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redhairedgrrrlEast Vancouver, BCSince October 1, 201012 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3)
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Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Itadakimasu Restaurant & Sake Bar4148 Main Street, Vancouver
Awesome fusion food
Submitted Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

We popped in after seeing it from Locus the weekend before. We ordered the beef tataki, the ebi mayo, chicken karaage and the Japanese-style caesar salad.

The beef was tender and delicious, and amazingly plated. It came with small cubes of salty-sweet consume that were a whole lot of fun to eat with chopstick. The sweet-spicy mayo on the crispy ebi was amazing, and the rice crispie-wasabi coating was deliciously crunchy. The karaage was what it should be- crisply deep-fried dark meat deliciousness. The salad was really interesting- nothing at all like a standard caesar, but with great little details like crispy tapioca balls. So good!

We'd absolutely go back, and look forward to trying more on the menu.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Gyoza King=Happy Tummy Place
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:27am [Dine in]

We recently hit Gyoza King for some late evening snackage. The chicken karaage is some of the best we've had outside of Japan- juicy dark meat in a deliciously salty, crunchy coating. With loads of Japanese mayo.

The service is nicely efficient, and orders arrive promptly. It's not the most shiny place in the world, but as a izakaya, we're not expecting it to be. We've never been disappointed with Gyoza King, and will go all the way across town for their cheese-stuffed deep-fried squid. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
That was underwhelming.
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:17am [Dine in]

While we tend to not expect the absolute and utter best of everything during the rush that is Dine Out Vancouver, we were utterly underwhelmed by Market by Jean-Georges.

Upon entering, we were greeted kindly by the kind hostess, who promptly seated us in the dining area with our menus. The room had lovely ambiance, all muted tones and soft music. Quite soothing in fact. And luckily so, as we needed to be soothed after waiting for over fifteen minutes for our server to come and do her initial check-in.

When she finally arrived, she stood awkwardly next to the table and asked if we wanted cocktails. We declined, and barely caught her to order our food before she booted it away from the table.

The appetizers arrived promptly. I had the beet salad, my partner had the tuna tartare. The beet salad was tasty, though rather tiny- about 1/2 a beet's worth. Nice balance with the yoghurt dressing and peppery microgreens. The tuna tartare was amazing, and a more than reasonable portion. Light and citrus-y, with a tart avocado puree, it was the best part of either of our meals.

It took a while for our mains to hit the table. The pork was nicely cooked to temperature, just juicy enough. The XO was a punchy counterpoint, though it could have stood a little more salt in the mix. The mushrooms were, well, mushroom-y. Not entirely thrilling. Just... mushrooms. My fellow's steelhead was beautiful cooked, though nothing entirely stunning. The mashed potatoes were very much mashed potatoes- the truffle was indiscernable, the brussels sprouts a mere shredded garnish.

Dessert was ok, but really, how difficult is it to mess up dessert? The cheesecake was light, the sorbetto and marmalade tart counterpoints to the creaminess. The bitter chocolate cake was lovely and rich, but nothing thrilling in the least.

Dine Out gives diners a opportunity to try eateries they may not normally frequent. We use it as a litmus test to find places we'd recommend for special occasions, or want to return to for the full menu. Sadly, in this case, Market did not fit the bill.

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Tipper Restaurant & Review Room, The2066 Kingsway, Vancouver
It's our neighbourhood hangout spot.
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

We eat at the Tipper quite often, and are never disappointed. The staff are friendly and accommodating, the food is well-prepared, and they're fine with substitutions.

Never do we leave hungry, or feeling as though the meal was substandard. On the rare occasion that we've received food not up to their regular quality, we've spoken to the waitress or one of the co-owners, and had the issue resolved immediately. We love our neighbourhood local, and will absolutely keep coming back.

