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Rasputin45Kitsilano, VancouverSince July 27, 200597 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Very nice
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I have been to the Foundation a few times now, and I have never had bad service. The vibe is cool, it makes me feel like I finally fit in with the cool kids. Kinda. The nachos are great and not too cheesy. Love the spinach salad. In my opinion, the main veggie curry dishes are not that great, but Foundation has enough great appetizers/salads that I will keep going back.

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Pepitas Restaurant2015 Burrard, Vancouver
Friday night frustrations
Submitted Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 12:34am [Dine in]

The first time we ever went to Pepitas was a friday night, and they sat us RIGHT NEXT to the loud Mexican music performer. I liked the music, but after 2 minutes of it blasting 300 decibles into my ear it was driving me crazy so I asked our waitress to be moved to an empty table a little farther away. She said she would check and see, and pretty soon I saw another couple being seated at the table so I guess the answer was no. Although we never did get an answer.

The night was downhill from there, including more poor service, yucky overpriced margaritas, my boyfriend's quesidilla was almost inedible to him, the music slowly driving me insane. I did enjoy my chicken fajitas, but it was quite expensive and the experience was not a positive one. I won't go back.

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Mexicali4424 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
The best Mexican food in Vancouver... so far
Submitted Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 12:17am [Dine in]

Mexi Cali is a no-frills, mini mall, hole-in-the-wall type restaurant that we didn't expect much from when we sat down. A Vietnamese guy (the owner) came and took our orders, then went back to the kitchen to prepare our meals.

The food was quite good. The freshly-prepared guacamole was outstanding and our main meals were great also. A steak taco was delicious, my sonora enchiladas were good, and the quesadilla was good. Although we have only been there twice, it remains our current favorite for Mexican food in Vancouver. I can't wait to try the other things on their menu.

At half the price of fancier restaurants such as Pepitas or the incredibly overhyped Las Margaritas, it's easy to like eating here. The only downside is that they don't sell alchohol. They serve virgin margaritas however.

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Red Robin1001 West Broadway, #200, Vancouver
Good Food, Good Value, Nice Setting
Submitted Monday, January 23, 2006 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

Last week, 5 of us decided it would be nice to go out for dinner. The plans were made last-minute, so we didn't have any reservations. We wanted a place that would be good and within walking distance from our friend's house at Oak and Broadway. When my friend suggested Red Robin, I didn't want to go there. It was quite an unfair decision. All I knew about Red Robin was what the sign looked like. It looked like Denny's. And boy, do I hate Denny's, with it's overpriced bottom-of-the-barrell food and dense service.

Luckily, I was outvoted, so we ended up heading towards Red Robin. As soon as we walked in, I knew this was no Denny's. The design was classy yet familiar, with a lot of woodwork and pressed tin ceiling. The view of the city from the north side of the restaurant is fantastic. Even though we were a group of five with two babies, we were greeted warmly and given a primo circular booth.

The menu was simple: burgers, burgers, and more burgers; chicken burgers, beef burgers, veggie burgers, fish burgers -- they even had a burger-stuffed quesadilla on the menu. There were a few other options at the bottom, but Red Robin was clearly a place for burgers, and so a burger it would be for me. I ordered a california chicken burger which came with what was touted on the menu as "our famous bottomless steak fries." I was suspicious about the claim -- I doubted the fries would be good, and I thought there would probably be a hassle when it came to asking for more. When the food came, the burger did not dissapoint. The chicken portion on my burger was large and well-grilled, although the guacamole was a little too garlicy for my taste. Overall, it was a delicious burger.

This review continues on my blog: http://opinionista.blogspot.com/

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
Don't go to Feenie's with a large group
Submitted Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 6:40am [Dine in]

I went to Feenie's for a celebration dinner, party of 10. Once we sat down, the waiter didn't come for drinks for at least 30 minutes. Another 30 minutes before he came for our dinner orders. We were starving, and I think many people over ordered because we had been waiting so long. The bread didn't come until AFTER we had ordered. When it finally arrived we ravenously tore through it. My boyfriend and I split an order of the chick pea fries as a starter (excellent-- cheesy, creamy, crispy on the outside with an aioli on the side for dipping, a great buy for $5).

