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matchalatteSan Fran, CASince June 23, 200634 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3)
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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Lovely little place
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice since it opened and each time takes me back to Japan. The trait that struck me the most was the ambiance. It's very nice -- quiet and good selection of jazz music in the background. Next is the quality of the ramen and its broth. The broth isn't overpowering like Kintaro's and isn't as oily as Benkei's. Although an onigiri would be a good side dish with the ramen, having just the bowl of ramen can be quite satisfying enough for lunch or a light dinner. The servers greet with a smile and the place doesn't stink up your clothes like a typical ramen restaurants could. The price is a little high for ramen (and hot tea), but for all the other little touches the owner puts into this place, it's still worth it.

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White Spot4129 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Seriously cunning.
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

I know that White Spot is not a "posh" place compared to, say, Feenie's or Monks, but because they're considered a longtime favourite diner, I expect a bit more hospitality and customer service than in a low-grade fast food joint.

Unlike in other White Spots I've been to, the servers here took the burger -- pun intended -- as far as inconsiderateness is concerned. Yesterday, my friend and I had dinner there, and I ordered a veggie burger with fries. I didn't finish all of it, so I asked for a box. The server asked if I wanted to pack it up, or if I wanted her to pack it up. I politely asked her to pack the rest of the burger and fries for me. She agreed, took the plate, and didn't return for at least 15 minutes. It was not that busy in the restaurant, so we were wondering what was taking so long.

She finally returned, but with only the check. When I reminded her of the packed food, she remembered, and went back to the kitchen. Then she disappeared!

10 or so minutes later, some other server came up to our table. She told us that the other server didn't realize I wanted the food packed (are you serious??). This lady was polite, but I couldn't believe what she told me: they threw my food away because "it didn't look like much".

Riiiight...half a burger and a pile of fries "doesn't look like much"...I won't even get into how restaurants are notorious for wasting food.

Anyway, blithely unaware of my disappointment, this lady offered some "free fries". I took the offer, but I really shouldn't have. When I came home and opened the bag, there were less fries than what I had left on my plate!! It was simply unforgiveable.

Their incompetence was really maddening, and I vow never to come back to this location.

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Greens and Gourmet2582 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Bleh.
Submitted Friday, March 14, 2008 - 12:02am [Dine in]

I really have no other word to describe this place. For the longest time (over 5 years?) I have wanted to try this place, in anticipation that its food might rival Naam's. But, sadly, I was disappointed with three major things: the "hot" food was lukewarm, the food price was way too expensive, and the chairs were dirty. As this was a buffet and my eyes were bigger than my stomach, I filled up my plate with almost everything -- only to be partially satisfied with the veggie samosa. For the two of us, the bill came out to around $30! And that was without any drinks!
I was also displeased with the cleanliness of the restaurant. There were several open tables, but all had dirty upholstered chairs, and one still had dirty napkins leftover from a previous customer.
Despite the friendly service, I don't think I'll come back here again.

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Siegel's Bagels1883 Cornwall, Vancouver
Delicious, indeed.
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

I had the daily special of smoked meat sandwich + fries + pop. The fries were excellent. They were cooked in a different type of oil -- it didn't taste like the usual heart-stopping stuff, and the potatoes seemed fresh rather than frozen. I had my sandwich on the delicious sesame bagel with dijon mustard. A very satisfying lunch. I'd definitely go back.

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Honolulu Cafe3340 Kingsway, #240, Vancouver
Not the best quality.
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

I went here a few weeks ago for a quick lunch, per recommendation of a friend. We had Malaysian Fried Rice, which had the look and feel of plain Chinese fried rice (salted rice and some vegetables). The "Portuguese" chicken baked rice was a misleading description; I expected a rice dish that had been in the oven, yet in reality, it was just simply baked chicken mixed in yellow goo, poured over steamed rice. That was quite disappointing in presentation and flavour. The waitress was not very friendly at all, even though my friend spoke to her in Chinese.
The decor was plain; the walls were a bit dirty with splashed brown grease covering the bottom half of it.
This is a typical HK bistro, I guess. Fast service of food and free drinks are a plus. But a little upgrade in cleanliness and customer service would give this place better ratings.

