and the fries were home cooked goodness.
As someone else has noted the juke boxes didn't work but I still thought it was a fun place to have a quick and cheap meal.
It was full of all ages - there were people in their 20s like us but also teenagers (who weren't obnoxious and/or noisy) as well as people probably in their 50s or 60s.

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