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MontyVancouverSince May 4, 20106 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)

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Zero One Sushi559 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Great Take-Out Sushi
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

I recently found this place for sushi and have been impressed so far. It's just a hole-in-the-wall kind of place, a bit run-down looking inside. But, they produce high-quality sushi at very good prices.

The sushi is fresh, well prepared, and delicious. Nigiri sushi is made properly with a dot of wasabi under each generous slice of fish. The sushi rice is perfect: light and sticky with some toothsome texture to it. Rolls are a good size and perfectly made. Their Sushi Don bowls are a great value that also look delicious with artfully arranged ingredients.

While they do have a few tables and stools under a window counter where people can quickly eat their food, it's not great ambiance, so, you may prefer to order take-out. For a take-out place, the service is friendly and attentive.

While there's a sushi place a block from where I live, I prefer to walk 7 blocks out of my way to this place instead. Because it's that much better for the same amount of money!

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Meat & Bread370 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good but Small Sandwiches for a Price
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

I've eaten lunch here 3 times so far. The sandwiches are very good but basic: bread, a sauce/dressing and meat. No lettuce, tomatoes, onions or anything like that. So, when they say Meat & Bread, they mean it.

Despite the simplicity of the sandwiches, they are mostly flavourful and delicious. I had the porchetta sandwich, but, didn't enjoy it as much because it just had too much fat and gristle in it. I also found the flavour to be a little gamey. I had the Meatball sandwich twice, which is my favourite. Nice and spicy! Only problem is that eating this sandwich is incredibly messy because the meatball is broken up into small pieces which just falls out of the bread too easily. After the first bite, I had more meatball on my "plate" (actually a plank of wood) than between the two slices of bread. So, you constantly have to stuff the meatball meat back inside after every bite. If they sliced the meatballs instead of smashing them up, that would make it a lot less messy to eat.

For eating on the premises, the only option is a long communal table along with a short counter with a few stools. Most everyone I know, including me, hates this cafeteria style of eating at long communal tables which seems to be popular lately at trendy food joints.

The value of their food is not necessarily in the presentation or even taste, I think it's mostly because they claim to use organic, sustainable ingredients in their sandwiches, which as we know always comes at a premium price. If it weren't for that, I'd find the prices a tad high for these meat-filled sandwiches.

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La Taqueria322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
The Best Tacos in Vancouver So Far!
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

I absolutely LOVE Mexican food. I've eaten it in many other cities, but, was generally disappointed with Vancouver's Mexican food offerings. Until La Taqueria arrived!

The soft double tacos with spicy, flavourful fillings are absolutely delicious and authentic-tasting. I think I have tried all of the different tacos they offer, and they were all delicious. They offer some homemade salsas in squeeze bottles that you should definitely try. The Habanero salsa is extra-spicy hot and yummy!

If the tacos weren't as amazing as they are, I'd never pay $10 for 4 little tacos. But, as evidenced by the people crowding into this hole-in-the-wall place, with the line often streaming out onto the street during the busiest hours, it seems I and others are willing to pay a premium for these delicious, authentic tacos. Mostly because you can't get as good anywhere else in Vancouver just yet at any price.

While they do have stools set up next to a dining "ledge," it's not a great ambiance for eating in, however, I think most of their customers order take out, like me. And this place only does tacos, no other types of Mexican food.

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Salty Tongue Cafe213 Carrall St, Vancouver
Good Food Getting Worse
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

I've had lunch at the Salty Tongue a few times. The first few times were great. Food was delicious and well prepared. Tried the soup/sandwich/salad combos each time. Last time I had lunch there something changed. Sandwich didn't use the same spicy mustard it previously had, and the chickpea salad was not as tasty.

It seems like trendy eating joints love these large "communal" dining tables, but, to be honest, I hate them. Unfortunately, that's really the only seating choice you have at Salty Tongue, other than the stools at the counter near the front of the place.

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T & T Supermarket Deli179 Keefer Place, Vancouver
The Worst Chinese in Vancouver?
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 4:03pm [Take-out]

I have shopped at T&T for ingredients, as well as tried a lot of their prepared foods. I have to agree with most of the other reviewers: because T&T is Canada's largest Asian market, I expected good-quality Chinese and Japanese prepared food. But, that's unfortunately not the case. It's more like budget food at retail prices.

Chicken and pork dishes have too much gristle and inedible parts of the animal. The sliced beef in another dish was dry, tough and fatty. I ate one piece and threw it in the trash. The sushi is absolutely horrible: mushy dense rice, and the fish isn't very fresh smelling. Dumplings are one of the better food items they offer, although they can sometimes be mushy and gluey depending on how long they sit around. Stir fried dishes are greasy and heavy because they use way too much oil.

Also, when you enter the T&T store, the entire place reeks of rotting fish. I know they sell fresh, live fish here, but, that's no excuse for the foul odour that assaults your nose when you enter the store. It's extremely of-putting, especially for a food market.

If the food was actually good, the prices would not be too bad. But, considering the overall poor quality of the prepared food, and the overall stench of uncleanliness in the store itself, their prepared foods are overpriced, unappealing, and not very enjoyable to eat.

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Hakone Sushi Restaurant82 Keefer Pl, Vancouver
Just Okay
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 12:56pm [Take-out]

It's nice to have a sushi place in this area, but, it's unfortunately not the greatest sushi place. The fish is fresh and all, but, the preparation of rolls and nigiri sushi is sloppy and inconsistent at best. The rolls are unevenly sliced and often fall apart when you pick them up. This could be avoided if they simply moistened the one end of the seaweed sheet to make it stick and hold the roll together. For flavour, the only roll worth getting is the Futomaki roll. All the others are a bit bland or very small and not well made.

Owners are a husband/wife team who are very friendly and nice. If only they improved the quality of the sushi they produce, it would be a lot more attractive to locals for the price.

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