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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)
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Bonnie's Bread7180 Kerr Street, #150, Vancouver
Bakery items
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 9:19am [Dine in]

This is not a restaurant per se - it is a bakery in a small mall at Champlain Square. There are a few tables nearby that are used for a Chinese take out place (Tasty Wok), Bob's Deli, Gourmet Cup and whatever one might decide to pick up at Extra Foods.

I have had the cheese bread, cheese sticks, ham and cheese cressant, sausage rolls and cookies at Bonnies. I like the ham and cheese cressants and sausage rolls. The cheese bread is okay - but I bit steeply priced. The cookies are a tad expensive too. There are also donuts for about $0.95 which are just okay, but go good with a coffee from Gourmet Cup.

Service is friendly and prompt.

All in all, this is not a place for bargains. I find better baked good at more reasonable prices at other bakeries. However, this is the only bakery (outside Extra Foods) in the area - so if you want a little nibble and don't want to travel far outside of Champlain Heights - this is it.

Not worth travelling to - but okay if in area.

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54th Ave Cafe Restaurant7088 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Okay Chinese Food close by
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Took my two young children here for supper. Ordered hot and sour soup ($8.95 for a large bowl) a two selections from the combination menu (we chose szchezuan chicken and BBQ meat combo with duck and pork), the combination came with two bowls of rice) for $22.95 or so.

The soup was very good, chock full of meat, shrimp and tofu in a tasty broth. The chicken was tasty - although it was advertised as boneless, I had to check carefully as I found some bone pieces and cut the tender pieces of chicken for my kids so that they wouldn't get any bone bits. It was tasty.

The BBQ combo should have been warmer than what I received. I liked the duck, but the pork was only okay as it was fatty and not overly flavourful.

The service was reasonable. The servers all smiled and greeted us warmly. The server took our order, delivered our food and delivered our bill in a timely fashion.

The ambiance was only okay. I didn't like the fact that there was sacks of rice and other stock items piled near the front entrance. The booth we were seated at had a tear in the upholstery. Otherwise, it was clean and functional.

I would go again for the soup and the chicken dish if I felt like getting out of the house for a while.

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Dix BBQ & Brewery871 Beatty St., Vancouver
Beer and Ribs - a Good Thing!!
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went here last Sunday for some drinks and dinner.

I had my favourite beer combo - the sampler. It comes with six different beer which are brewed on premises. I enjoy tasting the different types in smaller glasses as I am not a heavy drinker. My favourites were the IPA, the stout and the barley wine. Unfortunately, they were out of pilsner, but the server advised me to pick my favourite of the beers and have an extra one of that kind.

The service was adequate, a friendly, professional waitress who did her job well. The wait times for ordering, receiving beverages and food, receiving bill and processing payment was all very reasonable.

My friend ordered the beef ribs combo (choosing veggies and baked beans as his sides). I had the pork ribs (choosing corn bread and coleslaw as my sides). Both full slabs of ribs were tasty. The beef and pork ribs each had a different saucue and each complimented the specific meat very well. My friends baked beans were very tasty and even had bits of meat in it. His veggies were also tasty and had good texture. My corn bread (although a bit stingy in portion) was very tasty. I really liked the coleslaw - nice crunch which came from large shreds of cabbage rather than pulverized cabbage which many other places serve.

I only gave two stars for value - my friend and I used an Entertainment coupon which gave us $16.00 off the bill. If we didn't use this coupon, the meal would have been pricey. The full slabs of ribs sere around $29.00 dollars each - which is a bit steep - even though they were good sized portions and tasty. However, the room is very nice and it is downtown - so the price probably reflects this as well.

I will return (with another coupon) again soon.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
We are DEFINATELY returning!!!
Submitted Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

After hearing about and reading reviews at DineHere.ca, I wanted to try this East side restaurant. It was my birthday, so I asked dear hubby to bring me here and we got the grandparents to watch our two children at home.

We had reservations for 5:30 and we arrived right on time. This is my only quibble with the evening, the restaurant was still closed and the staff were still finishing off setting up. It was a mild evening (even for January) and we didn't mind waiting outside this time. However, if it was raining or very cold, I would not have been impressed with showing up on time and meeting a locked door. The wait was only five minutes and, when the door was opened, we were greeted warmly.

