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leonard hVancouverHi MomSince May 30, 201139 Reviews
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Vegan Pizza House2119 Kingsway, Vancouver
You Don't Have to Be Vegan to Enjoy Their Pizza
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 11:58pm [Take-out]

Their pizza looks better in real life than it does as advertised on their website. It's a beautiful thing, made with care and skill, and loaded with toppings. The sauce is excellent. The crust is perfect. It is very tasty. And for only $20.00 we had a meal big enough for three people. I'd call that a good deal in Vancouver.

Still, I was going to give Vegan Pizza House 4 stars rather than 5 because vegan cheese is not as good as real cheese, and vegan meat can't compare in flavour to real meat...but then I realised that despite these things, their pizza is still fantastic, and that impressed me all the more.

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Rodney's Oyster House52 Powell Street, Vancouver
A Good Time Had by Both
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2015 - 11:45am [Dine in]

We went at Happy Hour, called Low Tide there, and were pleased with all aspects of our fare - the price, how it was presented, and how it tasted. We ordered the fried oysters, potato-encrusted scallops, and Haida Gwaii candy. It was all fresh and delicious. It came on a giant platter alongside a big, beautiful salad for two. We also got a basket of delicious bread that was flecked with cranberries and walnuts. They didn't charge for the bread, and were even happy to give us a refill at no extra charge. I wish they hadn't given us so much butter though; that was a lot of butter wasted at the end. I wish more restaurants were more mindful of waste; they'd save money, and it's the right way to be. My beer was cold and inexpensive. Good time had by both.

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Kongee Dinesty150-9020 Capstan Way, Richmond, Richmond
We Love to Try New Places, But We Went Back to This Place
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

We've been here twice for lunch, and it was great both times. The congee is a simple work of art, among the best in Vancouver, and you get to embellish it in different ways by ticking what you want or don't want in your congee. Their Chinese donuts are as well among the best in the city. The other standouts for us were the halibut with rice cakes; deep-fried squid tentacles, which were very fresh; and the turnip cakes, which were lighter than the usual, but with a solid texture. They have several different kinds of tea, and you have to ask what they have or specify what exactly you'd like, or else they'll just give you jasmine tea.

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Pink Peppercorn Seafood House1485 Kingsway, Vancouver
For A Couple of Hours Our World Was Very Nice Indeed
Submitted Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

A trip down Vancouver memory lane to a Cannery spin-off, complete with dated but charming seafaring decor. Our server's nickname was Teddybear, and he was a teddybear. Glasses of wine and food portions were generous. The salmon cake appetizer was really good, big enough for two people. The Salmon Wellington was a beautiful throwback to one generation ago when Beef Wellington was the star on many menus. Flavors were subtle. The freshness of the fish was prominent because of that. Still, a little overcooked, and the pastry was not the greatest, but it was delicious nevertheless. My partner's halibut was fine.

Pink Peppercorn no doubt would have been the best restaurant in BC 50 years ago, and it sort of feels like you have stepped back in time there, but now the big gun chefs are here from all over the world, competition to be new and exciting and unique is fierce in Van, many millions are pumped into decor, and old school can't quite compete anymore if fine dining is what you're after. But I think Pink Peppercorn has most of the other guys beat in restaurant finesse, which is cultivated over time, and from genuinely wanting to bring the customer joy.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips66 10th St, #130, New Westminster
Wild Salmon and Chips
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 11:39am [Dine in]

No complaints here. The food was good. Their recipes for fried fish, fries, and cole slaw are good. Their rolls are good. Their prices are fair. Service with a smile. A panhandler came into the restaurant while we were there, and the staff were nice to him. That impressed me. Overall, one doesn't expect with fish and chips to have some kind of a gustatory explosion of wonderfulness...it's just fish and chips after all. But I was not disappointed in any way, and I wish these guys continued good business.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
An Unforgettable Experience
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

There may be no Japanese restaurant like Hi Genki anywhere in North America, maybe the world? It's in a seniors home. The elderly people eat over there, and the customers eat over here. There's a Japanese-Canadian museum and cultural centre next door. The key to the washroom is attached to a giant wrench. Plain old utilitarian tables and chairs in cafeteria-style environment, a few Japanese decorations here and there - but nothing fancy - simple but decent Japanese food. Line ups to get in. Lots of parties ordering food both to eat there and to go. The most popular dishes as I gleaned from looking around - fish on the bone, which people were picking up and eating with their hands, and huge bowls of Japanese-style curry. Very nice servers. Inexpensive. Unique experience.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Had to Try it Once, but Will Not Return
Submitted Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

