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palloniaVancouverSince January 28, 200920 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Benkei Ramen43 East 5th Ave, Vancouver
Tasty ramen, every time we go
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

I work near this Benkei location and have been to lunch there several times. We've never been disappointed by the service or the quality of the food served. It is usually quite busy but none the less, the waiters are always kind and have a smile on their faces. I've tried a number of different items on the menu and while some are more flavorful than others, they food is pretty much consistent quality wise. I would recommend the spicy ramen, called Akaoni, if you want to try one of the better tasting ramens. Compared to Menya, which is not far away, I would say Benkei has better tasting soup bases. The value is decent, you get a very large bowl for the amount paid, and they do stamp cards that can get you a free bowl of ramen. We've already have one free bowl. Recommended!

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Sweet Basil Cafe36 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I will go back, but it's not my favorite.
Submitted Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

Fresh food, homemade style daily specials, but slightly overpriced. I paid 8 bucks for 8 perogies and some sliced up sausage the other day....which was decent taste wise, but terribly expensive in my opinion, since I can cook the same dish at half of HALF of the cost. Very friendly staff though, but could be a little faster, or hire an extra hand during lunch.

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Swiss Bakery143 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver
You have to try this place!
Submitted Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Such amazing value, especially when compared to the pretentious, close by Terra Bread, around the corner. At Swiss Bakery, they will give you free soup if it's the bottom of the pot, they will smile and say hello every time you walk in, they make huge sandwiches and give you a free tasty bun with their (excellent) soup of the day, and the food is AMAZING. I would recommend their sandwiches on olive bread, or their pretzel sandwiches, if you really want to fill yourself up for half a day at a great price. Swiss Bakery has won my heart, and so long as I work in the area I will gladly continue to give them my money for lunches! Try it!

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Thai Kitchen8180 No. 2 Rd, #160, Richmond
Overall....blah.
Submitted Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

I just was not impressed. I didn't hate the place, the waiters were fine and the food didn't take long to arrive, but I just wasn't impressed. I found it to be quite over priced for the portions served, the food was bland and not pretty. Ambiance was also bland. I will not return, with all the restarants that are available to try...why bother?

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Osaka Today8180 No. 2 Road, #168, Richmond
A sushi favorite in Richmond
Submitted Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

Very good food, great value. Not the prettiest of sushi places, but fresh food and at a good price. Can't complain, for sure! Not sure if the cooks are japanese, the waitresses are not. Really tasty dynamite rolls and ebi sunomono. Also pretty decent ramen. Would recommend it to most, but would ask my japanese friends their opinions too before saying tha it's authentic :)

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Terra Breads1689 Johnston St., #107, Vancouver
Overpriced, spiffy sandwiches
Submitted Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

If you buy sandwiches there, they have all these wonderful sounding ingredients in miniscule portions at huge prices. My boyfriend and I bought 2 sandwiches there one day that wouldn't have filled me up if I had eaten BOTH of them, and we ended up spending over $20. Their pretentious espresso is over $3 when the one I make at home is much better, and cheaper.

Sure, their stuff all SOUNDS great, but it absolutely not worth it.

Oh, and they make great fresh bread, which is...guess what!!! Overpriced.

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Chao Phraya Thai Restaurant2325 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Not a bad experience
Submitted Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

I went there some time ago so I can't remember what I ordered. I can say that out of the 2 thai restaurants that I have been to in Vancouver, I definitely preferred this one (check my reviews to see the other one, it is the one on Burrard)

The meal didn't leave me feeling grossed out and overwhelmed by the various peculiar tastes and if there weren't so many restaurants in Vancouver, I would probably go back. But seems a shame not to try other places!

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Pretty darrn good
Submitted Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

I have been only one but would like to go again. My bf eats there practically once a week and is always super full and happy everytime.

Food: The brata bread was super good. I can't remember the exact dish I got, but garlic was a main ingredient. I really liked it and I remember it being very tasty.

Service: Solid, fast service. Nothing to complain about whatsoever.

Value: I can't remember thinking thta it was a super great deal, so I am going to have to go with decent.

Ambiance: They tried their best, they really did, but it's not great.

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Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant11660 Steveston Highway, #1060, Richmond
Not as bad as everyone says
Submitted Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

And by the way, it's actually called "Kishu Poppo". Come on people, at least get the name right. I have been there twice so far and it's not as bad as everyone is making it out to be.

Food: This is decent sushi. Although the sight of seeing so many white people there made me wonder....is this authentic, or is it canadian style sushi? (I am white too).

Service: I specifically told the waitress that we were in a hurry because I had an interview in half an hour. The food was brought almost immediately, ven thought the place was full. I was very impressed.

Value: There are cheaper places.

Ambiance: Kinda reminded me of a japanese style white spot or something similar.

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Looking forward to returning.
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

I am not a big ramen expert, in fact the first time I ate it was at Menya. I would definitely reccomend this place and was really pleased with my experience there (the restaurant that was there before Menya is another story...some little thai hole that I am surprised I even survived it was so bad...)