Now, onto the actual review criteria:

Food - OMG - it was so good. Everything was cooked perfectly. Hubby had the scallops - they were divine. I had the onion tart - perfect. We also had a cheese platter - all served at the right temperature!! The mains were also perfectly done. Hubby had the beef tenderloin - cooked exactly to medium as requested. The veggies were the perfect balance between firmness and tenderness. My salmon was excellent - flaky and wonderful without being either over or undercooked. The potatoes were perfect. Even the kale was cooked just enough to be enjoyed without eating raw or overcooked. The flavours were subtle and enjoyable. The food itself was allowed to shine without overzelous seasoning. However, it was just the right amount. I noted that there was no salt/pepper on the table - it was not needed. A skilled chef prepared the food perfectly so that extra seasoning was not required.

The service by our waiter was great. The young man knew the menu, actually discouraged us from ordering too much food (he let us know that the portions were generous). He also was willing to ask a colleague for a wine recommendation when requested by me (I respect that wine knowledge is a specialized thing that takes time to acquire - good on him for approaching a fellow staff member for this information rather than just shrugging or, worse, making something up.

The value was outstanding. Between hubby and myself, we had two glasses of bubbly, three glasses of regular wine, three appies, two entrees, one dessert and two coffees. The quality was fantastic, the portions generous and the service great. The final bill (with tax and 20% tip) was $166. We would have paid at least $50 - $75 more at any other restaurant.

The ambiance was solid - it was not "fine dining" in the form of table cloths and linen napkins, the staff were dressed casual, but clean. The room was simple, with just the right lighting. The washrooms were clean.

I am so glad that I had a chance to try this place. We are already planning on returning for hubby's birthday!!

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Athene's3618 West Broadway, Vancouver
Solid Choice for a satisfying lunch
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

My husband and I had both frequented this restaurant in the past 15 or so years, but had not been there for about five years or so due to living on the other side of town.

We happened to be in the area with our two preschool age children and decided to have a late lunch.

There was one young man serving and he was very courteous and professional. We noted other reviewers mention that they charge extra for pita bread. This server asked us twice whether we wanted pita with our meals (without mentioning that there was an extra price). I will speculate that he is required to do this as a part of his job. We politely declined. BTW - regular buns were provided gratis as a part of our lunch and, although not traditional pita bread - they tasted good and hit the spot.

We ordered the deep fried calamaria to start. It was just meh. I found it a bit soggy and not served hot enough (it came within minutes of us ordering it though).

Hubby had the lamb slouvaki. It was delicious. The meat was in large, flavourful pieces and came with rice that was cooked perfectly and did not seem overly greasy. He also had a tasty greek salad.

I had the children split a large chicken slouvaki. The server kindly brought an extra plate on his own initiative (I was just going to use the bread plates - but the extra medium sized plate worked better). The chicken was in large pieces, tender and flavourful.

My entree was disappointing. I had the roast lamb (it goes by another name, but I can't recall it). I did not like the sauce that it came with as it was too salty and took away from the flavour of the roasted meat. I also found it a bit fatty (more so than other restaurants roast lamb). However, my entree came with roasted vegetables which I thought were done very well. They were cooked so that there was just enough firmness, the flavour of the veggies (carrots, broccoli and cauliflower) were balanced nicely with the seasonings. They were not greasy and I shared my generous portion of veggies with my two children - who ate them happily).

We had coca cola for the kids and my husband and I each had a glass of wine. We used an Entertainment coupon and the final bill came to $57 before tip.

The room is casual/elegant. There are linens on the table (but paper napkins). It is comfortable and classic (without the ubiquitous blue/white of many other Greek restaurants). It is not trendy and doesn't try to be. I would feel comfortable bringing my 70 + inlaws here or just enjoying the restaurant myself (I am in my late 30's). It is sort of timeless and ageless. It's a quality that I appreciate.

I will come again if craving a solid lunch/dinner and I'm in the area (I will order the lamb or chicken slouvaki and ask for extra roasted veggies!)

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good BBQ Meat - but the sides need improvement
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2010 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

I have been to this location of Memphis Blues and the Broadway Location. I have decided that I generally like to do take out at Memphis because I like the ambiance of my own home as much as the restaurant and since it is self serve anyway - what's the point of dining in LOL!

Anyways - onto my review.

