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lindaroseVancouverSince November 26, 2007172 Reviews
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2.5 (2.7)
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All Day Cafe123 Carrie Cates Court, #147, North Vancouver
A very good cup of coffee
Submitted Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 2:11am [Dine in]

I'll admit at the start. I only had a cup of coffee.

However, it was a darned GOOD cup of coffee.

The young woman working there was friendly. The coffee choices ample. I chose a volcanic roast. It was HOT, the way I like it and very tasty.

Excellent ambiance on a quiet evening overlooking the water.

Note to readers - this is a just a little place in Londsdale Quay - it is not a fine dining establishment, it is a self-serve coffee bar (for the purpose of my visit). However, the coffee was very good and I could not have asked for a nicer environment to enjoy it.

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Sweet Carrie's Dessert Shop123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Worst Diplomat Cake Slice Ever. Server not accurate.
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

Checked out the Quay and was craving something sweet to have with a coffee. I spotted this bakery, but there was literally no-one attending the counter. Went for a short walk, browsing the Quay and returned .. still no one. Went for another short walk and returned to find an disinterested Asian man behind the counter.

I asked if the Diplomat Cakes were made with real butter. The man did not seem to understand me at first. I asked again. He said, "Yes. Butter."

I bought a slice for $3.25 plus tax. I ate it at the tables near the window with the nice view of Vancouver.

I should have just had a coffee and thrown the $3.25 into the water fountain outside. It was the worst Diplomat cake I have ever had. It had ZERO flavour. If butter was used in the frosting - it would have been 0.01% added to shortening. I didn't taste any buttery flavour at all. It tasted like nothing.

Gross. Never again.

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Tim Hortons7380 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Terrible Service and Bleh Food
Submitted Friday, January 20, 2012 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

The kids wanted a treat while we were at that mall just off Byrne Road in Burnaby. We decided to go to Tims and have an early supper. Big Mistake.

The server was dumber than a sack of rocks. I was attempting to order for myself, husband and two kids. Everytime I stated my order, the server repeated it back incorrectly. I tried to clarify, but she kept repeated back incorrect orders. Realizing that my order was large (including three sandwhich combos, donuts and an extra beverage) and that the server was English-Second-Language, I politely asked for a pen and paper so I could WRITE DOWN exactly what I wanted - making it easier for both of us.

Dumb girl stated she didn't have a pen. I repeated my desired order, she repeated it back WRONG. I advised her that I was getting ready to give up and walk out. I again, asked for a paper and pen and said I would write down my order because the constant back and forth was just getting irritating to me.

She reluctantly provided a pen and a scrap of paper and I wrote down EXACTLY what we wanted. She rang up my order and asked for payment. I paid and waited a few minutes to pick up my order. Astonished, I discovered that they included two extra sandwiches (one of them large) which I DID NOT ORDER. There is no way that she should have made this mistake, these sandwiches were completely unrelated to the order I had written down. Furthermore, she omitted one of the extra beverages that I had ordered.

By this time, the line up was even longer. I had completely lost patience with the stupid girl and we ate our lunch. I checked out the price board and did some mental math - yep - she fully charged us for all the unordered and unwanted items. Again, the line up was long and I just did not have the patience to try to sort this out.

The food was below average, did not taste "Fresh" and even the donuts (which used to be so good) tasted stale. The coffee was not as hot as I would like and was not particulary tasty.

I attempted to contact Tim Hortons head office in Canada to complain - but this particular location is not listed on their website and when I tried to contact them on their website - it kept rejecting my letter.

I will never set foot in any Tim Hortons again. Bleh food is bad enough - but I can't deal with stupid servers who can neither follow verbal or written instructions.

Funny thing - I had similar problem with this Tim Horton's a few years ago and was able to contact head office and get it rectified. It seems that they continue to hire unintelligent, uninterested staff who are probably people that the nearby McDonalds turned down when they applied for a job there!! Pathetic.

