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OkaliswanNew WestminsterSince March 25, 200675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Displaying 61 - 75 of 75 Reviews Found
Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
What's Belgian for Meat Market?
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Like the previous review, this was my second time here as well. The first time was for drinks when they first opened. We were well received on a Sunday afternoon even though we were decidedly underdressed. Even got some free drinks on that occaision. We went there for dinner a few nights ago and were squeezed in without a reservation. The service was prompt and friendly and the food was excellent. We ordered Flatiron Steak and the Lamb Tagine. Excellent preparation and presentation. All the elements on the plate were disctinctly flavoured and individually prepared to perfection. Interesting contrasts in tastes and textures in the steak plate. as much as I like the food, though, I have a few complaints.

I somewhat understand the previous review about feeling unwelcome there. Besides the two times I've gained entrance, twice I showed up when they were full and there was no room. Twice I was made to feel very unwelcome and even stupid for not having a reservation by the same very abrupt and arrogant hostess. Also, I can't get over the feeling that the place is just a meat market reedeemed and sustained by good food. Everytime I've been there I've felt immediately scrutinized and could almost feel my wallet being weighed by both customers and staff as I entered the restaurant.

I probably will go back but pick times without the hostess from Hell and the gold diggers in attendance.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Top of the Hill
Submitted Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

I know, but what can you do with Tamarind? Anyway, went for midweek dinner and was very impressed. Service was quick and friendly throughout. Decor is subdued deep reds, blacks, ceramic and quieting. Dinner consisted of roti channi, gado gado, Hainese chicken, and sayur lamak (mixed veggies). Drinks: young cocnut milk. Dessert: fried bananas topped with whipped cream and a cherry and coffee. Excellent, all of it. Presentation was simple and elegant. The room had a friendly feel and the background conversation and music enhanced the whole experience. This is a solid restaurant that should stand the test of time, as long as the people of New West continue to do their civic duty and patronize the place. Adds real depth to southeast asian dining in the Royal City.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Stella! Stella!
Submitted Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 1:03am [Dine in]

I intended to treat a few beer buddies to a night of the good stuff. I had read the previous reviews and expected to be disappointed with the food. However, everything was Outstanding. We were instantly seated and served. The service never stopped. We barely put down our empty glasses and the server appeared at the table. No doubt this is just good server practice but its a refreshing change from those places that seem to think they're doing you a favour by selling you a drink. Anyway, we ordered a couple rounds of mussels and they were... Outstanding. No, really. Some of the freshest tasting mussels I've had in a long time. The fries with them were great too. We ordered a half dozen tapas and all were well presented and tasty. I can't say all the tapas ordered were Outstanding, but the mussels merit the high marks for food. As for the beer: Outstanding. I found, though, that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Belgian beers are pretty heavy duty and I don't really think that many of them are designed for all night drinking. Or, maybe we just have evolved sufficiently as a species or nation to be able to drink the big boys all night. I settled on Palm beer and stuck with it: truly an Outstnding beer. As for the ambience, lot's of shiny happy people. Nice lively room and a positive vibe, Outstanding.

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Falafel King1110 Denman Street, Vancouver
Falafel Done Right
Submitted Monday, October 9, 2006 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

What distinguishes this falafel place from the many others in town is that here they make truly great falafel, all the time. Most others, I find, offer dry mealy falafel. Or, they cover up their falafel with sauces or gimmickry like toasted panini bread etc. Not here. Everytime I eat here I get excellent falafel sandwiches. This may not sound like something to get worked up over, however, simple foods done right can be sublime (especially after having just walked around the Sea Wall). I like to imagine that this is what the falafel connaisseurs in Beirut chow down on.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Vancouver Moment
Submitted Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 11:56am [Dine in]

I can't imagine a more genuinely Vancouver moment than yesterday's. After walking past Gassy Jack at noon and threading my way past the tourists and browsing in some of the avant shops along Water Street I set my weary bones upon a bench in the Irish Heather and had a (wait for it) Kilkenney. Not having eaten all day I started to get that buzz one gets drinking the first beer on an empty stomach and then, while looking out the partially opened door and feeling that cool oceany breeze, I saw the provincial flag hung across the street gently wafting. It was a surreal, quinessentially Vancouver moment courtesy of the the Heather. For those who might dismiss it as kitschy, I say never take for granted the common place and take a look at Vancouver through the eyes of a tourist once in a while to remind yourself why you moved here in the first place or decided to stay.

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Heritage Grill447 Columbia, New Westminster
What Happened to the Other Review?
Submitted Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 11:42am [Dine in]

As a regular in this place I have to put up a review. I go about 2 - 3 times a week: sometimes for food, sometimes for a beer, sometimes for the music, always for the great staff and good vibe. The food is solid and prepared by two accomplished cooks, one from New Orleans and the Met and the other previously from Cin Cin in Van. There are about 6 beers on tap including Hoegarten and Stella and Strongbow Cider. Music every night of the week ranges from jazz to reggae to blues to opera. The owner Paul is a classic retaranteur who personally greets everone he can, and the staff is friendly and professional, without exception. This is the type of place that is rare in any part of the Lower Mainland but expecially so in New West. For those of us who live down here it represents the first real step in the rejuvenation of Columbia Street and surrounding neighbourhood and we all appreciate the efforts of Paul and the staff.

