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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)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

Reviews

Displaying 21 - 34 of 34 Reviews Found
Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant4820 Kingsway, #236, Burnaby
Sui Sha Yacky.
Submitted Friday, August 25, 2006 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

On the insistence of a coworker one evening, we decided to go here for dinner. We got seated right away. However, I was immediately disappointed to see that the all-you-can-eat sushi consisted of only four or five different kinds...and not one of them was maguro. When we got our food, I noticed that the salmon sushi had mostly the white parts, and the hamachi wasn't fresh. When we got a plate of cooked fish, it was extremely oily (when the plate was moved around, the pool of oil jiggled, too). The service was nearly non-existent -- we sat around for a good 15 minutes before a waitress (reluctantly) came by.
I have to admit, this is the worst sushi place I've been to in Vancouver, for both service and food quality. A lot of people have told me in the past that there are a lot of great sushi places in Vancouver, and this is definitely not one of them!

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Calhoun's Bakery Cafe3035 Broadway W, Vancouver
Good place to hang out. But bring extra change.
Submitted Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

This is a great place to have long conversations with friends and enjoy the live music. Cappuccinos, lattes, and desserts are very good here. The other stuff is ok -- I've had their thai peanut noodles, veggie lasagna, mac & cheese, and green bean salad (but some of the items are a little pricey for the portions you receive). Service is...well, I actually got a few smiles recently (have they hired new people?). The only minor problem is their "customers must buy something once every hour" policy, which they didn't have before (see poster on the wall). Nevertheless, it's a relaxing place to hang out...and for me to sit and do some writing.

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Clubhouse255 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Not bad sushi, but bad service.
Submitted Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

The maki sushi and rolls were decent and filling, but the okonomiyaki was soggy and it didn't have the traditional garnishes. What turned me off the most was that the service was horrible -- the servers kept passing by our table, never responding to our polite request for more tea and water, never asking how our food was, nor if we needed anything else. In addition, I got a dirty plate, which our server was sceptical of replacing.

If I have to go here again, I'd get the good sushi for take away.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Delicious ramen.
Submitted Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

In short, every bowl I've had here has been a good one. The tonkotsu soup base is greasy and salty but very flavourful (not for dieters!). There is also a choice of shio (salty) or shoyu (soy sauce) base if you get certain other types of ramen. And if you're lucky to sit at the counter, you can watch the chefs put together what you ordered. The service is quick and no frills, but that's normal if you're in an authentic Japanese ramen place like this. Line-ups are always long, but worth the wait -- even in the winter.

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True Confections3701 W. Broadway, #6, Vancouver
Many choices. Large portions. Lots of sugar.
Submitted Monday, July 31, 2006 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

I think I prefer this place to Death By Chocolate, mostly because there is more variety here (you can get yummy pies! cheesecakes! trifles!). But there's always a huge line-up. Service is probably better and more attentive at the Denman location. It's still a good place to take your friends, though (but go elsewhere if you want a quiet, romantic date). I recommend sharing the cheesecake, the mocha cake, or the trifle. The slices are American-size, so get lots of forks.

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Death by Chocolate1598 West Broadway, Vancouver
A change in their menu would be nice.
Submitted Monday, July 31, 2006 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

When I came here for the first time (about four years ago), I was impressed by the binder-size menu and found the interesting dessert names quite funny. Since then, every time I've been to this place (probably six by now), the desserts (waffles and cakes) have been consistent in quality, and the service has been fairly good. However, Death by Chocolate has had same menu for the past four years. I think they should probably do away with somewhat dated names (like "formerly known as Prince") and perhaps upgrade? Despite this point, the place is a good choice for tourists who don't visit Van often.

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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
Best Greek on Davie.
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

A friend introduced me to this place a couple years ago, and I've been coming here more often than Stepho's. Whether dining on my own for lunch or with a big group of people for dinner, the experience has been very good and consistent. I recommend the salmon souvlaki, domathes, moussaka, and the hummus. (But even the side salads, rice, and potatoes are nice) The servers are attentive but not impatient, and, on a side note, the background music seems to be better here than at Stepho's. Highly recommended!

