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piratemakiEast Vancouver, VancouverSince October 25, 200718 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food4 (3.9)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Displaying 1 - 18 of 18 Reviews Found
Wallflower, The2420 Main Street, Vancouver
Excellent Comfort Food, Value and Service
Submitted Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

I wanted a good comfort food kind of restaurant, and Wallflower delivered. From the time you walk in, the bartender-also waiter- warmly welcomed us in. The restaurant has a good unpretentious ambiance about it. The drink special was a spicy Caesar and it seemed like a lot (came in a tall skinny glass) and was only around $4 (i think) we couldn't resist, and and the daily special was only $10, it was a pulled pork sandwich and some other yummy sounding wrap dish. I had a apple-crab cake meal, and it was large and pretty filling w/a salad, in fact i had to take the leftovers home. (only $12) and beautifully presented. My friend had a huge perogy dinner (also only $12)She said she enjoyed it also and she couldn't finish it either. Despite being what seemed like the only wait staff there, the waiter made sure we were well attended to and he was very genuine, laid back and friendly with all our requests and questions. And his memory and attention to our detailed needs was good, if not better than some fine dining places. The atmosphere was very cozy, and warm, and it was just a great hang out place to bring your friends. I would definitely return. Exceeds my expectations for a "Modern Diner" and it rarely gets better than this...

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
A Diamond in a Rough Neighborhood
Submitted Monday, February 15, 2010 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

This little bistro tucked away in East Vancouver was pretty busy on a Friday night. Upon arrival on an early Friday evening (5:30pm), I must have seen two or more cop cars cruising by, but don't let that deter you from frequenting this place...The ambiance is warm, and casual, the waiter was friendly and laid back. He was also very patient with our orders, and answered our question. We started with the Scallops ($11) upon our waiter's recommendation. They were cooked perfectly and very tasty, and rich, the delicious cheesy mayonnaise sauce complemented our baguette pieces well. For entrees, I had the Duck Confit ($16), and my companion had the special of the day-a duck breast cooked in a grainy mustard sauce.($19?) It was done very well, and about comparable to real Bordeaux fare in my opinion. We ended the evening by sharing a Pear Tartlet ($7) (also very delicious too). It's a great restaurant, if you can get in. Well worth the effort. Go early (for line ups or resos...)

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Samurai Japanese Restaurant1108 Davie Street, Vancouver
Your neighborhood sushi place.
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

I admit, I crave sushi about once a week, so i decided to check this place out as it is the only samurai i'm aware of that serves cooked food as well as raw. Usually the crowds are a turn off for me, but this time, i came at an odd time, and was able to be seated quickly. (though seating me was a challenge). being a single seat, they asked if i could wait and sit at the sushi bar. and then another waitress seated me at a 4person table. tea and service was efficient. And i defaulted to sashimi, though i wanted something warm. The pieces were huge and fresh that i didn't need anything else after that. It's dependable, reliable, and good during a non-rush hour.

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Santali Souvlaki House7870 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Everything great but the parking.
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Went to catch some dinner before a movie. Service was great. Water arrived within seconds of sitting down for us. Many waitresses came to assist us. always greeted with smile. The prices were very reasonable. And the portions were quite decent. The cheesecake was just amazingly delicious. it was warm, wrapped in filo, and melted in your mouth. Would return here again. Just finding parking was a bit difficult. very little street parking, and it's near a long corner (bend), and a hard to find back alley.

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Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
Grubby day to eat.
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

another one of those too tired to cook weeknights. Decided to go for duck. Got to Grub, and the front door to get in was stuck. A diner had to let me in, but it took forever, and no wait staff anywhere near to assist, or even notice. Finally get in, and wait again, forever to get served. Waiter was very indifferent, and yes, atmosphere was a bit noisy. Didn't care for the plastic chairs. Duck came, and it was wonderful. cooked to perfection. enjoyed every piece. The bed of salad that it sat upon could have been better, and canned beets on the side could have been a bit more creative. Also didn't even touch the very very sour sauerkraut on top. Would i come back here again? Yes. i'd have to explore the menu a bit more, and hopefully the waiters are less grouchy/tired/passive the next time around.

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Cru delivered.
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went for dine out, and had a grand experience. We think the key was an early dinner reso. for good service. We loved the beef carpaccio appy. it was perfect compliment to the warm bread and crackers. Service was prompt and polite. The duck was absolutely amazing. yum! and the spatzel was also delicious. Our favorite was the chocolate cake w/raspberry and peanut butter sauces dessert at the end of the evening. it was so rich and so great, but we were so full, we were a bit embarassed, but we wanted it to be wrapped up. The waitress didn't seem to mind at all. All in all, it was a good experience, and good food. I don't really care for the long, narrow, "trendy" and cramped set up all the new restaurants have these days, but for Cru, i'll over look it.

