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pancakes225vancouverSince February 15, 200915 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
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Chau Kitchen & Bar1500 Robson Street, Vancouver
Tasty Modern Vietnamese food
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

I came here for lunch the other day and ordered their lunch plate - lemongrass chicken with rice and papaya salad for $9.99. My friend had the beef short ribs with vermicilli noodles bowl for $12.99 I think.

My chicken was flavourful and very generous with 2 full slices of chicken breast. The salad was very flavourful and light. I'm not sure why they call it papaya salad as I did not see a trace of papaya in there but no complaints as it was tasty.
My friend loved loved loved the short ribs but was not impressed with the vermicilli as there was no broth to it, she found the noodles extremely dry eating. I think if they added a little broth to "unstick" the noodles, the bowl would be improved.

There were two ladies on staff and they seemed to be running around as quite a number of people sitting on the patio or inside the restaurant. Place is very well decorated and lots of sunlight coming in so there is not a heavy feel to the restaurant. The drinks being mixed were very tempting. My friend ordered the lemon/lime soda and found it nice and tart, thirstquenching as it was hot that day. The lychee mojitos ordered by the table next to us had those customers oohing and ahhing as well.

The only thing lacking was that they seemed to be short staffed (but the waitresses were very nice) and they ran out of two items that a table beside us had tried to order.

Restaurant recommended. I will be back.

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Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
$25 Sunday dinner - can't beat that
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

Went here last night for dinner. It's on the stretch of Granville Street that's still being revitalized so easy to miss this place.
Last night was sunday and they had a set meal for $25 where you get bread rolls, green salad, entree, dessert and choice of beer/wine for $25!! I couldn't resist and when they mentioned prime rib and chocolate cake as the entree/dessert pairing that night, there was no holding me back.

Not a wine/beer drinker but ordered the nut brown beer on tab and it was light/sweet/refreshing ~ perfect for a warm summer night.

The bread rolls came out piping hot and so yummy and fresh tasting, the green salad was also nice and fresh. I loved my prime rib but loved the accompanying mashed potatoes and yorkshire pudding even more. The chocolate cake was decent but I would have preferred it to more moist and dense with more frosting but then again I just love frosting, my friend liked the cake the way it was. She does not have the big sweet tooth like I do.

The host/wait staff were all very friendly and service was warm/genuine.
I give a 3* rating for ambiance because I found it very dark in there so was difficult to read the menu but overall the place is very clean and new.

Recommended and I will be back for their Sunday dinners.

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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House1537 West Broadway, Vancouver
Raw Meatballs and Burnt Duck
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

I ordered takeout from here: the Chinese Meat Balls (Lion's Head Meatballs), the Smoked Tea Duck and the Veggies and Tofu Hot Pot. The first two are lauded on the restaurant's website as a chef's speciality.

Sadly, the food was very bad. The meatballs were raw and the duck was burnt to a crisp. I didn't find out until I opened the packages. When you've paid $10 for raw meatballs and $15 for half of a burnt duck, well you can see why the value rating is poor. Not only that, the duck was incredibly salty and we had to throw it away as it was dry and inedible.

This was a truly disappointing experience. I had gone here for lunch and the food was decent but this takeout experience was horrific. Absolutely horrific.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Very good pasta platter
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

food: ordered the pasta platter for 2: came with spaghetti and meatballs, pesto pasta, penne with tomato sauce, lasagna. I liked the pesto dish the best. all pastas cooked perfectly al dente. spaghetti and meatballs not as good as downtown location (possibly due to difference in sauce). Lasagna yummy if a little salty. At $15/person, value is incredible. Cheaper than going to Earl's and food is of better quality

service: wait staff here are much friendlier than their snooty downtown counterparts. all were friendly from the hostess, waitress and the kitchen staff I nearly bowled over on way to the bathroom

Value: as mentioned platter was $15/person. portions of each pasta generous and cheaper than the chains like Earl's/Cactus, etc.

Ambiance: it's a very hip setting. I like the clientele at the 4th location - mix of businesspeople, some students, families, friends. Very all encompassing and inclusive. Place was clean. It does get a little loud with the music and people chattering but if you go earlier for lunch (say 11:30), it's actually at a very good sound level.

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Nuba1206 Seymour, Vancouver
Decent place
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

food: I ordered the falafel plate. I found the falafels to be okay, a little on the dry side but add some hot sauce and it's tastier. The tabbouleh and hommous were of good quality.

service: it's a cafe - cashier was polite if not smiley

value: $9 for a falafel plate that is good for dinner is priced about right. it's not really cheap when you think about it but it's not highway robbery either

ambiance: place seats about 14-17 people. it's clean and the cashier did go around cleaning out the dish tray and wiping tables. i noticed that the dishrag that he used to wipe the table was clean b/c when he wiped my table it smelled lemony (very pleasant) and not that yucky old dishrag smell.

overall: I would go back if it's convenient but I wouldn't go out of my way to revisit the place. There are other falafel places priced similarly and of the same quality.

