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monjaSouth Granville, VancouverSince January 1, 200813 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Kits needs more breakfast joints
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2008 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

Sophie's is definitely coasting on their rep. They do well because there just aren't enough breakfast spots in Kits.

I took my parents here for breakfast because they don't like anything too out-of-the ordinary. And Sophie's is very ordinary. I got the Kits breakfast, which consists of a couple of massive pancakes, two eggs, and a piece of ham for $12. The thing is, I'd rather pay $7 for one egg with some - ANY - seasoning, one well-made pancake (perhaps with blueberries or something?), and a small piece of ham from a good supplier like Oyama Sausage. You're basically paying $5 extra for more of what you won't eat - huge dry flavourless pancakes. Bleah.

On the up side, service was fast and friendly, and coffee refills were frequent. But I won't be back here on my own just for that.

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Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill536 Yates St., Victoria
Were we just lucky with the service?
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

I'd checked out Ferris online before going to Vic but was turned off by the negative reviews about service. My first choice was Garrick's Head Pub but they had stopped serving food because of a big power outage that night. So we decided to give Ferris' a try.

Perhaps the owners been reading some of the negative reviews about their service, but from start to finish that was actually the area that stood out the most for me. We were greeted immediately at the door, seated at the bar, told how long we'd be waiting, told again that we'd be the next to be seated, and once we were seated the waiter kept checking in to see how we were. So for us anyway, service was great. It was a Sunday night - maybe service suffers when it's really busy?

I had the Oyster bowl - the deep-fried oysters were great and the veggies were fine, but the rice it came with was overcooked and the dipping sauce was too sweet. My gf liked her choice - she got to choose four sauces to go with her oysters. I'd recommend asking for the sauces that aren't sweet, unless you like that style. Beer selection was good and lots of wines by the glass. I loved the space - a long, narrow room with high ceilings and lots of brick.

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Superior, The106 Superior Street, Victoria
Put this on your list if you go to Vic
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

I don't think I've said 'mmmmm' so much during one meal. I'd seen recommendations online for the Superior, but when we got there for a late Sunday brunch it was almost empty. Could be because of street closures due to the Victoria marathon. The room I'd describe as 'bohemian', and they even had a live piano player instead of the usual recorded tunes.

Food was incredible. My gf had an 'Afrocano', which she loved, and I had a Bodum of coffee as well. The cinnamon french toast is made from baguette bread and was totally sinful - almost like a doughnut with a crispy outside. The 'Araucanas' had egg, chorizo, salsa and a sauce that was sublime. For dessert we had a ginger cake that was fresh baked that morning - just the right amount of sweetness. They seem to change the menu often, with the french toast being a new addition that week.

Even the wait staff seemed genuinely enthused about the food here. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

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Willie's Bakery & Cafe537 Johnson St, Victoria
Good food in a touristy area
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

I wasn't sure about going to this place because it was listed on quite a few tourist brochures, which is never a good sign in my books. I went in and tried one of their muffins, which was great, so I went back the next day for brunch.

It's a busy location but seating is fast even with a lineup. Awesome location in a turn-of-the-century brick building with high ceilings and huge front windows. Customers seemed a good mix of tourists and locals.

I had the huevos rancheros and my gf had the 'two of everything'. I thought my dish was excellent; my gf was happy with everything (eggs, toast, tomatoes) except her pancakes, which she thought were a bit undercooked. The sourdough toast was excellent, as befits a bakery. Portions are decent-sized, but not huge. Had an americano that was awesome - they use Cuppa Joe coffee. The only negative is this place is bu-sy. Go if you don't mind bustle.

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Matoi Sushi590 Robson Street, Vancouver
Best sushi in downtown Vancouver?
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 12:18am [Dine in]

I know, I know. It's in the 2nd floor food court of a Korean grocery store. But the owners and staff are all Japanese, and the sushi they create in their tiny space is very, very tasty. I've been there a dozen times and keep coming away from it impressed. For the sushi they use just the right amount of vinegar in the rice and just enough wasabi for a good kick (many places around town seem to have forgotten wasabi entirely).

And beyond the sushi, the rest of the menu is excellent too. I've had both the curries and the pork katsu don, and they're as authentic as anything I've had in Japan. The staff are friendly and the prices are a steal for the quality you get. You may have to wait a bit because everything is made fresh, but it's completely worth it. I honestly can't think of a better place for sushi downtown. You may get bigger portions elsewhere for less, but it won't taste as good as this.

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Yucca Tree Cafe, The1347 Johnston Rd, White Rock
White Rock is lucky to have this place
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

I was on a rare visit to White Rock yesterday and was initially planning to check out the 5 Corners Cafe. However, it was almost empty and the Yucca Tree was full so I had to check it out. Their focus is breakfast/brunch items and the menu is massive: The breakfast section has 'Eggs & Stuff', french toast and waffles, wraps, and oats and fruit. The lunch section has sandwiches, burgers, salads, and homemade soups. Many of the items you can get in a small size.

I had the 'French toast, bacon, and pan fries special' that was a really good deal for $7.95. Coffee was tasty and service was very friendly, if a bit scattered at times. I talked with the owner, who's had the place for about 5 years. Apparently this place has been around for decades, with basically the same menu, just different ownership. They're definitely doing something right. Highly recommended.

