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lindaroseVancouverSince November 26, 2007172 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)


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Lucky's Chinese Restaurant4890 Victoria Street, Vancouver
Good Chinese Delivery
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

Tried this place after receiving a take out/delivery menu in the mail.

I was glad that they were willing to deliver to Champlain Heights (they are located on Victoria near 33rd Avenue - several blocks west and many blocks north of Champlain). I guess the establishments in nearby areas realize the dearth of good restaurants in Champlain Heights and decided to add our zone so they can tap into a large customer base.

Anyway, onto my review:

I ordered Chicken Fried Rice ($6.50), Two Kinds of BBQ Combination - duck and pork ($7.25), Dry Garlic Spareribs ($9.40) Deep Fried Prawns ($13.25) and Sauteed Chop Suey ($7.95). The order came with two free cans of pop per the special stated on the menu.

The person taking my order was polite and thorough. She gave the estimated delivery time at 45 minutes and the order was indeed delivered within this time frame.

The delivery person was polite and professional and the food was hot.

The food was good. I especially thought that the BBQ Combo was good value - I would have paid about the same at an Chinese Grocery store/butcher. The Chop Suey's vegetables were a tender, but a little al dente - a good balance. The Dry Garlic Spareribs were still crisp and the prawns were big and cooked perfectly.

I was happy with this order. The menu is unassuming - just a printed menu with the usual items for order.

I was glad I tried it and will order from here again.

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Baskin-Robbins1327 Marine Dr, North Vancouver
No Coffee?? NO WASHROOM??!!
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

Had a craving for ice cream and happened to see a free standing Baskin-Robbins.

Went in with our two children (ages 5 and 3). There were two small tables in the place, but it looked more like a take out establishment.

We ordered two kids scoops (one scoop per kid) at $2.00 each. Hubby and I each had a triple scoop ($5.50 each). The ice cream was decent. The kids had the world class chocolate. Hubby and I had the pistachio almond (a little "too" flavourful - perhaps some artificial flavouring??), the pralines and cream (a personal favourite) and the world class chocolate. We all enjoyed the ice cream. It was not as smooth as gelato, but good, solid hard ice cream that I remember from my childhood in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

I was surprised that they did not serve coffee. It was a rainy day and a nice hot cup of coffee would have been really nice with the ice cream.

Also, I noticed that there was no washroom available for customer use. I guess children would have to hold their little bladders.... It was for this reason that I gave a "one star" to ambiance.

I probably would not bother returning for a sweet treat in the area. No coffee is bad enough. No washrooms?? That just doesn't make sense any establishment serving food/beverages, especially one that is geared towards families with little kids.

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Gelarmony1222 Robson Street, Vancouver
MMmmmm Mmmmm Good!
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

Went here for a treat. Had the large cup (4 flavours) and a coffee. Came to a bit over 8 bucks.

I noticed that they changed the format. It use to be 2 scoops - with up to four flavours - a half scoop each. This was always confusing to some customers (I could tell as the staff had to patiently explain it to many customers). Now it is nice and simple - four scoops - four flavours. Nice and simple.

My favourite flavours are the pistachio and white chocolate. I tried the marzipan and "blue sky" which is like marshmallow flavour. As usual, the gelato was yummy and a nice consistency. I also had an Americano, it was a bit on the bitter side - but it still went okay with the gelato.

The service was good, the server brought my coffee (in a ceramic cup with saucer) to the table.

Please note - this is a cash only establishment.

I wish they would bring back the gelato non gelato. This was a mousse like concoction (it was not frozen) which I rather enjoyed. I was probably among the few that liked it and they must have discontinued it.

All in all - a very nice treat.

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Pho Central1161 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good Pho, good alternative to the line up at Stepho's
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

I was in the West End without the kids and decided to drop in on my old neighbourhood in the Davie Street area.

I was thinking of going to Stephos for some roast lamb for less than 10 bucks plus tax n tip, but just couldn't fathom of the idea of standing in a long line up in the rain.

I noticed this Pho place (which has opened since I moved out of the area). A hot bowl of Pho seemed a nice thing and I stopped in.