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Gelarmony1094 Denman Street, Vancouver
Mondo flavours
Submitted Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

There's usually a huge line-up that spills in front of Banana Leaf (next door) during the summer. Besides its great quality, Mondo Gelato has an abundance of unique flavours that you can't find anywhere else. Can't decide which flavour to get? Not a problem. You can get two scoops for the price of one -- something that the other places on Denman don't offer. Thus, you can be rest assured that your dessert won't be all gone by the time you reach English Bay (I've tried it in 30C weather).

As for the decor: it would be nice if they had more seating, because it gets really cramped in there.

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Steamrollers1195 Robson, Vancouver
Yo quiero Steamrollers.
Submitted Friday, July 7, 2006 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

Having lived in the San Francisco and L.A. areas, where fast food burrito places (nevermind Taco Bell) are abundant, this Vancouver joint "steamrolls" them all. The tortillas are steamed and not fried (or yikes, microwaved), and the burritos are packed with meats and veggies. Every burrito I've had has been satisfying (even the smaller sized ones), and the Tommy burritos are just as delicious. It's a great place to grab a quick lunch or snack, and are a good alternative to falafels or sandwiches. They even have breakfast burritos, which are worth the money.

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Nor Boo Korean Restaurant1536 Robson St., Vancouver
Excellent Mandu Soup and Dolsot Bibimbap.
Submitted Friday, July 7, 2006 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

There is always quite a line-up at Nor Boo, but the food is worth the wait. I ordered the Dokmanduguk (Mandu and rice cake soup) and my friend got the Dolsot bibimbap. Both were very delicious. The soup was satisifying; there were a ton of rice cakes in there. The side dishes were flavourful (especially the potato and the kim chi). The most interesting side dish was pasta with mayonnaise -- the mix might sound weird, but it wasn't too bad. Water refills might have to wait because the servers are so busy, but you get a lot of entertainment in both the restaurant and by people-watching on Robson.

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Dan Sung Sa1221 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Great taste, large portions, and not expensive.
Submitted Friday, July 7, 2006 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

I went here on my own one evening, and wasn't sure what to expect, since the waiters spoke mostly Korean. However, they were very friendly. The chap chae dinner was huge, yummy, and very filling. They also give you a variety of side dishes (a balance of spicy and not-spicy veggies), which were equally good. The decor is interesting -- they have old Korean music LP jackets and posters on their walls. This place is worth a try, if you want something other than Greek, Thai, or Japanese on Davie St.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Delicious hot pot and sauces every time.
Submitted Friday, July 7, 2006 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place three or four times, and the food quality has always been excellent. The small hot pot is actually large enough to feed two people (a good mix of veggies and meats), and the sauces are amazing (one is a yellowish-orange sauce that has a hint of cheese or something; very interesting taste). The waiting time for a table is worth it. The servers don't rush you, and unlike in some other Korean restaurants, you get refills on water when you need it (just press the little bell on the table). It can get a little too warm and noisy during dinner, though.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Always good meals. But not service.
Submitted Friday, June 23, 2006 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

I've been to The Naam over a dozen times, and overall, I've enjoyed what they have to offer (for all meals, especially breakfast). I like that it's a 24-hour joint and there's live music, so it's usually worth the wait when the queue is long.
Recently, though, I've been feeling that the service hasn't been up to par (Some servers aren't very friendly. Last time, a server didn't give us our drinks until way after we finished our meals, and he didn't even apologize!). I'd go there again, but I just hope the servers will be polite, or at least remember what I ordered.

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Yuji's Japanese Tapas2059 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Most excellent Japanese place!
Submitted Friday, June 23, 2006 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

I admire the creativity and flavour of the sushi rolls, as well as the high quality of fish served at this restaurant. Every time I've had dinner here, there was always something different and interesting on the menu (mmm...camembert rolls). In addition, the staff has always been helpful and friendly.
Although the bill can add up, I still try to go here at least once during my visits to Vancouver. If you go to Yuji's, try not to eat the whole menu, so that you have room for their yummy green tea creme brulee.

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