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maelstromWest EndSince September 1, 200610 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Little Nest1716 Charles Street, Vancouver
A great experience!
Submitted Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

As someone who finds dining out with me two year a exercise in frustration, I was keen to try out Little Nest to see if their concept would make for a positive dining experience. Well I have to say that it certainly did. Despite it being busy on a Sunday morning the service was very friendly and efficient. Rather than having to chase my son around as is typically the dining out norm, my wife and I appreciated being able to sit at a table near the play area and enjoy our breakfast while watching our son play with the other kids. I was curious to see if their food lived up to the billing of being imaginative & inspired as described on the website. By all accounts it did. Both my wife and I found the scrambled eggs to be incredibly tasty and the breakfast special, which also featured polenta and a vegtable, pesto, black bean combination, was very enjoyable and struck me as being a unique breakfast dish.

All in all the food was very good, the service was solid and my wife and I got to enjoy breakfast while our son had fun. We will certainly be back!

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Jolly's Indian Bistro2928 W 4th, Vancouver
New Location, Great Food
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

I had noticed that Jolly’s Bistro had recently moved to a new, bigger location and as I had never checked out the previous location, I figured that the fact that had moved to bigger space had to be a good sign and so I dropped by for dinner last Thursday. I have to say that this was one the best Indian meals I had ever had. My wife and I tried three dishes and all were very enjoyable and deftly spiced. The butter chicken featured nice size pieces of chicken and the sauce, while thick, wasn’t too heavy and had a slight tomato base that gave the dish a hint of tanginess. A zucchini dish (I can’t recall the specific name) was quite inventive and marked a nice gourmet treatment of the ingredients. I suspect you’d be hard pressed to find it elsewhere. Our bryani was amazing and featured a number of unique, complimentary flavours (mint, cardamom, nuts) not typically found in most versions of the dish. A tasty mango lassi concluded a meal and was neither salty nor sweet, as one or the other is typically the case, but rather the lush flavour of the fresh mango was allowed to stand on its own. Great food here. This isn’t your typical Indian restaurant. We found the service to be decent and the space is decorated to give a warm, inviting feel.

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Ping's Cafe2702 Main Street, Vancouver
A Very Unique Restaurant
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went to Ping’s Café for dinner this evening to explore the concept of “Japanese comfort food”. I have to say that we both found the menu to contain many interesting options and we dined on a variety of selections from the “small plates” section of the menu, as well as one entrée from the “large plates” selections. Every dish we had was quite unique and all tasted it good. All of the food seemed to be prepared with care. The Ping’s Fries were quite tasty in particular, as was the agadashi tofu.

The restaurant is designed with a very modern, hip, minimalist design style that works quite well and makes for a nice, relaxed dining environment.

All in all, Ping’s Café makes for a very unique dining experience.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Go for the food if you can stomach the service.
Submitted Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

I had been wanting to check out Phnom Penh for some time as I’ve heard so much about their amazing squid dishes. I was finally able to get there on April 22 and was pleased to see that, for a Monday night, the place was humming. This had to be a good sign. Now I was dining by myself and I soon discovered that Phnom Penh isn’t the place for a solo diner. The prices are somewhat on the steep side and their combo selections were few (three in total) and really quite limited in variety. After reviewing the menu I decided what I wanted and waited and waited and waited before I was finally able to get my order taken. I felt like it was a battle to get my order taken.

I ordered a noodle dish and a squid dish and was able to justify the expensive by telling myself that I would get lunch for tomorrow out of the leftovers. The noodle dish arrived first, but it wasn’t the particular noodle dish that I had ordered. Here’s where it gets interesting. I noticed a waitress approaching with my correct noodle dish, but she saw the other one on my table, looked at me and hastily figured that I hadn’t noticed the mix up so just turned around and walked away with the correct noodles. Unbelievable! Instead of just owning up to the mistake, which wasn’t really even a big deal, they just thought that I wouldn’t know the difference. What a great business model for an eating establishment. Subterfuge dining!

Service is incredibly weak at Phnom Penh and this is largely due to their approach. There are a plethora of servers and you pretty much deal with someone different every time. A different person sat me at my table, took my order, dropped off tea, delivered each dish and brought the bill. A few were friendly, a few were surly and the others didn’t really seem to care too much. Hon’s does this service approach well and does it with efficiency and with a cheerful staff. The management of Phnom Penh could learn a bunch from them.

