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mackenzie_jenSouth VanSince June 19, 200821 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Fish on Rice1414 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Plesantly Suprised
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

I was in Calgary last weekend and had some pretty sad AYCE sushi, and started to crave the good old Vancouver standby.

Food- It was actually pretty good. Way better than the Burnaby location. All our hot dishes were hot, and all the rolls were fresh. Small portions but that's the AYCE standard.

Service- Holy crap, I was amazed. So different from the Burnaby resturant. Not only did we get ALL the food we ordered, but it came out quick and with a smile. Servers didn't let our order slips sit on the table for more than a minute or two, and they actually did quality checks! drinks were always filled, questions answered, can't complain.

Value- On this particular day I did eat more than $15 worth of food, but usually I don't. If you just want sushi then go somewhere else as the AYCE is overpriced, but if you want a lot of variety and it's your only meal of the day then it's worth it.

Ambiance- It's a nice room. Lots of light, nicely decorated etc. What lost a star for me is the plasma TV's with UFC on. If it was sumo wrestling then maybe they could get away with it but ultimate fighting... c'mon it's not a bar.

overall a pretty good place for AYCE. If you're not getting the happy hour or lunch deal then it's a bit pricey.

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89 Inn Restaurant6372 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Meh
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 1:03am [Dine in]

This place used to be a major dive, but it underwent some renovations so I decided to try it out.

Food- I've had better. I ordered some sushi and teriyaki. The avocados were kind of old and mushy, but the inari was okay. My boyfriends' wild salmon nigiri was so bad that he couldn't finish it, and he's a big nigiri fan. The tofu teriyaki was okay, but didn't taste like teriyaki at all. The sauce was more like french onion soup which made sense as most of the "veggies" it comes with are onions.

Service- friendly diner service.

Value- Our meal for two people came to $25.00, but it wasn't all edible or what we were expecting so I feel like I threw my money down the drain.

Ambiance- It's better than before but anywhere with more than 1 TV isn't much of a winner.

Sorry 89, I really wanted to like you but just couldn't bring myself to.

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Britannia Sushi1016 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
free gum!
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 12:53am [Dine in]

Food- Really good. I've never had something I hated and there's a large variety of veggie rolls. The bento boxes are tasty and unlike some places the tempura is always fresh and piping hot. I always tell them I'm vegan and never find roe attached to my sushi.

Service- meh. There's a few waitresses that are okay, but there's a couple of spoiled brats that wait the tables too.

Value- This place is cheap cheap cheap. Usually I go and get stuffed on ten bucks worth of food, or satisfyingly full on 7 or 8 bucks.

Ambiance - Once in awhile I forget to not look at this place. Seriously just keep your eyes forward and concentrate on the conversation with your dining partner. There's gum stuck to the ceiling, the windows are taped to the front of the building and there's unidentified goo between the banquet seats and the walls.

I keep going back because they have what I want at a price I can afford. I wish they'd clean it up though.

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3G Vegetarian Restaurant3424 Cambie St, Vancouver
Definetly Reccomend
Submitted Monday, April 27, 2009 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

Food- We got the satay bean curd roll (amazing), Thai style noodles (also really yummy) and the pepper steak (not my favorite), some tempura and juices. The mint/lime/apple was almost like a virgin mojito and washed down all the food really well.

Service- really friendly, quick and cheerful. I think the owners must have been working.

Value- It really fills you up. Our meal for two came to $50 with tip, but we would have been full the $5 appetizer and $10 worth of fresh juice. Worth splurging for, but if you pick your meal wisely you don't have to.

Ambiance- really nice! The dining room has obviously been renovated recently, and the carpet and furniture looks brand new. They have this yellow motif going on which is nice and cheerful.

I'll definitely go back as there's more dishes I want to try.

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
One of my main street favourites
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

Food: Reading the other posts it seems like it's not that authentic, but it sure is tasty. I've only had "reef" Caribbean food and I've always been happy with it. The tofu tacos, veggie curry and jerk tofu roti are among my favorite dishes (although I suspect the roti is just a tortilla). They also do THE BEST yam fries I've ever had.

Service: Really good. Servers are always friendly and attentive. Watch out for the commercial drive location though, they're not so great.

Value: $30-$35.00 for a dinner for two people goes down well in my books. Add drinks and it's usually forty bucks or less (with the tip).