FOOD >>> Excellent, tasty, steaming hot and flavorful. I ate there when Vancouver was full of snow and it was wonderful, it just warmed me and filled me right up.

SERVICE >>> We arrived at lunchtime, in a party of 3 but were seated immediately, by the window. We were treated nicely, I have always had super friendly japanese waiters. They're just a nice race I think!

VALUE >>> I thought it was a fair deal for the amount of food. One bowl of ramen and a gyoza were enough to fill me up until dinnertime.

AMBIANCE >>> They've definitely cleaned it up since the last restaurant that was there. Simple but clean and pleasantly full of people. I felt very comfortable. THey did have an extra heater awkwardly placed at the entrance, but it was exceptionally cold then so I guess that is ok.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
A lot of hype about the lamb?
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

FOOD >>> Decent. The lamb is overrated. Besides that, ther were just a bunch of almost overcooked vegetables.

SERVICE >>> Decent.

VALUE >>> We were given pretty big portions for what we paid, and the whole reason we went initially was for their supposedly renowned lamb. The half hour line up outside wasn't worth it though.

AMBIANCE >>> We were a party of 3 crammed into a tiny table, squished in next to a huge party of 8. Annoying! As for the decor, the usual: warm, cliche' mediterranean-style restaurant decor.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Noodles schmoodles.
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

Whatever, what is all the hype about this place?

FOOD >>> Nothing that you can't learn and make at home for a quarter of the price.

SERVICE >>> I despise the fact that they call out your name, and if they by chance wrote it down wrong (and it has happened) then you end up not begin sure if that is your dish or not????? I haven't found the friendliest cashiers either.

VALUE >>> I have been 3 times and each time I found myself eating and thinking to myself, "You know, this really could be better considering I spent 11 dollars plus tax on it". They are way, WAY overpriced for what they are offering.

AMBIANCE >>> It's way too noisy for my taste (is calling out people's names really that efficient if they are going to keep the music that loud, plus all the ambient noise???) Why don't they just have one of those digital boards that they use at supermarkets with the number that changes? They could dong a bell or something everytime they cange the number.

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Clubhouse255 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Nice experience
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

FOOD >>> It was all excellent, we ordered so much that I can't remember all the dishes, but it was all very very good.

SERVICE >>> The waitress that served us was outstanding. She was friendly and seved us really quickly.

VALUE >>> I honestly found it to be pricey, so I'm not sure that I will return for that reason; there are so many places to try that I would rather eat at a new restaurant.

AMBIANCE >>> Loved the decor, really fun and original. So much to look at!

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Sushi Bar1822 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Great find!
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

Never really gave this place the time of day until today. I didn't want to spend the usual 40$ that we usually end up spending eating sushi, but I wanted something fresh and edible with chopsticks, so I decided to try this place out.

FOOD >>> We got the daily special that they always have advertised outside on their sandwich board: 18 rolls and a miso soup at $6.50. It was a California roll, a yam roll and a tuna roll. All very fresh and satisfying. Decent, solid sushi.

SERVICE >>> Excellent, waiter seated us immediately, brought us our tea and menus immediately and also took our orders within a reasonable 5 minutes. The place was pretty full and yet we were brought our specials in less than 8 minutes. Fantastic.

VALUE >>> What more do you want for $6.50? (see above under the food rating for what is included in their special). 5/5 for value here.

AMBIANCE >>> mmm, absolutely nothing special, but clean and actually kinda cozy. Solid.

Will definitely return to this joint and will reccomend it for cheap, decent sushi.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Painfully slow service. Will not return.
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

SERVICE >>> I was seated quickly but served after 45 minutes. That really pissed me off because it wasn't busy. We just didn't look important enough for them to rush to serve us. Unfortunately, this also ruined the food for me.

FOOD >>> Nothing to write home about. Wasn't even authentic Italian food.

VALUE >>> Overpriced, like most Italian restaurants. Luckily, I am Italian and I cook for myself.

AMBIANCE >>> The big mouth oven thingy was cool. Bathrooms were large and clean. Airy and tastefully decorated. Solid ambiance.

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Lime Restaurant1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good experience but will not return.
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Was curious after reading some reviews, and being a fan of japanese food I decided to check it out.

FOOD >>> Assorted sashimi was excellent. Was a little disappointed with the lobster roll. Tuna tataki was good. Snow crab roll, pretty much like a california roll, but less flavor. The highlights for me were actually the deserts. We tried the daily special which was a bowl made out of a freshly fried doughnut that contained custard, in which you were supposed to dip fresh fruit and eat. Then we had the chocolate cheese cake, which came with a chocolate mousse, whipping cream and a grean tea sponge cake. Excellent, and definitely filled us right us.