I went in to get a Memphis Platter (just shy of $40). It includes pulled pork, ribs, brisket, sausage and a 1/2 cornish game hen. It comes with fries, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw and corn bread.

The my order was put together very quickly (the meat is all pre-BBQ'd so it was just a matter of cutting and putting it into containers, same with the sides). I like the quickness of it as I can be out and on my way.

It was packaged well with the meat in an aluminum container and the sides in a separate bag and individually packed. It all transported home easily.

The meat was good. It is a little on the greasy side - but I enjoy the flavour. The sides are lacking though. The cole slaw is so so (I prefer White Spot style cole slaw which is crunchier and nicer flavour). The potato salad is meh (it is mushy). The beans are good - but they taste a little too much like the BBQ sauce (which is packed on the side as well). The best side is the cornbread. However - they only gave us three teeny tiny pieces of cornbread. Huh?? This platter was suppose to feed four people. Why would there be only THREE pieces of cornbread (and mini pieces at that)?

I would go again if they would be willing to give me this platter with only cornbread as the side (and I mean FOUR x 5 = 20 pieces of cornbread) to provide the cornbread as included and substitute for the other sides.

The next time I visit - I will make this request. I'll update my review then.

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Duffin's Donuts1391 41st Avenue East, Vancouver
A Good Alternative to "Tims"
Submitted Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

After working the night shift, I like nothing more than having a coffee and a donut. I go to this place because it is open 24 hour (which means hot coffee and a fresh donut at 0730h on a Sunday morning).

I actually like the basic, working class decor. The cream is kept in a carton - pour what you need. There are all kinds of people here - it is a nice change from the plastic, faker urban types found in most trendy coffee bars. Crikes, it is 0730 in the morning, I worked all night - I like the fact that I don't feel I have to apply lipstick and change into low riding skinny jeans to get a friggin coffee and donut! LOL! The people in here are people - they ain't trying to impress anyone - so just relax and enjoy your breakfast.

The service is quick and pleasant. The donuts are fresh and tasty (my faves are the Long Johns - big and sweet) and the buttermilk (I like the custard filled best of the three fillings offered).

If I get a chance to try any other menu items, I'll add to my review. For now I think this is a decent, old fashioned good donut joint.

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
Best Indian I've had in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

I found myself alone on a Saturday night. No need to feel sorry for me - as my dear husband had taken our two pre-school age children to visit the grandparents on Vancouver Island. Yippee!!! I found myself alone on a Saturday night!!!!

As it was Diwali (the Indian Festival of Lights) I decided to rent a PG/R movie for a change and enjoy Indian Food. I had picked up a menu for this restaurant and decided to give it a try for delivery.

I live in Champlain Heights, around 40 blocks south of where the restaurant is located. There was no problem with delivery and the person on the phone knew my exact location without needing instructions (Champlain Heights can be a bit tricky if one doesn't know the area...)

I ordered Butter Chicken, Palak Paneer Naan, Vegetable Pakoras with Tamarind sauce, mango chutney, MIxed Spiced Pickle and Papadum and basmati rice.

It took a little long to receive my food (and the person taking the order warned me it would be an hour + wait), but I was ordering on a Saturday and Diwali at that, so this is understandable.

I received my food piping hot. The delivery person was friendly and professional. The bill came to $30 (including tax and tip).

My food was absolutely delicious. The best Indian Food I have had in the city. The butter chicken had ample amount of breast meat chicken in a fragrant, rich (but not greasy) sauce. The pakoras didn't leave a trace of oil on my fingers and were flavourful. The Palak Paneer Naan was warm, fluffy and wonderful. The papadum was unique, it two pieces curled. It was crisp and tasty and easy to eat. I also was impressed with the mixed pickle. Many places give mixed pickle with what seems like pieces of wood in it (from the green mango pit). This mixed pickle had that pleasantly sharp flavour without the unpleasant hard, sharp pieces of mango pit.

I had a wonderful meal. When my husband came home at midnight, he had a wonderful meal. I took lunch to work the next day and my husband still had enough for a late afternoon snack.

I will be ordering again. I will send my hubby to pick up as there is an additional 15% discount for pick up!!!!!! What a deal!!!

(Incidently, I gave two stars for "ambiance" because I did not know what it is like because I had my food for delivery).

