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masmillanCambieSince November 4, 200911 Reviews
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3.5 (3.4)
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Ethical Kitchen1600 McKay Road, North Vancouver
Best pancakes ever!
Submitted Monday, February 24, 2014 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

I've been here so often I forget how I've come to discover this little gem. People may think it's a little pricey but if they understand the concept of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the direction this restaurant is following then it is a real value. You get a good nutritional and ethical bang for your dollar. It certainly fulfills my paleo lifestyle which I find very rare in the Lower Mainland.

The sourdough pancakes with the butter maple syrup is AWESOME! When in season this is topped with lots of local fresh berries and fruits and EK does not skimp on the syrup which is the BEST part. I'm a big eater and I love the portions of the pancakes. Same goes for their other breakfast dishes. It is a great value when you consider you're getting pasture raised eggs, pork and beef, local organic vegetables, homemade krauts with bioavailable probiotics.. Even when I've had almost TWO breakfasts at one time (oink oink) my stomach does not feel terrible like when I eat like a pig at other restaurants. This stuff sits well with me.

I love the atmosphere here. I feel like I'm eating at a farmer's home with it's large community tables, buying products from their pantry and watching diners come in from next door with noodles. Very community! Barb and the neighbouring store/restaurant share the dining area - tres cool!

I didn't want to reveal this but it would be selfish not to help out this place. I buy my FCLO here along with other paleo worthy goodies. She also sells coconut oil, vinegar, local raw honey, vanilla beans, clay powder and I've even snagged some great garage farm antique sale items when Barb redecorated.

Lots of gluten-free goodies, too.

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Red Ginger Asian Cuisine967 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good food value for your dollar
Submitted Monday, February 24, 2014 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

The value is amazing. Larger portion than most Thai restaurants. It is a westernized version of Thai food and still, nevertheless, yummy!

It is disheartening to read negative reviews regarding the service as I have ALWAYS been treated better than most restaurants in the half dozen times I've eaten here. I think those reviewers are possibly high maintenance (a server's nightmare) or have a personal hate-on for the owner as I see almost the exact same review in other rating sites. And the person who does not like spicy food -- d-uh! Why are you eating here?

Food is very fresh, piping hot, and surprisingly fast. I love their coconut rice. I had spring rolls, sha cha chicken ,sha cha beef, mixed seasonal vegetables and deep fried banana with mango ice cream yesterday.

Atmosphere is warm with Thai statues and themes all around. They do great with a large group, too.

Sure, I can go to Banana Leaf or some other more authentic Thai restaurant but when I want to have a meal and leave like I didn't get ripped off and treated like a welcomed guest I will come here.

And the person complaining about paid parking, I don't know what you're talking about. There is free parking in the back downstairs.

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Whole Foods Market510 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Need to know where to look for deals
Submitted Friday, March 29, 2013 - 5:04pm [Take-out]

I've sent 3 emails requesting for deli items suitable for a paleo lifestyle. Disappointed that I've got no response and no paleo item added. They use a lot of soy, corn and legumes which are cheap fillers and not good for you. And they use canola and other vegetable oils which are bad. GMO. Apparently that is about to change. They will be letting consumers know which are GMO'd.

Otherwise, the quality is good. On my cheat days I buy the sandwich and soup deal. For breakfast I just fill up on bacon because they are light on the scale and good bang for my buck. Be aware these are FARMED pork.

I work nearby and I am usually aware of the deals. That's when I shop. I like that they let you sample before buying and their return policy is very reasonable. Go sample some fresh oysters!

My coworkers calls this place WholePaychek! But if you wait for the values it's worth it.

I buy cakes here because it's a good value for real ingredients. No more Save on Foods' artificial icing or mega expensive pastry shops.

I think they make a killing on their weighted deli/sandwich/ pizza so I avoid that. I avoid anything that has to be weighed except for the bulk items.

