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OkaliswanNew WestminsterSince March 25, 200675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3)
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Ukrainian Village Restaurant815 Denman Street, Vancouver
Little House on The Steppe
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

This quaint place has preserved all the rustic and shambling charm of of a former Soviet Bloc eatery and brought it to fabulous Denman Street. Non Bloc friendly service, but the stifled atmosphere and muted converstaion harkened back to the good old days of the USSR. The food was the strongest point in this restaurant. Well prepared Russian borscht, cabbage rolls and pergogies washed down with tea did the job after a bracing walk around the Seawall. Kinda miss the Slavic mafia that used to hang in here, but not much. Nice place to visit.

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Urban Fare305 Bute Street, Vancouver
All Grown Up Eating and Drinking
Submitted Monday, December 3, 2007 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

This is a concept I've previously encountered only in Europe, though there may be other places that do it: fine dining in a grocery store. Urban Fare is known for it's quality product and exhorbitant prices, now it can add fine dining to its resume.

Went here Sunday night and tried out the shiny new cafeteria / restaurant. Had half a chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and a glass of white wine. The food was great, and there's something very grown up about having a glass of wine before grocery shopping. I'm amazed the LCB thinks we're mature enough to do so. Seen similar places in Eurpoe a few times. A bit pricey ordering everything a la carte, but still enjoyed it all.

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Sweetheart Cafe718 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Around The World In Thirty Minutes
Submitted Monday, December 3, 2007 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

My previous and the first review for this place has gone missing (not the first time this has happened), so here's a replacement.

This little place serves almost every type of cuisine you can imagine: from Chinese to Japanese to Mexican. What I have tried is subpar but I am nevertheless mesmerized by the concept i.e. cook everything and hope to capture some of the street trade. I'm waiting for them to add nouvelle Afghani to the menu. Really no need for any other restaurants to exist with this all arounder around.

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Olympia Pizza & Pasta Restaurant On Denman998 Denman Street, Vancouver
Greek Resto Deserves Better Reviews
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 12:02am [Dine in]

I must have walked past this place a thousand times when I lived in the West End but never went in, and if I did, I can't remember. I recall I always passed this place by bcecause it looked like just another one of those weird haunts of the West End locals: serving mediocre food and weak coffee. Actually went in last night and was pleasantly surprised. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was solid. Had saganaki (salty) and calamari (great) for apps and beef souvlaki (good) and roast lamb (great) for din. Half litre of house red and the bill came to $50.00 Not bad on a cold November night... hit the spot. By the way, it is a West End local haunt but without the shut in weirdness and weak coffee. Seems like a reliable and sturdy Greek resto to me. Deserves better than most previous reviews.

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Cats Socialhouse1540 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver
Pretty People, Pretty Food, Pretty Good
Submitted Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 6:51am [Dine in]

I've eaten here a half dozen times and have a fairly well rounded impression of the Cat's Meow. The first thing that strikes me everytime I go there is the beautiful wait staff. Not just the waitresses, but they have pretty boys for the ladies too. The food I've eaten here has been consistently good and, like the staff, with lots of eye appeal, Location is great i.e. on Granville Island, but away from the madness. Kind of a local restaurant in the midst of tourist Hell. Good consistent performance here.

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
It's Gordon Ramsey Time
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2007 - 12:37am [Dine in]

Restaurants get tired. I'd never been here before the other night but I know this place needs a makeover. If you could imagine the menu and decor of every little unimaginative Italian restaurant you've ever been to ... this is the embodiment of all that. Aldo's specials were interesting, rabbit in wine sauce and seafood angioletti, but only passable and lacking life. This place has lost the ummph it might have had at one time. Too bad, I believe the restaurant is run with the best of intentions and to make the customers happy, but it needs an infusion of youth and imagination to last another 1000 years. I'm going to go once more to try try the house standards to make sure I haven't too hastily misjudged this place. Will report back if different result. Over and out.

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Perk U Later Cafe156 14th Street East, North Vancouver
See Ya Later (Not!)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

This soup and sandwich place is near the LG Hospital in North Van. Normally not the type of place I'd frequent or bother reviewing but I have a beef with this place.

I was required to spend most of 24 hours in the hospital emergency attending a friend and ended up in this place because it was the only thing open nearby mid-Saturday morning. The coffee was OK, but for about $7.00 I got a dried up pita with about two ounces of tuna masquerading as a "sandwich wrap". This is the kind of food you get from a place that is just about to go out of business and they are futilely trying to keep the business running by shaving the food.

