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Mango45VancouverSince October 2, 20097 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (4)
  • Food4.5 (4.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value4 (3.9)
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Gaia Bistro2055 W. 41st Ave, Vancouver
Holy crap! I know all you guys!
Submitted Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 11:12am [Dine in]

I walked into this restaurant for a "quiet" birthday lunch with my wife and was mildly astonished to discover a dozen of my friends waiting for me. Gaia pulled out all the stops. There were so many things on the menu that looked delightful I had a hard time choosing. I finally decided on something African, with fire-roasted vegetables, eggs, feta, and pita, that I can't pronounce or remember how to spell. Not only its name was a mouthful - so was the dish itself. It was divine, and the finest meal I'd had in a long time. There was only one waitress for the entire restaurant...but she was skilled enough that we began to wonder if she were actually twins. I'm afraid we kept her and the kitchen staff busy, but they didn't seem to mind. The meal came complete with cake and sparkler, which none of my friends claimed responsibility for. I only found out after the fact that it must have been on the house. So, to the fine people at Gaia - thank you! We'll be back.

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Coza! Tuscan Grill20065 Langley Bypass, Langley
Don't know why this place wasn't packed. There was bread.
Submitted Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Before you read this review, I have to tell you something. I think bread rocks. I eat bread three meals a day. I bake bread. I trade bread recipes with my friends. I talk about bread instead of the weather for idle conversation. When I go visit another country, the way I experience the culture is by going to a bakery and buying some of that country's traditional bread. Simply put, I like bread.

We discovered Coza when passing through Langley and wanted a quick lunch. Coza did not disappoint. My wife does not like pasta but there was plenty on the menu besides pasta for her to choose from. After much deliberation my wife ordered the antipasto plate with a garden salad, and I a grilled vegetable sandwich on ciabatta with a Caesar salad. My wife's antipasto plate even looked good to me, a vegetarian! Her salad contained not only the typical fare but also finely sliced cabbage, which she stated was delightful. The waitress told us that the cabbage was indeed very very fresh as it had in fact just arrived that morning. Apparently, it looked so good the chef wanted to eat it all himself. Fortunately, he saved us some.

Now, I will tell you about my meal.

On my Caesar salad, there were croutons, which are bread. Excellent. My sandwich (which was also excellent - just the right amount of provolone) was of course on ciabatta, which is bread. I also received a loaf - not a slice, but an entire LOAF - of Tuscan Bread. I'm not sure how this bread was made but now I have to figure it out, because it was phenomenal. The balsamic reduction with extra virgin olive oil made it even better. But here's the best part:

My wife does not like bread.

I was not required to share.

If there was a bread heaven, I was in it.

We'll definitely be back to Coza. Maybe next time, I could even get some bread there.

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Cravings Restaurant + Lounge8808 Osler Street, Vancouver
New favourite place for a dinner for two
Submitted Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

We decided to try Cravings tonight based on the other reviews here, and we're delighted we did. Cravings is a beautifully decorated restaurant in a quiet, out-of-the-way spot near Oak and Marine. We were seated at a table for two in a corner as cozy as you please.

My wife decided to try the Spicy Chicken Soup to start and said she really enjoyed it. I had the Bruschetta which in my opinion redefines Bruschetta. It was phenomenal. Those who love excellent flatbread should consider ordering two Bruschetta and calling it a meal. It also came with an excellent side salad - just a green salad but one that had some flavour in it that I caught a glimpse of every few bites. I'm not sure what it was but every bite left me craving more, hoping it would show up again.

As a main course we both had the Roasted Squash Salad, which also included spinach, caramelized pecans, grated Feta, and a very tasty balsamic reduction. The salad was excellent, though the caramelized pecans required chewing with care.

They didn't have enough menus to go around so we had to pass one back and forth. Other than that, the service was excellent. My wife and I thanked our waitress after she ground pepper over our appetizers. "Oh," she said, sounding rather surprised. "You're nice!" I wonder what that says about the clientele in the Oak & Marine area!?