First, it's not authentic Vietnamese/Cambodian. It's Chinese-run - not that this is necessarily bad - but the Vietnamese writing on the menu, and the Vietnamese/Cambodian decor in the restaurant, almost makes it feel like the people who run the restaurant are trying to fool the customers. So, if it's not authentic Vietnamese/Cambodian, what is it? It's stodgy Chinese-Canadian food, essentially - greasy and heavy - but with a Vietnamese twist. Greasy and heavy oyster omelet...maybe there was a total of 2 oysters in the whole thing, chopped up into little pieces, barely noticeable. For 15 bucks plus tax and tip...a rip-off. Pea tips were good, but overpriced. Veggie dumplings were greasy and heavy. Overall, really disappointing considering all the hype Phnom Penh has been getting over the years. People were lined up, and we had to wait 20 minutes for a seat. Of course, people line up for the crap at Timmy's too. Not that Phnom Penh serves crap...just a really disappointing experience, and almost 50 bucks for lunch for two, without drinks, and to leave dissatisfied...tsk,tsk.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Partial bummer experience here
Submitted Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

I hesitate to write a negative restaurant review because one rule I really believe in is you don't mess with someone's livelihood. So, I will try to balance the negatives here with some positives...that's the best I can do. I think it's important to let people know what not to order so maybe their experience will be better than my friend's was. Negatives - My friend ordered the halibut, and it was not cheap. It was also not fresh. This is inexcusable if you're going to charge a fine-dining price, and in Vancouver to boot, a fresh-seafood mecca. Were they trying to save money at the market by not buying top-quality halibut? Shame on you guys. The server handled my friend's displeasure with great savoir faire, took away the fish, and brought her her second choice, the only veggie main-course option on the menu. It was mediocre at best, and my friend didn't finish it. Positives - 1) The server was very professional. 2) They spiked my French coffee with a whole lot of cognac, possibly to atone for the bad halibut. It was delicious, and appreciated. 3) The bread was good 4) The cheese plate was good and reasonably-priced. 5) The chocolate mousse was good. 6) The escargots were good.

I should also point out that the place was packed with happy people. So, why not give Les Faux Bourgeois a shot, but be wary of the fresh fish and the veggie main-course options.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Partial bummer experience here
Submitted Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

I hesitate to write a negative restaurant review because one rule I really believe in is you don't mess with someone's livelihood. So, I will try to balance the negatives here with some positives...that's the best I can do. I think it's important to let people know what not to order so maybe their experience will be better than my friend's was. Negatives - My friend ordered the halibut, and it was not cheap. It was also not fresh. This is inexcusable if you're going to charge a fine-dining price, and in Vancouver to boot, a fresh-seafood mecca. Were they trying to save money at the market by not buying top-quality halibut? Shame on you guys. The server handled my friend's displeasure with great savoir faire, took away the fish, and brought her her second choice, the only veggie main-course option on the menu. It was mediocre at best, and my friend didn't finish it. Positives - 1) The server was very professional. 2) They spiked my French coffee with a whole lot of cognac, possibly to atone for the bad halibut. It was delicious, and appreciated. 3) The bread was good 4) The cheese plate was good and reasonably-priced. 5) The chocolate mousse was good. 6) The escargots were good.

I should also point out that the place was packed with happy people. So, why not give Les Faux Bourgeois a shot, but be wary of the fresh fish and the veggie options.

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Sunflowers Cafe5125 Joyce Street, Vancouver
Taro Milkshake...YUM!
Submitted Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

First for me, really delicious, served in a big glass mug with one of those straws that are extra-wide so tapioca bubbles can be sucked up. Not too sweet, nice creamy texture, subtle taro flavour...somewhat caramel-y and creamy...a far better shake than at McCrack's. Passed a tall stack of Oreo boxes on the way to washroom...I guess their Oreo Shakes are popular. Food was decent, nothing special. Service was friendly and down-to-earth. Funky bright pastel decor and loud pop music...I'll bet I was the oldest person in there that day. Customers constantly coming in and taking out cold and hip Taiwanese-style teas. But you can sit down and eat and/or drink here, contrary to the description above on this dinehere.ca webpage. There are I would guess about 15 tables. There are quite a few restaurants around Joyce Station now, and Sunflower is definitely the one I would take an out-of-town guest to. Good experience.