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Notte's Bon Ton Pastry & Confectionery3150 West Broadway, Vancouver
Traditional and Good
Submitted Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 9:22am [Dine in]

I have been enjoying cakes here for most of my life. My mum used to buy them for special occasions when I was a young girl and I continue the tradition for my own family.

I especially like the Diplomat cakes (their signature cake) and, at Christmas, I really enjoy their beautiful and intensely flavourful Yule Logs.

The bakery has bankers hours. They close Sunday and Monday and stat Holidays. They stay open only until 6:00 PM. If I need a cake for a Sunday or a stat Holiday, I purchase and pick up the day or two before. The buttercream icing is made from real butter and is rick and dense - the cakes stay fresh under this delicous icing for a day or two easily!!

The service is so so. I have had everything from dismal to good. I once went in to dine in at the tea shop area. The server was so miserable that I actually walked got up from the table with my young son and walked out without completing my order!! The service at the counter is much better, not outstanding or particularly warm, but acceptable.

In any event - the cakes. Ooooooooh the cakes. Yummmmmmmmmmm

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Paragon Pizza6942 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Good Standard Pizza for Deliery/Takeout
Submitted Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 9:10am [Delivery]

I have ordered pizza here a few times.

The service is only okay. I only had a real problem once, when I attempted to pay with AMEX (which their flyer states that they accept). The person working that day did not have a good grasp of the English language and stated, "yes" when I tried to confirm that they took AMEX. The delivery driver was taken aback when I handed him my AMEX, stating that they do NOT take it and his machine is not even set up to take it.

Other than this one incident - there have been no problems.

The pizza is good. Lots of toppings and good flavour. It is either regular or thin crust - either way, the toppings are well distributed and go all the way to the edge. I especially like that they finely dice their green peppers - making it easier for the kids to eat.

The pizza is tasty and not particularly greasy. The value is good with mid week specials and two for one pricing.

I ordered again just yesterday. I checked the flyer - they still indicate that they take AMEX, but I know now that this is not the case and now the rest of you know too ;)

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Pho Thai Hoa3524 Kingsway, Burnaby
Outstanding Pho and Banh Mi
Submitted Friday, November 18, 2011 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

Tried this new restaurant in the area for some Pho on a rainy day.

The place was crowded for the noon lunch crowd, but there was a table for four available for two adults and two 4 year olds. The room was a little crowded with tables - I would not attempt to bring a stroller or wheelchair for dine-in at this place.

It took a while for for staff to take our order and we had to wait a bit for a our food as they were busy (in fact, they were so busy that I was not able to order a salty lime soda drink as the server advised she had no time to prepare it!).

Notwithstanding this - when the food arrived - it was heavenly. The Pho had a tasty broth without the usualy taste of MSG or extra saltiness. The noodles were perfectly cooked. I ordered the Pho Tai Gan (Rare beef and tendon noodle soup). The rare beef was nicely layered and the tendon tender. There was a very generous portion of basil and sprouts to add (along with the requiste lime and chili). The Banh mi ga nuong (Lemongrass grilled chicken sub) was served on soft, warm bread and the Lemon grass chicken was of ample.

My friend had the Goi cuon ga Lemongrass Chicken Salad Roll). I tried a piece, it was delicious and came with a wonderful and amply portioned peanut dipping sauce. Soooo good!

Along with the standard Hoisin Sauce, Fish Sauce, Soy Sauce and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, there was a mild ginger sauce on the table that was extremely tasty.

The meal was served with a delicious tea and water for the girls.

The large Pho was $7.00 (they gave me a smaller bowl for sharing with my daughter). The Banh mi was $4.50. The pop was $1.50. My entire bill was under $17 including tax and 15% tip.

This will be my new local Pho place!!

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Cheshire Cheese Inn123 Carrie Cates Court, #218, North Vancouver
Good view, good kids menu - but overall only "average"
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

Took the kids here on a rainy Saturday.

I was impressed with the chidren's menu - staples such as burgers, fish & chips, etc that come with a pop for only $5.75. Excellent value!!

