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KluVancouverSince February 8, 200811 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Japas Bistro552 West Broadway, Vancouver
Small portions and way over priced
Submitted Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

Husband and I tried this restaurant on a whim while walking by. We bought the menu looked small and was suspicious given that the restaurant was empty on a Friday evening.

We ordered the deep fried lobster dumplings which were $8 and was shocked to be served a few very tiny fried dumplings (size of a marble almost) in a tiny ramakin. We immediately felt ripped off. We also ordered a salad with pork which was ok but again over priced. Chicken karage was mediocre at best. After 3 dishes, we felt amply done with the restaurant, so we asked for our check.

When we told the waitress that we thought the food was overpriced for what you get, she explained that the restaurant was new and that they would be offering more dishes in the near future. Then the boss (I assume) came up to us to tell us that they also had a sashimi special and at their rice burgers were very popular, as in defense of our criticisms. We asked whether the rice burgers were available at dinner, and he said no. We asked if the sashimi special was posted anywhere, they said no. So, basically they were not only telling us their specials while we were ready to leave the restaurant, but also telling us that their best dish was not available at dinner time. Hmm... Ok, sort of futile but whatever.

We were served so little food at such mediocre quality that we had to go to Peaceful Restaurant afterwards to fill up. Most disappointing meal in long time.

Don't recommend it. Agree with other reviewer that it's a poor take on Japanese tapas and you're most definitely better off at another real isakaya.

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Trixi's Crepe & Coffeehaus3306 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Yummy crepes!
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

This is no Cafe Crepe. Trixie's makes delicate crepes with a unique combination of fillings, both savoury and sweet. I frequent Trixie's for weekend breakfast and always leave satisfied.

My favorite crepes are smoked salmon with dill cream cheese, and apple, brie and almond crepe. It's delish!

Service is somewhat slow, but the place is cozy and very relaxed. I'm glad it's survived the sky train development in the area. So support a local cafe and try Trixie's.

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Topanga Cafe2904 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Probably the best greasy tex mex in Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

If you're in the mood for greasy tex mex, then Topanga's will deliver. Food is tasty but smothered in cheese. You'll leave feeling very full indeed.

Service is solid, nothing special. I particularly enjoy though their endless chips and homemade salsa.

Wait times can be long-ish. Overall, a solid place to eat greasy tex mex.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Burgoo is ordinary but Grilled Cheese extraordinary
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

I've had iffy reviews of Burgoo since I first visited the place last year. The concept is home style comfort food made modern (and with that a price tag). I expected that a place that prides itself on their "burgoo" or stew, that it would be outrageously good. To my surprise, it was rather ordinary. As some reviewers have said, it's not anything that you couldn't whip up at home given a little time and some good ingredients. So I don't recommend going for the stews.

On the other hand, I was very pleasantly surprised the last time I ate their grilled cheese sandwich, made with an undeniably delicious medley of cheeses. It was to die for (quite literally, as I'm sure it probably clogged an artery or two already). If nothing else, this grilled cheese is Burgoo's saving grace. Their cheese fondue isn't bad either. The trend it seems is that most things made with cheese is good at Burgoo.

Verdict is, go for the cheese and not the stew. Also lineups are usually very long, so make a reservation!

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Hawker's Delight4127 Main St., Vancouver
Very tasty, quick, and cheapy!
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

To start, I think it's fair to say that the rating system does not do "fast foody" joints any justice since you can't rank ambience or service of a street vendor to a haute cuisine restaurant. So rating are bound to be lower for quick eats places though this does not truly reflect how good it is for it's class.

I frequent Hawker's and it's superb for it's class - quick and cheap eats. It's quality food that's tasty and very affordable. I hear it's also very authentic malay street food.

Last night I had the curry chicken and it was extraordinary. So tasty and very fulfilling. Rich curry sauce with ample thai basil and creamy coconut milk. Yum! Satays are also always good. For 2, we got appies and a each a dish for under $17. Incredible price that you just can't beat. My curry chicken with rice was only $4.75!