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BBT Cafe5979 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Good Food but very poor service
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 1:17am [Dine in]

On another exhausted too tired to cook for myself but too poor to splurge on fine dining kind of evening I hopped into this cafe hoping that it would be better than my last visit (of very poor and slow service) Much to my chagrin, little has changed even in a year. In a line up, they almost took the person behind me first, mistaken me as part of someone's group. (I was alone.) Then I was showed a table without apology, and waited about 20 min w/out getting a menu or tea, which most restaurants will serve immediately. After getting the menu myself, I had to stare down the waitress for service. Food came in ok time, but it wasn't exactly what i ordered or expected. (it was fried pork chop, and no sauce) i was expecting some sort of sauce...anyways, then I had to walk up to the counter to pay the bill as the wait staff never returned. Dishes are cheap averaging about $7 per bento style box and I love the variety of little amounts of meats and veggies-taiwanese style but I don't think i'll be returning anytime soon or at least until the next recession...i keep hoping they hire more and better wait staff.

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Love this little Mexican Place
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 12:59am [Dine in]

Went there one tired, Saturday evening. The place cheered me up as it was lively, colorful, and fun. It had a nice family atmosphere-feel to it. I ordered take out. They gave me some really tasty and fresh and warm Tacos and you get to choose from many different kinds of salsas and different levels of spiciness too...the pork taco was the best. I'll be back for that.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Good French Food but there's better
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Me and my friend went in early December. Ambiance was nice. Service was just weird. I couldn't figure out why they were switching waiters on us continually. And odd, the restaurant was empty, and we even made resos but they sat us in the back, right beside the kitchen and next to a birthday party. We started w/kir royales, very yummy. Then amazing warm bread with mussels as our appetizers. We had duck in some sort of fruit glaze as our main course. Also very tasty. No complaints. Ended with Apple Tart Tatin, Caramel and Apple Ice Cream Cinnamon Crème Anglaise. solid, but not memorable. Though, apple ice cream was pretty unique and yummy.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Only thing going for this restaurant is the Wait staff
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 1:33am [Dine in]

My friend and I decided to try the Red Door. We were seated besides the open kitchen, which works in most restaurant, except an Asian restaurant, as the smell of wok, and greasy chinese oil slowly seeped into our hair, our clothing, and the atmosphere making it smell like a foodcourt... (somewhat ruins my appetite). Poor design. I had a mango bellini-very yummy. and we shared a seafood hot pot with vermicelli, and Pad Thai noodles that were really too dry. I should have sent them back to the kitchen.
My friend was also not too impressed with the food either. The only redeeming thing about Red Door was the wait staff, they were really attentive, always asking us at the right time when we needed certain items, and very friendly in disposition.

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Tom Yum Thai4010 Hastings, Burnaby
Lovable Thai Restaurant
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 1:16am [Dine in]

A re-vamp of an old diner, my friend and i came in on a quiet evening, and sat down to their tables all lined with pretty colorful Asian style bamboo paper umbrellas covering lights...i couldn't help but notice the walls were 1/2 finished with green paint, but it didn't detract too much from the sweet and friendly family (grandma, and grand-daughter team-- that night) that served us. The crispy wonton they suggested was very tasty, along with their panang curry and delicious pad thai. The prices are pretty reasonable around $8 per entree for dinner. It's a pretty memorable restaurant, and though I don't live in the area, I'd love to return one day for some more good thai food!

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
The Reviews are True
Submitted Thursday, January 3, 2008 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

Undoubtedly, the most expensive meal i've had to date thus far, but worth every penny, and a great cure for a really bad day. We went on a slower evening, and so we got extraordinary service by our friendly and witty waiter. He started by bringing us complimentary celery soup, beautifully presented, and it tasted great. Then I had ordered two appetizers instead of a main course, and my dining partner was without an appy, so while mine came, the waiter had bought a small chef's creation for my friend also so i wouldn't have to eat the appy course solo. I had scallop in a lime citrus emulsion, and a duck salad, both prepared to perfection, and very tasty. My friend ordered Lamb for the main entree. I don't like lamb, so i can't really comment on it, but it was beautifully presented, and they really enjoyed it, so i guess it was good. Dessert then came, and again, we had ordered one to share, but the waiter bought us 3 different ones to try...It's hard to write a bad review when a restaurant keeps spoiling you with delicious food! Our dessert was a huckleberry creation, but i remember the ribena flavored and liquor infused sorbet and this other cheesecake trifle cup w/chocolate on the bottom...ah...Diva is a bonafide restaurant. Go for your special occasions and on your bad days! (but save up first, of course...)