The place is tiny. There were 9 tables. It was functional only - no decorations or anything.

The waitress was pleasant and gave me a steaming cup of complimentary tea. I ordered a bowl of rare beef pho (my personal fave) and a lemongrass chicken vietnamese sub sandwich.

The Pho was highly flavourful, seasoned nicely with cilantro and came with bean sprouts, basil, lemon wedge and hot peppers on the side. The noodles were firm and nice and the broth nice and hot. It was good value at $6.95

The sub was okay. I found the lemongrass seasoning on the chicken a little thick and gloppy, I would have preferred something more lemony and a bit less thickened. Otherwise, it was okay and certainly good value at $3.95.

I didn't bother with a beverage as I was satisfied with my tea, but soft drinks were reasonably priced at $1.50 and Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk was reasonable at $3.15.

The place seemed to be filled with budget conscious 20 somethings. As a budget conscious thirty-something, I still felt perfectly comfortable in the surroundings.

I would go again on a rainy day if I was by myself or with an able bodied friend (I wouldn't try to navigate a stroller or wheelchair into here).

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Han Gu 韓榖3365 Kingsway, #1, Vancouver
Only Okay
Submitted Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch with my three year old daughter. It is a tight fit, I agree with a reviewer below that suggests that there is one too many tables in this place. Also, I found the music playing a bit annoying - but I am middle aged and probably know nothing about today's music anyway. The washrooms were tiny, but clean. The paper towel had run out of the ladies room. I told a staff member, they didn't look like they were in a rush to put some more in.

The waitress was cheery enough and I appreciated here helping me with the door as I juggled opening the front door and navigating a stroller. I am unsure why she immediately stated, "For one?" I know my daughter is only three and in a stroller - but she is a customer too ... I answered, "Two, for myself and my daughter." The other thing I noted was that we were not offered any tea. Every other customer who came in for a sit down, order meal got a compliment glass of hot tea. Even people waiting for take out orders were given a glass of tea. Why not us??

We ordered a bbq pork on rice, a deep fried squid rings appetizer, a mango slush and I had a almond milk tea (I still don't entirely "get" bubble tea - but my daughter likes slushes).

THe slush was tasty. My milk tea was overpowering in the almond flavour. Our food was only okay. Their was not a lot of pork on our rice dish, it was okay tasting though. I thought the cabbage was a bit haphazardly cut and could have been cooked more and had more seasoning. The tofu was flavourful, but mushy. It would have been better with just a small amount of Kimchi to liven it up.

The squid was okay, perhaps a little overdone. I was not crazy about the dipping sauce - it was a sweeet mayonnaise. I would have preferred spring roll sauce or even just some lemon to squeeze on the squid rings.

The meal was not expensive. It came to less than twenty bucks (with two drinks and basically two dishes).

Notwithstaning the okay value - it was still only okay food. I will probably be more likely to visit other only okay restaurants in this area before coming back here.

PS - It's a cash only establishment.

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Pho Le Vietnamese Noodle House633 Main Street, #220, Vancouver
Good Pho
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

Note - the Restaurant at this location is named Pho Le Inc. and their phone number is (604) 608-2891 (according to their take out menu).

I went here after a stroll through Chinatown and felt like some comforting Pho and some other Vietnamese Food.

The restaurant is located on the 2nd level and provides a nice elevated view of Main Street. It is clean, bright and cheery with kitchy fake flower and fruit hanging from the ceiling. It has a basic, functional feel to it (which I actually like - I mean, this ain't fine dining - it's Pho).

The waitress was pleasant and efficient.

I was surprised at the menu though - I really felt like having lemongrass chicken with vermicelli. Their menu has BBQ Lemongrass chicken on RICE - but did not offer BBQ Lemongrass chicken on vermicelli! Weird.

Anyway - as I usually have trouble explaining what I want when it isn't on the menu - I just went for the #50 (Shredded pork, BBQ pork and spring roll on rice vermicelli) and a small rare beef pho.

The Pho was excellent. Nice and hot with cilantro and green onion in the broth and the standard bean sprouts, basil and lemon wedge on the side. It was tasty without being salty or MSG tasting. MMMMmmmm. It's Pho and we all know that even a small bowl of Pho is big and it was reasonably priced at $6.75.