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Fray3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Has potential to be great
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

We went at about 9.00 on a Thursday evening, having read about Fray online and looking forward to supporting business in the neighbourhood. The eatery is pretty, and I'd imagine that it would be quite cozy and homey filled with people. While it wasn't busy, it was about 1/3 full. But it was *freezing*. Like, leave-your-winter-coat-on cold.

We had drinks, which were very reasonably priced, and delicious. But really, how can one mess up wine or beer? Great value, though.

The food was also fairly reasonably priced. It could use a little tweaking, though. The poutine was salty- like, close to inedibly salty. The fries were nice and crisp, abundant cheese curds, but so SALTY. And the gravy, while also abundant, seemed a little flour-y, not quite flavourful enough.

The fried chicken was crisp, with great flavour. However, of the three drumsticks we received, two were nice and plump, and one seemed as though it had already been gnawed upon. It had about half the meat as the others. The mashed potatoes were creamy, but seemed to have a boxed consistency. The veggies were crisp and well-cooked. The cornbread was oversweet, and kind of hard. Almost stale.

I was to like this place, and we'll probably give it another try, likely earlier in the day. We were quite disappointed, however, and hope to see improvement in the food quality when we go back.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
I could have eaten somewhere amazing for what we ended up paying.
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

The Boathouse has such potential to be good- Access to great ingredients, a huge gorgeous kitchen, attentive staff. You know, all the things that can make an eatery great.

But.

And it's a HUGE but.

It was a large party for a birthday celebration. We were seated off to the side in a "private" area. Sadly, it was right next to the windows, and right under the speakers- freezing and superloud. The music was kinda clubby, mixed with power ballads from the '90's. Not the greatest, but not the worst. And not really conducive to conversation.

Service was fine- Our server seemed busy, as her section was spread far and wide. She was great checking for refills and ensuring wine was topped up.

The food, however, was terrible. The only redeeming item we had was the calamari- Nice and piping hot, not rubbery at all, with flavourful dips and light breading. The maple planked salmon entree was overcooked and weirdly sweet- not maple-sweet, more artificially sweet, and the wild rice was bland- no seasoning at all. The market fish duo was incinerated- the salmon dry and crumbly, the steelhead so-so. The potatoes were undercooked, almost crunchy, and the veg mushy and overcooked.

We could have requested new plates, but by the time they arrived, we were far too hungry to wait much longer. Lesson learned- we'll never be back to any eatery in this franchise.

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Cindys Palace1796 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Always a delicious pleasure
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

We love dim sum, and go quite often. Usually it's a smallish group of us- 4-6. Today, we went for my boyfriend's 40th birthday. We called ahead and reserved a table for 16. It was awesome.

The food we ordered was a wee bit slow coming out, but it was more than made up for with the delicious trays of food they circulate through the place with. Service was attentive, but not overbearing- they checked in often to fill tea and water, and to ensure we were receiving our order in a timely manner.

When we received our food, we were, as ever, impressed with the quality. The siu mai are some of the biggest and best we've ever had, with delicious plump whole shrimp mixed into the well-seasoned pork. The greens were crisp and delicious- not too oily. The sweet baked pork cocktail buns were fresh out of the oven, with lovely light pastry, and not oversweet filling. The rice rolls were perfectly cooked- delicate, and not goopy at all.

We had so much food! Far too many things to review entirely. When they found out about the birthday, they sent over a couple of complimentary desserts.

It's our favourite dim sum eatery, and we'll continue to recommend it to everyone we know.

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Howe Sound Brew Pub37801 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish
We hope it was an off day
Submitted Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

We've been to the Howe Sound Brew Pub quite a few times, and have always been impressed by the food and the service. This time, though, not so much.

We went around 3pm on a Sunday for some lunch on the way back from Squamish. After waiting for about 15 minutes for acknowledgement from the waitstaff, we ordered. We'd noticed a prime rib dinner special, and after asking two servers if it was available- and being assured that it was- two folks at the table did so. And were notified shortly thereafter that the special wasn't available until after 4.30. So, new orders were made.

