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pumpkindUnknownSince June 30, 200726 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Loved it
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

In short - this is Kintaro done right. Very close taste-wise, but not dingy, clean and you don't have to squeeze yourself into a men's bathroom. The design of the place is also very nice, the ambiance being made a bit quirky by a jazzy music playing in the background.

The place is very small and it has 3 tables for two, one table for four and a large shared table in the middle that sits about 10 people. Sharing a table with other people is not for everyone, but it also means that you will be sit faster if you are alone.

This place is a bit pricey though. Gyoza + noodles + green tea (from a tea bag) + tips = $18. That's for one. Noodles alone are around 8-9-10 dollars. I cannot honestly tell if it is organic or inorganic (hehe), but to me it is worth it anyways.

In any case, if you like Kintaro or the older version of Ezogiku, make sure to check this place out.

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Cafe One1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Lunch
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

I went here for lunch few days ago and I have to say I was pleasantly surprise by the quality of food. I had Cioppino and Rueben. Both tasted good and Cioppino was also presented very nicely, not your regular a cup'o'soup and a crumbly crackers on the site.

One thing that this place is lacking is a consistency in a decor. It looks like they have closed the Indigo restaurant on the first floor and simply moved some of it (brightly colored) furniture into an otherwise more conservatively designed restaurant.

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Cactus Club Cafe7320 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Nice interiors.
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

What can I say about this CC ? Nice interiors. That's about it. We dined at this location at least four times and every single time the experience was nothing to write home about.

Firstly, the food. They had an absolutely awesome appy called Hawaiian Tuna Poke. Really well balanced, very tasty. Always scooped every last bit of it. Now it got replaced by "Rob Feenie (tm)(r)(c)" Tuna Tataki. I assume they did put the tune in it, but it's really hard to tell because of the copious amounts of vinegar that the whole dish is floating in. You cannot taste anything BUT the vinegar. I tried two preparations of it on two different occasions, they tasted the same, so I am assuming it wasn't a fluke. I kid not, it is hardly edible despite being created by RF (tm).

Medium rare steak arrived completely cooked through. Right after the steak the manager arrived and she was nice enough to take the steak of the bill because "they guarantee all their food" whatever it means.

Calamari appy comprised primarily of crust. There were some actual calamari too, but the crust was the star of the show. Don't know about other people, but I like it the other way around. Also in a flash of culinary genius they threw into the same deep fryer sliced jalapeno peppers and those crawled their way onto the plate. Perhaps they were mentioned in the menu description, but c'mon who read the exact description of the calamari ?! Everyone knows what it contains. In all other restaurants.

Beef carpaccio. What can I say ? They sure leave no good recipe unimproved, some pickled shallots and presto, you thought you were getting carpaccio, but you get a surprise. Again, who would've thought they would mess with a perfectly good recipe ?

There are good items on the menu though. The burger is actually very good, but it is good in all other restaurants where they charge $15 for it (most notably Earls). Cedar plank smoked salmon dish is also very well done. I am just hoping they won't start improving these any time soon.

The service varies between OK and very sloppy. Asking for a side plate may be a challenge with two different servers forgetting about the request the second they leave the table. Ordering a drink in the middle of the meal also seems to present a challenge to some of the waiting stuff. Never got the pop I order for the burger, even though I was assured it will be right up. Water is never refilled. Also check your bills, once we were charged the double for an entree.

Very nice interior though. The feature wall behind the reception is a true interior design masterpiece. If only it could keep Rob Feenie away from their menu :-)

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
Won't be back
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

We have been going into the Keg for close to 10 years now, and visited pretty much all Lower Mainland locations. This one is the newest and the grandest, but the food quality leaves very much to be desired. I mean it is edible, but it is of beaten-down pub quality. Certainly not something that is worth close a hundred bucks for a meal for two. I was really dissatisfied with the whole experience.

Starting with the appy, which was a Crab/Parmesan dip, - the baked chip-like crusty somethings, some severely oversalted (had to scramble for water to gulp it down) and the dip that was completely an utterly nothing special. Milestone's dip to this one is like Bentley to Focus.

Secondly, Oscar Sirloin that I have ordered almost every single we went to the Keg came with like a teaspoon of Bearnaise sauce. The scallops and the shrimp tasted like they were thawed and warmed up, not a hint of them being sauteed or fried. Bland. The tomato, and I am starting to nitpick here, but it just adds to the picture, had oddly enough only one half covered in miniscule amount of cheese and it wasn't broiled long enough.