The BBQ pork dish was okay, but I found the pork pieces too tough. They almost looked like uncured/smoken bacon that had been bbq'ed. They also did not have much flavour. The minced pork was really just that - very, very fine pieces of pink cured pork meat. It also did not pack much flavour. I had to put a generous sprinkling of fish sauce on my vermicelli to give it some flavour.

I did not bother ordering a drink as I was happy with my complimentary tea.

Notwithstanding that I wasn't excited about the vermicelli dish - I thought my meal was very reasonable in that it came to $14.70 including all taxes.

I would return if I was in the area just for the Pho - which was delicious.

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Kim Phung Vietnamese Restaurant5764 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Good Food, but a Bit Overpriced...
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

I went with the two kids to this place after enjoying a walk through South Vancouver.

I'll start with ambiance...

The place is small, but functional. It had darker colours and was a bit dated. There was some greenery in the way of houseplants with vines winding their way around the place. All this was fine. The problem was in the overall cleanliness. I thought the walls, sills, and all the condiment containers could have used a wipe down with a germicidal solution. I don't like touching sticky common-use condiment containers and could see splatter marks on the walls, vertical blinds, etc.

The service was okay. The young man was pleasant enough, albeit a bit slow to take our order. We ordered a small rare beef Pho; a combination plate with chicken skewers, spring roll and rice; two root beer and an iced preserved lemon and soda drink. My children's pop came reasonably quickly. Then came the Pho and then the combo plate. My drink was finally served part way through eating the Pho. The waiter also brought the bean sprouts and basil when we were part way through eating our Pho. These should have been brought first so they could be added right away to the hot broth (this would release the fragrant oils of the basil..) Oddly, he brought me a cup of tea near the end of our meal - this should also been brought when I was seated.

The Pho and combination plate were tasty. I liked the addition of green onion and parsley to the Pho.

I had to rate the value as poor. The prices were higher than other Pho establishments and the portions were smaller and the overall decor was dated. The drinks were particularly overpriced (a can of pop was $2.50 - this is double most other Pho restaurants I have been to). I might stop in by myself if I was in the area and needed a Pho fix - but I would only drink tea and/or tap water (which I would ask for straight away).

BTW - the prices listed in the menu include GST (this may change if and when the HST is implemented.)

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Han Woo Ri5740 Imperial St., Burnaby
Tasty Meal of Korean BBQ
Submitted Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 3:06am [Dine in]

I tried this restaurant for the first time with my hubby and two children (ages approx. 3 and 5) in tow.

I'll start with ambiance:

Clean, bright, roomy dining area. We sat at a booth, which allowed plenty of room for us. Washrooms (as reported by hubby) were basic, stocked and reasonably clean.

We had two waitstaff, one was better than the other. The male server answered our questions and was pleasant. The female server was pleasant, but very vague (perhaps a language barrier contributed). I had a question about the inclusion of complimentary sides with one of our dishes. She just stared at me like Bambi in the headlights of an oncoming car. I repeated my question and she still looked befuddled. I asked her to bring me the menu again (thinking it would be easier to communicate if I pointed out the original wording on the menu). She still didn't understand me! I just gave up on my inquiry.

The male server, who brought our dishes, cut up the beef rib and put it on the grill for us. I thought this was a nice touch so I didn't have to struggle with cutting up the ribs. I did the rest of the cooking on the grill.

The food was very tasty. We ordered a Combination A (it says it feeds two people). It came with Beef Rib, beef, pork and chicken. It came with 5 complimentary sides (little bowls of condiments such as kimchi and seasoned bean sprouts, etc). We also ordered a shrimp fried rice and a plain Buckwheat noodle order. The meat seemed high quality. The sides were tasty. The fried rice was good (with large shrimps). We were disappointed in the noodles - they were not the texture we expected (like in Yaki Soba in most Japanese restaurants). These were chewy, but wet (not in a soup, but wet) and when eating them it felt like mucous in our throats. Hubby reported that he almost gagged on them because of the texture.

