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myrtlewest endSince September 23, 20086 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3)
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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
izekaya virgins happily deflowered!
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 12:09am [Dine in]

So being new to the area, I kept hearing about izekaya, and so I researched via reviews before going anywhere. Three of us tried a wide selection of eats. My honey-lemon cocktail was ambrosia to the tongue. First of all, all dishes had gorgeous presentation, and I was introduced to the tasty shaved bonito which topped many of the dishes. Okonomi Yaki, a seafood pancake-type appetizer, was delicious. Beef tongue was ok but a bit too chewy, daikon salad was delicious. My date ordered deep-fried chicken cartilage... which was an acquired tasted which he had not yet acquired. The BBQ pork steam buns were outstanding, as was the tai carpaccio and tuna sashimi. Calamari was also great. We had no idea what the size of portions would be and so we did over-order. Bill came to $80, with four alcoholic beverages and three of us stuffed to the gills. Can't wait to go back and try more dishes.

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Desi Lounge & Restaurant911 Denman St, #200, Vancouver
great korma
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

Despite a bit too much sports bar decor, the food was tremendous. Complimentary papadums with homemade chutney to start. Tandoori half chicken spiced to perfection and served as spicy as you like. Aloo Gobi was decent, raita was great, made with homemade yoghurt... but by far the most outstanding was the lamb korma: rich, flavourful yet not overwhelming... you could still taste the lamb. Chai is served unsweetened made on stove top (not instant or concentrate) was worth the short wait. Service was good, it's a bit pricey but portions are generous by Indian restaurant standards. I will definitely go back and try the $9.99 weekday lunch buffet. My boyfriend was really surprised at the excellence of the authentic complex yet subtle flavours, reminding him of his travels in India.

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Falafel King1110 Denman Street, Vancouver
will try again
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

Hmmmm- maybe I should have tried the shwarma.

I had a felafel sandwich, and it was ok, but not outstanding. I am used to places in other cities that offer an array of pickled peppers, veggies- and this was lettuce, tahini and hot sauce, c'est tout. The other bummer was that they microwaved the pre-made felafel balls, rendering them kind of soggy.

I did witness those shwarma-plates... i think i'll try those next time

Pricewise, it is great value for West End.

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Maria's Taverna1037 Denman Street, Vancouver
roast lamb highlight
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

Decent prices, service, food, ambience.

Went there on the suggestion of an acquaintance. If you are looking to go out,( but not 'out-out'!) for greek food this could be the place for you.

The following dishes really stand out: the non-breaded kalamari were excellent, so was the roast lamb. In fact- my boyfriend made the point of saying that of all the greek food that he has eaten in Canada, that this particular dish tasted the most like food he ate while in Greece.

My lamb souvlaki plate was only average, i have had better at other Greek restaurants.

The pita was served warm- a nice touch.

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Tapastree1829 Robson Street, Vancouver
mostly yummy
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here 4 times over the years... Prior to living in Vancouver I would try to get here when I came to town. While it is a bit spendy, generally the quality of the food is worth it.

For my last visit, the sauteed wild mushrooms and the seared scallops were outstanding. Same went for the green beans with almonds, one of the specials for the evening. However, the lamb chops, while decently cooked seemed to be lacking in flavour (meaning the meat itself, not the sauce).

The calamari with dijon mustard sauce was quite disappointing- while the flavours were ok, the breading was quite soggy- perhaps the sauce would be better served on the side. Another not-so-good detail was that the accompanying bread was on the stale side- likely prepped a few (too many? ) hours earlier.

Service was very good, in terms of ambience, this is NOT a place for a quiet chat over dinner on a Friday night. Our reservations were for 9pm, and the place was hopping to the point that you have to speak quite loudly in order to have a conversation- which can feel tiring.

I will definitely return for those mushrooms...

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Solly's Bagelry368 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
sad but true
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I am new to vancouver and asked a friend where I would be able to find bagels close in calibre to St Viateur of Montreal- and she told my about Solly's. I went there and bought a dozen bagels and a "U" shaped cheese bagel. It came to $12. I balked at first, and thought... well if they are good it'll be worth it.

The cheese bagel was pretty good, the pastry flaky enough and the cheese filling delicately sweetened, however missing the touch of lemon that really makes for a superior result.

The bagels, however- were beyond disappointing. I tasted one as soon as i got out of the store, and despite being fresh- (i.e. at their best) they are simply too puffy, raw-ish dough inside which has an English muffin -type consistency. More like a 'bun with seeds'. Not a real bagel.

This experience made me feel wistful and prompted me to search for St Viateur bagels online. I was amazed to see that you can order 6 dozen bagels for the great price of $40.50. Even with the added shipping costs- the total cost will be comparable to the exorbitant $9.50 per dozen charged by Solly's. And even if you get St Viateur bagels a week after ordering them... even if you freeze them for awhile, or leave them sitting on the counter for another week, you will still end up with a superior bagel that blows Solly's out of the water.

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