I suppose places like this provide a service staying open near hospitals where there might not otherwise be sufficient demand to justify a real restaurant, but my experience in this place tells me they are counting on a captive clientele and ripping them off.

Unbelievably this hole actually has a website boasting a "mission" statement and a bunch of other philospohical BS that has no relationship to the product they actually sell.

It's bad karma to rip off people in need.

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Waffle House636 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Breaky for the Blue Haired Set
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

Yikes. I felt I was eating breaky in a senior citizens centre. Nothing wrong withy senior citizens of course, its that institutional feel I'm concerned about. I really didn't think the hospital cafeteria experience was replicable in the outside world. The only thing missing was that cloying sick smell. I'm probably sounding overly harsh, and I don't mean to be. The service was good and the food decent but I can't get over the weird feel of the place. Maybe it was the drugs everyone else was on?

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Doesn't Deserve Legendary Status: The View Does
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

I've heard about Troll's at Horseshoe Bay since I moved to the Lower mainland years ago. I finally got there last week but was disappointed with the food and restaurant in general. I don't understand what people rave about? The view and location is naturally spectacular but the restaurant itself is mediocre at best.

It started with a 10 minute unattended wait to be seated even though there was no line up and the restaurant was only at 60% capacity. Got a seat eventually and service was provided but I'm not sure if it was sarcastic or just plain retarded. Waiter found the order for an O'Keefe's Extra Old Stock incomprehensible and when the order was finally changed in exasperation to scotch and water on the rocks, he wanted to know if we wanted hot or cold water with the drink? WTF ? The food was decent, but I'd rather spend my money in some place that has earned its reputation and not just relied on Mother Nature to do all the heavy lifting. Don't bother.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Poor Effort
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

I suppose when its busy in White Rock you really can't be too picky about where you eat and you would consider yourself lucky to get a view seat in the Boathouse. However, if you really take close look at this location its not all that great. Service here was very slow on a relatively quiet morning. The food was pretty good, and the view is interesting, but not sufficient to make up for the fact that this restaurant ain't all that. Certainly it could be a lot more. I guess when you have a captive audience and a great view you can afford to be lazy in other departments. This location will obviously continue to survive due to the importance of location in the success of any restaurant, but it wouldn't last too long if it had to rely upon the fundamentals of good food and service like most other places. The food is pretty damned expensive for all that too.

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
6 of one, 1/2 Dozen of the Other
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

Second visit to this "omelettery". Ordered the lunch special: cajun chicken wrap with Caeser salad $8.95. The service was good, all the right steps at all the right times, and polite. Wrap was OK after adding salt and hot sauce, salad was fresh but coated with a sheen of tasteless dressing obviously designed for those who don't want to smell of garlic after lunch (hint, if you don't want to smell of garlic, don't order Caeser salad). I left totally unimpressed, in the sense that it left no impression. Bland review, I know, but in keeping with this place. Don't bother, or do: It won't matter.

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
East Van Action
Submitted Monday, October 8, 2007 - 12:46am [Dine in]

The food is almost secondary to all the action in this place on a Sunday morning. Man, the stuff that drags its tired ass in here is amazing. Plus, all the early risers and the millions of kids and the cramped spaces give this restaurant a unique feel. Kind of like a bustling Chinatown landmark filled with mostly Caucasians in East Van. The food though is worth mentioning. If you are planning on logging afterward, this is the place to fill up with massive amounts of calories fried right. Yummy in your distended tummy. Ya.

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Mr. Ben's Donair622 12th Street, New Westminster
An Orgasm In A Pita: You Can Hear it Sizzle
Submitted Monday, October 8, 2007 - 12:30am [Dine in]

Alrighty, the donairs here are great. Fresh and tasty and varied and all the sipt meat doused in beer make for exceptional donairs. What really sets this place apart though is the character of the owner who seems to love pleasing his customers and always puts a smile on your face. The walls are covered with grafitti and the place has become an overnight institution on 12th Street since it opened there in early 2007. If you want great donairs with a bit of free charm and entertainment thrown in try this place.

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Gracias Dona Cata
Submitted Sunday, October 7, 2007 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

Six different kinds of tacos for $1.50 a pop... I ate 7. I would have eaten more but the place was closing up. I haven't had REAL tacos like this since I was in Mexico in 1980. I mean REAL... amazing. I'm looking forward to the alleged upcoming wave of Meixcan immigrants to supplant all the fast crap outlets we have now with amazing tacequerias like Dona Cat where you can get fast real food for pennies. Excellent quality and taste and the selection of 9 selfserve salsas was an added treat. Gracias Dona Cata.

