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NormanVancouver EastSince December 23, 200576 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Displaying 1 - 20 of 76 Reviews Found
White Spot20077 91A Ave, Langley
Not any more
Submitted Friday, December 9, 2016 - 9:58am [Dine in]

I remember when the bun was a major part of making a White Spot burger delicious. Not any more - they just use generic buns, and they don't even toast them any more. I remember when "Triple O" meant extra sauce. Not any more - it's not only not extra, there's hardly enough. As for the "endless fries", I have NEVER been asked at any White Spot if I'd like more. Apparently these words are just words. My meal was edible, but there's no reason to pick White Spot over any other restaurant.

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Indian Bombay Bistro7558 6th St, Burnaby
Nothing special
Submitted Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:54am [Dine in]

I think they should consider dropping the a la carte menu for lunch. The prices are high enough that they could throw in rice and naan. The food was OK, but didn't stand out in any way, considering you can get a good meal at a better price right cross the street.

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Cadeaux Bakery172 Powell Street, Vancouver
Wonderful
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

I have purchased pastries from here twice, and both times they were outstanding. There are suddenly a lot of pastry shops opening, and few are as good as Cadeaux. The presentation is beautiful and the taste is wonderful. The first time I had a kind of peanut butter filled pastry, but by "peanut butter" I am only referring to the flavour of the filling. The second time I had chocolate covered vanilla cheesecake, and I can say I have never had better. Highly recommended, and don't be put off by the location, which is an area that is rapidly changing.

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LanaLou's362 Powell Street, Vancouver
A gem
Submitted Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:22am [Dine in]

This place is an undiscovered gem. The décor is funky to the extreme - a combination of old church pews and found treasures. The food is excellent. There's a limited menu, not too limited, and what they do, they do well. The Big Boy sandwich is to die for; finally someone who makes pulled pork without gloppy sweet BBQ sauce. The fries are real, not previously frozen, the service is very friendly and fast and I recommend this place without hesitation. This is an example of how a business can open in the Downtown Eastside and fit into the neighbourhood. It is possible to be "trendy" and not be "in your face".

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El Caracol5190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Very good experience
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2014 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

This is just a hole in the wall at the corner of Victoria and 36th, but that doesn't affect the food. I was very pleased with my meal, everything was fast and fresh and very tasty. I might ask for the recipe for the salsa. I have certainly had some disappointing Mexican food experiences in Vancouver at much higher prices. I had good authentic food here at a very good price.

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Dunn's Famous827 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Meh
Submitted Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

I had heard rave reviews from a couple of friends, so I had to try it out. The sandwich was OK, I've had better at Omnitzki's. The onion rings were tasteless, though. The coleslaw was just shredded cabbage, as far as I could tell, with no discernible flavor. Overall, not bad, but nothing to rave about, either.

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Red Robin803 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Not this time
Submitted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 10:36am [Dine in]

I have eaten here several times, and always enjoyed the meal. Not this time. I ordered a burger and "fries". It seemed to take a long time, but apparently that wasn't the kitchen's fault. When I got the burger it had sat so long the grease had soaked through the bottom bun, making it soggy, and the "fries" (previously frozen) were dry and not hot. I am not a person to complain and send things back, but it will be a long time before I eat there again.

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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
That was veal???
Submitted Monday, May 13, 2013 - 11:16am [Dine in]

I really like this place, and I have recommended it to friends, but the veal special the other day was too tough to call veal. There comes a point in the life of a calf when it isn't "veal" any more. The special was called veal parmesan. It was breaded and tenderized, but not enough, There were two of us, and we both had great difficulty even cutting this dish. Steak knives would have helped, but not with the chewing. The sauce was delicious, the service was very good, but the meal was not acceptable. I say either buy real veal and charge a little more or drop this shoe leather from the menu.

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Tobys Pub and Grill2733 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Poor service
Submitted Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 8:59am [Dine in]

A friend and I went in for a couple of drinks and a snack. The server took our drink orders, then we waited. A while later she came by and said "those drinks will be right up". Shortly after that, the bartender brought the drinks - two bottles, no coaster, no glass, no ice. We finished the drinks, but the server had disappeared, so I went to the bar to order. The bartender was deep in a personal conversation with a different server. I waited. No recognition. I went back to the table, then the bartender scuttles over - "what can I get you?" I said just the bill. He went back to the bar. No bill. Finally I went to the bar, waited, got the bill, paid and left. I never saw our original server again, and I'm sorry, but I just don't have the time or patience to accommodate the personal lives of bar employees when I go out for a drink and a bite. I never got the opportunity to order a bite.

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Best Falafel2013 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
OK, not special
Submitted Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

The portions aren't particularly large, the taste is better than some, not as good as others, but the service has slowed to the
point where I just leave if I see three or more people in line. This was fast food, but not any more. I think they
have had a complete turnover in staff.

