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kewpiebabyVancouverSince January 22, 2008200 Reviews
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Sushi California501A North Rd, Coquitlam
Can't go wrong on the size
Submitted Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

The first time I went here I was very impressed with the pure size of all the sushi - esp the HUGE piece of Salmon for the nigiri sushi. The only thing weird was the warm rice. (hey it's a korean run place, so not so weird I guess...) The second time I went I brought my husband and he tried their Chirashi Don while I had my favourite BC Combo, which consists of 2 large nigiri sushis, 6 pieces of alaska roll and 6 large BC rolls. The third time back we decided to try more different things on their menu and each sushi dish is good. Very yummy and the portions are huge. Can't really go wrong for $6-8 for some dishes. You won't go home hungry that's for sure. The only thing that they can work on is their service - they never have enuf staff and ALWAYS either do one of the three things - forget your order, never bring you tea and pay more attention to the people getting take out orders. Well if it weren't for the decent size, taste & it's proximity to home, I wouldn't be a regular. Keep in mind that they cater to a lot of the students that live nearby, so it seems they don't really care in general - just as long as they get more people coming in and more take outs. Overall not a bad neighborhood joint to come to every now and then. =)

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Ding Hao Noodles House2773 Barnet Highway, #4, Coquitlam
Ding Hao means very good
Submitted Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

For all noodle lovers - this is the place to be. And finally a GOOD noodle place for Coquitlam. It's about time!

My hubby is not a big fan of their bean thread noodle but the regular one is very tasty. So many selections of beef not sure what to order?
The crispy chicken noodle is pretty good and anything beef shank. =)

Have yet to try the extensive drinks menu - but it looks very appealing.

One of our regular stops now - and every time it's fun to try something new on the menu. Yay!

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Ganache is Gloriously Good
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

My all time favorite cake place! Peter makes the most incredible, delectable creations. Omg, I have probably tried everything on the menu and keep going back for more! My first taste of Ganache was in 2004 and a good friend's wedding. Ever since that day I knew my taste buds would never be the same. Peter puts so much effort and love into his cakes and it shows. You're always left with a happy sigh after each bite and can't wait to try more. I should remember to eat it slower to savour each amazing bite. WOW! We eventually got our own wedding cake from Ganache last year and we've had nothing but raves from our friends about the cakes that Peter put together for us. You don't have to order and take away, there's also seating in his lil bakery, where you can enjoy cake, tea and a good magazine or book. Peter is always there with a smile! I've tried more cakes since my wedding and I think I'm closer to a favorite. Top choices include: Blanc Fraisier, Chocolat-Canneberge and most recently, the Caramel-Chocolat. So yummy! =)

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Finch's Tea & Coffee House353 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Forever a Finch's Fanatic
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

I've been coming here on and off for the past 4 years. More when I was working downtown. It's not a place you would notice off the street either. A old co-worker recommended it and I have not been able to get through a week without my regular fix of soup & salads here. The decor is funky; a kind of hole in the wall meets retro atmosphere. But I love it. Everything in the room shows character and holds a warm charming crowd during its lunch rush. Definitely a very unique place to enjoy a book or the company of good friends. The food is delicious made with all organic ingredients. (I think!) My favorite is the Prosciutto Salad and any homemade soup they make. Their baguettes are very good too. A rustic oasis with simply good food and good vibes. =)

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Cheers for Chambar
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

Wow! I LOVED this place! We had a super expensive meal for a Sunday night ($120) but worth every penny. From beginning to end - Chambar was top notch. The different Belgian Beers really piqued our interests, and when we can afford more, we'll definitely try out the rest of the beer menu. Of course you can't forget trying one of their signature dishes Moules-Frites - Congolaise: Mussels cooked with fresh tomato, smoked chilli & cilantro with a touch of coconut cream and lime. So yummy! Even after that large dish, we both ordered an entree each - I had the black cod/sablefish & my hubby had the duck. Very unique side pairings and the taste & texture very good. Above all the best thing that ended the evening was the Gaufre Liegoise - Belgian waffle with housemade white chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, blueberry compote & cocoa tuile. OMG - we've never eaten a dessert this quickly - it was sooo delicious! They took it off the regular menu but our super awesome waitress somehow sneaked it in for us. =) What a great way to end the meal. Can't wait to go back for more!