Ambiance: kind of that cheesy beachy theme. But it's not obnoxious, well lit and clean. Music is quiet enough to have a conversation over too.

I've been here probably a dozen times and it's always been good. No complaints.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Not bad.
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Food: It was pretty good. We got the sweet soy tofu and chicken wings. The sauce with the tofu was a little strong, but tasty.

Service: Great. Our waitress actually knew enough about the beer selection to recommend something we really liked. Really friendly even when I made an ass of myself asking why all our food didn't come out at the same time.

Value: It's on the pricey side. $7 for three 1/2" thick slices of tofu with sauce on them, and I think $9 for a pound of chicken wings. Definetly treat/snack food not a place for a meal.

Ambiance: nice place, kind of reminded me of Banff or Jasper. Clean and tidy. A major plus: they cover the mussels on the way out of the kitchen so the steam doesn't stink up the entire bar. I hate bar seafood smell.

Overall, I don't think I'd go back. Maybe just for drinks, but I can't afford to eat here often.

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Himalaya Restaurant6587 Main St., Vancouver
oh himalaya
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

this is one of my favourite Indian places!

Food- It's really good, but the best time to go is at lunch or on the weekends when the turnover is highest. Sometimes there's some old gunky looking stuff out, but meh, it's a buffet. I've come to expect it.

Service- It's a buffet primarily, so you don't need much help. The servers are always walking around if you need them, but you have to be willing to ask.

Value- One of the cheapest places on main. I can always get full for $10 and stay full for hours.

Ambiance- They're tearing the place apart! It's for the best though, the dining room is pretty skanky looking. But as I've said, it's a buffet and I go for the food not for an enchanted evening.

Perefctly located betwen my school and my house, I'm there almost once a week. Reading all the other reviews it looks like my stomach has love goggles on, but I don't care because it's tasty and cheap.

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Greens and Gourmet2582 West Broadway St., Vancouver
gone downhill
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Food- I really used to like greens and gourmet. They had some really yummy dressings, spring rolls and desserts, which isn't the case anymore. Now everything is old looking and loaded with sugar. I don't mind sugar but all their sauces taste too sweet.

Service- It's okay. I've stood there for awhile, hot food in hand waiting to pay. Most of the time they're friendly and prompt though.

Value- I used to go every two months or so, as it's a bit of a drive. It seems like everytime I go the prices increase. I've noticed that I'm leaving hungry, because I can't afford a $25.00 plate of veggies. I have stopped going altogether.

Ambiance - Holy 70's. I guess you don't go to a buffet restaurant for the looks of the place, but it would be a really beautiful space if they just fixed it up a bit.

overall, I think they're going through a rough patch. As much as I'd like to support one of my old faves, I just can't justify spending way too much for way too little medicore food. Still crave the old miso tofu....

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
underwhelmed
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

Food- The actual dishes are really good, but are never made properly. Got a BLT with filling on only 1/2 the sandwich. The filled half was great but the plain bread wasn't.

Service- Server wouldn't replace said sandwich because "that's how much usually comes on a full sandwich anyway". Took AN HOUR AND A HALF to get soup and sandwiches when there were THREE OTHER TABLES in the place. Coffee was cold and server got moody when I pointed it out. So sorry that you're hungover on a Tuesday afternoon.

Value- 15% savings every meal, because the service is so crappy that you don't have to tip!

Ambiance- nice place, good music.

Either the owner isn't around enough to ensure quality control or this is a cash grab wolf in hippie clothing. Either way, won't be back.

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
For takeout maybe?
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

I decided to try this place since Budgie's Burritos turned out to be such a bust.

Food- Really tasty. Chipotle tofu is craveable.

Service- Just TERRIBLE. Two orders were wrong, and the server didn't come back, so I just ate it one anyways (got fed up about the second and complained). Forgot about one of our items and it had to be reordered. No drink refills or busing of plates. Was told the poor service was due to dining during a staff shift change.. but had the same server the whole time.

Value- Good price, but be warned that the portions of tacos are small. The burritos are easily a meal and at $9 that's cheaper than most .

Ambiance- Definitely commercial drive casual. I wouldn't want to be eating a bowl of soup in a rocking chair, but that's just me. There's also a huge shelf of kids books and toys, so if you want to relax expect screaming toddlers.

