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LordofFoodsVancouverSince May 16, 200755 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.8)
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Displaying 21 - 40 of 55 Reviews Found
Vera's Burger Shack2922 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent Burger Joint
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 12:07am [Dine in]

Finally did try Vera's burger. I love a nice juicy burger. Got there later in the nite and the place was pretty empty there was a couple about to leave and two single diner in there. Took a few minutes to study the menu and decide what i wanted. decided on a double patty burger with the works and extra toppings. The burger alone was over $10. Plus I had the poutine and a milkshake.
First impression was this was a huge ass burger with everything i had on it. But them main component of the burger to me is the meat patty. When i finally manage to manhandle the burger and get a few bites in, i found the patty dry for my liking. I understand that it may be because it is the leaner choice of beef in it. but it also lacked seasoning and flavor. Albeit this may be healthier for me. But if I wanted healthy i would not be eating a colossal burger. So the patty here is lean and bland tasting. Next time I'll have to find something to season and turn the spice up a notch. The poutine and onion rings were good compliment. But the milk shake tasted bland.
I will be back again to give this place another try, only because I am a glutton for trying food. But $20 for a burger meal with self service. I'd still be expecting more. So far nothing special about Vera's.

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Jang Mo Jib1719 Robson Street, Vancouver
Korean Cafeteria Food
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I have been to this place a few times and will prob be going back again at some point. So dont let the low marks dissuade you from checking this place out. There is nothing special about the food, service or enviroment. But you get what you get here, The service here has never been good whenever I've visited. But I have never been publically insulted or abused yet. But I cant even buy a smile here and I have tried. :-) . But it is open later at nite and the prices are resaonable.
They serve the customery side dishes, bean sprout, potatoes, kimchi, radish. They give you a container of Hot tea or cold water. The Galbi i had most recently here were pretty tough. and the galbi noodle in soup was tastless and bland. the mackerel is nothing special here. but there are many other items on here that i have had in the past that were good. so i suppose it is hit and miss on the food. There are better choices around. Prob be back here again for late nite snack when everything else is closed.

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E-Hwa1578 Robson St, Vancouver
Korean Izakaya
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

This place is a Korean hang out. It is open later at night. Side dishes comes with most meals. And the service while not attentive is pretty good. The owner lady is there most nites to supervise the place. Though her English is poor she makes up in her enthusiatism.
All the standard Korean fare is available including, Kam Ja Thang(soldier's stew with pork bone on and potatoes), Galbi(beef short ribs), YumYum Chicken(sweet and sour chicken nuggets), BiBimBap(rice with veggies, fried egg and hot bean sauce) etc etc. Good place to hang out and do some Korean drinking. Ever tried Shoju with yogurt?
The food is not outstanding but the price is reasonable and it is open till 1am. This place is a more typical eating drinking establisment you would find in Korea.

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Baan Wasana Thai Restaurant2143 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
Thai in Kerrisdale
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

Went in here for dinner. There was one server and one busser working i think. As one spoke very little english. The service was polite but not attentive.
Tried the papaya salad, pad thai with prawns, stuffed chicken wing, fried rice, green curry with chicken and tom yum. the stuff chicken wing at chili club is much better. the papaya salad was good but a little too tart for my taste bud. the tom yum was good but not outstanding.The fried rice and pad thai were very good and tasted authentically thai. as mentioned the pad thai uses tamarind for its tratness and colour. it is al dente noodles as mentioned. The green curry was weak and watery for my liking. but overall not a bad thai restaurant. Wash it down with a couple of young coconut water. Like i would in Thailand.
would not go out of my way to try this place again. but nevertheless not a bad option for thai food.

