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KeyWesterWest End, VancouverSince August 11, 200631 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Ginger Garlic Cuisine of India1738 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good choice in West End
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 5:57pm [Delivery]

Our regular Indian for the past couple of years. Far superior to other choices up the hill on Davie. Have only had delivery which is free and has always been timely, hot and accurate. Mains including butter chicken and prawn karhai are top notch as are pakoras, naan and raita. Highly recommended.

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Al Porto Ristorante321 Water Street, Vancouver
Pleasantly Surprised
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2014 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

Did lunch on a Groupon. We really weren't expecting much based upon some of the previous reviews and the location, being situated in touristy Gastown. The antipasto for two was excellent and included quality prosciutto, three large prawns, provolone, salami, tomatoes, arugula, and some pickled veggies. Mains consisted of a good sized Atlantic lobster (which the kitchen had kindly split in half and cracked open the claws) with a side of al dente pasta which was substituted for risotto by request at no additional cost, and a delicious grilled scallop and prawn combo. Both dishes were accompanied by perfectly cooked green beans, squash and beets. Service was extremely pleasant and professional. Only complaint was that the chocolate ganache tort for dessert was rather tasteless. Will definitely be back.

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Beaucoup Bakery2150 Fir Street, Vancouver
Chocolate Almond Croissants To Die For
Submitted Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

Wonderful pastries. Expensive but obviously quality ingredients cost more. Only gripe is the last time I was there only one guy was working the counter while two other employees (a girl with glasses and another guy) were crouched down behind the counter on the left, in full sight of everyone, engaged in a private conversation. They never bothered to get up and help out even though people were waiting to be served. Might be a better policy, while on a break, to take it in the back of the shop or outside rather than to just sit there and ignore waiting customers.

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Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Excellent Pizza
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 3:02pm [Take-out]

I've only done takeout so I can't comment on dine in service. As far as takeout is concerned, I think they still have to get their act together. On one occasion after calling in my order I arrived at the restaurant and was told that the order had been screwed up and that they would have to start fom scratch and the second time the cashier admitted she had forgotten to even put in the order, but at least she was kind enough to offer me a cup of gelato gratis while I had to wait. Both times the people I dealt with couldn't be more pleasant. That being said, the pizza itself was both great and reasonably priced. A delicious thin crust with a hint of sour dough, a sauce obviously made from pure Italian tomatos, and an excellent fior di latte. Although not quite up to the level of Nicli Antica (which still weirdly refuses to do takeout) Famosa serves a high quality Neopolitan apizza which is better than 99% of the dreck that passes for pizza in Vancouver. A welcome addition to The Drive.

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Bella Gelateria1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
The Definition of Hype
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 8:29am [Take-out]

The thirty minute wait at 9:30 on a Wednesday night on a street where the meter, if you are fortunate enough to have a pre-2012 Twoonie, will run you $2 for twenty minutes set the tone. Once in the door you are greeted by more framed certificates than you'd find on the wall of a world renowned cardiologist, an owner beaming ear to ear at the sound of credit cards being swiped to the tune of $5.50 a small scoop, and three 'aren't we special to be working in such a trendy joint' accomplices. I found the very esoteric choice of flavours to be disappointing (if you want to emulate Italy wouldn't a simple peach gelato be available?) and the "Old Fashioned Chocolate" to be extremely bland, frankly reminiscent of the milk chocolate ice cream one expected to receive in Canada before the gelato craze began. I challenge anyone to compare this product, in a blind taste test, with the $9 half litre Mondo Gelato "Dark Chocolate." Obviously, we won't be back.

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Vij's Railway Express1075 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Doesn't Travel Well
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 10:43am [Take-out]

As someone who is a big fan of both Vij's and Rangoli I was excited to see that Vij had set up a food wagon on West Georgia. However, that excitement quickly disappeared. After waiting a good 25 minutes I ordered the ginger coconut curry which turned out to be a major disappointment. Served in a microwaveable container (similar to what you get in coach on an intercontinental flight) with the smallest slice of naan imaginable, the dish was overcooked with lots of soggy rice and perhaps a total of seven green beans that had seen better days. There is little doubt that Vij is a master showman. However, his latest effort, the Railway Express is unfortunately missing a few wheels.

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Szechuan Chongqing1260 Robson Street, Vancouver
No Longer Have to Schlepp Out to The Drive
Submitted Friday, September 9, 2011 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

For years that needed fix of spicy fried green beans, tan tan noodles and any number of wonderful main dishes could only be gotten by taking the long drive from the West End to Commercial. Now, since a branch of my favorite Szechuan has opened on Robson at Jervis, it's a just a short walk. The food is just a slight notch below that of the original but still ranks up there with the best. The $8.99 lunch special including soup, main, rice, tea and fortune cookie is a steal. Plus 10 lunches get you a free one. Only complaint is that service is frequently haphazard, but not that big a deal.

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All India Restaurant1188 Davie Street, Vancouver
What Happened?
Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 8:24am [Delivery]

This has been my regular spot for Indian delivery the past couple of years. However, this summer noticed a decline in both quality and accuracy of order. This culminated last week with a delivery that included vegetable pakora which contained pieces so stale and hard you could break a tooth and raita that was nauseatingly curdled. I won't be calling back.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
Quality Pizza in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, August 5, 2011 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

Although superior in quality, Nicli Antica sort of reminds me in both style of pizza and interior design of the English chain Pizza Express. The pizza is made exactly as it should be, with a thin crust that really tastes like something, a perfect tomato sauce, virgin olive oil, and real top of the line mozzarella that actually melts as opposed to the crappy coagulated goop that you normally find elsewhere. The antipasto and the salads that we tried are also first rate and are as fresh as can be. The place isn't cheap but it's nice to leave a restaurant feeling that you got your money's worth. Only downside is the small number of tables (which may mean a wait) and the fact that they don't do takeout. The explanation I got was that their pizza doesn't travel well. This doesn't make much sense as the leftover slice we took home was just as delicious at lunch the next day. Hope the policy changes as I'm sure there are many people, including myself, who would love, on occasion, to simply pick up a pie to take home.

