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RasputinDowntownSince July 6, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (4)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value5 (5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Outstanding
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

This is one of Vancouver's best hidden gems, even though it is not so hidden anymore (they have been reviewed in the New York Times after all!)

The food is, in a word, outstanding. There is a huge variety and selection, and it is almost impossible to choose from their 7+ page, 12 point font menu in reasonable time. A word of advice: if it's your first time there and you're overwhelmed by the selection, let the server choose for you, which is what I did (it may have been the manager actually.) Every dish we received was incredible.

Also make sure to go with at least 4 people so you can all sample a reasonable number of dishes, as each are quite large and intended to be shared around.

Some nights you can experience quite a wait, and you have to be careful because the restaurant closes quite early (I think they don't let anyone in after 9pm.) In this case you either have to be patient, or make a reservation beforehand.

The layout is a bit underwhelming as it more resembles a cheap Chinese restaurant, and the menu might seem overpriced in comparison at first. But once you taste it, you will agree you're actually getting great value given the quality of the food.

I have taken many many different parties here, and everyone has always been very impressed. In case it helps, here are some of the best dishes I have tried:
-"Grandmother's recipe" garlic fried squid
-Garlic fried prawns
-Hot and sour fish soup
-Phnom Penh noodles (get dry with soup on side)
-Butter beef - like an asian style beef carpaccio, amazing

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Golden Garden Vietnamese Cuisine509 Main Street, Vancouver
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

I pass through Chinatown all the time but I never noticed this little spot hidden in plain sight on Main. Part of it is that Chinatown has such a poor rep for restaurants that I'm not paying attention. However, on the basis of a passing reference in the Sun, I decided to come down here one night due to my ever-present desire for pho, and to introduce a friend to Vietnamese for the first time. It was a bit of a gamble, but downtown (where I live) is a big black hole for vietnamese despite a fair abundance of spots.

So we get in the door and the fairly large room is virtually dead despite being dinner hour...usually a big flashing warning sign to escape while you can. However I can't be bothered to go searching for another place at this hour and decide just to go for it. At this point my expectations are pretty much as low as possible, but it turns out to be a pleasant surprise. The food is well above average for vancouver vietnamese, and the price was very reasonable.

Service was quite good, and they were obviously eager to please. The decor was also quite a bit more upscale than the typical vietnamese hole in the wall, and everything looked pretty new. I would definitely come back again, and it's always good to know it's there given the shortage of good vietnamese in the downtown area.

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Hon's Wun Tun House268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Comfort food
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Hon's is definitely no gourmet spot, but it is the definition of comfort food. Most things on their 7+ page menu are fairly solid, if not exactly original. Some are quite exceptional. The made in-house BBQ beef and egg noodle wonton soup are highlights we keep on coming back to again and again. The best part is very few items are more than $10, and you can easily get fed for $6-10 a person...the value is untouchable.

Service is highly efficient and businesslike, as with most Chinese diners. The "ambiance" is that of a cafeteria...but even still, it is charming in its own way. It is the ambiance of a burning good deal, of absolutely no pretension, of letting the food speak for itself. I'll take that over the celebrity-decorated, overpriced steaming crap getting served up in Yaletown any day.

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