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Smoking Dog Bistro, The1889 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Smokin Hot
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

A small little bistro in Kits that not only has great food, but excellent music & service to go along with it. The lamb shank was excellent - in the middle between not too dry and not too mushy. Tasty.
The beef bourguignon wasn't my favorite, but was a nice comfort food - sorta like stew on pasta and boy did it warm me up. The bread was yummy and the waiter was super over attentive - we hadn't even sat down for 2 seconds let alone look at the menu and he was already asking us what we wanted. =) Overall a nice place to hang out on a Friday evening. But I wouldn't go for the $12 glass of Shiraz tho. A bit of a splurge on my part I guess. =)

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Mmm good
Submitted Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

Very good food, ambiance & service. Reminded me of the little shop in Tokyo that I went to many years ago. The only difference was of course here there is more meat and veggies in the dish. The soup was very nice though. And a lot lighter than other ramen places in town. It's not a very large place but enough for a kind of homey coziness. There's not a lot to choose from on the menu, but I think having just a few yummy ones they are able to keep their consistent food quality. I'm going for the spicy chicken one next time! =)

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Only Sorta Happy with Hapa
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 11:58am [Dine in]

When I first tried Hapa a few years ago it was with a large group and we had a lot of fun. But I don't remember the food.

Last week I went to Hapa to meet an old friend for dinner. There wasn't a lot on the menu that "wowed" me but the bamboo sake was GREAT!

It is nice and cozy place for Japanese tapas and the decor is very cool. But still this time even a week later I don't have a memorable dish.

While Guu (the Thurlow one) is far louder and in a smaller space, I've enjoyed all my visits there. The food was waay yummier too.
I don't even mind the 20-30 min wait.

I heard the Hapa in Kits is a lot better. Maybe I'll give that a try soon. =)

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Fiddlehead Joe's Eatery1012 Beach Ave., Vancouver
Fiddlehead Joe's Flair - Fair but not Friendly
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Went here for my FIL's birthday. I was greeted by a not so friendly host and and seated myself, since the place is quite teeny. After the unfriendly greeting at the door, the slightly friendlier waitress was an improvement. It was a nice table- a good view of the seawall and water view of the Granville street bridge.

The food was yummy but left a few people in my party hungry - the Pork dish was not enuf to satisfy the largest meat eater. The lamb shank was delicious and I liked the sweet potato gratin that came with it. My MIL didn't enjoy her beef and crab dish but it looked nice in our pictures. =)

They didn't charge for hot water but forgot to serve us the pre-dinner bread! I wonder if that cost a extra? The service was sloppy and slow. Such a shame for such a good location. They could do a lot better.

Good thing we had our entertainment book card - it's not a lot for the food.. on average about $24/plate but it will add up if your party is more than 4 or 5 people. Watch out for the 17% gratuity charge on large parties! WTF? =(

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Phnom Penh is Phantasmagorical
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 1:24am [Dine in]

The BEST Cambodian/Vietnamese place ever. Even though it's located in the slightly sketchy part of Chinatown, I've been coming here since I was a little girl. My cousins & I used to come here every other week for lunch/dinner and ordered pretty much the same must haves- Butter Beef, Chicken Wings, and spring rolls.

The butter beef is so tasty with a lime, soy and fish sauce, sprinkled w/ cilantro & fried shallots. You can't help but load equal amounts of everything together to get the full flavors in each bite. The chicken wings are covered w/garlic, salt/peppered and deep fried. The best is the lime pepper dipping sauce that comes with it.

Also try the dried noodle #2 & the spicy beef brisket noodle. Not much has changed in two decades at this place other than trying to fit more tables in the room by taking away the old dividers & updating the falling apart menu. =) Still a lengthy wait during the lunch rush, but it's expected. After the first bite of butter beef, I was in heaven. =)

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Azia somewhat Atrocious
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 1:01am [Dine in]

Very cool ambiance & great service from beginning to end. A good place to stop by for drinks and perhaps an appie, but save your money for dinner elsewhere.

My friend & I tried their $25 set menu & at first glance it looked yummy. The presentation was good but food very bleh. I think only the Tuna Goma-ae was unique. The steamed scallop was something out of a tacky Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. Mains included Lamb Chops and Salmon, which leaned towards the honey sweet side and offered nothing else to our palates.

Dessert was a bit better - some interesting twists to ice cream, gelatine and cheesecake but other than that, no real overall wowsa factor. Too bad for such a nice location - good thing there's lots nearby to try.

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Nice & Spicy
Submitted Monday, February 25, 2008 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Wanted to try out Maurya mainly because of good dine out reviews and we like Indian food. It is a bit on the pricey side, but well worth the little bit extra.

We decided to try something other than butter chicken so I had a very authentic Lamb Vindaloo and my hubby tried something called the Chicken Chettinad. Can't remember what the sauces and sides were but mmm, both dishes were excellent. Very very spicy but very good. Love the ambiance and awesome decor. Service is okay - but they did refill our waters quite quickly.

