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King_of_KitsilanoMy Beautiful KitsilanoSince November 23, 200547 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Displaying 21 - 40 of 47 Reviews Found
Granville Island Tea Company1689 Johnson St, Public Market, 117, Vancouver
Not Too Sure
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Have visited this place twice since they moved spots and have mixed feelings.

First time I had Chai and it was the second worst cup I've ever had anywhere, cheap spices used in some kind of peculiar dried milk powder mess with cheap Black Tea that resulted in something barely drinkable.

Today I ordered Lapsang Souchong and it was marginally better but tasted thin and metallic.

They don't help themselves by supplying only the cheapest milk to add to tea, the whole concept is poorly thought out IMO.

Service is on the odd side staff mean well but are.....well.....odd.

So I'll try it once more because I would like to patronise a place like this/have a place for decent cuppa close by and help the business work but as the subject lines says.....

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Whole Foods Market510 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Bland and Underwhelming-Like Eating in a Barn
Submitted Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

The buffet in this place has really improved visually but the food on offer is still stodge of the more unimaginative order, there is nothing that isn't available elsewhere done better for less money with more attractive seating.

The Pizza is ok if you get it fresh but the Burrito Bar is a horror, just ugly tasteless messes wrapped in stale cold flatbread by clones who have no clue.

The bakery offers nothing original and much of what's on offer looks like it's a throwback to the 70's.

The seating is industrial cafeteria, grubby tables/plastic chairs jammed together noisy cramped uncomfortable.

My favourite Pet Peeve is the condiments-dirty stick bottles of the cheapest stuff they could find.

Did I mention the water machine is always broken-this really sucks IMO.

For the price you'd think they'd make some effort but it's plain this place is in business of turnover think of it as a high priced Uncle Willy's because that's what it is-all the talk about organic/sustainable/love the earth hoo ha is just that it's all about money and you don't get your money's worth from Whole Foods not even close.

Don't bother to complain to Management they couldn't care less and will 'invite you' to send an email to Head Office in the USA that's how poorly this place is run.

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
No Longer Worth It Not Even Close
Submitted Monday, September 28, 2009 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

I drive by this place at least once a week have been a customer for years and years.

Lately the flavour just isn't there something has changed and not for the better the price has gone up and up and up and the gelato isn't worth stopping for anymore.

The service is as bad as ever and the company doesn't seem to care about producing a quality product any questions about why or how things have changed are rudely brushed off/ignored.

I used to regularly recommend La Casa Gelato to out-of-town visitors but no more- too many other places offer much better flavours/better value and prompt polite service not snarls.

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Tang Thai1626 W Broadway, Vancouver
Delicious!
Submitted Friday, September 18, 2009 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

Authentic Thai food is hard to come by in Vancouver and Tang Thai has raised the bar for every other Thai place in town-this food is well made and delicious.

I stopped by on a whim just beating the evening rush so scored a window seat, the interior is bit dark so I appreciated the view of Broadway.

The Hostess/waitress is a lovely genuinely friendly person who does a great job of making people feel @ home-her English is outstanding which helps when navigating the menu-she's easily able to explain the different dishes.

I ordered the Som Tam ( Papaya Salad-blisteringly hot just like it should be and very tasty, and Pla Muk Pad Prik (Squid fried w/veggies) done with a deft touch very well balanced and of course Jasmine Rice.

Looking forward to returning for lunch next week!

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
Foul
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

Started with a hostile waiter and went downhill from there.

The place is dark, dingy and dirty-I observed the waiter cleaning tables by just sweeping leftover food off tables onto the floor.

The food was so poor it was almost laughable, either burnt or cold-what there was of it.

The toilets were filthy as well if I really needed to go I'd prefer to use the bushes in the back lane.

Why locals continue to patronise this place-I was with someone who lived in the 'hood and said it was 'fine'-is beyond me.

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
A Tasty Lunch!
Submitted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

Sagging from riding the Canada Line with the hordes I staggered into this place I wanted to try for a while.

Since I don't eat pig meat/pig meat products the choices were limited to exactly one thing-homemade fish soup stock with Udon noodles.

Ordered it with Tempura veggies and added Green Onion not expecting much since I can never understand the Japanese fondness for taking a crisp fried veggie and dumping it in soup there to become all soggy.

However the bowl was made to order and overall was-as per the subject -a tasty lunch just what I needed at the time.

The broth has a slightly smoky flavour deep but not too strong with a hint of fish head richness in the foreground-quite unlike the usual instant dashi one receives elsewhere.

I would have given the place a higher rating but the waitress tried to smile too hard I could tell she really couldn't care less and there was a smell of gas in the place the air was stuffy and smelly.

I'd go back but since the menu is so limited not for a while.

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Outstanding Food/Great Job on Decor=A Winner
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 10:53am [Dine in]

Was curious to see what had been done with the place, it's a difficult location but has promise.