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Shanghai Elan Restaurant4500 Kingsway, #1687, Burnaby
Food That We Had and Wish we Had Had
Submitted Monday, September 23, 2013 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

I was excited to be going to Shanghai Elan. I'd heard that they had the best Chinese donuts in Vancouver, and I know they're greasy and not good for you, but I love them so much. At Congee Noodle King they are wonderful, so when my friend said that at Shanghai Elan they're even better, I was skeptical but psyched. No, no, noooooo! They were out of Chinese donuts. My friend said that's OK, try the smoked fish appetizer. She loves it. Her friends love it. Yes, they were out of that too. But I was in a great mood because I had fallen in love with the server, and when you're in love it's all good. My friend and I shared a whole sweet and sour rock cod, which was fresh and daring in its sweetness. The sauce on its own was too sweet, but matched with the fish the combo took fish and sauce to a higher level, something I would not have thought possible because the sauce was so sweet. Brilliant. Daikon pastries - good, but daikon could have had more flavour. Leek turnovers with egg - delicious.
Soymilk soup - served not hot enough, and not much more than soymilk, the kind you drink in a cup. But obviously fresh and high-quality. Still, wouldn't order it again. Colourful menu, great location...overall, we enjoyed ourselves, but there were disappointments.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Happy Hour, Happy Times
Submitted Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

One thing Joe Fortes is not is stuffy, despite it being high-end. My friend and I were treated royally by the servers even though we opted for the plebeian Happy Hour arrangement. Our needs were anticipated before we even knew what they were sometimes...very impressed. The only space left when we got there was possibly the tiniest one, but as soon as a bigger one freed up, our lovely server let us know, and we moved. Overall, there's a feel-good vibe there...no wonder it's so popular. We loved the lobster sandwich - bigger, higher quality, and much tastier than a McLobster (I tried one once in Nova Scotia), and for about the same price at Happy Hour! - and the Oysters Rockefeller was top-notch. It was a fun time. Thank you guys!

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Fujiya912 Clark Drive, Vancouver
A Vancouver Institution
Submitted Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

Fujiya set the standard in Vancouver long ago for first-rate sushi, and though now Vancouver boasts many sushi superstars, Fujiya remains the reliable standby and sushi-roll model for reasonably-priced, good quality sushi in Vancouver. Take out-of-town guests to Fujiya, and they will be even more envious that you live in Vancouver.

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Red Star Seafood Restaurant8181 Cambie Rd, #2200, Richmond
Red Star is a Star
Submitted Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Conveniently located minutes by foot from Aberdeen Station, it nevertheless wasn't easy to find. The Red Star sign outside President Plaza pointed to nowhere, and once we figured out that it was IN President Plaza we still couldn't find it. Then I saw a sign that read "Chinese restaurant", and after investigating further, found out that that was Red Star. At last. But the food turned out to be so good, our "miss" adventure was soon dismissed. Dim sum has come a long way from the stuff on wheeled carts I used to eat in Chinatown back in the day. Stodgy har gow/siu mai be gone...at Red Star you get star treatment. We had a fried fish dish that was so fresh I doubt something that good would have been possible in a city away from the sea. The Chinese broccoli with dried fish was like something picked recently out of a garden. We had a rice roll with minced fish that had a fishball-type filling so succulent and smooth, and I had never had anything like it. The sticky rice wrapped in a leaf stuck just slightly, falling apart gently when prodded by chopsticks to reveal hot and steamy goodness inside.Just really good food overall, not greasy...we will be back.

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Gingeri Chinese Cuisine5300 No. 3 Road, 323, Richmond
A Class Act in the Dim Sum Scene
Submitted Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

We had made a reservation for noon on a busy Sunday, got there at noon, and were seated almost immediately. I was impressed by the genuine friendliness of the hostess, and - throughout the meal - by the staff. The decor was soothing to the eye, tasteful without being gaudy, elegant yet spartan in the traditional big-dim-sum restaurant fashion. We had a choice of more than 10 teas, and chose a kind of flower tea that was delicious. Our pot was re-filled promptly, and again, and it was all we could drink for 2$. The food was excellent. The highlights were scallop and mashed potato wrapped in seaweed, the end result spring-roll shape; jicama-peanut dumplings; deep-fried salty tofu with garlic, crispy on the outside, soft and fresh on the inside; and pieces of fresh fish in a lovely sauce. I really couldn't find a thing wrong with this place.

