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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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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Hot
Submitted Wednesday, April 4, 2007 - 12:28am [Dine in]

Sure it started Chill, but by 10 p.m the place was hot. Shrimp appie was OK, but the pan seared calamari was outstanding. A bottle of wine later... into the night. Great place to watch the Gastown street from. Decent service too.

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Thea's Taverna211 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster
Great Greek
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2007 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch yesterday. I had never been before and was surprised by the size and sophisticated ambience of this place at the far east end of Lulu Island. No Greek kitsch in here. The place has a modern ambience with nice glass and metal touches... it would make a great club. Anyway, the food. The menu was traditional Greek restaurant fare but presented minus the excessive oil and overcooking you get in too many 'tavernas' in the Lower Mainland. The food was very fresh and cooked to a tee. Service was also very efficient (not really Greek at all in that regard). Worth a sidetrip, and a great place to start a walk through Foundry Row over to the Fraser for a view.

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Pink Pearl1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Innovative Dim Sum
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 8:48pm [Dine in]

Got there early. The vast restaurant was almost empty, but we were given full and friendly service right from the git go. I noted the service because, quite frankly, many Chinese restaurants seem to bend over backwards to be unwelcoming. No problems here, at least in that regard. The food featured dim sum standards, but also a number of items that were new to me. Shrimp stuffed egg plant for instance. By the time we left an hour later the place was packed an there was a line up for parking, so get there early... say 10 a.m.ish. My only complaint is that they don't have a dim sum menu, which might allow you to be a bit more strategic in your selections. Good solid dim sum standby.

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Incredible food, outstanding everything else.
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

When you go to a restaurant like Saveur you remember why it is that good French restaurants will always dominate. The food here, and French cuisine in general, is the best. No one else can take rustic fare like the French and turn it into a taste marvel. The prix fixe menu at Saveur offers sufficient variety to appeal to almost all tastes, and the wine selection coupled with the knowledge of the hosts will almost guarantee a memorable dining experience. I won't go on at length about our dinner, suffice it to say that eveyone should try this restaurant. If you are unfamiliar with French food or imagine the idea of dining in a French restaurant intimidating, this friendly and unpretentious little place is a good place to start. And if you are offered the '75 Armagnac, just say yes.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Room With A View
Submitted Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Rainy Saturday, Granville Island mercifully berift of tourists, this is what living in Van is for. After a walk in the water stepped in for some heat. Ate in the bistro. Had buttenut squash soup, salmon pizza and a glass of Sandhill pinot gris. All were excellent. The soup was seasoned to a tee and the pizza was unbelievably savoury and perfectly accompanied by the nicely
balanced wine. The view of False Creek westward is serene in a squall.

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Met Bar & Grill, The411 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Great New Old Room
Submitted Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 11:15am [Dine in]

New West, love it or hate it, but after Gastown it has more heritage buildings and great old spaces than anywhere else in the Lower Mainland. The Met is one of those. Had halibut and chips in the rennovated bar yesterday. The food was quite good. The halibut done to a turn with only a hint of batter and fresh caesar salad for $12--it was great. The room looks better than it used to. A dozen beers on tap, a great courtyard area and daily specials make for a great pub stop, especially in summer.

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Elbow Room, The560 Davie St, Vancouver
Bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch!
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I love this place. Took some cross burning Prince Georgians there today for the treatment. They loved it. Nothing like getting a tongue lashing from the gayest man on earth to get the tears of laughter rolling. I've seen some people get right choked in here but, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the damned kitchen! The Trucker Burger with fried egg, advocado, shrimp and pineapple clogged my arteries but for $11 I won't have to eat for the rest of the week. Fun for the whole family.

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Atlantic Trap & Gill, The118 Robson St, Vancouver
Where's the Fish?
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch with the gang and we all ordered all you can eat fish and chips. The room is great and I've been here before to party (and had a great time), but the food lacks. For $11 I wasn't expecting five star fishys but I was expecting better than we got. The "fish" was really just grease soaked batter and the chips weren't much better. Service was fast and friendly but could not make up for the poor catch.