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Railtown Cafe397 Railway Street, Vancouver
No complaints at all
Submitted Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 11:05am [Take-out]

I have to admit I was a little hesitant to go to a new trendy place, but I have been there three times now, and I am very pleased. The service is excellent, the food is terrific and the price is fair. I can't say enough about the bread, which I was told is baked in-house. Most focaccia I have had is pretty dry and dense.. Theirs is lighter and makes for a great sandwich. The heading that says "take out" isn't entirely accurate. Most people take out, but there are several tables for dine-in. Soups, custom salads and a set menu of sandwiches. plus a daily special are offered. I haven't tried the desserts, but they look good. The only negative, which isn't really a negative, is that it gets busy from noon to 1:00. Highly recommended.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Columbia Street, New Westminster
They need bussers
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 8:42am [Dine in]

Are they called buspersons now? Anyway, I see no reason to pay $75.00 per person for a meal and sit with an empty water glass. They came and asked for drink orders frequently, but apparently didn't think to bring a pitcher of water with them. (I'm saying "them" in order not to identify the server.) I had the prime rib, which was very good as usual, but I have never had it served with no jus before. It seemed a little dry as a result. I find the various Keg restaurants are not consistent in service, which is odd, because I understand that the owner is concerned about these things.

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Swiss Bakery143 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver
Not so much
Submitted Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 8:36am [Dine in]

I went there again recently to find that the sandwich prices have gone up, but the sandwiches have gone down. $6.10 for a "bacon and brie" sandwich that had no discernable brie and very little bacon. The bread was good. Apparently they no longer make sandwiches to order, but will put one on the grill. The drink cooler is gone. So now it's basically a semi-cafeteria, I guess. I'm not faulting the baked goods, just the cafe aspect.

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Notte's Bon Ton Pastry & Confectionery3150 West Broadway, Vancouver
THE best bakery in Vancouver, period.
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

I hadn't been there for quite a while, so when I did go, I was afraid they might have lowered their standards. I am happy to report they have not. Certain other bakeries I buy from have started to substitute oil-based products for real butter, probably thinking the customers won't notice. Believe me, we notice. The Bon Ton has the best, most buttery confections in the city. I congratulate them for putting taste first. No, I wouldn't go there every day, but when i want somehting special, this is the place.

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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Just OK
Submitted Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 7:42am [Dine in]

I agree that the music is too loud. I don't see why, it's not a pub. The food: I had the onion soup, which was rather bland. There was lots of bread and very little cheese, which tasted "Canadian". Not good value for $10.00. After that I had the bratwurst, which was tasty, but $20.00 for bratwurst, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes? The service was adequate, but not what I would call attentive. This place is a solid 3 stars, no more.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
Tough crust
Submitted Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 6:14am [Dine in]

Because this place is brand new, I don't want to be unkind, but I do want to be honest. It's bright, almost harsh, with white tables and light walls, but that has the effect of looking really clean. They have linen napkins, a nice touch, and the staff are very nicely dressed and very friendly. The menu is simple, appetizers and pizza, no pasta. The wines are marked up somewhat excessively in my opinion. I'd like to see an honest red house wine served in carafes. There were actually more staff than needed, which means very attentive service. It wouldn't hurt to teach them how to pronounce the Italian names of the pizzas, though. Now to the pizzas - the toppings were delicious, the sauce is delicious, but the crust was tough and in my opinion, the pizza should have been left in the oven just a little longer. The edges of a pizza cooked in a wood oven should be crisp, with just a hint of char. These were slightly undercooked. The prices of the pizzas, mostly in the $17+ range, should guarantee a superior product. Overall, a very nice addition to the neighbourhood, with a few details to be worked on.

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Falafel Maison516 Robson Street, Vancouver
Used to be
Submitted Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 7:01pm [Take-out]

This was my favourite place for shwarma, but since the older people have left, it seems that portion control has taken over. There is less chicken and less taste. They used to have a really tangy taste I couldn't find anywhere else, but now they taste just like everbody else's. Lots more lettuce it seems, and less of everthing else. It's still OK, just not like it was.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Eat here!
Submitted Friday, September 3, 2010 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

I was taken for my birthday, so I wasn't paying the bill, but I will go back when I am paying. The meal was excellent, the service was very good and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. You must bear in mind that it is relatively small and crowded and somewhat noisy, but it is a bistro. It is hard to believe that it is so busy on any weeknight. It goes to show that Vancouverites do appreciate good food at a fair price.

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
A very good meal
Submitted Friday, September 3, 2010 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

I went with some friends out of the blue. I had never heard of this place before, but the sign said salmon, so we went in. The service was prompt and friendly, the meals were absolutely perfect - salmon and vegetables done just right, and the price was right. I have absolutely nothing to complain about. I will go back anytime.

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
Just right
Submitted Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 10:02am [Dine in]

THis pla is busy, at least at lunch. I had a burger combo, very fairly priced at around $11.00. It came ith chips (real one, done right) and a drink, and I have no complaints whatsoever. There were three of us, we all had different things, and we all said we would go back anytime. The service style is a bit unusual - there's a big notice at the cashier saying if you don't want BBQ sauce, tell us, so I guess it's automatically put on if you don't. You pay at the cash, wait a bit until they call your name, then go up and tell them what you want (tomatoes, pickes, sauce,etc.) then they call you when it's ready. It was a bit hard to figure out, so I askd the cashier how it works. I had a very good time.

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