So all in all - food quality was way below expectations and didn't compare well to what we had in other locations.

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Great room, the rest is very much so-so
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

Went there for a breakfast and it was a disappointment.

Food-wise the $16 Eggs Bene had running white, the Hollandaise was starting to separate (i.e. you could see the butter accumulating into the drops in the sauce), the presentation was close to that of an IHOP. I mean that for 16 bucks I expect both eggs to be poached perfectly, be of the same shape and don't sit lopsided on the muffin.

We also ordered small pancakes for our kid, which came with the dough that was completely uncooked in the middle. Not kidding. We cut it in pieces and the dough actually spilled onto the plate. They remade it, but - common on - how hard is it to cook a pancake ?!

Also ordered a Belgian waffle - again, for its price one would expect to get something really nice. This waffle was just bland and it was really really dry. Not crunchy or stale, but way overcooked and completely lacked any sort of chewiness.

Service-wise - I was sitting with an empty cup for good 15 minutes, and had to ask for more coffee refill twice. Water wasn't refilled either.
The screwed up pancakes stayed on the bill. At the very least I expected them to ask if we'd like it to be on the house. Far less pretentious places routinely take screwed up plates off the bill, so I don't think I was expecting something unusual here. Again - how hard is it to cook a pancake ? That's like a pre-requirement for Cooking 101.

All in all - nice room, cutlery and china, pleasant ambient music, but the matching quality of food is completely lacking. Perhaps it's just the breakfast, but we ain't coming back. That's for sure.

PS. Oh, and the reason we went there was that the same place (under a different name I think) used to make the best Eggs Bene in Vancouver. Like head and shoulders above all other place. So I guess that added to the disappointment this time around.

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Shang Noodle House350 Gifford Street, New Westminster
Food quality issues
Submitted Monday, October 13, 2008 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Review in three words - severe food poisoning. My wife and I ordered a couple of appies and two of their Japanese ramens - one w/ BBQ pork and one w/ tender pork chop. We shared everything we ordered except for the tender pork, which was my wife's and that's what apparently got her down. It's been over a day now and she's still recovering.

I really hope that this was an isolated incident, because the noodles were actually very decent. Cooked well, good texture and "chewiness". Very comparable those of Kintaro. The soup was definitely not an authentic Japanese version. There's no Shoya soup (i.e. soy-based) and their miso soup tasted like a mix of chicken broth, milk and some spices. Also, I got very thirsty after eating it, which typically means that it was MSG'd ... which I don't mind actually, just more of an FYI for those who avoiding the MSG.

All in all, good noodles, nice place, but very bad after-meal experience.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1629 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Food is actually pretty good
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

I decided to write this review after reading the trashy one below. We've been to this restaurant few times and the quality of food was consistently good. Had a pulled pork sandwich and platter, and other meats off the menu - all juicy and tender, just as one would expect them to be. Sides were equally enjoyable including coleslaw and beans. Perhaps those exposed to a real southern BBQ have different expectations, but we left happy on all occassions. I mean - do not expect Parkside there, it's a _simple_ joint with a good food and actually pretty decent sitting area and ambiance.

As far as expecting "more" for waving a bag of bone chips in manager's face - I genuinely hate this sort of an attitude.

Restaurants are run by people, and people have tendency to screw up. Found a problem - sure, tell them. If it was an honest mistake, they'll fix it. Your compensation is a "thank you" and a better restaurant. Extorting a "more than a sandwich" in return for your good deed though is revolting.

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Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries2611 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
Decent cakes, incompetent personnel
Submitted Friday, October 12, 2007 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

We tried few things there, cakes are generally good, some overly sweet and one was soaked in sugar syrup. But that's exactly what their name says, so I am giving 4 for the food. If you are to try just one cake there, try Zucotto. Very elaborate, hardly "a cake", a true dessert.

The place itself is indeed more of a shop than a cafe. For some weird reason they also insist that you'd sit down in order to get a cake and a cup of coffee if you want to use their cafe "facilities". Looks pretty odd if you ask me.

What however ticks me off about this place is an absolutely incompetent staff. In a scope of 4 visits, when we were buying stuff to take out, they managed to (a) charge us for a large cake, when we bought small ($40 difference) (b) screw up a refund by double-charging and double-refunding the purchase to the point I had to go through a CC company to unroll the transaction (c) produce espresso grind (of some fancy-shmancy specialty beans) that looked like coarse bread crumbs for a poultry stuffing.

Needless to say that we now pay them in cache and check the good prior to leaving the store.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Best pizza ever
Submitted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

Went to Marcello's this afternoon after reading all the reviews here and I must say that their pizza is the best I ever had.