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Chilli House Thai Bistro1018 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Solid Thai food
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

Been wanting to try this thai restaurant for a while. Have read the good reviews here. This place does have some authentic Thai cuisine blended into some fusion dishes. The Pad Thai is tomato base which is a N American approach. Had some jumbo prawns, papaya salad, tom yum with chicken and prawns with coconut cream, cod in a lime broth, thai fried rice, and roasted duck in curry sauce.
The tiger prawns, salad and tom yum were appetizing and delicious. The fried rice, cod and tom yum were authentically thai. Overall the food here is good. And didnt have any major complains. But sure there are a few items on the menu that would have been a missed like the curry duck.
Parking wont be a problem as they have their own parking spots. Convenient if going for a walk and dinner. Dont think reservation is needed either as the location is a bit on the hidden path. Dinner for two with drinks and tips - under $100. With a doggie bag to take home.

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Wow what a dissapointment
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

was here a few months ago. i think this place may be something else now. not sure what went into the opening of this place. but there are a few major missing links in the concept. the food, service and ambience could really be turned up a few notches. The server and bartender looked disinterested in their career choice. Had a couple dozen oyster, salmon, dungeness crab, some appies and a few rounds of drinks. Nothing was memorable. The dungeness had no flavour and little meat in it. Prob used a commercial staemer. Hmmm.... would it hurt to use a court bouillion? The only other people in there were tourist. The bill was $200+ for three people. NEVER again.

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Black Tuna Japanese Bistro1184 Denman, 202, Vancouver
Japannese with a view of English Bay
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

Tried this restaurant hoping to avoid the lineup's of a Friday nite. Sat in the patio(not heated). It's rite next door to the Pacific Crab Co which has a heated patio(believe it is SOHO now?). The table is really small even for two people. Not helped that the serving dishes they use are big. Had to shuffle food around all nite long.
Tried the Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Scallop Gyoza, Spicy Seafood Soup, The Dinner Entree with Toro Tartare with Caviar, Miso Soup and Chilean Sea Bass Black Tuna style with garlic ginger but never did get the rice nor the dessert and Mexican Roll with chicken/cream cheese/avocado and spicy sauce.
The yellowtail, toro, gyoza and seabass were very good. The sea bass was especially good. Portion was tapa's style and size. I didn't have any problems with the food quality. But the service could have been better and the timing of food could have been better as well. My tea cup was consistently empty. And our server could use some more finer dining serving experience. Good selection of wine.
Just a not on a previous reviewer mentioning not serving wasabi with the toro. i believe that some japanese including Tojo that suggest not including soy sauce and wasabi with their sashimi. and that s/s and wasabi is a N American way of eating sashimi. IMHO, the yuzu sauce and sliced jalapeno were adequate complement for fresh sashimi. Where freshness and quality matters, raw sashimi can be enjoyed as is. Soy sauce and wasabi can only mask and/or take away from the freshness of a good product.
Total for two for food alone was $80. With so many dining options offering better value, it may be a while before I return to Black Tuna.

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Duffin's Donuts1391 41st Avenue East, Vancouver
Open late..
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

Interesting spot. I like that they are open late. And have a variety and choice of eats. This place is like an extended Duffin's on main and 33rd. It offers donuts, torta's, sub's(+vietnamese), chinese, cambodian food. Quite a diverse range of cuisine. The chinese food here is pretty bad and not recommended. and the hot torta are not as good as the ones on main st. This place is never too busy and is open late with a much smaller choice of menu items. Quite a diverse range of customers.

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Cheap eats, Cheap thrills
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 8:31pm [Dine in]

A well known breakfast, greasy joint in East Van. As stated well known for the $2.99 breakfast. With your choice of bacon, breakfast sausage, Ukranian sausage or ham with two eggs, toast/breakfast muffin and home cut breakfast potatoes. Great portion and excellent value. They also have a soup and sandwich combo for $4-5(with fries). You dont have to spend much to fill your belly up here. They also have lotsa other food specials on the feature board.
Don't come to Bon's expecting quality food. It offer's good value for your money. They do have a beer and wine license. Have been here over 30 times over the years. And Bon is always smiling to greet all his costomer's. May not have the best food in the neighbouthood but Bon's get my support. Always consistent and friendly.