Overall a nice and yummy spicy experience. =)

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Ap Gu Jung Restaurant1642 Robson St., Vancouver
Ap Gu Jung gets an A
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:45am [Dine in]

A nice little Korean place on Robson that screams yummy authentic home style Korean dishes. If you're hungry and have a group of 4 or more, order their hot pots. We tried both the stewed beef and pan assorted seafood hot pots and they were quite good. I love the small side dishes (quite common now to only have the 4 staples of seaweed, potatoes, bean sprouts & kimchee) They are quite happy to give you seconds. We've been here twice in the past 2 weeks and it's ALWAYS packed but the wait is not too long. It's always fun to look over at the other tables and see what other people order but not have a clue what it is. Fun place, good food and no matter what you always leave full. Next time we're definitely trying the Soju.=)

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Third time's the charm
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 12:09am [Dine in]

The first time we tried to go to Stepho's we didn't think that on a Thursday night it would be packed, but driving by the lineup was almost all the way to the kinky sex store next door!

The second time was on Saturday afternoon at 3pm! The lineup didn't quite make it to the sex store but instead to the Majestic instead.

The third time was tonight Yay! we only had a bout a 5 minute wait inside so it wasn't too bad.

I was amazed at the prices & after all the raves, I really wanted to try it out. Moussaka for $8.95 & Roast Lamb for $9.95 you can't go wrong. The portions were incredibly large and everything - meat, salad, rice were pretty good. The lamb had a good yummy texture and the rice was tasty.

Our waiter was friendly, attentive but not overly annoying. Food came fast and the turnaround time to get the bill and food packed was good as well.

The only thing that was meh was the ambiance - kind of old and dark but what do you expect for good cheap greek food?

I recommend the Roast Lamb and Moussaka for sure. Everywhere they charge you so much. But Stepho's is super on the price!

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Cattle Hot Pot Restaurant8391 Alexandra Road, Unit 1150, Richmond
A Good Hot Pot Value
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

For $17.95 per person you can't go wrong. This was my 2nd visit there and they were a lot better than the first time when it was super busy and they rushed you out even before the 2 hour time limit was up.

This time, we got a large round table and food came very quickly. (I don't think it would take a lot of time to take stuff out on plates that they don't have to prepare!)

The vegetable, seafood and fish ball selection & freshness here is a lot better their competitors down the street. The only thing that Cattle can work on is having more selection in their meats.

There's a lot of choices of soups, and you pay a little bit to get a mixed one. Very yummy herb soup.

A good place to go on a cold winter's night. But make sure you make reservations.

They ran out of the sour plum drink, it was so close to being a GREAT hot pot meal!

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Trafalgars is Terrific!
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 12:26am [Dine in]

For our 4th and last dine out this year, we arrived about 15 min early & was greeted by Andrea (super awesome gal by the way) who took our coats and offered us the bar seating while we waited for our dining table to be cleared. We opted for the the Spanish red wine and it was divine. We were then seated a cozy corner table and orders were promptly taken. Since this was our last dine out, I had already memorized the menu beforehand. The appetizers were good but a bit on the tiny side. Mussels were delicious and the yam samosa I wished there were more than 3 pieces. The sauce was really good. Each following dish came very quickly but we didn't feel rushed because tonight we were super hungry. My husband ordered the shortrib pie while I went for the chicken this time. 2 bites into it I had to switch the dish because he likes the more light chicken dish while the more flavorful shortrib was my all time favorite. It just melted instantly in your mouth & gave you a warm fuzzy feeling. Oh, the wine we had was excellent. Best red wine I've had so far. Very smooth. Dessert - omg the best ever! we had the chocolate torte & mango cheesecake. Mmm, so good! The restaurant itself isn't very large but excellent ambiance, service, wine and food. I've finally found a DOV that's managed to WOW me. Yay! Can't wait to go back for more. =)

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Nu Not so Nice
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

3rd DOV experience this year. We went in knowing kind of what to expect after the massive mixed reviews but luckily there was no rushing people & over pretentiousness tonight. We were at a table next to a window but the only view we got was of the back of the restaurant & the back of the bar. The ambiance was nice & cozy at first, but after awhile it felt old and dark. Nothing really new looking about the place at all. Cutlery was a bit cheap looking & tables were higher than the uncomfortable bar chairs we sat in. Our server Tom was super friendly. The only thing annoying was the intro after intro of each course. We've read the dov menu a few times, We know what we ordered! Eventually I just drowned out the voice as I started eating. We had 3 dov and one other dov that cost more. It was not worth the $35, very bleh selections & the taste was mediocre. The butternut squash soup with salty salmon bits tasted really off. The Albacore Fritter was mushy but tasted good with all the sweet & tasty sides. The poutine at the New York Fries tastes way better. Each course came quickly & water glasses were filled right away. Entrees: The duck was good - two duck legs, not one was quite juicy and tasty with all of its interesting sides. But after several bites, it tasted like bbq duck from chinatown. The lamb, however, was excellent. Very warm, & smooth-just melted in your mouth. The potato croquette that came with the trout was excellent and the chicken from the other menu, was again bleh. The desserts were awful!! The pavlova was extremely sweet & sour (and I normally love sour tasting treats), it was like chewing painfully on sugar, the date pudding was ugh - a warm muffin gone wrong. The only thing that was ok was the creme brule. Overall Nu was not that great. It's the first time we didn't finish the dessert part of the meal! So sad. =( I expected an overall consistency in each course and Nu did not deliver.