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Le Petit Saigon2783 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
Best Spring Rolls
Submitted Friday, April 27, 2012 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

On a Monday noon we walked along East Hastings Sunrise looking for a good place to eat. This area really needs some more good restaurants, especially ones that can open on Mondays. After passing by three restaurants that were closed on Monday, we stopped into Le Petit Saigon. Don't be discouraged by one of the reviews that described the area as "sketchy." It's is completely safe and it is going through a transformation (judging by the quick sales of now over-one-million dollar homes.

I tried the regular rare beef pho noodles as this should be the Vietnamese signature dish. The broth is amazing! It was NOT greasy and had a lot of subtle flavours. I like that it was not overpowered with salt and fat. The beef was very lean and tender and more generous than some other places. The sprouts on the side were blanched perfectly, not soggy. There was thai basil, lime wedges, jalapenos and what looked like Vietnamese celery, a sign of authenticity.

My friend had the spicy beef noodle soup. The broth, again, is amazing! Not overly salty or greasy, nicely subtle. Only thing I wasn't keen about was the spaghetti noodles. I much preferred vermicelli.

The deep fried spring roll had a light, very crispy exterior and was piping hot and meaty on the inside. I think it's the best I've had in all the Vietnamese restaurants I've tried. And, it was so NOT greasy or soggy. The skewered beef were tender but had a flavour I could not identify. It was herbally but I guess it may be an authentic Vietnamese marinade that I haven't learned to appreciate. The dipping sauce is very good and had minced garlic floating on top. I liked that it was not typical of the MSG/salty sauce I get in most other Vietnamese restaurants.

This place has been renovated and is very clean. Even their chopsticks are covered individually so dust does not collect. The service is very friendly and our meals arrived surprisingly prompt. I miss eating at Pho Hoang since moving from the Cambie Corridor but Le Petit Saigon is a better replacement.

We went during lunch and if you want a more quiet space, stay away from the front door as trucks pass by frequently and the restaurant door is left open. There is one TV but no other garish decor as in most places.

If you like MSG, oily, salty and the quality of Thai Son Vietnamese, don't eat here. You would not appreciate the subtle quality of their food.

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Golden Phoenix Chinese Seafood2425 Nanaimo, Vancouver
Good food, rushed service
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Things were very busy on a Victoria Monday holiday. We ordered 5 dishes right off. We had about 10 dishes and were waiting for more when selections ran out. I could see one nearby table eating steamed rice noodle rolls with fillngs and I wanted some dessert that was walking around. Alas, there would have to be a wait for these two items.

The place got busier and one cart lady was getting anxious because we did not want a second round of what we ordered from her earlier. Another lady asked what else I wanted and I explained, in Chinese, egg tarts and steamed rice noodle roll. She said they don't have steamed rice noodle roll and it seemed like she was going to get us some egg tarts as she walked away without a reply. I saw her carrying an order of egg tarts10 minutes later but I think someone nabbed it before she got to our table so I still waited. Later another lady said they had no more egg tarts. Ten more minutes later they wanted to tally our bill and said that if we wanted the egg tarts it would be another half hour. My friends thought we waited long enough as nothing new seem to be coming out of the kitchen.

We were the first table right next to the door and I could hear Asians talking out loud that we were just sitting there not eating. I could hear the cart lady arguing with the hostess that we were being annoying? Hardly not! The hostess even told her to leave us alone. I was being very nice and she was being a typical Asian loudmouthing her complaints because it was busy. It was like eating at home with my mom yelling at me in her immigrant way when I was young.

The food was good but the service was questionable. If I wasn't Asian I would have been more mad but I'm familiar to this, not that my family are that rude. My friends, who were all white, thought their behaviour was rude as well as funny. We wanted to buy more but they just wanted us out and we were only there for a little over half an hour. If it were up to me I would not have tipped. But to not embarass my friends I did not say anything about the 20% tip. The food is good enough to return. Next time I will bring in my Asian family and friends and give them a dose of true Honger customer abuse.