Taking part of the wall on the stairway out and replacing it with glass floods the room with light it was a brilliant move and the other decorations add even more all they need to do now is tile the floor.($$$$$)

Anyway the service was fine and the food better I had a quick bowl of Soup that had some spice I'd never tasted before-quite intriguing, and the Tabbouleh Salad was outstanding.

If you're wondering what this place is like rest assured that the quality that was a hallmark of the old shoebox is still paramount and as mentioned the new space a winner!

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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips8620 Granville St, Vancouver
Bad Beyond Belief, Dreadful in Fact
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Hadn't eaten @ this location for ages but was hungry driving in from Richmond so stopped in, and now I remember why I don't eat there anymore.

The Staff seemed to be zombies, the service nonexistent, the place was grubby and the food just awful.

They couldn't answer the simplest questions about the fish, mumbled and fumbled the whole time and what I opened up in that little park off Marine Drive where I went to eat my F&C got left for the Raccoons.

The fries were dark dark brown like the oil hadn't been changed for ages, the fish were tiny little portions fried so that they resembled nothing edible at all and were so thin and fibrous I couldn't eat them.

So the next day I tracked down someone who ID'ed themself as Manager, she flat out refused to listen to me at all and insisted everything was fine with the Marpole operation, that they never ever receive any complaints and she didn't know what I was talking about and insisted they were 'Prize Winners'!

So if you're wondering about this place now you know it's not worth your while not with the present management regime in place.

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El Taco738 Davie Street, #3, Vancouver
¡Mas Sabroso!
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I've spent a lot of time in Mexico and this place has the real feel and the real flavour.

It's not a deluxe sit down place it's more like what you'll find dozens of in most Mexican cities and towns-a few tables and lots of people coming and going buying tasty food served right.

As mentioned the Salsa Bar has the authentic flavours needed to highlight the food.

Unbeknownst to many Canadians most Mexican food isn't all that spicy if you want to 'spice it up' you add Salsa-which is made fresh every morning.

I like the Tacos con Queso y Frijoles with a Negra Modelo for a perfect quick dinner.

If you're not sure what you'd like ask one of the lovely Mexican women working there they're always Happy to help very friendly approachable people.

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Siegel's Bagels1883 Cornwall, Vancouver
Grubby, Over Priced, Non-Existent 'Service'
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 11:25am [Dine in]

This place epitomises poor value, the prices charged for the third rate product are laughable.

Staff are surly, the premises grubby and washrooms unspeakably dirty and smelly.

Even early in the AM when there's no one around a person has to wait, wait, wait for someone who seems to move in slow motion to bother to put a few Bagels in a bag.

Complaining to Management does no good they simply refuse to hear you insisting that " there's no one like that working here", or " we all do a good job" when they know full well what a shoddy show they run.

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Anatolia's Gate Restaurant7084 Kingsway, Burnaby
Outstanding!
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

A long drive from Kitsilano but worth every jammed intersection and red light.

I'd heard this place was excellent and now I know why people rave about Turkish food done right-there's nothing like it.

Ordered a small Mixed Salads plate:Olives, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Carrot Salad, Babghanouj, Eggplant Salad, Barbunya, Humus, Chemen and another reddish salad I can't remember the name of, it came with Lavash fresh from the oven-I mean smoking hot!.

Then I had the Cheese Lover's Pide another oven made bread stuffed with a cheese mixture it too was deicious.

I could go on and on about this place and it's food-suffice it to say people in Burnaby are very lucky indeed to have such a unique well run restaurant to dine in.

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Acacia Fillo Bar & Cafe1103 Denman Street, Vancouver
Very Pleasing/Tasty/Good Value
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2008 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

Happened into this charming place in a part of town I rarely frequent-what a lovely surprise it was.

In a neighbourhood literally heaving with variety this place offers something different enough to be distinctive and familiar enough to be instantly desirable.

The Leek and Feta Banitza is a winner-as I rated outstanding value very tasty with well balanced flavours.

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Kanata Chowder House812 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Don't Bother
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

The food is as bad as the decor is tacky/contrived.

I had a veggie soup and it was just simmered cabbage and water-no flavour to report at all.

The accompanying roll was little more than a joke hardly be called a piece of bread at all more like a morsel, it did come with a pat of butter though.

I managed to finish about half the 'soup' before my stomach rebelled-as cold and miserable as it was outside and as depleted as I was that paper bowl held nothing that was doing me any good.

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Cafe Kathmandu2779 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Altogether Underwhelming
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

The decor tells the tale-standard 70's era eastern themed hangings/paint job and table/chairs.

The service is fast and polite but if this is Nepalese food it's no wonder so many Nepalis end up in India.

Considering that Nepal is an impoverished agrarian society with little access to anything other than a few grains and pulses the food on the plate reflects that reality-there's nothing to get excited about and no flavours that aren't presented in a more interesting and tasty fashion in other restaurants across the city.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Awful Food Dirty Restaurant Rude Staff
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

This place never changes-the food is uniformly awful, the staff always slow and rude and the physical condition of the place beggars belief.