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
Feenie's is on Fire
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

Our second DOV this year was Feenie's and it was very comforting to know that there was a nice place for food that wasn't pretentious like the "other place" next door.

When you walk into Feenie's you are immediately taken in by the nice and cozy decor and atmosphere. We were greeted right away and seated by the window in a little corner which was nice because it was away from the music but too close to the kitchen - where at certain points in the night, you could hear them screaming out "Salmon on level 1..." or "Caesar Salad upstairs" Other than that being a little weird, I give them top points for the excellent service and atmosphere overall.

Going early today when they opened was nice because we got a glimpse of what it's like when the music starts up and people slowly trickle in. Within 30 minutes of our arrival the restaurant is full and you don't feel rushed or uncomfortable in this urban little setting.

I started off with the salmon appetizer with the citrus fruit...yum, just made the whole plate quite zesty. My husband had the butternut squash soup, that was yummy, although a bit heavy but not creamy.

He had the Artic Char and I had the Braised Short Ribs for our mains which was advertised originally as Veal Cheeks. (Sigh, the ongoing battle with veal shortage in bc..) Each dish was cooked very nicely and complemented well with its various veggie sides. Just the right amount of taste to bring out the texture. Everything just seemed to melt in your mouth.

Finally to end our experience at Feenie's, the lemon tart with ice cream was really tasty. The sourness of the lemon was offset by the cold ice cream and just warmed up your mouth. The chocolate brownie my husband had was also very good.

We also ordered the mini mac and cheese for $10 extra, but totally worth it cuz that is some good mac & cheese!

Overall Feenie's is a great DOV, we quite enjoyed our dinner there. =)

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Griffin's not so Great
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Griffin's left me a bit disappointed. I always thought that it was an uber fancy place, esp with the big hype of DOV, it's logo, and being at the Hotel Vancouver. I walked in and thought, "is this the right place?"

The hostess was very friendly but the waiter was very weird; we would constantly have to seek him out for water. And when he talked to us, he talked to us like we didn't understand English or something. It was quite annoying.

The decor minds me of a nicer East Side Mario's. Sort of mismatched and not sure of itself. The only thing that really stands out is the dessert buffet. Very yummy. The entrees are Meh. Good but lacking wowsa factor. They menu offered Mixed Grill Trio, Seafood Trio and Seafood Linguine. It reminded me of a Milestone's menu.

The appetizer buffet bar, while has a lot of seafood, shouldn't be advertised at the price they did. I almost ordered it because on the menu it looked good, but when I went to look at the bar it didn't seem appealing anymore.

Griffin's is good, but i was looking for more greatness. =(

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Cru has the cool
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

Our first experience here was for DOV. Not sure if the meal was actually worth the $35. Perhaps they could have offered it on a $25 menu.

We got to the restaurant about 10 mins before 5pm when they opened. After 5 mins of trying to unlock the door, a guy there tells us they wouldn't be open until 5pm. Ok. =) At this time there were only 4 people at the front door. So we strolled down the street to some of the knickknacky shops and came back.

When you first enter Cru, don't let the blue halo freak you out. It does kind of stand out from the large Fortune Garden next door. =)
Someone promptly greets you at the door and takes your coat. You are then led into the warmest tiny space ever. Top marks for making the decor warm and cozy.

The food is yummy and service excellent. But even by 6pm they were trying to rush us. (Hopefully this does not occur when you go there on a non DOV time) At least 2 waitresses came up to me within 10 minutes and tried to take my unfinished chocolate cake away! =(

Can't leave without trying the beef tenderloin carpaccio & lamb shank. The flavours of the beef were strong and not taken away with the additional cheese and caperberries. A nice combination. The lamb shank portion was a bit small but yummy. The Roasted Garlic and Potato Soup had waay too much butter on top.
Top notch Duck Confit - I especially liked the potato hash accompanying this dish.

Too bad there was only one dessert choice - the chocolate cake that was a bit too much chocolate. I did like the crunch bit on top though.
But for getting there early we did have a choice of Creme Brule which is my hubby's fav.

Only thing that surprised me was they charged $1.50 for hot water and lemon!?!?

Overall a great place to eat and enjoy time with loved ones.

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