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Da Giovanni's Bistro and Coffee bar7622 6th Street, Burnaby
The Real Deal
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

Drove by this placed and immediately sensed the real deal. It looks Italian on the outside and inside. Simple, with all the fixtures and staples you'd find in a place like this in Italy. Even the characters lounging around and shooting the breeze looked like they were imported. Anyway, the food. Excellent. The decor is nothing to scream about but the food is outstanding. Tried the specialty pizza and seafood pasta and we were blown away by both. An amazing red sauce seems to underpin a lot of the menu items but it tastes like a national treasure. I'm conflicted about posting this knowing that it might lead to more customers (who likes to share a treasure), but feel obliged after all the other excellent recommendaions I'v used. Mangiamo

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Hon's Wun Tun House408 6th Street, New Westminster
Like mom used to make (if your mom was a Chinese restaurant owner)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:52am [Dine in]

Reviews of Hon's are bound to be somewhat predictable, because predictable is what makes them great. You know when you go to Hon's (regardless of location) you're going to get Chinese food that tastes like you think Chinese food should tsate like. Now, I don't know which came first, the tsate of Hon's or the taste of Chinese food, but in my mind they are synonymous (or maybe they put mind altering additives in the pot stickers). Me likee.

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Cafe Montmartre4362 Main, Vancouver
A Petit Piece de Paris
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 12:44am [Dine in]

I've been to France anumber of times and this restaurant twice. While it's decor, venue etc. may not be French, its attitude and menu is: and that's a good thing. The menu is simple but the items my guest and I have chosen on both occaisions have been consistently good. Crepes are the house specialty (and were excellent), but also enjoyed the roasted vegetables, brie appy, Pernod and the house Merlot. They also make a decent coffee and desserts. Entertainment is pretty good. The space is a bit narrow and fills up fast on the weekends; so get there early, say before 8:00 p.m. A little piece of Paris on Main Street. A great standby for casual French.

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Bliss Asian Bistro550 Denman Street, #100, Vancouver
Underwhelming and Confused
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

Went for appies but stayed for dinner last evening. Ordered 2 glasses of wine, which were alright. The service was freindly and persistent. Howver, the menu is confused and the food underwhelming. I think this place was thrown together just to capture some of the traffic exiting the Coal Harbour sea wall to Stanley Park. It lacks consistency. I can't see the culinary thread that is supposed to tie all the items together. To me, it all just looked like stylized standard Japanese and Korean fare. Ordered lobster sunomono salad and red tuna igabeage for appies. Just OK.. kinda bland and chewy, both dishes. Had duck bimin bap (sp) and steak rice bowl for mains. They were identical. Both pretty decent tasting but insufficient if you weigh more than 100 pounds or have a metabolism above that of a tortoise. Would not recommed this restaurant to anyone really. They can't even seem to capitalize on their somewhat decent views of the North Shore: high sided plexi partitions made me feel like a penguin behind glass for the viewing amusement of pasersby. Does this review sound confused, blame Bliss Asian Bistro.

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Mom's Cafe821 12th Street, New Westminster
Perfect Breakfast Joint for Rainy Days
Submitted Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 1:35am [Dine in]

If you're looking a nice quiet place to hole up for breakfast on a rainy Sunday morning... look no further. I've been twice. The service is very friendly and efficient. The breakfast menu is predictable, but I'm not always looking for innovation when I want bacon and eggs. Last time we both ordered eggs, bacon and pancakes. Everything done right and endless coffee refills. No unpleasant surprises. Just a nice quiet room to gather your thoughts and have a quiet conversation while the rain (the endless rain) pours on outside. Sweet.

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Denman St. Free House1780 Davie Street, Vancouver
Gotten Better
Submitted Wednesday, April 4, 2007 - 12:37am [Dine in]

I liked the Free House before, but love it now. It used to be a great place to kick back and have a drinkie, enjoy the view and let the breeze off the Bay waft over you. Now the experience has improved with an expanded drink menu and pretty good food. The mojitos were great, an improvement on the too sweet version they used to serve. And the yam fries and pistachio appies were well prepared. The new drink and dining menus look imaginative and I'll be back for more. Maybe now they'll fully capitalize on their prime location. Hopefully, though, they'll always have room for us local yokels who keep the place running through the dreary winter months.

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