My six year old son wanted a burger. We were at a pub style restaurant in Vancouver a few weeks ago where we ordered a burger from the kids menu and it was filled with chopped onions. He specifically wanted a burger with "no onions or 'green stuff' (i.e. vegetable matter, like parsley)" I inquired and the burger was indeed a beef burger without the offending onions or veggie matter. It was served with ample fries and was a good size.

My daughter opted for the chicken pot pie. This was not on the children's menu - but she was gung ho on chicken pot pie - so I ordered it for her. It came with fries. The pie was actually a stew in a medium sized ramkin with a flakey crust atop. It was tasty enough and okay value at $12 ish.

I ordered the halibut and chips for $18 and the $1 extra cole slaw. The fish was a little greasy - but otherwise tasty. The fries were tasty enough. The cole slaw (which cost a buck extra) was abysmal. It was blah flavour and done in a vinegar type dressing. I only ate one bite of it. I politely advised the waitress that it was not to my liking and asked her not to include it in the bill. She was gracious and omitted the item from our final bill.

Lunch came to $48 (including tax and 15% tip).

The ambiance was okay - a little meh, but the view on a nice day would be great. I would return for a burger and a beer on a nicer day with the hubby and burger and pop from the children's menu for the kids. I just wouldn't bother with the pricier entrees.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Okay meal - dissapointed in how kids menu was executed
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2011 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

Too the family here a week or so ago. Seated on the family side as opposed to the Pub side and ordered for the kids from the children's menu. Crayons and paper were provided - so if potential diners would prefer to have a "child free" atmosphere - please ask to be seated on the pub side as families are welcome on the regular restaurant side.

Notwithstanding this - the children's menu needs some tweaking.

Ordered a burger for one kid (who specifically just wants a plain burger with nothing on the bun - he will add his own ketchup to his specifications). The burger was listed as exactly that and came with fries for $6. Unfortunately, the burger was made with tonnes of chopped onions mixed in the meat as well as parsley. My six year old son tried desparately to pick out the offending vegetable matter - but could not as it was so well mixed and so very prevalent.

He looked longingly over at his sisters chicken strips and fries (also ordered from the children's menu which was three small chicken strips and fries for $7.00)

When the waiter came back, I explained that my son would not eat the burger because of the onions and parslely mixed in. He asked if he could bring something else, and I suggested just bringing three chicken strips. He left the picked at burger on the table and returned later with a fresh chicken strips children's meal.

I also ordered each child a pop.

Meanwhile, my husband ate the picked at burger (just to not waste food) and we ordered two adult entrees and two beers.

The adult meals were well done and tasty.

When we got the bill, I noted:

1) They charged full price for THREE (3) children entrees! My son found the burger unedible. Who puts onions and parsley in a kid's burger anyway?? So a total of six (6) small chicken strips, a badly executed burger and a handful of fries came to $19 !!!!!! We could have ordered a much better, more balanced and tasty entree for the kids, had more food and it would have been better! The burger should have been struck from the bill;

2) The children's menu stated "children's pop $1.75" The waiter charged regular price for my kids pop ($2.95 EACH).

The service was otherwise friendly. The adult meals were good. The beer was also very good.

However, I was very unimpressed how we were price gouged for the children's items and that the children's burger was so very child unfriendly.

I would go again for the pizza (which is done nicely) and the other adult entrees - I would avoid the children's menu completely.

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Kinemi's Kitchen7751 Champlain Crescent, Vancouver
Good Eats in Champlain - with some fix-ups - could be a real gem
Submitted Friday, September 23, 2011 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

At first, I was a little skeptical - most restaurants don't last long at this location and I wondered about the little place with the Japanese sounding name that specialized in Italian food...

I learned that the proprietor use to be a chef at La Piazza (the very good Italian Restaurant at the Italian Community Center just off Grandview Hwy and Slocan). I was very intrigued...

I visited with my friend and our 4 year old daughters. The girls had the children's menu special - spaghetti and meatballs for $5.00. I had the smoked salmon, apple and fennel salad and my friend had the beet root salad. We also had sides of foccacia bread and garlic bread.

