Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

nelsonhVancouverSince January 30, 200720 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 20 of 20 Reviews Found
Closed
Choppers Diner2545 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Good breakfast in a funky decor
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

The breakfast food is cooked fresh and tasted not bad. I tried their pancakes, turkey sausage, eggs, toast and a special hash consists of potato with mushroom, green pepper & onions. The price is decent - $5 - $7.

They also serve organic earl gray tea.

The decor is quite funky.

The restaurant is a perfect stop for breakfast before heading onto Hwy #1 for a road trip.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Hot Plate Bistro, The1205 Madison Ave., Burnaby
Great food, Excellent service & Cheap!
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

I went there for breakfast on a Saturday. While they don't have many choices, their food was tasty and prepared fresh. Prices are awesome. In particular their juices & tea are only $1.50 each (and in large cups). Apparently, the restaurant offers more breakfast varieties on Sundays.

However, what makes this resturant stand out is the personal customer service in a home setting. Since the place could only fit about 10 people and the waitress is the owner, you can expect to get excellent, tailored service in a cozy environment.

Their dinner entrees are only $10-12. I'll definitely be coming back to try it.

Note: The place has a small store front and so if you're driving you might miss it very easily. Study your map before coming.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Kalypso Restaurant & Tapas Bar1323 Robson Street, Vancouver
Don't get the lamb shank
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

I should have gotten roasted lamb shoulder instead of the lamb shank. Even though the shank is more expensive than the shoulder, I didn't get any greek salad or potatoes with my entree. Instead, I got spaghetti. Also, the meat on the shank is less than the shoulder.

I went on a Friday and there was a belly dancing performance. Sorry, but I didn't enjoy it. While I understand the dancer was doing her job, it just wasn't my cup-of-tea.

I found the place to be a bit too dark. It maybe good for a romantic dinner, but not suitable for a large birthday party.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Sushi Town5935 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great taste for a cheap price
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

The food is slightly above or on par with other Japanese restaurants. However, the portion and the price are what makes Sushi Town stand out.

To put it into perspective, we had 4 guys going there for dinner. We ordered 2 specialty rolls ("Awesome" and "Double Dragon") and a 44-piece party entree. When we finished we're satifisfied - not too full but just right. And the bill? $11 per person excluding tips! So while the food quality is average, the portion and the price makes it an incredibly good value.

Next time I'm gonna try their sashimi and deep fried stuff.

Service is a bit slow due to only 2 (sometimes 3) waitresses serving over 50 customers. I don't mind it because that's why the prices are cheap.

Ambiance is decent. It's clean, bright and well-kept.

Recommended for those who want no-thrill, decent tasting sushi at an inexpensive price.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Golden Bull Sea Food Hot Pot Restaurant Ltd8500 Alexandra Road, 140, Richmond
Hot pot was ok
Submitted Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

There wasn't any thing outstanding about this restaurant that's worth mentioning.

The food was average, not wasn't great either. I thought consider the cost, which was $19 per person plus extra charge for the hotpot soup base, it was not worth it. I would rather go to a regular Chinese restaurant, order a few reg. dishes plus hotpot on the side.

The service was average. And some of my friends' complained that the floor was dirty and sticky. Hey, what do you expected from an all-you-can-eat Chinese hotpot place with a carpeted floor?

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Cho Sun Korean Restaurant3486 Kingsway St., Vancouver
Good Spicy Kimchi
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

I went on a Saturday night and it was very busy. Wanting to order as soon as possible, I grabbed the menu before my friend and I got a table.

The menu showed a variety of choices from bbq plates to sushi to fried rice. However, the menu is not very descriptive. Sometimes it was hard to tell why a particular dish was so expensive.

For example, we saw an item that read, "tofu with pan-fried kimchi", priced at $14.95. On the same category, there was another entree that read something like, "Plate of Rare beef" for $10.95. So I wondered, "Why is a plate of tofu with kimchi more expensive than a plate of beef?" Since I was curious to see what kind of "exotic" tofu and kimchi I might get, I decided to order it. It turned out it was a very large dish of kimchi mixed with beef, and with tofu around the dish. Very tasty and not too spicy.

The second dish we ordered was the rice cooked in a stone bowl. The flavour was a bit bland, but not bad. It was possible that our taste buds were temporary numbed by the first dish (tofu with kimchi).

The ambiance was quite nice, but the service was not. Our tea cups were not even filled once during dinner. And it was hard to get a waitress attention.

Overall, Cho Sun offers authentic Korean food at inexpensive prices. Next time I want to go back and try their bbq dishes. It smell very good.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Pad Thai Cuisine132 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Tasty and Hearty Lunch for only $5.50
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant for take-out lunch, and their lunch special is very good. For $5.50, you get a decent size entree with one spring roll. And there are over 17 entrees to choose from.

