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macbinEast VancouverSince June 22, 200812 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Authentic 50's Diner Experience
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Complaints about Moderne Burger on this site have been mostly price and wasted space, but MB was not created to function like an average modern restaurant, it was created to recreate the 50's diner. The owners went to a huge expense to make the decor authentic 1950's -- the good and the "bad" (lots of floor space, only 4 seats per table) -- not like the 1950's kitsch you find in most restaurants like Sophie's. They import their malt from the US, again for that authentic 50's malted milkshake, and they don't skimp on quality for any of their ingredients - for example the dijon mustard is THE GOOD STUFF. Plan your visit strategically so you don't have to wait in line (remember they close at 7:30pm) and you're in for an unforgettable experience. For example a friend and I went at 3pm on a Wednesday and we were the only patrons in the joint. The staff are very friendly no matter how busy it is. As for price, if you don't want to pay for more fries than you can eat, simply share a platter between you and your date - don't blame the restaurant for wasting food because you make them toss it rather than take it home.

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Caffe Barney2528 Main St, Vancouver
How Soon Can I Leave?
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

My friend likes to have meetings in this place because he's got a laptop and they've got free wireless - even though it's not really set up like a cafe, it's really set up like a restaurant with a bar and everything. It's quite small and lately - through no fault of the restaurant - something's broken inside the walls and the entire place smells slightly of sewage. All that aside, the food is actually decent, though the portions are small for the price, yet the ambiance is poor. The tables and chairs seem designed to make you want to leave and everything is too close together.

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Bentei Sushi2893 Grandview Highway, Vancouver
Skip It.
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

Girlfriend and I tried this because it was conveniently located, and we left feeling disappointed. Can't say it was a disaster but it was probably my worst sushi experience, not that I'm a connoisseur. The food was lacklustre and the service likewise. Not much else to say. We might try it again just in case it happened to be an 'off' night.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
Nice chairs.
Submitted Friday, July 4, 2008 - 1:22am [Dine in]

My gf and I checked out the menu of Habit online and the prices seemed decent, so we put the venue to the test. The good news is that we didn't have to wait to be seated. The bad news is the portions were tiny and we both left the restaurant hungry whereas if we had paid the same amount of money at any number of other restaurants within 2 blocks we would have been stuffed. Too bad because the food, while good, was not outstanding.

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Mmmm...sunch.
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 1:49am [Dine in]

I've been to CV a couple of times and was impressed with the food and the service.

They have a number of interesting menu items that you will not find anywhere else in town, and I look forward to trying them all. I appreciate trying something new and Chutney Villa is the place to do so.

The staff have always been very friendly and helpful, and their recommendations have always been spot on. The place has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere - clearly it's a very family-oriented business. Additionally they are very community-minded, supporting local charities.

If you want to try something interesting for breakfast, try their "sunch" which is a big plate of yumminess, but only available on Sundays.

The music was appropriate and played at an acceptable sound level.

As an added bonus, this is one of the "ocean wise" restaurants in town, meaning they take care to provide sustainably harvested fish.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good Food When You've Got Time to Kill
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 12:56am [Dine in]

The Eatery is one of trendy joints in town, similar to The Foundation and with the same strengths and weaknesses. The food is good, some of the best sushi you'll find though some of the more far-out creations are hit and miss. Because it is so popular you can expect to wait a long time to be seated if you're visiting during peak hours, and once you're seated don't expect stellar service.

The decor is literally fantastic (where else in town can you find a papier-mache Cthulhu hanging from the ceiling) and this is a good place to go for a first date as there is lots to talk about. The flip side is that the music is so loud that you'll usually have a hard time hearing your companions.

This is also one of those places that have annoying, confusing names for their dishes which can make interpreting the menu a chore.

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Garlic Bread to Die For
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

I have been here three times and have always ordered pasta dishes, never pizza, so I can't comment on the latter. Sometimes they have special events and the prices for such can be prohibitive. Otherwise, value is great because one dish is enough for two people so be prepared to take your leftovers home. The staff I have found to be a boon to the atmosphere and general satisfaction of the experience. The pasta and sauces are always quality and no matter what you order, tack on an order of garlic bread - you won't regret it.

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Mitra Canteen3034 Main Street, Vancouver
Can I Please Live Upstairs?
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 10:31am [Dine in]

This is the big sister of Falafully Good on Oak Street, which is my favourite restaurant of all time (FG gets an extra point for being on the same block as my work place). The menu is the same (I've tried every single thing on it and my taste buds have never been disappointed, unlike some other falafel joints) and the staff is friendly. They always use quality ingredients and you can really taste it.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
After 6:45 pm - FORGET IT
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

The Good: The Foundation's menu is fantastic. I've tried a fair handful of items but keep coming back to the satay salad and the nachos (always ask for quacamole - it costs more but you get lots and it's great). For the size and quality, the price can't be beat!

The Bad: If you want to catch a lunch or an early dinner, then you shouldn't have any problems. But if you come in any later than 6:45, first you will wait in line, and then you will wait at your table. And wait. And wait.

The Ugly: I go to restaurants to eat and talk, I go to nightclubs to listen to loud music. Actually I don't go to nightclubs, but that's what it feels like sometimes at the Foundation when your dinner partner is a foot away and you can't hear what they're saying because the staff is blasting their music. I even asked if they wouldn't mind turning down the music. The answer: "No, we can't do that." Again this isn't really a problem if you're going there for lunch, it seems that the more ambient noise there is from customers, the more the staff likes to cover it with their hip hop from four years ago.

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Rhizome Cafe317 East Broadway, Vancouver
I'm an Activist For Great Food.
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 8:53am [Dine in]

I've been to Rhizome many times and though sometimes I have had to wait for a table, clearly it's because the food is so good! I have never been disappointed with any of the choices I've made from the menu. The art on the walls is sometimes questionable but if you want art go to a gallery and not a restaurant. The staff are very friendly and competent, and you won't be bothered by loud music.

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Falafully Good3170 Oak Street, Vancouver
My Favourite Eatery in the World
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 8:45am [Dine in]

This restaurant was opening while I lived in the restaurant, and as they were putting the business together, I kept poking my head in and asking "How soon? How soon?" I love a good shawarma but my expectations were exceeded beyond hope. The owner, Amir, is super-friendly, and brings many of his successful dishes from Mitra's Cafe to this second restaurant. Sometimes the portions are a little inconsistent depending on the staff, but the food is always so amazing I have to resist licking my plate. I've sent my co-workers over there and they immediately turned into die-hard fans. The restaurant has a simple set up and it works perfectly. I'll just say this once again - best shawarma in Vancouver!!!

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Budgies Burritos44 Kingsway, Vancouver
Tolerate the Ambiance and You're In for a Cheap Treat
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 8:37am [Dine in]

I eat here quite often as it is quite convenient. This is one of the mainstay "hipster" joints and you can often see young indie rockers loitering outside with their skateboards sending text messages. The food is quite good, 100% vegetarian and cheap. They're also quite willing to make any modifications to your order. The down side is sadly, the staff and ambiance. It's good to see young people making a go of a business, but in true hipster fashion the staff are much more concerned with being cool than being professional. Even the simplest orders are often made incorrectly and there is a 50/50 chance you'll get the correct change back if you don't pay with a $10 bill. One of my pet peeves in restaurants is loud music. There isn't a lot of room to sit in here but even if there was I wouldn't - the music is often so loud that miscommunications abound. With all these problems I still keep coming back as the food itself is good and the value is outstanding.

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