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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 21 - 40 of 76 Reviews Found
Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1011 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Not a first class experience
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

Because it's in Yaletown I thought there might be something a little more special about the place. Our table was along a row of tables, no view, no real decor or special touches to notice, The place is not quite as "classy" as I expected. The food and drinks were very good, large portions, but the server apparently had no training. She kept reaching in front of us to pick up and put things down, although there was certainly room for her to do it properly. I don't know about other people, but that really annoys me when I'm trying to have a conversation. We have a waiter/waitress course here at VCC, so maybe management at the Keg should hire from there or "audition" the staff before they are hired.

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Avanti's Neighbourhood Pub1601 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
It's OK, it's a pub
Submitted Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

I've been here several times, so the consistently slow service is just something I expect. The food, though, is variable. It really depends on who is cooking. Right now they have a cook who frankly isn't very good. In the past, they have had some who know what they are doing and you get a good meal. I had a dish there not long ago that was so salty I thought they might be trying to make the customers thirsty to sell more drinks. The crowd can be iffy, but that's the Drive. Last time there was someone who made so many negative comments about what I was eating she is lucky I didn't let her have a sample by air mail.

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Pat's Pub & Brewhouse403 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Very nice surprise
Submitted Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 8:56am [Dine in]

First, the negative, just to get it out of the way: This is a rough neighbourhood, and you will probably meet some interesting characters on the way. I spend quite a bit of time in the area, and I can say I have never felt uncomfortable, much less in any danger. Now the positive: The barbeque here is excellent, they do charcoal grilling just outside. Yes, real charcoal. Staff from some places that call themselves barbeque specialists should come here to see how it is done. They also brew beer on the premises, and it is very good, indeed. The prices are very very good. I have eaten here twice, and I plan to bring friends who think that they know BBQ.

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Edge Bistro, The3135 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver
Good, not great
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

Given that there aren't many places to go in Edgemont, it's pretty good. Pluses: food is good, well presented and fairly priced. Minuses: the winelist is wierd, with a lot of wines I have never even heard of, and I am fairly experienced. The markup on the wine is WAY too high for a neighbourhood restaurant. It might be a good idea to mention the prices when listing the specials. We were a little surprised when the bill came. I would skip dessert, I doubt they are made in-house.

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Boulangerie Cho Pain1165 Davie Street, Vancouver
I agree
Submitted Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

I agree with the other review. I have found that very occasionally the pastries are not fresh. When they are, they are excellent. I love the gateau basque, the napoleon et josephine, the eclairs, but I want them fresh. Obviously everything is made on the premises, you can see them working. They make some very elaborate and rich pastries.

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Cactus Club Cafe588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Pushy, pushy
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 9:22am [Dine in]

I am guessing that the servers get a commission on the drinks. Before we had even taken off our jackets, there she was asking for drink orders. I said not right now, but less than a minute later there she was again with "I saw you looking at the wine menu". Yes, I was, and I was not delighted with the prices. The food was exactly what we ordered. By that I mean exactly, and no more. Don't expect any garnish or extras of any kind. And this may sound politically incorrect, but isn't it kind of demeaning to have your female wait staff act like bimbos? I thought we had gotten past that.

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Pemberton Station135 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver
Very good pub food
Submitted Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 10:14am [Dine in]

I was very impressed by the freshness and quality of the food here. I would have been happy if I had just ordered the chowder, it was so good. I had a burger, and I have nothing to criticize there, either. The server was friendly and efficient as well. I will go again the next time I'm in North Vancouver.

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Deacon's Corner101 Main Street, Vancouver
I'm sorry the secret's out
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

I had just discovered this place and ate there twice before it was featured in the West Ender. Now I'll have to fight may way through the crowd, I guess. Everything in that review was accurate. This is a place that does a very good diner-type of food very well. The value is unbelievable. You will definitely not leave hungry, and you won't be fed frozen anything.

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Pescatore's Seafood & Grill614 Humboldt St, Victoria
Spending without value
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

I went back recently, and it will be my last expensive meal there. I had the "tower" of crab, avocado and tuna. It had an extremely hot sauce drizzled around it (I am thankful it wasn't mixed in) that is absolutely inappropriate for a delicately-flavoured dish. My main, scallops and prawns, had awful vegetables. Tough green beans and cauliflower (one floweret) that was also undercooked, and mashed potatoes! Can't they find the time to steam some small whole potatoes or do something with a little more style? They do the seafood well, but the value is not there. I also want to point out that their "open" wines by the glass or carafe is a dreadful selection of 5 or 6. I had a nasty Sauvignon blanc that I would not serve at home. The cost for an appetized, a main and a half litre of domestic plonk (for one person) was $70.00. In addition, the racket coming from the kitchen was really loud. It isn't a diner, guys.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Fish yes, chips no
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