I ordered 4 entrees on the lunch special menu. 1) The red curry chicken was flavourful and the chicken was quite tender. Definitely the best out of the four. 2) The green curry beef was not bad, but nothing special. 3) The pad thai with shrimp tasted like ketchup with hot spice; not exactly Thai, but my co-workers liked it - I didn't. 4) The chicken with peanut sauce doesn't taste good. It's not the satay peanut sauce, but more like peanut butter.

Since I ordered take-out I didn't experience its service. But from observation it seems the restaurant is quite busy during lunch time, and there's only one waitress. As for ambiance, it's your typical Chinese place but with dim lights.

Overall, I think the $5.50 lunch, given its decent taste, big portions and the number of choices, is probably one of the best deals in town. Just order the right things. Oh, and they have free delivery - not sure if it's for dinner only.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
La Rocca Ristorante Italiano1565 Commercial, Vancouver
Decent Seafood Linguine
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

I went there on Thursday night, and was surprised to see quite a few people dining at La Rocca.

My friend and I both ordered the seafood linguine, and we agreed that it was prepared well. Our only complaint was that it seemed like our food took a long time to arrive.

Service was good. Ambiance was decent.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Minato992 W Broadway, Vancouver
Had a stomach ache
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went there last Sunday. Since we're in a hurry, we decided to go for take out. The food took about 15 minutes to make.

My friend ordered a chopped scallop roll. It turned out that the sauce inside the roll had a strong green onion flavour, which we both thought it didn't taste good at all.

I had a chirashi don (sashimi with rice), and found it to be ok. However, the rice had more vinegar than average.

After dinner we went to attend a fundraising event. And when I got home, I had a stomach ache. I don't know if it was caused by the food at Minato, but is very likely.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Pajo's Fish & Chips3500 Bayview Street, Richmond
Fresh Fish
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

I agreed with other reviewers that the fish is fresh and quite moisture (I had the halibut). However, the quality of the batter could be more consistent. One of our fish's batter was well made, but another one still had uncooked batter inside. The fries were a bit cold and soggy (Again, I'm sure they do make quality fries, but maybe they're not as consistent as they can be.)

The service was relatively quick.

As for the ambiance, I think that depends on the weather b/c you sit outside

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Congee Noodle King3313 Kingsway, Vancouver
Decent Congee
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

Their fish & meatball congee is tasty and is served hot. I didn't like their beef ball congee; the beef balls didn't taste like beef. Their fish rice-noodle roll (i.e. fish chunks wrap in thick noodle-rice rolls, cost $3) and the deep-fried Chinese donuts (not the long sticks, but the oval ones that are sweet) are also well done.

The restaurant looks clean and is in fairly new condition. They also have a large lcd screen that plays Hong Kong celebrity concerts/shows.

Both times I ordered take out so I can't comment on its service. For those ordering take-out, I suggest you order at least 15 minutes in advance to avoid the wait.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
Quality Singporean Food in Upscale Setting
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

I went to Kelong Singapore Restaurant (Richmond) and used it to compare against the Prima Taste restaurant.

Overall, Prima Taste presented a more upscale atmosphere than Kelong. Prima Taste had a nice decor that is bright and colourful, comparable to other Western restaurants, which also meant it was better than most Chinese restaurants/cafe. The plates were nicer than most Chinese places, but the glass cups were still the cheap, plastic ones.

In terms of the food, the Laksa at Prima Taste was similar to Kelong's, except Prima Taste served it in a bigger bowl (but more pricey). The Singapore-style Roti, which had no stuffings, had a flavourful coconut dipping sauce. As for the lemongrass chicken, I would say it was average. Price per entree was around $9 - $13, which was reasonable given the location was on Robson Street (& Seymour).

I went the restaurant on a Sunday night, and it was quite busy. In fact, it was so busy the waitresses had trouble keeping up with all of the customers' demands (e.g. asking for water, cutlery, the bill, etc.) . I think an extra waitress or a designated host/cashier would help. However, the food came quickly.

Overall, it was a pleasant experience. btw, for those that have an Entertainment Book, you can log on to the entertainment.com website with your card and print a 2 for 1 coupon (online only).

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Thai Son Vietnamese373 E. Broadway, Vancouver
High Quality Beef
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has high quality beef with noodles in a tasty soup. Their rare beef seems to be of a higher grade than most other Vietnamesse restaurants.

Ambiance is not bad, at least the place look clean. Service is average.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Pho Van3370 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Chewy Beef
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

I agree with the review below: It used to be good. I went the restaurant recently and on two separate occasions, the beef I got were tough and chewy. The soup was ok. There are other Vietnamese restaurants that are a lot better than them.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Creative and Tasty Sushi
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant twice, once with only one other person, and the other time with a group of 12. I received very good service when I was only with one person, but for the group party the service is very slow. Specifically, it was NOT that it was hard to find a waiter to get water or order things, but rather the kitchen took a long time to make the food.

