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poorstudentVancouverSince May 5, 200723 Reviews
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Tandoori Kona11700 Cambie Road, #170, Richmond
The go-to place in Richmond for those nights of craving Indian food
Submitted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

My partner and I have been here about 5 times... each time we dine in. Service is good. Most people order out/pickup, but we like dining in. The place is friendly, and the food is pretty good. I've tried the lamb and chicken curries, as well as the vegetarian dishes such as the okra. My boyfriend usually goes for the butter chicken. Each dish comes with rice, and we also get a basket of naan. The complementary appetizer always crispy and nicely made with toasted cumin. We usually order the (potato)pakora appies. We'll be back for more.

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
Non greasy breakfast food
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

We came in Labour Day morning, and they were one of the few places open at 7. The atmosphere was fresh and neat, and our server was quite attentive. The only complaint was that they didn't come to our table enough after our food came. I would've liked my water refilled, or to catch a server's attention for the bill when we were done our meal. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my visit to Paul's Place. My scrambled eggs with broccoli came on warmed english muffins and covered with cheddar. Very delicious. The fruit cup was alright. Quite healthy compared to my normal breakfast nook of Bon's off Broadway. $8

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Unpretentious Decent French Dinner
Submitted Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

I had heard a lot about Faux Bourgeouis, and yes, there's a bit of hype. Do reserve your table, as it was busy the whole night and I don't think I saw a table empty for more than the time it took to clear and clean it off. We talked for 10 minutes after the bill came and went, as we digested, but the waitress came by to let us know our table was reserved for another group, and we quickly left. We weren't surprised, and certainly not offended. The ambiance was decent, and unpretentious, from the non-table-clothed tables to simple bar and walls. Our food was very good. We did wait a while for our entrees, but we could tell the kitchen was going to be busy. Our appetizers however, arrived promptly and I enjoyed my french onion soup while my friend had a salad. The soup was very very generously topped with cheese, and much better than the french onion soup offered at Mistral's, as this one was based on a delicious complex brown stock, and changed my mind on french onion soup. Throughout the meal the waitresses came by several times to fill our water, and we kept ourselves entertained until our mains arrived. When it did, I was not dissapointed. The canard confit arrived and was decent, although I would've preferred mine a little crispier (Here's where Mistral's would take the blue ribbon), but the dish itself was not bad. It came on a bed of frisee, along with green beans and perfectly crispy roasted potatoe halves, with a vinaigrette sauce. My friend had a sausage and mash which wasn't presented as well as the confit, but the slightly spicy sausage was quite good (couldn't taste the cinnamon, but could find the trace of nutmeg in it), and reminescent of a fancier lean pepperoni. We finished by sharing a creme brulee, which was a just a little too sweet for my taste, but still smooth and enjoyable. Total: $63.

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Milwaukee Market Creamery1330 Hornby St., Vancouver
Will be back to try the Brownie Delight
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

My sister and I were strolled through Yaletown and eventually found this clean, bright shop after reading the review on this site. We were not dissapointed. Yes, the price of frozen custard is a little higher than your average gelato/icecream place at 4.25 for a regular (actually generously sized in a large waffle cone), but once you get it in your hand, you'll realize you're dealing with a substantial treat. First of all, it feels heavy in your hand, because it's dense, more dense than ice cream or even gelato. When I was done my cone, it ended up being my lunch, because I was full for hours later. I had the purple yam and coconut frozen custard while my sister opted for the mango and pistachio in a cone. You also get a wafer stick in your cone, to top it off. The man at the counter was really friendly, and told us a lot about frozen custard (it was our first time having it), and gave us tastes of the different flavours, even after we had our ordered cones in hand! (Maybe that's why we weren't hungry for hours!) We'll be back to try the other stuff on the menu, especially the brownie delight, which is supposed to be delicious, and we'll be doing it soon.

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Top Gun Hot Pot4500 Kingsway, #2228, Burnaby
Meh.
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

We went for dim sum on a Wednesday morning, and were seated quickly, however, the waiter failed to explain how the tea was served (Everyone orders their own tea, with a shared pot of hot water placed in the middle of the table), in fact the waiter failed to communicate much with us. Food was good, it all came pretty quickly to the table.I don't think they use as much MSG as your average dim sum place. Overall the service was abrupt, and people working there looked gloomy. It's hard to enjoy a meal with sad, unimpressed looking servers moping around. The bill was a bit on the expensive side for the few dishes we ordered, but after the TOP GUN discount of 30% off (we finished our meal before 11:00, and one of us had a discount card), the bill was on par with what other dim sum restaurants charge. I probably wouldn't go here again, as I don't live in Burnaby, would recommend other Vancouverites to try Prince or Green Village in Vancouver.

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Make an nutritionalist happy.
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 11:56am [Dine in]

When I think mexican, I usually think of texmex with lots of processed cheese on fried tacoshells and loaded with greasy ground beef. Think again. Bandidas makes their own corn tortilla unlike any tortilla wrap i'd have before (think smaller and thicker, almost polenta-like in texture), topped with fresh ingredients. I enjoyed my "Estelle" tacos, which had roasted pineapple and chopped fresh tomatos, which made it on the wet side, but still delicious. Washed down with a pink lemonade of half order cranberry soda and half order lemonade. My companion appeared to have enjoyed his "Ronny Russell" meal. We went midday, and it was nice and relaxing, with no hub of children. The restaurant does seem to be child friendly, with crayons and paper handy to keep kids busy. Will try to get the window-side table with two rocking chairs next time.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Would make a great date
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

Went with a friend, we ordered about 7 dishes between the two of us, and 4 drinks later, the bill only came to $55.
We enjoyed everything that we had ordered. All the food came to the table perfectly done, and each dish was very unique. Sure, you might be able to name every ingredient in the dish, but picking out the flavours was fun, and delicious. The drinks were fun too, we ordered the earomantic, affectionirvana (both had jelly on the bottom! sounds weird, tastes good) as well as sapporo beer and black jet jump
We ordered:
takowasa (our favorite)
popeye salad
yam fries
short ribs
shrimp and scallop rice gratin (didn't actually find shrimp, but had mushrooms instead and scallops) covered with cheese. could've use a pinch of salt more, but was delicious nonetheless.
beef tataki
for dessert we shared the earl grey creme brulee, which was perfected with a very light barely there sugar crust.
Presentation was beautiful and I will be bringing my boyfriend around next time.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Beautiful
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

Although not a regular stop for poorstudent, this cute restaurant has been impressive on both visits. The staff are very knowledgeable about the wine to accompany the dishes on the menu, and the food itself is incredible. I had the french onion soup, the cassoulet with duck confit, the cream brulee on my first visit. all were absolutely outstanding, I'd never had such a smooth dessert finish to an incredible sensory stimulating dinner.
The second visit was no dissapointment either. the warm goat cheese salad was simple but very delicious. I stuck with the duck and got the Roasted Duck breast and duck leg confit, glazed peaches and mango, honey jus, frisee salad and scallop potatoes, and finished with the chocolate mousse. The mousse was thick and delicious, but definately a bit heavy, so unless you really love rich chocolate, stay away. I cannot imagine going to Mistral next time and not orderring duck, simply because it was so wonderfully done both times I visited.

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Kelsey's11300 Steveston Highway, #100, Richmond
decent food, but definately not worth the price
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

We went to Kelsey's since it was on the way to the movie theatres, and it was a pitstop we won't be making again. While the service was decent, and we got to watch the game on any of the 6 screens by the bar (we chose a booth seat), the plates came half empty. I just expected a full plate when ribs with fries and a salad are supposed to fit on one plate, maybe adding some fries would've helped the half-empty look. Our food didn't take too long to come, but it wasn't anything special. The side salads are quite small as well, which is a little confusing as Kelsey's no fine dining establishment. All in all, not worthy of a second try.

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
where else can you get a plateful of dinner for $6?
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

Consistently decent food, for really cheap prices. Not sure how they manage to make any money, but am grateful it's around as the food is consistenly decent to pretty good. Have been here a few times, once as a group of 2, others in groups of 6 to 10. The service is always speedy and good. Will definately be making a trip again in the near future.

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Kisamos Greek Taverna3420 Moncton Street, Richmond
salty roast lamb
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

After giving Kisamos a second chance, I have to say although the prices are cheap, but food is dissapointing. I ordered roast lamb both times, with both times being waay to salty. The second time I ordered, I was told that the lamb gets pre-marinaded, and the chef cannot control the salt content (how about not adding that much salt in the marinade?). Anyways, my sides were all pretty good, standard rice and potatos with greek salad fare, and since I like my starches, I survived both meals. However, if you like greek roast lamb, try Stephos on Davie in Vancouver for a even wallet friendlier option, or almost any Greek place in Burnaby.

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Megabite Pizza2440 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Sorry, I cheated on you Uncle Fatih
Submitted Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

Rushing during an busy student's evening meant I didn't have time to cross the street where I stayed faithful to Uncle Fatih's since the day it opened. I hopped off the 99 B line to find myself face to face with Megabite, and walked through it to grab a slice and head onto the skytrain. I thought, just one slice would not hurt. A fresh pizza had just come out of the oven, without even a slice missing. I thought it was meatball, with its meat coloured balls amongst motzerella cheese. I did my usual squirt of ranch sauce along the thicker-than-Fatih's crust and sprinkled parmesan and ran out the door. As I bit in while on the skytrain platform, a delicious explosion of mushroom, garlic, parmesan and creamy cheese partied in my mouth. It wasn't meatball, it was mushroom. and it was delicious. Yes, less herbs, yes, no veggies piled on. But that was some flavourful cheese, better than that at Fatih's. I'm sorry Uncle Fatih's, but this rival pizzeria definately is packing some serious punches. My next pizza slice will be a tough choice to make. Megabites Pizza rivals that of Fatihs, at least for that whole mushroom slice.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Eating in is dissapointing
Submitted Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

The first time I ate Saffron food was after a movie during the summer. We drove past prior to our movie, and the smell permeated the street and we *had* to cave in to the delicious aroma from the kitchen. Because the restaurant closes at 10, we ordered take out, which came in large portions, with plenty of rice. (One take out order = a foil tub of butter chicken/curry chicken and another foiled tub filled with rice) for $14.

We gathered a large group to Saffron, having raved about the deliciousness and value. However, the service was lacking (there were 5 of us, and our water was filled once in the two hours we were there) when the food came, while the deliciousness was there, the value was not. Eating in means the portions are a third of what you pay for take out, and rice surprisingly did not come with your meal (try $3.50 for a small serving of rice). Now, I don't know how anyone eats butter chicken, in all its delicious flavourful sauce without any rice or naan.

I will be back, as the food is delicious. But due to the difference in portion size, and lack of service, I will be taking my food out.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Succulent Oroshi
Submitted Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Japa Dog Stand twice, the first time I had a terimayo, which was a solid dog. But the second time, I was definately impressed with a succulent Oroshi dog. Must stop by if you want a relatively cheap on the go bite to eat between shopping/before a movie. The Japanese people running the stand are really nice too. Another plus: plenty of condiments for saucy people (you should try some japanese mayonnaise if you're never tried it).

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
If it weren't for the parmesan
Submitted Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

I went with a group of five, three had the buffet, and two of us ordered off the menu. I ordered the eggplant, which was supposed to come with a side of rice. When it arrived at the table, it came in a tomato sauce which was good. The rice was stuffed into half of an empty eggplant, and looked appetizing. However when I took a bite it tasted like vomit. The mixture of rice had included something acidic and something curd-like. I tried to pepper over the taste, but it didn't work. Not wanting to appear rude in front of company, I did not want to send the dish back to the kitchen. A request for parmesan saved the dish, after I covered each bite generously with cheese. The yam fries I ordered were soggy and barely hot.
A member of our party ordered the salmon, and was dissapointed with her dish, which was overcooked and dried.
Of the three who ordered the all you can eat meat option, all agreed the lamb was overcooked and dried as well. One was hungry afterwards, and we made a pit stop to pick up a sub.
Perhaps they'd hoped the colourful dancers would've been sufficient distraction from the poor quality coming out of the kitchen.

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Cactus Club Cafe101 Schoolhouse Street, #110, Coquitlam
Who knew?
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

My only experience with cactus club prior to this was a quick lunch at the Broadway location in Vancouver, where I had a decent quesdilla, but it was nothing special.

However, as we pulled up to this cactus club in Coquitlam, it was definately a prettier sight, with a water feature outside. I had the creole chicken, and finished every last morsel on the plate. Delicious.

The only issues were that my friend had forgotten to make reservations and our group of 6 had to wait phenomenally long for a table (which is not really their fault for being busy). In addition, a member of the group had funky guinness served to him, which was exchanged for another beer after a while. Also a pastaffarian had to wait a good half an hour after his pasta was brought over, for parmesan cheese to reach the table. Perhaps they just need more waitstaff?

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Riddim & Spice1945 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Why was it so quiet?
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

Went tonight, and had the jerk chicken, regular sized. It came on a plate with a delicious and generous serving of rice mixture, and salad. My friend had the same, but with baked roti instead of the rice, which she enjoyed as well.

My friend and I were the only people dining, on this quiet Saturday. Why? I don't know. It was delicious and a relatively cheap eat. Softly played music helped in the quiet restaurant. I will be recommending it to friends.

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Death by Chocolate1598 West Broadway, Vancouver
Only never again.
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 12:53am [Dine in]

Under a craving for dessert, we headed into Death by Chocolate. A 45 minute wait (estimated to be "about 20 minutes" by the one waitress serving the whole floor) was spent sitting on a couch by the door, seemingly convieniently located in front of the dessert display.

However, if you were looking at the display, you'd be smack in the middle of the narrow walkway from one end of the restaurant to the other. As a result, while we were picking out what we wanted, the waitress yelled at us telling us to move. At this point we decided to just order take out from the bored-looking guy standing at the counter.

Dessert when we got home was mediocre as the cake was dry, icing was too thick. Overall, if you wanted a crappy piece of grocery-store bakery cake, go to Superstore. At least there will be no rude waitress there to yell at you. Tip? $0.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Long wait for sushi
Submitted Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Waited an hour for a party of 5, which apparently is normal. If you don't mind the Stephos-style line out the door, a good place for sushi. High turnover meant fresh sashimi. Lovely tea. No complaints about the food, and highly recommended the soft-shell crab, the dinner box was a little dissapointing, due to the selection of food that went into it. Tempura was lightly battered and fried to perfection.

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Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken1475 Prairie Ave, #101B, Port Coquitlam
Come to Vancouver, Lee!
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 12:03am [Dine in]

A friend's party was when I was first exposed to Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken. As a Vancouverite, I've suffered enough bad Church's and KFC experiences to jade my view on fried chicken. But Lee's crispy hot, perfectly spicy and non-greasy fried chicken has made me a fan. Not sure whats stopping them from coming to Vancouver.

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