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Duffins Donuts4898 Main, Vancouver
Needs a facelift
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

This place has been around for a very long time. So it is a bit of an institution. The donuts were the best in the city at one point in time. And the torta's/ sub were delicious and still is. When the viet sub across the street is busy, this place is a good replacement. Also like the chorizo and egg torta.
It does have a lot of customer's that loiter around enjoying their beverage. I suppose it is a hang out spot for some. It can be creepy when they stare at you walking in and out of there. Not the most comfortable enviroment in that sense. But my biggest concern is the cleanliness level. If/when i go, It is always for take out.

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
OldSkool Steak House
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

Probably the longest standing steakhouse in Vancouver. Use to be/have Hy's at the Sand's/and the Mansion(Macaroni Grill). It is richly decorated and furnished somewhere between a museam and a haunted house. The chairs are big and comfy. Anne the hostess has retired. Used to be popular with the stock traders. And still frequented by some high profile business people. Hy's is like seeing an old friend.
Went there for dinner was graciously seated without reservations. Our server has been with Hy's for over 45 years. Think about it for a second. 45 Years serving at the restaurant. I believe Annie the hostess was there the longest. I was in a rush and let them know in advance. Got our orders in and food came almost immediately. I know the cheese toast is greasy and possibly overpriced. But I think it is worth it. It is sinfully delicious. And have not had better anywhere else.
The ceasar salads used to be done tableside. Now it is done in the dining room but not at your side. Still made fresh to order. And the dressing is good and fresh as well. Can make your request how you want it done. Not many places will let you tell them how you want your cesar salad and dressing. Also had the Shrimp cocktail. Jumbo prawns served with housemade cocktail sauce.
The PR on this occasion was fatty and not very good. I had the porterhouse. which came out a little too red for my liking but i did want a rush on my food. and the porterhouses take so much longer to broil(bone in). so perhaps that is why. we were in and out in 40 minutes. pretty fast for a steak house dinner eh!.
FYI, the owner also owns Gotham's and The Keg.

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Shalin Noodle House656 W Broadway, Vancouver
Bland chinese noodle house
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

Pretty much already posted. This is a place to load yourself with carbs. If you like noodles and dough this is the place to go. The portion is big. Bowl full of noodles. When it comes to broth, the best broth are the ones that time to simmer. That way the broth will be full naturally released flavor. This is not the case with the broth here. Though some of the broth may have been better here. The noodle making is a novelty act, once you've seen it, doubt you'd be as excited seeing it the next time.

I've tried the fried noodle, the cumin flavored meat, the panfried dumpling. There was so much food i had to take some home. The dumplings were soaked in fat.
This noodle shop if in China, prob be selling in the street corner. The style and menu items are very common folk items, and would cost less than a dollar. What I mean to imply is this chinese food is not at all that special in China. IMHO, i wish they could change a few things here and make this so much better recieved. For one thing out more meat and veggies. Maybe the owner/chef wants people to feel they get good value by giving you lotsa noodles. I think there are enough people that are watching what they eat now. In short canadianised it.
good value for money to get full. but flour and water is not really expensive.... . i may give this place a try again. the service was attentive and good. add it to my cheap quick greasy eating places.

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Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant355 Burrard Street, #180, Vancouver
dissapointing dim sum
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

The Imperial is one of the original Chinese Fine Dining restaurant in this city. There are many that has surpassed its stature in the city. The last time I was here, i had a very memorable dinner. The service was first rate. The servers stay by your table or room to attend to your needs. And the food was very good.
So I though I'd give it a try for dim sum as there were some favorable reviews. As soon as I get seated the servers bring food out on a serving TRAY to select from. Ummm... isnt the food gonna get cold really fast like this? I did not understand why a place like top gun can make dim sum to order, but a high end place like this decides to serve its food cold. By the time the food touches my mouth everthing will be room temparature. As this is exactly what happened.
They did offer fresh juices which is a nice touch. Had some watermelon juice which was refreshing. And there was banana and shrimp crepe thing that I'd never tried before as well. Most of the food tasted good but nothing stood out. Maybe because the food was served at room temp. ever tasted cold har gow? :-P