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SKP Restaurant4409 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Delicious in large portions.
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

Last Saturday was my second visit to this place (the first visit was about two years ago), and I found the food and service to be the same great quality. This place still gave a cozy, homelike feel with the brick walls and low lights. Specials and featured wines are written in colourful chalk on blackboards hung near the kitchen.

We were seated right away, on the second floor. We started with the garden salad, which not the usual boring kind; it had a flavourful dressing and crispy veggies. For our entrees, we shared the primavera pasta and the carbonara with fettacine, which both came in large, nearly family-size plates. It was quite a lot of food for only two people! But it's definitely worth packing up and taking home. The servers were nice and checked on us a couple times.

Definitely one of my favourite places for pasta.

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Olympia Pizza & Pasta Restaurant On Denman998 Denman Street, Vancouver
A little off the mark.
Submitted Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 1:22am [Dine in]

I've passed by this restaurant many times, but have never actually eaten here, so tonight we decided to try it out.

Overall, the servers were nice and the decor gave the restaurant a very cozy feel. The food, however, could probably use some improvement.

We were looking forward to having nice calamari for starters, but instead, we found that they had a rather gooey texture. The breading was not very crispy, either. For the entrees, I debated on lasagna or a Greek dish. I decided to get the tiger prawn souvlaki and my friends had the lamb. The lamb looked good from afar, but one of my friends complained that it was too soft and overdone. I noticed that my tiger prawns were a bit greasy, and the dressing on the Greek salad tasted too much like vinegar. The rice (and pita bread), as what the previous reviewer mentioned, were probably the best parts of the meal.

I wonder if the pasta or lasagna dishes are any better. Maybe I'll come back some other time.

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Sammy J. Peppers Grill & Bar1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
A nice lunch experience.
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

My family and I had a quick lunch here before heading off to do other touristy stuff. We had chicken sandwiches and a jambalaya; the portions were just right, and the sauces & dressings very tasty. Also, I noted that my salad mix was fresh (no wilted lettace or overripe tomatoes). The server was very nice and checked up on us in good timing; we never felt rushed or abandoned.

It wasn't quite a beautiful day at Granville Island, but the lunch was nice and filling. I wouldn't mind coming back here again.

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Brasserie Bistro1763 Comox Street, Vancouver
Good breakfasts for a hotel restaurant.
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

My family came to visit Vancouver, and stayed at the hotel above this bistro, where we had breakfast (twice). The bistro offers a nice breakfast buffet and a wide variety of other choices on its menu. The plus is that they use free range eggs, and the toast wasn't drenched in melted butter (like what other diners do). However, we found the hash brown potatoes a bit salty. The servers were polite, but service was very slow. The decor could also use a little bit of an upgrade (maybe more towards an Italian theme, as the flag in the entrance of the bistro suggests?)

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Nice presentation and service.
Submitted Friday, August 3, 2007 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

I just had an early dinner here and I couldn't wait to write a review of this place. I usually frequent the franchise in San Jose (California), and so I decided to try the Robson location. Both Vancouver and San Jose locations have excellent laksa...but the restaurant name and food quality are basically where the similarity ends.

I have to say that the Vancouver location is better in quality of service and presentation of food than that of the franchise in San Jose (California). The Vancouver location has a small but nice bar, and the drinks menu is much longer (they have a good selection of wines, mixed drinks). They also have great non-alcoholic Singaporean drinks like teh tarik, bandung (rosewater + condensed milk), and iced Horlicks.

The ambience is nicer, and seems to attract a wider range of customers. People are seated right away, but aren't rushed during their meals. That is why I'm impressed with the service -- easy going, attentive, and professional.

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
A pleasant lunch outing.
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2007 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

On Saturday, I didn't have time to go way out to my usual joint in New West, so I decided to give Banana Leaf another try, specifically for its laksa. This time I made sure to get the vegetarian version (after coming back from Malaysia, I know that this is a big no-no for "authentic" nyonya laksa). However, I did this to avoid questionable seafood quality that I experienced last time. Anyway, the laksa turned out to be delicious and rich, even though it seemed to only contain noodles, sprouts and tofu (lots of tofu). I still thought it was worth the $7, and the Malaysian Kopi Ais was good (and kept me up for the rest of the day).