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
218 Flavours!!!
Submitted Monday, September 28, 2009 - 11:41am [Dine in]

We took our children here on a Sunday afternoon.

I liked the set up for purchasing our gelato. We paid at the front counter first and were issued a token for the item that we purchased. We then proceeded to the large semi-circular display counter where immense selection was displayed. We were allowed to try before we buy. I tasted such unusual things as Curry Gelato, Gargonzola and Pear Gelato and Apple and Cheddar Gelato!! I ended up getting a triple scoop of Lavender, Basil and Pernod and White Chocolate. Dear hubby had the Apple and Cheddar and Gargonzola and Pear, the children had Chocolate Fluff and Chocolate Oreo.

I really enjoyed my herby gelatos - especially the lavender. I would have liked it in a light purple colour rather than the green - but this is just a personal preference. The flavour was nice - it was not as sweet as standard flavours ands I rather enjoyed it. The basil pernod was good too - though I would have liked more basil and less pernod flavour.

My husband was satisfied with both of his unusual flavours and the children - well they like chocolate ice cream and eat all of their chocolate gelato!!

My only real quibble is the way that they served my triple scoop. The container was tall and skinny, so I had to eat my flavours from top to bottom. I would have preffered a more shallow, wider dish so that I could sample each flavour and enjoy it in the order of my choice.

In any event - it was a real treat and we will be back on another sunny day.

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Sushi Go7026 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Good Sushi/Terryaki Chicken - Meh
Submitted Friday, September 18, 2009 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

There is a serious dearth of restaurants in the Champlain Heights area. So even if the establishment is just "okay" - it's still better than nothing..

Anyways, onto my review.

Went here withe the kids and ordered a Bento Box (Sashimi, Sushi) and Terryaki Chicken bowls for the kids.

My Bento box was actually pretty good. The sushi was cold, the rice was hot, I liked the salad and dressing and the California Roll was decent. This all came with Miso soup, which was also good. For ten bucks plus tax - it was good.

What disappointed me was the chicken. It looked and tasted like it was merely steamed and had a bit of sauce glopped on. The rice was okay (hard to screw that up), but the chicken was soggy and tasteless.

The service was good, my son (four years old) went to the counter to get some more water. I was tended to my two year old and looked over to see the counter person interact very nicely with my son. The lady who took my order and brought us our food was also friendly and professional.

The ambiance is okay. It's clean. It can be noisy though if crowded. The floor is concrete and I accidently dropped a plastic cup - it bounced repeatedly and the loud echo was a bit jarring. Otherwise, the ambiance is pleasant and functional.

I would return for the Sashimi Bento Box myself. However, my kids don't like sushi/sashimi, so I will not be returning soon as the chicken just wasn't up to par.

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Kinross Bakery & Cafe7751 Champlain Street, Vancouver
It is what it is
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

This is the neighbourhood pizza place. It is what it is.

I usually order for pick up. The pizza is a little greasy, but the flavour is nice. I prefer the "thin crust" - it is not the thin crust that you would get at a high end pizza place (like Lombardo's or even a pub style pizza) but it does fine for take out.

The meat is nice, the cheese it a bit oily, the veggies are good.

There are some baked good which are made on premises - Nanaimo Bars, cookies that are pretty good.

Go ahead and order if you live in the neighbourhood. It beats Domino's, Pizza Hut or Panago anytime.

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Cho Sun Korean Restaurant3486 Kingsway St., Vancouver
Poor Services mars an otherwise good meal
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

My dear hubby always went on how he liked Korean BBQ and we tried this place a couple of times.

We were dining with our two young children (ages 4 and 2). We ordered some chicken fried rice (a favourite of the kids) and found this dish tasty and very reasonably priced (under 8 bucks). It had lots of chicken and veggies. Just the one order was almost good enough for a main course for both kids (and the grownups nibbled too).

The BBQ itself was okay - if a bit pricey. I liked the sides, but had to ask for them as they seemed to forget about us.

When the waitress brought the BBQ items - she plunked them close to the youngest kid - I had to quickly move it as it contained raw meat and very, very sharp scissors.

I would have been happy to explain some of our needs to the waitress - but she did not appear to speak a single word of English and had no interest in getting someone else to try to assist. She actually appeared disdainful of us.

Other tables (with Asian and or Korean speaking guests) appeared to get attentive service.