it was a dissapointing experince for me this time. not sure if i'd choose here for dim sum.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Cosy Hideaway
Submitted Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner on a monday nite. parking is still a concern and there was no valet. the place is on the smaller side and there was no hostess this evening i was there. was greeted by the person behind the bar. very attentive and seated us out in the patio. patio has a 10pm curfew. the restarurant was nicely decorated.
this is a quaint spot for a meal in the city but away from the humbug that you normally get. the 3 course meal is 49 and the 4 course is 57. you can order ala carte as well but the prices were not on the menu. the veal porterhouse was 32.
tried the soup which was a shellfish bisque with wild prawns, and halinut quenelle. the artic scallops with pea puree and balsamic reduction, and the froie grais to start. the soup had a nice smoky flavor possibly from the glazing of the shellfish stock. the quenelle was light, fluffy and melt in your mouth. the scallop i had was a little too cramelized and well done for my liking. i perfer big juicy scallops that are not cooked completely through. The froie grais was simply impecable. Melt in your mouth delicious.
For the main I had to try the Berkshire Pork/the black pig. There are not many places in the city that you can enjoy this pork. It was done two ways. One was a lean cut(possibly from the loin) wraped in prosciutto. the other was a fatty cut that was braised and served with savoy cabbage. The other entree i did get a taste of was the Veal Porterhouse steak. both the entrees were good. The fatty pork was a big too much fat and the lean was dry for my liking. The veal porterhouse was pretty good. Did not ask how we wanted it done. Come out medium well and a bit tough and dry. Overall food presentation was good and and portion was good for what was charged.
Had the grapefruit sorbet for desert. Nice light syrup with grapefruit segment and sorbet. Which was a great way to end a rich meal. The deserts here are good. Might come here just for deserts next time.

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Riddim & Spice1945 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Jamaican Comfort food
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 3:11am [Dine in]

I've been coming here everytime I need a good Jamaican fixin. They got it all, goat curry, roti, Jamaican Patties, Snapper, Jerk Chicken, Ox-tail, plaintain, dumplings, ackee etc etc..
The Chef Mr Currie has been cooking Jamaican food his whole life. So far to say it is pretty authentic and similar to the way it is done in Jamaica. So the food is prety soulful and hearty.
The Patties here are not as good as it used to be back when it was Nuff and Niceness. Same chef, different recipe. But the other staples are still as good. And with new additions every so often. Sometimes you'll find fish soup, chicken stew, corn bread, coco bread, as an add on.
Prices are reasonable, under $10 per entree. Portions are still good.

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Main, The4210 Main St., Vancouver
Alternative Entertainment
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 3:01am [Dine in]

The Main has a stage that features live acts and stand up comedy. Been here a couple of times for dinner as well as just for drinks. They do have quite a few Greek food items on the menu. IMHO, I would not go here for dinner as you really dont know what you are going to get. I had some dry chicken. Although dinner was not gross, there are just so many better choices for a diiner at this price range. Would go if there were some interesting performances and grab a bevie and an appy. But this place is not for me.

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Sai Z3116 West Broadway, Vancouver
A contender
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 2:54am [Dine in]

Been here 3 times since they opened for business. Left with a smile each time. The food is good. Had the kobe beef carpacio and kobe beef tenderloin. Certainly love the flavor and tenderness of kobe beef. It was busy the last time i was there, so i guess people are beginning to recognize it. The restaurant looks like a converted house with seating upstairs and on the main floor. There is a baby grand piano and a alady that plays it some nites. Service is good and courteous. It is on the pricier side. And protion is tapa's size. Would suggest as a good place to take a date or someone special. The sake list is pretty decent. YMMV for parking as there is some road work being done right now. Probably one of the best Japanaese in this area. If you are a Japanese food connousier or want to try some good japanese food, give Sai Z a try.