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Orange Room, The620 6th Street, New Westminster
New Yalish
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

This place is kinda sorta Yaley, or Yalish, or Yaletownlike. It's got nice colours and clean lines and kinda cool food and attractive youngish servers etc. Does any of this make sense? Went around brunch time on Sunday. The place was packed and had a good vibe with lots of conversation. Seated by the fireplace we had an attentive server who put up with our Sunday afternoon indecisiveness with good humour. I had a panini combo and my guest a cream cheese and advocado bagel My food was quite good, but my guest's illicited no response. The place closed at 3:00 p.m and we left satisfied overall, but I guess I went in expecting something a bit more adventurous than what I got. It's like a muted suburban version of a hip room around downtown Van. The place offers open mic nights and something they call "philosphers' corner', but it's too tightly controlled to breed anything original. Maybe i should have left my misplaced expectations at home, but I didn't.

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Favorito Pasta Trattoria552 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Favorito - Not Quite
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

Lunch today. I had one of the specials, beefs and mushroom tortellini with rose sauce, friend had the cannelloni. The place is immaculately Italiano verging on kitsch but unintentionally so, so it's not. The server / owner is an experienced restarantuer and the timing of the service was dead on. The food, though, was unexceptional, though obviously made with some care. I would probably only return for the operatic ambiance and soundtrack. Might try the dinner menu, but would not go too far out of my way. Accetabile.

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La Casita101 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Walked In - Stumbled Out
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 10:39am [Dine in]

Walked into this place on a whim. My buddy fell in love with the waitress so we stayed. We were amongst the first in the restaurant so got immediate service. The level of service dropped as the crowd gathered and we had to wave down friend's new girlfreind for everything from drinks to napkins to chips. You get the picture. On the plus side, the food was very good. My plate wasn't spectacular but it tasted authentic, and that's what I crave in Mexican food. Bud had the special of the day which he raved about (no doubt becasue it was served by his Hispanic Goddess). What I was really impressed with was the $25.00 marguerita pitcher. This baby held 6-7 stiff servings of delicious margueritas, and if you know any thing about margueritas, you know 7 is the minimum number that can be drunk by a human being. They are impossible to resist. I give this place an overall Outstanding because the food was good, the atmosphere relaxed, and the drinks killer. Paaaarty on Cordova. Woo!

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Sushi Tang546 6th Street, New Westminster
I don't know what it means, but I probably want it.
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

This here self-described "Japanese take-out Restaurant" is jsut that, and nothing more. I was first attracted to it by its mildly salacious name, and found that it did indeed serve sushi. The food is consistently good and pretty quick too. The proprieters, two couples from what I gather, sometimes put on a floor show I can only describe as a Japanese version of the Honeymooners i.e. polite and subdued arguments and jokes in Japanese. The main attraction for me, beside the Tang, is the consistent quality of the food and its super handy location at the crossroads of Uptown New West, the centre of the Universe really. Worth a visit.

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Top Gun Sushi At The Quay810 Quayside Drive, #230, New Westminster
Ho Hum
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 12:05am [Dine in]

Maybe I'm getting blase about food... not! I guess I must be spoiled then because this place, while offering all the essentials, left me unimpressed. The service was friendly enough, the room is large and has a view of sorts, the food was alright, but the experience, in its entirety, was utterly forgettable. I guess this shouldn't come as a big surprise, the joint doesn't hold itself out to be anything more than it is-an all you can eat sushitorium-but still, howse about a gimmick or a something to plant in my brain to help me remember I even ate there, and maybe even go back? Decent. I hate decent.

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Big Lai Palace Restaurant4519 Kingsway, Burnaby
Dim Sum: World's Best Hangover Cure
Submitted Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

I'm a sucker for busy, noisy Chinese restaurants. This one fits the bill. It was slow this morning at 9:30 but packed an hour later. The place bustles with that weird Sunday morning energy you only get in dim sum places. The food was good but unexceptional, barring the shrimp and scallop dumpling. The service is what you would expect: world weary and disdainful for the most part. Lots of yelling too. All good, I felt like a new man after leaving and stepping into the cold: fit enough to go home an sleep it all off anyway. Chinese comfort food in the heart of beautiful Metrotown.

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Hi Dozo Sushi702 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Solid Man!
Submitted Friday, January 5, 2007 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

I'd been here a half dozen times before and can say with a high degree of confidence that this place is Solid. Better than Decent and less than Outstanding. Lunch for two consisted of assorted nigiri, teriyaki, gyoza, sashimi salad and a Caterpillar Roll. All the food was good, but only some of the nigiri (Tataki and scallops) and roll stood out. Frankly, I could do entirely without all the hot foods at this restaurant and stick with the fresh seafood based offers. Service was polite and present, good enough for me. I'm probably never going to go too far out of my way to eat here, but at least I know what I'll be getting when I do. Stolid man... I mean solid.