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Laziza Modern Mediterranean1175 Davie Street, Vancouver
service very slow
Submitted Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

My friends and I came here on a Saturday evening to celebrate a birthday. The decor is simple and beautiful but I sat near the door and had to wear a coat and scarf the entire time. Need a better door jam here.

We were offered water and/or sparking water but no drink menu. The birthday boy had a cold and didn't want any alcohol but had they offered a drink menu I would have bought him a wine or beer.

We were offered a small plate of homemade potato chips for nibbles.

We ordered the meal for 4 which included appetizers and the entree dish.

The appetizers were not outstanding, consisting of an eggplant spread, hummus, pitas and two different small salads. I felt this was enough to feed two people, not four.

Although the appetizers came after a timely 20 minutes after ordering, the entree did not arrive till nearly 45 minutes later. No one came by to see if we wanted anything else, a drink, more food, etc. I notice the other tables did not have food for quite some time either. Half an hour waiting for the entree, a guilty looking waiter asked us how everything was. Uh, how about apologizing for the delay or explaining why it is taking so long or offer us a drink list?

When we finally got the entree I couldn't possibly see why it took so long to make this dish as there was no fancy prep work on the plates except for a couple of pyramid-shaped rice mould on a dish. BTW, the saffron rice tasted like someone threw in a dirty dish rag while the rice was boiling - it was pungent to say the least.

The lamb sausage, beef and chicken, however, were very tasty, aromatic, tender and juicy. For four people we each got one sausage, one beef skewere and two small small chicken pieces.

Overall, service was verrrrrrrrrrrrrry slow and I resent having to add more money to the parking meter even though I had already put in two hours. This simple meal should have had us in and out within an hour and a half at most.

I was put off that there was no apology, explanation or recognition of how long the food took to arrive at our table. My friends, nice as they were, put in the obligatory 15% tip but it was more out of pity for the sorrowful young inexperienced waiter than for anything else.

With the long wait and unexpectedly small portions I was hungry again soon after. This was not dinner, it was tapas.

If service had been better I might have come back to have a single menu instead of the menu for four.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good to the last drop noodles
Submitted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I went around 5pm and had no problem finding a seat by the bar area. I ordered the spicy noodle with organic chicken and eggs as extra. My friend had the healthy "charcoal" noodle soup and extra noodles. I was surprised at how fast the order arrived.

It was piping hot and delicious. The soup is very aromatic and I like the thin slivers of celery on top. My friend's charcoal soup is very good but you have to get past the appearance of the black soup. The ramen is good and chewy and not overcooked like I usually make it at home.

This is an infrequent indulgence so I didn't mind the oiliness and drinking all the salty broth. I think they use some sort of flavored oil and it is delicious.

I like the coziness of the place with just the right amount of elbow space for a 5'4" person but may be uncomfortable for a much "larger" person unless they sit at the tables.

After adding the chicken and eggs my dish with tip came to $15,which I think is a bit for a bowl of noodles. However,after seeing the movie, "Ramen Girl" I felt justified about the price but this is not something I would do frequently. This was a treat.

The waitress seem to want to rush us as she kept coming back asking if we were finished and wanting to take the money before we could figure it out. But there were people starting to line up and it's no place for a chit chat afterwards.

My friend likes the atmosphere at Motomachi better than their sister Kintaro. The noodles are pretty much the same so you have your pick of atmosphere to dine in.

I would definitely go back.

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Luda2683 East Hastings St., Vancouver
Great Chinese Near the PNE
Submitted Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

I've been looking for decent Chinese food since moving here from the Cambie Corridor and I have finally found one. My sisers and I wanted to try it out since we are so close and there are nothing but greasy Western Chinese food in the neighbourhood.

The Hot and Sour soup is excellent with the right amount of hot and sour. The string beans were well done with garlic and beef. We stuck to the main Fried Rice and Chow Mein first as a standard. It passed with the fussy kids and the adults. We had vegetables with seafood and they did not skimp on the seafood (shrimp, scallop, etc.) We had the broad rice noodles with beef and the crispy top fried noodle with chicken and vegetables.