Ambience is what you'd expect of a quick eats joint. It's eat and go. Service is prompt and they clean the tables frequently. Tea is hot and food is fresh. Can't really beat it.

So if the ranking was only compared to other fast foody restaurants, then I give Hawkers a big 4.5/5 overall score. It's a repeat place for sure.

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Rinconcito Salvadorean Restaurant2062 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Great Pupusas and a really good alternative to Mexican
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

This little el salvadorean restaurant could very easily be missed if you didn't walk by at night and see the tables filled. It's a small little family run restaurant that serves, what I've been told, authentic el salvadorean fare.

The food is very fresh and light. Compared to mexican food, this seems much healthier but is still very tasty and satisfying. My husband loves the pupusas which are cheesy flour pockets that are filled with various fillings. It's quite unique and definitely worth a try.

Rinconcito Salvadorean is not a fine dining experience. Expect a diner experience with slow service and plastic plates. Go for the food, not the service.

Restaurant ambience is as expected of a small family run restaurant. Fake palm trees, bright lighting, bamboo trim, plastic table cloth. Yes, kitchy but approachable. Overall a good restaurant to get good casual south american food.

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Refuel Restaurant1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
The name says it all - Fuel is about Food that powers the soul
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 12:15am [Dine in]

Fuel is about food. I'd say they make the best steak in the city. If you're up for a splurge, their cote de Beouf for two is spectacular. Like no beef experience you'll ever have.

My husband and I enjoy sitting at the bar where we can oversee the open kitchen. We watched as our cote de beouf (a huge piece of 2 inch thick premium beef) Slow cooked and with love. I don't know how many methods they use, but at the end, the meet is perfectly cooked a medium rare all the way through. Even colour from the centre out.

This lushes thick cut is then split in half and each is served with a delicious side of veggies. The meat literally melts in your mouth. We think it's very much worth the $60 a piece for this beef experience.

We also came here for a 5 course tasting menu. Each dish is very well executed and you can tell the main chef is obsessed with food as he tastes and checks every plate that leaves the kitchen. His chefs are meticulous. We watched them cook every dish for us and they are very percise with their work and all seem to take great care in each dish.

The food and ambience is honest. Attention is paid foremost to the food. Very good portions. We have always left the restaurant feeling very well fed and taken care of.

Service is top notch. Servers are attentive and exact with their work. They take great care to serve professionally and with care. Friendly and very knowlegeable as well. We've asked every time we're there for wine recommendations and they always have great suggestions.

In fact we enjoyed the food and service so much that my husband and I had our rehearsal dinner for our wedding here. The restaurant served our party of 15 beautifully. They cooked each meal with the same attention they would for a party of 2.

I highly recommend Fuel. This is a high end restaurant, but don't expect pretension or stuffy waiters and snooty service. This is a comfortable place to just enjoy a great meal with friends. It's a place where the chef is more than happy to tell you how the dishes are made or where the ingredients are from. It's a place where the food is the main dish and where they're not shy about being bold about it. No little dainty dishes here, nope. Expect good sized portions and where meat is their forte.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Solid but not as Spectacular as it may look
Submitted Friday, December 26, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

I went to Gastropod and have mixed reviews for the restaurant. We got the 5 course tasting menu, which in all our opinions had very small portions and was not worth the $65 price. Although each dish was unique and ingredients were of high quality, the food did not feel well defined or refined.

We started with an amuse bouche of apple cider. Interesting starter with a unique spice undertone. Next was raw oysters served with a healthy portion of horseradish and wine jelly. Can't say that they were the best oysters I've had. Rodney's Oyster bar does by far better oysters. But then again, that's expected. Next was a scallop and sea bass dish which to me resembled a fancy seafood chowder. This was followed by a black cod and roasted pork dish with dashi broth. This was probably the strongest dish of all. It preserved the delicacy of the sablefish even with the salty pork which was well done and tasty. Next came the main which was a very nicely cooked medium rare venison. It came with several sauces and small veggies. Although the venison was well done, it was not a spectacular dish. Dessert was a wonderful light apple tart with a chedder cheese topping. Again, interesting ensemble. Overall, the food was interesting, but not outstanding. I can understand how some would say the food is somewhat bland. It's flavours do not explode in your mouth, nor do dishes seem to merry together well. But I guess this is one of the cruxes to a restaurant that prides itself on having a new menu every week - none of the dishes are ever well thought out or honed to perfection. There doesn't seem to be any signature dishes that are classics, but rather a good assortment of interesting collections of new dishes developed based on the seasonality of ingredients. Though I wonder the seasonality of scallops and oysters in the winter?