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Calli Restaurante Mexicano1102 Davie Street, Vancouver
In a Word, Wonderful
Submitted Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 12:49pm [Take-out]

This is a little mom and pop place which prides itself on real Mexicam home cooking. It doesn't disappoint.
Everything is made to order including the pico de gallo and a guacamole to die for. The chicken enchiladas have the best tomatillo sauce I've ever had. The folks who own the place could't be more accommodating. They deserve a large clientele. Highly Recommended.

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Italian Kitchen To Go1030 West Georgia, Vancouver
Hate to Write this Review
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 4:01pm [Take-out]

I hate to write this review because the lines are already too long. Finally, a reasonably priced lunch place in the West End serving quality food. You can't go wrong with any of the paninis. The lasagna, meatballs and salads are also first rate. Since Kaplans closed its doors it's the best place in the area to grab take out. Far superior to what you can get at the more expensive Urban Fare down the block.

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Cafe Presto Panini859 Hornby St, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 2:19pm [Take-out]

I was really hoping to like this place. However, my lunch left a lot to be desired. I had the asparagus, prosciuto, mozzarella panini. It was served on very inferior focaccia, something you'd expect out of a plastic bag from Safeway. Prosciuto needs to be sliced paper thin. The prosciuto in this sandwich was presented in slabs as tough as shoe leather. The asparagus instead of being roasted, as it should be, was close to raw and the cheese wasn't even melted. The salad was ok and the waitress who put the order together was nice. 13 bucks before HST, forget about it! Much better quality, at less than half the price, can be found at The Italian Kitchen take away.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
The Pits
Submitted Monday, July 26, 2010 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

This used to be THE place to go for gelato. It is now little more than a tourist trap charging an outrageous $4.50 for one small scoop. I vowed last September that I would never return after eating a scoop of my favourite flavour chocolate ginger which contained no pieces of ginger but plenty of bits of ice. However, recent out of town visitors insisted upon being taken there after reading some outdated review. Vince was working the cash register in almost a zombie like trance as if he were embarrassed by what the place had become and what was being charged for such an inferior product. This complete lack of ambiance only emphasized how far the place had fallen. A TIP: If you're forced to go there, take a good look at the flavour you plan to order. If it doesn't look soft and creamy, choose something else.

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Nat's New York Pizzeria1080 Denman St., Vancouver
Poor Stepchild to Kits' Branch
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

The difference between here and the original is like night and day. Clueless staff has a rather "couldn't care less" attitude. Owners need to leave W. Broadway for a while and spend some time here getting the place in shape. Where the original has a bright clean feel, this place seems dingy. And no cheese slices available at 3 in the afternoon? C'mon!

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Still the Best Pizza in Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Used to go here quite frequently but hadn't been back in a couple of years. We had a large mushroom pizza and it was superb. Thin tasty crust and obviously quality ingredients. Ask for extra sauce and cheese and you won't be disappointed
Although people always seem to bitch about the service I have never had a problem and last night it was excellent, both courteous and attentive. Will be back more often.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Excellent Dim Sum
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

We've been here about twenty times and Kirin is now our favorite spot for dim sum. Everything is cooked to order and the quality and freshness of ingredients are always evident. The restaurant is spotlessly clean and service is prompt and attentive without being overbearing. Five choices with tea for two comes to a bit over $20 before the standard 20% tip. Highly recommended.

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Closed
Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Hate to be so 2006, but I'll take Lolita's anytime
Submitted Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 12:25am [Dine in]

After hearing so many good things we were really looking forward to eating here. After a half hour wait we were seated and immediately provided with an excellent salsa tray. Downhill from there. Nachos were mostly a pile of dry chips with minuscule pieces of dried beef. Chicken enchiladas were covered in a rather tasteless watery green sauce. Can't see what the fuss is all about. For the price Lolita's is far superior.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Excellent Brunch
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Eggs Benedict with basil hollandaise, goat cheese, tomato and avocado was different than the usual and extremely good as were the home fries. Friends had the French Toast and the Croque Monsieur and were very pleased. Bloody Mary hit the spot. Finished off with a delicious Crepe Suzette. The service was friendly and unobtrusive. Will definitely go back.

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Indian Oven2006 4th Avenue West, Vancouver
Next Best Thing?
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

Ever since the wonderful Delhi Darbar closed, we've been looking for a suitable replacement. Although not at the same high level of taste and quite a bit more costly, Indian Oven does comes the closest. After hearing all the raves about the butter chicken, we found that dish bland and uninspiring. The chicken tikka masala was quite good, however, as were the onion bhaji, raita and naan. Until the Delhi Darbar reincarnates elsewhere, I guess Indian Oven will have to do.

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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina1326 Davie Street, Vancouver
Mexican with a Twist
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2007 - 11:10am [Dine in]

Yes, it's a tight squeeze but the food makes it worthwhile. A wonderful fusion of tastes unlike any other Mexican. Don't go expecting the same old same old as you'll be disappointed. Only complaint is that it's a bit pricey. As an aside, on two different visits I had the spicy lemonade cocktail and both times I had an allergic reaction. On other visits, no cocktail, no reaction. Curious if anyone else has had this problem.

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