I was lunching on my own, but I didn't feel weird about it because my server, Andy, was attentive and friendly.

Because of its improved service and vegetarian options, I'll invite my friends next time, and come here again.

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Indica1795 Pendrell St., Vancouver
Nice ambiance and delicious food
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2007 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

I went here for the first time last week, and fully enjoyed the service and dinner. I thought the Alu Gobi was delicious (even though it may not be "authentic"), and the naan was nice, too. (The only thing I did not really like was the chutney, but that was such a small part of our dinner.) For dessert, we devoured the rice pudding and the Galub Jamun. Our server was very hospitable, and the ambience reflected its location -- tucked away yet inviting, and good for a romantic date. I would definitely recommend this place.

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Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries2611 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
Moderately priced desserts for average taste
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2007 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

We tried out this place for the first time and marvelled at the beautifully-designed cakes in the display. We picked out a slice of the Hedgehog (buttercream and chocolate with nuts) and the Roasted Coconut cake. Although I think the Hedgehog had a more balanced flavour, the cakes were, overall, a little disappointing. The Roasted Coconut wasn't sweet enough, or maybe it didn't have enough icing. Anyway, the cafe had a nice selection of teas (we had a cup of Linden Lemon Mint and a T's Tea Irish Breakfast) and coffees. The food in the little deli section looked fresh (mainly salads and yogurts) and there's some pre-packaged baked goods to go. I decided to buy some cookies on our way out, thinking that they were special-made (after all, they were 90 cents each). But by the time we got home, the cookies greased up the side of the take-away bag. Sadly, the cookies tasted no different than cookies from other bakeries, in my opinion.

Oh, and the plastic orange chairs seem out of place for a moderately-priced dessert cafe...perhaps wooden chairs would make it better?

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
A cozy place with sumptuous food
Submitted Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

As part of a weekend-long birthday celebration, we had dinner here on a Friday evening. We weren't dressed up to the nines like some of the other customers, but nevertheless, the staff was friendly and hospitable.

The wine list was extensive and had a great selection from local areas. The appetizers were large in proportion -- one single ravioli pasta blanketed all the different kinds of mushrooms, and the cream sauce was perfect (not super heavy or oily). I also enjoyed the main course, which was the wild salmon. I'm usually pretty picky with how fish is cooked, but I had no complaints here. The herbs and light sauce made it even more flavourful.
After that, we ended the dinner with two wonderful desserts -- a chocolate cake with a wine-doused pear slice, and a sweet honey custard.

Although it was a little dark inside, Raincity Grill is a place I would definitely recommend, especially if to celebrate a special occasion.

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Samurai Japanese Restaurant1108 Davie Street, Vancouver
Sushi and Salmon-don are recommended
Submitted Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

I've been to Samurai several times before, and thought that the sushi and salmon-don were very good. I came in again earlier this week to try their ramen (and warm up my weak San Francisco-raised body). Although the soup had copious freshly cooked vegetables, the noodles were, disappointingly, a bit pastey. It also took a long while for the servers to bring some tongarashi (chili powder), something that usually comes automatically at other Japanese restaurants.

The sushi (tako and maguro, to be exact), was still par excellence, so I'd still come back for those. And service is pretty good when it's not overwhelmingly busy.

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Solly's Bagelry4071 Main Street, Vancouver
Best Chicken Matzoh Soup
Submitted Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

To my (humble) taste, Solly's has one of the best chicken matzoh ball soups in town, as well as excellent bagels and sandwiches. Lunches come with a pickle and a bagel chip; I recommend the pastrami on marble rye (if you're not vegetarian), but the veggie sandwich is pretty good too. If you have room for dessert, the cinnamon buns are delightful...or take home a sack of those addicting sesame "yum-yums".