It is too bad - the good was reasonably good - but we will not return where we are not wanted.

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Curry Express4820 Kingsway, #352, Burnaby
My first choice if eating in the Mall
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

I'll admit off the top - I dislike malls. I'm an anomaly for a woman - I have always hated shopping and I especially hate malls. Give me Commercial Drive, give me Main Street, give me Fraser Street - hell - give me the main street in downtown Cloverdale, Surrey - but malls - ugh!!

Notwithstanding my aversion to malls - sometimes I am required to be in one (my dear husband insists that he MUST get something or other at the mall and I accompany with our two children). We are inevitably hungry and need some grub. I try to convince my dear hubby to walk to Hing Loong (see my review), but he insists that we get something in the Food Court.

I will go to one place - that is Curry Express. The food is at least reasonably priced (for mall food) and the quality is okay. Sure as heck beats a lousy overpriced hot dog and sugar/water drink at Orange Julius!!

We get the special - which is two choices of curry (meat or vegetarian) on rice with naan bread and a beverage at just under $8.00 per serving. The butter chicken is okay, I usually go with the spinach and cheese - which is good.

All in all - it is a solid meal - nutritious enough and my kids will eat it.

I will not go specifically to the mall to have Curry Express - but if I am at the mall and hungry - it's the best value.

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Fantastic Restaurant3309 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good Dim Sum
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 8:57am [Dine in]

I take my children here sometimes. The dim sum is good and the prices are reasonable.

I usually order the sticky rice (my 4 year old son's favourite), vegetarian spring rolls, shrimp balls and a few other items.

The food is always piping hot and tasty. Tea is provided for free at the table and I like the flavour of the tea.

Some quibbles - the restaurant is narrow and the entrance way is quite small. It is hard to bring a stroller (or wheelchair) into the restaurant - however, the staff are always very helpful.

My other quibble - I rather wish that they would provide some dipping sauces (plum sauce and hot sauce) at the beginning.

Other than that - for a nice dim sum - I'll go to Fantastic any day.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Great for Take Out
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

I used to live near Davie Street in the West End and enjoyed picking up items here. I will emphasize that I PICKED UP items as in TAKE OUT.

My favourites are the Spanakopia (you get two big pieces and I find them tasty - if a tiny bit greasy), the roast lamb (again, if you are watching your cholestoro - keep away - but it's tasty). For a lighter choice - I recommend the slouvaki.

Call in the order or order at the counter if you are in the area. Pick up in about 20 minutes. One caveat - for takeout, bring a plastic grocery bag. They pack your order in styrofoam containers and put them into brown paper bags (like the old style paper bags you used to get at supermarkets). It's hard to carry (as the the paper bag is on its side - you have to rest your take out order on your arm or your food will be mussed up). I just bring a couple of old plastic bags from Safeway or ??, plunk the paper bag in their and it is easier to carry.

On nice days, I take me order to Sunset Beach and eat it as picnic.

I have no interest or time to stand in line to dine in. The Restaurant is cramped and noisy - but for a nice Greek picnic lunch on the beach - it is the best value.

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Hing Loong Restaurant4909 Kingsway, Burnaby
Worth the walk from the Mall
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2009 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

I used to go here very often when I worked in the Metrotown area. They have excellent lunch specials!!

It had been over a decade since I had dined here and I brought my two year old daughter here so we could have lunch after shopping at Metrotown.

Firstly, let me advise - this is not "fine dining." The decor is very basic and has not been updated in years. It was clean and functional only. This is okay by me. I would rather have good food and good value than spruced up decor.

I ordered two lunch specials - the black bean chicken and green beans and I had satay chicken. Both were tasty with very ample portions. Lots of chicken. We ate our fill and I had plenty left to bring home to share with my husband and son.

Tea is provided free of charge and the pop is reasonably priced.

I think this family owned place is well worth the walk from Metropolis to enjoy some good Chinese Food at very reasonable prices.

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
Inconsistant
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

I took a friend here a few weeks ago and found the food very good, the service prompt and (with a coupon from a local paper) excellent value.