SERVICE >>> Excellent. The waitress was not overly friendly (which really bothers me), came exactly when was needed, since she was always standing by watcing all the tables. Brought everything promptly. We were also seated immediately and treated with respect.

VALUE >>> I was beginning to think we were going to leave hungry after spending nearly 100$ for two people, but the desert saved the dinner. $6 is reasonable for a huge amount of desert that was really excellent. As for the dinner menu, I strongly feel it is overpriced. Therefore I would sooner try other places than return to an overpriced restaurant that I've already tried.

AMBIANCE >>> The music that was being played live was extremely irritating. The tables were nicely set and the light was just the right dimness. My boyfriend said he was a little cold, but I founf the temperature to be pleasant.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Not bad at all.
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

First impression: looked busy and cozy, which is a good thing. Arrived just after 7 pm and there was a line, which unfortunately was right underneath a blaring speaker. By the time we were seated (which didn't take too long), I was already hoarse from having to yell to my friend who was standing right in front of me.

FOOD >>> We split the nachos utopia. Pretty tasty and a very nice big portion. My friend had a beer and I had a decent cranberry based drink that only cost 2 dollars.

SERVICE >>> The waiters were friendly, fast and not all over us asking if we needed stuff, etc. I personally hate it when waiters overdo it, so I appreciated being served and then left alone.

VALUE >>> Great value for the portions.

AMBIANCE >>> The tables were candlelit, but I expected a little more from the place and thought it would be slightly more "funky". I definitely like how laid back it was. The bathrooms have a LOT of room for improvement.

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Kishu Star1935 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Decent Kitsilano sushi.
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

Food >>> When you eat in, it's pretty good. The ingredients are always fresh.

Service >>> Sometimes the waitresses are in bad moods and seem more preoccupied in looking hot and having the latest manicure than serving customers. It's ok though, if they don't want to be friendly, I save money on my tip. But I do get irritated when they screw up my order, like last time I went there. They brought me some random combo and then made me feel like it was my fault that they fucked up. The waitress goes "So you didn't order this? ... do you REALLY want to change it....????" and tried to make me feel bad...Of course I want to change it, I didn't fucking order it.

Value >>> These are totally normal sushi prices. It's better to go after 7 pm and get 40% off certain items on the menu if you want to save a bit, but possibly wait a little in line before being seated.

Ambiance >>> I have always liked the ambiance of Kishu Star. The lighting is mellow, and the table aren't all pressed against each other so you feel like you have privacy even if you aren't seated in a booth. They always play the same cds though.

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Aoki Sushi1888 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
We love Mr.Aoki!
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I go there almost every week for sushi and we adore it. We feel like we are stepping right into a little local Tokyo sushi joint.

Food rating >>> First, I love the fact that they give you an appetizer every time with your tea and menu. I have always loved everything I've ordered, from the classic Cali rolls and miso soup, to their super super fresh and delicious assorted sashimi served in cool ice dishes, to their ebi gyoza and beautiful caterpillar rolls.

Service >>> We always eat in, although you can also order and pick up. It has always been exceptional. The staff is all japanese, which I really like and I believe also family based (there is nothing that bugs me more than going into a sushi joint run by chinese people...) Mr. Aoki is awesome, he remembers most of his "usual" customers and always makes a point of thanking everyone in japanese when they leave. At Christmas he even personally made me a special green tea desert free of charge without us even asking, just 'cause he's so awesome!

Value >>> I find the prices to be fair and that you get a great amount of sushi for the money you spend. My boyfriend and I usually spend around 35$ and leave totally stuffed and usually with a doggy bag with 4 or 5 rolls that we couldn't manage to finish (they even include extra wasabi, ginger, soya sauce and chop sticks in their doggy bags!!). The fact that they keep the place low key and not "chic" and pretentious allows them to keep their prices down. And that brings me to

Ambiance >>> The only reason I give it only 2 stars is because I realize that it doesn't "look" pretty, although I personally love the real authentic japanese feel to it!

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Posh1788 W Broadway, #101, Vancouver
Cool to try out once...but...
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

I was curious to eat at this place as I walk by it practically every day, and every single weekend it is full of people. In fact, my boyfriend and I waited over 45 minutes to be seated but this was without a reservation on a Friday night and they were very busy.

Service>>> The dude at the door was incredibly professional and organized and treated us with white gloves. Unfortunately though, although they thought they were doing us a favor by giving us a booth, we got the booth closest to the bathrooms, and all I could smell throughout my whole meal was toilet disinfectant. Incredibly nauseating.

Food>>> Nothing special. I disliked the fact that they give you a raw egg to eat with your meal. You can leave it of course, but still...with all the salmonella scares, I don't find it to be the most prudent idea. The analcolic drinks are a little overpriced and sickly sweet.

Value>>> Good amount of food (all you can eat) for the price.

Ambiance>>> Pretty nice, good vibes, except for if your table is the one closest to the bathrooms... :(

All in all, interesting to try out the first time. However, I would not return, I find it to be overrated.

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