As for value - the meal was not cheap - the Combination A, shrimp fried rice, noodles, three cokes, Kirin and 9 oz of Saki came to $85.55 before tax and tip. However, we didn't mind paying a little more for the better quality food at this restaurant as opposed to other Korean BBQ along Kingsway as the food was tasty and the setting comfortable.

It was funny, at the end, the female server brought four little bowls of watery looking stuff. I asked if these were finger bowls. She just stared at me (I really wished I was just served by the male staff member who had a better grasp of the English language..). I asked if they were to wash hands. She replied, "it's dessert." I said, "oh, you drink it and motioned drinking the cup" and she nodded and left. You have to understand that the little bowls that they were served in looked EXACTLY like finger wash bowls served in some North American and Euro style restaurants. LOL. I drank the dessert soup and it was okay. It might have been better for the server to say, "here is some complimentary dessert, then name the dish, for you to enjoy" rather than just plunk it down. I hope no one makes the mistake of trying to rinse their fingers in it :0

I would return if I was craving Korean BBQ - I will avoid the buckwheat noodles hold onto my menu so I can pull it out if I need to clarify anything with waitstaff later.

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Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine3320 Kingsway, Vancouver
Soup Good - the rest substandard
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Had a bite to eat with my two year old (she's almost three).

The ambiance, it is a narrow restaurant, so navigating with a stroller or wheelchair is difficult. We sat near the front by the soda pop cooler. It is not dirty - but not clean either - sort of so-so. It has some neon and mirrors. The spoons are plastic and a weird red colour.

The service was also just meh. I was given one cup of tea (waitress didn't offer my daughter water or anything). I ended up pulling out a sippy cup of water that I have in my diaper bag for my daughter. She took my order, but kept walking away as I tried to order my beverage.

I ordered a small Pho with rare beef and a grilled chicken, spring roll and vermicelli. I asked for an extra small bowl so I could share the pho with my daughter. For my beverage, I ordered a salted lemon soda.

The pho was good. I liked the addition of cilantro. There was plenty of bean sprouts, basil and lemon to add. The other chicken dish wasn't so good. The chicken had little flavour (although it was nice that it was boneless). The spring roll didn't taste very nice (not "off" it just didn't have a nice flavour).

The waitress took a long time to get me the beverage (I ended up reminding her halfway through our meal). I was disappointed in this beverage. It didn't have pieces of salted (preserved) lemon. It was also made with Sprite rather than soda water. It actually just tasted like lemonade with Sprite. I could have ordered a canned soft drink for half the price.

All in all - I was underwhelmed. I might go back for some Pho if I was craving it particularly (especially at some weird hour like 3:00 AM as this is a 24 hour restaurant). I wouldn't bother with any of the other menu items.

BTW - This place only takes cash.

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Lee's Donuts1689 Johnston St, #122, Vancouver
Another over-rated, over-priced Granville Island offering
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

Hubby, the two kids and I decided to check out the Olympic Line on its last day of operation.

Since we were at Granville Island anyway, we decided to go for a walk around. Just a note - I don't like Granville Island. Yes, there are some nice artisan shops and theater - but other than that - I really don't get too excited about their over-priced eateries and I find Granville Island Public Market a pain to navigate and offer stuff that I can get elsewhere for much less money.

Anyways, we felt like a donut and hubby had been saying that he liked Lee's Donuts in the past.

So, my impression...

Ambiance - it is a crowded public market - there is no seating - its just a counter to buy donuts. We went outside so my kids wouldn't be walked over/into by self absorbed yuppies parading around. Outside, drivers in cars wanted to drive where we were walking and park where we were standing. Found a bench, sat and ate.

Service - staff took your order, took your money, handed you your bag of donuts. We also ordered two small coffees. At least the clerk had the decency to pick up a tiny styrofoam cup and say "this is a small." Yep, she was right. It was the smallest cup I had ever seen. I have used a cup this size to wash my eye. The donuts where all packed into a small bag which I could then barely fold over to grasp it and carry it.