I'll start with the negatives: The garlic bread's topping was good buttery and garlicky. However, it was made with what looked like slices of wonderbread!!! This should have been made with Italian bread. I would not order this again.

The only other quibble was that the 4 year olds were served last - generally speaking - the food for little kids should be served first - the girls were behaving and everything - but they are more apt to get restless than the grownups - it would make sense to get them settled with their lunch and then serve the adults.

As for the salads - mine was certainly delicious. It was made with good quality ingredients, well presented and just plain tasty. I thought the price point ($8.00) was very reasonable.

The foccacia bread was a generous portion and came with balsamic vinegar and sundried tomato oil. My friend reported that it was good. I would order this instead of the garlic bread.

The girls pasta was very tasty, the pasta done al dente. The tomato sauce was very nice and there were several tasty little meatballs - Chef-Boy-R-Dee this most certainly wasn't. It was good food and good value.

I am interested in returning and trying one of their main course entrees. I am told that they are very good, with excellent vegetable sides.

With a little extra in the way of decor (e.g. some plants, window treatment, etc to improve the ambiance a little) and correction of the garlic bread issue - this would be a wonderful little gem in the neighbourhood.

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Popular Chinese Cuisine Restaurant3377 Kingsway, #4, Vancouver
Another "Meh" restaurant on Kingsway between Joyce and Boundary
Submitted Friday, September 16, 2011 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I actually accidentally walked in here. I was planning on going to "Lucky Noodle" which is right next door. Once I was in, I decided to give it a try as I like to sample different restaurants.

My daughter and I ordered off the lunch special menu. I did not notice much of a price difference between the regular menu and many of the lunch special items. We went with the Cumin Lamb with noodles and the Kao Pao Chicken with rice. Both were to come with sides and soup.

We received a few Steam Soy Beans in Pods (I can't remember the name of those things). They were kind of mushy, not like the lightly steamed ones served in Japanese restaurants. These were served in a tiny dish - it would have been an amuse bouche for ONE person, keep in mind - there were TWO of us.

We only received ONE soup (we ordered TWO lunch specials...). The soup was watery, flavourless broth anyway.

The chicken was quite greasy. The chicken was swimming in red oil. It was a little peppery - I was okay with it - but my daughter couldn't eat it. The cumin lamb was tasty - but the cabbage that it was stir fried with was not cooked enough. Also, it was more of a cabbage dish than a lamb dish as the cabbage was by far the predominant ingredient.

We both had a pop.

The bill came to just under $25 (excluding tip).

The server was pleasant enough, but she did the basics, take our order, bring tea, beverages and food.

I would stick to Lucky Noodle - which is right next door.

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Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre, The2616 Shaughnessy, Port Coquitlam
Dinner Theater - Reservations definately required!!
Submitted Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

Went to the Giggle Dam with some family.

I had been to Maz & Me's dinner theater back when it was on Davie Street (think early 90's). It was good, but the food left a lot to be desired.

Fast forward to a similar concept, but in PoCo and it is the Giggle Dam.

This is a whole evening affair, reservations are required. It is dinner theater/variety show, not a drop in and eat place.

The food was really good. There was a choice of chicken, beef, fish and vegetarian pasta (all served with a sprig of parsley because it is cheap and looks nice). The sides were potatoes and veggies. Salad was served before along with rolls (sometimes they serve soup). The portions were generous and the food quality was quite good considering the volume and that it was pretty much all served at once.

Drinks (purchased separately) were good. The Cesar was good (not too spicy), the Pina Colada (Chi Chi) was good (they used a good mix). I was a little disappointed in my Singapore Sling, but they corrected it when asked by adding some grenadine.

The show was awesome. A little bawdy, a little hokey, but do not underestimate the musical talent of these performers. After the funny First Act, the second Act featured tributes and covers to various artists. The performers are extremely musically talented and have excellent stage presence. The Second Act was my favourite part.

The performers and servers will interact with audience, and even have some audience participation. It is all good silly fund.

