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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 61 - 76 of 76 Reviews Found
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Frenchies! Montreal Smoked Meat1018 Commercial, Vancouver
Not up to the decor
Submitted Friday, January 27, 2006 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

This place is new to the Drive but there's another location in Vancouver. The decor is excellent, just what a diner should be. The food, on the other hand, isn't. I had a burger that promised to be "Big Daddy, just like the 50's". What I got was two overcooked, hard as a rock, small patties with not much relish or anything else and chips that could have come from anywhere. OK, they weren't the frozen variety, but they weren't all that good, either. Also, I don't think they used rosemary (or whatever it was) to flavour the meat in the 50's. Sorry, not worth a special trip.

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Zesty Restaurant920 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
UGH
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:17am [Dine in]

I don't know what animal my steak came from, but I think it came in last at Hastings Park. I wouldn't go back here if they were giving away doggy bags. I wouldn't go if someone else were paying. I can only hope they give up the space and someone else gives it a try.

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Tsui Hang Village1193 Granville St, Vancouver
Glop
Submitted Sunday, January 1, 2006 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

This is the kind of Chinese food we had to put up with in the 70's because there was nothing else. It's the kind that cops eat because it's free. The liquor laws aren't enforced here. Everybody knows about the teapots. It's really a boozecan with food.

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Hon's Wun Tun House268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
So-so
Submitted Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

I don't care how well known they are for "potstickers", they can't do noodles. They are dry, sort of like paper in taste and have a strange, un-noodlelike texture. Go for the potstickers if you must, but have a meal somewhere else.

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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
Est est est
Submitted Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

I don't give many really good reviews, but this is a restaurant that really deserves one. The BEST Italian food I've had since I lived in Italy, bar none, in any city, including San Francisco. It's expensive, but the service was beyond exemplary and the food, well I've already said it. Save up and go.

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White Spot580 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Don't bother
Submitted Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 11:37am [Dine in]

Where is the White Spot of old? Gone, and it will never be back. I was seated at the counter, as it turns out right in front of the spot they use to roll up cutlery and prepare other things they use to set tables. (Why, I don't know. It's not like they were busy.) Despite being in the eye of the staff, I had to wait 20+ minutes for a "Triple O" burger and chips. "Triple O"? That used to mean lots of extra mayo and relish. Not any more. Now it's the name they use for all their burgers, apparently. If you want extras, you have to request them, then add them to your burger yourself. When I complained about the wait, they said oh, well, we ran out of chips. Rely on your memory of White Spot, don't go there and have it spoiled.

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Pink Pearl1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
The best
Submitted Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 11:29am [Dine in]

I would save up to go here for dim sum. I love the traditional style of the carts, the ladies that don't speak much English (you end up trying some things you otherwise might not) and the general high quality, tasty treats. Yes, it's a little pricey, but if I want to impress guests, I take them here. I have never been disappointed.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Small and nasty
Submitted Monday, December 26, 2005 - 11:37am [Dine in]

This place is really small and noisy. The food is edible, but there's a difference between trying something new and succeeding at it. Some things don't need to be tinkered with. Value? Not really, considering where it's situated. You can choose from some better Asian restaurants in the vicinity and feel you've had a better dining experience by far.

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Cactus Club Cafe357 Davie St, Vancouver
Train your staff
Submitted Monday, December 26, 2005 - 11:31am [Dine in]

This place is really noisy when it's busy, and not in a good "hubbub" kind of way, more like "I can't hear myself think". The food is OK but nothing special, but the staff really need to be sharpened up. First, they seem to be rushing up and down the aisles all the time, even when the place isn't all that busy. If you want to step out of your booth, you're in danger of being run down. Second, do they hire untrained people based on their looks or what? Some examples: the server took my (one and only) fork away, brought the entree, and forgot that I no longer had a fork. I ordered a martini and the stem of the glass was sticky. I mentioned it to the server, who just giggled. They left dirty dishes on the table from the previous party (bad bussing). Management needs to do more than just greet customers at the door.

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Slim'z Barbeque Smokehouse & Grill2884 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Best around
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

The people from Memphis Blues should take a night off and eat here. The food is tasty, the portions are generous, and the staff doesn't have anything up their backsides, if you know what I mean. The choices are more and better than the competition, and I really felt I got my money's worth.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Portion control
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

I don't like getting "sides" in little mini-cupettes, thank you. If it's a side, make it a side. The prices justify it. I would say something about the so-called wine served there, but I don't want to get a slander suit. Let's just say some of it is suspiciously (hint, hint) like homebrew.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Burger heaven
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

These guys know what burgers should be (Hello Vera, come in for a lesson). The chips (fries to the Americanized booberie) are to die for. NO frozen cardboard potatoes here. I really like this place and wish them well.

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Ho Tak Kee236 E Broadway, Vancouver
Gone
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

(The ratings refer to the repalcement restaurant, New Maple Wanton House.) Ho Tak Kee was a good, affordable, dependable Chinese reataurant, but it's GONE. What a shame. I think that when new owners take over a restaurant, the first thing they should do is to analyze what made the place so popular. Now you could shoot a cannon in the place without hitting anyone.

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Wing Wah Shanghai Szechuan Restaurant260 E Broadway, Vancouver
It's gone
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

Wing Wah is no more. It's now "King & I", and those fantastic dishes are gone from the menu. Some of the staff are the same, but it's clear the kitchen has changed completely. It used to be possible to get really excellent Szechuan food there at a bargain price for lunch, but no more.

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Vera's Burger Shack1030 Davie St., Vancouver
Nothing special
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

I do not agree that these are the "best burgers in town". Far from it. The meat tastes like it has some filler or something. I've eaten there 3 times, and I can't quite put my finger on what that taste might be, some grain product? I've had worse, but it certainly isn't anything to make a special trip for.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Greasy atmosphere
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

Don't take a date here if she cares about her clothes. After we left we realized that we were covered from head to waist with a fine mist of grease. Nasty! The wait was too long (they kept lying about the wait time), the portions are really small and the price is high. We had to ask for things, like tea, that according to the menu are included with your meal. They sure bother you about buying more drinks ($$), though. There are better Japanese restaurants in town for the same price or less.

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