After I retrieved my children's chocolate sprinkled donuts (1/4 of the chocolate icing fell off because they were tightly packed in), I tasted my own jelly donut. It was barely holding together. Don't get me wrong - I don't want a "dense" donut - but this thing was actually flimsy. It was over stuffed with jelly, which wasn't particularly tasty and globs of it fell out onto my jeans.

I tasted a bit of my kid's donut and found the chocolate icing (what little didn't rub off the sides of the bag) utterly tasteless. I only assume it was chocolate because it was brown.

The Yuppies can keep Granville Island and enjoy its substandard offerings.

For decent donuts - try the unpretentious, excellent value of Duffin Donuts on 41st and Main. The customers aren't as pretty and well groomed, but at least the donuts and coffee are good!

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Song Huong Vietnamese Restaurant1613 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Very Good Food, an "Off Day" for Service
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

Firstly, I will e-mail Dinehere.ca and try to update the address of this restaurant. The new address is 1613 Nanaimo Street. It is North of 1st Avenue on the West side of the street. The phone number remains the same.

I will start by saying that I wanted to try this place based on reviews at Dinehere.ca I am trying to find good, affordable east side restaurants to go with my family.

I'll start with the ambiance. The restaurant has two sides. The first side is tropical in decor with rattan tables and chair and bamboo fronts on the kitchen/hostess area. There are fake flowers and fruits on the overhead trellis on the ceiling. I liked the decor - it was kitchy, without being over-the-top. I found the restaurant clean (I did not check out the washrooms). The other side appeared more diner style with booths. No matter - we were seated in the tropical side.

Our waitress was pleasant. We ordered #35's (grilled lemon grass, vietnamese spring roll and vermicelli) for each of the kids. My husband and I ordered #64s (shrimp on sugar cane, vietnamese spring roll and bbq minced pork with vermicelli) and asked to split a large #3 (rare beef) pho. We ordered one ice tea (to be split) for the kids and a preserved lime on soda drink for my husband and I.

The waitress brought the ice tea and glasses for the kids. She brought our pho and extra bowls to split. However, she brought one of the children's order and then one of the adults order. I waited ... and waited... I asked the waitress where our other dishes were. The waitress had not understood my order and did not know that "my husband and I will each have the #64" meant that WE WILL HAVE TWO ORDERS OF THE #64 (ONE FOR HUBBY, ONE FOR ME). The same mistake applied to my childrens' order. I understand that there is a language barrier, but my English language was very, very clear and I had used gesticulation - indicating each child and my husband and myself. Anyway, I split up the orders so we could all eat together and then split up the rest of the food as it arrived.

Unfortunately, I also had to remind the waitress of our beverage order 1/2 through our meal (which is strange as this was a pricey beverage ($3.75 or so). Usually restaurant staff trip over themselves to get this kind of beverage out in hopes that another will be ordered as this is where a lot of their profit is made. Too bad, I would have ordered two of them as I quite enjoyed the unique, lemony, slightly salty/sweet taste.

The food itself was very tasty. A small caveat for those dining with young kids - the chicken was bone-in and chopped haphazardly - I took some time to carefully remove all the chicken from the bone to avoid injury). The pho was delicious - although I would have preferred it just a tad hotter. The combo was very tasty and everything was priced very reasonably.

I would be willing to go back to this location due to the ambiance, food and pleasantness of the staff. However, I will write my order down on paper (with a diagram if necessary) so that there is no communication problems ;)

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Pho Hoa765 Fort St, Victoria
Solid Food - Garish Atmosphere
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

Went here because Pho Vy, a family run stand alone Pho place across the street, was closed.

We ordered a chicken and rice plate for the two kids. Hubby and I shared a large Pho and a vermicelli and chicken plate.

The food was good - tasty pho, tasty chicken. The Pho was generously sized, the rice and vermicelli plate were okay sized. I thought they skimped a tad on the basil on the side.

The service was adequate. The waitress was pleasant and brought everything as asked. She interacted nicely with the kids.

The value was okay, I took points off for the smaller portion of the rice and vermicelli dish. I also took points off for the ambiance..

The ambiance is garish. The wall is painted a bright colour which reminded me of fast food joints. The dishes were plastic. It just came across as cheap looking and was not a comfortable place to linger.

