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leonard hVancouverHi MomSince May 30, 201139 Reviews
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Joey507 Burrard Street, Vancouver
A Very Good Experience
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

All of you who are regulars to this website have seen the over-flattering reviews from people who are obviously friends or relatives of the establishments reviewed. They reek of one-sidedness, yet on the other hand, I think its a nice thing for these reviewers to be doing, even though it's not really honest. I just want to establish here and now that I'm not related to or friends with anyone who works for Joey, and my upcoming positive review was written because Joey made me happy, and by God life is tough and then you die, and I am so grateful for any happiness that comes along. The people at Joey want your experience to be a good one, and if you have any complaints, they will make it right.

How can I begin? With the hostess who, when we arrived when they were busy, saw it as a personal mission to find us a good table. And she did. Then there was the very lovely server who saw that our aioli cup for our yam fries was empty, and asked us if we would like more. One thing that struck me about her was, she was smart, and she liked what she was doing. We were in good hands. I had to use the washroom after ordering, and had to pass the kitchen area to get to the washroom. By God, one of the chefs smiled and nodded at me as I observed the kitchen while walking along. This place wants to please.

The food - My partner and I shared a very delicious ahi tuni salad, which is on the menu as a main course for one person. I thought the server would bring the big salad in its big bowl, and my partner and I would then scoop our portions onto our plates. No. My partner and I each got a beautifully presented half-portion. Perfect. As for the yam fries, my partner said they were the best she's ever had. The kicker was, we ordered a chocolate lava cake for dessert, and it took a bit long to come. No problem, but we were given the dessert on the house...I mean, I started to object and say no problem, but all I could say in the end was Thank you, because their mind was made up. I had the best gin and tonic at Joey that I've ever had in my life (really) to go with the meal, made even better because it was one of the drink specials that day.

OK, I have one complaint. We were there for about 90 minutes, and while I enjoyed the music they played very much, I couldn't help but notice - being a music aficionado - that not one Canadian song was played! Nods to the Brits and Americans, but no Canadians. Maybe the music of Rush and Bryan Adams doesn't fit as background music for Joey, but find some Canadian music that does, OK?

I love you guys, seriously.

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Despite Water On My Brain, Here's a Review of Cincin
Submitted Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

It started out slightly iffy when we wanted a bottle of fizzy water, and it cost $8.00, and the 2 choices were both imported. Canada is the land of water, and you have to import it from little Italy? But you can't single out Cincin...even at some supermarkets you can't get Canadian sparkling water. Our waiter was genuinely nice, but - and here I go obsessing about water again - he kept our fizzy out of reach, so I couldn't pour it when I wanted it. When I finally got up to get it, he in a friendly way admonished me for doing so, and insisted on pouring it. I noticed that another server had left a bottle of water on a man's table for him...that customer didn't have to go through my mild ordeal. But I must state that the server was very good otherwise, and could answer my questions about the food intelligently, like where is Hecate Bay? (Where the halibut was from.) The food - the dessert was the best I ever had, seriously. A pistachio and lemon curd semi-frozen tart, ...worth the 12 bucks because it was spectacular and filling. Worth more. It was the star of the evening. The halibut was a good-size portion, and delicious. The rolls were as good as I've had anywhere in my life, and they were served with a generous mound of tapenade, and really good olive oil. Everything gratis. The server offered me another mound of gratis tapenade, but I just needed a bit more bread for my pasta dish, and it came promptly. I broke down (I had promised my lady friend that I wouldn't drink that evening) and had their red wine sampler - 3 wines of Italy, 2 oz. per glass, at 15 dollars something. There was a light, a medium organic, and a full-bodied. I liked the organic the most. Try a bottle of it, please, to those who order wine by the bottle. The tuna appetizer we shared was melt-in-the-mouth wonderful. Thank you, Cincin. My lady friend was very pleased with the evening, and that's what counts.

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Fortune House Seafood Restaurant4700 Kingsway, #2199A, Burnaby
Have Some Dim Sum
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

Another of the large, utilitarian dim sum places in Greater Vancouver, but this one is at Metrotown, so a potential watering hole for many who are in the "neighbourhood" anyway. These places don't differ a whole lot from each other, in my experience, but this one at least delivers in the important ways - decent food, an interesting menu, efficient service, and fair pricing. You get a choice of 6 different teas to start out, which is nice. The dim sum menu is all in English...appreciate it. The food stand-outs for me were the turnip cakes in XO sauce, and the deep-fried shrimp dumplings. The turnip cakes were wonderfully creamy on the inside, and crusty on the outside. Served in cubes, heaped on a platter on a bed of lightly cooked bean sprouts, I couldn't slow down eating them. The fried shrimp dumplings were stuffed wonton skins big and fat with shrimp, hot and lots of natural shrimp juice on the inside. Not greasy at all. Really good. The other food we ordered was dim sum standard fare, and there was nothing wrong with it. The service was fine. Our teapot was refilled immediately, our food came quickly, and the server was cute and friendly. Not a bad place at all to take a gustatory break while at Metrotown.