A little note about the bill at the end. Taxes are added to both your drinks AND to the price of the dinner (so $55.00 for the dinner/show plus whatever you drink and HST is added). Also, an 18% gratuity is added to both the $55 and whatever you order to drink). The staff are well worth this, I'm only mentioning it here so that there is no shock for someone who might attend.

All in all - a good time. I'll be back.

I'll remind once again - purchase tickets as if going to a show at a theater. It is dinner theater and not a drop in restaurant.

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Chaise Lounge4444 Main St., Vancouver
Service and Food Good.
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2011 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

I had a 20 oz Guiness. Delicious. Right temperature. Only missing the cross when poured. I used my thumb and made my own.

Even though it is summer, I had the prime rib (8 oz, with potatoes, veggies and yorkshire pudding). It was very good. But not great. I would have actually a slightly better quality cut of meat and less of it. That is not to say that I wouldn't recommend it to someone who was desperate for a meat fix - but I have had better in the city.

Service was excellent - friendly, but not obtrusive.

Would return.

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Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
Slow, crowded little Bubble Tea Place
Submitted Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

Went on the recommendation of an acquaintance.

I found the bubble tea menu limited. I ordered the almond milk tea with pearls. Hubby and the kids had the mango slush. The mango slushes were very good - about as good as one would find at Bubble Word. I know that my almond milk tea was made from powder - it said so right on the menu board - I am not sure why I was disappointed with the powdery taste. I guess because Bubble World using a sweet syrup added to their milk tea and it tastes better and has better mouth feel.

The service was okay. Friendly enough - but slow as molasses in January. There were a few people there - but it seems that others had pre-ordered or something and we waited close to 20 minutes for our drinks - too long!!! Our kids (age 4 and 6) were getting very restless. Frankly - so was I.

I noticed they had some food items on the menu - goodness knows how long that would have taken to receive if we had ordered some - there were only two people working - one taking orders and one making the bubble tea.

I don't think I would return.

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Ebo4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Not spectacular - but solid.
Submitted Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

A friend took me here for an early dinner (before 7:00 PM). It was just the two of us (no kids).

It was nice to be able to have somewhat upscale food "East Of Boundary" aka "EBO", and not have to venture way west into Vancouver and pay outrageous gas and parking.

Anyways, a little about the location - it is in the Grand Villa Casino on Dominion in Burnaby (what use to be a Sheraton Landmark Hotel). The restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the establishment. One does not have to go through the casino to get to it.

I noticed that there was a hand sanitizer station near the inside entrance of the building. Although this is a good thing to have - it is only beneficial if housekeeping staff actually ensure that it is filled with hand sanitizer. It looked like it had been out of sanitizer for a while. It was bone dry.

We went up the escalator to the 2nd level. EBO was to the right. The waitstaff hostess were both friendly and appropriately dressed. We couldnt' get a window seat (as they were reserved) - but we opted for an out -of -the way table. The ambiance was a little dim - although tasteful - I really wanted to window to have a slightly brighter ambiance -as the colours were mostly burgandies and browns. The tables side by side - but adequately spaced apart.

The bread offered with the meal was delicious. Water glasses were kept filled. I ordered the lamb, my friend ordered the bison. Both were tasty. I ordered a glass of red wine - it was a good match for the food.

One little note regarding the ambiance - dinehere.ca lists the establishment as "romantic" - I would make a little cautionary note - there were many families dining here this evening and I saw an unused high chair. All the children were very well behaved and I had no issue with families being there. However - I know some people get very irritated with the mere presence of anyone under the age of 13 in a dining room. I don't want a family unfriendly person to go to EBO thinking "hmmm - its in a casino - there won't be any kids" - this would be an erroneous assumption. Please go to a lounge, brew pub or bar to have adult only ambiance.

Everything in the restaurant was "solid" - but nothing was really outstanding. The food was tasty - but I am not daydreaming about it. The service was good - but maybe a little too casual (despite the uniforms and friendly, good manners). The ambiance was nice - but a didn't quite nail the elegance that it could have.