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BJ Bakery7604 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby
Apple cake was tasty
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

I happened to be in the neighbourhood of this small bakery the day after reading the previous review, so I dropped in to try it out. I only bought a piece of the apple cake, but it was very, very good. A good amount of cinnamon and apple and just the right sweetness. It was quite light - not oily at all like at some bakeries.

I'd definitely recommend this place based on my sample tasting. Very friendly service too.

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Slickety Jim's Chat n' Chew2513 Main St., Vancouver
My parents loved it too
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

I've now been here twice - once with friends from out of town and today with my parents for Sunday brunch. Everyone came away impressed.

Arrived today at about a quarter past 9 and the place was almost full. Great range of breakfast choices, all with memorable names. I had the "McDecimation of Cultural Diversity", which was two scrambled eggs, cheese, and Black Forest ham on a toasted English Muffin with salad and potatoes. My dad had a Benny and my mom the French Toast with cinnamon and honey butter.

All the dishes were excellent, and the coffee was GOOD. None of that weak diner "coffee" here. Lots of offers for refills, in contrast to some of the previous posters. Both times I've been here the food took about 25-30 minutes to arrive, so don't go when you're ravenous. This is definitely a place to "chat and chew", as the name suggests.

Best breakfast place in Vancouver right now.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Best ramen in Van so far
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

This is the real deal. Finally, finally there is a place worth going in Vancouver that approaches some of the better ramen shops in Tokyo. The chef used to work at Kintaro a couple of doors down, and since he left the ramen there just hasn't been the same. Motomachi is now the place to go.

Motomachi's broth is chicken-based rather than the traditional pork-based broth, so it's lighter and apparently healthier. I usually can't drink all the leftover broth because it's so heavy, but this broth was very light and tasty. I had the charcoal bamboo ramen, which was awesome. It has a miso base and uses charcoal powder (!) for an added smoky kick.

I agree with a previous poster that the stools are kind of uncomfortable, but other than that the atmosphere is great. And you'll definitely pay more for a smaller portion than at other ramen shops. I personally prefer quality over quantity. If that's your preference, this is where to go for ramen in Vancouver.

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Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe3292 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Huge breakfast/brunch menu
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

If you like a breakfast menu with tons of options, this is probably the best in town. It's 5 pages in fairly small font, if I remember correctly. Pannenkoek are Dutch pancakes, and are the main draw here. There are at least 50 or 60 variations available, both savoury and sweet. My favourites are the #15 - "Crispy Spud" and the #22 "Huevos Rancheros". Prices in the $9-13 range. Yes, I've been there a few times. You can also get waffles and other typical breakfast items. Sausages are highly recommended. Coffee is solid and refills come frequently. On weekends the place is packed after 10:30ish, so service suffers a bit, but normally it's fast and friendly. Very kid- and family-friendly.

On the downside, the decor is pretty tired, full of knick-knacks like beer glasses and old posters from the Netherlands. Hasn't been updated since they opened. The photos of customers all along the walls are cool though. The washroom is clean, but looks like it's all original, and not in a good way. They need to spend a few $$ and do a washroom reno.

John Dy, the owner, started the De Dutch Pannekoek House chain, then sold it to open this place. The food is way better than the chain's, in my opinion. Not chic, not fancy, but very good food in a friendly atmosphere. And they play classical music! The only other budget-friendly place I can think of that does that is Opera Sushi...

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Steamrollers586 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Filling and healthy but really bland
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

I've been to Steamrollers a couple of times, usually when I'm starving and need something quick. This time I had the deluxe chicken ($7.50) with Spanish rice, pinto beans, jack cheese, lettuce, salsa, and garlic yogurt sauce. It sounds good but for all those ingredients it tastes really bland. The cheese isn't tangy, the beans have practically no flavour, and the salsa doesn't add any kick at all. I do like the fact that it's healthy, but healthy doesn't mean it can't be tasty. This is Vancouver - I think we can handle some spice. I haven't tried the "wet" burrito (extra sauce) yet - maybe it has more flavour?

Service is always very friendly and extremely fast. Go if you're hungry and want something nutritious and filling. Just don't expect your taste buds to be thrilled.

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India's Flavour555 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
In the food court but not OF the food court
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

It's great to have a good Indian food place among the usual boring food court denizens (burger joint, faux Japanese place, etc etc) in City Square. They usually have about 8 or 10 curries available, 4 of them vegetarian. For $5.25 the one dish combo includes a curry, rice, and naan bread. The two dish combo is $6.50 and you get an extra curry. A drink adds another 75 cents. I'd recommend the chai tea, which is made fresh and not too sweet. The owner makes the naan on the premises, and the last time I went he made it up fresh for me.

Overall I'd rate it the food as "good", but for a food court joint it's amazing. Also, the owner is a very friendly guy who obviously cares about what you think of his cooking. That alone would make me choose it over the chain stores.

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Denny's1296 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Far better than the average Denny's
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 11:54am [Dine in]

This place runs like a well-oiled machine. Other Denny's locations around town run the gamut from good to awful, but the West Broadway location (a few blocks east of Granville) feels more like a great family-run diner than a chain restaurant.

Service is very fast and efficient. The older Chinese-Canadian waitresses have probably worked there 15 years or more and know their stuff. The place seems to be filled with regular customers. Food usually arrives in less than 15 minutes. Again, even though the menu items are the same as other Denny's, the food tastes fresher and better. It's probably down to cleanliness and proper food prep. Interior is starting to look a bit worn, but it's clean.

If you're looking for diner food in the Granville/W Bway area, this is the best choice. Nothing fancy, but great at what it does.

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