I had ordered the Feenie's burger with the short ribs add-on for dinner. It seemed to be medium rare, more rare than I like it, but it was definitely good. I found the short ribs excellent, rich, meaty, with a hint of slow cooked red wine and onions, but they were swallowed up by the burger. I ended up picking them out and eating them separately. At the end of the meal, a waiter actually tried to take my plate away (I mean physically taking it out from under me without asking) TWO TIMES before I was done. Both times I had to tell them I wasn't finished yet. I felt rushed and that was very unpleasant after we had been waiting so long to eat.

Pricewise, Feenie's is sort of a tricky restaurant because they have what I call "traps" on the menu: items that are ridiculously small for the price (like the crab ravioli) or expensive up-sells (the short ribs added on to the burger for $7 -- consider the burger only costs $12 with fries, and the short rib portion added on is only a few bites). Because of this, and because everyone had ordered so much out of extreme hunger due to the long wait, the price for the dinner per person was much higher than it has ever been there for me in the past (about $50 a head including drinks).

Don't think I hate Feenies-- I only hate their service for large groups.

the full version of this review is published on my blog: http://opinionista.blogspot.com/

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Nat's New York Pizzeria2684 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Good pizza, good place
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

We are always on the hunt for good pizza, so after discovering a place calling itself a "New York Pizzeria" in Kitsilano, we had to taste it for ourselves. The place has a bustling vibe that I really liked when I walked in the door, and the men working behind the counter were friendly and fast.

I think the best way to judge pizza quality is to taste plain cheese pizza, so I ordered up a slice of the "Margarita". I found the crust to be perfect, thin yet crisp, with a nice chewiness. The sauce, however, I found very bland, totally missing the zestiness I have always associated with New York-style pizza. Strangely, I also found the cheese on the pizza very bland. After some thought I don't think the cheese is 100% real mozzarella cheese, rather it is probably some kind of a cheaper blend.

The next slice I ordered was a meat slice, with chorizo and pepperoni and some veggies on it. This slice was much better. The spiciness of the meat covered up the blandness of the sauce and cheese. In the future I'll definitely stick to the meat slices.

Overall, I'd say the pizza at Nat's is good and definitely easy to eat, but not great. At $2.50 - $3.50 a slice the pizza isn't super cheap, although some of their lunch specials look like a good value.

This review was originally published on my blog: http://opinionista.blogspot.com/

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Vineyard, The2296 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Trying to find something nice to say
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

We went in here becuase I had a hankering for a hot turkey sandwich. My BF ordered the vegetarian pasta and thought it was disgusting. My hot turkey sandwich was OK. The turkey was good, but the gravy was not great, and we all know it's the gravy that really counts. Even though it wasn't a great dining experience I would give this restaurant another shot but I doubt I'll be able to drag my BF back. Oh well. The drinks were good.

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Churrolicious3143 West Broadway St., Vancouver
How many Churros are too many?
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

We haven't found out the answer to that question yet. In case you don't know what a churro is, it's sort of like a long thin doughnut, freshly made after you order and rolled in sugar. This place is great for dessert, 6 or 12 churros and a couple of espressos really hits the spot, especially in winter or after a night at the bar. I think the churros are very reasonably priced but everything else (including the espressos) are a little too high priced, but my BF loves the churros so much we pay it and are happy for a place to go and eat a delicious dessert.

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Kitsilano Sushi3105 West Broadway, Vancouver
Cheap enough to eat Sushi every day!
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

Kitsilano Sushi offers good sushi at the lowest price in town. We have been here numerous times and have always had fast, capable service and good food. They have great sushi combo/bento box deals. Perfect for grabbing something to eat on your way home.

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Annapurna1926 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Nice surprise
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

We had mixed reviews from friends regarding this restaurant, so we were not sure what to expect.

We ordered a lot of food for two people: two orders of pakoras (cheese and veggie), two breads (aloo paratha and garlic naan), and two main dishes(the spinach with paneer and the lentil bean cakes in a vinegar tomato sauce). The food tasted delicious -- every dish we ordered seemed to be perfectly prepared and exactly the right level of spice. Other people said that the portions are small, but we found that we could not finish everything we had ordered and we are very big eaters. I do think the cheese pakoras were overpriced for the portion, other than that everything else was fairly portioned and priced. We will definitely be eating here again.