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Ric's Grill910 Government Street, Victoria
All Good - Waiter needs to sharpen his skills
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

Had dinner there with hubby and the kids.

The food is great at this steakhouse chain. I especially enjoy the prime rib. It was cooked exactly as I requested. It was served with a generous amount of veggies which were lightly steamed and were a little al dente (just the way I like them). There was a good kids menu and the children had a choice of entree, side, drink and dessert for only $9.99!! We choose the BBQ chicken, rice, Shirley Temple and Chocolate cake for each kid (excellent deal!).

The service was okay. Our waiter was pleasant enough - but not very knowledgable. I had a question about the kids menu (it listed the aforementioned $9.99 deal, but also stated that a kid's entree is free with purchase of an adult entree and suggested some special program. Our waiter was not aware of it, so I pointed it out on the menu. He went away and came back and stated he didn't know what the offer was. Huh - Mr. Waiter - that would be YOUR JOB to know about the special offer as advertised on the menu! I pushed the point and politely asked him to find someone who DID know what the offer was about. I female waitress was nearby and clarified that this offer was for Mondays only (this information was not stated on the printed menu). I thanked her for the clarification. Furthermore, I had a coupon for a free appy (up to $10 off). The waiter took my coupon before I ordered. When we got the bill, I checked it over and noted that he neglected to take off the amount for our appy. I went up to the front, explained to the same nice waitress who clarified our previous inquiry that the waiter took my coupon, but did not discount the item. She kindly adjusted our bill.

My husband handed the waiter (when he returned) the adjusted bill and his credit card. When the waiter returned with the credit card statement he said, "I had the appy taken off because you had a coupon" Ummm - Mr. Waiter.... I HAD THE BILL ADJUSTED because YOU forgot. I double checked the bill - yep - it was as I had it adjusted. Needless to say - his tip was a mere 10% (I usually tip between 15 and 20%).

I will return to this location again. It is on government street at a convenient location to the inner harbour. I like having prime rib when I visit victoria (I just wish someone would also serve it with Yorkshire pudding!!).

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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse308 Catherine St., Victoria
Tasty lunch - beer okay
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

Had lunch with the kids (it's a brew pub with family seating as well).

Shared a cheese plate with beer matching. The cheese was very, very good. I thought the beer was only okay - it just wasn't terribly flavourful. Also, when served - the waitress named each beer in the sample glasses - I advised I would like to have the names written down so that I could remember them as a made my way through my cheese plate and beer matching. I might as well have talked to a brick wall - she ignored my request and never returned with pen or paper.

Hubby and I also ordered the halibut and chips. This was good. The fries were tasty and not greasy. The fish was a nice, thick cut and cooked perfectly with a tasty batter.

The children each had a cheese burger off the kid's menu. It was good quality, served on a nice, soft kaiser. There was no mayo on the bun (which is good in that it is lower in fat, but not good in that it made the burger a tad dry). The burger was served with some quality greens, but I would have liked to see a slice of tomato to make the burger a bit more moist (but not adding fat).

The service was adequate (except for the above noted lapse of not writing down the names of my beer samples).

The ambiance is great. It is on the water and nicely decorated. Washrooms clean and stocked.

Will return for the food - but I might pass on the beer.

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Canoe Brew Pub450 Swift St., Victoria
Good Beer, Okay/Good Eats/Great Atmosphere
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

Hubby, sister-in-law, my two children and I went here for lunch. (Note - it is a brew pub, but there is family seating on the upper floor).

The waiter was fantastic. He was friendly and knowledgable, good with the children and timed everything well.

The food - ordered lots. Children's menu was good. They both had chicken strips and fries. Quibble - the chidren's order was served in a strange way. It was in a vertical like frame. This was too high for the children to be able to see their food. I just re-plated the food on the side plate that the vertical holder was on. I had the calamaria - it was very good. Light and crispy and a generous amount. I also had a mixed green salad with goat cheese - very tasty! Hubby had the halibut tacos. I thought they were just okay. They were smallish, soft shelled and made with nice fresh ingredients. I just didn't think that this dish warranted using halibut. I less expensive white fish would have sufficed and been just as good. SIL had the burger - which she enjoyed. We also shared some chipotle wings. I thought that these were just okay. It was not a smokey chipotle sauce and the sauce was not baked on. The wings were merely tossed in a hot sauce. I make much better wings at home and the price point was a tad high for what was received. BTW - the beer was very good. I had an expresso stout and a pale ale.