Yesterday, I decided to order in and reached for the take out menu from this restaurant. This time, I found the staff member answering the phone very terse to the point of rudeness. I asked for a simple substitution Iinstead of beef in my stir fry, I wanted Ostrich (which was an option in other menu selections but not for the stir fry for some unknown reason). When asking for the substitution, I advised that I was willing to pay extra for it (as the Ostrich selection in the other dishes came with a small surcharge). I was surprised that, for this substitution, the charge would be almost twice what the charge was on the other dishes. I thought perhaps more product was used (thus justifying the bigger charge).

I received my food and was quite disappointed. I had ordered some of the same items that I enjoyed so much when dining in person. This time, the stir fry was looked thrown together. It was much smaller and there was actually very little meat (the Ostrich which I paid so handsomely for). The dish was about 2/3 the quantity that we received when dining in person.

The Phat Thai was okay - but it didn't have as much seafood as when I dined in person. There was very little peanuts and, again, the quantity was smaller.

Keep in mind - I am paying the same menu prices (without a coupon) and giving teh driver a tip. I would think that I should receive the same quantity and quality as someone dining in.

In any event - like another reviewer said earlier and I have stated in my other reviews - there is a limited amount of disposable income ESPECIALLY WHEN LAYOFFS ARE ON THE HORIZON AND, AT BEST, WAGES ARE FROZEN. My budget allocation for dining will be spent on restaurants that are consistently good - Green Basil is not one of them.

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Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan3219 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good Food - but consider the RECESSION!!
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 10:29am [Dine in]

I took my two children here (ages four and two) as they like Indian food (particularly chicken and rice).

I ordered two chicken tikki from the "children's menu" - the price was around $9 each. The dishes came with chicken tikki and fries. I asked the waitress if I could have them substitute rice. The waitress advised that there would be a $3 charge EACH for this substitution. Huh??? We are talking about a 1/2 cup of rice here per plate. This was not "in addition" to the fries - this was to "substitute the fries". In any event - I ended up ordering a side dish of rice ($2.75) which was more rice than what they would have substituted for both plates combined. Frankly - the substitution of rice for fries should have been gratis.

The food itself is served piping hot and is wonderfully flavoured. I really enjoyed it.

The service was slow - it took well over 1/2 hour for our food to arrive. I will forgive them as it appeared to be freshly made.

The total bill for two children's dishes, a vegetarian combo plate and a pitcher of Lassi was $45. This was by no means a "bargain meal" and it became less so because of the inflexibility of allowing a substitute of basic starch.

This restaurant might want to consider that there are fewer of us who are willing to dine mid-week during the economic downturn and there IS competition. I personally will not be back to this restaurant simply because it is too expensive for what I received.

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White Heather Tea Room1885 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria
My new Tea Destination for Victoria
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2009 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

I like Tea. I have been to the Empress (back in the early 1990's when it was only $25 - which was still quite expensive, and not $80 (EIGHTY DOLLARS!!!!!!) per person). I then started going to the Blethering Place and was paying $21.00 per person. The Blethering Place was getting a tad worn looking (they really need to change those linens once in a while) and the tea cakes were store bought (Superstore brand if I am not mistaken). Anyway, I searched DineHere.ca to find a new tea house to visit while in Victoria...

This brings me to the White Heather.

The reviewers are all correct. This place is excellent.

The value is great (my husband and I had the big tea for two and it come to just over $21 per person. There were freshly made sandwiches, cakes and scones that were homemade and still warm!!! The quality was very, very evident.

The children had the "Wee Tea" and, although they love little sandwiches and cakes, could not eat all of it and we took some back to our hotel for snacks later.

The room is small, but has some nice touches.

This is our new tea destination in Victoria.

Blethering Place - take note - improve your product or you will go out of business.

Empress take note - lower your prices, or you will become little more than a museum (and Victoria already has one of those...)

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Trendy, innovative place without the attitude
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2009 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

Tried this place with my husband.

We were greeted promptly by a server, who advised us that there would be a 20 minute wait for an outside table, but could seat us right away inside. We choose inside and she found us a nice table by the window.

The menu was interesting. We decided to go for some poutine and a pizza. We each had a glass of red wine. When I couldn't decide what wine I wanted, the server offered to let me taste one. She also let my husband taste one that he was considering. I really appreciated this.

Our food was well presented, hot and good. The fries were hand cut (although could have been a tad crisper). The pizza was delicious. It had a thin, thin crust and wonderfully flavoured beef. I did not detect a trace of grease on the crust or on my hand after I had eaten it.

I will go again.

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