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Presto Cucina2272 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Don't be fooled by the charming decor
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

It looks very charming, and that is why we decided to give Presto Cucina a shot. You have to go up and order at the counter. We ordered a large salad to share and a personal pizza each, then went to sit down and wait for our meals.

The food was overall very bad and extremely overpriced. The salad taste was OK, for $7 it was only a smallish dinner-plate sized portion. Enough for two people to share as a small appetizer, but not as large as we thought it would based on the price. Breadsticks are so small they may as well be nonexistent. The Pizza was terrible -- I've had better microwaved pizza. I swear the crust must have been pre-made and frozen because it was so crumbly and just not good. At $10 a pizza, they were also very small, probably a salad-plate size each.

The service was also very SLOW. Only one other table was occupied in the entire restaurant and it still took forever for us to get our food. The "presto" in the name is not accurate at all.

The service was INEPT. Our server forgot the breadsticks with the salad. When we went up and asked, she brought out two little half pinky-sized pieces of bread. Those were the breadsticks? She said she woudl bring out more with our main meal but did not. I didn't want to eat breadsticks with pizza anyway, but it's the ineptitude that counts.

Anyway I would never go to this place again.

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Thai Yummy Restaurant1873 W 4th, Vancouver
Standard Thai cuisine
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

It is yummy, although the service can be... weird sometimes. One night I think the only guy in the place was the owner and I got the idea he took our order, ran back and cooked it all, then brought it out. Good prices, and the food is good, so I can't complain that much. I will definitely go back.

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Living Room, The2958 W. Fourth Ave, Vancouver
We enjoyed our meal
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

We went for a nice dinner out and ordered a bottle of wine. Our server was polite and knowledgable about the wine and helped us pick a good bottle. I ordered the roast chicken and it was really great, the best I've had in Vancouver so far. My boyfriend is vegetarian and the only thing they had was raviloi and the portion had about 8 pieces in it. He filled up on the wine, he was still hungry and pretty drunk by the time we left. Which was pretty funny, he doesn't usually drink much. So I would say this place is great for meat-eaters but not good for vegetarians.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Hype-o-rama
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend is vegetarian, and everyone and their brother told us to go to Naam. The food was so dissapointing, very healthy but just too "granola" for us. We ordered 4 things, and the taste of ginger pervaded everything. I like ginger, but not in EVERY BITE of EVERY DISH I eat. I think the place is severly overrated and haven't been back since.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Dissapointing
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

Coming from LA, I was looking for a decent mexican restaurant where I could go regularly when I feel like drinking too many margaritas. This is certainly not the place, and in fact after trying it twice I haven't been back since.

Walking into the bar, the atmosphere is great-- cool mexican signs and a real nice feel to the place. Immediately we ordered margaritas (lime, of course, the "real" way to order them). I was SO DISSAPOINTED to find them super sour, and very weak on the tequila. Truly undrinkable. The pitchers of sweet blended margaritas are slightly more drinkable, but still no alcohol in there to speak of, and they are very expensive! I think a place that can't make a decent regular margarita should be forced to change its name to something else other than Las Margaritas. The other drinks I've ordered there were also bad.

The food is VERY mediocre, not worth the prices they charge at all. I drive by all the time and don't know why people eat there. The only thing I can think of is that they've never had delicious, reasonably priced mexican and don't know what they're missing.

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
A good hangout
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

We go here pretty often and enjoy the pizzas and the burgers. My BF especially loves the portabella burger. The yam fries are great. We usually order beer or wine but did try mixed drinks here once-- what a mistake. Both our drinks were almost undrinkable, and I will drink anything. Stick to beer or wine and you will be fine. It is true that the food quality can vary ocassionally but the innovative menu and cool atmosphere makes up for it. Also this place can be a little pricey.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
A great first visit
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

We went for a weekday lunch, it cost 11.95 per person and was well worth it. I was surpired to see that the sashimi was HUGE FRESH chunks of tuna, the california roll and avocado rolls were good, the nigiri sushi had similarly huge chunks of fish. For the cooked food, the tempura was great, gyoza was great, but next time I go I won't order the spring rolls,

Contrary to other reviews I have read, the service was very good, fast and friendly. The servers were in a little bit of a hurry but once they realized it was my first time in the restaurant they were more than willing to explain what the unfamiliar items were. Instead of trying to get us to order less, my server thought I hadn't ordered enough and encouraged me to order more.

I liked it there and will go back for sure

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