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leatherbellyVancouverSince December 1, 200612 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value4 (3.8)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Charlatan, The1447 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Hey, I've never worked here & I enjoy the place!
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

I do wish that disgruntled ex-employees would refrain from boringly trying to twist the knife in the back of their ex-employers. Guess what, you didn't get canned because you were good at your job. Don't be so weak, move on.

Okay, we had the Moroccan chicken, the tuna bites, the coconut shrimp and salt & pepper wings. Each of the items was warm & well presented. I like the winks crispy & they were. The tuna bite portion has shrunk but was good and tasty. The shrimp were really great, plump & had a great curry sauce.

The room upstairs by the bar is good. Plenty of floor to ceiling windows to watch the adult cartoon that is Commercial Drive. love the bar. Bar tender that night was P___. P___ is great at his job, works hard, fast & always has a smile for the customer no matter how busy. The waitresses are for the most part pretty good, courteous and diligent. Many are new and a definite upgrade from the gals they had working there up 'til a few months ago.

Newly heated patio is a plus seeing as winter is still here in late May. I think overall you get what you pay for here. The owner is always quick to make amends for any shortcomings, and there aren't too many in truth.

I'll be back for the food, the beer & the 'show' on the Drive.

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Stan's Pizza4527 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Solid new pizza place
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

This isn't a pizza joint, this is a pizza restaurant, and a good one at that IMHO. First time in there yesterday and I wasn't disappointed I had the medium with feta, artichoke hearts and spinach. The cheese does it for me when it comes to pizza. This is the real deal, not that oily stuff you get at the big chains. Good flavour, good crust (not thin, not deep dish, just right). It's on the north side of Hastings half a block east of Willingdon. If I have a criticism it's that the room is too dark from outside the place.

I could actually see myself watching a Canucks game, grabbing a few slices and curling back a couple at this place which I've not done before at a pizza restaurant. Mrs Leatherbelly just ordered. She & the kids piled in. Good stuff. Solid addition. Good luck to them.

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
My new favourite pho hangout.
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

When it comes to pho for me it's all about the broth and the beef. Both were excellent on the two occasions I visited last week with clients. The broth isn't greasy or too salty. The beef is good quality, sliced thinly and fall apart to the tooth.

Service was solid the first time. The second time I got the pho, later the spring roll, finally the coke despite ordering them at the same time. There's a bit of a language issue I think rather than just bad service. Fair enough. Service comes with a smile though which isn't always the case at other pho eateries I've tried. If you want a big steaming cauldron of pho for less than $6 (large) give it a whirl. I'll be back for sure. Leave your plastic. Cash only.

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Triple Coconut Tree4126 Hastings St, Burnaby
Triple Coconut Tree - First Review
Submitted Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

Been here a couple of times now for lunch. Large bowl very good Pho, tasty beef, little or no corriander this recipe. Also had the spring rolls. Good reports from my lunch mates. Clean, fairly large, service so-so. Not rude or anything, three tables & they're in a slow spin cycle.

Next door to The Pear Tree...no kidding.

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Sushi Town5935 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Time to get a conveyor belt
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 11:42am [Dine in]

The food here is constantly fresh and tasty. The portion size is above average. The prices are not. The room is basic but fine & recently became better organized. It fills early at mealtimes and especially at weekends.

The service, however, is consistently appalling. It's slow, never a smile, nothing outside of what is absolutely necessary to receive your order, personality free. You may well sit for 15 minute before you get tea and another 15 or more before the food arrives. I took my kids there for lunch and ordered too much so asked to have it packed to go. Without a single word I was handed a plastic container and a bag and had to pack the food myself.

I would prefer to see a sushi conveyor belt installed and ditch the pointless servers. Good eats but pack an extra smile & leave the tip at home.

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Bistro 17341734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
This place is a gem.
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

My wife & I ate here Saturday night at 7.30. Surprised to get a table since we only phoned that morning. There seems to be an older set that eats earlier & then the place thins out somewhat. We arrived, were greeted by the owner & shown to our choice of three seats. Our server was attentive, friendly without being intrusive, & knowledgeable. A real pro. We had a couple of martinis & a bottle of Blue Mountain chardonnay, $42(they were out of our first request & they no longer serve the interestingly named Dead Frog Ale). The wine list was adequate with lots of solid BC wines, the beer list was a little sad. Coors?! I'd like to see some local craft beers.

