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magic_chefEast VanSince March 16, 20075 Reviews
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2 (1.8)
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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
My first and only 'walk-out'
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

Food has usually been passable at other locations so we hit this place up out of desperation while stuck at Oakridge. I'm usually fairly patient but this experience went on for a bit...so we wait 30 minutes for a table...we're seated, we sit for about 10 minutes until giving our orders, 20 minutes later, water arrives without any explanation or apology as to why we've had to sit for half an hour without so much as a drop of water to drink. We continue to wait for the food we ordered, at least another 25-30 minutes have passed without the waiter dropping in ONCE with water refills or at least an explanation...so we decide to leave without a word, never had to do this but the service here was absolutely miserable, I suspect it's got a high staff turnover since the servers probably don't care much for the all the stingy-tippers in the neighborhood...they seemed bitter and I could see them laughing back in the kitchen as they looked out at all the irate customers in the dining area. Had a hot dog and poutine at the food court and it wasn't half bad!

Really not worth waiting in their idiotic waiting area for half an hour while kids and batty seniors set the tone for what will inevitably be nightmarish waste of your precious time. This type of pre-fab crap food should be served quickly as it could be made by monkeys, shut it down already...

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Bino's Restaurants3312 Kingsway, Vancouver
Well I guess it's cheap
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Well I saw someone's review here stating they used real roasted turkey for the clubhouse and figured hey maybe I'll give what seems to be the last Bino's in Vancouver a shot for old times sake. Well I got the clubhouse and it had the nitrate filled, processed variety you'd find at Subway - guess they switched things up? I told my girlfriend to get the bran muffin as it's a classic of sorts at Bino's and I also noted that a poster on Dinehere.ca had said it was still as big as a 'football'...well more disappointment here as what came to our table looked like a sad attempt at a large-ish muffin that had ended up as flat as a pancake - we were served a doughy blob of 'muffin' that would have no trouble sending a common man/woman to the restroom in a panic regardless of how much bran was in it.
Anyways back the the clubhouse... I had it with fries and they were as pale & limp as sin, just barely cooked to an adequate degree imo. The restrooms here are best avoided if possible - quite filthy and the odor on my particular visit made for an unfortunate way to finish off an already borderline miserable meal. For what it's the worth the service was decent on my visit - the waitress struck me as a veteran of budget 24 hour eateries and showed a degree of professionalism and organization that seemed above-average for such a place. I also had hoped this location would still have the brown/yellow/beige color scheme in effect but they'd switched to pink/pastels...did notice the dishes and sugar shakers were certainly circa 1970's though with all the scratches and perma-mildew to prove it.
So overall for the money I can't really complain although I'm more willing endure sitting in a dive when the food is at least half-decent.
Seems a lot of people still like it though so perhaps I was the victim of a hungover short order cook?

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Wild Ginger88 West Pender Street, Unit 2015, Vancouver
Sorta better than the food fair in a pinch...
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 1:35am [Dine in]

Passable eating experience if you're taking in a movie at Tinseltown and don't have enough to eat elsewhere downtown. Had lunch here on my first visit and it was quite underwhelming - friendly-ish service kinda made up for some very tasteless food...with a name like Wild Ginger you'd be hoping for better...the menu has a lot of stir fry this and that but most of it's all being seasoned with the same generic brand hoisin and sweet chili sauce. Was a bit better when I tried the dinner menu, wasn't planning on eating here again but I was strapped for time and the food fair was just too depressing for my girlfriend and I - cooks seemed a bit more inspired on the evening shift, food went from mediocre to average in my books. My issue with this place is how much you end up paying for average tasting food in a city like Vancouver where you've got some amazingly tasty asian food at rock bottom prices all over the place. Not the worst in town but since it's the only place to avoid crackheads and other assorted vagrants while eating at Tinseltown it seems to stay in business...definitely a location reliant place, they'd be sunk anywhere else.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Truly sub par
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

I've given this place more than a couple of chances to win me over but the meat has always been dry and/or greasy. The game hen is regarded as a signature dish and honestly you can get similar quality from a roasted chicken at Safeway. It is dry and chalky and had me reaching for my drink between every bite just to wash it down. I don't mind their bbq sauce but it seems a shame that I usually have to douse my meats so extensively to defeat the dryness and blandness. Their ribs are tough and dry - and embarassingly enough for the Memphis Blues outfit I've had better ribs at Tony Roma's. I suppose it is what it is, there isn't a whole lot of competition for quality much less 'authentic' bbq in Vancouver so this spot is the one of the few options and of course on the Drive it's the only one. To top things off the staff are surly - this seems to be the case at both locations. Not the worst food for your dollar but this place has no business calling itself authentic or associating itself with Memphis when its product is so completely average at best.

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Brave Bull's House of Steaks, The1298 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Worth a visit for the sake of novelty.
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

This place was interesting to check out but I don't know if I need to return all that soon. The food was edible but even at the low prices I wasn't that overly impressed. My steak was really more of a glamorized breakfast steak. I suppose if one only has 8.95 to spend on a steak they might want to think of eating something else. I dared someone with me to order a fish dish and it was truly horrifying - the bravery of bull would be needed to consume the greasy pan fried halibut steak that looked like it had been in the bottom of a freezer since 1983.

There were plenty of interesting characters having dinner - I think it may have been in and around welfare wednesday so a lot of the Main and Hastings crowd were sitting down to their monthly steak dinners. It seemed that one side of the place was insanely bright with flourescent lighting while the other half was a type of dim grotto of wierdness that is definately where you want to be sitting in this place - I rather enjoyed hiding in the shadows so I could take it all in...one particularly interesting fellow had at least half a dozen empty beer bottles on his table and was attacking two t-bone steaks at one sitting. He belched loudly and shamelessly as he gnawed on the tbone with two hands. I don't want to slam this place as the couple that runs are indeed pleasant and goodhearted folks...although I think the rave reviews I often hear are a bit overboard the food is passable and as cheap as it gets... I might go back one day just to subject a few unitiated friends to one of the more oddball eateries in town.

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