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Perfect Restaurant if you're not on a time schedule
Submitted Monday, December 31, 2007 - 3:22am [Dine in]

I've been there twice to Chambar, and have dined in the back room twice.
My major complaint is that the waiters take forever to notice you, or pay attention to your needs, and kitchen is so slow, you could be stuck in this restaurant for hours. But that being the only bad part, I love the unpretentiousness of the staff, the relaxed atmosphere and ambiance encourages hours of conversations, and portions are definitely tiny and small, but every bite is just bursting with flavor and perfection to the tastebud. I haven't had a bad bite yet. The mussels are delicious, and braised short rib appetizer are 2-3 bite sizes each, but worth it.
For dinner, we had the memorable, La choucroute de la mer
Pan roasted black cod and smoked sablefish. I have never eaten fish so soft, and cooked to perfection...the combination with the mashed cauliflower, was something out of this world...
The dessert was equally as memorable. It was the Passion de Chocolate, warm chocolate brandy cake, white chocolate lime ganache & passion fruit sundae --Also, something completely unique, and the passion fruit sundae, was not your standard overly sweet type of creation, but the sauce was just...divine... this dessert has created a whole new craving/addiction for me. I will be definitely be back for more!

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Great Ambiance
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Stopped by late Sunday evening, and was surprised to see many patrons still dining. The live jazz was great, really set a relaxed atmosphere. Waitress was friendly, my steak, was pretty good, though it could have been better seasoned w/salt and pepper, I waited a good 5-10 min before i could get the waitresses' attention again for the salt. I guess it was just bad timing. Dessert was cheesecake, beautifully presented, but not memorable enough for me, taste wise. Overall, it was very good, I'll be back for more steak and jazz.

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Stepping Stones Bakery5679 Main St., Vancouver
Best kept secret bakery
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 1:36am [Dine in]

I can't believe no one's written a review on this bakery yet!
I'm kind of hesitant to write this (share this bakery), but it's too good not to brag about.
It's a family run bakery, the people are nice. Apparently they make everything from scratch, down to the jams and jellies that fill their cookies-cakes. There's a lot of organic products used in their goods. The sandwiches, and salads, and the macaroni and cheese are top notch, and the coffee is also organic, and beats starbucks.
My favorite items are the chives and cheese buns that are baked fresh in the morning, the blueberry scones, and also the oatmeal crispie cookies and the (chocolate) melting moment cookies (which is gluten and wheat free)
Price range is very reasonable for the quality you get, and you will love this bakery, but don't tell too many people, as space is small and there's very limited seating, especially on the weekends.

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East No 1 Seafood Restaurant2800 E 1st Avenue, Suite 302, Vancouver
good dim sum
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 1:09am [Dine in]

I must have hit an odd time, i got in pretty quickly and didn't have to wait, but i went with a "regular" patron...and I hate to say it, but we got preferential treatment, so this review may be slightly biased.
The waitresses were quite attentive, they knew what we wanted to order, so food arrived quickly for us. Otherwise, i found the cart ladies a little too forthcoming in trying to give away their dim sum, always suggesting food to us, and placing it under our noses at times whether or not we expressed interest. but the dim sum was so fresh, and yummy. Lots of shrimp in the shrimp dumplings, and the black veins were mostly cleaned out of them. The tofu dish w/mushroom was silky smooth. Carts were frequent, and the fried shrimp dumplings were tasty. It's not the best dim sum, but prices and quality were great, and you didn't have to wait too long to get a table. (well at least not during the time i went..)

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Dockers6094 Fraser St., Vancouver
A Warm Diner
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2007 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Tried Dockers for the first time, though i've lived in this area for 5 years now. The menu was extensive, and lots of variety of sandwiches, and subs. The server was a sweet older gentleman that served with such sincerity and hospitality. My vegetables were a bit under cooked, but my companion really liked her beef dip, and my hot turkey sandwich was as good as homemade as they come, and the portions was quite large. The bread was a bit soggier, though, and crustless (i think they get it from across the street at the Angel cafe) ...covered in gravy...not a good combination...none the less, the atmosphere, and the warmth felt was very refreshing on a cold weekday,and after a long hard day at work...definitely returning back if I need comfort food.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
For a Memorable Experience
Submitted Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

I wanted my first review to be one of my favorite restaurants. I go once a year, for annual lunch, and it's the yearly highlight. The drinks are great, the servers are attentive, and the food is done to perfection. There is nothing "snotty" about this "fancy" french restaurant. You come here for exceptional service and to be spoiled rotten.
The most amazing gesture of service I remember was when one of the guests got up at our table to go to the lady's room but was in there for more than a few minutes, and a waiter quickly dropped by, and whisked her food plate right back in the warming oven, so that it would still be warm when she got back.
The foie gras was fresh and tasty-i samplied my friend's (and i hate foie gras) The entrees were so rich and all sound great, i always have a tough time choosing but i remember my seafood dish with fresh prawns and this black pasta. you always get a pear sorbet to cleanse your palette, and dessert is always wonderful too. You end your meal w/chocolate crocodiles. A nice touch. I highly recommend this place, it's really not much more (if not even a bit cheaper) than the other fine dining places, the service and quality is consistent, and I can't wait to return back next year!

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