I might go again if I feel like trying my luck at the slots or tables, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Lucky Noodle3377 Kingsway, #3, Vancouver
Lucky Me for Trying Lucky Noodle
Submitted Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

A friend and I were taking our two daughters (ages 3 and 4) for lunch and decided to try this restaurant for a change from our usual go-to place of Bowl of Stars (a little further East on the South side of Kingsway - read my review).

It is a small, but clean place and it has lots of visual interest with the vines on trellis suspended from the ceiling. There is also some nice art-work on the walls and a pretty fish tank at the entrance (pet fish - not the kind you order to eat ;) The washroom was clean and well stocked.

We decided to go with three lunch specials: The Dan Dan Noodle Soup for $5.95; the Stir Fried Dry Green Beans (served with rice and soup) for $6.95 and the Stir Fried Pork with Green Pepper (served with rice and soup) for $6.95.

The dishes came promptly and they were all tasty. My own daughter probably ate more at this restaurant than she has eaten at most places. I found the food flavourful and well prepared. It was also a little different than most Canadian style Chinese Restaurants - a nice change.

The server was genuinely pleasant.

The entire bill, with tax and generous tip was $28. I found the value good.

I picked up a take out menu and I hope to bring the rest of my family here for dinner in the near future.

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Wicked Cafe861 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Good coffee - no GREAT coffee..
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2011 - 8:16am [Dine in]

I popped in here before seeing a film at the nearby cineplex. I had a coffee and a nanaimo bar.

The coffee was outstanding. Hot and great flavour. The nanaimo bar was good (heck it is a nanaimo bar - I have never had a bad nanaimo bar...)

The service was okay. I was a little put off when I asked for a little baggie as I usually don't like to eat a whole nanaimo bar in one sitting (not that I wouldn't want to - I mean YUM!!!!! It is a nanaimo bar - it is more of a health thing as these treats are richer than Rockefeller....) The man behind the counter gave me a little bag and said, "If you don't need it - please give it back"

Ummm .... yeah ... right...

I know that people are really into this whole "zero waste" thing and would loathe to know that a tiny paper bag could potentially make it to the landfill ... however ... I hope that this little baggie had not been through too many potentially unwashed hands before it got to me.... There is this little thing called foodsafe which trumps militant eco-zero-waste attitude. I do believe this particular person needs to rethink this one.

As for the ambiance - it was pretty minimalistic. I found the chair horribly uncomfortable - making lingering difficult.

I would return for a coffee to go.

To make my eco-minded server happy, I would be willing to bring my own cup.

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Salsa & Agave Mexican Grill1223 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Good Quality, but bland Mexican Food
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2011 - 8:06am [Dine in]

We went here for lunch with two children (ages 5 and 3).

The service was excellent. The waitress/hostess was very friendly and helpful. She helped us choose a suitable table (we had a stroller with us) and offered tastes of featured beverage and some mole sauce so that we could choose our meals confidently.

The food itself was fresh and well made. I personally prefer a little more kick to my food and I found the salsa a bit bland. The children liked their chicken tacos (I ordered 4 for $9 and the staff kindly served them on two plates - one for each kid - again, the service was great). I found the chicken cooked perfectly, but it just didn't have much taste.

My enchiladas with mole sauce were good - but again - the mole sauce was mostly nice but it just needed something more. The rice was cooked well and the beans were basic re-fried beans.

I rate the value as mediocre as the lunch (three meals, four non-alcoholic beverages) cost $60 with tax and tip. This is a little steep for this type of food .. but then again it IS Yaletown - home of some of the highest rents in the city of high rents overall.

The ambiance in the restaurant itself was adequate. It was clean and nice. I rated a little lower on ambiance because of the washroom situation. When looking for the washroom, the waitress gave me a key and advised that I had to exit the restaurnat, open another door to a hall and then walk down and unlock yet another door, where I would find a door to a washroom. I did as I was asked and found a washroom with painting/construction supplies piled inside it and the upper door hinge was altered so that the door would not close. I was not going to have my very young child use this washroom because of the hazards there. I was not going to use the washroom with the door wide open! This was unacceptable.