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Finest at Sea4675 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
The Name Says It All
Submitted Thursday, January 4, 2007 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

I went here this morning for breakfast: fish and chips. I know, heavy duty, but when you're on the whacked time grid I am it makes sense. Anyway, read the recent review in the Straight and heard good things from people. It really is a great place to go for seafood, whether you just want to eat it or if you want to look at it or learn about it or just hang out in Kerrisdale. The place is brightly lit and immaculately clean. It's basically divided into a seafood deli and a kitchen. The front man is some Teutonic type with a laconic sense of humour, if you can get to it. The fish and chips we ordered were top notch fresh and tasty. I just liked hanging in the place too, though. At noon it was well populated with well-to-do matrons and that in itself is a cultural exposure I don't often get. The pictures on the wall are brilliant fishing snaps which I think are worthy of a Pulitzer. And there's a big screen showing commercial fishing movies 24/7. The place has a sustainability angle which I'm not even going to attempt to do justice to and, therfore, engages a customer on many levels: mentally and sensually. They also sell their own line of sauces and rubs and preserves and I will take my out of town visitors there for a Van experience when I get the chance. Check out their website to get the full message, then visit it yourself.

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
Subtle Sushi
Submitted Wednesday, January 3, 2007 - 6:08pm [Dine in]

Rating a restaurant like Kirin is tough. I ordered a nigiri combo and a maple roll. Some of the nigiri jumped out at me immediately, as did the maple roll (tuna on the inside, salmon and roe outside). However, I had some of my strongest and most favourable impressions of the food after I left the restaurant. It's like the quality of the food snuck up on me. I would rank Kirin in the top 25% of Japanese restaurants in the Lower mainland and, hence, it gets an overall rating of Outstanding. I'm looking forward to going back and test driving the rest of the fare.

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Tawara Sushi15153 Highway 10, #103, Surrey
South Surrey Sushi Destination.
Submitted Friday, December 22, 2006 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

I never associated Surrey with great sushi, until now. Tawara has shown me that great food can happen in a "town centre" a.k.a. suburban mall. Got an invite from a friend. We had to wait a long time for service but it was obvious someone didn't show up for work. There was one server on the floor and one person behind the counter. Both were hustling and the fact that we were served at all was a testament to their incredible work ethic. Ordered the Love Boat with a Rainbow Roll and the side Red Tuna Carpaccio. Someone here knows how to fish! All was amazingly fresh and had the dense texture and full and distinct flavour that, in my mind, distinguishes great fresh fish from merely good fresh fish. The last time I enjoyed this kind of quality was back at EN about 5 years ago. The room is nicely decorated in minimalist Japanese black with some colourful touches. Whatever minor deficiencies I did detect throughout the meal were all redeemed by the incredible food we were served. A go to Japanese restaurant.

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Goodfellas Cafe1078 Pender Street West, Vancouver
An Offer You Can't Refuse
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch twice this week. First time had smoked chicken penne and garlic bread and the second time a fresh sheet burger. Both meals were great. I would never call the food here authentic Italian or Mediterranean, it's too heavy for that, but it is a good example of what can be attained in a casual downtown lunch place. The penne was an ample portion generously laden with smoked chicken, cream, spices and reggiano. The garlic bread had, gasp, real, smelly, garlic on it. The burger I had was cooked just pink and tasted like ground sirloin. Both dishes were good and plenty. Being mainly a lunch place, I gather, they are good at getting you turned around in under an hour but we never felt rushed. One day we lingered and after the crowd was gone it was a very relaxed atmosphere conducive to good conversation and business talk. If you ate hear everyday you'd probably have a coronary in no time, but once a month, followed by a run, would be about right.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Champion of Breakfasts
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

I understand the pedigreed chef / owner here sources top quality local organic ingredients whenever possible, and it shows. The dishes are straight forward but what immediately jumps to the fore is the quality of the consituent ingredients. I'm usually not so technically analytical about food but I could not help but notice the excellent colour and taste of the eggs, home made sausage and the potatoes on my plate. The coffee was good too. While the breakfast here may, superficially, appear very similar to that which is served in many a greasy spoon or breakfast joint, the quality of food and its preparation are unsurpassed. The prices are quite reasonable too. Definitely will return when I'm in that neck of Main again.

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