Anyways, on to the service. Service was ok. The servers are not very attentive and do not attempt to talk much. They do their job by simply serving, and nothing more.

My tought is that the restaurant is a bit overpriced. If you want an excellent meal with great service and food that is well thought out and executed, go next door to Fuel.

I don't think I'll be going back to Gastropod. Though I'm sure that given that the menu changes often, it's likely each meal will be different and some may be better than others.

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Clubhouse255 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
The evolution of the Clubhouse
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

I think you need to understand the history of the Clubhouse to truly appreciate it. The owner of the Clubhouse started the Eatery on W. Broadway as his first venture many years ago. His vision was a true original in Vancouver at the time. Take eclectic decor of various pop american and japanese icons and pair it with even more eclectic japanese food. Here was born cream cheese maki rolls, potato skin nachos japanese style, and various other totally unique japanese fusion fare. The eatery became a success and was sold. The original owner, Mas ended up started another eccentric joint called the Clubhouse. Completely displaced from any shopping areas or high foot traffick, Clubhouse seemed to survive all its own. It's kitchy gof inspired decor is welcoming yet weird. I always wondered what restaurant was originally housed here. In the years that followed, I think Mas lost touch with the restaurant. The quality and uniqueness of the restaurant seemed to lose its lustre. And in 2007, he likely sold the restaurant to a staff member. From this point onwards, I think the food quality has improved drastically and some heart and soul has been reignited in this little hideaway diner. Karen (who I believe is one of the owners now) has hired a real sushi chef. The sushi is more delicate and tasty now. Food is fresh and service is always prompt. Our regular dishes include the Nabayaki (hot and tasty), various rolls, the mushroom okonomiyaki, tuna tataki, miso soup, marinated salmon (they only use wild salmon!), and chicken katsu curry.

I'd like to think that the Clubhouse is an institution in Vancouver. It's something just totally obscure in the city, yet it's character is born out of something truly unique. If you're looking for fine japanese dining, then the Clubhouse will sure disappoint. But if you're looking for good honest Japanese food with a twist, then Clubhouse will surprise. It's affordable, no fuss food!

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Belgium beer haven
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Chambar is tucked away on Beatty street, seemingly hidden in between deserted lofts above and an even quieter street below. But once inside, Chambar rings with chatter. We had scallops to start, moules frites and a duck dish. Scallops were sweet and succulent. Mussels were big and juicy. Fries were awesome! And I was told the duck dish was delectable. Perhaps most impressive is the restaurants large selection of imported Belgium beer. Lists and lists of them for the thirsty traveller. Many that are difficult to get elsewhere in the city. Service however was lacking. The dining room is small with lots of tables packed in. Service was slow and somewhat unattentive. I think the server came by at most 3 times. Overall a solid dining experience with unique beers!

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Chow3121 Granville Street, Vancouver
An outstanding neighborhood eatery
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 11:10am [Dine in]

The food defines the experience at Chow. The service is attentive, ambiance is comfortable yet stylish but not overdone or pretentious, but the food is the highlight at Chows. Refined, unique dishes with attention to flavour, ingredients and tailored food. I started with the portabello mushroom tarte that is a house specialty. The filo is delectably flakey and the pesto/mushroom combo is delicious! Main was a slow braised back bacon with scallops with a bed of lentils. Lets just say this dish took pork to a whole new level. Thick succulent pork that literally melts in your mouth coupled with sweet plump scallops. To die for! A serious flavor and texture explosion. I would go here again and again. And since it's meant to attract neighborhood diners on a daily basis, I think Chows can easily attract regular fine diners in a not-so pretentious dining room.

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