My wife had the asparagus & crab in pastry with salad & I had the moules marinieres. Both were absolutely superb, great flavours, presentation, perfectly cooked and generous portions. This was accompanied by seemingly endless baskets with a most delicious sourdough bread for dipping in a great broth & sauce.

From their week-old menu we chose the sablefish & 'scallop & prawn' dish. Both were sublime. Superbly cooked & generous. Again the sauces were wonderful (have the sauté potatoes, not fries). The chef clearly has it together in the kitchen. We really appreciated the way his team cooked and presented each dish.

Dessert was also very good, lemon pie & profiteroles finished off one of the most pleasant and complete dining experiences we've had in a long time. Without tip, our bill came to less than $160 which we both felt was a bargain. The front and back of the house worked very well together. The room was relaxed and we didn't feel rushed. Our server didn't see us leave & came out onto the street to see us off, a nice touch. We'll definitely return to this restaurant.

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Vera's Burger Shack1935 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Above average burger, rude server
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2007 - 12:06am [Dine in]

My buddy & I ate here recently, my first time at Vera's. I didn't lnow what the drill was so I guess I was a little slow(20-30 seconds staring at the options, nobody else in line). I asked a couple of reasonable questions and was met each time with a loud sigh and roll of the eyes. I appreciate that $8 p/h I'm probably looking at a student who doesn't give a damn, but don't insult your customers & expect a tip. The burger was fine but I was pi$$ed off when eating it so it was hard to enjoy.

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Tommy's1308 Ross Road, North Vancouver
Reasonable breakfast.
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

Went for breakfast with my wife & kids. Small place, limited parking, decor terrible. We had waffles, traditional eggs benny (with a side of bacon w/o sulphites, $3.25, 3 strips!). All the foor was good with the exception of the home fries, which leaked a orange oil. My wife thought they were re-fried. Coffee was excellent. Made a special trip having read the reviews here. Might drop by if I'm in the area again.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
The answer is always yes.
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2007 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

Gotham. What else can I add to the glowing reports on this page? We don't eat steak very often, but when we do, we do it at Gotham. All AAA Alberta. You can't make a bad choice. I had the fillet, my wife the petit fillet, my friends had the porterhouse & the NY strip. We had differing requirements when it came to 'doneness'. Perfect every one. 3 sides are enough for 4, especially when you have a delightful starter. I would suggest arriving 30-45 minutes before dinner so you can sit on the comfy sofas in the piano bar and enjoy the music, the room and the company. Must have been there a dozen times or more & we look forward to the next.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
The good the bad and the lovely.
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2007 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

Had dinner with my wife and two friends. All of us live/lived in the UK for extended periods and the curry there sets a pretty high standard. We shared 5 dishes - aloo gobi, chicken vindaloo, shrimp masala, biryani & tikka masala, both chicken. I guess we like chicken. The food was really good, every dish, however they didn't all arrive at the same time. It was hard to get drinks, hard to catch the waitress' eye to order more side dishes, and finally took ages for the bill to arrive. Only one or two people were allowed to touch the till and if they were otherwise occupied, you had to wait, 15 minutes. They were friendly enough, but life their interior decorator, somewhat indifferent. Service bad. Ambiance/room good enough. Food lovely.

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Mr. Ho Wonton house6731 Kingsway, Burnaby
So, you like wonton's?
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

Just had lunch at Mr Ho's Wonton House on Kingsway near Griffiths. Had to have the wonton soup of course, as did my wife. The kids had chicken & corn soup and we shared shredded chicken chow mein & 4 egg rolls. The soup portions were enormous & teh wontons, about 8 or 9 per bowl, were perhaps the best I've had for the price. Chow mein was a touch oily but the shredded chicken was full of flavour and the egg rools were great. We had to take some noodles & the Chicken & corn soup home. The soups were so called 'small' & would have been more than enough by themselves. Good times.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Size isn't everything, but....
Submitted Friday, December 1, 2006 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Interesting concept, but completely unsuited to Blood Alley(though short of a needle exchange I can't think what would be). The food was good for flavour, bad for portion size, but in it's defence it's a 'tasting room'. It doesn't, however, come with a tasting room price. Expensive, very expensive.

The service was okay, but again wasn't matched by the price and the room reminded me of a dressed up communal lunch room at school.

Did I mention it was expensive? We won't be back.

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