I ordered the wonton noodle soup and it was a nice touch with the deep fried crispy garlic on top.

They offered us complimentary taro soup for dessert and it was very good. I order the red bean on ice but was disappointed that the ice were small cubes instead of crushed.

They have hot pots which I will try next time and a fresh crab selection. They also have specialty soup which is written in Chinese on the wall and judging by the higher price, these are authentic soup which I will have to bring my mom to translate. I'm sure they will translate for us as well.

The service is very attentive and friendly and they filled our tea very often. I know my fussy older sister, who has eaten in all the good Chinese restaurants in Vancouver will approve. The prices are reasonable and the serving size is great. The restaurant is very clean and that is a big plus for me.

Overall, this is a gem amongst the other crappy Chinese restaurants withing the vicinity.

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Pourhouse Restaurant162 Water Street, Vancouver
Decent food for a one time experience
Submitted Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

My friends took me here for a birthday dinner. The place was nearly full and had a loud party atmosphere. Decor is great in that it has a lot of heritage style fixtures and offered a feel of a retro British pub. Initially I felt intimidated because of the Yaletown type clienteles but that soon abated as we were greeted with a very warm and friendly staff. We sat in a nook table and I love the caverness feel but it wasn't claustrophobic.

I started off with raw oysters which came with freshly shaved horseradish, vinegrette and lemon wedges. I could have ate at least a couple dozen more but felt inclined not to overstep my friends' generosity. My friend had the caesar salad. I liked it because it had the right amount of dressing with a touch of bacon which added a nice variety of texture. I had the chicken pie which came with a warm green salad tossed with a delicious vingerette dressing. The chicken pie had a cream base which was not overly heavy and I like the simplicity of a square puff pastry shell with the top crust loosely offset so you can see the filling as it is presented.

My two friends had the sandwiches which had a good portion of corned beef and a cream based clam chowder. My other friend had the roast pork with apple which was tender, juicy and very flavourful.

The most surprising thing is the Organic Stout from Crannog Ale. I dislike alcohol of any kind but this beer had a beautiful coffee and chocolate perfume and the first sip was effervescent with a light smooth finish. This is only available in draught (drat!) and I'm not surprised it won so many awards. I'd give this beer a near zero gag factor.

I always check the dessert menu as that is my deciding factor for a perfect score. (Perfect would be any of the now gone Parkside, Pied a Terre, La Buca series.) Alas, not enough variety and their signature dessert is chocolate which is low on my favorite list. Come on chefs, how about dessert that has a custard (creme caramel/brulee) or pastry base (neapolitan) or a non-chocolate cake base (a house cupcake filled with passion fruit creme, perhaps?)

This is a high end pub style restaurant. Although I'm giving it a "mediocre" rating for value I would go back again to try the more affordable lunch menu and return for dinners on special occassions.

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Taste Of Vietnam, A1016 W Broadway, Vancouver
Decent noodles
Submitted Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

The rare beef noodle pho was smaller in portion than my usual haunt. The price was a little more as well. The beef was fully cooked when I got my dish. It should be rare. It wasn't piping hot either. However, it was okay tasting but not enough for me to go out of the way when hankering for a pho. BF agrees that we will continue to go to our pho from the Main and 18th location. I know there are better pho restaurants but it's close by. Service at A Taste of Vietnam is better than the Main and 18th location however.

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Beefy Beef Noodle House4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Good noodles
Submitted Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

I had the spicy brisket noodle and BF had hot and sour noodle. Amazingly good. The brisket was tender, marinated and hardly any fat. Noodles were were chewy, not overly cooked and the soup could have been more spicy but still very good. I actually liked BF's hot and sour soup with noodle better as it was hotter and had a lot of flavour. Service very fast and courteous. Like the cleanliness of the place. Everything on the menu appear to be under $10 and portion is quite large. Looking around at other people's dishes, I will definitely have to come back. I'm glad it's so close to home as a walk in the cold will make the noodles and soups very inviting. Can't wait to try the milk teas. Great weekend late opening hours (2am.)

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