We'll be back again for brunch and a very intriguing Flourless Chocolate Cake.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
If only...
Submitted Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Here's how you go eat at Foundation. While you're waiting in line, look at the menu posted in the window. You have to decide what you want before you sit down. You had better order as soon as your server seats you, because you're likely not going to see them ever again. You might want to repeat your order after you say it because they'll probably get it wrong. Sit near the kitchen if you can so that you can see your food being prepared. Not because they might prepare it wrong, but so that you can go over and get it yourself if the servers aren't paying attention. If they do bring your meal to you, ask for your bill right away because again, you'll never see your server, for ages.

The atmosphere in Foundation is terrible. The only lighting is from a few strings of Christmas lights and candles. The music is too loud and absolutely not the kind of music that's conducive to enjoying a meal.

So, you might ask, why do I keep going there?

It's for the food. It's some of the best vegetarian food I've ever eaten. Ever. And it's not just one or two dishes. The entire menu is PHENOMENAL. The Molten Tofu may well be renamed Molten Heaven. Their sandwiches at lunch time are divine. (Who ever heard of sheep cheese? They did, apparently, and for good reason.) Their BLT is better than any BLT I have ever had, even before I was vegetarian. If only it were a place I could take friends to without having to apologize in advance for the bad service.

Once while eating I saw a very well dressed young lady ask to see a manager to drop off a resume. The server said, "We don't really have a manager. They live in Toronto. We just kind of manage ourselves." That explains a lot.

Oh yeah, and bring your own water. The plastic cups for water have a very strong chlorine bleach smell.

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Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna6558 Kingsway, Burnaby
Decent
Submitted Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 12:48am [Dine in]

This restaurant offers decent Greek food in a beautiful restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and all sorts of live plants everywhere. There is complimentary bread served (my favourite!) and the portions are generous enough that more than likely you'll take some home with you. Much to our disappointment, we discovered that their rice has MSG, although the staff firmly deny this.

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Neptune Bistro11331 Coppersmith Way, #100, Richmond
Picked this cafe by chance and glad I did.
Submitted Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 12:34am [Dine in]

I randomly stopped into the Neptune Bistro recently and had to share. This restaurant offers an interesting mix of Italian and Indian food. I decided I was in an Italian mood and selected a grilled Veggie Roma Fresca panini.

The lady there was very polite and friendly and didn't seem at all bothered by the rather rude customer in front of me. I was surprised to be offered a bowl of lentil soup as a first course! "On the house," the lady said to me. I could not refuse. The soup, and the sandwich, were phenomenal. The sandwich was made with a delightful mix of grilled and fresh vegetables, some excellent cheese, and fresh herbs.

The sandwich was a little smaller than I'd expected for the price, but the unexpected soup left me no cause to complain.

I'll be back to try their curry, pasta, and breakfast.

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
Move over Vij's; Mezbaan is here!
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Mezbaan is my new favourite Indian restaurant. I love Indian food, and tonight we had the best Indian meal I've ever had in my life. Actually, I claim that Indian is my favourite ethnic food although for some reason I have never had Tandoori before tonight. Mezbaan did not disappoint. I tried the Tandoori Vegetables which are a "special combination of seasonal vegetables marinated with lemon, yogurt, and mild spices." It also included paneer with mint sauce. I shared around some of the paneer with mint sauce and as my friends tried it, they made alarmingly pornographic-sounding noises. I could not disagree.

As well as the Tandoori, we had Palak Paneer (Indian cheese with fresh spinach sauce), Vegetable Korma (mixed vegetables in a rich cashew sauce with chai-like spices), Lamb Vindaloo (lamb and potatoes in a garlic, ginger, and onion sauce), Achhar (excellent mixed spiced pickles), Kachumbar Salad, and rice. We also tried their bread basket: two types of naan, and Lechheddar Parantha - an excellent deal for only $3.75. All are highly recommended, especially the Palak Paneer. In total, the four of us spent $66 and had enough leftovers to take home with us - it was a nice surprise to discover the portions very generous.

Our server was very polite and attentive; our water glasses were never less than half full. And if that wasn't enough, even the music played in the restaurant was perfect. I rarely like Indian music but what they played had a soft dance beat and it was very enjoyable.

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