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Pearl Castle3779 Sexsmith Road, #1128, Richmond
Yummy Hot Pot
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

I went here today for lunch.
I ordered the Botany Chicken Hot Pot and my friend the Ginseng Chicken Hot Pot. (both $8.95)
I ordered udon noodles for extra $2 to come with my hot pot not knowing that they already included rice in the price.
Note: don't order the udon or the vermicilli as the big bowl of rice is plenty. I just thought I was adding to the hot pot. Plus $2 extra for a very small amount of udon is a crime.
The food was very tasty but there was not that much chicken. The meat was all the drumstick part of the chicken but it was all cut up so I ended up with tons of the end of the drumstick with just the cartilage, no meat.

The service is slow but at least the wait staff are very pleasant and smile a lot - more so than most Chinese restaurants in Richmond.

The place is very clean, furniture is modern and the restaurant has lots of good lighting and looks very spacious and airy.

All in all, I would go back but I just wouldn't order the same dish again b/c of the lack of chicken. There were other dishes I saw them bring out that looked tasty and more value for the money, especially the fried rice dishes.
For $8.95

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Apollonia1830 Fir Street, Vancouver
Greek Comfort food
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

I love Appolonia whenever I am need of a Greek food fix.
Service is always polite and the ladies who serve you always seem to remember you and what you ordered the last time you were there.
I see a lot of regulars whenever I dine there which is a very good sign.
I think the appetizer platter with the spanikopita, keftedes, calamari and the dolmathes feeds 2 easily and is such a good value.
I have ordered the souvlaki, the appetizer platter, steak specials and the regular chicken entree and have always come away very happy with the meal. On a cold day, it's great comfort food as you just want something warm, filling and sticking to your ribs.
My friend orders the gin and tonic there every time - for some reason, she claims it's the best in town.
I like how the restaurant is quiet and doesn't play loud music like some other Greek restaurants in town. After a while, the loud music really gives you a headache.

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Applause Japanese Restaurant8269 Oak street, Vancouver
Sushi is fresh and tasty
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

I have been to Applause about 5 times now and have left satisfied each time.
The service is pleasant and polite.
The restaurant is clean as are the washrooms. Tables have enough space about them and chairs are solidly comfortable.
The rolls are always fresh tasting and the wasabi has a good kick to it.
Overall, I would have to say it ranks up there with Shiro and Toshi's in terms of value, pricing and freshness of sushi.
My favourite roll is the Caterpiller roll and my friend always orders Lunch box D.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Consistently good
Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

I work around here and go to this place usually 2 x a month.
My coworker and I always order the #6 noodles and an entree. Have never been disappointed with their dishes.
Highlights are the #6 noodle dish, #56 steamed crepe rolls and the 2 fried rice dishes.
I see lots of people ordering the deep fried prawns, the deep fried chicken wings and the rare beef dish but I'm not a fan of these.
Service is quick and polite. They'll let you know if a dish you order takes a while to prepare.
Restaurant is what you can expect for something in Chinatown and it's a relatively large restaurant.
I would suggest getting there at least 15 minutes before noon if you don't want to line up for a table. There's usually lineups every Friday from 12-1 so if you don't get there earlier, be prepared to wait.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
I will never return
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

The food here is decent. I ordered the fish tacos and found them to be flavourful enough.
The ambiance is quite loud and seats are not that comfortable but overall, the furnishings are not a surprise.

However, I will never return to this restaurant ever ever again. Upon entering the restaurant, my friend and I were waiting for the hostess to finish talking with one of the other hostess/waitress. The hostess did see us enter the restaurant as she made eye contact but did not smile. These two men come in after us, push past us and register their names with the hostess, I then came up to the hostess after and said, we were here before those two men very politely. She gave me this bitchy look, shrugged her shoulders and put me on the list after the two guys who barged in front of me. No apology and no acknowledgement. I was so angry b/c I knew she knew we were ahead of those guys and upon looking back, I can't believe I didn't walk out and still waited for a table. I should have walked out, the food was not worth the rudeness or the wait.
Las Margaritas management need to teach their host staff manners. Just remember, women are also honest paying customers and make up half of Vancouver's customer base.

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Piato Estiatorio1835 West 4th, Vancouver
food tasty but a little pricey
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

I went for lunch here. I ordered the swordfish with gigantes (lima beans); my other two friends had the salmon with risotto and the chicken with potatoes.