Value - a bit pricey - but one is paying for the view and ambiance. I thought charging my SIL $3 extra to substitute yam fries for regular potato fries a bit much (it should have been a gratis substitution, but if they HAD to charge extra - it should have been a buck or less).

Ambiance - excellent. The restaurant is located on the water front. It is comfortable and has interesting lighting and decorations. The tables are not crowded together so even if the place is full - it allows some elbow room. The washroom (it was a single unisex stall) was large and clean.

I would go back and share the calamria with some excellent beer!

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Bubble World Tea House3377 Kingsway, #2, Vancouver
Bubble Tea in General - I Don't Get It...
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

I tried Bubble Tea for the first time today.

I'll admit off the top that I don't quite "get" the Bubble Tea phenomenon. I pay almost 3 bucks for some slush or almost four bucks for some milk tea on ice. Don't get me wrong - I don't "get" the whole Starbucks $5 Frappacino thing either....

Anyways onto my review of this particular establishment:

Food - Banana Strawberry Slush x 2 and Earl Grey Milk Tea x 2. The server explained that the Earl Grey Tea was actually part (or whole??) some other tea. I wasn't sure what she meant. If they advertise "Earl Grey" then it SHOULD BE EARL GREY. Note - the Earl Grey was priced $1.00 higher than the other teas. I like the subtle Bergamot flavour of Earl Grey. I thought my "Earl Grey Milk Tea" was okay - but it was not "Earl Grey". The slushes were okay tasting. They reminded me of Orange Julius (in the days of yore before they started just tasting like sugar water). However, I noticed a slightly chemical aftertaste in the slush. I guess they are using powders and syrups with chemicals... This is probably true to all Bubble Tea though.

Service - I mentioned the thing about the attempted explanation about the Earl Grey. Other than that - the server was nice enough.

Value - I can't compare this to other Bubble Tea places - but, frankly, I paid $13 for four drinks. They were not made with fresh ingredients. I think that this whole concept of paying this much for a beverage which is isn't fresh - or contains alcohol ;) - overpriced. But again, I don't "get" it.

Ambiance, the place was clean enough, but I can't see myself wanting to linger for any length of time.

I think I will spend my $13 on some Dim Sum or a bowl of Pho to share with my kids somewhere rather than sweetened milky water and slush.

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Vanya5615 Harold St, Vancouver
Solid Japanese lunch
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

Brought my two kids here for lunch.

They had a special, a Chicken Teriyaki (sp?) Don Bowl with shrimp salad and miso soup for $8.50. I ordered one of these to be split between the kids. I ordered the chicken teriyaki combo for $11.00.

Our food arrived in a reasonable time. I would have preferred if they brought the kids items first as it would give me a chance to get their meat, and arrange everything for them before my food comes out. It is a minor quibble though - I'll just make a habit of requesting that the kids be served first in the future.

The food itself was good. I liked the chicken, it was flavourful without being overpowering. The sauce was not simply glopped on, it was cooked properly.

My combo was nice, the Tempura was light and crispy and there were even two generous sized prawn tempuras!! Everything tasted fresh.

The service was friendly and efficient. The ambiance was okay - clean and functional only. For dining with two preschool aged children - this suits me fine.

I will return as I would like to try some of their sushi rolls and sashimi.

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Gourmet Cup, The7180 Kerr Street, #160, Vancouver
It is just coffee, but it is good
Submitted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

This is not a restaurant, but a place to get a good cup of coffee in Champlain Square. It also sells coffee beans and coffee/tea gift wear. I think that they sell cookies, but I usually pick up something at Bonnie's Bread which is just about 2 meters away.

Anways, the coffee is good. I find it tastier than that at the Starbucks located at the North/West end of Champlain Square (separate from this part of the mall). The service is adequate, they pour your coffee and take your money.