I finally went after hearing so much. It was COLD being right on the water. The lineup wasn't too long, but it still took a while to get to the counter. The prices are quite high, especially considering they have almost no overhead (it's basically a kind of shack with some deep fryers). The fish was excellent, cooked perfectly and a good-sized portion. The chips, opn the other hand, were overcooked and small. There were lots of them, but that doesn't make up for being overcooked.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1121 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Invisible
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

I guess I must have been wearing my cloak of invisiblity and didn't know it. Usually I only have it on when I'm trying to get service in department stores. I went to The Keg on Thurlow at 5:30PM July 20 for an early dinner. I don't usually eat so early, but I was hungry and I felt like a nice meal. I went in and there was no-one at the desk, so I waited. A young woman came to the area and wrote something on a blackboard(?) near the desk, walked around to the desk, but said absolutely nothing. What am I supposed to do, wave at her? It wasn't as if I wasn't dressed appropriately or hadn't bathed. I waited to be acknowledged, but nothing. I was the only person there, so it couldn't be that I didn't stand out from the crowd. So I left. Maybe they should put a bell on the counter. I'm not going to beg for attention so I can buy a thirty dollar steak, people.

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Save On Meats Coffee Shop43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
What a find!
Submitted Friday, July 4, 2008 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

I was a little hesitant about eating here, now I go once a week at least. An excellent burger and fries for five dollars is a rare treat. The chips are real, not frozen. You get plenty - two patties of real beef on the burger. I am not a snob, and I enjoy the people who eat here. For the most part they are very pleasant with old-fashioned manners. The service is fast and courteous.

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Cambie, The300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Everything overcooked
Submitted Friday, July 4, 2008 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

They have an extensive menu, but the cook needs to learn when to take things out of the deep fryer. We had the platter - a selection of fried stuff - and all of it was so overcooked it was almost burned. The chips that came with the burgers were also really overcooked. In fact, the only thing that wasn't was the wrap. Also, they weren't that busy, but we almost had to send up a flare to get the waitperson to notice us (she was apparently chatting up the cook while he ignored the deep fryer).

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Earls901 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Not this time
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

I have never had a really bad meal at an Earl's, and I usually really like the pizza. Not this time. I ordered a Pizza Margherita, which is a simple tomato, mozzarella and basil combination. I got a cheese pizza with one little sprig of basil in the middle. Did someone forget to post the recipe in the kitchen? And, just to top it off, the crust wasn't up to the usual standard, either. I didn't say anything, but I won't order a pizza there again.

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Axum1279 East Hastings St., Vancouver
A pleasant surprise
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

I went there on a whim and found the place to be sparkling clean, the service fast and friendly and the food very good. I have found that some Ethiopian restaurants use too much of that distinctive flavouring (some herb, maybe?) and it puts me off. Here the food, I had chicken, was flavoured just right. You get plenty of that fresh bread as well. The price is right as well.

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New Mitzie's Restaurant179 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Phooey
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

I was in Chinatown, and I have chosen restaurants at random before and had good experiences, so I thought why not? Well, now I know why not: I had Beef and Tomato chow mein, a Westerner's dish, but not hard to make. When I order chow mein, I do not want ramen, thank you. As to the tomatoes, I have seen people rummaging through the dumpster at Sunrise Market, but I didn't think the cook at New Mitzie's was one of them. I didn't touch them because I wasn't sure they were actually edible. Nice server, though.

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La Casita101 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Sorry, no
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

The servers are nice. The decor is really downscale. The food is not the sort of thing I want to eat again, not really bad, just not good. I had the chicken fajitas, and the only word I can use is "gummy". I have had better at a hole in the wall in the U.S., but then maybe they demand better because they have more Mexican restaurants. I will not go there again.

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New Maple236 East Broadway, Vancouver
Midddle of the road
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

This place is the former Ho Tak Kee. Most of the staff are the same, but there must have been a change in the kitchen. Formerly their "comfort" food, like the various noodle dishes, were well-prepared and not bad at all. Now, someone seems to be compelled to put some kind of gravy on most dishes. Phooey. Leave the ingredients to speak for themselves, people!

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Dolce Amore1588 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Soft ice cream
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

I agree with the comment about service. I was the only person in there and the server was delberately (I think) ignoring me. I left after a few minutes, then came back later, when I did get service. Maybe they are having trouble with the cooler, I don't know, but the ice cream is awfully soft, and you have to eat it fast before it melts. I'm not going to hurry back.

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4 Brothers' Pizza1914 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Oil, oil and more oil
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

I have NEVER had an oiler piece of pizza (well, two pieces, actually). Both pieces were covered in oil, with oil floating on top. There was so much the paper plate was saturated before I had finished eating. As for service, it was adequate after they stopped talking to each other and noticed me. This much oil can't be good for you.

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