I might get some tacos for the kids as take out only. I probably would not return here myself - notwithstanding the excellent service and fresh food.

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Naanbites805 Boyd Street, #J120, New Westminster
Decent for a simple lunch with the kids
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2011 - 7:16pm [Dine in]

Went here with a friend and our daughters (both age 3).

It is not fancy, nor is there any real "ambiance" per se - it is functional only - but very clean (including the unisex washroom).

One orders at the counter and the server brings the food to the diners. Diners help themselves to purchased pop from the beverage fridge.

I ordered the Tiffin Combo Bite which consisted of Basmati Rice, Naan, a veggie curry and a meat curry. I chose the palak paneer and the butter chicken. Both were very tasty and neither too spicy nor too mild. The naan was hot and fresh, although maybe a tad oily on the outside (however it was also quite tasty). I ordered the special for my daughter which included a meat curry bowl with rice, pakora bites and a canned pop. I can't remember the price - but it was under $9. I also purchased a tamarind chutney for $0.99 (however, my friend ordered a single side of Pakora Bites and it came with tamarind sauce - I wonder the server didn't just say it was included instead of taking my money and giving me what should have been provided with my combo - it is not like he gave me an extra tamarind sauce....)

Anyways - notwithstanding that hiccup - it was an enjoyable meal. I wouldn't entertain clients there or bring a date - but for a simple lunch while shopping in the area - it was good.

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Gelarmony1094 Denman Street, Vancouver
Something has changed ... for the worse
Submitted Monday, February 14, 2011 - 6:09am [Dine in]

Went here with my two young children for a gelato fix.

I remember a few years ago that Mondo use to sell "Gelato Non Gelato" which was a non-frozen mousse like concoction which I quite enjoyed. I asked the dour looking server if they still carried this. The server gave me a vacant, deer-in-the-headlights sort of look. I repeated my question and described "gelato non gelato" - she proceeded to tell me that they had soy gelato. I laughed and said, "well, if you don't know what I'm talking about, the answer is "no - you aren't serving it anymore." Please note - I was not being rude or nasty to the girl - although she did appear to be dumber than a sack of hammers. She still gave me a vacant stare.

Anyways, next question for our no-brains server. Mondo use to allow 1/2 scoops so that up to two flavours may be choosen for a single scoop, up to four flavours for a double scoop, etc. Again, I might as well been trying to explain nuclear physics to the server.

This time, I suggested that the managers should have let her know about past policies. She suggested that I could speak to the manager if I had a problem with her.

Frankly - if it wasn't for my two kids - I would have walked out at that point.

As I didn't want to make my children cry for not receiving ice cream - I ordered from the stupid girl. As other reviewers have lamented - the scoops were tiny. They might as well have been half-sized!

I ordered my normal favourite for myself - Pistachio and a dark chocolate. I found the texture not as creamy as before and the pistachio that I remembered as wonderful flavourful had no taste at all!

IT is a pity - I have found memories of enjoying gelato at this location when I lived in the West End.

Both service and product have taken a nose-dive and I will not be returning.

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Bowl of Stars3608 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good Soup and Good Value
Submitted Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

I've been wanting to try this place for a while.

The room was clean and comfortable. I ordered from the soup menu and chose the Satay broth with lamb and beef tendon for $5.99 or so. I also chose the two sides and canned beverage for an extra $3.00. The two sides were garlic cucumber and buttered corn. I would have preferred a less starchy side than corn (as there were already rice noodles in my soup), but the sides and bevy deal were still good value and both sides were very tasty. My canned beverage choice was guava juice (it was also nice that they had interesting choices aside from the regular old Coke, 7-up, Root Beer, etc).

The soup was very good and the noodles were cooked to perfection (not too chewy, not too soft). There was ample lamb and tendon.

The entire bill came to $10.07!!! I left a two dollar tip, making this a very affordable, complete and filling lunch.

Please note - they no longer serve bubble tea. If one wants bubble tea - there are PLENTY of places within a block or two to get one's bubble tea fix after enjoying this wonderful soup.

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