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Kent's Kitchen5659 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
I Just Need Kent's Kitchen and a Shoebox to Live in, and I'm Happy in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

I love this place. So many choices right before your eyes packed into this little take-out restaurant, and you take a number and wait to order. The best use of restaurant space in Vancouver, for sure, and your take-out experience will run smoothly every time, no matter how busy they get. Peer over people's shoulders to peruse the food; jostle a little bit...it's OK. Now it's your turn. The staff who pile the food into containers for you are totally on the ball. If it's really loud or if there's a bit of communication break-down, they will be there for you till you get what you want. It is a well-oiled machine, and the price is very right. The food - something for everyone, including vegetarians, and the food is real Chinese food, not greasy pseudo-Chinese. A winner.

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Schanks Sports Grill350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
The Best Rec Room in the West
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

No need to search any further for a place to watch that all-important sporting event when you want to get away from your home - this is the place. I'll tell you how much I like watching sports at Schanks - let's say GSP ever fights Anderson Silva in Vancouver, and let's say someone invites me to go watch the fight. My response may very well be OK, but let's watch it at Schanks. Sitting there in comfort surrounded by a friendly crowd, watching the giant - and I mean giant - screen, being served decent food and drink by a sweetheart of a waitress, despite her being super-busy...sounds a whole lot better than an arena to me. As for the food, I've had the halibut salad, and the salmon salad, and both were great, and the price was right. Their basket of sweet potato fries is awesome. The menu in general shows great aspiration to be much more than just a divey sports bar, yet shows respect for the traditional sports bar comfort foods. Well done, guys.

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Pit Pub Burger Bar6138 SUB Boulevard, Vancouver
Change is Good? Not Always.
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:50am [Dine in]

I went to UBC in the mid-80s, and had food and beer at The Pit on occasion. I liked it. I just went back there recently, more than 25 years later. Holy Shyte, it's the same! How cool. Same food (more or less), a college-age kid working the grill and fryer - which is in exactly the same place, by the way - same low-priced beer, same atmosphere. What a nostalgic wallop, in a totally good way. If you would like to try a burger, fries, and a beer in an Vancouver time warp institution, come here. And be sure to - before or after - explore the UBC campus while you're here...there's a lot to do and see.

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Sea House Fish Chips, The3003 Kingsway, #7, Vancouver
Fresh Fish from Another Era
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:22am [Dine in]

This is a no-fuss, no-muss kind of place, very basic tables and chairs, where you go to the counter and order your food from Mom or maybe Pop, a couple of friendly but a bit aloof old Chinese people who act like they've been together their whole lives. The fish is fresh, and you get a lot of food as part of a low-priced lunch special. And that's really about it. Their clam chowder and fries, the salt and pepper shakers, the service counter, might remind you of a Kingsway diner from another era. In no way will it be a mistake to at least give this place a try for lunch.

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Bishop's, The Pope of Vancouver Cuisine
Submitted Friday, August 10, 2012 - 1:19am [Dine in]

Bishop's may not have special healing powers, but I just felt so good there, and glowed for the rest of the evening. The staff are nice - really, not artificially, nice - attentive, and thoughtful. The food is healthy and delicious, which is a simple thought anyone can have about a meal, but hey, I'm coming at you with several decades of eating enjoyment under my belt, and I've had enough money for one of those decades to really go to town on occasion...I like to think I can back up my food cliches, in other words.

The food is not complicated, but it is food that should not be messed with very much, so thank goodness. A fresh and perfectly-cooked piece of fish, a lovely sauce, good olive oil, good bread and butter. But this is not to suggest that the food is uninspired and unoriginal. They add a bit of cranberry or pumpkin seed or wild rice or many other things good for flavour, presentation, and maybe even health, but they don't go overboard. And they don't skimp on everyone's favourite - the protein. But it's not a flopping over the plate American-style meal either. It's just right. And that's what impressed me about Bishop's - how balanced everything was. Superlative service, but not cloying. A lovely ambiance, but not pretentious. Stellar food, but not high brow food.