I'll go once more to give them another chance, because I know they just opened awhile ago, but if the service doesn't improve I'll just make my own at home.

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Robson Sushi Japanese Restaurant1542 Robson St, Vancouver
ewww
Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

I went here awhile ago for the all you can eat and I wish I didn't!
First off, I asked in advance if there was anything vegetarian on the menu, which the waiter said there was. So I went for it and there was barely anything!! He told me to get california rolls... uh hello what vegetarian eats fake crab?! I asked if I could get chicken teriyaki without the chicken (so just sauce and bean sprouts) and he said no I could only have tempura. I didn't want tempura but then it showed up at our table and we sent it back. He came back, threw it on the table and got mad and sneered "I THOUGHT you wanted VEGETABLES!" and explanied that if we didn't eat it we'd be charged for it. We also got some gyoza, which I don't think were cooked and were bright green. When we asked why they were so green, the waiter told us they were dyed to tell the veggie from the pork ones. MMMM. Apprently the only veggies they had were onions, cause that was all that was in there (o and they came without sauce). The ambiance is fine I guess, if you ignore the fishy smell (and not the normal suhi place smell...unfresh fish smell) and drunk 20 somethings on their cellphones.
Yeah, no thanks.

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Radha Yoga & Eatery728 Main Street, Vancouver
Mixed Feelings
Submitted Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

I 've been to Radha about half a dozen times and I'd have to say they're one of the better veg resturants in town.
It's nice to go out and be able to trust that the menu is vegan AND to have options.
I've never disliked any of my entrees, but I always leave with the feeling that I could have made my meal at home. I also find it's a little on the pricey side when I consider how full I feel after I leave (even with an app, main and dessert).
The staff is usually super friendly, but not in your face annoying, and the building is beatiful! (except for the moron sitting beside me in the fur coat the last time I was there- not radha's fault though).
Overall it's a good little spot to nibble on some vegan eats and sip feremented tea (which I've forgotten the name of) in good company.

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Main, The4210 Main St., Vancouver
Mmmmm
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

I stopped in for a late lunch on saturday and was pleasntly suprised!
Had the white bean soup which was fantastic, lots of quality olive oil made it creamy and rich. The portion sizes were a little small for the price, but then again I'm kind of cheap. Drink menu was good (Strongbow on tap!) and reasonably priced. I tired one of the mojitos that were on speical and it was pretty good. Servers were super friendly, but not "ugh go away" friendly. Nice pub-ish decor. Overall nice little place, I'd go back.

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Budgies Burritos44 Kingsway, Vancouver
Meh to the max
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

I stopped by here last night wanting something filling for cheap. I got the tofurkey burrito and my boyfriend got the bean one (I forget the names) .

First of all, nothing was seasoned! The rice tasted like steamed rice, the guacamole like butter and the beans were overcooked and bland. My boyfriend claimed his burrito tasted like "a variety of slime" as the chipoitle (sp?) mayo and salsa were bland. I got the spicy salsa and it didn't taste like anything! I had to drown everything in the hot sauce they had (which I think might have been watered down as it wasn't spicy at all). My boyfriend didn't even finish his, later blaming the cheese which "tates even worse than vegan soy cheese". How do you mess up cheese?

The staff was nice enough (the cashier totally ignored us, but one of the cooks got her attention, and they were chatty and pleasant overall). The decor was... grandma's house but cohesive. I guess it's good value if you like the food, but I didn't hence the "1".

I dont think I'll be back.

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Tandoori King8017 Fraser Street, Vancouver
no thanks
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 11:02am [Dine in]

I got delivery from this place about a week ago. First off they said they had a minimun order of $25.00. Fair enough. So I get $25.00 worth and it shows up with a $5.00 delivery charge on top of that! What the hell? I live maybe 10 blocks from Tandoori king, I could've picked it up but didn't want cold food. I really should have though, because the food did arrive cold, and bland. I asked for medium hot and got blah. The bhartha was like eating mashed potatoes.

I've actuially tried to eat in at this palce before, but it was empty on a saturday night (around 7pm) so I decided to go somewhere else. I was really put off when the waitress chased us into the parking lot and said "we're open we're open!!" I lied about wanting a buffet and she said "we'll make it really fast, I promise!" I felt bad but her despiration would've just made for an uncomfortable dining experience.