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Legato Tea & Coffee2248 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Nice place to relax and caffinate yourself.
Submitted Friday, October 20, 2006 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

The cappuccinos have been consistently good, and the lady behind the counter is super nice. The sandwiches aren't bad, either. The front patio is a great place to sit and people watch, read the paper, or chat with friends on a sunny day. (It's cozy inside on rainy days, too.) Definitely one of my favourite cafes to visit.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Look no further than the Hill.
Submitted Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

Until last Friday, I had yet to find a Malaysian restaurant that was worth a 2-hour flight from home.

We had dinner reservations on the day that I arrived, and when we entered the restaurant, an inviting fragrance of chili, ginger, and coconut beckoned us as we were greeted by the friendly staff. Immediately, we had a good feeling about this place.

The menu was clearly written and colourful. The silverware and plates were spotless, but when we received our drinks, I noticed a large crack on the side of my glass. Nevertheless, it was kindly replaced by the server.

We started with the roti cannai, which we loved. The curry dip was not overpowering, thus, complimenting the roti well.

The main course was a perfect balance of fiery chili and smooth coconut bases. Even though (at our request) the beef in the Indian Mee Goreng was substituted with tofu, the full flavour was ever-present; the pineapple seafood fried rice was a little dry, but the essence of spices accentuated its savouriness.

Our gastronomic adventure was then concluded with the signature coconut crepes, which were beautifully presented (and delicious).

After the tea candles were lit, the restaurant had a more relaxed and intimate feel, and our ears fell upon the eclectic mix of reggae and lounge music. But what seems to differentiate Tamarind Hill from the familiar Banana Leafs or Tropikas is the personable approach towards customers. Throughout the evening, I noticed that the staff worked hard to make everyone's dining experience as comfortable as possible. A bonus was when the director took the time to speak with us, and we were also flattered by the server's attempt to be multi-lingual (how kawaii...). Overall, the service was attentive and professional -- exactly what a conscious diner would expect.

In summary, I would give Tamarind Hill an outstanding mark for both its hospitality and quality of food.

(Scott and Louis, terima kasih. We'll be back again soon.)

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Alpha Global Sushi & Bar1099 Richards St, Vancouver
Natto Bakudan is the bomb
Submitted Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

For most people, the gooey, sometimes stinky natto beans can put people off. But Alpha's "Natto Bakudan" (translates to "Natto Bomb") is worth trying once, even if you can't stand the beans themselves. The Bakudan comes in a bowl, mixed with bits of ika (squid), quail egg, and negi (onions), with several sheets of nori on a plate. The method is to dab a scoop of the natto onto a sheet of nori, wrap it up, and eat. By doing this, I found the texture and flavour quite unique and appetizing.
For non-natto lovers, Alpha offers a wide variety of yummy sushi rolls, and tapa plates of fish and other seafood. There is also a good range of cocktails, including the Carribbean Night, which I found delicious.
The restaurant was small but lively. The servers were friendly and the atmosphere had a semi-Yaletown trendy feel to it.
But the menu makes the place stand by itself -- the pages are glued onto the insides of a retro Psychoanalysis book (weird!).

Highly recommended, even if you don't like natto.

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Liliget Feast House & Catering1724 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tranquil and delicious.
Submitted Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

We escaped the noisy hustle and bustle of Davie Street by walking down the narrow stairway to Liliget restaurant. At the bottom, we found ourselves in an initimate, peaceful dining area that took us back in time. With soft contemporary Native music in the background, we were greeted by friendly staff, and given a simple but interesting menu to peruse.
For appetizers, we were given bannock bread, which had a little sweetness, and went well with the lox. We also had smoked ooligan fish that was deliciously made (the bones were soft enough to chew).
For our main course, my friend had the Liliget Feast platter, which had samples of venison, buffalo sausages, salmon and a sweet potato tart. My Vegetarian Platter was not your usual rabbit food -- it was a sumptuous array of 2 sweet potato salads, kelp, beets, and wild rice, all presented neatly on a lacquered tray.
The sopalali berry punch and sopalali mousse dessert are their house specialties -- both are toothsome and good to share.

Although Liliget has very limited hours, I felt that it is worth trying. It offers an excellent dining experience, especially when you want to explore something different and quieter on Davie.

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