Thin crust, not too crispy, chewy. The best part is that toppings are sliced very thinly, and well mixed together, so (a) you get all of them with every bite (b) you can still taste all of them separately and (c) they don't overpower the crust. There's an absolutely perfect balance. Also, unlike Nat's NY pizza, the whole package starting from the sauce is properly seasoned and _very_ flavorful.

We also got their Chef's salad for an appy (salad, olives, ham, cheese, artichokes and something else) and it was also very good. Keep in mind that the small portion is actually large enough for two.

Service is OK. Not sure how they cope during the peak hours, but in the late lunch hours it was completely reasonable.

Ambiance-wise and given the +30C weather I would recommend to get an outside table. The sitting is not on the Commercial itself, but on a side street that is well-shaded by the trees. Very nice.

I would most certainly come back. In fact I doubt I will go to any other pizza place from now on.

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
Stick to the omelettes
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 3:10am [Dine in]

We go to Paul's at least a couple of times a months, so I managed to sample parts of their menu. The advice - stick to the omelettes.

Omelettes are generally very well done. The 1306 (mushroom) is very good and so is the Meatlovers.

I also had Corn Beef Hash 3 or 4 times and it tends to vary greatly. When it's cooked well, it is very good, but when it's not, it is very bland and tastes undercooked.

Their version of Monte Cristo sandwich is horrible. They should really pay people to eat that.

Service-wise it's OK. It is a simple place, so nobody is going to come rushing to light a cigarette when you pull it out. Not that I smoke or they allow smoking.

Ambiance-wise - we saw Matthew Perry there once. Everyone was sitting there with funny faces trying to show that they always had their scrambled eggs with celebrities on a side. So the ambiance was nice :)

To sum it up - if you haven't been there and consider going, go. Better than IHOP, DeDutch & Co., but it ain't Parkside either.

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Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
It's OK, but nothing special
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 2:48am [Dine in]

We leave in a neighborhood and came by recently for dinner.

I would not call this place a "restaurant", it is more of an "eatery". To explain - it is located on the first floor of the nursing facility, right by its front entrance. Dining area is separated from the rest of the space by 3 foot wall. Therefore the ambiance is pretty much non-existent, it's like eating in a hospital cafe.

The service is nothing spectacular, but no complaints either; they earn their tips. You are being sit when you come in and they bring the check to your table.

The food is OK. I had tonkatsu (pork cutlet) curry, which I tend to order in all Japanese places, and while it was not the best, it was nevertheless very decent. As other people noted, they start you with a steamed egg with mushrooms and shrimp appetizer. Tea is provided as well. Portion sizes are substantial, you won't leave hungry.

There is no sushi on the menu, but it has Donburi, Soba, Curry and one other section as well as a list of side dishes. They also have a set of specials listed on a separate piece of paper, which are presented on a small table by the entrance. Though they do not look that .. err .. appealing.

All in all, this place is similar to Matsuzushi in Coquitlam. If compared, I like Matsuzishi better; in part because it also has a small Japanese store attached to the restaurant.

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Nat's New York Pizzeria2684 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Good, but not the best
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 2:16am [Dine in]

I really like NY-style pizza, so we went to Nat's recently after reading all the reviews on this page. Perhaps it was because I got reheated slices, but I was not impressed at all. The crust was thin and the pepperoni was in place, but the sauce was surprisingly bland. It tasted like a raw tomato paste without any spices or seasoning. The crust was very crispy, there was virtually no chewiness, the cheese was "settled" and as I already said it was simply not salty enough. I am inclined to write this experience off and give it another try.

I will be sure to compare it Marcelo's, which is next on the ToGo list. So far the best thin-crust I had in GVA has to be Earls' Sicilian pizza.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Excellent French bistro
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

Pastis is what the French bistro should be like. Courteous and professional waiters, immaculate food presentation and a great attention to details in every dish.

For example, they fry hash browns in a garlic scented oil, so the plate has this subtle whiff of incredible aroma. Their execution of fairly simple dishes (omelettes, egg bennies, croque monsieur a.k.a. the original monte-cristo sandwich) is pretty much flawless. If you can appreciate the amount of effort being put into every plate, Pastis is the place to check out. If you are looking for gigantic portion sizes or a doggy box for an onion soup leftovers, then it's not their specialty.

The menu is good and it has most of the items one would expect to find in a bistro. In any case they have a copy on a website.