As for the food, EVERY dish is presented nicely and tasted great too. In particular, I like their Musashi sushi, Tuna Tataki sushi, Crab Croquette and Beef Carpaccio. Normally, I would give 4 stars for food that just tastes good; however, Chopstick cafe deserves a 5 star for its food presentation and creativity.

If you like to see all of the chef's wonderful creations, I suggest you sit by the open kitchen. It's neat to see all of the interesting dishes that come out.

The only "bad" thing is that the price is on the high end (but you get the value). Most dishes are tapa size and costs $8 - $13 each. For guys you'll probably need to order 3-4 dishes to be full. If there's only 2 of you and you want to try out a variety of dishes, I recommend you get their tasting 8? course set for $35.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Tasty chicken
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 12:03am [Dine in]

I went out with my friend to Brix for the Dine Out Vancouver 2007. And of the 3 restaurants I went to for Dine Out, Brix was by far the best one.

For $25, I had a salad, a chicken entree and a sorbet. I don't remember what was in the salad, but I think it tasted ok. As for the chicken, at first I was hesitant to order it because I find chicken is cheap compared to salmon or beef (maybe I'm bias). However, it turned out the chicken, stuffed with risotto and yam, was very flavourable and tender. As for the dessert, I had a pear sorbet, which had a strong pear smell and taste; it was almost as if I was eating a cold pear. =)

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Kelong Singapore Cuisine4800 N.3 Rd., #130, Richmond
Good Quality Food
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

Wow, I'm surprised no one has submitted a review for this restaurant. Anyways, I went to Kelong for lunch and was impressed by the quality of their food.

I ordered the Katong Laksa, which was a Singapore style spicy noodle soup. The soup had a nice blend of coconut, seafood and chilli taste. I also ordered the several satays, and the the meat was relatively tender. The peanut sauce that came with the satay had a lime zest to it, which was a nice spin to the regular peanut sauce.

My friend ordered rice with satay. The rice was quality Jasmine rice.

The decor looked decent compared to your average Asian cafe. The place just seemed "cleaned", none of the greasy feeling that you sometimes might get at other Asian cafes.

The only "bad" thing was the Laksa was a bit small. They should have an option for a large bowl.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
William Tell, The765 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Over priced
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

I went to William Tell with a friend of mine for Dine Out Vancouver 2007, and just like the last restaurant I went to (A Kettle of Fish), I was not getting the value for the money I paid.

Firstly, the bread we got was not fresh. And when I asked the waiter, on my second bread order, if I could get some fresh, warm bread, he gave me the following excuse (paraphrase): "Our restaurant only makes bread at the beginning of the night. And if we leave the bread in the oven too long, it will harden. Therefore, we take the bread out of the oven early in the night and leave it as is."

This is how I interpreted the waiter statement: "It's a pain in the butt to make fresh bread whenever the customer orders it. Even though we are a fine dining restaurant and you pay top dollars for your food, you have not paid enough to get fresh bread." (Note: Even A Kettle of Fish offered fresh bread.)

For our appetizer we had lobster bisque, and my friend said it was tasty. As for the entree, I had sablefish, which was moist and well flavoured. However, it still was not steaming hot (if freshly cooked) - the fish was only luke warm.

As for the ambiance, I found some of the tables were placed too close together. For example, when I moved my chair back to go to the washroom, I actually hit the chair of the table that was behind me. Also, there was a round table that had chairs less than 0.5m away from me. I felt the place was crowded, definitely not a good idea if you wanted an intimate atmosphere.

Overall, I do not recommend William Tell because I can get the same food in a similar atmosphere elsewhere for a lower price.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Papa Joe's Pizza & Pasta House4520 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Valued Food
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

It was about 2 months ago that I went to eat at the restaurant. I remembered the meat pasta and the lamb chops were tasty and the portions were big. The price was lower than the average Italian restaurant. Overall, it was good value. I would recommend Papa Joe's.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Kettle of Fish, A900 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Not Impressed
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

I went to the restaurant for the Dine Out Vancouver special. Before going, I expected the restaurant to have expertise in seafood cooking. Unfortunately, my experience told me otherwise.

Firstly, the oyster appetizer I got was the same type of oyster that I would find at Chinese restaurant; hence, it was the big but cheap quality oyster with sand still stuck inside the shell.

Secondly, the Alabacore tuna I got was very mushy inside - I would prefer eating the regular Japanese toro sashimi more than it. My friend ordered the Hake fish, and it was dry and luke warm. It was cleared that the fish was pre-made and was left in the oven instead of freshly prepared.

When I told the waiter that the tuna didn't taste good, the waiter was very nice and offered to give me another entree, which was the trout wrapped in corn. When I got it, the trout was definitely freshly prepared as I saw the steam coming out from the fish. However, the taste was only ok - the corn completely overpowered the fish taste. And the corn wasn't sweet.

As for dessert, it was nothing special. Overall, the food was not worth the $35 price. Even though the service was excellent, I would not recommend A Kettle of Fish.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance