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pookiebearUBCSince May 28, 200946 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
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Dot. desserts5556 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Yummy Parfait
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

I decided to give this place a try after reading the positive reviews on here. This is a small shop squeezed between a bunch of other shops and it wasn't easy to find. The shop is quite small and dim but it was quite romantic so it would be perfect for a date. The server was very nice and patient as I was undecided on what to order. We ordered the sesame vanilla parfait and a honey milk tea to go. The milk tea is alright, nothing special but I absolutely loved the parfait. It consisted of vanilla ice-cream, sponge cake, mochi, black sesame, corn flakes and some whipped cream. My bf and I fought for every bite. I immediately wanted to go back for another one after I finished. As tasty as it was, the parfait was quite small and quite pricey at around $7. However, I would return just to try the other parfaits.

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Jang Mo Jib1719 Robson Street, Vancouver
Excellent Korean food
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

I find that for all Korean restaurants, it's best to come with a few people so you can try a variety of dishes because of the big portions. Jang Mo Jib is no exception. I came here with 4 others and we ordered the spicy pork bone soup, the seafood pancake, the triple A short ribs, and some pan fried dumplings. The pan fried dumplings were okay, nothing special. The triple A short ribs were tender but for $25 for 2 ribs, I didn't think it was worth it. The seafood pancake and the spicy pork bone soup were excellent though. I especially love the seafood pancake with a good amount of seafood and crispy top.

For $22 a person with all the food mentioned above (with leftovers) and 2 beers, I thought the price wasn't bad. The service was okay, it was hard to flag down a server most of the time but I experience that in all korean restaurants. The restaurant itself is kinda old with uncomfortable seats (I sat against the wall on a wooden bench) and it was quite stuffy inside. But for the food, I am willing to overlook that :)

I definitely recommend this restaurant if you are craving some korean food.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great new Ramen restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

I've tried all the Ramen restaurants in Vancouver and Santouka definitely has the best soup. I ordered the spicy miso ramen and my dining companions ordered the shio ramen and the dipping ramen. The spicy miso was pretty good but the highlight was definitely the shio ramen. The shio soup base was soo tasty and it reminded me of the ramen I ate in Japan. My dining companions who ordered the shio ramen ordered the special pork with it and the pork was melt in your mouth tender. The dipping ramen was pretty good too with thicker noodles and a bigger portion of noodles than a regular ramen bowl.

The restaurant is quite new and has many more seats than all the other ramen restaurants in Vancouver. However, the tables at the back are really close together so it is hard to get in and out.

Like the previous reviewer mentioned, the soup base was great but it was kinda pricey. A regular ramen cost about $9 and the ones with the special pork was around $12 but I would definitely return.

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Observatory, The6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
You pay for the magnificent view
Submitted Friday, January 22, 2010 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

I came here for an extra special anniversary dinner (Thx P, heart you <3). I arrived 15 minutes before my reservation time. Another party was just ahead of us so the hostess brought them to their table first. I was a little annoyed because it took her almost 15 minutes for her to return to help us. And after she returned to help us, we had to wait another 10 minutes for her to set up our table. But this annoyance was washed away when she brought us to our table by the window.

Menu selection was limited as there were only about 6 choices of appies and 6 choices of entrees. We skipped on the appies because they didn't look too appealing and we ordered the black cod and organic beef tenderloin for our mains. Overall the food was decent and cooked nicely. The short rib that was paired with the tenderloin was the highlight. However, a small part of the black cod was extremely salty. For dessert, we ordered the dessert platter for two which came with chocolate sorbet, white chocolate mousse, and two ice-cream cookie sandwiches. We enjoyed the desserts.

Service was decent and very professional. Value wise, well, you pay for the view. The portions were quite small (as expected) and frankly, I've had better food for cheaper prices elsewhere.

I would recommend this restaurant only if you can get a table by the window, otherwise, don't bother.

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Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot5108 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Yay - Finally a decent hotpot restaurant in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, January 22, 2010 - 11:56am [Dine in]

For those who live in the city of Vancouver and are craving hotpot, and don't want to travel all the way to Richmond, this is the place to go. There is a wide variety of food to choose from and most items are fresh. Service is decent - the food came fast, waters/teas refilled every so often, and they even changed our plates halfway through our meal. The restaurant looks quite nice and clean but it's probably because it recently opened. Price is $18.95 ($1 more than the Richmond AYCE hotpots) and $19.95 for weekends. It's a little bit more expensive but it saves me some gas from driving to Richmond. The only issue I had was that they turn off gas to the hotpot after 2 hours. I wouldn't have had a problem with it if it was a party of 2 to 4 people, but I went with a group of 9 people and we were all sharing one small pot. But the waiter did cut us some slack and turned it back on for us.

We all enjoyed our meals and would recommend this restaurant. Note of caution: Definitely make reservations because I went on a Wednesday night and it was packed.

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Mink Chocolates Cafe863 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
I died and went to chocolate heaven
Submitted Friday, January 22, 2010 - 11:39am [Dine in]

Minks is a chocolate/coffee shop located near waterfront station. I came here with a friend one day after work and we shared the chocolate chai fog drink with milk chocolate and a dark chocolate fondue. The chai fog was excellent and I have not seen this drink anywhere else. Each drink comes with a piece of Mink's chocolate on the side. The fondue was also excellent with decadent creamy dark chocolate and it came with pieces of cake and fresh cut up fruits (bananas, mandarin oranges, apples). Aside from fondue, they also have waffles and other pastries.

The place was very clean and service was very friendly. Price is a little steep (my medium sized drink was almost $5) but I can't get this drink anywhere else, and the chocolate fondue was divine. My only dislike is that they close early at 6pm everyday.

If you want a nice and quiet place to chat and not go to the usual chain coffee shops, I would highly recommend this place.

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Beyond Restaurant & Lounge1015 Burrard St., Vancouver
'Beyond' my expectations
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

I came here with a few close friends for a christmas dinner. When we first stepped inside, we were a little worried that we picked the wrong place due to how empty the restaurant was. Our worries were gone when the food arrived. We ordered the crab cake and scallops for appies. The scallops were only okay but the crab cake was delicious. For mains, we had the sablefish, halibut, the pork, and the special of the night (steak, lamb chop, a prawn and scallop skewer for $26 - it's a steal). Everyone was very happy with their mains.

The service was okay, our waitress was nice and polite. My only minor complaint was that the food took a long time to arrive despite how empty the restaurant was. However, our meals were all cooked to perfection so it was worth the wait.

The restaurant itself is beautiful and very spacious. The dining room area is huge and we could actually have a nice quiet conversation, unlike other downtown restaurants which blasts their music.

I would definitely come back to this restaurant again.

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Jang Mo Jib8320 Alexandra Street, Richmond
Not what it used to be
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 11:43am [Dine in]

Ever since this restaurant opened, I've been there several times and have always enjoyed the food. However, I have to say my last visit was rather disappointing. I came here with my friends on a cold and rainy saturday night and ordered a pork bone hotpot and a bibimbap. The bibimbap tasted okay but the pork bone hotpot was a major disappointment. The hotpot was very bland and we had to add some hot sauce that came with the bibimbap into the hotpot for some flavor. Aside from the kimchi, I thought the side dishes they gave out were also bland.

On a positive note, the portion sizes and the service were decent.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
It's okay, not too impressed
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

I came here for a b-day dinner last night. The restaurant itself is quite small and was 75% full. The view is no doubt magnificent looking out at English Bay, but unfortunately, our table was by the door.

We ordered the highly recommended grilled caesar salad and for entrees, our party ordered the Ahi Tuna, Halibut, Salmon, Lamb and Duck. All dishes were displayed beautifully and colorfully and we were all impressed. Taste wise, the fish dishes were reported to be good but the lamb and duck were disappointing. We were also disappointed with the lack of menu selections.

Service was a bit slow but our server was very professional and nice. No complaints there.

Would I come back? Maybe if they increase their menu items.

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Yummy Mexican food but beware of the hot peppers
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

I finally went to Don Guacamole's after recommendations from several friends. I went on a rainy thursday night and luckily, there were no lineups. Note that they don't take reservations. I don't remember exactly the name of the food that we ordered but all were tasty. We ordered some tacos: chorizo sausage (too salty), lamb (reported to be good), and pulled pork (very good). We also ordered this soup with chicken and pork, in this broth with some lettuce and chickpeas. Our party shared the soup and we all enjoyed it a lot. The soup was very filling though. For the main course, we shared this meat dish containing all types of meat on this burner. There was sooo much meat.

The food was very good and not too pricey. Highly recommended!

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Rakuraku Korean Cuisine5278 Kingsway, Burnaby
Love their bibimbap and free mackarel - but that's it
Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

After doing some shopping at Metro, my friend and I decided to come here for dinner. We ordered their bibimbap, seafood salad, and spicy chicken on a hotplate. I've been here several times before and I always order their bibimbap. I think it's one of the best I've had. Their seafood salad is not bad, but it was pretty expensive at $16. Their spicy chicken wasn't bad either but I also thought it was expensive. For drinks, we ordered soju with yogurt and I could barely taste the soju.

There is definitely better Korean food out there but I know I'll probably return for their bibimbap.

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Beefy Beef Noodle House4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Good Variety, big portions
Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch with my dbf yesterday. We looked at the menu and they have a wide variety of items to choose from, from noodles, to rice, to hotpots, snacks, bbt, toasts, etc. I ordered the noodles with salt and peppery nuggets and he ordered the beef brisket noodles. The noodles came out piping hot and the portions were huge. Neither of us could finish our noodles. I highly recommend the chicken nuggets and I would definitely come back to try the different menu items.

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Ap Gu Jung Restaurant1642 Robson St., Vancouver
Good value, good food
Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Came with a party of 3 on a cold Saturday night. We ordered a small spicy pork bone hotpot, a seafood pancake, and chicken skewers. We were going to order grilled beef with rice but the waiter recommended that we DON'T order it because it's too much food for the 3 of us. At first, I thought he was underestimating us, but it wasn't until we started eating that I thought he was right. The pork bone hotpot was delicious especially on such a cold night. It came with at least 7 big pieces of pork bones. The seafood pancake and skewers were pretty good and the portions were pretty big for the price charged. We also ordered 1 litre of soju with yogurt and it was very yummy. I will definitely come back.

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Bubble Queen8888 Odlin Crescent, Unit 1200, Richmond
Deluxe and Unique BBT
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 11:25am [Dine in]

My friend has been raving about this place and she finally took me there. The place isn't much to look at. They cater more to take-out but they do have a few tables for you to sit at.

However, they do have these unique slush/bbt flavors. I tried the Ferrero Rocher flavor which was really good, but a bit too sweet. Next time, I will ask for half sweet. They also have Maltesars flavor slush, the ever so famous cookie slush, mint mocha slush, and even earl grey milk tea slush. I also tried this fruit cup (available on weekends only) which consists of mango slush, sago, and fresh fruits on top. Food wise, they serve some snacks and they serve unique flavor bubble waffles which I will try next time.

I would definitely come back again to try the other flavors. Highly Recommended!

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Gorgeous restaurant with sub-par food
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 11:15am [Dine in]

I came here for a friend's b-day dinner about 2 weeks ago. There's no doubt that the restaurant is gorgeous, with 2 levels, extremely high ceilings, and a guitar shaped chandelier/light hanging on the ceiling. However, I was a little disppointed with the food especially with the entrees. We ordered a house salad, calamari and scallops for appies and those were decent but the entrees of pasta and halibut were only okay. The halibut was really dry and the pasta sauce was wayy too thick and creamy.

The service was okay. Our waitress was nice, although overbearing at times. She did recommend some really good martinis to us though. The best part is, Friday is Martini night for $7.50. :)

Would I come back? Probably just for drinks and appies.

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
Mmmmm.....yummy burger
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:46am [Dine in]

I went to Splitz with a friend last night and we split the 1/3 lb burger combo. There are 25 or more free toppings you can choose from and includes some distinctive sauces like babaganoush, and homous. The burger was succulent and juicy and it was huge if you add a few toppings. The fries were nothing special but it was served hot and fresh. After adding sauteed mushrooms and swiss cheese (extra add ons that cost money), our combo came up to $12, which includes fries and a drink. Service was quick and efficient and the restaurant was clean. I would definitely return.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Wonderful Birthday Dinner
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

I came with a party of 5 on a busy saturday night for my belated b-day dinner. We were seated upstairs in one of the booths with comfy leather chairs. The place was very nice, and busy, with a trendy and hip vibe, just like all the other Glowbal group restaurants. For appies, we ordered the lobster poutine and crab cake, which the waiter said is the best crab cake in Vancouver. The crab cake was indeed delicious and the lobster poutine wasn't bad either. For entrees, 3 of us had the feature halibut dish which was amazing, and the other 2 had the cooked seafood platter. Everyone was happy with their food. One of my friends ordered a Caesar (the drink) and it came with the biggest jumbo prawn, which I thought was unique and it was only $8.

Service was good. Our waiter for very informative and polite and he gave very good recommendations. He actually recommended the feature dish to us as well as the cocktail we had. I forgot the name but it was very good as well.

I would recommend this restaurant and be sure to make reservations because this place is packed all the time.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Would come back if coming with a bigger party
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 10:43am [Dine in]

After reading a lot of newspaper reviews about this restaurant being the #1 Korean restaurant in the Lower Mainland, I decided to come try it out. My bf and I got there at 8pm on a Saturday night and the restaurant was packed. Luckily, the restaurant is quite big so we only waited for about 15 minutes. Instead of ordering the 2 person combo (which is $60), we selected individual dishes. We ordered the sweet potato tempura, seafood pancake, pork bone soup with korean noodles, and one bbq beef dish. Everything was tasty and we especially loved the seafood pancake and bbq beef dish. One thing I wasn't too happy about is how they charge $1.50 if you want an extra side dish (the free ones that accompany the meal). All other Korean restaurants I've been to give out seconds and thirds.

Service was pretty absent but I saw how busy all the wait staff were. If you press the bell, they'll eventually come to your table. Another thing I didn't like was the dishes came at very staggered times. My first dish came 20 minutes after ordering. The 2nd dish came about 10 minutes after. Then we waited for maybe 30 minutes after that for the third dish. And then 20 minutes after that, the bbq beef came. I am surprised the bbq beef came last as we cook it ourselves at the table.

Value wise, I think it's not bad if you come with at least a party of 4 because you can order their combos which have a bit more variety. The party of 2 combo was just a bit steep for me at $60.

I would come back again only if I am eating with a larger group of people.

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Cucumber Cafe10211 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Decent
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 10:14am [Dine in]

A girlfriend and I were looking for some grub in Richmond on a Friday night, and we didn't want to eat at the chain restaurants so she suggested we go to Cucumber Cafe. They have quite an extensive menu and they serve breakfast all day. Also, 80% of the menu items are under $10. We ordered a clubhouse sandwich with yam fries and an ham and egg omelette which comes with potatoes and fruit. We both enjoyed our dishes.

Service was not bad, although I found our waitress to be a bit too persistant, checking on us every 5 minutes. At least our waters were filled up.The restaurant itself is quite nice and clean.

I would definitely come back again.

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
Just OK - I've had better
Submitted Friday, July 17, 2009 - 10:54am [Dine in]

I came here with a party of 8 last night to celebrate a birthday. We ordered a variety of dishes such as seafood appetizer platter, mussels, black cod with house special sauce, pad thai, tom yum goong soup, seafood salad, pineapple fried rice, and green curry. All the food was just okay and I find that it lacked Thai flavors. No dish really stood out for me but at the prices and service was decent. Our waters were constantly filled up and empty dishes taken off the table quickly.

I probably won't come back for dinner but I did look at the lunch specials and they seem like a good deal. I might come back for their lunch specials.

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