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me_hungieMarpole, VancouverSince December 18, 200733 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 21 - 33 of 33 Reviews Found
Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Nachos!
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 3:26pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Foundation a few times, and have had varying opinions about the service. The first couple of times the service was pretty bad, but I went recently and the service was actually pretty great. Their nachos are to die for, and are an extremely good value. The large nachos is enough to feed four people at a mere $15!! Their menus are really neat, and the place has a good vibe. Every time I've been there they've played the same 'A Tribe Called Quest' song; last time they played it twice! It's not a complaint, just an interesting oddity. The music seems to be mostly old-school hip-hop which I think is great.

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Narrow Lounge1898 Main St., Vancouver
Great atmosphere...
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

I've only been to the Narrow once, and sat in the tiki patio out back. It has some great character if you don't mind being in an East Van back alley. I think it's great, complete with gigantic tiki mask. Our server seemed angry, or bored, or just plain bitchy. We had to ask for menus, got one between the two of us with a deadpan "you'll have to share". The service was fairly attentive but didn't make me feel welcomed. The beer prices were decent, and we ordered the nachos and fish tacos to share. The nachos were great, but the fish tasted off and the tacos were bland. My buddy loved them but I was not impressed. I didn't get a good look at the atmosphere inside, but the washroom had a really great unique vibe to it. Quaint, unique spot.

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Van City Pizza2547 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Friendliest service in town!?
Submitted Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

I wholeheartedly endorse this pizza joint for a few reasons, but mostly the genuinely positive vibes coming from the guy who runs it. I've never had more humble, kind service than at Van City Pizza. He'll thank you at least five times while ordering a couple of slices from the warming rack. It's a rarity, especially in the big city, and there's no question as to how much he appreciates your patronage. I'd be a regular for that reason alone, but the quality/value ratio is pretty damn good as well. Great pizza, great value; there's nothing in the neighborhood that can compete in my opinion. There are a couple of other pizza joints closer to Nanaimo street, but this one (in my opinion) is by far the best.

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Konnichiwa1320 W 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
Inconsistent
Submitted Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here quite a few times, mostly takeout. Once or twice the quality of the rolls has been mediocre, but for the most part it's solid. I usually order the veggie rolls, but lately have turned to the Cali/spicy tuna/prawn tempura combo which is great. The first time I dined in (six months ago), the service and everything else was great. I went there today and service was non-existent. My meal arrived quickly (and was just fine), but I then waited for at least twenty minutes to try and get more tea and/or the bill. I was one of two people in the restaurant. I couldn't wait any longer (had to go back to work) so I went to the counter to pay and was met with surprise and even annoyance that I asked for my remaining food to be taken to go. Unfortunate, because the food was good, but a bad taste was left in my mouth.

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Fraser Arms Cafe1450 SW Marine, Vancouver
No more insane breakfast deal!
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

I've updated my review based on the change in their breakfast special. It's still a solid value, but now excludes coffee which they charge $2 for. With coffee, the breakfast special has basically gone up in price by 70%. The service wasn't as good as my first visit, but was still respectable. I'm sure I'll return, but I doubt I'll become a regular...

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Main, The4210 Main St., Vancouver
Not bad...
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

I stopped in last evening for a meal and a few drinks, and thought about leaving before ordering based on the poor service. We waited for a while once entering the establishment with numerous servers walking past without acknowledging us. When we got to the table, the waitress walked past two or three times without taking our order, despite us trying to flag her down. The drink specials were a decent value, but the ones advertised on the board outside (which is what attracted me) were not available. The food was solid, but again when the server came back she asked my friend if she wanted another drink, and left without even casting a glance at me (???). It was very strange.

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Risty's Cafe and Sushi Bar8542 Granville St., Vancouver
Breakfast not-so-special
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

I stopped in for breakfast a few weeks back and wasn't overly impressed. I gave it another shot yesterday and had an equal experience. Nothing wrong with the place, but for the price I was a bit disappointed with the food. Skimpy on the hash browns, only white or brown toast... Service was decent, but not overly attentive. I haven't tried the Japanese menu, but I will come back and give it a shot, based on positive reviews. For good, cheap breakfast, see my previous review. ;)

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Amazing brunch!
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

I took my girlfriend to Nu for a Valentine's Day brunch, and was completely satisfied. The atmosphere is exquisite, and although I'm biased because I'm stuck in the 60's, it had a spectacular retro 60's feel to it. The view is hard to beat as well.

We ordered mimosas, and my girlfriend had coffee, which was great (I had a taste) and came in a small pot which I thought was pretty neat. Compliments of the chef were some fantastic cups of warmed chocolate with biscuits. I ordered a brunch special, which included a mimosa, a bowl of fruit and and choice of omelet for about $20. More than I'd normally spend on a brunch, but it was a far better value than a lot of 'cheaper' restaurants I've been to. I had the brie + black truffle omelet, which was fantastic, and the lady had the delectable brioche walnut French toast. Amazing.

Service was great, and it was an atmosphere that made it hard to leave.