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
This is a Good Place
Submitted Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 11:08am [Dine in]

My friend and I had a fine meal. We had the 50$ tasting menu, and everything served was good. There was plenty to eat. The bread and olive oil which accompanied the meal was top quality. The highlights for me were the cheese soufflé; the simple tomato salad, which was a testament to the greatest chef on Earth - Mother Nature; the sorrel mayonnaise, which came as a dip for the fritto misto; and the cheese ravioli, light and billowy, but full of flavour. Two minor issues - I found the chalkboard with the daily specials on it to be cursively messy and full of hard-to-fathom detail. I suggest keeping it basic, and giving each dish its own space rather than cramming everything together. The host can go into detail more for each table if required. Or, have printed daily menus for the customer to peruse in easy-to-read font; then, all the details of each dish would be a fun read rather than a craning-your-neck chore. The other issue was, I don't eat pork, and told the host this, yet I was served pork. This was not serious for me personally, but it could have been with another customer. If special dietary restrictions can't be accommodated, please let the customer know. I expect that it was an oversight, and I didn't mind as I'm not black and white about my diet. I ate it as I don't like to waste food, and it was superb just like everything else. Overall, a top-notch meal, with attentive, enthusiastic service. Highly recommended.

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Golestan Bakery1554 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Like a Trip to Heaven, Nirvana, and Paradise, All Rolled Into One
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 6:35pm [Take-out]

You walk into this place, and I swear to God angels from heaven greet you, and stuff your face with all sorts of ambrosial delicacies.Beautiful music is playing, and the smell from the kitchen is intoxicating. A swarthy gentleman in a baker's cap levitates towards you suddenly in a cloud that reminds you of dry ice. There is a peaceful smile on his face, and he is looking at you with affection. A friendly person appears at the counter, the angels fade away, the baker floats back to his ovens, and you get down to business, and decide what to order. Everything looks so delicious. My advice is to bring lots of money here, and buy buy buy. Then just live on Golestan products for the next week. Eat nothing else. They have magical healing powers.

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Nuba1489 East Hasting Street, Vancouver
Tiki and Tabouleh
Submitted Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Where else in the world can you have a decent Mai Tai with your delicious Middle Eastern food? No other place like this place in Vancouver. After my second cocktail at Nuba - a Blue Hawaii - I wandered around the large restaurant space, observed all the retro and a couple of tikis, then went over to the adjoining tiki bar - Vancouver's only since Trader Vic's closed - and was impressed. No gaudy tikis everywhere (not that there's anything wrong with that), but tasteful Polynesian art. The artfullest of artificial palm trees. A night sky ceiling with small light stars. A unique and refined take on tiki.

Most of you know by now that the food at Nuba is pretty reliable, and we had no complaints about it. I liked the atmosphere and the drinks primarily.

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Sushiyama371 East Broadway, Vancouver
You Can't Not Like This Place. How Can You Not?
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

My best friend's son is a graduate of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, a former chef, and a foodie who is always looking for the best place for this and that. He goes to Sushiyama more than to any other restaurant in Vancouver, and I finally had a chance today to see for myself why he is so enthusiastic about it. (Fast-forward several hours...) Well, I've found my go-to restaurant, at last. In fact (he wrote semi-seriously, to drive home a point), I'm considering not going to any other restaurant in Vancouver again. Just this one. Fresh fresh fish, many sushi combinations, great value. The black cod we ordered was slightly charred and crispy on the outside, almost trembling with succulent, juicy freshness on the inside. The sushi pizza was topped with slabs (not an exaggeration) of tuna and salmon sashimi - a lot of really fresh fish for 9 bucks. Everything else was very good, and beautifully presented. And there are quite a few interesting vegetarian options, like the Crunch Roll, which has yam AND sweet potato. Even the brown rice tea was tasty.

We were there at 2 PM, and it was teeming with customers. My friend said it gets really busy at dinner, just to warn you.

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Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan3219 Kingsway, Vancouver
I Order You to Order My New Favourite
Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

Stephen Harper ate here, and you see a couple of photos of him posing with the Jambo Grill people as you walk in the door. I asked our hostess what he ordered, and she said butter chicken. Butter chicken..of course. He's a conservative, after all. I'm sure it's good, but I suggest being liberal when you come here, because they have an interesting and unique menu featuring many Indian foods, but also going beyond India into the realm of Africa, with some fusion going on. If you want butter chicken, there are hundreds of places to go in Vancouver. But if you want to try something really special, well... today I discovered a new-favourite restaurant food in Vancouver. Favourite of the month, perhaps, but still the current favourite. It's called Bhel Puri, and it can be found in its glory at Jambo Grill. It's a big Indian-style salad, vibrant with colours, textures, and flavours. There's puffed rice in there, something crunchy made from chickpeas, cilantro, green onion, white onion, a kind of crunchy noodle, some peanuts, and more, mixed together with a delicious curry-esque dressing, and served cold in a heap. So wonderful. The other foods we tried were standard Indian, with my vegetarian thali South Indian in influence. The stand-out of the thali was the yogurt pudding, a large bowl of something resembling rice pudding, but creamier, tangier, and very delicious. The best part about this place? It's a 5-minute walk from the place where I stay when I go to Vancouver. I'll be back.

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