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Recommended
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

Very good Indian food. Not of any sort of creative or fusion variety, just solid traditional dishes. Exactly how we like it.

They have lunch buffet on weekdays and dinner buffer on Mondays and Tuesdays (?). Decent salad bar and 6-7-8 main course items.

I would recommend going for the buffet if dining alone or with another person. Otherwise it's worth ordering off the menu and sharing.

The portion size is normal, an appy and an entree are more than enough to fill up and have a doggy box to go. The rice and naan need to be ordered separately, though I don't see much of a problem with this.

I would recommend trying their Lamb Dopiaza (lamb with onions), Dhania Gosht (lamb, spinach, tomatoes) and Mutter Paneer (cheese and chick peas). Curries are also very well prepared, and so are the Tandoori dishes.

The place is a couple of years old and it has very nice ambiance with Indian-style lounge music playing in a background.

As others noted, the take out is another good option and it rarely takes longer than 15-20 minutes.

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Lhy Thai7357 Edmonds St., Burnaby
Very good Thai food
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 12:49am [Dine in]

What this place lacks in ambiance, it makes up 10x in its food. My wife goes completely nuts for their Pad Thai (the noodles), and I basically like everything else :)

In short - very good (if not the best) Thai food, ideal for take out as the service tends to get very slow once they are 50% full.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
It's getting worse
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

I have to say that I really like the place. I like the idea and the execution. Or rather I _liked_ the execution when we went there for the first time few months ago. The food was clearly of a fusion variety, but it did feel strongly related to the origins. We went there at least 4 or 5 times in a course of two months and I tasted or sampled pretty much all of their menu. There was one or two items that I did not like that much, but it was mostly because I don't like sweet sauces with my meat.

Anyhow, long story short, we went there again few weeks ago and the noodles were barely edible due to being SEVERELY over-seasoned. My dish was plain oversalted, and my wife's noodles were soaked in too much sauce and it was not a soup dish.

I really hope it was just a fluke and a guy in the kitchen was just having a bad day or something. The place is rather unique, the menu is simple and very creative. I am going to check them out again in a few weeks.

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Thai House Royale Restaurant4600 Kingsway, #115, Burnaby
Not for lunch
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

I am a big fan of Yaletown's Urban Thai, which is owned by the same people who own Thai House. But compared to former the Thai House is way way worse. Admbiance and service don't really matter if the curry is watered down to the consistency of .. well .. water. Admittedly we haven't been in a restaurant for the dinner, but the lunch dishes are not delicious if barely acceptable at all. So called salad is a pile of huge chunks of lettuce with virtually no dressing, the curry is pretty much tasteless, etc.

As I said - I don't know if the dinner fare is good, but I would recommend to stay away from their lunch offerings.

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Cactus Club Cafe4219B Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Worse than other CCs
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 12:17am [Dine in]

Comparing this CC to others including the one on Kingsway next to the Metrotown - this one definiitely delivers the food of a lowest quality. We went there at least 4 or 5 times and I have ordered Jambalaya at least twice. My general impression was that it was plain undercooked. On one occasion I have complained about this (the sausage was simply cold, no traces of being fried whatsoever) only to receive an exact replica of the dish in 10 minutes. This was during the lunch time on a weekday, so it might have something to do with the load of a kitchen guys, but still it's hardly an excuse.

In short - I would not go there again. Ambiance is good, the staff is attentive, but food quality is lacking.

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
Smoke from the kitchen
Submitted Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

We've been to Feenies three times, twice for brunch, once for dinner. The food is good to very good depending on what you order. Nicely done, well presented, the recipes are creative and enjoyable.

However what killed the experience was the smoke in the dining area that was drafting from the kitchen. It smelt like a thoroughly charcoaled piece of bread. We were seated in the area to the left from the entrance and they had patio doors open. You could literally see the haze looking across the room. And I would not complain in length about this if it did not last for 15-20 minutes and it did not happen both times we were having brunch.

Dinner visit was unspoiled though :)

Overall impression of the restaurant is that it is quite cluttered. There too many tables for the space they have. Also furniture, especially chairs, starts to show noticeable signs of wear, which is probably not what I would expect from the restaurant in this price range.

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Kenzo Japanese Noodle House6907 Kingsway, Burnaby
Misleading name
Submitted Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 2:57am [Dine in]

Beware - this place is Korean, not Japanese.

The food is good and well presented, the place looks very decent and it is pleasant to dine there. But if you are expecting authentic Japanese ramen (as advertised), then you won't get it there. What you will get is a noodle soup of an unknown origin. Tasty, but not Japanese.

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