OK, Bishop's is expensive, but it's therapy that really made me feel good at a deep level. So, worth it. I suppose I could nitpick and find something more to complain about, but when you love something you love something, and scrutiny is just silly.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
A Sexy Beast Named Guu
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

These guys have reason to be proud, but I want to state right off the bat - let's not get carried away, guys. The bill was 55 total, and I put a 50 and a 20 on the tray. The hostess came around to collect the money, and asked me if I'd like any change. This would have meant a 30% tip on the bill before tax...it was an uncouth ending to an otherwise very enjoyable evening. I politely asked for change, then tipped generously, but not frickin' 30%...sorry.

I recommend any of the really really good Guu sashimi innovations, and the halibut with seaweed sauce was fantastic. The eel bibimbop was a nice try, and the server mixed it up for us, which was interesting, but it was lacking that Korean kick that sends bibimbop through the flavour uprights. The okonomiyaki was served in individual wedges rather than as a whole, which again was quite interesting to me, but it lacked flavour. The presentation was, like everything else we tried, pretty much perfect.

Guu has daily drink specials, an energetic staff ready and able to please, and the vibe is electric. It's not a laid-back place...it's more like go, go, go, eat, eat, eat, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. I felt a tad rushed, a bit frenetic, but it could be because the service is just so efficient, and because I'm a rather old person who likes to take things slowly. The menu is cleverly constructed, wide and varied, beautiful to look at.

You're a sexy beast, Guu, but don't develop an attitude. You're not the only sexy beast in town. But you're a damn sexy one.

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Congee Noodle King3313 Kingsway, Vancouver
When in Rome (or China as the case may be)...
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:20am [Dine in]

This is actually a very good restaurant, very popular with local Chinese, offering fresh and well-prepared food with typical Chinese quick, efficient and down-home (in the Chinese sense) service. You will not be asked HOW'S THE FAMILY? nor will there be cloying attempts to please and smiles all around, but the people who run this place, and the workers, are very good and sincere people. There was obviously a culture gap between the restaurant people and some of the reviewers on this website. Sometimes your server will not speak much English...give her a break, please. She's a nice person. Sometimes the owner may pitch in and unsmilingly plop your food down at your table then rush off...it's not that he doesn't like you; he's very busy. Don't take it personally, please! As for the food, this is my favourite place in Vancouver for "joke", or congee. It's a simple dish (not simple if you try to make perfect joke at home) which they have nailed. My only complaint about this place is that they sometimes have their "catch of the day" joke specials advertised on the wall in Chinese only, so if you don't read Chinese, you'll miss a real treat. Their Chinese donuts are sublime, a great accompaniment to the joke. The rest of the food is good, but go for the joke with a Chinese donut one morning, and you can thank me later.

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
We Enjoyed Ourselves and the Food
Submitted Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

There was not one clunker of all the food our party of four ordered, though the pita bread that came with it could have been fresher. The babaganoush was pleasantly smoky, the cheese dish quite good, the fish perfectly cooked, and my friends were happy with their meat and potatoes and veggie kebabs. My only complaint is that the acoustics and the table arrangement aren't great for a relaxing evening. It's a loud place, and we were pretty crowded together. It's a good atmosphere if you're in a festive mood, and I think very good if you're young, which I'm not. I think you'll like it here.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
What a disappointment
Submitted Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

We went there for dim sum. I wanted to like this place more, but the service was juts so poor that by the end of our meal I had a headache, and was out for revenge, that is, offering up my 2 cents on this website. Our order got lost, then our replacement order got lost again...no, it wasn't lost a second time, but took so long to come that I had snacked on passing dim sum that was available there and then, so by the time our order came, it wasn't as enticing. The food was uninspired. Greasy, tasteless spring rolls, tasteless fish broth, and the rest was passable, but no oohs and ahhhs. Maybe it's because these guys are in a great location and have no competitors around, as opposed to Richmond where if a dim sum place disappoints then people have many other places to go nearby, but the place was filled to the brim with customers, and a constant line-up of people eager to get in. Makes me think I just ordered the wrong things and had bad luck with the service. In my opinion, if you want good dim sum head for Richmond or the downtown Kirin.