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Yan Yan Chinese Restaurant20 8th Street, New Westminster
Great Crabs!
Submitted Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 11:25am [Dine in]

While the Lower Mainland may have hundreds of small east asian restaurants, most are unheralded and few are reviewed. In my experience, most serve adequate or passable food but few transcend the level of background sustanance (not that there's anything wrong with sustanance). Yan Yan is an expception to the rule. It is typical insofar as it is small and physically nondescript, but it excels with its food and service. The hostess / owner is very sociable and just a little bit of a smart ass. The cook / owner's name is Yan Yan and he stays in the background. They serve live crab: all the crabs, I was told, are also named Yan Yan. Speaking of crabs... this seems to be the house specialty. Served 5 different ways, a 2 lb crab costs $14.80. I tried the ginger - onion style and have nothing but praise for its preparation. If crab isn't your cup of tea, try one of the other 215 items on the menu. That's right, 215. These people know how to cook! And cheap as borscht too. Enjoy.

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Chili Pepper House3003 Kingsway, #1, Vancouver
Hot
Submitted Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

There's lots of restaurants around that have the words `chili', `pepper', and `house' in their names. But there's no place like this. I agree with a previous review that the indo - sino fusion they've created here is unique. It isn't spiced like either cuisine, it's transcened both. And it's hot, and garlicky, and great. Went last night for dinner. it was busy as ever. We had garlic tofu and veggy pakora appys, manchurian chicken chow mein, prawns in tamarind, house chicken and green beans. It was great. Just go and try it. Fresh imported beer to cool everything down as well. I should note that the place is very clean and friendly as well. My friends seem to think the cleanliness is a big issue, I love the family that runs the place. Hot.

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Asuka Sushi712C 12th Street, New Westminster
Get it while you can.
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

This little place has opened up in one of the worst restaurant locations imaginable - the 700 block of 12th Street in New West. Restaurants around there faster than the seasons. Yet, this place may prove the adage "location, location, location" wrong. Some of the best sushi I've ever had (and that's saying something). Very fresh and innovative. Their house roll is an amazing feat of culinary architecture that I almost didn't want to eat. All the food there is top quality and the man who runs the place is very friendly, though still struggling with conversational English. Well worth the trip into the 'hood'.

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Hayashi Sushi78 10th St, #106, New Westminster
's'alright
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

"It is what it is." I hate the saying but it's applicable to this place. Crappy location (Columbia Square), generic Japanese interior, average prices and menu. The sushi I've tried here was always fresh, but I've never left saying "wow". I had an udon seafood soup one day that was only redeemed with copious amounts of soy sauce and Japanese red pepper mix. Service has always been freindly, and they do seem to care, but, in the end, "It is what it is." `S'alright.

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Outstanding.
Submitted Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

Outstanding seems an appropriate description for the Fish House, but I prefer "very good". I hadn't been for years and ended up there on a whim. We were seated without reservation and received prompt and friendly attention from the outset (and throughout the course of the meal). Had a special of three types of salmon with veggies and a couple glases of house Gewurtztrameiner. All was well until... the dreaded obnoxious American tourist made his presence known. We were peppered with some innocent questions but mostly bullshit throughout our meal. I can't really hold this against the Fish House though: were they to eject every obnoxiuous American who entered the place they'd be out of business. We finished the meal with some innovative and attractive desserts and left with a reasonable tab. I've heard the Fish House sometimes described as a kitschy touristy restaurant, and it may sometime be avoided by locals for that reason. However, I have always been well treated and served above average seafood everytime I've been there and, so, obnoxious tourists be damned, I'll go back there again (though next time I'll get a seat in a corner).

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Whip Gallery, The209 E 6th Ave, Vancouver
Ain't so bad
Submitted Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

I just read the 4 review on this place and, while I agree with some of the comments regarding the change in focus and atmosphere, I don't think it's all that bad. I've been to the Whip twice in the last 3 months an each time the service was great and the food good. The first of thsoe two times was for dessert with friends at night and everyone had a good time. Great daily creme brulee and a good selection of nonalcoholic beverages. The second time was for lunch and we, ahd prawns appy and red curry with veggies and chicken, and dessert. All weel prepared and presented and within range price wise. Other pluses include Storm Brewing beer and changing art on the wall. Sure it's not the old Whip, which was an awesome place to hang in on a hot day, but it's not the den of mediocrity and bad service the other reviews might suggest. Off the too well beaten path of SOMO and not too chi chi, I'll be going back for more.

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L'Artista Ristorante Italiano3891 E. Hasting Street, Burnaby
Daily Special
Submitted Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

Went to this retaurant for the first time today and enjoyed their lunch special. Scalloped chicken breast with lemon sauce with prawns (no fear of garlic), penne rose, deep fried cauliflower and roasted zucchini and carrots. The lunch was great: well prepared and presented. The chicken was tender and the sauce zesty, the prawns done to a turn, and the deep fried caulifower a new taste sensation. Fresh Portugese buns were provided to sop up every last drop. The waitress and hostess were both professional and very friendly.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
Lunch on the Fraser
Submitted Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

I recently had lunch at the Paddlewheeler. previously, my only experience with the place was with its night time incarnation as a seedy cougar den. Maybe I have to reevaluate. I went with a group of 8 and we were all pleased with the service and food. I had a Reuben and 2 pints for about $15.00, all was done to a T and the service wasfast and friendly. Will try try the place for dinner soon.

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