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Taste Of Vietnam, A1016 W Broadway, Vancouver
Lunch Take Out
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 2:31am [Dine in]

Have been here for lunch on a few occasions. Have tried most of the lunch specials and appy menu. Pretty decent food throughout. Probably one of the better authentic 'Nam food in the area. Also get a liitle fruit(cantaloupe and honey dew) salad with your oder. The ladies working there are very nice. Have no real concerns or complains. The lunch special prices are reasonable. Use to be the location of the original Banana Leaf.

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Nice job of representing the food
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 6:29am [Dine in]

I went in for a small bite to sample what they had to offer. The restaurant looks like what you would find in today's modern Singapore and or Malaysian eating places in the malls etc. Clean, sterile, bland and unimaginative. Only had time for a quick bite only tried the curry puffs, beef satay, Curry Laksa but opted for the Hainamese Chicken on it, the Char Kway Teow and deep fried banana with ice cream.
The curry puffs were very tasty and had more than moderate amounts of spices and stuffing. Hence you get an undersatnding of the complexities of the spices and curries in S E Asian Cookery. The pastry flaky and not too greasy with a hint of sweetness.
The beef satay was not very exciting. It was a tad dry. But not quite beef jerky dry. The marinade was kinda mild almost none existent. The peanut sauce was passable albeit a bit too sweet. Could have used more tamarind flavor.
I love the noodles they used in the curry laksa. Not the normal yellow egg noodle and or vermicelli. The broth had the right consistency and flavor. And there was sambal(dried shrimp chili) to add some spice and flavor if desired. The chicken was very nice and tender.
The Char Kway Teow is not like the real one you would find in the stalls in Malaysia. This is a fried rice noodle malaysian style. So a nay on the CKT, though the flavor was ok.

The Deep Fried Banana + ice cream was a major dissapointment. I am not sure why the batter was hard. As if they coated it with corn meal. It's too bad, I was hoping that they get this right. Never tasted banana deep fried like this when i was in Malaysia/Singapore.

Will post a more rounded review once I've tried the other items on the menu.
I like the curry laksa enough that warrants a second visit. so will try out more of the menu next time.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Dress code in effect
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 5:23am [Dine in]

Glowbal appeal is the crowd it cater's too. You'd probably dont want to show up wearing your factory outlet clearance designer label brands. And forget about wearing a baseball cap to hide your receeding hairline. People get dressed to be seen here. It is a trendier spot most likely where you will find a woman under 30 meeting a man over 40(with benefits) to mingle.
The place has 'two' rooms. Glowbal and I believe AfterGlow. Anyways one is more the restaurant the other more the lounge. There are lotsa regulars here. Some regulars who spent over $50k a year at this place alone.
Have been here about half a dozen times. Each time I go there it is pretty packed. But have never really had problems getting a table. But beware although it is a restaurant, there are bouncers to watch the door. Probably for extra security as drinking can get excessive sometimes. The owner makes good money so money is not necessary his motivation.
I've tried the sates, some appies, deserts and some entres'. Nothing of the food really surprised or really interested me all that much. Everything is borrowed, but mind you the menu probably has not changed in a while. presentation is good, food quality is reasonable. I really would consider Glowbal a place to go for drinks. So not really after the food. IMHO more importantly, people go there for the atmosphere. And possibly to check out the eye candy.
The sates are good but there are simply far better choices in town. Prices are moderately high. If you want to keep up with the jones prepare to bring your Visa and Matercard. If you are drinking with friends it gets costly. My bill for two was over $300. And the other bills totaled over $1K for a group of 6-8 people.
For the money there are far better restaurants for ur dining pleasure. But if you want to rock your new $3k Armani suit and/or your Porsche convertible, then maybe give Glowbal a try. Hope you find your soulmate there.

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