The squid dish was great by the way and was some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s really too bad that the front of house service blows it for the talented cooks in the kitchen.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Stopped in for lunch
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

I stopped into Burgers Etc. BBQ House yesterday as I had seen it listed as a one of the top lunch spots in the city. I went with the Pulled Pork sandwich and wasn't disappointed. It contained a huge portion of pulled pork, was slathered in BBQ sauce, and the with the coleslaw on top of the pork made a great Southern style BBQ sandwich. I'll definitely go back to try their hamburgers (which seems to be what they are renowed for and were doing a brisk business in!) and may return for dinner some time to try some of the BBQ platters. Burgers Etc BBQ House is certainly worth checking out and its good to know that it is a solid BBQ option in the city. My drawback was that I found it someone cold in the restaurant itsself. Granted it was low single digits outside yesterday, but they could have cranked the heat to make it more comfortable inside.

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Tequila Kitchen1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Top Notch Margaritas & Great Food
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

Stopped into the Tequila Kitchen for an impromptu dinner after doing some shopping downtown. Had never been before, but had read a few reviews and was looking forward to trying out their menu. As previous reveiwers have noted, their margarita line up is very inventive and elevates the margarita to a more refined cockltail type of drink. There were several interesting selections to choose from and I noticed the drink menu also had an extensive selection of tequilas to choose from and even offered tequila flights.

The food was very enjoyable all around. I would describe it as being "gourmet Mexican" cuisine as it is well beyond the typical Mexican fare that we are subjected to in Vancouver. Every dish we had was enjoyable and very flavourable.

I certainly recommend Tequila Kitchen for a unique, flavourable and interesting dining experience. The space is itsself is somewhat spartan, but not such that it detracts from the meal. This is Yaletown remember, so you expect Yaletown prices.

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Salsa & Agave Mexican Grill1223 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Good authentic Mexican
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

With the vast number of new Mexican restaurants in the city I was keen to try Salsa & Agave as I had read a number of reviews extolling their authentic Mexican cuisine. I wasn't disappointed! The food was fresh, truly authentic and offered a good change from the typical North Americanized Mexican fare. The menu offers a lot of variety and a great deal of care was taken with our food. This is a great "hole in the wall" type place for down home Mexican food.

The establishment is kinda small and is really more of a Cafe than a restaurant, so you may find there is a wait for a table if it gets busy. While I was there I noticed they seemed to be doing a very brisk take out business.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Great dining experience
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

I went to Hapa Izakaya on a Friday evening at 5:30 and lucky to get seated without a reservation. I know the place was popular but didn't know it was that popular!

I found both the food and the service to be excellant. The presentation of the food was incredble and everything tasted really, really good. The service was very attentive and considerate. It was a great dining experience and I look forward to returning (with a reservation).

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Marmalade Kitchen & Bar1010 Beach Avenue, #3, Vancouver
This place won't make it.
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

A previous reviewer remarked that Marmalade appeared to have a zealot like focus with cutting costs. That pretty much matches my experience on Thursday evening. The restaurant has been running a colour ad in The Westender advertising two for one appetizers throughout the month of August. On Aug 30 I called them before arriving and was told that the special was still on, yet when I arrived the waiter claimed he knew nothing about it and would have to check with the manager. He came back a few minutes later and informed us that the manager had said the two for one appetizer promo was now over. I mentioned that the ad said that the promo ran until Aug 31. He then asked me to produce the ad and seemed taken back when I said that I lived a few blocks away and could certainly go get it. The manager then relinquished and offered to make select items on the appetizer menu half price. Seems to me that he didn't like when I asked for what had been advertised. To top it off, when the bill arrived I noticed that the drinks had been charged at a higher price than what was indicated on the menu. When I inquired about it they said it must have been a computer error which, while being plausible, sounds fishy to me. Any restaurant desperate enough to engage in tatics like this likely won't be around for long. Too bad really. The location is suburb and the view magnificant. This place really could have been something.

There were only five other people dining here when I went while, next door, Fiddlehead Joe's was packed. Now I know why. Skip Maramalade and head to Fiddlehead Joe's, you'll be glad you did!

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Good food ruined by bad service & management
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

While the menu at Trafalgars features some excellent soudning choices, the overall quality of the dining experience is very poor. The service is spotty and the management seems to view customers as nothing more than a hassle. It took a long time (despite the place being only having six other customers) to get a menu and then an even longer wait to get drinks. We went during a dining promotion however, once the meal had been ordered, the owner/manager sent the waitress over to tell us that the owner/manager had cancelled the promotion yesterday. Sounds like a classic bait and switch scam to me. The fact that he effectively hid behind the waitress to do so was not impressive.

There are a lot of good restaurants in Vancouver. Unfortunately this isn't one of them.

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