The ambiance of the mall is a bit dated - but that is okay. I would rather have a comfortable environment that looks like it is from the 1990's rather than pay extra for cosmetic upgrades.

For anyone reading who usually grabs a coffee at the local Starbucks to go, I would recommend trying the coffee at Gourmet Cup.

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Fraserview Golf Course Clubhouse7800 Vivian Drive, Vancouver
Relaxing and enjoying the view
Submitted Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

I take my children (ages 2 and 4) here sometimes. It is a relaxing walk around the perimeter path of the Fraserview Golf Course.

The cafeteria style restaurant is located in the Clubhouse, across from the Pro Shop.

We usually have one order of the burger with the "works" and include fries as a platter. We take another order of just a cheeseburger. The staff are happy to split the burger for the children and serve it to us on two separate small plates. I share my ample fries with the kids from my platter. We usually just have water (which we obtain from the soda dispenser). Our bill comes to just over $17.00 TOTAL.

The servers are very friendly and interact nicely with the kids. Although we order from the counter, the servers always serve the grill order to the tables on stonewear plates. My "works" burger includes lettuce, onions, tomato, mushrooms and bacon and pickles on the side. The amount of extras is very generous. The cheeseburgers include lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles as well as the cheese. The fries are served very hot and fresh and never taste greasy.

The view is outstanding. This afternoon, we even saw a lone coyote saunter across the green. Their is also regular sightings of interesting birds (in fact, the Audabon Society has a list of sighted birds listed on a plaque outside the entrance to the Clubhouse).

It is not a trendy place or a fancy place. It is a relaxing place that is open and welcoming to all ages and has decent food with an awesome view.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Excellent Beer and Eats
Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

Took the family (hubby and kids - ages almost 5 and almost 3). I called earlier as 1) it was Valentines Day; 2) it was Chinese New Year and 3) the Olympics. I was told that I would be fine without a reservation for lunch around 1:00 and clarified that it was a restaurant, not a pub so I could bring the children.

We arrived shortly after 1:00. We were seated by a friendly server and given a choice of seats (which is nice as I know my kids best and chose a table next to a wall and with limited distractions). We were given water immediately and I chose to have the kids use their sippy cups, which was fine by the server.

For our lunch, hubby and I each had the burger. It was nice that they offered a choice of fries, salad or 1/2 fries and 1/2 salad. We enjoy fries, but not too many - so hubby and I both chose "1/2 and 1/2). The kids wanted Mac and Cheese. I asked the server if one order would be enough for both kids and she indicated that it would. Interestingly, they do not offer root beer (I know, I know they specialize in genuine Belgian Beers, not "root beer" - but for the kids it would have been nice for them to have "beer" too. The waitress offered blueberry lemondade, which the kids got excited about. Hubby and I both had specialty Belgian beers. There is an excellent menu with a list of beers and good descriptions of their appearance and taste - so choosy took some time - but was foolproof as long as one's English language reading skills were good.

The food was good. The mac and cheese was indeed a generous portion easily split between two kids. The lemonade was tasty. The beer was excellent and served in the proper glasses and at the proper temperature.

My only quibble is that the 2nd server who brought the burgers for hubby and I got them mixed up. Hubby ordered his with blue cheese, I ordered swiss. She even said, "who is having the swiss" and I took that one. Hubby started in on his burger first while I was helping the kids. He had finished three quarters of his when I bit into my burger and immediately tasted blue cheese!! The server should have made sure that she was giving me the right burger (especially when she asked if I was having the swiss). Hubby apologized, but was hungry and, swiss being a milder cheese, just didn't clue in that he didn't have the right burger. We did not make a big deal of it as we could have switched burgers if we had been more mindful ourselves.

Hubby paid the bill, which allowed for an option of automatically adding a 20% tip (which he chose). I think that this is good, as long as it remains a "choice" - as some people are more comfortable with a standard 15% tip (or less depending on the service).

All in all, I found the restaurant comfortable, the ambiance pleasant (with a pub feel, but welcoming to children), the washrooms clean and functional, the food and beer good and the service friendly.

We will be back.

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