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Cactus Club Cafe357 Davie St, Vancouver
One of My Faves in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

Gordon Ramsay literally wrote the 21st Century book on how to make customers keep coming back, and the powers that are of Cactus Club have read this book. Cactus Club is posh food without the posh prices and posh service (Vancouver laid-back and genuinely friendly style, which I like) without the posh attitude. The food was perfectly prepared, very clever in combining flavours that work great together, decent quantity, beautiful to look at, and so delicious. Their salads are spectacular, their fish sublime, and the real test was, they pleased me immensely even though I'm vegetarian. The goat cheese flatbread was faaaan-tastic. As well, everyone who works there - women (whom I''m partial to) and men - are just so attractive. Call me shallow, but that made it better. Our server was a combination of great beauty and doting grandma; it was so much fun. You know how to do it right, guys. Thank you.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
My Approach: Find Something You Like and Stick With It
Submitted Friday, June 3, 2011 - 10:03am [Dine in]

Especially when I'm hungry, seeing that big, beautiful tempeh burger arrive alongside a heaping salad with good dressing and sesame fries is such a rush, and it does not disappoint. On the other hand, stay away from their veggie steak. Great idea, but guys, you gotta find another recipe. Desserts taste as good as they look, so I just get the same thing every time + dessert, and I'm happy. The place is very easy-going. I think those who are complaining on this site about the service should not expect a hop-to-it mentality here, and just relax.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
The Real Deal
Submitted Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 9:43am [Dine in]

This is a good place. It's run by Japanese, not Chinese pretending to be Japanese. It's not pretentious at all; you get decent and authentic food in humble yet comfortable surroundings, and you will be treated with genuine friendliness. If you want a Bazooka Kamikaze Volcano roll or a San Francisco Pittsburgh Rainbow roll, go somewhere else, point being that it's not a flashy place with a flashy menu, but there's enough variety to make it fun, and keep it real. If you want to spend $25 for good and authentic tempura, go to Tojo's. If you want to spend a lot less for the real deal, go to Shiro. And have a lot more while you're there; it's all good.

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Rain Flower Seafood Restaurant3600 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Before you Die, PLEASE take my advice. (Too late to take it after you die!)
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 10:54am [Dine in]

Their durian pastry is one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life. Forget any reservations you have about eating durian. Put all durian fears aside, and try these pastries. Heavenly. The other things that we ordered were good, nothing special. I got the feeling that Rain Flower has been persuaded to conserve on salt and other flavor enhancers because so many people are paranoid about what a little too much salt and MSG once in a while can do to their delicate bodies. The place was full, with people waiting for a seating. That should tell you something.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
We Had Fun and Would Go Back
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 9:45am [Dine in]

Hooray! A glass of reasonably-priced and delicious red house wine. That, to me, got me in a good mood right off the bat at Italian Kitchen. A generous and friendly server who kept on grating the parmesan into my food until I finally said OH, AM I SUPPOSED TO SAY "WHEN"? Happy and chatty dining neighbours who were obviously enjoying their lovingly-presented food. A pizza that was actually generous in size compared to a CD I had eaten at a posh place. Go there and have a good time, like we did.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
At last, a restaurant that lives up to its reviews
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 9:36am [Dine in]

I don't trust Vancouver Magazine much anymore, because apparently their judges' opinions about what's the best in Vancouver are a lot different from mine. But, I think they got it right by giving Kirin such high marks. Everything we had there was really good, and FINALLY a downtown restaurant that gives you value for your money without cutting corners, without sacrificing on quality, taste, and quantity. There was a mixture of Western and Asian diners when we were there, and I noticed that most of the Western diners ordered similar "safe" and familiar-to-Western-people things, rather that be adventurous and eat what the Asian people were eating. If you order the specials, guys, or if you look around and see what Asian people are eating, then order the same, you won't be disappointed. It's a good place.

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Disappointed as Well
Submitted Monday, May 30, 2011 - 10:47am [Dine in]

OK, you can get some outstanding food here, but forget about the well-hyped truffle pizza. It was disappointing. I was asked my opinion by the server, and when I gave a lukewarm review her reaction was a polite but slightly condescending and dismissive insinuation that I didn't know what I was talking about. The other pizza that we had was far better. What gets me about this place - and maybe it's because I don't go to high-end restaurants very often - is how chintzy they are with the alcohol. Fifteen dollars plus tax and tip for a glass of wine, and it was a few drops in a big glass, and not that great either. Maybe this is what it's like in Vancouver, where restaurants are taxed to death by the government for liquor, so maybe Bring Your Own Wine should be encouraged by Market because the prices for alcohol are insane, considering what you get. I should point out that the place was packed when we were there, so if you've got at least $150.00 for 2, sure, give it a shot.

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