The complementary bread was tasty, pita was soft and warm, focaccia olive bread also tasty but too much butter on it.

I really loved the gigantes but the swordfish tasted a little too fishy and I got an allergic reaction to it. My friend who had the salmon had an upset stomach.

Overall, the food is decent despite my allergic reaction.
The restaurant itself is very nicely organized, tables are well spaced out, plenty of room and there's a bar area as well. Our server was pleasant, courteous and checked in on us quite often.

I think some of the reviews here are quite harsh; the restaurant food is decent if a little pricey. However, based on my allergic reaction and my friend's stomach upset, I will not be returning to this restaurant.

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Cindy's Cafe1850 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Best Hollaindaise Sauce
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

My friend and I were over here today for lunch.
Service - We were greeted as soon as we entered and were told to sit down whereever we wanted. There was only one lady server as it was a not too busy Monday afternoon. The lady serving us was so wonderfully nice and friendly, providing attentive service and checking to make sure we were okay in timely fashion re: food and beverages

Food - I ordered the Portabellini bennies (poached egg, spinach and tomatoes over portabello mushroom) and my friend the Chicken club (chicken breast with bacon, lettuce, tomato on a baguette). The hollandaise sauce was the best I have ever tasted and dare I say the best in Vancouver? It was so light and refreshing. I really enjoyed my bennies, cooked just right and the hash browns were so delicious. I was so full after my lunch but I couldn't stop eating those hash browns until there was none left. My friend really enjoyed the chicken club, very fresh and the baguette was as a baguette should be. She said that whatever sauce was on the bread was to die for and was not your usual mayo. For someone with a small appetite, she was able to finish the sandwich and most of the home fries as well. Coffee was also excellent at this place.
I did not taste the muffins but according to the server, they are baked fresh daily inhouse and do they ever look fresh and tasty.

Value - prices for brunch range around 10-17 and I believe for the quality and portion size, very good value.

Ambiance - it's a cafe style setting, very clean and simple but on the smaller side. I can see it being very popular and crowded on the weekends. One washroom only but very well maintained.

Sadly we don't live in W Van, otherwise, we would be here every other week but definitely worth a trip out just to have really good brunch. We will be back.
Recommend this place highly

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Good brunch and dinner here
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

I usually come here for brunch but have eaten dinner here a couple of times as well. It's a great place to go on the weekends because they accept reservations.
They have a well rounded brunch menu with the usual eggs benedict, croque monsieur, quiche of the day plus fish, pasta dishes as well.
I have ordered their eggs benedict, pasta and fish of the day dishes and have been very well satisfied each and every time. Food comes well seasoned, well portioned and very flavourful.
My favourite dish is the Sole Normandy.

Restaurant is well designed with good lighting. You don't feel cramped. I like sitting on the banquette side as it's very cushy and comfortable.
Service is always pleasant. The servers are trained very well here, they come by and make sure you are satisfied with your meal and top up your water/coffee frequently.

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Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries2611 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
Great Cakes, Poor Service
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

I have been to Sweet Obsessions many times (about 10 in total). It is best to take the cake to go if you don't want to be upset by the taciturn older lady who you order from when you sit in. She is just the rudest woman ever and really makes those awesome cakes curdle in your stomach. The numerous counter staff people are okay but definitely the general read I get from these workers is that "since our cakes are the best, we don't really need to provide much service to you".

However, I do return because I love cake.
Best cakes: all the flans, coconut chiffon cake, toffee cake, tiramisu, lemon cake, white chocolate raspberry
Don't bother ordering these: chocolate hazelnut zuccolo, neopolitan cake (tastes like duncan hines), St honore, most of the chocolate cakes

Overall, they do a good job with the non chocolate cakes. I don't know why, but every time I've had a chocolate flavoured pastry from here, it's turned out hugely disappointing and at $6/piece, that is no value for money.
I still recommend this place for take out - just make sure you order a non chocolate flavoured pastry.

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Long's Noodle House4853 Main Street, Vancouver
Tasty food here
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 9:55am [Dine in]

I went here for lunch with my coworker last week. We ordered the steamed pork dumplings, spicy pork wontons, rice noodles with pork/cabbage and the red bean dessert. I found the food to be very tasty and filling. Four dishes for $30 including tip is good value for lunch and we are big eaters.
I love red bean dessert so if you do too, you must have this red bean dessert, it is really so yummy. The other three dishes were tasty but not outstanding - you can get other similar taste with other restaurants but what stands out for me is the really friendly service. Most of the time, service at Asian restaurants involve a rough hello and rarely can they crack a smile but here, the waitress is smiling all the time though she is busy serving everyone else, delivering food, seating people and being the cashier.
I told my other friend about this place and we're heading over next week so she can get her red bean fix!

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