I was recently dragged in by some veggie friends and regretted being 'Mr Nice' as soon as we sat down on chairs that needed replacement years ago.

Waited seemingly forever even to get a menu and that was just the beginning.

The waitress seemed to have trouble speaking English-I don't think she was on drugs just had little idea how to communicate with other people.

Ordered a simple Naam salad and some bread-when I got the meal I didn't know whether to laugh or cry-it was a mess ancient wilted greens and a greasy foul tasting dressing the bread was antediluvian as well-essentially inedible.

It was hopeless trying to get any relief from the waitress who seemed afraid to come near our table-not only was the food my friends as bad as mine we had a whacked out weirdo working our section.

Somebody else paid-I won't go into details but we left no tip and the veggie lovers weren't just PO'ed there were shaken that some place that eschews fine vegetarian food could be such a disgusting sham I know they were going home hungry since no one finished what they ordered it was that bad.

Don't check the toilets-one of our party did and just shook her head upon rejoining the table-apparently it was not just grubby but disgusting.

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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts1505 W 2nd Avenue, #101, Vancouver
Sour Faced Manager
Submitted Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

More or less stumbled into this place by accident last night with 2 friends (even though I've walked by many many times for some reason never considered it) and was happy to get a table I know they often don't take walk-ins it's a school not a full fledged restaurant.

The food was quite good not outstanding but solid and made with care.

Service lacked some polish but was sincere and friendly and that goes a long way with me I only hope that the young people on duty weren't actually paying for training in the dining room because it seems that they had rec'd just the bare basics.

Ambiance was bare bones at best I gave my friends for whom the visit was a special treat a view of the water and they loved that.

The real spoiler though was the Manager/Maitre D an older grey haired fellow with a sour face and a bad attitude.

Stalking around the room scowling at both Staff and customers is no way to run a restaurant even one for beginners-this individual needs an attitude adjustment badly and the sad part of this is that at his age he's not likely to change.

I tried talking to the man-I can be quite a charming character-and he brushed off any attempt at normal social interaction-a real odd reaction for the business he's in and the place wasn't at all busy.

I can't say I'd ever go back or recommend the place to anyone knowing this individual was still working there there's too much choice in this city to be subjected to someone's anger at their own mediocrity.

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Spice Islands Indonesian Restaurant3592 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
This Place is a Gem!
Submitted Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 10:20am [Dine in]

I've long loved Indonesian food and am thrilled that this wonderful little place is operating on the West Side of the city.

Note-the entrance is *very* understated so it's easy to miss.

The Roti was flaky and delicious a bit of a darker flavour to the Roti and a delicious dipping sauce with prominent coconut flavour balancing the curry.

Mango Salad was the highlight the dressing with it's lashings of fish sauce was quite unlike anything I've ever had the Chef has a touch and imagination quite sublime.

The Green Bean dish managed to bring out the freshness in the beans and the delicious Trasi flavoured them perfectly, Coconut rice is a wonderful accompaniment.

Was happy to see a good crowd with a number of walk ups on a Tuesday evening-locals know a good thing.

Service was just as I like it, friendly, erudite and low key.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Old Favourite Revisited
Submitted Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

I used to eat @ the old Afghan Horsemen more years ago than I care to admit so I was intrigued when I saw the old stalwart make a move into new territory-much closer to home too.

As per my starred rating the food was solid, I at first got hung up on whether or not it had changed from what I remembered but then I decided to let it stand on it's own and it does.

It's well cooked with just the right amount of black pepper in the background a pleasing array of flavours.

Service was excellent-experienced, friendly and efficient without being obtrusive.

The atmosphere in this place is a winner, quite unlike anything else in town-I've been in places that cost literally millions to design that weren't half as relaxing, pleasing and cool looking-I mean cool without being self conscious and artificially 'hip'.

If you're up for something different in a central location this place is a winner, great place to bring out-of-towners too.

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Saravanaa Bhavan955 W Broadway, Vancouver
Outstanding Food, Excellent Value
Submitted Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:32am [Dine in]

Ate here for the second time tonight-more than Pleased with the food-it was delicious.

The service 'bumps' that seemed to be an issue in the past have been addressed-the staff have the drill down and were functioning smoothly.

The kind young waiter who served me saw I was cold, confused and in need of sustenance so he suggested a 'special meal' of
Poori (2), Channa Masala, Rice, Sambar, Rasam, Special Kulambu, Two Vegetable Curries, Raitha, Curd, Appalam, Pickle and Sweet-it was outstanding and just what I needed.

The sweet in particular was heavenly-a kind of Carrot pudding with a breath of Cardamom quite unlike anything I've ever had anywhere.

If you haven't tried South Indian food this place is a wonderful introduction to this unique and intriguing cuisine.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Fabulous Lunch!
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

Had a fabulous lunch @ Go Fish today-just what a person needs @ this most awful time of year.

Crunchy Cod Tacos w/Salsa and Coleslaw and a half order of the new and Oh-So-Tasty Yam Fries hit the spot quite unlike anything else.

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