One of my dining companions ordered a potpie with the daily soup. While the potpie was inoffensively bland, the soup tasted like microwaved cheese whiz. The salad we'd ordered- with dressing on the side- came fully soaked in supersweet vinagrette. The Sea-toSky burger was ok, but the server forgot the requested mustard and the sweet potato fries were ice cold. My friend sent his soup back and received fries instead, which were apparently awesome, but he was still charged for the soup upgrade.

Our drinks weren't refilled the entire time we were there- almost 1.5 hours- and we had to flag our server down incredibly enthusiastically to get any service at all.

With any luck, this has just been a bad day for the folks at the eatery. We'll try it again, and hope it's better next time.

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Sandy La Chinese Restaurant5257 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Late-night deliciousness at an incredible price
Submitted Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

After a dinnerless dinner party, we were ravenous. Unfortunately, it was 2am, and there's not a lot to choose from in our neighbourhood. But then the light shining from the windows of Sandy La beckoned us in.

We ordered beef with gai lan, spicy geen beans, wonton soup and shrimp fried rice. With the exception of the rice, everything was tasty and fresh- we figured that it being 2am might have contributed to the less-than-stellar texture of the dish. However, the little pink shrimp in it were firm, plump and tasty, and there was so much on the plate that we filled two containers to take home with.

The staff were very prompt and kind, and we were able to linger over our enormous late-night repas without feeling hurried out. And with the leftovers, we've been able to have dinner twice more. Yum.

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St. Augustines Restaurant and Lounge2360 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
If not for the social aspect, I'd never set foot in this place again.
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

We've been to St. Augustine's a number of times. And each time, we hope for a better experience than the last. And, inevitably, it's a disappointment.

The food is so-so. Mediocre at best. The servings are large, granted, but it's pretty much pub grub with an inflated price point. Every time we've been, and it's been about four times now, we've been ignored, or had our order somewhat screwed up. On one memorable occasion, it took about 45 minutes for my order to arrive. 45 minutes after everyone else had received their food, that is. I've had undercooked chicken wings, cheeseburgers missing condiments... and cheese. And extra drinks from other members of my party added to my tab, accidentally of course, but having it changed was quite the travail.

St. Augustine's isn't a place to whence I'll be returning anytime soon, nor am I likely to suggest it to others.

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Suika1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great place for a bit of a treat
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

After eating our way through Japan last year, my partner and I often crave good izakaya snackies. And Suika certainly delivers.

We shared a number of dishes, including braised pork so tender it fell apart whence poked. The chicken karaage was deliciously battered, served with peppery salt the deliciously ubiquitous Japanese mayo. We went a little nutty with the deep-friedness, choosing also the ebi mayo- Next time, might go for a sashimi instead. The meal was rounded off with an amazingly seasoned beef carpaccio, tossed with egg yolk and seasoned with ground sesame seeds. It was, in a word, amazing.

Dinner for both of us, not including booze, was about $45. A little on the pricey side, but well worth it. We'll certainly be back!

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Golden Phoenix Chinese Seafood2425 Nanaimo, Vancouver
You know, it ain't as bad as folks are making out.
Submitted Friday, October 1, 2010 - 11:39am [Dine in]

Yum. Dim sum.

We've been bopping around, trying to find a decent dim sum place within spitting distance. After King's Garden on Kingsway closed, all hope seemed to be lost. And then, oh then, we found the Golden Phoenix.

The basics of dim sum seem pretty solid here. The bean curd-wrapped steamed pork rolls are bursting with porky deliciousness. The shrimp dumplings are plump and tasty. And the sui mai are freaking HUGE. And seriously popping with flavour. The price on some things, like steamed veggies, seems to be a little steep, but that seems par for the course in dim sum land.

Overall, for the price- for two of us, it hovers around $15 each with leftovers, for four or more, it drops to about $12- the value and taste can't be beat. We'll be going back for sure.

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