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Afro Canadian Restaurant324 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Great service!
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Some friends and I stopped in here for a quick dinner, and were met with very friendly, attentive service. We drank some African beer, which was explained to us in detail. I've been to two Ethiopian restaurants, and have had some of the most friendly, warm service I've ever had at both. The food wasn't as good as the other Ethiopian restaurant I've been to (see a previous review), but it wasn't bad at all.

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Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant736 East Broadway, Unit 5, Vancouver
Smiles are contagious!
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

I've been to Fassil once, and have fond memories. The owner (who was also our sever) never stopped smiling, and we felt very welcomed and comfortable. I've seen him leaving the restaurant mid-day on a weekend (the restaurant wasn't open), and his smile was still there! He seems like a genuinely happy guy, and it's hard not to wear a smile just thinking about it. It was my first experience at an Ethiopian restaurant, and he was very good at explaining the traditional way of eating the food (no utensils). As other people have mentioned, he disappeared for a while, presumably to cook our meal, but that is a respectable feat in itself. It was a wait that didn't feel like a burden.

Initially we were going to order a few dishes, but he convinced us to try some different things and we were glad he did. We had a good variety of flavors, whereas what we would have ordered was a few dishes that were similar to one another. The lamb was to die for, and the vegetarian dishes were fantastic as well. My girlfriend and I were fighting over the leftovers the next day!

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Afghan Horsemen! Afghan Horsemen!
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

When someone is looking for a place for a birthday dinner, or a group gathering, the Afghan Horsemen is the first place I think of. I'd been once to the previous location (on W. Broadway), and once to the new location (both for friends' birthdays) before I had a fantastic birthday dinner of my own. It was everything I'd hoped for, and more!

For my birthday, we had the majority of the 'pillow room' to ourselves (20 people; sits about 25). The atmosphere is fantastic; for the 'main restaurant 'I'd give a 4-star rating for ambiance, but a 5-star rating for the 'pillow room'. No shoes allowed; we sat around the perimeter of the room on low two-person tables on cushions and pillows. My fiends and I were constantly moving around the room, but the servers rarely had any problems sorting out who ordered what, and where it was going. Their rules were fairly strict upon making the reservation, but it was immediately understandable as they don't have the room for people standing around. We were a tad early, and we were getting in the way of the servers while they were setting our tables.

The highlight of the evening was when the belly dancer arrived, and showed us some impressive maneuvers with her belly and a sword. I was enlisted to learn some techniques on my own, and while I'm sure I made an ass of myself, it was a blast.

The food was great; similar to Greek but with a unique flavor. Not exactly cheap, but far from a rip-off. I look forward to my next visit!

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Sweet Cherubim Natural Foods & Restaurant1105 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
It ain't fancy, but it's vegan!
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

I've been to Sweet Cherubim about 10 times, and will definitely go back. The service isn't always spectacular, but I wouldn't say it's bad. The cashiers tend to get overwhelmed and confused, but they're so sweet that it's easily forgiven.

The food is fantastic; nothing fancy, but for the most part vegan. Sweet Cherubim was instrumental in turning me on to the joys of vegan eats. Their deserts and baking are to die for!!! I love the veggie rolls and veggie burgers; they're super filling.

The atmosphere is basically cafeteria style, with some great Indian (?) decor on the walls. The value is solid; I've never spent a lot of money or left hungry. Usually I have enough for lunch the next day as well, even though it gets eaten shortly after I get home!

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Zawa Restaurant920 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Do we exist???
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

My first impression of Zawa was that it fit in with the many comfortable, relaxed restaurants on the drive. My memories would have remained positive, but the service... I know I'm going to sound whiny and selfish, but I don't recall ever having more inattentive service.

The food was just fine, and to begin with everything was great. Our initial orders were received in fine form, but once the live music began (admittedly, we were there for the live music, not the food or service), we became completely invisible. After nearly an hour (!) of sitting without our server even walking past, we approached the bar to order some more drinks. We were abruptly told "I'm not your server" and denied any drinks. So we wait. I finally get the chance to flag down our waitress, and order a drink for my girlfriend and myself. She quickly turned to leave, without asking anyone else at the table (6 of us) if they would like anything. A friend across the table promptly called her back, and ordered drinks for three others; the remaining fellow with us (who I didn't know well) wasn't even acknowledged. He gladly would have ordered another drink, but couldn't be bothered to fight for it. I would have ordered at least a couple of more drinks, but barely had the opportunity.

Not one glass was removed from our table the entire time we were there; and after another hour we had to go up to the till to pay our bills (when they finally arrived, they sat on the table with credit cards / cash at the ready for about 20 minutes.). Again, the lady at the till couldn't help us; we were met with "your server will help you shortly". After a minute or so, we were helped, and couldn't leave fast enough.

The food was tasty with great presentation, although the draft beer was flat and a bit of a letdown. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed; unfortunately that's not what I'll remember Zawa for. I can't say I won't return (the entertainment was great), but I will at least refuse to be 'served' by the same server.

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