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
No, no NO!
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 10:51am [Dine in]

where do I start?
I've been "cut off" by fish on rice so many times that it's embarassing to admit I've gone back. Now I can eat, but at 100lbs, I can't eat enough to put them out of buisness. Their rolls were dry and teeny tiny. I asked for vegetarian udon, and it was in chicken broth! The server said I had to eat it, or pay $6 for it. I used to get yakisoba and teriyaki, but the portions have gone from fist sized to bite sized. And the service, they intentionally don't come take orders so that you waste your 2hours of dining time waiting around. Don't go here, it's a rip off. O and the place SMELLS, like old fish. Bathrooms are nasty... ugghh.. stay away!

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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
Uncomfortable
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 10:38am [Dine in]

So it was pretty late and my boyfriend and I were starved, so we rushed to the closest whitespot for a bite ot eat. It was close to closing (about an hour) so I called ahead to see if we could still get seated or if they were trying to close. The hostess on the phone said "O it's no problem, our closing time is actually when we take our last table". We get there and have to pratically walk in and seat ourselves, when a sweatplant clad server throws some menus at us and walks away. She takes our orders, and the food arrives quickly, but my order was wrong. She never came back to check on us so I just had to eat it. We could see her leaning over the edge of the waitress station watching us eat, while her manager (?) barked liquor service procedure at her coworkers, and bitched at the kitchen staff about the abundance of rotten food in storage. Yummy. The food was fine, but as I was finishing it (had the last onion ring in my hand) the waitiress took our plates. No "are you finished" or anything. I wanted another coffee, but she yelled arcoss the dining room that we were done and that her coworker should throw the coffee out. The evening ended by the manager ushering us out the BACK DOOR because he had already locked the place up. I looked at my watch, feeling bad that I had kept them so late. They close at 10pm and it was 10:02. Won't be back, and I think we tipped a whole 2 cents just to insult them.

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Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
If I wasn't a student .....
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

I would have my life catered by GRUB. My boyfriend and I went there to celebrate the end of our finals in December and it really exceeded my expectations.
First of all, as a vegan I really appreciate not having to eat a consoliation prize salad or hippie tofu concotion. I had the quinoa with vegetable skewers. With the cheery tomatoes having been fire grilled... well it was just bliss. I also really liked that they made everything there, fresh, and actually knew what was in it. No "let me check the package" like other resturants with $15.00 entrees.
My boyfriend had the vegetrain dish, potato canneloni. It was sort of crepe like and apparently delicious.
We also started with the bread plate (I obviously skipped the butter) and had trouble finishing our mains. For $50.00, I'd say we got a hell of a meal. Tasty, filling and definetly not something I could make at home. Will be back when I can make another occasion out of it.

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Nishiki Sushi6501 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
takeout's fine!
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 10:15am [Dine in]

I got takeout from Nishiki last night, and I don't know what all the bad rap is about.
I was actually scared to order because of all the reviews, but they were the only place that would deliver, and my boyfriends' car was up to it's bumper in snow. The sushi was good, the spring roll (which we got without any dairy for my fussy vegan self) was really good. Despite the delivery driver getting lost, the food still arrived without soggy tempura. The rolls were mediumish sized, and a little more expensive than I'm used too, but now that I have an actual menu I can order the $3 avacado/yam roll instead of the $7 spring roll. Overall it was pretty good.
I haven't been inside this place in forever, so I can't speak for the actual wait service.
Not my favourite sushi joint, but it's my go to delivery place.

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Samurai Sushi on Fraser6428 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Love of Roe a Must....
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

I used to love this place ALOT. The portions are huge, it's close to home and they're cheap cheap cheap!

However, the last few times I've ordered have been a bust. I'm vegan, and I always ask for no roe, and I ALWAYS find tonnes of little eggs mixed in with my rice. I don't know if I pissed them off or if they just don't wash their hands enough, but I wrote it off as them just being to busy to not cross contaminate. The final time I ordered, the rice was so overcooked that it was a paste, and had been sitting around (I think out in the open) before I picked it up, as my rice paste was crusty!

I kind of gave up on sushi untill I tried some other places and found my rolls roe-less. I guess they were just to busy to clean the cutting boards/wash their hands. Good place if you don't mind roe, I guess.

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