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madkinsvancouverSince November 13, 20148 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Displaying 1 - 8 of 8 Reviews Found
Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Curry gone right
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2014 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

Lounge with curry? Check. Akbars has been a constant for me and my boyfriend for lunch and dinner as well. The currys are good here and come in a variety of spice levels. Chicken methi, roganjosh and of course the butter chicken, to name a few. Super tasty but can hardly do anything after! My boyfriend likes very spicy food so he has no problem, but I cannot take so much...Be sure to specify how hot you want your food because then if there is a mix up no amount of water in the world will save you from the spiciness! Waiters are very helpful and constantly bring you water (because you will need it). And if you are vegetarian, there are lots of options to try out. Just tell the waiter you are vegetarian and he will help you out picking some options. Depending on when you go, your might get a seat directly or have to wait, but recommended still.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Great little lunch spot - don't miss!
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

So much better than Dennys.

This homey, cozy family-run place is just the kinds of place you want to be in for breakfast. It reminds me of my mom's place, where I could just wake up late and sluggishly, lazily bring myself to the kitchen.

Lots of people like myself would ignore the 9th because it didn't really stand out or attract but now that i've given it a try a couple of times it is becoming my new favourite breakfast spot for when I'm too lazy to cook. The benny are great, the hollandaise sauce makes it perfect. I always either get a benny or a caesar wrap with some coffee - really good quality coffee btw if you ask me.

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Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant3866 Bayview Street, #140, Richmond
Good this time
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Service is kind of spotty I must admit, sometimes good and sometimes bad. This time around it was good though. My boyfriend and I came in for lunch, I was kind of skeptical because last time when I came with a group of friends (we were seven) we were largely ignored by our waiter and when our food came, it was cold and the poutine tasted soggy.

I guess Blue Canoe was having a good day because we were served almost instantly. We choose a seat at the patio and the waiter we got was prompt and really helpful. The food this time around was so-so though, except for the tuna ceviche. I loved that it was gluten-free. My boyfriend found his paella to be lacking.

Wouldn't recommend this place for a date or if you are looking for a quiet dinner though. There are TV screens everywhere and people come in for a game.

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Babylon Cafe1156 Denman Street, Vancouver
Best Shawarma in the city
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 11:06pm [Take-out]

Babylon definitely stands out for its quality of shawarmas in Vancouver. The place itself is not the most spacious or fancy to be in, so I usually order to-go. The interiors however do not match up to the quality of the food but there's always adjustments to make here and there. You can for example sit outside and enjoy the view of the bay. The chicken shawarma is extremely delicious, the quality of the meat is great and the chicken is marinated with all sorts of yummy flavours. Best value for your buck here, a wrap is around 8 dollars and 1 dollar extra if you get a plate. The Chicken Shawarma and falafel is a must.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Not up to the hype
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Sadly I have to echo what other people are saying here about Anton's...the amount of time one has to spend waiting to get a seat and the actual experience eating there is not worth your time or money. Yes, the portions served are huge and if you take the leftovers home they can serve you as food for days, but during my last visit I was not really sure I wanted to take home my food and continue to eat it.

The line-ups are huge, even when I came at a non peak hour. It is a bit disappointing that despite arriving before it got crowded (quarter to five) it was still difficult to find a table. If this is what it is like at a non-crowded hour, how will it be during normal ones? And this is even when we had made a reservation! 50+ minutes is too much for me when it is supposedly not peak time.

The food was bland and the quality of the pasta is not that great. My linguine pescatore lacked taste and the fettuccine tasted undercooked and with a taste-less tomato sauce. I took two bites of it and knew something was off. My date did not seem to enjoy his meal either. The service was not much better, to say the least. The staff was almost non-existent and quite uninterested in attending us, which was a pity. If it were not for the drinks or the lasagna, which they almost forgot to bring, I would have deducted another star.

If you are planning on coming here, think about quantity and not quality. There is better quality Italian out there. Seriously. I am saddened to say this because Anton's is a famous restaurant that has been around for a while.

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Alexis Greek Restaurant3420 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Underrated Greek on cambie
Submitted Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

Alexis is always my go-to place for Greek on Cambie. I have been coming here for years but never really got around to writing a review for it. Yes, there may be better places for Greek food like Stephos but Alexis is not bad and does not have a line up. The food here is consistently good and the service is great. The owner is a friendly person who is always checking up on everyone. Their roast lamb is really delicious but what I really like is their pizzas. They are a special style (deep dish) and you can choose between two sizes. Portions are huge so if you pick this prepare to share or take home. My favorite is the theos special with lamb and green peppers. If you dont know what to order, go for the three course menu. It is a safe bet and you get an app, main and dessert for $20.

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Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant2991 East Broadway, Vancouver
Surprisingly authentic mexican!
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2014 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

I was told to check out this restaurant by a friend, who claimed it had some of the best, real Mexican food he had ever tried in the city. With so many Mexican places in Vancouver, I was not sure this was going to be true. With such high expectations, I was afraid I might be disappointed, but thankfully I wasn’t. They serve generous portions and the prices were good. The tamale was served in typical Mexican fashion and had great taste. I would’ve ordered one more but the size of the serving was large and I was very satisfied. I had also ordered a burrito and it was DELICIOUS! It was also quite large, and came with some rice, but that was great as it tasted so good. All the staff was nice. Vallarta’s is the restaurant to visit not only if you want Mexican food, but good quality delicious food in general!

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Chopped Leaf, The488 Robson Street, Vancouver
Healthy yes, but overhyped
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2014 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

If you are looking for a place that is vegan friendly and gluten-free, but do not really care to pay a lot, then this is the place for you. The chopped leaf on Robson does fit the bill. Even if you I am not a vegetarian or have any allergic reaction to gluten, I thought this would be a good place to "eat healthy". Boy was I wrong. The food is expensive for the tiny portions served and always has me thinking I should have gone somewhere else. The brown rice from my no.1 was hard and the chicken was hardly visible. I thought I would be a little more successful with the salads (you can make your own) but it was a disappointment as well. What got me was that they even charge for tap water...

Not only is the food overpriced, but the service is clearly lacking here. The couple of times I have been here, I have had to wait ridiculously long to get attended. The place is small and seats a few, and the staff are all over the place and cannot handle take-out orders or working fast.

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